Is Disaster Recovery the Last You’re Planning About?…Think Again!

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‘Disaster’ – the word is just enough slip a breath. Imagine, if this word gets associated with Business, blood starts gushing speedily through the heart. What if it happens in real? Can’t or rather don’t want to imagine, right? To … Continue reading

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Can Apple Make Watches Cool Again?

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In the movie The Internship, Billy and Nick (played by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) lose their jobs as wristwatch salesmen because the company they worked for folded. It seems that with all the modern gadgets at our disposal, nobody uses wristwatches anymore. The movie rings true in a lot of ways, as asking anyone these days what the time is, results in them checking everywhere except their wrist, but yet here we are with Apple announcing their foray in the world of “wearables.”

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Gear for Geeks

Of course, there are situations where the traditional watch was still handy, especially amongst the sporty types who generally can’t reach into their pockets and whip out a smart phone, but these are probably not the people that Apple are targeting. Let’s face it, the folks who obsess over high quality, precision mechanical watches are probably not going to be swapping their Seiko Diver’s watch or Rolex Yacthmaster for an Apple watch.

So, while the big Swiss watchmakers are probably not quaking in their boots, Apple does have a very large army of loyal fans that will ensure that their product makes a splash. They have their work cut out for them as smart watches are not a new concept and despite being available for a while now the concept hasn’t really caught on. Apple does seem to have the magical touch when it comes to adding innovative features to existing products, so even people who may scoff at a traditional watch might be lured in by what is promised with this watch.

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 Time For Something New

Aiming to be available in two sizes and featuring six interchangeable watch bands, the Apple Watch is obviously more than just a piece of equipment that tells the time, which apparently it does very, very accurately. Instead, Apple aims for the watch to be an indispensable accessory for your iPhone. The watch can do some stuff on its own, but to unlock its full potential it must be paired and connected to your phone.

According to Apple, the watch will allow you to stay close to the people you care about through a friends list accessible with one touch. From there you can make calls, send messages or contact your friends in all the other ways offered by the watch. Apple also aims to personalize the experience, so instead of simply using audio cues to get your attention when you receive notifications, the watch will actually tap you, just like another person would! For added novelty, you can “tap” other people through their Apple Watches or even send them your heart rate to show them that you are thinking about them. The latter is probably best reserved for your partner, and not your boss though.

Fitness fanatics will appreciate the way that the watch can measure body movement through its accelerometer or track their heart rate with a custom sensor. It can even use the GPS and Wi-Fi of the iPhone to track how far you have moved while the Activity app will keep track of important data such as calories burned. Then there is the dedicated workout app included as standard to get you up, moving and motivated. Paired with your iPhone you will be able to keep track of all your progress and even share the info with others for bragging rights.

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the Apple Watch is how it aims to replace your wallet when it comes to making payments. Using the Apply Pay system you will be able to purchase everything from coffee to groceries simply by swiping your wrist at supporting stores. This is a very convenient feature, but only time will tell whether it will catch on.

Only Time Will Tell

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As the Apple Watch is not available yet there are still some mysteries about it as well as important questions such as what the battery life will be like. The watch features enough goodies and gadgets to make it appealing to the tech minded people, but whether the general public will take to the idea is another matter.

The watch can certainly do a lot of things, but there are already devices dedicated to most of what it has to offer. Smartwatches have been very slow to catch on with the general public, but Apple has proven time and again that they have their finger on the pulse of what consumers want.

It will be interesting to see what the response from other smartwatch makers and indeed traditional watchmakers will be. One thing is for sure, if Apply fails to make a big impact with their smartwatch there isn’t much of a chance that their competition will either. Now all that is left is to wait for the release and to remember that it is called the Apple Watch and not the iWatch.

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Healthcare.gov Extends $15 Million Terremark Cloud Contract (Again)

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After suffering setbacks and downtime in November, Healthcare.gov decided to change cloud hosts from Verizon Communications Terremark unit to HP. In February, the government extended its contract with Terremark to give ample time for a smooth transition to HP. According to fcw.com the contract has been extended yet again after…

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Cyber Attacks – Not Letting the History Repeat Again

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8 Practical Tips to Stay Vigilant on Security and Data History can be a one of the strongest assets, if perceived correctly. Atleast the digital space keeps learning new lessons and take constant efforts to avoid repetition of instances. A … Continue reading

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Moniker DNS down again: a solution!

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Many of us have registered domain names at Moniker.com. And while they are both effective and efficient at registering and managing your domain names for a low “bulk” price, their DNS servers have proven to be utterly unreliable with several day long outtages over the last year.

This means your domains are all good and safe but if you use Moniker’s own DNS servers (instead of for example, your web hosting company’s name servers), people may experience additional delay in trying to access your site or they may even not get there at all.

One solution would be to use your web hosting’s provider’s DNS servers. But these tend to not be very reliable either… and to say the least, they are very slow.

So we went out to look for a dedicated DNS service provider. There are many but only a handful use AnyCast. AnyCast allows your visitors to use a DNS server closest to them, cutting latency times and getting their DNS queries answered 10 to 100 times faster than with standard UniCast DNS providers.

Out of these, only one has affordable pricing: DNS Made Easy . For less than $ 30/year can host DNS service for 10 domain at lightning speeds!

Go check out the speed of your current DNS service here. Look at the max delays! With Moniker DNS servers you may get delays as long as 350 ms, if not flat out dropped requests! You can compare it with b2evolution.net since we use DNS Made Easy ourselves. You should see results as low as 3 ms!

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iTech Review: iKea Does it Again, iLostIt and uFoundit

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Ikea has long been considered a marketing leader. The shopping experience, which can be exhausting, is carefully made pleasant through years of observing their customers. While the store has something for everyone, from inexpensive desks and shelving for student budgets, to cutting edge furniture for those who know quality cost money… and still Ikea manages to win out with their products and customer satisfaction. With all of that going for it, why would they even need to advertise? What’s more, why make commercials that might offend the less than “enlightened minds” in the consumer community?

Of course, the commercials made for the European market differ from the American market, as would the market in South America or China, for example. An early Ikea commercial that made it to You Tube showed an international crowd about the playful abandon Ikea had…

And then there were some that proved a bit much for the international consumer base…

In a very bold move in 1994, Ikea released this ad in America, showing a gay couple…

If you think of the date involved and the culture of America in 1994, Ikea gambled on losing a huge section of their consumer base. While there was little fan fare about the commercial, Ikea found a new consumer base of gay couples, which, due to lack of targeted advertising, was an untapped market.

The latest foray into weird, brings Ikea into surreal… almost frightening images for their commercials…

It would seem, to the trained marketing observer, that Ikea is training the next generation of consumers, or using the “Christmas Toy Craze” gambit, hoping kids will demand an Ikea room for themselves. Smart!

It’s no secret among marketers that Ikea does it right and does it as THEY see fit (which seems to be the right way, so far). Larry Heart, in his article, “Sophisticated Marketing Tricks of Ikea,” writes:

The company simply obsessed with the fact that it hails from Sweden, and tries to remind about it everywhere. On the shelves there are books in Swedish, in the store you can see posters and calendars in Swedish. Every IKEA store worldwide offers discounts on national holidays in Sweden. And, of course, there is the Swedish menu in the cafe, which sometimes shocks people who are unfamiliar with Scandinavian cuisine. IKEA positions itself like the Sweden Embassy in every city.

Another “quirk” of the company is the environment. The IKEA site has a huge section, filled with articles and documents, which confirm the sustainability of the company. There are such “green” chips as natural ingredients, eco-friendly packaging, flat containers, and receiving stations of used batteries which are telling customers “we are for nature.”

The products names are generated by a special program and have no semantic coloration. Every IKEA store has a room of “mother and child”, where you can swaddle and feed the baby. There is also a children’s room, where you can leave an older child.

The company works only with suppliers that can withstand the quality standards of IKEA down to the smallest details. In one of the cities in Vologda one company purchased equipment for a few hundred thousand, and signed a contract with IKEA to supply simple wooden parts for furniture. Immediately after that, the company had to invest a few million in equipment for the establishment of eco-friendly packaging and a standard IKEA – under the threat of termination.

The prices of IKEA products have not changed since 2008.

Swedish giant stores appear only in the suburban hypermarkets because the company has limits on the amount of rent. In other words, being located outside the city, IKEA saves on rent and keeps the price low.

Ikea was also the first catalog to incorporate Augmented Reality…

Whatever the reasons or how strange it may seem, you can bet Ikea knows exactly what they’re doing. A good lesson for all of us.

Tile™ — Never Lose Anything Ever Again

Their tag line is “Tile™ — The World’s Largest Lost and Found.”

Is Tile™ a good idea? Well, the Kickstarter for the product was set at $ 22,000. As of this writing, they took in almost $ 3 million. Sounds like a lot of people lose a lot of their possessions.

There are other, similar devices and apps, but Tile™ seems to be the most compact.

This solar-charging, glowing key ring is a simple way to find your keys in the dark, although it would probably help to not have black keys in the first place!

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The NFC Ring

You can’t lose your keys when they are on your finger. The NFC Ring, a Kickstarter project by John McLear, has a funding target of £30,000. As of this writing, with an August 19th cutoff, the project has gotten over £72,000.

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Simply stated, McLear describes the ring as: “The NFC Ring can be used to unlock doors, mobile phones, transfer information and link people. Best of all the NFC Ring glides right onto your finger – no updates, no charging, and no fuss.”

Check out the videos on how this works.

You can also 3D print your own NFC ring. Imagine the creative possibilities!

QR Codes Keep You Alive

If you’ve ever seen some of the unique uses for QR codes, you’ve seen how they are now appearing on tombstones so people can see pictures and video of the departed. I guess it was only a matter of time before someone decided they could make a business producing music video-like tributes that are triggered by scanning a code in the obituaries, as well as a code on the headstone.

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