Branding Thrives in the Blogging Era

By on Sep 25, 2013 in Business & Marketing |

There were those who worried that when the blogosphere took over, brands would be dead. Apparently that is not what happened. Check out the following infographic for a revealing fact: blogskinny.com

Generating Buzz Is Not Easy — Unless You Play it Smart

By on Sep 24, 2013 in Business & Marketing |

One of the best ways to create buzz is by tapping into the blogosphere. What I like about the blogosphere is the fact that there is a high level of engagement between bloggers and their readers. This infographic does a good job of explaining that. Source

C’mon Website, Speed Up!

By on Sep 21, 2013 in Uncategorized |

There are many reasons to make sure that your websites load fast. Primary among those is the fact that your visitors will get frustrated waiting for your page to load. In addition, search engines, notably Google, use page load speed as a factor in search engine ranking. Find out your speed, work on improving it. Here is an interesting infographic relevant to website speed. Reference Site

5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Your Computer From Crashing

By on Sep 21, 2013 in Computers |

Most of us have been there before. We’re in the midst of finishing up a paper for school, a report for work or we’re playing one of our favorite games online and all of a sudden, our computer crashes. Here’s the thing, though: Although it might have seemed “sudden” to us, the reality is that it was probably a long time coming, usually because we don’t take out the time to give our computers the kind of care and maintenance that it needs. If you have experienced more crashes in your lifetime that you would like (and honestly, more than one is more than enough), we have a list of five things that you can do to prevent your computer from crashing in the future below: Have virus protection software. There aren’t a lot of people who can go even a couple of months surfing the internet without encountering a virus or two. That’s why it’s so important to have some kind of virus protection loaded on your computer. Also, make sure that you check for updates and that you run full scans about once a month to stay extra protected. Make the necessary deletions. If you don’t remember the last time that you deleted some of your unnecessary files or cookies, then honestly it has been way too long. Unused files tend to clutter up the computer’s system and cookies can too. When this happens, it tends to slow your computer way down so try and do these two things on a weekly basis. Don’t run too many programs at once. When we have a great computer and a really fast internet connection, it’s really easy to open up 10-12 windows at once. But keep in mind that when you do that, you usually end up overloading your system. No one can look at multiple windows at once and so typically having between 5-6 open at one time is more than sufficient. Keep your computer safe and clean. Computers can start to collect dirt and debris just like anything else. That’s why it’s important that you make sure to keep it in a place where air can circulate; that you don’t eat while using it; that you use a multi-purpose cleaner on the computer screen; that you always use a surge protector and that you’re careful about self-diagnosing (or fixing) any problems. For instance, if you sense something is wrong and you Google something that mentions an ARM PC module but you have absolutely no clue what that is, that’s a sign that you need to take your computer to a technician to have them look it over. Upgrade your system consistently. If you’ve stayed on top of all of these other tips but you’ve still noticed that your computer is running slower than usual or that things like your Flash player is continuously crashing, that could be a sign that it’s time to upgrade some of the programs on your system. Your add-ons have their own section where you can check for updates if you click on your browser tab. You can also put the name of your browser into your favorite search engine to see what the latest available version is. For other tips on how to keep your computer from crashing, go to...

Vivendi Decides Whether to Split Up Media and Telecom Companies

By on Sep 21, 2013 in Uncategorized |

This is usually the time of year when a lot of companies do a significant amount of restructuring in preparation for the year that is to come. When it comes to Vivendi—the French-based mass media company that features music, film, online media, the internet and even videos—that would certainly be the case because over the past several weeks, they have been receiving a significant amount of press due to some changes that they have addressed making within their company. For one thing, Vincent Bollore, the French corporate giant who was once looking to transition from being a director at Vivendi to becoming its chief executive, has actually been appointed to be the Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board. For those who have been following the updates that have been transpiring within the business, that is believed to be a huge indication that another rumored shift is probably going to become a reality in the months ahead. The shift is this. According to the Supervisory Board, there will be a new study launched to see if the media side and the telecom portion of Vivendi should split. If it does, Vivendi’s entertainment part (one that includes the largest international recording company Universal Media Group) will remain in France with ties to Africa, Brazil, Poland and Vietnam as it seeks to expand its platforms while further solidifying its presence in the marketplace. As for the telecommunications part of the business (which is known as SFR), well, it is certainly no secret that it’s not currently as lucrative as it once was. As a matter of fact, it is believed that a part of the reason why Vivendi’s market shares have dropped nearly 13 percent since last spring has been due to the challenges that SFR has experienced. However, it is the hope that by having SFR be its own entity that it would be able to somewhat rebrand itself in the effort to improve its performance while developing more partnerships that can directly assist with its company growth. All of these changes also come on the heels of the refusedd bid that the Japanese-based telecoms group SoftBank made to purchase Universal Music Group (UMG) for $8.5 billion. Being that UMG is actually the more stable and successful side of the company, Vivendi believed that selling it would be the wrong decision at this time; that UMG is a huge part of the future strategy that it plans to implement. Of course, what the outcome of all of this news ultimately means it still somewhat speculative being that there has not yet been an official announcement of a demerger and reportedly, nothing will be officially addressed until the first part of 2014. Yet as more and more telecommunications companies (ones like QuoteTelecom, Link America and CTI) are making plans to increase their profit margins over the next several months, one thing is sure: in order for Vivendi to remain a top competitor, some changes will need to be made and a split is definitely a wise...

The State of the Internet

By on Sep 17, 2013 in Internet |

Here are some interesting stats about the Internet as it stands today. While on the one hand users have dramatically increased their online activity and engagement, on the other, they have become extremely pick about how they choose to associate with. You can gain a lot by being on of the top websites on the Internet. But at the same time, you can lose a lot if you are not able to capture the attention of the visitor. googletechtalks.net

Phone Showdown: LG G2 vs Samsung Galaxy S4

By on Sep 17, 2013 in Cell Phones |

If you grab a random person on the street and ask them to name the best Android phone they’ll probably tell you the Samsung Galaxy S4. Samsung’s flagship phone, released earlier this year, offers an incredible package of great specs, awesome software and amazing screen. Yet a more recent phone by Samsung’s lesser known South Korean neighbour, LG, is challenging the S4 for the top spot with their latest phone, the LG G2. We decided to put both devices to the test to see which is the best Android phone available right now. Phone screens are increasingly becoming one of the most important factors in choosing a new smartphone. While almost every display available in a high end phone will be significantly better than anything available even a year or two ago, there are still important differences between displays. One of the major factors is the screen size – phones are growing every year as customers want to be able to do more with their handheld devices. The LG G2 is slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S4 but by such a small amount – 5.2″ vs 5″ – that this doesn’t make a noticeable difference between the devices. The technology behind the displays in each phone is very different though – and leads to noticeably different screens. The Samsung device uses Super AMOLED while LG utilises LCD with IPS+. The gives the LG G2 a brighter screen and more accurate colours, but the S4 has far superior viewing angles and much better contrast (which is useful when using the phone in direct sunlight). Taking photos on our phones is something that we all do, most of us almost every day. Even those with DSLR cameras packed full of features and having amazing lenses will often use phone cameras instead because they offer a great combination of speed and portability. The LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4 at first glance are they similar when it comes to their cameras – they both use 13 megapixel chips. However beneath the identical headline camera tech spec there’s a range of differences. Image stabilisation is important to anyone taking photos while moving or in a rush, the optical image stabilisation in the LG isn’t available in the Samsung and puts the LG G2 into a clear lead. However, the S4 has slightly sharper photos in sample photo comparisons. The LG G2’s ability to shoot video at 1080p Full HD with 60 frames per second is double what the Galaxy S4 can achieve and really does make videos taken with this phone better. Overall it’s difficult to say which of the two phones is best for photography. When it comes to speed comparing the two is a little complicated by the fact that the S4 uses different specs in different markets, and even in the same country there’s often more than one version of the Galaxy S4 available. The best way of comparing the two phones therefore is using benchmark tests conducted on them to see how fast they can complete a series of tasks. In all the tests we’ve seen the LG G2 is a clear winner, thanks in part because new processors were available when it launched that Samsung didn’t have the option of using in the S4. Nevertheless both phones are significantly better than most other devices currently available so even if you opt for the slower S4 you’ll still be getting an incredibly powerful phone. There really is no outright winner here. Both of these devices are excellent, and no matter how you use your phone you’re likely to have no issues with either phone. The LG G2 does have a slight advantage when it comes to the display size and brightness, the phone’s design, the processor, video recording and battery life. However, the Samsung Galaxy S4 beats LG when it comes to display contrast, expandable storage, replaceable battery, thinness and being available in a dual-SIM version for those who regularly cross borders. We’d suggest that frequent travellers would be best opting for the S4 due to being able to replace the battery  which handy for long trips between charges and the dual-SIM, while those who prefer raw power should choose the LG...

Smartphones 101: Five Security Tips to Keep Your Phone Safe

By on Sep 16, 2013 in Cell Phones |

Smartphones make your life easier in more ways than you can imagine. You can make calls, save contacts, send emails, post updates to social networking sites, use multiple apps, maintain a music library and store an immense amount of data in various forms, all of it while on the move. However, with an advanced smartphone comes greater responsibility. It becomes as important to take care of the device in order to avoid losing it as it does to avoid losing the huge amount of data that is bound to leave you handicapped. If you don’t want to end up tearing your hair out after losing your smartphone, here are five security tips that you should follow to ensure the safety of your smartphone: 1. Always Keep Your Device Locked Although it is a practice most people tend to follow these days, it is important to remember to lock your device after every use. This ensures that even if your phone is stolen, your personal information stays safe. Also, it is important that you don’t give too many of your friends access to the password as this pretty much renders the practice useless. 2. Avoid Downloading Apps From Unverifiable Sources Though an application may seem to be interesting and really fun to have on your device, it is suggested that you only stick to platforms like Google Play or the iTunes store to download apps and avoid installing apps from the web as they could come with malicious viruses. You could also install mobile security applications that help provide virus protection, features to protect privacy and data and features that help you track your phone if you lose it. 3. Exercise Caution When Using Wi-Fi in Public Places Free Wi-Fi available in coffee shops and shopping centres is something many people want to make good use of but these networks are also something to be wary of. In the absence of a secure connection it is best to avoid checking your online banking, going online shopping or indulging in any form of web surfing that requires you to log in using your password. It is best to use Virtual Private Networks on your devices to ensure that your connections remain secure. 4. Keep the Device Regularly Updated Concerns related to security are usually taken care of by the device manufacturers, making your device less vulnerable when you first purchase it. However, it is also important for a smartphone user to regularly update and upgrade the device’s operating system and virus protection software to make sure that the protection is fully up to date against all threats and viruses. 5. Avoid Unfamiliar Numbers Though curiosity can get the better of most of us, it is advisable to altogether refrain from responding to calls or text messages from unknown numbers as there is a possibility that these messages could infect the device with malware.  The above tips should be of great help when it comes to making sure that hackers, malware or viruses do not compromise the safety of your device. However, aside from exercising control on the inflow and outflow of data into the smartphone, it is also important to ensure that you do not lose the device in the first place. A way of insuring against such losses is to opt for schemes such as Protect Your Bubble smartphone insurance that will help you cover losses. Having taken precautionary steps such as these, you can rest assured that your smartphone is here to stay and make life simpler for you! Laura Ginn had her smartphone compromised last year and since then has made a big effort to ensure others know about the problems that can occur.  She hopes the list above helps other smartphone users to keep their phones...