• May 24, 2019 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    As many of you know, I’m a full-time telecommuter. Although a portion of my work involves some travel, most days I am working from home, and a lot of that involves sitting on conference calls with colleagues and customers/partners.

    Until recently, much of that required that I be desk-bound.

    Anyone who has to work with VOIP and IP-based conferencing systems such as Skype, Microsoft Lync, Cisco WebEx and Citrix GoToMeeting knows that voice quality is everything if you’re going to have an effective business conversation.

    And that means using devices that typically tie you to your desk, such as a wired headset or an Bluetooth/USB speakerphone, such as the Plantronics Callisto, which I have and think is an excellent product.

    While there are many Bluetooth headsets and earpieces on the market which are perfectly suitable for mobile phone conversations, few are specifically optimized for use with PCs that have VOIP “Soft Phone” software, and do not deliver what I would regard as business critical voice quality.

    They are perfectly fine for short calls, but not ideal when you are on a VOIP conference for as much as an hour at a time, or even longer, particularly when you need to be an active participant and when paying close attention to who is speaking and the clarity of what you are saying is essential.

    As we all know about Bluetooth when it comes to audio streams, the farther you get away from the transceiver, the worse the audio gets. So it’s not practical to stray too far away from your PC.

    Logitech’s latest wireless headsets have been a total game changer for my personal work situation since I’ve been using them the last few months. I’ve been using the H820e stereo version which retails for $199 but can be found for considerably less.

    Installation and use of the headset is pretty straightforward — you plug the DECT 6.0 transmitter and charging base into a free USB port on your PC or Mac, and the AC power cord to power the base. The headset charges on the base when not in use, and has a built-in rechargeable battery.

    The operating system recognizes it automatically, and depending on the VOIP program you are using, you may need to alter the settings to use the headset as your primary audio device.

    If you’re familiar with the DECT 6.0 1.9Ghz wireless transmission standard, particularly if you have cordless phones in your house that use the technology, you know that you can get some pretty impressive range and not lose any voice quality. That’s exactly what the H820e headset gives you for VOIP calls.

    My home office is a good 60 feet away from my living room and around 75 feet from my “breakfast area” which has my espresso machine and a table which faces my outdoor patio and pool area with outdoor furniture which is about 100 feet or so away from the base transmitter.

    So regardless of what VOIP software I am using, and where I am in my house, I get the same crystal-clear voice quality as if I am sitting right in front of my PC. For example, this wearable computing podcast that I recorded with Rick Vanover of Veeam was actually done in my living room, while wearing the H820e using Skype.

    So the quality of the audio is without dispute. What about the overall design and using it?

    The H820e was designed

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  • May 23, 2019 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    LG Electronics and Virgin Mobile USA announced that the LG Optimus F3 smartphone is available today from Virgin Mobile for $179.99 when purchased with a Beyond Talk™ monthly no-contract plan which offers unlimited data and messaging1starting at $35 per month2. This dynamic device features powerful performance, an advanced user experience and long battery life to provide exceptional connectivity and entertainment.

    The LG Optimus F3 comes equipped with everything users need to connect, share, create and manage their lives, including a sleek, user-friendly form factor, 4G LTE3 speed, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), an LED Home Button with color-coded alerts – for notifications like missed events, incoming calls or texts from friends – and a long-lasting 2,460 mAh battery with up to 16 hours of talk time.

    Additionally, the LG Optimus F3 received ULE Platinum Certification, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint, and is packaged in 100 percent recyclable materials.

    “In an always-connected world, users need a device that delivers an intuitive, user-friendly experience alongside solid all-day performance thanks to the strong battery,” said Georg Rasinski, director-Mobile Brand Management, LG Electronics USA. “The LG Optimus F3 from Virgin Mobile provides users with tools that enable greater self-expression, functionality and entertainment in conjunction with powerful hardware and 4G LTE speeds to match their daily needs.”

    “Virgin Mobile customers appreciate value for their wireless solutions,” said Mark Lederman, director-Virgin Mobile USA. “Adding the LG Optimus F3 further enhances Virgin Mobile’s strong smartphone portfolio and continues to offer choice and flexibility in consumers’ no-contract wireless plans.”

    Some of the compelling features of Optimus F3 include:

    Enhanced user experience: The LG Optimus F3 blends intelligent tools with collaborative sharing features that enable thoughtful self-expression and greater multitasking functionality. Users can also utilize QuickMemo™ to add their own creative commentary to pictures or screenshots with the swipe of a finger, then share it via social media, email or SMS. Another unique LG feature built into the user experience is Quick Translator, which allows users to translate words and phrases from 44 different languages into 64 native languages.

    Designed to inspire: The LG Optimus F3 also comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with an LED flash that shoots 1080p Full HD video, as well as a front-facing camera that can be used for shooting self portraits or for video chat. It also comes packed with advanced camera features that let users edit their photos. The Beauty Shot feature gives users the ability to snap photos that enhance the appearance of the subject while Cheese Shot lets users take a voice-activated photo by simply saying “cheese.” Panorama Shot helps users to capture the entire scene in a single photo. The LG Optimus F3’s vivid 4-inch IPS display with durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 provides accurate, true-to-life color, bringing photos and videos to life.

    Full list of features:

    • 4G LTE Network speed
    • Long-lasting 2,460 mAh battery with up to 16 hours talk time
    • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
    • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
    • Vivid 4-inch IPS display with durable Corning Gorilla® Glass 2
    • Share fun and personalized notes with VuTalk
    • Instant color-coded alerts with LED home button
    • 5 MP autofocus rear-facing camera with LED flash and advanced features
    • 1080p full HD video capture
    • VGA front-facing camera for self-portraits and video chat
    • QSlide 2.0™ advanced multitasking
    • Expressive QuickMemo™
    • SmartShare – share media wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
    • Wi-Fi Direct™ file sharing
    • Live effects – capture video with fun and creative editing tools and backgrounds
    • Polaris® Viewer 4 – PC-like office suite

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  • Website analytics company StatCounter have revealed its latest report covering global trends of internet access and software popularity. Dubbed ‘Internet Wars’ the report contains two major power shifts: in terms of mobile internet access Samsung has overtaken Apple whilst Chrome have has stolen Internet Explorer’s browser crown. See below for a full break-down of the report:

    Mobile: Samsung & Chrome lead the way

    In terms of mobile vendors the changes have been somewhat expected. 12 months ago Nokia was the number one vendor for connecting to mobile internet but they’ve now dropped to third place as Samsung overtakes Apple by a small margin.

    In terms of mobile browser usage the global market shows Android’s default browser out in front with 29% compared to Safari’s 25%; but in the US and the UK the Apple products are clear leaders – taking 55% and 48% of the market share respectively.

    This is a direct reflection of mobile OS trends where Android are ahead globally (38%, up from 26% last year) but with the US and the UK showing a pretty clear preference for the iOS. In the US Apple takes 55% and Android 39%; in the UK Apple gets 48% and Android has 30%. The UK also proves to be a bit of a hold-out for Blackberry – holding on to a respectable 15% of the market.

    Browsers & Operating Systems: Internet Explorer beaten, but Windows remains dominant

    The browser wars have seen Google overtake Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time in June this year, with Firefox and Safari taking third and fourth place respectively. Chrome took 34% of the market, compared to IE’s 32%.

    StatCounter’s report also took in the balance of power with operating systems, showing Windows 7 actually increasing its internet usage share to 51% despite the fanfare-launch of Windows 8. And 12 years after its launch, Windows XP is still hanging in there with 21% of the global market, comfortably above Apple’s consistent third-place OSX (over 7% share).

    In the UK specifically Windows 7 still keeps its top-spot with a 49% market share, but – unlike in the global market – Mac’s OSX takes second place with 11%, beating out Windows XP’s 10% share.

    It was also revealed that despite reports of Facebook’s declining appeal amongst teenagers the site has still managed to increase its market share – at least in terms of referall traffic, the metric that StatCounter uses.

    Social media: Facebook still king, though UK has a soft spot for Twitter

    Worlwide Facebook has increased its referral influence from 61% in June 2012 to 71% in June 2013. Other social networks still barely register on this scale – with StumbleUpon falling from 9% to 5%, Pinterest taking the number two slot with 8% and Twitter taking up third place with 7%.

    In the US Pinterest had a far more dominant position, climbing to a healthy second place in terms of referral traffic with 22% of the market share compared to Facebook’s 52%; whilst in the UK it was Twitter that took the number two spot, with 16% of referral traffic compared to Facebook’s 62%.

    However, it should be noted that referral traffic – whilst a useful metric – is by no means the be all and end all of social media influence.

    A recent essay by Ethan Zuckerman for the Atlantic pointed out that whilst Facebook may dominate in terms of

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  • May 21, 2019 /  Computer Technology, Software

    App Switcher is a feature of OS X that allows users to switch between applications that are running. This feature is a common feature that is often found in other OS. App Switcher can be activated by holding down Command + Tab simultaneously.

    However, if you’ve mastered this feature? Here are some tips to help you maximize the App Switcher function which has been used only for switching applications.

    Switching between two applications quickly. If you frequently switch between the two applications continuously, for example when copying text from one application to another, then these tips can save you time. Press Command + Tab quickly (without resistance) to switch between the two applications directly.
    Switching between applications is a major feature App Switcher. By holding down Command + Tab you can display all the active application. Continue to hold Command and press Tab repeatedly to move to the next application. Press Shift + Tab or ~ to move to the previous application. You can use the arrow keys or the mouse is also in selecting the application you want to set.
    Lethal applications quickly. App Switcher when the selection is above the current application, the state retained the Command key, you can press the Q button to turn off the selected application.
    Hide applications quickly. These tips similar to the previous tips. The difference lies only in the button is pressed. To hide the application, you need to press H.
    Mastering the App Switcher adds one more tool for you who like to use keyboard shortcuts in. App Switcher is capable of doing some things that you can not do with a gesture like turning off the application. Thus, you do not need to switch applications just to turn off unneeded applications anymore. It is also able to save on RAM usage.

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  • Opera, which is one of the leading providers of web browsers in the world, yesterday (24/7) through the official website has just released its latest infographic reports relating to one of its products namely Opera Mini which states, increasing the number of Opera Mini browser users in Indonesia are turning to the Android platform in mid-May 2012 to May 2013. This report shows the number of Android smartphone users in Indonesia are using the Opera Mini browser on the device.

    At least that’s the conclusion of a report released by the Opera releases infographic “State of the Mobile Web Report”. In the report, there are some brief conclusions that can indicate the condition and situation of smartphone users in Indonesia in the use of web browsers – especially in the Opera Mobile web browsing on Android smartphone devices.

    In the report mentions, after the number of smartphone users continues to rise in Indonesia, Opera Mini has recorded a growth of 182% of all smartphone platforms. Specifically for the Android platform, it turns out Opera Mini managed to increase the number of users up to 46% of the total increase of 189% over the past year.

    Opera Mini in the report claims of the various options available browsers – especially on the Android platform, Opera Mini remains an option for some users with varied reasons. Many users assume the Opera Mini browser has been very familiar to many users of the service and the availability of data compression feature that is known to provide a faster cruising needs. In addition, Opera Mini is also recorded growth of data consumption on Android users who access the Opera Mini also grow up to 218%, this figure is much higher than the consumption data from other platforms.

    Another conclusion is no less interesting is the report released by Opera Software stated, of the total amount of consumption data obtained, as many as 36% of consumption data obtained from access to a variety of popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and so forth, followed by sites such as e-commerce, media, and a variety of other websites that charge a percentage amount of the consumption data. Facebook specifically for social media, as much as 68% of users managed to “donate” the number of page views on the Opera Mini browser on their Android devices.

    Compact and simple system that brought the Android platform turned out to have a role on the growth of Opera Mini users on the Google’s platform. It is believed by the release of Opera The report also stated that Android users in Indonesia using the Opera Mini browser surfing 83% more than users running Opera Mini on other smartphone devices.

    Of the report may actually be concluded, that there is only reporting an increase in migration of users of Opera Mini for the Android platform that can be a concern, but also the condition of the mobile web users in Indonesia was enough to get special attention from the internet industry abroad. Of this report is also expected to become a benchmark for the industry in the internet world that Indonesia is arguably one of the market is important for the development of the internet industry in the whole world.

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  • May 19, 2019 /  Computer Technology, Software

    Jakarta – Indonesia invites the travelers Google using Google Maps on your phone. Rudy Ramawy, Country Head of Google Indonesia, said Google Maps on your phone makes it easy to plan the travelers a safe and comfortable journey.
    “Some of it’s ease of search as the most convenient path to the destination,” said Rudy. “You can also find important information regarding the need for travel. Example, the nearest gas station or ATM.”
    The travelers can also record all findings during the course of the digital device. “So, when I travel the same route, you can easily find the places you’ve visited,” Rudy explained.
    When stuck in traffic, Google Maps users can find an alternative way. This online map applications presents several alternative options that can help road users avoid severe congestion at homecoming.
    Google Maps to apply different color lines for different traffic conditions. For example, if there is a congested line, the red line. Yellow to crowded conditions and solid edging, while green for road conditions smoothly.
    In addition, Google Maps provides information on the long journey from the user’s location to the destination or hometown. Google Maps even provide mileage information is based on the means of transportation used. For example, driving alone, walking, or using public transportation. Google Maps also provides information public transport fares.
    With features and conveniences that exist, Rudy wish Google Maps users can be helped in planning trips back and forth.

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  • May 19, 2019 /  Computer Technology, Hardware

    Acnodes Corporation is proud to release its new fanless touch panel PC, FPC8759. Powered by high performance Atom D2550 Dual-Core 1.86GHz processor and NM10 chipset with two DDR3 SO-DIMM sockets for up to 4GB system memory, FPC8759 ensures adequate performance for end-users while consumes small amounts of power. It’s equipped with a 21.5 inch widescreen projected capacitive multi-touch screen with 1080P Full HD resolutions, ideal for interactive kiosk and control panel for machine in a variety of commercial and industrial applications. Rich I/O ports including dual Ethernet, four serial ports, four USB ports, mini PCI-E connector to support wireless networking modules, VGA port and audio (Mic-in, Line-out) port, provide excellent peripheral connectivity. It supports standard operating systems such as Windows 7, Window XP, Window XP Embedded, and Linux.

    Ultra Slim design, with 48 mm thick console, PC features aluminum die-casting chassis and front panel that tested to IP65 water and dust resistant standard. While FPC8759 has an elegant and modern appearance, it is also capable of operating in environments with temperatures ranging from 32°F to 95°F (0°C to +35°C) and relative humidity of 20% to 85%. FPC8759 supports both VESA and panel mounting enables easy installation in various applications with confined spaces. To fulfill different application needs and to secure the system from power input change, the system accepts an 8V to 36V wide range DC power input.

    Our product line configurations are illustrated on our web site at Acnodes.com. However, most of the commercial and industrial computers are custom built to customer’s exact requirements. Contact us via e-mail: info(at)acnodes(dot)com or telephone (1-909-597-7588) for more information.

    About Acnodes
    Acnodes manufactures, designs, and markets industrial computers and display solutions for diverse industries ranging from automation to military. We have an array of technological innovations in the area of rack mount servers, embedded computers, Panel PC’s and rugged monitors that create simpler and more valuable products to the customers. We work closely with our clients to customize computer products to meet their required projects and challenges. Acnodes strives to explore new technologies to better improve life and work.

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