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108, 2017

Securing A Business With A Smartphone

By |August 1st, 2017|Tech, XPC|0 Comments

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Digital technology has opened up new security threats to businesses that could never have been dreamt of thirty years ago. However, on the flipside, it’s also enabled us new ways of protecting businesses. In fact, just using a smartphone, there are now all manner of hi-tech security methods. Here are just a few ways that you could use a smartphone to safeguard your business.

Consider a smart lock for your office

You can now lock and unlock your office using your smartphone and a special smart lock. These work by scanning your phone against the lock with a special app open. Some locks can be used in conjunction with normal locks, either as an alternative or an extra means of security. Some can even be voice operated or activated with a fingerprint scan.

Turn your phone into a security camera monitor

Can’t afford to hire a professional CCTV service. There are now cheap but reliable security cameras that you can buy to monitor on your smartphone through an app. Such apps even allow you to play back video footage (although you may only be able to store a limited amount compared to a professional CCTV service). This could be ideal to have outside your office or inside a retail outlet to monitor and deflect criminals.

Verify client ID with your phone

Some businesses may require you to carefully vet clients or employees for security purposes. This may involve checking that a person matches their ID. There are now apps that can provide a trusted identity service using biometric facial recognition to ensure that the person really is who they say they are on their identification papers. Such a procedure has previously involved expensive tech but now can be done with […]

2007, 2017

Today’s New Car Technologies Are Straight Out Of Minority Report

By |July 20th, 2017|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on Today’s New Car Technologies Are Straight Out Of Minority Report

It doesn’t seem like there’s a day that goes by where cars don’t aren’t affected by some new technology. During the 1980s and 1990s, car technologies improved, sure. But today, thanks to smartphones and other wizardry from the world of digital tech, these new innovations are coming to our vehicles on a monthly basis. The pace of technological progress is truly impressive,.

Honda Is Making An EV Powered By AI

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An EV powered by AI? It’s an alphabet soup of a sentence. But all it means is no more gas and no more drivers. Right now, thousands of people every year have to get a DUI defense. But Honda, the company behind the NeuV concept vehicle, thinks that getting pulled over from dangerous driving might soon become a thing of the past. Powered by an “emotion engine,” it is hoped that the vehicle will help bring down accidents and also congestion, thanks to its incredibly small size.

Minority Report In-Car Gesture Control

Our phones have gesture control, so why not our cars? Surely it would make more sense in a car where your hands are constantly busy with other things? BMW is planning on introducing a pioneering gesture control system to some of its flagship 7-Series cars. The idea is to provide free floating holographic projections inside the car itself, a little bit like those seen in films like Minority Report. Gesture control consoles are most likely to appear right beside the steering wheel which a camera tracking the position of the driver’s fingers. Spooky.

Driverless VR

Wouldn’t it be great if your car could take you somewhere while you floated about in a virtual world of your own? That’s the dream of Hyundai. They’ve begun testing a fleet of […]

1707, 2017

Beware Of Your Smartphone

By |July 17th, 2017|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on Beware Of Your Smartphone

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Your smartphone can do many wonderful things. On top of being a communication tool, it can also be used as a GPS to stop you getting lost, a camera to help you record every moment of your life and an online bible for helping with any emergency query you may have. However, owning a smartphone isn’t completely free of drawbacks. In fact, there are some real dangers that everyone with a smartphone ought to be aware of such as cybersecurity risks, addiction and even physical health risks. Here are just a few ways to avoid these dangers.

Protect your personal data

Our phones are full of personal details given out in text messages, via log-in forms to sites and perhaps even stored in our notes. Whilst password protection (and now fingerprint recognition) has made it harder for thieves to then access our phones, there are still hackers out there getting into our phones through unsecure wi-fi hotspots and email traps.

It can be worth downloading extra security onto your phone. There are also cloud services that allow you to back up your details on the web, in case your phone is stolen or attacked by ransomware. A good rule of thumb is also to be careful what information you put on your phone. Don’t allow your log-in details to be automatically filled in on online forms and never email or text private details to someone you’ve never met. Also be careful of apps that enable geo-tagging. A hacker may be able to find out where you are by hacking into a jogging app (details of your routes and where you are may be stored on a server somewhere). Burglars have been using this to find out when […]

3005, 2017

The International Space Station: What’s It For?

By |May 30th, 2017|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on The International Space Station: What’s It For?

The international space station is one of humanity’s greatest achievements. A hundred years ago, it was the kind of thing that would only be found in science fiction stories, but now it’s a reality. We hear it about it fairly often in the news, particularly when we send people up there, but we don’t really hear too much about what exactly it is that they do up there. There are various things that go on up there, here are a few of the more important ones.

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Water Purification

Clean drinking water is vital for our survival, unfortunately not everybody has access to it at the moment. Work that NASA is doing on the space station is going some way to change that. Technology that was initially developed for use on the space station has been taken on by international water aid agencies and redesigned for use back here on earth. It’s already in use all over the world.

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Protein Crystals

Proteins are an important part of nature, and we can use them to our advantage if we tailor them well. The best place to grow and study different proteins is in space. The low levels of gravity create the perfect environment to produce protein crystals that we can use for medical treatments in the future. One of the most recent experiments has started the preliminary steps towards an effective treatment for muscular dystrophy.

Ultrasound

One of the biggest problems that astronauts have while they are in space is the lack of space. Developments that are designed to address this issue are helping us make a big leap forward down on Earth. Lack of space means that medical equipment has to be limited and make use of space effectively. […]

1705, 2017

What Comes Next For Space Exploration?

By |May 17th, 2017|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on What Comes Next For Space Exploration?

Ever since Aldrin and Armstrong landed on the Moon, planted the Stars And Stripes upon it’s dusty surface and declared that this was ‘one small step for man, but a giant leap for mankind.’ The Human Race has stepped a little bit off space. Of course, we are still infatuated with the Sun, Moon, Stars and Space – but we seem to have stepped back a bit. Ever since the USA beat the Russians to the Moon, the hype seemed to have died down, and a generation that was obsessed with what lies beyond the stars seems to have relaxed a little bit.

Not according to NASA though. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration declare on their website that they are not done with space. After a successful mission with the Curiosity Mars Rover to map the surface of the red planet situated next to Planet Earth, NASA wants more. With a fair few missions planned, what’s next for our race and our exploration of space? With people like Cranfield Aerospace developing the next generation of aerospace and space exploration prototypes and products, as well as the brains over at NASA shooting off into the stars, space exploration is far away from being over.

What next then? Well – code-name Juno is the planned mission to explore Jupiter – the biggest planet in our solar system. Currently, the Juno team have completed their fifth flyby of Jupiter. These unmanned flybys allow data to be collected and photographs to be taken of Jupiter’s atmosphere. What has been gathered thus far? Well, thanks to Juno, we know that Jupiter has intense magnetic fields that are complicating the minds of even the people at NASA. Juno has revealed that Jupiter’s […]

3003, 2017

How Often Should Companies Update Their Tech?

By |March 30th, 2017|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on How Often Should Companies Update Their Tech?

Technology is moving at an increasingly fast rate. It seems as though your latest laptop or tablet is already obsolete by the time you’ve walked out of the shop.  If you don’t have the most up to date tech, you could run into compatibility and functionality issues. This is especially problematic for businesses, who want to ensure that they don’t fall behind. The financial pressures of updating your company’s tech are rather large. Software updates are usually released on a yearly basis and buying a license for all of the computers, as well as the portable devices and servers can prove incredibly expensive. Not to mention hardware the hardware upgrades that are necessary to run more modern software.

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The majority of businesses, particularly those in the early stages, will want to cut spending and holding off on expensive Technology upgrades is often a good way of doing this. So, how long can businesses wait before they absolutely have to upgrade their tech?

Signs That you Should Upgrade

Trying to decide on the best time to upgrade your company’s tech means looking for the tell-tale signs that it is struggling to take the strain.

It is important that your tech is compatible with the software that your employees are using at home. With the rise of portable, mobile technology, business is increasingly being carried out on the move. If your employees cannot transfer seamlessly between work and home computers, for example, they will be much less efficient. Their output at home will decrease and the workload will pile up on them. Technology is a big part of almost every aspect of our lives. Your employees will become familiar with the technology that they are using all the time […]

2803, 2017

Always Take Tech Advice

By |March 28th, 2017|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on Always Take Tech Advice

With all the tech advances in this day and age, the digital age, it is sometimes hard to keep up with and keep a track of them all which then, in turn, leads to a falling behind in regards to knowledge of how the latest state-of-the-art technological tools actually work. Technology is becoming increasingly complicated, that much is for certain, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people and services out there willing to dish out some assistance from time to time.

Even if you are experienced in a certain area there can still be technological advances in it that leave you stumped in regards to what is good to use, and what is bad to use. For instance, if you are a keen gamer and do in fact have an interest in what all the components inside of your gaming PC get up to whilst you’re playing on it then you probably know all there is to know about the processor, but do you know about the peripherals? Do you know all there is to know about the mouse, the keyboard or the monitor? They are easy to overlook, even though they are the devices that sit right under your nose because there isn’t anything about them that necessarily makes them interesting to study when in actual fact they are just as important to the way in which your PC works as the components inside of it. You can find advice on the best gaming monitors here, meaning you never have to worry about this peripheral ever again. it is easy to overlook certain aspects when they don’t interest you as much as others do, but it doesn’t mean that they should be ignored — […]

203, 2017

Turning Physical Games into Digital Entertainment

By |March 2nd, 2017|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on Turning Physical Games into Digital Entertainment

If there’s one thing technology is good for, it’s giving us fun things to do. The rise of smartphones and tablet devices has paved the way for mobile gaming and entertainment, and it doesn’t look like that revolution is about to stop. For instance, your tablet device is capable of accessing thousands of videos on the internet; an entire library of movies and shows at your fingertips—now that’s convenient!

There are many branches of entertainment depending on the type of games you enjoy. For instance, if you have money to burn and want to go big, there are oversized versions of games you can buy such as huge simulators for racing or golfing, or you could buy entire arcade machines if they fit in your home. However, one thing is clear; as technology advances, we’re finding more and more ways to turn physical games into digital ones.

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Digitizing Traditional Board Games

As time moves on, our favorite traditional games such as Monopoly or Checkers will eventually get worn out or misplaced due to the physical pieces required. Thanks to technology, more and more people are starting to realize the potential of video games and how they can turn our favorite physical board games into digital ones. For instance, Bingo has always been a classic family game that people love to play after dinner to unwind and socialize.

Thanks to services like Unibet Bingo, we can all enjoy Bingo online and with our friends in the comfort of our home. You can also play classic board games such as Monopoly or Clue on the internet with your friends and family. If you want to up the experience, then consider using a web chat application such as Skype so you […]

902, 2017

The Right Way to Look After Your Tech

By |February 9th, 2017|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on The Right Way to Look After Your Tech

Businesses often invest a large portion of their investment money on technology. This is because technology reduces the stress of everyday tasks and makes it easier for employees to work. If we didn’t have things like word processors to help us write documents, we’d probably be using a typewriter or even worse, pen and paper.

Businesses choose technology based on a number of factors. For instance, an office that focuses on video production will need cameras, lights, and powerful computers to run video editing software such as Adobe Premiere. A regular office, however, will only need some low-spec computers, an internet network and perhaps some networked attached storage devices to store documents.

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No matter what technology your business invests in, it’s never a bad idea to look after those investments. A broken computer is going to set your company back a couple of hours or even days of work, and something like a faulty router will prevent your office getting an internet connection which will severely affect your workflow. Regardless of what technology you have, here is a couple of ways to look after it.

Regular Maintenance

Devices like computers and network routers need routine maintenance to ensure they are working correctly. This is usually done by a technology administrator, but it can also be taught to your employees with a basic computer hardware lesson. By diagnosing issues early, you can replace or fix the hardware before it breaks or becomes a problem.

Backup Solutions

For hardware such as a keyboard or mouse, it’s a good idea to have backups so that if a keyboard does break, you can continue working with a spare. This also counts for laptops and computer components. If a RAM stick inside of a computer […]

1410, 2016

How Do Businesses Choose The Right Tech?

By |October 14th, 2016|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on How Do Businesses Choose The Right Tech?

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All businesses need a certain amount of technology in order to function in the world today. The way that technology has developed over the past couple of decades has made a huge difference to businesses worldwide. Regardless of the nature of a business, or what industry they are in, this remains the case. But how exactly do businesses choose the tech that they should be choosing? What are the qualities that these technological advancements usually need to have? Let’s take a look at some of the major things that businesses should be looking for.

Cost

It goes without saying that all businesses need to think about the financial burden of any technology they use. It is the case that many kinds of technology are particularly expensive. However, it is all relative, and it depends greatly on the importance of the technology itself. Above all, it is up to the business to decide whether the cost of any particular technology is worthwhile. However, it is also worth bearing in mind that there are many circumstances in which going for the cheaper option is not necessarily best. Sometimes, it is much more important to get the right technology for the business’ purposes.

Industry-Specific Technologies

For some businesses in certain industries, this decision is made a lot easier by virtue of the industry itself. There are many industries in which there is certain technology which is generally approved. A good example of this is the marine industry, with suppliers such as Martek Marine offering a great deal of the necessary tech. If a business needs specific industry-relevant tech, this can often make the decision a lot easier for those in charge.

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Reputation

Technology is one of those things which is highly dependent […]