Computers & Technology
We are always on the watch for the ‘next best thing’ when it comes to technology and the Internet. Certainly no one can doubt that the next generation of the Internet (known as Web 2.0) has had a dramatic affect on how people interact and connect with each other – both from an individual standpoint and a business one.
Another emerging concept that has the power to change how we perform tasks is taking place before us as well, and . . .
What is Cloud Computing?
You can’t look at any technical section of a newspaper or website these days without reading about “cloud computing.” The term seems to be popping up everywhere. So, what exactly is cloud computing? A simplistic definition is computing on the Internet. It allows users the ability to access everything on the Internet, from software to their stored data, without having to store anything on their actual computer. The user only needs a computer with a . . .
Google’s new operating system Google Chrome OS has been receiving a great deal of press lately. At a press conference on November 19, 2009, Sundar Pichai, Google’s Vice President of Project Management announced that despite many rumors, Google would not be releasing a beta version of the operating system (OS). Instead, they announced that they were open sourcing, or making available to outside developers for modification, their code for the Chrome OS project. While that may have been . . .
With Google’s recent acquisition of Gizmo5, the words “Google me, baby”, from Teyana Taylor’s hit song, are about to take on a whole new meaning. “Google me” will more likely replace “call me” or “Skype me” instead. Google is no longer just an Internet search engine used for locating celebrity gossip or reviews about local dentists. It is becoming a major player in the Internet communications industry.
Google Talk + Grand Central = Google Voice
In 2007, Google integrated their . . .
If you are a computer user, you probably have strong feelings in the Apple vs. Microsoft debate, but if you are a business owner, personal likes or dislikes don’t mean as much as the bottom line. So what exactly do Mac OS X Snow Leopard and Windows 7 have to offer business owners?
Because of the issues Microsoft users encountered with Windows Vista, many people have been reluctant to consider Windows 7. Many are concerned that Windows 7 is . . .
Some businesses have jumped on the iPad wagon and are finding creative ways to use the iPad. For example, the Global Mundo Tapas restaurant in Sydney, Australia uses the iPad as an interactive menu. There’s a budget airline, Jetstar Airways, using the iPad for in-flight entertainment, rented for $10 a flight. A luxury sedan by Hyundai comes with an iPad instead of a user manual. Other than these extreme cases, how can an iPad be used to increase . . .
Small business owners who are not already on board the “cloud” may be missing out on a great opportunity to improve their business operations as well as profitability. Cloud computing has changed the landscape of business dramatically in the past few years. In order to reap the most rewards from technological advances, it is important first for business owners to understand what they are dealing with and how new technologies can improve the functionality of their business.
What is cloud . . .