Java Programming

September 9th, 2010 | Posted in Software

Do you often play games on your mobile phones? Maybe you often ask, what programs and applications used to create these games? There are many types of programs that can be used to build a computer application, such as gaming, security system for a basic level, database systems, and much more. Some languages programming that can be used to create a fairly simple game such as “Java Language” program. This type of program as well as easy to apply, is also quite easy to be developed into some other applications, such as Java C+ and C++.

Use for gaming applications typically do not depend on the particular type of operating system, this is because the existing database on the program consists of several simple source code, so this kind of programming language can be used by them that still learning about this program, because some of this program based on source code applications. However, to further optimize the function of the Java program, it needs some additional knowledge to better understand and make modifications for this program, for example with the application “Turbo Pascal” which is a basic-level programming language.

If you want to try and learn to make a game with the application of “Java”, there are some steps you should know, including:

• Type of game you want to develop? What is included in the game type “animation effect” or the game kind of “three dimensional”. It is very important for you to start building these applications, because both types of these games require some source code that is different.
• What is the games platform you want to use, does require operating system support, such as “Windows”, or just need a simple application, such as “Notepad”. Both types of these applications will determine the type of game that will be produced later.

Both of these applications you must understand first before you begin to development of an application to learn for simple practices around the “Java Language”, although it looks easy and simple, but if those two things are not understood properly, chances are you will have difficulty in applying these application.


Pay-As-You-Go 4G From Clearwire

September 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information


Last Monday internet provider Clearwire announced that it would begin offering a pay-as-you-go 4G service for its customers. With the demand for faster and faster internet rising, and the amount of contractual services lowering, this is exactly what the new tech-savvy generation needs.

The new 4G service will be called Rover and will be available in all of Clearwire’s networks. Clearwire, being partially owned by Sprint-Nextel, is used to power the 4G WiMax network, and it is this network Rover will run off of.

Lately Clearwire has been in slump profit wise, losing millions of dollars this year alone. This new pay-as-you-go network will hopefully rekindle some profits for the flagging company, as well as making internet accessible for those who don’t want to get tangled up in a contract.

Price wise Rover seems to be decent. It will connect to Clearwire’s network using either a “Stick” or a “Puck”. The Stick will connect directly to the computer and provide access and as its name suggests, is a USB modem. The Stick will retail for $100. The Puck provides access for up to eight mobile devices and costs $150 dollars, which is an incredible deal for fifty dollars more, and also allows multiple laptops or other mobile devices to be online simultaneously. Users can choose to pay by the day, by the week, or by the month. Prices will be $5 for a day, $20 dollars for a week, or $50 dollars for a month.

With a reasonable price for their new 4G network Clearwire can hope to recoup its recent losses. More good news for the company is that it is currently the only service provider offering 4G. Other internet heavyweights will soon enter into the game, but Clearwire may be able to retain popularity with its contract-free Rover.


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Broadband made a legal right for Finnish citizens

August 18th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information


Broadband made a legal right for Finnish citizens.
Let us be honest, how many of us are reading this article from our neighbors wifi? I, for one, am not, but that may or may not be because I’m the only one with internet in the building. The ethical argument for using another person’s wireless internet is akin to the argument about virtual property. Have we reached an age where a person can not only own the rights to something tangible, but something completely invisible as well? It is almost considered ignorant to go without internet anymore, but with bills for electric, cable, water, gas, and everything else piling up, it is becoming more and more difficult to add another forty dollars or so to our monthly spending. With social networking becoming more popular than postal mail, maybe the US should take a hint from Finland, and their new policy that internet should be a legal right to each and every person.
In October 2009 promises were being made by Finland’s communication officials that by 2010 everyone would have broadband internet of at least 1Mbit/s, and by 2015 amping it up to 100Mbit/s. Finland makes this possible using ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line). As of July 2010 this promise came to fruition, and all of Finland had the option to be connected to the web. Even before this breakthrough in communication, certain cities in Finland, such as Oulu, were already offering city-wide internet access. Finland’s willingness to offer such a commodity for no cost to its general public may seem startling, but when one looks at the benefits to free internet, it is understandable why this step was taken.
According to Reuters, four out of five people believe that internet access is a fundamental right. For the older population this might seem hard to believe, since the internet has only become extremely popular in the last decade. Internet access has become such a crucial part of our everyday lives that it would be impossible for some businesses to function without it. In fact, some businesses are completely internet based, with nary a cubicle in sight. More and more people would benefit from open access internet, even to the point where it would open up jobs for people unable to leave their homes.
America’s attempts to jump start its economy are everywhere. New highways being built, new government-run jobs opening up, the evidence is obvious that drastic steps are being taken to put money back into the pockets of American citizens in hopes that said citizens will spend the money. By offering nationwide broadband access, online shopping would be available to every single citizen, not just the technically savvy. The factory worker that gets off work at 3:00am with a hole in his steel toed boots could jump on his computer, as basic as it might be, and order a new pair for delivery. No more worrying about waking up five hours early to get to the shoe store. The full time Mom could order all of her Christmas presents from home without having to dress and wash her numerous offspring. The possibilities are endless. For wireless intenet on the go consider an AirCard rental from Rentacomputer.com.


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Technology Meets Marketing Reports

August 15th, 2010 | Posted in Information Technology

Until a few years ago any marketing presentation or a report had to be read or viewed in print medium. But now with visual media, we have videos that can engage the viewer’s attention and convey information and messages very well keeping the viewer’s engaged. If you are wondering why everyone loves watching videos, it is because both our eyes and ears are engaged and it makes more sense to watch and listen to what is being said. But marketers watch out, if your marketing video is of 30 minutes or more, then we doubt if anyone would be interested in watching it completely.

Now days all types of trainings are imparted through videos and most often trainings imparted through videos are comprehended better than other modes.

Whether the video is short or long one can decide only at the end of watching the entire video if it was worth it. But then generally videos which run more than 3 to 5 minutes tend to bore the viewers and will not be able to hold their attention for long. The viewer’s maximum attention span would be around 5 minutes or a little longer.

Keeping in mind the necessity to engage the viewers and make it more interesting many presenters also hand out the print outs of PDF version or PPT version of the video that is being shown. Viewers are now able to make their notes and refer to the paper print out while watching the video and will be better informed as well as involved in the presentation.

Many times viewers are not able to view the videos that you send them for sometimes they may not be able to download the file for it is too big and takes too long or some technical problem in their system might make it impossible for them to download. This defeats the purpose totally.

It makes sense to give a print out of the video to the viewer while waiting for him to download and see the video. With the print out the viewer is likely to go through immediately and be interested in seeing the video for he knows what to expect and has questions already forming in his mind which the video can answer for him.

You have two options on hosting your videos. One is to list your video in the video directory sites. The other option is to have SEO in text for the search engines including Google still judges content according to text and place them accordingly in the SRPs.

Many people list their videotext files into other directories too and ensure that the text shows up first followed by the video. It makes sense to combine text and use it in combination with your video.


Protecting Your MP3 Player

August 15th, 2010 | Posted in Information Technology

When you buy a brand new mp3 player or cell phone, there are a few things that you need to buy along with it to make sure that you keep it in the best possible shape that it can be in for a long period of time. Phones and technological gadgets are not cheap these days and there are many things that can happen that will destroy your new toys. Fortunately, there are iPod repair services and iPhone repair services available to help you out when you need to get something fixed but do not want to deal with the hassle of going through the store where you purchased it from.

Whether you drop your new phone or accidentally drop it in the toilet or sink, it never ends up good. There is not really anything you can buy to protect your phone from water damage so be careful when you are in a bathroom by not keeping it in your pockets. If you can, keep it in your purse or set it down. There are ways to protect in from drops, however. There used to be one kind of case for all phones because when phones first came out, they were all the same. They were a soft layer of leather that went over your phone. Now, cases are hard plastic or silicone and do a much better job of protecting your phone.

Screen protectors are also a good item to buy. They are not very expensive and can be purchased in the store that you bought your phone or mp3 player. Since most phones these days are touch screen and cases only cover certain parts of your phone and not the screen, it is a good idea to have something protecting that part so that it does not get scratched up. What is that point of having a phone if you cannot see what you are doing on it?

There are not always issues with just the look of the phone. If you have a smart phone or a phone that can use the internet, which is pretty much every phone out there now, it is best to have a software downloaded that can keep the viruses away, because that can happen and your phone would be useless at that point. If your phone starts acting weird, check to make sure there are no viruses and if it starts getting slow, you may need to delete some downloads if you have too many to give your phone more memory space.

Fortunately, if something goes wrong with your phone, it is not the end of the world. It is not fun to deal with because they are expensive and can be expensive to fix, but there are people out there who will help you fix the problem and even though it might take a few dollars out of your account, you will be on your way with a new phone and the best part of it all is you will know next time what to do to protect your phone so that it does not happen again.


Are iPad Users Snobs?

August 13th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Are iPad Users Snobs

This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to many people but iPad users are “selfish elites.” At least, that’s what a new study says. The research comes from MyType, a consumer research firm. They surveyed 20,000 people between March and May to get a “psychological profile” of iPad owners. The result? “Selfish elites.”

MyType found that iPad owners tend to be up to six times more “wealthy, sophisticated, highly educated, and disproportionately interested in business and finance” compared to non-owners. iPad owners also tend to be less than kind or altruistic. For the most part, they fell into the 30-50 age range.

However, a whopping 96% of those likely to criticize iPads don’t even own the device. Those people have been deemed “independent geeks” by the company. MyType’s Tim Koelkebeck said in an interview with Wired.com that this group earned its name by being “self-directed young people who look down on conformity and are interested in video games, computers, electronics, science and the internet.”

MyType lists a number of reasons as to why the iPad owners could be, well, the way they are. Speculation includes the high price tag of the device and the desire to have more gadgets on which to do more work for the workaholic types. As a matter of fact, when the iPad was released, there seemed to be mixed opinions amongst the people who wondered why the device was even necessary versus the people who saw it as a cool new way to stay connected.

As for the “independent geeks” or critics of the device, speculation suggests they are one trip to the Apple Store away from praising the iPad. Koelkebeck says that bashing it is an “identity statement.” He goes on to say of the critics, “As a mainstream, closed-platform device whose major claim to fame is ease of use and sex appeal, the iPad is everything that they are not.”

That’s pretty harsh, but anyone who knows anything about computers, the tech world, or modern pop culture knows that hating Apple products is simply a way of life for some people. However, there are also those people out there who would probably buy Apple garbage bags if they were to go on sale at the Apple Store.

Just how scientific is this research? Well, obviously, calling someone a “selfish elite” or an “independent geek” is pretty subjective. However, MyType did make a serious effort to get the American public’s opinion of the iPad. You can read more about how they conducted their research and the reasoning behind it at MyType.com/blog.

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Hewlett-Packard CEO Forced to Resign

August 5th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Hewlett-Packard CEO Forced to Resign Hewlett-Packard, the country’s best-selling computer brand and the world’s largest technology company, is without a leader today. According to the Associated Press, CEO Mark Hurd was forced to resign this week after being accused of falsifying “expenses to hide numerous private dinners with a woman who was paid up to $5,000 per event to greet people and make introductions among executives attending HP events that she helped organize.”

The woman in question had accused Hurd of sexual harassment. However, both Hurd and the woman’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, claimed the relationship between the two was not sexual. The board of directions said that even though Hurd didn’t actually violate its sexual harassment policy, he did break its rules of conduct. Despite the accusations from HP’s board of directors, Hurd insists the money spent to pay the woman was a legitimate business expense, but he also says he doesn’t have a record of just how much was spent.

After the news was released on Friday, HP’s stock fell 10% in after-hours trading. Despite the loss, analysts say the drop was merely a reaction to the news and nothing to be concerned about.
Hurd began at HP in 2005 after 25 years at NRC Corp. With Hurd at the wheel HP spent over $20 billion on acquisitions that helped turn the company into a well-rounded computer company. The most recent was the $1.4 billion purchase of smartphone maker Palm Inc. in June. During his tenure, the company’s market value nearly doubled.

So, who will replace Hurd? No one knows for sure just yet, but there are rumors swirling that it could be an internal candidate. Some of the potential replacements from inside the company include Todd Bradley, who oversees personal computers and mobile devices; Vyomesh Joshi, who oversees printers; Ann Livermore, who leads the servers, services, software, and storage division; and Shane Robison, HP’s leader of corporate strategy and marketing. Cathie Lesjak, the company’s CFO, is serving as interim CEO until a replacement is named, but she insists she would not take the permanent job.

Don’t feel sorry for Hurd though. He will walk away with about $28 million in cash and stock.

As for HP, this is the third “scandal” to hit the company’s top executives in five years. Former CEO Carly Fiorina was forced to resign after the company’s controversial deal to buy Compaq in 2002 didn’t produce the desired results. In 2006 Chairwoman Patricia Dunn was forced to leave after a boardroom spying scandal involving spying on reporters’ and directors’ phone records which were being leaked to the media.

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Mumba Botnet Has Infected 55,000 Computers

August 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Mumba Botnet Has Infected 55,000 Computers

Research from free anti-virus software-maker AVG was released earlier this week and the findings show that over 55,000 computers from all over the world have been infected by the Mumba botnet. The report, which was prepared by the AVG Web Security Research Team, can be found at Blogs.AVG.com.

According to the report, over 60GB of personal data, such as social networking information, banking information, credit card information, and emails, has been stolen from people’s personal and business computers. At least 33% of the infected computers are located in the United States, followed by 17% in German, 7% in Spain, 6% in the United Kingdom, and 5% in both Mexico and Canada.

Mumba botnet is a virus that was created by a group of cybercriminals known as the Avalanche Group. The Group is known for creating a mass-production system for phishing sites and other malware. Mumba uses Zeus, one of the most current and common forms of malware.

In a press release, Yuval Ben-Itzhak, the Senior Vice President of AVG said, “The unique infrastructure of the Mumba botnet means that going after the servers hosting the stolen data is now much more difficult than before. As cybercriminals become increasingly sophisticated, it is paramount that consumers and corporations prevent their PCs from becoming the next victim in these dynamic cyber attacks by using anti-virus and LinkScanner tools such as those that AVG offers for free.”

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India Announces World’s Cheapest Computer

July 26th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

India Announces World's Cheapest ComputerEver since the Apple iPad came out, computer-makers have been working hard to make competing tablet computers and devices. A basic netbook or tablet computer can cost you at least $250 – $300 and they can get a lot more expensive than that, but imagine getting one for $35. Sounds too good to be true, right?

According to the Associated Press, students and professors at the Indian Institute of Technology have created just that. A $35 computer. The computer was designed with students and teachers in mind and was unveiled last week by India’s Union Cabinet Minister for Human Resources Development, Kapil Sibal.

The computer hasn’t been named yet and it runs on little power, yet allows users to connect to the internet. It features an open-source Linux operating system, 2GB RAM, an internet browser, a USB port, a PDF reader, Open Office Suite, multi-media software, video conferencing, and it is Wi-Fi enabled. The computer doesn’t use a hard drive, but it does have a memory card much like those found in many mobile phones and other devices. It may also include a solar power option for rural areas where there is no electricity.

The new computer is expected to be available in 2011 and will be introduced first to colleges and universities. The Indian government plans to manufacture about one million of the computers for university students and then work on creating more for students in primary and secondary schools. According to the Associated Press, there has been no manufacturer or distributor named yet but you can bet several have been showing interest in making the world’s cheapest computer.


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Computer Program Translates Ancient Language

July 21st, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Computer Translates Anciet Language

In the late 1920’s, archaeologists discovered clay tablets with unknown writing on them, in the city of Ugarit. Linguist spent decades trying to decode the writing, said to be from Biblical times, but were unable to completely do so. However, a new computer program developed by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has now translated about 60% of the text.

Scientists at MIT used the program to compare the Ugaritic text to Hebrew text, and were thrilled with how quickly it took. The Ugaritic language is considered a lost language and is made up of dots and wedge-shaped stylus signs. It hasn’t been used since 1200 BC, where it was used in western Syria. The program was able to translate most of the symbols to letters and words.

According to Regina Barzilay, a computer science professor at MIT, this may be the first time anyone has ever effectively demonstrated a computer analysis of any of the lost languages. 60% of the language was correctly identified. Said Barzilay in an interview, “traditionally, decipherment has been viewed as a sort of scholarly detective game, and computers weren’t thought to be of much use. Our aim is to bring to bear the full power of modern machine learning and statistics to this problem.”

The team is hoping to decipher other old languages in the future and the computer program will be the key to help us learn more about our history. For example, they are hoping to look at Etruscan next, a script that was used in 700 BC in Italy. By 100 AD, the Etruscan had been replaced by Latin and because of this, very few traces of the language remain. And of the ones that do remain, none of it seems to match up to any other more current language, like Ugaritic does with Hebrew.

According to Barzilay, the computer program has the ability to scan several languages at once to see if anything between the ancient language and a number of modern languages matches up.

The program was made public last week at the 48th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics in Sweden.

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