HP Tops US Computer Sales

July 18th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

HP Tops US Computer Sales

There is some new information about 2010 United States computer sales and it comes from a preliminary estimate made by International Data Corporation. Hewlett-Packard and Dell are leading the way with about 26% and 24%, respectively, of all American computer sales, but the real change is the competition going on for third place.

For a long time, Acer has easily been number three, but according to the new data, Apple, who is in the number four spot, is starting to gain ground. Acer’s numbers have dropped significantly from about 23% to 11% of all computers sold, while Apple’s have increased. Apple currently controls about 8.8% of the computer market.

So, why the big changes for Acer and Apple? There are several possibilities. International Data Corporation says that Acer had an unusually “strong year-ago performance,” but that it’s growing faster in other markets than it is in the United States.

There is also the theory that those who would have purchased an Acer netbook in the past are turning to Apple to purchase an iPad instead. However, because the iPad is not considered a traditional computer, that theory can’t be confirmed. However, there are rumors circulating that Acer is coming out with its own tablet computer in the future.

As for computer sales as a whole, during the first half of 2010, the United States saw an overall increase in the number of shipments – 12.6%. Worldwide, computer purchases increased by 22.4% over last year. As for the second half of the year, there is a lot of back and forth between analysts about what will happen, due to the fluctuating economy.

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Laptops for Personal Use

July 15th, 2010 | Posted in Information Technology

Laptops are great for on the go work and play. They come in a variety of sizes with features that can accommodate different tastes and styles. When purchasing a laptop it is good to know exactly what you will be using it for. This means you need to decide if you want a laptop that can write and record DVDs or one with a lot of internal space or a killer speed for watching and downloading movies or playing games.

Size matters in the laptop world. Some say the bigger the better while others want smaller screens so that their laptop is even more portable. Smaller laptops are known as netbooks and are just as good as their larger competitors. We will start with a small sized screen, which is one Toshiba. Its screen measures 11.6 inches and it comes pre installed with Windows 7 Home Premium. This laptop also features a 2GB CPU and a 250 hard drive, which is adequate space for your internet and computer needs. This netbook is great for on the go use.

For a larger screen, but not too big you can always pick up a Toshiba Tecra that features more than style and space. This laptop has a 15.6-inch screen with a 3GB CPU and 320GB of hard drive space. What sets this one apart from others is that it offers DVD+/-RW, which means that you can actually burn movies from it, and add them to your home collection. It is like your own personal entertainment machine.

If you want a bigger screen then look no further than a Sony Vaio laptop that offers size, space and a beautiful silver finish. This laptop features 6GB of memory and also offers 320GB of space with an astonishing 17.3-inch screen. This laptop can download movies, store them and still have enough room for additional files. It also has Windows 7 Home Premium pre installed which is the latest operating system by Windows.

Picking out the perfect laptop or netbook can be a daunting task. There is research to be done and numerous choices that do not end once you have chosen the perfect screen size. Be sure to know what you want and don’t settle for less. Computers can do a lot these days. You just have to know exactly what you are looking for to get the one that matches your wants and needs.

Lease Computer Equipment

July 15th, 2010 | Posted in Information Technology

Is it better to buy or lease computer equipment? One of the big questions facing business owners is whether it makes more sense to buy or lease their computer equipment. Below are three questions to ask yourself as you think through this important decision.

Lease Computer Equipment

1) How Fast Is Our Business Growing? If you’re experiencing growth at a very fast pace, then leasing may make more sense. Simply, because doing so will allow you to tie up less of your capital so you can keep a positive cash flow. Growth brings enough stress in and of itself. Additionally, growth forecasting is more art than science and many companies find themselves scrabbling either to ratchet workforces down or up to meet demands. Leasing allows you to better meet these sudden changes.

2) Does Technology Provide the Backbone Of Our Business? If your business is heavily reliant on technology, then a lease could be a key to your survival. With the speed of innovation in computer manufacturing, having old or obsolete computer equipment may end up being an Achilles heel. Whether it’s servers, VOIP technology, dialers and CRM management tools, towers, laptops or software and peripherals, if technology drives your business, you can’t afford to fall behind in this critical area. Not only could it cost you business, it could end up hampering your future growth and market share.

3) Do Time and Operational Efficiencies Equate To Money In Our Business? People often talk about time being money. Though this is true, the important thing for you to consider is: How much money do time savings represent to our business? If your key employees can increase their work output by 30%-50% simply by a technology upgrade, would it justify the expense? Go through all the areas of your business from marketing, to sales, to customer service and realistically estimate how new computer equipment could increase work output, customer satisfaction and sales profit. Let the numbers do the talking and you won’t go wrong.

Leasing computer equipment is a serious business decision that should not be taken lightly. It is not about having the latest bells and whistles or keeping up appearances. Rather, it is about making an investment that has the potential of dramatically impacting your bottom line.

Advantages Of Photoacoustics Technology

July 15th, 2010 | Posted in Information Technology

To choose a form of cancer treatment for a patient it is very important to know just exactly which stage the caner is in. Once a cancer has spread to the lymph nodes it is more dangerous and requires treatment to be much more aggressive; although, once it has spread there it’s also much more difficult to determine where it is in the lymph nodes. This is where the use of Photoacoustics technology would be very beneficial.

This type of technology may make it a much more sure and efficient process when looking for caner in these hidden places. The Photoacoustics, which is a laser induced type of ultrasound, may be just the thing to make it easier to pinpoint the exact location of cancer cells in the hard to find lymph nodes.

Doctors hope that with the help if this technology they can more accurately determine what stages cancer like melanoma may be in, in each particular patient. Before this type of technology it was very difficult to determine what part of the lymph nodes the cancer had spread to because examining the entire lymph node is a time consuming and difficult process.

Eliminating the need to examine the entire node and simply find where the cancer is quickly would be a huge time saver and could be the determining factor in how quickly a patient recovers. Getting to the actual treatment faster would be great for everyone involved. If the stages can be more accurately identified then the treatments can happen faster, which will be a great benefit to treating the patient and getting them to recovery faster.

This method is being studied to see how much it will benefit people with melanoma cancer and to what extent it will cut down the guess work and time involved in figuring out what stages this type of cancer is in in a particular patient. Everyone with this type of cancer should be concerned with how well this new method may work because it could save them a lot of hassle and misery in the stage determining process, and help expedite treatment.

This method is not only supposed to be quicker abut it is also said to be a simpler method as well. Studies have been done with human cancer cells placed in the lymph nodes of animals, but they must be studies in human ones before this method can be determined as safe and useful in humans. Although, when used on the animal nodes with human cancer cells it was proven quite effective.

This technology uses lasers to scan the biopsy taken and then determines which parts of the biopsied areas contain the cancer cells. It acts on cells by heating and cooling them to cause them to make sounds that can then be measured to help find out what stage the cancer is in.

This new technology is being extensively studied to see if it will be as helpful as predicted in the cancer finding and treating process. Anything that makes it faster and easier to find cancer cells and get a patient on the path to recovery is well worth exploring to the fullest extent.

Microsoft Encouraging More Tablets

July 13th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Microsoft Encouraging More Tablets

Several hardware makers are teaming up with Microsoft, in an attempt to give Apple a run for its money. They’re looking to release a number of Windows-based tablet computers that can compete with Apple’s iPad. At least 21 manufacturers were mentioned, including Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Asus, Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo, and Panasonic.

The news was announced by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Monday, July 12, at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, “This year one of the most important things that we will do in the smart device category is really push forward with Windows 7-based slates and Windows 7 phones. Over the course of the next several months, you will see a range of Windows 7-based slates that I think you’ll find quite impressive. This is a terribly important area for us. We are hardcore about this.”

He added, “They’ll come with keyboards, they’ll come without keyboards, they’ll be dockable, there’ll be many form factors, many price points, many sizes, but they will all run Windows 7. They will run Windows 7 applications. They will run Office.”

Ballmer did admit Microsoft failed with Windows Mobile and is unable to compete with iPhone, Droids, and Blackberrys. On the other hand, he says Windows Phone 7 has received, “great reviews, really quite remarkable reviews.” The company’s mobile phone partners were listed to include Samsung, Dell, Asus, Toshiba, Garmin, Sony Ericsson, and HTC.

Ballmer also talked at length about cloud computing – Windows Azure – and its “new opportunity.” He says cloud enables Microsoft to help customers “streamline their operations and improve their agility.” Ballmer also says, “The world of tomorrow is a world of a smart cloud talking to smart devices roam your information across the internet. We are at an inflection point in technology history…for customers, cloud computing creates tremendous value, which translates to massive opportunity for Microsoft and its partners.”

According to Microsoft, eBay, Fujitsu, Dell, and HP will be using Windows Azure appliances. Dell says the platform will be useful for delivering cloud services to small and medium-sized businesses.

Other news from Microsoft included news that they’ve sold 150 million licenses for Windows 7 since its launch in October, 2009.

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Summer Travel with Your Computer

July 9th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Summer Travel with Your Computer

Let’s face it. With computers becoming more and more mobile, many people are traveling with their laptops, smartphones, tablet computers, and even desktops in some cases. Vacation doesn’t necessarily mean a vacation from EVERYTHING in 2010. We still check in with the office, we still check our email, and we still surf the internet or play games. But what happens if you have a problem? How do you prevent a problem from occurring? If you’re planning to take you computer on the road this summer, here are a few tips for you to keep in mind:

– Remember when you are on a public network, you are vulnerable than you would be at home on your own network. Unless you have a firewall, any data that can be shared on your home network can be shared with the other people using the same network you are, whether it be in a restaurant, hotel, or other spot.

– Purchase and take along a car adapter. My personal laptop battery only lasts about two-three hours. That was a bit disappointing when I recently found myself in the backseat of my grandfather’s car for a five-hour drive to Florida. I was able to get a little work done and play a few computer games, but over half of the trip was spent wishing I’d charged my iPod. So, take your car adapter along for long rides, or don’t use power-hungry applications.

– If you are going to have to rely on your battery more than usual, make sure your computer is running smoothly. Get yourself a tune-up, defrag your hard drive, run a few malware removal programs and delete or disable programs you no longer use for quicker boot-up and optimum performance.

– Be aware of thieves. Sure, we worry about people stealing our data but if someone has physically stolen our computers, data stolen over unsecure networks is the least of our worries. According to LoJack for Laptops, 600,000 laptops are stolen from cars and hotel rooms each year. Fortunately, there are laptop locks you can purchase that prevent this from happening. Also, use common sense. If your computer is in your car and you need to run into a store, don’t leave it in plain view. Keep it in a suitcase or in your car’s trunk.

– Power down. If you’re done working with your computer, turn the power off completely. Wireless connections and even Bluetooth connections can leave you vulnerable to attacks.

– Find out where you can get reliable tech support and computer service. Many hotels offer tech support but many do not. If you find yourself with a problem, you don’t want to be stuck, trying to find someone who can help get you up and running again. A quick call to a company like Computer Service Now (1-877-422-1907) can take care of any of your problems, no matter where you are located.

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Gateway’s DX4840-02e Desktop Computer

July 6th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

It’s not exactly what I would call a budget desktop, but the Gateway DX4840-02e is certainly still a good deal. It comes standard with a 23-inch HD monitor and a 2-year warranty. It has all of the usual features and a design that should satisfy anyone looking at desktop computers.

The mid-sized black tower of the DX4840-02e has every port included that you could ever need. There are 10 USB ports, headphone and microphone jacks, a Photo Frame hot key, 2 PS/2 ports, Ethernet ports, VGA and HDMI video inputs, and 5 media card slots. Also included is a DVD burner.

The 23-inch LCD monitor matches the design of the keyboard and the mouse and features 1,920 x 1,080 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio. You can enjoy 1080 HD content to its full extent with the monitor. It has good color quality and decent sound, although if you’re going to be watching many movies on your computer than you may want to invest in some speakers.

Inside the DX4840-02e is a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 650 processor and 4GB of RAM. That means that its not the fastest desktop computer out there, but it definitely still has great performance.

The Gateway DX4840-02e is a sleek, fast, feature-filled desktop that is pretty reasonably priced. You can get everything discussed and a 2-year warranty with Costco’s Concierge Service, that provides any technical services and help that you might need, all for $799.99.

If you’re looking for something a little more portable that the DX4840-02e but still like Gateway’s products, check out the Gateway EC14D Ultraportable laptop.

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Don’t Trade That Book in for an iPad Just Yet

July 6th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Don't Trade That Book in for an iPad Just Yet

iPads and eReaders are all the rage these days because people love the thoughts of being able to read on the go with the electronic devices – no turning pages, no losing your place, and no carrying multiple books around when you know you’re going to have lots of time on your hands. Seems convenient, right? But according to a recent study by Dr. Jakob Nielson of the Nielsen Norman Group, a product development consultancy, reading on an iPad or a Kindle is a lot more time-consuming than reading good old fashioned ink and paper.

The study compared 24 users’ reading times using Kindle 2, iPad’s iBooks application, and an actual book. For the most part, reading on either of the electronic gadgets took almost 11% longer than reading a regularly printed book. But despite the increase in time taken, those who participated said they preferred the electronic devices to books. The study also looked at reading books on a regular PC monitor – something that was given all around negative reviews from participants.

The participants were people who describe themselves as people who like to read and read often. They read short stories by Ernest Hemingway on the four different platforms. Their reading speeds were measured, as was reading comprehension. It took each user an average of 17 minutes and 20 seconds to read each story on all four platforms and their reading comprehension was not affected by the platform used.

Statistics for the PC monitor weren’t released by Nielsen but the numbers for the other platforms stacked up like this: compared to the paper books, readers read 6.2% slower on the iPad and even slower on the Kindle 2 at 10.7%. Sort of ironic considering the Kindle 2 is designed specifically for reading. But Nielsen dismissed the difference in time between the iPad and Kindle, saying the difference was not significant and shouldn’t be considered when consumers are shopping for new gadgets.

Participants were also asked to rate how much they liked reading on each platform. They were given a scale of 1 to 7 with 7 being the greatest. The iPad was rated 5.8, Kindle 5.7 and printed book 5.6 – not a whole lot of difference there. But the PC monitor ranked at just 3.6. Reasons for disliking the PC monitor included that it was not as relaxing as the other gadgets and that users felt like they were at work when using it.

So what does this mean? In the long run, nothing. PC World asks what would happen if the study had looked ages. Would people in their 20’s, who have been using digital screens for their entire life, prefer the Kindle or iPad, or read faster on it? Would people in their 60’s be more set in their ways and prefer the printed page? Also, the study only included 24 participants – that’s a pretty small group and not really representative of the general public.

One thing is for sure. digital books and eReaders are becoming more and more popular in the last couple of years. This year, eBook sales have grown at a rate of 217% from last year. But in my opinion, you still can’t beat a good old-fashioned book.

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Great Deal on Dell Desktop

July 1st, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

dell inspironIf you are looking to buy a desktop computer this summer, Dell might just have the deal you’ve been looking for. The Dell Inspiron 580s Core i5 Dual Core 2.93GHz desktop is now on sale through July 31st. When you use the coupon code ?8CN$RJ?W5TQ0C you will get $199 off the original price of the computer plus free shipping.

The Inspiron 580s comes standard with a very fast i3 processor, HDMI port, 320 GB hard drive, and decent 3D performance. Also thrown in is a 15-month subscription to MacAfee Internet Security.

For merely $629.99, you can have this fast, easy to use desktop computer. The Dell Inspiron 580s is a fantastic deal that you should definitely look further into.

If a Dell just doesn’t suit you, the you should check out Gateway’s ZX Series or maybe Apple’s iMac.

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Gizmodo iPhone 4G Fail

June 29th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Gizmodo Iphone 3G not 4G

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So here we have an ad on Gizmodo playing off the stereotypical college graduate who has an extremely refined taste in beer and is also aimed at their fathers who are looking to buy them something shiny, new, and expensive. While the pitch is hilarious in itself, what really got me was this sentence and the picture chosen to accompany the ad.

“No one can be sure what the fourth generation iPhone will look like (oops! actually, we can)…”

Oops, actually, you can’t Gizmodo. That’s because you’re using an outdated picture of the iPhone 3G instead of the iPhone 4G you are advertising. If I paid $10,000 for that iPhone, I would make pretty darn sure that I was using the correct picture for it.

You can see the original advertisment on Gizmodo’s Grads & Dads Gift Guide by clicking on the photo of the iPhone.