20 Tips to Save Your Mobile Phone Battery Life

We rely increasingly on our smartphones,so it’s more of a problem when the battery finally gives out. So what can you do to eek that little bit more life out of your phone? You might be surprised by some of the tricks you can pull off!

Let’s start with the more obvious tricks first:

1. See what apps are eating power first

Although iOS8 does have a battery usage screen to tell you which apps are using more power, it doesn’t have a way to quickly close all apps. However, you may not know that you can actually close more than one app at a time. Double-tap the home button and then use up to three fingers to close three apps at a time. As Android is a more open OS than iOS there are various task manager apps available that will kill all open apps with one tap.

2. Enable any power-saver modes

Many mobile phones have power-saving modes that shut down all but the most essential functions. This should be your first port of call before anything else, as it will take care of pretty much everything you need to control with one quick flick of a switch.

3. Lower Screen Brightness

The screen is the single-most battery hungry component on your phone, so turn the brightness down to the lowest level you can work with.

4. Set a shorter screen-off period

You might have the screen-off timer set too long on your phone, so take a quick tip into the settings to check that it’s on the lowest. Better stil, whenever you put the phone down, press the off switch rather than waiting for it to time out.

5. Turn off 3G/4G or cellular data altogether

If you can bear to be disconnected from email, social media etc then turning off 3G or, better still, cellular data altogether. This will probably reduce your battery consumption by at least 20%. Of course, if you’re going to be somewhere where you have WiFi and you need to be online you can turn off cellular data altogether.

6. Turn off WiFi

Conversely, if you are out and about and therefore away from WiFi why not switch it off altogether? You can then rely on cellular data.

7. Turn off Bluetooth

Bluetooth does not use the same amount of battery as 3G/4G but it’ll probably add 10% to your day. If you don’t need to use any devices such as headphones or car kits then hit the Bluetooth kill-switch.

8. Turn off GPS/Location services

Many apps will use location services e.g. the GPS functionality of your phone, regardless of whether the app’s functionality demands it. Games are a good example, as they collect information such as this for ‘marketing’ purposes, often to deliver more targeted ads. Turning of GPS will not stop apps that don’t rely on that functionality from working, but don’t expect to use Google maps as a satnav with this disabled!

9. Close all open apps

Apple’s iOS does a relatively good job of throttling background app usage. Android apps have a bit more leeway, though. Either way it’s good practice to close all apps if you are watching the battery meter.

10. Put the phone in flight mode (if you’re in a zero coverage area)

When you have no signal your phone goes into overdrive trying to latch onto the nearest cell tower, so can drain your battery extraordinarily quickly. Flicking the flight-mode switch will not only switch off the ability of making receiving calls/texts but will also switch off Bluetooth and WiFi at the same time, which will most probably double your battery life altogether.

So that covers the basics, but it does not stop there. Here’s a few tricks you may not have thought of:

11. Stop apps from automatically pulling data down

If you have your email client set to pull down emails say, every 15 minutes this is going to erode your battery over the course of the day. Set it to manual and just open your email client when you need to. Look for similar apps, such as Facebook, Twitter or news apps that regularly check for updates and disable background operations. Turning off Notifications in iOS also stops this, as many apps will power on your screen to pop up messages.

12. Update the phone OS

Often, an update to the OS (especially if you are updating from a first release of a new OS – iOS 8.0/8.1 anyone?) can bring significant benefits to battery life. My wide upgraded her Sony Xperia Z3 from Android Jellybean to Lollypop and her battery life went from less than a day to nearly two days on a single charge, due to Lollypop’s frugal power management options.

13. Choose a dark background (AMOLED screens only)

Some of today’s smartphones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG Flex 2 and Yotaphone) are fitted with AMOLED screens. These differ from other technologies such as LCD as AMOLED does not have a back light – each pixel has its own light, and the brighter the pixel, the more power is used. The battery drain on an LCD screen is constant, regardless of how bright or dark the screen being displayed is, but a darker screen on an AMOLED display will draw less power than a brighter one. So if you were to change your background to a cool black image it’s going to be better than a bright background picture. Test suggest a 10-20% saving can be achieved, which is not to be sniffed at!

14. Turn off vibrate OR your ring tone

If you receive a lot of calls or texts then that vibration alert is going to slowly gnaw away at your remaining juice, and of course generating a sound also requires power. Switch off vibration alert or turn your phone on silent to wring out a little more life.

15. Make a call instead of sending a text!

Most people assume that making a call will drain more power than sending a text, but think about it; when you are sending a text the screen is on and you’re tapping away on the touch screen. When you make a call most of the drain is caused by making the initial connection. You then put the phone to your ear and the screen shuts off. So when you’re down to 1% and have to contact someone make a call rather than sending a text and you might just get through.

16. Buy full versions of games without ads!

If you are not the customer, you are the product. Free games are not truly free. We mentioned earlier that many will be using your GPS data to load targeted ads. However, if you shell out a bit of cash for the full versions of games without ads not only will the software not connect to the servers to download adverts but it won’t often share location information either. If you are a serious gamer you might be surprised at where your battery life is going, even if you are playing games that are not processor-intensive. It’s a small price to pay for something that probably costs less than a prawn sandwich but which could deliver significant battery performance savings.

17. Keep your phone cool

Mobile phone batteries work better when they are cool, so never leave your phone out in the sun as it can also degrade the battery, exacerbating the problem.

Finally, if you cannot squeeze any more life out of your battery during the working day there are a few more tips that could keep you going.

18. Buy an external battery

It’s really handy to have a battery pack in your bag or purse. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be picked up on eBay for under a tenner.

19. Buy a battery case

Better still, carry the battery with you all the time by buying a case that has a battery incorporated in it. Your phone might get a bit bulkier, but you’ll most probably double your battery life.

20. Always have a charging cable on you

If you don’t want to carry a battery pack, but are not often far from civilisation then the Nomad Chargekey might be the thing for you. This keyring sized USB charger cable is available for both Apple and Android devices. You are rarely far from a USB socket – whether it’s a laptop, hi-fi or games console – so having a cable on you at all times could be the differences between a recharge and digital solitude.

Summary

As you can see there are plenty of tricks you can pull to garner a few more percentage points out of those sleek slabs of silicon that we are all so addicted to. Take a moment to see what power-saving tricks your phone already has. Of course, the best thing you can do is apply these tricks early in the day – don’t want until you are down to 10%, as a 10% saving on 10% is not a great deal! Until manufacturers either add bigger batteries or develop longer lasting ones then these ideas might be the difference between all day usage and the ‘black screen of death’.

Kids And Cell Phones

Most parents think that they know what their children are doing while online but seventy percent of youth have admitted to hiding their online activities. Most youth have also said that they don’t turn off their GPS locators on their phones and they don’t use the privacy settings. Also a lot of them have posted their home addresses online. No matter how many times we tell our children to not post things, or to be careful about what they do online, they do it any way.

There are so many teens using phones now and not just to talk. They are used for texting, surfing social media, pictures, and even sexting. They also use iPads, iPods, tablets and other devices to do these things so all of these things should be monitored closely by parents or guardians. Most teens have posted things online that they later regretted and most parents are not even aware of it. Research has also shown that over half of the kids aged ten to seventeen admitted to posting risky comments or photos online and use their mobile devices to hide this type of online behavior from their parents.

Kids are also using these devices, especially cell phones as a means to bully others. Bullying is a huge problem and it needs to be addressed immediately if found on your child’s phone or other devices whether it is your child being bullied or your child doing the bullying. Bullying can lead to a lot more than regrets, it can also lead to job loss, or even death. We have seen it on the news time and again where someone commits suicide due to bullying. They need to realize that rumors, or humiliating someone online is wrong and that it can have life changing consequences for them and the other person that can’t be taken back. They need to know that what they put online is there forever and this is something that parent’s need to talk to their kid’s about so that it doesn’t happen to them.

These are just a few reasons that children should not get a cell phone at a young age and when they do get one, the parents need to monitor it closely so that they know what their children are doing. Children are so smart when it comes to technology that we as parents sometimes are lost as to what to do. Just keep a close eye on them and learn as much as you can about technology so that you can keep them safe.

The Problem That CIOs Have With Windows Software

How much Microsoft Windows software is being used at the company that you work at? If you are like most of us, the answer to this question is “a lot”. Microsoft not only does a very good job with most of their software (think Office), but they have also been doing it for a long time – they are a key part of the importance of information technology at most firms. What this means is that over time we’ve all collected a great deal of their software and we’ve built it into the company’s IT infrastructure. However, the bad guys out there know this and they are using Microsoft software to gain access to the company.

What’s Wrong With Microsoft Software?

The first thing that we all have to understand is that Microsoft is everywhere. This is what makes it such an attractive target for hackers. They just keep attacking it over and over. What is starting to be realized by the person with the CIO job and security experts everywhere is that there is a reason for these repeated attacks. There is a fundamental weakness in the architecture of the Windows platform, which seems to make it particularly vulnerable to malware.

The really smart people who have taken a close look at the software that Microsoft has created over the years have made a discovery. What they have learned is that the fundamental weakness in Microsoft software that is attracting the hackers lies in its application programming interfaces (APIs). These are interfaces to pre-existing Microsoft software that lets a developer write an application and then simply make a function call to open a file instead of having to write new code to perform this task. It is also provides the set of tools that lets users take data from an Excel spreadsheet and insert it into a Word document. These Microsoft APIs are everywhere in their software products, operating systems, and tools. They are critical to the functioning of the connected world. The problem that the experts have discovered with the collection of core Microsoft APIs known as Windows API has to do with their age.

It turns out that some of these APIs were created before modern digital security practices were put in place. This makes them particularly vulnerable to abuse in today’s world by hackers. This is not an easy problem to solve. The APIs in Microsoft products are critical to how their software works and critical to the way that our companies use them. The simple solution of just turning them all off is not an option – too many other things would all of a sudden just stop working. The alternative to doing this is that Microsoft keeps issuing one software patch after another, fixing bugs and vulnerabilities as they arise.

Data breeches at Target and Home Depot have all had their origins in flaws in the Microsoft software that these firms were using. What this means for all of us is that we know that we are using insecure software. It’s really not a question of if another security hole in Microsoft software will be found, but rather when it will be found. There is no question that we need to continue to use Microsoft software. It’s too valuable to walk away from and in a number of cases, there is no strong competitor. However, we would be remiss as the person in the CIO position if we didn’t take steps to protect ourselves from threats that we know will be coming.

What Can CIOs Do About Microsoft Software?

The good news here is that we are not alone. Microsoft realizes that they have a problem on their hands and they are actively taking steps to address it. Each time that they release a new version of the Windows operating system they attempt to locate and strengthen APIs that might be used by the bad guys. Microsoft has said that Windows’ security feature will help to protect both your existing and your legacy code. Their spokesman has been quoted as saying “We are strengthening everything from identity and information protection to access control and threat resistance.” In all honesty, the challenges that Microsoft is currently facing are the evolving cybersecurity threats that the entire software industry faces.

Just to understand the scope of the problem that Microsoft is facing, back in 1985 when Microsoft released the first version of Windows, it supported fewer than 450 APIs. As each version of Windows has been released, the number of APIs has grown and so now the number of APIs is in the thousands. Microsoft releases security patches for its software on a regular basis. These are usually to fix a new found vulnerability that exists in the Windows API, which is the company’s core set of application programming interfaces. Microsoft has to be careful to not change or remove APIs that developers have built solutions on. The issue of backwards compatibility becomes a huge security vulnerability…

We have to acknowledge that Microsoft has a rigorous security program that has improved over the years and they recognize the magnitude of the challenge that the company faces. The success of Microsoft means that their platforms are particularly vulnerable to cyberattack because of the sheer number of products that have been created over the decades.

CIOs believe that as long as Microsoft provides the fixes, we will devote administrative hours to patching. We need to conduct regular maintenance of Windows for the company’s data centers to make sure they get latest patches. We also have to do monthly vulnerability assessments and annual penetration tests to find flaws.

What All Of This Means For You

Let’s face it: a great deal of our company’s application infrastructure has been built on top of Microsoft products. While these are fine products, the simple fact that they are so very popular has attracted the attention of hackers. Each Microsoft product has a large number of APIs and this is where the bad guys attack.

One of the challenges that the Microsoft products are facing is that much of this code was developed a long time ago. That means that many of the secure coding standards that we now use were not implemented and this ends up leaving a door open for attackers. Microsoft is aware of the problem and they are constantly releasing updated versions of their products. As CIOs we need to make sure that we quickly deploy security patches as they arrive.

The battle to secure our company will never be over. Microsoft enables us as CIOs to deliver the applications that the rest of the company needs in order to accomplish their work. We need to make sure that we keep a constant eye open for problems that using popular software can cause for us. You would think that some day all of the APIs will eventually be fixed and we can move on to dealing with other issues.

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Sleep News Alert: Using Weighted Blankets Can Help You And Your Child Sleep!

Sleep is a topic that scientists seem to constantly find interest in, not only because it is such a complex state of consciousness to figure out, but also because new advances in technology has allowed much deeper understanding of this basic human behavior.

Since sleep is something that comes as part of our basic needs, it should occur naturally and easily. For some of us, however, that is not quite the case. In fact, over 60 million Americans have reported having insomnia, cure for insomnia, sleeplessness, sleep apnea and other sleep related issues. So if you’re freaking out about why you haven’t been able to catch some decent shut-eye over the past week, don’t worry because you are definitely not alone.

But why is high-quality sleep something that a lot of people find difficult to achieve? While we wish that the answer could be simple and apparent, that is unfortunately not the case. Lack of exercise, bad eating habits, high amounts of stress, what you ate for dinner, and even the wall colors of your bedroom can all play a hand as to why you kept tossing and turning last night.

Our team members, most of who happen to be ex-sleep strugglers, are passionate about the topic and find it highly fascinating to learn about sleep and all the different new ways that can help resolve sleep issues. So when we learned about this and how it can induce relaxation and sleep, we were dying to share with all of our readers.

What are weighted blankets?

Basically, it’s a heavy blanket that hugs your body as you lie down in bed. As this blanket molds to your shape, it provides extra pressure that calms down your nervous system and leads to further relaxation. The pressure also leads to an increased release of serotonin neurotransmitters in the brain, which will lead to reduced anxiety and better mood.

Weighted blankets have been used for quite a while now to help those with autism to get to sleep faster and achieve better sleep quality. Recently, these weighted blankets have become available for both children and adults who struggle with sleep and want to use a natural, non-addictive method of achieving better deep sleep.

Who can use weighted blankets?

If you have a hard time getting to sleep or staying asleep, getting yourself a weighted blanket may just help you achieve those relaxing Zzz’s. Also, if you have a very energized and hyper child who refuses to cooperate with your bedtime rules, then getting this weighted blanket could be the most magical gift you’ve ever gotten yourself.

Where can I get myself this awesome weighted blanket and how much do they cost?

The easiest place to get blankets is probably online. You can place an order via Amazon Dot com, eBay Dot com or Etsy Dot com and find different ones ranging from $40-100. If you wish to get a weighted blanket from a more exclusive company then you can go to other online websites like Sensa Calm Dot com or Mosaic Weighted Blankets Dot com.

Data Loss Prevention, The Unintentional Attacker

MOM! Means, Opportunity and Motive. When thinking about the risk of theft, be it a household article, towels from a hospital, books from the library, the perfect culprit is the person who has the means to perpetuate the act, the opportunity to do such and a motive or reason. Amazingly, most scenarios discussed in the world of information security are paralleled in our everyday lives. How many times have we suspected an insider job? A homeowner can often detect or control an outsider’s attempt to enter and remove any asset without authorization. Chances are he or she would immediately see physical signs of a forced entry. Broken window, kicked in door etc. Of course it will not be as apparent if controls were not in place. As a home owner we try our best to activate our deterrent, detection, prevention mechanisms when they are needed. The game changes if one has no policies as to who visits our home, what they can do in our home, how our valuables are managed in our home and how much access that visitor has.

A visitor to your home automatically becomes authorized. They are given permission to be there. They are inside. Now let’s assume you have valuables scattered all over. How difficult would it be to tell if that visitor walked away with your jewelry? Now let us for a minute transfer this understanding to a network that has employees (authorized), assets (financial data, personally identifiable information, intellectual property), and last but not least, reputation to protect. The scope becomes way bigger but the concept remains the same. The insider is the most dangerous to your home or network environment if not properly managed.

Gartner estimates that 70 percent of security incidents that actually cause loss to enterprises – rather than mere annoyance – involve insiders. This finding should surprise no one.

Again let’s go back to the homeowner. There are things we do to protect our assets and mitigate the probability that they will be lost or compromised.

1. The family members are made aware of the assets we have, their value, the impact to the family if they’re lost. Children, for example are trained how to use, activate and deactivate controls.

2. There are rules, written and unwritten, about who can be brought to the house.

3. There are policies concerning acceptable behavior and repercussions for bad behavior.

4. Certain information is not available to certain people- need to know.

5. None of the above is news to anybody who has ever owned something.

Today, with the rapid rise of computer breaches, we are finally addressing the most basic and obvious problem in the enterprise, The Unintentional Insider Threat. Finally we are seeing an acceptance of the fact that we cannot relegate cybersecurity to so called “smart devices” if our approach to data security is not smart. It is apparent that for a long time we focused on the attacker outside while completely back seating, the one within.

How pleasant it is to finally see products being released that place emphasis on the insider. Recently I started looking seriously at a few products from Forcepoint (formerly Websense) and concluded that somebody over there got it. I speak of Stonesoft NGFW, Sureview Analytics and the Triton Risk Vision. I am a huge fan of the Next Generation Firewall. This solution amazingly combines intrusion prevention, evasion prevention and application control. It presents a very use friendly interface and a wealth our information tied to a logical layout. Attacks have become more sophisticated so a tool that has proven capability to identify advanced techniques is a no brainer for any organization.

Being a musician, the name Triton immediately caught my eye. The flagship product is the Triton. Just love it!

My favorite from Forcepoint is the Sureview Insider Threat. So much can be said about this tool. Here’s a short list of what it does.

*Tracks endpoint user and system activity

*Baselines “normal” activity across the organization

*Exposes and quantifies risk through user behavior analytics

*Enables investigation of anomalies with integrated, chronicled data sources

*Provides incident replay, including full-event endpoint video recording

*Detects policy violations hidden by encryption, whether in Web traffic, email or attachments.

Another well thought out offering is the Triton Risk Vision. This is as close to Artificial Intelligence as one can get. Integrated file sandboxing, behavioral analysis, threat intelligence and a wealth of cutting edge technology. All in all, I think that the solution from Forcepoint is the ideal tool for the cybersecurity student. I vote to have this implemented in school/classroom security training.

Keith KC Charles is an electronic musician, information security specialist. He holds the CISSP certification along with many other and has trained students at schools and companies across the USA.

Apple’s iPhone 7 – Latest News, Leaks, and Rumors Etc

Apple’s new iPhone 7 will be released this year in September and we all are expecting this device to be utterly different from their iPhone 6s inside and out. It is likely that the iPhone 7 will feature a brand new and improved Jony Ive design. Plus, everyone is looking forward it to be the thinnest and satin Apple device so far with good looks and some brand new features with it.

Recently last month, Apple unveiled their iPhone sales which had decreased and they lost £140 million in the market value of Apple’s shares. This clearly means that Apple will have to work hard in order to convince their existing iPhone users so that they upgrade to their upcoming iPhone 7 this September and also compete with Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 which is also releasing this year.

Let’s just start and analyse the latest news and rumors about Apple’s soon to be released iPhone 7.

Latest news and rumors claim that Apple might use a dual camera setup for their new iPhone 7 Plus, but it could be that the dual camera display could be the same size as a Plus included with the new dual camera. It is expected to be called the iPhone 7 Pro and could be featured as a supercharged phablet and Apple might also release three different versions of the iPhone 7. Having three iPhone models appears to be beyond belief, but so did the Apple’s larger Plus version device which turn out very well.

Features:

Few months back, it was rumored that the iPhone 7 could be charged wirelessly, but this rumor seem less likely now. Apple is currently working on wireless charging but it is way too far from conventional, according to Bloomberg. Instead, Apple is developing on “cutting-edge” technology which will allow iPhones and iPads to charge without cables or charging mats. But it won’t be here until 2017. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to see this feature on the iPhone 7. It is very hard to comment on rumors of this new technology.

It is also rumored that iPhone 7 will feature a totally improved camera for this handset. Apple’s new iPhone 7 will use a new dual camera system with an Optical Zoom and 2-3x magnification, according to Apple’s Analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI securities. This new system/feature reportedly is from Linx. This company was brought by Apple a year ago. However, this new dual camera system is configured to be featured only on the iPhone 7 Plus.

It is also predicted that Apple’s new iPhone 7 will feature a built-in Touch ID and will have a screen made of sapphire glass. Apple already is using this for their Apple Watches and they might be ready to import this element into their devices.

Apple’s new iPhone 7 might move to glass-on-glass screens which possibly will have a QHD or even a 4K display. Many Android devices already have QHD screens and the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a 4K display, therefore it is likely that the iPhone 7 might jump up the resolution. If this is true, then the iPhone 7 might also get bigger and could see a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 models.

Regarding the price for the new iPhone 7, there isn’t any price rumors. However, it is likely that the new iPhone will be costly and it could be around £539/$649.

Waterproof:

There are various news and rumors that the iPhone 7 will be waterproof. Apple has filed a patent for ports that ejects water, this is the main challenge to make a waterproof handset.

Apparently, the patent shoes a connector which is covered by a self-healing elastomer, according to Electronic Device with Hidden Connector. The patent includes the elastomer to penetrate of a probe and self-seal once the probe is removed. The port is isolated from the elements at all times which still allows easy and quick access for charging the handset or use the headphones.

Li-Fi internet:

Several news claim that the company wants to include a superfast Li-Fi internet on their iPhone 7. Li-Fi transfers information in a dual technique by using light. Not like Wi-Fi which uses radio waves. Li-Fi creates a network by using light spectrum. This will allow data to be communicated through light bulbs rapidly which will have 1GB/sec transfer speed, way faster than an ordinary Wi-Fi.

However, this feature it not so clear. Usually, Apple waits for a while before they introduce a new technology to their products and Li-Fi is currently on its testing phases.

A10 Processor:
The next iPhone is predicted to feature the latest A10 processor and RAM of 3GB. This will make the new device even more energy- efficient and even faster than their predecessor.

Release date:

Just like in 2014 and 2015, everyone is expecting for the iPhone 7 to be launched in September this year along with iPhone 7 Plus. Apple has been unveiling their iPhone Plus for the past 2 years, therefore the pattern is very easy and simple to follow.

Fast Growing 3D Printing In China

China is on the list of fast developing countries. With a population of around 1.5 billion, China has been one of the biggest manufacturers and exporters of a wide assortment of products. The stuff you can import and purchase from China includes but is not limited to toys, clothes and electronic items. Lately, the country has tapped into the world of 3D printing. Let’s find out more about 3D printing companies in China.

The Great Alliance

Around a few years back, the leaders of the 3D printing industry got together to form an alliance to meet one common goal: to promote the new technology throughout the state. The interesting news is that many popular universities were part of this alliance. Some big names include Tsinghua University, Beijing University of Aeronautics and the United Huazhong University of Science, just to name a few.

Aside from these universities, a number of top research institutes of China were also part of the alliance. They took it to the next level by disclosing their plans in the third meeting that was held in Chengdu.

Investment In The Industry

The purpose of the alliance is to set up a 3D printing centre in China. Since the government is also interested in the project, the investment will be made by both the members and the state. In the Shuangliu County, the center will be established.

Some 3D Printing Statistics

In traditional manufacturing, workers cut the entire piece. On the other hand, in 3D printing, engineers use a special additive concept instead of the common removal concept. So far, the factories in China have not made use of the special additive manufacturing process. It’s interesting to note that about 90% of the 3D printers of the world are under China’s control. On the other side, the USA has over 40% of all the printers of the world.

As said earlier, the purpose of the 3D printing center is to boost the Research and Development and help make the electronic parts.

What Does The Future Of 3D Printing Looks Like?

In China itself, more such projects may be established. Outside China, other countries may also establish such centers spending billions of dollars. And with this, the technology will hopefully evolve at an incredibly faster pace.

Some people are of the opinion that the big names in the industry shouldn’t be given too much support as it may negatively effective small manufacturers. However, the supporters of big names are of the opinion that helping the leaders of the industry will help small manufacturers who don’t have the required amount of funds for research and development.

So, we can see how China is making progress in the field of 3D printing. Other countries are also following China’s footsteps to tap into this great industry of the future. No matter who becomes the leader, we, the commoners, will definitely get a lot of benefit from such industries. And hopefully, there will be enough competition to keep the cost minimum and avoid monopoly. Let’s see what happens down the road.

The Top 3 Blogging WordPress Plug-Ins That Make You Money

You got a WordPress blog. Now you want to make money with your blog. Good news is that it’s pretty simple to do so using WordPress plugins.

Many online people use WordPress to make their blogs and make considerable profits. For example, there are a number of “mother bloggers” who share their recommendations on babysitting and frugal living styles, technology savvy bloggers putting up their products reviews on the most recent gadgets, and travel bloggers posting their memorable footage for their journeys. These kinds of blogs often record huge traffic records. Hence, several related businesses like supermarkets, tech firms, travel agencies, etc. approach them to position advertisements or promotion campaigns through their websites. With totally different plugins, WordPress home owners can simply customize their website for various functions.

Although you’ve got a large choice of plugins to decide on from, selecting the right ones are definitely a tough task. That’s why we have a tendency to spotlight 3 plugins that will help WordPress bloggers to turn their websites into a “money making” blog.

The journey to make a full-time living online with just a website, keyboard, and your thoughts can be a daunting challenge, so why make it more difficult on yourself by not having special “money making plug-ins” that generate income for you?

There’s an old saying that I love, and goes “Time Is Money”. And if you aren’t making money with your blog you’re wasting your time.

I put together a special list of mines I call the “Top 3 Blogging WordPress Plug-Ins
That Make You Money”. It’s far from being the “end all, be all” list, but it’s definitely a step for you in the right direction to help take action and use a few of these plug-ins yourself to start generating more profit from your blog.

Without wasting any time, let’s dive right into the first of 3 WordPress money plug-ins:

Money Plug-In #1: Easy ClickBank WordPress Plug-In

I listed this plug-in as “Numero Uno”, because it’s one of those plug-ins that require very little effort to set-up and can generate unlimited $20 – $100+ sales from just ONE solid blog post.

ClickBank is an affiliate website acting as the middleman between you and the product creator. When you generate sales for the product, you get a generous commission off the top for your marketing efforts.

This plug-in creates random links for your readers to click on and purchase through your blog posts related to the topic of your blog post with the option of cloaking and tracking clicks.

Money Plug-In #2: Kontera WordPress Plug-In

One of the most popular WordPress plug-ins, Kontera In-Text ads are basically hyper linked keywords and phrases, that are identified in a story as most relevant leading to product sales within a blog post.

This powerful system works automatically when you add it to your plug-in starting roster lineup.

Money Plug-In #3: Amazon.Com WordPress Plug-In

Finally, there’s the infamous (and most popular of the three) WordPress plug-in.

Amazon is an online multimedia bookstore that sells information, mostly in physical form delivered to customers’ homes. This gives you a golden opportunity to promote using their affiliate system through your blog.

It requires you to have an Amazon Associate account to sell Amazon products under your affiliate code.

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SMAC & DevOps 2016 Predictions: The Technology Trend That Will Dominate 2016

Digital marketing, mobility analytics, computing (SMAC) make their way into CIOs top 10 technology priorities in 2016. Given fast evolving technology landscape and increasing demand to keep pace with the disruptive changes, businesses today more than ever need to be aware of what technologies will take center stage in the future. And needless to say advantage goes to those that can respond to rapidly changing demands. The year 2015 saw the proliferation of SMAC (social, mobility, and analytics, computing) stack as one of the most disruptive trends in the IT world. The year 2015 was significant as SMAC made the transition from being an IT buzzword to a full-fledged digital enterprise strategy.

SMAC is going to be important in the year 2016, as a number of research reports including Gartner, Core Quadrant predict that organizations will increase their budget on SMAC. As Core Quadrant report suggests spending on SMAC like technologies is expected to touch $10 billion by 2020. With all these predictions, it’s important to understand why SMAC makes sense for the business. Goes without saying that SMAC is going to play a major role in the 2016 and will also see Internet of Things (IoT as it is popularly known) and Big data getting added to the stack. Nexus of forces as Gartner rightly puts will define IT and probably will drive the next wave of digital disruption journey.

IoT is still in its nascent stage however it’s important to know the significant impact it can have on business when it is stacked with SMAC. 2016 will see a new wave of digital innovative technologies that will set the ball rolling. Needless to say early adopters will reap the full benefits of this disruptive combination of technologies. Being the early adopter of SMAC stack technology will help organizations to ultimately gain a competitive advantage over competitors.

DevOps Trends in 2016

DevOps saw a shift from being a niche strategy to a mainstream strategy in 2015. Needless to say 2016 is going to be the year of the DevOps with 25 percent of Global 2000 organizations getting ready to ride the DevOps wave. Enterprises that have already deployed DevOps would already know that DevOps is all about the people and culture over tools and processes being used, that said its implementation utilizes technology, according to Gartner.

The Gartner report suggests that the growth opportunities will come from DevOps tools, given that the technology that supports the DevOps Tool chain expected to grow 21 percent worldwide. Need for DevOps technology is felt by the enterprises as it helps to improve overall performance, accelerate time to market and drive efficiencies in a stable environment.

In 2016 it is likely that apart from DevOps Toolchain, the focus will be on continual improvement of the right processes and accurate information at the right time necessary to optimize value. IT organizations will look at things such as achieving scale-out and economies of scale. Businesses are becoming aware of the many gaps acting as barriers to the implementation of DevOps as a comprehensive methodology. Organizations aiming to scale agile will understand the need for DevOps initiatives.

I, Bala live in Chantilly, VA and I work for USM business systems which is a quickly developing worldwide IT Outsourcing, SMAC and DevOps services provider. I love to write articles and to read blogs.

The Electric Wheelchair Guide

Electric wheelchairs aren’t just for people who are permanently immobile, however. Electric wheelchairs also help people who might be suffering from a temporary injury, and movement in certain places causes pain. Using the wheelchair the healing person can continue their day to day activities without a problem.

While the electric wheelchair offers wonderful mobility benefits, there are also other aspects that you should give attention to. The design of the electric wheelchair needs to be convenient and perfectly comfortable when you use it. Each wheelchair has its only different look and feel, so it’s important to try out a few before selecting one.

There are quite a few different varieties of electric wheelchairs on the market to choose from, with the minimum price being around a thousand dollars or so.

The most commonly used electric wheelchair are rear wheel driven. This is the most powerful type of electric wheelchair. Front wheel powered wheelchairs aren’t as powerful as rear, but they are much more flexible. The front wheel powered wheelchair is perfect if your home has a lot of tight turns that would be difficult to maneuver around. Both kinds of electric wheelchairs can typically be used inside or outside.

Some electric wheelchairs are very lightweight, which make them more suitable for transportation. Other wheelchairs are heavier and more durable. There are also many different kinds of specialty electric wheelchairs. For example, there are electric wheelchairs designed for taking outside and used on rough ground.

When you are selecting an electric wheelchair one thing remains certain, you have a lot of different options to choose from. It’s import to assess your needs before making a final decision. You don’t want to choose the wrong kind of electric wheelchair.

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