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5 IoT-Based iPhone Mobile App Development Services That Can Be Designed Using iBeacon

ibeacons-featured-photoiBeacon can be used to trigger proximity-based actions, and we present 5 IoT-based iPhone mobile app development services that can be designed using iBeacon.

1. iBeacon for Shopping in Store

iBeacon gained traction with the retail revolution it brought about by rolling out push notifications in its 254 stores across the USA, giving them information related to in-store purchases and offers. With BLE sensors installed within the stores, as soon as the shopper enters the store, based on their profile, past purchase history and current offers, push notifications are sent, guiding the shopper using their iPhone device.

2. iBeacon in Event Management

Event management companies are using virtual guides on iPhone and iPad to inform visitors about the event schedule, itinerary and objects on display. For instance, in case of a photography exhibition, the visitor can get complete photographer bio and details of the photograph and even place an order or bookmark it for revisit. The beacon technology itself is being used extensively in sports arenas in diverse ways, right from giving ticket

TouchDown Android Mail Client Review

unnamedIf your company utilises an Exchange server and you want to be capable to stay on in sync with your work calendar and e-mail, you make alternatives, particularly whenever you use an Android-based phone. You may utilize the inbuilt Exchange support and use the Android mail client and calendar widget; or, you could give NitroDesk’s TouchDown Exchange client a try.

This Android client for Exchange is a great tool around for staying on in synch with your Exchange data. Rather than bearing to check out more than one application (or widget), you are able to go to one simple to use application to stay up to date. Whenever you’re a big lover of the home screen widget, TouchDown has you covered up as well with a widget for e-mail and calendar. But is this client the powerful Android-based Exchange client for you? Let’s have a look and check.

Requirements

Android-based phone.
Microsoft Exchange account.
Account for purchasing apps on the Android Market.

Who is the target audience?

The TouchDown Exchange client is a outstanding tool

Camera Design Service Vendors Gearing Up for a New Phase With New Standards

06-Picks-Samsung-Gear-360-main-gNot many companies are well versed with camera designs and their tweaks and hence few players are moving towards custom development of board cameras and smart vision sensors based on different processors. Also with the advent of several cameras and camera architectures, companies now have a strong base to build new products.

Some companies can design cameras to customer requirements in short timelines too.

The Challenges

Companies usually face the challenge of meeting hardware and software design specifications of the camera.

High definition images might have to be clicked at regular intervals, sometimes in a fraction of a second! Some companies now opt for drones that would house several cameras, and then try to stitch and synchronise the images simultaneously, so that the shots can be taken from all possible angles.

Also the core challenge here is to reduce the camera size since the product needs to be a marketable product that also needs to be considerably affordable.

For such a camera design, companies strike a balance with its hardware design, PCB design, Bootloader porting, and

What Has Changed Recently With Companies?

Why More Companies Are Hiring IT Consultants In the modern era, technology is incredibly important. The Internet has had a profound influence on the world of education, but it has also effected our social lives. When it comes down to it, though, nothing has changed more than the way that we do business. The bottom line is that your use of technology will have a profound influence on your company’s future. It should be stated, of course, that taking advantage of opportunities isn’t always easy. Technology is always evolving, and it can be easy to get left behind. Your company has many different ways to use information technology, but there are two primary methods. Some companies like to outsource the work, but others handle things in-house. Both of these approaches have benefits and drawbacks. If you don’t know what to do, consider hiring an IT consultant. The truth is that IT is very complicated. If you’re not experienced, it will be very difficult for you to come up with a logical plan for your company. A skilled IT consultant can help you improve your company’s technology infrastructure. It should be stated, of course, that no two consultants

Digital Publishing A Better Way to Read Magazines and Newspapers

Reading magazines is one of the most common hobbies among women in the age demographic of 18-49. Magazines are the second-highest circulated publications of the publishing industry, with newspapers being the first. Traditionally, magazines were bought from newsstands located at the corner of every city street. However, with a change in trends and digitization influencing most industries, digital newsstands are the new thing that the industry has to offer.

What is a Digital Newsstand?

A digital newsstand is the latest product of the recent developments in digital magazine publishing software. Several distribution platforms offer content in the form of magazines, newspapers, and journals, digitally which can be accessed by anyone with a smartphone. These are mostly available on a subscription basis, but a large variety of free content is also available.

With the advent of tablets with 10-inch screens, much like a magazine cover, the publication houses began adapting to a digital format rather than regular print. These digital newsstands were an instant success as they offered a richer reading experience with several interactive systems which made newspapers, magazines and journals more interesting. Digital publications also reduced additional costs like printing and distribution that the

Is PCI a Law?

With the requirements set up by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), a lot of businesses scratch their heads and ask whether PCI is a law. The answer to this question is very short and simple no PCI Compliance is not a law.

Will PCI Compliance be a Law in Future?

To make the things more clear, let’s go in detail about this topic. At the moment it is not a federal law; but still there are some state laws that are in effect (while some might go in effect in future) to implement the requirements of PCI DSS. The story does not end here there is a big press on from the industry trade association and legislatures, to pass a federal law about breach and security notification.

Plastic Card Security Act

In 2007, “Plastic Card Security Act” was established in Minnesota which stated that if a company is breached and later on it is discovered that the company was storing prohibited PCI data like CVV codes, magnetic stripe, track data etc. then it is required to repay banks and other individuals costs linked with reissuing and blocking of cards. According

How Technology Advancements Has Its Impact on Us

The advancement of new technology has been taking place since the beginning of human history. From the invention of items like the spear and knives made out of rocks and sticks to aid in the capturing and killing of animals for food, to items like the first printing press and the computer. The question: are the impacts positive or negative?

Technology is a word used to collectively describe or portray the advancements, abilities,creations, undertakings, views, and knowledge of a singular group of persons: we as human-kind. The advancement in technology has been exceptionally fast in the 20th and 21st century. With electronic technology and machines being produced and improved all the time, it was very likely that along with the positive aspects of these new advancements, people would also consider the negative aspects and look to criticize new technology.

A Positive Side

As the old age states “NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION” i.e. necessities tend to spawn inventions and each invention is annexed with the need of betterment and transmogrification. Newer and newer advances are happening by the day. Technological change is in large part responsible for many of the secular trends in such

Recycle Old Computers Thoughtfully to Prevent Bio-Hazards

Recycling of old computers and electronic gadgets is not only a matter of accruing profit, but also a clever stride to take, towards the creation of a cleaner world; free of e-wastes. The correct method of e-waste disposal task makes the entire difference.

Technologies and electronic gadgets become obsolete within no time and get vanished away from the market outpacing the speed of their emergence into our lives. The first generation of computers, for instance, provides a perfect example of such discovery of mankind that have gone through the ups and downs of ages to become one the most powerful electronic human-friendly device, the sixth generation of computers; a completely new version of computers that have accelerated the society to reach new heights. But the days are not so far when this wild progression, will cause this smart machine not to perform, but sit idle on the pages of history.

Here the most important question arises regarding about what needs to be done with these time-worn machines and computers. They cannot serve as alluring show-pieces neither can be stacked up to consume spaces inside the cupboards. In developed countries like America, China and Australia, where the

Should Everyone Become PCI Compliant?

In PCI Compliance, there is a lot more to your business than your website. If your business is dealing with credit card numbers over phone, or carries out face-to-face transactions, or holds up records of credit card number; then all of this has nothing to do with your website and it is really necessary for your business to meet up with PCI requirements. Well, now a question might come in your mind that does every business needs to be PCI Compliant; the answer to it has already been given above. In this article you will find answers to the question that trouble you with PCI requirements.

Should I Be Worried About PCI Compliance?

A business receiving payments through credit cards from customers needs to be PCI compliant, even if that business gets paid via credit card once in a year. The number of transactions doesn’t matter at all, even if your website is accepting third party services like PayPal or Google Checkout you are required to be PCI Compliant because it is your business that is accepting payments via credit cards and not your website.

What Will Happen If I Am Not PCI Compliant?

What Is a QSA?

Since the formation of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards back in 2004, PCI DSS has setup its requirement for financial service providers and large merchants to use QSAs to carry out onsite assessments and to check on Compliance and security. QSA stands for Qualified Security Assessors; it is a designation awarded to individuals by the PCI Security Standards Council, whom it finds qualifying to execute consulting services and PCI assessments.

Recently, PCI DSS has expanded to take in its guidelines for training QSAs and some other advancement. Still QSAs and the services they provide do vary a lot. With assessors, the thoroughness, methodologies, technical skills and some other areas differ a lot.

The PCI DSS V2.0

The PCI DSS v2.0 released on 30th October includes number of classifications and further areas of guidance for assessments. The standard according to new version states that the first step of any PCI DSS assess is to describe the scope of assessment, by pointing out clear maps (locations and flows) of cardholder information within a system.

A lot of organizations are not aware about every single location where the card holder information is situated in their systems.

USB Memory Sticks – Advantages Over Disc Formats

USB sticks, or flash drives as they are also known, are becoming an ever more popular format for the transfer of data between businesses and also to for business promotion to potential customers. At the current time of creating of this article (March 2016), memory sticks that are capable of holding as much as 512 GB of data can be purchased easily on-line at a surprisingly low cost. Amazingly, a USB drive that will hold 1TB of data can also be obtained, but currently, these are expensive. The rate of technological advance will mean that the current high price will tumble over the next twelve months as order numbers grow and manufacturing costs are lowered due to bulk purchases.

A 512 GB USB stick can contain the same amount of information as over 20 regular Blu-ray DVD discs. The format may currently be a little more costly than the Blu-ray DVD discs but there is little to compare in terms of the convenience of the format as opposed to a pile of Blu-ray DVDs. The USB drive occupies little space and can be secured using a keyring or kept safely in a small pocket in a laptop

Data Center, Server, Computer and Laptop Hard Drive Destruction

An extensive title, but it is all-encompassing none the less. In my 14 plus years of touching devices, I can say that I have seen and felt thousands of pieces of equipment. Though the scenarios in which I am working with the different types of equipment, and the clients certainly do vary. So what are some of the situations that allow for me to handle these various pieces of equipment? Good question, so here is my short list… data center relocations, A/V relocations, data center decommissioning, and green recycling projects.

I would attest that physical security in my field of work is number one, and my clients feel the same way. My thought is the people I work with are so aware (nervous) about chain of custody, CYA, and the end result being nothing less than exceptional. This is no matter the scope of work we are performing. I often find myself hearing clients expressing in a subtle way that they really want to know I care about their project, reputation, and it’s not just about hitting their wallets as hard and fast as I can. My work ethic is such that the part in which I

The Meaning of PCI

The term PCI stands for Payment Card Industry, and we all are quite familiar with the different types of credit card / payment solution companies available, like Master Card, PayPal, and Visa etc. This article will further discuss how these companies manage their security of card holders’ data.

These companies run under the standards of PCI DSS, which stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. According to these standards, the information of card holders are to be kept secured.

History of PCI DSS

There are Five programs:

1. American Express’ Data Security Operating Policy
2. Discover’s Information Security and Compliance
3. JCB’s Data Security Program
4. Master Card’s Site Data Protection
5. Visa’s Card holder Information Security Program

They were initiated by these credit card companies.The intention of each company was nearly the same; and that was, to develop an additional layer of protection for card holders and card issuers, by making sure that merchants meet the minimum levels of security when processing, storing and transmitting credit card data.

These same ideas led to the formation of the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), and the companies combined their

4 Uses Of Fiber Optic Cables

If you ask many people, they will tell you that they know fiber optic cables for their use in computers. While they are heavily used in that area, they are also heavily used in other areas including:

Cable television

I know that you can’t get off the couch due to your favorite program. Did you know that you are receiving the signals courtesy of fiber optic cables? Telecommunication companies are now heavily using the cables as they have greater speeds and bandwidth. The cables are also cheaper compared to copper wires.

Telecommunication companies are also heavily using the cables in speeding up communication in telephones. Due to their installation, you are able to connect faster and have clear conversations regardless of where you are calling from.

Medical applications

Fiber optic cables are widely used in medicine and research. In medicine, they are majorly used in intrusive surgical methods where it’s used in reducing the number and sizes of incisions. The cables are also used in biomedical research where they are used in the field of prosthetics where the researchers are working in developing real-feel prosthetics. Researchers are trying to come up with

Protect Your Assets With Optical Isolators and Surge Protectors

The world of data communication is busy, even noisy. Industrial communication systems, such as balanced RS-485 / RS-422, often require transmission between multiple devices over long distances. While having many devices communicating with each other on the same twisted-pair cable is robust and cost-effective, it also introduces two major challenges:

    1. Because of the long distances and the surrounding electrical devices/equipment, RS-485 / RS-422 networks are often exposed to electrical noises, remote lightning, and line surges, which can cause transient voltage to run across the serial communication system and the valuable equipment.

  1. Because multiple devices (nodes) are connected, the ground potential at different nodes could be different, which can cause ground currents to flow through “the path of least resistance” via either the common earth ground or the ground wire.

Both voltage and current surges can cause serious damage to valuable, mission-critical equipment such as computers, PLCs, and industrial manufacturing and data processing equipment; these surges can even endanger human lives. Ground loop problems also exist on unbalanced signals that rely on the ground pin being zero volts, such as RS-232 and USB.

There are a few methods of voltage and current surge

Top 5 Cutting-Edge Telematics Trends to Watch For

The latest telematics market trends continue to point towards providing in-car connectivity and by 2016 2G network connectivity will be a thing of the past. Therefore, it goes without saying that there’s a huge market potential that still remains untapped as far as the telematics ecosystem is concerned.

In the recent past, we have seen that providing connected cars has taken a new momentum and every car maker is gearing up to facilitate connectivity that offers powerful network technologies even as faster networks like 3G and 4G are emerging. For example technologies supporting real-time driver safety instruction, fleet maintenance programs, including fuel and productivity tools are now available worldwide for vehicle users to peruse – all this at the same price points as previous years’ tech.

According to Ernst & Young, by the year 2025 the market penetration statistics is expected to be 88% for new cars. This is a new paradigm shift as far as in-car connectivity of integrated telematics is concerned. In the US alone, by 2025, 16 million new cars are going to be equipped with embedded telematics. Let’s quickly take a look at the hottest trends in the exciting world of telematics

Why IT Education Solutions Are Important

Technology affects all aspects of our lives nowadays, from the work we do right through to the way we do it. So much has changed in recent decades that generations at school today are far more adept at using these technological features than preceding age groups, and this trend is set to continue.

In education today, IT education is not only about teaching students and pupils what they need to learn to advance in the modern world, but is also about how various tools and techniques can help them learn more efficiently. Here are some of the main reasons why IT education solutions are so important.

Firstly, it is important to put in place an IT solution for schools as it can help students get the most out of learning. With many classes today utilising various devices and technologies to learn, ensuring that these are being used in the most efficient way possible to maximise the learning experience is very important.

Devices such as smart boards and tablets all have their role in the classroom, but being set up with right software and cloud computing options can make the difference between implementing new technology

What You Should Look for in Your Microsoft Office Support Package

For many businesses moving over to cloud computing options, the process can be daunting and present many potential hiccups. Regardless of this, there are many benefits to these new solutions that have meant that companies are making the leap anyway, reaping numerous rewards such as improved efficiency and greater collaboration in the workplace.

With that said, often a great level of support is required when initially migrating to these services and in the first phases of getting to grips with them. Furthermore, ongoing support can be considered extremely valuable in many instances.

One of the most popular cloud tools available today is Microsoft Office 365, which is a cloud based application including a variety of Office tools. This has numerous advantages, including the familiar Office applications in a more collaborative and accessible package that also feature frequent updates and improvements without the need to purchase an entirely new package.

Again, moving over to this collection of cloud tools can be stressful and difficult for some businesses, and investing in a support service can have untold benefits. Regardless of what your company hopes to achieve from implementing Microsoft Office cloud tools, here are several things

Does Your Business Need to Be PCI Compliant?

You have a successful business, customers are buying your products or services and everything seems to be in order. But is it?

Many small-to-medium businesses are unaware of the importance of PCI compliancy and the possible consequences from not adhering to the security protocols that PCI outlines to merchants, nor are businesses often sure if any of it applies to them. If you accept credit and/or credit card payments in your online business, the answer is yes, it does.

PCI compliance applies to all entities or individuals who charge non-cash payment for any type of goods or service through one of these third-party financial service providers: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or JCB. Even accepting PayPal payments requires you to be PCI compliant.

Although PayPal – or any other third-party service provider – is ultimately storing, processing and transmitting the cardholder data, as a merchant your business is the one accepting that information. Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your online environment has the ability to protect the security of the payment process.

In response to the ever-increasing threat of fraud and identity theft in today’s world of eCommerce, credit card companies

What Is the Technology Behind a Touch Screen?

Have you ever wondered just how the touch screen on your cell phone, tablet, LED television, or any other device actually works? It is amazing to think that we can now issue commands to our devices with the touch of our hand and while this technology might seem new, it has actually been around since the 1960’s.

In fact, the technology behind the touch screen can actually traced right back to the 1940’s but it was only two decades later that it actually became feasible to use on a large scale.

ATMs have been using technology since 1965 which is when E.A. Johnson invented the first finger-driven touch screen that actually used the same capacitive touch mechanism that is still used in cell phones and other devices to this day.

Although there are other types of touch screen technology such as resistive touch or multi touch technology, capacitive touch technology is the one that is preferred for mass produced consumer products.

How is a Capacitive Touch Screen Made?

Today, a capacitive touch screen works through the use of an ITO touch film that is attached to the screen. This touch film is basically

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