Category Archives: Computers

Know your hosting: Is VPS right for my website?

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An SME has many decisions to make in the embryonic stages of its development, from marketing to distribution, and from staffing to product choice. Unless it genuinely doesn’t need an online presence or a need to carry out tasks electronically, there will need to be a consideration of how it stores, retrieves and holds information – and what happens when that information balloons as the business starts to grow.

There is no single correct answer simply because there are so many alternatives, but one of the most popular is a Virtual Private Server (VPS) – a way of hosting information remotely, that will allow a website to function. As a new business you would sign up to use the server, in another location, and use this server to hold files, media, forms, data, or anything else required for your business to function. The alternative would be to hold information in a physical location on your premises – meaning that you run the risk of losing everything in the event of a fire or theft.

VPS sites are generally quick (potentially operating at up to 100,000 input/output operations per second) and because they are administered by a hosting company, technical help is available at all times of day, often even through the middle of the night (some hosts allow you to choose which location your VPS is located). Servers are either shared with other clients, or dedicated meaning that only one client uses that server. The latter option is more expensive, but allows greater control.

A smaller website might only require 15gb of space and 512mb of ram, costing just a few pounds a month, while a more complex web app or a company that requires multiple sites or shops and extensive maintenance will require several hundred gb of space, a large bandwidth and perhaps multiple cores. The good news is that VPS server hosts such as VPS.net allow one to scale upwards quickly, so you could start at the lower band and move upwards quickly if necessary.

There are a number of forms of VPS hosting, and one of the most popular is via the SSD – a Solid State Drive. A simple way of describing these drives would be to compare them to a large flash drive, with no moving parts, as opposed to the Hard Disk Drive option which has a rotating and audible magnetic platter.

The more-sexy sounding cloud VPS is an interesting alternative for the 21st Century, and has an advantage over SSD. We’ll all be familiar with a message such as ‘our server is undergoing maintenance across the weekend’ and this downtime can be incredibly frustrating for customer and site owner alike. If several sites are using one server and problems arise, potentially all of them could be down at the same time.

However, with a cloud-based server you are renting virtual space consisting of multiple servers, so that if issues affect one server resources are simply shifted to some of the others. This is easy to perform and allows immense scalability in size and cost.

Overall, the advice is simple: consult the company that owns the server. There is little point for them to try to sell you a package that doesn’t fit, simply because you’ll soon realise if you’ve picked the wrong option, and then you’ll transfer to the correct one.

 

 

A Look At What The CAD Workstation Can Do For Your PC

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Many businesses heavily rely on computer workstations in general day to day running, and in many cases would be lost without them. Every year, many businesses spend hundreds of thousands on workstations in order for their staff to fulfil their duties. Bigger franchises may even spend millions if they’re stocking offices all over the country, or on a global scale. Here we take a look at why CAD workstations may be a better investment due to the higher performance they offer.

Power

CAD workstations generally require and consume a lot more energy than a regular computer due to heavier workloads, and as a result they pump out a lot more heat. Therefore, your CAD workstation will require better cooling than an average PC, especially as it may well be running flat out for a number of days, as opposed to an office or home use PC that may hit peaks of sustained usage once every so often. Unless significantly cooled, an excessive heat build up could cause premature component failure or even total data loss or data corruption.

Hard Drive

You will be require a very fast hard drive in order to keep up with a CAD workstation as they are much quicker than standard office machines. CAD files can be composed of hundreds of parts and therefore require a lot more power to open that something like a standard word document. A simple process that could take about 5 seconds on a high powered workstation could take more than 30 seconds on a slower hard drive. This many not seem like much, but all that lost time adds up to around 40 hours of manpower lost every single year.

Performance

Hard drive performance should be the primary thing management and IT departments bear in mind when making any purchase decisions for the business. While they will understandably have their budget concerns, but cutting corners can have an effect on the value of the business. While a CAD workstation may be expensive in the short term, they will last far longer than a regular PC which will inevitably need replacing.

Graphics

Workstations have their own specially designed graphics cards that work in tandem with software drivers t ensure you’re getting the best performance from your CAD software. Attempting to run CAD software on a regular games card could lead to a number of software crashes, errors and data corruptions. Using CAD software in your business, on appropriate software could save tens of thousands in lost productivity and profitability over the course of a few years.

The Big Business of Mobile Gaming

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Being able to play your favourite games on your mobile device is possibly any gamers’ dream come true. Mobile gaming has become one of the fastest growing industries, and not to mention a cash cow in the 21st century.

Not so long ago, the idea of playing any high resolution game on a mobile handset seemed very futuristic. Games that required focused maneuverability and quality graphics were either played at the arcade or with multi-player joysticks in the comfort of your home on your television or computer. The revolution of bringing those games to the gamer’s fingertips not only changed the face of gaming but also upped the ante for gaming developers and mobile manufacturers.

Developers now have to bring their A-game in creating versions of gamers’ favorite computer games with graphics and features that are close to or even surpass that of the original. This also means that mobile manufacturers have to produce a superior handset that allows for easy play with high resolutions and no lag. And because gamers’ are always waiting for the next level or a better version of the latest geek gadget, both industries have to develop their products faster than the gamer clicks on their device.

The mobile gaming industry is estimated at over $30 billion; a heap load more than traditional PC or legacy games. This figure continues to grow as new apps, new games and newer, better handsets are developed to keep up with the ever-growing customer demand. And what the customer wants, the customer gets. In this fast-paced generation, being able to game on the go is so much better than setting up your gaming station: gamers can play anywhere, anytime. With the rise in smartphone users, and the direct competition between Android and Apple with the much loved traditional Nintendo and Sony play stations, it’s no wonder why gaming apps are considered the most-used applications on mobile devices.

The big draw card with mobile gaming is the quick access and in-app functions such as purchasing or downloading additional features to beef up the game. It is estimated that users spend nearly eight hours per week simply playing online games on their mobile. Players could spend over $10,000 per month purchasing extras and adding special functions to their virtual worlds. In-app advertising is said to be the big money maker where gaming applications are concerned. This could arguably be where the big business of mobile gaming lies, and a small price to pay to have the latest popular games in the palm of your hand.

The best thing about mobile gaming is the fact that users can simply download their favorite game straight from the website and access it for free or a much cheaper rate than buying the game once-off. Mobile gamers also enjoy the security that mobile gaming applications offer: online purchases are fast, secure and safe. When playing online on a gaming site, like http://casinogamescity.com/, players can make quick and easy deposits to boost their accounts, giving them instant access to the best online casino games. And who wouldn’t want to play and win whenever, wherever?

A Handy Guide To Your First PC Gaming Setup

Console gaming has had its peak, and now PC gaming is what everyone’s talking about. Like a lot of people, you may have finally taken notice of all the hype, and abandoned console gaming for a PC setup. Unfortunately, this isn’t as simple as walking into a store and asking for a gaming PC. Buying or building a gaming PC can be pretty complex, especially for newcomers. To make the whole process simpler, here’s a brief guide to your first setup.

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The first thing to consider when you’re buying a PC gaming setup is the kinds of games you intend to play on it. While any gaming PC will do a better job than a conventional one, there are certain finer points which can make a lot of difference to your gaming experience. If you’re crazy for FPSs, then you’ll probably want to put more emphasis on graphics as opposed to CPU performance. However, if you’re more into RTS and other strategy genres, then you’ll want to go for a better CPU, capable of processing the AI more quickly. Of course, many modern releases have blurred the lines between genres, and you may not even have a go-to PC game yet. If this is the case, then you should go for a balance between graphics quality and speed.

Unless you’re going to be playing exclusively retro games, then the graphics card you buy is going to be a big decision. This will dictate the quality of display you can have, and have a massive impact on your overall gaming experience. It’s a good rule to carve off about a third of your overall budget and set this aside for your graphics card. Every new title that’s released generally has a higher demand for graphics quality, and buying the latest generation you can afford will ensure that you can keep up. I’m sure you don’t want to scrimp on the graphics card and only be able to enjoy it for a few months. Once you buy your card, just make sure you’re tinkering with the settings to get the most out of it. I’m always amazed when someone spends a grand on an incredibly high-quality graphics card, but then runs all of their games at default settings.

Finally, think about your peripherals. The basic tower hardware of a gaming PC will push you in the right direction. After that though, you’ll need a gaming mouse, mechanical keyboard, and a high-quality headset to go with it. To the inexperienced gamer, these accessories might seem like unnecessary money. Once you try them out and get used to them though, you’ll certainly change your tune! Gaming mice are far more comfortable to hold, and come with several extra buttons which you can program for different commands. This means you can shave valuable seconds off of throwing grenades or reloading in FPSs. Mechanical keyboards offer a wide range of keys, which put up different levels of resistance depending on the games you like to play. You don’t have to spend a fortune here, but you do have to move on from your standard peripherals!

 

The Top Tips and Tricks for Picking a Strong Password 

Hacking and compromised online data is on the rise — a record-breaking 47% of U.S. adults were the victims of hacking in 2014 alone. A recent study reported that nearly 75% of consumers use duplicate passwords, many of which haven’t been updated in more than five years. About 40% of those surveyed have experienced a security incident, be it an account hacked or password stolen, in the past year.

How Do Passwords Get Stolen?

Passwords to online accounts serve as one of the last lines of defense against hackers. There are three main ways your password could be compromised.

  1. Someone you know wants to uncover your personal information. They may attempt to guess your password to gain access.
  2. A hacker is attempting to access a group of user accounts. Hackers systematically check possible pass phrases until they discover the right one.
  3. A company with which you have an account experiences a data breach and your information, along with millions of others, is hacked.

While some hacking incidents are nearly impossible to prevent, such as a company-wide data breach, you can make your accounts less susceptible by creating a secure password and following password safety best practices.

How Can I Pick a Strong Password?

A hard-to-guess password doesn’t have to be hard to create. Follow these seven tips for password creation.

  1. Avoid the most commonly used passwords. For 2015, the list of worst passwords included “123456,” “password,” “qwerty,” “football,” “welcome,” and “starwars.”
  2. Use at least 12 characters. While there isn’t one agreed-upon rule for password length, aim to use between 12 and 16 characters. Long passwords are harder to guess, but you don’t want them so long you can’t remember them.
  3. Use a mix of multiple types of characters, including numbers, capital and lowercase letters, and symbols.
  4. Stay away from dictionary words and phrases, as they are easier to guess than gibberish. If you have a phrase in mind, such as “love to learn,” consider a phonetic variation, like “<32lurn” — and add a few more characters for good measure.
  5. Don’t include personal information in your password. This includes your birth date, name, address, phone number, or social security number.
  6. Skip any repeating numbers or letters. The more characters that repeat, such as “55” or “WWW,” the more vulnerable the password.
  7. Steer clear of keyboard patterns. From “qwerty” to “123456,” there’s a reason the worst passwords list included many of these variations — they’re easy to guess.

Once you develop your password, test its strength by using a password checker, such as The Password Meter.

Password Security Best Practices

Creating a strong password is the first step in protecting your online identity. The next step is safeguarding your password by following these five cybersecurity best practices.

  1. Don’t save passwords in your browser — that may sound like common sense, but 59% of millennials regularly saves their passwords in their browsers. If your computer is stolen or hacked, someone could gain immediate access to your
  2. Use a different password for every account. If a company experiences a data breach or one of your accounts is compromised, your other accounts will still be secure. If you have trouble remembering and organizing your passwords, use a secure password manager, such as LastPass.
  3. Don’t share your password. Other than using a password manager, you shouldn’t tell anyone your password, write it down on paper, or store it in an unsecured document or computer program, such as Microsoft Word.
  4. Regularly update your passwords. Security experts and computer professionals recommend changing your online passwords every three months, but this may be extreme for some Internet users. While it depends on your Internet usage and preferences, aim to update your passwords at least once a year.
  5. Enable two-step verification when possible. While not all websites and programs offer it, many popular services, including Facebook, PayPal, Dropbox, and Gmail, offer two-step verification. This means that if you — or a hacker — is attempting to log in to an account on an unverified or guest device, you’ll also be required to enter a code that is sent as a text message to your phone.

Password protection is an essential component of safe Internet usage, helping you keep your personal information safe from prying eyes. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your passwords, set aside some time in your day to update them.

Apple mocks ‘Sad PC’ users

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Apple thinks your PC is sad but you will be happy with an iPad Pro

At last Monday’s Apple event, Apple veteran Phil Schiller made a comment about older PCs that seems to have irked a lot of PC users. He was presenting the new iPad Pro when he made some off the cuff remark that’s got Apple in some hot water.

Phil Schiller is Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in the presentation he mentioned that many users of the iPad Pro come from Windows PCs implying that the iPad Pro is a more delightful experience for them.

Then Schiller said: “Windows PCs were originally conceived of before there was an Internet, before there was social media, before there was app stores, and this is an amazing statistic: There are over 600 million PCs in use today that are over five years old.”

You can imagine that this is a fantastic marketing opportunity.

Of the 600 million PCs he then said: “This is really sad. It really is.

And now there’s a lot of PC users irked that they are being considered ‘sad’.

This has become news, here’s some examples:

Foxnews: Apple diss about ‘sad’ PCs sparks irritation

Trusted Reviews: Apple mocks ‘sad’ PC users

Geek.com: Phil Schiller thinks it’s sad that people use 5-year-old computers

And ZDNET does some analysis of so many sad old iPads in use out there, too:

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I used to be one of the folks that always tried keeping my PC, laptop, mobile phone relatively fresh by upgrading it every 2-3 years. Now that I’m a little older and not making as much money as I used to, I find that desire to upgrade just isn’t there. I think I had gotten so used to having disposable income that I fell into the upgrade trap that high tech companies have us living in – making us feel that to stay relevant we need to upgrade.

One of the many good things about using a PC is the myriad of great tools to help you keep your new and old PC running like new. So here’s some of the tools I use for new and older PCs:

Sometimes you need to reclaim wasted space on the PC’s disk, maybe you want to move, merge, delete partitions. Sometimes you can get by with the built-in utility in Windows called Disk Management, but it’s very limited for the more common advanced experiences. For windows 10 resize partition , I turn to EaseUS Partition Master because the UI is easy and intuitive to use.

There’s almost no error I can get that worries more than “Operating system not found” when booting the PC. This likely means the Master Boot Record is corrupt! This is where I go for mbr repair . it’s so much easier and faster to rebuild or repair the MBR than to re-install Windows!

For general tune-up of your Windows PC, check out PC Magazine’s 2016 collection of top tune-up utilities.

 

 

 

Netflix Releases a Puppy to Tackle XSS Attacks

If the recent story about Pirate Bay and Popcorn Time offering streaming services had you intrigued yet equally concerned about safety, then Netflix may have just tipped the balance in its favour.

As we reported earlier this year, Pirate Bay and Popcorn Time (which offer TV shows and movies for illegal download) started offering streaming options via Windows and Mac plug-ins. Dubbed Torrents Time, the new plug-in has been developed by the team at Popcorn-Time.se and basically allows users to stream TV shows and movies through their browser without any need for direct download.

The Risks of Illegal Streaming

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For those with a hunger for entertainment regardless of its legality this news not only meant faster access to more content, but the removal of risks commonly associated with illegal downloads. From Trojans and worms to malware and bloatware, illegal downloads can contain a myriad of viruses that will infect your device and make you wish you’d paid for an official download.

Of course, despite these risks, many people are still willing to run the risk in order to avoid paying for something and that’s something legitimate TV and movies services like Netflix are constantly battling against. Indeed, with illegal download sites now offering streaming services and, therefore, appearing “safer”, platforms such as Netflix are being forced to make their product even more secure.

XSS Attacks on the Increase

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According to Akamai, DDoS attacks spiked by 40% in Q4 of 2015; however, XSS attacks also became concern for online operators. Accounting for 5% of the most popular attacks in 2015, cross-site scripting and reflected cross-site scripting have become a growing concern for a number of major sites, including Netflix.

By exploiting vulnerabilities in a site’s code, XSS attacks as well as reflected cross-site scripting attacks allow the attacker to inject malicious code into the site and, subsequently, work around a browser’s same origin policy to steal private information from victims.

Keen to secure itself against such risks and improve the security of the open source community as a whole, Netflix recently released the Sleeping Puppy tool. According to its chief developers, Scott Behrens and Patrick Kelley, the new tool allows developers and admins to better identify cross-scripting.

“Sleepy Puppy helps facilitate inter-application XSS testing by providing JavaScript payloads that call back to the Sleepy Puppy application. This allows tracking when/where a payload fires even if the execution is triggered by a different user, occurs in a different application, or happens long after the initial test was performed,” said the developers.

Sleeping Puppy Keeping Legal Streaming Safe

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From a developers point-of-view the release of Sleeping Puppy is a fantastic way to protect against XSS attacks, but from a user’s perspective it’s yet another step forward for Netflix. One of the main advantages “legal” movie sites have always had over “illegal” movie sites is that they aren’t riddled with viruses.

Indeed, even novices will usually state that illegal sites such as Pirate Bay are potentially dangerous and that it’s better to stick to platforms such as Netflix. Although the advent of streaming from Pirate Bay might appear to have earned it some security credibility, it’s clear that Netflix is actually fighting the good fight.

While end users might not see the intricate workings of Sleeping Puppy, its invisible protection will help to maintain the idea that Netflix and its peers are safe places to play and, therefore, the obvious choice over illegal streaming sites.

How to backup your hard drive with EaseUS backup software

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There are a lot of reasons why you would want to backup your hard drive, whether it be for safety and security reasons in case of a computer crash, or if you got a new SSD and want to move your operating system onto it. It certainly a headache for most people and can take up to several hours if you are not completely sure what you are doing. Luckily, there exist software like the backup software from EaseUS which makes this process a breeze. In this article we will cover the necessary steps for some likely scenarios you would encounter.

Transfer Windows to SSD

If you want to greatly speed up your computer, it’s recommended to transfer your windows to an SSD. But normally this requires to reinstall your operating system on the SSD and removing it from your normal hard drive.

Luckily, this isn’t the case anymore and can easily be done by using EaseUS. All you have to do is backup all your personal files like music, movies and documents. This makes your Windows smaller and fits more easily on the SSD. All you do then is clone your Windows and move it to the SSD, and all your user documents will be stored on the HDD and you just restore all your backed up files.

Transfering windows with EaseUS is literally as simple as just clicking a few buttons

Windows 10 backup

Backing up your data is been proven to be the most important thing you should do often. Backing up your operating system, like Windows 10, are even more crucial. Sometimes operating systems fail without notice, and normally it’s too late then, and reinstalling your operating system is a tedious process and a lot of important data may go missing.

If you use backup software, you literally back up your whole hard drive, and when your computer decides to pack up, or your dell laptop decided to go rolling in the deep, and you have to get a new one, you can simply restore all of your data, including your windows with batting an eye.

EaseUS Todo backup software has easy to follow step by step wizards to achieve exactly this, making it extremely user friendly.

How to Clone a Hard Drive

There are number of reason you would want to clone or copy your Hard Drive, but the main reason most people use it for is when you upgrade to a larger hard drive. If you have tried this, you know you just can’t copy your windows files and paste it in the new hard drive, because this will result in an unbootable error. That is what makes backup software, like those on offer by EaseUS, such wonderful solutions. Exactly like the Windows 10 back up, all you have to do is simply follow the steps provided, and software does the rest, taking out all the stress for you.

Other benefits of todo Software from EaseUS

  • Cheap without compromising quality
  • Installation is easy and step by step wizards will guide you in whatever you want to do
  • Support Windows 10
  • Multiple languages available

Whether you want to clone, backup, or move your windows to a SSD, now you know how.

Ad-Blocker Monetization

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As part of the recent Apple conference, they announced that IOS will be blocking ads on the web. It seems advertisers are not too worried about the iOS ad-blocker deal just yet… and here’s why.
– Advertisers will be able to avert the blockers in the typical cat and mouse game that has always existed between browsers and adverts
– Publishers can pay ad-blockers to un-block their ads. Heads up if you are using Adblock Plus on your desktop, this is one of the ways they are monetizing.

Apocalypse Update: Robot Builds Other Robots

BBC has a post about robots learning to build other robots, uh oh!

Engineers have developed a robotic system that can evolve and improve its performance. A robot arm builds “babies” that get progressively better at moving without any human intervention.

The ultimate aim of the research project is to develop robots that adapt to their surroundings. The work by teams in Cambridge and Zurich has been published in the journal PLOS One.

40 Key Computer Science Concepts Explained In Layman’s Terms

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Here’s another brilliant article hosted on Lifehack: 40 Key Computer Science Concepts Explained In Layman’s Terms

It was written by software developer Carl Cheo, founder of technology blog Carlcheo.com.

Read Carl’s fantastic article to find out how to explain to your parents and spouse all they need to know about algorithms and data structures, AI, computer architecture, concurrency, computer security, cryptography and software development methodologies.

New Machine Learning Course on Coursera

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Coursera has just opened a new version  of the course “Machine Learning” in the on demand format.

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, effective web search, and a vastly improved understanding of the human genome. Machine learning is so pervasive today that you probably use it dozens of times a day without knowing it. Many researchers also think it is the best way to make progress towards human-level AI. In this class, you will learn about the most effective machine learning techniques, and gain practice implementing them and getting them to work for yourself.

The on demand format allows you to work through the materials at your own pace. All materials are available at any time, and there are no deadlines for exercises or assignments.

The Swift Programming Language Is Growing Like Mad

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Wired is reporting that Apple’s new programming language called Swift has an incredible adoption rate. Introduced 7 months ago it is already the 22nd most popular language in use.

Apple’s main goals for Swift were ease the process to develop apps for Apple devices, make it easy to learn and fast to use. Also this would lower the bar for developers to onboard to the Apple platforms.

Learn more about Swift at http://www.learnswift.tips , or if you want to jump right to some code samples to get a lowdown of the language head on over to Apple’s Swift guided tour.

The Industries Being Overhauled by IOT

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IOT (Internet of Things) is not just a buzzword, it’s a paradigm shift in how we think about computing and devices…and it’s here today. The folks at Motley Fool have identified the industries being overhauled because of IOT and how this may be an opportunity to invest in the right places now.

They identified these big 3 that require overhauling to handle IOT pushing their boundaries:

– Healthcare industry – Basically most medical devices are connected now and generating lots of machine generated data as well as handling private patient data.

– Public Sector Management – From municipal systems from power, water, waste treatment and more.

– Transportation – One example is the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin is proposing new national rules requiring cars to communicate with other.

Being Green When We’re at Home and on the Web

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We’ve become accustomed to the most common ways to reduce energy in our homes and at work, including using more public transportation, turning off the lights in unused rooms, replacing light bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs and CF bulbs.

In the last couple of years I’ve been paying more attention to my energy consumption and finding ways of reducing my carbon footprint. One big consumer of energy are data centers, and as our applications and devices push more of the processing to the cloud, I expect that usage to increase year over year dramatically.

A few years ago it was found that data centers were expected to consume 19% more energy in 2012 than 2011. This is likely a trend that will continue, and addressing this is one good way for some data centers to differentiate themselves.

There are other non-intuitive things you can do to reduce your energy footprint in the cloud. This includes hosting your web services with a company that actively reduces energy usage through heat reduction in their data centers and using more efficient server power supplies like here, in 1&1.

Other things you can do that may be intuitive for us geeks, but not for all our friends and family is to adjust the power management settings on their PCs and laptops to aggressively reduce energy. In Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 there are advanced settings to turn off the screen or reduce screen lighting a little, to turn off the hard drive if not actively loading/saving files. Here’s a video for Windows 7 that walks you through changing these settings.

What additional, non-intuitive things can we do to reduce our energy usage?

Samsung tests 5G technology – But What Does It All Mean?

All the news and technology websites have been abuzz for the past few days with news that Samsung has been testing out new 5G mobile broadband communications which are capable of speeds hundreds of times faster than current download and browsing speeds offered by 3G and even the new 4G. But what will this powerful new era of mobile broadband mean for consumers? We’ve taken some time to demystify and explain all the hype surrounding this new 5G phenomenon, and give you some stats about how it works, when it will be available, and what we can use in the meantime.

What is 5G?

5G generally stands for the 5th generation of mobile communication standards (just as 3G meant 3rd generation) While Samsung had been calling this new communications standard ‘5G’, it’s not actually a defined set of standards just yet like 3G or 4G, but rather just a general name or concept for the technology that will inevitably succeed 4G in the not so distant future. It will still be some time before there is a uniform set of standards and minimum and maximum download speeds established for 5G.

What speeds is it capable of?
In its trials, Samsung reported that it transmitted data of just over 1gb per second, potentially meaning that watching and downloading high-quality and 3D movies, whole TV series, games and other huge data files in a matter of seconds will soon become the norm. Compare this to 3G, which is capable of maximum speeds of up to 7.2Mb per second (although user testing unfortunately often finds that the average speed is much, much lower than this), and 4G, at a maximum of 8-12Mb per second. So, 5G is definitely a huge leap and a jump forward in terms of speed. 5G also has potential benefits for things like remote medical services, allowing rural doctors to communicate with each other and patients much more quickly and efficiently than before.

How does it work?
So – how has Samsung managed to achieve these huge speeds? New towers? General network upgrades? A little of both. Samsung announced that it has developed “the world’s first adaptive array transceiver technology operating in the millimeter-wave Ka bands for cellular communications”. But what does this mean, exactly – Samsung summarizes things nicely for us, stating that “the implementation of a high-speed 5G cellular network requires a broad band of frequencies, much like an increased water flow requires a wider pipe” – so essentially, their new towers allow for a higher range of frequencies to be utilized when transmitting data.

When will it be available?
Sadly, 5G network capabilities aren’t expected to be available to regular internet and mobile subscribers like us until at least 2020, when Samsung is planning to commercialize the technology. Even after that, it will probably still take some time for full roll outs to be completed, and for local carriers to start offering it to their customers. But with the impressive capabilities and speeds which are already being explored, we think it will be well worth the wait!

What’s available in the meantime?
While this all sounds very exciting, 5G is still very much in the initial testing stages. In the meantime, phone and internet networks are still busy working on rolling out the latest in 4G technology. 4G enable devices are already available at plenty of trusted retailers such as The Good Guys, so be sure to speak to a tech expert about what kind of network speeds your particular handset can achieve, based on your phone network carrier.

What do you think of Samsung’s latest 5G network trials? Do you think there’s any we’ll see it become available any sooner than 2020 as more companies start trialing the new technology?