Apple iPad vs Microsoft Surface Tablet

The battle between the tablets from Apple and Microsoft has been lasting for a while and the year 2012 is no exception. Apple announced the launching of their new tablet, iPad 4, just a few days before the official release of the Microsoft Surface Tablet – and they promised a powerful processor and a better Wi-Fi connection. So which one would you choose?

In fact, there are two versions of the Surface tablet – one is the already available model powered by Nvidia Tegra 3 and using Windows RT, and the other one will come out soon and it will be dedicated rather to business people, powered by a friendlier Intel Core i5 processor and using Windows 8 Pro. Note that both Surface tablets are significantly larger and slightly heavier than the iPads.

Surface has a bigger screen with great resolution – 1366×768 for the Windows RT model and 1920×1080 for the Pro one – but iPad does offer a brighter image and better detail, contrast and color, thanks to the Retina display. On the other hand, Surface has some pluses, especially when talking about storage size. The model using Windows RT starts from 32 GB built-in-storage, while the iPad offers you 16 GB. Moreover, Surface gives you the possibility of a microSD card if you want to expand that storage, whereas the iPads do not.

Apple customers were a bit disappointed when they heard that the new iPad has a Lightning connector replacing the traditional 30-pin dock connector used for the previous models. That means that if someone wants to use regular cables, they will have to buy more upgrades, therefore spend more money for Apple. Fortunately, Microsoft Surface has the good old full-size dock, usable with all cables – you can plug in USB devices, cameras and printers.

Both tablets offer you fun and interesting apps and let you connect to millions of songs, books, videos and games. A nice feature available on Surface is the Kickstand, which lets you place your tablet almost vertically so you can use it handsfree- while talking on Skype with your friends, watching movies or maybe checking up some recipes online when you are cooking in the kitchen! If you miss the presence of a keyboard – sometimes necessary at work, school or just more comfortable for you when you have typing to do – the people from Microsoft have come up with a great idea. The Touch Cover can be used as a traditional cover that protects your Surface, but also as a very thin and sensitive keyboard.

In the end, it is a battle of tastes, and the success of iPads or Microsoft tablets will resume based on what customers want. There are differences between all the models, which means that the companies are trying harder and harder to bring something new to the scene and to eventually lead the market. That is a good thing for customers, who will have more powerful and efficient tablets to choose from. But will the fans of a certain company stick with it from now on too, or will they switch to the other one? We’ll have to wait and see.

Don’t Bust Your Budget While Traveling with a Smartphone

If you travel a lot internationally you most likely wouldn’t dream of leaving your smartphone behind. It is a convenient tool as you can quickly get directions in a foreign city, or alter your plane reservations. The only problem is, using your smartphone internationally can get extremely expensive.

The pain of international texting

The New York Times’ Frugal Traveler blog wrote a recent article concerning just how much an international traveler might get charged. Some of the charges include: 50 cents for every text message sent or received, international call rates can be $2, $3, to even $5 a minute, and as far as obtaining data, it can cost you up to $15 for every megabyte of data you receive. There are certain things you can do to avoid these charges from happening.

Stay disconnected

One of the most effective ways to stop charges is clear, turn your phone off, but this is not a very practical solution for most of us. On top of that most hotels do not even have in-room phones. You could take advantage of your hotel’s Wi-Fi network while you’re in your room. This works for checking mail and looking things up on the Internet, but what about making calls. You could download Skype or Google Voice so you can make calls, it is less expensive than the alternatives.

International SIM Cards

Another choice is to purchase a SIM card. This only works if your phone company enables you to use other providers. The Frugal Traveler tested out Telestial’s Passport card for $19 and OneSimCard’s Standard card for $30. According to them, both of these worked well and both will give you a main phone number that is not from your home country.

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Disable Java: Protect Yourself From Hackers

This may come as a shock to you but one of the best ways to guard your computer from hackers it to disable Java on your machine. Java is software that enables websites to run interactive software. However, Java has been criticized for being a backdoor for hackers to get into your system. Business Insider pointed out that earlier this year 700,000 Apple computers were contaminated with the Flashback Trojan malware. One thing these computers had in common is that they were all running an out-of-date version of Java.

Security flaw

There is a flaw in Oracle’s Java software that hackers have taken advantage of. This permits them to install malware. Almost immediately after the weakness was discovered, Oracle released a new version of Java that fixed it. However, if an individual has not updated their version of Java they may not be aware that their computer is vulnerable to hackers. Furthermore, there may be other weaknesses in Java that Oracle has not found, so the best way to make certain you are protected is to disable it. Most websites don’t require Java any way.

Turning off Java

Turning off Java requires different steps depending upon what web browser you use. In Firefox users must first select “tools” from their browser’s main menu. They should then click “add-ons” and the disable buttons next to any Java plug-ins.

Safari users must first click “Safari” in the main menu bar and then “Preferences.” Once they’ve done this, they can select the “security” tab and make sure that the button next to “enable Java” is not checked.

Google Chrome users need to type “Chrome://Plugins” in their browser’s address bar. They can then click the “disable” button listed below any Java plug-ins.

Don’t touch JavaScript

Keep in mind that Java and Javascript are not that same thing. Turning off Javascript won’t protect you from hackers. Since many websites use Javascript, disabling it may ensure some sites don’t run properly.

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Microsoft Tablets – A Closer Look at the Surface Tablet

When Bill Gates introduced the first Microsoft tablet, nobody was very interested. But when a few years later, Steve Jobs did the same thing for Apple, the world was thrilled. It seems that now, with the Surface tablets, it is time for revenge, but should Microsoft create more and more tablets to compete with Apple or should they just stick to PC software?

With the Surface tablet, the motto is “Less is more” and it is indeed true! The design is great, very nice to look at – colorful and fun – and also very comfortable to hold. The interior is compact and very well protected by a resistant molten magnesium alloy called VaporMg – it is three times lighter than aluminum, but very durable. Surface also has a special coating to protect it from fingerprint marks, so it will always look flawless.

The Microsoft tablet screen offers a perfect, crystal clear image (16:9 ratio) so you can enjoy all your favorite HD videos or seeing your friends while talking to them. If you want to share something with them, you can use either the front or the rear facing camera. The rear one is angled at 22 degrees and you can use it and be visible when you use the Kickstand. Speaking of Kickstand, it is an intelligent and very useful addition to the regular tablet design. It allows you to benefit from your Surface hands-free too!

One of the disadvantages of using an ordinary tablet is that you sometimes miss having a keyboard, especially when you need it the most! The designers from Microsoft have that covered – with Touch Cover! At first glance, it looks like any other cover, protecting your Surface, but it actually works as a keyboard too. It is only 3 mm thick and pressure-sensitive. It has all the keys and media controls that you are used to, including a trackpad. If you need to get moving fast, you do not have to waste time with turning the tablet off – just flip the cover over the display and it will take care of everything.

Transferring large files is quick and easy with the new Microsoft tablet; just plug in a thumb drive or hard drive and then drag and drop them to or from your Surface. The USB ports allow you to connect mice, printers or even your phone when you need to charge it. You can also opt for a microSD card for up to 64 GB of extra storage.

Working with apps is so much fun – you can have access to all the music you want, as well as books and videos or games using the Xbox, you can even use two apps at the same time and see them on a split screen. Get a SkyDrive account and you will be able to share your work with others, or record seminaries while taking notes in OneNote.

In conclusion, Microsoft tablets are promising. Surface is perfect for everyday use, work and study, both for teenagers and adults. It is easy to use and it really brings some nice changes!

An Insight on FortiOS 5

FortiOS 5 is an advanced Firewall Security System providing three times “MORE”: security, control and intelligence. Designed to fight the latest threats the firewall has to face, it is an on-device heuristic engine based on the behavior analysis of each network’s client device. The information provided is specific, enabling the identification of systems that are compromised or subject to latent attacks.

The AV cloud-based services that FortiOS provides come with a sandbox for operating systems and with a database for botnet IP search. The AV database signatures are recommended by a superior industry, making the firewall’s latest malware search unbeatable.

Build as a top-class operating system, the 5th generation’s target is to completely secure devices, providing last-minute performance and protection. Its cooperating services are meant to see attacks before they happen and to improve the mitigation and visibility of the latest threats.

The FortiASIC incorporated processors increase the FortiOS 5’s performance, accelerating the hardware’s response for the multi-threat low-latency security. It is known that this firewall’s protection and performance is unmatched.

Furthermore, the Security Firewall reduces the costs with protection and the workloads of the IT staff. While underplaying the challenges of configuration and development and choosing new virtual or physical appliances for FortiGate, the system enforces a unique policy of security in order to match the environment and simplify the entire process.

Some of the specific features of the FortiOS products are:

  • the Analysis of the Client Reputation;
  • the incorporated sandbox;
  • the personalized policies for the security of each device;
  • the inspection of the traffic encrypted with SSL;
  • the prevention of data loss (DLP);
  • the web filtering;
  • the control of the network’s endpoint access (NAC);
  • management from a central device;
  • higher availability;
  • numerous updates;
  • secure access for the guest account,
  • antivirus;
  • antispam;
  • management of the vulnerability;
  • optimization of WAN;
  • security for VoIP and virtual domains.

With over 150 features added, the new FortiOS 5 is the solution all enterprises can adopt in order to be well equipped and to defeat the latest threats, to protect their network against the large amount of potentially harmful applications.

Thanks to its three “MORE” ingredients, the firewall offers higher security and defeats more threats. The feature analyzing the client’s reputation provides specific information on any device that can contribute to the system’s defeat. It also has more control over any BYOD environment and mobile device, having specific security and accessing profiles based on device type, group, usage or location.

Last but not least, the FortiOS 5 is more intelligent, applying automatic policy acceptance based on role for guests or users following the location point, the data or the profile of the application. Enhanced analysis and reports provide another intelligent feature, allowing the network’s administrator to closely inspect every user, device, application or threat.

Announced along with three other features, FortiAnalyzer 5.0, FortiClient 5.0 and FortiManager 5.0, FortiOS 5 addresses enterprises searching for a high management solution for their network infrastructure and devices, avoiding threats, breaches, dead-points, all without considerable efforts and without a large amount of time spent.

For more information on how you can get Fortinet Products or Services, please call Dolomite Technology toll-free at 1-855-365-6648.

Chrome Extensions to Help You Focus

When we work on a computer all day we are likely to take breaks and visit humorous sites like The Chive, or news sites like CNN. It can be healthy to take breaks, but if you find that you’re visiting them often, this could be seriously affecting your productivity. If you work in Chrome a lot, there are some extensions you can use to help you with your productivity. Fairly recently The Huffington Post wrote a story that showcased many different add-ons. We have picked our favorite 4 and discussed them below.

Stay Focused

This neat add-on sets a timer for particular sites. As you browse the sites throughout the day the time counts down. Once it expires the add-on will block the site for the remainder of the day.

Cool Clock

If you regularly find that you miss appointments or forget to go to meetings, Cool clock may become your new best friend. It has a clock, calendar, alarm, and timer included in it. It also lets you set desktop time notifications. Another great use for this is to use it to set reminders for tasks you have to complete.

Last Pass

Do you have a lot of passwords? Do you devote a lot of time trying to remember this one or that one? Last Pass is a Chrome add-on that tries to make this simpler. It manages your online passwords for you so you do not have to battle to remember them.

Turn off the Lights

Sometimes we have to watch videos for work, and frequently they are dull. This can mean that we can become easily distracted by other projects you are working on. If you realize this is the case and you need to spend more of your attention to a video, you can use the Chrome add-on Turn off the Lights. It will dim everything on your screen apart from your media play so that you are visually forced to pay attention to the video.

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Make Your Life Easier With These Two Tricks

Let’s be honest: Computer users today need all the help they can get, anything that makes their lives easier. You must appreciate that. This is exactly why we’re happy to give you a pair of helpful hacks that can eliminate at least some stress from your busy days.

Forcing Android to check for system updates

The makers of tablets, laptops, and smartphones are constantly updating their operating systems. And these updates seldom come in on a standard schedule. This means that you could be missing out on additional features or fixes while you’re waiting for an update to hit your computing device. If you have an Android device, checking for updates can be a bit of a annoyance. That’s because update releases vary based on your manufacturer and carrier. You may know that Android has updated its system, yet you don’t see any updates to your specific device. Obviously, you could just wait for the update to come over, but if you would like that update now – there maybe a especially juicy new service coming with this particular update – you can force Android to check for that update. Here’s a suggestion from website Ghack: Go to your device’s “Settings” menu. Click “Apps” and select “Show All.” Then locate “Google Services Framework” and click on the “Clear Data” option. Lastly, click the “Force Stop” button. If there is an update, your device should now retrieve it.

Protecting your eyes

Computer screens are bad for your eyes and over time they can do permanent damage if you stare at them daily. This is where these tricks from the Atlantic can come in handy. The easiest of which is to make sure your computer screen is clean, as well as the brightest thing around. One other good habit to get into is to take “20-20-20” breaks. Focus your eyes on a spot 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. And finally, don’t sit too close. If you can high-five your computer screen, you’re too close.

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Make Your Life Easier With These Two Tricks

Let’s be honest: Computer users today need all the help they can get, anything that makes their lives easier. You must appreciate that. This is exactly why we’re happy to give you a pair of helpful hacks that can eliminate at least some stress from your busy days.

Forcing Android to check for system updates

The makers of tablets, laptops, and smartphones are constantly updating their operating systems. And these updates seldom come in on a standard schedule. This means that you could be missing out on additional features or fixes while you’re waiting for an update to hit your computing device. If you have an Android device, checking for updates can be a bit of a annoyance. That’s because update releases vary based on your manufacturer and carrier. You may know that Android has updated its system, yet you don’t see any updates to your specific device. Obviously, you could just wait for the update to come over, but if you would like that update now – there maybe a especially juicy new service coming with this particular update – you can force Android to check for that update. Here’s a suggestion from website Ghack: Go to your device’s “Settings” menu. Click “Apps” and select “Show All.” Then locate “Google Services Framework” and click on the “Clear Data” option. Lastly, click the “Force Stop” button. If there is an update, your device should now retrieve it.

Protecting your eyes

Computer screens are bad for your eyes and over time they can do permanent damage if you stare at them daily. This is where these tricks from the Atlantic can come in handy. The easiest of which is to make sure your computer screen is clean, as well as the brightest thing around. One other good habit to get into is to take “20-20-20” breaks. Focus your eyes on a spot 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. And finally, don’t sit too close. If you can high-five your computer screen, you’re too close.

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Choosing Tech That Is Right For Your Lifestyle

It feels like we hear about a new tablet or smartphone coming onto the market everyday. This may put pressure on people in the business world to purchase the latest and greatest tech.

Diff’rent folks, diff’rent tech

But the truth is, some people may not require the latest and greatest technology. Others may find it beneficial to stay on top of the newest tech. It can be helpful to evaluate your lifestyle and what you need to determine whether you are a individual that can get by with your old tablet or if you have to purchase the next great thing as soon as it comes out.

Tablets

Think about tablets, they are handy, fun, and can make life less complicated for some people. But they are not a requirement for all consumers. If you do the majority of your computing at home or in the office, and you have a smartphone to pull up your email messages when you are on the go, you may not need a tablet. Many of the basic things you can do with a smartphone you can do with a tablet. However, if you are a person who does most of their computing on the go, in the coffee shop or while commuting, you very well may need a tablet.

The Smartphone revolution

Smartphones permit us to use the Internet, send and receive emails, as well as perform all of the functions a normal cell phone would. But does everybody need a smartphone? This relies on how much computing you do on the road, some people may prefer to have their commuting time between work and home to be disconnected from their email. If you are someone who has time sensitive emails that you must deal with, then you may need an advanced smartphone.

Next time you read about the next version of the iPad, or the newest and fastest smartphone, think about how you live your life. This will help you determine if you need to make the investment.

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Microsoft Windows 8 In Review

Thursday, October 25, at New York City Pier 57 days before Sandy swept over the East Coast, Windows CEO Steve Ballmer led his crew with the formal release – next day – of the latest Windows 8 OS and the Surface RT tablet. By the following Monday, Ballmer would report that sales of the new OS were developing at a higher rate than the previous OS. Windows 7 came out in 2009 and had over 670 million licenses sold in three years.

Windows 8 is the new clothes of the technology emperor, slated to fit Microsoft concisely for some 20 years. The 1.0 version has been fully vetted through a rigorous schedule of pre-releases to developers and consumers and appears attractively functional. Most important is that Microsoft hopes its innovations prove to be the game changer needed for its OS to bring new parameters of connectivity into the mobile world.

The new OS is ‘concise.’ Windows 8 has been technically developed with a smaller footprint on the hardware and an even better operation of the computer’s memory. The OS sits upon the widely popular Windows 7, which is readily available in full operation in desktop view under the new tile-configured Modern UI. Without the signature Start button, many reviewers have been hesitant to accept the new configuration and have posed a rather high learning curve on getting use to it.

But, just as easily a large segment of society has adapted to moving icons swiftly about the small screen of a smartphone, it can be expected that the learning curve for Windows 8 will soon evaporate, and it will be as just as easily manipulative as a new phone. If the public grows to accept Microsoft’s integration of multi-touch functionality into the new OS, then the company’s innovative thrust could become the expected game-changer, standing on firm ground.

Users access information and open apps by tapping or clicking the tiles about the screen either by touch or by mouse. The same tiles can be seen across all devices within the company’s ecosystem. The methods for using and changing the Modern UI unify the tablet and phone mobile platforms to the PC in seamless style. Already with Windows OS on 92 percent of PCs around the world, adaptation of Windows 8 will certainly renew the company’s place again in the leading wings of technology.

Ballmer and his crew introduced the wares of partner companies carrying Windows 8 at the NYC event, looking forward to enlarge the territory of a bulging ecosystem. The different PC models included ultrabooks and all-in-one PCs made by Dell, Asus, Lenovo and Samsung. Varieties of Windows 8 phones will be out before the holidays. At another event that day, the company’s Surface RT tablet was released. The Surface Windows 8 tablet with the full complement of Windows 8 is expected to come out in a few months.

The features of Windows 8 have been well-documented, from the lightweight magnesium frame to the packet of software running on it. The OS is in route to becoming the optimal system operating today. At Dolomite, we are prepared to show you how Windows 8 can be used to communicate with all your mobile devices across one platform. The opportunity awaits businesses, from the single entrepreneur to the small and large enterprises, to take advantage of Microsoft’s new platform and to grow with it into the new age of seamless mobile technology.