Nokia C3 – Efficient, and Trendy Gadget at Reasonable Price

Nokia C3 is such a phone that looks good, fulfills users’ requirements of daily life and even doesn’t affect their budget. This cost-effective mobile phone came in to the market in June 2010.

External Info

Nokia C3 looks beautiful in slate grey, golden white and hot pink colored attires. It has been armed with 115.5 x 58.1 x 13.6 mm casing dimensions and 2.4 inches TFT screen that is good at visuals and notable outputs. This screen has been made compatible with 320 x 240 pixels resolution objects and 256K colors. More than these, full QWERTY keyboard is also a great sign of this 114 grams heavy phone.

Standout Qualities

For accessing internet anytime, GPRS and EDGE services of class 32 have been presented. Moving ahead, Nokia C3 is a Wi-Fi enabled phone and Opera Mini browser allows browsing xHTML and HTML encoding websites. Social networking facilities can also be enjoyed on this cost-effective handset. In order to interact with your friends or relatives, you can utilize SMS, MMS, Audio Messaging, Instant Messaging (Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo messenger, Google Talk & Ovi Chat) and Email with Attachment. Bluetooth and USB powered Nokia C3 is capable to transmit your files here and there. While to save them, there is 55 MB internal memory, 2 GB card attached and users can also enlarge it up to 8 GB without any problem.

Make Most of Spare Time

2 MP ideal camera is possessed by this affordable phone to keep the photography fans happy as they can use it to capture every special occasion as 1600×1200 pixels resolution still pictures and QCIF videos at 15 fps rate. Stereo FM radio with RDS has been integrated in Nokia C3 along with good quality music and video players so that music lovers can make most of their spare time. The audio and video players feel comfortable to play MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV, MP3, WAV, WMA and eAAC+ files. While 3.5 mm audio jack will be a great tool for audio/video players. Besides audio/video experience, lots of interesting games will convert your boring moments into fun and excitement.

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Digital Signage – Economic Growth May Be Closer Than You Think

Guess which business segment of the U.S. economy is expected to grow 33 percent this year? No, it’s not homebuilding, automakers or purveyors of credit-default swaps. It is the digital signage business, which will experience part of this growth at the expense of other media.

A study released last month from noted research firm ABI Research made the surprising forecast. Even after factoring in the ongoing recession, the “Digital Signage Market Analysis” study foresees the U.S. digital signage market, which includes hardware, software, installation and maintenance, growing by a third.

According to an ABI Research industry analyst, one main reason for the growth is that traditional advertising media are losing their appeal. Possibly unknown only to digital signage newbie’s, digital signage offers something traditional advertising media can’t: the ability to reach buyers with dynamic messaging at the point of sale. When shoppers are in a store, evaluating which brand to buy, digital signage has the chance to snatch a bit of mindshare at the precise moment a buying decision is being made. Radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and even the Internet cannot make that claim.

Another recent report released by SNL Kagan backs up the argument that traditional advertising is losing its appeal. According to SNL Kagan, which has produced annual reports forecasting broadcast industry revenue for the past 20 years, local and national TV spot advertising revenue declined in 2008 by about 7 percent. That decline has continued this year, and the firm projects revenue from television ads dropping about 16 percent in 2009. While the recession is responsible for much of this decline, the changing media consumption patterns of the public also seems to be having an effect. In fact, the SNL Kagan analyst responsible for the report advises broadcasters looking to weather the storm to cut expenses and develop alternate digital platforms -presumably to win back audience drifting away to new media. As that drift accelerates, advertisers seek new ways to reach an audience, and digital signage appears to be benefiting from that desire.  

The ABI Research study also credits improvements in the appearance of displays, declining prices for electronics, lower-cost digital storage and the inclusion of interactive technology as factors contributing to its rather rosy forecast.

To be sure, digital signage exists in the broader economy, and the depth of the decline there will impact its growth. ABI Research acknowledges as much, but it seems at this point that the effect of the broader economy is more akin to slowing a speeding locomotive than pulling the emergency stop cord.

Even during this general economic recession, jumping aboard the digital signage express makes sense, especially for marketers and advertisers who wish to position themselves to take full advantage of the recovery to come. While doing so might seem counterintuitive to those looking to cut expenses, the truth is companies are continuing to advertise during this recession. Choosing to reallocate some of those existing ad dollars to digital signage not only provides an attractive alternative for those who have grown weary of advertising in traditional electronic media but also gives those advertisers a strong presence at the point of sale when shoppers one day return in droves to the stores.     

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The Old Computer: Why We Still Love Them

Vintage computers hold a certain novelty appeal, especially to those who have never seen one. An old computer hums with the history of modern progress, destined to be something more than just a giant paperweight.

In 1977, the first personal computer, the Apple II, was released to the mainstream. By modern standards, it is an archaic machine running on a one megahertz microprocessor and four kilobytes of RAM (Random Access Memory)-not even enough power to view a picture today.

To the masses of the 1970s, though, it was a window into the future; it was a device roughly the size of a small CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) television that bridged a post-moon-landing and technology-optimistic civilization-think Star Trek: The Original Series just ten years before and droves of science fiction paperbacks that filled shelves-to a dream of flying cars and a globe forever connected by a network of cables and invisible data waves.

Their dreams were partially correct. DARPA (The Defensive Advanced Research Projects Agency) collaborated with a number of scientists and professionals to introduce the Internet to the world’s populace in the early 1990s, and we are now forever connected. Globally shared information can be accessed in almost any civilized region on Earth. People oceans away from each other can connect via this World Wide Web at the press of a button. The computer greats of the 1970s-Richard S. Stallman, Denis Ritchie, Steve Wozniak-had no idea how bright the future of technology, particularly computer technology, was going to be.

Yet, despite this astonishing advancement in computers, both software- and hardware-wise, there are still those who prefer to use vintage computers, such as the Apple II or the Commodore 64. It is a question that many ask and few understand: Why?

Old computer gurus who remember what it was like to run an 8-bit system will often have kept their old computers through the years. Writing line after line of BASIC code on the green-on-black screen, a technology call a GUI (Graphical User Interface) that was originally thought of by Xerox for printers and faxes and then implemented in computers by Wozniak, holds a nostalgic value that old-school programmers cannot seem to shake. These antique computers are completely unable to function under the pressure of contemporary uses, but they are kept and used as reminders of a time when everything-including the computer-was much simpler.

Classic computers are not just kept as show toys or as vessels for nostalgic programmers to relive the glory days. They are also commonly used by novice engineering buffs, who use them as one would use a box of building blocks. They take these old computers apart and then put them back together again to learn the basics of computer hardware. Old computers are used because new computers would be too costly and difficult to practice on.

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Key Considerations for Cloud-Based IT Services

Outsourcing has come a long way over the past few years, with providers now offering much more than just offsite backups and Microsoft Office hosting. Outsourcing is now about offering complete infrastructures, which are capable of delivering layered managed services on a utility basis. You should be able to use what you need when you need it, and only pay for what you use. If you’re thinking about using cloud services, be sure to consider the following points:

Consider the business landscape
The modern business landscape is unpredictable: changes in the economy are happening at a rapid pace; IT spend is being hindered, making IT projects and long-term IT planning increasingly difficult; and the demands of businesses are bigger than ever when it comes to accessing data and applications. For these reasons IT services need to be scalable, flexible and available round the clock.

Which elements of your IT could be outsourced?
Every business has different IT requirements, meaning there is no ‘one size fits all’ cloud service. For example, if a business has invested heavily in servers to host internal emails, it would not make sense to outsource email hosting to a cloud services provider. However when archiving legacy emails for compliance or efficiency reasons, or for backing up and replicating email data offsite, a cloud service provider may be considered.

Hand it over to the experts
A critical aspect of any modern business is having access to a suite of specialised business support services. By utilising external expertise a business is able to focus on its key business activities, whilst utilising the support of a flexible service and cost stability. From an executive level the benefits lie in being able to focus on core competencies without compromise, whilst maintaining a highly efficient, scalable IT delivery mechanism.

Consider all cloud services
Cloud services go way beyond email storage and online backup. With the right provider, businesses can potentially enjoy a broad spectrum of cloud-based services, including:
Data services – colocation, virtual server hosting / IaaS, online backup, data and email archiving.
Network services – IP-VPN, Voice Qos and Firewall / IPS / IDS.
Communication services – hosted IP Telephony (hosted VoIP), hosted Microsoft Lync, hosted Microsoft Exchange, hosted Microsoft SharePoint and inbound call management.

Compliance requirements
When choosing a prospective cloud services provider, ensure they adhere to all your business compliance and legislative requirements, such as the Data Protection Act or the Sarbanes-Oxley (also now known as SOX, or the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act). Sarbanes-Oxley was enacted in 2002 following a series of high-profile accounting scandals, and is designed to hold executives and corporate officers of public companies accountable for reporting financial information. The directive mandates that personal data is stored securely and is protected against unauthorised alteration, disclosure or destruction.

You should assess a potential cloud services provider on the following:
Physical security of hosting facility
Physical data centre security
Secure provision of servers and storage
Protection and encryption of data

Consider the benefits
Cloud-based IT services and applications are typically served ‘on demand’, giving IT departments a great deal of flexibility without the need for long-term planning. Services are often deployed on a pay-as-you-use basis, which enables staff to deploy new cloud services without the need to employ expensive in-house specialists.
To start using the cloud all you need is:

A connection to the cloud network
To decide on staff access
To decide where the service is rolled out to
To set user policies.

In turn, a cloud service provider will be able to build a service based on your requirements, while providing a complete backend infrastructure, including data centres and hardware & software, complete with ongoing management, monitoring and maintenance.

The cloud is scalable, flexible, cost-effective and frees up IT departments’ time. In the hands of the right provider, cloud services can significantly reduce capital expenditure, while allowing businesses to plan IT projects with clear budget predictability. If you’re thinking of embracing cloud-based services, be sure to consider the points within this article.

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