Thursday, December 20, 2012

How To Choose The Right SD Card For The Job

SD cards are the most common form of removable data storage for portable devices that we have to date. However, many people have had situations where they put the card in their device, and it does not read. Other times, it fails to record. Often, it always ends with the person saying, “Well, I thought I had enough storage!”

But that’s just it – SD cards aren’t all about storage! In fact, there are several other factors to consider, and when purchasing your cards, you should make yourself aware of them. That said, SD cards aren’t all created equal, and it’s important to be educated as to what separates each one from the rest. Read more

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What Is Moore's Law, And What Does It Have To Do With You? [MakeUseOf Explains]

Moore’s Law was formulated by Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel. In 1965 he reported observations about how fast semiconductor technology had advanced since the late 50s. Based on this data, Moore made projections for the future development of semiconductors, i.e. microchips and microprocessors. This Law has held true ever since.

Much more than that, it has served as a guiding principle for many companies in the industry. Although the technology repeatedly faced challenges that seemed like they would bring development to a halt and break Moore’s Law, engineers kept solving them with ever new innovations. Due to its history, Moore himself once described his law as a violation of Murphy’s Law: “Everything gets better and better.”

And according to Intel, this trend will continue for at least another decade, a statement they have been issuing for more than three decades. Read more

Monday, December 17, 2012

INFOGRAPHIC: Your Smartphone Is Spying On You

If you install an app on your smartphone these days, the chances are that it will ask to see your location, as well as other personal identifying data – and saying no to it will likely disable most, if not all of its appealing features. But in the rush to get involved in these apps, and be part of the “in-crowd”, how safe are these “location-based services” and is it worth the trade-off between security, privacy and safety, versus a convenient cool little app on your phone? Read more

Thursday, December 13, 2012

So What Is a Database, Anyway?

The concept of a relational database, in the simplest form, doesn’t really have to be overly complicated. Before you assume that this isn’t something you need to know, consider that just about every day of your life you interact with a database of some form. When you take money out of the ATM, purchase an item using your frequent shopper card, or badge in at the gym, you are actually populating some table or tables inside of a database.

So, why should you care? Well, because once you appreciate how a database works and how data that seems to be completely independent can be correlated with other data, you will start to really appreciate – and hopefully be more cautions – of how those interconnections can come back to haunt you. Read more

Monday, December 3, 2012

10 awesome new additions in Office 2013

This is a heady time for Microsoft as it rolls out an ambitious OS and polishes off its productivity suite, billed as "the new Office." At the suite's core is Office 2013—the desktop applications. Changes include a sleek appearance that reflects the look of Windows 8, functional improvements, and tie-ins to SharePoint and SkyDrive for storing documents online. In addition, the various components of Office Web Apps improve productivity in the cloud, while Windows 8 Surface RT tablets get their own flavor of Office. Read more