Everything You Need To Know About RFID

xaRFID stands for Radio-Frequency Identification and it uses radio waves to capture as well as read information that is stored on tags that are specially attached to any object. These tags can be read from even a few feet away and it does not have to be in the line of sight for the reader to keep track of it. There are many different types of RFID tags. The main difference is whether or not there is an external power source. For apparel tags and stickers, there is no power source, for that reason, the chips are small and able to be inserted in the tags and stickers.

RFID technology has been used for many years in items such as the key less entry to cars, toll road readers, credit cards, cell phones and Bluetooth devices and warehouses use the technology for logistics. RFID can be used in telling the condition and location of an object. The tag can then be read using a reader. Numerous applications for this technology include supply chain management, authentication of pharmaceuticals and keeping track of assets. It is now

Top 5 Project Management Trends

12Project management is a critical core activity for most organizations who want to maintain their competitive edge so they can’t afford to have not fit purpose management process or worse projects failing to deliver business benefits. The value of project management is increasingly recognized in both the private and public sectors, so what are the emerging global trends crucial to project delivery? Let’s check out the emerging project management trends for 2016 and beyond.

Agile prominent: Agile will continue to gain popularity in IT projects in coming years. Several small and large enterprises are bringing Agile project management practices into their business. Organizations will find a way to make Agile work for them by becoming more purposeful in how they choose to adopt it. Organizations with Agile testing methodology can more easily adapt their project portfolios due to changing business priorities and it will help organizations to stay competitive by discovering trouble spots.

Business analysis as design work: A trend that will continue into 2015 is the notion that business analysis work involves design. Organizations who start providing ‘logical’ or ‘conceptual’ design output as part of

The Modern World of Artificial Intelligence

saTechnology plays a pivotal role in bringing transitional changes in the lifestyle of humans all over the world. Since ages, men, women, and the technology are deeply associated with each other. The growth in technology also brings our future much closer to us with ever faster speed that we think of it today. The technology is expanding at an exponential rate and hence, No one can predict or guarantee how long your latest gadget or product that you buy from the market few second before will remain in the top technology list.

The extensive growth in the technology has not left any stone unturned to mesmerize the human experience. Every stage and state of the industry in which we work today has been reshaped fundamentally through technology, which emerged drastically in the second half of the 20th century. With the advent of the internet, the technology has broken all the boundaries and perception of the people all over the world.

This revolution is also believed to be powerful tool that is capable enough so that in the upcoming days Computers and the technology will soon become

Can We Live Without Technology

No, we cannot live without technology. Technology is something that in today’s time is necessary for quality of life. No music, no internet, no video games, no TV, no fun, no social life, there is absolutely no life without technology. In this fast paced world technology is needed for even the simplest things, be it an alarm clock or a coffee maker. It is growing at a lightening speed and making it hard for people to keep up with it.

With laptops, personal computers, cell phones, handheld tools people have more than needed resources but are unable to use these wisely. Each one of us uses technology in some ways or the other to make life easier which is the reason it has come a long way, with tremendous developments in each field, be it the internet or mobile phones.

We all use technology in some ways or the other. The real question is that are we using the latest development and advancements in technology to the best? The entire world depends on technology as it bought great things such as cars, medicines, microwaves, etc. and each day there is the new development. Telephones and laptops or more likely iPads are used

How Can Cloud Computing Impact Higher Education Positively in Africa?

One could define cloud computing as an internet based computing where by shared resources, software and information are provided for computers and devices on demand. A lot of people have talked about cloud computing. Their ideas have summed up the basic task of cloud computing. Steve Jobs, late chairman of Apple (1997) said “I don’t need a hard disk in my computer if I can get to the server faster… carrying around these non-connected computers is byzantine by comparison.”

Currently, cloud computing has become a significant and major trend both big and small businesses, governments, individuals use cloud computing to make everyday life less complicated. One aspect of society which is strongly influenced by the concept of cloud computing is Education. Nelson Mandela once said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Education is one essential tool which every individual is entitled to.

Before the introduction of cloud computing, the process of gaining Higher education was tedious and stressful one. Students and faculty were both faced with all sorts of dreary tasks like… ‘I WONT DO ALL THE WORK FOR YOU. Go look for said tasks’.

This is where the benefits of cloud computing comes

Are Cloud Backup Services Efficient and Safe to Use?

Cloud computing and software is becoming increasingly widely used around the globe, for both individuals and businesses alike. Cloud storage is one technology that is particularly popular for a number of reasons, and the principal one is that it has far greater usability than other backup methods such as backing up data manually.

With cloud backup solutions it is possible for data to be stored in the cloud automatically by an automated programme by the service provider. These programmes will transmit data from your computers whilst they are in use, keeping your backups up to date without you having to do anything.

This can be extremely practical, as no effort really needs to be made on your part, aside from the fact that you need to check that your cloud storage backup service is running correctly. Furthermore, you will not have to take out any time from your busy schedule to manually back up your data yourself.

Many people who are interested in this technology however, are concerned about its efficiency and the safety of using such as solution. These concerns are perfectly reasonable, especially considering that this new technology on the market can be expected to come with a few growing pains

The Importance of Light Colored or Backlit Computer Keyboard

Not until eyes have problems do people realise how a dark keyboard is troublesome. While many touch type and can easily ‘feel’ their way through a typing exercise even the most experienced will find a lighter and easier to read keyboard is better. It’s probably not something given a lot of weight in the mind of purchasers until they get it home but the choice of a computer should depend on more than just its performance and memory.

As a long time user of computers and typewriters before their invention my fingers generally fly over the keyboard in seconds when typing alone is involved. But the experience of my last laptop with a backlight and easy to read keys is far more appreciated than a recently acquired one from my daughter. Even the amount of energy required to press the keys is important.

Recently a major store that is closing was having a sale and computers were on their customers minds as they seemed to be rushing out the doors. On inspection only one keyboard was white and they quickly sold out of that particular brand. So why don’t the manufacturers wake up to the fact that people want easier to

Computer Glitches and Other Extra-Terrestrial Phenomenon

I remember purchasing my first word processor in the late 80s. Living far from town with the nearest neighbors miles away, it was a wonderful tool for typing letters and papers and playing games like the Oregon Trail. Slow and pathetic by today’s standards, it provided fun entertainment. After years away we returned to a teaching positions and new computers in every classroom. Yes, there was just one for teacher use only, but it was handy for word processing, communication, and research.

In June of that year I shook with trepidation as I unhooked all the connecting lines and dismantled the array so that my new device could be stored for the summer. One student recognized my fear and offered to assist me and then he returned in August for reassembling the miles of wire leading to an assortment of contraptions. At the end of that school year, knowing that he would be in high school the following year, my computer-wise student came with colored tape, a diagram, and clear directions to support my re-computerization. I proudly used his design for years, marveling at how such a jumble could generate such wonders.

Since that time I have gained competence and confidence with

Real-Time Data to Fuel Today’s Healthcare Decisions

The data engine should be able to overlay now information over historical data so, for example, you can compare year over year metrics and use that to predict what is going on in the future.

Reports thus shift from reactive – from constantly putting out fires, from breathlessly playing catch-up, from feeling like you can never get ahead – to forward-looking, using the most current and real-time data. That can open up new avenues of analysis, strategy, and decision-making, like the following:

– Generate a recommended schedule.

Scheduling can require consideration of dozens or even hundreds of factors, requirements, policies, preferences, restrictions, laws, and regulations, not to mention simple personnel requests and conflicts. A good workforce optimization solution should handle all of this automatically with minimal human input or intervention, even producing schedules that meet accurately forecasted needs weeks or months out. In effect, what the AI (Artificial Intelligence) does is run through simulation after simulation until all metrics are met.

Here is a simplified example: you don’t want to pay overtime, and you want a wait time of less than 30 minutes. The system will run schedule simulations until it identifies the number of nurses and personnel needed to achieve a wait time

Why 3D Printing Is The In Thing

3D printing technology is trending and there is a burst of people getting 3D printers for their personal use of business use. Using this technology shapes you can grow shapes layer by layer without going through the tedious and long manufacturing process. It is amongst the most empowering process that entrepreneurs can get and if you are creative enough, you can become your own boss by investing in a 3D printer and pushing your creativity. But what really makes this kind of printing so popular today?

1. This printing technology allows rapid testing of ideas. This is quite beneficial to engineers, architects and eve entrepreneur because it saves them time they would have otherwise used testing the same ideas using the traditional manufacturing process. 3D printing allows the quick development of prototypes to assist in the execution of ideas.

2. It allows you to stay ahead of competition as a business. This is because of the quick turnaround when working on ideas. You will close in on your desired results and at the same time manage to lower the operating costs. 3D printing makes it possible for you to move in fast and beat competition so you are able to stay

5 Ways Of Improving The Quality Of Your 3D Prints

3D printers allow you to see all the angles of your product. While 3D printers are known to give high quality prints, this isn’t always the case. The cool thing is that you can improve the printing quality of your machine if you aren’t satisfied with it. Here is a guide on how to go about it:

Get a high quality machine

In most cases the poor quality of your prints is due to a poor, cheap printing machine. There is nothing that you can do to improve the quality of the prints other than replacing your current machine with a new one. Older machines also give poor quality prints. If you aren’t sure of whether you should replace your machine, ask a professional to help you out.

Center the build plate

The center area of the build plate maintains the set build temperature while the edges of the plate get cold. The center is also wrapped and accurately leveled. Since the edges of the plates get cold with time, prints made at the edges are usually warped. To avoid this you should place the printing parts at the center of the build plate.

Install pads

If you have been using 3D printers, you must know

4 Common 3D Printing Problems And How To Fix Them

3D printing ensures pinpoint accuracy, enables mass customization and gives you the ability of handling almost any level of complexity. With this technology we can literally say that you are limited by your imagination. While the printing technology is awesome, it comes with its fair share of negatives. Here are 4 common 3D printing problems and how to fix them:


Warping is when one or more corners of your printing machine lift up until the base of the model is no longer at level with the print platform. This results to horizontal cracks in the upper parts of your machine.

The problem comes about when the plastic of the first layers of your machine cool down thus start shrinking.

To fix the problem you need to identify the cause of the problem. One of the ways of fixing the problem is heating the platform in order to keep the plastic at a temperature that is below the point where it solidifies. This keeps the prints adhered to the bed.

Another way of fixing the problem is adding a thin layer of glue to your platform. There are many ways in which you can do it. One of the most effective ways is using rafts

Everything You Need To Know About Surge Protectors

If you have a computer, tablet or any other valuable electric device in your home you need to have a surge protector. This is a device that protects your electronics from voltage spikes. Traditionally, voltage ranges between 110-120 volts. When there are problems, the voltage increases up to 170 volts putting your devices at the risk of getting damaged.

Voltage spikes are brought about by many factors including: tripped circuit breakers, lightening strikes, downed power lines, malfunctions at the power company, and on/off cycles of large appliances and tools.

How the surge protector works

The protectors have a simple working formula-they short-circuit power surges and redirect them to the electrical ground. The devices have the capability of working up to 200 volts. Extremely high spikes brought about by lightening can damage the protectors; therefore, you should protect them from damage by unplugging them when lightening is too strong.

Factors to consider when buying surge protectors

For you to buy the right protector you need to consider these factors:

Type of protector: There are four types of protectors in the market that you can go for: battery backup, wall mount, whole house and surge protector strip. Each type has its pros and cons. You should research and

6 Interesting Things You Should Know About Fiber Optic Cables

While fiber optic cables have been around for long, few people know about it. Here are 6 things that you should know about them:

They have a solid history

Although, many people started hearing of these cables in the 1990’s they have been there since 1870’s. Just like any other technology, the cables have been growing and improving everyday and they will continue being made better.

They are green

To protect the environment, companies have been coming up with harmless products. Fiber optic cables are one of the harmless products that consume just minimal amounts of light to transfer data from one place to another. Due to the low energy required, low levels of carbon dioxide are released thus the environment is protected. The low energy also means that the cost of running the cables is low which saves money to network owners. The users also have a great experience.

The cable uses light

Most of the data cables known to mankind use power to transfer data, but this isn’t the case with fiber optics. The units use light thus there is no heat involved. Absence of heat means that the cable isn’t a fire hazard; therefore, you don’t have to shy away from installing it

What Are the Advantages of Using Cloud Migration Services?

Many companies today around the world are looking to switch to cloud based solutions for their businesses. These can include switching to office tools such as Google Apps or Office 365, or instead adopting the use of software such as Xero and Unleashed, which fulfil entirely different purposes altogether.

Although these are some of the most popular cloud solutions, more and more options are appearing on the market on a regular basis, which can be considered a testament to the success of cloud as a modern day software solution for business.

With that said, switching over to cloud based solutions from traditional ones can be a stressful and confusing business. It is for this very reason that more and more people are looking for independent service providers and IT experts to help them make the move. Here are some of the main advantages of seeking out professional help in this instance.

The first benefit of using professional Office 365 or Google for work migration services is that this will take the effort and stress of the whole endeavour out of the hands of business owners who are not sure how to effectively manage the entire operation themselves.

In the case of larger businesses, there

The Benefits Of Preventative Maintenance For Your Technology

I see on a daily basis the benefits of preventative maintenance and what happens to those who make the costly mistake of thinking they are saving money by choosing not to purchase a maintenance agreement on their technology investment.

Although it may seem less expensive each month to only call your technology company when you have a problem, over the long term this is most certainly not the case. Doing so can increase your IT support costs exponentially because small problems can quickly grow and cause catastrophic effects across your network resulting in large IT support and repair costs.

These unexpected costs will also likely come at the worst time possible because that’s just the way it goes. Having smaller regular maintenance payments you expect and budget for is a much better plan for all.

In addition you need to calculate the cost of downtime for Business. What does an hour, a day, or even a week cost your company in terms of lost revenue and damaged relationships with your clients?

Let’s take for example your network server. If you do not have regular maintenance performed on your server such as Microsoft security update installation, Virus definition updates, reviewing error and event logs and

How IT Consulting Can Help Your Start-Up

Information technology is something that every business uses in the day-to-day work that they do. Whether it is keeping in touch with clients and associates or marketing their services, business owners rely on IT for many reasons, and therefore hiring the help of an IT expert is often of great value.

This is also true of start-ups, which can sometimes struggle to know exactly what they need in regards to an IT service or which technology and software can help them in their endeavours. With this in mind, here are some of the main areas that an IT consulting company can help any new business get off to a good start in.

As mentioned above, it can be difficult for new businesses to know where to start when it comes to implementing IT solutions in their fledging company. For this reason, hiring an independent IT expert can help a great deal in installing this essential infrastructure that will pave the way for business success.

Some of the services that an IT consulting company can provide include advising on cloud computing solutions, network installations, software and hardware choices, as well as delivering remote and on-site IT support and carrying out computer repairs.

Having this expert

How We Can Choose Display Interface for Video Surveillance

Video interfaces connect the monitor to the Image decoding device. Concerns over image quality and video protection has led to significant changes in display interface technology gradually. Although the VGA interface is still used in PCs, the future is moving to digital interfaces. Various methods including analog connector, hybrid digital plus analog interfaces and several digital interfaces have been developed up to now. However, there is some overlap in the features of display interfaces. We study several practical analog and digital video interfaces.

Analog display interfaces


S-video, standing for Separate Video, transmits video signals over a cable by dividing into two separate signals: one for color and another for brightness. Due to this separation, sharper and higher quality images than composite video can be achieved. S-video does not carry audio, so it commonly run with red and white RCA audio cables.

Component video

This video interface is superior over both composite and S-video. Because its three cables better preserve the various elements of the video signal including brightness and color, resulting in enhanced picture quality. Component video uses three RCA connections, Red, Blue and Green to send video signals. It carries visual data only, meaning that audio cables are still required. Hence, it is

Are IT Support Services Worth the Investment

Nowadays, many businesses are reliant on IT to run effectively. From accountants who need to use accounting software to serve their clients to retailers who need specialised software to organise their inventories, virtually every company has a need for technology for their business to run optimally and smoothly.

With that said, we are all aware that technology can fail now and again, and it is at those moments that it is necessary to find quality IT support services in order to deal with issues and get everything working again as soon as possible.

Many experts recommend that all businesses invest in IT support services on an ongoing basis, especially in the case where companies rely on technology heavily in the workplace. Although this can be a significant expense to factor in, here are some of the reasons that paying for this service is definitely worth every dollar spent.

One of the main reasons that using these services is beneficial is that it can mean that problems are solved a great deal quicker compared with simply hiring a company on the spot to fix a problem as soon as it is encountered. Unfortunately, many companies wait until they suffer a computer breakdown or a

3 Reasons Modern Farmers Are Adopting IoT Technology at an Astounding Rate

It seems like everything today is touched in some way by the Internet of Things. It is changing the way goods are produced, the way they are marketed, and the way they are consumed. A great deal of the IoT conversation has revolved around transformation in industries like manufacturing, petrochemical, and medicine, but one industry that has already seen widespread adoption of IoT technology is often overlooked: agriculture.

Of course, many of us are very familiar with some of the efforts that have been made to optimize food production. As populations continue to grow, there has been a serious and sustained drive to increase the crop yield from our available arable land. Some of these efforts have not been particularly popular with consumers (i.e. pesticides, GMOs).

With the advent of new technology and the Internet of Things, farmers are finding new ways to improve their yields. Fortunately for us, these new ways are decidedly less disturbing than toxic chemicals and genetic manipulation. Using sensors and networked communication, farmers are discovering ways to optimize already-known best practices to increase yield and reduce resource consumption.

If it’s surprising that the agricultural industry would be technological innovators, it’s worth considering how agriculture is in many ways