The Importance of Insurance for Technology Products

tech insuarnceSo your house was just broken into and your fancy home entertainment system that was the envy of all your friends and neighbors (and cost you an arm and a leg) was just stolen.

You might think that, though a bit of a hassle, this is ultimately not too much of a problem, as your homeowners insurance will surely be sending you a check to replace it. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be farther from the truth, as there is a strict maximum that most insurance policies will pay you for your lost or destroyed items, regardless of how much they are actually worth.

Your technology products are probably some of the most valuable, most vulnerable, and most important items that you own, so it is of the utmost importance that you are able to replace them as painlessly as possible if anything were to happen to them.

It is a widely believed myth that traditional insurance will cover the loss of any possessions, whether by flooding, theft, or a fire. Indeed, it certainly is true that both homeowners insurance and renters insurance will help to cover some of that loss.

However, the assumption that many people make, that if you’ve lost $20000 worth of goods, then you will get a check for $20000 from your insurer, is simply not true. Because of this, it is important to ensure that many of your more valuable possessions, particularly expensive technology products, have their own individual insurance policies. Read more

Technology in the Classroom

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Technology has become an absolutely vital part of modern life and has extended its reach into most aspects of our lives. One place that is currently undergoing a massive technological shift is the classroom, as schools are looking for ways to incorporate technology, computers, and the internet in the learning process.

These changes aren’t meant to replace teachers or traditional learning techniques, but are instead meant to supplement them by improving student’s access to information and better allow them to learn. Smartboards and smartpens allow students to review literally everything they saw in class and even to follow along in their teacher’s process.

Wikipedia and other sites now serve as a repository of information more prolific than any library could ever be. And programs to get more computers in the hands of students are revolutionizing how learning can be done both at school and at home.

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Traveling? Make Sure You Pack These Essential Gadgets!

It’s notravel gadgets secret that traveling can be stressful, especially in the day and age, where technology has become an essential part of our daily lives. You get off the plane, go through customs, and you’re ready for your vacation! But then… you realize the worst. What do you do if you travel to another country and realize the Wi-Fi costs are crazy expensive? Or worse!

What if Wi-Fi is not even available in the area? How about charging your essential gear? And what happens when you get bored? Never fear! Because with these essential gadgets, you will sit cozy and comfy knowing that you have everything you need to work, check your email, and keep you and those around you entertained.

No trip is complete without these necessary technology tools.  Read more

Enrolling in Online Welding Courses

This is the age of the internet, and it has left almost no profession unchanged – welding is no exception to this. Today, online welding courses are available for students that give them in-depth training so that they can become professional, well established welders. Many businesses are tapping into the growing workforce of welders who have graduated through distance learning programs.

 

Safety

The welding courses offered online are quite thorough in covering safety procedures such as protective eyewear/clothing, handling of equipment and maintenance of proper ventilation. You can learn more about the safety protocols for an online course by checking with the institute offering it– either by contacting them or by browsing their website.

 

Advantages

The biggest advantage of online welding courses is that they allow you to receive your welding certification from the comfort of your home, and in a timetable that is flexible and manageable. If you’re someone who already has a career or job, yet wish to become a professionally certified welder, then online welding courses will definitely help you out.

Another cool thing about online welding courses is that they are not restricted to those individuals who want to become professional welders upon graduation. Students who want to take up welding as a hobby, or perhaps want to learn it so they can work on an industrial art assignment can easily discover online welding courses ranging from very easy to very tough – whatever suits their needs.

 

Career opportunities

Those who graduate from online welding programs can secure jobs as simple welders, structural welders, MIG welders, welding supervisors and assistant welders. A large number of companies work with welders on a contractual basis and there are also those that sign on welders for full-time, permanent jobs. One thing you need to remember about online welding courses is that they are not yet as widely endorsed as their regular counterparts – mainly because there are so many online courses available that employers and interviewers have to view them with an extra degree of scrutiny. Other issues with online courses is the fact that certain skills, like underwater welding should be taken from a physical, bricks and mortar type welding school, in order to receive the best training. To ensure that your online welding certificate is given the same consideration as a regular welding certificate, only opt for those online welding courses which are offered by an accredited and well established welding school.

 

A Good Place to Start

An example of an institute that offers quality distance learning courses for aspiring welders is the American Welding Society itself. Their lineup of online welding courses is regarded as extremely comprehensive. The courses are taught in an accessible, engaging modular format and contain content that is developed and kept up to date by expert AWS instructors. Students wishing to access seminar material can do so at their discretion and the instructors are also routinely available to entertain students’ queries. All in all, this is one of the most reliable and well reputed online welding programs that you can go for – whether you’re someone who is just starting down this career path or someone who is already an expert welder who wants to share and update their skills alongside the next generation of aspiring welders.

Effects Of Computers and Internet On The Payday Loans Industry

Accessing a payday loan in Europe has never been as easy as it is today thanks to computers and the Internet. Back in the day, one had to go through a lengthy and tiresome procedure to be able to access a payday loan. However, with the advent of technology, things have changed a lot. For starters, the challenging process of having to queue for long hours at the local lender to apply for a loan only to be turned away has almost been eliminated. Instead, one only needs to have a computer that is connected to the Internet to be able to access the numerous payday loans lenders online.

A recent news report from the Spanish portal Dineromio.com revealed that in 2013 there was a 65% growth in users applying to Payday Loans through Internet. The original report says:

En el 2013 el crecimiento de los préstamos personales ha incrementado un 65% por parte de usuarios online. Obtener un préstamo rápido es fácil y sencillo ya que los créditos online no requieren de largas filas ni papeleos. Estas ventajas son de gran beneficio para cualquier usuario que se encuentra en apuros monetarios.

Translation: In 2013 we have noticed a 65% growth from online users of payday loans. Applying for this type of loan is easy and fast, as it doesn’t require filling papers and providing documents that is time consuming. Theses advantages are a huge benefit for any user looking for a fast way to get money.

Further, the tons of paperwork associated with applying for such a loan have been eliminated, as one is only required to fill a form online on which he or she will provide the required information. This is how easy the process for applying for a payday loan has become. No more long lines to make in a bank and no more time wasting by filling a lot of papers. One is able to apply for a payday loan and get it within a few hours of the application; in some cases you can even get your loan within 15 minutes. In addition to this, on does not have to provide a lot of information the next time he or she applies for the loan as such information is safely stored within the lenders’ databases.

However, there are some negatives that are associated with computers, the Internet and technology making the access of payday loans easy. The main problem with this is the fact that many people seem to apply for such loans even when they do not need them. Further, technology has brought into play some scrupulous payday loan lenders thanks to the ease with which they can setup such businesses online. This has led to many people having to pay exceedingly high interest rate led to some people being heavily in debt. However, the positives of the advancements brought about by technology surpass the negatives.

If you have any question regarding to this topic, don’t hesitate to contact me through the contact form. I will be more than happy to answer all your questions.

My Experience Attending a Funeral Service Webcast

Today, technology allows us to do things that not long ago seemed impossible. Such technology is called funeral webcasting, the most innovative service available for those who want to organize or attend a funeral online. A funeral webcast is a service that allows the friends and family of a deceased person to attend a funeral or memorial service from any place in the world, through the internet.

Here are a few different reasons for which you may want to use this technology and attend a funeral remotly:

  • You are living in a nursing home
  • You job is not letting you take time off
  • You are overseas

It should be noted, that such a feature can be expensive, so if you made your own funeral arrangements and are interested to have this as part of your ceremony, I highly recommend you update you funeral insurance* to cover this new additional so as to not run into issues later on.

My Experience with a Funeral Webcast

I had a friend living overseas who lost his brother and he wanted me to attend the funeral. But, because of financial issues and work related problems, I couldn’t travel overseas to attend the funeral and the memorial service. Luckily, my friend decided to use the services of a funeral webcasting company since many of us, his friends and a few relatives, were still overseas.

Even if some individuals may find this way of attending a funeral as superficial and lacks a certain personal touch, sometimes it can be the only solution available. It is clearly a better option to attend a service remotely than not to attend at all.

I used my MacBook Air to stream the event, while another friend of mine who couldn’t make service as well used his HP Chromebook. During the broadcast, my friend called me and said that the streaming was choppy on his laptop and he had no sound. He wanted to know if this was my experience as well.

This was far from my experience, as I had a MacBook Air, which allowed me to see the streaming at a very good resolution and with sound with no problems what so ever. It is obvious that he had a computer with lower specifications, which didn’t allow him to stream the funeral in the proper way.

Technology Requirements

Normally, the requirements stated by the company that makes the broadcasting only involve having a connection to the internet. But, my experience can be proof that you need a good computer or laptop in order to view a funeral properly.

Funeral Homes are adapting more and more to fulfill the requirements for streaming and they are going high tech. Crematories are equipped with the touch screen controls and head stones can have bar codes that can be deciphered using smartphones taking you a an online memorial page of the deceased.

Even if video cameras are mostly used for festive occasions or weddings, they are becoming more common place at funerals as well, especially when the deceased person is a public figure. A webcast usually costs a few hundred dollars, but some funeral homes are providing this service for a fee or part of a package depending which funeral home you use.

*Not familiar with funeral insurance? Visit funeralinsuranceaustraliaguide.com for details on how to compare funeral coverage and what to look for when comparing funeral insurance companies.

Home is Where the Robots Are

Stop the presses, because today I just got one of the coolest net based gadgets ever. It’s my house! Home automation is the way of the future. I’ve seen movies where robot butlers prepare your breakfast and fluff your pillows and all the blinds come up dramatically as the character enters the room to look out over a beautiful ocean vista, and well now we’re half way to that dream.

So what is it? Well it’s all in the name, home automation. Basically we’re talking about letting the computers control some of the basic thing we do around the house, turning off the lights at night, adjusting the heat or starting the coffee maker in the morning. It might not be the central AI system that responds to voice commands and eventually starts trying to attack us (as always seems to be the case) but it is really cool nonetheless.

Here are the basics. My house is now equipped with a monitored home alarm system, a fortress protected by motion sensors, cameras, glass break sensors and magnetic entryway trip switches, as well as smoke detectors, flood and leak sensors and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s total home security, inside and out. Along with this security system came the home automation devices as well, so I can turn on lights or appliances, or set them to a timer, automatically have my thermostat turn down the temperature while I’m sleeping or at work and even control my door locks. The best thing about all this? It’s totally mobile and I have complete access via an app on my phone or tablet. Not sure why it’s so cool? Consider this. I’m at work, my thermostat is already automatically turned down and I get a text message. Oh, there is someone at the front door, let me pull up my security camera and have a look at who that might be. Wonderful, it’s the cleaners here for their regular cleaning, I see them on the camera, push a button on my phone to disable the security system and another to unlock the door (and I know it was locked before because my phone tells me that too). Now I can return to work and I can return home to a clean and protected home since I was able to see when the cleaners left and re-arm the system. All this done in minutes, from work plus I never had to give anyone a key (which could get lost or copied) or an alarm code/training in how to use set/disarm the system.

So in this little scenario, I hardly even touched on the actual home security system, being so excited about the home automation, but this thing is no slouch. I compared a lot of security companies to find the right one but now my home is a castle and not only that, totally wireless, even the connection going out of the house is done via cellular tech. I guess most of the stuff is pretty standard security gear, but one thing I found cool was learning about the glass break sensor. These things can cover an entire rooms worth of windows/glass and only work off the sound of breaking glass to trigger the alarm, that’s technology at work that I never would have thought of. Other than the standard “crime” type security measures are what I feel are more important the fire, water and CO sensors are now in place in case of disaster. I wasn’t familiar with the flood sensor, but it is a great little device that goes on the ground, near pipes or important items and will give you an alert if it gets wet, pretty ingenious and useful too.

To me, this is all really cool, but if you don’t think so there is one thing I think most of us will agree makes it pretty great and that is the savings I get on my energy bill now that I never forget to turn off a light before I leave and my heating/cooling is totally streamlined and maintained by computer. Surely it can’t be long now until the robotic butlers are fluffing those pillows too.

Top Browser Applications for Android Smartphones and Tablets

A browser is an important tool that people must use to view data and images that is available online. Without the use of a browser people will not be able to surf the web or to engage in online activities. This is not only true for PC users it is also applies for mobile device users as well. The following information will help tablet and smartphone users to select the best application browsers that they can use to surf the web.

All these browser applications are available for free on Google Play Store. Just in case you can’t access Google Play and you need to do a manual install of these apps, then you should visit an APK resource site for download , find you favourite app there and follow installation instructions.

FireFox

FireFox is one of the highest rated browsers in the history of computers. This web portal is so well received that it is ranked as the number 3 browser in the world. Users can open up multiple windows with this browser while they look up different subjects. They can also utilize separate windows to watch videos and even listen to web radio. Firefox has up-to-date coding to translate web pages, allows users to surf the web at amazing speeds and it provides users with lots of security while they browse online.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a highly rated app browser that is the best on the market. Chrome has been around for a short time and it is only getting bigger and better. Chrome allows users to surf the web with without hassle or problem. The browser is fast, reliable and packs a lot of power. Users can sync this browser across various devices, use a voice search feature to look up different topics and they can easily translate pages from one language to the next. Gestures can be used in Chrome to flip through pages and to enter information online.

Maxthon Browser

Maxthon Browser is a fairly new web portal that allows users to put their favourite sites on speed dial. They also can also set up advance gesture features to surf the web with their fingertips. There is a cloud feature that automatically syncs devices together through Maxthon and the private browser feature is included as well. Maxthon even has built in Flash support. Maxthon is a solid web browser that can help people to make the most of their online experience.

Opera

The Opera browser app is designed for entertainment purposes. This app is also made for speed and people can use the download manager to get movies and music from off the web. It also has other benefits such as multiple windows and useful add-ons. Playing videos and listening to music with Opera provides users with the best experience possible since the browser is specifically designed for these two type of activities.

UC Browser

UC is another fairly new browser and this app is designed to deliver some amazing features. Users can enjoy fast browsing, quality add-ons and smart downloading. Cloud downloading, custom themes and incognito browsing are included in this browser as well. There is also a night mode to protect a person’s eyes in the dark and auto pager which automatically load pages. UC is slowly becoming a highly favoured app among users.

De-mystifying the Tech Behind Modern Appliances: Pet Vacuums and Portable Air Conditioners

Overall modern technology has improved the lives of the vast majority of us, only there are plenty of people that do not quite understand what it is all about. Modern appliances are there to make our lives easier, and less complicated than if we did not have the latest gadgets and products in our homes. Two such appliances are pet vacuums, and portable air conditioning units, and they can certainly make our lives easier. Knowing how they work can also help people in de-mystifying the tech behind gadgets.

Understanding how pet vacuums work

Pet vacuums are a modern appliance intended to make the lives of pet owners easier, and, therefore, better. Brooms, brushes, dust pans and brushes can, and are often used to clean up after pets but they do not always make homes as clean as most people would hope them to become. No matter how hard people try with brooms and brushes they find it very difficult to clean up everything left behind by their pets. Besides it can seem that pet owners have to put in a lot of time and effort to clean up after their pets.

Pet owners have used ordinary vacuum cleaners for many years to attempt to make their home cleaning efforts more effective than by using manual brooms and brushes to get the job done. However, not even vacuum cleaners can always get the smallest pet hairs, or rogue strands of fur. Some of the mess that your pets leave behind is barely detectable by the human eye.

If you purchase vacuum cleaners with extra powerful suction then all the tiny bits of fur, fluff, and hairs left behind by your pets are sucked up and out of your home. Vacuums that are able to wash carpets and rugs could also be amongst the best to use as they will wash away mites and bacteria from your pets. You can find more information about pet vacuums from http://bestvacuumpethair.org/.

Understanding how portable air conditioners work

Now portable air conditioners if you live in a place that is usually hot, or somewhere that is enduring a heat wave can be all the difference between staying warm, and getting cool. If people live in warmer climates, they will often have a full air conditioning system installed. Such systems tend be expensive, and use up a lot of power. During the worst heat waves if everybody puts on their air conditioning units on full then it can cause power cuts.

The advantage of owning, or even renting portable air conditioning units is that it can be more cost effective than installing a full air conditioning system. If you live somewhere that does not often have heat waves you may only want to use air conditioning on an infrequent basis, so a portable system might be ideal in such situations.

Portable air conditioning systems have their own power supplies, so they are not going to stop working if there is a power cut. So if you are using one of those systems and there is a power cut you can stay cool whilst everybody could quite be left sweating.