On Monday, we mentioned that Apple plans to lauch its iCloud service this fall. Best Buy has recently expanded its UK based "cloud" based music service to the US which will compete with Apple's service. Cloud-based music services such as Best Buy's Music Cloud, Amazon's Cloud Player and Apple's iCloud allow users to buy and store digital music content in the "cloud" eliminating the need for users to download music to their music players; users can then stream content on the web or via an app on their mobile phone or tablet.
Jun 24, 2011
Jun 20, 2011
Have you been hearing the term "cloud" being tossed around over the past few years and wondered what exactly is this "cloud?!" Here's a description from Wikipedia:
Cloud computing refers to the use and access of multiple server-based computational resources via a digital network (WAN, Internet connection using the World Wide Web, etc.). Cloud users may access the server resources using a computer, netbook, pad computer, smart phone, or other device. In cloud computing, applications are provided and managed by the cloud server and data is also stored remotely in the cloud configuration. Users do not download and install applications on their own device or computer; all processing and storage is maintained by the cloud server. The on-line services may be offered from a cloud provider or by a private organization.
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Some of the recommendations include:
- A laptop loaded with all the appropriate software for your business needs.
- Internet access using your home's internet service provider (be sure you have adequate bandwidth for up/downloading files), Wi-fi (if you are working in an airport or maybe a local Starbuck's) or an aircard/wireless modem device (some cell phones can provide this type of internet access).
- Secure your laptop and your web browser with different passwords - particularly if you are working in public places.
- A smartphone - for quick access to emails, calendars and your address book. You can also download apps to help you track your time and productivity.
- Store documents in the "cloud" by saving to Google Docs. Google Docs also allows for collaborative editing with co-workers/clients.
- USB drive - for sharing files directly with clients/co-workers or for those times when you don't have web access.
- For teleconferencing, you might want to consider setting up a Skype account (your company may already have a teleconferencing service provider). You might also want to invest in a microphone and possibly a webcam.
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- Visit the Telecommute News website for more tips, resources and suggestions on productive telecommuting.
Jun 19, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
IBM's Watson computer won Jeopardy earlier this year, watch the video below to learn more about how Watson's technology could be used to answer more than just trivia questions on Jeopardy!