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360 Degree Cameras

Have you ever watched a movie and wondered “I wonder what’s happening in the background where they are?” Click Here to learn how to master your camera asap! Now that’s a possibility what the newest camera that features a full 360 views from a camera. These nifty cameras have now been very accessible with most costing less than $500 in many retailers. “Most cameras have a field of view that ranges from a few degrees to almost 180 degrees or sometimes slightly larger than this. It implies that such cameras can capture the light falling onto their focal points through a sphere.

On the contrary, a 360-degree camera covers a full sphere and can capture light falling from all directions onto the focal point. In actual application, however, most 360 degrees cameras can cover almost a full sphere along the equator, but with the exclusion of the bottom and top of the sphere. “ “With 360-degree video and photography getting more engraved in the industry, more powerful and less expensive 360-degree cameras are expected to enter the market. With all the options available, choosing the perfect one may be overwhelming, and the ones listed above should point you towards the right direction.”

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(Brown, Liza, Filmora.wondershare.com)

Self-Driving Cars

Have you ever gotten yourself stuck in traffic, wanted to read a book, or even wanted to watch a YouTube Video while driving?

Chances are that you have and maybe you should consider doing those things before even driving at all but the title says it all. Autonomous cars are becoming a reality with auto and tech companies uniting together to bring non-user operated vehicles to the streets sooner than you think.

Back in 2009 the company WAYMO partnered with google for self-driving cars to become a sci-fi reality with cars already being tested on streets with the company driving a combined estimate of 3 million miles to this day.

 

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The company is s sure of their work that they even offer a test run to residents in Phoenix, Arizona to ride in one of their models to ensure its safety and efficiency.

The Improvements doesn’t stop there because congress has recently conversed on a national bill that regulates the laws that deal with non-maned cars.

There’s also a new profession that is developing around these cars where a person can become a “Self-Driving Car Engineer” in as little as 9 months. The world is becoming a “Smarter” place with each passing day!

The Smart Home Conundrum

Smart homes are the ideas of the future and what everyone’s got their hopes for into living in a futuristic home like the Jetsons but there’s one problem. It’s already 2017 and there’s no fully featured smart home that can be controlled by a person’s own mind yet and why is that? The simple answer is competition. Too many companies are competing to battle for their consumer’s money instead of cooperating together to bring the future into the modern age.

Products like the Google Home and the Amazon Echo are the prime examples off business competition being placed into two objects that operate very similarly. As of yet there are no talks of more tech companies like apple and Microsoft developing more high end technology to be placed into a smart home but there’s a great chance that will change soon with the overall affordable prices of most of these products rarely exceeding $400.

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NAT: Hacking The Router

Nat: Hacking the Router

Have you ever wondered how all your devices in your home or office are able to connect to the internet just by using a simple router from your internet service provider? If you have then there are two questions that you should ask yourself; consider starting a career with network communications and how does that one router give internet to all those devices. The answer is simple while also a bit complicated and will leave you being impressed for the cunning intelligence that your router actually has. You know how you have a IP address right and how your identified on the internet by it? Well your router sends out your IP address to the server of the website that your connected to and right back to the router right? Well guess what, your sneaky router has been pulling a magic trick the whole time to the equation.

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NAT is an acronym for Network Address Translation that was created around the early days of the internet before It was even called the internet during the late 1990’s. To become familiar with the term “IP address” in order to fully understand the article, an IP address or an Internet Protocol address is a numerical sequence that assigned to different devices in a home network by a router that is connected to the internet. The IP address is accessible throughout the internet that is assigned to your home router. But here’s the real wizardry, instead of your devices having the IP addresses that you’re so used to like 12.13.14.15, they instead get a private IP address assigned by the router that the internet can’t use! The whole process works like this; your router is the gateway between you and the internet and without it you would have a very hard time to even connect at all. Your device first sends out a data packet that connects to the router in a home network, the data packet is transferred to the router and goes through the internet, then the packet goes into one of the servers of the website you’re trying to connect to. The process isn’t over however because now the server process’s a reply to the sender IP address but the problem is that the sender IP address is the private IP address.

Keep reading our blogs for more on IP address lingo and how to get around it.

Linux Servers and Kernel Virtual Machines

The world of computer machinery is a vast and ever evolving medium that can be both simple and complex based on the subject. Two such subjects are Servers and Virtual Machines, specifically Kernel Virtual Machines. “In computing, a server is a computer program or a device that provides functionality for other programs or devices called clients. This architecture is called the client–server model and a single overall computation is distributed across multiple processes or devices. Servers can provide various functionalities often called “services” such as sharing data or resources among multiple clients or performing computation for a client. A single server can serve multiple clients and a single client can use multiple servers. (Wikipedia Servers Computers3, Aug 16).

A good example of a server can be run on the Linux operating system. With Servers also comes virtual machines that assist in running even more servers. A virtual machine is a software based computer that, like a physical computer, runs an operating system and applications. The virtual machine is comprised of a set of specification and configuration files and is backed by the physical resources of a host machine. Every virtual machine has virtual devices that provide the same functionality as physical hardware and have additional benefits in terms of portability, manageability, and security.

“Just like Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X, Linux is an operating system. An operating system is software that manages all of the hardware resources associated with your desktop or laptop and with Linux comes Linux Servers such as Ubuntu Server, Slackware, and Gentoo.” (Beal Vangie Aug 2016). “A Linux server is a high-powered variant of the Linux open source operating system that’s designed to handle the more demanding needs of business applications such as network and system administration, database management, and Web services. Linux servers are frequently selected over other server operating systems for their stability, security, and flexibility advantages.” (Beal Vangie Aug 2016).  Not to mention, most Linux servers are free to use! Specifically, one Linux serve, the Ubuntu server, “…is a free software that is a Linux operating system and is used for distribution for personal computers, smartphones, and network servers. Ubuntu server uses Unity as its default user interface. (“Ubuntu” Wikipedia, Aug 2016). A cool feature that Ubuntu had is its unique security tactics to ensure no damage happens to the OS such as limiting administrator privileges and locking access to the main administrator account to prevent any severe damages to the OS and other user accounts.

Now on the subject of Kernel Virtual Machines, they are “a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions like Intel VT or AMD-V. It consists of a loadable kernel module named KVM. KO that provides the core virtualization infrastructure and a processor specific module, KVM-intel, KO, or KVM-AMD.KO. Using KVM a person can run multiple virtual machines running unmodified Linux or Windows images. Each virtual machine has private virtualized hardware: a network card, disk, graphics adapter, and more. With KVM’s also comes KVM unit tests that are tiny guest operating systems that generally execute only tens of lines of C and assembler test code in order to obtain its PASS/FAIL result. Unit tests provide KVM and virtual hardware functional testing by targeting the features through minimal implementations of their use per the hardware specification. The simplicity of unit tests makes them easy to verify they are correct, easy to maintain, and easy to use in timing measurements. Unit tests are also often used for quick and dirty bug reproducers.” (MediaWiki, Aug 2016).

In short the technology universe is vast and ever expanding with technology gaining knowledge and becoming more powerful with each passing second with more powerful hardware that is able to run different Operating systems on one hardware and Servers that are able to perform different types of services to millions of people for an extended period of time. The Linux OS software is a powerful OS that can house different OS’s one piece of hardware such as the Ubuntu OS. The Ubuntu Linux Based server is an excellent example of a OS because it was made to be “out of the box” and this signifies the evolution of technology. Servers also play a crucial role on how powerful technology has become. Servers find themselves being used for different objectives and purposes.  Servers can sometimes manage data and transfer data securely, run online gaming, host websites and more.  Servers are a fundamental part to the world wide web and without them, it would be hard to get anything done by a multitude of people at once. Without these genius advances in technology, the internet today would never be the same.

 

Written By,

Erick Walker

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“Ubuntu” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 30 July 2016, Web. 8 Aug 2016.

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Biden unveils public database for clinical data on cancer

(AP) — Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a public database for clinical data on cancer on Monday that aims to help researchers and doctors better tailor new treatments to individuals.

Overseen by the National Cancer Institute, the Genomic Data Commons starts with genomic and clinical data for 12,000 patients. The system is designed to increase sharing of information about the gene sequences of tumors and how patients with those tumors responded to specific treatments

Biden, speaking at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting in Chicago, said recent advances in DNA sequencing technology had allowed researchers to generate vast amounts of new data in a short period of time. But he said the cancer world “can do much better than we’re doing.

“The information is scattered among different government and academic repositories. Most of it is out of the reach of scientists,” Biden said. “We’re bringing it into one space.”

The database has emerged as the most tangible component of Biden’s cancer “moonshot,” a push in his final year in office to double the pace of cancer research toward a cure. Although the Obama administration has sought an influx of federal funds to accelerate research, Congress has approved only a fraction of what’s been requested.

Since taking on the cancer issue last year, Biden has repeatedly argued that confining data within institutions has hampered cancer research, with scientists and medical companies reluctant to share proprietary information. In fact, cancer research institutions have significant data-sharing arrangements in place, although Biden and other critics say it’s too limited and not happening early enough in the process.

Though easily searchable, the database includes protections for privacy and security, Biden said. He urged cancer experts gathered in Chicago to “upload your raw genomic data” to the system for use by fellow researchers.

“All of you know it’s the right thing to do,” Biden said. “It’s the quickest way for us to move forward. And it’s not technically hard for us to do it.”

Innovative Web Design Techniques

There’s an interesting trend in Web design these days: Making websites that look, well … bad.

Look at Hacker News. Pinboard. The Drudge Report. Adult Swim. Bloomberg Businessweek features. All of these sites — some years old, some built recently — and hundreds more like them, eschew the templated, user-friendly interfaces that have long been the industry’s best practice. Instead they’re built on imperfect, hand-coded HTML and take their design cues from ’90s graphics.

Original Story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/05/09/the-hottest-trend-in-web-design-is-intentionally-ugly-unusable-sites/

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Achieve Greater Revenues: Get a secure and trusted Website

In the Digital era we live in today, it’s imperative for an organization especially businesses to have an online presence and no we are not talking about e-commerce focused businesses but any business entity. An official website gets your business an address on the web, a place where your customers can get to know more about your business, give feedback, share their grievances if any and basically get the idea that your business is alive and kicking.

 

 

Threats of having an Unsecured and Distr

usted website

  • Ø Easy for Hackers to break into your website and damage your online presence
  • Ø If your website involves any kind of user information, data or details the threat of it being leaked.
  • Ø Being a home to malware and Trojan viruses.
  • Ø Low credibility, which can result in lower web traffic and visitors to your website thereby reducing your brand image and revenue both online and offline.

 

Creating and maintaining a secure website

There are millions of web pages on the internet, how does a customer knows that your website is actually your official presence and can be trusted with their data, payments, details etc.? A lot of times businesses having a simple web presence or simple e-commerce sites don’t get the required visitors/customers as expected. One of the possible reasons is users don’t trust your website with their information or feel safe about sharing their financial details on your website. There are many possible ways through which you can achieve greater transparency and ensure that your website is safe and secure for your visitors/customers –

  • Ø Get SEO rich content on your website – It gets your website better rankings on Web search engine’s which generally translates into greater credibility.
  • Ø Use HTTPS protocol to transfer data – The HTTPS protocol encrypts the data while transferring it to-from the server and hence provides better security.
  • Ø Use SSL certificates – The SSL certificates uses cryptographic techniques to encrypt the data flowing between two parties.
  • Ø Use Secure payment getaways – In the case of an e-commerce website it’s highly preferred to have a payment getaway channel that is completely secure, reliable and provides a host of payment options to choose from.
  • Ø Use Bitcoins as a payment option– Bitcoin is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment currency. Its foundation lies in internet itself. Bitcoins are created by using cryptography techniques over the internet and to verify and record each transaction. It’s easily tradable and its success can be gauged by the fact that there are ‘binary options’ traded on them. The currency is being widely used today, for transaction on various goods and services. It’s completely safe to use Bitcoins  as it can’t be duplicated and the risks for fraudulent transactions can be reduced. A business owner or organization can also get the appraisal of Bitcoins done so as to offer their product or service in the digital currency.

Finally, a trusted and secured website can provide your business with a credible brand image online and offline. Your customers and visitors will have a sense of security and no anxiety while browsing, providing their details or doing transaction on your website. In the long run, it’s the customer satisfaction and belief that translates into repeat sales and growth in revenues.

Sentiment as an Intangible Asset

It seems as if social sentiments always seem to reproach themselves in the media…So I’m watching the last season of Fox’s hit television series “24”. There it is plane as day… A terrorist getting waterboarded on national television and world wide internet. “Is this the country you’ve built” would be the question of many foreigners who catch that show on hulu.com like I did. When did this type of tourture become so entertaining? Would it possibly have been a result of the political atmosphere of 2000-2008? During these times Americans were herded and brainwashed into believing a war was credited towards personal family business dealings in oil. These things are shown to be fact in retrospect, looking back through the most recent U.S. recession. During that time Americans were forced to see and deal with harsh conditions. It became popular to joke about realities, though tis is as always, in times of great depression this kind of satire serves as a common ground and a dialogue towards a solution. Hit shows quickly picked up on this collective sentiment in people and created a very valuable intangible asset in the form of Video, Literary, and other types of Media (FOX)… 
Ok, so what does that meen for the Digital Music Industry? It’s easy to see that we all can benefit from a good joke. The question should rely on the object of intellectual property in and of itself. With that as the premise, an idea such as waterboarding is definetly not funny but it is foreign to the American sentiment (or at least it was)… Therefore, the question “How do you take a sentiment and turn it into a song…” sounds pretty easy. Well, it would be simple if we didn’t have the whole digital piracy issue in the music industry…Here we go again:

Reposted from www.digitalmusicindustrynews.com

British Piracy a “Parasite That Threatens to Deprive a Generation…”

The Brits love their music, but they absolutely hate paying for it! In fact, they downloaded 1.2 billion tracks for free this year alone, according to the latest from the BPI. That’s three-fourths of all downloaded music in the country.

And the cost of this gratis gorge? That would be 984 million pounds, or $1.6 billion, according to a frantic BPI. “Illegal downloading continues to rise in the UK,” said BPI chief Geoff Taylor. “It is a parasite that threatens to deprive a generation of talented young people of their chance to make a career in music, and is holding back investment in the fledgling digital entertainment sector.”

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Still, some action is happening on the paid side, for what it’s worth. Specifically, British single sales are up by 10 million to 160 million this year, a modest 6-7 percent gain. Meanwhile, the Black Eyed Peas scored a record-setting, million-plus seller with “I Gotta Feeling,” and digital albums jumped more than 30 percent to 21 million on the year.

Permalink: http://digitalmusicnews.com/stories/121610britsbillion


MY CLOSING THOUGHTS:

The solution: PUT PIRACY ISSUES INTO THE MUSIC! Already, artists like Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, and others have begun to write lyrics that address people who download music without directly paying for it in cash.

What do you think?

Does Open Source Code Have Monetary Value?

Generally open source refers to software whose source code is available for the general public’s  use and modification from the original.  The premise of open source software sounded like a mad mans idea in early 1980s, it seemed impractical and inapplicable for programmers to spend days and nights developing software then giving it away free. The rationale behind this though, was to ensure quality production of software by not focusing on proprietary rights or financial gain by the programmers. Needless to say, it worked, open source software is increasing yearly and 50% of software may be open source by 2016. Its ever growing popularity makes one wonder, does open source code really have monetary value?

Just because the source code is free doesn’t mean the associated documentation and support is. The ability of programmers to modify software makes it even more efficient and effective for use, appraisals and performance reviews to keep tabs on the software can be performed and on success, enormous monetary gain can be gotten by developing and selling its plugins like in SEO or WordPress and even charge for technical support. Huge financial institutions and companies are leaning towards open source so as to cut down costs and the ability to extract a section of this code and integrate it into their system is creating a heavenly tune. An example is the use of Linux kernel in banking institutions. Production is increased and costs cut down significantly leading to shot up economic gains all thanks to open source code. Plus, many have benefited from open source by generating revenue from complimentary proprietary products and services.

 

So where are the open source billionaires? The Bill Gates’ of the open source industry? Open source software as mentioned, is not profit oriented. Its license is free and this requires open source projects to run on low costs so as to be able to make the same amount or less as a similar proprietary software enterprise. People are willing to pay less for them, much less than they would pay a comparable enterprise and this forces open source to work twice as hard for same results. Well, open source software is for the benefit of the public and improvement of the software, the vast profit margins are not experienced as in commercial software. This hinders even more into investing in open source, creates hesitations and a million and one unanswered queries. The fear of hackers able to alter code also makes one shudder. Imagine a school’s website built on open source and hacked and modified without anyone’s knowledge, disastrous right?

Indeed, enthusiasm for open source software is driving a “golden era” in application development, according to Forrester Research and many of the software created are going open source. Some of them include Mozilla, Linux and the Bitcoin system. Even binary options software are open source as this attracts more people to invest in them. But the flip side of the coin still glares one in the face and leaves a lot unanswered, is what the open source programmer getting enough or does he deserve more? What if the product was proprietary?