USB 3.0 Specifications are finalized by the USB promoter group. The new interface gives ten times higher speeds than its predecessor USB 2.0 and is expected to be incorporated into future computer peripherals and consumer devices. Of course, even if the hardware manufacturers immediately adopt the new technology, we do not expect new products to incorporate the new standard soon.
The announcement of the USB promoter group follows the decision taken by Apple to abandon the Firewire technology, at least in some of its systems, knowing that USB 3.0 will exceed the bandwidth of Firewire (IEEE1394).
The main features of the new USB 3.0 technology include:
- 5 Gbps transfer speed
- Fast Sync-N-Go
- Download 27 GB High Definition Movie in 60-70 sec
- Optimized Power Efficiency
- No device polling
- Lower power requirements
- Backward compatible with USB 2.0
Comparing the new USB 3.0 standard with the older one (2.0), we get ten times more speed (5 Gbps compared with 480 Mbps). Even though IEEE announced the new IEEE 1394-2008 specification, which increases the interface bandwidth of IEEE1394, also known as Firewire, to 3.2 Gb/s, major industry players such as Apple seem to have lost interest to Firewire.
New increase in usage for the popular Mozilla Firefox browser. For a long time now, Firefox reached and exceeded 20% in certain days. October ended with a Firefox usage rate of 19.97%, up 0.51 points from 19.46% in September, according to measurements from Net Application. On the other hand, Internet Explorer continues to fall, reaching 71.27% from 71.52% in September, but according to Net Applications, it continues to be the browser with the most rapid decline in usage rate.
This is also shown by the fact that since the beginning of the year, Internet Explorer has lost 4.2 points, while Firefox has gained 2.99 points, Safari of Apple 0.75, Opera 0.13 and Chrome of Google 0.74.
Finally, in October Opera climbed from 0.69 to 0.75, when the Safari fell slightly from 6.65 to 6.57 and Chrome climbed from 0.74 to 0.78.
In relation to operating systems, Net Applications found that the use of Windows increased from 90.29% to 90.46%, Mac fell to 8.21 from 8.23 and Linux fell to 0.71 from 0.91. Finally, the iPhone has increased from 0.32 to 0.33.
Great superiority in the Internet battle appears to have had the new president of the United States Barack Obama over his opponent McCain. According to Trendrr, an online statistical tool, shows clearly the primacy of Obama in the use of technology. 500 million blog posts refer to Obama as opposed to 150 million blog posts referring to McCain. Of course we can not know how these numbers evolved during the election period, nor can we know which of these posts are positive or negative.
Myspace and Twitter
The “Friends” of Obama in MySpace were 844,927 as opposed to 219,404 of McCain. Only between 3rd and 4th of November Obama won 10,000 new friends while McCain had just 964. In Twitter, Obama won 2865 new followers among the 3rd and 4th of November (a total of 118,107) while McCain had a total of 4942 followers!
Chrysler will become the first car manufacturer which will begin to offer equipment for its cars that will allow passengers to have wireless Internet access. The connection will be facilitated through an extra device, which is manufactured by Mopar, a subsidiary of Chrysler, and will use a combination of EV-DO and Wi-Fi. The device will be compatible with Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge 2009 models and with earlier series. The installation option of the internet device, which was called Uconnect Web and costs around 500 dollars, will be made by the car dealers.
Autonet Mobile will be the Internet provider in the U.S., which already offers services to businesses dealing with car rentals. According to statistics from Autonet Mobile, the increase in demand for connecting to the Internet in cars is mainly due to the children, who are already “addicted” with Internet Connectivity and with the use of interactive services. Also, Car Internet Access will be helpful in using various additional functions of navigation systems, for example, to improve the route selection according to traffic jam information received from the Internet.
Uconnect Web will ensure data transmission bandwidth in the range of 400 – 800 Kbit / sec, and the radius of the Wi-Fi coverage will be 30 meters. To ensure the security of wireless connections, the use of WEP encryption and other protocols is recommended. Note also that the system can be modified to work with any mobile network or WiMAX.
The need of using a computer network for exchanging information was the reason the Internet was born. In the late 60’s, the American army was seeking a system that would ensure communication between army units in case the telephone network would collapse. University and military institutions have begun research in order to implement a communication network that would be resistant to disasters. So the idea of the “Net” was born.
The “Net” provides seamless flow of information even if some of its nodes cease to operate. In a “Net” topology, there are alternative routes through which data can pass to reach the recipient. This is the logic that was decided to be implement in 1972 by the working groups addressing the issue, known as InterNetworking Working Groups. The next crucial step was to develop a protocol that would be «smart» enough to understand what routes should be followed in a communication between sender and recipient. The truth is that it took several years to develop the TCP / IP. In August 1983, the Internet – known as Arpanet – consisted of 562 registered computers that could exchange electronic mail between them. Continue reading “The birth of the Internet”
Green technologies are on the rise. Indeed, if we want to save our planet, “Green” habits have to be adopted everywhere, from technology to everyday life. Saving on paper and ink resources is a huge step towards cost savings for any company, but also is a huge improvement for the environment.
There are several internet fax service providers in the communication technology market that allow you to send and receive electronic faxes through the internet mainly by using your email. Basically the eFax provider that you sign up with will assign you a real fax number which will be associated with your email address. All fax communication is taken care by the eFax provider.
Some of the advantages of using an electronic fax service compared with the traditional fax machine are the following:
- Environmental friendly: Reducing consumption of fax paper, toner, and ink cartridges not only reduces costs, it’s also the best thing to do for the environment. Printing every fax page on paper creates trash and costs money.
- Increases Productivity – Reduces Time: Do everything from your Computer. Just attach the electronic document you want to send on an email and off you go. Also, received faxes can be viewed from anywhere you have email access, even from your PDA or Blackberry phone.
- Better Reliability: Forget the old fax machine that was hanging up on your phone line, or the busy tones. Sending faxes in email communication is more reliable than ever.
- Reduced Cost: Basically the monthly fee you pay to your efax service provider is less than the cost of a dedicated phone line and for the long distance calls when sending a fax. Plus you don’t have to worry about the maintenance costs of a dedicated hardware fax machine (paper, toner, fault maintenance etc).
How it Works
When someone sends you a Fax (with a normal Fax machine using a telephone line), the eFax provider’s server receives the Fax on your behalf and converts it into an electronic document (PDF, TIFF etc). The eFax provider can also store the FAX on their server for backup. After the FAX is converted to a digital document, it is send as an attachment to your email.
To send an electronic fax, just attach the document you want to send (e.g Word Document, scanned hardcopy image etc) to an email message, and send it to the destination fax number with the following email format: <destination-fax-number>@<efax-provider-domain>.com
For example, if the destination fax number is 123456789 and you are using efax provider, then send your email to email@example.com
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