Thursday, December 12, 2013
In the past, people would go to photo studios to have portraits made and turn them into holiday cards. This was effective, fun, and it gave people something more to appreciate. Today, of course, there are a lot more convenient ways to create fun holiday cards. Photo cards can be printed with your Brother toner at home in just a matter of seconds, or they can be customized and ordered online, giving families a fun way to reach out to people around them and get more out of their investment.
There are a lot of great ways that you can print your own holiday photo cards. Creating memories that last a lifetime is easy with technology on your side. Here are some tips to help you create the best photo cards this holiday season and for years to come:
You'll need to be sure that it is a good photo of your family and that it suits the occasion. If you want to use your beach photo from summer vacation, that's fine, but a more seasonal picture would be much more fitting.
It needs to be proportionate, able to be resized as needed, and not too bright or too dark. If there are issues like red eye or blurs, you should fix those with editing software before putting the photo on a card. If you can't or don't want to do editing, you can just pick another picture.
There are a lot of different resources out there. You'll need to explore them and see what they have to offer. That way, you'll be able to create the perfect holiday cards every time, no matter what you have in mind.
Some people don't realize that holiday photo cards can be cheaply made. You should take advantage of as many free or cheap resources as you can. You're already saving money by printing them at home. Now you'll save even more by using the tools and resources that you find online.
If you want to make a more personal impression, though, or you want to carry on the tradition of holiday photo cards, you can guarantee that you will find all of the resources to help you when you search online. There is no need to go to an expensive photo studio or to invest in overpriced printed cards that your store sells. The internet has programs and tools that will give you endless options for creating holiday greetings that your family will love.
With the right sentiment, you can make a great impression this holiday season. The thing to remember is that people appreciate the sentiment more than anything. Create a memorable holiday for everyone with a simple photo card and save your money for things that matter. With these tips, that should be easy.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
ToolsFirst of all, narrow down your priorities. See which tools you need most and why. For example, when it comes to tax payments you need to keep tax records, log in details regarding the tax payments, manage time, and stuff like that. Once you know what you need from tax and accounting apps and softwares, you can easily find the ones that have tools to facilitate these tasks. Compare the tools of different tax and accounting apps and softwares and see which ones can benefit you most. For keeping tax records, Sage Peqachtree Pro Accounting, AccountEdge from Accilivity and QuickBooks Pro from Intuit are considered some of the best software.
Estimation of Tax SavingsSmall business owners often glide away from paying taxes because they are often not sure how much money they should spend in paying taxes. They don’t want to pay extra amount; therefore, they end up paying none at all. You can customize your tax and accounting app and software to calculate tax savings on the funds. There is an online app available by the name of Tax-Aside that calculates tax returns on your weekly expenditures. You can find a lot of more apps too!
Do Not Pirate Your Tax And Accounting App And Software!When you settle on a particular app or software, purchase it and get the licensed product. You will be authorized to copy the software on certain amount of computers; if you copy it on more than that amount then you will be charged. Pirating is illegal and can land you into trouble!
Calculate Your Income TaxesLarge businesses hire tax lawyers or professionals to calculate their annual income taxes. Although this is the right approach but it can be very expensive for small businesses. You can purchase tax and accounting app and softwares to automate this task. Most of these software are updated annually so you’ll have to upgrade them every year. This will cost you less than a tax professional!
Data ProtectionWhen you are automating your business’ tax and accounting procedures, make sure to create backup of all the information. When you use online apps and software, they mail you all the information so they are safely tucked up in your email memory but when you are using software you will have to create your own backup! Make sure your data is safely stored and protected.
Ben is a Charter accountant and international tax planning advisor in Cyprus, working for KSA Corporate Company. He is enjoying living in Cyprus as it’s a perfect destination for business and holidays at the same time
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tip 1 – Choose the Most Popular Courses
Look into what the most popular training courses are. If they are popular, they must be so because they are also in demand. After all, the world of IT changes all the time, which means that highly popular courses usually cover a subject area that is being focused on currently. At present, the 10 most popular IT training courses are:
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
- Certified Scrum Developer
- Oracle PeopleSoft EPM 9.1
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008
- ITIL version 3
- HP Loadrunner Essentials
- Oracle ATG Web Commerce
- VMware vSphere 5.0
- Microsoft Sharepoint Introduction
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Tip 2 – Choose a Field
You also need to consider your desired field of work. It is all well and good to become totally certified in SAP, for instance, but if you have no intention of working in the financial or logistics fields, then this would be a waste of time. Similarly, if you want to work in administration, it would be beneficial to do a lot of Microsoft Office training and perhaps not focus on the server programming courses. Remember that there is such a things as being overqualified as well, so do not take part in courses that will not be beneficial to you in your long-term career goals.
Tip 3 – Choose the Right Provider
One very important tip is that you must choose a provider that actually delivers quality training courses. One way to check this is by making sure that they are accredited to deliver the training. A good training company will immediately tell you if they are accredited, and they will also tell you with whom their accreditation lies. You must always double check this. It is all too easy for a company to pretend they are accredited, or to keep their accreditation valid even if they have lost it since then.
Hopefully, these top tips will help you to identify that best possible IT training for you. Do remember that IT training is never wasted training. It allows you to become knowledgeable in a very interesting field of work that is always in high demand. IT professionals tend to earn a great deal more money than those in different fields of work, and you should strike whilst the iron is hot. However, do remember that IT is also never a stagnant field of work and if you’re resistant to change, then it isn’t for you.
Sarah Lockwood is an IT specialist. She likes to visit www.everythingtech.co.uk
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
Range Rover 2014 Freelander 2
Range Rover’s latest offering is all that you could possibly want in an SUV- style, comfort and most importantly, a toughness and ability to get across any terrain under the sun. The vehicle has been tested in conditions of -40 to 50 degrees Celsius and performs well in both; its wheels, axels and chassis are strong and durable in any and all conditions, and its powerful yet humble engine minimizes CO2 emissions while still packing a notable grunt.
With luxurious leather interior, steering wheel and comfortable features throughout, the 2014 Freelander 2 is definitely worth the investment if you’re looking for a solid, all-purpose SUV to take you through 2014.
You can expect that whatever Mercedes brings out is going to be top of the range. 2014 will be no exception to the German motor company, with its release of the new luxury range of S-Class Sedans coming sometime next year. For technology the S-Class vehicles have systems that allow them to anticipate un-encountered imperfections in roads, and they can also automatically keep perfectly centered between lane lines. With a V8 engine and luxury features like a hot-rock massage simulation in the back seat and automatic air freshener, the S-Class will be something to look out for in the coming months.
The very British sense of class and luxury associated with Jaguar cars will be making a comeback in 2014. The Jaguar F-Class is a luxury vehicle that has all the curves and aesthetic sauciness you would expect of a Jaguar, and comes with the option of a V6 or V8 engine depending on your tastes. Hitting 110km/h in under 4 seconds, and with rear-driving configuration and seven transmission options, the feathery yet durable F-Class is sure to entice lovers of cars and prestige this coming year.
Moving away from the sports and luxury models for a moment, the Jeep Cherokee will be making a reinvigorated appearance in Jeep showrooms next year with a streamlined and slimmed exterior design that differs significantly from earlier models. The Cherokee will come with V4 or V6 engines and features over nine transmission options on its gear stick. The safety and road awareness of the Cherokee is second to none, with computer systems accounting for different road types and weather conditions to ensure your drive is as safe as possible. And, of course, as a Cherokee is nothing if not comfortable, the steering wheel is even heated for your comfort.
This electric-gas hybrid offering from Cadillac is said to be super-modern and stylish, with all the stylistic trimmings of a vehicle from the space age. The front of the vehicle is sleek and streamlined, with sharp angles cutting across its exterior to create a definite and powerful visage. What’s more, the battery life of the charge in the ELR is about 65 km, meaning that if you mainly use it for short commutes, you might not be having to visit a petrol station in quite some time!
The latest Corolla from Toyota promises to be a significant departure from the broad, smooth appearance of earlier models. Even though the 2014 Corolla is larger than some of its predecessors, it also features sharp lines along its exterior body that emphasize its power and presence. Running on a standard 4 cylinder engine, the coming Corolla will have a six gear transmission stick and extensive multimedia options to keep you entertained on any journey you might make.
BMW 4 Series
Mixing the appearance of a typical Sedan with the ilk and prestige associated with the BMW 6 series, the BMW 4 series is a car that will carry on BMW’s tradition of creating sturdy, commonsensical design with a luxurious finish. The 4 series comes in three stylistic configurations: luxury, sport and M sport. The last option is said to offer the greatest handling control, but all options are safe and completely reliable for any potential driver. As with many BMW models these days, entertainment is key and the 4 Series’ multimedia systems are high quality and even feature a voice recognition-based dictation system for those who can multitask.
General Motors is delivering a revamped version of their pickup truck in 2014, with all the horsepower and V8 grunt to get a task of any magnitude completed. Large, easy to handle and with a tolerance for punishment, the Silverado also comes with a full-spectrum entertainment system so you can whistle while you work, and many features and functions of the car are activated by voice control.
Michael Sampson is an avid car enthusiast and engineering student who also loves outdoors hiking and orienteering. He can’t wait to get his hands on Land Rover’s 2014 Freelander 2, in time for autumn and winter camping activities he’s planned this coming year!
Vegetable gardening is a popular pastime for all of these reasons and more, but sometimes it can be a very difficult hobby. To make your life easier if you are not the most seasoned backyard farmer, continue reading for a list of three of the easiest vegetables and herbs that will be sure to thrive in your garden, even if you are just starting out.
Basil is a delicious herb that is very versatile. You can use it as a garnish on a variety of dishes or make homemade pesto to top off your favorite pasta. Growing it is simple too. You can purchase young plants at really low prices, even if you want to stick with organic varieties, and once you plant it into the ground, all you need to do is make sure that it gets ample amounts of water, as it will quickly wilt if it becomes dehydrated. This plant will grow tall, so snip off the leaves from the top as you need them.
Tomatoes are surprisingly easy to grow, and because there are so many different varieties to choose from, you can mix them up so that you harvest different types of flavorful tomatoes throughout the summer. To keep it simple, purchase very young plants at your local garden center rather than going through the process of starting them from seeds. Plant them in your garden or greenhouse, as they love the heat, and just make sure that you keep them moist so that they do not dry up. These vegetables grow quickly and can get top-heavy, so put stakes in the ground and tie them up to support them as they grow. This will also make it easier to spot the tomatoes and harvest them.
One reason why people love to grow bell peppers is because they are one of the more expensive vegetables in the produce aisle of your grocery store. And organic varieties are even more expensive. Growing them in your own backyard will save you money, but you have to be patient, as these vegetables grow quite slowly and each plant does not yield a lot. Therefore, make enough space to plant a few of these when they are young and then make sure they get enough sunshine and water.
When it comes to gardening, some people love seeing flowers blooming throughout their yards while others prefer harvesting fresh foods. Planting easy vegetables that do not require a lot of work is a great way to start honing your skills as a backyard farmer.
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Clark Douglas, the author of this post is an employee at Rhino Shelter, a company that caters to specialized portable garages and shelters. Photography and travelling to exotic places are some of his favorite things to do. Visit www.mdmshelters.com to know more about him and his company.
On 13th November 2013, a jury was picked to begin assessing the total value that Samsung owes to Apple. However, this will be a minor proceeding when compared to the much larger case due to take place in March. That trial will examine newer products which have been only recently released onto the global market, while the November case dates back several years to products that have since been discontinued in parts of the world. Although the case is one of copyright infringement, it’s clear that money lies at the heart of it. In both cases the jury will ultimately have to decide whether Apple actually lost any financial revenue due to Samsung products. Apple became the most popular mobile phone manufacturer when it established the IPhone in 2007, but completion has been fierce ever since, and Samsung’s smartphones sales eclipsed that of Apple in 2011.
This feud has been described by some observers as pointless and petty. After all, who is really going to win in this case? Both sides are spending their time battling in court over past products when they should be focusing on their next technological developments to advance their empires further. A number of internet memes have appeared mocking the feud, including one that supports an absurd rumour that Samsung paid their $1bn debt to Apple by sending dozens of trucks to deliver the whole amount in Nickels (5 cent pieces). It seems that Apple and Samsung’s lawyers will be true winners in this case.
Who do you think will win the case this time? Which company’s products do you prefer?
Liam Brennan frequently blogs about the latest mobile phone industry developments. He uses Roaming Expert to find the best roaming deals for travelling abroad.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Only Ten Gallons?Hybrid vehicles have been considered a drop in the bucket as far as helping the environment and weaning people away from fossil fuels goes. They still use a large amount of fuel overall, and while they help drivers get more distance out of gas, these vehicles have not been considered a viable solution for truly reducing emissions and consumption. If this experiment works out as the inventors and drivers predict though, these truisms about hybrid cars could very well change forever.
This car might not be the most stylish vehicle on the open market, but it will get up to speeds of 70 miles an hour (the fastest allowed on most U.S. highways), and it will have enough room for the driver, a passenger, and a dog. These three individuals, Cody and Tyler Kor along with their dog Cupid, will be going from San Francisco to New York, and then they'll turn right around and make the return trip back home.
Is This The Future of Transportation?3D printing has been altering a huge variety of different industries. Manufacturing has felt the effects of this technology most strongly, but these unique machines have moved into education, they've altered communication technologies, and now their implications in the auto industry are plain to see. The question is whether or not 3D printing is the next step in automotive evolution, or if it's just a passing fad that will come and go.
On the one hand, if 3D printed vehicles can offer the kinds of fuel efficiency that the Urbee 2 is supposed to have, then there is going to be a significant portion of the population interested in acquiring such a vehicle. While the prototype will be fairly bare bones in terms of features, future models can always be updated with additional technology. In addition to the Urbee 2, there are questions about what other kinds of vehicles could be made with this technology.
While it sounds like the urban legend of the car that ran on water, the Urbee 2 could usher in a new era of cars where high fuel consumption really is a thing of the past. Will mass media and public interest make it impossible to bury the success of this particular endeavor? Or will the public's attention wane as they go back to accepting lesser rates of fuel efficiency than that provided by cars of the future? Only time will tell, sadly, and until then all people can do is watch to see what happens with this car, and other projects just like it.
Today's guest post was written by Eduardo Dieguez, blogger for My Port Canaveral Transportation. An avid computer enthusiast, Eduardo spends countless hours tinkering with electronics both new and old.
Monday, December 9, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
How Does the Biometric Safe Work?Biometric safes use human characteristics as identity markers for safe, reliable security. These safes work by allowing you to program sets of fingerprints--usually at different angles--into the safe. A digital sensor stores and recognizes the unique prints and this serves as the combination for the safe.
Most safes allow you to program many different fingerprints into the safe for increased access and insurance in case you can’t open the safe with your own prints. While unlikely, burning, cutting, or otherwise damaging your fingers could result in a situation where someone else may need to open the safe. In this case, the biometric safe stores multiple fingerprints of authorized users in its memory.
Benefits of Biometric SafesBesides having a safe that is decidedly more personalized, there are numerous tangible benefits to using a safe that opens through fingerprint recognition. Many people underestimate the potential for a safe to be broken into or stolen and think that the presence of a safe or it’s sheer size is enough. This is usually true, but a dedicated thief with time and tools could easily hack the lock or penetrate the safe security with axes, picks, and drills.
What’s more, depending on your safe’s location, a thief could also just steal the entire safe. Because the combination is completely unique to your fingers, hacking a biometric safe is very difficult and unlikely to be effective. It most cases, this security system is a strong enough deterrent for a potential thief.
Variations of Biometric SafesDepending on the sophistication of the safe, biometric safes may include a combination of traditional opening methods with biometric technology or may be entirely biometric with advanced recognition features. In these safes, a biometric combination is used and then followed by a manual combination to fully unlock the safe. The most common biometric identifier on a safe is the fingerprint scanner since it is easy to mount on the exterior, but advanced safes have other biometric security features. Things like iris scans, facial scans, voice recognition, and even DNA tests are all part of biometrics.
Many of these features are used as security measures on safes with some safes employing a number of these technologies simultaneously to open the doors. Advanced safes can even be programmed to differentiate levels of access. Some highly technological safes can be programmed for admin access and a more general user access. For example, one user can reprogram the safe while another can only open the safe. The nature of the contents and environment will determine the level of security needed to secure the safe.
by Ben Vaughn
Ben Vaughn works with www.cannonsafe.com and writes about the newest safe technology. Ben has recently purchased a gun safe for his home and is still trying to get the hang of all of the features.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Why You Want A Tablet?The first thing you need to think about when you are looking to buy a tablet is the reason why you are getting it. Depending on the things you want to do with the tablet you will want to focus on different aspects and thus can narrow down your search.
For instance, if you are looking to buy a tablet that completely replaces your home desktop computer you might want to go for a bigger screen size. In the long run it is much better to use a tablet with a near 10-inch display rather than the smaller options. Therefore a tablet like iPad 4 or Nexus 10 might be your pick.
Naturally if you just want a tablet on the go you should opt for a smaller screen to improve the portability. Something like a Nexus 7 or even the Amazon Kindle Fire HD are good options to consider.
The Operating SystemThe biggest difference in picking out the tablet comes when you are choosing the operating system. Naturally if you want to go with iOS you need to get an iPad for yourself. Android and Windows are the other two big operating systems on the market.
A good rule of thumb is that if you already use either, for instance with your smartphone, it might be the easiest to stick with what you already know. If not then you can freely choose the one you like the most.
There is a good guide into the pros and cons of iPads and Android tablets at Which.co.uk and it is a good idea to read this guide first.
If you are looking to get a tablet with clear focus on the apps then you should know that Apple still has the biggest app availability for larger tablet screens. Android is slowly catching up and Windows is still quite far behind when it comes to the availability of apps.
Price RangeGenerally the Android operating system tablets come with the cheapest price tag. This doesn’t mean that they are any inferior so if you are looking for a good first-time tablet Android might be a good idea.
But investing into an Apple tablet isn’t a bad idea either, especially if you are already an Apple user. Windows tablets are still a little bit expensive, compared to Android at least, but again worth an investment if you are looking for a tablet for purely business use.
Jack is a huge technology fan and he is a big fan of cross-platform app development. He likes to learn all there is to know about apps and is always testing out all the latest games on tablets. He also likes to spend time with his three dogs.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
1. Find The Right Bank AccountThere are a lot of differences in business bank accounts and it is a good idea to spend some time finding the right one.
Even if you have a really good personal account in a certain branch it doesn’t meant that the same branch could offer the best deal on a business account. So keep your options open.
A good guide to finding the right bank account can be found on the Money Saving Expert website. Read this information through and get a bank account that works well for your business needs.
2. Think Small And Think HomeWhen you are starting out it is always a good idea to start small. There is no point in spending a lot of money in hiring lots of people and renting a huge office space right from the get-go. You need to expand and grow your business only when you have the customers and the finances to do it.
For a small business the right thing to do at the start is think about working from home. Even if you need to employ other people it is still a good idea to think about the option of working from home.
There are a lot of great benefits of working from home and your business should seriously look into this option.
3. Online MarketingMarketing is often a really big cost but it is also an essential thing to do for a small business. Small businesses don’t have the same resources for marketing as larger companies do but going online can really help you cut down on costs.
So make sure that you build a strong online presence for your business and make use of online marketing. Strategies such as search engine optimisation (SEO) can really help you boost your business.
4. Find The Right InsuranceGetting your business insured appropriately is really important. You might think that the insurance premiums are too much to take but the consequences of not insuring your business are going to be much more devastating.
The key to finding the right insurance is to do enough research into what sort of policy your business needs. You then need to contact insurance companies directly in order to get the best quotes. For instance, if you are looking for motor trade insurance you can get better deal by getting direct quotes for motor trade insurance from many different companies.
5. Learn About TaxationYou should also spend some time in learning more about the taxation process. There are a lot of great tax benefits and discounts available for small business owners if you just know how to claim for them.
Get a good accountant that can help you out with taxation issues. This can really help you save a lot of money and can boost your business prospects a lot.
Liza likes to find tips online to help out small business owners manage during these tough economic times. She is also passionate about solving puzzles and loves to find online puzzles that she can solve together with her kids.