Windows Phone Beating iPhone In 7 Countries: What That Means For Microsoft …
So while winning Poland might not seem like anything to brag about (especially for a mega-corporation like Microsoft)), Microsoft and its Windows Phone division will surely accept and blast out any kind of victory, no matter how minor it might appear. Read more on Huffington Post
Amazon reviews show users like Windows 8 more than Vista (but nothing …
As you might've expected, with 47 percent of 1,104 reviewers giving it the max possible rating of five stars, and 20 percent giving it four stars, Windows 7 received the most positive reviews. Windows Vista was the unsurprising straggler among the three. Read more on Digital Trends
What the end of Google Sync means to you
If you use Google's services for email, calendars, and contacts, you're probably aware that there are several different ways to access your data. You can use your favorite browser to access the Web interface. If you prefer dedicated Mac or iOS client … Read more on Macworld
Google Just Launched Another Killer App On iPhone
Google launched a new app for iPhone today called Capture that lets you quickly upload videos to YouTube. Unlike Apple's built-in Camera app, Google's Capture lets you sync to your Facebook, Google+, and Twitter accounts to easily push your videos to … Read more on Business Insider
What Google's Enterprise Biz Means for Microsoft
Google's software apps, though, have been widely adopted by consumers and small businesses. Now both companies want a piece of each other's pie, and while it's unlikely Google apps will be a Windows killer, Microsoft still better take heed, Thill said. Read more on CNBC.com
Google said it would start combining nearly all the information it has on its users, which could make it harder for them to remain anonymous, Julia Angwin reports on digits. Photo: AP. Video Rating: 4 / 5
Question by Jefe: Could anyone tell me what this crash report means?
Log Name: System
Date: 10/17/2010 7:13:19 PM
Event ID: 41
Task Category: (63)
The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly.
Event Xml: 41 2 1 63 0 0×8000000000000002 4257 System Jefer-PC
Answer by Charles Sorry don’t know that one, BUT I go to the event viewer & look at the code on the event ur looking for it has a small # code easy to look up, also u can right on the viewer & select pin to start menu, that way it will easy to look at when u want.:) btw u might need t run a check disk for error’s, in the run box type chkdsk space /f, then reboot & went it starts dn’t hit any keys let it run
Google Operating System: Como eu queria um só pra mim!
Image by Daniel F. Pigatto
Não sei se tem coisa que mais desejo atualmente do que um Sistema Operacional do Google. Nada de Vista, nada de XP, nada de distribuição Linux. Quero mesmo um Sistema Operacional que seria a minha cara!
Nessa iamgem, uma brincadeira de um suposto GooOS, ou Google OS. Mas esse da imagem é feio demais, muito poluído e colorido. Quero algo mais ao estilo do Google mesmo.
RIM's BlackBerry loses more global market share, iPhone, Android soar
… market fell again in the fourth quarter while sales of iPhones and phones running Google's Android system soared, according to a report released Wednesday. Delays in introducing its new BB10 operating system are partly to blame, the report said. Read more on Toronto Star
Obama signs stimulus law in Denver on Tuesday, 2/17 (electronic medical records). Japanese H5N1 pandemic radiation outbreak means FEMA earthquake soft kill rfid 666 martial law blackwater adventist health obama economic recovery hipaa emr electronic medcial records patient privacy Video Rating: 5 / 5
Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss what will likely be the strictest abortion law in the country in South Dakota. Women would have to wait 72 hours and in the mean time visit a ‘pregnancy help center’ where someone would attempt to shame/scare/guilt them into not getting an abortion. Video Rating: 4 / 5
iTunes Store, impresion en iPhoto y iPhone en México
Mac App Store pros and cons: What it means for developers and users
Vincent Danen weighs the pros and cons of Mac’s new App Store. While there are some benefits, he has some big problems with what the future may hold for Mac users. Read more on TechRepublic
Traditional Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage Plans: Allsup Finds Knowing the Differences Means Savings for People with Disabilities
Belleville, Ill. (Vocus) November 3, 2008
One of the longest awaited events for individuals with disabilities is the day they finally become eligible for Medicare, according to Allsup, a leading provider of Social Security disability, Medicare, financial and healthcare-related services to people with disabilities. Unfortunately, the relief of qualifying for Medicare coverage quickly diminishes for too many when they select a plan that doesn’t meet their special needs and exposes them to unplanned medical and prescription drug costs.
“People think they’re playing it safe by choosing traditional Medicare. But those with a disability need to understand how limited traditional Medicare coverage can be for them and how difficult it is to get supplemental coverage,” said Paul Gada , personal financial planning director and product manager for Allsup Medicare Advisor℠ service, which helps people with disabilities choose the best, most affordable Medicare plan to meet their specific needs.
Individuals with disabilities who can no longer work become eligible for Medicare 24 months after their date of entitlement to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. At that point, they can choose to enroll in a traditional Medicare program or a Medicare Advantage program. However, choosing the right plan that takes into account preexisting conditions and ongoing healthcare needs can be a daunting and confusing process.
Comparing Benefits of Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans
Two key factors in evaluating different Medicare options are coverage and cost, according to Gada.
Traditional Medicare includes Part A (hospital) and Part B (medical). Yet, because traditional Medicare coverage is limited, many people also pay more to get supplement insurance (Medigap) and prescription drug coverage (Part D) to help offset high out-of-pocket expenses.
However, people with disabilities who choose traditional Medicare coverage often are unpleasantly surprised to learn they cannot take advantage of Medigap because pre-existing conditions frequently are excluded or have limited coverage.
In fact, 24 states also now severely limit Medicare supplement insurance options. In Texas, for example, people who are not yet 65 are limited as a group to getting only one Medicare supplement plan. This is the most limited standardized Medicare supplement plan of the 12 offered in Texas and provides only basic benefits. Meanwhile in 2008, Texans have 387 potential Medicare Advantage plans to choose from, 20 of which enroll only people with chronic or disabling conditions.
“An unfortunate irony is that medical issues related to the very disability that made them eligible for Medicare may also make them ineligible for supplemental insurance,” said Gada. “They find themselves with just basic coverage under Medicare and mounting, unplanned-for out-of-pocket expenses they can’t afford on SSDI income.”
Medicare Advantage plans , on the other hand, at a minimum cover everything offered by traditional Medicare (Parts A and B). Also, these plans are required to accept most Medicare beneficiaries since medical history cannot be a barrier to enrollment. Many Medicare Advantage plans also offer additional benefits not covered by traditional Medicare, such as dental care, hearing and vision screening.
Most Medicare Advantage plans also provide prescription drug coverage options. Having adequate drug coverage is very important, especially if you are facing thousands of dollars in non-covered prescription drug costs while in the Medicare coverage gap known as the donut hole. In 2008, the donut hole begins when an individual’s total drug costs reach $ 2,510, including the portion paid by Medicare and the individual’s own out-of-pocket deductibles and co-payments. The individual then must pay 100 percent of the next $ 3,216 in out-of-pocket costs for prescriptions until total drug costs reach $ 5,726, after which Medicare prescription drug coverage resumes.
Despite the added coverage, out-of-pocket costs are generally less costly with a Medicare Advantage plan than if an individual has traditional Medicare and Medigap supplemental insurance. Traditional Medicare Part A is free and Part B premiums are based on the individual’s income. For 2008, the monthly cost is $ 96.40 for single taxpayers with an income of $ 82,000 or less (or couples with $ 164,000 or less in income).
Everyone in a Medicare Advantage plan must pay the same monthly premium as those enrolled in traditional Medicare Part B. Additional costs depend on the benefits provided by the plan, with some charging an additional premium or having higher deductible and co-payment requirements. However, there are many Medicare Advantage plans that offer more coverage protection than Medicare Parts A and B, but have zero extra monthly premiums (above the Part B amount that normally is paid).
Also, Medicare Advantage plans still are generally less expensive than traditional Medicare because they cap the amount of out-of-pocket costs. For example, traditional Medicare plans typically require an individual to personally pay 20 percent of the Medicare-approved amount out of their own pocket. For someone with high medical costs this can quickly add up. Medicare Advantage plans, however, limit annual out-of-pocket expenses, typically between $ 2,000 and $ 5,000.
“One of the worst surprises for someone on a fixed income is unexpected costs,” said Gada. “Rising living costs already are taking their toll; so to be hit with unplanned medical costs can be truly devastating.”
Medicare Advantage Options May Overwhelm Some
While Medicare Advantage plans can provide better coverage, the choices can seem overwhelming. Depending on where someone lives, the Medicare Advantage plan options number in the hundreds. For example, someone living in New York City has 107 health plans to choose from and someone in Miami has 104 plan options.
“It’s clear that people really need help in understanding their coverage options and prioritizing their needs so they can make a sound choice,” said Gada, adding that in addition to Allsup Medicare Advisor , which provides a custom, printed report on options based on an interview with the individual, individuals also can find information on various plans on the Medicare site.
Allsup, Belleville, Ill., is a leading nationwide provider of financial and healthcare related services to people with disabilities. Founded in 1984, Allsup has helped more than 110,000 people receive their entitled Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicare benefits. Allsup employs more than 500 professionals who deliver services directly to consumers and their families, or through their employers and long-term disability insurance carriers.
The Allsup Medicare Advisor service provides customized, objective support to help individuals with disabilities navigate the complexities of Medicare and Medicare Advantage programs, analyze the best plan coverage and provider options based on individual preferences, better understand healthcare cost information, and simplify the confusing process of enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan.
For more information, visit http://www.Allsup.com.
The information provided is not intended as a substitute for legal or other professional services. Legal or other expert assistance should be sought before making any decision that may affect your situation.
The growth of the internet has provided website owners with unique business opportunities. This incredible growth has enabled entrepreneurs of all ages to sell their products and services to a worldwide audience.
However, many forget to give their website the same consideration in regards to security. Most people understand the negative effect that a damaged operating system would have on a business owner, and therefore all efforts are made to secure the operating system and the local network. Unfortunately, many overlook their website.
Many websites are well aware of the need for an antivirus software to protect their home network and computer, and most of them have such a software installed that actively protects them from malicious software. Again, many forget to give their website the same consideration in regards to security. Unfortunately, many overlook the possibility of the website being destroyed by a virus, even though it is a relatively common occurrence in the online world.
With all of the work that goes into building a comprehensive website over time, it may actually be more devastating to lose a website than to lose a PC or even an operating system. When a website is brought down by a virus, it cannot be quickly replaced like an operating system or PC. In fact, the damage that is done can take months to repair, especially when you consider how many negative events can transpire as the result of a worm attack. The most obvious effect will be the loss of traffic that will be seen soon after the worm has infected your website.
Everyday there are thousands of new internet users online. Despite the fact that more people all the time are making purchases on the internet, there are a great deal of consumers who remain uneasy about the process and because of that are timid about the internet. Consumers are becoming more and more smarter, more savvy and more guarded about what can put them at risk. Online customers need to be confident that their personal information is safe and that their privacy will be upheld at all times.
One study by Forrester Research, Inc., uncovered that a whopping 84 percent of consumer survey respondents indicated they didn’t think retailers were doing enough to protect them online. The other finding from London-based TNS PLC, a market research company, found that 75 percent of online shoppers surveyed say they had abandoned a retail site due to security concerns.
Website business owners are constantly trying to improve business. What many don’t realize is that by improving their website security, they can improve their sales. Customers say that the security of a website is the number one reason why they do or do not shop on particular websites.
Websites have emerged as the target of choice for money hungry hackers. The ramifications for companies are clear: Loss of data, loss of consumer confidence and loss of brand integrity. No company can afford the black mark of a website hack.
Consider the fact that 8 out of 10 websites visited each day have a serious security vulnerability that puts corporate and customer data at risk. Add to that the irreparable harm done to a company whose brand is compromised by a publicized attack. It’s a call to action for any company doing any of its business on the Web.
Despite the enormous number of attacks and despite widespread publicity about these vulnerabilities, most website owners fail to scan effectively for the common flaws and become unwitting tools used by criminals to infect the visitors that trusted those sites to provide a safe web experience.
As an internet merchant, an important asset for you is the credibility and trust your website conveys to prospective customers. It may seem like a minor thing, but if visitors trust you and your site, they’ll more likely buy something, and the more credibility you have, the higher your conversion rate will be.
Conversion Rate is the number of visitors on your site who actually do what you want them to. For instance if you get 1000 visitors on your site a day and 20 of them buy your product, your conversion rate is 2%. Credibility is crucial if you want to make money with your web site. Your website visitors must have trust in your company. It’s pointless to spend a lot ofwork on getting visitors from search engines if these visitors don’t convert to sales.
It makes sense for you as a website owner to remove all the fear, doubt, and suspicion that accompanies making a buying decision online. When there is no hesitation to do what you want your online visitors to do, your conversion rates will increase. When you increase the amount of traffic that trusts you, more people will do what you want them to do. Any doubt or hesitation on their part, substantially decreases your chances of making the sale and lowers your conversion rate.
Website security is of major importance to website owners and the people who are using the websites. As a site owner you are responsible for ensuring that your users are able to view your website without the risk of problems associated with malware, viruses and trojans.
Security is an extremely important consideration for any businesses, especially if your business is connected to the internet. When conducting business across the internet you are faced with issues like mitigating security risks and building customer trusts.
Establishing trust with the customers is highly essential for earning profits and higher sales. The trust factor is the same for a physical shop as well as for a website. If you have offered a quality product the first time, the same thing is expected when they come a second time for purchase and if you fail to offer that similar quality, they look for another website.
A site that succeeds in developing a confidence factor in their clients are successful in selling their products/services to them. The Market is basically dominated by feelings and emotions of the customers. A product that fulfills clients’ needs are demanded repeatedly by them, thus creating brand loyalty.
People’s trust, once broken, is difficult to restore. The reasons might be many and different in nature. Sometimes companies make fake promises at the time of sale and fail to fulfill it or are unable to deliver quality goods or services. Nearly all customers might have been duped of their expectations by merchants once in their lives, or have listened to their friends or relatives about the bad experience.
There’s no doubt that you have already heard numerous stories of hacked credit card details on the net. These incidents are widespread. This is the root cause why online buyers are a little doubtful to just type in their personal information whenever asked. They needed to know the website they are purchasing from is safe. Before customers are ready to give you sensitive information such as their home address or credit card number, they need to be reassured that your website is safe and secure. Ensuring your customer’s security should be a top priority. After all, how will customers react if they learn that their sensitive information (such as credit card details) were compromised on your website?
Hackers and harmful code writers can intrude a site of electronic commerce for the purpose of theft of invaluable details, such as the number of a credit card and other helpful information. Your web site, certainly, will be mentioned and can become a dwelling of cybercriminals. It can force you to lose your valuable clients, and also electronic business. Considering that most hackers spend hours every day trying to find new exploits, hacking into sites and looking for opportunities to steal cash from hard working business owners, you need to put forth the same effort to protect your website.
Thinking that your data is safe does not mean your database of sensitive organization information has not already been cloned and is resident elsewhere ready to be sold to the highest bidder. To make matters worse, only recently, it has been discovered that hackers are not simply selling your information; they’re also selling the fact that you have vulnerabilities to others. It seems that most hack attacks are discovered months after the initial breach simply because attackers do not want and will not leave an audit trial. Hackers are interested in stealing the data and leaving it intact.
With the increased accessibility to information on the Internet, web security is a vital necessity. Attacks can range from simple nuisances to dangerous compromises of sensitive data. It is important, during website development, that all possible security threats be considered to ensure adequate protection of the website as well as end users.
If you’re not doing everything in your power to make your website visitors feel safe and secure while buying from your website then you could be losing up to 49% of your sales. And this has nothing to do with how persuasive your sales pitch is or how fancy your website looks. When it comes to making that critical decision whether to buy from you or not, the final straw is the consumer’s concerns about their online security. You cannot afford to ignore these facts, especially in these times of recession when online shoppers are looking for real value and are becoming pickier about where they spend their dollars.
You should now hopefully realize that the most important aspect of operating an online business is keeping your investments secure at all times. The internet is a very dangerous place, especially for business that conduct hundreds or thousands of dollars in eCommerce each and every day. Having a secure website not only prevents the loss of profits, but it also boosts sales as your customers will be more confident when shopping with you if they know that your site is safe.
Most of all, keep in mind that when you support your website with the appropriate website security, you are increasing the trust of your customers, which in return increases sales for you. Website security is essential, make sure you are doing all that you can to ensure a safe site for you and your customers.
So now that you know that website security might as well stand for increased confidence and sales, what are you doing to ensure that your customers are getting the right security signals from you?
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Understanding internet security basics, including a review of common website vulnerabilities and the ever present attacks from web bots. This is a basic overview guide and is intended only as an introductory review in preparation for our video series on website security techniques. Video Rating: 0 / 5