When selecting an internet service provider, the usual main consideration is geography: which companies provide service in your area and which ones do not. Fortunately, the increasing role of technology not just in using the internet but in accessing it has allowed many providers to break free of the chains that once limited where they could operate. If you are seeking an internet service that doesn’t fit a cookie-cutter mould, then there are several options from which to choose. We have outlined four features for residential internet service that are cost-effective, technologically adept and flexible when it comes to what you expect in your home-based connection.
We all remember the days when signing up for a new internet connection meant committing to a 1 or 2-year contract in order to get a fair price on the service. Thankfully, costs associated with initiating and maintaining internet infrastructure have been in consistent free-fall, and you can now procure a solid internet connection for a very reasonable price. With it no longer being cost-prohibitive, we are actually seeing select companies beginning to offer service without contracts, with the main premise being that their level of service should be the reason for customer retention – not some scary contract.
Integrated Ad Blocking
Oh, the frustration of dealing with pop-ups and those intrusive web-based advertisements. It seems as if more and more people have abandoned traditional media in favour of internet-based solutions, the number and frequency of advertisements on the internet has only increased. This in turn has led to a counter-attack in the form of browser add-ons and software suites that block or minimise the occurrence of these ads. But what if your internet automatically did that for you? Several ISPs have been experimenting with ISP-based ad block programs, making sure the advertisements never appear in your browser in the first place.
Hotspots & Wireless Access
Just a few years ago, carrying the internet around in your pocket meant having a mobile phone that could just barely be used for browsing: most people used it for the simplest of tasks. Today, however, you can have access to full-fledged internet service thanks to the use of a wireless hotspot. With both prepaid and post-paid services available, the only strings attached these days are how often you need to charge your hotspot. Best of all, competition among providers has lowered the price of wireless internet access near to that of traditional internet, making it a great choice for those who live outside of high-speed areas or need a dedicated connection wherever they find themselves.
With the concept of web-based businesses and blogs becoming more and more prevalent, an increasing amount of internet services now offer multiple forms of web hosting – whether that be unlimited email addresses, a set amount of web space or rapid transfer support (RTP). In past years, providing for these solutions would have been difficult, but the development of high speed networks and cloud-based computing these days has facilitated the ability for just about any internet service to offer these perks – but beware: not every internet service has made this great leap forward.
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This post was submitted by guest blogger Jake Moore. He works with Connexus, fast growing internet service providers based in Australia. When he is not working with networking equipment, Jake likes playing golf and cricket.
Computers, laptops, tablets, gaming consoles and other electronic device all make use of one tool. The cable is the staple of electronics and plays different roles that help shape and keep them connected. For most electronic devices you will need more than one cable in order for your electronics to perform in top form. This can become a costly expense especially for more hi-tech electronics. With the 30AWG HDMI High Speed Cable with Ethernet you get a universal cable that can support all your electronic needs without buying a lot of extra cables.
Cables are the Lifeline for your Electronics
This High Speed Cable will allow you to connect your electronics together easily. This cable is the only one that can transfer uncompressed high definition audio/visual data in higher resolutions than 1440! What this means is whenever you download or upload videos or pictures you will maintain the highest quality resolution available. You only have one cable to use you will never have to worry about tangles or losing a particular cable because you will have all that need with the HDMI high speed cable. The connector for this cable is very small which makes it perfect for wall use.
Cat5 Cables Optimize
All of your electronic devices will be greatly optimized by these cat5 cables high resolution capabilities. For most high definition television up streaming and down streaming data means buying two cords to perform both tasks. With the HDMI high speed cable you can perform both tasks using one cable, saving you both time and money. With this high resolution cable your television’s audio and visual clarity will rival that of a movie theatre projector. This means movie nights at your home will be amazingly vivid. This cable is perfect for those Power Point presentations using a 3-D projector. Now your business presentations will be more professional looking with amazing clarity.
The cable comes with Ethernet and it is compatible with other devices with its HDMI ports. This means you will never need to buy extra cables to have access to the best features available. With its high resolution feature this cable has more color spaces available which gives you a fuller range of colors making all of the scenes in your favorite movie pop! This cable literally does everything from providing top quality resolution to connecting your electronics easily. Just remember with this cheap cable HDMI cable you will never have to buy another cable again.
M.J.B. is a technological blogger. He feels others can benefit from this information about cat5 cables.
When Americans talk about the ‘digital divide’ they mean the separation of those with online access from those without it. In Hong Kong, the ‘digital divide’ could describe the difference between peak internet access speeds there and in the rest of the world. Hong Kong’s peak data rate (54.1 Mbps) clocks in nearly twice the average peak speed of the US (29.4 Mbps) and nearly four times the peak global average (15.9Mbps).
Each quarter, global content delivery network Akamai analyzes its own traffic and publishes comparative statistics for 180 countries and regions. In the latest report covering 3Q 2012, Hong Kong’s average peak data rate is followed by South Korea (48.8 Mbps), Japan (42.2 Mbps), Latvia (37.5 Mbps) and Rumania (37.4 Mbps).
Akamai’s statistics for average data rates show the same top three countries, although with different ranks. South Korea’s 14.7 Mbps compares to Japan’s 10.5 and Hong Kong’s 9.0. Latvia and Switzerland tie for fourth at 8.7 each. The US trails in ninth at 7.2Mbps.
Some disparity is attributable to the size differences between the countries. Vast stretches of rural America still lack broadband access, while over half the South Koreans live in and around metropolitan Seoul (not surprisingly, the US state with the fastest access is Delaware). Another factor is government policy. South Korea’s Information Infrastructure program committed the country to offering 1 Gbps access rates to 84% of the population by 2012. South Koreans pay significantly less for their Internet connections, as well. High speed broadband access, defined by Akamai as >10Mbps, is available to 52% of South Koreans compared to 18% of the US. High speed broadband costs South Koreans less than half the standard broadband access rates available on average in the US. There is little competition among US Internet service providers (ISPs), who lack an incentive to cut prices or invest in service upgrades because they don’t fear the customer churn found in more competitive markets. As long as this situation exists (and absent some intervention from the government), US customers will continue to face poorer service and higher prices than in some Asian and European countries.
The US performs equally poorly in mobile connectivity. The fastest mobile carriers in Q3 2012 for average peak data rates were in Russia (39.2 Mbps), Austria (27.2 Mbps), and Ukraine (19.0 Mbps). The fastest US carrier, by comparison, offered an average peak rate of 9.8 Mbps. The US picture is slightly better for average connectivity overall. Two US carriers placed in the top 25.
Jason Kane is an avid tech blogger and online gamer. Jason writes articles on fiber-optic equipment such as optical transceivers and GLT-C modules.
It can be a bit confusing when you begin looking for a web host. This is because there is a lot web hosting companies nowadays, many offering different prices and services. You also need to choose between paid and free hosting, both of which require different considerations. So what are some of the things that you should be looking out for when choosing a free web host? Below are some helpful tips on what criteria to consider.
• Advertising – Instead of paying a web hosting company a monthly fee, they will insert advertising such as banner ads or pop-up windows on your website. This will pay for the costs of your service and how many of these companies make their money. Be sure to inquire about the sort of advertising that will be used on your website. Also consider if this is something that may affect the overall appeal of your site.
• FTP Access – Some free web hosting companies will not allow you FTP access and will restrict you to working within their web page designs and templates. I would recommend only using a company that allows you FTP access, this will allow you more flexibility for changing or adding web pages or content on your site.
• Allocated Space – How much web space is included in your free package and is it enough for website? The types and numbers of pictures and videos etc. that you need on each page will determine how much space you will need. Some hosts will have a file size limit which will restrict the file type and size that you can upload to your website. Also take into consideration any plans to expand your website ie cloud web services.
• Reliability – How reliable and fast is the service? This can be difficult to determine until you have your site up and running. Try it out and different times of the day and see how it is working. Poor speed and reliability can lose you a lot of visitors.
• Bandwidth – Many free web hosting companies will put a free limit on the number of visitors to a website. This may be done on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Depending on the host, if you reach your free traffic limit your website may be temporarily disabled or you may incur extra charges for additional visitors. If you have a new website your traffic requirements will probably be very low but you will need to determine how much bandwidth you will require in the future.
You should always research the needs of your website and the services of any potential web hosting company. Remember that with free services you have a bit of flexibility and you can experiment with a particular host to see if their services suit your needs without losing out financially.
Undeniably, coffee is a beverage that is enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. If you are one of these individuals, there are a number of apps that you should absolutely have, since they are very useful in making your coffee drinking experience much more fun. In addition to that, some of them can also end up saving you a lot of money, since they have a number of features that you can use to reduce the cost of your coffee. Let’s take a look at these 3 outstanding apps:
When you love making your own coffee or are thinking of doing so, this is the app to get. This app is designed to help one learn how to use an espresso machine to come up with different kinds of coffee based drinks as a professional would. If you have been drinking coffee for any period of time, you would know that quality coffee is not made by just boiling some coffee beans in water. Things such as the pressure of the water, the amount of water used and the duration of boiling all have to be precisely regulated to ensure that one comes up with the best cup of coffee. This app offers all the resources you need to do this. When you follow the instructions you get from it, you will be able to create all kinds of coffee based drinks with the skill of an experienced barista. The app is available for iPhone and only costs $2.99
When you work in an environment such as an office, you may find yourself being sent on coffee runs frequently. In such cases, you will have to find a way to get your orders right, so that you do not end up mixing them up. If you buy your coffee from Dunkin Donuts, this is one app that you can use to get rid of this problem. With this app, you can have your colleagues send in their orders from their iPhones, and these are then collated on your phone.
This way, you will have a list of all the different orders arranged in an orderly manner, and this will reduce the chances of making any mistakes. This app is also a lot of fun to use both for the person going for the coffee as well as the rest of the staff. The best thing of all is that it is free! Who doesn’t like free stuff? Not me!
When you are a true coffee fan, one of the problems that you may face is how to find the nearest coffee shop. This is one of the best apps you can use for this purpose, since it offers many features that you can use to find such a shop. It can be used in any part of the world to locate the closest coffee shop. In addition to that, it has a host of features such as reviews that you can read to figure out whether the different shops are worth visiting or not.
Brian King is a technology blogger and keeps his readers updated with latest technology news. He says that all Coffee Beans are picked up by selective picking.