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Mobile phones and WiFi radiation health risks

There have been many skeptics since the very initial introduction of wireless service about what the constant exposure to radiation can do to human health and the nature surrounding it.

While the world is bracing for the launch of 5G services the question of the health risks looms large.

The result of the extensive study that was conducted by the National Institutes of Health, US was inconclusive. The 10 year study was conducted using 2G and 3G wireless radiation exposure on animals for 9 hours each day. While it did show the increased risk of mutation leading to the growth of tumors or tissue and DNA damage in a group of rodents, another group did not show any evident health issues related to the exposure.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has cited exposure to radiation as a potent carcinogen for humans. It means that long term exposure to radiations could result in extensive damage.

But here is something to think about. The studies were conducted on animals that were expo…

Roses Are Red, But Are Violets Really Blue?

Well, maybe not. In today's Tech world, what seems to be may not be.

Phishing, credit card fraud, email scams, all have become very sophisticated for sure.

An example, I just listed my Note 5 on Amazon seller account, within minutes I had a buyer-until I read the response:

Does this sound like something Amazon would write?

Quote: "we hereby inform you that order have been completed for your item and payment have been received from buyer by us on your behalf. An additional 50 for shipping has been added. You can now go ahead and ship item and get back to us with shipping tracking number for shipment verification in other to transfer your payment into your account".

Obviously, these morons were not very good at it. But many are.

A scammer contacts you out of the blue pretending to be from a legitimate business such a bank, telephone or internet service provider. You may be contacted by email, social media, phone call, or text message.

The scammer asks you to provide or confirm yo…

Manage Cost Cutting in Your Organization With a Payroll Software

One such way of cost cutting is to automate your payroll and employee attendance management system. A lot of companies, especially small scale business houses have a manually run accounts department. This implies that every task that is executed in this department requires a whole bunch of highly skilled accountants. Further, as a result, the company has to focus a lot of the resource planning and resource estimation for the payroll department.

However consider a different scenario, where the payroll department is automated. Now with this automation, most of the data entries happen on a real-time basis, without much manual intervention. For example, the attendance data gets recorded in the system as soon as the employee punch his card or presents fingerprint on the attendance recording machine. Few more examples like:-

• Automated calculation of TDS
• Audit of the employee earnings and deduction
• Creation of Form 16
• Income tax calculation based on various parameters defined by the Gove…

To Speed Up Performance of Your PC, Install Registry Repair For Windows

It's a common thing nowadays to have a computer, either at home, or at work, or simultaneously, at both the places. A computer is a complex machine which handles a number of complex tasks, so once you own a computer, special attention is required towards the proper maintenance and upkeep of this complex machine which helps you in multiple ways in your day to day life. This maintenance does not involve rocket science, but can be done if you keep in mind a few simple things. The main thing involved here is the cleaning up your computer of the different kinds of files that keep piling on. This activity is also known as registry repair for Windows.

Once we start talking about clean up of windows registry, the next logical question that comes to mind is, what is the Windows Registry. It is actually a database storage facility in your computer where all the information is safely stored. Whenever you are performing any kind of task on your computer, be it starting a program, shutting down…

What Is COBIT? Importance and Framework

COBIT is an IT governance framework and supportive toolset that permits managers to bridge the gap between control requirements, technical challenges and business risks. COBIT empowers clear policy development and good practice for IT control all through firms. COBIT emphasizes regulatory compliance, helps firms to enhance the value acquired from IT, empowers alignment and simplifies application of the enterprises' IT governance and control framework.

COBIT stances for Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology. It is a standard framework for IT governance and management. It is meant to be a supportive instrument for managers and consents bridging the central breach between technical challenges, business risks and control requirements. Business managers are equipped with a model to deliver value to the firm and practice better risk management practices connected with the IT processes.

As a framework that can be utilized to calculate and monitor IT services and implem…

Is Your Computer Slow? How to Deal With Performance Issues

Do you face performance issues with your laptop or PC? Is your computer getting slower and slower to boot up and work on? If yes, read on for a few tips on how to make your computer faster.

Here goes:

1) There is no need to retain unused programs. So uninstall them. So how do you do that? Open Control Panel's "Program and Features" page and go through the list of installed software. Be careful to leave programs your computer's hardware needs, the publisher listed as PC maker's name or as Microsoft.

2) Getting rid of temporary files including internet history and cookies should give you a large amount of hard disk space, speeding up your PC. Open "My Computer", select your hard drive, usually C:/, select the Windows folder and open the folder titled "Temp". Select all the files that are older than the current date and press delete key. Then go to Recycle Bin on your desktop and empty it.

3) Even if you make sure to regularly clean out all your temp…

How Can Kids Benefit From Tablets?

It is the age of the tablet now. From personal computers or desktops and laptops, most people are switching tablets for their convenience. Nonetheless to say these are much efficient and are capable of standing out to meet the needs of the people. Kids can also be equally benefitted if they are made to use the tablets from their initial years of growing. If you still are in confusion that how a tablet can benefit your child, go through this article to find out how they can really help your little one.

• Today's children are much advanced than we had been earlier. They have a better understanding of technology because they are born in the era where they are exposed to several technically advanced devices. Because they learn quickly this can also be an added advantage.

• There are several tablets that are specially designed for small kids. These help children learn through several apps and games. This can educate your kids and help them develop learning and memorizing skills in their …

4 Types of Network Switches

Network switches are a useful piece of hardware to include in a computer network that consists of several devices. There are a few types of network switches that play a different part in the management of the network. A major function is the ability to direct traffic and make sure the data packets sent over the network reach the desired location. By installing the right series of switches it is possible to run a system without straining the resources and also making sure the connected peripheral devices are running effectively.

There is a total of four network switches which include the enterprise managed, smart, managed and unmanaged. The different types have their own positives and negatives, so it is important to use the right components to create the most efficient and cost-effective system.

Here is an overview of the different types of network switches:

Unmanaged
The unmanaged type is the most cost-effective in the market and a popular choice for the home or small business set up…

Backing Up Your Information in the Cloud Is Encouraged

Even though there is plenty of information circulating about Cloud backup solutions, many people are still sceptical. It can be hard to embrace something new like this. The technology can be intimidating to others. There are people who don't make the time for the backup process and others who worry it will be too complicated for them.

Yet there are many reasons why you should consider this method. Once you learn more about what it offers, you will be encouraged to give it a closer look. Talk to people using it that you know or read information online. Those details can help you to put your fears aside. You need a solid game plan in action for backing up information that is up to speed.

Offsite
If you have a backup system that is onsite, it isn't going to offer you as much value as you might think. There can be plenty of scenarios where things are array in house and you can't depend on any of the information there. It may be inaccessible due to problems or it may be compromise…

5 Characteristics to Compare Before Purchasing a Probe Station Unit

The probe station unit has undergone numerous technological advances over the past decade. Researchers now have more options to choose from which is beneficial but can make it difficult to effectively compare unique probe station units prior to purchasing. This tool represents a significant financial investment so it is important to select the best solution for today and tomorrow. Fortunately, focusing on five key characteristics can make the comparison process easier and more accurate.

1. With the growing popularity of cryogenic measurements time-consuming wiring of an on-wafer device is no longer necessary. Today's platforms allow for visualization and electrical interrogation of multiple wafer level devices. Unfortunately, this comes with a trade-off. Optical access to inflexible probing of a device can transfer heat loads from the probe arm to the device being tested. To minimize this effect, it is essential the probe station unit has some type of shield or other technology to …

The Importance of DevOps Certification

The DevOps phenomenon is noticeably dominating the IT horizon. In a rapidly evolving technological world, DevOps is emerging as a classical requisite for almost every Software team. The phrases 'current IT trend' or 'hike in remuneration' seem to be synonymous with the term DevOps Certification. So what really is the significance of this terminology? Is the importance blown out of proportion or is it accurately rated?

The Conception of DevOps
The term DevOps was coined by a Belgian named Patrick Debois. He is also referred to as the Father of DevOps. The conception of this phenomenon was a long drawn process. There were several brainstorming sessions via conferences and talks amongst stalwarts from the industry.

Eventually, a plethora of technological tools such as Agile, Lean, Operations Management, Theory of Constraints and IT service management in congregation gave birth to the philosophy of DevOps. In essence, DevOps upholds two cardinal trends: Agile Operations an…

What Is Cloud Computing and Why You Should Use Cloud Computing

The Basics.

As businesses expand, they begin to experience some really difficult and expensive information technology (IT) challenges. Maintenance of hardware and software facilities can be a pain in the neck with traditional business computing systems. Cloud technologies and services present a smart, user-friendly solution. It's also cheaper than traditional systems and increases the productivity and workflow of the business.

Cloud computing, by definition, is technology that makes use of the internet and servers centralized in remote data centers to store and maintain data and applications. So, Cloud technology makes computing more efficient by centralizing the storage of data, processing, and bandwidth.

Cloud services and products also allow users to make use of applications and software without installing the application on their personal computers or mobile devices. Users can access their personal files and documents by using any computer or device with internet access. The cost…

How Are Big Retailers Supposed To Protect Their Brands When They're Closing 100s Of Stores?

The retail sector just cannot seem to get its act together, they try to make us all loyal customers and then spam our inboxes to hell. They pretend to care, but give us lousy service while in their stores, that is if we can even find someone to help us. They offer discount coupons but we cannot find it when we go to shop, Free Rain Check, they say, well, that's not good enough. Then when they finally do lower some prices on their cheaply made Chinese imports, we find out it's only because they are closing their doors and selling their "loyal customer data" to a competitor without our permission and the process starts all over again - when will these box retailers learn - maybe when they are all gone?

The USA Today had an interesting and scary article addressing the future of brick and mortar retailing titled; "Macy's cutting 6,200 jobs, identifies 68 stores that will be closing," published on January 4, 2017 which stated;

"Retail icon Macy's says…

Troubling Trends in Retailing - 2017 Will See Profits But Also More Bankruptcies In The Sector

Well, the 2016 retail sales results are in, like always there were winners and losers. Many large retailers showed gains in the very low single digits over last year's Christmas shopping season, while Amazon showed decent double-digit gains. Now then, I've witnessed a trend which is a little disconcerting. During my Christmas shopping this year as a consumer I had noted that many online retailers that also had brick-and-mortar stores did not have the items on the website in the inventory in their stores. This upsets customers.

After all if you want it right away, or you kind of like the idea of shopping, or if it is an item you really need to buy in the store due to its fit or size such as clothing, you need to try it on but if you get the story and it is not available, or they don't stock it, for instance I went to sports authority and could not find any of those clip-in bicycles shoes, they don't carry them in the store, but I definitely need to try on the shoes, I d…

Business to Business - Look For the Less Glamorous Accounts

As a former franchisor and service sector operator I have an important piece of advice to discuss with you today. You see, these days I do a bit of consulting and thus, am constantly reading business plans for small business start-ups. One thing I always find is smaller companies always seem to want to immediately go after high-end clients, consumers and customers - and, if they plan on doing business-to-business contracting, the young and often na�ve entrepreneurs tend to go after big brand name corporate clients. Still, I recommend a different tactic in this realm, let's talk.

Sure, it makes sense to go after the high-end customers and name brands, but do not dismiss the less glamorous businesses to do business with. Have you ever heard the saying; "Sell to the masses and live with the classes?" Makes sense right. In fact, when operating my companies we never forgot this strategy. I find many entrepreneurs want to get their product into Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart, Sea…

Sales Advice From Pablo Picasso

I read a great quote from Picasso (yes, the famous painter) the other day, and it really resonated with my sales philosophy. Here it is:

"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist."

You're probably wondering what that has to do with sales, and it's simple: Most sales rep's instincts are to adlib when they get an objection or when they get into a sales situation that isn't going their way.

The problem with this is they haven't first learned the rules of proper objection handling - like questioning an objection first, or isolating an objection, etc. - so instead they just wing it. And if you are doing this now, then you know how that turns out.

For years, I've been preaching, teaching, and training sales teams to put in the time and effort to learn the proper sales techniques first, and then after they understand and have mastered the fundamentals, then they can "adapt" them to each particular prospect or situation.

Here is …

The Importance of Changing the Language Around Fingerprinting

Courtroom and law enforcement television have created a public perception that fingerprinting is an infallible science. While the patterns for each human finger are formed in the womb, it is important to be careful about language that implies absolute certainty.

Looking at the Numbers
The FBI has famously estimated that fingerprint identification is 99.8 percent accurate. This level of accuracy is reassuring when you have a murder case or burglary with a short list of known suspects. It's less inspirational when you consider the billions of people currently alive and the computer databases that can search through thousands of arrest records. Our conversations often take fingerprints and snowflakes as scientific examples of uniqueness, and yet even the snowflake clich� has its limits. If a researcher catalogues enough snowflake patterns under a microscope, eventually she will find snowflakes that are indistinguishable from that level of magnification. On a practical level, there are …

Top 10 Duties of a CEO (Are You Doing These?)

Nowadays, it's easy to start your business, find resources to help you, attend networking events in all shapes and sizes, and use online tools to market and run your business.

The drawback is that there are a lot of small business owners out there who are really glorified service providers or hobbyists. And they're missing out on running and growing a true business. They need to be CEOs, not worker bees.

How does that land for you? Do you consider yourself a CEO, or does that word seem too big to describe you? Do you run your business consciously and intentionally, or do you let it run you?

A CEO of a business runs the business, whether it's for a company of 1 or 1000. Here are the top 10 duties of a CEO.

1. The CEO knows the Deeper Why. More than likely, she started her a business for a reason... to provide a much-needed service or product and, in her way, to change the world. There is a Deeper Why that drives her, especially since much of running a business can cause someone…

Waste Management Solutions: Five Crafty Ways To Reuse Plastic

Every year there is approximately 333,557 tons of plastic waste tossed into the ocean. Plastic pollution is a toxic hazard that threatens the habitats of ocean and land wildlife. In addition, the mass production of plastic contributes to the dilution of natural resources and increases the burning of fossil fuels.

Waste management companies across the globe are seeing an uptick in plastic pollution-and most are encouraging people to avoid it. Sometimes, plastic is unavoidable-however reusing it can minimize production which is important for the environment. Here's a look at five crafty ways to reuse plastic materials.

1. Refill Plastic Jugs
Milk jugs, plastic orange juice cartons, and gallon water jugs are great for lemonades and punches. Although it's encouraged not to use them for drinking too long, it doesn't mean you have to throw them right in the recycling bin. Fill them with non-consumable items such as glue, dishwashing detergent, or an anti-freeze mix.

2. Make Plast…

Understanding Others' Thought Processes

Chris Argyris has identified seven different subconscious stages in decision making that he calls rungs on The Ladder of Inference.

We can use the Ladder with others, helping them to analyze their thought process at each rung so we both can understand the decisions they have made.

[Note: This is very much like the 5 Whys, which is a quality improvement problem finding technique.

In the 5 Whys you keep asking "why?" until the other person has moved down from the obvious or presenting problem to the root cause of the problem.

The difference between the two techniques is that the "whys?" used in 5 Whys are general, while the "whys?" used with the Ladder of Inference are very specific.]

Let's take the case of a curriculum designer who is confronted with a manager who is insisting on using lecture and PowerPoint.

We'll identify the manager's thought at each rung and then question what motivated that thought.

Rung 7: Action- A manager insists on using lect…

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