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Embrace the Internet Technology

“I don’t sell on the Internet, do I still need a website?” The answer is YES! Despite the advanced technology that surround our lives, a number of businesses today are still overlooking a major avenue for revenue, the World Wide Web. According to Statistics Canada, 19.2 million Canadians or 73% of the population over 16 years of age spend at least one hour a day on the internet. This is a huge margin for potential profit that no business can afford to overlook.

As a technologically advanced society, most consumers turn to the Internet first to find what they need; be it shopping, directions, research, services or others. The World Wide Web is your best avenue for advertising and marketing, and is the only employee that will work for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. This will enable your products and services to be available to your consumers at all times at a fraction of the price it takes to advertise on radio, TV or in magazines.

Websites are a vital part of business, and as such should be treated with the utmost importance. The greatest asset the Internet can provide a business is that it creates an even playing field. Small businesses are able to compete with larger corporations because if your website is built right with good design and SEO, you can reach just as many potential customers as a large corporation.

Internet Technology Helps Small Business

What used to be a trend is now a recognized business necessity as more
and more companies take advantage of the Internet because they see how web-based solutions can streamline their business while helping them save time and money. Today, Internet technology helps small companies compete with Fortune 500 companies as they build eBusiness Infrastructure.

Companies no longer need to invest in in-house IT infrastructure to support packaged software and hardware to install and maintain. With just Internet access and a web browser, web-based solutions can offer integrated business tools like Document Management, Content Management, Customer Relations Management, Sales & Marketing Management, Enterprise Phone systems that automate business operations no matter what that business is. One example of a small company utilizing the power of the Internet successfully is Olympic Moving and Storage. The company has two locations. One is in MA and another in VA. The company has realized significant increases in business by adopting an Internet-based business infrastructure. Before implementing web-based solutions, the company’s two locations were completely separated with no direct connection between the two. The company first implemented a VPN (virtual private network). Basically a VPN is a private network that uses a public network (usually the Internet) to connect remote sites or users together. With the VPN installed, Olympic Moving now has the ability to maintain fast, secure and reliable communications between the two locations. Implementing the VPN has essentially put the MA and VA offices under one roof.

Another web based solution Olympic implemented was an online quote management system that provides quoting and lead management information and is designed to manage and organize the quotes the company generates through their website forms, and the requests entered by office staff through the website. Using this online application allows Olympic to respond to quote requests with an easy to use interface, search for quotes and allows multiple people to send quotes at once. These applications often times provide pricing information on exact and similar moves from past data, and includes custom HTML emails that can be sent to their past and current client list, making this particular application a very low cost, simple marketing tool. Any employee from Olympic Moving and Storage, if they have access to the program, can use it to conduct business from any Internet-connected PC, any time, any where. This online application requires no IT/Database Admin overhead, no Software/Hardware investment and no upfront costs.
One of the most exciting and cost saving Internet based applications adopted by Olympic Moving is their VoIP (voice over internet protocol) based phone system. By installing a high quality, digital T1 based VoIP phone system, the company is saving hundreds of dollars a month in phone bills. In addition, before they adopted the VoIP system, they had two separate phone systems, one for each location. Now, only having one system for both locations has allowed calls to be handled by one office, saving time and money that can be better used for other integral business applications. And since the phone system is also Internet-based it integrates seamlessly with other applications.

When asked where he saw the most benefits of implementing these online solutions, Michael Gilmartin, President of Olympic Moving and Storage had this to say, “All the internet-based applications that Blue Robin Inc implemented for us are working very well together and our business is running much smoother and we have been able to realize significant savings. For example, before adopting the VoIP system, Olympic Moving & Storage used to have multiple vendors handling our traditional in-house PBX-based, multi-vendor phone system. We had to allocate a significant amount of resources to manage and pay for each of these vendors separately. Now we have shifted all these resources elsewhere and have gained an enormous amount of efficiency. The efficiency that we now have ensures our clients get the quickest most accurate information to facilitate their moving experience. That is the most noticeable benefit, and to us, the most important. The network between the two locations has made us much more integrated. We can now operate our business quicker and with more accuracy and efficiency. Now both locations are on the “same page”.

The Benefits of Mobile Internet

One important global innovation is the birth of internet. Since then a lot of people had already relied on faster connectivity of the internet. From personal needs to financial transactions, everything now has the influence of internet. On that note, the world should be thankful with this kind of development in technology. It had made the lives of individuals easier and accessible. Most of all, it made possible all things that people knew would never happen.

Through the undying demand of people for technology to serve their needs, mobile phones were made with internet connection capacities. This was made possible because this compliments the lifestyle of a busy individual who relies on his/her phone and internet connection during day to day interactions.

The major benefit of mobile internet technology has been very much observed on how it affected the individual’s communication and transportation affairs.

In terms of communication, it proved that it can transcend through time and space. The existence of social networking sites like Facebook and twitter had made it convenient for people of different places to share information and interact through Facebook chat. With mobile internet, it doesn’t stop you from being visible all the time. Now that you can access these sites on your phones, you have the chance to give live updates to your friends, upload photos straight from your phone and give them live feedbacks anytime and anywhere.

Mobile internet helps make businessmen always on the go. With your internet connected phone, you can open your emails and check your accounts instantly. You don’t have to carry with you portable laptops because now, you can already do transactions in your phone. You don’t underestimate the power of your mobile phone. Aside from checking mails, you can also use it to check your other accounts like bank transactions. Know the latest news through live streaming; learn the latest fad through lifestyle sites. All that and more with just the power of your fingertips.

In terms of transportation, mobile internet keeps track of directions. When scheduled for a flight, you can use your phone to check the airline sites and avail of the cheapest promo and you can book them right away. There’s no need to go to the airport. All there is to do is use your phone. When driving to your next destination, you will never be lost when you access the internet and use Google maps. Even if you’re not familiar with the place, it can get you there in no time with no other device but your phone.

Emerging Trend of Ambient Video Internet Technology

A new internet technology on the rise is called Ambient Video. Just as the word “ambient” means, this technology has the context of being totally surrounding and encircling. With the concept based on large-format projector based visualization technologies, people will experience a strong sense of constant immersion at remote sites throughout the world and will encircle people all around the walls in their office.

The Impact of Ambient Video on People

Ambient Video is a new, emerging trend in internet video technology. With the goal of Ambient Video being to provide the sense of immersion between the participants interacting with one another from remote locations, more large scale, high-resolution display devices will have to be made available for placement in homes and offices with access to the internet. This new technology will ultimately transform the video experience of people. It presents an entirely new receptive condition for people as they live their daily lives. For example, people today typically only view cinematic size projections at the movie theater, New York Times Square, a large church, or athletic stadium. Thus, Ambient Video will make cinematic size viewing a commonplace, domestic experience for people every day of their lives.

Ambient Video in Relation to the Art of Cinema

Ambient Video will most likely attempt to replicate or serve as an extension of the aesthetics of cinema. It will certainly call for a more pictorial visual style and lead to more utilization of cinematic techniques (e.g., split screen, visual layering, high tech transitions, etc.). In addition, this new visualization technique will most likely become useful to people when it is recognized as a new form of electronic cinema.

Is Ambient Video an Experience in the “Foreground” or “Background” Perception of the Viewing Audience?

The question of how Ambient Video relates to the constant immersion visualization technique is still under strong debate. For example, when people go to the movie theater in a darkened room, the moving pictures are in the foreground of our cinematic experience. In the seclusion of a darkened theater, the viewing audience loses itself and becomes immersed in the world of the film. Because of this insulation from the real world, the viewing audience responds to the moving pictures on the “big screen” as if they were actually human. People display their inner feelings and emotions as they watch a movie. They cry and laugh as well as exhibit sadness, happiness, fear, and even get angry as they watch films. As a result, the moving pictures and accompanying sounds of a motion picture place heartrending images in people’s minds and enter closely into our very being. However, in contrast with the “foreground” cinematic experience, the commonplace television in our homes typically plays in the “background” (not the “foreground”) of our living rooms. Thus, a quick glance, a more concentrated look, or even a deeper immersion are all factors to consider in determining whether or not Ambient Video will ultimately be a “foreground” or “background” experience for people.

Embracing Ambient Video Technology at the Consumer and/or Prosumer Levels

Many future trend experts believe that organizational leadership will embrace a consumer level application of Ambient Video by make moving images appear as a living painting with high cinematic quality providing a relaxing, visual experience. In the future, professional applications of Ambient Video will most likely take place when technology is available to tie together numerous remote locations with superior quality video in life size projection. At an instant, people will be able to communicate with each other just as if they were in the same room together, but actually are thousands of miles apart. Interaction with participants at remote sites could be prompted by a visual or audio cue; and during periods of non-interaction, a pleasing visual aesthetic will be projected on the walls encircling the people in the office or other similar location. Prosumer application of Ambient Video will most likely involve the ability to seduce a person’s attention rather than a commanding of it. Thus, prosumer level investment in Ambient Video will depend on the ability of this technology to allure, win over, and attract people’s attention in the internet video world of tomorrow.

Internet Technology Offers Golden

For many Baby Boomers facing retirement, the future holds uncertainty and insecurity. However, for those who are looking to the Web for a way to positively impact their financial future, the rapid transformation of internet technology offers a golden opportunity.

With all the doom and gloom about the bad economy, government spending, huge deficits, personal bankruptcies and home foreclosures, it is sometimes difficult to see the positive side of things. The news media certainly doesn’t want to highlight it, and people by nature seem to prefer to focus on the bad things that are happening to them, rather than appreciate the goods things and look forward to the future with anticipation.

Technology is advancing so rapidly that those who are not involved directly with the internet are unaware of the vast opportunities available to anyone willing to dive in and learn some new skills. Advancements in web technology like Web 3.0 – immersion into 3D websites and virtual three-dimensional conferencing, and Web 4.0 – intelligent electronic assistants making decisions for us based on information gathered from the history of our online choices, are already well underway.

Not only will the internet offer retiring Baby Boomers an opportunity to create wealth, it will offer them an opportunity to undertake challenging and meaningful entrepreneurial activities – something that was not readily available in the brick-and-mortar world of jobs and employment. Retirees will look forward to embarking on a new journey beyond retirement. They will retire to something innovative and exciting, not from something that, for many, had become nothing more than a “comfort zone.”

Technology-driven change will enhance Baby Boomers dreams of retirement. The intelligent electronic assistants of Web 4.0 will render decision-making easier. Our “e-agent” will remember past choices that we may have forgotten, preventing us from making the same mistake over again (easier to do after a few too many birthdays). He (or she – our choice), will intuitively remind us of the things we want to accomplish, and help us stay on track. If we make plans to go shopping on our exercise day, your e-agent will gently remind us of our New Year’s resolution.

Smart-technology will increasingly anticipate our problems before they become problems. Our “low fuel” light has saved hours of wasted time. Our GPS has told us about the car wreck that is going to slow down our trip to the office, or where we can get off the freeway to get a cup of coffee. That’s old technology. With smart-technology, not only will our cell phone tell us where to go to get our favorite brand of coffee, but our coffee will be waiting for us when we get there, prepared just the way we like it (thanks to our e-agent).

Anyone willing to embrace the magnitude of the internet, and incorporate its resources into their plans for the future, will go places that aren’t even on the cybermap yet. Simply providing people with knowledge and information about potential web-based opportunities can be the foundation of a profitable online business. Show people how to do something they currently can’t do, but would like to if they knew how, and you will be in business.

The Need To Use PC and Internet Technology

Africans Need To Open Up To Technology

Too many times I see people in 21st century African societies clinging to old ways of doing things – almost as if scared of the new and sometimes radically different ALTERNATIVE ways now made possible by advancements in technology.

A perfect example of this is readily seen in the prevailing attitude towards the use of PC/Internet technology. I have travelled to a number of African states and cities in my own country, Nigeria. The problem persists: People have a seeming aversion for putting these powerful and cost-effective tools to productive use.

Don’t get me wrong. We are using these tools. BUT it is what we use them for most times, that I quarrel with. Forget the 419 Yahoo! mail scam artists. Theirs is a fallout of THIS. Information Technology is for a THINKING society’s use in creating and developing value adding resources that benefit others. What I see is that many of us just love to purchase, own and SHOW OFF our IT tools, instead of exploiting them to move to the next level.

Large majorities of our people remain in awe of Internet technology, rather than seeing it as the greatest leveler of all times, that TODAY makes it possible for any willing person from any part of the world to exert a felt impact on people and places worldwide, without physically getting there!

Why Don’t Our Schools Use PC/Internet Technology Well?

Why for instance is it that we do not have a proliferation of educational institutions using the Internet to cheaply pass on knowledge to their learners in a way that will allow the latter to pay LESS tuition – if at all any?

No, I do not accept that what schools and some universities are currently doing by having computer centers equates to what I am describing here. What I am after is the ACTIVE use of the PC and Internet technology as a means of more effectively delivering knowledge to learners within and beyond the local environment.

THAT is NOT happening in our institutions currently. Yes, they conduct computer and Internet appreciation classes, BUT that’s where it ends. There is little or no effort put into using these tools to CREATE and INNOVATE. That’s why our educational institutions cannot boast of having website (if they have a web site that is!) visitors that come regularly to browse and download useful learning materials developed by their OWN teachers/pupils or lecturers/students.

Many times it is the members of OUR institutions that go online to websites of OTHER institutions in developed societies to search for and download information about our own societies! Even if they were to be patriotic and tried to find web sites run by Africans living in Africa, their chances of finding the exact (and up to date) information they want would be slim.

Africans In Diaspora Use The Internet Better – & MORE

Frequently, when we do have Africans maintaining reasonably up to date web sites, a little checking soon reveals the site is run by Africans based in developed societies. Yet, the truth is that it is NOT that our local environment makes it difficult to use PC/Internet technology this way. My personal experiences confirm this.

It is simply a matter of some kind of mental “barrier” or limit we have imposed on ourselves and which needs to be broken through by each of us if we are to stand any chance at all of taking advantage of these tools to improve the lives of our people.

SOME EXCEPTIONS: By the way, there are exceptions to this general problem in Africa that I complain about here. If you try visiting web sites maintained by universities in African countries like South Africa, Egypt, and a few others, you will almost think they are not based here.

ANY Individual Can Use The Internet Profitably

As a self-employed person in a society where the sales/marketing costs can be quite high and erratic, I have successfully established and maintained a considerably high profile web presence in line with my business vision.

My email subscriber database has grown as more people request some free offers provided in my articles. Note that they do this of their own free will and that suggests they not only found my article interesting enough to be useful, but they were also impressed enough to go one step further to request copies of additional information that I offered in the body of my writings.

If I can do the foregoing, with the limited resources I have, then ANY African individual or organisation can achieve similar, if not better, results.

It Actually Costs VERY VERY Little To Maintain A Web site

And to think that it can cost less than $50 naira equivalent to pay for domain name registration and hosting for a simple site. Add to this the fact that various web site design tools now allow even a novice build and maintain a decent web site presence. One wonders then what many of us are waiting for?

Discovering the Benefits of 3G Internet Technology

It is a statement of fact that the 3G Internet technology has proven to be a very fast means of data communication. This wireless technology is not limited by time or space, and it has really helped to engender efficient data transfer over 3G devices like a 3G modem and a 3G phone. Here, you would learn more about the benefits of this technology.

In past times, cell phones had 2G or GPRS/EDGE technology for data transfer. Because its transfer rate was very slow, most users were always frustrated as regards the issue of connectivity. Today, the introduction of 3G networks has made data transfer to become possible at faster speeds.

The Third-Generation Internet technology helps to enhance the functionality of PCs and certain brands of handsets. With a 3G modem, you can access the net with ease by just plugging in your data card into a USB port on your computer. The technology is all about data transfer at a very high speed that makes your online activities to be full of fun and excitement. Now, you can easily download movies, music, and other types of files within a short moment. Activities that once took several minutes on the GPRS/EDGE networks would take few seconds to complete.

Furthermore, you would agree that an attempt to watch a video clip on a 2G network is highly nauseating. If you have a 3G modem, you can make a video call or conferencing on your PC; you will also enjoy YouTube videos or any other video clips you may find on the net. Are you a computer games enthusiast? You need the 3G technology to have fun with your favourite online games.

In effect, you need to have a 3G-enabled cell phone; better still, you should opt for a 3G modem to be used with your netbook, notebook or laptop. Here are some other things you can do with the device anywhere you go:

• Online shopping
• Instant Internet banking
• Breaking news updates
• Monitoring of the stock market
• Viewing of TV shows or the latest movies on TV stations.

Internet Technology

Internet technology has brought about a revolution in the mindset of people from all categories of life, and is now set to take over the business and trading communities as well!

Just take a look at some of the ways in which Internet technology has brought about a change for the better (though some would not agree with me!)–

(a) Advertisements centered round cellphones claim to be connecting people around the world. And it is true! Landline phone services have been relegated to the past–it is Voice over Internet Protocol now (VoIP). You save on costs and save on time!

(b) What about shopping? This is the greatest boon offered by the World Web. Be it fitness gear, clothes, books, DVDs, MP3 digital player–anything, everything can be purchased online from the comfort of your own home. You pay online, and everything is shipped out to your residence.

(c) Postal services and courier services are no longer in as much demand as they used to be in the past. The electronic mail service or e-mail has taken over!

(d) Internet technology has intruded into your personal life too! There are web sites specially meant for fixing up dates. You can check out the person of your choice before actually meeting him/her. No more unnecessary expenditure on soft drinks or food, and no more heartaches!

(e) Cookbooks are no longer necessary to figure out the menu for any special occasion. Cooking web sites can provide you with delicious recipes–as many as you want.
(f) The biggest headache for you and me is payment of bills before the respective due dates! Automatic payments are possible online. They could be related to loans, utility bills, insurance bills or credit cards.

There are many, many more ways in which the Net has revolutionized the world, but it would be too exhausting to list them all out here! So a few examples should suffice to give you a general idea about technological advances.

The latest “victim” of Internet technology is the trading world! It has introduced trading software. Before going in for any sort of trading software, it is advisable to check out its features–

(a) There should be a facility to allow simultaneous opening of different windows. You can then compare various exchanges or markets online. You can even work on all of the windows at the same time.

(b) It should facilitate the examination of various kinds of data. You should be able to compare these items at one go.

(c) There should be automatic evaluation of well-known market indicators. These are Fibonacci series, moving average and stochastic. The indicators should be so designed that they can be easily switched from one to another. For instance, going from a 5-day stochastic to a 9-day stochastic.

(d) Lastly, you should be able to track your profits and losses via regular updates on closing prices in the market.

Now, why has Internet technology come up with trading software and why would you need it?

Whether you are a broker or a shareholder, you are concerned with assets and securities–you trade them. You are also interested in how much you might have gained in the way of profits, or what are the losses you have incurred with unwise investments. All this is difficult to do manually, hence the entrance of trading software.

This sort of software is meant to be an electronic advisor for decision-making related to trading activities. Analysis of market trends is possible, enabling you to select the company/institution you would like to place your money on. A word of caution–all trading softwares do not necessarily function in the same way; so go for the best one that fits in with your needs.

But despite all the precautions you take, you are always at risk because prices never remain steady. And that is why the trading world was the domain of only elite businessmen in yesteryears. They knew how to play the game and how to benefit from it! Today, the whole picture has changed, thanks to Internet technology!

Old or young, newcomer or professional–all are welcome to try their luck! Sometimes, it may take just under an hour to win a huge sum or lose a large amount! Use the trading software so generously given by Internet technology to make wise decisions. You will only stand to benefit with a cautious approach!

Present View of Internet Technology

It is hard to imagine something that is so young, relatively speaking, that already plays such an important role in our lives. Internet Technology is now such a firm part of our daily lives that if it were to vanished one day, it could cripple a nation if not the world. Governments use computers and the internet to run cities. Companies use the same to run their offices. Banks depend on them for financial transactions. To give you an idea of how important it has become, in 1999, there was a panic of what would happen to all of the computer systems on the internet when the clock struck 2000 that New Years Eve. Some people were preparing for the worst, a total failure. Some withdrew money while others stocked up on food. Others might have stocked up on fuels like gas and wood, just in case. After it was all over and the year 2000 kicked off, no problems were reported at all. Internet Technology is here to stay.

Like everything there are pros and cons to internet technology. People are becoming more secluded. Doctors are saying it is causing obesity. It also has another side, a much brighter one and it offers so much more. We use the technology, not only to help others, but for things like entertainment. The internet keeps the cost of many things low so people can save money yearly by shopping online. Two of the biggest uses would be communication and getting your daily news. It was not long ago the first email was sent. Now it is one of the biggest parts of our lives when it comes to communication. Electronic communication is growing at its own pace and has many different faces. Not only do you check your email accounts daily, you probably check your social networking messages, private messages from sites (or p.m.s), instant messages, and also your cell phones text messages.

The costs associated with internet technology has drop dramatically, which is a good thing. Laptop computers can be purchased for 10 percent of what they cost just a decade ago. This allows more and more people, in different financial situations, to be able to have fulltime access to the internet and the knowledge that comes with it. Experts predict it is going to get even more affordable. There are movements to bring the internet into a free zone. Believing that it is now such an essential part of our lives that no one should go without.

One of the most recent advances in internet technology is the ability to access the worldwide web via our cellular phones. Cellular phones are themselves a relatively new technology and they already have been transformed into mini computers. Being able to do just about anything that a computer with access to an internet can do. Experts predict that the newest generation of children will not own a regular computer. They will not want to be bothered by a ‘big’ clumpy laptop, that they will prefer to use their cell phones instead.

To think the Iron age lasted thousands of years and brought us cars, we are just a few decades into the internet technology era. We can only imagine where it could be in the next few hundred years.

The Growth of Internet Technology

The world has become a ‘global village’. This oxymoron is because of the immense contribution of the internet and the way it has been able to successfully bring the globe together in a village like community. The term ‘Global Village’ was coined in 1970s by the great visionary Marshall McLuhan. This has been converted into reality by the growth of the internet technology and its continuing trend. Before delving deep into the stats, one can easily count the benefits of the internet in the field of transportation, communication, entertainment, medical science, education, research and development, logistics and many more. The growth of internet has been exemplary over the last couple of decades. It is already documented and speaks volume about how this technology has penetrated into the lives of the masses all over the globe.

It is unbelievable and surprising that the internet had just around 16 million users (about 0.4 percent of the global population) in 1995. Today, it has around 2,267 million users (December 2011). This is approximately 32.7 percent of the global population (source: IDC, International World Stats). In a span of 17 years the internet technology has grown by leaps and bounds. Off course, the credit for this impetus should also be given to the people and other emerging technologies that has consistently made internet more accessible, beneficial and omnipresent.

In common parlance, Internet refers to a global interconnection of networks owned and operated by industries, academia, government and other private entities. It is meant for the transition of knowledge, information and a viable means of communication. While racing with time, it has so far achieved and surpassed all the objectives of its authors and concept builders.

Even the flora and fauna has been impacted upon by the internet technology. If you are around 35 years of age then you can easily recollect the vintage years of this technology and the way by which it grew. The consolidation of the internet as a global platform has changed the way of communication and international and domestic business activities. Due to this technology, communication has no distance related barriers. It has integrated the whole world with a single thread and gave true meaning to the words ‘global village’. It would not be an exaggeration if you call internet technology as the best and universal means of communication for billions of people.

The credit for this rapid growth of the internet technology should also go to the development of different protocols such as http and https, TCP/IP and IPv4 that may become IPv6 very soon. Moreover, Ethernet, routers, routing protocols, the development of the document object model, domain name resolution (DNS) and security measures like firewalls and fiber optics are some of the technological aspects that you should include in the list of the factors that has played a pivotal role in making internet technology such a big success.

One more thing that you can’t afford to omit in this discussion is the role played by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). W3C has delivered all important interoperable technologies in the form of tools, guidelines, specifications and software to help the Web grow to its full potential. As a forum for information, communication, commerce and collective learning, W3C has innumerable contributions to the growth of the internet technology.

What is more intriguing and encouraging about the internet technology is its consistent growth over the years. Every day we come across about new products and services using this technology. It has given concrete platform for many industries to grow and benefit people. The latest buzz in the market related to the internet technology is the smartphone. Most recently, it has revitalized the complacent telecommunication and entertainment industry with fresh concepts and given vigor to achieve more and more in the coming years. So there is no harm in saying that the growing trend of internet technology that began a couple of decades ago is likely to continue and bring something new and improved.