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Best Laptops for Businessmen on the Go

While tablets are the best friends of youngsters today, the laptop is still the most reliable for business people constantly on the move. The device, being the portable version of the desktop computer, is capable of performing both light and heavy tasks even when a business professional is traveling to other places.

But with the numerous brands and models of laptops on the market these days, it can be a real challenge to choose the best one that fits your lifestyle and budget. Experts recommend a laptop with 13-inch or 14-inch display and one that weighs less than five pounds. This type of device is easy to bring along wherever you may be heading to and still powerful to accomplish your business tasks while in a remote location.

Lenovo ThinkPad X240

Lenovo thinkpad

The traveling businessman will definitely benefit greatly from the Lenovo ThinkPad which boasts of having the longest battery life for a laptop. A fully charged battery can last foro more than 20 hours so you can be sure to do your work seamlessly even while on a long-haul flight. Read more…

Posted on March 22, 2014 at by Guest Blogger

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Studying abroad: Good for your Professional and Personal Growth

If you’re considering studying abroad but aren’t sure it’s worth the effort – and cost – think about how it could change your life.  Even a single semester overseas could give you an edge in a competitive job market, allow you to experience a part of the world you might otherwise never visit or help you learn a foreign language.

Read on to learn about the many advantages of studying abroad.

Special arrangements

Think about how much it would cost you to travel independently to another country and stay there for a semester. Many college study-abroad programs – while expensive – offer remarkable perks for the money. For example, your housing and transportation costs will likely be included in the fee for your course, and if you’re traveling in a group, you may have the benefit of an interpreter traveling with you.

Regardless of whether you stay with a host family or in some type of student housing, your lodging costs will be cheaper as a student that they would be if you went after graduation.

A new point of view

One student studying abroad in Spain says the experience has helped with her personal development.  In a video she posted on YouTube, she explained that she’s grown up a lot in her time overseas, has met new people and traveled to nearby countries to enjoy local cultures.

It’s hard to put a price tag on those less tangible benefits, but there are few other opportunities in college that offer the same level of personal growth.

Learning a language

If you’re learning a foreign language, studying abroad can help you retain the knowledge you’ve learned in classrooms. While many students study a foreign language in college, it’s easy to forget what you’ve learned unless you practice your language skills. When you study abroad and are immersed in another culture, you’ll be able to put your language skills to good use and pick up on the finer points of the language.

Preparing in advance

Often, the fear of the unknown is what keeps students from studying abroad.  But you can do plenty to prepare for your overseas studies, so you’ll feel more relaxed about leaving your home country for an extended period:

Protect yourself. Aside from getting your passport well in advance of your trip, you’ll want to arrange for short-term insurance specifically designed for international travel. HCC Medical Insurance offers several types of policies for people heading abroad.

Stay connected. It’s natural to be a little homesick, but it’s expensive to call home from overseas. You can buy a prepaid calling card, so you can call home without ruining your travel budget. Some companies will allow you to add funds to your calling card, but others may charge a fee.  Your calling card works anywhere, so if you haven’t used all the funds by the end of your trip, use your card when you get back home to stay in touch with your new friends overseas.

Map it out. If you’ve grown accustomed to using your smartphone’s GPS to get around, you might want to print maps of the areas you’ll be visiting overseas; your smartphone won’t work overseas, unless you have the GSM system. And even then, you may need to register your phone number overseas, buy a new SIM card or pay additional charges for data usage.

Take the plunge

While studying abroad can be somewhat intimidating, it really can be a rewarding, once-in-a-lifetime experience. You don’t want to look back on your college years and regret that you never traveled abroad. So find a program that will help you develop personal and professional qualities, and start planning your trip.

 

Posted on July 10, 2013 at by Guest Author

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Transform Your Laptop Into A Home Security System

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Every homeowner wishes for their home to be a safe haven for them and their possessions – it is only natural then that they seek peace of mind by taking precautions in protecting their home. Home security service providers have actually been present almost since the conception of this need, and many a home has been saved from break ins due to these companies.

 

However there may be some instances where a person must resort to his own cunning to stave off would-be intruders. There are many ways that a homeowner can improve the security of his home by himself – and with the recent advancements in computer technology and connectivity, you can now use your computers to add to your home security. Your laptop, for example can be used as a makeshift home security system in a pinch.

 

With your laptop, an integrated webcam, and some particular software, all you have to do is place your laptop where it can check on what you need to watch over, and you have a security system off your laptop – it’s as simple as that.

 

What most security software do is they use the webcam, which is of course, focused on a particular spot in your premises – say, a door or a window – and it will register any movements within that particular spot. You can then use this software to react to registered movements in a number of ways:

 

Sound an Alarm

Your laptop can function as an alarm system – sounding out a loud siren or warning alert to discourage the burglar from gaining further entry, or alerting anyone else nearby.

 

Record Images

You can also use your laptop to record instead of alert everyone in the vicinity. You can set it to take pictures or capture a video – even broadcast it for storage on a different machine or online in case the burglar takes your laptop.

 

Send out an Alert

Your laptop can also send out an alert to you or any other person you set it to send out a message to – the authorities perhaps? Or a private security detail?

 

Keep in mind that you can also program your laptop to do a combination of these things. Pretty nifty eh?

 

About the guest author:

Angela is a freelance blogger/computer whiz who gets all her home security information from www.HomeSecuritySystems.com

 

 

Posted on February 6, 2013 at by Guest Blogger

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New Intel chip to give whole-day battery life

Intel has been on a roll over the last couple of years with a series of great innovations being introduced with their new products that is setting the benchmark for speed, low temperatures and reliability. Now the company is set to unveil a new chip that will offer unprecedented battery life.

Intel has announced three new chips that are squarely aimed at reducing the energy consumption required to run it. Intel is so confident about their new products that the company is predicting laptops to run all day by 2013 based on a single charge or go on connected standby for almost 10 days.

The center of the energy efficiency claims of Intel lies on the Haswell processor, that will be shipped on 2013. This chip will be extending the energy efficiency claims further than any of Intel’s other products. The processor has been specially designed to allow for a Haswell-powered laptop to run for one full day on a single charge. The idle platform power will also be reduced by up to 20 times compared to current designs. Compare this to the Macbook Air that runs for seven hours on a single charge and has a 30 day regular standby.

For those who are confused about what connected standby is – this is a computer state wherein the display is turned off but the device is still connected to the network, which simply means the device is still connected and on, constantly updating email, social media and digital content.

Posted on September 21, 2011 at by HLWT

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Is standing the new sitting?

Computing mobility has opened the world up for increased productivity, allowing us to continue work wherever we are. But with every benefit there is also usually a cost, and unfortunately, it’s our health that has gotten the bad end of the deal. With more people stuck behind their computers even when working remotely our general health suffers because of our prolonged sitting to use a computer. Read more…

Posted on September 8, 2011 at by HLWT

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