The Aims & Objectives of ICT in Education

Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, computers, phones and tablets are networking sites that make up the term ICT. Information Communications and Technology (ICT) is a term that refers to all the hardware and software that people use to send and receive information. The ICT sector over the past few years  has grown substantially with a lot of new companies releasing new gadgets to improve how we communicate. Read more…

Posted by Taylor White - February 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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The Changing Apps of Social Media

The biggest development in social media in recent years was the acceptance of websites like Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter among mainstream internet users. What has not been obvious is the growth of mobile-only social media. These have grown below the radar and have not only threatened the continued growth of traditional social media but it has also created a sub-culture all its own.

There is a new generation of social media and it is all aimed at the mobile apps market. These apps also have websites which are accessible on the desktop but as with view-only functionality. You can see what was posted when you visit the website, but you cannot post anything. The mobile apps is where the interaction takes place. This is where pictures are taken and shared, commenting, chat and other functions extend the mobile app beyond what a desktop can do.

In a way, this is the next step after Instagram. When Instagram was introduced, the pictures were immediately posted using the mobile app, and the website featured commenting. Instagram was also integrated with other social media like Facebook and Tumblr, but especially with Twitter. The new apps are not integrated with any other social media. Most of these apps have an insular approach of protecting their contributors and users. This makes it perfect for direct response marketing campaign.

The biggest development in social media in recent years was the acceptance of websites like Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter among mainstream internet users. What has not been obvious is the growth of mobile-only social media. These have grown below the radar and have not only threatened the continued growth of traditional social media but it has also created a sub-culture all its own. Some apps share videos and pictures in innovative ways, like multi-camera video collaboration. Still other apps make extended use of the location information, not only filing the information with the posts, but these apps also try to find other users within a given area.

Social media marketing will have to find a way to get involved with these apps.

Posted by John - July 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm

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How Technology Has Changed the Auditing Industry

Modern businesses and government organizations rely on technology more today than ever before. In fact, most businesses could not run without the use of the technology that many of us take for granted. Technology has also changed the way that business transactions take place and many are made entirely electronically. These advances have changed the way that we do business, and the auditing industry has had to adapt to these changes. This means that electronic records have become the standard method and auditors must be able to access and utilize this technology to complete their jobs. Let’s take a look at just some of the ways that technology has changed the auditing profession.

Changes to record keeping laws
The first major change to the industry was the acceptance of electronic records and record keeping. Governments around the world have changed their laws to allow electronic records as an acceptable form of evidence. This was initially a slow process in many countries, but it is now an acceptable form in most parts of the world. Despite this, many of the same rules apply to electronic records and they must be stored securely and kept on record for a minimum number of years. And electronic record-keeping has been a positive step for businesses, but has created additional challenges for the auditing industry.

Changes to auditing
Auditors now require access to information technology systems and electronic records. This can make the job of auditing easier if the records are easy to access and make it easy to find all the information. However, some systems or information can be harder to find than the traditional forms of evidence used in an audit. This especially caused problems during the transition from paper records to electronic record keeping. Auditors also faced problems with the emergence of direct deposits, e-mails, electronic banking and electronic signatures. Today, auditors are trained in gathering electronic evidence and assessing the reliability of certain electronic documents.

Approved auditors and changed laws
Some countries have placed higher standards on auditors to ensure that modern auditing procedures remain competent and viable in the information age. Other countries have increased restrictions or changed auditing laws to better keep up with the modern times. For example, in Australia auditors for self managed super funds must be approved and registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). You can see the full requirements for a smsf audit here. Another potential issue in the industry is the dominance of the big four audit firms, which many believe is a threat to the industry. For more information please see the cpajournal.com.

Auditing will continue to evolve with the new technological developments for businesses. This will be a challenge for auditors and audit firms, but the industry has seen so many changes in the last three decades that it will be ready for the next step. As technology improves and develops it is hoped that auditing will become a more streamlined process and develop to the point where technology is no longer a limiting factor. If this occurs we will find that the industry develops a new set of standards to cope with the changing environment.

Posted by John - July 20, 2014 at 6:22 pm

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Using VoIP To Make Your Business Grow

It really doesn’t matter what size your business is, VoIP is the telephone standard that is becoming more and more accepted.  Using VoIP can help to increase your productivity, customer satisfaction and efficiency quite rapidly.  VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol and, although it shares some features with the analog telephone system, it has the ability to distribute the information digitally.

The Small Business

Small businesses need more help than any other to get going and to maintain their standing.  Using VoIP can put you at the forefront of all your competitors in a cost effective way.  VoIP converts your broadband internet into a phone service that can be used with all devices ad costs no more than using a traditional analog system.

The Medium Business

Once your business begins to grow or if you already have a reasonable staff, VoIP is useful for organizing everything without the need for spending more of your capital.  It helps to place your employees in the correct place for their specializations. VoIP features will ensure that calls are forwarded to the right people at the right time and create a much more efficient business aura.

The Large Businesses

Used in a large business setting, VoIP can really stand out as the number one choice for a telephone system.  As well as being able to handle features such as call forwarding, making sure the right people get the right calls, VoIP is also highly mobile. If your staff are on the road, all they need is a broadband connection and they can use the service anywhere.

Features like Mobile Twinning and Voicemails ensure another call is never lost again due to inefficiency.  VoIP also offers the facility to record and monitor calls for training purposes.  Being able to listen in on customer/employee calls helps you to understand if there are any problems that need dealing with and where they are.

It really doesn’t matter what your business needs are, whether you have 1 staff or 100, VoIP is the only telephone solution you need.  It is highly customizable, allowing it to suit any business size or type and will promote efficiency and professionalism.

Finding the right VoIP system is easy with a little research. For those who want Orange County VoIP phone systems, we found this company to be very helpful and informative.

Posted by John - June 30, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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Save Time, Money and Resources with VOIP

You may not know or care about anything regarding the internet or how voice calls are carried over the internet on messaging apps. You may even lament that more and more people are using mobile phones leading to the decrease in the number of fixed landline phones. But the truth of the matter is, landlines, once they reach the phone exchange are no longer voice calls.

This is not just a matter of available and better technology supplanting the old copper wire transmission. Back in the day, telephone cables can only carry one conversation at a time. In order to have multiple conversations, each call was carried by a pair of strands among hundreds of pairs of strands in big diameter cables. With the use of fiber-optic technology, and later on VOIP telephony, it is possible to send multiple landline calls over the same copper cables that used to carry only one dedicated phone call.

Voice Over Internet Protocol Telecommunications, or more commonly known as VOIP, has been harnessed to serve businessmen and business owners and has helped countless companies expand their business. VOIP service can help you save on costly phone bills, especially overseas calls. It uses any kind of internet connection to make and receive phone calls anywhere in the world. So instead of having to pass through an operator or paying for international call premiums, businesses can only pay a standard rate regardless of how many calls abroad are made. This is a huge advantage for companies with marketing departments or customer help desks.

Advantages of Using VOIP

VOIP service also allows a user to choose a different phone number than the one they have which is area-based. This way you are able to call Australia from an Australia number; from Canada, the UK, and so on and so forth. VOIP lines are also secure and safe to use for sensitive industries. You can check this site to know more about unified communications such as SIP trunking. There are other options available depending on the needs and specifications of your business or establishment.

Of course, there’s no stopping you from using VOIP to stay in touch with your friends and loved ones all over the world.

Posted by John - June 26, 2014 at 2:04 pm

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Using Tablets for Work

ICTs such as tablets connected to the internet can be utilized in business. Most people still think that tablets have no place in corporate culture, but the most forward-thinking companies have started using them to improve their business processes. Of course, this is not to say that big companies with complex processes are the only ones who can and should take advantage of tablets. The truth is that even the humble freelancer can use tablets to make their work a lot easier too. Some freelancers actually do most of their work on their tablets. In this post, I am going to talk about how so many binary options traders have been able to take advantage of such a technology for their trading. Hopefully, by doing so, I’ll get my readers to also consider using tablets for work.

Before anything else, though, let us first discuss binary options trading. If you didn’t know, binary options trading is a form of trading where people buy options and then predict whether the values of the underlying assets they’re for are going to increase or decrease after a certain time. A correct prediction always leads to monetary rewards. Considering how binary options trades are so easy to execute and profit from, it’s easy to see why so many people from all over the world have made trading binary options their primary vocation.

Of course, when it comes to binary option trades, it’s important to be always ready to place a trade. Sure, binary options traders can make a trade at any time of the day through their trading platform, but there are certain situations when people have to trade binary options in the most inopportune of times if they want to make the most money. This used to be such a problem for binary options traders who didn’t have constant access to the internet. Luckily, this doesn’t have to necessarily be the case anymore, and it’s all thanks to tablets.

In today’s world, tablets can run even the most complex of computer programs. Considering this and the fact that people can now surf the internet in a very fast manner on their tablet devices, it’s easy to see why so many people now do binary options trading on their tablets. Sure, many binary options traders still just do it on their computers at home, but most traders actually want to have constant access to their trading platform, even when they’re on the go. The good news is that they are now able to have such constant access and not miss out on amazing trades. This is all thanks to tablets.

Of course, binary option traders aren’t the only professionals who have benefited from the use of tablets. Doctors, lawyers, business executives, artists, and virtually all other kinds of professionals have found very amazing uses for their tablets. It’s really just a matter of researching how to make one’s job easier through the use of such a device. Just by doing this, anyone can surely find out how.

 

Posted by John - May 29, 2014 at 2:15 am

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How to Use a Radio Controlled Helicopter for Aerial Photography

Remote controlled helicopters are fun – for a while. You soon get fed up just flying it around in a circle and crashing it every now and again. Well, now, here’s a way to breathe life back into what should be an enjoyable hobby.

Take Aerial Photographs

Aerial photography is a great hobby to get into in and, if you use your remote controlled helicopter, you can combine two hobbies into one.   Aerial photography gives you a brand new perspective on things.  You get to see views you would never otherwise be able to see and from a height you couldn’t reach without the use of a helicopter or plane.

Choose your helicopter

Helicopters come in a range of sizes with different features and the variety can be a little confusing.  I found a really useful website that has rc helicopter reviews on it to help you choose the best kind for your project.

You need to make sure that the rc helicopter you choose can lift and hold the camera.  It has to be stable with the extra weight on it. You also need to be certain that you can afford the expense of maintaining both the camera and the helicopter as well.

Bigger rc helicopters are more stable, you can see them a lot easier and they are easier to control, especially in windy conditions. Unfortunately, larger helicopters cost quite a bit more, especially if you crash it.  If you are new to the world of radio control, it’s probably best to start small and work your way up before you start attaching cameras.

Choose your Camera

A small helicopter will only carry a small camera so choose carefully. The type of camera you use also depends on what you want to do with it. Do you want it to take photos and you download them when it returns to earth? Or, do you want one that streams the images back to your laptop or computer as it flies?

If you really want to get deep into the realms of information technology, think about the second option. 

Look about for an inexpensive Wi-Fi camera, making sure your helicopter will actually lift and carry it.  Set it up on the same Wi-Fi connection that your laptop of computer is on and so that the images are streamed directly from the camera to the computer.

Having a Wi-Fi camera also means direct uploads straight to the internet, to email or social networking sites, cutting out a lot of messing around in the meantime.

You could also consider using your iPod or iPhone to control your helicopter and camera with. I found some great information  and quadricopter reviews that tells you all you need to know.

In Conclusion

If you are new to the world of radio control helicopters, consider joining a club.  It isn’t easy learning how to fly rc helicopters and, as well as being the pilot, you also need to learn how to be a mechanic as well.

Joining a club will not only help you in learning all you need to know, you can also meet a lot of new friends there, people that are experienced and can get you out of trouble when your helicopter is about to crash into the depths of the nearest lake!

 

Posted by John - May 21, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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How to Use a Radio Controlled Helicopter for Aerial Photography

Remote controlled helicopters are fun – for a while. You soon get fed up just flying it around in a circle and crashing it every now and again. Well, now, here’s a way to breathe life back into what should be an enjoyable hobby.

Take Aerial Photographs

Aerial photography is a great hobby to get into in and, if you use your remote controlled helicopter, you can combine two hobbies into one.   Aerial photography gives you a brand new perspective on things.  You get to see views you would never otherwise be able to see and from a height you couldn’t reach without the use of a helicopter or plane.

Choose your helicopter

Helicopters come in a range of sizes with different features and the variety can be a little confusing.  I found a really useful website that has rc helicopter reviews on it to help you choose the best kind for your project.

You need to make sure that the rc helicopter you choose can lift and hold the camera.  It has to be stable with the extra weight on it. You also need to be certain that you can afford the expense of maintaining both the camera and the helicopter as well.

Bigger rc helicopters are more stable, you can see them a lot easier and they are easier to control, especially in windy conditions. Unfortunately, larger helicopters cost quite a bit more, especially if you crash it.  If you are new to the world of radio control, it’s probably best to start small and work your way up before you start attaching cameras.

Choose your Camera

A small helicopter will only carry a small camera so choose carefully. The type of camera you use also depends on what you want to do with it. Do you want it to take photos and you download them when it returns to earth? Or, do you want one that streams the images back to your laptop or computer as it flies?

If you really want to get deep into the realms of information technology, think about the second option. 

Look about for an inexpensive Wi-Fi camera, making sure your helicopter will actually lift and carry it.  Set it up on the same Wi-Fi connection that your laptop of computer is on and so that the images are streamed directly from the camera to the computer.

Having a Wi-Fi camera also means direct uploads straight to the internet, to email or social networking sites, cutting out a lot of messing around in the meantime.

You could also consider using your iPod or iPhone to control your helicopter and camera with. I found some great information  and quadricopter reviews that tells you all you need to know.

In Conclusion

If you are new to the world of radio control helicopters, consider joining a club.  It isn’t easy learning how to fly rc helicopters and, as well as being the pilot, you also need to learn how to be a mechanic as well.

Joining a club will not only help you in learning all you need to know, you can also meet a lot of new friends there, people that are experienced and can get you out of trouble when your helicopter is about to crash into the depths of the nearest lake!

 

Posted by John - May 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

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Go Easy On Those Earphones

One of the perks of having high-tech gadgets nowadays is being able to carry your playlist anywhere you go. Just one set of earphones and a cellphone with music-playing capability are enough to block the noisy world outside. It’s almost a necessity, especially for teens, to have their mp3 players and earphones with them anywhere at any time.

But is this safe for the ears? It depends on the volume. If you crank the volume up to maximum level and those sitting right next to you can hear what you’re playing, then you are at risk of going deaf sooner or later.

Why?

Because the human ear cannot be exposed to high levels of noise at a long duration of time without being temporarily or permanently damaged. You simply cannot expose your ears o 90 decibels of noise for hours each day and expect it to stay healthy.

This is why 1 out of 5 American teens are suffering from some form of hearing impairment.

Decibels?

Decibels are the units used to measure the intensity of sound. A normal conversation is about 60 decibels. This poses no harm. But make it 90 decibels, the level of a power mower or a noisy traffic, and this is considered harmful for the ears. A blues or rock concert is about 110 decibels. If you’re in a band, a drumline rehearsal is 115 decibels which is considered to be very loud.

So What Is Safe And What’s Not?

It all depends on the decibel and duration of exposure. The higher the decibel, the shorter time you should be exposed to it. This is pretty much obvious but we all forget it some time. Sound levels of 85 dB can be safely listened to for 8 hours a day. Every 3 dB increase, though, halves the safe listening time. Therefore, 88 dB is safe for 4 hours, 91 dB is safe for only 2 hours a day.

Some mp3 players have the maximum level of 120 dB, which is almost equal or even louder than a rock concert. Exposure to this level of sound can cause permanent damage within an hour and 15 minutes only.

As a general rule, you should only listen to mp3 players at about 60% of the maximum sound level at 60 minutes a day. Following this 60/60 rule will surely prevent hearing damage.

The type of earphones is important to consider, too. Among all the types available out there, the in-ear noise-isolating earphones are the best for your ears. This type of earphones reduces the outside noise greatly, therefore reducing the level of sound needed to completely block out the outside noise. The main reason that listeners of all ages turn up the volume is to completely block the noise outside. If the earphones block the noise efficiently and effectively, then there is no need to set the volume on max.

Can Ear Damage Be Treated?

Unfortunately, no. Noise-induced hearing damages are irreversible. You can consult an ear doctor in Orange County, though, to see if there’s anything you can do about it. But most often, hearing aids are the best solution. If you want to find the best hearing aids in Orange County, click here.

Posted by John - May 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

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Nokia Smartphones: One of the Most User-Friendly ICTs the World Has Seen Yet

Information and communications technology (ICT) has permeated our lives. Modern society cannot function without it. If such a technology is taken away from us at this very moment, modern society would collapse and not be able to easily recover.

The average person now relies on a smartphone to conduct his daily life. Through the use of such ICTs, people from all over the world are now able to access important information from wherever they are. Through such technology, many people from all over the world have improved their work performance and are now more efficient at dealing with their responsibilities at home.

Unfortunately, though, many people are still not good at using smartphones. This is especially the case among older adults. Because of this, they obviously are not able to benefit from the advantages smartphones bring. When one considers that modern life now largely relies on the use of smartphones, tablets, the internet, etc., one realizes that not knowing how to operate such ICTs puts someone in a really bad situation.

The good news is that there are now companies and service providers that go the extra mile just to help people learn how to use ICTs. One of these companies happens to be Nokio.

Nokio specializes in producing smartphones that are sensitive to the needs of their users. Depending on the actons taken by their users, Nokio smartphones make an appropriate response. For example, should a user of a Nokio smartphone find that he has trouble accessing certain apps and is going through certain screens repeatedly, the smartphone can make a suggestion as to what the user can do. By making such suggestions, the Nokio smartphone’s software ends up teaching even the slowest learners how to use smartphones properly.

“My name is Lowell Reed, and I am a retired banker from Ottawa. I used to be afraid of using smartphones, and it’s because I used to find them very complicated. This isn’t the case now, though, and it’s because I now use a Nokio smartphone. I’ve always wanted to do online trading through my smartphone but couldn’t back then. Now, through the interface of my Nokio smartphone, I am now able to do trading at Banc de Binary rather easily. Of course, I should also give the mobile website of Banc de Binary credit for being well designed, but I wouldn’t have learned how to access it if it weren’t for the fact that my smartphone taught me how to navigate the app store and the web browser properly. Thanks to my smartphone, I’m now able to make profitable binary options trades even when I’m not in front of the computer,” Reed told us.

Hopefully, this post of mine will end up giving amazing insights to my readers. I’m not saying that people should use Nokio smartphones to do binary options trading; I’m just saying that we can expect ICTs such as smartphones to become more user-friendly even to the slowest learners in the future. ICT will definitely continue shaping how we live our lives; we can count on this.

Posted by John - May 6, 2014 at 11:04 pm

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Upgrade Your Translation Service

Do you enjoy international travel and visiting foreign countries? Are you still using a traditional translation dictionary or a simple electronic translator? It might be time to upgrade to the latest technology translation services available. There are so many modern options that make traveling in a foreign country a breeze. These can be utilized by anyone, from the language novelists through to the competent second language speakers. They offer a world of functionality that go a long way past that simple travel dictionary you might still be relying on. Let’s take a look at the many options available.

Why do I need a translation service?
A translation service is essential in a foreign country because there are many times when you will need to know the foreign language. Although English is spoken in many parts of the world, there are still many countries where it is difficult to find an English speaker. This can make conversation difficult and can even cause tension in some cases. In some cultures it is rude to speak in other languages and this is a good reason to carry a translation device. It is also essential for filling in official government forms, which require accuracy.

There’s an app for that!
If you own a smartphone (let’s face it almost everyone does) then you already have one of the most powerful translation devices invented in your hands. There are so many translation apps available in the App Store and Google Play Store. These range from simple dictionary type applications through two complete online translation services. There are apps that will even translate your spoken words into another language and even teach you to speak another language yourself. It is a good idea to read the reviews of each app before purchasing to make sure it has all of the features that you will require. Translation apps range in price from about $1 through to $100.

Human translation still wins!
Human translation services, such as textualis.com, are still the most accurate type of translation. This should be used for government forms and applications and other official settings where accuracy is required. These services can cost as much as $100 an hour, but will far surpass the accuracy of an app for translation purposes.

Posted by John - April 26, 2014 at 6:06 am

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