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Facebook developing a professional website ‘Facebook at Work’: FT

November 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc is secretly working on a new website called “Facebook at Work” that would allow users to keep their personal profile separate from their work profile, the Financial Times reported. The new website, that will look very much like Facebook, will compete with professional social network LinkedIn Corp, Google Inc, and Microsoft Corp, the newspaper said. (http://on.ft.com/1vgu64P) Facebook's new site will allow users to chat with colleagues, connect with professional contacts and collaborate over documents, the newspaper reported, citing unidentified sources. …

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Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith

November 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Alexei Oreskovic, Sarah McBride and Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – After two years of popping up at high-profile events sporting Google Glass, the gadget that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy technology, Google co-founder Sergey Brin sauntered bare-faced into a Silicon Valley red-carpet event on Sunday. He'd left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product — he recently wore his pair to the beach. …

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U.S. government warns on bug in Apple’s iOS software

November 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

(Reuters) – The U.S. government warned iPhone and iPad users on Thursday to be on the alert for hackers who may exploit a vulnerability in Apple Inc's iOS operating system that would enable them to steal sensitive data. There was the potential for hacks using a newly identified technique known as the “Masque Attack,” the government said in an online bulletin from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Teams. …

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Shipping Containers Facts

November 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Millions of shipping containers travel around the globe every year as they are used by most companies that are involved in exports and imports. There are several interesting facts about shipping containers that you might want to know about.

Shipping is an eco-friendly activity. For instance, it requires less energy to ship cargo containers from Shanghai to Le Havre in France than to transport the container from Le Havre in France to Lyon in the same country. Shipping releases very little amount of greenhouse gases compared to planes and trucks. Moreover, ships are enormous. To get an idea of the size of container ship, consider that one ship can accommodate fifteen thousand boxes that could hold a total of 746 million bananas. This represents one banana for each person in Europe.

Every year, about 20 million containers are at sea traveling across the oceans to bring out packages and good to us on time. The distance traveled by a container ship during a year could be equivalent to traveling three-quarters of the way to the moon and back. Shipping containers make for great storage spaces and could last for over 20 years with proper basic maintenance such as regular paint. Standard 20’ shipping containers for sale can hold around 1,150 cubic feet, which represents almost 3600 shoe boxes. Moreover, containers are now a part of our daily life and not just at sea. Intermodal containers are now used to make modular homes, data centers and restaurants.

Port Containers specializes in shipping containers for sale along with the rental of new or used shipping containers for different applications.

Exclusive: Some unhappy Yahoo investors asking AOL for rescue

November 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Nadia Damouni and Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) – At least two top-10 Yahoo Inc shareholders are so unhappy with Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's turnaround efforts that they are making a direct plea to AOL Inc CEO Tim Armstrong to explore a merger and run the combined company. Their move follows an activist campaign by hedge fund Starboard Value LP, which is pushing Yahoo to consider a deal with AOL and unlock Yahoo's valuable stakes in Asian Web companies. …

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Microsoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name

November 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said it would roll out its Lumia 535 smartphone this month with an affordable price tag in its key markets, dropping the Nokia name just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business. Loaded with its latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, the Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 dual SIM will be priced at around 110 euros (about $137) before taxes and subsidies, Microsoft said in a statement. The phone will feature a wide-angle 5 megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-inch qHD display screen, the company said. …

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Unclear if China ready to sign IT agreement: WTO chief

November 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is part of “intensive” talks on a global trade pact regarding information technology products, the World Trade Organization's chief said on Saturday, but it is unclear if a deal will be made at a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders underway in Beijing. The United States and other countries have been hopeful that China would sign on to the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), which requires signatories to eliminate duties on some IT products, during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that ends on Tuesday. …

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GT Advanced says fell victim to ‘bait-and-switch’ by Apple

November 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc pulled a “bait and switch” move to force GT Advanced Technologies into a money-losing deal to supply the iPhone maker with sapphire, according to an affidavit by a senior executive at the company. In documents unsealed on Friday by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, GT Advanced Chief Operating Officer Daniel Squiller says Apple offered what would have been GT Advanced's largest sale ever and then changed the terms of the agreement after it was too late for the smaller company to pursue other opportunities. …

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Apple blocks malware targeting products in China

November 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

(Reuters) – Apple Inc said it has identified and blocked malicious software applications targeting users in China. Palo Alto Networks Inc said on Wednesday it discovered a new family of malware that can infect Apple products, underscoring the increasing sophistication of attacks on iPhones and Mac computers. “We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China, and we’ve blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching,” Apple said in an email to Reuters. …

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How HR is Leading the Charge into the Cloud

November 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

There is a lot of push these days to bring business services to the cloud, and the ones leading that charge are human resource professionals. Human resources now handle many aspects of growing businesses, including acquisition of personnel and payroll duties. Much of this is managed easily in the cloud, which is why there is such a grand push to bring more corporate data off-site. Here are just a few of the advantages that HR stands to gain bringing businesses into the cloud.

Online Timesheets

By bringing the time clock online, HR professionals can record employee punches as they happen. Even making corrections to the time clock, which is more common than you think, is much easier when HR can log into records remotely and make changes in real time. Online time sheets give employees their numbers upfront, so there are no questions when the paycheck comes. It also helps managers track employee productivity, seeing who is in office and how reliable those workers are.

Employee Records

Employee record keeping is much easier when information is stored in the cloud. There is a smaller chance that a breach will leak employee info, and the cloud is an excellent backup solution for records already kept on-site. Businesses that utilize a biometric time clock system also store records of individuals for access purposes, which is crucial in areas where sensitive information or equipment is present. All of this record keeping helps management get a better handle on the hours employees spend working, and what is actually done with that time.

Employee Collaboration

Cloud-based changes aren’t just for the management of operations; they actually help employee productivity too. Document collaboration is the most obvious benefit. Employees can store documents online, revert to previous edits, leave comments for others and work on larger projects with management reviewing every step. Cloud resources also enable management to expand a business with new offices around the world, as everyone can link up and work on the same projects. All of this collaboration means less time spent planning and more time getting actual work done.

Final Thoughts

The cloud is more than just another method of storage for files. Cloud applications offer businesses greater functionality, sometimes tailored to their specific needs. Imagine what call centers would be like without customer management software. HR professionals managing personnel also rely on the efficiency technology brings to their jobs, which helps expedite the processes of payroll and worker’s compensation claims.
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