Features of your iPhone

The functions of your iPhone, manufactured and distributed by Apple, are so countless that to note them all would certainly fill up an eBook. Your iPhone consists of widgets that keep you updated with things such as climate, stock reports and almost anything else you may want to keep an eye on for. Everything that you want or need to recognize is right there, available for you to use whenever you need it. It is this convenience of usage incorporated with a wide variety of attributes that has made the iPhone so preferred.

Apple iPhone Features

The iPhone is not just a fantastic phone but also a camera, however it can be considered a method to eliminate monotony. With the iPhone, you are capable enough to discover every little thing that you require right there on your cell phone. The attributes of your iPhone include accessibility, ease, and also technology, all rolled right into one extremely mobile package. It can be used by a specialist or a rookie. This iPhone is among one of the most remarkable items of innovation that is available today. It makes no difference in what you are looking for in a mobile phone, you will certainly find that an iPhone totally has it.

The iPhone is equipped with something called  SMS application, that includes a QWERTY soft keyboard that is very smart. This phone literally has it all – phone, web access, online games, music, and also an integrated digital video camera. The iPhone responds to the gentlest touch to the sensing units embedded into the display’s surface. This enables the customer to perform a variety of jobs such as dialing, scrolling or searching –  using the screen.  It is also a breeze to easily readjust the volume on your iPhone to ensure that you do not disturb the people around you.

If you could operate a DVD player then you could use an iPod. The controls are really just like the usual ones. You can play, stop, rewind as well as stop briefly, just like on the remotes you are used to. The iPhone has a maple display of 3.5 inches which allows you to enjoy anything that you purchased, downloaded or installed from iTunes, YouTube, etc..

The iPhone comes with different internal memory options  – 6 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, and among others. A major problem is that the iPhone does not have any sort of capability to broaden the memory. Connecting to the internet is one of an iPhone’s featured abilities, although some think that the search tool needs massive improvement in its function. Furthermore, users specify that the browser has difficulty protecting password information. The touch-screen feature likely makes scrolling a wind.

The iPhone lets you adjust the dimension of the font styles to make learning more enjoyable. It has a magnifying glass feature that lets you zoom in on a single word or area of words. To access the magnifying glass, simply hold the display. Concentrating on the location you are modifying makes it less complicated to watch your work with this smaller display. These attributes of your iPhone make reading, editing e-mail & texts very easy.

There are several blog sites as well as discussion forums where you can get some expertise on how you can utilize your iPhone. The iPhone has ended up being a standing symbol. This little piece of innovation combines form, fashion and productivity right into one gadget. With so many features of your iPhone to discover, it might take weeks before you recognize its full performance. Apple has actually been making computers and outer tools for years now. It is no surprise that they have made the iPhone so versatile and very effective.

Looking Back at our Favorite Gadgets from 2012

It’s hard to believe it was four years ago now, but 2012 was a big year for new technical devices. That year marked the launch of fantastic gadgets that certainly formed the technology landscape for many years to come.

2012 Favorite Gadgets

Gadgets ranged from increasing performance, video gaming and also home entertainment systems which revolutionized how we function, play and work. The PC changes of the 1980s set the vision for this platform, but the differences between a machine in the ’80s to 2012 was incredible: it was a bit like comparing a steam train to a space station!

Apple iPhone 5

iphone5The  launch of the next generation of Apple’s iPhone produced a wave of excitement around the world. In fact, Apple iPhone sales reached three million in its initial weekend launch! Among one of the most expected gadgets of 2012, iPhone 5’s launch was greeted with a wide variety of reactions – from people were concerned about layout, information leaks and so on… but most loved the shift from the iPhone 4.

Whether the iPhone design appeals to you or not, you can’t argue that in 2016 it continues to be a landmark device which has raised the bar for design, functionality and usability ever since the first model was released.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S3Launched in mid-May, the Samsung Galaxy S3 took the title of Best Offering Smartphone around the world for the third quarter of 2012. Before long it grew to 30 million sales globally.

The S3 was hugely popular because of it’s thin design, its swiping keyboard option and large bright screen. In fact it continued to be a popular “value” phone for many years to follow, due to its powerful processor and memory expansion options.

I personally had one of these phones, and only stopped using it after I dropped the phone & smashed the screen! The repair costs ended up being almost as much as the cost of a replacement, so I decided at that point to move on to my first iPhone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 2This 5.5-inch combination tablet computer with built-in phone functionality (coining the phrase “phablet”) sold more then 3 million units in its very first month.

The launch of the Note 2 was in parallel with the iPhone 5, which demonstrates both the success of Samsung’s marketing machine and the resulting popularity of the device.

The Note 2 introduced the S-Pen, a digital stylus which had fallen out of favor in previous years. While the Galaxy Note 2 offered great performance and tremendous value, the phablet concept did not last – now in 2016, we’re not aware of any such device on the market today.

iPad Mini

iPad MiniThe late Steve Jobs had famously predicted that tablet computers with screens smaller than 9″ would not sell. However in 2012, Apple released their first iPad Mini with spectacular results – triggering a flurry of “me too” devices from competing manufacturers.

Incorporating an A5 CPU and updated iSight camera, with the same screen resolution as the iPad 2 with an easily-transportable size, the iPad Mini proved highly popular with people all over the world. It offered a viable alternative to an Amazon Kindle and other ebooks, but with many more functions – at a very affordable price.

Nexus 7

Nexus 72012 saw the introduction of Google’s Nexus 7 device. Featuring a 7″ IPS display powered by a quad-core nVidiaTegra 3 CPU, this powerful device dropped in price to just $199 – making it one of the most affordable small-size tablets ever released.

Certainly the price point helped boost the popularity of this device.

Kindle (by Amazon.com)

KindleThe Kindle was also sold to a price-sensitive audience. Released at a ~$200 price point, Amazon were essentially breaking-even on every sale they made of the device – hoping to make their profits from the sale of the digital books delivered to the reader.

From all perspectives, the strategy worked – 4 years and various renditions later, the Kindle is still a very popular device with ebook fans all over the world.

Time will tell to see what the next version of Kindle will look like!

The Problem With Gaming Laptops

Several years ago, I was spending a lot more time playing computer games than I am now. Every few months I was lugging my desktop PC to a friends’ house for a LAN day, where 4-8 of us would network our computers together for a bit of gaming fun.

We’d spend several hours playing together, from racing games to strategy games & first-person shooters. We’d eat too much junk food, including the mandatory pizza binge. We’d share a lot of laughs, and finish late in the evening… before lugging all our equipment back home again.

HP Envy 17 - problem with gaming laptopsAround that time, I decided that I wanted to start my own business. So as part of that decision, I went and purchased an HP Envy 17 3D – a high end, $3000 laptop with an i7 processor, 8Gb RAM, 2x 1Tb hdds (RAID), a 2Gb Radeon video card, 17″ screen a slot-loading Bluray player.

The Gaming Laptop Problems Started Soon After

Suddenly I was free. I could take just my laptop and gaming mouse in one bag. That was it! I was able to take my gaming laptop to LAN parties without having to worry about unplugging my desktop, without having to make multiple trips to the car at both ends of the trip… and I could be out the door in 60 seconds.


However my joy was shortly lived. If I played games on that laptop for more than about 45 minutes, it heated up very badly. In time, it got so hot that I had to use an external keyboard to avoid burning my hands on the keyboard!!!

And the NOISE from the fans – it sounded like the gaming laptop was trying to launch itself to Mars! It was a constant hum that got seriously annoying very quickly.

Both hard drives were cooked due to the heat – one while the machine was under warranty, the other one a few months after the warranty period.

A friend of mine worked at HP, and he was able to weave his magic & arrange for my CPU fan to be replaced (it was out of warranty before I knew it). That seemed to improve things for a while, but within about 6 months we were right back where we started.

For a while, the HP Envy 17 sat on my desk with its keyboard removed (to provde more air flow) and it acted as my processing machine. However after a while, there was nothing left for it but to remove it to spare parts, which I’m about to sell on eBay.

I understand HP have since revisited their cooling systems and the new machines are much, much better. But I have to admit that all those problems have made me very hesitant to ever buy another gaming laptop again!


What Makes a Successful SIEM Solution

SIEM (or Safety Info and also Event Management) can be extremely complex. It often ends up costing more than planned, and can involve the need of IT specialists to finish the job. Time & effort estimates can blow out very quickly.

Why do companies end up implementing SIEM? Many factors. It could be to conform with a legislative ruling. It may be implemented as part of a response to a cyber-attack. It could also be a requirement of a supplier, partner or other associated company requiring SIEM to be in place as a security measure, before doing business. In most cases there are already some levels of security in place which are strengthened by the new SIEM solutions.

Things to Consider before Implementing SIEM Security

SIEM solutions require significant consideration & planning. A company should never rush into implementing it without careful consideration of all key aspects. The company’s network specialists will need a comprehensive knowledge of the network topology and how it interacts with other elements of the organization. The end goal should be clearly understood by all parties involved to avoid surprises at any stage of the installation.

Effective SIEM security requires logging and maintaining a list of alerts and activities, as well as reacting to those alerts.

SIEM Safety Control Measures

SIEM solution considerationsTo implement SIEM security properly, it’s also important to factor-in the various safety controls which will need to be in place.

For example, frequent check-ups of the desktop & server operating systems and the above-base apps. Protection from spam, virus and trojan attacks at the Exchange and desktop layers. Correctly configured and frequently updated firewalls. Utilization of a system to avoid network invasions.

Implementing SIEM successfully isn’t as simple as just monitoring network activity and logging all the results. It takes active interaction.

You also want to think about resource capital. Avoid the scenario where only one key team member has the “keys to the kingdom”, leaving you vulnerable if that person ever leaves the organization.

Many companies struggle with security because as they grow, their IT security doesn’t grow accordingly. Processes and procedures used when the company were small, will no longer be effective to the now large company. Gaps will appear. And these gaps will create security risks.

As with any large-scale IT project, a post implementation review (or PIR) is critical to the success of the SIEM security solution. To find out what went well, what did not, and what lessons can be learned from the exercise.

Far too many companies rush into IT network projects like SIEM before they’ve considered the entire scope of work from start to finish. Often this is a knee-jerk reaction, or a requirement to spend budget before the end of the financial year. But the best implementations are those based on careful planning, consideration, stakeholder management and staff buy-in. With those elements in place, the chances of a successful SIEM security project increase significantly.