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Weekly Tech Roundup – June 3, 2011

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

Intel’s Ultrabook signals first steps into mobile – Intel is moving into the tablet market with the PC Ultrabook. They are saying it will be an affordable tablet, although they don’t state pricing in the article. I’m still holding out for a second generation Android tablet; after they get all the kinks worked out.

World IPv6 Day: Will users feel the stress of the test? – World IPv6 Day is coming up next week. Great to see there are companies and agencies participating that plan to leave it on. Really, they’ll need it eventually and if their test is successful what is the point in turning it off? What’s difficult about this is if everything goes well, no one will notice. It’s hard to get movement on an issue where you don’t notice any difference. How will you participate in World IPv6 Day next week?

Skype, Vonage Calls Made by 24% of Web Users: Pew – Really interesting results of a recent study on VOIP (Voice Over IP, or Internet phone) usage. “Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of U.S. adult Web users, or 19 percent of all American adults, have made calls online using Skype, Vonage or some other VOIP service.” It seems usage is really growing.

Cisco Offers 2015 Networking Forecast, Expects Wi-Fi to Exceed Wired Traffic – Get ready to hit the zetabyte mark. Cisco is expecting to see significant Internet growth in the next few years.

By 2015, the traffic across global IP networks every five minutes will be the equivalent to the data size of all movies ever made. There will be six million households globally that are consuming a terabyte of data each month.

The full report is here: Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2010-2015. Lots of stats for those of you that love numbers.

FaceNiff Is the Firesheep for Android, Hijacks Facebook Sessions with One Tap – This article talks about Facebook in particular but if you click through to the app page, it says it “allows you to sniff and intercept web session profiles over the WiFi that your mobile is connected to,” which says to me it’s more than just Facebook. So what this means is if you are on public WiFi with your phone and you’re not using HTTPS to connect to Facebook (or Twitter or any other website that requires a username & password), you could be at risk. Take a look at the article for some solutions to keep you protected.

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Weekly Small Business Roundup – June 3, 2011

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Weekly Small Business Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for small business things and one for technical things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting small business articles I found this week. Enjoy!

Google takes wraps off pay-by-phone system – Google Wallet debuts this summer. It works with Mastercard’s PayPass technology (where you can tap your wallet against a reader instead of swiping your card – similar to some transit systems). Apparently it will work to load coupons into your wallet as well as for payments. Seems kinda neat and geeky but also a little scary. Also, of course, EBay and PayPal sue Google over trade secrets because nothing is ever that easy. Find out more from the Google Wallet site.

How the Recession Saved One Company – A really inspirational story for anyone that is struggling with their business. And for those that had struggled but are getting their feet back under them – you can just nod in agreement here. This is a great story about a company that’s business really started booming so they ramped up staff only to get hit hard by the recession. This is how they got back on track.

3 Books Small Business Owners Should Read in 2011 – I’ve seen three articles on summer reading lists today. This one seems the best, and that’s not just because there are only 3. I’ll add to the list: anything by Seth Godin. Do you have any books to add to the list?

15 Questions to Ask Before Collaborating – Great set of questions to answer before your next collaborative project. Five questions each about your collaborator, your project, and your client to help you make sure it’s the best move. I think the most important question is, “what is your gut telling you?” True instincts are rarely wrong.

Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: June 2011 – Bring some timely beauty to your computer’s desktop. I’m a huge fan of the Smashing Magazine wallpaper calendars. This is June’s selection of 30 wallpapers. All come with or without calendars. I chose “In Love For Violet”… for now!

6 Task List Hacks to Get More Done – Apparently none of my blogs talked about productivity this week! I had to go back a couple of weeks to find this one and I’m glad I did. I am a master to-do list writer. It’s so rewarding to check things off a list. There are a couple of these tips that I’d like to incorporate, though, particularly the last two: giving due dates to everything and having a daily reality check. I’ll have to add them to my list!

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