Tech & Digital

The Argument for and Against iPad Cases 3 Nov

The Argument for and Against iPad Cases

Everybody seems to have an iPad these days. And you’ve probably seen a plethora of protective iPad cases. On the one hand, it seems logical to protect your important investment. But there are people out there who outright refuse to put a case on their iPad, and they seem to have excellent reasons for that. So, let’s talk about why you would and wouldn’t put a case on your iPad.

The Benefits of a Case

Putting a case on your iPad will net you some excellent benefits. If you intend to resell your iPad when you’ve upgraded to a new one, a case is probably the way to go. Let’s look at ways a case will benefit your iPad.

Protection of the Casing

When you put a case on your iPad, it will help protect the corners of the tablet’s casing from dings and scratches. Admit it: you’re going to drop your iPad at least once. And chances are, it’s gonna land on a corner. Keep your iPad’s outer casing scratch- and dent-free by using a case.

Cover the Glass

Many cases also offer screen protection, which means that you’re protecting the (irreplaceable) glass screen on your iPad. Glass can fracture or chip on the edge from a shock. Adding a Gorilla glass screen protector can help prevent damage to your iPad’s true screen (and this works for cell phone screens, too). It will also protect the screen from scratches; if you scratch up a screen protector, you can easily replace it.

Shock Absorption for the Components

Though our technology improves daily, computer components are still fragile creatures. Hard drives can fail with the slightest jar (sometimes), and the electronics in an iPad can do the same. Hard protective cases can offer some shock absorption and protect these delicate components from damage.

Additional Benefits

Some cases offer additional benefits, such as a place to put your stylus or a built-in stand. If you like to watch movies or videos on your iPad, a stand is a plus! It lets you place your iPad on a table or your lap, so you don’t have to hold it through the whole movie.

The Drawbacks to a Case

There are many reasons why you might not want to add a case to your iPad. If you know you’re careful with your electronics or don’t take it with you very often (for example, if you work from home), then maybe you won’t need one. Let’s discuss the drawbacks to placing a case on your iPad.

Cases Are Heavy

Let’s face it, protective cases add weight and bulk to your iPad. The cases that really work well are large, boxy, and often ugly. They make your tablet heavier to hold, something you might not want. And if you get a case with an outer layer of silicon rubber, it’s almost impossible to easily slide your iPad in and out of a bag.

What About Your Accessories?

Sometimes, cases aren’t friendly to your accessories. This means you may have to take the case off the iPad if you want to use certain add-ons. Also, you may discover that certain aftermarket headphone jacks or charging ports won’t fit into their holes in your case because they’re bigger than the hole allows.

Hiding Your iPad

A case will cover up your iPad, one of the sleekest-looking tablets out there. And, because they’re available in colors (and cases often are not), you’ll be covering the beauty of your iPad with an (often) basic and utilitarian-looking plastic box. You also won’t be able to feel the aluminum casing of your iPad.

Cases Aren’t Completely Reliable

Cases are usually made of plastic, so they can and do break. Not only that, but they’re not 100% effective at protecting your iPad from a fall. And you may notice that people tend to become less protective of their devices when they have a case, relying on the case rather than care to prevent accidental damage.

Expense

You’ve already paid an arm and a leg for your iPad, now you want to go add another expense on top of it? While you can find cheap cases for iPads, odds are you’ll end up paying quite a bit for a protective case. And for a case that doesn’t guarantee complete protection. Paying for insurance on your device will probably afford you more protection than a case will.

Bottom line

If you like cases and feel more comfortable putting one on your iPad, then certainly grab one. There are numerous models and designs to choose from, so go to town shopping for the right one. Just be prepared to pay for it. On the other hand, if you prefer the look of your iPad without the bulky, barely useful case, you’re free to go with the ‘naked look’ instead. It’s your iPad, so it’s entirely up to you.

Instagram Bots The Good & The Bad 12 Oct

Instagram Bots: The Good & The Bad

If you’re a budding photographer or aspiring influencer looking to gain a following, chances are you’re well aware of Instagram. The platform has helped launched countless people and their art, goods and/or services into the spotlight. It’s also likely that you currently have an Instagram account and are developing it at the moment.

A little research on how to get followers will likely land you on an article that mentions bots. If you really search, you’ll even find articles that praise or shun them and their users. If you interested in an objective perspective, keep reading.

Why do people love bots

People will always try to get the most “bang for their buck.” They look for the path of least resistance and often want to accomplish the maximum with minimal effort. This is exactly what an Instagram bot does for an account if you’re interested in gaining a following without putting forth heaps of effort.

Assuming you aren’t already famous or at least affiliated with someone who is, gaining a following can be a time consuming and labor intensive task. Done right, you’ll need to of course upload quality content and have inspiring captions, but properly hashtag, comment on other’s pages, like other’s comments and try to connect with people. While this doesn’t seem like much effort to those already doing it, the truth is that their actions, while ethical are inefficient.

A bot does all of the commenting and liking of photos for the user at a rate that no truly productive human could match. It frees the user to keep their mind on quality content creation. The task becomes as simple as grabbing a photo, attaching the appropriate hashtag, and putting your phone down. This is attractive to many people because honestly, who doesn’t like to save time?

Why people loathe bots

At this point, you’re likely thinking “if it was that easy, everyone would do it.” Unfortunately, many influencers are and too many this cheapens the social part of Instagram. Have you ever gotten a general comment from an account you’ve never been to on a random picture? Likely a bot. Have you ever received random likes on your pictures with the same hashtags from an influencers account? Likely a bot. The most interesting part of this is that many people don’t know, so it creates genuine engagement on their end and that’s the entire point of the program.

The efficacy and success of bot accounts are a little known secret and shame to the Instagram staff. There have been enough complaints that they’ve been quietly shutting down botting companies citing that they’re out of compliance with the spamming rules in the Instagram user agreement. This has led to many of the most popular botting companies being shut down to include Archie.

The choice is yours

With the facts in hand whether or not you decide to use a bot is entirely up to ethics. An experiment was done where the individual made two photography accounts. They both use the same photos but he only uploaded his content in black and white on white. He chose that account to use the bot on and over a year’s time it far surpassed the followership in his other account.

He likened using a bot to athletes using steroids and came to hate them. Who wouldn’t sympathize with him? If you are going to use a bot, you should probably take advantage while you can. If you interested in how Archie and companies like it came to an end check out this link: https://fredharrington.com/archie-shut-down-instagram/.

5 Oct

Cloud Services Types and Businesses

Do you own a small business? Do you plan to start up a small business? If you’re in the planning phases and looking to capitalize on modern technology for your online services, cloud computing is definitely worth a look.

What is the cloud and what does it do?

Cloud capabilities would afford you or your employees the ability to access business data and applications via mobile devices, 24/7, from anywhere. These technologies were once out of the question for smaller companies but recent advances have changed all of this. First, let’s establish what cloud computing gets used for.

Cloud computing as a term is an umbrella for a host of cloud-based services. The most known of these are cloud storage and backup. The ability to store files for regular access and sharing/syncing purposes online has utility for any business with remote workers or low-risk files.

If you’re looking for examples of applies cloud-based tech, look no further than Google. Their platform allows you to edit documents, send emails, stream or download audio and video and these are all done remotely. While these may not be services your business provides, they give a concrete idea of what is possible with cloud technology.

Does cloud computing concern your business

When considering a cloud-based service there are a few questions to ask: What type of cloud computing is needed? What is my company’s budget? Will the data on the cloud be at risk? What services can my company provide on the cloud? The answers to these questions can determine whether cloud computing is for you or not as well as a host of other variables.

The type of cloud needed varies depending on your company. The three options are as follows: public, private and hybrid cloud services. Public cloud platforms are run off-site via a third party. A proper company provides everything from resources to the security and mainatence of your system. It’s cost-effective and allows for the greatest ease in making changes.

The second option, the private cloud is built on-site or off-site, but always at your own data-center. Management and expansion is done by your company’s IT personnel or a hiredteam. Private cloud services are best for companies that prefer exclusive access to company data. The greater control and security comes at the cost of maintaining a data-center, IT team and hardware software requirments.

A hybrid cloud service utilizes both. The company’s IT team maintains the in-house data and servers while a third-party team takes care of the majority of the data on outside servers. This system is ideal for an organization that wants to manage secure (personal or business)information in-house and can the rest off-site.

What to do with this information

With an understanding of what your business will provide over the cloud and the type of cloud your company needs you can move forward. The final pieces to the puzzle from that point going forward are the security risk to the data on the cloud and your IT support team. The two can and usually do go hand in hand, especially when it comes to third-party cloud services on off-site data centers.

There are some simple questions to ask your potential IT support team. Ask if they’re up-to-date on recent security certifications. If they encrypt data and what their processes with encryption keys are and check their track record. If you’re looking for a good team check out http://www.amazingsupport.co.uk/our-support-areas/local-it-support-in-north-london/.

5 Oct

Cloud Services Types and Businesses

Do you own a small business? Do you plan to start up a small business? If you’re in the planning phases and looking to capitalize on modern technology for your online services, cloud computing is definitely worth a look.

What is the cloud and what does it do?

Cloud capabilities would afford you or your employees the ability to access business data and applications via mobile devices, 24/7, from anywhere. These technologies were once out of the question for smaller companies but recent advances have changed all of this. First, let’s establish what cloud computing gets used for.

Cloud computing as a term is an umbrella for a host of cloud-based services. The most known of these are cloud storage and backup. The ability to store files for regular access and sharing/syncing purposes online has utility for any business with remote workers or low-risk files.

If you’re looking for examples of applies cloud-based tech, look no further than Google. Their platform allows you to edit documents, send emails, stream or download audio and video and these are all done remotely. While these may not be services your business provides, they give a concrete idea of what is possible with cloud technology.

Does cloud computing concern your business

When considering a cloud-based service there are a few questions to ask: What type of cloud computing is needed? What is my company’s budget? Will the data on the cloud be at risk? What services can my company provide on the cloud? The answers to these questions can determine whether cloud computing is for you or not as well as a host of other variables.

The type of cloud needed varies depending on your company. The three options are as follows: public, private and hybrid cloud services. Public cloud platforms are run off-site via a third party. A proper company provides everything from resources to the security and mainatence of your system. It’s cost-effective and allows for the greatest ease in making changes.

The second option, the private cloud is built on-site or off-site, but always at your own data-center. Management and expansion is done by your company’s IT personnel or a hiredteam. Private cloud services are best for companies that prefer exclusive access to company data. The greater control and security comes at the cost of maintaining a data-center, IT team and hardware software requirments.

A hybrid cloud service utilizes both. The company’s IT team maintains the in-house data and servers while a third-party team takes care of the majority of the data on outside servers. This system is ideal for an organization that wants to manage secure (personal or business)information in-house and can the rest off-site.

What to do with this information

With an understanding of what your business will provide over the cloud and the type of cloud your company needs you can move forward. The final pieces to the puzzle from that point going forward are the security risk to the data on the cloud and your IT support team. The two can and usually do go hand in hand, especially when it comes to third-party cloud services on off-site data centers.

There are some simple questions to ask your potential IT support team. Ask if they’re up-to-date on recent security certifications. If they encrypt data and what their processes with encryption keys are and check their track record. If you’re looking for a good team check out http://www.amazingsupport.co.uk/our-support-areas/local-it-support-in-north-london/.