Identity Theft: Easier To Accomplish, Easier To Stop

The idea of identify theft wanders in and out of public consciousness depending on a number of factors. If you or someone one know has been a victim, it’s probably on your mind. If there is a major movie released or book published that has identity theft in it, it’s probably on your mind. If it’s been in the news, same thing. But those ideas are fleeting. Identify theft itself, is extremely pervasive, which means just as a matter of organization, you should understand that with new technology, it is easier for criminals to perpetrate, but it’s also easier for you to prevent.

Who To Contact If It Has Already Happened

If you already know you’ve been a victim, immediately contact a reputable law firm, and particularly consider ones that specialize in those kinds of crimes or who have long histories of success. Laws can be very finicky in this area, and you don’t want to cut corner or pinch pennies when it comes to having the right people represent you. Once it has already happened, it’s too late to think about prevention or future damage control – it’s time to have the best lawyers you can afford make sure that you get your life, money, and property back.

Ways It Can Happen

Some of the common ways that identity theft can happen, especially with new technology and networking connections being so common, is through data mining and phishing on the Internet. Many people don’t have great ideas the differences between legitimate places to put your information in online, and places that are just searching for your information, either to rip you off or get you on some crazy email list. New tech allows people to scan for credit card numbers as well, so be aware that every time you are connected to a network, there is the possibility that someone or something is sniffing around your data transfers.

How To Protect Yourself

Common sense is the best protection against identity theft. Primarily, this means you should have your bank account and credit card account settings set up so that if there is any strange behavior, you will be alerted immediately. This is the single best way that technology has helped people out with identity theft as related to money. As far as other information goes, if you regularly check out information related to your social security account, that will tell you if anyone has scanned through any of that information as well. It’s very important that you protect that number in particular, as someone can use it slowly over the years for different applications, and ultimately learn all about your habits, gradually splitting off your actual life events.

Tech for Medical Assistants

The ever-growing medical field relies heavily on technology to operate. Technology helps in every aspect from scheduling appointments and tracking provider schedules to viewing lab results taken in a hospital while in a doctor’s office. Medical assistants must utilize these technologies to do their jobs. Technology will make the medical assistant’s role, as well as the patient’s role, much easier.

Medical Assistants Utilize Technology

The writers of onetonline.org list the following items as technology used by medical assistants in today’s jobs:

  • Operating system software – Medical Assistants need to be able to maneuver in various operating systems. These could include Microsoft Windows Vista Business or Microsoft Office.

  • Office Suite Software – Business software applications are used by medical assistants. These would include programs like Microsoft Office.

  • Electronic Mail Software – Email programs like Microsoft Exchange are important to medical assistants.

  • Accounting Software – Billing and bookkeeping software help medical assistants perform effectively.

  • Medical Software – Medical Assistants will need to use Electronic Medical Record or Health Record Software. They may also use visual electro diagnostic software.

Remember, this list is definitely subject to change. New technologies mean new ways to help patients. New discoveries in medicine necessitate change.

Electronic Health Records Streamline Work

Medical assistants will most likely need training in the use of electronic health records according to Allied Health Institute. On the most simple of terms, EHRs are computerized patient charts. At best, EHR’s can be truly patient-centered, real-time records. Information about the patient’s health can be accessed immediately. EHR’s can keep the patient’s medical history, diagnoses, medication, test results, radiology images, allergies and other records organized. Being able to see these records help providers give the best available healthcare to the patient. Providers also benefit from the automation of workflow, as well as the accuracy and organization of patient information. Patients are sometimes also allowed access to their medical records, which allows rapid discovery of test results and better patient satisfaction. One of the most amazing features of EHR’s is that they can include information from clinics, emergency rooms, hospital stays and any variety of healthcare settings.

Healthcare Continues to Evolve

We are in an ever-changing situation; our world is increasingly digitally connected. Each new technology lets healthcare providers drastically change procedures, streamlining their systems. Improvements in software programs let populations stats be tracked and help with diagnosing issues. Billing and tracking practices help identify patient’s past treatments. Paperwork is reduced; successful treatments are increased. The successful medical assistant will be able to adapt to this change and evolve with the new technology.

Medical assisting is an ever-adapting career. With our aging population, we need more healthcare providers. We are able to provide better care with the medical assistants and the technologies they embrace.

Creative Impact: Understanding Where Technology and Design Intersect

There is a tendency for people to separate ‘creative’ and ‘technological’ into very different mental spaces, but with the types of technology that are currently blossoming, that border is rapidly disappearing. Logical thought processes are now being given a pathway into creative endeavors, and creative people are being shows ways to improve their technical skills and vocabulary in a way that is unprecedented. To showcase a little bit of the creative impact of where these abilities collide, consider the general cases of software, machinery, and the relatively new field of 3D printing.

Software

In the past, it may have been that tech-savvy people programmed the software that creative people used to design with. Now, those worlds have merged quite effectively into software packages that give technically oriented people a tremendous amount of power to program in design-work, and they have also given creative people a way to equate numbers, number systems, and math into their works of art. This balance can produce some extraordinary results, and with packages like Adobe has available, it is within any professional or serious hobbyist’s budget to have access to the necessary tools.

Machinery

When it comes to machinery, machining, and machine design, there are extremely complicated processes to think about. Physics, material use, quality checks, environmental considerations, and inventory are just a few of the loops that industrial engineers have to manage. With the onset of some of the new technology available now though, some types of parts can be designed by sight, with the math built into the virtualizations. Now parts, pieces, rails, engine blocks, fasteners, and motors can all be put together virtually and tested. Those with eyes for the aesthetic can combine their intelligence with the testing skills of machine engineers to create the specs for beautiful, functional devices and appliances.

3D Printing

3D printing is going to be a groundbreaking way to combine art, science, creativity, and technological development together. Now, engineers and artists can be one and the same, or at least work at the same project, and then test it as a physical object once it has been printed. While maybe not ready for prime time mass production, these kinds of prototypes are going to be the wave of the future, and the level of customization that is going to be available is going to take certain industries to a brand new level of form and function.

By keeping up to date on software developments, machining technology, and 3D printing technology, both artists and engineers will be able to see a glimpse of the future as it is happening, and as educational programs and training catch up with improvements, product development is going to hit new heights of efficiency.

iPad 3 and its screen resolution – breakthrough

Will the iPad 3 sport a 3D display?

According to CNET, there are some sources who have informed them that manufacturers are finding it very difficult to create the high resolution 2048×1536 resolution display in large quantities that Apple requires. Though they will start production in November it is quite unsure whether they will be able to make enough to cater to Apple’s needs.

If the manufacturers are unable to make the required number of displays then they will make a 1,600×1,200 resolution display.

Detailed information on this is currently unavailable but we will try to get it very soon.

Until then hope that the manufacturers can make enough display so that we can have an iPad 3 with a better resolution (264 PPI [pixel per inch] — twice than the 132 PPI on the iPad 2).

The Benefits of Owning a Tablet

As technology evolves so do our options. Not only do we have the ability to leave our desktop and use our computers anywhere, but now we even have options for our portable computing. Enter the tablet – a piece of computing technology that has taken off faster and more afford-ably than the laptop did. What you may be wondering though is whether or not there are benefits to owning a tablet over a laptop or PC. Actually, there are several benefits tablet owners receive.

Ultimate Portability

It’s true that laptops have gotten smaller and lighter over the years, especially thanks to the introduction of netbooks, but nothing outdoes the size and weight of a tablet. The iPad 2, one of the most popular tablets on the market, weighs less than one and half pounds. Not only does the small weight and size make tablets comfortable to use, but you’ll have no trouble at all carrying a tablet on your journeys. Tablets fit easily into a purse, backpack or even your coat pocket.

Longer Battery Life

One of the drawbacks to laptops is that while you can take them with you, the battery life is often limited to 4-6 hours. With a tablet, you can expect to see batteries last as long as 12 hours. Of course, the exact time you get from the battery will depend on the brightness you use as well as what you’re doing with the tablet. Obviously, watching movies will use more of the battery than typing a document or surfing the internet.

The Perfect All-In-One Concept

Last, but certainly not least, the tablet offers an all-in-one experience. You don’t need a portable DVD player to watch movies or an MP3 player to listen to movies. You don’t even need an ereader and you certainly don’t need a laptop. When you own a tablet computer, you have everything you need in the palm of your hand. You can watch movies, listen to music, read your favorite books and even go online and update your Facebook status. In other words, a tablet can save you hundreds of dollars.

It’s easy to say that tablet computers are a welcome addition to our technologically advanced world. The portability, longer battery life and ability to do everything you need are all wonderful reasons to choose a tablet instead of a laptop or PC. Throw in the fact that you’ll save money buying a tablet and it’s a win/win situation.

About the Author: Collin has more than 10 years of experience in the field of communications and technology. She enjoys comparing and using tablets, eReaders, Samsung phones, iPads, and any other new device she can get her hands on.

HP TouchSmart 610 All-in-One PC lands in India, packs a punch

HP’s heroic all-in-one PC, the TouchSmart 610 has arrived in India with it’s full glory intact, aiming to make a mark in the busy Indian market with loads of features and a hefty price tag.

HP has given specific attention to TouchSmart 610 and cleansed all the touchscreen nonsense (difficulties) users were facing with HP’s previous attempts. It comes loaded with the latest version of HP’s ‘TouchSmart’ touch software that allows users to pinch, flick, press, rotate, arc, and drag items with multi-touch gestures, and is able to recline on its back to up to 30 degrees, enabling you to set your own comfort level.

HP has left no stone un-turned in any department, tagging a 23-inch flexible display capable of HD viewing, a couple of internal antennas for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, integrated stereo speakers and built-in adjustable-tilt webcam and mic for your complete audio-visual satisfaction. The LCD, even when reclined to the fullest, gives optimum viewing results, even as the company promises to improve the control features display on the screen.

The 610 also comes packed with a new HP Link Up application, which allows one to wirelessly link the device with a netbook PC. The TouchSmart 610 has several pre-reloaded apps such as Facebook, Twitter, RecipeBox, webcam and music to bring everything you need at your fingertips. To add new apps, you can go to the TouchSmart Apps Center and get anything you want. (It also features Beats Audio software for a richer sound experience.)

Specs

  • 23″ diagonal 1080p Full HD widescreen with 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Internal antennas for 802.11 WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium for simplifying daily activities
  • A slot-loading DVD drive (or upgrade to a Blu-ray player) and 6-in-1 digital media card reader
  • Integrated premium stereo speakers and a built-in, adjustable-tilt webcam and mic
  • Removable base for wall mounting (bracket and adapter sold separately)

Best Buy: The TouchSmart 610 comes with a hefty price tag of Rs.74,150 and will come bundled with 3 years of manufacturer’s warranty.
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INFOGRAPHIC: 35 years of Apple Inc. products

 

 

 

Apple has been ruling our technological purchases since 1976, ever since they launched their first product. Since then, Apple has grown to become a beast of a company, providing us gadgets since the last 35 years that has made life much easier for us. In remembrance of that, Mashable has shared an infographic of all the gadgets Apple has released over the last 35 years, titled the “Apple Tree”…

iPad 3 to sport 3D display?

And that’s how it goes! With the iPad 2 still in its early days, talk of its successor has already pumped up, with 3D display the most talked about feature that will grace the next generation iPad.

Apple are supposedly working on incorporating three-dimensional (3D) technology in the next iPad variant after a ‘Hollywood insider’ and ‘Foxconn’ confirm the news.

“The fact that the iPad 3 is 3D is a dead cert,” one Hollywood insider close to the big movie studios told RCR, adding that the screen would be the real magic. She went on to say that the big film studios were currently running around like blue-arsed flies trying to gear up to release plenty of 3-D content in time for Apple’s next launch.”

iPad manufacturers Foxconn also confirmed the news, adding 3D is already confirmed for the next iPad (iPad 3).

While we’ll obviously wait for Apple to comment on the matter, or for some more evidence to grace us, we can’t totally deny this possibility, especially after looking at Apple’s recent activity in the world of 3D. The Cupertino giant has filed several patent applications relating to 3D technology and have also done intense research on pseudo-3D technologies that involve head tracking that was effectively demoed in a recent iPad app (glasses free 3-D on iPad).

Apart from that, another reason why this rumor could turn out to be true is the growing popularity of 3D technology off late. 3D gadgets are the latest sensation in the market now, as can be seen from the release of many 3D TVs and 3D movies, not to mention Nintendo’s 3DS handheld gaming console. Ask Twitter and it will say #3D #FTW in its usual hash tag elements (hot topics).

So by the looks of it, 3D display is indeed coming to the iPad 3!

Question: Do you think Apple will go ahead with 3D display for iPad 3 or you think its just a rumor?

Via Technorati

BREAKING: Microsoft, Google join hands to ‘kill’ Apple

…And Steve Jobs said bring it on! In a sensational turn of events, the beleaguered duo of Microsoft and Google, tired and fed up of seeing Apple reach new heights every now and then, have agreed to come together to tackle the dominance of the Cupertino giant.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Google Chief Eric Schmidt have penned a contract to fight together for a period of one year (term period expandable on mutual agreement) and build a “highly competitive and world class” tablet PC that will be “more than just an iPad killer” and will end Apple’s dominance in the tablet range of smart computers.

This decision of the two giants to come together to tackle a common enemy has been greeted with “utter shock” by some analysts on one hand, “it was deemed to happen sooner rather than later” was the general agreement of few others.

MoGol

The main aim of this venture is to match, and better, Apple’s current offering – the iPad 2. And while the ‘killer’ is yet to hit the operation theater, it has already earned itself a name – MoGol.

MoGol will the first tablet to come out of this venture, and is expected to boast features such as a lightening fast 2.2GHz processor, dual cameras, Pixel Qi technology for better display, IPS technology, 2 USB ports and a SSD slot to expand memory.

Full Features

  • 2.2 GHz Snap Dragon processor
  • 8MP front-facing camera and a 5MP cam on the rear
  • Pixel Qi technology for better visual experience even in thick sunlight
  • Apple’s famous IPS Technology
  • 2 USB ports for easy external connection
  • Only 1 variant of MoGol with internal memory of 256GB
  • SSD Slot (memory expandable up to 128GB more)

The device is expected to be unveiled some time in Q4 2011. We’ll keep you updated.

Just remember today’s date — the auspicious day this deal came into effect 😉 😛

INNOVATION: Test-Driving a Volkswagen in a print ad (video)

This is technology at its best! In a stylishly innovating move, Volkswagen Norway, with the help of a smartphone app, came up with a print ad that lets you test-drive their awesome car virtually. The whole experience is awesome so just take a look yourself: P.S. Back in September, last year we covered a similar innovative move from the Times of India, again featuring a Volkswagen ad. I’m sure you won’t wanna miss out on that as well (The secret to such technology is also given 😉 )!

Apple’s new OS name Lion may put Apple into trouble

Apple has been making its OS’s on the names of the Animal Kingdom and finally when the iPad technology met the Mac Technology they named it Lion. I think Apple were not aware of this but another company MGM already had a similar name and a similar logo.

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They may take legal actions against Apple if at all the name Lion is used in the new Mac OS. They may put a snow or something just like they did for leopard. But keeping it just Lion may cause a serious legal problem for Apple.

Here are a few names suggested by scoopertino.

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