Top Browser Selections

The better the web browser, the better experience that you will have cruising round the Internet. A crappy browser will set you up for all kinds of problems. Most people start out with the browser that is packaged with the program on their computer. The majority of computer users continue on happily with the browser, even if it is not the best. Sooner or later, the computer user is going to start looking for a new browser. Often, they are confused about the browsers and don’t realize that today’s online world is filled with browsers that are absolutely amazing. For example, Firefox and a few other browsers were upgraded and are top quality browsers.

 

Firefox

Firefox sadly lagged behind a number of the top browsers. The good news is that the browser is back in charge and in high demand because of the new changes. Sources report that the once very popular browser has gone through a number of important changes that will make you want to upgrade your current version of the browser or simply download the new version to your computer. Here is something worth noting. This is the first complete update to the browser in about 13 years. Now, the new version of the browser is faster, does not hog your system, and is equipped with new privacy tools.

 

Google Chrome

More users than ever are downloading Google Chrome, because of the recent changes. The new browser is very efficient and take up minimal screen space. Users often complain about browsers that take up the entire screen. This simple improvement will help drive the browser up in popularity. They’ve added a wide variety of extensions and the ability to customize the browser to your own liking.

 

Opera

Opera has a very minimal part of the browser market. However, it is a very fast loading and efficient browser. Opera also is equipped with a turbo feature that speeds up browsing. Included are other great features like a battery saving mode for mobile users, along with an ad blocker.

 

Capital Expenditure Increases in the Technology Industry

Over the course of the last century, there has been an incredible development in the technology that is used by the world. It was not that long ago that individuals were still using a horse and buggy to get around. Today you are able to simply hop on a plane and be across the world in a matter of hours. It probably comes as no surprise that one of the largest drivers of the economy today is the technology industry.
In the first quarter of the financial year of 2018, one of the largest drivers of capital investment has been stocks from technology companies instead of the traditional industrial giants. When you take a look at the numbers, you will see that capital expenditures are on the path to a growth of 25.9%. Over half of that growth is being driven by companies in the information technology industry. This growth is pushing technology companies stocks to a five-year high. A disproportionate amount of this growth has been posted by Google and Microsoft. A smaller but still significant percentage of this growth has been by companies related to cloud computing and semi conductors.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/02/technology-companies-are-driving-a-capital-spending-surge.html
Earlier this year Pres. Donald Trump decreased the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. The extra capital that this decrease has generated has mostly gone into dividends and share buybacks rather than capital investments that are the typical movers of economic growth.
Industrial corporations are actually decreasing the amount of capital they use for investment. In fact, across the board, the overall rate of capital expenditure is decreasing except for that of the technology industry.
Consumer discretionary spending is another area that is pushing forward growth in capital expenditure however much of that comes from Amazon, another technology company. Capital expenditure is even increasing amongst smaller companies in the technology industry as many of them have been able to increase their spending. The overall growth rate is up to 48% during this quarter.
This will likely continue in the long term however in the short term for the rest of this year rate of growth are expected to decrease.

Self-Driving With Uber

Autonomy is the way of the future. Uber’s self-driving trucks are on the forefront of autonomous self-driving vehicles for their customers. Uber’s customers can access the on demand shipping app, Uber Freight, to have these self-driving trucks transport their commercial cargo.

Trucking is the perfect industry for automation, given the fact automated trucks can remain on the highway for longer amounts of time than trucks driven by humans. After a year since Uber tested their self-driving trucks of 2,000 cases of Budweiser in Colorado, the company is advancing their autonomous trucks on the highways of Arizona.

The process of using Uber’s self-driving trucks involves both a human driven truck and a self-driven truck. The cargo is first loaded by a human driven truck where the cargo is taken to a transfer hub. The cargo is then loaded onto a long haul freight truck. The self-driving truck will transport the cargo for the longer portions of the trip. For the shorter portions of the trip, the cargo is handed off once again to a human driven truck.

Uber’s Advanced Technology Group is testing these self-driving trucks on their platform. The Uber Freight app handles connecting shippers with human drivers. The company is working to create a commercial system of connecting shippers and those needing items shipped similar to their ride-hailing app Uber.

In a video by Uber, which can be seen at https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/06/uber-self-driving-trucks-are-now-moving-cargo-for-uber-freight-customers/ there is a detailed depiction of the process of how these self-driving trucks transport cargo.

Because of these type of trucks, the nature of truck driver’s job may change. However, Uber expresses its goal is not to eliminate trucking jobs. Human drivers will still be needed to back up the trucks to a loading dock or direct the truck around busy industrial areas.

This is a major milestone for the ride-hailing company as they surge into the world of self-driving trucks. Their autonomous truck technology puts the company ahead of some of its competitors aspiring to do the same, such as Embark Trucking. It is great to see the progress a company like Uber is making in the self-driving truck business.

What Does Net Neutrality Actually Do?

We’ve been hearing a great deal about net neutrality as of late. But what exactly is net neutrality? In short, it is the mechanism by which all of the internet must be treated equally in all forms. When you think of cable services, you know that some providers offer channels that are exclusive to that package. The idea behind this is that consumers will pay more in order to gain access to this exclusive content. The internet is quite the opposite however, while individual websites are able to charge consumers to access its content, internet providers are not allowed to do this. Internet providers are required to provide the same speeds of loading and overall quality for every website under current net neutrality rules implemented during the Obama administration back in 2015. If they were to be repealed we could start seeing a very different internet every time we log in to our laptops. Internet providers could drastically slow down certain websites in order to promote the use of their own versions of the same product. If two video streaming services are the same price but one consistently loads faster than the other then consumers will naturally gravitate towards the one that is most convenient. The problem with this is that the product may not actually be worse and in fact could be superior to the competition but an internet provider could artificially degrade its quality. Many news sources are covering this issue very closely and as new developments arise we will undoubtedly hear about them immediately. A fair internet means that no one can be discriminated against or lack access to information because of their inability to pay for it. The best way to speak out against a full repeal of net neutrality is to contact your state and local representatives to ensure that they understand the position on this issue of the people that they promised to represent and protect their best interest. The fate of Net Neutrality is actually not decided yet. What the FCC has voted on is only the first step of repealing the rules currently in place. Until the process is complete we will continue to have an internet that cannot be influenced in any way, shape, or form by those who provide it.

Energy Bills’ Solutions from Stream Energy

One of the most devastating things on the planet today is high-energy bills, despite implemented measures to stop the power drain. Most individuals try various methods, but they give up after they fail to lower their energy bills. The reason for the rising costs of energy bills is explained in hidden energy costs in your household appliances.

 

Get Rid Of the Phantom Drain

 

Unknown to most homeowners is that if you leave your devices plugged in despite using them, they still draw power. The drain may be minimal, but with time, they can accumulate and increase your expense costs. To solve this, cut off the energy entirely to appliances such as your gaming consoles, TVs, computer screens among other devices. Cutting off the power saves you tens of dollars annually. The money could be useful in other ventures, especially now that the economy is so volatile (SaveOnEnergy).

By batching your gadgets into power strips as well as turning the devices off when you are not using them, could be the solution to your monstrous power bills every month. Make sure that you monitor your Weekly Energy Reports.

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Stream Energy

 

Stream Energy is a company providing wireless, home, protective and energy services. Its headquarters are based in Dallas, Texas at the Tollway Center. The company started its operations in 2004 as a retail electric provider in Texas. Thirteen years later, it has expanded its services to five states spread out across the USA. It is providing a source of income to thousands of household with its multi-marketing approach to the distribution of its energy solutions, as well as its other products and services.

 

For the second year in a row, Stream’s CEO and President, D Magazine’s Dallas 500 has recognized Larry Mondry as the region’s best and brightest CEO for his leadership skills. Recently, the company gained 30,000 new independent associates in five days, and they are on their way to the top of the consumer services sector. The privately held company is in the rank of companies with 201 to 500 employees and with the independent associates, they are set to increase their turn over and become industry heavyweights.

More about Stream Energy at https://www.puc.texas.gov/industry/electric/directories/rep/report_rep.aspx?ID=ELSQL01DB1245339200001

Rubica, the Ransomware solution

The answer to as to why you might need a sound cybersecurity might seem too simple for you until you experience its devastating effects first hand. “Ransomware,” does it ring a bell? This article first appeared in “Investing News” authored by Jocelyn Aspa.

The report emphasized the growing need for excellent cybersecurity measures due to rising cyber crimes like the WannaCry attacks that happened in May 2017. The author wrote that the Ransomware infected over 300,000 digital users and software in over 150 countries.

 

Leave alone this incident, cyber crimes threats are increasing at an alarming rate, and its devastating effects is reported to be anywhere between $400billion and even as high as $500billion.

 

With the number of attacks increasing it carries the level of damage along, with politicians and bigger corporations at risk. The attackers are reported to be targeting mainly large center of information and attack carriers.

The article added that due to rising cybersecurity issues, more companies are learning from the history and embracing attack counter measures and the allocation of funds is gaining traction. But with Rubica app in all of your devices, you can avoid all of these headaches.

 

Rubica is the only company that can guarantee you online safety and privacy. It protects you, your family and your business from online cyber crimes like ransomware. Whether you are a small business or a world class corporation, Rubica can provide you security and total privacy. You just need to download their app and install it in all of your devices.

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How Monitors Are Improving Entertainment and Technology

There have been a lot of changes to the entertainment industry. For one thing, the technology for watching movies and playing games always involved one aspect ratio. As a result, if there is anything that has been produced for a different ratio, then it has to either be cropped or letterboxed. As a result, there has been some confusion and disappointment in the results. Now, Samsung has been at work in bringing tons of innovation to people. For one thing, they have come up with different shapes of monitors beyond the 16:9 aspect ratio. They have brought forth 21:9, 2.4:1, and now 32:9.

 

These monitors come with a lot of good potential for entertainment. For one thing, it is no longer necessary to put up with those annoying black bars. This also encourages producers of games and movies to experiment with alternate aspect ratios. They no longer have to deal with the complaints of black bars from customers that just want to have their screens filled. Customers are also going to be made aware of different options for aspect ratios. This makes it really fun for people who may want to have different options for entertainment.

 

While these monitors are amazing to look at, it is highly unlikely that these monitors are going to be translated to televisions. HDTVs are going to maintain their 16:9 ratio for a long time to come. Another thing that is makes these monitors unique is that they have a slightly higher resolutions than UHD televisions. They are a bit closer to theatrical 4K as opposed to the home version of 4K. Therefore, as technology develops, people will eventually get to see how powerful these items can be.

 

Samsung Brings Forth A New Aspect Ratio For Computer Monitors

While people are marveling at the change in aspect ratios for TVs, Samsung has been releasing a lot of new monitors of different aspect ratios for computers. The computer world already has TVs beat with the new 21:9 sets which are roughly the shape of CinemaScope theater screens. Now, Samsung has released two new aspect ratios. One is the 2.4:1 monitor and the staggering 32:9 monitor. The 32:9 monitor is the widest that one is going to get. To make things even better, the screens are curved for the monitors which give it a cinematic quality.

 

Customers are initially going to use it for gaming. However, there are other uses for it. For one thing, this gives people the chance to watch some of their favorite movies in their full aspect ratio without having to put up with black bars that come with letterboxing. However, as with the movie theaters, some movies are going to be in a smaller aspect ratio and will appear in the middle of the screen with black bars on the side of the image. For the 2.4:1 screen, some films will not have black bars. However, the 32:9 device is going to always have black bars on the side because there are no films that have been shot in that ratio. However, it is exciting to watch even ultra wide movies and experience the full effect of 70MM spectacles like How The West Was Won.

 

One of the best things about these different aspect ratios is that it is allowing more room for art. As one would know, many paintings are shown in a wide variety of aspect ratios. The attempts to make everything uniform is rather criminal.

 

Internet Streaming Is Gaining More Customers from Cable

Among the changes that this society is undergoing is in the entertainment industry. For one thing, it used to be cable that was considered one of the premium ways to get entertainment. As a matter of fact, there was a point when the choices that people had were signals from the airwaves, cable television and then the relatively new satellite television. However, the internet has eventually brought forth something better. This is streaming services. This has gotten people to make the switch at a steady rate. For one thing, internet streaming has brought forth a lot of advantages that people have come to enjoy.

 

Among the advantages that people are able to enjoy are more options with the shows. Among the options that people have is the episodes of their chosen shows they can watch and the time they can watch them. When one compares this to having to wait until a certain time slot to watch any episode, this is one of the major advantages that people can hope for with internet streaming.

 

Another aspect of internet streaming businesses that beat out all of the cable TV businesses is the customer service. A lot of customers are not happy with the service that is given to them from cable companies. However, internet streaming has a much improved customer service. For one thing, people could reach the service provider through phone, email, or other means. It is no wonder people prefer services from mobile providers and internet streaming service.

 

All of the shows that are on cable TV are available for the internet. As a matter of fact, the internet also has a ton of exclusive shows. Therefore, when people are faced with dropping one service for another, they are more likely to drop the cable services. As a matter of fact, cable is obsolete. Even satellite TV is having a hard time keeping up with the services that are offered by internet streaming services.

 

New AI Venture Capital Program Reportedly Launched by Google

Recent reports indicate has launched a venture capital division that focuses on artificial intelligence. TechCrunch reports the new division will be run by Anna Patterson, who is a longtime vice president of engineering at Google. The program will include a cast of engineers instead of Google’s traditional cast of venture investors. It is no surprise that Google plans to build a venture capital program based on the company’s CEO recent announcement it will become “AI first” instead of “mobile first.”

 

Google introduced new processing unit chips that engineers promise will train AI faster for businesses and researchers. The company also announced at the I/O Developers Conference that its virtual personal assistant, Google Assistant, will become more conversational. The new development also plays into the hands of the company’s recent acquisition of Kaggle, a software platform that hosts machine learning and data science competitions.

 

Reports indicate that Google’s new AI venture capital arm will work separately from its investment organization, Google Ventures. The new program aims to target AI startups and to offer mentorship from some of the company’s best people in its AI department. Some entrepreneurs are wary of Google’s foray into AI corporate venture capital, thinking the company may be biting off more than it can chew. However, tech experts are quick to point out that Google is an industry giant and is a powerhouse in AI research and development.