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.


With E-Governe, Healthcare Administration Is No Longer A Challenge

E-governe is Brazil’s go-to e-governance platform. The system is the culmination of over three decades of experience and the work of tens of thousands of hours of expert input. E-governe enables government administrators to effortlessly implement world-class governance protocols, giving them access to the best governance models and the best, most efficient practices.



E-governe Health foments development in rural and underdeveloped municipalities


One of the largest challenges that underdeveloped regions face is the implementation of a first-world healthcare administration system. Nothing has a greater effect on the longevity and well-being of a region’s citizens than their ability to access world-class healthcare in as efficient and rapid a way as is possible.


E-governe had this simple truth in mind when developing its health platform. Drawing from the most successful healthcare systems in the world, including those of Switzerland, Japan and the United States, e-governe emulates the best aspects of each of these countries‘ healthcare administration systems, taking the best aspects and ignoring the inefficiencies. This puts real power in the hands of e-governe users. They are using proven models that have been implemented in some of the most highly regarded healthcare systems across the globe.


The main area in which e-governe can dramatically reduce the workload of municipal employees is through its system of billing, patient management and its insurance interface. E-governe is 100 percent compliant with all of Brazil’s healthcare laws, so administrators need not worry about running afoul by way of technical oversights.


E-governe has built-in systems that allow for turn-key operation of even the most complex sub-platforms. A good example of this is their insurance billing module. E-governe features a database in the cloud, to which all of the system’s users have automatic access, which allows for estimated payments for virtually every kind of treatment regimen. This system automatically determines what insurance will pay for and how much co-pays will be, as well as a whole host of other parameters. This is all done in microseconds, completely eliminating the need for precious governmental man-hours to be spent on the menial tasks associated with insurance billing.


The system also has an out-of-the-box platform for automatically assigning patients to doctors. All that is needed is for the relevant local information to be entered into the system. Much of this can be accomplished automatically, using data from licensing boards, hospitals and other publicly available sources. One the system is set up, patients can be automatically assigned to physicians and specialists. The system optimized for such things as patient location, preexisting conditions and a whole host of other factors that not only eliminate waste from the government side but also add value for the patient themselves. This is in keeping with the e-governe philosophy of maximizing taxpayer value of government services through technology.


Through the use of e-governe Health, municipal governments throughout Brazil stand to save millions of dollars each year in reductions of staff. Alternately, these human resources can be redirected to other tasks more crucial to the maintenance of good governance.

Cutting-edge Technology for Government

The companies of Minauro, Sisteplan and Consult are proud to be the working components behind the system that is e-governe. Together, they make a modern, intelligent and modular solution to public administration. There is no better model of integration when it comes technology, safety, support and a quality data center.



From a technological point of view, this system runs with agility, simplicity and intuition. Moreover, the system works on a tradition desktop or from a mobile device. That ease of use is very important for patients and medical practitioners alike. That is why the safety and security modules built into the system allow for total control of access per user. This is very important when it comes to keeping records confidential and hacker free.



To make sure that things run smoothly and not just safely, the e-governe system comes with a qualified and certified customer support team that works on more than one level. It offers a functional support team to make sure that patients get the help they need from institutions. And, it has an operational support team to make sure that the public administrative offices and the people they work with can do the jobs expected of them. To make sure that no information slips through the cracks by way of a lost file or misplaced test result, the data center provided by this systems does it all. It hosts, processes, stores and monitors the data that it comes across.



All of these functions are absolutely needed when it comes to the challenging task of Public Administration, due to the nature of the duties involved with Municipal and State Health Secretariats. They make the jobs these institutions have to do more simple, functional and economical. Reaching those goals is the only purpose and focus of this system. And, the way it achieves this is both productively effective and technologically innovative.



Where e-governe is concerned, service queues are out and a real-time integrative charts are in service. It clears up confusion when it comes to scheduling appointments for patients and makes setting up procedures and working schedules for medical professionals more effective. But, it does way more than that in the course of a business day.



The Saude version of the system controls the distribution of stocks and medicines from pharmacies, while doing the same for vaccine shots and the scheduling of special consultation appointments or examinations. It also has control over ambulatory services and hospital beds. Of course, it is also completely integrative with other systems.



The results e-governe delivers are amazing, from a working world stand point. On the top of the lists of positive results is the regionalization of patient attendance. This helps to control and manage the flow of patients between municipalities. Not just a system for the administration of medical assistance, it handles agreements between municipalities as well, and it can do the same between any state and the municipalities within it. Naturally, it takes care of financial transactions perfectly time after time. Over all, it just improves the environment and quality of work product of any business or organization. It even knows the measurements of individual health units and watches over the flow of patients between them. And, if it ever needs to grow, adding more procedures or systems to its operations is never a problem.


The Postal Service Can Now Email Notices Of Mail

The internet and various related technology have impacted the world of the post office to an incredible degree. An enormous amount of mail does not need to be sent anymore. Email has eliminated probably millions of postcards and letters from going out every year. Ironically, just as email is reducing the numbers of letters the post office sends out, the post office is going to be increasing the amount of email an inbox receive. And this is sure to be a good thing.


The U.S. Postal Service is launching a new program called “Informed Delivery”. The way Informed Delivery works is pretty simple. Someone at the post office will take a photo of exterior packaging of letters and packages. The photo is then emailed to the recipient.


The contents of the mail stay secure until the physical delivery. The recipient will, however, know what type of mail is being sent. This could prove very helpful to someone who may be receiving an important letter and wants to get a jump on things.


An unexpected letter from the IRS might not arrive for several days. It may even arrive on a Saturday when all the government’s offices are closed. Receiving an email on a Tuesday gives solid notice a letter is soon to arrive. A quick call to the IRS could enlighten the taxpayer about any issues that need to be addressed.


The scenario with the Internal Revenue Service is one illustrative example. There are scores of other ways being emailed information about forthcoming mail could prove incredibly beneficial.


The service has been around about a year but has only been employed in targeted areas. The program is now being rolled out nationwide. Signing up for the program is fairly easy and security measures such as verification codes are in place.


The U.S. Postal Service has been incredibly reliable over the decades. Delivering mail is a vital task and one that is expected to yield a 100% success rate. Things don’t always work out that way. Now, if a letter is lost in the mail, the heralding email at least lets someone know the letter exists. That’s progress.


After a Three-Year Gap, the Mac Pro Will Be Back in Action

In a rare move this week, technological behemoth Apple summoned a small corps of tech journalists to its headquarters where they revealed details about a new model of the Mac Pro, slated for release sometime next year. The Mac Pro, thought to be long dead, is an all-in-one workstation that first made its debut in 2006. Later models were capable of incredible computing feats, with the ability to house as many as eight processor cores out of the box. Unfortunately, this was almost meaningless as the hardware was not up to contemporary standards.

Apple hopes to rectify the mistakes it made with previous version of the Mac Pro by reinventing it from the ground up. One of the company’s mistakes, according to Apple executive Craig Federighi, is that the Mac Pro was inflexible in its design. The iMac, on the other hand, catered to customers’ needs more adeptly and for less, ultimately rendering the Mac Pro pointless to many. Worse still, the Mac Pro didn’t even come with any kind of display, an oversight Apple plans to fix. Interestingly, there are no plans for a touch display.

Apple has not abandoned current Mac Pro customers, however. To tide them over until the newer model releases, Apple is offering new six core and eight core models of the current Mac Pro for $2999 and $3999 respectively. These updated 2013 models feature technology that probably should have been present initially, including Intel Xeon processors and AMD FirePro GPUs. There is no information on how often these will receive software and hardware updates, however – a major complaint among many Mac Pro users. Still, they provide at least some way to upgrade their workstation, albeit a pricey one.

It is unusual for Apple to hold such a lowkey event to announce a new product. As most can tell you, they’re quite well-known for a bit of theater whenever they announce something they feel will be a big hit. Just look at this reveal video for the iPad Pro. This secrecy makes people curious as to what they have in store for the Mac Pro.

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Is Snail Mail Catching Up?

The US Postal Service is rolling out a new service called Informed Delivery, a rather ominous name for something quite helpful.


When you have mail, they scan and email the images of envelopes that are going to be delivered to you that day. They’re simple black and white scans of regular-sized envelopes. Catalogs and magazines aren’t included yet. And USPS doesn’t open your mail, so there are no privacy issues. Of course, a determined hacker could get intercept your email, but they’d still only see the contact information on the outside of the envelope.


The Informed Delivery service was rolled out a year ago in a few areas, and will be available by April 14th in most other zip codes.


This is great for when you are expecting time-sensitive, or important, documents through the mail, such as a passports or tax documents. Or, if something you mailed out has been returned undelivered, you’ll get a heads-up right away.


This service may also help prevent thefts from less secure mailboxes, because mail won’t be sitting there for days before the owner picks it up. Also, if roommates and family members share a mailbox, there is complete transparency as to what arrives each day and for whom.


Seniors, and others who still receive checks by mail, will have confirmation that their mail has arrived safely. If something goes missing, they’ll at least know where to start looking, and take measures to prevent the same thing from happening again.


On the website, create an account, sign up for Informed Delivery, and then wait for the physical verification letter that USPS will send you. It contains a code that ensures the right email address is associated with your physical address.


This is not new tech, just a new service. USPS’s sorting machines already scan and track packages and envelopes as they arrive at each facility in the delivery chain. It’s just awesome that they’re sharing the technology with us.



New Study Questions What Can Be Done About Online Trolling

Over the last decade, online trolling has become an endemic feature of the internet. In some cases, entire publications have taken extreme measures, such as completely removing comment sections, to rid themselves of its scourge. But others have embraced the contentious and often personal style of commentary typical of online trolling. This raises questions concerning what if anything can be done. As always, it seems one man’s troll is another’s articulate advocate.



Who benefits?


One of the inherent problems facing those who would do away with contentious commenting sections is a difficult reality that showmen the world over have known for centuries: Fights sell seats. As one website, such as the Nation, gets rid of its comment section or severely restricts who can and can’t leave comments, another site, like Buzzfeed, will pick up the slack.


As detailed in this article, many sites actually encourage these types of contentious comments because anger is one of the most potent drivers of traffic. But this kind of rage-fueled audience formation has serious drawbacks.


One overriding problem with mainstream media axing reader comments is that those readers then tend to gravitate toward sites that are less focused on providing fair and balanced coverage and more focused on racking up view counts. This has led to an increasingly factionalized citizenry, where people get caught in echo chambers, hearing and reading only those stories that reinforce the basic notions they already hold. This can lead to a breakdown in civil discourse and a collapse of healthy debate.


One of the ways in which the authors of a recent Pew Research study say that society may choose to deal with increasingly personal and uncivil discourse is by simply limiting speech. This has already been seen in some disturbing recent trends on college campuses where speakers were denied platforms. Other ways in which the authors of the study say that society may react is for government to increase its surveillance efforts on common citizens. None of these options are particularly desirable in a free society.


But the authors also warn that the alternative will be to let the trolls win, controlling all discourse and making the internet an intellectual mine field.



New Study Raises Questions About Online Anonimity`

In a recent article, a study from the Pew Research Center was analyzed. The study consisted of various surveys and found that online trolling is both pervasive and very hard to combat. The study also suggests that online anonymity and the current state of economic inequality in the United States both contribute to the situation.



Free speech doesn’t necessarily mean civil speech


In a country founded on the principles of representative democracy, an informed citizenry is absolutely necessary for good governance. Central to that end is the tool of free speech. Free speech, of course, doesn’t mean just permitting the thoughts that one agrees with. It means, often times, entertaining ideas that one finds vile or despicable. In fact, it is this latter ability that often separates those who are truly adherents to the ideals of free speech from those who aren’t.


However, all this comes at a price. Online, free speech often means that the discussion quickly descends into heated animosity and personal attacks. Even the best moderators struggle to deal with the ever-present tendency of online discussions to sink to the basest levels of pointless quarrel. And this is a problem for those who seek only to provide platforms for discussing ideas on their own merits.


An even greater problem arises when websites, social media influencers and even politicians realize that it is precisely the lowest, most pugilistic discourse that gets viewers and clicks. This leads to a natural tendency of some websites that are mostly concerned with increasing traffic numbers to cater to the most controversial topics and encourage personal attacks and heated exchanges among their readership.


Experts seriously question whether this type of free speech is strengthening the state of civil discourse or leading to a more fractured, polarized society. It seems clear that, in many ways, people are becoming increasingly trapped in intellectual bubbles where they mostly read and hear news stories or editorials that reinforce their previously held opinions. Such failure to consider other sides of complex issues portends badly for the future of a country that is explicitly founded upon the idea of having an informed and reasonable electorate.

How Search Engine Optimization Has Changed Over the Years

Search engine optimization, commonly referred to as SEO, is one of the best ways to advertise your company. Because most clients search for potential companies using engines like Google or Bing, it is important for your site to rank well on these sites so people can find you quicker and easier. If your site doesn’t rank well, your page may not show up until the second or third result page, which prevents people from being able to effectively find you online.


Back in the day, say a decade or so ago, search engine optimization referred to needing a lot of content with lots of keyword stuffing. This meant that you could put low quality web content on your site and still rank high on Google and Bing. This was easy and cheap for company owners because they didn’t have to spend a lot of money on website content and they could essentially write everything themselves as long as they continually put keywords throughout the content that complemented the type of business they were running. Several years ago, Google changed its search engine optimization rule sets to eliminate the need for excessive keyword usage.


The way SEO has changed over the years has had a major impact on website owners as they have now had to put the time and money into establishing more informative content. Google has recognized that keyword stuffing was a major issue and is now requiring that in order for a site to rank well, they need to have meaningful and useful content that visitors will benefit from. This is great news for web browsers who want to find useful information when visiting top ranked sites, but it is often an issue for budgeting business owners who now need to pay attention to the quality of their content as opposed to just running their busy companies. For a lot of business owners, hiring professional writers is far easier and more worthwhile for their companies than trying to write the content themselves. This has helped the internet to become a more useful resource to people looking for quality sites.


Chairman Pai Prepares to Dismantle Net Neutrality in America

Remember, back in 2014, when the internet went crazy over net neutrality? The FCC website received so many comments that it crashed. In the end, net neutrality regulations passed, and the internet breathed a sigh of relief. Well, it’s almost exactly two years later and, thanks to new FCC chairman Ajit Pai, the internet is starting to worry again.


Back when he was an FCC commissioner, Pai voted against net neutrality, and on Tuesday, during his speech at the Mobile World Congress, Pai confirmed that he sees rolling back the regulations as a priority. Calling them a ‘mistake’, he claimed they had led to a decline in broadband investment.


Net neutrality is the principle that all data on the internet should be treated equally. Supporters argue that, without its protections, internet service providers would restrict access to certain websites. From a consumer perspective, you could end up with a situation where you buy a basic package that allows you to access, say, YouTube but have to pay more if you want to access other sites. Smaller websites would be unable to compete, stifling innovation and free speech, and consumers would end up paying more for less.


But Pai sees the regulations as bad for telecommunication companies and, therefore, bad for consumers. He has argued that, without the fees companies could charge if net neutrality was reversed, they have less to invest in much-needed infrastructure. In his speech, he cited data from industry lobbyists USTelecom that showed a decline in infrastructure investment since net neutrality was passed.


However, public data from the major telecommunication companies themselves contradicts that, showing similar or increased capital investment since the regulations. It’s also worth noting that telecommunications companies are notorious for failing to deliver on infrastructure. Verizon, for instance, was given massive tax breaks by the governments of Pennsylvania and New York City in exchange for infrastructure that it failed to provide.


The internet will be holding its breath to see what Pai’s chairmanship brings. But one thing is for sure: it won’t let net neutrality go without a fight.