Month: March 2015

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How to make the most of intuitive touchscreen technology

Touchscreen interfaces are everywhere today, from smartphones and tablets to modern PCs. Here is a guide to getting the most out of a tactile device. You will learn about the advantages of this intuitive input method and how it has changed modern technology for the better.

The Basics
Touchscreen technology has been around in various guises for many decades, although it is only in the past few years that it has really matured and made an impact on the mainstream.

The fluidity and intuitive nature of touchscreen PC devices has only really been made possible with the introduction of capacitive displays, since these respond to the presence of human flesh rather than the physical pressure of a separate stylus.

Touchscreen displays come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes integrated into an all-in-one device, in other instances as a stand-alone peripheral which brings tactile interactivity to computers which did not previously support this.

Of course the hardware is only half the story, because the way this is applied to the software interface of a PC is where things really get interesting.

Touch Gestures
With a touchscreen onboard it is possible for operating system programmers and software designers to offer users a variety of new ways to engage with programs.

Using a mouse and keyboard is still possible and indeed necessary in most cases, particularly when it comes to actually typing, but for everything else a touchscreen can make PC control much less hassle.

For example, with Microsoft’s Windows 8 there is a whole new Start Screen dedicated to regularly and recently used applications, each of which is assigned to its own tile. Users can tap on tiles to launch apps and services, or swipe around the homescreen to find the shortcuts they want to access.

Tapping to interact is just one aspect of the touchscreen user arsenal. Things like pinch to zoom are becoming much more widely implemented, allowing you to control media files, documents, websites and a variety of other apps with this simple gesture.

Natural Benefits
The point of touchscreen displays for PCs and tablets is that they allow the user to engage with content and applications in a far more natural way than other input methods.

There should be a very shallow learning curve for first time users to overcome, while in the best cases it should be possible for a newcomer to pick up a touchscreen device and instinctively understand how to interact with it.

Improvements are being made all the time and touchscreens are combined with voice recognition software to deepen the options available to modern users when it comes to managing their preferred device. With fingertip control and vocal interaction, now is a great time for user-friendliness.

In a few years everyone will own and use a touchscreen PC on a daily basis and this will result in the kind of interactivity and user-friendliness that was the stuff of sci-fi dreams in the recent past. Early adopters will be best placed to reap the benefits, so you should get involved today.

AUTHOR BIO
Charles Jameson is a tech blogger and gadget enthusiast whose work appears online and in print. Many people will be interested in touchscreen technology and how it applies to the modern world, so to learn more visit this page.

10 Ways to know How Cloud Computing benefits your company

Cloud Gives A Clear Advantage

There is no doubt that the business environment has changed dramatically in recent years and not just because there have been a few years of problems following the financial crisis that began on Wall Street. The whole way in which information is gathered, stored and transmitted has changed forever with the technological advances of the last few years.

There is still the traditional ways of communication; nothing will ever stop the person to person dialogue but similarly business has to buy into the things that can make their operations more efficient. The days of the filing cabinets full of information and the sacks of post being sent out daily have gone.

Lessen your own capacity

It is not necessary for a business to have every application stored on its own computers; it can decide to go for hosting by a third party. It is a matter of satisfying yourself of the absolute security of such an option but it certainly produces cost savings that any business will welcome in this ever more competitive world.

Modern technology has certainly had a massive impact on business and how it operates; that can be in something as simple as how it markets itself and the development of ecommerce as a means of making direct contact with the consumer. It is also in more technical areas that are sometimes difficult to understand in detail but are clearly improving business efficiency.

Popular examples

There are some examples of third-party hosting which perhaps can show you examples of where it is so effective. Many people have personal accounts with Gmail or Hotmail; they can access those accounts on their own computers using their personal passwords even though they are hosted elsewhere, on the parent company servers.

The growth in this business, in Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Skype has been enormous. It is difficult to imagine being without some of these; they seem to dominate human behaviour.

The development has meant that business does not have to invest in the hardware and software to install. Even old computers can be used for cloud services. Information can be shared; even accessed from mobile devices.

Find an expert

There is a reliance on the service being online and you do have to satisfy yourself on the aspect of security; it is really a matter of talking to the experts and learning more; asking the questions that concern you most and satisfying yourself with the responses.

Where else would you find a cloud expert but online? The search engines will provide a list of companies that you can contact. It is important to find one with comprehensive services and a reputation for providing what you will need most; expertise and service.

It is not necessary to have a technical mind if you are the decision maker in a business; what is certainly important though is to have the perception that this technology can be very important in the running of your business. The competition is likely to be taking advantage; you have to join them.