Make Your Twitter Feed More Interesting: 7 People

So now that you are on Twitter you have probably followed coworkers, clients, and friends. But you may be curious about more then what your coworker did over the past weekend. Almost everybody has a Twitter account these days including legislators, celebrities, sports stars, scientists, and entrepreneurs as well as your next-door neighbor.

So now that you are on Twitter you have probably followed coworkers, clients, and friends. But you may be curious about more then what your coworker did over the past weekend.

Almost everybody has a Twitter account these days including legislators, celebrities, sports stars, scientists, and entrepreneurs as well as your next-door neighbor. To get funny, interesting, and insightful tweets you can follow any of these people.

Here are 7 interesting individuals who will get you started if you’re not sure whom to follow:

  1. Conan O’Brien: This talk-show host’s tweets are always entertaining, follow him @ConanOBrien. An example of the kind of wit you’ll find on his Twitter is: “I wonder if my car’s blind spot compensates with a heightened sense of touch and smell.”
  2. Marissa Mayer: Mayer is the first female engineer at Google, you can get a glimpse into the life of a tech expert as well as learn some interesting things about Google by following her @Marissamayer.
  3. Mike Massimino: Follow @Astro_Mike, if you’d like to receive the inside scoop about NASA. Mike Massimino is an astronaut who recent made an appearance on The Big Bang Theory, which he then tweeted about.
  4. Rainn Wilson: Fans of NBC’s The Office know Rainn Wilson as beet farm owner and top salesman Dwight Schrute. He also runs one of the more entertaining Twitter feeds in existence at @Rainnwilson. An example of a recent Tweet: “If I had a bird, I would call it James VanDerBeak.”
  5. Ryan Penagos: If you are interested in Comics, Ryan Penagos Twitter feed will help keep you up to date. He is the editorial director of Marvel Comics and he recently tweeted regarding a new Spider-Man video game.
  6. Barack Obama: You can get a peek at the everyday life of the Commander in Chief @BarackObama.
  7. Bill Gates: The impact that this man has had around the world of technology is undeniable. If you’re interested in his daily thoughts and want to get updates about the charitable causes he and his wife devote their time to, follow him @BillGates.

Will Windows Phone make Microsoft Cool

Microsoft is a household name. And Bill Gates is arguably one of the most important names in the technology field.

Microsoft is a household name. And Bill Gates is arguably one of the most important names in the technology field. But has Microsoft ever been “cool”? Not really, in the eyes of consumers it’s always fell a bit short of hip, but Microsoft’s new software for smartphones may alter the way the organization is viewed.

Microsoft has long fought an industry reputation as a sort of stodgy dullard. There’s a decent list of unsuccessful Microsoft products. Remember the Zune music player? Perhaps not. How about the Kin phone? That flop has long vanished from the minds of most consumers.

Windows Phone software may change this, as it is a success among the technology press and consumers alike. People are saying that overall Windows Phone is probably the best performing operating systems available on the market.

The praise that Windows Phone gets is mainly dues to its bold look and the animated home screen tiles, as opposed to the more static home screen of the iPhone. This OS has people fired up as well as it gives users quick access to their social networks. The social media icons on the home screen come to life when a friend posts an update or image, which means you don’t need to click the Facebook icon to get a glimpse of your activity.

Even with all of these features and praise Windows Phone hasn’t been the biggest seller. This is perhaps due to the phones that come loaded with the OS. Many individuals believe these phones are dull and wireless services providers are still pushing the iPhone and Android in a big way.

The Windows Phone may, however, represent a turn around for Microsoft. Perhaps this is just the start of a line of chic, hip products from them.

7 Things to Know About WordPress

It’s time to put a popular misconception to rest: “isn’t WordPress only a blogging platform?” While this used to be the truth, according to an article by Tech Crunch, approximately 22% of newly published websites are created on WordPress . What’s more impressive, one of the most popular publishers is using WordPress as their platform

It’s time to put a popular misconception to rest: “isn’t WordPress only a blogging platform?” While this used to be the truth, according to an article by Tech Crunch, approximately 22% of newly published websites are created on WordPress. What’s more impressive, one of the most popular publishers is using WordPress as their platform.

Here are 7 things you should know about WordPress:

  1. WordPress offers dynamic page generation. This means no more rebuilding all your pages each time you update your website! Updating your site’s content and design is quick and simple, and the necessary server storage space usage is nominal.
  2. You can get a subdomain for free! Whenever you register with WordPress to get a free site, you can easily name your free subdomain like this: www.yourname.wordpress.org.
  3. The ‘Famous 5 minute install’. For people who have already purchased and are hosting your domain in another place, WordPress can be installed quickly and easily. And have no anxiety – coding is not necessary.
  4. If you do own your own domain there are a few minimum requirements to run WordPress. You’ll want to ensure you have the appropriate and compliant versions of PHP and MySQL. This will ensure you can receive accurate WordPress support when necessary.
  5. Themes are plentiful! Before attempting to build your own theme, search to see what other themes have been created and are available.
  6. WordPress has centralized management. Making managing your pages, posts, as well as your users simple with WordPress.
  7. WordPress encourages e-commerce. There is an plethora of plugins that have already been developed that allow you to accept payments, promote, and more on your website. The easy plugin search keeps these options at your fingertips.

Data Security and Your Small Business: What You Need To Know

It is easy to fall into the mistaken idea that you already possess enough safeguards in place to protect your small business. You almost certainly stay current with the latest antivirus software, but is that enough

It is easy to fall into the mistaken idea that you already possess enough safeguards in place to protect your small business. You almost certainly stay current with the latest antivirus software, but is that enough? You also probably feel that since you’re not a huge corporation, you don’t have to worry about cyber criminals hacking into your system. But here’s the unfortunate reality: cyber criminals have upped their game and are starting to target small businesses increasingly more. Let’s take a closer look to  give you a better understanding of the level of danger your business may be under.

Small firms: low-hanging fruit

The facts are, hackers have found that small businesses are easier targets, and are increasingly preying upon them. They are able to infiltrate their systems at a much faster rate, and with a better percentage of success as well. This means a cyber criminal can assault multiple targets in the time it would take them to lay siege to a better-guarded system with a higher level of data security. How can it be worth their while to steal from a mom and pop operation? In the present modern world, virtually every business employs digital payment processing methods. When your customers pay using a credit card, this data must run through your system to be verified. This represents a goldmine of data for hackers, as they can lift this information without being discovered. With your customers’ credit card numbers, addresses and names, they are able to make bogus charges on their accounts.

How hackers gain access to your data

How can they get this delicate data? Though you might be protected by software designed to firewall your systems, hackers still have several points of entry. Email attachments are a major offender, and openingjust one piece of malware can leave you exposed. Believe it or not, in the first quarter of this year alone, industry experts have found over six million unique malware programs. Attackers don’t have to be sophisticated to be harmful: when trying to breach your data security, some hackers have a low-tech strategy instead. They could contact your employees directly, and posing as a network administrator, ask for their password to boost security. This is known as “phishing.” While you may believe your employees know better than to be seduced by such an evident tact, it takes merely one lapse in judgment to leave your systems open to attack.

The buck stops with you

If you feel that maintaining data security is not vital, consider that should your systems be breached, your clients will likely hold you personally responsible for any stolen information or property. These kind of events cost companies thousands of dollars each year and can damage a company’s name so badly  that they have to close their doors permanently.

An ounce of prevention…

Taking extra precautions when it comes to your business’ data security is a very wise move. Continue to update your programs and passwords on a regular basis. Teach your employees good security practices like setting up strong passwords and instructing them to never give out login information or open suspicious emails. Hiring an outside consultant is another great way to ensure your clients’ information. These measures not only give you peace of mind, they tell your clients that you care about keeping them safe.

Manage your projects effectively with these online tools

As a small business, there is a good chance you have to manage projects and people that are not always located in one area.  So how do you manage these projects and off location employees while still having the ability to share updates, documents, and delegate tasks?

As a small business, there is a good chance you have to manage projects and people that are not always located in one area.  So how do you manage these projects and off location employees while still having the ability to share updates, documents, and delegate tasks?

Project management solutions

Conveniently enough, many project management tools can be found that make managing all of these things easier.  Using these tools will help your small business in organizing projects and keeping employees and clients up-to-date. Here are a few available options:

Basecamp

Many entrepreneurs utilize this tool for project management solutions. Basecamp creates a platform to manage your small business projects: share materials, communicate with coworkers, assign tasks, and set up project calendars. Basecamp’s client access allows clients to follow and comment on the progress of their projects. 

Quickbase

Inuit business software creators have developed a project management tool called Quickbase.  This tool has many of the same features of Basecamp while being able to facilitate both large and small companies all with a clean and simple user interface.

Huddle

For the more creative projects, such as marketing and advertising, Huddle is ideal. Certainly one of this tool’s perks is its live-conferencing tool. If you need to assemble the team in a quick and easy fashion, this tool lets you, no matter where your team members may be.

Deskaway

This is a good tool for updating team members on a projects progression. Easily create blog posts, congratulatory messages, and quick updates.

There are many other choices for project management tools, each with their own benefits for individual businesses. Be sure to look for the one that will help your business manage your projects and personnel the best.

Get More Out of Your New iPhone With These Quick Tips

We all know what an iPhone can do. We are able to use this handy device to connect to the Web and view the latest movies and tv shows. We can use it to update our Facebook pages and send out tweets.

We all know what an iPhone can do. We are able to use this handy device to connect to the Web and view the latest movies and tv shows. We can use it to update our Facebook pages and send out tweets. We can play music, make phone calls, and find directions to the closest Italian restaurant by using the iPhone. However, you may be amazed at what else your iPhone enables you to do. Fortunately, there are plenty of smartphone experts out there willing to share their top iPhone tricks with you.

Saving Time

Say you need to type a quick email or report and you’d rather not rely on the fairly small on-screen keyboard that makes it very easy to type an “F” when you intended to hit the “D.” The editors at Macworld, in a recent online feature, have a suggestion: If you’re browsing in Safari—before tapping on the address bar, an action that immediately brings up your on-screen keyboard—rotate your iPhone to a horizontal position. When you tap the address bar now, your on-screen keyboard will also appear in horizontal mode. It will be larger, making it simpler for those of us with sluggish fingers to tap out those emails without filling them with typos. The editors at Macworld also offer a timesaving tip for making phone calls. If you’re browsing in Safari and you happen upon the phone number of that hotel at which you need to make a reservation, just tap the onscreen number. Your iPhone will automatically dial it for you.

More Efficient Typing

This tip will help you type faster: When you tap the space bar twice at the end of a sentence, your phone will add a period and automatically capitalize the next word you type. If you’re a individual who uses a great deal of special characters, it’s simple to access the menu by touching and holding a letter on your screen until the special character options pop up. Then simply select the character you need and insert it.

Quick Printing, Personalized Entertainment

You can print messages and documents quickly from your iPhone if you own an AirPrint-enabled printer. To print an email message, simply tap the Reply icon and then select “Print.” This will instantly send your email to your printer. If you want to print a full Web page, tap the “Action” icon and, again, select “Print.”

Your iPhone can play your music, but did you know you can make a individualized music playlist on the run? Open the iPod application, tap the “Playlists” icon and chose the “Add Playlist” option. After renaming your playlist, just navigate to the song you want to add and select it.