Netbooks are an incredibly exciting new product category, and one that's undergoing constant evolution. Designed to handle e-mail, Web browsing, and some basic software apps, they are somewhat limited when compared with most full-size laptops, but how limited? I wanted to find out.I've dug into a few dozen popular sites that I use, and made note of basic performance through extended use. Did they work? Did they not work? These were things I wanted to test.The verdict: overwhelmingly positive. Besides a few issues with Adobe Flash performance (which we get into later), it handles most things with speed and agility. Before delving any deeper though, let's go over the test machine and browsers we used:The machine:Dell Mini Inspiron 10 (a loaner review unit) The browsers: Internet Explorer 8 (v8.0), Google Chrome (v22.214.171.124), Firefox (v3.0.10). I would have loved … [Read more...] about How well do Netbooks work with Web apps?
Work hard play harder
Is Pokemon Go stealing your battery life as you battle to be the best and claim your rightful place? The augmented reality Pokemon game is topping app store charts and game servers are melting under the stress of so many people desperate to catch 'em all.Unfortunately, there is very little documentation for the game so people are still very confused about how it all works. I've spent the first few days working hard to uncover the mysteries and help other trainers in their quest for glory.A lot of confusion stems from the gym system and how best to battle enemies or assist your own team. Gyms are the critical hubs of Pokemon Go where you assist your chosen team, and there are many personal benefits for engaging in gym battles. So while you can ignore gyms and just roam the world catching Pokemon, you'll power up your team much faster by using gyms to your advantage.Gym basicsIf a gym is white, that means no team currently owns it so you can give it a Pokemon and instantly take control. … [Read more...] about How gym battles work in Pokemon Go
Why is there so much negative karma surrounding IPv6? Case in point, last week, a colleague of mine called, "Have you read the Register yet?"No, some of us have to actually work during the day, I replied, with more than a little sarcasm."Well, your highness; when you get a chance. Read it."My friend knows which buttons to push. I had to find out what he was talking about. I opened my Register e-newsletter and right at the top: IPv6 intro creates spam-filtering nightmare.Wait a minute. That's only one source. After checking, other media outlets seem to agree: "New IPv6 protocol could complicate e-mail spam filtering" and "Will IPv6 render blacklisting obsolete?" Whoa, it is big. The fact that IPv6 has an available address space I can barely fathom may screw up blacklisting. I had to get on this bandwagon. Jumping into action, I shot out emails to my special corps of experts asking them: Will blacklisting become obsolete because of the obscenely-large address space created by … [Read more...] about IPv6 blacklisting: Will it be harder to fight spammers?
Facebook had declared that it is actively fighting terrorism online, and it is using artificial intelligence (AI) to do so. In a Thursday blog post, the company detailed its strategy for removing terrorist content from Facebook, and how it's working to protect users from such material. The post said that radicalization typically occurs offline, but there's no denying that the internet is a major communication channel for terrorist groups around the world. The Islamic State (ISIS) is thought to have hundreds of social media accounts, even doing recruiting drives on social media. It's a massive problem, and Facebook wants to help solve it. SEE: How one ransomware campaign was actually a front for a terrorist kill list "We remove terrorists and posts that support terrorism whenever we become aware of them," the blog post said. "When we receive reports of potential terrorism posts, we review those reports urgently and with scrutiny. And in the rare cases when we uncover … [Read more...] about Facebook’s secret weapon for fighting terrorists: Human experts and AI working together
The organized labor movement is changing, reflecting two large-scale trends. On the one hand, union membership – once 35 percent of the U.S. workforce in the 1950s – is at its lowest point in more than a century. In parallel, the wealth gap in the U.S. is also at record levels. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock Jobs With Justice is one of a number of fast-moving organizations creating new campaigns to bring workers together, create new networks, and build new coalitions for policy change.Itself a new model for labor organizing when it launched in 1987, Jobs With Justice has become part ofA year after a merger of social ventures, which united American Rights at Work under the Jobs with Justice banner, the expanded organization is taking a more aggressive stance in organizing in a climate of concern over the growing wealth gap in the country. The organization brings together labor, community, student, and faith voices at the national and local … [Read more...] about Jobs With Justice: New Campaigns Take Aim At Low Wages, Working Poor, Falling Middle Class
I haven’t had any coworkers in five years now. Well, at least none that I see or hear on a daily basis. I’m a freelance journalist, one of many occupations these days that allows the complete and total freedom to work from home, or really, anywhere with internet access. Many jobs have that flexibility in this day and age of constant, pervasive connectivity. Some are entire careers based from home like mine, others may only do so sporadically. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock When I tell people my job is entirely done from home, I generally get the same response, “I could never, ever do that.” They don’t mean that my job sucks (I hope not, at least), rather they’re referring to the problems of motivation and self-discipline that come with working from home.An office gives you a regimented schedule. Coworkers give you social interaction. A physically present boss gives you accountability. How in the world is anyone … [Read more...] about Working From Home? 11 Ways To Stay Motivated
Work-life balance: It’s the Sasquatch of the modern work force. You’ve caught a blurry glimpse of it, and you’re intrigued by the idea it might exist. But you’ve never actually made its acquaintance and you probably never will. Just like that hirsute hermit or his chupacabra cousin, the balance between your work life and your private life is nothing more than a myth. Before you devote fruitless years of your life trying to capture this particular elusive beast, consider that it might all be for naught. Here are few of the legends, and the reasons work-life balance will never live up to them. “Me” time For the iPad-owning, new-car-driving, going out to dinner three times a week world, I think it’s time for a little reality check. Work isn’t the thing you do to finance your real life. For most people, for most of history, work is your life. If we’re healthy enough to get up and go to work every day and still have a couple of hours at … [Read more...] about Mind Your Business: The Great Myth of Work-Life Balance
Startup culture has gotten a bad reputation for being all fun and no work. Pop culture has even grasped onto the idea that all startups are youth-led and fast-moving, working out of an overpriced game room with a desk or two. "Parks and Recreation's" Tom Haverford and Jean-Ralphio Saperstein started "high-end, all-media entertainment conglomerate" Entertainment 720. "Arrested Development's" Maeby Fünke set up an office for her cousin's app, Fakeblock. In both cases, these fictional startups crashed and burned because time and funds were dedicated to creating a "cool" workspace, rather than actually working. While some companies have modeled their aesthetic after the idealized spaces of Silicon Valley giants like Google and Facebook, real startup culture encompasses more than a sleek office and fun perks. Rather than 24/7 fun, "work hard, play hard" is the accepted norm. Business News Daily asked people who live and breathe startup culture every day to share their take on … [Read more...] about Embracing ‘Startup Culture’ at Any Business Size
Mompreneurs admit they face numerous challenges in running a business and balancing their personal life. However, the chief challenge for working mothers remains not having the right support staff to help them run their business. Working moms also say that they need more help in implementing best practices at their business. Additionally, mompreneurs complain about not having a flexible schedule, and not being able to work from home. Those challenges are not stopping moms from jumping into entrepreneurship, though. [5 Steps to Turn Moms into Mompreneurs] A new poll by Manta found that 95 percent of female small business owners are also mothers. Twenty-two percent of those respondents say that running a successful business is more difficult than raising a family compared with just 9 percent who say that raising a family is harder. Sixty-nine percent say the two are equally difficult. Achieving a balance between business and work is difficult for a number of reasons, … [Read more...] about ‘Mompreneurs’ Reveal Tricks for Work-Life Balance
Artificial intelligence (AI) is not a new concept. The modern field of AI came into existence in 1956, but it took decades of work to make significant progress toward developing an AI system and making it a technological reality.Today, AI and its commonly cited subset of machine learning are common, especially in the business world. Most of us interact with AI in some form or another daily, but the truth is there are vast applications of the technology, from the mundane to the breathtaking. As AI and machine learning further proliferate, they are becoming an imperative for businesses that want to maintain a competitive edge.Rather than serving as a replacement for human knowledge and ingenuity, AI is generally seen as a supporting tool for the humans. Although AI currently has a difficult time completing common-sense tasks in the real world, it is adept at processing and analyzing troves of data far more quickly than a human brain could. AI can then return with synthesized courses … [Read more...] about AI Comes to Work: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Business