How Does Touchscreen Technology Work?

On December 21, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Staff Contributor

It seems like touchscreen technology just came into our lives, yet we already take it for granted that after we touch an icon on our device a very specific action will be preformed. We expect the device to get it right, each time. A few years ago we wouldn’t have dreamed this was possible. Today, it’s a given that the latest and greatest gadgets will be equipped with a touchscreen.

How, exactly, does touchscreen technology work? How do so many of our screens know what to do if we touch the icons displayed on them? The answer isn’t that straightforward. That is because there are several different types of touchscreen technologies, and each of them works in a different way.

Resistive touchscreens

This is the most common form of touchscreen technology. Resistive touchscreens are coated with an electrically conductive layer. Your fingertip changes the electric current when you touch it. This sends a message to the device’s controller telling it what action you need to perform. This technology is more affordable than other touchscreen technologies and also less sensitive.

Surface wave touchscreen

This form of touchscreen utilizes ultrasonic waves that pass over the screen. Whenever your finger touches the screen, you absorb part of the wave. This data is sent to the device’s controller and an action is preformed. Simple right?

Capacitive touchscreens

This technology tends to produce the sharpest image quality. Similar to the resistive technology these screens are coated with a material that sends an electrical current continuously across the screen. When you touch the screen you absorb some of the current, which in turn disrupts the flow. This information is then sent to the controller and the action that you requested is executed.

Luckily, we don’t have to truly understand the science behind touchscreen technology to enjoy it, and we don’t need to be engineers to understand that this technology isn’t going away any time soon.


Innovative Designs at The Tokyo Motor Show

On December 14, 2011, in Uncategorized, by cdeal

This year’s Tokyo Motor Show exhibited some interesting, wild, and green concept cars. With efficiency in mind, companies unleashed these eco-friendly designs which are both innovative and rather unconventional. Here are just a few.


For those of us who like to rock and roll, Volkswagen revealed their newest Beetle. They have made friends with Fender to bring a sound system to this car that is ready for the main stage. The system includes a 400W 10-channel amplifier, a subwoofer, and two sets of tweeters, one set in the front and one in the back.


This year Honda debuted this an ultra tiny electric car they call their “micro commuter”. This eco-friendly vehicle is only 98.4 inches long, 49.2 wide, and 56.3 tall and brings a video game feel to your morning drive. Two joysticks control the car. Its top speed is only 37 mph and carries three people. Although this might appear to be a drawback, for anyone navigating a crowded city, its tiny size is perfect.


This design may look like a bus; it is actually the FC Sho Case fuel cell car. Daihatsu’s revolutionary design contains no rare earth metals, which makes it more affordable to make then other fuel cells. The LCD screen on the exterior play tranquil wave patterns, but when getting into the car, passengers must step high over these to get in, making it hard for elderly people or those with injuries.

Toyota and Yamaha

As people look for fuel-efficient ways to get around, we have seen the popularity of mopeds increase in the past years. Toyota partnered with Yamaha to take this one step further with their electric tricycle the EC-Miu. This scooter can be recharged at charging stations utilized by other electric vehicles and will be embedded with Wi-Fi capabilities. Talk about high-tech.

The concepts showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show this year were green focused and highly imaginative. It’s hard to predict what they will think of next, but I for one am looking forward to next year.


There’s a major difference between Android smartphones and Apple’s iPhones. Android phones, powered by Google, permit an impressive level of customization. Android phones are open source. Which means it is possible to personalize everything from your Android phone’s home screen to the way you download apps and programs. This allows for a lot of freedom and best of all, customizing your Android smartphone is not much of a problem. Simply follow the tips below to create a smartphone that’s as unique as you are.

One-Touch Dialing
There are unquestionably certain numbers that you dial more frequently than others. With Android smartphones, you can set up one-touch dialing for those people whom you call the most. Simply press an open space on your screen and select the “Shortcuts” option. Then press Direct Dial and pick the right person out of your list of contacts. Now you can call that individual by simply pressing just one button.

Saving Time Searching the Web
Your Android phone can be customized to include your most often visited Web sites on the home screen. This is done by pressing and holding the preferred site in your browser’s bookmarks. A list of options will pop up. Select the “Add Shortcut to Home” option. This will add the Web page to your phone’s home page.

Organizing with Folders
Creating folders on your Android phone can help you keep everything organized, from your contacts to work documents. To create folders on your home screen, press a blank space on the screen. When the menu pops up, choose “Folders.” This will let you create folders and name them. Then, simply, drag and drop documents, images, and files into these folders.


Phishing scams continue to be one of the most lucrative crimes for online cyber criminals. News reports of sensitive data from large corporations like Sony being compromised are increasing at an alarming rate. But contrary to popular belief, these phishing scams are just as hazardous for small business owners.

Over 300,000 complaints were filed in 2010 to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the National White Collar Crime Center and the FBI.  These grievances were from small businesses and individuals wronged by online phishing scams and a variety of other Internet related crimes.

Understanding what phishing is will help you identify what makes your small business so appealing to cyber criminals.

What is phishing?

Phishing is a serious problem, but the term can be a bit ambiguous. It is the act of illegally trying to obtain private information such as passwords, credit card account numbers, banking account information, usernames, or social security numbers.  Phishing is accomplished by creating fake logos, email addresses, authentic looking official websites, and phone numbers.  Victims are then under the impression that it is official business and are compelled to give out their personal data, which in turn can be used to steal their identity.  Small businesses often suffer from phishing, as the goal is to gain access to their customer’s private information such as credit card account numbers.

Examples of small business phishing scams

Thousands of small business owners have received emails from the IRS informing them that they must fill out W-4 forms or other tax forms, and return them via fax.  These emails look extremely real.  Right down to the official IRS government seal.  Unfortunately, many owners are worried that they are going to be audited by the IRS if they don’t take care of it quickly.

At the official website,, the IRS states that it will not initiate contact through email. So, never click on a link claiming to be from them!

Your company email can be a target

Company emails are easy access for thieves.  They can target an particular person by sending him or her an email that looks legitimate, however when they open it, it can release a virus or malware infecting the entire network.  The thieves will then have access to employee’s private information and company data.

Phone phishing

There are also a number of “phone phishing scams” where phony messages from your bank, for example, ask you to call a phone number and enter your account information.

How to protect your business against phishing

Visiting the Anti-Phishing Work Group will give you sound advice to protect your business against phishing scams and gives you useful information on how to avoid becoming a victim. Some of their advice follows, such as:

  • Make sure your employees are aware of what phishing scams are, and are cautious when reading and responding to suspicious emails.  Always err on the side of caution.  Instead of clicking a link, open another browser window and go to the official website.
  • Never give out company financial information such as bank routing numbers to an inquiry made via email.  Your bank does not need you to confirm your account information…they already have that. An email like that even if it has your bank’s logo is a fake. Make it a habit to check your accounts regularly for suspicious charges and withdrawals.
  • Make sure every computer used has up-to-date virus and malware protection.  Schedule regular full system scans.  Never download “anti-virus” software from an unknown entity. It’s better to stick with trusted brands.

It is nearly impossible for law enforcement to stop phishing, so the best method of defense is the education of your employees for identifying, dealing with, and staying up to date with phishing scam trends.



Telecommuting: Trend or Wave of the Future?

On December 2, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Staff Contributor

Isaac Asimov once said, “The only constant is change.” This is not only true in life, but in business as well. One trend that has changed recently is the popularity of telecommuting. Although many people have differing opinions regarding this, it has not been around long enough, on a large enough scale, to see its true impact on business. Some of the common question business owners ask themselves when deciding if allowing employees to telecommute are, “Will it make the employees more productive, happier, lonelier, disconnected, or more connected? Will telecommuting negatively or positively affect the company culture?” It’s a tough decision, and like most tough decisions, there isn’t one answer that works for everyone.

Some studies show there are remarkable benefits to telecommuting. We’ve laid out several pros and cons below:


  • Telecommuters work longer hours, as they aren’t wasting time commuting.
  • Telecommuters have more control over their lives, which results in less anxiety, more happiness, and more productivity.
  • Telecommuters are happier, as they have more freedom to manage work time with their family lives. Having the freedom to pick up the kids, or work during their prime productivity time, even if it’s midnight, can be a relief to the traditional structured nine-to-five
  • Telecommuting is fantastic for people who do not thrive in the standard structured nine-to-five work environment.
  • Telecommuting encourages self-reliance and problem solving, and develops time management skills.
  • Telecommuting also gives employers more freedom to hire skilled individuals without the cost of moving them around the world.
  • Both the telecommuter and the employer save time and money.

Consthe flip side

  • Telecommuting can lead to burnout and resentment of the company if they work too much.
  • Telecommuters may feel ostracized from the rest of the team.
  • Telecommuters can suffer a lack of motivation and if a manager isn’t fully involved in the employee’s daily workload, the employee may take advantage and slack off.
  • Telecommuting can lead to a break down in communication due to distance.
  • Telecommuting can require a little more time than normal to set up a home office.

For both manager and employee, successful telecommuting takes strong communication, time management skills, and clarity of job responsibilities. We are seeing more and more people desiring an independent working environment. But in the end, whether telecommuting will work or not, depend on the company’s culture and the employees’ mindset. Tell us what you think; will telecommuting be the way most businesses are organized in the future or will it fade out?