Mobile Computing- Indispensable Part of Our Lives Today

Connectivity with the outside world is given utmost priority today. No matter where one travels, his connection with his friends should not get hampered at any cost. Everyone wants to be connected with their friends, family and work, even when they are in motion. Technology has grown so fast and to such higher levels that keeping an account of them seems absolutely difficult to maintain. So, even when one is not in front of his computer or at his workstation, he can still be in contact with his friends and employees, thanks to the advancement in technological devices and gadgets. These portable gadgets and devices have helped the world come together and communicate with each other through the means of internet. As though notebooks and laptops weren’t enough, with the introduction of I-phones and blackberry in the market, there seems to be no dis-connectivity between individuals, especially those who are on the go for business purposes. With the help of Wi-Fi and other wireless connections by various service providers, connecting to laptops and cellphones seems to be absolutely simply and easy.

Radio waves are used to transmit signals by a router to a defined area. If one does not encrypt it, then anyone can access it. You will usually find such settings at cyber cafes and other public hotspots. By staying within the defined range, you can easily use their connection. Other than Wi-Fi, the other is the cellular broadband internet connection that comes along the modem.

With the help of mobile computing, one can easily travel carefree without stressing himself about his work or visibility amongst his loved ones. Today, life cannot be imagined without the freedom of having free access on the internet. It has created a niche for itself in the market, making portability a way of life. Productivity is always on the rise as one is not restricted to work from a fixed place rather they can work while in motion as well. Communicating with others has been made absolutely easy and simple through SMS texting, calling and sending MMSes easily.

However, as they say “Every rose has its thorns”, similarly with the ease to access and being portable, mobile computing also brings along many other kind of threats for being in motion. Firstly, if the bandwidth isn’t sufficient, then it might pose a problem to the ones using it and that might result into overall lower productivity. Use while on-the-go can only be done if the device has enough power back up else there would be no use of such advanced technology. Also, they are subject to change, that is, the accessibility and transmission depends upon the location and its weather conditions, signal point and terrain. One of the biggest threats that mobile computing brings is the security hazard that it possesses.

Being mobile all the time also means that social engineers and other hackers can easily keep a track on your device and access them in a wrong way, which can lead to many unethical activities such as theft of confidential detailed and data. Appointing powerful and effective IT security systems in your devices would prove to be highly beneficial and prevent data breaches.

It’s even better if you can use traction to measure and optimize your content Do you know what does traction mean? It’s the users’ reaction to the content: are they responding to it, sharing, or are performing your preferred course of actions? Finally, are they converting?

Hausers Vision For Cambridge Tech Supremacy

Five Cambridge visionaries have formed a new influencer group designed to elevate the UK’s premier technology cluster to the level of global exemplar Silicon Valley.

Serial entrepreneur and VC Hermann Hauser has been joined by Cambridge Network CEO Claire Ruskin, Professor Lynn Gladden (the university’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research), Tony Raven – CEO of Cambridge Enterprise, the university’s commercialisation arm – and Peter Taylor, CEO of tech design consultancy TTP Group Hauser said the objective was to ensure that Cambridge as a community – combining corporate and academic interests – raised its game to the greatest possible heights.

He said the Vision Group, as it is informally called, would identify “the missing ingredients” and work towards improvements in the knowledge-based infrastructure.

In an exclusive interview with Business Weekly, Dr Hauser said one clear gap in Cambridge’s CV was the lack of several really large companies routinely getting involved in corporate venturing.

He said: “This is definitely one essential that Silicon Valley has that we haven’t. We need to drive much better relationships with large companies. It’s really important that we improve our track record in corporate venturing.

“We need companies of size to work with smaller enterprises and the university on an ongoing basis. Large pharma companies, such as Pfizer, have set the ball rolling and are beginning to move us forward in this regard.

“I think we will see a lot of exciting spin-outs from their initiative to drive the UK life science agenda from Cambridge. But we need a lot more to follow their example across major industry segments.”

Dr Hauser was speaking in support of a Business Weekly campaign to nurture new generations of Cambridge entrepreneurs to protect the long term sustainability of the cluster and maintain its innovation edge.

He revealed that there was buy-in from a whole new breed of serial entrepreneurs who were massively swelling the ranks of Cambridge Angels.

There are so many new angels on the scene that the Cambridge Angels group has been forced to spin out Cambridge Angels II, he disclosed.

Dr Hauser said: “I was at a meeting of Cambridge Angels last night and it’s a very active group. One of the problems is that we had so many credible would-be angels wanting to join that we have had to start a new category of associate members. We simply couldn’t fit everyone round the table.

“That’s an extremely encouraging sign for your campaign, which I support wholeheartedly. Nurturing the next generation of enterprise champions is utterly essential for the health of the Cambridge Tech Cluster going forward. And entrepreneurial success is happening.

“One of the main reasons us old fogeys have such a high profile is that we have been around for such a long time. Now we have people like Billy Boyle of Owlstone building up a reputation for his wider efforts in enterprise and Adam Twiss is one of our most successful younger serial entrepreneurs. There are a number of young Turks coming through and we need to promote them.”

Dr Hauser would like to see more woman executives and entrepreneurs in the mix. “There is a clear gender gap and it is a real problem,” he told me.

“But it is a problem worldwide. Silicon Valley fares better but not that much better. We need to do all we can to encourage talented women to push for senior roles and help them smash the glass ceiling that most definitely exists. Perhaps it requires an all-round change in attitude.

“There are role models everywhere you look in our major networks – the CEOs of Cambridge Network (Claire Ruskin), Cambridge Wireless (Soraya Jones) and One Nucleus (Harriet Fear) are obvious ones, as is Ruth McKernan, who is heading up Pfizer’s regenerative medicine drive in Cambridge. But these exemplars need to be replicated in more of our boardrooms.”

Dr Hauser believes that the University is showing a greater willingness to act as a global thought leader and developing a sharper commercial edge on multi-levels of activity.

“Besides Lynn Gladden and Tony Raven’s involvement in the new Vision Group, the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the Chancellor David Sainsbury, Christoph Loch, director at Judge Business School, and Shai Vyakarnam at CfEL, all take technology seriously. I believe we are about to really start seeing some action at Judge with Christoph at the helm and the work Shai’s team is doing at events like Enterprise Tuesday is fantastic.”

Dr Hauser said commercial savvy was also being driven further down and across the university to young and budding entrepreneurs. “The students are lucky to have entrepreneurs like Andy Hopper, Chris Lowe, Steve Young and others guiding their star.

“Even the projects and initiatives bubbling away under the surface in the various labs are more commercially focused these days. Look at the solar car initiative in the engineering lab.

“The young students involved have immersed themselves in the project and learned how to organise themselves, to get that car to Australia every two years to race. It’s a good discipline for young students and the experience they are gaining all the while means they are not 100 miles away from having a real company.”

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Is Internet a Boon or Bane for Students?

As past studies have found, TV is the big loser, with Internet users watching about 17% less television. That’s probably not bad news. The article goes on to say that the Internet is also causing us to sleep less (by 8.5 minutes) and that it reduces contact with family members by 23.5 minutes per day. The researchers acknowledged that they cannot answer the question of whether or not it strengthens or weakens social relationships.

That’s been a burning question since the rise of the Internet, and many tons of paper was wasted in the mid and late nineties to print handwringing articles about how the Internet would probably turn us all into introverted, pale-faced geeks sitting in our basements in the dark night after night, hanging out in seedy chat rooms.

None of that ever happened, but this study is likely to produce an echo effect of those hysterical articles, using the data that contact with family members is down.

The problem with these studies is I have yet to see one that really tries to find out the other side of the story. I may talk slightly less to my wife face to face, but we are emailing each other all day long. So if you really studied the entire social interaction, you’d probably find we communicate more now than we did ten years ago.

The article estimates that 75% of the country has Internet access now. Unfortunately, we still have some elected leaders in our communities that don’t think any of this is important, because they are viewing it through the lens of their own (somewhat limited) experience, rather than trying to look at the community as a whole. When 75% of your constituents are using the Internet, it’s not a fad or a luxury for the well off it’s a necessity of daily life.

In rural communities, the Internet has broken the chains of rural isolation and dramatically improved the quality of life in areas like shopping. Living in a rural area. no longer means long drives (or doing without) to obtain needed items a couple of clicks online and the products are delivered to your door, or even via broadband, if you don’t live near a well-stocked music store, as just one example.

1995 was the year the Internet really took off. Ten years later, we’ve gone from a tiny number of people who had Internet access back then to 75% of the country-that’s the fastest diffusion of a new technology ever. We’re on to something here, and I believe it’s mostly for the good. We’re more aware of world events, better informed on local, national, and??? international issues, have more control over our time, and have all kinds of new business and work opportunities available to us.

Just one example: despite the sheer awfulness of the tsunami, we all know about it in a way that we never could have even five years ago, to say nothing of ten or twenty years ago. Is the knowing a good thing? Well, charitable giving, propelled by hundreds and thousands of Web sites helping to organize aid, will likely break every fundraising record in the world.

In the face of horrible suffering and pain, the Internet gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our basic humanity and caring for others an opportunity to rise above our own needs, to rise above political, social, economic, and language differences and we are doing so.