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What to look for in a mobile broadband plan

The world is changing, technology is constantly being updated, and we as a society are becoming less able to live without it.

The internet has revolutionized the way individuals communicate with one another, to the point that communication without the internet is almost impossible.

Mobile broadband

 

Of course, a telephone can still be lifted from its base to make a cheap phone call, and a letter can be written with the receiver getting the sender’s message in several days time, but the world is becoming more and more globalized, and in turn, our methods of communicating with one another are too.

A letter simply does not cut it anymore to contact someone on the opposite side of the world, and a phone call is often an expensive means of contacting a friend or loved one overseas.

The solution is the internet, of course! But when you are on the move and need to contact someone overseas, in another state, or pretty much anyone who isn’t within a stones throw, you need a mobile connection that can guarantee your message is deliver quickly and without interference.

How to chose the best mobile broadband plan

Mobile broadband plans allow mobile devices to access high speed internet connections from locations right the way across the country.

Plans are available for laptops, tablets and mobile phones, and can be accessed by the user via a SIM card inserted into the phone or tablet with a plan loaded on, or via a USB or portable wifi modem that can connect and disconnect quickly and easily.

Many laptops on the market currently also come with the capabilities to support mobile broadband already built in to the system.

The plan-holder does not only have the choice of SIM or wireless modem to connect their device to the internet, they also are free to choose whether they would prefer a prepaid service, or one on a pay as you go system.

Prepaid plans are often more advisable and budget-friendly for students, elderly internet users, and those users who don’t go online very often, as the internet will stop working as soon as the set amount has been used.

The second option for mobile broadband users is to sign up to a pay as you go plan, which, like prepaid plans, allow for a certain amount of downloads for a fixed price.

You should watch out for plans where the internet connection is not cut off after the maximum downloads are reached, and additional costs – in some cases with some providers quite hefty costs – are incurred for excess usage.

Mobile broadband fixed contracts are perfect for use by those who are heavy content downloaders, or find themselves easily using the small amount of internet available on prepaid plans, though can rack up large bills if they are not monitored.

Visit iinet for mobile broadband plans, and more information on the options available to users.

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Europe Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Scottish Technology: A Truly Independent Scotland

Last month’s referendum was a wakeup call for Scotland’s home-grown industry, as the UK business world prepared for an independent Scotland. Experts warned that the cost of independence would be “very high” for Scotland’s businesses, particularly the financial sector, as negotiations between the UK and the newly independent Scottish government would be “complex” as the country prepared for drastic changes to the market.

But of course, it didn’t happen.

Scottish Technology - A Truly Independent Scotland

As Jay McGregor of techradar.com reminds us, it’s just not the tech industry’s style to be that involved in politics. However according to a survey carried out by Young Company Finance Scotland, only 15.22% of tech companies believed a Yes vote would have benefited their business, with 28.26% undecided.

But compared to the actual vote, this disparity in opinion seems to have been somewhat diluted.

In the last few years we have seen a huge boost in Scotland’s technology industry, with big names, like Rockstar North (makers of the Grand Theft Auto series) and Amazon.com setting up a software centre, the first outside the US, in Edinburgh. In terms of technology, Scotland bucks the trend for the rest of the UK and stands alone in the world market. Scottish Technology A Truly Independent Scotland

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It wouldn’t be the first time the industry has been hit hard; the new millennium saw the collapse of Scotland’s hi-tech industry, known as Silicon Glen. At its peak, Scotland was producing 30% of Europe’s computers, but after the hi-tech economy collapsed, Silicon Glen was faced with significant lay-offs and many factories faced complete closure.

But since 2011, bolstered by the Digital Economy Plan, we have seen Scotland re-emerge as key players in the technology industry through the rise of the start-up scene, as well as the introduction of the .scot domain name. IT and technology related jobs are also on the rise. According to Scottish jobs site, S1 jobs, Scotland saw an increase of around 31%.

Understandably, since Scotland is famed for its gaming industry, the demand for developers remains very high. Listings for senior Java developers are up 191% year on year, senior developers are up 190% and application specialists are up 153%.

Interestingly, in the build up to the referendum, there was a significant rise in listings for security-related jobs, up by 265% in the last year. In global terms, the rise in internet security bodes well for Scotland’s tech industry, with security breaches frequently making the news; it is now becoming top priority for businesses, with a particular focus on vital email encryption as offered by email security firm, Mimecast. This could see some interesting developments for future business relations across not only the tech industry, but the whole UK business world, as government relations alter. Cross border business relations will be keen to encrypt emails and prevent data leakage.

email security

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It seems a Yes vote was never going to turn out well for Scotland’s growing industry. Ordinarily, when looking for investment, Scotland has always looked outside the UK, however foreign investors are less likely to take risks with businesses in countries they perceive to be unstable, i.e. a newly independent Scotland. The fear was that the industry would stagnate, at least for a while; independence would have led to a lack of foreign funding and certainly posed a lot of complex questions regarding business negotiations.

But a No vote isn’t all good news for Scotland’s Tech industry. Institute for Government director Peter Riddell warns that Scotland now faces an uncertain future in the lead up to the next general election, with a wider financial net spreading from London to Edinburgh, some difficult decisions must be made regarding taxes. More powers for Scotland would mean more taxes for Scottish people and its industries.

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Business Freebies

Coupon codes you can use today

With the holidays close upon us, everyone is beginning to scour their Sunday newspaper inserts as well as the internet for the best deals on gifts that loved ones and friends will enjoy.  As of today, you can save from 30-75% off a robust variety of items with coupons.  These coupons that are found there can be used with minimal effort when shopping online.

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With the 15-50% off deals that are currently available on major appliances and more, the additional savings on clothes, jewelry, and more made available through the use of coupons is enough to have any savvy shopper dancing through the upcoming holiday season.

What coupon codes Available out there?

For those that may be wondering how these great savings would benefit them, company like Sears has always been a leader in offering a diverse product line.  Rather you need to purchase a Craftsman tool set for the handy DYI expert in your life, J.C. Higgins camping essentials for the nature lover you have befriended or a trendy ensemble courtesy of Cheryl Tiegs for the fashionista is you; free shipping code sears has you covered.

The company has been offering its client base an expansive variety of products since its doors opened decades ago.  Rather one may need automotive tools, interior decorating components, or simply a new pair of shoes; it can be found within their stores, catalogs and online.

Is There a Coupon code for What I Need?

Unlike many retailers now-a-days, many retail shops do not limit their savings to a handful of products within its inventory. No matter what a person may need, a coupon is available for it.  Shipping, major appliances, children’s and adult clothing, jewelry and more all have coupon codes attached to them,  the company that has a longstanding reputation for being customer friendly releases coupons monthly for the benefit of the consumer that truly values their dollar.

There is no reason to miss out on the perfect gift for a dear loved one because there is a coupon for everything under the sun for one’s home and family.  For instance, one of today’s coupons offers $15 off children’s clothing and accessories AND free shipping.  That is correct, a DOUBLE savings via a single coupon.  You save on the item/s as well as the shipping.

How Much Does a coupon code Cost?

There is no cost to use a coupon.  Theses coupon codes are not a part of a coupon club, therefore you do NOT pay to save.  All you need to do is find the coupon code for the item/s that you desire, click the green box marked [either] “show coupon code” or “get deal” and copy and paste into the PROMO code section during checkout.

No charge. No Hassle. Just savings. That’s the company’s way.

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Social Media

Win an iPhone 6 or $800 Cash Prize on the Bebuzee Selfie Competition

Bebuzee have launched a brand new Selfie Competition which is looking to fire up their all new Revenue Sharing Scheme, which allows users to share half of the revenue generated by adverts on the up and coming social network giant’s platform.

Bebuzee has taken steps to ensure users are rewarded for all the time and dedication they have spent in maintaining the posting of content within Bebuzee.

Bebuzee Selfie competition

What is Selfie?

A photograph that one has been taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.’

Selfies are usually shared on social networking sites or services such as FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. They are usually flattering, funny and made to appear casual. Most selfies are taken with a camera held at arm’s length or facing a mirror, rather than by using a traditional self-timer.

The term “selfie” was initially talked over by photographer Jim Krause in 2005. Although photos get ahead some of the formal aspects. The selfie can be seen in the self-taken photographs that were particularly common on MySpace.

Bebuzee Selfie competition

A selfie is said to be the most common way in which users post on social media. In November 2013, ‘Selfie’ was voted word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries in 2013 which gave the word itself an Australian origin.

Writer Kate Losse, once said that in the middle of 2006 and 2009 (when Facebook started to overtake Myspace), the “Myspace pic” (typically “an amateurish, flash-blinded self-portrait, often taken in front of a bathroom mirror”) became an indication of bad taste for users of the newer Facebook social network. Early Facebook portraits, Losse said in dissimilarity, were usually well-focused and more formal or taken by others from distance. In 2009, the image and video hosting website Flickr, users used ‘selfies’ to describe seemingly endless self-portraits posted by teenaged girls. According to Losse, developments and changes in design, especially the front looking camera copied by the Apple iPhone 4 as of 2010, from Korean and Japanese mobile phones, mobile photo apps such as Instagram, and old famous, selfie sites such as “It is Mee” actually led to the resurrection of selfies in the early 2010s.

Primarily popular amongst younger people, selfies grew wider in popularity over time.By the end of 2012, Time magazine considered the ‘selfie’ as one of the “top 10 buzzwords” of that year; although selfies had existed way long before. It was actually in 2012 that the term really took off. According to a 2013 survey, two-thirds of Australian women aged 18-35 take selfies. This is the most common purpose for such of this age group to have any need in posting on Facebook. A poll tailor-made by smartphone and camera manufacturer Samsung, found out that selfies make up thirty percent (30%) of the photos taken by people aged 18–24.

Selfies have also taken beyond this planet. Selfies are also taken from space. These include those taken by astronauts of images by NASA’s Curiosity rover of itself on Marsand other images created by an indirect method, where a self-portrait photograph taken on Earth is displayed on a screen on a satellite, this is then consequently captured by a camera.

Undeniably, the selfie portrait is an easy target for charges of selfie involvement, but in a highly photographic culture, the selfie quickly and easily shows, not tells, how you are feeling, where about you are and what you are doing at that particular moment.

So the aim of the BebuzeeSelfie Competition is to encourage users to take photos, edit them if they wish to and ultimately post these images on to their Bebuzee profile.

Bebuzee Selfie competition

What is the reward for the Bebuzee’s most popular Selfie?

What Bebuzee intend to do is, give back to the users, on top of the revenue sharing scheme

This will consist of two possible prizes. This will be either a brand new sealed Apple iPhone 6 OR a spectacular cash equivalent of eight hundred dollars ($800).

The person with the most likes on their selfie by 31st December 2014 will be the winner. The winner of the competition will be announced on 1st January 2015 precisely. The winner will also be contacted via messenger service and email regarding posting or transfer of prize. Terms and conditions apply.

How to Participate in the Bebuzee Selfie Competition

Simply Sign up a Bebuzee Account today and start posting!

Good luck!

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FREE TRAINING FOR JOURNALISTS & MEDIA PROFESSIONALS ON SUCCESS AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT

Lagos, Nigeria

Free training

A highly-educative and powerful one day CSR training event tagged “Personal Development & Technology Improvement!”™ (PDTI)” has been drawn up to help journalists & media professionals steer their careers to greater success. The event is tailored to impact positively on the careers of participants by training them on how to attract personal and career growth.

The training will take place on November 6, 2014, between 9am and 5pm at PPLD Training Centre, 67B Gold Drive, Raji Rasaki Housing Estate, Off Apple Junction-Festac Link Road, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, Nigeria. It will be facilitated by some of Nigeria’s top business coaches including Tunde Makun of the Purpose Power and Lifestyle Design organization (PPLD) and Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. “CFA”, an ICT consultant and business coach.

Free training

Some of the topics that will be treated include:

1.    Understanding the workings and power of the mind
2.    Skill-set improvement for high performance
3.    Identifying blockages to harnessing personal power
4.    Becoming more internet savvy
5.    Setting the vision for the future
6.    Introducing productivity apps for journalists
7.    Power of relationships
8.    Digital tools for journalists
9.    Doing more for less
10.   Aligning official and private personalities

Admission to this event is by invitation only.

Interested participants should register here or call Bukky on 08093065336.

This is one course that will add immerse value to the life and career of all attendees. The organizers believe it will be a stepping stone for media professionals towards increased productivity, career advancement and better planning for the future.

About The Facilitators

Tunde Makun is a strong advocate for spiritual laws of attraction. His highly successful and strong multinational corporate career has helped him garner robust tools and skills for personal and corporate development. His organization PPLD is strongly committed to human advancement.

Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. “CFA” is an ICT expert, Business Coach, Author and Speaker with over 12 years hands-on experience. He writes for the Sunday Punch (ICT Clinic), DigitalSense Magazine & also doubles as the host of the ICT Radio Show on 99.3 Nigeria Info FM & Tech Trends on Channels TV. CFA blogs regularly on www.CFA.ng  &www.ICTwithCFA.com & is a JCI Nigeria TOYP 2014 Award Winner [Technology].