Are You Ready For IoT – The Internet Of Things?

Come 2020 and millions or even billions of smart electronic devices, linked by the Internet, would interact with each other independent of human intervention. This network of interacting electronic devices is named as the Internet of Things (IoT). Looking at it from our times (2013), one could expect the IoT to consist of PCs, tablet computers, digital cameras, e-Book readers, mobile phones, robots, private and public computer networks and whatever new smart electronic devices that would be developed between now and 2020.

What would that mean to you and me? Here are some of the key benefits… and costs.


Automation: Automation will have reached such high levels as to cause a paradigm shift in our lifestyles. One of the most significant changes, that we can expect to see is that our lives will become far more comfortable than now. Physically, we would have to travel less. There will be even more time to dedicate to our primary occupations and of course, to vacations, rest and relaxation.

Here are a few examples to help one appreciate what life would be like in the IoT age. You can, for example, expect your PC to automatically order groceries when their stocks fall below set levels. If you had a specialised robot at home, you can set it to open the door to a visitor after verifying his/her identity. So, if you have both a PC and robot at home, when the grocery store’s delivery person arrives at the door and rings the bell (assuming that his/her identity info. (information) has been stored in the robot), you can expect your robot to verify his/her identity info. and open the door, check in your purchases, send an electronic acknowledgement to the store, say “Bye!” to the delivery person, close the …

The RSS Submit Process – Get Better Google Rankings and Increase Web Traffic With RSS Syndication

So maybe you have heard about Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and seen the RSS symbol on websites?

Perhaps you have even used it to catch up on your daily news from your favorite websites. Great free resources like the Google Reader makes it a breeze to keep up with the latest happenings on topics of interest to you.

But there is another side to RSS I would like to discuss with you today, and that's RSS syndication also known as RSS submission which is the process of using this technology to get better page rankings in the search engines and increase web traffic to your website.

I am going to suggest to you that this is a vital process for you to understand and start using as the vast majority of your competition (other web sites) are not leveraging this technology. So using feed submission is a great way to assist you in leapfrogging your competition.

But lets take a step back and understand how the process works. Firstly in order to use RSS like this, you need an RSS feed.

Think of an RSS feed as just a description of one or more pages on a website. It's a standard format that can be read by literally millions of programs on the internet.

You see computers being what they are, they cannot understand a particular piece of information unless they understand the structure. Because RSS is a documented format, it means all these programs that use RSS can then understand how to read an RSS feed, and how to process the contents in the file.

Many websites have this technology built in. If you are running a wordpress blog you automatically have this technology built in to every post you make on the website.

And even if your using …

Phishing Email Scams Increasingly Target the IRS

Several phishing schemes use fake emails supposedly from the IRS to lure their victims. Phishing is a scam where Internet criminals send fraudulent messages to trick unsuspecting victims into revealing personal and financial information which they use to steal the victim's identity.

The newest IRS phishing scam promises taxpayers they will get more money back from their refund.

The body of the email contains text similar to this:

"After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity, we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $ 109.30,"

This recent phishing attack claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service, United States Department of Treasury and even includes the agency's official logo.

David Stewart, an agency spokesman for the Philadelphia IRS office warns computer users, "The IRS will never send an email out to you – EVER".

Some other recent IRS phishing scams include the following:

May 31, 2007-

The IRS warns taxpayers about an email intended to fool people into believing they were under investigation by the agency's Criminal Investigation division. This email is actually a Trojan Horse virus. So, if you receive on of these unsolicited IRS emails, do not open it or any attachments included and never give out personal financial information in an email from any unsolicited source.

April 2, 2007-

Internet criminals used fake emails to direct consumers to a Web link that requested personal and financial information. These types of emails are used to steal the taxpayer's identity and then their financial assets. The criminals use this data for everything from running up charges to obtaining IRS refunds belonging to the unsuspecting victim.

July 19, 2006-

The IRS reports on a phishing email claiming to come from the "IRS Antifraud Commission" claiming someone has enrolled the taxpayer's credit card in …

Biotechnology Thrives in India

LONAVLA, India — In India, Hindu culture trumps all. And although India is a growing hub of technological and biological influence, Hinduism dominates even the sciences. India is ranked 37 among the 82 countries assessed by the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for the “state of their information technology system and its effects on economic growth and productivity.”

Roughly 300,000 engineers graduate from Indian colleges and universities each year. Multinational companies are taking advantage of the talent pool by making major high-tech investments, such as Microsoft’s plan to spend $1.7 billion and hire 3,000 employees in India over the next three to four years.

India’s biotech industry is also on the rise, with 500,000 doctors and nurses entering the workforce annually. Stem cell research in both the public and private sectors has grown considerably over the past few years in India, where politics or faith has not hindered its expansion. As a result, India is home to not one but three national stem cell research facilities.

In Western nations like the United States, however, stem cell research is a hot-button issue. Just a public discussion of the research has triggered furious protests and stirred up government officials. Not so in India, where the Hindu-influenced worldview pervades scientific progress and everyday discourse.

Hinduism, for its part, “doesn’t share the moral skittishness sometimes displayed by Western Christian thought,” said Arvind Sharma, the Birks Professor of Comparative Religions at Montreal’s McGill University. If no life is destroyed when taking stem cells from an aborted fetus, and the purpose is not evil, it would not disturb their morality, he said.

To keep things on an even keel, secular committees issue national directives. In 2004, the Central Ethics Committee on Human Research of the Indian Council on Medical Research circulated ethical guidelines on how …

The Benefits of Living in a Digital Society

We are fortunate to be living in a time when all people have the ability, and the capability to access any knowledge they desire. This digital society that we live in affords us opportunities that our ancestor only dreamed of having. We should not take this privilege for granted.

In the not so distant past of the 1950s, people who wanted to research an idea, a product, or anything else, had to go to a library where they could look up information in books. Not all people had the same access to the books, and the information they contained. In America if your skin was black, you could not use the same library that a person with white skin used. If a black skinned person was allowed access to a library, it more than likely was stocked with outdated books that a library that was designed to be used by white skinned people had discarded.

In the digital society we live in today, the color of your skin does not determine the access you have to information. Technology has brought to us the powerful tools like the internet where we can find information on almost every subject.

Our digital society did not just appear it evolved over time, just as the acceptance of people of different races evolved over time. The acceptance of people with different skin colors, different accents, and different points of view is not through evolving into the fair and equal status it will one day have. Just as the digital society of today is nothing compared to the one our great grandchildren will live in.

Access to the internet has allowed us to research the things we are planning to purchase, and the places we are planning to visit. With this ability we have become informed …