Microsoft Azure Training

By Pete | @kingpetey | 25 Sep 2015

Microsoft Azure is an open, flexible, enterprise cloud platform that enables developers to use any language, framework, or tool to build, deploy and manage applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed and Microsoft partner hosted datacenters. It provides both PaaS and IaaS services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software systems.

Azure provides a robust variety of cutting-edge services that provide you with the flexibility to build a broad range of integrated analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web solutions.

In QuickLearn’s Microsoft Azure training class, you will learn how to set up an Azure development environment and build hybrid integration solutions in the cloud that take advantage of the publish-subscribe nature of Azure Service Bus, the connectivity provided by Hybrid Connections, and the process composition capabilities of Logic Apps and API Apps.

This course is designed for experienced .NET Developers with proficiency in C# and ASP, MVC, or Web API who wish to upgrade their integration skills using Azure App Service.

New gadgets to look out for

By Pete | @kingpetey | 18 Sep 2015

When it comes to technology, it is moving in the forward direct swiftly. We witness upgrades in a number of gadgets and new announcements are made months before the release.

So, now let's look at some of the gadgets and technology trends.

Virtual reality

After expanded reality, the next big thing that will be seen in the coming years is virtual reality. You will be able to experience sound and sight through gadgets. Here you will find a computer triggered environment which simulates physical interaction in the imaginary as well as real world. Oculus Rift is the best example for this. Work is in progress on creating virtual reality treadmill by Virtuix Omni. This technology which was widely used in gaming field, will now be used in the health field too.

8k display

4K TVs were first introduced in 2014 and from there, they became popular among people. In the beginning they were expensive, but are available now at affordable rate. so now comes the time of 8K TVs. During a press event in Europe, Philips declared that now it is time for the 8K TVs and they will be seen in the market with the same by 2016.

Quantum dot picture quality

Now this is something that you have been hearing a lot lately. Here in this technology, you will see many colors on the display panel. This is done by adding a layer of nanoparticles between backlight and colour filters. LG is the company to come forward first and announce quantum dot 4K TVs. The same have been expected from Sony and Samsung.

Android TVs

Android operating system was first started in phones and from there it jumped to tablets, laptops and now finally to TVs. Now Google has come up with smart TV with Andoid 5.0 OS. Many more companies are also expected to come up with smart TVs. The best part about smart TV is that now you will be able to access apps and games direct from the Google Play Store. As the developer kit for Android TVs are available in the market, more number companies are expected to come up with smart TVs in the coming time.

TVS with built-in games

When it comes TVs and games they are like bread and butter. Now new set of TVs are available in the market that have built-in functionality for gaming and are compatible with consoles. Brands like Samsung, Philips and Toshiba are coming with products that will help people to play games on their TV itself.


Many people tried their hand in the field of wearables last year, leading to the formation of many smartwatches and fitness bands. It is expected that things may go the same way in the nearest future too. Sony came up with its epaper smartwatch which is called as FES watch. LG came up with its G Watch R2, which is expected to have 4G connectivity in this year itself.

Dual working laptops

The season of laptop is never going to end. Now you will soon find laptops which can be converted into tablets too. You can find a good collection of laptops at Currys. They can be bought at the possible cheapest rate. For this, you need to use Currys voucher code at Deals Lands. Deals Lands is a place, where you will find a number of discount vouchers which you use while shopping at the stores. 

Apple Watch

This has been the most awaited gadget that people have been looking out for since 2014. This has been released by Apple for its customers.

Samsung Galaxy S6

When it comes to Samsung Galaxy S5, it was outstanding but it failed to capture the market on a large scale. Samsung Galaxy S6 has been released in this year April. It comes with lollipop OS and super AMOLED touchscreen. They have been able to attract people on a large scale.

The number of gadgets keeps on increasing everyday. Some of the gadgets wins the race while others fail to impress the crowd. Hope there may be more in the coming years to attract customers.

The world of hosting can be very confusing for a beginner. Whether you are trying to get a website up for a new business or you just want to start a personal blog, finding hosting is the first step. Here's a guide to help you understand the differences between blog hosting and website hosting.

What is a Blog?

You may know what a website is, but you may not be familiar with a blog. A blog is usually part of a website, which allows you to provide new content, on a regular basis. Unlike a website, which usually just contains static pages, a blog provides a time and date stamp on each post. Often, websites and blogs work together as a larger part of your marketing strategy.

What Type of Hosting do You need for a Blog or a Website?

Websites and blogs don't really need a separate type of hosting for each. You can host a blog or website on a shared, VPS or dedicated server hosting package without an issue. About 95% of websites and blogs only require a shared hosting account. As long as the account comes with the features you need, such as WordPress and Joomla, it will work for a blog, website or both.

Is there any Real Difference?

Overall, there isn't a difference when it comes to blog hosting and website hosting. Many hosting companies will market like there is a difference, however. Sometimes, there are better packages for certain types of website, but for the majority of websites and blogs, a simple shared hosting package will work perfect.

The differences come in when you get to a higher level of hosting with VPS and dedicated server hosting. If you have a high traffic website or need added security, these types of hosting will provide just what you need. They work great for both blogs and websites, but some of the packages can be customizes to work better with the tools used for blogging compared to just a static website.

Finding Hosting for a Website with a Blog

Most small businesses will run both a website with static pages for services and products and a blog with industry information and news. This is the best choice if you plan to use search engine optimization as part of your marketing strategy. If this is your plan, using a CMS, such as WordPress is the best way to go.

WordPress makes it very easy to design and run a website with a blog. The right hosting for a combination of a website and blog will provide WordPress free of charge with plenty of disk space and bandwidth. Usually, you can get everything you need in a moderately priced shared hosting package.

Make sure you Read the Reviews

The hosting industry is highly competitive, which has caused some fly-by-night companies to pop up. They may offer a great deal, but not provide the support and performance you really need. However, you can weed these companies out by reading non-bias hosting reviews from sites, such as Reading the reviews will help give you a better idea of what you will really get from the hosting company.

Imagine the situation: for whatever reason, you’ve got a day to yourself. No kids, no wife. Just you and a whole day to indulge in all your favourite hobbies. Thankfully due to the digital age, there’s no shortage of ways to occupy yourself. Whether you’ve got a holiday booked for the upcoming FA Cup Final or you’ve got friends round to watch some upcoming Formula one matches, we’ve got the lowdown of must-have gadgets to make your life easier.

5. Giant Beer Glass

While this isn’t strictly a gadget, you’ve got to applaud Hawkins Bazaar for their efforts. Few things are worse than interrupting a match to get up and retrieve another beer. The enormous beer glass in the men’s section of the website holds two and a half pints. Plenty of drinking time to keep you busy between trips to the fridge. The only trouble you’ll have is keeping it cold, so grab some ice cubes!

4. iPad/Tablet

While you’re kicking back watching the TV you’ll need a second screen to check the news/social media/whatever else takes your fancy. The best way about this is a tablet to browse the web in total comfort. The newest iPad Air 2 is a good option with a blisteringly fast processor and high quality screen. Alternatively, an android tablet can be had for less than £200 and will do the job for most tasks.

3. Hammock

If it’s sunny outside you’ll need a place to look at your tablet and drink your beer. Get the hammock out! If you hang one indoors or outside, you’ll be privy to a select few in society who have enjoyed ultimate comfort. Grab your favourite design from Hammock Heaven.

2. Pizza oven

The pizza – king of the snack. Make homemade pizzas without any effort to impress your friends or your significant other when they’re in from work. Sure, you could always just buy a frozen pizza and throw it in the oven, but where’s the fun in that? Grab a highly rated version from Amazon to avoid disappointing cook times. This version cooks a pizza in about five minutes that tastes like it came from a real wood fired pizza oven. You’ll look like a culinary genius.

1. Home theatre projector

Watching football or whatever else has never been easier due to the plethora of devices available. Tablets, laptops, TV’s and all sorts can stream the important games in your life. However, ignoring the new styles of projector on the market mean you’re missing out on home cinema like viewing. Pick out a full HD, 3D projector from the likes of Epson or ViewSonic and you’ll have access to glorious resolution and crisp imagery. Ideal for days catching up on Breaking Bad or watching the FA cup final. 

While much of the international spotlight is focused on the traditional centers of free enterprise in Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia, a very surprising phenomenon is taking place in the Middle East. The spirit of entrepreneurship has taken hold in such unexpected corners of the world as the Middle Eastern region, and it seems that nations like Iran are finally beginning to take an active part in shaping the destiny of private enterprise in the 21st century.

Bringing Iran Up To Speed 

Leading entrepreneurs, such as Dr Shahram Shirkhani among many others, are doing their best to bring post-Revolutionary Iran up to speed for the new century. While the nation of Iran has been in the headlines most recently for its initiative to meet the West on the upcoming nuclear testing ban, there have been plenty of behind the scenes actions regarding international commerce and trade that deserve to be equally well publicized.

For example, thanks to the efforts of Shahram Shirkhani, the Western region of the nation of Azerbaijan was recently equipped with an excellent new public transportation system. This particular deal, long in the making, was finally realized thanks to the efforts of international cooperation between the two nations, with Dr. Shirkhani at the forefront of the arbitration. These, as well as many other events in the region, are living proof that the spirit of free enterprise is making inroads into the regions of the Middle East and Central Asia.

Moving Into A Brave New World 

Thanks to the efforts of visionary CEO's and progressive minded organizations, the nation of Iran is beginning to move into a brave new world of international commerce. While such efforts may seem surprising, the fact is that the ancient Persian spirit of free enterprise and trade is alive and well, and is beginning to pay off quite substantial dividends. New initiatives are on the table that could eventually transform the region far beyond its present state of partial development into a true powerhouse of free enterprise.

Excellent New Developments Are On The Horizon

Entrepreneurs in Iran and other Middle Eastern nations are spearheading a whole new series of excellent developments in the region. As one of the founding partners of the International Law Firm of Shirkhani and Alavi, Dr. Shirkhani has been able to broker a series of breakthrough agreements between European, American, and Middle Eastern companies that are promising to lead to a new atmosphere of peaceful cooperation and commerce. While these developments are still very tentative, it is refreshing to see that the ground work for a new era of cooperation and peaceful coexistence is finally being laid for the future.

Since the Apple iPhone and Google’s Android phone were launched in 2007 and 2008, respectively, there has been constant competition between the two platforms. While both phones have their staunch supporters, obvious pros and flaws, and very different ways of operating, it is important for business owners to understand what’s on offer when they purchase either.

Apple versus Google

Rivalry has existed between Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android offering for as long as both platforms have existed and, since 2008, the two have dominated the mobile market, sharing over 90% of profits between them. These days, mobile platforms are becoming more of a priority as building apps, keeping up to date with information, communicating to the world, and networking via social media become more important. Although Google’s Android phone began to show a clear lead in profits in 2012, it is important to remember that sales figures won’t necessarily reflect what’s best for your business; researching the right technology for your business is absolutely vital.

The first thing to ascertain before making any final decisions regarding your mobile platform choice is how each will benefit your company; this must be a business-led decision, after all. Apple’s iPhone is renowned for being user-friendly and reliable, and comprises hardware and software that is fully compatible, throwing up few interface problems. Apple’s platform is known for working seamlessly between products and, if you have a lot of technology to incorporate, can be incredibly time-saving and cost-effective. Do you work in marketing, advertising, sales, or the creative industries? The iPhone’s camera is often regarded as second to none, and can be used alongside a number of Apple programs to create some truly stunning results. Interested in Android? While the iPhone is often heralded for its reliability, it’s also known for its many development restrictions, something that the Android phone has so far bypassed; the Android is known to be adaptable, innovative, and flexible, and is the right choice if you’re looking for a platform that allows you to stay current with fewer system updates. A reputable online technology news site can offer more in depth analysis of the relative advantages and disadvantages of both. systems

Keeping abreast of technology with smart platforms

It’s important for businesses to maintain their knowledge of technology, and to keep up to date with the advancements and innovations on offer within their field. There are some businesses, such as those in the development of mobile apps, which would benefit from the use of both the iPhone and Android. Utilising software and hardware on both Apple and Google devices could well provide advancements for a business, and operating duel systems can really widen your market. Using both iPhone and Android offers a dynamic approach to development and, if you’re in the business of creating mobile apps, is a fantastic strategy for understanding what the customer wants and needs, as well as fulfilling your own requirements. Businesses often need printed lanyards from Digital ID.

Is this all a little too much to take in? Choosing the best platform for your business is now one of the most important decisions you’re likely to make, and it is reassuring to know that there are experts waiting to discuss your options with you, as well as offering comprehensive data for each update.

Kitchen gadgets are not what they used to be. A combination of new technologies and a growing market, with more and more young people taking an interest in cooking, has led to rapid improvements. With great gadgets like these in your kitchen, you can really take the trouble out of cooking – and put the fun in.

Food processors

Today’s food processors are much more flexible than they used to be, with many different inserts suited to different kinds of task. The Breville Sous Chef food processor even has a variable slicing disc so that you can choose how finely you want it to chop things, whilst the Kenwood Multipro Classic has a 1,000W motor for remarkable power and fine speed control. If these aren’t quite flexible enough for your needs, you can also get excellent hand mixers with adjustable settings.

Coffee machines

From their humble origins as mere labour saving devices, coffee machines have become better at making coffee than the experts, no matter what your preference. You can keep things simple with a compact model like the Tassimo T12 VIVY or invest in something larger that will make you lattes, espressos, cappuccinos or flavoured drinks. The Tassimo hot chocolate machine shares their hi-tech features, delivering your drink at just the right temperature, perfectly prepared – and all these machines are guaranteed to look stylish in your kitchen.

Vegetable cutters

You may think that all you need for vegetables are a chopping board and a good knife, but if you want to speed the process up or do something more interesting with them, there are a number of modern gadgets that can come in handy. Lakeland’s Vegetable Spiraliser turns vegetables into fine, looping strands that look fantastic in salad or stir fry, whilst the Magimix Mini Chopper is fantastic for very fine chopping or puréeing. Improving blade technology also means that the traditional mandolin is better than ever for fast chopping.

Rice cookers

The humble rice cooker has been transformed from its ancient low tech origins into a stylish futuristic machine, something so useful that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. The Zojirushi Rice Cooker brings Japanese tech into play and produces soft, fluffy rice perfect for donburi, whilst you can also use it to cook other grains, from oats to quinoa; the Tiger Electric rice Cooker has a toasting option which scorches some of the grains to give your rice dishes a nutty flavour. Look for machines that use induction cooking to make sure the rice will be cooked evenly all the way through.

Re-equipping your kitchen with devices like this will enable you to prepare food and drink more quickly and easily than ever, and to produce better quality culinary creations. They’re a big help if you’re a busy person with a family to feed and they’re fantastic if you’re entertaining. Hi-tech cooking is enabling chefs to create brand new dishes with lots of character – it’s time to explore it for yourself.

Solar Panels Take Off

By Pete | @kingpetey | 12 Mar 2015

Solar panels are beginning to make fuel-free traveling around the world possible. The first such flight is currently conducted on a new solar airplane, Solar Impulse 2.

This solar panel plane was created to challenge every conventional fuel-based means of transportation. It's not the very first project, however, but the stakes are rather high this time, and the plane is set to fly around the world both at night and day time. This event will completely revolutionize our technological progress, significantly reduce fuel dependency, and help to promote a greener environment. 

The plane consists of several solar panels that break down into more than 17,000 solar cells that gather sun energy, which then is stored in lithium polymer batteries. The plane is light and robust. There're, however, some minor drawbacks. First, it's width; it's wider than a Boeing. It was increased to make the aerodynamics more efficient.

Second, Solar Impulse 2 has a rather small motor that doesn't allow speeds higher than an average car (between 36-140 km/h). Lastly, its production involves pricey technology, such as tools for PV panel characterization that will most likely make its production limited. Despite these limitations, this aircraft is a sensational breakthrough in green technology.

There have been a great deal of changes in the business world, as the internet has become one of the most dominant ways of conducting business all over the world.

Constant commerce

Not very long ago, commerce was relegated to standard business hours. This made it hard for many smaller businesses to conduct business internationally. The internet allows business to continue 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all over the world. This opens up a lot of profit potential, even for small businesses. Now businesses don't just have to rely on local and regional sales to make a profit.


Deals and transactions that once took days can now be completed in minutes, thanks to online banking and email. In the past, when a customer wanted to order a product, they had to order via phone if they had a credit card, or send in an order form. Now with a few simple clicks, orders can be placed and shipments prepared in hardly any time at all.

Better organization

Paper can be hard to keep organized. With internet-based business, documents, records and other data are easily organized and accessible. No more searching through a file cabinet only to realize that what you need has been put in the wrong place, yet again.

Better communication

Easier and better communication has allowed for better control over supply chains and faster shipping of products from one location to another. Businesses can have workers throughout the world and they can contact each other at any time to coordinate business. As the internet has become part of everyday life, the cost of communication has dropped considerably. This means businesses are not spending thousands of dollars per month on long-distance phone fees or communicating less just to save money.

More environmentally friendly

Since a lot of business is now done digitally, less and less paper is used. This saves an enormous amount of money and reduces carbon dioxide released from shipping and manufacturing. In addition, less land is needed for the production of paper.

Business news online

Financial papers and magazines all have digital editions now and many people get all their news online rather than in paper form. On the downside, the internet age has caused job losses in some fields such as paper production, printing and administration. Some argue that although it is true that job losses have occurred, the internet has created other jobs that make up for the loss in one industry, therefore there is actually a net increase in jobs.

Some individuals in particular have helped the internet grow into what it is today. According to the bio of Robert Bonnier, he founded Freepages in 1994 to address the need for a great internet directory. In 1999, the company changed its name to and by 2005 so much business was being conducted online that the company was worth an astounding five billion dollars, proving the demand for internet listings.

Making the decision of which web-hosting company to use, can often be a challenging problem to address for many individuals and business owners. Shropshire based Switchweb exists to provide a low-cost solution to such an issue.

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