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Advantages of All-In-One Printers

By Suniel Seejiram 

It's no secret that there are many printer models in the market. Therefore we go through the process of comparing different brands and models to find one that is best for our own requirements. If you are in doubt, the best way to go is an All-In-One Printer which has multiple functions.

All-In-One Printers are also known as Multifunctional Printers and they have many advantages.

LCD Screen - The LCD screen makes printing so easy. It displays exactly what you want and gives you the options of printing in color or black and white. You can also choose how you want the images to appear on the paper such as whether you want four images on a page or one image on each side of the paper.

Faxing and Scanning - Scanning documents is a vital part of the modern business. Faxing is not used as much anymore since we have the ability to send our documents to the recipients via email. The modern faxing function uses the scanning hardware to develop a digital copy which is printed at the receiver's machine.

Various Paper Sizes - Some offices need to print on paper that is bigger than A4. These all-in-one printers have various paper trays or input trays that contain different sizes. So you can print A5, A4 or A3 paper.

Convenient Copying - With the smaller machines it works slightly differently. Office machines have the ability to scan multiple pages that are placed in a stack. This works the same as the input tray except it uses different programming. The pages will be scanned, printed and then placed on the other end.

Multiple Users - In the office, many people need to have access to a printer for their documents. Wireless printers allow multiple users to be connected to one machine. You do get options where you are able to have more users, if necessary.

Large Paper Feed Tray - You also have the ability to add more paper in the input or feed tray. This makes it easier to print many documents in one go without having to get up and add more paper halfway through your print.

Copiers and printers are an important asset for any office. Many companies need them to make the employees' workflow more efficient. This improves the workflow which positively influences customer service and productivity. Therefore All-In-One Printers in the office makes work life much easier because of its versatility.

It is our aim to combine world-class print technology with managed print services and enterprise solution services that suit your needs. We endeavor to understand the uniqueness of your organization and business goals. Our Service philosophy extends beyond hardware, software and technical service. At ETG we want to help you find ways to improve your business such as cost control, information security, process improvement, financial solutions, business insights and technology trends. Contact us:
info@etg.solutions or call 087 230 0335.


2017 Magazines


MINORITIES TO MAJORITIES: THE SCHOLARSHIP APP FOR UNDER-REPRESENTED STUDENTS

-- New app redefines the way minority students find scholarships --

BlackNews.com

Minorities to Majorities(TM) is a FREE mobile app-based platform launched in December 2016 by founder Jasmine N. Chigbu, in an effort to re-define the way under-represented students pursue academic and professional opportunities. The mobile app was designed to provide under-represented ethnic minority, female, LGBTQ+ and international students with information about various scholarship, internship and fellowship opportunities across the country and the globe.

Minorities to Majorities(TM) also offers consulting services to students and parents who seek individualized professional assistance identifying various educational and professional opportunities. This inclusive platform also aims to inspire students by profiling various minority professionals who have been trailblazers in their careers through the app’s MTM Trailblazers section. Additionally, the mobile application provides students with information about numerous business and leadership conferences across the country so they can begin to build their professional network.

Minorities to Majorities(TM) is eager to share this mobile app with the community because each year about $46 billion in grants and scholarship money are awarded by the US Department of Education and the nation’s colleges and universities. Furthermore, scholarships are the best way for students to fund their education without acquiring excessive amounts of loan debt. Minorities to Majorities hopes providing minority students with the necessary information will aid them in their pursuit of higher education and career advancement.

As founder Jasmine N. Chigbu explains, “Minorities to Majorities was created in an effort to inform, inspire and motivate students to pursue their dreams. We hope to encourage students by showing them that with the perfect combination of initiative, hard work and opportunity they can achieve anything! We are the opportunity app for students!” Minorities to Majorities is a fast, easy, mobile platform designed for students to pursue their educational and professional goals. Please, join Jasmine and the MTM team as we make the movement from Minorities to Majorities!

For more details and/or to download the app, visit www.MinoritiesToMajorities.com


About Minorities to Majorities(TM):
Minorities to Majorities(TM) is an inclusive and innovative mobile app-based platform launched in 2016 to re-define the way the under-represented students search for scholarships, internships and fellowships. The app’s goal is to reduce the obstacles that many under-represented students face when trying to fund their education and gain professional experience.


About Jasmine N. Chigbu:
Jasmine N. Chigbu is the founder and CEO of Minorities to Majorities, LLC. She is of Nigerian ethnicity and was born and raised in New Orleans, La. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a Master of Biomedical Sciences from Duke University School of Medicine. Jasmine’s passion for social justice, equity and her own personal experiences have directed her work in medicine, business and with community partners.


5 Persuasive Causes For Businesses To Switch To Custom Software Programs

By Rob Stephen

Off-the-shelf packaged software are built as 'one-of-a-kind' for every business sector taking in account the nature of their activities and overall preferences. Thus, when any business magnifies in size and its operations expand, the general software gets incapable of addressing its new and diversified needs. A variety of complicated tasks turns up in the business which may be so much disparate and segmented that the company can feel the need for either a custom software or multiple ready-made software for managing them. This being a principal reason to switch from off-the-shelf software packages to custom-made software, let's delve further to get the detailed idea of businesses to fully embrace customized software solutions.

Less complex pricing

Any custom software is free from monthly subscription fees and other surcharges for maintaining the license, running updates and maintenance. Such a pricing scheme prevails for packaged software to let businesses adapt their processes to the software features, customization, and other requirements. With customized software, businesses only need to pay for building the application and to add extra features or make modifications in case their processes undergo some changes.

Personalized solution

Businesses can never be sure whether a packaged off-the-shelf software is going to cater to all their requirements. However, developing a custom software specifically with assistance from an external software development service provider ensures that the solution will ultimately be a dependable one.

Tight security

While there is no foolproof security of business data while using a packaged software as it is too easy to hack. Software hijackers or intruders are always well aware of the vulnerableness of packaged systems and hence can perceive how and where to compromise. This is for sure a vital reason for enterprises to replace the traditional software with custom ones which can be only operated by their own team. The likelihood of intrusion is almost eliminated as every functionality of the software are only known to its authentic users.

All-in-all effective solution

Unlike an off-the-shelf software, a tailored application can be adapted and modified to the ever-evolving needs of the businesses. The commercial software cannot be manipulated and has fixed features, for which it is less effective. On the other hand, a bespoke and custom software application starts paying back great results in terms of effectiveness. Built to align with the work process of employees, it offers intuitive support and quicker responses in complex situations.

Better backend support

Since a tailored software application is built for a particular business environment and its specifications, the development service providers certainly have a profound understanding of the business's requirements. This results in better collaboration and provides an all-time partner to the companies to help them holistically through the software solution if any issue comes up.

Key takeaway

The effectiveness of custom software applications are far more than ready-made programs, and they are perfectly viable for every expanding business settings. While most businesses in this technologically influenced era are seeking for full-fledged automation of processes, it is thus justified to move to the approach of custom software from the conventional packaged software.

Rob Stephen is a meritable software developer, engaged with Vision & Solutions, a noted software development company in Australia, who loves sharing ideas, methodologies and industry trends in the province of custom software applications.



Five Tools Everyone in the Technological World Should Be Using

By Rosina S Khan 

There are quite a many digital tools out there available in the digital world. Among these I recommend everyone should be using five digital tools which they cannot escape. What are they? Read on to find out.

Among everyone I mean grandparents, great grandparents, truck driver, waitress, inn keeper and all other laypeople included.

Here goes:

1) Viber: Cell phones should have the free tool installed. Then you can use the cell phone number on any digital device such as laptop, iPAD, TAB and others, provided Viber is also installed on these devices. It is meant for making free phone calls where there is also the option of video chatting.

2) Gmail: You should access this email client via internet on your cell phone and other digital devices. This is a free tool as well. You should sign up for this service and start sending out formal or cordial emails as you wish. Along with Viber, which is actually used for making phone calls, you can use Gmail for sending out emails to people with whom you think you can better communicate by using this tool.

3) Google Search: This is a free tool used widely all over the world. You can look up meanings of words or any information you would like to know by typing keywords on the Google search bar and hitting the enter key of your keyboard. And there you go: you will have information page links coming up.

4) Facebook: This is also a free tool where you get to post, like a post, comment and network with friends. You can also upload photos on albums and access as well as view your friends' photos. Limit access to your Facebook account to friends only for security reasons.

5) LinkedIn: This is also a free tool where you get to upload your CV and other profile information about yourself. You get to network with professional people, chat and discuss issues related to work, projects and other worldly issues. Even if you retire, your professional network stays intact and you still get to keep in touch with professionals.

Summing up, these five free digital tools are what you should retain for keeping in touch with friends, acquaintances and professionals and grow your networks to a large extent gradually and feel further inspired and empowered.

However, please keep their usage to a balanced level. Because you need to work, laugh, play, cook and hang around in mother nature. So keep using the digital tools at a balanced level and you will have managed everything up to the mark.

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How To Avoid Being Hacked - Part 1, Email

By Steve Burgess 

Hacking is a common occurrence these days, but it's good to know that hacking targeting you specifically because of who you are is far less common than scattershot hacking. Additionally, taking advantage of your online data is much more common than taking control of your computer.

Most people don't understand their computers or operating systems deeply. There's no shame in that. No one really understands everything about computers. But that makes it easier for those types who are forever trying to make an illicit buck with some new way they have to separate you from your stuff, or some tool they've bought to apply leverage to an unprotected digital niche. Furthermore, the digital world changes quickly and it's much easier for those providing software and hardware to sell insecure wares rather than to take the extra time (and loss of market share) to make them very safe.

So it remains up to us to be more conscious in our behavior online, on the phone, and with our purchased equipment. Some of these conscious behaviors apply across the board to computers, tablets, and phones; others are specific to certain platforms.

Email - Phishing

I got an email from Apple, referencing a recent purchase and asking me to verify it. I clicked on the link and my browser went to Apple's website, but something didn't seem quite right. I stopped a moment to think: I had made a purchase online from Apple the previous day, but the email didn't reference the specific item. I dropped off the website and took a look at the email. I hovered my cursor over the link and sure enough, it didn't even mention Apple in the link. This is super-common - phishing emails designed to get you to go to some official-looking but bogus website (like the Apple website I'd thought I was on) and enter in your credentials which then give the hacker free access to your online account. And because many people use the same password and login for many of their online accounts it can give the hacker control of your digital life in short order. This happens to people who should know better and even almost happened to me, who also should know better!

But how did they know I had just bought something from Apple, or in other bogus emails - how do they know I just bought something on eBay, or what bank I'm with? How do they even know my email address?

The short answer is - they probably don't. They send that same email to a million likely email addresses - either from a list they bought, email addresses they harvested online, or just randomly generated by a program ("joe@abc.com," "joe@xyz.com," "joe@yourwebsite.com," etc). It costs almost nothing to send an email and it doesn't cost much more to send a million. It's easy enough to add an official logo snagged off a corporate website to an email, and it's similarly easy to make an official-looking website. In fact, one could just snatch the code off an official website and replace the official links with bogus ones that steal your login credentials. Furthermore, a link isn't always what it appears to be. For instance, if I say to click here to WinAMillionBucks.com you'll see that it goes to a site that may save you some money, but won't win you a million bucks.

It can be enlightening to hover (without clicking) your cursor over a given hyperlink like the one above, and see what pops up. Or if nothing pops up, right-click (on a single-button mouse, [ctrl]-click) to reveal the link.

The short form answer to not being taken in like this is: DON'T click on links in emails. Type the desired URL into a browser. Or copy the link, paste it into a text document, and see if it is actually your bank, or Apple, or eBay or where you really wanted to go.

Coming up in part 2: Two-Factor Authentication, Passwords, and Giving Away the Form.

Steve Burgess is a freelance technology writer, a practicing computer forensics specialist as the principal of Burgess Forensics, and a contributor to the just released Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases, 5th Edition by Moenssens, et al. Mr. Burgess may be reached at http://www.burgessforensics.com or via email at steve@burgessforensics.com