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How To Clean Your iPhone Screen

Posted by on May 9, 2015

How To Clean The Screen Of Your iPhone

The touch screens of iPod and iPhone are prepared using oleophobic coating, which tends to repel oil. In order to sustain the smooth working of these screens, careful handling is very important. The article intents to help you by providing some useful methods that will not merely help you with the cleaning of such screens, but averting damage in the long run as well:

Method 1: Cleaning The Device

To start with the cleaning process, it is always important to ensure that the iPod or iPhone touch is unplugged and shut down. In other case, the chances of lasting damage to the screen increased.

A small microfiber cloth normally accompanies with the device. This special cloth tends to be lint-free and soft. Interestingly, this specially designed fabric does not put scratches on the touch screen.  Thus, gently use the cloth in circular motions, in order to remove all the stains and fingerprints. Avoid exerting pressure on the screen while cleaning it, as this can result in losing some portion of the oleophobic coating.

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In case there are some stains on your screen that have failed to remove with the microfiber cloth alone, for example, some grime or dried soda, then you can wet a small portion of it using clean water. Gently rub the stain with the dampened part. Avoid excess water on your screen, as this can permanently damage the screen.Thus, slight wetting of the cloth is finefor cleaning purposes. Do not wipe the ports with the wet part, as moisture can harm your device if it manages to reach into such areas.

You need to ensure that there is no moisture left on the screen.

Method 2: Avoiding Damaging Cleaning Approaches

It is strictly advised to avoid using any type of chemicals such as antibacterial or window cleaner. Remember, these are powerful enough to remove the protective layer encompassing the screen, affecting the life of the device. Nothing except water should be used for the cleaning purpose. Besides, also avoid using cleaners intended for LCD screens. Natural substances for example lemon juice and vinegar also tends to be abrasive enough, thus, avoid!

As mentioned earlier, water should be used in small amounts, and by no means, it should be dripped or poured on your screen.

Thoroughly go through the user manual, in case you or someone has accidentally dropped water on your screen. The booklet will help you with the steps to fix the concern.

Using a tissue, napkin, paper towel or even a towel can put scratches on your iPod or iPhone Touch. Thus, as mentioned earlier, always choose the lint-free fabric that has come along with your device. In case you have misplaced the cloth and need to clean your screen, then you can use the fabric intended for the cleaning of glasses and lenses. You can then purchase a fresh new lint-free fabric from the computer store.

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Paris’ Startup Scene Is On The Rise

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

While France has never been in the foreground of entrepreneurial innovation, a flourishing new startup culture has recently started to establish itself in the Parisian business world. The French startup ecosystem has began to gain momentum thanks to improved legislation, increased funding by venture capitalists and angel investors, as well as the fact that France is finally taking advantage of its pool of strong engineering talent.

There have been a number of initiatives born in recent years that have supported the country’s shift towards innovation and entrepreneurship.  “Le French Tech“, for example, is a publicly funded initiative that aims to bring together all the people working in the startup community in a joint effort to promote the country’s innovative companies to Silicon Valley investors and attract new funding.

Even more importantly, new Paris-based accelerators like “the Family”, have started to support early-stage startups by offering education opportunities, access to mentors, business connections,  as well as working and living accommodations. Furthermore, in 2016 Paris will house what is billed as the “world’s largest digital business incubator”. This project, which is suitably named “1000 Start-ups” will host 1000 young companies at the renovated Halle Freyssinet building, right at the center of the city.

There is also a crop of Paris-based startups that have started to grow and expand outside of the country’s borders, leading the way for new entrepreneurs. The childcare platform Yoopies, which launched at the beginning of 2012, now operates in five European countries while maintaining its headquarters in the French capital.  The company matches parents with childcare providers using the power of social recommendations. Its plans for the future include a move into different homecare services like housekeeping.

Evaneos, another Paris-based startup, provides an online platform to help travelers design, estimate the cost, and book personalised trips by connecting them to local agents.  It competes with traditional European tour operators and has recently managed to raise $6 million in Series B funding to support its growth in the European travel industry.

There are many other smaller startup ventures that are trying to innovate in traditional markets.  Smarter Paris is a young company that has created a sleek new travel guide for the French capital that is 100% made in Paris and is available for iPhones and iPads. The team of Parisian editors creates exclusive content, including guided walks around different neighborhoods in Paris, and shares with users unique tips and secrets about the city.

While the first foundations have been laid in Paris for a startup ecosystem that is going to thrive in the future, it will take generations of companies for it to be able to compete with the more mature and established scenes in London and Berlin. What is needed most in Paris is for startups to be able to have greater access to affordable working spaces, technical talent and growth financing options.

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A Simple Guide to Cloud Computing For Businesses

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015

IT imageCloud Computing is actually a pretty basic concept and, more or less, ever so present in our lives today. If you spend time on the internet, there is a good a chance that you’ve already used cloud computing in some shape or form. An example would be an e-mail account with a Web-based mail service, such as, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail and, of course, Gmail. So what happens is that, instead of running the e-mail program on your very own personal computer, you log in to an e-mail account remotely. The major software and storage systems for your email account don’t exist in your computer – it’s on the chosen service provider’s computer cloud. That’s what cloud computing is essentially for, helping you to get all the necessary service and ease of software without sacrificing any storage space or worrying about constant maintenance for it.

Now thinking about it in a business setting, what cloud computing can do to your budding business venture is to remove tons of data and different IT functions from your office or headquarters and transfer the data to another plane. Sounds very magical, don’t you think? Of course, your company data doesn’t really just float around in the clouds, as the name would suggest, but it will ultimately be found in your service provider’s data centre, which could be located anywhere, really, depending on where your chosen cloud computing provider is based. Basically, a company in a remote location with their own machines and computers, which are owned and maintained by a team of knowledgeable experts who would run everything for you, from basic e-mail accounts and the usual word processing to a much more advanced and complex data analysis programs.

Cloud computing service providers are literally everywhere these days. You can choose to outsource from local or international companies. There are countless of pros and cons between the two and it will take too long for me to list but, I personally like service providers that are found locally, like for example, Prosyn, leading managed IT service provider who offer cloud computing in London. The reason that I like local cloud computing service providers is because I personally feel that my company’s data is more secured and stored in such a way that complies with my own country’s rules and regulations, and, of course, they will ultimately be easily contactable and accessible.

Major benefits can immediately be felt when you upgrade your company to the Cloud . For one, a significant workload shift will immediately be noticed. Your very own computers will no longer have to do all of the heavy lifting work and all the nitty-gritty details that come along with it, when it comes to running applications. The network of computers, which make up the cloud system from the service provider that you employ, will ultimately handle all of it instead. Another would be that the software and other hardware demands on your company’s side will also decrease. Making this choice very cost effective. The only thing that your computer needs to be able to run is the cloud computing system’s interface software that is to be provided to you by your chosen service supplier, which can be as simple as a web browser – then the cloud’s network takes care of the rest of it (repairs, maintenance and whatnot).

So what are you waiting for? I suggest you go research on the best cloud service providers in your town now to get to experience all of these benefits.


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