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Saturday 21 December 2013

Cloud Computing for Startups

Cloud Computing for Startups
While many of you may be aware of the ‘Cloud’, not everyone knows of the importance and benefits of cloud computing for startup businesses. The representation of cloud computing for an average computer user is usually in the form of websites such as ‘Google’, ‘Dropbox’, ‘Amazon’, etc. Surely, we have come a long way from floppy disks to storing data on virtual servers that are remotely accessible anywhere in the world.
The three important variations of cloud computing include IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. A brief summary of the three is given below:


IaaS is Infrastructure as a Service. It eliminates the need for purchasing expensive equipment as the functions of such equipment are outsourced. These elements could include servers, hard disks, networking equipment, etc. With IaaS, organizations can store their data on servers of other companies, but it is accessible everywhere through dedicated connections that provide rapid speed.


Instead of setting up software on each computer or server in an organization, businesses often use Platform as a Service (PaaS). It enables installation of software and other applications on a remote server so they can be accessed throughout an organization with excessive convenience.


There are certain software that may not be frequently used in organizations but may be required by a number of personnel every once in a while. Instead of purchasing multiple licenses for a software in exchange for enormous finances, Software as a Service (SaaS) facilities allow businesses to pay per use. Furthermore, it removes the restriction on the number of computers that can use a software at once.


Benefits of Cloud Computing for Startup Businesses

There are numerous benefits of cloud computing for startup businesses, in fact cloud computing has become a necessity for startup businesses in order to survive in the modern business world. The advantages of using cloud computing include:


The security provided on cloud servers is simply unmatched by that of organizational infrastructure. With state-of-the-art technology and encryption tools, valuable data of an organization can be stored in the safest locations. The data can even be password locked, eliminating any chances of unauthorized access. Also, the data is backed-up which provides a surety that information would not be lost.


Even though purchasing infrastructure that is used by cloud computing services would also provide organizations with the same facilities, the cost difference would be gigantic. In fact, the cost of using cloud computing services is practically negligible in comparison to purchasing equipment. For startup businesses, capital is a valuable resource and needs to be allocated effectively.


Since cloud computing services are externally managed, they considerably diminish the need for personnel as well as time. More goals can be achieved in lesser time, which is crucial for startup businesses.

Less Training

While using cloud computing services, there is hardly any hardware involved other than the usual computers. Organizations do not have to spend resources in training their staff about the hardware or software use. Every application is ready to be executed.
In the recent years, it has been seen that cloud based businesses have been taking over the market dramatically. For growth with minimal risks involved, the use of cloud computing services by startup businesses is a win-win situation.

About the Author:
Christopher Cao is a digital marketing strategist at NetCloud. The Texas based cloud services provider offers affordable cloud hosting plans for startups and established businesses alike. Follow him on their Google+ page.

Monday 2 December 2013

The Smartphone controlled Paper Airplane

Paper Airplane

Paper Airplane

Paper Airplane
Today, paper airplane controlled by a Smartphone glide for a longer longer distance. Thanks to Powerup 3.0, which is the driving and receiving units for the paper planes. It is controlled by the position sensor of the mobile device. The production is funded through aKickstarter.

Previously, we have folded a paper airplane and rejoiced at it, when he flew the way we wanted to. If not, was reworked with more wrinkles. Today there are no more wrinkles and worries. The paper airplane is smart.The Newyork based toy company Powerup is the mother for this Powerup 3.0 which controls the paper airplane with the help of the Smartphone.

This is nothing but a pilot less remote controlled aircraft . The Smart Module is made of a rod which is placed into the fuselage. At the front end is located a micro-controller with a radio receiver and battery, the other end of a small propeller and a rudder unit. Still load quickly now the corresponding app on the iPhone - and the paper airplane can be controlled remotely.

An artificial horizon with compass and ads about the charge level of the battery as well as the range of the flyer will appear on the screen of your Smartphone. The Paper Airplane is controlled via a virtual lever and with the help of the position sensor of the iPhone. You can steer the lever controls, monitor the rate and also judge and move the plane to go up or down. You can steer the plane to the left or right by tilting the Smartphone in hand.

 Powerup 3.0 - the drive and radio unit for the paper gliders (picture: Powerup Toys) The commands are transmitted to the flying aircraft via Bluetooth. To save battery power, the standard Bluetooth Low Energy is utilized. With the help of the charged lithium - polymer batteries the plane can fly for about 10 minutes at a stretch. The batteries can be charged via a micro USB port. In order In order to recharge your Smartphone and the Lithium polymer batteries an optional accessory is available.

To push the production of paper airplanes drive Powerup Toys has launched a crowdfunding campaign on the platform Kickstarter. First, the flier can only be controlled with an iPhone (version 4S) or an iPad Mini. An Android app has also planned. A power-up Module is now a commitment of U.S. $ 30. The expected market delivery is scheduled for May 2014.