Here's a chance for everyone to feel a bit older... If you want to apply for a job, forget about walking into a company's location and introducing yourself with a nice crisp printed resume' in your hand. Instead you will submit it by a smart phone. My head is still spinning from this idea, but it seems to be the direction that things are going, and according to the article on Mashable.com, that is the future. Apparently our facebook, Linkedin, and Google+ accounts are about to get a lot more important than they used to be. Better stop playing those Zinga games and posting silly pictures about dogs and cats because your profile will be evaluated for it's content. We have seen this happen in the past where employers would basically spy on their employees' personal lives and snoop around their facebook profiles, which in some cases resulted in dismissal. Regardless of which side you take, snooping on someone's private life is less than admirable, but skipping work to go to a ball game and then posting on social media is just plain foolish. But now this concept of social media may take society in a step further into the complications of social pretentiousness. Personally, I think Linkedin is the best place to cultivate a professional social profile while facebook is more geared for sharing vacation and family pet photos. To read more about this direction of technology and employment, please click here. G. Winkler (c) 2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology
"Profiles in Business" with Chip Evans will host another live broadcast featuring an interview with our very own Technology Expert, Bill Sikkens. This broadcast will be on Tuesday, March 4, on KRNG 101.3FM at 1-2 PM Pacific Time - Bill's interview will be at 1:45PM. Show host Chip Evans of "Profiles in Business" Bill Sikkens speaks about a wide variety of topics concerning technology and how it is evolving on a rapid basis. He expands upon on how that can effect our daily lives within the business community as well as our private lives at home and on vacation time. We no longer live in a society where technology just touches one aspect of our lives. You can follow posts or send questions and comments via the America Matters facebook, twitter, or LinkedIn accounts. And don't forget the We Are Technology team also has a special place for submitting technology questions or concerns for future shows. Just look on the right hand side to find the Ask Your Question tab on www.WeAreTechnology.com website. G. Winkler (c)2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology
KCBS is the World’s First Broadcasting Station. The station started out as a hobby of scientist Charles Herrold. Herrold and his engineering students scheduled their first programming in 1909 on a 14 watt transmitter in San Jose, a full 12 years before radio licenses were issued. KCBS is also among the most honored radio stations in the United States, winning every major national award for excellence in broadcast journalism. These awards include the Peabody Award, the duPont-Columbia Award, five Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence from the national Radio-TV News Directors Association, the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Crystal Award for public service from the National Association of Broadcasters. It is with great pride that Cumulus Technology will now take part in that long pioneer history of radio technology, and be alongside shows such as 60 Minutes and Face the Nation. KCBS is now 105 years old. The interview will be conducted by 30 year veteran of Northern California Radio, Stan Bunger. To check out the interview tune in at 9:30Am Pacific Time on 740 AM and 106.9 FM in the San Francisco Bay area or listen via the Internet. Just go to the link http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/station/kcbs/ and click the "LISTEN LIVE" button on the right hand side of the website.
Is your data secure? Are you HIPAA compliant? The amount of data theft is rising, or at least it is becoming more public. Either way, the security concern over keeping your personal data as well as your company's data is now even more vital since cyber criminals are starting to discover that these databases are hackable. Just recently one of our own clients had a cyber attack upon his business, and the only reason why his vital data was not stolen was that a proper firewall had just been installed. If you are considering a software security upgrade, now is the time to do so. Most especially if you are part of the medical, banking, or even retail industry. Cyber theft is a reality that you cannot afford to ignore. Here is another article from the BBC that is worth reading. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26351123
Technology Architect, Bill Sikkens who is also the CEO and brilliant programmer of over 20 years for the We Are Technology brand by Cumulus Technology has embarked on a new twist in his rather diverse body of professional experiences. His unique software experience in designing and writing security, medical, and database systems has granted him the necessary expertise to be able answer important questions regarding the nature of technology today. So when he approached local KOH Radio Show Host, Dan Mason, to see if he would be interested in having him on for a second time after a successful interview back in June 2013 in his quest to get the word out about the We Are Technology brand, fortune smiled on Cumulus Technology. Bill received another invitation to join Dan Mason on his show to speak about technology, which has become the beginning of a wonderful series of interviews featuring our very own Bill Sikkens as a voice of technological expertise on several west coast radio shows. Starting with interviews with Dan Mason on KOH Reno, the Book Hound on Fox Radio, Morning News with Steve Leader on KXL Portland, American Matters with Dave Asher, Executive Director of Buy Local Nevada & the Green Business Chamber on Fox Radio, and the latest appearance on Profiles in Business with Chip Evans, Bill has just begun a series of on air appearances which will offer opportunities for the general public to have their technology questions answered on air. If you would like to suggest topics that you would like addressed, please go to the Ask Your Question button on the right hand side of the WeAreTechnology.com website and submit your question. Photo taken during Bill's latest
Hand held devices are vital for modern marketing opportunities, and choosing the right one is essential. Knew that would get your attention. For those of you who are keeping track of the race between Android based products and Apple based products, here's an interesting bit of information for you. This is especially useful when trying to decide what platform to develop your company Mobile App in. We generally suggest doing more than one, but if you had to make a choice and only do one, then this is the article that you should read. Android verses Apple in the market.
What is it? ….it’s a camera ball! I just found this little techno gem on the BBC website and it looks like great fun. I can just imagine something like this being used for social media fun, but I can also imagine it could be useful in exploration purposes such as examining caves or crevices that a human cannot access safely but a small object could be lowered safely down instead. Perhaps lowering one down into the Amazon Rain forest to capture photos of plants and animals in the tree tops to give a real life feeling of what it would be like to be in the trees. Click below for the BBC article and video footage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25926300 Or even better go to this link and click on the company’s “watch the video” icon and get the whole story about the camera and its creation and possibilities for capturing life’s wonderful moments. http://www.panono.com/ballcamera/ G. Winkler ©2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology
I get asked many times if I like my job. The answer to this question is a very much “YES” – and a big part of what I like is the fact that I get to see, work with and contribute to leading cutting edge technology on almost a daily basis. It has been said by my team that a lot of today’s tech may relate to the television show “Star Trek” as life imitating art. While life may feel like it we still don’t have our Warp Drive ships. We are, however, seeing devices that were presented as science fiction in the early 1990’s when the second franchise of the show aired as “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. Out of that today we have fully networked computers, the Internet’s World Wide Web (the Internet itself existed during the start of the show, however, the Word Wild Web was developed about halfway through its run.) Things like mobile phones and tablet computers have also appeared on the general landscape since then. One bit of technology from the show relates to the amount of storage and retrieval that type of a computer system would require. Today on average a computer has around a terabyte of storage, and you can readily buy capacity in the 3-4 terabyte range. Current storage in that range consists of mechanical storage devices that use platters that spin to store information. The estimate maximum life of this type of storage is estimated to a few decades maximum, and in many cases due to mechanical failure and accidents is much shorter. It looks like this fact may be changing, and like the television show in a way that wouldn’t of been perceived of
Today at 4pm Pacific Standard time William Sikkens, our Technology Expert, will be chatting with Dan Mason on his KOH Newstalk radio show. You can access the radio show via the web by just going to KKOH.COM There is a red link button in the upper right hand corner of the website that says "Listen Live". Click that button and it will start the stream. The topic today should be the latest trends and advancements in technology.
Smart phones are such a growing important part of our lives and we, the technology hounds at Cumulus, love seeing how the technology for these devices advance and change each year. Apparently, Corning has created an anti-bacterial glass for cell phones, which if you have ever had a cold and had to carry around your phone and use it, you know that you have probably covered your treasured communication device with all sorts of stuff that you don't want to share with another or re-introduce into your own body system. The glass is made with silver, which is a long used metal for preventing the spread of germs. Does that surprise you? Have you ever heard of the idea that someone was born with a silver spoon in their mouth? Well, silver baby spoons were preferred to protect the health of young children since their bodies were more fragile to the ravages of illnesses. It was better to prevent it and that was the reason why parents would use silver spoons for the their young children. I think the introduction of this kind of glass will only enhance the practicality of using smart phones and other devices that require hours of personal interaction with human beings. I know that after I had recovered from being sick, I would take anti-bacterial disposable wipes and clean my keyboard and mouse to prevent the spread and re-introduction of germs. Please enjoy the article, CES 2014: Anti-bacteria Gorilla Glass announced, by the BBC - they are excellent writers. G.Winkler (c) 2014 Cumulus Technology, Inc.