A Great Apartment for My Family

I do not make a lot of money, but I still get by okay because of careful budgeting. I have two children, and I do my very best to make sure they have everything they need. One of the things that has really helped me is getting one of the apartments for rent in Newport News VA that has affordable rates. It does help that I fall right below the maximum guidelines for affordable housing help, and this apartment has been such a blessing to find. Since I want to do best by my children, I wanted to make sure they are in a good school district too, which this apartment building is in. Continue reading

Being Frugal with Money but Having a Really Nice Apartment

We got an apartment with a sun room. Have you ever heard of such a thing? It is amazing to live in an apartment with so many amenities. We were looking for apartments for rent in North Fort Worth TX when we found Bella Vista. Our bathroom has a deep soaking tub. Some folks call them Roman bathtubs. We have black appliances in a designer kitchen. Everything about our place is nice. If you need anything fixed in your apartment, the maintenance crew gets to it within a day. We have ceilings that go up nine feet, and there is crown molding. I have never seen that in an apartment.

We really like it here. There are two outdoor pergolas with barbecue grills, and there is a really nice saltwater swimming pool that has a waterfall. I like the area in our apartment that has a built-in computer desk. I use it as a quiet place to work when I telecommute. Continue reading

We Were Looking for an Apartment in the Suburbs Outside of St. Louis

My wife and I wanted a nice little place outside of St.Louis. We wanted to be just far enough out of the city to be able to enjoy the suburbs. I can work in the city, but I prefer the quieter spaces of the suburbs. I like to be able to sit out on the patio and not hear sirens and the hustle and bustle of urban living. We looked online at apartments for Florissant MO. We found a nice place that has a pool and just what we wanted in our apartment.

It might sound funny, but we wanted a gas stove to cook on. That is getting harder and harder to find. Continue reading

We Are Enjoying Our New Home

I hear people talking about car prices and car payments, but the really big cost is housing. You can get a used car and not have any payments and rely on the luck of the draw of whether it will need a repair, but housing is perpetual. You will always pay one way or another. Either in taxes and upkeep for a house, or rent for an apartment. We were surprised to find a really nice apartment in Silver Spring MD that was right within our budget.We thought finding anything that close to the nation’s capital was going to cost a lot more than what we ended up paying.

The kicker is that the apartment that we got is really nice too. Continue reading

Finding a Realtor to Buy a House

I really thought that I was going to be able to buy a house a couple of years ago, but it ended up being a lot more complicated then I would have thought. I had the money to be able to pay for a mortgage at the time, but my credit was in the dumpster for some reasons that were kind of beyond my control. I had some collections against me that were erroneous and I could not get them removed. But anyway, I am trying to find the top Denver Realtors at the moment, so that I can have someone to help me to find a house to purchase.

I thought initially that I would be able to find a house on my own, and thereby, not have to hire a Realtor and have to deal with one. But after doing a bit of searching and attempting to find a house on my own for a couple of months, I realized it really wasn’t working out for me, and I decided that I would have to get a realtor after all. Continue reading

AOC Monitor Delivers First Android

Jakarta: Manufacturers LED AOC presents its newest product line, the My Smart All in One (AIO) 58 P Series, and Smart AIO 72 P. This device became the first AOC monitors are equipped smart with the Android operating system and internet connection.
With their large size, users can optimize their use for surfing the internet, playing games, and of course enjoy the movies online. »This device is intended for young people, particularly with the use of digital products is high,” said Director of PT Mega Komputindo Lestari, as the sole distributor in Indonesia AOC, D. Lasmono W.S, last night, Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
Lasmono said, this product is also intended for institutions and public facilities. »It can be placed in hotel rooms, airports, hospitals, and so forth, because it does not use the CPU can be directly used browsing,” he said.
Smart AIO 58 P using Jelly Bean Android operating system, is equipped with a built-in speaker, and is equipped with USB connectivity, SDHC card, and the screen quality of Full High Definition (HD). To access the Internet, the device can be connected to the LAN, and WiFi. The price of a unit of 58P is U $ D 350 or USD 3.6 million.
Smart AIO 72P using Jelly Bean Android operating system, which is powered by the Android application, Flash Support, Media Player, and Smart UI. The device is priced unit U $ D 300 or USD 3,074 million
According Lasmono, this product can be found at electronics outlets across Indonesia in late July 2013. »In fact we expect this product to be marketed bia to the district,” he said. AOC targeting these two products up to 30 thousand units sold until the end of the year.

Software AG Named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites

Software AG today announced it was positioned by Gartner, Inc., a leading industry analyst firm, in the Leaders Quadrant of the recently published Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites. In gaining this recognition, vendors were evaluated based on completeness of vision and ability to execute. The quadrant evaluates the application integration and SOA project market, which are strategic for Software AG as a vendor of application infrastructure middleware.

“We believe Gartner naming us as a leader with the furthest position on both axes in the Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites* is a validation of our product innovation, high quality services and strong go to market model,” said Dr. Wolfram Jost, Software AG’s Chief Technology Officer. “Our goal is to continue to deliver the most comprehensive, innovative infrastructure middleware offerings that improve business outcomes of our customers, while enabling them to achieve better agility and drive growth.”

Gartner’s evaluation of Software AG is primarily based on its flagship offering webMethods Suite V9.0. It includes tightly integrated products such as webMethods Integration Server as an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), Terracotta Universal Messaging for fast asynchronous messaging, webMethods Trading Networks for B2B integration, webMethods BPMS for process orchestrations and monitoring and CentraSite for metadata lifecycle management.

The nexus of four forces – cloud, mobile, social, and big data – are presenting unprecedented new opportunities to innovate and grow the business. With webMethods Suite, organizations can take full advantage of these opportunities by establishing a strong but flexible integration backbone to build new applications. It allows organizations to leverage existing IT investments while managing the proliferation of data, devices, and services resulting from the four forces.

Unlike other solutions in the market, the webMethods Suite is an open, cross platform solution. It delivers capabilities as building blocks that fit together allowing customer implementations to grow as their needs grow. It is also easy to use across all lifecycle stages from design to production, lowering total cost of ownership. Strong lifecycle governance baked into the platform helps companies maximize reuse and align closely with business needs.

Complimentary copies of Gartner’s report are available at www.softwareag.com/recognition.

* Gartner Magic Quadrant for On-Premises Application Integration Suites by Jess Thompson, Yefim V. Natis, Massimo Pezzini, Daniel Sholler, Ross Altman, Kimihiko Iijima, published 27 June 2013.

About the Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Software AG

Software AG (SOW.F) helps organizations achieve their business objectives faster. The company’s big data, integration and business process technologies enable customers to drive operational efficiency, modernize their systems and optimize processes for smarter decisions and better service. Building on over 40 years of customer-centric innovation, the company is ranked as a leader in 15 market categories, fueled by core product families Adabas and Natural, ARIS, Terracotta and webMethods. Software AG has ca. 5,300 employees in 70 countries and had revenues of €1.05 billion in 2012.

Yahoo Ad Startup Acquisitions

Jakarta – Yahoo! management announced that the company recently acquired a new company engaged in the field of advertising, namely AdMovate.
On the company’s official website, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, management AdMovate said, “We started the company last year to make it easier for advertisers to create highly personalized offers via the mobile platform.”
Management said the company tried to keep the advertisers can reach consumers through ads that are personalized to match. And Yahoo! has a team with a similar vision.
“Yahoo! is willing to invest in a massive scale,” he says on the site. AdMovate management company hopes to realize his dream of building an effective mobile advertising services.
In a statement, the management of Yahoo! said, “This acquisition is part of our efforts to further develop our advertising technologies such as Apt, Genome, and Right Media.”
Yahoo! hopes that the advertisers can more easily advertise and advertising agencies can be more easily connect. The technology developed AdMovate expected to accelerate this development.
This action adds to list of companies that have made ​​acquisitions Yahoo! In May, Yahoo! bought the social networking site Tumblr with a value of U.S. $ 1.1 billion. Analysts expect, Tumblr is the largest acquisition in the history of corporate.
Buying Tumblr will meet the goals of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer to expand the market share of the smartphone and tablet computer users. Tumblr paper presents a constantly changing, photos, and other digital content presented by users who can now connect through mobile applications. This service is also one of the most popular websites among teenagers and young adults, it is considered appropriate to the development of Yahoo! Mayer

Google Open Streaming TV Service

California: Google is rumored to be opening for Google TV streaming service. The tech giant is said to be developing a streaming service similar to cable TV services, such as Hulu or Netflix.
Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, according to sources who declined to be named. The source revealed that Google has approached several media companies to discuss licensing and television program content. Google wants to provide more services to Google TV via channels such as television package, but by using a broadband connection.
Google TV audience of streaming content will not require registration and subscription requirements as well as cable television service. Google TV so users will not be charged monthly. Google TV is not much different from the Apple TV. But the Apple TV first implement streaming TV service.
Google seems to need to fight hard to make it happen because just like the Apple TV earlier, the problem of security issues and also the reluctance of media companies to cooperate with Web TV newcomers a big challenge.

Hackers use Dropbox, WordPress to spread malware

The Chinese cyberspies behind the widely publicized espionage campaign against The New York Times have added Dropbox and WordPress to their bag of spear-phishing tricks.

The gang, known in security circles as the DNSCalc gang, has been using the Dropbox file-sharing service for roughly the last 12 months as a mechanism for spreading malware, said Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer for Cyber Squared. While the tactic is not unique, it remains under the radar of most companies.

“I wouldn’t say it’s new,” Barger said on Thursday. “It’s just something that folks aren’t really looking at or paying attention to.”

The gang is among 20 Chinese groups identified this year by security firm Mandiant thatlaunch cyberattacks against specific targets to steal information. In this case, the DNSCalc gang was going after intelligence on individuals or governments connected to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ASEAN is a non-governmental group that represents the economic interests of ten Southeast Asian countries.

The attackers did not exploit any vulnerabilities in Dropbox or WordPress. Instead, they opened up accounts and used the services as their infrastructure.

The gang uploaded on Dropbox a .ZIP file disguised as belonging to the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council. Messages were then sent to people or agencies that would be interested in the draft of a Council policy paper. The paper, contained in the file, was legitimate, Barger said.

When a recipient unzipped the file, they saw another one that read, “2013 US-ASEAN Business Council Statement of Priorities in the US-ASEAN Commercial Relationship Policy Paper.scr.” Clicking on the file would launch a PDF of the document, while the malware opened a backdoor to the host computer in the background.

Once the door was open, the malware would reach out to a WordPress blog created by the attackers. The blog contained the IP address and port number of a command and control server that the malware would contact to download additional software.

Dropbox is a desirable launchpad for attacks because employees of many companies use the service. “People trust Dropbox,” Barger said.

For companies that have the service on its whitelist, malware moving from Dropbox won’t be detected by a company’s intrusion prevention systems. Also, communications to a WordPress blog would likely go undetected, since it would not be unusual behavior for any employee with access to the Internet.

In general, no single technology can prevent such an attack. “There’s no silver bullet here,” Barger said.

The best prevention is for security pros to share information when their companies are targeted, so others can draw up their own defense, he said.

In The New York Times attack, the hackers penetrated the newspaper’s systems in September 2012 and worked undercover for four months before they were detected.

The attack coincided with an investigative piece the newspaper published on business dealings that reaped several billion dollars for the relatives of Wen Jiabao, China’s prime minister.

Digital Storm VELOCE, 13.3-inch Gaming Laptop With Intel’s Haswell CPU & GPU NVIDIA GTX 765M Plus 8GB RAM

Soon the market will be the arrival of a new gaming laptop models known as Digital Storm VELOCE.
With stretcher panel 13.3-inch screen that supports a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, 1.25 inches thick laptop weighs 4.6 kg and is fully supported by an Intel Core i7-4800MQ who collaborated with NVIDIA GTX 765M GPU and 8GB of RAM.
And even to support jitunya storage solutions, gaming notebooks running Windows 8 has been providing hard drive plus 750GB 7200RPM 8GB SSD. Not only that, this powerful gaming laptop has also been supported by the 3 USB 3.0 ports, a DVD burner, HDMI, VGA, WiFi, Bluetooth, and much more.
Concerning the availability and price, the Digital Storm gaming laptop VELOCE which will soon be released on July 17, 2013, is reportedly going to be priced at $ 1,535 or the equivalent of 15.34 million dollars per unit.

Intel Releases Low-Powered Atom Chips for Servers

Now that Intel Corp. (INTC) has released new chips for the smartphone market, where it has been squeezed out by competitors like ARM Holdings PLC (ARMH) and Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), it has elected to restart its initiatives in the server business as well. Intel has three-quarters of that market, by most estimates. Although the opportunities in the corporate server market are not as great as those among consumers, it needs to keep its hold on one of its major franchises.

As it struggles to keep server share, it announced:

Intel revealed new details for the forthcoming Intel Atom processors C2000 product family aimed for low-energy, high-density microservers and storage (codenamed “Avoton”), and network devices (codenamed “Rangeley”). This second generation of Intel’s 64-bit SoCs is expected to become available later this year and will be based on the company’s 22nm process technology and the innovative Silvermont microarchitecture. It will feature up to eight cores with integrated Ethernet and support for up to 64GB of memory.

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The new products are expected to deliver up to four times the energy efficiency and up to seven times more performance than the first generation Intel Atom processor-based server SoCs introduced in December last year. Intel has been sampling the new Intel Atom processor server product family to customers since April and has already more than doubled the number of system designs compared to the previous generation.

The market probably will not need to wait long to see if the initiative works. Chip companies are fond of release data sales on new products, if they are successful. By the firm’s next earnings call, Wall Street will know if the new Atom product and the servers it runs will replace older ones in which systems were less efficient.