Open source technologies have emerged as a serious threat to proprietary software owing to their free to use nature. The popularity of open source technologies has forced companies selling proprietary software to roll out cheaper versions of their software. It has also forced these companies to innovate and add value to their existing range of software products.

Open Source Technologies when used to develop ERP systems have the potential to drastically reduce the marketing, distribution and sales costs of organizations selling ERP software. Existing proprietary ERP systems are too costly to install and require a lot of customization to suit the specific requirements of an enterprise. Open source softwares allow the source code to be modified by users in line with the changing dynamics of the market. Proprietary systems, on the other hand, do not give such freedom to users and for every modification; users have to depend on the vendor. This proves to be a costly exercise but since proprietary systems are slightly more secure than open source systems; organizations that are paranoid about security usually opt for the former.

Open source technologies are an ideal way for companies to execute internal projects at the lowest cost. If the applications that need to be developed do not have a bearing on customer satisfaction then the sensible way to develop them would be to use open source technologies. However, customer facing websites and applications would require the support of a vendor if the applications have been built using open source technologies.

By exerting a downward pressure on price, open source alternatives indirectly help in improving the PC penetration in developing countries as more number of people are able to take advantage of software systems to improve their daily lives. Open source technologies also help companies to reduce the cost of setting up and maintaining their telecom infrastructure. Open Source Technologies have helped students, amateurs, professionals and those in the SOHO segment of the market to build applications without bothering about software and licensing costs.

Open source technologies have helped immensely in the promotion of e-learning technologies. Being free to use they have helped in lowering the cost of delivery and therefore helped a larger section of the audience to take advantage of open source technologies. Shopping cart solutions built on the open source platform have helped companies to set up and maintain online storefronts at very low costs. Easy availability of shopping cart solutions has helped in the development of an internet economy.

Podcasting: Everyone is talking about it. But what exactly is it, and how does it work? Simply defined, podcasting is the dissemination of syndicated files, either audio or video in content, over the Web for use on handheld audio/video equipment and computers. The term itself is a combination of two words, “iPod” and “broadcasting.” The word refers to both the file that’s downloaded and the technology to transfer it. Keep in mind that an iPod is not necessary for accessing podcasts. A podcast is also known as an audio subscription service. Listeners can subscribe to and download as many podcasts as they want. As a new method of downloading and transferring information, podcasting is revolutionizing the way we communicate. Podcasts differ from streaming video and audio. Podcasts are usually a continuous series of programs, with many episodes featured in serial format. Podcast subscribers can listen to the content on MP3 players or computers whenever they want. Unlike streaming video, no Internet connection is necessary to review the content of a podcast. But, due to their nature as stored files, podcasts can never be experienced live, in real time – again, unlike streaming video.

Podcasters, or people who create podcasts, have Web sites where their content is available for downloading. Can any old Joe start his own podcast? For better or worse, the answer is yes. All a would-be podcaster has to do is put his files on a web server thats accessible to the public. The file should have an internet address (URI). Podcast files can be any kind of files, from a PDF to a text file. The files can contain audio or video content. The would-be podcaster begins to create a series of files, creating a feed or list of URIs, so the entries in the series can be easily found and downloaded. Each entry is usually accompanied by a date, a title and some kind of content overview. The podcaster links the file to an identifiable place on the web server. This place is usually permanent, and its called the feed URI.

The popularity of these informational feeds has grown astronomically since 2004, when podcasting first became popular among bloggers and software developers. Podcasts cover all sorts of subjects, from technology to politics, to art and literature. Apple made podcasting part of its iTunes package in 2005, and last year, Sony Entertainment released a statement saying that its Play station Portable would be compatible with podcasts.

Now, podcasting has become a part of conventional media. The technology is being used by news stations and newspapers around the world, including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, the BBC, ABC in Australia, and Sirius satellite radio. The popularity of podcasting is expected to continue to grow, as print media becomes a less vital part of day-to-day communication. Check out New Technology TV for more information.

The new, stylish Sony Ericsson G900 is a slim, stylish and trendy 3G Smart phone which is actually a member of the Sony Ericsson G range. Sony Ericsson G900 is a very amazing mobile phone. All of its niche features have very unique kinds of characteristics. It has a very astounding camera features, which include a 5 mega pixels camera with auto focus, 3 x Digital Zoom, photo light, photo fix along with image stabiliser and Red Eye Reduction. It also has video recorder, video light, video stabiliser, video player, video clip, video streaming with 3G video calling with picture wall paper.

The compact 3G Smart phone comes with as usual a Symbian Operating system which is an open operating system for every mobile smart phone range, which allows its users to download new applications on their smart phone easily.

This phone’s organiser menu is really very large as it serves its users with utmost technology. Organiser menu contains phone book, alarm clock, calculator, calendar, tasks, timer, stop watch, notes, Flight mode, Speaker phone, vibrating alert, Symbian OS technology, Document Editor, Document Reader with phenomenal Handwriting Recognition and Touch screen controls.

It has the option for Internet as well. Internet network comes in four different marvellous ways, they are: Opera Web Browser, WAP 2.0 XHTML, WAP 1.2.1 and Web Feeds.

It also has very innovative kind of connectivity options, they are– as this phone is called 3G Smart phone –3G connectivity with WLAN Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB Cable port. It also has network connections of Tri Band Technology, Tri Band Technology has GSM 900, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900 with UMTS 2100.

This mobile phone has a very fascinating kind of built-in media player which allows its users to playback music and video files. The user can enjoy high quality sound as it has very good kind of clarity in its sound section. Sound section has media player, album art, FM Radio RDS, Polyphonic ring tones, MP3 and AAC Ring tones, Mega bass, Track ID, Play Now and Bluetooth Stereo(A2DP).

OLED is a new technology that can make thin, efficient and bright displays. OLEDs are made from organic light-emitting materials, and OLEDs do not require any backlight and filtering systems that are used in LCDs. So OLEDs are more simple to make and actually can be made flexible and transparent as well. OLEDs are also very efficient, and companies are working towards OLED lighting – an OLED “lightbulb” will be efficient and thin, opening the way for great new lighting designs.

There are two types of OLEDs used in displays – PMOLED and AMOLED. The difference is in the driving electronics – it can be either Passive Matrix (PM) or Active Matrix (AM).

With Passive-Matrix OLEDs, the display is controlled by switching on rows and columns. When you turn on row number x and column number y, the pixel at the intersection is lit – and emits light. Each time you can choose just one pixel to light. So you have to turn these on and off very quickly. You do so in a certain sequence, and create the desired image. This is somewhat like the interlace-system used in old CRTs, but the control is done pixel-by-pixel.

PMOLEDs are very easy and cheap to build, but they are limited to small sizes (up to 3″, typically). The image displaying is a bit complicated (because of the row/column method). Also the power consumption is not as good as AMOLEDs.

AMOLEDs have a different driver electronics – each pixel is controlled directly. AMOLEDs are more expensive, and much more difficult to create, but can be used for larger displays (current prototypes are up to 40″) and are very power efficient.

The first OLED products in the market used PMOLEDs – these were MP3 players, sub-displays on cellphones and radio decks for automobiles. The displays were small and usually with just one or two colors. When AMOLED panels started to emerge in 2007 and 2008 we have seen these larger displays in mobile video players, digital cameras, mobile phones main displays and even OLED TVs.

PMOLEDs are still very popular – there are more MP3 player sold today with PMOLED than with LCDs. But for larger displays, AMOLED is the best technology, and is growing much more quickly than PMOLED displays. Obviously for larger displays, such as TV, laptop monitors or PDAs, AMOLED is the only choice.

Today there are several companies that are working on technologies that actually close the gap between PMOLEDs and AMOLEDs – offering a sort of hybrid system. The promise is that these displays will be both easy to make and allow power efficient larger displays. We still have to wait and see whether these technologies actually work on commercial displays. One such technology is Dialog’s SmartXtend.

Heres a quick overview of the BSc degree in Management Sciences and Accounting offered by the Management School at the University of Southampton for prospective students.

The management sciences component of this BSc degree in Management Sciences and Accounting applies a rational, analytical approach to management, to improve organisational performance.

Using modelling, simulation and other analytical techniques, a management sciences approach can identify alternative strategies and guide practical action.

The accounting component of the BSc Management Sciences and Accounting degree course is concerned with the provision and analysis of information for a variety of purposes.

These include: regulation, resource allocation, and a range of other decision making tasks, both within and outside an organisation.

It is informed by a range of perspectives including those from economics, mathematics, behavioural and political science, psychology and sociology.

Both the management sciences and accounting components of the BSc Management and Accounting degree course carry equal weight in terms of assessment.

At the University of Southampton we have a great track record for producing high-calibre professionals who move into good careers soon after graduation.

A recent survey of Management School graduates showed that 89 per cent were employed or undertaking further study within six months.

This degree in Management Sciences and Accounting is recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the Association of International Accountants (AIA).

This recognition means that graduates from the BSc Management Sciences and Accounting degree course will receive exemption from some professional accountancy examinations, depending on what modules they elected to undertake.

It is possible to find out more information about the BSc degree in Management Sciences and Accounting at the University of Southampton by visiting the Management Schools website.

All you have to do is go to www.southampton.ac.uk/management

If you are considering enrolling on a health Sciences PhD, why not take a close look at the health sciences PhD offered by us at the Faculty of health Sciences at the University of Southampton in Hampshire, England.

Our MPhil/PhD doctorate is designed for all healthcare professionals who wish to undertake research at the highest level. Initially, all students enrol on the MPhil. Then, students wishing to study for a PhD will undergo a process to upgrade at an appropriate point.

The full course takes three to four years to complete full time, and between four and seven years to complete part time. This PhD health sciences programme is especially suitable for nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, health scientists and social scientists.

Research areas on the PhD health sciences programme are: cancer, palliative and end of life care; organisation and delivery of care; and rehabilitation and health technologies.

Our primary aim is to enhance your skills as a researcher to the optimum level. As a successful health sciences PhD graduate, you will be a suitable candidate for a wide range of research posts in both academia and industry.

At Health Sciences we have a proud tradition for undertaking ground breaking research that regularly attracts international recognition. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise we were rated as one of the top two research universities in the UK.

This PhD health sciences course gives you the opportunity to make your own original contribution to the world’s body of scientific knowledge. What is more, the programme also enables your development of key transferable skills, including public speaking, presentation writing, writing proposals, specialist knowledge and maturity.

If you would like to discover more information about this PhD health sciences programme from the University of Southampton, all you have to do is visit the Faculty of Health Sciences website.

The Law of Attraction reveals the Secret to Everything you’ve ever wanted. Ever since the world found out about the Law of Attraction through the phenomenon of the movie, people from every corner of the globe have been asking Bob Proctor for more. Millions of people are already using the Law of Attraction to make their lives successful. It’s no longer a secret, but a household term that is rightfully being given the attention it deserves. Anybody can learn how to use the “Law of Attraction” to create whatever one wants in life – be it money, love or happiness – and generate abundance.

Everything that’s coming into your life you are attracting into your life. And it’s attracted by virtue of the images you’re holding in your mind. It’s what you’re thinking. Whatever is going on in your mind you are attracting to you. If you don’t like the results in your life, you need to change your thoughts. That’s ALL that the Law of Attraction is about. But If the Law of Attraction is as simple as that, why arent more people wealthy, even gratified about the state their lives are in?

The Answer is a Simple One. There is an Exact Science to Applying the Law of Attraction to Build the Life You Seek. This Exact Science is called The Science of Getting Rich. The Law of Attraction as explained in “The Secret” movie, and even in much greater detail in The Science of Getting Rich Program, will teach you whatever it is that you may want or need to manifest in your life.

The Science of Getting Rich was first introduced in 1910 when Wallace D. Wattles released his book by the same title that was the inspiration for the film “The Secret”. What is the Science of Getting Rich about? Well in the words of Wallace D. Wattles, “The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain way. Those who do things in this certain way, whether on purpose or accidentally, get rich. Therefore, any man or woman who learns how to do things in this certain way will eventually get rich.” The Secret Science of Getting Rich Seminar is all about teaching you how to do things in this “certain” way to create wealth.

In the Science of Getting Rich seminar – Bob Proctor and Jack Canfield, two of the teachers in the secret, will personally guide you to develop the mind-set of the wealthy. Bob Proctor and Jack Canfield have taken this Science into a Whole New Era. This is What everybody have been Waiting for, Exact Instruction on How To Work with The Law of Attraction! Anybody can now start from today to replace what you don’t want by Attracting what you DO WANT. Here is now a step-by-step instructions showing you how to begin applying the Law of Attraction in your daily life — How to move beyond the theory into action.

Every day we are seeing more and more electronic gadgets that are advertised as being Bluetooth enabled. This may leave you feeling excited or it may leave you trying to figure out what all of the fuss is about. You may just want to know what is Bluetooth? You may just want a simple description of Bluetooth technology.Bluetooth mobile wireless technology is fast becoming a leader when it comes to technologies that involve wireless communication. It is becoming all the rage all over the world because in the short time it has been around Bluetooth technology has paved the way for computers, telephones and other electronic gadgets to be able to communicate with other Bluetooth devices that are within range. The current range for Bluetooth wireless technology networking is about thirty feet.The Bluetooth wireless system provides a cheap and secure way to communicate with other Bluetooth devices. This is done without the need for any wires.You may be wondering what is Bluetooth good for. Bluetooth technology is now used in almost all of the newer cell phones and handheld PDAs. Some laptops and printers use this as well. This is just a small sampling of the type of devices you can purchase that uses this technology. Every day more and more products are being brought to market.Wireless phones are probably the most widely Bluetooth enabled device, but new things are coming out every day. You can now find Bluetooth wireless speakers and headphones. The future should see many new Bluetooth gadgets come into the marketplace. It is possible that some day wireless will really mean just that. The only wire you will see is the one that plugs into the wall socket. People will look forward to the day when that tangled mess of wires is a thing of the past.Some of the big advantages of Bluetooth technology are how fast the transfer of data is and how inexpensive the components really are. You also are able to transmit both data and voice at the same time.Bluetooth technology has been around for a few years now. It is becoming more and more popular because it is used by many different manufactures, and the price is reasonable. You can expect to see a lot more Bluetooth enabled devices come out and hopefully the prices will become more reasonable as time goes by. It will not be long before it will be hard to find someone who will ask the question what is Bluetooth. Soon a description of Bluetooth technology will not be needed.

New operating systems are necessary to keep up with the demands of today’s users. Mobile phones available right now work on a few such systems like Java, Symbian, Flash, an exclusive OS like the ones utilised by the iPhone and the Windows seven phone.

The most progressive pparticipant in the cell telephone OS market is the Android OS. It’s an open source operating software developed by Google along with other tech corporations. The Android operating system is superb for the tech world and here are the reasons why.

Less expensive mobile products
A chunk of the mobile telephone cost is the O. S. Unless the phone uses special devices and materials like camera lens similar to pro cameras or dear metals for the body, the hardware cost may not amount to a significant value since production costs are going down because of more recent technologies. The free Android OS allows the telephone costs to go down because a gigantic portion of the price isn’t applicable .

Improving Technology
Mobile systems have continuously become better and faster. The advent of this new OS will certainly allow the development of better service and features to the final user. Users should be excited with the chance of larger adventure – like the 90s when we initially began to enjoy SMS, MMS, etc .

Better Services
We’re all acquainted with the iPhone’s ability to allow 3rd party programmers to develop applications, the Android OS is not different as it also inspires other programmers to develop the technology. This allows the end users to enjoy more modern and better applications and will certainly increase the phone’s value. At the end, you’ll get more than you paid for.

Google Products
most of use Google services like Gmail and Google Documents, having an Android device will make this experience more pleasant and pleasurable. With the increasing renown of Google products you may be warranted you are getting onto a good team.

These top reasons make the Android phones a wanted product that will surely make a massive impact on the mobile industry. There are already several brilliantly designed Android phones available in the market, and these phones are getting better and cost less each quarter.

The plethora of sites dedicated to the Usenet system reveal that it is still very much alive. In fact, with the growing popularity of P2Ppeer to peerfile sharing, Usenet has proven that its long-standing model of transferring files is still viable.

This method is preferable to torrenting and other technologies in several regards. There is no place where the debate between one technology and another is engaged with such passion as it is on the Internet, and Usenet has been the subject of a great many conversations of late.

Many of these conversations have to do with speed. Torrent protocols have proven that they can deliver large downloads at impressive speeds. However, it is not only the torrent protocol that can make this boast. Usenet manages the same high speeds via a very different protocol.

While the adherents of one protocol or another continue to take swipes at each others pet technology, most users find themselves using the Usenet system as a part of their entire Internet technology use. The debaters, in many cases, fail to see the forest for the trees, as every technology has its use, whether its old or new.

Usenet offers users a different way of using the web to interact with others, which has also made it part of the conversation where social networking is concerned. Though its proponents like to refer to social networking technologies as Web 2.0, the Usenet system has roots that extend far before there was even a Web 1.0.

This system has some of the best features of bulletin boardstext posts, fast downloads and very specific interest groupsand some of the best features of new technologies. Its users are just not going to give it up, and for many good reasons.

There are literally thousands of subjects among the Usenet newsgroups. Contrast this to the relatively few interests found on any given forum. A Usenet user can surf newsgroups very quickly, whereas a forum user has to create a separate account for every different forum. Social networking sites also come and go very quickly.

Usenet has been around for a very long time and the work that one puts into forging relationships via the newsgroups oftentimes pays off for many years. Oddly, much of the debate surrounding Usenet concerns whether this venerable technology still outdoes its modern peers. It does, in many cases.