Google Home vs. Amazon Echo – A comparative study

The best smart speakers: Google Home vs Amazon Echo

 

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo – which smart speaker is best? Google Home is the first major competition in a field dominated by the Amazon Echo. But which one is a better smart speaker? Which of the two speakers answers your questions more reliably and accurately? Which one has the...

 

Paperless office: the advantages of digital archiving

Paperless office: can you really digitize everything?

 

Digitized photo albums and music collections are nothing new; for years now, internet users have been able to manage their music and images online. This phenomenon allows us to share our snapshots with friends via social media platforms and listen to our favorite songs while on...

 

The Google evolution: Mobile search results

Google mobile search: the evolution of the Google search

 

In the modern world you don’t just have your smartphone on you at all times – you have Google as your daily companion as well. Through its broad range of services and applications for mobile devices the search engine market leader has taken a firm grip of the mobile phone...

 

The best Alexa Skills

Amazon Echo upgrade: the best Alexa Skills

 

So you think Alexa can do a lot? Well, it’s now possible to add even more capabilities to the smart Amazon Echo speaker. If you network it with external providers, you can extend the pre-configured functions with different applications. With Amazon Alexa Skills, Alexa becomes a...

 

The best WhatsApp alternatives

The best WhatsApp alternatives

 

Invitations to dinner parties; updates about work; an excursion with the college soccer team: if you’re not using WhatsApp, you run the risk of missing out on important information. With more than a billion worldwide users to date, the app is more popular than almost any other on...

 

Perfect out of office message: Examples and templates

How to create the perfect out of office message

 

The out of office message is a crucial part of email communication in the workplace. If you don’t have access to your email, your contacts will want to know when you’ll be back and whether or not you’ll be represented by someone else in your absence. An out of office reply may be...

 

4 steps to getting your website Christmas-ready

With the holidays just weeks away and shoppers dashing to their devices to try and beat the holiday rush, it is important to ensure that your web presence is ready to take on the challenge. Whether it is a blog or an online shop, here are a few tips and tricks to ensure that your website is ready to hit the road running as the festive season kicks in!

CORS: Cross-Origin Resource Sharing Explained

You access a website and, in the background without your knowledge, content is loaded from a third-party server. This is a security risk and is rightly prevented by the same-origin policy (SOP). But what do you do if you need the connection to both servers? Cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) provides secure technology for creating exceptions.

Ubuntu: The versatile Linux distribution with long-term support

Whether a home PC, work laptop, or website server – without an operating system, the management of hardware resources wouldn’t be possible. Windows systems have proven themselves over the years, and Apple computers run with Mac OS X as the standard, but Linux distributions are no longer a niche in the server environment. Ubuntu, for example, continues to build on traditional open source...

Overview of six of the best free e-mail providers

Everyday, over two billion emails are sent around the globe; the majority of which are sent free of charge. The quality and quantity of features offered by free email providers is forever improving – ever increasing amounts of storage space, greater levels of security, and more modern user interfaces are all being made available free of charge. But the list of possible providers is long and in...

Contao CMS: a sleek alternative to TYPO3

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The right content management system (CMS) is fundamental to the success of most web projects. Big names, like WordPress or TYPO3, dominate the market, but there are alternatives. With their sleeker yet-still-adequate range of functions, such options often prove to be the better choice. One such example is Contao. The open source solution wins over users with its accessibility and intuitive user...

Get a more secure data transfer with WinSCP

Are you still transferring your data online over an unencrypted connection via FTP (File Transfer Protocol)? WinSCP offers a comfortable and secure alternative to the current FTP client programs for the operating system, Windows. The encrypted network connection is based on the implementation of Secure Shell (SHH) and enables a fast data transfer via SCP (Secure Copy) and the flexible remote...

How to use FileZilla: a tutorial on the popular FTP client

FileZilla is considered to be a standard software for transferring data between locally connected computers and online servers. The network protocol is able to transfer via FTP and its encrypted variants, SFTP and FTPS. We’ve created an overview of the client program’s features and break down the details of this program from installation to data transfer.

Network time protocol (NTP): definition and functionality

Computer systems and applications use time stamps for communication purposes. Synchronous system times are highly important for these so-called temporal signatures to be of any use – especially for systems that exchange information via the internet. A protocol that has provided valuable assistance for decades is the network time protocol (NTP) – here is an introduction to NTP, as well as some...

Fog computing: decentralized approach for IoT clouds

Traditionally, cloud solutions are designed for central data processing. IoT devices generate data, send it to a central computing platform in the cloud, and await a response. However, with large-scale cloud architectures, such a system inevitably leads to bandwidth problems. For future projects such as connected cities and smart manufacturing, classic cloud computing is a hindrance to growth. The...


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