Month: June 2018

Categories: Technology

Today, toddlers can be handed a gadget or device and soon learn how to use it. We think these kids have advanced skills, however, studies have found that electronic devices could affect a child’s brain development, thus aiding in language development delays.

The Cons of long screen time on Gadgets

1. Language Delay in Toddlers

A New study found more evidence proving that children who spend too much time on handheld devices were more likely to have delays in expressive speech, compared to children who didn’t use the devices as much. In an article published by Time, research led by pediatricians at the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada, which was presented at the annual meeting of the Paediatric Academic Societies, found that for every 30 minutes of screen time, there was a 49% increased risk of expressive speech delay. The researchers did not find any other significant conclusion of screen time on other communication skills such as gesturing, body language or social interactions. However, the influence on speech should be investigated.

2. Less Active Play Equals Delayed Development

There are tons of gaming apps (for all ages) available on Google PlayStore and Apple Store. Many of them are free. With that, many kids today would rather spend time playing in front of a screen than playing outdoors with friends. It is important to encourage kids to participate in outdoor activities because they need to exercise their bodies and maintain a healthy lifestyle as they continue their journey into adulthood. If there is a restriction on outdoor activity, there will be delayed development in their physical skills.

3. Not Good for Bedtime

Commonly, kids find it hard to settle and sleep early because they want to linger playing games or watching pre-recorded or live video streams. A collection of researchers at the Kaiser Foundation found that 60 percent of parents do not administer their children’s gadget usage and 75 percent of children are allowed to use technology in their bedrooms. This aids in 75 percent of sleep-deprived children, between the ages of 9 and 10, according to researchers from a Boston College.

4. Not Good for School

Being sleep-deprived doesn’t only affect children’s development, it also affects their performance in school. Researchers found that students from developing countries in Asia scored better in math, science, and reading compared to students from the U.S. who are overexposed to technology.

5. Child Becomes Aggressive

The National Institute of Health (NIH) found that the increase in usage of modern technology can break the old boundaries of family, values, behaviour, and children’s well-being. Some games available online portray sexual content, murder, torture and more violent content, which is not appropriate for kids. Without the guidance of parents, kids can become violent and aggressive.

6. Can Cause Mental Illness

A slang term “iPaddy” refers to kids throwing a tantrum when their electronic devices are taken away from them. Many parents can relate to this scenario, and a study commissioned by online retailer Pixmania could support the belief that gadgets have something to do with the behaviour of kids. The group found that eight out of 10 parents who have children from ages 14 and under said they confiscate gadgets as a form of punishment as their kids are too attached to the devices, and most parents said kids throw tantrums after confiscating a device. To avoid this issue, reassess the extent you allow your kids to regularly use technology before they get too attached to them.

What to do

If you want to avoid the abovementioned issues, as parents set limitations on your child’s everyday usage, especially when using online technology. Monitor the apps and sites they are visiting so you know the content they are viewing and guide them age appropriately.

Based on American Academy of Pediatrics new guidelines, parents should limit the digital exposure for children of all ages. The academy had set a general screen time limit.

Kids over 2 years of age: no more than two hours in front of the TV

Kids age 2 to 5 years of age: screen time should be limited to one hour per day.

Kids age 6 and older: parents should learn to determine the restrictions for time spent using screen, and as well as monitoring the types of digital media that their kids visiting.

Categories: Software, Technology

Health Apps – If you failed some of your New Year resolutions, don’t lose hope. You have trillions of chances to start again!

Health is wealth!

Many Millennials who were in the 30s and above are now health conscious because of their lifestyle and busy schedule (in their work). Due to the increase of stress level (either from work or personal issues), it is very important to many of us to watch out for our health status. Furthermore, as we get aged, there are many changes happening in our bodies, thus making us more are prone to such health issues.

Top Health Apps for Android Users

Google Fit – Fitness Tracking and OEM Apps
(Usually Free)

Android users have plenty of options. Thanks to developers of many phone manufacturers and Google who developed such useful health apps.
Google has Google Fit and Samsung has S Health, These apps can track users’ fitness, calorie intake, water intake, and other fitness stats. Most of these apps are free, easy to use, and have decent features.

StrongLifts 5×5
(Free with in-app purchases)

StrongLifts 5×5 Workout is another best health app. The app’s goal is to focus mostly on strength training via the StrongLifts system. It features methods to record your progress, a timer, and a bunch of other stuff.
The app has a variety of workouts and training exercises, and available on Google Store. The in-app purchase offers additional content along with what you get in the free app. For users who are looking for more hardcore workout, the in-app could be the best for them.

Runtastic Running and Fitness Tracker
Price: Free / $2.99-$4.97 per month (billed annually)
As the name suggests, it is useful for people who commit to running workout. It includes stats, graphs, exercise tracking, shoe tracker, and etc., has integration with Google Fit and MyFitnessPal. The shoe tracker feature helps a user to know when to buy new shoes. The subscription is inexpensive compared to its competitors.

MyTrainer Dasi
Price: Free
MyTrainer Dasi is a free health app. It works a little bit similar to Lifesum. To use this app, a user needs to enter your age, height, and weight. After completing the details, the app will recommend diet and exercise routines for you. It doesn’t do much more than that. Some part of the app isn’t translated into English.

MyPlate Calorie Tracker
Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $44.99 per year

MyPlate Calorie Tracker has a database of over two million items, including a barcode scanner for quick additions to your tracking. The app tracks your water intake and equipped with Google Fit integration and other helpful features. Unfortunately, just like other apps, its subscription service holds most of the app’s features

Categories: Hosting, Technology

There are plenty of web hosting provider to choose from. With that, it is challenging to pick which of them is the best for your needs. For developers and bloggers, picking the right web host is like picking Mr. Right or finding their true love.

In the age of digital, establishing a reliable website is necessary for both small and big businesses. If you don’t have a website, probably, you are losing great opportunities such as expanding your audience via online, and accomplish different marketing strategies. With the help of a website, it will be easier for your customers to reach you and purchase items.

How to choose a web hosting provider?

There a few things that you need to consider when it comes to choosing the right web hosting provider. There are some questions that you need to answer that can help you to find the right one.

Figure Out What Your Hosting Needs

Most of the time, many girls are guilty with compulsive shopping.When it comes to choosing your website, this behavior should be avoided. Before purchasing a hosting plan, it is better to ask yourself what are the needs for your ideal website.

To help you find out the things you need, here are the questions you need to answer:

  1. What kind of website are you building?

  2. Do you want something common and easy to use (a WordPress blog, perhaps)?

  3. Do you need Windows applications?

  4. Do you need support for a specific script (e.g. PHP)?

  5. Does your website need special software?

  6. How big (or small) your web traffic volume will go further?

 

Determine What Type of Site You’re Building

First of all, you should be aware of your niche, the files including, the images and videos you will upload, and estimate the number of traffic you are expecting because the foundation of your website depends on these elements. If you are sure with the type of website you want to build, you know what features you want to get. There are hosting providers promote eCommerce functionality, while other hosting services boast features best for blogging and search engine optimization.

Choose a Host With Which You Can Grow

It is normal you think ahead of the future of your website so you have a goal. Although thinking about the budget is necessary. However, you need to consider what hosting service is worth investing in.

Estimate the Amount of Traffic You Expect

Usually, many of us are greedy with garnering thousands of traffic. Even in social media, the admins who handle social media accounts for branding are more focus on soaring the numbers of likes. Sadly, with tons of visitors, it doesn’t mean you have targeted the right audience.

Attracting the large amount of visitors matters. However, it is important to reach the right audience because it shows you have reached the potential clients, and you earned a higher return of investment (ROI).

If you have estimated the expected traffic on your website, check the hosting plan if it includes larger file storage.

Beware of unlimited offers

Anyone will be enticed with the phrase “unlimited offer” of some hosting providers. In reality, there are limitations. If you are new to dealing with the services, it is better to ask an expert to guide you regarding the coverage of the plan.

Choose a portable content management system

This tip has been advised by most experts because it will help avoid lock-in. At first stage of using the hosting plan, it shows great performance. However, keep in mind the times change, and the technology industry progresses rapidly. Thus, management changes, acquisitions and technology shifts can alter your web hosting plans. With that, ensure your site isn’t locked to any one host and you have planned a back up.

Own Your Domain Name

Founder and CEO of streaming music service Dozmia Nicholas Rubright highly recommends that entrepreneurs (whether start-ups or established companies) should own their domains.

“Make sure you own the domain. That way you can change providers if needed, and own any earned SEO benefits,” said Rubright.

Here are a few tips to choose a web hosting provider. If you need advices regarding web hosting features, feel free to contact Horizontech Computer Specialists.

Categories: Technology

SSL is one of the greatest inventions in the internet! It is now easier to connect to people around the world, and shopping items and any transaction and business services are now just a click away. However, as the online technology continues, progressing, the private details are at risk due to several bad hackers.

There’s a possibility that a website can be hacked. The only way to prevent this problem is to build an effective web security. In order to set up web security, website owners must purchase an SSL certificate.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. It is an ID card that assures visitors that the website they click is legit or it assures visitors that the website is “who they say they are.”

You can purchase SSL from a Certificate Authority (CA). Usually, CA ensures that the companies are telling the truth, its team researches companies, check references, and assures the identity, and encrypts data that protect any information of the visitors. If we talk about encryption, it means a process of securing the data between the owner of the site and its visitors, without compromising the data.

Some companies that offer server also provide SSL. If there’s no SSL, you can use a third party.

How it works?

A shopper wants to purchase an item to a shopping website. There are two computers involved in this transaction: hosting server of the website and the computer of a shopper.

The shopper’s computer will connect to the shopping website and will look for an SSL certificate, and the shopping website will be verified by Certificate Authority. After checking the identity of both, the computer will form an initial connection (it is called the handshake). During this process, both will decide which encryption will be used.

This agreement is used to establish SSL. There are different types of SSL. It’s up to the web owner he wants to appear on web address-it can be a lock icon, a thumbs up, a green browser bar.

If you have questions about web security and web hosting, don’t hesitate to call Horizontech Computer Specialists.

Categories: Technology

Laptops and tablets are prone to overheating, especially during summer. Unlike desktops PCs, laptop hardware components are in close proximity to each other, thus making a restricted space for passive air circulation. additionally, as the computer gets older, the components work less efficiently, causing these components to heat up to high temperatures quickly.

Dangers of Overheating

If the laptop overheats, it can cause serious damage both your body, the intimidate environment and internal hardware. In fact, there are reports that laptops that run at sub-optimum temperatures can scald a user and cause fires.Due to the dangers of this Sony recalled thousands of VAIO laptops due to possible burn hazards in 2010.

Laptops are designed to allow users to work in non-stationary situations such as having no desks or power outlets available, thus giving the users more flexibility in working. However, working with a hot laptop in your lap can potentially cause male infertility, according to a previous report.

If your computer is under constant stress from high operating temperatures, there is a possibility that it will shorten the lifespan of the hardware inside your computer. The heat may damage components such as the motherboard, CPU, and more, thus, leading to irreparable damage and potential data loss.

Sign of Overheating Problems

 

  • You hear loud whirring noises from the running fan

  • The laptop abruptly shuts down on its own

  • The computer is struggling or suddenly freezing when performing basic tasks like opening a new browser window

  • Random error messages are popping up in random programs

  • Lines are showing up on your laptop screen (a sign your video card is overheating)

  • The system is suddenly freezing or you’re getting the dreaded BSOD (Blue Screen of Death

How to prevent overheating

  • Check the Temperature of Your PC/Laptop

 

Fortunately these days Windows comes with its own hardware management program, HWMonitor can be accessed anytime by pressing Ctrl-Shift-Esc>More Details>Performance>Open Resource Monitor – it displays the temperature of the CPU, each of the computer’s cores, video card, hard drives, along with the minimum and maximum values of each temperature.

  • Keep your laptop cool in five ways

  1. Adjust your power settings from “high performance” to a more “balanced” or “power saver” plan.

  2. To keep the cleanliness of your device, use dust remover spray to clean out the laptop’s vents.

  3. Use a laptop cooling pad that has a fan or two.

  4. Keep your working environment or office as clean as possible. You may turn on the air conditioner

  5. Shut down your computer when not in use.

 

Horizontech Computer Specialists are experts in laptop service and repair. If you feel that our expertise is what you need to keep your laptop running at its best possible performance don’t hesitate to contact us at Horizontech for an immediate hassle free, no obligation consultation.