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Spy Technology: How To Be A Spy

One may wonder what problems there are that could be solved by using surveillance equipment. Some think that these things can be used inappropriately or unethically. But if used legally and in good conscience, you can gather solid legal evidence for yourself, easily. For instance, you can use spying tech to hide cameras around your home for protection. If you live in an area with any crime, you can use information you have gathered to catch a criminal. Or, have slightly smaller issues around the house? Using hidden video surveillance can help you uncover who has been eating all the cookies, leaving the lights on, or anything you can imagine!
Another technology you can use to spy on others is audio technology. This can be very useful to monitor what goes in and out of your house. There have been cases where a hidden recorder has been placed in the phone of another spouses, leading to catching adultery in the act. Having this kind of evidence would continue its legal use, as it may help your case in a divorce battle. Monitoring one’s kids may also be something for a home spy to consider. If you are finding it difficult to find out where your child is going or what they may be doing, information gathered from a phone conversation will be able to provide you with the peace of mind that you know what they are getting into.
With the Internet so easily accessible, along with its plethora of adult related content and other things one may not want their kids to see, monitoring the home computer is very important. This is an example of how spy technology can be used in a very productive way to ensure your family’s safe usage of the Internet. If you have physical access to the computer, you may plant a key-logger between the keyboard and the computer itself. This will tell you everything that is typed into the computer. Other, more sophisticated computer spy-ware is available, but it may take an expert user or technician to run properly.
One last readily useful surveillance device one can use is a GPS tracker. Parents may find these useful to be able to check on the location of their kids at anytime. The most basic of these devices are small, looking like a thumb drive. Once placed, or hidden, in a car, they can then be removed and hooked up to a computer. Then, the device will provide a map and route of everywhere that car went that day. Smaller things include that which you can hide within a mobile device. The latter being useful to know exactly where the person was that day.
The uses for home spying equipment are almost endless. But, one must always make sure not to break privacy laws or invade privacy. These things must be used only for personal use and very ethically. Once you are assured that you are within the law and are acting legally, it is time become a real spy!…

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EHR Stage 2 Meaningful Use – Why Is The Recommendation To Delay Stage 2 Rules a Positive Move?

The electronic health records (EHR) Meaningful Use rules is the best roadmap the government developed to prepare for the delivery of higher quality care. Meaningful Use rules consist of a series of milestone requirements, divided into stages, which eligible professionals must attest compliance through the effective use and adoption of EHR technology. Successfully meeting the requirements of each stage is the driver that qualifies eligible professionals to receive EHR incentive payments.
The EHR incentive programs are administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The government opened registration to eligible professionals for the EHR incentive programs in January of 2011.
The effort to delay Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements represents the opportunity to get more medical facilities and physicians engaged around adopting EHR.
The Health Information Technology Policy Committee ruled in favor of delaying the electronic health records (EHR) Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements start date from 2013 to 2014.
Dr. Farzad Moshashari, the national coordinator for Health Information Technology, is in support of the Health IT Policy Committee recommendation.
“The last thing we want to do is provide a disincentive towards attesting for meaningful use in 2011,” Moshashari told the committee at a July meeting. “We recognize that not accepting your recommendation to delay the start of Stage 2 could negatively impact provider participation rates in the EHR incentive program in 2011.”
So what is contributing to the nationwide EHR adoption opportunity? The answer to the question is perception. The aggressive efforts of the US Department of Health and Human Services through the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid to promote adoption of EHR technology through incentives are leaving both eligible and non eligible professionals skeptical. This explains large number of public and private medical facilities and practices of all sizes yet to make the move towards EHR adoption.
There are many reasons for this apprehensive view but one really stands out from the crowd. Let’s face it, while there has not been an official statement released by the US government calling for mandatory EHR adoption, many of those who are in a wait-and-see mode believe that it is a mandate. This perception is resulting in many practices waiting until the very last minute to adopt the technology. If this posture does not change, the U.S. health care system may begin to experience differentiated levels of patient care between physicians who practice medicine using EHR technology versus those that do not.
Therefore, the recommendation to delay Stage 2 is a positive move that should result in higher Meaningful Use adoption rates of EHR technology while clearing the air of the paradigm that is impeding forward progress. The final decision on Stage 2 Meaningful Use timing will not be official until the final rules are issued sometime during the summer of 2012.
Providing physicians the platform to deliver high quality care for patients is what Meaningful Use adoption of EHR technology is really all about.
Physicians may review eligibility requirements and register for either the Medicare or Medicaid EHR incentive program by visiting:…

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Cool New Cell Phone Accessories

Cell phone technology is getting to be so exciting, with new applications, new features and especially that of new cellular phone accessories. The options are endless, and companies are still working on bringing us more with each day.
Within each cell phone accessory there is also a long line of generations with upgrades and new features. Shopping for accessories for your cell has never been so complicated, but so exciting. For tech lovers everywhere, any store or online shop carrying such accessories is now much like that of a candy store.
Cellular phones are becoming quite personal these days, especially with respects to color choices. Here are some of the top choices for newest, coolest and most interesting accessories for cellular phones and dual devices:
L5 for iPhone & iPhone Touch: With this simple accessory for the iPhone and iPhone Touch, it’s easy to turn your cellular phone into a universal remote. With a bundle of new gaming devices, upgrading television technology, DVD and Bluetooth players, etc., everyone seems to have a handful of remotes lying around their home. Use your phone to control everything with the click of a button, after plugging the L5 into the bottom of your device. With a range of up to thirty feet, and a cost of approximately fifty dollars, this device has continued to grow quite popular.
Zipbuds: Does it drive you crazy when your headphone cords tangle and twist, until they have you around the throat? Always having to detangle your headset can be a hassle. These handy new in-ear headphones are created with a durable, non-tangling, braided nylon. Additionally, these headphone have angled earplugs, keeping out most all exterior noises. Selling for a mere forty dollars at most stores, cellular phone users are snagging these up, for work and for play.
DZdock One: Created by a mere eleven year old this dock comes in a number of intense colors. A dock housing unit for technology such as the iPad, iPod, Kindle, etc., the device is a one-size-fits-all unit. It has become the case that career gear is now including one or more cellular phones/touch units/PDAs. In having all of these gadgets at your finger tips, it is no longer necessary to have charging units and docks for each individual piece. At a low price of approximately thirty dollars, the efficiency adds up.
Pixxo iSplash: Swimming, canoeing, or a day at the creek has never been so musical with the Pixxo iSplash for iPod, iPhone and other MP3 devices. You no longer have to worry about iPhone repair after a long day poolside, anymore. This handy new waterproof device connects to your technology, and has built in speakers. Whether under water, or floating alongside you, this musical genius always keeps the beat. Operated independently by batteries, this gadget can even be used while in the bathtub!
Accessories for cellular phones and dual devices are ever-changing. Giving us personal choices by color, brand, and type, we can choose tons of great gadgets that make our lives more efficient and more exciting. Each accessory is also dependent on device use, and your own personal lifestyle. Get out there and find some accessories for your personal piece of cellular technology, today!…

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The Pros and Cons of Skype

For a person interested in controlling costs or streamlining their communications, Skype has potential. In a nutshell Skype turns your computer into your phone.
All you need is a microphone and speakers or a simple plug-in headset, microphone combo. You might care about Skype because of the potential to cut communication costs and increase your choices in making contact with your business and personal connections. With a free trial offering you may find Skype, to be a cost saving champion compared to the traditional phone choices. However, you could find Skype’s many ways to “make you pay to play” and the privacy flaws to be off putting.
Save on Long Distance Calls: Skype to Skype
The biggest benefit is free calls if you are both talking via Skype. The same benefit applies for instant messaging or texting via Skype and video chats. The cost of international calls really adds up. Calling anyone, anywhere on Skype is free when they are using the Skype interface too.
A friend’s daughter was out of the country for several months going to school. Their regular Saturday morning video chat via Skype provided mother and daughter with the physical reassurance that both were doing well.
Skype Starter Steps
Here’s how.
Step 1 Download program and select Install
You will see options for PC, Mac and others. Go to their site to begin.
Step 2 Complete your Profile
Similar to all social media type tools, Skype wants you to talk all about yourself. Keeping your privacy in mind, you may want to select some graphic to represent you during communications.
The most time consuming step for me was finding a screen name that I liked and had not been taken.
Step 3 Add or import your contacts
Contact list works as you would expect. You can import phone numbers and Skype names, type them in or do some form of copy and paste.
Step 4: Place your first Skype to Skype Call.
To connect, enter or select the fellow Skype users’ phone number and click the big green button with a phone on it.
No Camera Required
Don’t have a web cam? Some people are pleased to learn that webcams and face to face conversations are not a Skype requirement. Voice-to-voice services and messages work well and no camera is required.
Potential Cons Could Cause Concerns
Before you rush to cut the cord, emergency call issues, privacy risks and add on costs should be weighed, too.
No emergency calls with Skype
Should you consider “cutting the phone line” in favor of Skype, be aware there is no 911 or emergency service available with Skype.
Pay-to-Talk Services Can Add Up
Skype could help you save on calls to “out of Skype network” calls. “Out of network” means you are calling via the Skype interface and the person you are calling is not using the Skype interface. In this situation, you will pay for having the conversation.
Skype offers a range of per minute charges depending upon where you are calling and if you are paying Skype a monthly fee. I found it most economical to pre-pay for a block of minutes because this qualified me for a discount. Carefully check all fees and rates before taking action beyond their advertising message “Skype to Skype” is free.
Example of Skype Pay Per-per Minute Plan: The Skype website reports that a call from USA to Mexico starts “as low as 2.3 cents per minute”. However, a call from the USA to a mobile phone in Mexico is posted as 33.6 cents per minute*
Think of Skype’s paid services as an Al la carte menu with each side dish having an additional cost.
Potential Privacy Risks
Some issues have been reported regarding Skype’s privacy settings not keeping the view from your webcam private. The fastest solution might be very low tech. You place a sticky note or a bit of masking take over your computer’s camera.
A more elegant solution might be technology based. If your computer is camera equipped, you can choose to control who sees your smiling face with several programs. One is . This program enables you to control what applications can or cannot use your webcam. If your computer is shared by family members or office mates, I suggest using a password to protect webcam access. It’s best to keep the view into your room within your control at all times. We’ve all seen enough police dramas with the criminal using an unguarded webcam to stalk a potential victim to merit a little extra webcam privacy considerations.
To recap, Skype is a messaging, voice, and video program. The clear benefit is free calls within its network and being able to stay in touch face-to-face, if and when you want to. The potential communication cons are as …