Friday, 24 August 2012

Using a mobile phone to get internet access on a laptop or tablet

You don’t actually need an internet dongle to get an internet connection on your laptop when you are away from home, and you do not need to go looking for a wifi hotspot when you can use your mobile phone to share the Internet connection to a tablet or a laptop. This is actually what they call tethering!

Now, I am currently using a Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, but I believe that this tethering feature will work on any android phones 2.2 or above! You can either use your mobile phone usb cable to get an instant access or wirelessly by making your mobile phone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

So, where can you find this feature?
You can find this on your mobile phone settings
• When you are already on the settings, tap the wireless & network
• Go to the mobile networks, tap and enable data access via mobile network (this would allow you to use internet on your mobile phone)
• Go back and tap tethering & portable hotspot

Using a USB:
• Connect the USB on your phone to your laptop
• Tap USB tethering (it will then automatically install all the settings on your laptop)
• Open a browser and start surfing the net!

Using as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot (without cables)
• Tap the port Wi-Fi hotspot setting
• Configure your Wi-Fi Hotspot ( keep the security setting as WPA2 PSK since it is the most secure connection then make a password and save)
• Tap portable Wi-Fi hotspot
• On your laptop or tablet, on the right lower corner look for the settings and click on it
• Look for the wireless network connection and find your mobile phone wireless hotspot
• Click on it and type on your password and then connect.

When the status says you are connected, you can now use the internet on your laptop or tablet.
Good luck!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

The importance of survey software in business market research

You might as well have noticed that you always get a research survey from almost anywhere now a days, from dining in a restaurant/fast-food chains, after staying in a hotel, to buying things online, on high streets and even on groceries you do get a market research survey!

Now, how do you get these surveys?
When purchasing online, you usually get an online survey after a few days of receiving your products, this will then be sent on your email with a link attached. However when buying on a high street shop, you will be invited to take the survey by store personnel and details are usually on the receipt of the items bought which of course includes the website wherein you will take the survey, same as staying on a hotel or dining on food chain or restaurants.

Why do businesses use market research survey?
Businesses uses market research for a very good reason, that is to gather feedbacks from costumers like you and me, and help businesses understand what they are good with and what needs improvements. From there these companies can decide what would best enhance their products and services! Now to gather these said feedbacks, a company/business uses a tool called survey software, based on what I know, this can be either used directly online or installed on a computer (depending on online survey provider). Once a survey is created, an email with a link will then be sent out to costumers. When a costumer responds to it by taking the survey, the collected data is immediately recorded and analyzed on the software; this will then be on a form of chart or graph, and can be then used as statistical analysis! I honestly think that this software is very handy to have or use in any businesses, as I used to work in a corporate company before and not only that this software is use for gathering consumer feedbacks but we do use this kind of software for internal use such as employees suggestions and feedbacks on company's policies, progress, and initiatives. Whichever you look at it, this is a very useful tool for businesses, so why not give it a go?

How to set up the internet on giffgaff android phone

Most android mobile phone already has a quick set up for internet and MMS, but using the new mobile sim called giffgaff, this will does not work! Instead you have to do what I did, to manually install the settings on the phone with the procedure below. This procedure along with other mobile phone settings are found on giffgaff website help page, so if this will not work on your phone, just log-in to your giffgaff account and look into the help page.

This settings is for Android phones running the following Android versions - 1.6, 2.1 and 2.2

Setting up internet & MMS:

- Press the Menu key
- Tap Settings
- Tap Wireless & networks
- Tap Mobile networks
- Tap Access Point Names
- Tap a giffgaff APN (if there are no APNs go to 10)
- Press the Menu key
- Tap Delete APN
- Repeat 6, 7 and 8 until no giffgaff APNs remain
- Tap the Menu key
- Tap New APN
- Tap Name then tap the text box and enter giffgaff then tap OK
- Tap APN then tap the text box and enter giffgaff.com then tap OK
- Tap Username then tap the text box and enter giffgaff then tap OK
- Tap Password then tap the text box and enter password then tap OK
- Tap MMSC then tap the text box and enter http://mmsc.mediamessaging.co.uk:8002 then tap OK
- Tap MMS proxy then tap the text box and enter 193.113.200.195 then tap OK
- Tap MMS port then tap the text box and enter 8080 then tap OK
- Tap MCC then tap the text box and enter 234 then tap OK
- Tap MNC then tap the text box and enter 10 then tap OK
- Press the Menu key
- Tap Save
- Tap the circle next to giffgaff so a green dot appears.
- Press the Back key four times to return to the home screen.
- Turn you phone off and back on again

Note: Make sure that your data is enabled in order to access the internet via mobile network. You can do this by going to the network settings on your phone.

Good luck!