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Sash Window Security Solutions Some Tips To Better Insurance

Contents insurance is provided with your home insurance policy. Just having an adequate monetary limit may not cover you as fully as you would like. By talking to your local insurance agent, he or she should be able to provide you with the necessary home insurance advice to protect your belongings. The agent should also be able to tell you how to protect your residence using simple items like sash window security solutions.

Some insurance companies allow you to purchase replacement cost coverage for your belongings. This coverage has the better chance to reimburse you for the cost that it will take to replace a like item in today’s price. If this is not added, your belongings will be subjected to a depreciated value. This will provide you with a settlement, but will be below the current value to replace.

Most items that are covered on an insurance policy for the home do not need to be specifically listed. However, jewelry, art, or other things of high value may need to be put on a schedule. This will list the item, its value, and you will be charged an additional price. Make sure you get home insurance advice on the limit of value for items that will need to be on a schedule.

While reading an insurance policy sounds dull, is the best way to know what your policy covers and what it does not. You can get specific information from your agent or the company, however, the responsibility still is on you. Some security devices are approved by a country’s insurance standards and should be used.

A simple protection to theft is to have keyed locks installed on all of your windows. In two-pieced sliding windows, these keyed locks prevent the windows from being forced open. They work by using a metal pin that locks the operational and stationary pieces together. Most keyed lock will meet insurance standards. Ask for a list of recommended locks from your agent.

Many types of locks and stops will make unwanted entrance more difficult. Just check with the police, a locksmith, or your insurance company to make sure it is worth the money. Make sure you adequately protect sliding doors and multi-storied windows. These too will better benefit from standardized devices.

Sash window security solutions provide a great protection to easy access into your home. Knowing what is covered with your insurance policy will make sure you get the benefit that you have paid for. Performing an online search will show you the types of locks available and will give you insurance protection information.

When you are renovating the windows of your business or residence and want the best, you can find a company to do sash window repairs West London online. The professionals at the sash window repair service have the abilities and skills to get the job done right.

Windows Phone 7 copy and paste update set for late March

The first major (and much delayed) Windows Phone 7 update is finally set to make a showing later this month, according to Microsoft. Read on for details.

The update, code-named “Nodo”, should add the much sought-after copy and paste functionality to Windows Phone 7, as well as a host of performance tweaks. Apps, for example, should load up much faster once the update has been applied.

We had already heard from Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer that the Nodo update would be making an appearance in March, but we’ve now had confirmation that it will arrive towards the end of the month. According to a Google translation of Microsoft’s French blog, “this update will be available for the second half of March through your Zune software.”

So that you know when the update is available, “A notification will be pushed on all the Windows 7 Phone, allowing you to perform the update in the best conditions.”

A larger update, known as “Mango” is rumoured to be hitting at a much later date – possibly as late as 2012. This promises to add multitasking and Internet Explorer 9 support, among other things.

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Microsoft tweaks Windows Phone policy, touts trials

Microsoft announced this morning a handful of tweaks and changes to its Windows Phone Marketplace, many of which promise to make it easier for developers to publish in the now five-month-old digital storefront. The company also provided a look into the purchasing behavior of users, saying that nearly 1 in 10 downloads of a trial for an app or a game results in a sale.

One of the biggest changes centers around application distribution and publishing. Microsoft announced plans to launch a new Global Publisher Program, aimed at helping developers get their games in more markets.

"This program will enable developers worldwide to work with a Global Publisher to submit apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace," Todd Brix, Microsoft's senior director of mobile said in a post on the Windows Phone Developer blog. "Developers from countries and regions all over the world can now submit apps and games to the Windows Phone Marketplace."

That system, Brix explained, would have developers providing publishers with their applications, who would then submit them to the Marketplace and set the price. These publishers would also be responsible for ensuring the applications made it through Microsoft's certification process.

The Global Publisher program is joined by a handful of policy changes, one being an acknowledgement and clarification of developers' use of open-source licensed tools in their games and applications.

"The Marketplace Application Provider Agreement (APA) already permits applications under the BSD, MIT, Apache Software License 2.0, and Microsoft Public License," Brix said. "We plan to update the APA shortly to clarify that we also permit applications under the Eclipse Public License, the Mozilla Public License, and other, similar licenses, and we continue to explore the possibility of accommodating additional OSS licenses."

Last month a clause in the APA had come under fire for promising to ban any apps licensed under the GNU GPL v3, GNU Affero GPL v3, and GNU Lesser General Public License v3. Microsoft had responded by saying that the policy document was continuously being revised, and that the company would be "exploring the possibility of modifying it to accommodate additional open-source-based applications in upcoming revisions."

Other policy changes include a move to raise the limit of complementary app certifications that are offered for nonpaid applications from 5 to 100, as well as a change that makes leaving contact information for application support an optional affair. Brix explained that the mandatory inclusion option had slowed down the certification process.

Along with the update on the license, Brix said the company has seen great success with the implementation of trials for games and applications. These let users download and use a paid application before buying it, and have resulted in both higher total download numbers than applications without the feature, and higher sales.

"Nearly 1 out of 10 trial apps downloaded convert to a purchase and generate 10 times more revenue, on average, than paid apps that don't include trial functionality," Brix said. Those who make the jump from trial to a sale also do it in short order. "More than half of trial downloads that convert to a sale do so within one day, and most of those within 2 hours," Brix continued.

The trial feature has proved to be one of the big differentiators among the mobile app marketplaces. Google offers refunds for applications on the Android Market, but there is currently no mechanism to download a paid app without first plunking down a payment. Apple's approach thus far has been to allow free applications to offer full functionality through in-app purchase.

Brix also shared some preliminary results from developers using the company's Ad Control platform, which lets developers stick advertising in their applications. Brix says 95 percent of apps with ads on the Windows Phone Marketplace are using Ad Control, and that ad impressions have gone up 400 percent in less than three months.

The Windows Phone marketplace now sits at 9,000 applications, and 32,000 registered developers who just began getting payments for their applications at the end of January. Microsoft has not yet disclosed the total amount of those payments. As a refresher on the platform's momentum, below is our graph of the number of developers and applications, as announced by the company since launch. Worth taking into account are that both numbers are likely to shoot up as Microsoft's strategic partnership with Nokia progresses.

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WinZip Now Offering System Utilities Suite

WinZip is now offering a suite of tools for cleaning, protecting and optimizing your PC's overall performance.

ZoomTuesday WinZip announced that it's moving beyond mere compression and encryption by offering a suite of affordable, easy-to-use system utilities for the PC.

Called the WinZip System Utilities Suite, the toolset is broken down into three components: clean, protect and optimize. System cleaners will remove obsolete system files, correct registry errors, remove duplicate files, and free unused memory. The protection aspect includes security and privacy tools that will delete private data, recover accidentally deleted data, and even encrypt and protect sensitive personal files. System optimizer tools will supposedly update drivers, defrag the hard drive, check for file system and disk errors, and remove unneeded programs.

"Waiting until something goes wrong and then trying to fix it can be a costly, time-consuming and stressful situation that everyone would rather avoid," said Patrick Nichols, President of WinZip. "With the introduction of our new System Utilities Suite, WinZip makes it effortless to maintain your computer and get the optimal performance you need to accomplish all your business and personal computing tasks."

The WinZip System Utilities Suite is now available to purchase directly from WinZip for $39.95 (single license). Consumers not wanting to purchase the entire suite can buy the WinZip Driver Updater and WinZip Registry Optimizer separately as stand-alone utilities for $29.95 each. Additionally, customers can perform a free scan by downloading a free trial to identify performance and reliability issues.

The suite is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Volume license discounts are also available.
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