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Listening to Internet Radio at Home presented by Shark Systems

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

With the rapid expansion of wireless Internet coverage in recent years, Internet radio has become more accessible and mobile than ever. Traditional radio is limited by transmitter strength and the broadcast spectrum available in an area. Internet radio can be heard all over the world, with stations accessible wherever there is a sufficient Internet connection. The number of stations is essentially unlimited, and the barrier for entry is low. While traditional radio is highly regulated and not everyone can broadcast easily, getting set up in Internet radio is much simpler and less expensive. With thousands of online radio stations across hundreds of genres, consumers can choose from a full spectrum of options.

Internet radio is delivered primarily in two ways: through downloads or as streaming audio. Downloadable content must be saved to the listener’s device, whether a computer, an MP3 player, or another option. Streaming audio can be listened to without being stored. This makes it appropriate for freestanding Internet radios like popular models from Aluratek or Sling Media, data-enabled smartphones, or computers. Live broadcasts can even be received online from thousands of stations that stream audio as it is produced.

At Shark Systems, we sell a number of popular devices used to listen to Internet radio without needing to go through a computer. Known as network media players or digital media receivers, these devices connect to your existing home theater or audio system and allow you to pipe audio or video from the Internet straight to your speakers or television. Network media players can work for both television and radio consumption and allow people living outside the range of traditional broadcasting to enjoy a wide range of programming.

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Shark Systems: Options for Creating a Home or Business Network

Shark Systems, a leading Canadian reseller of consumer electronics, provides everything you need to set up a home or business network. Networking computers allows selected users to access shared documents from their own workstation and creates a shared Internet connection. While many networks are wired via Ethernet, wireless networks have continuously improved over the past decade, allowing high-speed data transfer using wireless routers and other technologies. Most computers now come with wireless networking cards as standard equipment while continuing to support Ethernet connectivity as well. Shark Systems offers everything you need to set up your home or office network.

1. Ethernet Switches/Hubs: Wired networks often route through an Ethernet switch or hub, which connects to computers and other peripherals such as printers. The switches have multiple Ethernet ports, allowing a number of items to join the wired network. This enables sharing of data, printers, and Internet access. Larger networks can utilize hubs with more ports or additional switches. Shark Systems offers an array of switches in varying capacities from manufacturers like D-Link, IBM, and TRENDnet.

2. Wireless routers: Home routers allow you to connect multiple computers to peripherals, a single Internet connection, and shared data on other computers. Wireless routers allow for a great deal of convenience, connecting equipment throughout the home without any cords or long cables. A wireless network is inherently less secure than a wired one, but the network can be protected by specifying access restrictions. Shark Systems provides many types of routers from manufacturers such as Cisco and Linksys.

3. Network Cards: These devices can be internal or external, and provide computers and peripherals the ability to communicate via wired or wireless Ethernet. Shark Systems offers multiple types of network cards in varying speeds and configurations from companies like Intel and Allied. 4. Network Security: Security devices such as firewalls protect networks from incoming and outgoing security threats. Firewalls regulate network transmissions based on specified protocols or rules. Virtual private networks (VPNs) require authentication from users attempting to connect to them and utilize various levels of encryption to protect transmissions.


Oceana & Shark Systems’ Scared For Sharks Initiative

As part of the company’s philanthropic efforts, Shark Systems co-sponsors Oceana’s Scared For Sharks campaign. This environmental initiative is also supported by Mad Men lead actress January Jones, who appears on behalf of Scared For Sharks in the promotional video included below.

According to Oceana’s website, of the more than 300 species listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 50 shark species are considered endangered, critically endangered, or vulnerable. However, only three species—white, whale, and basking sharks—receive conservation protection under international law through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). To address this startling and tragic gap, Oceana has instituted campaigns in several areas, including legal advocacy, scientific research, and international policy, all aimed at increasing protection for these threatened species as well as awareness of the growing problem.

Of the many dangers plaguing shark populations around the globe, heavy fishing, bycatching, and shark finning represent the three greatest threats. While the damage from excessive fishing may be self-evident, many people have not heard of bycatching or shark finning and thus do not know these activities’ harmful repercussions. Bycatching refers to damage or death caused to species that are caught by fishermen intending to catch a different kind of fish. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), very few fisheries do not catch sharks as bycatch, and some fishing operations actually catch a greater number of sharks than their intended species, such as tuna or salmon. Bycatching, therefore, stands as both a wasteful and damaging phenomenon for shark populations, which is why Oceana has campaigned against the use of the fishing equipment that causes the greatest damage through bycatching, such as long lines, trawls, and gillnets.

Shark finning refers to the act of cutting off a shark’s fin, which is then usually used in cooking. In shark finning, fishermen throw the shark back into the water after taking the fin, resulting in the shark slowly bleeding to death. This incredibly cruel practice also produces significant waste, since the majority of the shark is discarded.

If you would like to join Shark Systems and Oceana in their efforts to advocate on behalf of threatened sharks around the world, please visit na.oceana.org or the company website at www.sharksystems.com and click on the banner at the bottom of the page.

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April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

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