Recently, there has been news regarding Termite-inspired robots that are capable of constructing structures as well. As strange as it sounds, the overall inspiration is not bad at all. Imagine how termites go in sync, there is coordination and absolutely no need of blueprints and other complex construction plans before they bring in life structures that are almost double their own size. Check out termite videos to understand what I’m talking about.read more
You know me, I love tech, I love it so much that I not only talk about, I dream about it! Yes, Ok, that is a really geeky thing to do but, hey, that’s what I am, a fully-fledged member of the raincoat brigade!
Anyway, I want to talk about this Smart watch business. It seems to be all the rage now doesn’t it. We’ve had the smartphone and we’ve had the tablet. We’ve now got the the smartphone that is the same size as a tablet and the tablet that has shrunk to much bigger than a smartphone. So, what could possibly be left?read more
The latest news on the internet have more to do with mobile phones and other mobile devices. This should not be a surprise. Since the introduction of the iPad everyone has tried to find a competing product with a compelling proposition. So far, there has been none, and the only alternative is a product with a smaller form factor, which would be a large phone/tablet, a mini-tablet or a large mobile phone.
The problem which hinders the growth of users of other brands and users remains to be the Apple iPad and iPhone. Competing devices have released all kinds of form factors with great features, but almost all are running Android. The only other significant competitor is Microsoft with Windows 8, which is still trying to get a foothold.
Feature for feature, Android should be better, and this should translate to better sales. However, when consumers start using Android devices, a lot of them are perplexed at the navigation. In comparison, iOS devices have a simple GUI which leads to a very satisfying user experience. The latest news is that Sony and Samsung would be releasing their own variants of Android. Strictly speaking, this was not what their press releases said. From the press release, the new devices under development will run a Samsung OS which is based on Android.
Sony has practically the same plans. However, with the way they handled and developed Android for their phones, it is almost unrecognizable as an Android device.
For employees, this is enough of a development for them to raise their legs from the floor and put it up on another chair, or a footstool. Office drones are deceptively hard put to raise their legs, preferring not to move their foot, and the rest of their body once they start working on their desks. Even for just this reason, each company should have their own vein doctor directory. Seriously, a vein doctor in Orange County, is an important team member in keeping America safe from an epidemic of varicose veins. There is no reason not to engage in exercise, however, it would be rude to get out of the office and exercise if it’s not yet quitting time.
Meantime, it seems that Apple would be releasing a smart watch sometime soon. Sony has released a smart watch, and there are several other companies which have launched their own products. This segment of the personal hardware industry has not yet boomed mainly because it needs a credible big name manufacturer in order for young adults, tech geeks, and other early adapters to buy their own devices. It is hoped that Apple would be that one company which would give credibility to these products. However, these same companies, both big and small, all hope that Apple would not join the market any time soon because of the possibility that Apple would own the market with another successful product. It is a classic catch-22.
You want a big guy to join in so you can sell more products, but you are also afraid that when the big guy comes along, he turns out to be a 400 hundred pound gorilla occupying the market.read more
My supercharged, water-cooled personal computer is great and it has served me very well. I can do everything with it, including setting up a four-monitor combo that allows me to do everything I want – play games, watch surveillance videos on my yard, code, program, do some web design and edit pictures. I’m very happy with it except for the fact that I cannot take it with me everywhere I go. Believe me I’ve tried, but lugging along at least 20 kilograms on game night isn’t any fun.
So as any avid gamer would, I thought of getting a laptop. I wanted something that can double as a portable work machine and something that I can carry around with ease. For example, if I needed to go straight to a friend’s house to play, it should be light enough to carry around in a backpack. I don’t drive so I either take the bus or the train. This was one of my considerations for choosing a laptop.
Aside from asking buddies, I also took the time to search online. I read that some machines can be configured to specifications so that was one option. Another good one (and most of my gamer or game developer friends use this) is Alienware. It’s not a very popular brand, not as common a household name as say, Apple, but when it comes to hardcore gaming and design specifications, this is the one you should go for.
I was looking at the Alienware 18″ powerhouse featuring a 1TB quad play RAID 0 SSD hard drive configuration.
With the kind of memory and hard drive that I wanted, the price would come out to over $5,000. That was worth a long slow whistle. Chatting with the online customer support, she encouraged me to buy the laptop. I figured I could charge it using one of my credit cards and get it on a 12-month zero interest installment option. The customer service attendant said that I could extend that to 24-months and there would still be be interest added to the cost.
It sounded like a good deal and I said I’d think about it. I must admit that it has gotten me pretty excited and I’m very inclined to buy.read more
Google’s office is way cooler than every office we know as of today. It has amazing lounges, awesome chairs, whiteboards everywhere, colorful designs, and not to mention that spiraling slide from second floor to first floor. Seriously, it puts to shame every office space in San Francisco. It’s so awesome I want to live there.
But all of these are nothing compared to some advanced techies that will change the way we think of “office work” ever. These technologies are so revolutionary we cannot fully grasp their impact on the way we do things:
Robots for Remote Workers
Employers have varying views on letting employees work from home, but this may change with the upcoming advent of remote worker robots. These Beam telepresence robots of the Suitable Technologies at office will act exactly how the remote worker wants – the worker can control it to move around the office, type something up, check the schedule, and so on. It’s complete with cameras and microphones so the worker can stay updated of what’s happening nearby.
What if I told you that you could print a 3D house blueprint right on your paper? It sounds fantastic, but it’s possible! 3D printers generate 3D objects by adding materials layer-by-layer until an object is formed. This means faster generation and early detection of errors of designs.
Instead of cramping your hands for hours in a little laptop, imagine yourself operating it with the simple natural gestures of your hands. HP’s Leap Motion Controller uses infrared LED lights to detect gestures which are then converted to computer commands. You can change presentation slides by just a simple gesture rather than hitting a button. You can change screens even from afar.
What if you have a computer that you can wear like a glass? And this wearable computer allows you to take photos and videos, compute mathematical equations, and even access directions? Sounds like those we see in futuristic robots, right? This technology, spearheaded by Google Glass, is already on the works and is predicted to be rampant in the professional settings by 2020.read more
In the age of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and cloud computing, offices just could not let go of the paper trail. It seems that paper, printouts and hard copy are documents which still require actual printing and signed with a pen. As long as there is paper kept in archive, there would be a need to have photocopies. However, unless you have a big company there’s no need to have your own copier. Copier rentals are a cost-effective way of keeping a copier in the office.
Offices are evolving with the times. There was a time when most companies adopted flexitime, and then it became telecommuting and mobile offices. Now, companies are asking employees back to the office by revoking the telecommuting policies. Companies are always looking after the bottom line.
The Way it Used to Be
The 1970′s was about the efficiency expert, and then buzz words came along in the 1980′s like Management by Objective or MBO. The 1990′s brought along cost centers and profit centers, and made running the company an exercise in number crunching. Today’s companies are built around key performance indicators (KPI’s) and contributing billable hours.
There has to be some balance somewhere. Studies have shown that more than half of the workforce does not need to be at the office. They can be at a remote site, at home, or in a cafe somewhere and they can still contribute the necessary KPI’s or daily tasks. However, studies also show that group activities make tasks easier to do. There is not a dearth of studies to show something works. It is a matter of company style to make things work for the clients. So sure, getting a copier rental is an easy decision to make, but the mobile office depends on who’s sitting on the manager’s chair.
Getting the job done, within quality standards and budget, and on schedule, at the same time satisfying the customer, and earning big margins is not an easy job. Keeping the bean counters happy is an all together different question. It is not easy to keep an eye on the job, and the cost at the same time. There has to be a balance, with modern policies, and with traditional business practice. Usually, the accountants win though, as they don’t have control over procedures and have to remain straitlaced about everything.
Running a business and being corporate sometimes seem like two different things. This is specially true when making technology purchases. Traditional businesses would go for PCs running Windows and Microsoft software. Trendy companies would want to have tablets and Macs.
While geeky, nerdy companies would use Linux desktops and make heavy use of cloud computing.
It is not easy to let go of paper in the modern business environment. A lot of submissions still need to be done on hard copy. Businesses still use a lot of hard copy forms, in one way or another. Big multinational corporations may be outsourcing jobs and departments but they would still need a hard copy paper trail, just to be safe.
Instant messaging or IM is one of the conveniences that modern technology has provided these days. This specific technology is used by millions of people all over the world. Formally, IM is defined as a “real-time and text-based communication between two or more people through a digital network.” In the field of telecommunications, instant messaging is regarded as one of the technologies that foster broader interaction among users, which also includes other systems like IP telephony, voice mail and web conferencing. You can read more about these and other emerging communication technologies like SIP trunking on sites like http://www.amcom.com.au/products-and-services/unified-communications/sip-lines.
In the past, computers were the common media for instant messaging; however, with the proliferation of mobile devices nowadays, most people are “chatting” with each other with the use of the more portable smartphones and tablets. Majority of the users refer to instant messaging as a “chat” because they carry out normal conversations over the internet, just as they would do when face-to-face. Various IM platforms can be downloaded from the internet free of charge, like Windows Live Messenger, Skype and Google Talk, among others. Even though the utilization of IM is usually seen from a social perspective, there is a growing trend of businesses using it to increase productivity in the workplace.
Instant messaging provides workers with the capability to talk with each other in real time without the need of being in the same room together. Chats are quick and private, and can be likened to a short email exchange. Nevertheless, the main advantage of IM over email is that both sender and recipient do not have to access their inboxes for message transmission or retrieval. For employees, this can be a real time saver. Improved communication can result in increased efficiency. For example, a worker can immediately inform a colleague or a supervisor about a problem so it can be addressed promptly. A business owner who is away from the office can communicate with his employees and be constantly updated with ongoing operations.
An instant message is also relatively less disruptive. Sending an email, making a phone call or visiting a colleague in his office to communicate something takes some time and effort; and the worker will have to stop whatever he is doing to appropriately respond. In contrast, sending an IM will not only make messages reach a colleague faster, it will also enable continuity of work while messaging. In this way, there is less interference and disruptions among employees.
For businesses with multiple locations, instant messaging can be a real cost and time saver. There is no need to travel between locations to have discussions with employees. Managers from different business sites can collaborate using IM. Using the file transfer feature available in IM platforms, it is easy to send and receive files between offices, eliminating the necessity of printing documents for distribution.
Even if some naysayers are of the opinion that employees can waste time by engaging in non-relevant and unofficial chit-chat using IM, the advantages far outweigh the negative aspects. By putting policies and regulations in place for its proper use, instant messaging can certainly help in making an office more productive.read more
When the Internet first came out in the early 1990s, it revolutionized the way we communicated. Now, as a virtual space for people from various cultural backgrounds to come together, information is constantly being transferred and received to and from various locations on the globe. Therefore, at the turn of the 2010s, it is no surprise that the Internet offers you everything in just one click or a few keystrokes, including the following:
It first began with e-mails, and then it expanded into social networking sites. No doubt the potential of the Internet as a social tool, regardless of geographical location, is so great that it could connect and reconnect you to other people within minutes without the need for physical one-on-one contact. Indeed, as a social tool for the past decade, it has revolutionized the way we interact with one another, making it easier, cost-efficient, and faster for you to stay in touch.
Now that the Internet is trusted by many, businesses have used it to their advantage. Aside from saving up on office space and product storage, companies can market themselves virtually and facilitate cashless payments online for your convenience. You, on the other hand, can just browse through their sites and choose whichever products or services you’re interested in to avail from the comfort of your own home.
Access to Official or Legal Help
Back when the Internet began, a lot of people doubted its credibility as a source of official information and legal help. However with its rise as a trusted source of all things legal, from law services to government documents, why the need to go to a law office when it’s already online? A good example is if you’re in Oklahoma City searching for a criminal attorney, you can just click here and look through their services and consult instead of scouring the area for help.
This is just the tip of the iceberg on what the Internet has to offer for you. While you’re at it, use this technology to expand your horizons and to enhance your life.read more
How long have you been doing search engine optimization strategies to promote your website? Have you seen tangible results? If no, then there must be something wrong with what you are doing. Thus, you need to make sure to correct your wrong moves so your campaign will start working in your favor. Otherwise, no matter what you do, you will still be left out. This article will discuss 4 of the most common reasons why your SEO strategies don’t work.
1. You focus too much on optimizing keywords that are already highly optimized. You tend to be very ambitious. You compete with websites that have already established themselves online. In doing this, you really can’t expect great results. It is like trying to swim across the open seas when in fact you should just start in a small swimming pool. Whatever you do to optimize a one-word keyword, it is just impossible for you to reach the first pages of Google.
2. Choosing the wrong keywords is another problem. The point of SEO is not to target keywords with huge volume of viewers. The point is to target a keyword that is specific to what your business can offer. When people type these keywords, they will be directed straight to you.
3. Lack of commitment is also another problem. The main reason why SEO strategies don’t work is that many people think it is just about encoding something once and not doing anything after that. This is not the right way to deal with SEO campaigns. The truth is that it needs constant efforts and follow-ups. You have to make sure that you track your campaign’s growth and make necessary amendments should the previous strategies fail to work.
4. Wrong backlinks are also among the reasons for SEO failure. You need to understand that links coming from link buildings scheme could not work in your favor. You need to make sure that you use certain tools to identify the best links to be used in your campaign.
These are just among the most common reasons why SEO strategies don’t work. If you happen to identify in any of these mistakes, you need to do something. Instead of working to your advantage, your campaign might work against you. Take note that SEO campaigns could even pull your website down when you are not doing things the right way.
To top it all, you need to avoid going with the trend all the time. SEO is a very fast-paced world. Before you know it, a new campaign is born. Thus, you need to make sure that you focus on one move first before going for another. Otherwise, you will end up being confused.
Also, it won’t be bad if you seek for help from professionals. It could even help you move forward. If you wish to hire the best search engine optimization agency check this out. If you need a highly qualified social media agency, visit http://incrediblemarketing.com/social-media .read more