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5 Tech Trends For Businesses

5 Tech Trends That Businesses Can’t Afford To Ignore

With technology evolving at such a rapid pace, some business owners are left digitally disoriented as they try to figure out which of the latest innovations they need to invest in and what they can ignore.

It can make for confusing times.

All that bewilderment aside, though, these fast-developing advances also create opportunities that can help small and medium-sized businesses become more competitive – if they understand how to seize them.

“Technology exists today that at one time was available only to large corporations with huge technology budgets,” says Chris Hoose (www.choosenetworks.com), an IT consultant who works with small businesses.

“Every year, technology becomes even more accessible to companies of all sizes.”

Hoose says businesses that want to stay on top of their games should make sure they invest in these technological trends, if they haven’t already:

The Internet of Things. Many Internet of Things-connected devices, such as smart refrigerators and thermostats, are designed for home use, but there are also applications for small businesses, Hoose says. Some examples: smart locks use digital keys that can’t be lost or stolen, and log a record of who uses a door and when; RFID tags on merchandise can prevent theft and automatically update inventory; and mobile-card readers can replace cash registers.

Artificial intelligence. Don’t be fooled into thinking that AI is something only the big organizations can afford to use, Hoose says. “It’s making inroads into technologies accessible for businesses of all sizes,” he says. “AI can help you offer increasingly personalized experiences to customers by maximizing your time and automating manual tasks, like data entry.” AI also can be used to improve decision making, Hoose says. Essentially, AI will help you take that jumble of data most businesses have and analyze it in a way that allows you to make better-informed judgments on the actions you need to take.

Telecommuting. The office world is changing and more workers spend at least a portion of their work week telecommuting. “In many cases remote employees use their own equipment, which can eliminate some of the company’s costs with purchasing and maintaining computers, printers and mobile phones,” Hoose says. Video conferencing, instant messaging and other advances are helping to make telecommuting a viable option, he says.

Customer-relationship-management (CRM) software. Any application that a business uses to interact with customers, analyze data, or recommend products and services to customers is “part of the CRM family,” Hoose says. “This type of software helps your team manage, control and build customer relationships,” he says. “It can log your team’s touchpoints with prospects, including emails, phone calls, voicemails and in-person meetings. You can have a complete record of your team’s interaction with a prospect that’s easy for anyone to access.”

Voice search. Consumers increasingly are making use of such AI assistants as Siri or Alexa to help them do internet searches using their voices. “Voice search is changing the way people find information because these queries are structured differently than when we type terms into a search engine,” Hoose says.

“Organizations of all types can benefit from optimizing their content to improve where they fall in a voice search.”

“To help propel your business going forward, it’s important to stay abreast of technology innovation,” Hoose says. “These technologies will help you expand your customer base, create more efficient in-house processes, and increase engagement from both customers and staff.”

About Chris Hoose

Chris Hoose (www.choosenetworks.com) is the president of Choose Networks, an IT consulting firm for small businesses. Hoose started the company in 2001 to give large-scale solutions and support to businesses that can’t afford their own in-house IT department. He earned a Master of Information Systems Management from Friends University.

Can Stress Help Your Workout?

By Eddie O’Connor, Ph.D., CMPC

You don’t need this article to tell you the benefits of exercise on your stress levels (but I will reinforce them anyway). Physical activity increases endorphin production in the body. Those feel-good pain-relieving hormones. And it’s good for your brain. Physical activity increases blood flow, which increases our cognitive capacity and speed. So, we think better. Focusing on exercise means we are not focusing on our stress, so there is a fantastic mental break from stress too, plus the positive meditative effect of focusing on the exercise, in the moment, as we do it. Your self-confidence likely gets a boost with the earned results of a better, healthier body.

But while exercise helps stress, can stress help you exercise? Your experience is probably going to tell you “no.” Ever been too tired to go to the gym and skip it? Ever prioritize more work or responsibility over your workout? Or be so fatigued that you’d rather zone out in front of the TV or phone, maybe eat a snack to feel better instead? Of course, you have. In fact, it is more likely that stress actually hurts your workout. Besides the decreased motivation to go, there is the real fatigue you feel even if you attend, decreasing the quality of your workout—especially if you are not recovering well with adequate sleep. There isn’t one major organ or process in the body that isn’t enhanced by sleep, or impaired without enough of it. (Get at least 8 hours to help both regulate your stress and improve your workouts.) Stress can cause muscle tension, increasing risk of injury and slowing tissue repair—which leads to longer recovery times. Stress makes it harder to lose weight and can increase food cravings. Those extra pounds don’t help us move well.

But despite these facts, I can think there is one way that stress can help get you moving.

It’s this: Notice how bad feeling stressed out feels. Rather than repeatedly numbing out, or working harder and longer in futile attempts to escape it (do you ever really catch up on everything?), notice how you feel. It’s terrible. It’s unhealthy. It turns us into not-so-nice people, crabby and irritable with others. Our performance in everything declines. And our coping strategies of snacking, sleeping less, and sedentary “resting” just make it worse.

And then realize that you have a choice. There is something you can do. It won’t feel good at first. You will be tired and sore and you might sweat a lot. But if you don’t want to be stressed, working out (or any physical activity) WILL help you. This isn’t my opinion. Its science.

So, the question is, are you willing to choose some discomfort in service of decreasing your stress and getting healthier? Stress can motivate your workout if you realize that working out is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress, and then engage exercise with your whole heart and mind to beat it.

About Eddie O’Connor

Dr. Eddie O’Connor is a Clinical and Sport Psychologist at Mary Free Bed Sports Rehabilitation in Grand Rapids, MI. He is a Fellow and Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association forApplied Sport Psychology—the largest organization for sport psychology consultants and professionals.  

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Galaxy Fold

Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X vs iPhone: the ultimate foldable phones’ quest vs Apple’s legendary iPhone

Nike just did it again – the “dream crazier” campaign celebrates and revamps its JustDoIt slogan in a feminine way, 30 years after its debut Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X vs iPhone: the ultimate foldable phones’ quest vs Apple’s legendary iPhone

There they are, two bendable – or should we say foldable – mobile phones, launched within one weeks’ notice. Priced at premium level, they seem to be launched to create a positive halo effect to both Samsung and Huawei brands, and to overshadow Apple’s technological Iphone reign. Both foldable phones are intensely discussed on social media, showing that both brands experienced a noticeable launch and media outreach. But did they beat the eternal winner? What foldable phone had the lead?

Apple’s iPhone range grossed 2.2 million mentions in the last 7 days, compared to 1.2 million mentions for Samsung’s Galaxy range and 110,000 mentions for Huawei’s Mate range, clearly showing that Samsung and Apple are the only two real rivals in the mobile phone industry. Huawei seems to be a minor player.

On an engagement level, Samsung beat Apple’s iPhone by far, as the launch grossed 9.8 million engagements vs Apple’s 6.4 million engagements during the same period of time, which was – let’s be honest – without major Apple launch. Samsung’s folding phone was launched together with the new Samsung S10, empowered with K-Pop celebrity endorsement. This shows that in an innovation desert, a new folding phone gets major attention on social media, beating the giant during a short period of time.

Huawei’s Mate X reveal was less considered on the net on a world level: the Chinese electronics manufacturer’s bendable phone earned only 1.1 million engagements, which seems big but not relevant compared to the giants’ engagement levels for this new type of mass consumer good.

Posts with most engagements

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold movie (164,000 shares/likes, over 8 million views): the Verge announcing the launch date (35,100 shares/posts); the Tweet with the biggest impact was clearly a statement about the high price of the new phone (16,400 shares/likes).

Huawei’s Mate X had no major video reveal to showcase its launch, and the product reveal seemed to be accelerated due to Samsung’s reveal, so most of the outreaching posts were consumer or reviewer related. Consumer stating that Huawei’s phone was 5G compatible had spikes in engagements with 35,900 shares/likes and 2,2 million views and Huawei fans, like Japanese consumers’ posts, had 4,100 likes/shares.

Nike just does it again – the “dream crazier” campaign celebrates and revamps its JustDoIt slogan in a feminine way, 30 years after its debut

After a stormy February start, Nike released its new “Dream Crazier” ad during the 2019 Oscar broadcasting on Feb 24, celebrating female athletes in an emotional clip. The advertising, which is a sequel of the 2018 “Dream Crazy” campaign, highlights epic moments in women’s sports.

The brand itself grossed 551,600 mentions during the last two days, and 1,3 million engagements, and the slogan JustDoIt enjoyed a real revival: coming from zero mentions before the show, the baseline skyrocketed to a 12,000 mentions peak during the Oscars, consolidating 243,000 mentions and impressive 1,1 million engagements in the last two days.

Most relevant posts – the brand and its celebrity endorsement

The Nike brand post on Twitter got 603,100 shares/likes, and Serena William’s, as the ad’s lead, positive endorsement of the tweet was also greatly shared and liked (186,600 shares/likes).

The #justdoit hashtag got over 249,900 mentions during the last two days, compared to 16,600 for Nike during the same period, showing that hashtag lovers strongly embrace the brands’ claim.

Worldwide reach and gender

77.6% of the JustDoIt outreach was experienced in the US, showing that the brand has its biggest fans in the Unites States – and that the Oscars are still best enjoyed in the US.

62.5% of JustDoIt posts were published by women, underlining that Nike’s well targeted marketing towards ladies worked well.

 

EnergyDOT

The bioDOT + smartDOT pack ($55) is a radiation-fighting power duo! Apply the smartDOT on any device, stick the bioDOT on a watch/necklace, or right alongside the smartDOT, and immediately retune energy interference to a natural harmonic state.

We’re all addicted, some more than others, to our tech, and we know it isn’t all that safe to constantly be around. The least we can for ourselves is decrease exposure and harmful effects. With 15 years of dedicated customers, energydots allow you to live life more safely.

BlackBerry Spark

By Amardeep Singh

BlackBerry just unveiled BlackBerry Spark, the only Enterprise of Things(EoT) platform designed and built for ensuring ultra-secure hyperconnectivity from all design aspects.

So what’s new in the anticipated release? BlackBerry promises better applications and uses for a wide variety of systems that run on AI and require high level security. Spark will allow enterprises devices to benefit from the maximum use of softwares and platforms such as Watson and Amazon AWS.

As the workforce will evolve, BlackBerry Spark will provide end users with the ability to move seamlessly between all profiles- professional and personal. Critics are indeed impressed by its unique industry-specific safety-certifications, such as ISO 26262 often seen in automobiles. But hyperconnectivity is just one piece of the entire system.

As users would realize, EoT can be put to various uses in organizations.
Employees for example can use virtual assistants like Alexa and put them to work by providing access to ultra secure files. Critical patients in hospitals can relax a bit better knowing that the systemautomatically prepares the staff and any supporting machines while readying emergency care units in the incident of a serious issue.

In the transportation sector, BlackBerry Spark allows connected vehicles to convey messages in real time while being totally encrypted and certified by BlackBerry Spark as genuine. This ensures validation and protects against unwanted issues and attacks. CEO John Chen agrees that smarphones have sparked a revolution in the way people live their
lives but are often blind to personal safety and data encryption.

CCS Insight had long predicted the overlap of EoT, IoT with businesses and users as smartphones became more common. The company calls it a bold but necessary step in bridging worlds and helping people create new
and better experiences.

BlackBerry’s long commitment of providing customer privacy and protection without monetizing client data is one of it’s greatest merits in a world ruled by smartphones.

BlackBerry Spark has already leveraged the company’s portfolio of technology, having earned more than 80 certifications, which is more than any other IoT vendor.

This includes FIPS-validation, AES 256-bit encryption to provide data protection at all levels while following strict international regulatory requirements. To the surprise of the average user, BlackBerry is the only EoT platform provider to obtain Common Criteria EAL4+. And that goes for both iOS and Android.

Laundreez

No matter where you are headed this summer, whether it be a trip to the lake, camping for the weekend or a new travel destination, you’ll want to pack light for easy travel. Thanks to an inventive new way to wash your clothes, you can just pack the essentials because you can have clean clothes wherever you go!

Laundreez is a self-contained laundry system – no washer, no dryer needed! Just throw your clothes in the bag, add a few drops of detergents, let it sit, shake and drain. You rinse in the same bag, drain, squeeze and hang to dry.

Laundreez is also a great product for water conservation. Many international backpackers who travel to cities such as Cape Town in South Africa experience many water shortages. With Laundreez, you are not only saving money but also doing good for the environment at the same time.

When you aren’t using Laundreez to wash your laundry, the durable, waterproof bag makes an ideal place to carry a wet bathing suit or fill Laundreez with ice and use as a handy cooler. Laundreez also makes a great place to store your phone and wallet when you’re kayaking or at the pool.

More Reasons to Love Laundreez:

Wash and Go – Made with a strong, resilient PVC outer material and soft, yet durable inner mesh, Laundreez is the perfect laundry solution for traveling, when your washer breaks at home or when you don’t want to wash a big load

Great for Really Dirty and Delicate Items – With Laundreez, the soak cycle is as long as you want, so really dirty things can get a good pre-soak. You also control the amount of shaking, so it’s perfect for the most delicate of garments

Saves Money – Eliminates extra baggage fees or pricey hotel laundry services

Environmentally Conscious – Uses less water than traditional washers

Not Just for Laundry – Doubles as a cooler, waterproof storage for your phone and keys poolside, or bag for your wet bathing suit

For more information visit https://laundreez.com/

CSR2 Racing x Lamborghini

Zynga (Nasdaq:ZNGA), a leading social game developer, today announced the launch of the new Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder and Lamborghini Urus models in CSR Racing 2 (CSR2), the most popular Racing game on mobile. As the Huracán Performante Spyder and Urus make their international auto show debuts at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, CSR2 players will be able to interact with both vehicles in-game, giving them unparalleled, behind-the-scenes access to the world’s newest supercars.

“We are proud to partner with Lamborghini to bring the performance and cutting-edge design of the Huracán Performante Spyder and Urus to mobile players around the world,” said Julian Widdows, Vice President of Games, CSR2. “Working closely with the Lamborghini design team enabled us to capture every detail of both vehicles in stunning realism, bringing them to life for car lovers who are unable to see the unveiling in-person during the Geneva Motor Show. We are excited to take the experience a step further by giving our players the chance to take the Huracán Performante Spyder and Urus off the mobile screen and into their real-world driveway through a seamless integration with CSR2’s AR mode.”

Beginning today, CSR2 players will be able to experience the Huracán Performante Spyder and Urus in both in-game racing and real-world AR environments.Specifically:

  • The Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder, which debuted for the first time ever at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show, will feature a special golden cup March 9 – 12 in-game. Players will be able to collect one of 17 different configurations, including the Geneva unveiled vehicle, and take part in a special event ladder to earn rewards and upgrades.
  • The Lamborghini Urus, having made its North American debut in Detroit in January, will be the crew championship prize, with the top 10 crews getting to own the Geneva configuration of the vehicle. Lamborghini Urus season players that participate in a crew and achieve 20 million respect points will be guaranteed another Geneva configuration of the vehicle. The luxury SUV touts a cutting-edge, distinct and streamlined design, boasting Italian craftsmanship intersecting with state-of-the-art technology, making it an ultimate garage must-have for CSR2 players.

“The commitment that CSR2 takes in providing a true-to-life drag racing and vehicle ownership experience for their players aligns with the values, pride and excellence that the Lamborghini brand embodies,” said Mitja Borkert, Chief Designer, Lamborghini. “At Lamborghini, we are dedicated to creating a lifestyle experience through luxury design and outstanding performances, and it’s been a pleasure to work with CSR2 to digitally recreate both the Huracán Performante Spyder and Urus as they appear on the floor of the Geneva International Motor Show.”

Since debuting in June 2016, CSR2 has pioneered innovation in the mobile Racing category – delivering the most authentic vehicle and drag racing experience to car lovers around the world. Working closely with all manufacturers featured in-game, every vehicle in CSR2 has been meticulously recreated, with precise attention paid to every aspect of the customization experience, from paint colors and finishes to interior leather colors and trims. CSR2’s AR Mode is a next-generation car configurator experience that complements new in-game car models, allowing players to scale their vehicle to showroom specs, place and reposition their supercar in a real-world environment and share across their social channels.

Attendees of the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show can experience the Huracán Performante Spyder and Urus exclusively in CSR2’s AR mode by visiting the Lamborghini booth on the show floor March 7 – 11 for a hands-on demo.

J.D. Power × Network Quality

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J.D. Power has just issued the release for its U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study–Volume 1 for 2018, based on the responses of 38,595 wireless customers (phones, tablets, and mobile broadband devices) from July through December 2017.

Below are some of the key findings of the study:

·         Unlimited data continues to improve customer perception of quality: Unlimited data plan customers experience an average of 11 overall network quality problems per 100 connections (PP100) vs. an average of 13 PP100 among customers with data allowances. They also experience a lower incidence of data problems (15 PP100 vs. 17PP100).

·         Bring your own device (BYOD) customers experience higher incidence of network quality problems: Overall network quality for customers who brought their own device is 12 PP100 vs. 11 PP100 for those who paid their carrier in full or in installments for a device. This difference in overall network quality is driven by gaps in calling quality (14 PP100 among those who brought their own device vs. 13 PP100 among those who purchased a device from their carrier) and data quality (17 PP100 vs. 15 PP100).

·         Phone age not really a factor: The average age of a phone brought to a carrier is 19 months vs. 14 months for phones that were purchased through the carrier. However, network quality does not necessarily decline with phone age. Phones less than a year and a half old are associated with 12 PP100 vs. 10 PP100 among phones 18 months or older, suggesting that some quality issues may be caused by network optimization issues and not the age of the phone.

As usual, the different carriers were also ranked. Verizon Wireless ranks highest in all six regions covered in the study, with better PP100 scores than the regional averages in call quality, messaging quality and data quality. U.S. Cellular ranks highest in a tie with Verizon Wireless in the North Central region.

Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

Candy Crush Saga, the deliciously colourful game first burst onto our phones five years ago today and has since become a global phenomenon. 

The brainchild of Sebastian Knutsson and a small team in Stockholm, the franchise’s inaugural game, Candy Crush Saga, was released on mobile in November 2012 and is played all around the world by millions of people. Games within the Candy Crush franchise have been downloaded almost three billion times worldwide*, and have a social media fan base bigger than Katy Perry’s. Despite being five years old, Candy Crush Saga has retained its popularity and returned to the #1 position on the iOS and Android app stores in the US following a record-breaking third quarter. In addition, King has had two of the top 10 grossing games in the US for four consecutive years.

To mark the fifth anniversary, King is launching some exciting in-game updates and giving players the most powerful booster to date in the form of the birthdaylicious Party Booster. Designed to give that sweet winning feeling, players will receive two free party boosters giving a series of special, never-before-seen effects, tasty treats and more. The party booster is available to players on level 29 and above from 14th November to 23rd November 2017 via iOS, Android, Amazon and Windows.

Candy Crush Saga fans can join in the celebrations on Facebook and Twitter using #ThatSweetFeeling