Showing posts with label technology blog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label technology blog. Show all posts

Friday, 13 January 2017

The Evolution of Communication Technology

“Watson, come here. I want to see you.” Those were the first words ever spoken on a telephone, when it was invented by Alexander Graham Bell. But that was just the middle of the communications journey.
Communication started much earlier, and it’s evolved leagues ahead of that now, to develop into current technology that probably would have baffled Bell had he been able to see ahead in time.

Where It All Began

Even our earliest ancestors had a clear understanding of the importance of communication. Without it, we would be unable to make connections with other people and function in a commerce-driven arena.
It’s difficult to know exactly when or how communication started because we can’t talk to those who came first and the record isn’t clear. But there is some evidence that the earliest forms of communication occurred through hieroglyphics, or cave drawings.
Though cave drawings and human speech sufficed for people in the immediate vicinity, it didn’t take long for humans to feel the need for long-distance communication as well. After the invention of fire, the first means of communicating beyond the reach of a picture or a shout came the form of smoke signals.
Research confirms that smoke signals and fire are among the oldest forms of long-distance visual communication. The method dates back at least to 150 BC. A Greek historian by the name of Polybius developed a way to convey the alphabet by fanning torches, and this was a very popular system of communication along the Great Wall of China.
Native Americans also made major use of this medium. It was a time-consuming practice, and accuracy tended to be a problem, but it sufficed.
Smoke signals worked well if you stood on a high hill or atop the Great Wall, but if you needed to speak to someone miles away and there was no way he could see you, so a better solution was needed. That’s when the use of carrier pigeons occurred to someone.
In about the 12th century, an Egyptian sultan discovered that if you separated pigeons from their mates, they would travel hundreds of miles to find them. By attaching a note to the leg of the traveling pigeon, you could send messages far and wide.
This was a highly effective method in the world wars but of course it also had its flaws. Obviously, the messenger pigeon wouldn’t make it to the destination if it was shot down or eaten by another animal.

Communicating Over Wires

In 1844, the first telegraph message was sent. It traveled 40 miles, which seemed an impossible feat at the time. This message system sent electrical signals over wires.
A certified clerk would interpret the letters being transmitted and deliver the result to the recipient. Before long, wires were put up all over cities and across the U.S., which laid the groundwork for what experts call the communications revolution.
Based on this wire system, landline telephones were built starting in 1876 when Bell introduced the technology. Before cellular phones transmitted signals through electronic waves, wires were held on tall poles or buried under the ground, and allowed people to talk from thousands of miles away.
Though landlines have begun to phase out, many homes continue to employ this method, which was a staple in most homes as well as companies from the 1950s onward.

From Wires to Waves

As we all know, wires became an outdated tool thanks to cellular tech. In 1946, Swedish police were the first to make a call via cell phone. It was discovered that the same technology that transmitted the voice over wires could be done wirelessly via satellite waves.
The 1946 experiment was one of a kind, however. The first cell phone for the use of private citizens was not developed until 1973 by Martin Cooper. It was a brick compared to the compact hand-helds we know today: it measured 9x5x1.75 inches.
Getting a signal also required extending an antenna, or a long wire, to catch it. But there was no stopping the revolution at this point. We got dial-up Internet, an online connection established through your landline, in 1981, and email became a popular way to connect with friends, family, and between businesses.
Ten years later, homeowners started to trade in their annoying dial-up connection for WiFi. Today you’ll rarely find a house that lacks this connective ability. Not long after WiFi came in, developers began experimenting with the smart phone, and in 20 years, it would be the primary phone choice around the world.

Updates Galore

As you know, tech is now such a huge part of daily life now that we wouldn’t be willing to live with the original models. Apple is now on its seventh official version of the iPhone with plans already in the making for the eighth.
Businesses are now run with this incredible communication technology. They’re not only able to make phone calls to people on the other side of the world, but they’re also able to video conference, hold meetings with multiple people, send texts and emails on a mass scale, and more. There are even apps like Dialpad that let you do all of those things in one application, whether you’re traveling or sitting at a desk. Those in the business sector are constantly looking to improve their technology applications.
Wireless Internet is becoming faster, and easier to connect to than ever before. Homes have started talking back and running themselves through smart-home tech.
Technology is constantly updating. It’s an impressive and constant presence in our society. The ability to communicate over long distances yet face to face is a capability our cave ancestors and even the settlers of the West could never have imagined.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Build A Better Brain: 4 Apps For Improved Brain Health

At a time of rapid medical processes, basic research is developing innovative treatments. The 21st Century Cures Act was recently signed into law, creating new pathways for drug approval, and tech devices are revolutionizing weight loss, diabetes management, and even aiding in the treatment of conditions like Parkinson’s through the use of deep brain stimulation. Still, in many cases, brain-based issues remain among the most intractable and difficult to treat.
From headaches to memory and mental health, app developers aim to improve our current approaches to brain health. We can feel better and function better with the help of technological advances.

A Headache Helper

Some days, you get a headache that no amount of Tylenol will get rid of – you need something more. But what? Targeted sound waves may be the answer.
Low-frequency sound waves can help relax the mind and relieve headaches, and the Brain Wave Headache Relief app puts these specifically engineered sound waves at your fingertips. The app offers daytime and evening specific programs as well as additional background sound for your enjoyment. While your conscious mind enjoys the soundtrack, the underlying sound waves can relieve headaches by altering alpha, theta, and delta waves in your brain.

Memory Masters

One of the most devastating neurological conditions today is Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia – conditions that rob people of themselves, of the memories and personalities that make us who we are. It comes as no surprise, then, that many of us spend our younger years seeking out memory preservation strategies, including taking fish oil and choline supplements, doing puzzles, and remaining active. Still, this is rarely enough.
In response to our cultural concern with memory and mental agility, many app makers have stepped up with potential solutions, including widely publicized (and controversial) programs like Lumosity. Lumosity hardly has a hold on the market, however. Other popular memory training apps include Elevate and Peak, with Peak featuring mini-games meant to boost attention span, potentially helping users beat out multitasking and distraction in daily life.

Memory Monitoring

Though brain training activities have the potential to keep users stimulated and build neural connections, they can’t beat disease alone, which is why it’s important to be aware of signs of memory loss. Unfortunately, when your memory starts to slip, it can be hard to notice the signs and take them seriously – we all want to discount forgetfulness as normal aging or distraction. Sometimes we need to be pushed to address the issue. That’s what makes the Neurotrack app so useful.
Neurotrack uses eye-tracking technology to spot signs of Alzheimer’s in users. It’s a simple 5-minute process that can be done at home via smartphone and the science behind it is much stronger than anything supporting brain training apps. This program can be a real lifeline for concerned family members hoping to keep tabs on potential problems among older relatives.

Anxiety Awareness

Though we’ve become more aware of mental health as a nation in recent years, appropriate treatment for conditions like depression and anxiety can still be hard to access, particularly for low-income individuals and those living in rural areas. Apps, however, are a low-cost way to help circumvent some of the most challenging symptoms.
If you struggle with anxiety, which is an adaptive and necessary trait, but one that can get out of control, an app like Headspace can help. For a monthly fee of $8, you can access daily guidance packs that help you check your mood and connect with your emotions. You can also choose the life issues you wish to address, helping you to cope with specific concerns, such as job stress or social anxiety. While not the same as seeing a mental health professional, apps make a great stopgap between sessions and can help those without access to treatment make steps towards psychological health.
Apps are never a replacement for medical professionals, but they can be a great way to manage day-to-day and subclinical issues and monitor ongoing problems. And if you can knock out that horrid headache by plugging in your headphones or playing a brain stimulating game instead of Pokemon Go, why not give it a shot?

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

7 Social Media Tips for Franchises

Today, social media is ruling the marketing scene. Even B2B businesses are finding that social media can be an excellent source for lead generation and value offering. Franchises can also use social media – however, it will require a unique spin.Though franchises are past the startup phase where social media can be very tricky, they can still run into some hurdles along the way. If you own a franchise, a huge hurdle can be the effectiveness of your strategy. If you’re working on improving your social media game, here are some suggestions:

  1. Define the Voice and Purpose
What’s the purpose of your social efforts? Are you trying to generate more customers? Draw attention to the brand? Reach more customers? Your primary purpose will greatly influence your strategies and their effectiveness.
Defining your voice will be a large part of achieving that purpose. When marketing a franchise, aim to stand out from your major competitors. If you’re a McDonald’s franchise, for example, you’ll be up against Wendy’s, Burger King, and other fast food restaurants in the area. Your voice will set you apart from your biggest competitors.
  1. Rely on the Brand Name’s Popularity
Most franchises are well-known, and you can use that popularity to your advantage with your social strategy. People love Starbucks, for example, so if you own a Starbucks franchise, you can focus on what the company stands for, their signature products, and their imagery in order to make the most of your social efforts.
  1. Use the Best Platforms
Some social media platforms will be more effective for you than others. For most franchises, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are essential for sharing viral content. Original blog posts, videos, memes, vines, and other content that has the potential to spread are best handled through these platforms. Google Plus is also useful for connecting on the professional level and increasing search engine rankings.
  1. Be Present on Each Platform
After you’ve figured out the tenets above, focus on building a ubiquitous presence on social media. This is essential to making your specific franchise visible and standing out against competitors.
The most important part of developing a presence is filling out your profile. Make sure contact information, your website, and details about the business are easy to find. Your cover image and profile picture should also be engaging and encourage likes. Use this opportunity to share your voice and make it stand out.
After you’ve defined the profile, be present. Pop onto social pages often to interact with customers, make comments, and respond to messages. Customers respond much better to companies that are readily available.
  1. Stick with Timely and Relevant Content
Timely content is essential for attracting attention. Loyal customers enjoy entertainment regarding pop culture, current news events, and trending stories. Scanning local and world newsfeeds can be a gold mine of useful topics that can raise sales and create loyal customers.
The content must also be relevant. If you’re trying to get people to eat at your restaurant, the content you share should make customers want to eat at your restaurant. It shouldn’t gross them out, convince them to go on a diet, or persuade them to do anything else that goes against the purpose of your social efforts.
  1. Be Local
Local social engagement is everything for franchises. You are a local business, after all.  It’s your job to stand out from the other franchises in your area, and drawing more attention from locals is essential.
Social media can also extend to your physical activities. For example, attend or sponsor local events. This shows that you’re invested in the community and important causes. After you’ve attended, you can share your experience on your social pages.
  1. Create a Vision for Your Marketing Efforts
Ultimately, every move you make on social media boils down to your primary vision. You’ll step back and look at the big picture, tweaking your strategy in order to send you in the right direction. It creates a road map that both you and your customers can follow with ease.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Xiaomi to unveil Yi Erida drone and Yi 4K+ camera at CES 2017

With CES around the corner, all tech companies are gearing up for the event and have also started showcasing their products before the actual event. Xiaomi too has unveiled its new Yi Erida drone and Yi 4K + action camera that will be showcased at the CES 2017.

The new Yi Erida drone is an updated version of the previous Yi 4K that was launched earlier this year. Being an updated variant, the new drone comes with an addition of 60FPS mode while recording videos in 4K resolution, making it the first of a kind for any action camera.

While recording 4K video at 60FPS, this update comes handy, especially while capturing fast moving objects, which makes the video look more smooth and enriched, compared to the existing 4K at 30FPS.

The Yi Erida backs a Yi 4K action camera, with three-rotor design and comes with up to 40 minutes of flying time and boosts a maximum speed of up to 75mph (120kph approx.). The drone also gets a gimbal system that helps in keeping the camera steady to ensure smooth video recording, paired with manual camera controls and an advanced radar/sensor system.

Xiaomi also claims that the drone can be controlled via mobile app. The company claims that the Yi Erida is a "a remote obsolete".

The company hasn't really emphasised on the Yi 4K+ specs, but considering the Erida drone, this too will be very much like its predecessor apart from the improvement in its video recording options. The previous model came with a touch screen display that is placed at the back, along with a good battery output.

For more details on the two new products, we will have to wait till CES 2017 kicks off.

Friday, 23 December 2016

5 things that suck about Apple’s new MacBook Pro

While mostly I’ve liked the new MacBook Pro in the weekend I’ve used it there are some glaring issues that I need to point out which make me question the use of the Pro nomenclature on these notebooks. Apple is obviously arguing otherwise, and there is some logic to what it is suggesting but some of the things with these notebooks are going to be deal-breakers for people. Even, I, someone who doesn’t really push the limits of the new Macs to their fullest has found some of the design decisions to be limiting. Let me elaborate.
1. The biggest issue is the absence of the standard USB ports. There really is not getting around the fact that at the moment you can’t plug in even a pen drive to this laptop leave alone a memory card or an HDMI cable. The only route is a dongle for one thing or the other. If you end up with Apple’s dongles, you will pay a lot of money and have ugly dongles hang out of the sides of this beautiful machine. I haven’t been able to hook up my camera, nor can I charge my iPhone on this machine. Ironically, the charger of this machine has come in handy in charging my Google Pixel, which is all kinds of strange.
2. The new keyboard is very shallow and people who like clattering the keyboard will find it hard to adapt quickly. Only after 4 days of heavy duty usage, I’ve become used to this keyboard. I can imagine people who are used long key travel will not like this keyboard. It really is a keyboard that’s likely to appeal to touch typists more than anyone else.
3. The battery life isn’t as good as the MacBook Air which will be a deal breaker for someone upgrading from an Air. The bigger issue is that it isn’t even as good as a 13-inch MacBook Pro from last year. Apple could perhaps make some improvements to the operating system with a software update, but until that happens, I am not getting more than 5 hours with the screen brightness at full and no more than 7.5 with it lowered to usable levels.
4. Apple reportedly made the display assembly so thin that it didn’t have any room left to add the backlit Apple logo on the top of the notebook. Instead, like the retina MacBook, the new Pro models get this machined Apple logo, which looks quite nice, but it doesn’t exude that level of coolness in the dark as the older MacBooks.
5. The touch bar, so far, it hasn’t proven to be life changing. Perhaps, that speaks of the amount of apps that are leveraging it or perhaps it also speaks about a pro user who has had years of training of Mac keyboard shortcuts would probably find it quite pointless. So far, the touch bar seems like something designed for a dummy, but not a pro user, which is the target audience of the MacBook Pro.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Google Chrome now enjoys 2 billion active installs in desktops and mobiles

For many Internet user, Google Chrome is the most favourite browser because it’s speedy, includes leading standards support, strong security features, and a clean interface. And now at the Chrome Dev Summit that it currently taking place at San Francisco, Chrome Engineering VP Darin Fisher has revealed that currently 2 billion Chrome installs are in active use across desktops and mobiles. This information was revealed in a keynote delivered by Chrome Engineering VP Darin Fisher.

According to a Tech Crunch report, Google, however, didn’t reveal how many people are currently using chrome. “I wanted to make this point that there are a lot of Chrome browsers out there. What’s exciting about this to you all is that when you think about building for the web, there’ a lot of browsers out there that implement the latest web standards — that implement the latest and greatest web features,” the report quotes Fisher as saying.
In April this year, Google came out with a blogpost where it had revealed that Chrome had crossed 1 billion monthly mobile users. Besides this, the post had also informed that 771 billion pages load each month, which is pretty much same the number of pages in over 821 million dictionaries. It was also showcased that Chrome helps users with the option to search autocomplete, which saves one from 18,6528 years of typing for users.
As of October 2016, StatCounter estimates that Google Chrome has a 63% worldwide usage share of web browsers as a desktop browser. Its success has led to Google expanding the “Chrome” brand name on various other products such as Chromecast, Chromebook, Chromebit, Chromebox and Chromebase.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

4 Ways Technology is Improving Business Productivity

Productivity isn’t a buzzword that businesses can ignore. Productivity is at the heart of every single successful business process, regardless of the application or industry. But what happens when productivity wanes? Well, in 2016, your best bet is to utilize technology.

Boost Productivity One Step at a Time

In the business world, time is money. By spending a few extra hours on a process, you’re wasting money. By streamlining a process and finishing it ahead of schedule, you’re making money. It’s as simple as that. Thankfully, with new business technologies rising in prominence, saving time and enhancing productivity is possible.

1.   Better Networking

In the past, if you met someone at a networking event or conference, you had to get their business card. Eventually, the majority of business cards got lost or thrown away. But today, you don’t need business cards. All you need is a name and you can send a LinkedIn invitation, find their email address, and set up an alert on your phone to touch base with them.

2.   Root Cause Analysis

For large organizations that operate warehouses and factories, avoiding bottlenecks and keeping things moving in a positive direction is tremendously important. The problem is that manual intervention can throw off processes and slow things down. That’s why many organizations are turning to root cause analysis.
According to Pinnacle Advanced Reliability Technologies, “Root cause analysis can help future-proof your facility by investigating why failures happen, leading to changes in procedures, processes, or design that can prevent similar failures from occurring unexpectedly.” In other words, it’s a tool that every business needs in their toolbox.

3.   Enhanced Collaboration

One of the most important business developments over the past decade has been the growth of telecommuting and mobilized workforces. At the heart of this trend is enhanced collaboration technology that cuts wires and allows employees to conduct work regardless of geographical location.
“Telecommuting can take either of two forms. One, perhaps the way people typically think of telecommuting, is an employee working from his or her home office or a coffee shop during normal working hours instead of going into the office,” says Jeffery M. Jones of Gallup. “But workers can also telecommute in addition to being in the office by logging on from home during evenings or weekends, when necessary.”
Some of the specific technologies that allow organizations to permit telecommuting include video conferencing, cloud-based servers and file storage, and remote desktop access.

4.   Improved Organization

Organization is a big thing for large companies. If you aren’t careful, you could end up having to hire someone full-time just to manage your data, spreadsheets, and critical information. Thankfully, there are technologies that ease this burden and make it possible to stay organized without overspending.
For example, let’s say your business employs a bunch of salespeople who spend their days driving around and calling on businesses and homes. In the past, businesses have tracked hours, mileage, and expenses using paper logs or spreadsheets, but this is a really inefficient way of doing things. Someone has to follow up, organize, and verify all of this data. Well, there are finally simple technologies that automate these otherwise complicated processes through singular interfaces that help companies maintain accuracy without demanding more human capital.

Productivity and Technology

Imagine for a moment that each individual in your organization had one extra hour per week in their schedules. If you employ 50 people, that’s 50 extra hours. How much more could you get done with an extra 50 hours of labor?
Well, by adopting the right technologies, you can streamline time-consuming processes and identify wasted hours. Plenty of other businesses are doing it – will you?

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

3 Common Website Mistakes You Need to Avoid

  When creating a website, there are a number of elements you need to implement in order to make sure everything works perfectly and your website actually attracts a lot of visitors. Ensuring your website is actually effective is extremely important for establishing a strong online presence and boosting your reputation.
However, if you are not tech-savvy and you don’t quite know what you need to do when it comes to web design, you can very easily make a mistake that could not only cost you your website traffic and page views, but also your conversions and, of course, revenue. That is why you need to make sure you avoid the common pitfalls when it comes to your website and take the right turn towards making it as effective and successful as possible.
Take a look at some of the most common mistakes website owners make and, if you happen to recognize yourself in at least one of them, take proper actions to correct them as soon as possible.
Not Providing Mobile Experience

Despite the fact that the most of the internet traffic comes from mobile devices, many website owners still don’t have mobile-friendly websites. If you are one of those people, you need to understand that having a mobile-friendly website can have a huge impact on your business and that it can benefit you in a countless number of ways.
If your website does not offer a mobile experience, you risk losing a lot of customers, not to mention a lot of revenue, because the majority of people are browsing the internet via their mobile devices. More importantly, mobile responsiveness is one of Google’s ranking factors so, by optimizing your website for mobile devices, you will improve your SEO ranking and drive more traffic to your website, ultimately attracting more quality leads that you can convert.
You need to optimize your website for search engines in order to increase your online visibility and raise brand awareness. If your pages are not optimized for search engines, you cannot drive quality leads and generate more revenue.
You need to pay attention to your keywords and include them in your meta tag titles and H1 headings, as well as your URLs. Also, don’t forget about internal linking, since internal links not only make navigation easier for your website visitors, but they also help you build a higher domain authority in search engines.
There are quite a lot more elements regarding SEO that you need to implement into your website in order to improve your ranking and attract more leads, so make sure you learn everything there is to know about it. Proper SEO is the key for online success, so don’t underestimate its power and its critical importance.
Not Having a Content Strategy

Businesses that create blog content on a regular basis generate more income than businesses that don’t follow their lead. If you don’t even have a blog on your website, you should create one as soon as possible, since your blog can be one of the most effective tools for raising the awareness of your business and enlarging your customer base.
However, without a content strategy, you cannot really make your blog into an effective one. If you want to achieve that and even make money writing blog content, you need to develop a good strategy that will help you craft posts that provide relevant and useful information to your target audience. What’s more, you need to know how to promote your content in order to extend your reach and increase your ROI.
In order to accomplish that, you need to understand your target audience and know exactly what their customer pain points are, so that you can know how to provide them with the right solutions to meet their needs. Once you know how to reach that goal, you will be able to develop a long-term strategy that will help you capture the attention of many prospects and ultimately grow your business.
If you recognized yourself in these mistakes, you need to start undoing them right now. Don’t waste your efforts, but put them to good use and start improving your business. There are plenty more mistakes that people make regarding their websites, but these are definitely the most frequent ones that you need to be aware of, so make sure you don’t make them.
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Friday, 2 December 2016

Growth in Website Security Tech a Good Thing

As the threat of cyber attacks and hacking has increased over the past couple of years, the website security industry has undergone some pretty significant developments and changes. Understanding how the industry is changing for the better is important for every webmaster and business owner.

The Growing Threat of Website Mischief

Just because your website hasn’t been compromised in the past doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Website attacks and threats are growing and incident rates are increasing alongside this alarming trend. Just consider the following statistics as published in the 2016 Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec.
  • In 2015, there were nine “mega-breaches.” The total reported number of exposed identities was roughly 429 million. However, the actual number is much larger. Many companies chose not to reveal the full extent of their breaches. Thus, the actual estimate of breaches was more than half a billion.
  • Despite the increased emphasis on website security, vulnerabilities are still found in 75 percent of websites on the internet.
  • In 2015, spear-phishing campaigns targeting company employees increased by roughly 55 percent, while ransomware grew by 35 percent.
This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Cyber threats are growing and it’s imperative that businesses respond by securing their websites and protecting their information.

Three Ways Leading Companies are Responding

While some companies are sitting on the sidelines and refusing to believe the tales of destruction, others are listening intently and applying extra layers of security. Here are some of the things they’re doing:
  1. SSL Certificates
“Also known as a secure sockets layer, an SSL certificate offers a high level of security for communication and the transfer of information over a network,” SSL Certificate Reviews explains. “This type of security is normally implemented by websites that process payments or accept information that needs to be secure at all times.”
If you process payments or accept customer information, then chances are, you need an SSL certificate. The good news is that they’re fairly cost-effective and, depending on your website host, easy to setup.
  1. Complex Password Tools
Everyone knows they should use complex passwords, but that doesn’t mean they always do,” says developer Ruald Gerber. “It is crucial to use strong passwords to your server and website admin area, but equally also important to insist on good password practices for your users to protect the security of their accounts.”
Gerber makes a really good point. While website admins have finally begun to understand the importance of complex passwords, many network users still do a poor job of creating sophisticated passwords. That’s why many companies are turning to password managers and encouraging their employees to use them for added security.
  1. Server Side Validation
Smart companies make sure their websites are validating information both on the browser and server side. Browsers can catch some things, such as mandatory fields that are left blank. “These can however be bypassed,” Gerber mentions, “and you should make sure you check for these validation and deeper validation server side as failing to do so could lead to malicious code or scripting code being inserted into the database or could cause undesirable results in your website.”

How Will You Respond?

The time for sitting on the sidelines and hoping threats will go away is over. In the coming year, expect cyber attacks rates to increase rather dramatically from where they already are. You can also anticipate hackers getting more and more creative in their pursuit of compromising customer data. The only reasonable response is to double-down and secure your website using the new technology you now have at your fingertips.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The Current State of Weight Loss Technology

The weight loss niche is one of the fastest growing areas in all of fitness and healthcare. Thousands of companies are looking for the ultimate weight loss solution and many will tell you that they’ve finally honed in on the answer. But which weight loss technologies are actually worth your time?
3 Technologies to Keep an Eye On
There are dozens of ways to lose weight, but only a few of them are considered healthy and sustainable. If you want to shed those extra pounds – and keep them off – without compromising your health, then you should do your due diligence and carefully consider the potential consequences of using any sort of “new” technology. In this article, we’ll take a look at some specific technologies that are worth thinking about.
  1. hCG Injections
hCG injections, also referred to as hCG shots, involve a medically administered form of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. hCG injections are frequently given for fertility issues, but can also play a role in weight loss.
“It may seem strange that hCG, a hormone produced by pregnant women to nourish their growing baby, can actually assist weight loss,” Fitness Edge acknowledges. “The fact is, that the secret to the effectiveness of hCG for weight loss is actually due to the very role that it plays during pregnancy.”
If a pregnant mother doesn’t consume enough food to nourish both the baby and her own body during pregnancy, the hCG hormone stimulates the body and tells it to use any excess fat stores as an alternative form of nutrition.
The idea here is that by injecting yourself with hCG hormones during a period of low caloric intakes, the body mimics this scenario and burns fat. The key to being successful with hCG injections is consuming the right amount of calories. You need to eat enough to remain healthy, while not eating so much that the hCG fails to do its part.
  1. CoolSculpting
By now you’ve probably heard of CoolSculpting. It’s a huge trend in Hollywood and is beginning to catch on elsewhere. “The CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. The results are proven, noticeable, and lasting – so you’ll look great from every angle,” the company says.
While that’s obviously marketing-speak, there’s ample evidence to suggest that CoolSculpting does indeed eliminate stubborn fat with very few negative side effects. It’s primarily used to eliminate fat in the neck, stomach, sides, and legs.
  1. Ultrasound Melting
While it may sound less appealing than CoolSculpting, ultrasound melting has been rather successful. It received FDA approval in 2014 and has been used for years in Canada.
Ultrasound melting takes place in three separate sessions, each of which occurs roughly two weeks apart. In this process, the doctor “pinches” abdominal fat and forms it into a rectangular shape that’s then taped off. A gooey gel is then applied to the surface and the ultrasound wand is waved over the fat for roughly 10 minutes. Many have reported seeing as much as an inch waistline decrease after treatments.
Do Your Homework
Just because something tells you that you can lose weight doesn’t mean it’s safe. There are plenty of unsafe weight loss technologies on the market and you have to make sure you avoid them at all costs. There’s no sense in losing a couple pounds of flab at the expense of permanently harming your body.
With that being said, the technologies listed in this article seem to provide all of the right answers. Do your own research and find out if one of them can help you finally achieve the weight you’ve been dreaming of.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Apple, The Company That Hated Clutter, Now Makes 17 Different Types Of Dongles

Short Bytes: You’ll be surprised to know that now Apple sells 17 different kinds of dongles to connect other devices to its computers. A Twitter user has aptly called “dongles” the fastest growing category of Apple devices. The latest MacBook Pro, which has ditched all the standard ports, continues to worsen this situation.
In the tech industry, no company is better at PC marketing than the genius gurus at Cupertino. Who can forget when they threw the hammer at IBM with the infamous 1984 ad. Another strong attempt was made by Apple in 1992 by mocking Microsoft for its user-unfriendliness.Talking about Windows PC and all the extra stuff that one needs to buy, another Apple ad said that, “I feel like I’m being pecked to death by ducks.” Steve Jobs channeled Mac’s “It just works” slogan and things turned out pretty great. Back then, Apple marketed itself as a superior company that didn’t make you buy extra stuff.
Over the years, things have changed drastically. After the recent MacBook Pro launch, Apple was bashed for removing all the standard connectivity ports, including the likes of HDMI port, SD card reader, regular USB port etc. Moreover, the latest Apple laptops can’t connect to Apple’s own flagship iPhone 7 without any dongle. Longtime Apple fans are saddened by these new profit-making complications brought by Apple and some of them are even looking for other alternatives like Ubuntu.
A Twitter user named Drew Breunig has compiled all kinds of dongles that are offered by Apple. This picture shows 17 types of ugly connectors that are sold by Apple. Breunig labels dongle as Apple’s fastest growing product category.
In another recent development, Apple has reduced the price of its dongles. “Through the end of the year, we are reducing prices on all USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 peripherals we sell, as well as the prices on Apple’s USB-C adapters and cables,” the company said in a statement issued to the media.
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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Mobile Credit Score Checks: 4 Tools That Work

It’s both a benefit of the modern era and everyone’s worst nightmare: you’re out at the store when your phone beeps, alerting you to an abnormal charge on your credit card. You’re glad to know your credit card company is looking out for you, but now you’ve got to deal with this anomaly. Was it you or has your identity been stolen? And is this the first time an unusual charge has shown up on your card? It’s time to do some detective work. You may even need to dispute your credit report.
One way to reduce the likelihood of a credit problem arising is by keeping a close eye on your credit score using one of the many mobile credit apps available today. But how do you know which ones work and which ones will leave you fumbling?
We’ve done the research and these four apps stand out from the pack.

Get Wise

You may have seen the commercials recently – Capital One has been advertising the fact that they now provide free credit scores to anyone through their CreditWise program. Unlike many credit card companies that only provide credit scores to their clients, as recommended by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Capital One concluded that their program was a valuable advocacy tool for all people. You can grab your score online or through apps available for both iOS and Android.

Be Comprehensive

Not interested in an app that can only tell you your credit score? Then Mint might be the right program for you. Mint is best known for its budgeting services, but it also monitors your credit accounts and will calculate your credit score for you. It’s a smart all-around tool for those who want to see all their financial data in one place.

Build Your Karma

Another well-known credit score app available for iOS and Android is Credit Karma. The app is free and it outshines many others because it displays credit scores from 2 out of 3 major score providers and updates them weekly. Most other programs will only show you one of those scores, whereas having access to two different scoring systems will better allow you to determine whether there’s an error in one of your reports.
Credit Karma will also show you potentially beneficial credit card offers and provides basic interpretations of your credit score, ranking it using the standard “poor through excellent” scale.

Open Up To Knowledge

Finally, quite similar to Credit Karma is Credit Sesame, another app that delivers non-FICO credit scores. It currently uses TransUnion data and your credit score is updated monthly – so not quite as often as with Credit Karma. It’s worth noting that lenders rely on FICO scores when determining your eligibility for a loan or credit card, but your score on Credit Sesame will give you a ballpark range fairly close to your FICO score.
Knowing your credit score is an integral part of building your financial reputation, so it’s worth keeping at least one of these apps on hand. By monitoring your credit score, you can stay one step ahead of scammers who might want to crash your numbers through unauthorized purchases.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Top 10 Disruptive Technology Trends For 2017 That You Need To Know | Gartner

Short Bytes: Gartner has revealed its list of the top 10 strategic technology trends for the year 2017. These trends will act as an important factor for most organizations in the upcoming year. Unsurprisingly, technologies related to artificial intelligence, as suggest by machine learning, and IoT are here to stay and leave an impact.
 The top technology companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon are making heavy bets on algorithms and artificial intelligence. The latest example isGoogle’s Pixel phone that’s using AI-powered Google Assistant and algorithm-based camera processing as its selling point. If we break down the advanced machine learning and AI algorithms, they comprise of many technologies like deep learning, neural networks, and natural language processing. These companies are working hard to achieve a coherent mixture of these aspects.At the Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Gartner VP David Cearley identified the top ten strategic technology trends for 2017, placing AI and Advanced Machine Learning at the top. If you’re wondering what does the word ‘strategic’ mean, here, it stands for the technologies that will have significant disruptive potential over the next five years.

Top 10 Disruptive Technologies Trends For 2017

1. AI and Advanced Machine Learning

As said above, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning compose of many technologies. These technologies, which are different from traditional algorithms and programs, make the machines intelligent. Gartner predicts that the applied AI advanced machine learning will inspire applications like robots, autonomous vehicles, consumer electronics, virtual personal assistants, and smart advisors.

2. Intelligent Apps

Intelligent applications like personal assistants are making our lives easier. Gartner expects that future assistants will be more specialized and equipped with potential to transform the workplaces and homes. Over the course of next 10 years, every application, and service will make use of some kind of AI. It’ll be a long-term trend that’ll evolve with time and expand AI application in apps and services.

3. Intelligent Things

Intelligent things are the machines that use applied machine learning to interact with the surroundings and people more naturally. Gartner expects that intelligent things like drones, autonomous vehicles, and smart appliances will work together in an intelligent and collaborative environment.

4. VR and AR

In present times, VR and AR technologies are in their nascent phase. Gartner expects that the landscape of immersive consumer applications will evolve at a rapid pace through 2021. They’ll form a digital mesh by collaborating with apps, mobile, wearables, and IoT devices.

5. Digital Twin

Digital twin refers to a dynamic software model that uses sensor data to understand its state. It responds to the changes accordingly and improves its operations. They include a combination of metadata, state, event data, and analytics. Gartner predicts that within 3-5 years, hundreds of millions of things will be represented by digital twins. They’ll be used for planning and repairing equipment services, for operating factories and increasing the efficiency. They’ll replace the combination of skilled human resources and traditional monitoring devices.

6. Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers

In recent years, blockchain and distributed-ledger concepts are becoming popular as the industry thinks that they hold the power to transform the operating models. Apart from the financial industry, they have future applications in identity verifications, title registry, supply chain, music distribution etc.

7. Conversational System

In future, in the conversation interface arena, the focus will shift from chatbots and microphone-enabled devices to the digital meshes that will encompass a wide range of endpoints.

8. Mesh App and Service Architecture

In MASA, mesh app and service architecture, mobile, desktop, and IoT apps are connected to a mesh of back-end service to create an application for the end user. This architecture exposes APIs at different levels balancing the demand for agility and scalability of services. It allows the users to have an optimized solution for endpoints in the digital mesh.

9. Digital Technology Platforms

They act as a basic building block for a digital business. Gartner has specified 5 major focal points that help to enable new capabilities and model businesses. These points are – information systems, customer experience, analytics and intelligence, the IoT, and business ecosystems. Gartner says that every organization must have a mix of these five factors.

10. Adaptive Security Architecture

Last but not the least, the technology companies will be focussing more on the security applications due to a complex world of interconnected platforms and applications. With the addition of the IoT frontier, slowly, we are observing newer security implications.
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