One cannot overestimate the effect that recent technologies such as the internet and smartphones have had on society. In the span of just over a decade, internet usage has exploded from millions or users to billions. Over that period the number of web sites online has grown exponentially. Just in the last few years, social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter have added a combined one billion users. In short, society has become more connected than ever. Information has become much easier to find but more difficult to filter.
Society has traditionally used the mainstream news organizations to filter information for us. World events aren’t anything new to the internet-era. Throughout history we still fought in wars, suffered through recessions and depressions, elected presidents and representatives, married loved-ones, attended graduations and rallies. Events have always occurred over the course of time. In the 1900s the media reported these events in the form of print, radio, and television. Real-world events were described in printed words and vocalized over the airwaves by the mainstream news outlets. The ability for one to describe world events was financially constrained. Not everyone could afford to own a newspaper, radio station, or television network. The limited number of media outlets meant less information available and less information to digest.
The internet, however, has fundamentally changed the landscape. News organizations continue to maintain some power under this new medium. For the first time ever, however, the billions of connected people can also produce and consume news. This has led to an explosion in the amount of information available. The internet makes publishing news cheap and easy and it has also made consuming news cheap and easy. These two lead to an inordinate amount of information available to us, more than any society has seen in the history of the world.
The emergence of the internet over the last two decades has led to a proliferation of technologies to facilitate the publishing and consumption of information for the average person. In the next 10 years, however, expect the opposite to happen. The powerful technologies will be the ones that adequately confine and intelligently funnel only relevant news to people. Nobody can effectively cover all sources including web sites, blogs, and social networking sites. We don’t have the time and we don’t have the energy. We need technology to help us. Expect the next to wave of innovation to include more intelligent news sites that effectively and efficiently distill information for us.
The world of technology is rapidly experiencing massive growth rates in the wake of this technological era. A couple of decades ago no one could predict the future of the internet and furthermore the spontaneous shift in technology. In 1997 when the first dial-up modems cut through the world of baseband communication they opened the Pandora’s Box in the world of broadband communication. Prior to the advent of the dial-up modem, most institutions and businesses relied heavily on copper telephone wires for the transmission of data and communication from one point to another. You can imagine how painstakingly slow it was for media companies to relay messages and breaking news over long distances. However, a couple of years down the line and broadband communication is born; combine this with high speed internet facilities and broadband reports are born and thus it came to be known as information in a jiffy or in the blink of an eye.
Broadband technology is predominantly based on baseband technologies but of a much robust and reliable nature. Baseband technology could only support one communication at a time and was heavily dependent on the ordinary telephone lines to transmit and receive data. Basically this means it worked in the same way as making a single telephone call. The computer would dial and query the local service provider’s services from an ordinary phone and wait for the response. It is arguably true that communicating over a wire is not only slow but expensive and also hampers other users from using the same resource. However, the advent of broadband communication brings with it more goodies than anyone could ever think of.
Unlike baseband communication, broadband communication utilizes advanced technology such as multiplexing and duplexing which allows several users to use the same device for different purposes simultaneously. What this means is that the same device can send and receive simultaneous signals from different users without interference. Take for an instance technology such as Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) which utilize the use of the same phone lines but with high-bandwidth capabilities some delivering digital signals up to several thousand bits per second. This means watching broadband news, reading broadband reports and transmitting the same is made amazingly easy, fast and efficient.
With the introduction of fiber-optic technologies, broadband communication is slowly taking off to the sky. The ability to transmit data at the speed of light merged with the ability to transmit simultaneous data streams on the same device is slowly and surely transforming the world into a digital village. The ability to watch broadband news as soon as it breaks is slowly becoming possible. Thanks to the internet most of the information and data is now free and easily accessible from almost anywhere in the globe.
The idea of having a billion people accessing the internet at the same time was virtually impossible a couple of decades ago, but with cutting-edge technology such as the one implemented in broadband technologies it is now very possible. The development and creation of broadband reports is day by day connecting people all over the world and daily reducing the operating costs for many businesses. Some of the most common applications of broadband communication are-
• High-speed internet access
• Video conferencing and video chats
• High-speed telecommunication e.g. broadband news.
• Broadband wireless communications.
Are you speeding along, leveraging all the new technologies and having fun, or are you stamping your foot, resisting change, and wishing everything would just slow down and stay the same? Facebook, Blogs, Google AdWords, Twitter, You Tube, Skype. Whatever next?
Technology is changing so fast and on top of all those daily tasks that you probably need to do in your business already, there seems little time to learn how to use all these new tools. Am I close?
Let’s face it some of them can be a little overwhelming, especially for those who are not technically or computer minded. So what can you do? Well as with all things you have some choices:
a) Do nothing and hope that your business thrives even if you don’t move with the times.
You may think that all of this Social Media ‘stuff’ is great for other people, and for those who have time to play around online. Meanwhile you have a ‘real’ job to do! Maybe you spend many hours a day on the phone convincing and selling your prospects on how great your opportunity or product is. Well I sincerely wish you luck here and you are going to need it!
b) You want to implement and grow your business using these new exciting tools but you just don’t know how to break it all down so you still take no action. This is similar to the first choice but you know deep inside that it isn’t the best way to go.
c) You understand that if you don’t go with the flow you will probably drown!
You decide today to update your skills and position yourself in time to benefit from the prosperity and opportunity that is being created with Social Media and Web 2.0 technology. This is true for every business owner but even more so for those in the Network Marketing industry because the business is all about connecting and attracting people to join your team.
The wonderful thing about plunging in and learning about Social Media and cutting edge marketing is that all of the skills you learn are transferable to any industry.
In my 6 years in Network Marketing I have been shown how to do a lot of things. In my first company when I was an MLM virgin, I was primarily shown how to buy leads IE; spend money. Even in that scenario which I don’t recommend to anyone, I developed some key skills such as how to handle my cash flow, and how to use the telephone to make the most out of my leads. The results were not great but my point is that in every action you take for your business, especially when you are hanging way out of your comfort zone, you will learn new skills.
Your skills and your brand are more valuable to you than money. You may be flat broke now but if you are developing the skills you need to succeed in Network Marketing in the 21st century then you are way ahead of the crowd and riches will soon follow as long as you have a correct strategy and mindset.
If there is ever a time in our history where leaders can elect themselves then this is it! Using these technologies you don’t need to ask permission from your upline to be a leader! You just need to position yourself as one and because you have the skills that many of the traditional marketers (who may have other amazing skills that you need also) don’t have, you automatically become an authority in your field of online marketing, and you become ATTRACTIVE.
I always write specifically for Network Marketers but there are so many businesses that can apply the same principles. For instance, Information Marketing seems to have merged with Network Marketing in many cases so you no longer really need to create your own products unless you want to. Using social media allows an entrepreneur to market themselves on a very low budget.
There are so many information products you can offer on the way in your attraction marketing process that it is becoming very easy to make money online. If you don’t yet have a funded proposal set up in your business so that you can make commissions every day whether people join your business or not, then I recommend that you implement one immediately.
Remember when we used manual typewriters and listened to tapes? We managed fine right? The thing is as soon as we had the option to have better technology it was only a matter of time before the new standard became the norm and if I don’t have my emails coming through on my blackberry and my tweet alerts then I feel quite lost! I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t go back to a typewriter and a tape player when I can use a beautiful laptop and an I pod. I mean why would I?
The point of this is that technology can be used to speed up your success and leverage your time, not slow you down as you try to learn how to use it. That is just a learning curve and results can come very fast in this arena. Social Media tools are becoming much simpler to understand as they are being designed for the masses, so with a bit of application anyone really can get the hang of using them.
Once you know these skills they are skills for life so update your skills and be daring. You can be the leader here. Its wide open for anyone who wants to run with this and learn how to blog, learn how to produce a video on You Tube, build a group of followers on Twitter. Why not you? As Jim Rohn says, ‘What you don’t know will hurt you!’
In Network Marketing you can be aligned with the greatest company in the history of the world but if you don’t have enough people looking it means nothing.
In a world of technology our school classrooms need to keep up. As much as technology is used on an everyday basis with students outside of school, its very important to keep the kids attention by implementing a lot of technology into the classrooms. As much as classroom technology has been improving over the years, it is not improving fast enough. Schools need to focus on presenting lesson plans, labs and class work with as much updated technology as possible to keep the kids challenged. Ninety-six percent of students say they use technology at home so during class lectures they tend to zone out until they are home to utilize the Internet and computers to type assignments and research projects.
With so many students having access to technology at home, schools really should incorporate more technology into their classrooms. They need to keep up with the demands of the technologically inclined students and help to teach the four percent of students who do not have access to computers or technology at home. Since the majority of students use technology so often the schools need to use technology often during class as well to keep the students minds from wandering. Schools are starting to implement more and more technology into the schools and by doing this, the students are showing much more interest in participating in class.
Schools are starting to make changes by having their IT professionals hook up their schools with WIFI connections so students are able to have access to the internet on their WIFI ready devices. This helps students to be able to research project material, email fellow classmates and teachers and utilize the Internet to help them with homework. With virtual learning on a rise, it’s important for schools to equip their campuses with WIFI. There are so many benefits to incorporating technology into the classrooms, not only does it challenge the students in a greater way, it also prepares them for college, since with college they utilize the internet constantly and there are many online classes that they offer.
Many educational devices that utilize technology are coming out; eReaders are starting to offer virtual textbooks, iPads, smartphones and mp3 players are offering educational applications that help the students on a daily basis during school. Educational applications can be used by teachers to create hands on technology earning with some devices that the students already own. Word Lens, is an app that can be used by foreign language teachers to create fun and exciting scavenger hunts through their phones, iPods or iPads. Molecules, is an application utilized by science teachers to show 3-D models of different molecules. Blackboard mobile learn is an application that teachers can update assignments on and show upcoming tests and quizzes so students can manage it all from their application and have their school dues dates organized.
The schools are starting to incorporate technology but it is not coming at a fast enough pace. Its important for the schools to keep up with the 21st century technology and challenge the students with new technology so they can teach students in a way that will keep their attention and give them the absolute best head start on life in a technological world!
There are so many distractions that take away from our precious time with our loved ones, especially our other half. Here are just a few examples.
Television, TiVo, On Demand, Hulu.
What ever happened to just regular ‘ole TV being the downfall of the family unit? It’s been upgraded with innovations such as On Demand and Hulu. You can now spend hours on end watching every episode, from every Season of HBO’s Entourage through your cable’s On Demand service.
Sony PlayStation, Wii, Xbox.
Video games have come a long way since Atari and Nintendo Game Boy but some men are still acting like they’re 12 when it comes to playing Madden. There seems to be a personal mission for them to beat their rival football team, in virtual reality.
iPod Touch, iPhone, iTunes, Smartphones.
Remember pagers and two-ways? How about portable CD players or Walkman? None of these have anything on the new world of Smartphones. Oh, the things we can now do with our mobile phone! You can send a text and then have an app read the reply to you, catch the football game, watch a movie, make a video, edit your website and deposit money into your bank account – from anywhere, all on your mobile device. Not quite sure if you can actually make a telephone call though.
Online web surfing.
The mindless hours that one can spend on the world wide web, searching Google, reading yahoo news, watching You Tube videos and mostly closing pop up ads.
Social media phenomenon.
Facebook and Twitter can eat up so much valuable time. Who really cares about your Mafia Wars score or FarmVille? No, seriously, who cares? As my mom likes to say, “He was like that before you married him.” Yep, it’s part of a man’s DNA. Sports, sex and doing nothing. You probably remember this behavior from your shacking-up days. He hung out with his boys all day Saturday playing PlayStation until someone’s girlfriend or wife called them home because it was 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Remember, marriage doesn’t make you a different person. We are who we are. Break up his obsession with today’s technology by trying a few of the tips below to shift his attention to connecting with you.
Get Naked – break his concentration from watching or playing games. If this doesn’t grab his attention, then check his pulse ’cause he might not be amongst the living.
Watch the Pittsburgh Steelers game with him but negotiate kisses or a feel up for each touchdown that his team makes.
Play a few games of strip Madden. The loser has to take off a piece of clothing. Bet you won’t make it two games.
Text him love notes throughout the day. Build up anticipation for an after work surprise. A candlelit dinner, followed by a bubble bath!
It’s healthy for married individuals to have their own hobbies, past-times and a break to veg out and forget about the stress of life but when these things start to become a routine and take away from your relationship, then it’s time to intervene. But before you sign him up for the show, Intervention on A&E, use a few of the suggestions above to grab his attention.
Get naked this Sunday right before the first afternoon game and just stand in front of the t.v. Make sure the kids are taking their afternoon nap. No need in sending them to therapy later in life.
What are some of YOUR technology distractions? Share them below.
A good white paper is a paper that makes you look good.
You look good when your white paper makes sense, when it’s readable, when it concentrates on benefits and examples, and when it’s easy to get. Here’s why:
Reason #1. Many people would rather die than talk to a sales representative right off the bat, but they will read a white paper. When people start researching a product, they are not prepared to talk to a salesperson. They have no idea if the product is for them, or if they even need the technology at all. They’ll also be resistant to new and innovative technologies. Well-written, benefit-laden white papers will qualify your product to the reader, and qualify the reader to you at the next stage in the sales cycle.
Reason #2. White papers build a bridge between the prospect and your organization’s salespeople. When the salesperson does call, it’s not out of the blue. If a user has downloaded a white paper, there is an established connection between user interest and your company. The call can even be welcome if the customer has more questions and is interested in moving forward.
Reason #3. White papers are simple to host on the Web, where people can easily download and read them. In addition to your own company Website, there are numerous sites that host white papers and make it easy for prospects to download the paper. Many companies take this opportunity to capture reader information, including if the reader wants to be contacted. If they do request contact, for heaven’s sake contact them! They are coming highly qualified.
Reason #4. You’re not just reaching prospective customers with white papers, you’re also reaching journalists. Or you should be. This is why you should always include a solid technical section in a white paper: journalists doesn’t want to download a white paper and find a brochure, it makes them cranky. But if you deliver a valuable white paper, the journalist is far more likely to speak well of you and your product. (This, of course, is the essence of media relations.)
Reason #5. And speaking of journalists, what do they do when they pick up or receive expensive press kits? They throw them away, but they do keep valuable information like booklets and white papers. As a senior editor and editor-in-chief for data storage magazines, I can’t tell you how many beautiful and pricey press kits I picked up, then threw away. What did I keep? White papers. Who did I think of when I was writing a story on that technology? The company that wrote the white paper.
The CLEAR Process
All white papers need to combine good writing, good structure, and clear technical explanations — high level or not, depending on purpose and audience — and case studies. The process is CLEAR:
- Clarify the problem
- List your technology’s features
- Educate your customers on benefits
- Add proof points
- Restate your case
People like technology white papers if the paper is clear, useful, readable and available. Make sure your white papers fit the bill with the CLEAR process, or call a professional white paper writer for your next project.
If you have not heard about Reimage Windows XP Computer Repair service, it is one rare computer repair service on the Internet. This allows you to fix the bugs, viruses, software malfunctions and faulty drivers on your computer in about 30 minutes at the comfort of your home. In this article, you are going to discover further about the recent happenings that are going on around this company including why the company image is represented by a Rubik Cube, how it shows slowdown trend in PC upgrades and what proves the concept of this company to be a demand of the society. You will be able to know more about this company deeper by the end of this article and then you can explore this online service even further.
First of all, Reimage reveals why their company is represented by a Rubik Cube. They brought in the concept when they were doing a survey asking a question of what they think of personal computer performance. Out of many, one particular person gave an answer such as this,
“Windows is like Rubik’s cube. When you first get it – it starts off all shiny and working. But soon enough things evidently change… and you can no longer bring it back to its original condition…”
Immediately, they realized that they could not agree more because they believed that Windows work exactly like Rubik Cube where they cannot bring it back to its original condition. This is how their brand identity of a Rubik Cube was born.
Secondly, the repairs trend of Reimage shows a continuous increase in low RAM over the past few months. This tells that general public are still skeptical and not ready to make new computer purchases over the past few months due to this recession period. Not only that but the society are also afraid to hunt for upgrades and it could cost them even more money and they are more ready to go for repairs of their computers. They experienced an increase of PC repairs in December 2008 where 94,753 computers were being repaired comparing to November 2008 where 54,463 PCs were repaired.
Thirdly, a public survey proves that the concept of Reimage appears to be a demand of the society. The survey indicates that more than 80% of the respondents reported that it takes at least half a day to a day to have their computer fixed whether it is to clean, re-image, restore computers affected by malware, which was a statement claimed by GreenBorder Technologies. It is because of this, Reimage concept’s of fixing the computer in less than 30 minutes proves to be a solution to many computer users who intend to send their computers to vendors in order to have them repaired. With the massive time reduction at the comfort of your home, you can now experience the same without having to go through much hassles and troubles leaving your house.
By now, you probably know what has been going on around Reimage Computer Repair recently. With these news in your head, you are able to know the company better and know whether or the concept is something that is right for you too. Hope this article has been a helping hand.
Do you take your work with you while you are on summer vacation? Or does your phone keep on ringing while you attend your son’s soccer games or your daughter’s piano recitals? Check out how Virtual Assistants (VAs) can help you enjoy those precious moments while ensuring that you are still on the go!
Virtual Assistants offer a support service wherein they utilize today’s state of the art technology to remotely communicate with their clients. They are a team of professionals committed to deliver a full-service virtual office and utilize technologically advanced applications to meet your exact needs. They eliminate traditional burden of health care, records, payroll, rent etc. They are committed to delivering high-quality services and advocating for your interests in your business’ success in collaboration with the advancement of technology. They set up your office with a quick plug and play solution for your administrative requirements.
There is no employment-related paperwork, no requirement for additional office space and facilities costs (perfect if you work from home!).
Their main task involves administrative or clerical work. Virtual Assistants (VAs) are competent and well-versed. They came from different business backgrounds and most have several years of experience as administrative executive assistants, office managers, secretaries, human resource officer and bookkeepers, accountants. . . and on top of their fields. They provide across-the-board administrative (and other) services.
Clients are mutually matched with their VA’s, building a harmonious working relationship. They believe that building a good working relationship is the key to being productive and productivity yields success! You can be efficient and move forward confidently while your Virtual Assistant (VA) handles your phone calls, emails, bills, appointments, invoices and receivables. You can have a more balanced lifestyle while increasing professional productivity with time & money saved. Compare the competitive rates for an onsite employee, Virtual Assistants (VAs) can handle significant but regular time-consuming tasks such as answer incoming calls, respond to emails on your behalf, schedule your appointments, and other relevant office work.
Think of it this way, you can confidently move forward and focus on running your business, knowing that your Virtual Assistant (VA) has got you covered. Virtual Assistants (VAs) can run parts of your company while you grow your business. Allow yourself to wind down while they do the works. You can increase your productivity and hand over other necessary but fundamental office tasks to them and have a breath of fresh air.
It is now ten years since I began writing weekly newspaper columns. Things have changed a great deal during that time. Some have predicted that because of technology, newspapers and books are facing an impending death but I don’t believe it.
I love the feel of having a book in my hands and don’t think that I am alone. I also enjoy the newspaper that is left at my door each morning and frequently cut out articles to keep or share with others.
I do believe, however, that the newspaper industry is in the process of revitalizing. This week I want to share some ways in which changes are being made as well as some words that might be new to you:
1. Cyber fiber is a term that describes the fact that many newspapers are now accessible on the web. Because of this, publishers are focusing more on local stories and developing local news sources to produce copy that readers can’t get in others places in a credible and deep way.
2. Crowd sourcing is a process of inviting readers to have more input into stories by providing information that they have, influencing how they want a story to be written or asking questions. The hard copy invites readers to provide feedback and internet editions offer links for comments. This practice has transformed the concept of newspapers which were once merely a source of information to now being a two-way exchange of information between publisher and readers.
3. Cartocols – Rather than writing long narratives, newspapers now convey important information in chunks with suitable graphics. This way the story is told in a more approachable way for readers who just want brief information that can be digested quickly rather than a lot of details.
4. Advertising – The consolidation of department store chains has reduced the demand for full-page advertisers. Newspapers have therefore had to create new ways to satisfy smaller advertisers.
5. New Formats – Community newspapers, inserts, focused magazines and niched websites provide different ways for readers to access the information that interests them without having to sift through the overwhelming amount of information that is published every day.
Just like in any business, newspapers have to provide a product that the customer wants and this requires introducing changes to ensure that this happens. Young people are being mentored in schools to read the newspapers and all ages are now able to choose whether they want to learn what is happening through electronic or hard copy.
In the middle of a world of change – some things stay the same.
I know that I am going to continue readings newspapers and books that I can physically hold.
(Oh, and when I comes to writing my newspaper columns – I will likely be here for another ten years!)
Have a great week!
Music is a darling the world over, if not just a frequent companion in our daily lives. It accompanies us to the beach, to the workplace, on our numerous bike rides or phone conversations. Isn’t it of good judgment that we fancy to equip our SUVs, Sedans, or whatever you drive, with possibly the best auto sound systems you can lay your hands on? The drawback is that novel technology is making it to the markets at a rapid rate than we can’t possibly keep up with, be it on daily or monthly basis – its happening fast. No wonder we are absolutely quick to kick ourselves in the butt when deciding whether to buy this or maybe that company’s made auto sound system. We are truly spoiled for choice.
As a matter-of-fact, excellent technology in auto sound system already exists. The question therefore isn’t whether or not it will reach the market, but instead when. When? Hence this becomes a really considerable question in discussing about new technologies. There are numerous factors that control the duration it takes for an actual product to reach the market, and the supply/availability at the point in time. Good news is that consumers are a patient lot, and will always wait until that point approaches; it then pays to realize that prices for these systems you love will drop almost overnight.
Though I may prefer to procure one of these star gadgets like everyone else does, I have to remind myself of my obligations as a parent, which are to ensure that my children are well fed, clothed and educated, College fees don’t come easy remember. This reason will therefore keep me hooked to my old-fashioned machine while deep down longing for the newest Acer notebooks, I’ll play my tracks on my Ipod Shuffle while longing for a new Ipod that can play video. Life will however go on, and I will enjoy playing spectator to those playing with their new fancy gadgets, while also learning from them and waiting for prices to go down. (Just like Mp3s a few years ago).
I can consider myself smart enough for realizing that it’s mostly not wise to be the first buyer of new products or new technology. Better let someone take the expensive risk associated with purchasing untested product and get their first hand opinion of the product. This will go miles in informing your decisions minus the risks that come with new untested products.
There are countless things I can sacrifice and many others I’m willing to go the extra mile in order to give my children as test objects. What I have come to realize is that if the item or device can survive for weeks under their care, it is a good bet and is without doubt worth buying stock in the company. Most of us have things we consider most important than others and though I love technology, there are other things of higher priority.
I treasure music, and it’s a very important part of my life, I therefore try my best to keep up with the best and latest when choosing auto sound systems. My most preferred happens to be the Bose. This system is wholly designed to make music sound as it ought to. You can find the best quality and greatest audio from this system without sacrificing half of your trunk or the whole back seat. Bose is an expensive product on the market when it comes to auto sound systems, but all the same worth your money.
Always remember that the best auto sound system is not necessarily the most expensive auto sound product in the market, this is good piece of advice when considering your options in regard to auto sound system, this stands true, regardless of what the salesman tells you. Learning all that you possibly can, about the choices available in auto sound system, might make you discover that there are less costlier systems well suited to your auto sound system than you previously thought.
Let us start anew in 2011 and begin the shift towards green energy with the revolutionary biosphere technology. The planet has been ailing for centuries because of the pollution man has brought upon her. Mankind’s addiction to efficient energy has made him a slave of brown energy that is slowly dragging the planet to its demise. The said energy that is stained with the blood of the planet has lead to many technological advancements and innovations. And as he made technological progress his appetite for more grew bigger and bigger. And brown energy has been the primary means of quenching this seemingly insatiable hunger. Fortunately, coming along with the New Year is the availability of a new clean invention that can both sate man’s thirst for efficient energy and answer the planet’s woes for cleaner energy.
Biosphere Technology is the materialization of the decades of research and development activities centered at empowering green energy to the point that it can compete head on with conventional forms of energy such as coal and oil. It is also a waste-to-energy process that turns garbage into energy using advanced gasification technologies. It makes use of five distinct stages to subject the trash into conversion. The use of oxygen limiting chambers is the core of the technology’s unparalleled strength. The said limiters hinder the escape of polluting gases into the atmosphere. These gases are the primary culprits behind the green house effect which in turn results to global warming and climate change. Hence, the use of biosphere technology both solves the problems of earth pollution and land pollution. It devours solid wastes and fully eliminates it. It is also able to do so without releasing pollutants into the atmosphere thus effectively preventing future pollution of the air.
Efficiency is the greatest advantage of Biosphere Technology. This efficiency is at par or even better than traditional forms of energy. The oxygen limiters are also the key that make such efficiency possible. Through controlling with exact precision the amount of oxygen introduced to the feedstock, the use of the most efficient temperatures is maintained. The said control also allows the process to reach very intense levels of heat that allows the production of the purest energy particles. The said particles are then gathered into steam of immense heat which is then utilized to power electrical generators.
Biosphere Technology supplies energy while at the same time cleansing our environment of various pollutants. It is our best chance of saving the planet from the impending doom pollutants are bringing upon it. Let us make 2011 the year when the planet goes back to its former green self. It is time to live green. Let us do it for Planet Earth, because caring for the planet is tantamount to taking care of all life on the Biosphere.
I visited Daman when I was for the first time in India. The town can easily be reached with a train or bus if you are a backpacker on budget or you can hire a car. We chose the train. Sadly it used to stop after every ten meters, but after 6 hours and approximately 200 kilometers of absolute boredom we were in Vapi train station. From there you have to take a taxi or a rickshaw to the Daman.
Unlike Goa the Daman is not a popular western tourist destination. Therefore the first thing you would notice is that there are no touts and you don’t have to fight of army of rickshaw drivers, like in popular tourist spot and finding one that speaks English is even harder than you might think. Also the town has very few beggars. Daman is very popular destination for the Indian tourists from the nearby cities, therefore finding a hotel is easy. There are numerous hotels in the Daman itself but you might be better off finding a good hotel on the beach going a couple of kilometers north to Devka Beach. The beach is really not very good, for sure it’s not good for swimming because it’s too rocky and unlike Goa or the Beaches of Mumbai nobody’s here’s used to half naked ladies in swimsuit’s. The other ting with the beach is that there are packs of dogs and you should avoid those.
There are some touristy spots in the Daman town, like the old Portuguese fort, a small amusement park in Devka Beach, but basically that’s it. However there is another reason why this place is so popular among Indian weekend tourists – dirt cheap alcohol. And I really mean cheap and accessible. Numerous liquor stores can be found in Daman. A bottle of locally produced vodka costs somewhere around 70 Rs (1.4 USD), that’s how cheap it is. You can buy all sorts of alcoholic beverages here, however you can be sure that it’s manufactured just around the corner even if it says “Finlandia” or “Smirnoff” on the bottle. The downside it all is that there are a lot of drunk Indian tourists, they are generally friendly but kind of annoying. I would suggest avoiding having too many vodka shots with the average male Indian tourist. The cheap alcohol however cannot be taken outside the town borders and there are police checks on the roads. The locals are really nice and during the day it’s safe to walk around practically everywhere. The rickshaws and taxis are harder to catch than in the touristy places, but they cost less: a rickshaw in Daman will cost about 30 Rs; a taxi ride to Vapi train station will cost somewhere about 120 Rs.
Overall Daman is a nice place to spend one or two days after that it’s starting to get boring as the town offers a little entertainment.
Solar panels are all the rage when it comes to alternate energy sources. But what are thin film solar panels and what could be so exciting about this new technology? They function in the same way that traditional panels do, but the difference is that the panels themselves are significantly thinner and require much less material to construct. This may not sound particularly impressive, but the fact is that it really is. The breakthroughs in the technology surrounding alternate energy are shaping the way we will power our homes in the future.
Thin film solar panels are so important because up until now, two particular barriers have thwarted solar energy production from becoming a mainstream source of power for the home. The first was obviously the cost and the second was the problems associated with mass-producing it. These problems are now being solved, paving the way for an explosion of clean energy sources on the market. The invention of thin film solar panels is our first indication of the problems being resolved.
So what exactly is thin film solar technology? It is a new way of layering incredibly thin photovoltaic material on a thin back support. This new advancement is made possible with the introduction of new inventions like solar ink. This aids in fast, efficient mass-production of the product, printing photovoltaic material onto thin metal or plastic in the same way books are printed today. The time and cost of producing thin film solar panels is then reduced to a fraction of the cost that original models were manufactured at. The exact figure is stunning-new panels are being produced at 5 percent of what the bulky old models were manufactured at! The combination of a lower production cost and a more compact design makes for great news for you as a consumer.
Because thin film solar panels are much lighter and smaller, they are incredibly versatile. Now, not only can they be used as traditional rooftop attachments to produce energy for the home, but they are becoming popular as a way to power laptops, charge cell phones and replace generators in RVs. They are used by the military and police for emergency services and in remote locations to power water pumping systems, weather stations and lighting signals. The current and future uses are much further reaching than this, as the technology is still relatively young. The future is bright if we make the switch to solar power today!
Drugs or Direction, that is the question….
Yesterday walking through the airport between an eatery and the wireless electronics store there was a big yellow sign that said something like this:
Are you distracted? Do you lose focus easily? Do you forget things? You could have ADHD, send us a text or find us on the web at (some website).
The website isn’t really their site of course. After reading the sign and looking around for a minute it hit me. What better place to try and convince people they have ADHD than an airport. Everyone is either in a hurry so they forget something, or bored out of their mind so they lose focus and are easily distracted.
Our entire society and system of marketing is based on these principles. Is everyone that buys a “keyfinder” an ADHD candidate? Who knows. What I do know is that like all things in life this was another organization looking to recruit candidates in an ideal location. Just about everyone with normal brain function is going to have some level of ADHD. If you have five Starbucks cards in your wallet or do like I do, and drink three 32 oz Diet Cokes before lunch, you might be a higher level of ADHD until the caffeine wears off.
We live in a society filled with distractions. iPods, cell phones, pocket cameras that film HD for You Tube and bright yellow signs with ADHD messages right when you are looking for your lost boarding pass all are designed to keep us distracted. Maybe they are just trying to keep us entertained and busy?
The truth is we live in a world where the absolute need for focus is almost zero. My generation and people younger than me rarely have any kind of dedicated focus. Our parents tell us “you can do anything you want to do”. If we pick something and change our mind, they just say “It’s OK dear.” To make matters worse we live in a “right now” information society. When someone calls us or texts us we are expected to answer right away.
The reality is, until we find what it is that drives us, we will always be a little distracted and out of focus. If we could each just find our true calling and put all of the rest of the distractions in a drawer we would be better off. Some of us get lucky and our parents instill that focus in us like Tiger Woods (sexting aside), and others get lucky and find their passion on their own or by accident..
After seeing a couple of pretty good accidents as a result of texting, I took a hard look at my own cell phone and texting habits in the car. Since then I have stopped answering calls for two reasons. First, I was going into autopilot when on the phone and would sometimes fly right by my off ramp or destination. Any time I saved by answering the call was then lost.
Second and more important I realized that I have so much going on, I couldn’t focus on what I was doing or what I was talking to the person on the other end of the conversation about. This is one where I needed to just take my own advice. Don’t take any calls you aren’t ready to take. If you call and I am on the road, chances are good I will forget any appointment we set or any thing I was supposed to order for you. If I take a your call in the office at the computer, then I am ready, and we both get more out of it.
While writing my book, “So, Now What?” I observed a lot of highly successful people. What I started doing was following the advice I was giving in my book as a result of those observations. I get way more done every day be being prepared to do what I am doing when I am doing it. Life is better this way. It feels slower and you have more time to do what you want to do.
Is it ADHD or lack of self discipline in a world of distractions?
The iPhone has been a huge success in the mobile phone market. Some say that the reason that it is a success is because of the App Store — and it’s nearly a million applications. However, a more likely reason is that the iPhone can handle so many of our daily tasks that users quickly wonder how they ever lived without it. Some of the most popular applications for the iPhone are applications for reading the news, which allow mobile users to have the most up-to-date information without having being tied to their computer or going through the hassle of searching multiple websites from a browser window. For people that are too busy to spend time going from website to website, a dedicated news reader is just what they need.
The first iPhone app that users have come to like is Instapaper. This app is much more than an ordinary new app. It is perfect for allowing users to save their favorite articles for reading at anytime. For users that are not always in cell range or have an Internet connection, being able to read articles offline is very important and that is what this application does. Overall, users will be impressed with the way the app reformats the web page offline for a better and easier reading experience.
Another iPhone app that will impress users is the Instacast app. Just about everyone has viewed a podcast at some point. For some people, podcasts are an essential part of their day and being able to access their favorite podcasts is very important. Most people get their podcasts by using iTunes to import them to their iPhone, but when a person is away from their computer, it is important to still be able to download a podcast. Instacast allows users to download any podcast they choose to view instantly or save for viewing later on. This is a very simple but powerful application for iPhone users.
For iPhone users that do not want to deal with opening multiple applications to get their news, the Easy News app is most likely going to be the best choice. It gives the user one simple to use interface, and allows them to spend more time reading their news then wasting time opening browsers. This app even has push notifications, so that users will always have the most up-to-date news. This app is great for people that want to just read the news and move on with their day.
Whether they prefer reading offline, listening to podcasts or news by push notifications, these apps will keep users “in the know” about the day’s most important topics.
The tech-heads need to build new software that makes obtaining information and collective communication a simple process for the average human.
Being the total opposite to a technical person, it is hard to imagine future Internet software advances. The techno-humans have come up with incredible ideas and subsequently their ideas have come to fruition. It seems like anything a human puts their mind to can be done. Our species has come such a long way, but I feel the key to the next part in our evolution of technology and consciousness is to integrate the ideas of the average person. Who do we build all this technology for anyway? I think it’s made for humans to have a better life. It’s time to start making the technological advances in computing with the non-computer-based people of the world in mind. A famous American journalist Sidney J. Harris once said,
“The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.”
Computer and Internet specialists have to realize that they have gone so deep into their fields that they now can no longer see what the computer world looks like to a novice like myself. All this techno-jargon and hundreds of different types of software can be quite overwhelming to a normal person who just wants to take part in this new way of interacting with reality and society.
We’ve got to simplify if we want this awesome force to be integrated into our lives in its highest form. I know the Internet is growing at an incredible rate already. One only has to look at the example of India to see the incredible mark Information Technology has made. You can go into a tiny village that looks relatively the same as it has been for fifty years; the general infrastructure is shocking: broken traffic lights, decrepit buildings, power lines splaying out in chaotic patterns. But, something big has changed; each town now has a satellite dish, and an ISP connection (Internet Service Provider)! This is truly amazing. However I believe it is only the beginning of a new revolution that will arrive when we simplify the information and communication processes.
So what’s the special answer to the sacred question? Well, I haven’t got all the ideas, but I know of six billion human souls out there who I’m sure would have an opinion if you asked them. Find out what people really want and need. Recently I wrote an article on how great it would be if we could get our News from multiple sources instead of the one-to-many, top-down structure that feeds us so much negativity today. An opportunity to only read relevant News to the individual’s liking also sounds like a great project to take on. Wouldn’t it also be great if we could communicate easily with others of similar interests? E.g.: Finding the blogs and websites that interest us without having to search for days on end to find them!
These are just a couple ideas the software masters could approach to make the new revolution of collective consciousness and independent thinking a reality. I truly believe the Internet could be the gate of entry into a new dimension for the average citizen of Earth, a dimension that thrives on the sharing of knowledge from multiple perspectives, communication that involves everyone, and incredible access to individuals who you’ve always wanted to meet. Come on people, let’s get with the program! Humans are a resilient, powerful race of creatures; it’s time to duplicate all this energy we’ve put into producing technology and put it into making it easily used by the masses for positive means. The plant has grown into a tall healthy tree, now it’s time to harvest the fruit of all our labor.
The rise of new technologies over the past decade have created many great new options for getting entertainment and information without having to leave home. Just look at the growth of the Internet and the expansion of the number of channels that are found in television programming channels. To take full advantage of the possibilities that new technologies have opened up, however, you need to find a service provider that can provide you with access to the newest advances and the highest quality technologies. Comcast in is just such a provider and is proving that it is possible to give customers access to reasonably priced services while still offering the newest technologies and the best services. Comcast has expanded beyond offering just cable television service and now also offers high speed Internet and digital telephone service.
The new technologies have really created a lot of opportunities to get better television service. Take digital television for example. This format, in which Comcast Cable TV offers all its programming, is much clearer and crisper than analog television and also allows for more interactive features. Comcast also offers HDTV, digital video recording, interactive television, and On Demand television. All of these services can make your television viewing easier and more pleasant and give you more options for both what you watch and how you watch it. For example, digital video recorders are a newer technology that allow viewers to easily record programming and store up to 200 hours of programming. These are quickly gaining popularity among TV viewers who were tired of the frustrating experience of programming a VCR and wanted an easier way to record programming. On Demand programming is also a great new technology that lets viewers select movies to rent and to have access to the movies for up to a full day. During this time it is possible to rewind, replay, and pause the movie, making it a lot more convenient than regular Pay Per View. Of course, new technologies have also made it possible for Comcast to offer over 250 channels in almost every programming package plus to have plenty of specialty programming options like sports subscriptions and foreign language programming accessible to customers.
Comcast in also gives customers access to the best high speed Internet access that currently exists. This broadband Internet access is the fastest you will find with speeds of over 8 Mbps. This highspeed (broadband) internet connection is almost a hundred times faster than dial up and gives you plenty of new possibilities when using the Internet. When you sign up for broadband service, you get a cable modem that allows you to get online and you also get a wireless router. The wireless router is useful if you want to get multiple computers online at the same time or you want to be able to use Internet-ready devices from anywhere in your house.
Digital telephone service is the third service that Comcast now offers and has a lot of advantages over regular telephone service. Because it includes all domestic long distance calls in with the calling plan price, you save money and don’t have any worries about how much your phone bill will cost. You also get all the features you love such as speed dial, caller ID, call waiting, and call forwarding. These Comcast VOIP calling plans are excellent both for their convenience and for the potential savings.
Integrating technological advances into great services for customers can be difficult, but Comcast does a great job.
There are a number of different things you can do with technology, but one of the ways you can use the newest and latest innovations is to keep your life in order. An old fashioned organizer can be big and bulky and as pages will rip and fall out, you might lose important information. Electronic methods of organization are much easier to keep track of.
If you are a student, electronic calendars can help you make sure all of your assignments are in on time. They can also help you remember when you have class and meetings with study groups or professors. If you are an adult with a family who has gone back to school, you can make sure you make all of your classes but also get your kids to soccer and extracurricular activities on time.
If you are on any kind of medication, you can use an electronic medication schedule to keep track of when to take your medication. Even if you must take multiple pills a day, an electronic schedule will help you keep everything straight. They will provide a picture and tell you how much medicine you should take at each dose. They can also contain information about the medication, such as side effects and what the generic version is. Some electronic schedules even include a feature that can tell you when your medication needs to be refilled.
If you work hard at your job, and electronic organizer can help you stay ahead of the game. Electronic organizers that have an internet feature can help you to e-mail clients or coworkers from any place at any time. You can schedule flights and book hotels for business trips and even rent a car. You can look up the latest tips and news in your career field. You can also keep track of important meetings and your payday as well.
You can use spreadsheets on your computer to make schedules for other things. You can make a chore list that your kids must complete by the time they get home or a grocery list. You can even get certain programs on your cell phone that will keep track of all the clothes you have in your wardrobe. This way you can plan your outfit and your next purchase based on the clothing and accessories you already own. You can plan out a budget too, so you’ll have the extra money to spend on some clothes.
Electronic organizers vary. You can buy a cell phone that doubles as an organizer, like a BlackBerry. If you’re looking for something less expensive, you can find electronic schedulers online for free. These types of schedules can be seen when you’re online, but they can also send alerts to your cell phone so that you know when to take medications, go to class, and other useful forms of information. Technology makes keeping track of your life much easier.
Advancements in laser technology have enabled the cosmetic surgery industry to offer aesthetic procedures that are safer, more effective, and much less painful than traditional cosmetic surgery methods. What is it about lasers that have enabled cosmetic surgery to progress so far in such a short time, where is the industry headed, and how does the technology fit into the mix?
Lasers – we’ve all heard the word and know that a laser is a form of light, but how is light able to be transformed into a surgical instrument? The word “laser” is actually an acronym, which stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. What makes laser light different from other light, such as from a light bulb or fire, is direction. Light is an electro-magnetic wave, which in most cases expands to fill every unobstructed direction, similar to waves on the ocean. The energy of laser light, however, is intensely concentrated and focused in a single direction. The concentration of light energy is so powerful that the beam can be used for making incisions. The focus of the light can be pinpointed so accurately that laser is the ideal tool for many cosmetic procedures.
Because of the rapid advancement in laser technology, buying laser systems for aesthetic procedures is similar to buying a new computer. It doesn’t matter whether you buy the newest, fastest, shiniest model today – tomorrow the new, ultra-shiny, amazingly fast model will roll off the assembly line and yours will be considered old news.
SmartLipo, for example, uses YAG laser technology to break up fat deposits beneath the skin. As the laser dissolves the fat, it also heals the blood vessels in the area to ensure less bleeding, swelling and bruising in patients. Now, a newer model of laser has been released to assist physicians with the SmartLipo procedure. Called MPX, the newer generation of SmartLipo features an even more powerful laser. Contrary to some misleading marketing, however, the new generation laser does not allow the removal of any more fat from a single area than the older generation laser – there are still other safety considerations that prevent too much from being removed from a single area.
It is likely that future rapid advancement in laser technology will continue to impact the aesthetic surgery arena. Equipment manufacturers are taking advantage of the increased popularity of aesthetic procedures by looking for new markets in which to sell their very expensive instrumentation. Physicians without experience in cosmetic surgery who are looking for ways to increase the profitability of their practice are often tempted to invest in one of these state-of-the-art lasers.
However, with cosmetic surgery, as with computers, the equipment used is simply one aspect of the procedure. The lasers by themselves do not determine success any more than your new computer makes you a programming genius; they are merely the tools which, in the hands of skilled surgeons, can reshape your body and give you the smoother, more beautiful you. So when selecting a surgeon to perform your aesthetic procedure, your first concern should not be which generation of technology is in use, but whose hands are in control of your transformation. Take great care in making sure you are in capable, competent, trustworthy hands!
The new generation of hydrogen generators comes with extremely high purity devices, that are safe and that present no danger to the environment. They are the best alternative to gas cylinders, and they are simple to use anywhere. The hydrogen generator just needs to be plugged in the electrical supply and it is ready to go.
The hydrogen generator need of course a source of distilled water, or just water at some models, to produce hydrogen, because it separates the hydrogen from the oxygen in the water, thus producing highly pure hydrogen for weeks.
These hydrogen generators can generate hydrogen that is 99.99..% pure, giving over 1000 cc/min, and they do not require changing their cylinders. The safety of the hydrogen generators has been certified.
How the hydrogen generator works may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, for example some models use a solid polymer electrolyte to separate oxygen from hydrogen, which makes them more safe than other models that use a caustic liquid electrolyte. After the hydrogen is generated it passes through a palladium membrane that lets only 99.99..% pure hydrogen pass through, thus insuring the gas’ purity.
In conclusion, the latest generation of hydrogen generators brings some series of improvements that makes it extra reliable, with almost no need of maintenance or downtime.
The best way of increasing the safety and lowering the costs in your laboratory is to acquire a hydrogen generator, and you can be sure that the investment is worth it, because you will no longer have to buy hydrogen cylinders, so the hydrogen generator will pay for itself in a year or two.
Many new-generation hydrogen generators can be found on the online market, so choose one that fits your needs, because a large variety of hydrogen generators is available, with many built-in functions.
The Apparel export basket from India contains an interesting assortment of products, some of which are our inherent strengths while others have the potential to grow in the next couple of years. One such product category on which there seems to be a consensus among manufacturers, technologists, and consultants, that India has the potential to be competitive is the bottoms category, in both the US and the E U markets. This category consists of a wide variety of garments ranging from the classic trousers to boxer shorts in various fabrics and price segments. Notwithstanding that 97 percent of quota is utilized Every year in this category, there are still same areas, which need to be strengthened to succeed in the global market. Quotas, no doubt, are the biggest constraints today, but once quotas go, the three major constraints that will hamper India’s capabilities are consistent qualities, price competitiveness, and fit. These issues are linked with the larger areas of productivity and fabric limitations. While technology and its proper application are a must to overcome most of the constraints, the fabric will remain a vulnerable area for the middle segment with no immediate solution in sight.
There are four crucial aspects involved in the production of quality trousers. Known as the elementary Fabric Feel Finish and Fit, which define a vendor’s capability of handling this product, while the three Feel Finish and Fit can be achieved by a combination of human skills and state of the-art technology. The fourth component the fabric which accounts for 60% of the garment is not entirely in the hands of the manufacture-exporter Many potential buyer reason out that the major constraint for the growth of this category especially for the high-value middle segment mass market is the lack of competitiveness in fabric This has compelled several buyers to shift orders in bottoms and trousers from India to other more competitive countries. But does India have any strength in this fast growing segment of apparel.
In genetic terms India does have some strength in bottoms otherwise quotas for this category would not have been utilized to almost 97% Obviously a lot of people are already shipping bottoms from here. There are broadly three categories in bottoms: the low value casual shorts the middle market good casual bottom and the high value classic trousers Speaking specifically of categories within bottoms, one categories within bottoms, one category which I think India is very strong in, is the first category of basic yarn dyed shorts madras shorts and surfer shorts which are casual shorts yarn dyed sleeping pajamas etc. In fact some of the buyers do a lot of shipping from India, which they cannot do from anywhere else in the world.
The world market prefers madras check shorts and power loom fabric causal shorts. India is basically strong in this category because there is good fabric range available for this category. The pricing for casual shorts works out to be very reasonable because the fabric, which is easily available in India costs at an average between Rupees 50 to Rupees 60 per meter One needs approximately 1.3 meters of fabric to cut out one pair of shorts and the fob value of the short would not be more than $4-4.5 which is very competitive.
Weak Mass Middle Market
The second category in bottoms, which is the middle market product is of good casual bottoms which are chino pants chino shorts in twill and canvases with different types of washes. This is where India is quite weak and three are only few factories which are exporting in this quota category. Which do largely for labels like Banana Republic, Gap Old Navy etc. The fabric for this category is not available at competitive prices in India and most of it comes from China.
The fabric used in this category is basically twill and canvas, both of which are uncompetitive in price in India For this reason basic twill shorts, which buyers are doing for the middle market and the discounters cannot be done in India at all The price of canvas available in India is around Rupees 140($3) per meter whereas from China it would cost around $1.6 per yard Broken twill are around Rupees 150-160 ($3.4) per meter as against $1.6-1.7 per yard from China. In a basic 20 by 16 or 16 by 12 peach twill it would cost at least Rupees 100-110 meter from any good mill Hence what we are talking about is more than $ 2 per meter as against just $110 1.35 per yard from China and that too in better quality in Chinese twill you would not and variation in terms of weight handling packing or delivery The deliveries being much faster there is more time for lab dip approvals. In India even some of the well-known mills give the delivers so late that buyers do not think of placing orders with them. In cash of other mills the fabric is too expensive and deliveries are a long drawn out process In case of bulk fabric there are too many shade lots in the bulk and the widths are uneven making it a very difficult to work with such mills.
I would say the quality of the fabric from China is better. On their fabric lab print can be available within 7 days and it takes approximately 12 days for approval and within 30 days the bulk fabric is ready for delivery in rolls. Each roll is neatly packed in cellophane with stickers Indicating number of yards on it and the roll size is generally 70-80 yards per roll The whole bulk is similar and the packing list has lots marked on them It is so much easier to work with imported fabric than to face problems of consistent quality in fabric procurement in India.
Formal Bottom wear
The third category of bottom is formal wear, which is like dress made bottom, the one we would wear with blazers and suits would say the fabric for this category is much stronger than fabric and the canvases. Company like the Reliance Rajasthan Spinning and many of them-bigger ones-do a lot of materials for the classic range of trousers however very few exporters are manufacturing such I value trousers and think even theses mils realize that in India only a very few plants have the technology to do such sophisticated trousers so they display their new products in the global market and it is easier to get the new developments from new York and Toronto them to get them in Delhi or from Mumbai these big mils have good presence Canada and the US and many buyers are now sending a lot of fabrics from India to others parts of Asia and Canada for production in India only a couple of factories. Imperial clothing in Bangalore have state of the-art plants, which are very good. T C N S, I believe as plants in Chennai, which is also well enquired, but it is just six or seven plants which you can count on your fingertips. Hence in this category it is the manufacturing technology, which is lacking and not the fabrics, which is a sad part.
In category number one, which is like yarn dyed shorts, yarn dyed pajamas etc the margins are very low but the orders are easily available. Here India has the fabrics as also the technology. So most of exporter is built up on this category, which is the casual bottom, like constructed chino plants and shorts you have means to make it but you don’t have fabric. Hence the market gets lots. The third category is the formal bottoms where you have fabrics but do not have plants to manufacture high quality precision trousers.
In casual bottoms the second category, which is chino shorts and bottoms I thinks the biggest competitors, is obviously China. But then again China is obviously our biggest competitor otherwise also Vietnam is a very strong competitor now because a pair of twilled shorts. Which in India would not be for less than $4.50 to 4.70 Vietnam would do it at $3.5 additionally it also has the advantage of quota -free access to the US. Their plants are also having very good capacities. Bangladesh is not so competitive now because of the quota price and they are at some price range as India. Japan has hardly any plants, which can do this kind of volume U.A.E, Oman are bit more expensive Kenya is again a big competitor. So I think as of now, when we talk about losing out in terms of this products category, we are talking about Vietnam, Kenya, and U.A.E, OMAN and Bahrain etc. to some extent I would not consider Malaysia or Indonesia as competitor India because they are making more complicated trousers with better quality fabrics, better labels and more sophisticated.
In a few brief decades of human history, information technology has permeated every corner of the world and every facet of the human experience. Nowhere is this phenomenon more marked than in India. India’s high availability of technically trained workers, who are also multilingual, make it extremely competitive on the world economic stage. Indian Institutes of Technology are recognized for their excellence on an international scale. The Information Technology sector in India is mostly taken up by software and and services like, system integration, application development and maintenance or CADM, consulting, software testing, and internet services. Companies like Wal-Mart, Intel, Cisco, Oracle and Dell are continuing to look to India’s Information Technology organizations to provide technology services.
Recent economic downturns have affected India, not unlike other parts of the globe. However, recent events make an early recovery in India’s information technology companies, promising. India’s largest exporter of computer software, Tata Consultancy Services, Ltd. reports a 29% increase in second quarter 2009 profits. While the profits are attributed to both new orders and cost control decisions, it is not the only firm to report results that were better than anticipated. Infosys, as well is reporting an upswing. Overall, third quarter results are up around 16 billion rupees, as compared to last year’s 13 billion during the same time period. TCS plans to add 8000 employees to its rolls to meet the anticipated increased demands in the coming year. In other developments, India’s Polaris Software Lab Ltd. has agreed to purchase Laser Soft Infosystems Ltd. Laser Soft provides information technology services in the banking industry. The purchase, for approximately 520 million rupees will add 600 people to Polaris’ 9,000 and 40 financial institutions to Polaris’ holdings. The banking technology market is predicted to experience continued near-term growth. Payment processing and other banking infrastructure and transaction systems are anticipated to lead the momentum as worldwide economic recovery continues to unfold.
Shifting technology support and consultancy services to India has proven to be a significant source of cost control for many of the world’s technology companies. Mergers and acquisitions by organizations such as NASDAQ listed Cognizant with UBS India Service Centre put the world on notice that information technology resources in India are desirable assets to acquire. One such jewel in India’s crown, Proteans has recently been named to Software Magazine’s Software 500 list. Inclusion on this list puts Proteans on a preferred list of business partners for the world’s large corporations.
Although India has experienced challenges to its status as a premier locale for outsourcing this type of work from China, The Philippines and Eastern Europe, India’s superior training in, not only technology, but languages is anticipated to keep it out front of its competition. Growth in the telecommunications industry will also fuel future growth in India. The ability to distribute telecommunications capability to outlying areas of the country allows for these areas to become resources for workforce talent. Nearly no information technology advancement that has occurred in the world over the last few decades without India’s involvement or influence. The future seems to predict ongoing success.
When the society looks back on the past few decades and the infancy of the World wide web can be correctly defined, it will most likely be chronicled that the Internet is the greatest learning tool since the printing press. Even small African communities where basic electricity can at times be a scarcity, personal computers and the World wide web are changing the way people view the world. In addition to millions of pages devoted to news, politics, and other things, tech news are often a dominant subject matter on a medium run by the most recent technological discoveries. Here are just a few internet sites you can visit for the latest technology news.
The website cNet has been a frontrunner in technology for many years. Not only do they have a pile of news and stories devoted to technological innovation, but they also have a seemingly never-ending amount of product critiques. In addition they run the well-liked Download.com site which lets you download trials of computer software or freeware and shareware applications from around the globe. Ask just about any hardcore computer nerd about this site and they’ll probably tell you that they’ve it bookmarked and that they check-in with cNet at least once per day.
Following closely behind cNet is ZDnet. They have been around almost as long and have created a great track record of not only tech news but also having several of the finest opinion authors within the company, as well. Quite a few of the reports have comments enabled, which implies you may fire back at a columnist who is voicing a viewpoint that you believe is ridiculous. Keep in mind, just because a person has something printed online, it does not mean that person has any idea what they are talking about. Just bear in mind to remain civil and well-intentioned when making your point.
Some of the very best mainstream news outlets available also have excellent technology news divisions, as well. Web sites like the San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, MSNBC as well as the BBC all have webpages with tech sections which are updated several times every day.
Following in the footsteps of the major news agencies, the Internet giants are likewise trying to cover technology news. Sites like Google News and Yahoo News now have fulltime journalists on the beat and they regularly break stories that the other web sites miss. This is a case of businesses producing so much cash and having only little idea of exactly what to do with it, so they start their very own media service.
Online recruiting has come a long way from the days of bulletin board systems, résumé uploads, jobs via email, and candidate matching tools. There’s a whole world of recruiting solutions that are just surfacing, and most HR and recruiting professionals aren’t even aware of them.
In this article I discuss the movement from offline to online recruiting and a range of new recruiting tools that are influencing the future, plus some simple things you can do to make your own job listings easier to find online.
Let’s start with a brief retrospective. In the not too distant past, if you wanted to hire someone, you’d sort through recent unsolicited résumés, run a classified ad in the local paper, post a referral notice on the company bulletin board, and call it a day. If you had an executive-level candidate, perhaps you spent $5,000 to place a display ad in the local daily or weekly business rag or a couple of national trades. If you were really desperate, you probably dialed a headhunter and prepared the boss for the bad news – the headhunter’s commission.
But with the advent of the Internet, recruiters learned how to upload their job listings and ship them off to the niche and mega job boards. These tools gave recruiters access to a national bank of résumés – and broadcast a job posting to both passive and active job seekers. Résumé scanning technologies provided a way for recruiters to build their own candidate pools based on keyword searches.
Online Recruiting–Take Two
Then something happened. Résumés started getting stale, jobs that got posted were bottom of the barrel, and the buzz about online job searches began to quiet.
The Internet is all about creating a WOW experience, so when something Internet starts to flat line, the Internet gurus rethink the game and reengineer business models. The same is true of online recruiting, an industry with its own evolutionary cycle.
Take a simple example that’s close to home. In many companies, the HR and recruiting group has won its own space on the corporate Internet. Your corporate recruiting site allows you to post jobs, email candidates and collect resumes. Ostensibly, candidate could find your jobs when they looked for them.
Then along came Google to change all of that.
On Google, the top 20 job and/or career keywords represent 10 million searches each month alone. If your job listing doesn’t come up in a search result, fewer candidates are going to find you. So how do you get around this?
Optimize Your Job Listings
Job Content Optimization can help you increase the effectiveness of your own online recruiting Website by making your job listings more relevant to big search engines. Optimizing your job listings isn’t brain surgery. Once you know a few simple tricks, you’re well on your way to creating search-engine-friendly job postings.
Search engines zoom in on keywords, but how those keywords are presented in your job listing makes all the difference. Simply put, you have to make sure that your job listings are well written. There are a number of ways to optimize them:
Use common words, instead of your corporate code words.
You have to use words that people will search on. If you post a job for a Mechanical D/D Engineer, how is anyone going to find you? Better to use plane English, i.e., Mechanical Design and Drafting Engineer.
Expand and define your acronyms.
Many managers and recruiters will use acronyms to describe their requirements, assuming that everyone will use them when searching for jobs on the major sites. Terms such as “DBA”, “SOX”, “VOIP”, and “PM” are common amongst recruiters, but candidates will also search for the expanded terms – and you don’t want to miss your chance to get in their results.
Remember – don’t avoid using acronyms, but always include the associated definitions to enhance your chances. Examples would be “We need an Oracle DBA (Database Analyst), to assist us with our SOX (Sarbanes Oxley) project, who will serve as the PM (Project Manager).” This would insure that all your acronyms would have expanded terms that will be indexed in the job search engines.
Use multiple job titles to describe the same job.
One company may call a person an account manager, but another company may have a different label for the same job, such as account executive, sales representative, inside sales rep, or the like. Explore how other companies label similar jobs by doing searches on the major job boards, then include those job titles in your job listings with a simple phrase, such as: “This job is similar to an account executive or a sales representative.” That way someone searching for any one of the three job titles has a better chance of finding you.
Not Monster … indeed
If your jobs make it into Google searches, they’ll probably make it to some of the new job search engines, such as indeed, SimplyHired.com, or Google Base.
This new breed of job search engine aggregates the job listings from independent niche sites, company sites, classified job listings, and mega boards. The search results are broad and deep, encapsulating in one search what 12 or more searches across different job boards might produce.
Although getting listed in the search results is free for many of these job search engines, some offer sponsored job listings and keyword advertising. The downside is that the branding is new, so many job seekers don’t know the sites exist.
Social Networking Anyone?
Another innovation is a thing called “social networking.” Simply put, social networking is like a Rolodex on steroids. This pumped-up Rolodex connects you to all the Rolodexes that are connected to other ones. For HR professionals and recruiters, social networking “technofies” the old fashioned method of networking candidates into a job. The recruiter announces a job, and word spreads to everyone in the network.
LinkedIn, perhaps the most popular example of social networking tools, lets a recruiter broadcast a job through a network of linked contacts.
For example, if you have four people in your immediate network, you might expand your broader network to 24 people at 15 companies. Then if someone on your network knows someone else who is interested in the job, you get a direct introduction via email to that person. The downside is that it takes time and persistence to connect yourself, and recruit your contacts into the system.
These recruiting advancements represent the continued evolution of our profession. While awareness is the first step towards modifying your habits as a recruiter or HR group, taking initiative is how you enhance your staffing results. The key is to continually learn and adapt so that in the future you can proudly look back and nod your head knowingly when someone mentions Google, optimization, indeed, and Social Network Marketing. Ah, those were the days.
Having interacted with a number of schools across America, almost every school student wanted an answer to this question. So, do school uniforms really make any difference and if so, what are the good and bad effects of making students wear uniforms. Let us debate on this controversial topic –
School uniforms are said to promote the virtue of professionalism. Wearing uniforms inculcates a sense of seriousness among the students thereby, taking the school work and studies much more seriously. Student, who has to wear uniform everyday to school, will not worry about his or her appearance or how smartly they are dressed or who is dressed better than whom today.
Then next important point to make is the sense of discipline that uniforms can instill among the students. At least, making the students wear the uniform, whether they want it or not is a start towards establishing discipline in their lives. Also, discipline is a necessity in school partly, because a teacher has to tackle a class of about 30 students at a time, and it would be ever so difficult if each and every student is unruly and undisciplined.
Also, there is one bitter fact that remains among children and teenagers. And that is differentiating and discriminating against those who are either financially not extravagant or who may not be as bright as others in studies or those who are different in appearance and such other criteria. Uniform helps spread a virtue of equality amongst the students, at least to an extent. Those schools which welcome casual clothes and do not enforce wearing of uniforms often witness great disparity between rich and poor kids. The rich might flaunt branded and posh clothes, and thereby inducing inferiority complex among the not-so-privileged children. Uniforms assert the important message that ones individuality, character and capability cannot be judged by mere clothes and brands. Every one is made equal and should be treated equally.
Wearing fashionable clothes of the latest fad can be quite distracting and distort the study environment of the school. Wearing uniforms ensures that children are in appropriate attires and helps curb unnecessary distraction that can be caused by outrageous fashion fads or revealing attire. This psychologically affects the children’s attitude towards studying for which schools are basically built.
Uniforms are never too costly and can be afforded by each and everyone, unlike the fashionable clothes. So, uniforms are very economical. Not to mention, uniforms are always designed to be comfortable and gives the student flexibility to indulge in physical activities such as sports or physical training.
The last but not the least, school uniforms instill a feeling of oneness and belonging to school and to each other, thereby, building the school spirit. This is perhaps the most significant contribution of a school uniform which any other type of clothing can never set to achieve.
The only objection cited against school uniforms cited is the suppressing of individuality and self-expression and often triggers a rebellious spirit among the students. And often the point which is brought up is that, a student’s attire or dressing has nothing to do with academics.
Vast resources today are available at a mouse click. Internet search engines help students locate in an instant what it used to take several hours to find or what might not have ever been included in their school or public library’s collections. Educators, also, can locate information to share.
Student time in the library is limited, so researching with the World Wide Web needs to be directed. Weeks identifies several ways school library media specialists can help accommodate the tight schedules of visiting classes. Identifying and evaluating Web sites that might be of help or interest to the student population, librarians can guide students as they inquire and investigate on their own time. Also, when a teacher has identified a topic, be it cars or careers, to be studied on the Internet, the media specialist can prepare a list of Web sites for students to peruse, cutting down on their need to narrow a search.
School libraries are stocked with electronic encyclopedias and databases, reducing the need for costly and cumbersome paper resources. Students once went through the Reader’s Guide to locate potentially helpful periodicals, having to cross-check that list with the titles available in the school district and wait up to a week for the resource to be delivered. Today, accessing local news sources or the Wall Street Journal, Discover Magazine, or Modern Medicine is as handy as the desktop. As electronic resources become more available and affordable, it is interesting to see the balance tipping away from print materials.
Weeks sees other benefits of virtual technology. Students can become aware of what’s going on in other parts of the world; they can see the Tour de France or the space shuttle on a mission. They can interact with experts during scheduled chats or simply identify people in their searches and communicate via e-mail. Experts who would not have time to return a phone call might respond to polite e-mail inquiries. Both of these elements add dimension and humanity to the research process.
School library media specialists also might take on a new role as moderator for students in online courses. If a learning space is needed by a manageable number of students, the school library might be the place for them to work. One hour a day, the students could come to work independently, with the media specialist’s watchful eye to keep them on task and friendly ear to help them sort through a difficult concept. Not necessarily knowing all of the content, but being familiar with the site set-ups and course expectations ahead of time, the school librarian can help the students succeed.
People often say that a computer is no smarter than the person who programmed it. This is a constant reminder that the esteemed machine couldn’t operate without its human counterpart. No matter how integrated our society becomes with virtual technology, people have to make it work. Behind every intriguing Web experience are writers, designers, editors, technicians, and administrators working hard to make sure every element works perfectly. And behind every successful student, in any virtual learning environment, is not a helmet and a digitized teacher, but a talented, caring educator, adapting to the latest and the greatest technology has to offer and working hard to make sure every student has an rewarding experience.
The Samsung Series 9 Laptop is Samsung’s attempt to rival the new sleek and slim Apple MacBook Air. With the new 13 inch and 11 inch MacBook Air attracting many buyers, Samsung is looking to enter the super portable market with the new Series 9 Laptop. This new laptop, innovated by Samsung, is thin, light, and aims to deliver the same premium experience as Apple does.
The design of the Series 9 is what makes this laptop stand out so much. The chassis of this laptop is only 0.64 inches thick, making it one of the thinnest laptops on the market today, even thinner than the MacBook Air. In comparison, the MacBook Air is 0.68 thick,.02 inches thicker than the Series 9. Samsung also went for solid build quality. The top cover of the laptop is made out of “Duralumin”, a type of aluminum that’s reportedly twice the strength of regular aluminum while being less heavy. However, in our testing, which this brushed aluminum was beautiful and created a solid design, it was not noticeably stronger or lighter. The curves on this laptop create one of the thinnest and lightest laptops on the market today.
The performance of the Series 9 is on par with previous super portables and is even better than the MacBook Air in our tests. During our own personal testing, the Series 9 did better encoding and iTunes MP3 and also during our Photoshop rendering tests. We have concluded that the Intel Core i5 Processor in this computer outperforms and outpaces the Core 2 Duo in the MacBook Air. Like the Air, the Series 9 contains and SSD, or a Solid State Drive, a non-spinning type of hard drive than is faster and more energy efficient than standard hard drives. Samsung claims that this creates and 60% faster boot up time and will power on from stand by in 3 seconds. In our testing, these claims were accurate.
Other notable features include the Speaker system, which contains two 1.5 watt speakers mounted on either side of the laptop. The audio is crisp and clean, however, it can be weak at times. The graphics on this computer is the Intel HD Graphics 3000. This is an integrated graphics card so you won’t see great gaming performance but it will play HD movies just fine. The display is a vibrant, HD, matte finish display. We would recommend this computer just for the display.
Battery life was excellent during our testing. Despite being an ultra-thin laptop with little room for a battery, Samsung managed to make the Series 9 squeeze out over five and a half hours on one single charge. Even with the more resource intensive Core i5 CPU, it still outlasts the MacBook Air.
The price is the only sticking point on this laptop. At just under $1,600, it is actually more expensive than the competing MacBook Air. A similar MacBook Air costs just under $200 less than the Series 9. However, with the new Sandy Bridge processors and a thinner design, the Series 9 does outperform the Air by a slight margin, even when compared at similar specs. Overall, Samsung has done a nice job with the new, highly- anticipated Series 9. With Samsung’s quality and trust, it you have the money, you may want to consider shelling the extra bucks for a beautifully designed, slim laptop.
Mobile phones have become an integral part of our daily lives. More number of people are buying them and are becoming a part of the mobile community. The main benefit of them is that they allow people to contact anyone at anytime.
There are a number of features present in the handsets that are available in the market. Still more and more features are being added as research is continuously being carried out in a big way in this field. The features that you can enjoy depend on the model that you have. The basic feature of a mobile phone includes saving the contact information of a person. These days MP3 players, PDA’s and GPS systems are being integrated in these sets. You can also send and receive e-mails, play games, read news and do many more things with them. It is important that you are aware of the latest technology handsets that are available these days. If you do not know how to use them then what is the need to buy an expensive device. These days a new model is launched by all manufacturers almost every month. Rarely a month goes by without a manufacturer making an announcement about some new features.
The functioning of a mobile phone is quite similar to that of a radio. Wireless communication technologies have been around for a long time now though there efficiency was not as great as it is today. The earliest technology used in mobile phones is referred to as 1G. This technology is used analog signals for communication. Then came 2G technology. With the advent of this technology the number of channels increased. The technology which is being used in most countries these days is 3G. It has allowed users to make use of amazing features like higher speed of video and music downloading, faster internet access while you are on the go. In some countries 4G technology has already come into existence. The power consumption of these devices is also not very high and this makes them affordable to keep.
The competition in this business is immense. This has made the market conditions favourable for the customers. The companies are locked in an intense battle with each other to poach maximum customers from the available pool.
Mobile phones have revolutionized the way we communicate with each other. It has made it very easy to contact anyone at anytime. This technology is still evolving and there are many exciting things in store for us in the future.
The saga of audio playback media reads like Roman history. The record was toppled by the eight-track tape, which was overthrown by the cassette, only to be later slain by the compact disc (CD). And, despite fending off attempted coups by the likes of the MiniDisc, it appears as though the CD’s reign may finally be coming to an end – usurped by new digital music technologies. While plummeting CD sales and increased iTunes downloads have provided an indication of the transference of power, a new trend in car stereos is making it official.
More than any other place, the car is where people listen to music. Cruising around with the latest summer jams blaring is a tradition that spans nearly the entire life of the automobile. This is why getting phased out of car stereos is the kiss of death for any audio media (just look at cassettes and eight-track tapes). Now, that kiss of death is being planted on the CD. In the past year, major car-stereo producers – including Clarion and Alpine – have introduced decks with ports for connecting digital media players in place of traditional CD players. While previous stereos featured both media ports and CD players, newer models have done away with the CD component altogether.
People want the convenience of having a single source for all their music needs, and, as a result, nearly every device, from alarm clocks to running shoes, has become “iPod compatible”. Several car-stereo makers have responded to the demand by dropping the CD player to provide enhanced portable media data transmission and sound quality. Clarion rolled out a $199 stereo in 2007 that plays music from MP3 players or SD cards instead of CD players. The company used the CD-free stereo as a test to gauge market interest and they’ve said it hit expectations. Meanwhile, Alpine released four new CD-free receivers in the beginning of the year (priced between $200 and $450) designed specifically for use with iPods.
However, despite these models (and a few others by stereo makers like Blaupunkt), the overwhelming majority of decks on the market still have CD players. And most makers believe it’s too early to drop the CD player altogether. For one thing, a lot of people – particularly older drivers – are still more likely to get the majority of their music from CDs. Another major factor is that CD sound quality is better than the quality of compressed audio files – though only music aficionados can really tell the difference (and most of them say that sound quality on CDs is a drop from vinyl anyway). Of course, the major advantage these new players offer is that they eliminate all the bulky CD cases and books littering vehicle interiors everywhere. That, and the fact that downloads won’t skip even if a driver rides for twenty miles on rumble strips.
Still, for now, the CD retains its place atop the audio media hierarchy. But it’s on borrowed time, awaiting the inevitable overthrow already in the works. And, if history is any indication, CD-free car stereos suggest the end is drawing near.
Just in case you’ve been under a rock lately, here is a news update: the nature of training is changing, and fast! The recent explosion of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in higher education has brought with it a whole new set of technology-enabled learning tools. Education and training are no longer delivered exclusively in closed classrooms by experts, and learning is no longer something people do in isolation surrounded by textbooks. Today, through computers and mobile devices, education can happen anywhere and at any time, and learning involves students not only actively engaging with the content, but also using various tools and platforms to interact with instructors and fellow learners. In the education sector, this is known as Learning 2.0, and the corporate sector needs to be prepared: Training 2.0 is coming.
What exactly does this mean?
There continues to be plenty of controversy surrounding MOOCs, but one thing we can all agree on is they are changing the way we think about education. The main drivers and implications of this change are huge improvements and innovations in learning technologies. Technology-enabled learning tools are not a panacea, but they can go a long way toward solving many of the challenges facing training departments today, including high costs, a lack of qualified employees, the rapidly changing business and technology landscapes, and long training development times coupled with the need to educate employees quickly. Over the course of two articles, we will examine the main “MOOC tools” – online technologies that have made it possible to deliver highly engaging training programs to any number of employees, anywhere, at any time.
Learning Management Systems
The basic frameworks that support MOOCs are learning management systems (LMSs), which are essentially systems for organizing and delivering content, administering assessments, and tracking learner progress. LMSs are not new. In fact, they have been in development for nearly 100 years, but MOOCs, social media, and the demands of educating hundreds of thousands of people all at once have moved LMSs from mere online content delivery portals to fully interactive learning tools. Even though MOOCs utilize many different learning tools and social media platforms, most are delivered within the context of a learning management system, and most LMSs today can support all types of multimedia, interactive media, and social media. There are many LMSs available and many different considerations when conducting an LMS vendor search, but this is arguably the most important tool in the MOOC toolbox. Whether you choose to deliver content via text or video, host webinars or Google+ Hangouts, or use discussion forums or Twitter feeds, the LMS must be user-friendly, intuitive, and easy to navigate for both the instructors and the learners.
Traditional training and education are based on the model of “talking heads,” presenters who stand in front of a class or a video camera and talk… and talk… and talk. But plenty of research shows that people don’t learn from listening to someone talk. In fact, studies suggest that learners can initially pay attention to a lecture for about 10 to 15 minutes, but then they need something else to do. And that is just at the beginning – as the lesson goes on, the amount of time people can pay attention shrinks to the point where at the end of an hour, they can effectively absorb only a few minutes of information at a time. Clearly, content delivery needs a boost.
MOOCs incorporate several different tools for content delivery and these tools are becoming increasingly interactive.
- Videos. Videos are the mainstay of most MOOCs, but even within this category the options are diverse. MOOC giant Coursera builds its modules around short talking head video lectures (usually less than 15 minutes), often with comprehension questions and other activities distributed throughout the lectures. Udacity’s courses are presented using pencasts – the students watch videos not of the instructor, but of the notes the instructor writes on a whiteboard. Using this technology, instructors can even write questions on the board for students to answer interactively. Screencasts are digital recordings of computer screen output. These videos are excellent for technology training, such as software tutorials – using a split screen, learners can simultaneously watch the tutorial and work interactively with the software.
Training videos do not need to be pre-recorded. Learners can also participate in live webinars and speaker sessions. YouTube and other services allow live video conferencing where presenters can moderate and respond in real time to questions and comments posted via instant messaging. The sessions can be archived for both current and future course participants. Other video tools include films, whiteboard animations, voiceover PowerPoint presentations, and Prezi presentations – you name it, your MOOC can handle it.
- Text. Even standard text is becoming much more interesting through MOOCs. Although text-based course content can be presented as Word docs and pdfs, most text is organized into hyperlinked web pages for learners to navigate. This not only allows learners to control the pace and sequence of their learning, but also provides a level of interactivity missing from traditional text-based materials. Text content can also be delivered in interactive slideshows using PowerPoint and other presentation software.
The best part about all of these video and text resources is that they, along with audio and other multimedia files, can be accessed directly through the LMS or they can be downloaded as podcasts for learners to access on their phones or other mobile devices.
- Games and simulations. Corporate training is increasingly becoming gamified, and both serious games and simulations are being used to train employees in areas ranging from first responders to financial services. Using gamified applications in the context of a MOOC brings these two powerful ideas together into a highly engaging training program, providing maximum opportunities for learners to interact with the content, with instructors, and with each other. Incorporating games and simulations into an LMS-based MOOC also provides companies with essential data about how well their training programs are working as learner progress and achievements can be systematically tracked and assessed, and modifications and adjustments to the program can be made quickly in response to learners’ needs.
This article has briefly reviewed the main content delivery tools used in MOOCs. In Part 2, we will turn to the real meat of Training 2.0 and the MOOC revolution: social media.
Computers and the Internet probably is the most fast-growing field of technology, so, in the nature of things, the casinos and poker-rooms try to ride the ground-swell and use new technologies that became available recently wherever it is possible.
The first online casinos have been made in simple HTML, but since the advent of Java language as well as with spread of flash technology online casinos started to use these technologies. In the course of time, offline casinos have improved graphics and sound and have added new games. Advent of online casinos had become the first considerate achievement in online gambling together with development of broadband access. In these casinos one plays not against computer dealer but against real dealers playing on the real equipment and the player may receive the video record of the course of this game. Roulette had become the first online game as it is easily broadcasted online and any number of players can parlay on one table because there is no need to make any decisions.
The stakes are placed on a virtual table and after that the real spin is made; all gamblers receive one final number and payments corresponding to their bets. By the way, if there are a lot of gamblers in one casino it becomes unprofitable and almost impossible for the latter to swindle and that increases the attractiveness of game. Soon baccarat had become online too: the player does not make any decisions in the course of game and the cards dealing is made on a standard pattern. But in case of another popular game – blackjack had appeared some difficulties. Many players cannot simultaneously play at one table because they decide to take or not to take the card and these decisions may be different so the dealer cannot simultaneously execute them. That’s why online blackjack, as well as real, is played by one dealer against only a few players simultaneously. As a result this game usually has quite high bets.
Nowadays, there are a lot of online casinos offering three abovementioned games (for example, such games are usually offered in casinos with Playtech software), but at present there is no video poker, although there is talk on its promotion. There is an idea to propose players to use their web-cams: each player will film himself during game and transmit the data to a server which will distribute this data among other players. As a result one can see the opponent’s face during the game and that will add new options, especially for players’ psychology experts. Of course, these proposals are not realized nowadays but when they will be realized the Internet-poker will become quite similar to offline poker.
Another latest thing that is used in gambling is 3D graphics. Some years ago Intercasino had announced the advent of new version of software – “the first 3D casino”, although, in fact there were a few static 3D portraits of players. Since that time quite many casinos and some poker-rooms had produced so-called 3D software; usually there were completely static, pre-rendered pictures of people and table which had little in common with “real 3D”. But, in general, tridimensionality in casino is not very interesting – 3D table or even a dealer will not be a revolution, though 3D effect of poker had become quite revolutionary. PKR had become the first real 3D poker-room: it had been opened just on a year ago and during this short term it had become among the leaders on visiting statistics (more than 5000 players at a time, although some of them play for love), even despite of absence of Americans and option of one table game.
PKR offers the option to look at the table from different views as well as to pick the unique appearance of player, and this is the case: there are a lot of types of faces, hair styles, hair colors, clothes, footwear and accessories, so it is almost impossible to meet two similar players not just at one table but in all room. Appearance and standard clothes are possible to obtain free of charge, though expensive suit or accessories are to be purchased for points (which are collected easily and quickly), and the player can digitize his own face so that his poker avatar is his perfect copy! The players do not sit still – they really move dibs, look at cards (your cards are not shown all the time, it is necessary to press the special button and the player will look at them), express emotions (some standard emotions – from pleasure up to teasing), to play tricks with dibs (a few tricks are free of charge and other are to be purchased for points), pronounce their actions and it is possible to choose the player’s accent. In general, all players agree, that PKR is most realistic of all computer rooms. Unfortunately, you’ll have to pay for all that beauty: firstly, the game runs a little bit slower than in other rooms, secondly, you can play only at one table, thirdly, the game is resource-hungry and on slow PC it runs slower. And finally this game is recommended only to owners of unlimited Internet access (as well as online casinos, however), because it requires quite a lot of traffic. Only its installation requires more than 600 Mb, and during the game the room eats away nearly 10 Mb per hour.
Nobody knows the future result of gambling and technology mix; maybe in some tens of years the effect of presence will be reached, though now we can play the real roulette by means of video broadcast and 3D graphics makes a computer game nearly real. We’ll wait for new interesting decisions which will make the game even more convenient and pleasant.
Have you ever felt the need for a new method of advertising your products? Posting an advertisement in a newspaper, in the television, or in the yellow pages is not that effective anymore. You need something new that could capture the attention of the customers. Some method that is less expensive yet could be more effective. And so, a new web video marketing strategy might just be the one you need. This method could just be the solution to your needs. They now use modern media for video recording.
Here are some of the benefits in using a new technology web video marketing strategy and they are discussed as follows.
It has been widely known that more and more people are now using the internet. And because of this, a lot of companies, businesses, and products of this city are advertised through the internet. The basic need for a customer is that information of a certain product or local business can be easily accessed. The easier they are able to know about a certain product or business, the more likely they will avail of it. Digital technology is revolutionizing this concept.
Easy to make
Local business owners do not have to employ video experts just to make a good web video for online advertising. A digital video recorder can be used in making the video. In making the video, it should be necessary that the video clips are professional in content, clear, and deliver credible information to the viewers. With the advent of digital technology, everything has become easier.
In using this kind of strategy, it can lessen the costs that one has to pay for when advertising for a business or a product. Making a digital video in places like Albuquerque is less expensive than other traditional means, like advertising in a newspaper, in the television, or in the yellow pages.
With this marketing strategy, online customers can visualize the products or business that they want, as well as, listen to the verbal descriptions about it. The more information that customers get out of a certain product, the more likely they will be interested to it.
In conclusion, with new trends in web video marketing, individuals are made aware of the important points to consider using digital media, and how it could help advertise a certain product or business. With the use of new technology, things are getting easier.
It is an open secret that Canada, the Maple country, leads the world in the field of science & technology. Even though the nation produces industry heads across several technology domains, one thing is required to make certain that the industry remains in the pink of its health is a flood of qualified technology experts or professionals to the nation.
Actually, with a view to filling job vacancies in the near future, trained migrants, together with temporary employees, will be required throughout Canada-that too on a large scale. The good news is that for both the country and for the overseas workers, who could be interested in Canada immigration, the nation has come-up with many attractive programs and visa-options.
Canada Technology Domain
A recent study, done by a concerned organization, reveals that certain industries involving technology such as–Information & Communications Technology, Environmental Technologies–by and large have continued to be robust across the nation.
The said organization also highlighted the geographical areas which are undergoing a gush of production related to science & technology even as the most fruitful provinces in the said domain happen to be Quebec, British Columbia (BC), Ontario, etc.
Choices Involving Technology Experts
People having professional experience and expertise in the field of technology have many choices to arrive on the shores of the Maple Country even as these options will vary on the basis of the individual’s specific domain of doings, personal profile, and immigration targets.
Here below is given some examples of programs which tech professionals have, time and again, made use of:
Choices Involving Permanent Residency (PR) Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP): Candidates having experience in a targeted domain of study/area of training could be qualified to duly file a petition. Many of these targeted domains come into the territory of technology.
Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC): Another option is through this class. Reportedly, fresh rules would come into force on January 1, 2013. Candidates having work experience in any trained vocation–for the object of immigration to Canada — could be qualified to duly file a petition even as the same covers most of the professionals from engineering, computer, and other technical fields.
Choices Involving Temporary Work Permit
Quebec Facilitated Labor Market Opinion (LMO) Procedure: The program covers candidates from a variety of domains, such as engineering and information technology (IT). The recruiters/firms from the Quebec province will be in a position to get an LMO–an important step in recruiting an overseas worker, minus having to cater to requirements involving standard local employment.
Temporary Work Permit: All qualified workers with an LMO-based offer of job from a recruiter/firm of Canada could be qualified to duly file an application for this permit.
In spite of the path followed, people having skills in a domain such as the tech sector may remain certain that they will gain admission into a robust marketplace even as it (the marketplace) seriously requires their exclusive professional expertise.
There are a lot of different technologies available these days that keep us entertained, informed, and allow us to communicate with others, but the big three technologies that accomplish this are the Internet, cable TV, and the telephone. Unfortunately though, in order to get the most out of these three types of technology, and avoid spending way too much money in the process, we can’t get them through just any company. That’s why it’s fortunate that Comcast provides broadband cable high speed Internet access, digital cable TV service, and full featured home phone service. Better yet, all three of these invaluable features are bundled together so that you only have to pay one convenient bill every month. This bill is convenient in terms of only having to deal with one company for all three services and because of the discount that you’ll receive for going with Comcast for all three services.
Several great examples of the value that’s built into services can be seen in the digital voice phone service. For example, unlike conventional phone companies that make you pay extra for any specialty features at all, this company provides the most frequently used bonus features like caller id, call forwarding, call waiting, and voice mail at no extra charge. The real savings come from the fact that you’ll get all of your domestic long distance calls for free. That alone makes this a great service for staying in touch with everyone you care about.
You’re also sure to get a lot of value from high speed Internet service. This version of Internet access relies on the same cable that brings TV programming into your house for download speeds of up to eight megabytes per second. With download speeds like that, the entire Internet is yours to take advantage of. That means unfettered access to online multiplayer video games like World of WarCraft and Second Life (or Club Penguin for your kids). It also means that you can download a wide variety of software applications and updates quickly and easily. For example, if you want the newest version of your favorite web browser- complete with all of the security updates- it’s easily within reach. The same is true for all of the other updates and upgrades that your computer needs in order to remain healthy. A high speed Internet connection will also help you keep track of your finances by making navigation of secure websites a breeze. The same thing will be true for online shopping. They also help you keep your computer safe by providing a variety of security measures including a firewall and free antivirus software.
Comcast in still takes its roots seriously which is why it provides the best cable TV service around with the use of great new types of technology like digital TV, DVR’s, HDTV, and video on demand. Video on demand is a really impressive type of technology that allows you to choose what to watch and watch that content when you want, rather than when someone at a TV network thinks you should watch it. You can take advantage of video on demand technology either through ON DEMAND pay per view service or through the Premiums On Demand subscription service.
Of course on top of cutting edge technology, there are lots of great TV programming choices- over two hundred and seventy five channels in the largest programming package. All of this just goes to show that Comcast provides you with all of your telecommunications needs.
Today, most organizations in all sectors of industry, commerce and government are fundamentally dependent on their information systems. In industries such as telecommunications, media, entertainment and financial services, where the product is already or is being increasingly digitized, the existence of an organization critically depends on the effective application of information technology (IT).
An information system is comprised of all the components that collect, manipulate, and propagate data or information. It usually includes hardware, software, people, communications systems, and the data itself. The activities involved include inputting data, processing of data into information, storage of data and information, and the production of outputs such as management reports.
Information systems support business processes and operations by:
Information systems often support and occasionally constitute competitive advantages. Information systems, like business environmental scanning systems, support almost all sustainable competitive advantages. Occasionally, the information system itself is the competitive advantage. One example is Wal-Mart. They used an extranet to integrate their whole supply chain.
IT refers specifically to technology, basically hardware, software and telecommunications networks. It is thus both concrete (e.g. with servers, PCs, routers and network cables) and subtle (e.g. with software of all types).
IT facilitates the attainment, processing, storing, delivery and sharing of information and other digital content.
Effectiveness of IS/IT
A number of important forces affect the pace and effectiveness of progress in using IS/IT and in delivering business benefits. The relative weighting of each factor varies over time, and will also vary from one organization to another. These factors include:
o the capabilities of the technology
o the economics of deploying the technology
o the applications that are feasible
o the skills and abilities available, either in-house or from external sources, to develop the applications
o the skills and abilities within the organization to use the applications
o the pressures on the particular organization or its industry to improve performance.
Implementation of Technology via E-commerce and E- business
E-commerce can be viewed as the conduct of business commercial communications and management by using Internet technologies and through electronic methods, such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and automated data-collection systems. It may also involve the electronic transfer of information between businesses (EDI). E-business, on the other hand, has come to refer to the automation of an organization’s internal business processes using Internet and browser technologies.
In using the Internet, many organizations have looked to add more value to the tangible products they sell by providing additional ‘information-based’ services. These can include online support, order tracking, order history, etc. Many of these initiatives focus on deepening the relationship with customers and suppliers. Others have moved their trading platform either partially or entirely onto the Internet.
Several factors have a role in the success of any e-commerce venture. They may include:
o Providing value to customers. Vendors can achieve this by offering a product or product-line that attracts potential customers at a competitive price, as in non-electronic commerce.
o Providing a 360-degree view of the customer relationship, defined as ensuring that all employees, suppliers, and partners have a complete view, and the same view, of the customer.
o Providing an incentive for customers to buy and to return. Sales promotions to this end can involve coupons, special offers, and discounts. Cross-linked websites and advertising affiliate programs can also help.
Hindrance in Acceptance
o Concerns about security. Many people will not use credit cards over the Internet due to concerns about theft and fraud.
o The problem of access to web commerce, particularly for poor households and for developing countries. Low penetration rates of Internet access in some sectors greatly reduce the potential for e-commerce.
Applications of IS/IT and Competitive Advantage
Some information systems are totally automated by IT. For example, Dell Computers has a system where no human intervention is required, from taking customer orders, to delivery of components to the Dell factory for assembly, to shipment to customers. With this build-to-order model, perfect information and tight linkage match supply and demand in real time. The company can receive an order for a personal computer (PC) directly from a customer via its own website (www.dell.com).
Ryanair is one of the world’s most successful ‘low fares’ airlines. Its online booking facility was launched in 1999, migrating customers away from the more expensive travel agent and call-centre channels. Customers can now search for flights online and book them with a credit or debit card. As a ticketless airline, the customers are supplied with a reference number which is given to staff at check in. Over 90% of ticket sales are now taken on the website, which is also available in a number of languages including French, German, Swedish and Norwegian.
Amazon.com is an Internet venture that was launched in July 1995, and has probably become the most famous site in cyberspace. It initially started out with a mission to use the Internet to transform book buying into the fastest, easiest and most enjoyable experience possible.
Unlike traditional bookstores, there are no bookshelves to browse at Amazon.com. From the website, customers can search for a specific book, topic or author, or they can browse their way through the book catalogue and then complete the sale by entering their credit card information. Orders are processed immediately and books in stock, generally bestsellers, are shipped the same day. Customers are contacted by email when their order has been dispatched. All contact with the company is done either through their World Wide Website or by email. The company has also branched out into electronic auctions. It has also pioneered technologies such as customer profiling and ‘1-click’ shopping. The profiling technology has enabled Amazon to recommend books based on previous purchasing history and what other customers who have bought similar books are also reading. Even today, the company strives to maintain their founding commitment to customer satisfaction and the delivery of an educational and inspiring shopping experience.
In the 1980s, Otis Elevators, the US manufacturer of elevators, identified that one of the aspects of its service that would give its customers most satisfaction was a prompt lift repair service. So, it built an automated system, called Otisline, to dispatch repairmen. Where something started to go wrong with Otis’ lifts, they automatically called in their complaint to a computer–without human intervention. Otis’ rivals suddenly had to compete on quality of service as well as the price and quality of lifts themselves.
HELLOBUS is the Short Message Service (SMS) created by Omnitel Vodafone in collaboration with ATC, Bologna’s public transport company. Travelers can find out the exact time the bus they are waiting for will arrive at any of ATC’s 1,300 stops, 24 hours a day. All they have to do is send an SMS with the number of the stop and the chosen line. In a few seconds, the reply arrives on their mobile phone indicating the bus’s actual time of arrival.