For the past five years of my professional career, I’ve been blessed to work remotely from my home. First, as an SEO freelancer, then as an employee, and currently, as a content marketing consultant. Working remotely has meant I’ve been able to work from the comfort of my home (or a coffee shop, whenever I’m tired of seeing the same wall every day) without having to suffer the problems of commuting. The benefits I’ve gotten have gone beyond avoiding commuting, however. I’ve saved time and money, lowered my stress, and increased my work satisfaction. This made wonder why there aren’t more companies that adopt remote work as their standard working procedure, which has led me to ask myself, will remote work ever become mainstream? And, most importantly, does it work as well as I think it does? After doing some research, here’s what I found. How employees feel about remote work Before I start, let me be clear about something: I don’t think … [Read more...] about Will remote work ever become mainstream?
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A study of small businesses carried out in September last year, showed that a third are expecting no growth in 2018, as an uncertain economic climate is compounded by a lack of clarity over Britain’s Brexit deal. More than ever, small and micro businesses are under pressure to cut costs and make extra savings. We believe technology has a role to play as buying the right kind of kits can contribute to cutting out waste and saving on office running costs. Here are just a few examples: A study of small businesses carried out in September last year, showed that a third are expecting no growth in 2018, as an uncertain economic climate is compounded by a lack of clarity over Britain’s Brexit deal. More than ever, small and micro businesses are under pressure to cut costs and make extra savings. We believe technology has a role to play as buying the right kind of kits can contribute to cutting out waste and saving on office … [Read more...] about How smart home tech can save SMEs money
Over the years, tech start-ups and giants have come and gone. In the ever-changing world of technology, a company needs to do more than just keep up with the times in order to survive. We've seen even huge companies go bust over the few decades and even the most promising products can end up obsolete in the blink of an eye. We've been through the history books to dig out some of the most interesting companies that have gone under despite being at the forefront of the industry during their heyday. Iomega Years of operation: 1980 - 2013 Fate: bought by EMC in 2008 Best known for: the ZIP drive (pictured) Back in the days when physical media was an important part of the computer world, Iomega was a big name in the industry. This company manufactured a range of different storage solutions aimed at replacing the humble 3.5-inch floppy disk. The most well-known of Iomega's products was the Zip drive - a high-capacity disk storage system which started … [Read more...] about 28 tech brands that spectacularly went bust or disappeared from existence
This is part of CNET's "Tech Enabled" series about the role technology plays in helping the disability community.Increasingly, home is where the tech is.Once this was the stuff of science fiction. Now we're increasingly comfortable with the notion of controlling our doors and lights with our phone or by simply uttering a command to our Amazon Echo. A McKinsey report says that this year 29 million US homes will have some kind of connected tech. But beyond making our lives easier, this technology can have a more profound impact on the lives of people who deal with physical and mental disabilities. With that in mind, we give you Tech Enabled, CNET's special report chronicling the role that tech plays in providing new kinds of accessibility. Given the importance of your home -- where else do you spend more time? -- we decided to tie our stories to the theme of the tech you're putting there. Smart home upgrades, for instance, could make the difference for the 14.5 million people who are … [Read more...] about A smarter home is a more accessible home
It can be incredibly frustrating when a virtual assistant repeatedly misunderstands what you’re saying. Soon, though, some of them might at least be able to hear the irritation in your voice, and offer an apology. Amazon is working on significant updates to Alexa, the virtual helper that lives inside the company’s voice-controlled home appliance, called Amazon Echo. These will include better language skills and perhaps the ability to recognize the emotional tenor of your voice.A source familiar with the Echo project says Amazon’s researchers are looking at ways to stay ahead of the competition, primarily through a better understanding of a user’s intent. Researchers are exploring new natural-language processing techniques, but also ways to sense the emotion in a person’s voice. “How human affect is recognized and then reflected by [Alexa’s] voice will be a key area of [Amazon’s] R&D,” the source says. Amazon launched the … [Read more...] about Amazon Working on Making Alexa Recognize Your Emotions
If you’re a beer fanatic you can now brew your very own beer from the comfort of your home with this beer brewing kit deal. The Brew Share Enjoy Homebrew Beer Brewing Starter Kit from Brewery in a Box, is currently $50 off on Amazon. An alternative to a beer making machine, this all-in-one kit includes everything you need to start brewing immediately and comes with the fan-favorite Northern Brewer Homebrewing Supply Party Amber Ale recipe.Northwest Brewery brewmasters to provide the best out-of-the-box first-time homebrew experience on the market. The kit is perfect for beginners and comes complete with foolproof instructions that help you to easily brew five gallons of tasty beer. This kit is the number 31 best seller in the Beer Brewing category on Amazon and has an average 4.7 out of 5-star rating based on over 100 reviews, which includes multiple handy customer videos and photos.The Amber Ale you’ll make from scratch with this kit is the perfect refreshment to … [Read more...] about Brew from home with this popular beer brewing kit deal
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier right? It should be bringing us greater convenience and saving us time. Mobile devices allow us to be connected everywhere. We can keep in touch with friends and family and find the latest news wherever we are, but the other side of the coin is that we are unable to disconnect. Our employers have a hotline to reach us. We are effectively always on call and the result is longer working hours than ever before.Selling like hot cakesSmartphones and tablets are leading the mobile technology charge. According to Flurry Analytics the Android and iOS platforms are the fastest growing consumer technology in history. Our adoption of smartphones and tablets is occurring ten times faster than the PC revolution, twice as fast as the Internet explosion, and three times faster than the social media craze.If we look at smartphone penetration in the US, Nielsen reports that 55.5 percent of mobile subscribers now have smartphones. A staggering 74 percent … [Read more...] about Does tech grant us more time away from work, or less?
When I fly, I often run into people I know – it’s a bit freakish. Big cities, commuter airports, connections in the midwest, the small city where I grew up … everywhere. I probably exchange at least a wave and a few words with someone I didn’t expect to meet on about half my trips. Spotting these people has turned into a bit of a game.I recently bumped into someone I hadn’t seen in nine years: Sid Moradel. When I first met Sid, he’d been a not-so-skinny teenager who wanted to be a rock star. Now he was a trim, decorated U.S. Army vet who’d just moved to the eastern U.S. and was engaged to be married. Sid had used his military benefits to get a computer science degree but had struggled in the tough economy, despite some stints as a contractor for Microsoft and a couple startups. Then came the surprise: “Since I just moved, right now I’m kind of working full time off Guru.com.”I was stunned: I knew about online freelancing … [Read more...] about Thinking of online freelancing for some spare cash? Be prepared to work for it
As we gear up for the 2015 Emmy Awards this Sunday, September 20, a long list of awards have already been doled out on the Creative Arts side. And among them are a number for original series from streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.Transparent, an Amazon original series, won for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music for its theme song; as well as for Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series, or Movie. Bradley Whitford, who played Marcy, also took home an award for his guest role on the comedy series.Netflix’s House of Cards, meanwhile, snagged a number of awards, too. Reg E. Cathey took home an award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series as the lovable, rib-making (now White House-working) Freddy Hayes. The Netflix original series also won for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score.) The Leonardo DiCaprio-produced documentary Virunga also won for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction … [Read more...] about Netflix, Amazon, HBO take home a ton of Creative Arts Emmys
Ever since the days of the fax machine and clamshell PC, I've delighted in the concept of working away from home or office.I have fond memories of lugging those clunkers from the back of my car in and out of motel rooms through bone-chilling blizzards and driving rain -- adding to the carry-load, certainly, but bringing freedom.With many of us now accumulating multiple connected mobile devices, including laptops, tablets, cameras and phones -- all of which can accompany us on sojourns out of the workspace and home -- one might ask: What's the most efficient and cost-effective way to keep online while away from the economical, unlimited Internet pipes available at our fixed locations?Here's what you need to know.Are you streaming or downloading multimedia, or just browsing the Web and checking email?If all you have is one smartphone that you use to check email and social networks, you can survive on a domestic data add-on from your smartphone wireless carrier, which will be a good … [Read more...] about How to Get Online Away From Home or Work