• Gadget,  Technology

    Technology in the Hotel Industry

    Offering Free Wi-Fi

    A number of recent surveys suggested that 85% of travelers are of the belief that Wi-Fi for hotels must be free. A large number of guests, especially business travelers choose specific hotels other others because of the free internet service that is offered. A large number of travelers today choose to take this service for granted. A number of hotels for security and other reasons choose to offer free Hotel Wi-Fi to guests that enroll in the loyalty program. Other hotels provide Wi-Fi in select areas such as their lobbies or in the business centers.

    Transforming your Lobby into a Tech Hub

    This brings us to the next point. A great deal of hotels are putting good use of internet kiosks to create information centers that minimize the need for guests to stand in long lines at the reception to ask simple questions. These kiosks contain information on directions, restaurant recommendation, guides to nearby attractions, etc. By integrating this service with the Wi-Fi for hotels, establishments are offering critical information such as flight, weather and other local data right on the guest’s smart phones.

    Adding Security with CCTV for hotels

    With the advent of Wireless CCTV technologies, hotels are adding high value security measures that allow guests to feel safe at all times. By installing CCTV for hotels in floor lobbies, the main lobby, restaurants and a number of unmanned areas all across the property, it is possible for the operators to create highly secure environments for all their guests.

    Offering Hi-tech Business Centers

    If your hotel offers conference and business center services, the right use of technology can allow you to keep in touch with clients and organizers on a real time basis. Meeting planners are able to enjoy the convenience of consistent access with the hotel to make sure all their requests are taken care of before their arrival. Furthermore, during the events, the hotel Wi-Fi allows attendees and organizers to stay constantly connected, allowing them to gain added value while away from the office.

  • Computer,  Gadget

    Influence of Tablets on Kids

    Nowadays the children are exposed to phones and tablets right from their births (quite literally). So, on an average, you will find yourself to be less smart than the little one, in terms of using the gadgets. While we may take months to learn gadgets they only require a couple of minutes. So, their intelligence has been decided to be utilized in a far more organized way through several tablet companies.

    Companies are coming out with new concepts so that kids only benefit from using tablets and the parents can be sure that their child is up to no mischief. Tablets are now coming with learning enabled moods so that the child can learn while they play.

    What has been included?

    Tablets include several games which are specifically designed for the children. They help in imparting education. Certain apps are there which help kids identify the alphabets, animals, fruits. They teach how to write. Certain applications are also there which displays stories and rhymes.

    Advantages of using tablets, imparts methodical studying; enhances learning of the kids; learning is available according to age; memory and reproducing what they have learned becomes better; games teach them to overcome difficulty with intelligence.

    Why should parents allow their kids use tablets?

    Tablets come with parental settings. The parents can control the activities of the children on the tabs. They can keep a watch on their progress, per day usage and many more things. What is better is with tablets parenting becomes much easy. Especially the working parents would have much less to worry as their children would be learning the right things according to their age. Thus, this ensures that tablets are safe and allowing your little child to use tablet can be advantageous both for you as a parent and your child.

  • Computer,  Gadget

    Cleaning To Elongate The Life Of Tablet Or Device

    A Tale Worthy of a Belated Christmas Present

    If your family’s anything like mine, the minute there’s a new trendy toy to play with, everybody wants to try it out. My mom got a new laptop this Christmas. Like clockwork, the device made the rounds at our festive gatherings over the last week. Did I mention I have five nieces?

    Fast forward to New Year’s Day, and my mother’s once pristine laptop is full of:

    • Sticky spots
    • Smudges
    • Dirt
    • Fingerprints

    The screen looks passable when it’s backlit, but as soon as the power goes off, you can see the evidence of all the grubby-fingered borrowers swathed across the screen. In an effort to restore the laptop’s original glow, I went online to find a solution. I got more than I bargained for.

    A Lesson in Post-Holiday Tech Accessories

    After a little research I began looking for an all-inclusive cleaning product. The funny thing is people always ask for the latest iPod, iPad, laptop, or smartphone, but very few recipients think to ask for practical accessories to go with them. I looked at:

    • Solutions
    • Cloths
    • Static clings
    • Aerosol sprays

    Nothing quite had the ease and portability that fit my mom’s on-the-go lifestyle. It was then that I remembered seeing sticky screen wipes at a conference I’d attended several months before. To my relief, I found several companies that offer a full line of screen cleaning products.

    They market currently supplies quality:

    • Sticky clean stickers
    • Microfiber cloths
    • Sticky screen wipes

    These silicone and microfiber products are the gift that keeps on giving. The silicone adhesion is residue-free and the microfiber square removes debris, is washable, and reusable. I got my mom the travel microfiber cloths so she always has them on hand wherever she goes.

    Best of all, the products and packaging (where applicable) are customizable when you order in bulk. Not only did my mom get the scratch-free pristine clean she needed, she also discovered a unique way to advertise her small business.

  • Computer,  Gadget

    Maintain Professional Image By Cleaning Laptop Screen

    Avoid Embarrassment With A Clean Laptop Screen

    That scenario is pretty embarrassing, isn’t it? No one wants to be caught in that type of situation. Not only are you causing an immediate distraction for your client, who was really excited to view your presentation a few minutes ago, but you’re also smudging your professional image. The equipment you use at your job should be as polished as your company’s image, especially in the eyes of your clients or customers.

    Use Microfiber Screen Cleaners For Cleaning Laptop Screens

    Imagine this scenario unfolding a few other ways. What if you had a microfiber cleaning cloth that you used right before you left your office? When you arrived at the meeting, your laptop would already be in great condition, and you’d be ready to give your presentation. Or, perhaps you cleaned the screen right before you left, but there were some dust particles in your laptop bag. When you opened your laptop, your fingers left a few fingerprints on the screen. However, because you have your Screen Cleaner adhered to your laptop (with your company logo on it, of course), cleaning your screen before you start your presentation is simple. The client is very impressed with your attention to detail, as well as with your screen cleaner.

    Various promo companies want you to avoid those embarrassing situations. It’s important to always present your clients with a professional image. They microfiber travel cloths are great for tucking in your laptop bag to ensure that your screen is always presentation-ready. Sticky cleaning pads are a great accessory and easily accessed because they stick right to your laptop. Microfiber is the best material for cleaning your laptop screen. They’re soft and made with split-ended technology, which is designed with a negative electrostatic charge. That means they attract the dirt and grime instead of just pushing it around like cotton or other materials.

  • Computer,  Gadget

    MacBook Pro

    Start with the design both inside and out. The Pro has an aluminum body, solid state design, and a Core i7 processor. It is more powerful yet thinner and lighter than its predecessors. Try 17% thinner, a significant difference.

    Two sizes are available. A smaller 13 inch version weighs in at just three pounds. The 15 inch version weighs just four pounds.

    Some fans have been clamoring for a touch screen application from Apple, and the new Pro delivers but in a different way.

    Apple has created The Touch Bar. It replaces the function keys that have long occupied the top of the keyboard. This can provide automatic adjustments for system controls like volume and brightness. It provides interactive ways to adjust or browse through content and type with features like emoji and predictive text.

    Speed has also been improved. The Pro is said to deliver graphics at a rate 130% faster than before.

    The retina display has become an Apple standard and some new enhancements provide colors even more vibrant than before. Brightness is increased by 67 per cent.

    Audio is enhanced with totally redesigned speakers. Apple promises 58% more volume and two and a half times more bass. The Pro will enable you to mix a track on the fly, edit video on location, and enjoy a movie as you head to your destination.

    For the first time Touch ID is available on a Mac. This enables instant access to logins and fast, secure online purchases with Apple Pay.

    The MacBook Pro has a better feel. The keyboard is more comfortable and responsive. The Force Touch Trackpad has been enlarged so your fingers have a little more room to work with.

    Those needing extensive business applications will find four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports included on both sized devices.

    You will need a new Thunderbolt 3 adapter if you wish to use a hard drive. Once connected, you can integrate data transfer, charging, and video output in a single connector, delivering up to 40 Gbps of throughput for twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2.

    The device offers 3.8 GHz with Turbo Boost Processing. Users can expect up to 10 hours of battery life.

    And, of course, users will get the MacOS operating system. You can connect with all the Apple apps, iCloud, iPhone 7, Apple Watch and other features.

    Prices tend to run to the high-end. They start around $1,500 for the 13 inch model with 256 GB of storage and no Touch Bar or Touch ID. The “Touch” features begin at the mid-level model which runs $1,800. Add more storage to 512 GB and the price hits $2,000.

    The 15 inch has similar price elevations. The bare bones model without the Touches runs $2,000. The mid and high-end models with both Touches start at $2,400 for the 256 GB model and hit $2,800 for 512 GBs of storage.

    Overall the MacBook Pro has formidable computing power, superb build quality and the long battery life you would expect.

    It is an attractive replacement for those seeking a Mac quality high-end desk top in a laptop. Though it comes at a handsome price.

  • Gadget

    Samsung Goes Light

    The chassis is sleek and thin. The design is simplistic in a silver case. The body is magnesium-alloy, which some may find a bit too bendable for a premium notebook.

    Samsung has designed a built-in recliner to set the device down to 180 degrees to share your view.

    It does have a slim 0.61 inch edge. Coupled with the lighter frame it makes a nice companion for a business trip or vacation.

    Speaking of business, the 9 may be lacking in bulk but still has the work ethic.

    The left side includes a USB 2.0 port, a USB Type-C port, a headphone jack, and a power input. Flip to the right and find two USB 3.0 ports, a microSD card reader and an HDMI port. There is plenty of connectivity to help complete most any task.

    The display is extremely vibrant. Colors pop on the screen with 1080p resolution. Users will find a high-end clarity whether watching movies or editing work documents.

    Keys have been ergonomically designed. The touch pad is glass-coated for a smoother ride.

    The finger print reader is a breeze to use. It is placed conveniently on the right side of the keyboard. You should be able to log in to Windows in a few seconds.

    Power is a plenty. Samsung has packed an Intel Core “Kaby Lake” i7-7500U CPU with 8 GB of RAM, along with a 256 Solid State Drive to handle a heavy workload.

    Solid graphics muscle comes from the Intel HD Graphics 520.

    The device includes the Windows 10 operating system.

    The 9 should also get you through the work day unplugged. Samsung claims you can go up to 12 hours without charging. Re-charging takes about 90 minutes.

    Samsung users should be able to generate a lot of performance from the Notebook 9, especially if they already have several Samsung devices.

    The machine comes loaded with a handful of Samsung apps, many to sync with a Samsung phone.

    SideSync lets you beam your smartphone’s screen to your PC, while PC Gallery and PC Message are useful for quickly accessing your Galaxy phone’s photos and texts. A built-in online support tool provides fast customer service.

    On the downside the keyboard can seem to be a bit shallow. The lighter design may also cause some to feel the machine sort of sink as they type a document or answer a bevy of emails.

    Pricing for the Notebook 9 starts at $1199.99, which gets you the aforementioned Intel Core i7-7500U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and Intel HD 620 graphics.

    The extended model adds 16 GB of RAM and a graphics card upgrade for a few hundred dollars more.

    While some may be set off by a chassis that seems a little too flimsy and flexible, others will appreciate the high level of performance the Samsung Notebook 9 will deliver. All in a thinner and lighter package.

  • Gadget,  Technology

    Wireless Devices

    Wireless Headphones

    A nomadic person will certainly pick his headphones first of all when packing the luggage for traveling because a journey without any headphones is a bore to death. And if there is a wireless headphone, he will wish for the journey to last for many hours. They may cost more than the traditional headphones but the freedom from tangled cables proves the cost fair. Wireless headphones also have a feature of blocking out the noisy environment.

    Universal Remote Control

    Another smart wireless device that connects to the home Wi-Fi, the universal remote control system is controlled by the free app. It can be used for any device which works on infrared signal like turning on/off TV, air condition. It can automatically turn devices on/off at a certain time.

    MobileLite Wireless

    No need to connect cables with mobile phones to transfer music, photos, videos and documents. MobileLite Wireless is a device which allows transferring data wirelessly from an SD memory card to a supported mobile device.

    Wireless Speaker

    If you love arranging parties with friends frequently, a good quality wireless speaker is the best choice for you to enjoy the freedom to move the speakers around without any cords. It has two parts, a receiver and a transmitter. The transmitter is connected to the audio output of audio device and the receiver boosts the audio. You can position the receiver where you want the sound to be without any long messy cables.

    Remote Controlled Garage Door Opener

    This motorized device that opens and closes remotely has made our life much easier. Like any other typical wireless device, it has a transmitter and a receiver. The owner transmits a signal of a specific frequency from remote control and the receiver activates the door opening mechanism.

    Wireless Home Security

    Another important benefit of wireless technology is the wireless home security system. You can keep an eye on what’s going in and around your home with the help of a wireless camera. Without having the mess of cables, it can be mounted higher and further away as compared to the wired cameras easily.

  • Gadget,  Technology

    Protecting Digital Footprint

    When you are banking or investing on-line it would be wise to use what is called “Two factor Authorization”. This means that after you put in your User Name and Password, you will get a text with an authorization number that you must input to gain access.Soon finger prints, eye scans or other biometrics will be used as a login. These are getting better and more reliable, expect to see them soon in wide scale use.

    Most infections or hacks come in through email or infected apps that are downloaded. Be very careful when clicking an embedded link in an email. If possible don’t do this, instead go to that web site directly. For example, you may get an email from your bank that says your statements are ready, do not click the link, instead go to the bank site directly from your browser.

    Now the answer from above. Generally, it’s safer to shop on-line. The reason, when you put in your credit card numbers they are encrypted all the way to the credit card clearing center. When you use your card at a store you hand it to a store employee, in some cases you lose sight of that card. On-line the only human hands that your card touches are yours.

    You should always use a credit card when shopping on-line, never a debit card. You have more protection with a credit card.

    George Uliano is a security professional with years of law enforcement and security experience. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Business graduating with honors. George holds three U.S. patents on different locking principles. This combination gives George and His Company Locking Systems International Inc the unique ability to provide its customers with the correct security at an affordable price.

  • Gadget,  Technology

    Impact of Digital Transformation

    A digital transformation strategy is to create capabilities to fully leverage the possibilities and opportunities in new technologies and to make a faster and better impact. This is a strategy which businesses should adopt if they want to evolve and survive.

    Digital technologies like cloud computing, analytics, mobile computing, social media, and IoT, 3D printing, drones, artificial intelligence, and robotics are creating a huge impact on businesses.

    Companies need to adopt these technologies in their operations by engaging their customers and empowering their employees with the necessary skills. Companies like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft have used digital transformation to grow faster and to improve their productivity.

    It is a once in a lifetime technology shift to transform every industry and business in the world by evolving faster and by investing in new business models on the latest technologies.

    Design thinking as a Tool:

    Design thinking is one of the key tools for digital transformation. We can obtain practical and creative resolution to problems using this technique. It is a significant, different way of thinking with an intent on producing a constructive result considering the end-user.

    Design thinking employs divergent thinking, which is a way to make sure that we explore many possible solutions while resolving a problem. Design thinking includes “building up” ideas during a “brainstorming” phase. This helps to reduce the fear of failure of the participant(s) and encourages comments and participation from a variety of sources in the “ideation” phase.

    Design thinking takes into account user experience in designing a solution to a problem faced by end users. In simple words, Design thinking is nothing but putting yourself in the customer’s shoes to gain empathy and awareness for their needs while designing a solution.

    It is the way to go paperless and protect the environment.

    Skills required for Digital transformation:

    Employees must have skills like familiarity with new technology, data analysis, interpersonal skills and ability to learn quickly in a fast-paced environment, to adapt to digital transformation. Creativity and ability to execute and a customer-centric approach are also important skills required.

    There is a big demand for people who have these skills and there are great job opportunities in the marketplace.

  • Gadget

    iPad Rentals

    How iPads have transformed itself as a gadget to accommodate the digital catalogs

    • If one goes by the usage of iPads in the aviation industry; many of the carriers such as the Continent, Delta, and the United Airlines have in the recent years completely replaced the extensive use of physical flight manuals which could otherwise consume a lot of space to keep it safe.
    • As an analogy, typically a pilot would need to carry good amount notebooks which are complexly filled with paper versions of the thousands of instrument approaches during their flying time. The iPads have been able to give the pilots an edge of the instant approaches with the help of a new app’s
    • With the advent of the entire manual getting converted into the digital platform, the pilots and the co-pilots are able to simply use the iPads for the digital copy of the flight manual and are able to take up split-second decisions.
    • Some of the other carriers such as the British Airways are using the iPad device for the extensive use of cabin crews. The cabin crews are able to access the airline’s customer data much faster.

    The customer’s data could include the following:

    Passenger’s data with complete information pertaining to the source and destination.

    Their preference about the executive status.

    Their preference about the kind of meal requests.

    The iPad’s take on the hospital industry and more specifically the doctors

    • The iPad’s in the recent past have adopted both the mobility, processing abilities with a longer battery life have ensured the seamless maintenance of the electronic medical records on a completely digital platform.
    • They have turned up as a device which brings in the assurance of problem-solving for the doctor when they get to refer some of the reference points when dealing with a particular medical case history and further documenting the same for the future archival.
    • From the patient’s point of view, these iPads have enabled to have the complete clarity on the kind of treatments offered.

    These iPads have become the best companion’s doctor with their native apps

    With recent technological innovations on the iPads and their apps world, the Medopad is one such app which aims to integrate multiple collaborations synching in multiple doctors through the app and are able to refer cases to one another as a second opinion from within the app suite.

    • Photos of patient’s visible symptoms can be taken using an iPad and shared.
    • With the emergence of Medopad apps being integrated with the Google Glass headset allows for the synchronization of five clinicians to collaborate in real time to interpret the symptomatic problems in a patient.
    • These apps when integrated with pathology app have been able to provide the analytical reports to the doctors for the complete diagnosis and the possible treatment plans.