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2109, 2016

What Role Does Technology Play In Workplace Health & Safety?

By |September 21st, 2016|Health, Tech, XPC|Comments Off on What Role Does Technology Play In Workplace Health & Safety?

It’s no secret that in many areas of business, technology has become an essential component. As well as in many areas of life. With that in mind, when it comes to workplace health and safety, it makes sense that technology would play a part, and it does. A very important part, we should add. Many people don’t realize how crucial technology has become to health and safety, as well as to many other areas of business. Let’s take a look at the impact technological developments have had on health and safety. And also, what makes tech such a crucial tool for this sector.

Data is easier to access
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Thanks to the rise of the internet, it is much easier to access data relating to health and safety. 20 years ago, it would have been much harder to get your hands on specific data about a certain sector. Like the manufacturing sector, for instance. It would have taken a lot longer to get the information that was needed. Whereas, today that’s no longer the case. Thanks to the internet, many useful pieces of data are available at the click of a button. This means that for companies that provide inspections, such as those relating to puwer, it’s easier to keep up to date news and changes. It has also made data and document sharing easier for companies that work in connection with each other. For this, cloud storage and sharing has been a godsend.

Risks can be reduced with automation

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Anyone who works within the manufacturing sector knows how useful automation has become. Today, the majority of manufacturing facilities are fully automated. This means that running them is quicker, easier, and more cost-effective, not to mention, safer. […]

1609, 2016

Key Industries That Would Struggle Without Technology

By |September 16th, 2016|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on Key Industries That Would Struggle Without Technology

We all know how hugely important technology is in all of our lives. This is only becoming truer and truer as time goes on. The fact is, technology is improving and increasing at such a rate that it is impossible to properly chart. However, there are certain areas which benefit more from technology advances than other areas. While everyone benefits in some way from technological achievements, certain industries do so more. In this article, we will be looking at what those are. Some of these might surprise you, and other still will probably be less of a shock. Either way, these are sure to be the industries which are the most reliant on technology today. Let’s take a look at what they are now.

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Healthcare

This might not be the first industry you think of. Yet, it is hugely important for the world of healthcare that technology progresses in the way that it does. Without this kind of constant progression, we would not have the same kind of care that we have. And it is difficult to imagine a world without the kind of care that we are used to seeing every day. There are so many ways in which technology affects healthcare that it is impossible to list them all. Some of the most powerful ways are those which help to fight diseases such as cancer. The more we are able to fight off these serious illnesses, the better off we are as a species. View Hera BioLabs for more on this subject. But it is not all about the diseases themselves. Much of the technology is also based around the idea of improving the way in which medical professionals work. No matter what, we should […]

509, 2016

Controlling Facebook Posts

By |September 5th, 2016|Tech|Comments Off on Controlling Facebook Posts

Facebook is a wonderful tool for communication and that makes it equally useful for businesses to interact with their customers. But sometimes customers can be a little too passionate (or, on occasion, disgruntled) and they can make your interactions with them unpleasant. One of the worst extensions of this situation is when a customer decides to post something distasteful on your business’ official Facebook page. Thankfully, you can prepare for this ahead of time to prevent page visitors from seeing something you’d prefer them not to see.

While logged in as the admin to your Facebook page, simply visit the page, click on the “Settings” button on the white bar towards the top of your screen, and find the row that says “Visitor Posts.” Click on that rows “Edit” button and you’ll see several options. You can disable visitor posting entirely (which may limit engagement opportunities), disable the posting of photos/videos while still allowing text, or you can select “Review posts by other people before they are published to the Page.” That final option offers the best of all worlds, as it allows you to have the interactive benefits of visitor posts without the risk of an unpleasant post.

Once you’ve selected the post review option, you’ll get a standard Facebook notification every time someone wants to post to your Facebook page’s Timeline. When you click on said notification you’ll be brought to a list of pending posts that you can then approve or disapprove. You don’t need to decide right away, so you can leave posts sitting there in limbo for as long as you see fit.

Sometimes customers might find your personal page (or you might have some interesting people on your friends list), so it […]

3108, 2016

What Does The Future Look Like For Modern Drivers?

By |August 31st, 2016|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on What Does The Future Look Like For Modern Drivers?

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Ahh, cars. They truly are one of humanity’s greatest inventions, and there’s never been a more exciting time to be a modern driver. That’s because the motoring world as we know it is evolving at a more rapid rate than ever.

The gas powered metal box on four wheels has undergone aesthetic changes through the decades. But for the past 130 years or so, the basic principles of the modern car have stayed fairly constant. However, there’s no question that we are in the middle of a major transition, and it’s something that all drivers should be excited about.

So what will the future look like for people behind the wheel? Let’s take a closer look.

Greener Driving

Times have changed. As a society, we are more environmentally conscious than ever. This has led to immense progress in the bid for renewable energy sources, and driving has become one of the biggest priorities.

After all, the sheer volume of vehicles on the road has skyrocketed over the past 20 or 30 years. This has played a crucial role in the emergence of hybrid vehicles, and we’re now starting to see electric cars find their way onto the market too.

The truth is that the industry is still a long way away from being completely sustainable. Greener cars are becoming more accessible for drivers, especially in the most developed countries. Let’s face it; the chance to reduce our individual and collective carbon footprint has to be a step in the right direction.

Smarter Vehicles

At a glance, it doesn’t feel like the technology used for cars has progressed massively. But it has. From the mechanics of engines to the durability of bodywork through anodizing services, cars are better than ever. Right now, in-cabin evolutions […]

2708, 2016

Urgent iPhone Security Update

By |August 27th, 2016|Tech|Comments Off on Urgent iPhone Security Update

Have you updated your iPhone with the latest iOS?
According to Apple, everyone should immediately update their iPhones due to a discovered hack where your phone can be used as a surveillance device against you. It seems a group of hackers from a company out of Israel (allegedly) have found a way to turn on your iPhone microphone and listen or your camera and watch you.  The hackers must have been seriously into reality TV and wanted to create themselves unlimited channels, right? Doubtful and according to reports, the hackers were targeting specific people

Doubtful and according to reports, the hackers were targeting specific people. In other words; most of us simply aren’t important enough to watch or listen to. So why did Apple issue a “global alert” for all users to immediately protect themselves with the security update? Well, we’d call that great marketing! News outlets everywhere have reported on this and it promotes the facade that Apple is on top of things when it comes to protecting you.  What Apple cares about more than security or their customers, is their bottom line, and they just helped it out quite a bit with millions of dollars in free publicity.

Did you update? Do you feel safer?

 

2408, 2016

The Surprising Media Trends Of Recent Years

By |August 24th, 2016|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on The Surprising Media Trends Of Recent Years

We all know that technology is one of those areas which is under constant flux. However, what is often less obvious is the ways in which this tends to manifest. In the world of media, in particular, there are certain trends which we can bring out and analyse. Doing so might just help us to understand what it is that the consumer of today is really after. The answer to that might well surprise a lot of people. The fact is, media is ever-changing in all sorts of weird and whacky ways. Let’s take a look at how it has been developing over the past few years.

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Television

One of the most popular areas of media is, of course, television. As a form of entertainment, television has retained its popularity for a number of decades now. It certainly doesn’t look as though it is going to become any less popular anytime soon. However, that doesn’t mean that it has remained entirely the same. The fact is, television viewing habits are in a state of constant change. If you look at the statistics, television viewing rarely stays quite the same from one year to the next. And we are not just talking about what programs people are watching. There are changes in the way that television is being watched, too. Increasingly, people are turning to online streaming as their primary means of watching television. As streaming becomes cheaper and cheaper, more and more people are becoming interested. Add to that the fact that there are often fewer advertisements, and it becomes clear the younger generation are excited about it. For more on these trends, take a look at http://floatleft.tv/challenges-to-launching-an-ott-service/.

Gaming

It could easily be claimed that the gaming industry […]

2807, 2016

Is Tech Now More Important Than Employees? The Shocking Truth Revealed

By |July 28th, 2016|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on Is Tech Now More Important Than Employees? The Shocking Truth Revealed

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What would happen if technology suddenly just stopped working? Imagine if you woke up tomorrow morning to discover that your laptop wouldn’t switch on. Your phone wasn’t connected to anything, and you’re caught Pokemon had been lost forever. What would happen? Aside from billions of depressed teenagers, almost every industry worldwide would start to fail. That’s because virtually every business is reliant on tech. In fact, an overwhelming number of businesses now function almost entirely online. There’s good reason for this. It’s a lot cheaper to run a virtual company, rather than to operate an actual business on the high street. Here is the tech at the heart of the modern businesses in 2016.

Automated Software

Automated software is a big threat to employees and massive perk for business owners. It’s present in almost every industry today. For instance, you can look at the example of the Washington Post. The Washington Post recently revealed that they have started to use automated writing software. Obviously, the main page articles are still written by professionals. However, smaller filler pieces can be written using a piece of software. Key information is input through the software, and a new article is written based on that information. Although this software is not yet available on the wider market, it could one day lead to the end of the freelancing writing industry. Of course, business owners will still be able to produce articles but at a far smaller cost.

It’s not the only way automated software is being utilized either. Business owners are also using it for customer services. Rather than hiring a full staff, automated call handling software can be used at a far smaller cost. Essentially, tech is becoming […]

2807, 2016

Water Technologies That Are Saving The World

By |July 28th, 2016|Tech, XPC|Comments Off on Water Technologies That Are Saving The World

The well – the first known water innovation – is almost 10,000 years old. If you were wondering, that pre-dates the wheel by about 3,000 years! This humble invention was essential for early inland communities, and since then we’ve certainly come a long way in the methods we use to get water into our homes. Even now, there are emerging technologies which could save the whole planet! Here are just a few.

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We’ll start this off with the most exciting new tech – nanotechnology. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.6 million people die every year due to the lack of safe drinking water. Recently though, researchers in India have developed a solution to this, utilising the young science of nanotechnology. This tech works by removing microbes through composite nano particles, which release silver ions and destroying water contaminants. This is the first time that cheap and commercially scalable water purification has become accessible to the people who need it most.

Next, we have seawater desalination. This has proven to be a highly effective method for removing salt and other contaminants from harvested seawater, but many put it down for one major drawback. The reverse osmosis tech that this process uses consumes a massive amount of energy, and is therefore very expensive. Despite this, we’ve seen a considerable rise in seawater desalination companies over the past three years. For example, Novatron facilitate water purification using the original reverse osmosis technique. However, this doesn’t mean that less developed economies are completely closed off to desalination and all its benefits. Desalination has been a big part of Singapore’s infrastructure for some time now, and researchers are exploring a more economical alternative method: biomimicry. As the name suggests, […]

1706, 2016

New Technology And The Impact On Small Business Owners

By |June 17th, 2016|Business, Tech|Comments Off on New Technology And The Impact On Small Business Owners

For small business owners, deciding to upgrade their technology can be a big decision. Unlike larger corporations, they don’t have unlimited funds. This means that the decision to invest in new equipment and resources is one that has to be calculated for and carefully thought through.

For small business owners, if they’re going to invest in new technology, they need to take their time choosing the perfect tools. They need to find things that will help to push their company forward by making the daily tasks easier and quicker to do.

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The question is, what are the best pieces of new technology for small business owners?

Tech that makes tasks easier

For small businesses with small workforces, the most essential pieces of tech are items that make daily tasks easier. This is because for companies with very few members of staff, every second counts. For example, if you’re a content creator, access to sites like Hemingway, is useful. These pieces of tech check writing for errors and recommend edits. This saves time when it comes to proofreading. Or, if you’re a manufacturer that uses boring mills to create products, they should be CNC designs. This means that they run via computers and are automated, saving on the cost of hiring employees. For small businesses, whatever industry you’re in, any tools that can make tasks quicker and easier are essential.

Cloud storage

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Most small businesses start out being run from home, where often there’s a lack of space. Instead of keeping important documents and data in a filing cabinet, using cloud storage can be a good option. The reason that cloud storage is such a popular resource for small businesses is because of how convenient it is. Also, because […]

1005, 2016

The Art Of Making A Great Film – What You Need To Know

By |May 10th, 2016|Tech|Comments Off on The Art Of Making A Great Film – What You Need To Know

After the recent ‘blockbuster’ flops, you would be forgiven for thinking that you could do better. To be honest, anything is going to be better than Batman versus Superman. Still, it isn’t like you can roll up to your first attempt at a movie and hit it straight out of the park. If you want a piece of the entertainment industry, you have to learn from their mistakes. And, to do that, you need to understand what makes a good film and what makes a bad one.

Solid Storytelling

It is no wonder writers don’t get paid as much in Hollywood – some of them can’t write a decent script. When it comes to making a film, the storytelling must be solid and consistent. If there are any plot holes, the movie will struggle to hold water. By the way, that doesn’t mean that you have to write a Christopher Nolanesque script. A good film can survive with a simple script as long as the story in on point. Before you start shooting, you need to analyze the story in detail.

Authentic Locations

Some movies seem as if film crews go there just to get out of the country for a few weeks. A location needs to add value to the film. Otherwise, it is a waste of time. For the most part, the audience can tell when the location doesn’t fit the remit of the film. And, they can tell when it does fit. The best example has to be The Lord of the Rings trilogy. New Zealand was the perfect location as the rolling hills replicated the description in the books.

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Capturing Images From Every Angle

Using one or several cameras from the same or similar angles makes […]