Rewrite the rules of desktop typing. Meet the K780 Multi-Device: the beautiful type-on-everything keyboard. Enjoy quiet, comfortable typing, on your Windows PC or Mac, and switch typing to your phone or tablet at the touch of a button. An integrated rubber stand holds your mobile devices within reach and always at the perfect typing angle. Type. Switch. Go.
Windows 10, which was officially launched in July 2015, is Microsoft’s most important release to date. Many users would probably agree that after Windows XP, the operating systems that followed did not live up to their expectations until now. Microsoft is making a statement. They’re changing everything, from introducing a new business model to providing new controls over updates.
Backed by the Alexa Voice Service, the Amazon Echo Dot is a compact Bluetooth speaker that responds to spoken instructions. Yes, it connects wirelessly to your phone or tablet and plays music and podcasts in high-quality sound, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Its sleek and compact design makes Echo Dot a convenient addition to any room in the house. With its built-in speaker, you can place Dot in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock that can also turn off your lights. Or use Dot in the kitchen to easily set timers and shop tens of millions of Amazon products using just your voice.
Have you ever visited the Masai Tribe in Kenya or even a jungle infested with prehistoric creatures? Welcome to the world of mobile virtual reality with the Samsung Gear VR. The headset converts Samsung’s latest Galaxy smartphones into a full-on mobile virtual reality headset where you can play amazing games, watch Hollywood’s best movies in your own private cinema, socialize with friends new and old, be at the center of a suspense thriller, and so much more. The Gear VR drops you right into the action—and it’s only from Samsung & Oculus.
Built with soft, flexible cushioning and lightweight materials, the Samsung Gear VR is comfortable to wear. It is completely wireless, so users can be fully engaged in virtual worlds without being tethered to a computer. With a robust selection of optimized virtual reality content from a wide range of top-tier creators, users will be able to enjoy a wide range of film, gaming, 360 degree video, and educational/experiential content. Continue reading
The ability to access data and content from the Internet from anywhere at any time from a growing array of wireless devices including laptops, tablets and smartphones is quickly becoming a critical requirement. However, throughout the hurricane prone Caribbean region, the nature of our buildings and infrastructure from our homes to offices encompasses reinforced materials such as concrete and steel. While this is a great foundation for our structures, it poses a significant disadvantage in our ability to access wireless signals efficiently with the average consumer grade router as signal often dismisses significantly, resulting in poor Wi-Fi coverage to our devices.
Luckily with creative deployment of Engenius’s wireless networking solutions (Access Points, Bridges and Routers) we can now easily enhance our wireless coverage and productivity due to a higher antenna transmit power and longer range coverage technology.
There’s a new vaccum on the market and it may be the smartest of them all. Introducing the RolliBot BL618 which sweeps, vacuums, mops, and UV sterilizes your floor for you and is sold exclusively at On Line Consultancies in Barbados. RolliBot is an intelligent robotic vacuum cleaner that will navigate your home while it removes dirt, dust, pet hairs, and much more. RolliBot features dual sweepers that sweep inward towards a high powered suction vacuum. Behind the vacuum, you can attach the included mopping micro-fiber cloth or use the UV sterilization light to sterilize your floor as it cleans. With the multi-sensor infrared bumper, RolliBot will carefully navigate and clean your entire room with its 4 cleaning modes: Auto-Cleaning, Spot Cleaning, Edge Cleaning, and Zig-Zag Cleaning. RolliBot will automatically return to its home charging station once the battery is low. There is a remote control so you can direct it to where you want the RolliBot to clean. It also features a primary dust filter and a HEPA filter to keep the dust inside the dust bin. You can schedule the RolliBot for 7-Days a week of cleaning. The RolliBot is ideal for hard-surface flooring such as hardwood, tile, linoleum and low-profile carpets.
By Ryan Wills
Are you big on presentations but small on budget and size? Well my fellow entrepreneur, meet the compact Pocket Projector by Brookstone, one of the smallest on the market. Don’t let its size fool you, it can still wow your audience with its impressive brilliance.
It is classified as a pico projector, not a pocket projector. Nevertheless, while it is certainly portable, it is not a projector that you should leave in handbags or lying around the place.
According to Brookstone, The Pocket Projector’s mega-bright lamp projects up to 100 lumens for up to two hours on a single charge and lasts up to 20,000 hours! It comes with a powerful 3800mAh battery that recharges via USB and can even double as a backup battery for your devices when fully charged. A built-in focus wheel lets you adjust the display for optimum resolution, while the dual speakers with volume control let you accompany your video with audio—or add separate speakers using the 3.5mm audio-out jack.
This makes a perfect companion to help get across your sales pitches, growth strategy and artwork. Clients will be impressed and it completes the whole package. Connecting it to your phone is even easier once you have the appropriate cables. Outside of business this projector is perfect for movies, video games and just watching tv shows.
The Pocket Projector includes an HDMI® compatible cable, MHL cable, 5 to 11-pin adapter and AC adapter. To connect to any device without an HDMI® compatible port, you will need an HDMI® compatible adapter or Apple Digital AV adapter.
The Brookstone projector is a good choice for persons always on the go and who require a compact companion to help tell their story. How soon will you be adding this to your gadget box?
By Niel Harper
More and more small business are migrating to the cloud and reaping significant benefits like never before. With cloud services, small businesses no longer need to install physical infrastructure like e-mail servers and storage systems, or purchase software applications with exorbitant annual license fees. The “on-demand” availability of cloud solutions means seamless and simple collaboration with customers, business partners, and staff members using nothing more than a web browser. Cloud services also provide entrepreneurs and home-based businesses with access to advanced technology without the requirement to hire a full-time IT specialist.
But what exactly is this “cloud”?
Cloud computing is an overarching term which encompasses a number of different categories. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is where a particular application or service is provided to a business or individual as a subscription. Google Drive, QuickBooks Online Plus, and BaseCamp are all popular examples of SaaS.
Using Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), businesses are provided with a platform on which they can build, install, and maintain customized apps, databases and integrated business unit services. Widely used PaaS include Windows Azure, SharePoint Online, and Google App Engine.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) allows businesses to outsource infrastructure in the form of virtual resources. Components include servers, storage, networking and more. IaaS providers include Rackspace, HP Converged Infrastructure, and Amazon Web Services.
Most small businesses generally don’t need much more than SaaS to meet their operational needs. SaaS provides them with the capabilities to deliver a myriad of IT services that would otherwise be expensive and resource intensive to administer as localized, on-site solutions.
It must however be emphasized that cloud services bring with them a number of security, stability, and data control issues. That is why it is critically important that small businesses stay informed and strictly require that cloud providers furnish them with detailed business continuity plans and security controls to remediate outages and protect sensitive data.
What to do when your cloud brings the rain?
There are a plethora of reasons why cloud computing is popular. It gives small businesses the technology that enables them to be lean, agile, and competitive. But as is quite evident, trusting your information assets to a single entity whose equipment is stored in a centralized location, means that you’re extremely vulnerable to whatever outages, security compromises, or natural disasters that they are exposed to.
So what are small business owners to do? Here are some recommendations that can allow you to better manage the risks associated with cloud providers.
Fine Tune Your SLA: Service level agreements (SLA) should codify the exact parameters and minimum levels of service required by the business, as well as compensation when those service levels are not met. It should assert the ownership of the business’ data stored on the cloud platform, and outline all rights to retaining ownership. It should include the infrastructure and security standards to be adhered to, along with a right to audit for compliance. It should also specify the cost and rights around continuing/discontinuing use of the cloud service.
Keep Critical Data Local: Decide which business processes require maximum uptime, and keep them on-site. Avoiding the cloud totally for specific mission-critical applications, small businesses can minimize data unavailability as well as security and privacy issues. Of course, for some businesses regulatory compliance is an issue as well, and this should be a key factor in the consideration if it applies to your business.
Two-Factor Authentication: More and more providers are offering two-factor authentication (2FA) as a means of securing access to cloud services. Two-factor authentication adds a second layer of authentication to user logon credentials. When you have to enter only your username and one password, that’s considered as single-factor authentication. 2FA mandates that users have 2 out of 3 types of credentials before access to cloud resources are granted.
Deploy A Hybrid Configuration: Maintaining a hybrid implementation of cloud and local services is a best practice approach for protecting company data. Replication or archiving solutions often deliver a service with both a local appliance at the customer’s premises and cloud storage too. This type of on-premise-to-cloud replication strategy ensures that you have local copies of the data you transmit to the cloud. Actively seek out cloud providers that can configure this kind of scenario.
Availability, integrity and confidentiality issues will always exist when using IT systems. And when a business employs cloud-based computing, these challenges are even more pronounced. Be extremely meticulous when searching for cloud providers, and question them about their security controls and disaster recovery options. Even though you outsource the processing of your business data; there’s no reason why you shouldn’t remain in control.
So you’ve set up shop and are ready to blaze the trail. Your “shop” for most is mobile and as an entrepreneur you’re always on the go and need to stay connected with your work. But how do you keep connected to that information that is going to keep you running. Here are 5 useful apps to keep close to your thumbs.
Why don’t you email all of your contacts from your mailbox and let them know about the special you’re running; better yet you should email them every 2 weeks. Sounds like a lot of remembering to do and layout skills. Meet Mailchimp, your handy email campaign tool. Mailchimp is free up to a certain number of email blasts and also list size but if you are now starting out it’s sure any easy way to send out relevant information and get back real-time statistics. It has some nice templates and analytics that will allow you to drill down in detail and keep your clients connected with your regular company updates.
2. FullContact Card Reader
Attending mixers, cocktail parties and workshops you are sure to meet several new people. The first thing you are likely to do is introduce yourself and give them a business card and vice versa. Now that you have all these cards what is the next best thing to do but to get the information into your database. FullContact Card Reader takes the hassle out of the manual work. Simply take a picture of the card and its built-in OCR(Optical Character Recognition) does the rest. You can sync the information with your Gmail account or on your backend in particular with Salesforce which can definitely help you achieve meeting those sales quotas and engaging new prospects.
Part of your business expenses involves travelling, whose doesn’t. You do an average amount of it but you need to make sure your itinerary is all orgainsed. TripIt is a nifty app where you forward your booking confirmation to them and they build out your itinerary and alert you when it’s time to be at the airport so you can never be late. Also rest assured that you can share your travel information with co-workers and friends to keep them in the loop.
4. Docs to Go
So you’re on the road, left your laptop in your other bag and have an important sales presentation to do. All you have is your smartphone and well a fully charged battery. First answer is YES it can be done. With Docs to Go you have the freedom of viewing and editing Microsoft® Office and Adobe PDF® files. You can do multiple file saves and even backup to your cloud with the assurance that when you open the file on a computer it will read as it was meant to be. Hurray, you aced the presentation! Best of all it’s free and comes preloaded on most smartphones. If you don’t have it, go to your app store and grab it.
Always wanted to know what it’s like to have more than two hands, check out Wunderlist the all in one to do list app. Running a business solo is never easy and you need to be able to delegate and keep track of your priorities. Wunderlist allows you to manage and share your daily to-do lists, create subtasks, assign tasks with other users for better collaboration. Meaning you keep everything and everyone in sync. A beautiful app for the mulitaskers out there.
Summer is here and that means the beach and several social events. Where there is a fun there is sure to be music. Dazzle is going to review the 3 top Bluetooth speakers on the market to help you turn up the volume and get the good vibes flowing.
Fugoo Style Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
This elegantly styled unit looks as good as it sounds. Its ultra-portable weighing in at just over 1 pound and it kicks out some good sound. It has six drivers on four sides for a 360-degree sweet spot. With its Core-X technology the path from your music files to the amplifier that drives the speakers is digital, all the way. Meaning cell phone interference is less likely to occur. The built-in omnidirectional microphone gives your speaker high-quality full-duplex speakerphone functionality. On top of all of this the Fugoo is also waterproof, mudproof, snow and shockproof. It can last up to 40 hours on a single charge. Continue reading