What Next in Smartphones?

Smart PhonesOk I admit, we are all sold to the idea of having a smartphone these days! iPhone, Blackberry, Samsung, HTC and others are rapidly bringing out new devices that run smart applications mainly developed by the three leaders, Apple, RIM, and lately Google. News is out that Sony is also joining the ‘smartphone club’ by introducing its own version of phone, operating system and apps of course!

Yes we are in a new era of cellphone technologybut whats next?! Are we going to stop right here and keep on improving the smartphones as they exist or we will jump onto a new form of technology platform which may embed artificial intelligence features. Data mining into the cellphone users behavior is the favorite passtime for today’s marketers, mapping our behaviors. Can these internet based smartphones soon provide us with greater usability and more flexible productivity? I think we all can expect something revolutionary in the near future.

More Work – Less Office

Tough economic times are on one side threatening millions of jobs across the world and on the other side pushing people and businesses to work harder and longer to live through these challenges. The real challenge is for everyone to manage the delicate balance between the work and their families especially when holidays call for long awaited family reunions and spending some quality family time together. There are ways that can help you stay in touch with your work while staying away from your office and closer to your family.

Document Sharing Tools

You don’t have to be in your office to manage your workspace. Document sharing tools like Google Docs allow you to manage your documents, presentations, spreadsheets and forms from the convenience of your own home. You can upload, access and share your office work with your colleagues and hierarchy without paying a dime! The powerful publishing and saving tools allow you to manage your workload form your home.

Remote Desktop Access

You have big family plans for this holiday season and extra time off may require you to work from home but you are afraid that too much information on you computer won’t allow you that flexibility. Technology again comes to your rescue by allowing you to access your office laptop remotely with the help of low cost desktop remote access software.

Online Faxing

If you don’t have access to a fax outside your office, you can always sign up with low cost online faxing services that allows you to send and receive faxes from anywhere in the world.  This allows you to meet any deadline you may have to submit your work or to simply stay in touch with your office.

Remote Meeting

Your boss really wants you to be in a very important meeting which happens to fall right in the middle of your holiday plans. Worry not! As online meeting services allow you to be in any meeting from any remote location. If you really don’t wish to spend any money then even a regular messenger services like Google Talk or MSN Messenger can help you conduct a video or voice chat with your boss or colleagues.

Personal Data Assistants

These days all cell phone providers are offering multi featured Personal Data Assistants (PDAs) to help you manage your business with greater flexibility. Packed with powerful communications and office management tools, you can not only access your emails but can also manage your documents. With the synchronization of global communication networks, its now much easier to stay in touch with your work than ever before.

Your holidays are meant to be for you and for your family and friends; however, should your work require you to be in your toes while enjoying your time, technology allows you to stay on course with your workload.

By: Syed Gilani

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It’s Payback Time for Technology

Excessive and irresponsible use of technology in our everyday lives and workplaces has long been blamed for the rapid degradation of the environment and consequent global warming. Until recently, the introduction of eco-friendly technologies and products has been very limited due to the high cost of research and production and less demand in the market. Recently ignited and shared by millions around the world, environment friendly campaigns have set the stage for collaborative efforts from various industries to start introducing environment friendly products and technologies. We can now see many products out in the market that offer still imperfect but encouraging environmentally friendly solutions to our everyday challenges without sacrificing on our indulgence in the technology oriented lifestyle that has so become us.

Solar Powered Products

A segment of product and technology development is emphasizing on alternate energy resources to offer innovative new ways of creating energy, for instance, solar power. Cameras, locks, lights, cars, home appliances and even power generation systems are available in the market, that run on solar power. Rising public interest in these products is not only encouraging manufacturers to improve their products but is also helping to reduce cost of development.

Recycled Products

The majority of modern-day electronics use a variety of potentially toxic chemicals, like arsenic, lead and mercury. While those chemicals are safely contained within electronic devices we use, if disposed off improperly into a landfill, they can leach those toxins into the ground and through the water table. To address this issue, more manufacturers are becoming environmentally keen and therefore developing recyclable products to reduce their impact on our environment. From recycled paper and plastic products to recently introduce recyclable laptops and cars, the concept of recycled products and their impact on the environment is rapidly increasing.

Energy Saving Products

Our heavy reliance on modern day technologies has led manufacturers to develop more energy saving products to help meet today’s growing energy demands. Energy efficient appliances are also marketed and supported by many governments to help reduce their carbon footprint.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American families spend an estimated $140 billion each year on energy bills. By using energy efficient products, we can reduce our annual costs by up to 30 percent while conserving resources and reducing air pollution.

The recent increase in the awareness level regarding our environment with the help of online information sharing platforms has led to a worldwide move towards eco-friendly products and technologies. Most of these “Green” products are still not affordable for the masses; however, I strongly believe that as awareness and demand grows for eco-friendly technologies, we will find the introduction of more affordable “Green’ products in the market.

By: Syed Gilani