Have You Considered Green Technology For Your Office?

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Does the office you work in use green technology? If not, you and everyone else who works in that office are missing out because green offices can have lots of benefits: Read on for ways you can use green technology for your office.

Cloud technology

Offices can produce an inordinate amount of paper that isn’t actually needed for much at all. If your office invests in cloud technology, you’ll be able to drastically cut back on the amount of paper you have to deal with. Not only can cloud technology make the work much simpler to access and easier to do, it can also benefit the environment, as your office will be producing a lot less waste. Of course, even with cloud technology you may still have to deal with paper, but there are ways to do this. For example, use recycled paper and print on both sides of the piece of paper. Also, you can look into using refillable ink cartridges.

Eco-friendly bulbs

Electric lighting can take up a sizeable amount of your office’s energy bill. A good way to cut back on this is to invest in eco-friendly bulbs, such as CFL and LED bulbs. They do tend to be more expensive than standard bulbs, but they last a lot longer so they don’t have to be replaced as often. They also use up less energy and many think they are just as good, if not better, than standard bulbs. Alternatively, you could make more use of natural light by having blinds open. Having staff exposed to natural light, as opposed to artificial light, can actually make them more productive.

Smart settings

If you leave something plugged in but don’t use it, it still uses up a small amount of power. This is known as phantom power and it can easily be got rid of if you use a smart power strip. What this does is it cuts off standby power, so when you’re not using a device, it won’t be using any energy. Other ways to get rid of phantom power include changing your computer’s settings so when it’s asleep or it’s turned off altogether, it uses a lot less. Turn everything off when you leave or have them programmed to be switched off after a certain time.

Air quality

A study has found that working in green offices can actually improving cognitive function. Offices that are well ventilated and have lower-than-average levels of pollutants are better for employees as they improve how employees respond to crises, use information and develop strategies. One of the ways to improve air quality is hiring an air conditioner; having an air conditioner can reduce the pollen count of the office air and it can help keep humidity levels down during the summer months.

Telecommunications

Lots of offices find a lot more convenient to use telecommunications technology to hold meetings in the office, rather than having staff travel for meetings. Not only does this cut down on money and time, it is also better for the environment as your staff aren’t increasing the company’s carbon footprint.

There are lots of ways you can use technology to make your office greener. These are just a few easy ways that can not only benefit the environment, but can also benefit everyone in the office.

Small Business Tech For 2016

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The goal of any technological innovation is to streamline and improve the way in which a given task is completed. Often we view this goal as something that pertains to our lives as individuals, but these days technology is also rapidly changing the ways in which things are done in business spaces. These are just a few of the changes you can expect to see in small businesses throughout the remainder of 2016.

Cloud Integration

Cloud integration has been a hot topic for individuals and businesses alike for a few years now. However, as mentioned in a post on business trends by Entrepreneur, we should really see it coming to fruition on a broader scale in 2016. The way they put it, cloud usage “blurs national and state barriers, opening up global opportunities never before available to small businesses.” To some extent the Internet had already done this, because a small business with a strong online platform could already blur those lines. But cloud usage simply brings more opportunities for expansion and remote influence, and as the technology becomes more commonplace, a growing number of small businesses will be enjoying the benefits.

Accounting Programs

The same post from Entrepreneur mentioned that up to 70 percent of the 28 million U.S. small businesses that could be using accounting platforms actually don’t do it. This statistic is almost guaranteed to change over time, because more business owners will realize the power that accounting apps and programs have to simplify the financial and bookkeeping aspects of running a business. Business2Community listed ten such apps, each with their own unique strengths and appeals, that can all but automate the bookkeeping process. This allows business owners to focus on the things they may be better suited for.

Convenient Payment Methods

Managing finances is one thing, but lately small businesses have also been looking into more creative ways to actually help customers pay for goods and services in the first place. Increasingly, the system whereby a customer picks something out and heads to a cash register to pay is beginning to feel old fashioned (not to mention a bit slow). Instead, a lot of strategic small business owners are looking to bring the payment to the customers. An explanation of portable payment options at Worldpay notes that options like mobile card readers and contactless pay acceptance are ideal for business owners who may need to move around their premises (think café owners, bar owners, etc.). We’re beginning to see these methods put into use in ordinary stores, too, because the devices allow businesses to become more efficient and customer-friendly. In many cases, this encourages, and results in, more purc
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Beacon Strategies

While making payments more convenient helps customers to act when they’re ready to buy something, small businesses are also getting into the idea of using beacons to enhance the customer experience the moment the customer walks into the store. Once thought of as tech tools most useful for mega stores and large retailers, beacons are beginning to prove useful in smaller businesses. My Local Beacon explains that they essentially make for a point of contact with a customer. There’s a means of locating that customer in the store and providing any kind of communication or notification you may want someone to see when he or she enters your place of business.

App Development

Finally, many are beginning to come around to the idea that apps are in some ways the new websites where businesses are concerned. Just a few years ago it was common to hear that small businesses should think about designing strong web platforms; now, a small business without a functioning website is considered either archaic or lazy. The expectation now is for a small business owner to also be thinking about an app. These mobile platforms have become increasingly easy for people with limited programming experience to design, which means more and more businesses are getting on board. Those without a mobile presence risk falling behind and losing the most direct possible channel of communication and interaction with potential customers.

Each of these tools and concepts is going to play a major role in how small businesses continue to evolve in 2016. This time next year, they may all be commonplace features in the majority of businesses.

Around The World In 50 Years

It’s fair to say technology has come along way over the past 50 years and this infographic by FlexEnable highlights many of the key inventions. Starting back in 1967 when the first touch screen surface has invented through to contactless ticketing in 1992 and flexible LCD screens in 2015. We can’t even imagine what advancements are going to be made in the next 50 years.

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How to Optimize Videos for Mobile Devices

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Nowadays it is pretty common to transfer videos over to your mobile devices and watch them there. There is a certain amount of convenience with being able to access your videos from your smartphone or tablet no matter wherever you are, but at the same time there is one drawback with keeping your videos on mobile devices: Storage space.

Many mobile devices still have fairly limited storage space, with most being somewhere in the vicinity of 16 to 64 GB or so. That isn’t very much to store videos with, and it will very quickly end up filling up.

The best way to deal with the issue of storage space on mobile devices is to optimize the videos before you transfer them over. Generally there are two approaches that you can use to do so:

  • Keeping the videos at the highest possible settings that the mobile device in question can support, and only lowering its resolution or bitrate if they are above what the mobile device can display.
  • Reducing the videos to a more manageable size and accepting a small loss in quality in exchange for a vastly lower file size.

While the first option tends to be preferred, sometimes it is best to opt for the second option – especially if you intend to store tons of videos and have very limited space to do so.

Of course in both situations you’ll need the right software to pull this off – which is where the Movavi Screen Capture Studio comes in. While it is mainly used to grab video via screen capture, the software is also able to optimize videos and alter their settings – and even includes presets for various mobile devices to do so automatically.

On top of that, using the Movavi Screen Capture Studio also opens up several other options – such as trimming unnecessary footage from your videos and enhancing their quality. That way you’ll be able to reduce the file size while improving the quality of the videos – which is a win-win really.

If you explore the features of the Movavi Screen Capture Studio you’ll find that you can use it to do tons of interesting things such as adding customizable text, inserting audio tracks, or even extracting the audio from videos too. Go ahead and give it a try, you may find that there’s more than one way to skin the cat as far as optimizing your videos is concerned.