5 Gadgets I Can’t Live Without

What does it mean to have all you need? 7 years ago I was content meeting new friends online through myspace. 10 years ago I was fine using a map to find my way around town when I was lost. 15 years ago I had a cord attached to my phone and thought nothing of it.

The things we think satisfy our needs today will be the butt of many jokes in the future. While I admit that your average persons home resembles a technological arms race to see which neighbor can amass the most expensive gadgets as if cold war secrets depended on it. On the surface this may seem be a flaw built into our capitalistic society.

I think that’s the wrong way to look at it. As humans we have a innate urge to use tools. Your iphone and flatscreen are the 21st century equivalent of the spear and wheel. You can ignore many of your base natures as you navigate modern society but the lust for new tech is ingrained in your very being.

Resistance is futile.

With that in mind here are five of my favorite toys that you’ll see in cities around the country in the next year.

1) The Illuminating eye messenger from IRIS is at the very top of my christmas list. Now I know what you’re thinking: After all of that hoopla about the spear and the wheel you lead off with an eye messenger?!

I’d say you’re underestimating this little gem.

According to a survey from the Department of Labor most office work fatigue is caused by staring at computer screens on a daily basis. Using the eye messenger will make you a more productive employee and will save you alot of discomfort. I’m getting one as soon as they come to market.

2) As an avid cyclist I was super pumped to hear about Garmin’s new Varia Vision augmented reality display glasses. These things can alert you to oncoming traffic and other potentially dangerous situations for cyclers. With a $400 price tag they aren’t cheap but you can’t put a price on safety.

3) Me and my wife have been recycling and volunteering to clean up our local parks for 5 years now. It’s be a very rewarding experience and has lead us to examine our lives at home and figure out if we can change our habits in order to leave a smaller environmental footprint.

The GoSun stove is a new solar powered grill scheduled to hit stores in the next year. This smart machine absorbs 80% of sunlight reflected onto it and greatly reduces electricity use over it’s life cycle.

It will also save us a ton on our power bill which is a nice bonus.

4) Soccer is another passion of mine and Adidas’s new smart ball has me very excited. Advanced sensors in the ball can determine speed, flight path, and impact point. As a coach of my boys team this will give us a whole new layer of data to make our players and team better.

5)The final item on my list is actually for my wife. She’s been huge into gardening and I’ve found her the perfect birthday gift to help her maintain her plants. Edyn’s garden sensor and water valve system comes to market at the end of the year. This thing is incredible. It reads your soil and tells you exactly what plant would grow best in that spot.

Tech gets a bad rap but let’s be honest, without our toys life would be much more boring and difficult. Hopefully I’ll be able to make an even larger list in 2017.

4 Different Pieces of Technology to Make Your Photography

Photography is one of the areas that have greatly benefited from technology in the recent past. Days have past have passed when many people embraced old school photography and digital photography has rapidly gained popularity. However, some people are still practicing analogy photography and are reluctant to use modern technology. Whether you do photography as a business or for enjoyment, there are different pieces of technology that you can use to make your photography better.

1. Use digital cameras

Digital cameras come use digital technology that enable them to capture and record images. Unlike old- style film cameras, digital cameras give a completely new meaning to the idea of painting by numbers. This means that digital cameras are able store photographs as long strings of numbers. It is also easy to edit photographs taken using digital cameras and even share them using email, website and cell phones. It is also worth noting that digital cameras are able to produce instant photographs thereby reducing the waiting time. Digital cameras are user friendly than film cameras and reduces material wastage in photography. You can take as many photos as you want, pick the best one and delete others without worrying about the wasting the film.

2. Use Photography apps

With new technology, it is now possible to edit and crop photos to make them better. Raw photography is losing popularity gradually and many people are using apps installed in their smart phones, cameras, and computers to make photos finer and appealing. For instance, with appropriate apps a photographer can improve low quality photos to high quality photos. Some of the common apps used in modern photography include Snapseed, VSCO, Over, TouchRetouch, Repix, Adobe Photoshop express and image Blender among others. Most apps are compatible with smart phones and computers depending with the device’s operating system. We’ve seen a lot of photo booth rental apps pop up recently, so it’s very interesting to note.

3. Use digital darkrooms

Unlike in old school photography where dark rooms were a necessity, modern cameras have inbuilt setting to enhance photos. The technology has made photography possible without using chemical- laden rooms to produce good photos. With digital software tools such as Photoshop and Lightroom, modern photography is not only easier but also enjoyable. It is also worth noting that digital darkrooms produce quick and high quality photos that those produced in old school dark rooms.

4. Use digital marketing

Digital marketing enables professional photographers to market their skills with ease, something that was impossible in old school photography. For instance, some wedding photographers make near or above 6-digit figure revenue, courtesy of digital marketing. Unlike in the old school photography where photographers went through hell to reach potential customers, modern photographers can market their skills through the internet using websites and social media platforms without much struggle. Digital marketing also enable photographers to display their products and exchange views with potential customers online.

Generally, the above pieces of technology have enabled photographers to take their artistry to higher heights. However, this does not mean that these are the only technologies in modern photography. There are many more, only that those named above have really changed the world of photography for good.

What Is The Future Of Marketing?


Marketing used to be neatly compartmentalized into boring boxes of conformity. Entrepreneurs of long ago stuck to rules that often made the marketing process droning, repetitive, and expensive. As you look around you now, the creative web and social media are now dominating all industries, including the marketing world.

As you know, the presence of social media and the creative web has made the elements of marketing cheaper, faster, and smarter. Things are so accessible now that the thick lines that separate public relations, marketing, and advertising have already disintegrated.

What the Future Holds for Digital Marketing Hong Kong

The levels of client education and expectation are continuously changing. The constant change is brought about by the creation of online content, social media, blogging, and search engine optimization. What does the future hold for marketing? Here are some of the possibilities:

Marketing Agencies Educate. In the future, there will be more people who want to educate entrepreneurs. More information-based companies are going to teach more companies and entrepreneurs about the secret to effective marketing. The goal is to enable and educate agencies for more efficient marketing.

Specialized Experts. Because of easy online access, may companies prefer having many freelancers under their wing. It takes a lot of energy, time, and resources to gather people in one area to do work. With a quick online referral network, certain projects can be given immediately to freelancers who specialize in them.

Content Help. Before, a client just hands in the budget to a group of people, who do all the work for you. Then, you just watch and approve the project. The future does not involve this anymore. Marketing in the future involves the participation of the client. The client will always provide the concepts and the marketer thinks of the way to create content, what kind of content should be created, and how to promote the content. At the same time, the agency also monetizes and measures it. Because of this system, promotions will become cheaper, smarter, and faster.

New Media Sources and Bloggers Should Be Respected. Traditional advertising is not extinct or forgotten. Aside from the traditional means, there are other quicker means to generate trust, buzz, or sales. In the years to come, new media sources and blogs with huge advertising and sponsorship opportunities are the ones that will do far better than banner ads, print ads, and 30-second commercials. They will definitely lock on to the target market, any company wants to attract. Building a relationship with bloggers, who specialize in the product, is the key to cheaper, more effective marketing. Podcasts are more inexpensive and less laborious than paying for a TV commercial.

No Outsourcing of Relationships. The future needs the client to be interactive enough to be the one who forms relationships online. Trust is the key and to establish that, the client needs to engage in conversations with customers. Marketing agencies should not be the ones to do this.

Marketing of the future depends on methods that last and stick to the target audience’s minds. This is not provided by traditional media anymore. Online media is the one that will rule the marketing world on a long-term basis. The future is, indeed, bright for the marketing industry. Companies just need to focus on the right marketing methods as early as now.

5 Major Reasons Big Businesses Are Ramping Up their Network Security

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Alert big business owners already know who is working harder than their IT staff. It is a variety of clever cybercriminals intent on creating havoc with their business by interfering with the security medium and small businesses with whom they conduct business. That includes the supply chain, partners and suppliers. The following reasons are five ways to keep ahead of network security damage in your business.

1.Customers expect perfection.

Close is not good enough. Businesses work around the clock and even a few minutes of daily downtime, regardless of the reason, may cost your business a contract and valuable customer. Determine who in the company should activate a backup plan and how it will be enforced.

2.Responsibility deserves credit.

The team and leader deal with a subversive, brilliant class of cybercriminals daily. Think about the sophisticated corporations larger than yours that have faced issues because of bugs, viruses and breaches. Determine the level of training required for the security team and arrange for it to be done. Your IT chief has likely been insisting on encryption for years! Let it be done properly and acknowledge their efforts to keep data and transmissions safe.

3.Create proper classification of data before sending it to the cloud.

Need-to-know data is information that causes the greatest risk if compromised. Label it restricted. Confidential information usually would cause moderate risk to the company if it was accessed by other than the department or company owning it. Non-sensitive data can be identified as public information with little or no control. There is minimal or no risk if another party sees it. Above all, encrypt all documents and data you do not wish to share BEFORE sending it to the cloud.

4.Ex-employees are threats. Even one can affect your company and clients in all directions.

They may have access to logins and passwords beyond the ones needed for their own position. The practice of allowing co-workers and team members access to files and records they have not been authorized to access is still a common practice, despite warnings about the danger. Example s of aggressive managed network security procedure include weekly IT-changed passwords for each employee and defining who can access company applications and the type(s) of devices used for that access.

5.The Internet of Things (IoT) delivers a connectivity threat from devices used on a daily basis.

Smart televisions and home thermostats are just two examples of connected devices with little or no security safeguards. Internal equipment used to send instructions is open to invasion.

Steps for ramping up network security include verifying that any person or business with access to company data is at least equal to the security requirements of each customer’s business. Make online security a priority and learn all you can about the latest cyber-threats. That will provide the power you need to support the methods and actions aimed at defeating the threat.