5 Teamwork Technologies To Make The Dream Work

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Staying connected is the number one priority these days, but for business, it’s more than just keeping the social media intern on target with Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook updates—it’s about connecting with the office as much as it is with the clients, and never before has that been easier.

With websites and programs that branch the distance between cubicles in the office to remote workers in different parts of the world, it’s never been better, faster, more cost effective to be on the same page, and these are the new ways to get there.

 

  • Asana

Created by the co-founder of Facebook, Dustin Moskovitch, and using tools and knowledge based on increasing the productivity of Facebook employees, Asana is the answer to tracking your team’s progress and work without having to install a security camera system. Offered for free and at a premium, the management system has a clean homepage that makes finding your to-do list and project updates simple and straightforward. Add team members to your projects and send inter-program emails—it’s all about making the work flow smooth and uncomplicated.

 

  • Trello

Trello, like Asana, is another project based management system that is based on the work practices from another Fortune 500 company: Toyota. With a simple interface that uses boards to track progress and allows you to drag projects from “Working” to “Completed” in seconds, it’s for people who enjoy the visual of Post-Its but hate having to keep track of them. You get a bird’s eye view of what you need to get done, and all the steps along the way to a finished product, and it’s accessible anywhere. Forget saving this one just for business, it’s just as efficient at sorting out your doctor’s appointments and grocery lists—getting organized was never so easy.

 

  • Discourse

While chat rooms may seem like a thing of 1990’s past, the way Discourse.org brings about the discourse is about as modern and top of the line as it can get. With a built-in program to keep out the trolls and internet bullies, this new-age internet discussion board is 100% free and works so well on your tablet and mobile phone that you won’t understand how you tapped into the forum of public opinion without Discourse before.

 

  • Plivo

Do you have a lot of calling traffic with work? Whether it be constant conference calling, networking, or getting to check in on what’s going on with your work around the world, Plivo is your answer to global carrier service providers. From tools like SIP trunking to Conference App Voice API, they work with people like Netflix to add SMS messaging to web and mobile apps for everything from political polling to help desks. Streamlining the process between business and client, Plivo gets the work done for cheaper, which is always a happy discovery.

 

  • Prezi

The Prezi is the 21st century answer to Powerpoint; with new twists and turns (literally), it’s the answer to your next big conference meeting video, and it’s going to make you look like a tech genius. By working with an interactive graphing map to draw paths to lead your presentation down, wowing your audience has never been easier. Attach pictures, video clips, sounds and text in cool configurations that zoom in and out of the screen with the same efficiency of the presentation programs you’re used to, but with a lot more modern flair. Bonus: you can access it from the internet anywhere, or download it for a permanent copy.

Whether you’re starting a new business or working on making the one you’re got run more like a well-oiled machine, these are the programs to go with. Not only are they freeing up time and energy, they’ll make you look savvy while you’re doing it too.

Christmas Trees in Sydney Knocking on Your Door

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Delivery used be a luxury saved for pizza and packages, but nowadays every product, every food, hell even your groceries may be delivered right to your doorstep. So I got to thinking, is there a limit to this madness? Is there something somewhere that is committed to being like a stationary rock on a stationary road in a stationary house, and asks the customer to knock on its stationary door? The answer I found was… not really, man.

What I found out was that Christmas season is a time where anything goes. Cakes, animals, restaurants, everything can and will be sent to your home if it is what you so desire – so long as it fits in a box and can be carried by a burly man from the north side of the south. The item I found especially popular, to my surprise, were Christmas trees.

Maybe I’m just a little too clingy to my childhood innocence, but Christmas trees being mail delivered to your home just seems so wrong. I remember waking up at the crack of dawn to go chop down nature’s beard. I hated it. But it’s a part of the holidays that I can’t imagine not being there. Like Santa or gingerbread men, chopping down trees as Christmas as the baby Jesus himself, probably. Maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but businesses around the world are marketing themselves as being just a phone call and a carol away. From New York, to London, to the Christmas Tree Man in Sydney, Australia (where Christmas Day falls in the Summer, I might add) all deliver Christmas trees right to your door.

Soon enough, these mail-approved trees will come already decorated and gifted, giving every citizen of the world to sit on their sofa for each and every Christmas to come.

3 reasons why I got my iPhone 6 Jailbroken

jailbreak iPhone 4It seems like everyone is getting their iPhone jailbroken these days.

I never bought into the whole ‘jailbreaking to make your iPhone infinitely better’ craze until recently and I can honestly say that it has been one of the better decisions I have made. Jailbreaking itself was really easy for me to get done. I like my tech and I am quite handy with modern devices but this was something that I thought was best to leave for the experts.

Anyway, there are 3 major reasons why I got my iPhone jailbroken and they really made the whole process worth it.

The Cydia app store

I used to think that the Apple app store was the best thing about the iPhone. Sure it had a decent camera and looked great but nothing could compare to the apps that I could download. That was until I found Cydia with my jailbroken iPhone.

Basically it is a different place to get apps from and is only for jailbroken iPhone’s. Most of them are free and there is a ton of great apps out there that can really improve your device and also make your realize how much better a jailbroken iPhone is.

Better battery life

I thought that this might have been in my head but after speaking to a few other people who have had their iPhone jailbroken then I found out that the process really does improve battery life.

While it obviously still uses the same iPhone battery, because it is changing the source code of the device then it can use it in a smarter way. I noticed that I was charging my iPhone less and less after I got it jailbroken and it has really helped to extend the life of my device on a daily basis.

It comes with an unlock

Just about every service that you use to jailbreak iPhone is able to unlock the device as well and for instance have this option as standard. Being able to use the iPhone on a different network is something that really appealed to me and while you can have this done by itself, it is better to get both the iPhone jailbreak and iPhone unlock completed at the same time.

I’m glad I did and now I have an iPhone that is not only much more powerful than the default device but it is also able to connect to any network that I have access to as well.

For those who are doubtful of what an iPhone jailbreak can do for your device then I hope this has cleared up some misconceptions about the process. I wasn’t sure about having my iPhone jailbroken however I am really glad that I did now because it has improved my iPhone experience immensely.

These are just some of the improvements that have been made to my iPhone recently and there is a lot more that you need to experience yourself to see just how good it is. For the relatively small price that it costs, jailbreaking the iPhone has great benefits and I would definitely recommend the process to anyone.

10 interesting things to make with a 3D Printer

09-20-2012form-1-on-desk00-1348689824I have always been on the side of skeptics when it comes to 3-D printing. I don’t know why but it could be something to do with the hype surrounding it, the hype that says 3-D printing is going to basically save the world!

I mean, what can you actually make with a 3-D printer? Anything useful?  Well, I thought I would dig into it a bit further and went hunting the internet, as I usually do and I have to say I was amazed at what I found!

A good 3-D printer will set you back around $450, which is not a great deal in the grand scheme of things, especially when you can make some pretty cool stuff.  I found the following 10 practical cool items on the internet that you could make using one of these printers. Ready?

An iPhone Case

IPhone’s are expensive things and a case is pretty much required if you want to protect your investment.  Store bought cases will cost you at least $30 but with a 3-D printer, you could have a new one every week!

Replacement Parts

Are you a fixer-upper type of person? Then you will love having a 3-D printer. Next time a plastic bit breaks off your washing machine you can just make a new one, instead of having to buy a whole new machine. Think how much money you can save just replacing a handle!

Accessories for the Smartphone

Smartphone accessories are pretty pricey these days but with a decent 3-D printer, you can make your own. You can print off things like stands, sound amplifiers and nifty little camera attachments.

TriK-Tripod-Adapter-3d-printed-1Camera stuff

Photography is not a cheap hobby and professional photographers spend a fortune on the right gear.  With a 3-D printer, you can save yourself a pocketful of cash by printing off lens cap holders and tripod mounts, little things that can make your life easier.

Accessories for a Bicycle

Cyclists like to spend time getting their bikes ready for the next big race and, with a 3-D printer, they can print off things like carrying handles, frame clips, even a brand new pedal if they want!

Scientific stuff

If you are a bit of a science buff, you can use your printer to knock up a tray to wash your slides on, make a new lens mount or even an anemometer! This is great idea for science students who are on a tight budget.

A Wallet or a Purse

I know it doesn’t sound nice, having a purse or a wallet made out of plastic but you might be surprised at the designs you can come up with. Be completely unique and make something no one else has got!

IMG_1124Clocks

Buy yourself a cheap clock movement and use your printer to knock up a smart looking little clock.

Containers

Everyone needs containers and buying them can work out pricey in the long run. No need, if you have a 3-D printer, just knock up a purpose built one whenever you need it.

Lego

Lego fans will be in their element here. You can print out any shape you can think of and use it in your Lego building.

These ideas will only work for the desktop printer, not for mass production. If that is what you are after you would need to look elsewhere. Will I buy buying one of these now? Oh yes and I intend to have a lot of fun with it too!