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5 Best New Technologies for Your Business

5 Best New Technologies for Your Business

According to some starry-eyed entrepreneurs, the only technique to become really rich financially and personally—in other words, to become absurdly rich—is to start your own business.

From Silicon Roundabout to Silicon Valley, the total number of startups launched worldwide can be hard to grasp. According to the recent GEM Global report, almost 100 million businesses are launched annually; which comes to over three businesses every second, or 11,000 new startups per hour. For these small business owners all over the world who compete head-to-head against big guns every day, technology is a vital tool that’s leveling the playing field for these entrepreneurs.

If technology is well implemented, small scale businesses have the chance to scale up. A single Amazon book can turn into a series; a single hotdog stand can mushroom into a national franchise. The increasing use of Internet, smartphones, app development, and other state-of-the-art technologies forced many businesses to go online to serve a bigger audience.

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Use of the right technology can accelerate business processes by making different business tasks more flexible such as making communication easy, securing your business data, improving customer care and much more.

To ring in the New Year, below are my picks for the best techs for a small-business owner to help increase profits and stay ahead of competitors.

1. Augmented Reality Devices

Business ideas are better acknowledged when they are shown, not told. The question about the future of augmented reality vanished, after the launch of Microsoft HoloLens glasses. The company recently announced that the AR headset will be available by early next year. Businesses can use augmented reality devices like the HoloLens of Microsoft to show designs, work together remotely and develop things in relation to the real world. These AR devices offer a unique opportunity to bring products and information to life.

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2. Wireless Conference Rooms

Every small and large company requires meeting space to discuss strategy and progress with the team. Now-a-days, many companies are adopting a wireless solution for meetings that connects offices, team members and clients, no matter their location. One such solution is the VIA line of collaboration tools, produced by Kramer, which is designed to take the conference room to wherever your team is.

VIA allows companies to wirelessly stream videos and presentations across various conference rooms. These distinctive features help companies to take meetings beyond showing simple presentations and actually allow employees to work together.

3. The Internet of Things

From smart lights to connected security cameras, the Internet of Things has offered a wide range of consumer-facing technologies. Companies are taking advantage of IoT devices in the form of connected sensors and cameras to monitor productivity and efficiency. As IoT grows within the workplace, it will speed up employee mobility; allowing team members to be more productive—no matter their location in the world.

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4. Cloud Computing

Most people aren’t aware of the purpose of “cloud” which is affecting the way we use technology on a daily basis. Cloud computing allows a centralized information database system that can be accessed through your laptop, tablet, smartphone or any other Internet-abled device.

Despite its popularity, many companies have still failed to adopt cloud computing in any form. It can help companies to improve their products and services, and their internal communications. Through cloud computing technology, the entire workforce can connect with one another along with the data, functionality, or any other material they need.

5. Wearable Technology

The dawn of wearable technology, in the form of smart watches and obsolete Google Glass, has changed the way people interact with the world around them. Most of these wearable devices are dedicated to health and fitness tracking; it gives businesses a new opportunity to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for their employees by equipping them with wearable fitness trackers.

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It’s impossible to predict how each technology will affect your business or your workforce, but it is essential to be aware of tech developments in the industry to respond to them before your competitor. Adopting a new strategy to leverage an emerging technology for your business could be just the plus you need to get a leg up on your competition. Stay updated in 2016 and beyond!

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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