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The Trend of Productivity Accessories is Here

The Trend of Productivity Accessories is Here
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    This year, the technology trend is going from web into mobile. If you have followed this year’s Mobile World Congress, you will see there are so many new phones from different vendors. It’s all about big screen with a focus of productivity.

    We are entering into a new technology era. Mobile used to be a single function device. In recent years, mobile has acquired some extra features. The most common are music player, productivity suite and utilities, and online capabilities. Some road warriors can now carry a mobile phone in their pocket and continue their work on the road.

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    How will the mobile technologies be developed from here, to assist you on your work and life everyday? We’re not just talking about cell phones. We’re seeing a constant rise in gadgets that talk to each other and deal with your information for you. Let’s have a look into the not-so-distant future.

    Prada Link

    Recently I have been invited to witness the launch of LG Prada II phone. Along with their phone, they have released another product, called Prada Link.

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      Prada Link is a watch with a twist. It could do normal functions like time, date, and alarms on its tiny screen. It also previews SMS and shows the incoming call number. It means that you can read SMS while pretending you are looking at the time. You can reject calls with your watch so you won’t feel awkward taking your phone out when you are in a meeting. You might feel safer to look at your watch when you are waiting for the traffic light when you are driving, then going through the phone.

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        This is quite neat. What we are about to see are different multi-function accessories that could help you in different parts of your life. Here are some I dream about — some of which are already on the rise:

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        • A very small bluetooth earring for music and voice call.
        • A shoe with pedometer that connects to your mobile phone to count walking steps (case in point, Nike + iPod).
        • A pair of glasses with screen to show information on the directions and traffic information.
        • A ring with smart ID chip that you could use to pay for anything or access security points.

        We’ll get there – and are getting there even today, as you can see with the launch of the Prada Link.

        The Network of Things

        The Prada Link is part of the network of things, a colloquial phrased used to refer to the increase in technology that communicates on a mundane level with other technology to make our lives easier. This “network of things” starts with the radio chips on inventory being moved cross-country or even internationally so that suppliers can track movement, and goes as far as the Prada Link, a watch that talks to your phone, and RFID (Radio-frequency identification) chips or barcodes in business cards that lets you access more information than a small piece of cardboard can.

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        Speaking of RFID, the network of things is growing to include the network of people, where RFID implants allow you to pass through security points or pay for goods, though at this time the technology is only useful in a small set of limited circumstances. Security guards in hi-tech installations are some of the first to use this technology. It has long been predicted that a time will come when RFID or something like it is what gets you through at the airport in lieu of identification, and what pays for your groceries instead of a debit or credit card.

        While we’re not walking around with chips in our arms now, it opens up interesting possibilities and ideas when productivity machines and the human machine collide.

        Interconnecting Gadgets

        Electronic gadgets have been mass-market products for some time now, but for the most part these gadgets have been created with an interface for only one other input: the human operating it. The trend we’re seeing is gadgets interfacing with each other, instead of a human, in order to save us time. The Prada Link interfaces with your phone to bring you information in a much more accessible and swift manner, and it allows you to prioritize: does that message require immediate attention? If not, no need to pull your phone out right now. The Prada Link might lead to a few more second dates if you tend to scare them off with obsessive phone checking!

        Perhaps in the future we’ll see gadgets that know whether or not to interrupt you with certain information based on rules you give it, much the way we set rules and filters in our email today. You could tell a future Prada Link not to let you know about calls from family while in a work meeting, but allows you to make exceptions for (for instance) a pregnant wife who is close to term. This is the ultimate interface between gadgets: when the gadgets know whether or not to interface with you at all.

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        Published on September 20, 2018

        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

        11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

        In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

        Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

        In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

        Minimizing Tabs

        Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

        Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

        Incognito Mode

        Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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        1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
        2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
        3. Download extension New Incognito Window

        This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

        Save Webpages as PDF Files

        Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

        Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

        Open Recently-closed Tabs

        Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

        One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

        The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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        Solve Mathematical Problems

        Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

        For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

        Play Media Files

        Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

        In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

        Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

        With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

        Stay Focus(e)d

        Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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        Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

        With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

        This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

        Grammarly for Editing

        Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

        You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

        Loom

        There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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        There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

        With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

        Chrome Calendar Extension

        No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

        Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

        Final Thoughts

        Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

        Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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