What’s The Right Computer For You?

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There are various different types of computers that you can purchase for personal and business use. Some have different power levels, processing capabilities, and storage space. It’s important that you make the right choice when you buy a computer as it is an expensive investment. A top computer could cost you well over a thousand dollars, plus any extras that you might need to purchase such as word processing software. So, let’s look at some of the different computer systems that you can get your hands on.

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There are various types of desktops that you can get on the market right now. The benefit of having a desktop is that they tend to be more powerful. They also usually have faster processing speeds and larger memory storage capacities. As such, you can store TBs of your data on a desktop making it the perfect home computer system. As well as this, a desktop often has a large enough screen to be used as another device for video entertainment in your home. Expect to pay a few thousand at least for a decent desktop.

The best desktops can connect wirelessly to another device in your home. This means that you will be able to play your music, watch shows that you might have downloaded on your desktop on your TV and forward search results directly to any smart system in your home.

It’s worth pointing out that desktops also tend to have disk drive systems, something that tends to be quite rare on your typical laptop.

Laptop

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Laptops come in all shapes and sizes and the type you choose will depend on what you’re going to use it for. A gaming laptop isn’t just for gaming. Gaming laptops often have seriously fast processors, crystal clear displays and avoid lagging issues when online. As such, they are very powerful machines but can be pricey with costs often reaching beyond five thousand.

An all in one laptop covers all the bases and may or may not have a disc drive. It will, however, be fast enough to stream shows online and have at least 2TBs of data. According to laptop.review, most modern laptops now have at least 4tbs for storage with a much smaller memory.

Finally, there is the notebook. Used mainly for surfing the web and word processing, this laptop is a fantastic choice for basic uses, and typically, they are considerably cheaper. A few hundred will be enough to pick up a typical laptop, perfect for surfing the web, watching videos and working.

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Last but not least, you may want to consider purchasing a hybrid. Exactly as it sounds, a hybrid is a mixture of a tablet and a laptop often with a keyboard that does disconnect. The benefit of this type of setup is that you can use the device in multiple ways whether you just want the screen or a full laptop. However, you should be careful buying these as they are often nowhere near as powerful as your typical fully functional laptop.

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Is The Virtual Office The Future Of The Workplace?

New communication technology is constantly making the world feel smaller. At the time, the invention of the telephone revolutionized the way that people worked. Contact was no longer limited to people in the surrounding area and communicating with people that weren’t nearby meant days of traveling. These days, we have the capability to collaborate with people all over the globe at the touch of a button and it has drastically changed the way that businesses operate. The ease of sharing information and the availability of technology means that the traditional office set up is quickly becoming obsolete. You might not realize it yet because most businesses still have a physical premises, but more and more people are starting to turn to virtual offices instead. You no longer need to fill your office with employees from the local area. Now you can employ people from all over the globe and have them work remotely.

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Is A Virtual Office Better?

People have a lot of reservations about the idea of people working remotely but most of them are unfounded. The myth is that people will be less productive if they’re working from home because there are too many distractions and no authority figures to motivate you. For some people, this is probably the case, but most people tend to be more productive if anything.

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Recent studies by the Harvard business review show that people that work from home are, on average, far more productive. There are a few reasons for this, and they aren’t what you would expect. Most people expect there to be more effective communication between employees that are in an office together, but the truth is, people become more complacent. When employees are working remotely, they tend to put more effort into effective communication and work together a lot more effectively. Teams that don’t interact face to face that often also tend to make better use of their time when they do, so even though they work closely a lot less often, they are infinitely more productive when they do. Better use of technology is another benefit of working remotely. When you’re part of a virtual team, you rely far more heavily on technology than people that meet together on a daily basis. As technology becomes increasingly important, the employees that are better equipped to use are the ones that will thrive.

When it comes to distractions, people’s preconceptions are way off. When you’re working remotely from home, you aren’t distracted by any of the other people around you. In a rigid office environment, people are often looking for distractions but in a more relaxed home environment, people can concentrate a lot easier. Remote workers also, on average, work more hours than office workers because they aren’t limited to an eight hour work day.

One of the main benefits of a virtual team is that it massively reduces your overheads. Instead of needing a large office that can house all of your employees every day, you just need a much smaller space for the occasional team meeting.

It also means that you have a much wider choice when it comes to hiring employees. Instead of being limited to the best people in the local area, with a virtual office, you can choose from the best people in the entire world. You no longer have to compromise when it comes to hiring so you can create the very best team possible. By having employees around the globe, you can expand into new markets far more easily because you don’t need to set up expensive new offices every time.

What Are The Negatives?

By this point, you might think that starting a virtual office is a no brainer, but it does have its downsides. One of the biggest problems that people encounter is a lack of expertise. In a traditional office environment, if you have an IT problem, for example, you can head down the hall and find somebody to help you out. You won’t have that when you’re at home working as part of a virtual team. However, remote working is starting to correct those problems as fast as they arise. The experts that offer home IT services can repair most common issues remotely so you still get the benefit of a great IT team without having to wait for them to come out to you.

A good working relationship is important in any workplace because a team that don’t gel well together won’t work efficiently. In an office environment when you’re working together every single day, those relationships are far easier to build. When you’re part of a virtual team and you tend to communicate mainly by email or phone, you feel quite detached from each other and it can be harder to build a good working relationship. That doesn’t mean that you can never create a coherent team, you’ll just have to work at it a little more. When the team does meet in person, you need to put a bit more effort into getting to know one another.

Not being able to monitor your employees as much is another concern that people have about virtual offices. Monitoring their workload isn’t too much of an issue because they will have tangible results to show you but when it comes to their well being, it’s harder to know what’s going on. If your employees aren’t happy, then productivity will drop drastically so it’s important that they’re happy. It’s best to check in from time to time to ensure that they don’t have any major problems that are affecting their work.

So, those are the pros and cons of a virtual office. If it seems like something that might work for your business and you’re going to set one up for yourself, make sure that you remember these things.

Use Video Calling

 

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Face to face contact is important when you’re trying to build a relationship with somebody. So many virtual teams make the mistake of communicating solely by email but this is not effective. Not only can it be inefficient because you have to wait a while for a response, it also takes the human element out of those interactions. Video calling isn’t an ideal solution, but it’s much better than emailing. You can put a face to a name and get to know each other a little better. While it isn’t as good as meeting in person, it’s as close as you can get.

Establish Clear Responsibilities

In a traditional office, everybody’s roles are fairly clear cut. If you want to know who is handling a certain part of a project, you can just ask. However, when you’re part of a virtual team, you won’t have everybody on hand. You also don’t know how other employees are dividing up their own workloads. That means that sometimes people are unclear about who is doing what and that can seriously affect efficiency. That is why it’s so important to set out clear cut responsibilities at the beginning of a new project. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself dealing with disputes between employees about who was responsible for what.

Choose Employees Carefully

Although a lot of the concerns that people have about remote worker’s motivation are unfounded, that doesn’t mean that everybody thrives as part of a virtual team. Some people will have trouble motivating themselves outside of a rigid office environment. When you’re interviewing employees, you should obviously consider their qualifications first, but their personality is incredibly important. You need to be looking at the tell-tale signs that indicate whether they’re motivated or not. If you employ somebody that can’t keep themselves motivated properly, then they’ll be a weak link in the team and efficiency will be affected. This is an even bigger problem in a virtual team because you might not realize that there is a problem until further down the line.

Keep People In The Loop

One of the biggest downsides of a virtual team is that people don’t always feel like they’re really part of the company. In a normal office, everybody is aware of new hires and other company developments, but virtual employees won’t always know about these things. Putting together a monthly newsletter that keeps people up to date with all of these developments makes them feel more a part of the team which creates more loyalty to the company and in turn encourages them to be more motivated.

Make Time To Meet

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This is the most important thing for any virtual team. Although new technology means that communicating remotely is easier than ever, there are still some things that need to be discussed in person. Important decisions about the direction of the company should always be decided at meetings. Another thing to consider is the safety of information. When you’re communicating online, there is always the chance of a security breach. With this in mind, you should always keep discussions about sensitive information in person where possible so you reduce the risk of any security issues.

The virtual office is set to be the future of the workplace so start setting up yours now and stay ahead of the curve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technology Takes Another Leap.. Way Forward..An Emotional Wellness App To Fight Stress Makes Its Way In Our Lives

A really welcome launch of an emotional wellness app which I feel is the need of the hour.
The really hectic way of lifestyle and the ever increasing competition at work place is taking its toll on most of us. In India and I believe in certain other parts of the world too emotional distress is immediately linked to mental illness and hence a very big stigma is attached to it. Most people go in a denial mode that all is fine till a stage reaches where things worsen and then they reluctantly go for consultation.

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This App allows you to seek help at a click.There are some basic self help measures by which you can monitor your stress levels.

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Emotional distress covers a wide range like anxiety, work stress, work-life balance, conflicts or fights at work.
Then there is performance anxiety, public speaking, exam and interview anxiety.
Also very prevalent these days are marriage related problems, divorce and break up, family problems and issues related to children.

Very much on the rise are cases of depression and sadness, dealing with grief and loss, financial worries and sleep issues and many many more.
The app helps you deal with all of these with some simple do it yourself measures and also gives you the luxury to connect with eminent experts with whom you can connect 24×7 without having to actually go to them. They monitor your progress all along as they guide you with their expert advice. So the app helps you overcome your problems in complete secrecy.
The founder of WayForward is Dr Navya Singh, award winning clinical psychologist and researcher at Columbia University, New York.The other eminent experts on the panel are Prof.Lata McGinnis, Global CBT expert, past president of International association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Chair Indian CBT Association, Dr A K Singh, Director,Reknowned Neurosurgeon, Max Health Care, Angeleena Kaur,Psychologist, Dr Lisa Napolitano,Clinical Psychologist, International mind fullness and CBT expert and Ms Devika Venkatachalam, Psychologist, speciality Children and Adolescents. They are ably assisted by a team of other experts who are with you 24×7.
I think it is a wonderful concept to be able to overcome your emotional problems without getting a stigma attached to it in the privacy of your own.

You can visit their website and download the app and I am sure you and your near ones will benefit from the same.

 

Latest Technologies That Are All Set To Rock The Indian Wedding Scene…Featuring Ankur Garg’s Expert Knowledge!

With the festivities and wedding season all set to rock the nation, here is an insight on whats really going on in the weddings these days. Ankur Garg, the man behind Imperial Event & Wedding Planner, shares the latest technologies that are raging the Indian Wedding Scene.

“Marriages are made in heaven”. True; only until matrimonial websites and portals didn’t exist. Now the saying goes like, “Marriages are fixed over matrimonial sites, executed with high-tech planning and talked about, on the social networking sites”. Now this sounds really cool, isn’t it??

Indian weddings are supported with high income barrels to ensure that the guests never get over with the vulnerability. Technology, as we all know can make anything happen. Indian Wedding couples are making use of it to the fullest. Let’s see how?

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Graphical Interchange Format Cameras are for clicking some really cool poses in a go and then you get to see it as animation on the screen set-up as if the pictures are moving! Friends and family at the wedding events love to gather up and mumble bubbly expressions to extend the drama!

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Drones


Sounding like one of the Bollywood superheroes, it is, in reality a super camera! Drones are wireless cams which are controlled by remotes in order to capture the best shots from the best angle in Indian Weddings. It has made things very convenient in this era when the couple doesn’t want anybody to steal the limelight when they adorn each other with jaimalas, not even the camera person! This is when drones are used to capture the moment perfectly from all the possible angles, i.e. , dronography. At Imperial Event & Wedding Planner there is a Drone expert team now.

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Selfie Sticks & Charging Booths


Fellas and family are always witnessed going mad over pictures and more of selfies but Oops.. there is a ‘low battery’ notification on the phone! In order to keep the fun on,  at Imperial Event & Wedding Planner the team ensures that charging booths are set up at the wedding venue which not only makes sure that your mobile’s battery doesn’t drain but also keeps your selfie stick at work (which is another latest technology at Indian Weddings)

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Ankur says, “Wrapping up the tech-savvy dynamics at the Indian Weddings, I would like to mention that it has just begun. Eyes are resting on some next level technologies like driverless cars to drive away the bride and robots at the venue to charm away the guests and so on..Our planners @ Imperial Event & Wedding Planner are well informed of all the technology moves. So plan it with us and look forward for a great experience for a wedding that is hard to forget for all the people who witness it”


So all those who planning big events and weddings you know now that there is an expert team which can provide you out of the box technology solutions that would not just charm your guests but also make your events memorable for one and all. So go for it!

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