4 Tech Trends That Are Positively Changing Workplaces

From reporting bad behavior to allowing more flexibility, these advancements help everyone. July 3, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Workplaces are impacted by a wide variety of factors, including changing ideologies and other external influences, both negative and positive. Technology is likely one of the greatest factors impacting workplaces, and it is also one factor that can have a truly positive impact. According to Gallup’s State of the American Workforce report, engaged teams show 21 percent more profitability, and yet only 51 percent of individuals actually feel engaged at work. Considering this, it’s beneficial to employers and employees alike to consider the following four technological workplace trends. 1. The workplace is getting safer for everyone. If an employee feels unsafe in their environment, complete productivity and satisfaction are unlikely. Fifty-nine percent of employees who observed some form of misconduct said that they were actively searching for a […]

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4 Tech Trends Shaping the Future of Media and Entertainment

We’ve all heard about AR, VR and blockchain, but what exactly are entertainment and media businesses doing with these technologies? June 18, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The last decade has seen massive changes in how consumers view media, how businesses create those media and how marketers advertise on them. Cable TV, for example, lost an unprecedented number of customers in Q3 of 2018, according to The Wall Street Journal, as people opted for subscription-based TV services. And live video streaming is captivating viewers and marketers alike, with adoption rates at 35 percent in 2018, up from 28 percent in 2017, according to Social Media Examiner. Related: 3 Startups That Are Using Technology to Reinvent Entertainment Even cryptocurrency has found its footing in the media and entertainment world, operating as a more decentralized mode of payment that many creators and users prefer. The platforms through which we […]

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How Image Recognition Is Going to Improve Your Social Media Ads

The technology may strike users as a bit creepy but it could be a big plus for you to zero in on the right customers. June 17, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Today, more and more companies are realizing that capturing the attention of their audience on social media is the best way to promote their products, drive traffic to their websites and increase conversions. In fact, according to GlobalWebIndex, the average internet user now spends about 15 minutes longer each day on social platforms than he or she does watching TV. Related: 17 Amazing — and Surprising — Uses of Facial Recognition Technology Overall, the power of social media is increasing day after day and with that comes more powerful and effective social media ads. Because of this, Facebook has recently acquired a new patent for image recognition technology that will change the […]

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A Step-by-Step Guide To Building Your First Mobile App

If you have the right reasons, follow these 10 recommendations to getting your product to the public. June 13, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Why do you want to build a mobile app? Do you want to ride the wave of other entrepreneurs, or did you come across a problem that you feel you can resolve? The answer to this question will determine whether your app will be successful or not. Here is a guide to get you started, but note it may not work for everyone. This is drawn from my experience working for more than three years with entrepreneurs, helping them build and market their mobile apps. Take from it what suits your strategy best, or follow it to the hilt. The important part is to get started. Step 1: Get an idea or a problem. If you already have an […]

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Vuzix to Equip Smart Glasses With Facial Recognition

The technology probably won’t sit well with privacy advocates. June 11, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag For better or worse, a U.S.-based maker of smart glasses will merge its technology with a facial-recognition system in Dubai to help law enforcement in the Middle East catch criminals. About 50 Vuzix Blade smart glasses will be outfitted with facial-recognition technology for use in “security operations” in the region. The resulting system will let the wearer “easily and discretely screen a crowd to match faces against a database of violators, missing people or suspects,” according to the company’s press release. Vuzix’s partner on the project is NNTC, a Dubai-based software developer that developed a facial-recognition system called iFalcon Face Control, which it’s been selling to law enforcement and security firms. The system is fast enough to detect up to 15 faces per video frame in under one second. It also doesn’t […]

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The History and Future of Wi-Fi (Infographic)

Its history goes back further than you’d think. June 10, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The average household has five internet connected devices, and the more people in the household the more connected devices there are on a network. Current Wi-Fi technology only connects to one device at a time, sending and receiving small packets of information before moving to the next device. The result is a slower overall connection as a Wi-Fi router struggles to keep up with all the internet-of-things devices modern families can’t live without. Wi-Fi6 is now rolling out and it will be capable of connecting to multiple devices at a time, greatly improving the speed of connected devices. The history of Wi-Fi goes back much farther than you think. Developments in the technology that led to wireless internet were theorized by Nikola Tesla in 1929 when he predicted people […]

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Meet the Smart A/C that is the Perfect Summer Desk Accessory

June 2, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Summer is nearly here, and so too are the blistering heat waves that make us grateful to work in an office with A/C. But, for those of us living the remote life or without access to central air at home, staying cool isn’t quite as easy. That’s why there’s the EvaSMART 2, the innovative personal air conditioner that creates your own microclimate to beat the heat. You can get your own for $70 off today, just $199. The EvaSMART 2 raised $1 million on Indiegogo with the support of nearly 5,000 backers, and it’s easy to understand why. Combining the power of an air conditioner, air purifier, […]

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Make the Leap From Traditional Business Leader to Tech Entrepreneur in 5 (Easy-ish) Steps

The next wave of entrepreneurship is going to bring a whole new playbook for running companies. Are you ready? May 7, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. By 2021, half of our predicted global GDP will come from tech-enabled and digitally enhanced business models, according to IDC. More and more new companies in all industries will look and feel like high-growth tech companies rather than traditional businesses. Even the oldest of the old school will become tech-ified to some extent. Accompanying this change will be the likelihood that the next wave of entrepreneurship will bring a whole new playbook for running companies. But the good news is that that playbook will become more and more accessible to entrepreneurs of all types, especially those who know the rules of the game. Of course, even someonewho isn’t tech-savvy can still run a high-growth tech company — and do it […]

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How to Push Your Company to Digital Maturity

Starting a digital transformation is easy. Seeing it through to completion is a lot harder. Here’s how to navigate the circuitous voyage to digital maturity. April 25, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What happens after digital transformation? If you play your cards right, you achieve digital maturity. And that’s an achievement worth pushing for: According to research from Deloitte, half of digitally mature organizations report higher net profit margins and increased revenue compared to the industry average. Clearly, there are advantages to nailing a tech-first approach. Digital transformation involves a series of steps that build on one another, as tech is adopted and implemented with the end goal of creating a digitally mature organization. The first step is to analyze whatever incidental assets might already be supporting digital transformation — using shared data or integrated communication platforms, for example. After that comes an […]

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How to Measure Performance of Your Outsourced Developers

Focus on the outcome, not the output. April 20, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A common challenge founders face when they outsource to a software development company is tracking the performance of developers. Since you cannot really monitor the outsourced team on a full-time basis, it is critical to know whether your investment in hiring developers is justified. Performance, being a qualitative trait, poses measurability challenges. There is no single metric which would lead you to a definitive answer. Knowledge about the goals to track and the areas to focus on can bring you closer to performance measurement of the outsourced developers as a whole. Related: 3 Ways You Can Avoid Wasting Your Company’s Money on Technology Here is a framework that can give you the much-needed insights into the performance of the outsourced tech team. 1. Start with conceptualization of goals. Setting […]

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Does Your Content Spark Joy? Try These Handcrafted Tips for Quality Content

Sonia Simone is co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Copyblogger. She writes about content marketing strategy here, and about creativity, the craft of writing, and creative productivity at Remarkable Communication. If you like audio content, you can hear Sonia’s takes on marketing and business on the Copyblogger FM podcast. Read_More Related posts: 17 Tips on Creating Thoughtful Marketing Your Audience Will Love You For Thoughtful Elements of Distinguished Content Marketing Set the Strategic Goals that Drive Your Content Marketing 3 Reasons Why Writing Practice Leads to Multidimensional Content 3 Areas of Focus for Consistently High-Quality Content Spark Your Next Breakthrough Copy Insight with Systematic Listening The Only Thing More Important Than Quality Content Creating Quality Content in 2019 (For Search Engines and People)

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3 Ways Marketing Automation Can Mess Up Good Copy

Pretty much every online business on the planet uses marketing automation in one way or another. Honestly, it would be tough to run a business without it. For example, if you were to sign up for my own newsletter, you’d receive a series of three welcome emails, one a day for three days. It makes total sense for me to automate that. And the user experience for people who sign up for my emails isn’t compromised one little bit. But … I’m a bit of a rarity. Because that’s pretty much as far as I go. Companies large and small are jumping into marketing automation with both feet. They’re loving it. And maximizing its use in every way possible. Every email you open … Every web page you visit, even for a second … Every social media post you view … Every link you click … Every time you sign […]

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Best Cannabis Software for Seed-to-Sale Tracking

The best cannabis software for following legal weed’s complicated web of regulations. March 22, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Green Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Cannabis software is a necessity for weed businesses navigating the complex regulations surrounding legalization. Out of a growing list of options, the following programs are setting the industry standard when it comes to seed to sale tracking. Seed-to-sale tracking is exactly what the term implies — complex cannabis laws mandate that weed businesses track their wares literally from seed to sale to prove they are not selling black market weed. Specifically, this means maintaining a database that traces products through cultivation, production, distribution and sale But this goes beyond having a ledger of where a product has been: cannabis software for seed-to-sale tracking typically includes the following elements, among many others, real-time tracking for regulators; state approval at various steps; and lab test results. It also […]

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Tactics and Strategies that Help You Look (and Think) Like a Pro

This week, we’ve got a bunch of tips, tactics, and strategies to help you get more out of the work you do behind that keyboard. While the promise of the internet seems limitless, the reality is that you still have to make meaningful connections and help potential customers understand your worth — just like every brick-and-mortar business does. On Monday, Stefanie Flaxman outlined the process of going from idea to useful product or service and on to a viable business. She shows how to use content to experiment and test ideas, as well as to connect with the audience that will go on to become your most loyal customers. If you’re a freelancer or solopreneur, you know that expectation doesn’t always match reality. Expectation might be 9–5 and business casual, but freelancers know that some days it’s 5:00 p.m. before you have time to put on pants. Fortunately, whether or […]

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5 Easy Ways to Transform Your Website into a Standout Salesperson

Most freelancers I know hate selling. And I can include myself in that bunch. Whether it’s a fear of rejection, utter disdain for self-promotion, or a lack of confidence in our skills and abilities, just the thought of selling (especially on-the-spot and in-person) sparks massive procrastination. Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t sell. It just means we need a little help. High-quality content on a well-crafted website can help sell your services with confidence. So, let’s take a look at how you can turn your site into a better salesperson for your business. Treat your website like the 24/7 employee that it is The best thing about your website is that it can work for you around the clock. It doesn’t take breaks, it won’t call in sick, and it’s focused on getting you the results you want. But — as with a real-life employee — your website can’t […]

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3 Ways You Can Avoid Wasting Your Company’s Money on Technology

Just because something is cheap or readily available doesn’t mean that you ought to buy it. The same is true for IT spending. March 11, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Business-tech adoption continues to grow globally. Worldwide, according to a Gartner forecast, IT spending is expected to reach $3.8 trillion by 2019, driven by investments in enterprise software and IT services. Related: 3 Tech Strategies You Can Use to Earn and Save More Money That’s good for the companies making the tech, but perhaps less so for the companies buying it. Reason: With software and hardware becoming increasingly affordable, it’s easy to make rash spending decisions to purchase devices or subscribe to services that promise productivity gains and benefits. Any of those purchases may fail to deliver. So, as an owner, you need to exercise caution, because building your company’s tech infrastructure in a slapdash […]

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Kansas City Royals Employees Use Jumbotron to Play Mario Kart

A news helicopter caught what has to be the best use of a giant screen. January 10, 2019 1 min read What do people do during their downtime at work? Use their phones, mostly. But employees of the Kansas City Royals had a different activity in mind: hooking up a Nintendo Switch to the jumbotron at Kauffman Stadium to get in a few games of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Funnily enough, the activity was caught by a news helicopter getting some footage for an upcoming game. we sent our helicopter out to get aerials of Arrowhead Stadium and on its way there it noticed a game of Mario Kart had broken out on the Crown Vision board at Kauffman Stadium??pic.twitter.com/rOy0icieVi — Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) January 8, 2019 Turns out, the gaming was for a good cause: the employees had been competing in a tournament to support Royals Charities, the team’s foundation. Read_more Related posts: Amazon […]

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10 Things at CES You'll Actually Want to Buy

Smart desks, massage chairs and ovens: The world’s biggest tech show is upon us. Read_more Related posts: What This Blog is and What it is Not SPI 301: How a Data Scientist Pivoted into a New Brand (And Won a Tesla Roadster) Why How-to Content Continues to Grow SPI 301: How a Data Scientist Pivoted into a New Brand (And Won a Tesla Roadster) Move Over AOL: The Ten Best Premium E-Mail Services Today Apple Will Let All Users Download Their Collected Personal Data 3 Real Examples of How to Start a Consulting or Service Business Is Creating Online Tools Better Than Writing Content?

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Ford Created a Noise-Canceling Doghouse

Ford took the noise-canceling technology used in its Edge SUV and repurposed it for use in a doghouse. December 19, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag With their super-sensitive hearing, many dogs are not fans of fireworks. In fact, in a lot of cases it can leave them very scared and upset with no way to get away from the repeated explosion sounds. Owners do their best to comfort them, but it’s impossible to explain what’s going. However, a solution presents itself from the most unlikely of places. Ford has this week announced the development of a noise-canceling doghouse. It reuses the technology used in cars and headphones to minimize external noise. The end result being a doghouse that can cancel out some noises completely while drastically reducing the impact of the rest. Fireworks should no longer be a night of stress with this house available. Related: The Most Successful Companies […]

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Human Tech Support Still Has a Future

Tech will empower, not replace, human beings. December 5, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The brisk pace at which the digital era has redefined contemporary life has many people asking whether their jobs are secure in the future. A rapidly forthcoming tide of robots and automating software, we’re often told, is just around the corner from stealing our livelihoods and rendering most human employees obsolete. Is there any truth to these predictions of doom and gloom, especially when it comes to the IT sector? Despite the hubbub being raised over automation and the ongoing IT boom right now, it’s a simple matter of fact that humans will always be involved in tech support. Here are some of the ways that tech support is changing, but why it will always need human technicians no matter what the future holds. Related: AI Won’t Replace Us […]

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