Gadgets are always the most welcomed around the workplace. They boost efficiency by performing certain tasks more rapidly but they have also been known to boost employee morale as some of them are quite fun to use. The following list might show you that some gadgets are most suited for the workplace than for anywhere else.

All-in-one PCs

These PCs have the advantage of being small and compact. They thus need little space. These are rapid computers and is a good investment if you are still attached to the desktop computer feel. These PCs come right at the middle of the taste of those who like tablets but still need desktop computers to work efficiently.

Self-stirring mugs

These mugs have the ability to create a stirring motion in your drink and thus it is the perfect gadget for the lazy tea or coffee drinker. Usually a button is located at the handle of the cup and once pressed, this spins the drink. This is perfect as people would not have go around and look for a spoon every time they want some drink with sugar or milk.

Facial recognition Time system

These biometric time clocks work by allowing people to clock in and out without necessarily having to show a badge or to touch the screen. The system would automatically compile time and attendance by identifying the biometric features of each employee.

Allied Time has operated in the time clock business since 1967. Their products are suited for companies wishing to integrate time systems in the workplace such as fingerprint time clocks and facial recognition system.


A question that has been asked about Twitter over the years is whether it is a technology or media company. The answer, in not being so simple, is simply a variation of both – according to Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter.

He explains further, in saying, “I think of us as a technology company because I think the future of the company is in building on an extensible platform that allows third-party developers and companies to add value to Twitter in a way that is accretive to Twitter and is accretive to our users. I don’t need to be or want to be in the content business.”

To support his statement, he also mentioned that is not in the content business because instead of having reporters or a newsroom, almost half of Twitter’s employees [1300 in number] are engineers who are working on building the technology around which Twitter runs on while also continuously creating new features for its users.

In fact, he also wishes to encourage companies and developers to build products and tools inside the Twitter platform – instead of creating external Twitter apps.

Speaking of new features, Twitter as a whole, is also evolving into something different by experimenting with media-like products some of which NASCAR and Olympics-branded pages. Twitter currently also has employees that help V.I.Ts such as athletes, media outlets, politicians and celebrities to use its features well. Thanks to this content available by V.I.Ts, “engagement rates on ads” are also great as opposed to traditional Web ads.

Yet even though Costolo still maintains the fact that Twitter has and always been a communication platform, experts think that these ‘experiments’ being conducted make Twitter more of a media company.


Most internet users are familiar with internet errors such as 404 Not Found and 403 Forbidden. However, there’s a new internet status code that is being proposed by Tim Bray, a developer advocate – for sites that are blocked for ‘legal reasons’.

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Bray, who has experience in developing key Internet standards, says, “I’ve been told by the chair of the IETF HTTP Working Group that he’ll give the proposal some agenda time at the next IETF meeting. It’s not a big proposal; shouldn’t take long.”

However, the recognition for the need of a new code first started when Terence Eden tried to access The Pirate Bay to no avail. When the site’s server denied his request, Eden then expressed the need for a new “HTTP code for censorship”, which not only caught on sparking discussions on Slashdot and Hacker News – until the time when Bray agreed to turn the ‘idea’ into reality.

With the code (451) taken aptly from Ray Bradbury’s novel, Farenheit 451, which deals with censorship, the proposal for the error code if approved, will not only furnish the details on the restriction but also mention which legal authority is imposing the restriction as well.

Bray also thinks that once official consensus is reached, there would little or no work on the engineering side in order for servers to provide “explanatory text with a 451”. In the end, of course, this effort is to ensure that when censorship does happen, it takes place out in the open and thus, provides pertinent information for users everywhere.


If you’re searching for a new type of business then consider building a B2B website. There are some very important differences in B2B sites. For instance, you need a site that is easy for your Admin to manage. Maintaining your online store is like keeping the shelves stocked with products in a brick-and-mortar store. Imagine going to Walmart and finding no bread anywhere. You can’t allow glaring issues like this in your online store or your customers will quickly go someplace else to shop.

An ecommerce store manager (or Admin) will appreciate a website that’s easy to manage. Can you track product quantities and automatically reorder when the count is low? There’s the difference in an ordinary B2B site and one that’s exceptional.

Make sure you and your web development team are all on the same page when it comes to these important points. Below is a basic checklist of these:

Live chat feature

Method of passing on customer service comments to your team

ETL maps for technical team to enable automation and channel marketing

Top-of-the-line analytics so you’ll know cost per customer acquisition, bounce rates, specific KPIs, conversion rates, etc. The more you know, the more you’ll grow.

Incorporate accounting/finance processes

Ensure customers have an “Amazon-like” buying experience

Include an easy method of expanding the site as you grow

The book, Create Abundance by Zhang Xinyue is a great read that imparts knowledge to entrepreneurs who wish to create abundance in their personal and professional lives. There are some excellent tips for learning to meditate and let go of stress in the book as well.


You may have noticed some gradual hearing loss over the last few years. This is how it begins for most people. Your hearing usually declines as you get older. It may be difficult to distinguish sounds in a crowded room. This is very common.

Some of us go our whole lives without seeing an ear specialist. But certain ear infections can warrant a trip to see the ear doctor. He will check your ears and remove any access ear wax. Then he will prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection.

Going to see an audiologist is a bit different. Normally, the patient does not have any type of ear infection. They simply need their hearing checked to see if it’s still in the normal range. Many people have questions about why their hearing has worsened. It’s normal to be anxious. Explain your concerns to the audiologist. Tell the doctor the types of problems you’ve noticed with your hearing.

In most cases, the patient will need some type of hearing aid. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Sometimes you just need the sound turned up a little. But the audiologist will discuss all this with you and help you understand how to protect your hearing and what to do in order to hear better.

Hue Hearing Aids has created a wonderful hearing aid that operates well for most people. These have the ability to enhance the quality and volume of sounds you hear. Hearing loss is difficult to deal with, and we at HueHearing understand that. That’s why we provide a complete 90-day money-back guarantee so you can give our product a try and see whether it works for you. To learn more, read the helpful HueHearing Reviews on HearingAdvisory.


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Two recent decisions by Google define the biggest two changes to the web in the last few years. One is a boost to search presence for secure sites. This change alone increased the security of the web immediately as millions of websites implemented HTTPS. The other, and the one that had an even bigger impact was to make website loading speed a search signal.

With that in mind, a lot of sites started to look at the factors that would have a material effect on the speed of their websites. Much like HTTPS, the improvement for the web was significant and immediate. Following the two simple guidelines below, you can speed up your website and possibly improve your search engine ranking.

Hosting – The first check is to benchmark the speed of your webhost. Now there are tools that indicate how fast or slow a webhost is and makes recommendations. The better option is to find a host that is near your geographical target or to host it in a quality datacentre and avoid cheap online web hosts.

Code – Stop using sluggish themes and templates for your website. Custom websites that use only as much code as they need and meets certain standards are light years faster than clunky free themes you will find online.

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In the market for a personal or business website? The process is easy now, with several services providing one click websites that look great and all you need to do is enter your content and images. You get a nice website, a domain name, and even some ad credits to go with it. However, there is another option that everyone should consider, and that is self-hosting. Granted, it can be more work, but there are several advantages that might make it a more compelling option. Here are the two main reasons you should:

It is not as hard as you think

The prospect of setting up your own webhost and web site can be daunting. However, a lot of that concern is unfounded. Setting up a web host is simple and intuitive process, and you can sign up for your domain name as part of the process. You can have a hosting account up and running in as little as give minutes, and with support of guides online, have the website running in ten minutes more. Beyond that, there are a tutorials and guides for everything and anything you might need,

You maintain control

This is probably the most important and compelling reason. First, the buck starts and stops with you. You can change whatever you want, and don’t have to live with the limitations of the system. Ran out of resources? You can choose to upgrade or change to another provider. You also retain control over everything else like your domain name, email etc.

These are only two reason of many, such as transparency when it comes to site stats, lack of restrictions on content, and support. Before you sign up for one of these site services, think about if self-hosting might be a better fit for your needs over the longer term.

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A number of business minds and office design experts have touted the benefits of having an outdoor work area. Being outside and in nature has several positive effects on employees, such as improved morale, energy levels, and memory. Being indoors for too long can contribute to anxiety while working outdoors reduces stress levels and is healthier for your body.

If you decide to add an outdoor work area for your employees’ benefit, there are a few reasons why you might furnish it with outdoor wicker furniture. According to the statistics, many employees value attractive and comfortable workplaces. Wicker furniture is popular for its elegant weaved design and its ability to blend in with surrounding nature.

Not only is outdoor wicker furniture aesthetically pleasing, but it is also designed for outdoor use. Outdoor furniture is often subject to rain and moisture, which can ruin the furniture’s structure and encourage the growth of Microorganisms. Fungi such as mold and mildew can be harmful and irritating allergens that cause sneezing, coughing, and runny noses. Outdoor wicker furniture is made from an artificial resin that does not absorb water and moisture. This makes it ideal for use in backyards, patios, and outdoor work areas.

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