Material Changes its Color Depending on How You Look at It

first_imgChrysochroa vittata (left) and Hoplia coerulea (right) possess natural photonic crystal structures which inspired the design of researchers’ iridescent materials. Image credit: Olivier Deparis, et al. “Imagine a graph where the x axis is the degree of complexity of the nano-structure of an iridescent material and the y-axis is the diversity of basic materials which are used to build the nano-structure,” he says. “Natural iridescent materials are mostly characterized by highly complex structures (involving order, disorder, hierachy, etc.) but employ only a few basic materials to realize these complex structures: that’s the fascinating power of nature to evolve from basic structures to the most sophisticated and/or optimized ones during millions years of adaptation to the changing environment. In our graphical representation, natural iridescent materials therefore are confined to a region of high x (complexity) and low y (diversity) values.”On the other hand, Deparis continues, artificial materials are the opposite. “Due to limitations in both industrial fabrication processes and human imagination, artificial photonic materials are often characterized by rather simple structures but often employ a large set of basic materials – think of the doped-semiconductor industry, for example. In our graphical representation, artificial iridescent materials therefore are confined to a region of low x and high y values. Our bio-inspired approach, in which natural structures are used as templates for the design of artificial ones, allows us to target unexplored regions of both high x and high y values, i.e. to come up with new artificial iridescent materials with more complex nano-structures made of basic materials available in a larger chemical composition range.” Using the beetles’ nanometer-scale layers as a template, Deparis and his colleagues designed and fabricated iridescent surfaces out of titanium and silicon oxide layers. There were two variables that determined the iridescent properties: the period of the alternating layers, and the layer thickness ratio (one layer being thicker than the other). The period determined the dominant color (the dominant reflected wavelength) at head-on incidence. The layer thickness ratio largely determined what the scientists call “spectral richness,” which is the extent to which the colors change (or the wavelength shifts) when the viewing angle increases.Based on this understanding, the scientists created iridescent materials that precisely mimick the beetles’ exocuticle coloring. Specifically, C. vittata (the red-to-green beetle) has a layer period of about 200 nanometers, corresponding to its red dominant color. It also has a small layer thickness ratio that causes a fairly large wavelength shift of about 110 nanometers as the viewing angle increases from 20 to 60 degrees. H. coerulea (the blue-to-violet beetle) has a layer period of about 100 nanometers, corresponding to its blue dominant color. Its layer thickness ratio is larger than C. vittata, causing a fairly small wavelength shift of about 20 nanometers over the same viewing angles. “In the case of the present study, this [bio-inspired] approach is exemplified by the fact that we used two materials [titanium and silicon oxide] which were chosen among a large range of available oxides in order to generate very different iridescent aspects by taking advantage of the complexity,” Deparis says. “Here the complexity was introduced by considering the thicknesses of both layers as free and independent parameters, which is not usually the case in the design of standard multilayer Bragg reflectors.”The group also developed a model that can predict the reflectance spectrum of an iridescent material at any viewing angle. By tuning the layer thicknesses, the researchers can now fabricate a wide variety of iridescent materials with vivid, changing colors. Iridescent materials could have uses in various industries on large-scale surfaces, which would be an engineering challenge. Another challenge, the researchers explain, may be the deposition of these multilayer films on different substrates, such as flexible polymer foils or curved objects.“Possible applications of iridescent materials are mainly in art (why not iridescent sculptures!),” says Deparis, “or architecture (glass or metal iridescent panels for decoration), painting (iridescent structural ‘pigments’ in the form of small particles in a solvent), ophtalmic glasses (here, coatings for which the color almost does not change with viewing angle may be interesting, similar to Hoplia coerula).”More information: Deparis, Olivier, Rassart, Marie, Vandenbem, Cédric, Welch, Victoria, Vigneron, Jean Pol, and Lucas, Stéphane. “Structurally tuned iridescent surfaces inspired by nature.” New Journal of Physics 10 (2008) 013032.Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of The group of researchers, from the University of Namur in Belgium, has recently fabricated iridescent materials that closely mimic the structure and appearance of two species of Coleoptera beetles. By analyzing the underlying physical mechanisms that cause iridescence, the researchers can predict the colors displayed by specific material structures, and, conversely, determine what kind of structural properties are required to display certain colors. With this understanding, they have created a colorful variety of iridescent materials.“In the context of iridescent materials, the greatest significance of our study is probably the fact that we are discovering new iridescent photonic structures in nature which give us inspiration to synthesize artificial materials whose (nano-) structures are presently out of reach of the human imagination,” lead author Olivier Deparis tells a recent issue of the New Journal of Physics, the scientists explain what causes the vivid colors to change based on viewing angle. The beetles in the study (Chrysochroa vittata and Hoplia coerulea) have layers of materials with different thicknesses. When light waves reflect off the different layers at different depths, the light waves interfere. So when you look at a beetle, the color you see is due to the light’s reflection peak off not just one surface, but many surfaces combined. As your viewing angle increases from head-on to a side view, the reflectance peak shifts to shorter wavelengths. That’s why H. coerulea, for example, appears blue head-on, but violet (shorter wavelengths) from larger viewing angles.Nature’s iridescence is surprisingly diverse. Both beetles – and nearly all animals that exhibit iridescence – use the same bio-material called “chitin“ for achieving a high refractive index, and a combination of air or water for the low refractive index component. Yet, no two species display the same colors. While this great diversity was originally a surprise to scientists, researchers now know that the different layer thicknesses of different species can “tune” the animals’ colors, even if the materials are the same. As Deparis explains, nature’s diversity can offer many benefits for researchers looking to expand the abilities of man-made materials. Citation: Material Changes its Color, Depending on How You Look at It (2008, February 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from New type of glass inspired by nature is more resistant to impactscenter_img Explore further Looking at the metallic woodboring beetle head-on, the insect appears red. But viewing it from the side, the beetle starts to take on a greenish hue, and then turns completely green at an 80-degree angle. This color-changing feature is called iridescence, and scientists are taking notes from the beetle to design man-made iridescent materials. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

FiveDimensional DVD Could Hold Data of 30 Bluray Discs

first_imgRecorded with multiple dimensions of light and layers, a 5D DVD could have a data capacity of 1.6 terabytes. Image credit: James Chon/Swinburne University of Technology. Citation: Five-Dimensional DVD Could Hold Data of 30 Blu-ray Discs (2009, May 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further The researchers, led by microphotonics researcher James Chon from the Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn, Australia, have presented the new DVD high-density data storage technique in a recent issue of Nature. While scientists have been considering 3D optical data storage for a while, this is the first time data has been recorded and read in five dimensions: three dimensions of stacked layers, and two new dimensions of wavelength (color) and polarization.The new disc is made of three thin glass films stacked on top of each other, each coated with a solution containing gold nanorods of three different sizes. To record on the disc, the researchers focused a laser on the films, heating the nanorods so that they melted into spheres (marking the switch from 0 to 1). However, the rod-to-sphere transition depends on the wavelength and polarization of light. Nanotubes of the three different sizes absorb different wavelengths, and must be aligned with the direction of the light’s polarization to turn into spheres. These multiple variables mean that the same volume of space can hold multiple bits in multiple ways, the researchers explain. For instance, a space that responds to three different colors and two different polarizations can hold six bits. To read the bits, the researchers scanned the surface of the disc with a laser of lower energy but the same wavelength and polarization used during writing, identifying which areas had been previously melted with that light and which hadn’t. The researchers demonstrated the write and read technique on a small area of the disc, but predict that the disc could store 140 gigabytes of information per cubic centimeter. Since the volume of a typical DVD-sized disc was about 12 cm^3, the total data capacity would be 1.6 terabytes. Adding an extra dimension, say by using another polarization, could increase the storage capacity to 7.2 terabytes – about 140 times the capacity of a Blu-ray, which can store around 50 gigabytes. The researchers are currently working with Samsung on the technology, and hope that it could be commercially available in the next 5 to 10 years. However, commercializing the technology will be challenging. For instance, it might be difficult to read the disk quickly because the information is packed so densely. Also, the large, expensive titanium-sapphire femtosecond laser used in the study is not practical, although the researchers say that a cheaper laser diode could also work. More information: Peter Zijlstra, James W. M. Chon, and Min Gu. “Five-dimensional optical recording mediated by surface plasmons in gold nanorods.” Nature 459, 410-413 (21 May 2009), doi:10.1038/nature08053© 2009 ( — While many people think that Blu-ray will replace DVDs in the near future, a new study shows that DVDs may still have a lot to offer. Researchers have designed a five-dimensional DVD that can store 1.6 terabytes of data on a standard-size DVD, which is the equivalent of about 30 Blu-ray discs. The 5D DVDs could also be compatible with current DVD disc-drive technology. All your movies on a single DVD: studylast_img read more

Sweden wants Norways trash and lots of it

first_img Citation: Sweden wants Norway’s trash (and lots of it) (2012, October 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further The numbers are from Eurostat, which said only 1 percent of waste from Swedish households ends up in landfill, in contrast to 38 percent for European countries. In Sweden, some of its waste is either recycled or is composted. Sweden has turned to neighboring countries for their excess waste. Sweden is on an import drive of eight hundred thousand tons of trash from the rest of Europe per year to use in its power plants. Much of the import is coming from Norway. The waste is to satisfy Sweden’s Waste-to-Energy program, with the end goal of converting waste into heat and electricity. Norway is amenable to the agreement as exporting a portion of its trash is more economical than having to burn it. In the plan, toxic waste, ashes remaining from the incineration process, filled with polluting dioxins, will be returned to Norway.While tapping its European neighbors for their garbage might seem unusual, Sweden does not consider itself such an odd duck; rather, as a forward-thinker when it comes to energy efficiencies and the use of waste to supply people’s energy needs. For Sweden, burning garbage in incinerators generates district heating, where heat is distributed by pumping heated water into pipes through residential and commercial buildings. It also provides electricity for homes. Sweden’s strict standards limit emissions from waste incineration and most emissions have fallen considerably because of technical development and better waste sorting. Earlier this year, Catarina Ostlund, a senior advisor for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, said that in the future, waste will be valued even more. “Maybe you could sell your waste because there will be a shortage of resources within the world,” Ostlund said.Beyond Norway, Sweden eyes Bulgaria, Romania, Italy and the Baltic countries as possible options for garbage; they are countries that “landfill” a higher percentage of waste than Norway. “I hope that we instead will get the waste from Italy or from Romania or Bulgaria or the Baltic countries because they landfill a lot in these countries. They don’t have any incineration plants or recycling plants, so they need to find a solution for their waste,” she said. Plastic waste: better to burn? More information: … he-nation-10428.html. center_img © 2012 (—Sweden is hungry for trash and has turned to Norway for an offer it would find hard to refuse, no pun intended. Sweden is asking its neighbor for trash. Sweden’s success is Sweden’s problem. Sweden is a model recycler. Thanks to a highly efficient waste management system in Sweden, the vast majority of this household waste can be recovered or reused. As a result, Sweden has run short of garbage. Since it does not produce enough burnable waste for its energy needs, Sweden is suffering a downside to being such an enviable model of recycling. The average in Europe of trash that ends up as waste is 38 percent. Sweden’s is 1 percent. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Microsoft sends SkyDrive SDKs and IFTTT tiein to developers

first_img(—Microsoft has announced new tools for developers related to its SkyDrive file-sharing and cloud storage service—namely, SkyDrive SDKs for .NET and Windows Phone 8. SkyDrive is an important integrator for software and hardware coming out of the Microsoft universe; the new developer tools will push SkyDrive further into prominence. A Technology Evangelist for Microsoft, Jim O’Neil, said that the cloud serves up the “connection” experience and within Windows 8 that experience is not “bolted on.” Microsoft sees ‘rebirth’ with new Windows 8 system Citation: Microsoft sends SkyDrive SDKs and IFTTT tie-in to developers (2012, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: … … s-skydrive-sdks.aspx Explore furthercenter_img © 2012 He described SkyDrive as a “first-class citizen,” providing developers with “roaming storage that automatically handles the synchronization of application data across Windows 8 devices linked to a given user’s Microsoft account.”Microsoft watchers see the November 16 SDK announcement as a step in the right direction but they also see Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 as in for a tough ride, simply because these are new, and up against formidable competitors, Apple’s iOS and Android, with the latter two enjoying fully ripened ecosystems. The SDK kit move may ease and even shorten the otherwise bumpy ride.The big reason iPhone and Android users would be reluctant to try out new platforms from Microsoft would simply be that they see so many apps available for their present computing devices without trying any new platform. Microsoft so far offers less apps than their main rivals in their Windows Store. Microsoft’s recent announcement for developers, meanwhile, in addition to announcing new .NET and Windows Phone SDKs also announced IFTTT, DocuSign and SoundGecko integration.DocuSign is an electronic signature site. SoundGecko is a text-to-audio transcription service. When users link SoundGecko with SkyDrive, they get their MP3 audio transcriptions automatically uploaded to a SoundGecko folder in their SkyDrive account. A further enticement for developers is SkyDrive integration with the IFTTT service, with IFTTT standing for If This Then That. IFTTT says its mission is to enable everyone to create valuable connections between the services and devices used every day. “Think of all the things you could do if you were able to define any tasks as when something happens (this) then do something else (that).” IFTTT in turn allows social media services to work together.As for .NET SDK, there are two versions, client and server. The client SDK enables developers to build console, Windows Form or Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications for end users, to help in integrating SkyDrive with tasks. The server version relates to building ASP.NET Web sites and Web server components. Referring to the SDK for Windows Phone 8, Microsoft said it has provided a programming model by supporting the new Task < T > async pattern and dynamic keyword. With this, code can be moved easily between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 applications. The SDKs are available from . This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Field study suggests brain size in ants adheres to specialization hypothesis

first_imgAcacia ants (Pseudomyrmex ferruginea). Credit: Ryan Somma/Wikipedia. Scientists have noticed over the years that organisms that live in colonies tend to have larger brains when the colonies are larger, which has begged the question of whether it’s a colony wide phenomena (brain growth would be due to the need for maintaining social connections) or if it differs by group member specialization (because of a need to learn the skill involved)—the first has led to what is known as the Social Brain hypothesis (SBH), the latter the Task-Specialization hypothesis (TSH). In this latest effort, the researchers looked to find the answer, at least for one species, by traveling to Panama to study acacia ants—they live in the hollows of acacia trees. The ants made good study subjects because the size of their colonies varies. Also, prior research has shown that there are at least two kinds of jobs done by the ants, some workers hang around the base of the tree warding off predators while other workers forage on the leaves of the tree—thus there are two distinct classes of ants in any single colony, unless the colony is small—in that case worker ants are forced to perform both jobs.To find out which hypothesis might apply to the ants, the team ventured to the Parque Natural Metropolitano in Panamá City and studied the activity in 17 different colonies for three months, and also measuring the brains of 34 trunk ants and 29 leaf ants. They found that as the size of the colony increased, the size of the brains of the leaf ants grew as well (most particularly the regions responsible for memory and learning), but the brains of the trunk ants did not. Thus, it was clear that at least for acacia ants, brain size appears to adhere to TSH. © 2015 Citation: Field study suggests brain size in ants adheres to specialization hypothesis (2015, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—A small group of researchers working in conjunction with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama has found that for at least one type of ant, the specialization hypothesis appears to apply regarding brain size. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes their study of various sized ant colonies and ant brains, and what they learned in doing so. More information: Specialization and group size: brain and behavioural correlates of colony size in ants lacking morphological castes, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 7 January 2015. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2502 ABSTRACTGroup size in both multicellular organisms and animal societies can correlate with the degree of division of labour. For ants, the task specialization hypothesis (TSH) proposes that increased behavioural specialization enabled by larger group size corresponds to anatomical specialization of worker brains. Alternatively, the social brain hypothesis proposes that increased levels of social stimuli in larger colonies lead to enlarged brain regions in all workers, regardless of their task specialization. We tested these hypotheses in acacia ants (Pseudomyrmex spinicola), which exhibit behavioural but not morphological task specialization. In wild colonies, we marked, followed and tested ant workers involved in foraging tasks on the leaves (leaf-ants) and in defensive tasks on the host tree trunk (trunk-ants). Task specialization increased with colony size, especially in defensive tasks. The relationship between colony size and brain region volume was task-dependent, supporting the TSH. Specifically, as colony size increased, the relative size of regions within the mushroom bodies of the brain decreased in trunk-ants but increased in leaf-ants; those regions play important roles in learning and memory. Our findings suggest that workers specialized in defence may have reduced learning abilities relative to leaf-ants; these inferences remain to be tested. In societies with monomorphic workers, brain polymorphism enhanced by group size could be a mechanism by which division of labour is achieved.center_img Butterfly larvae mimic queen ant to avoid detection Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

KMC plans to set up mini pumping stations at four ghats in

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is planning to set up mini pumping stations at four ghats in the city. These mini pumping station with dewatering pumps will send the accumulated water on the road back to the river when there is waterlogging during the monsoon. The four ghats include Nimtala Ghat, Chandpal Ghat, Dilarjung Raod Ghat and Chandpal Ghat (adjacent to Millenium Park). The proposal for setting up these mini pumping stations has already been approved by the board of engineers and sent to Mayor Sovan Chatterjee for his final approval. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We have witnessed that waterlogging takes places in areas , which are adjacent to the river, during monsoons. This is because the lockgate of the river is closed for more than five hours during high tide and if there is heavy rain, the accumulated water cannot drain into the river. The dewatering pumps will be used to channelise this water back into the river,” a senior official of KMC’s drainage department said.There are presently 18 lockgates connected to the river as well as the Tolly Nullah popularly known as Adi Ganga which is closed two hours prior to the time of high tide and is opened again two hours after the completion Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedof the high tide.”We will first examine the effectiveness of these dewatering pumps and go forward in developing the infrastructure at every points where there are lockgates in the city,” the official said.It may be mentioned that the efforts taken by the KMC’s drainage department has brought about a noticeable improvement in the condition of the city during monsoons. There has been a constant upgrade of technology and setting up of infrastructure for a complete overhaul of the drainage system.Mayor Sovan Chatterjee claims that the situation in Kolkata during monsoons is far better than cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Nagpur, Ahmedabad etc. “Even when there is rainfall above 120 mm, there was accumulation of water in some pockets but water drained out at a very rapid pace,” an official of KMC’s drainage department said.last_img read more

WB govt working on ease of delivering services Sen

first_imgKolkata: After winning laurels from the World Bank on ease of doing business, the West Bengal government was now trying to create ease of delivering services, additional chief secretary, IT and Electronics department, Debashis Sen said on Wednesday. “West Bengal is now among top 10 states in India on ease of doing business as notified by the World Bank. The state is now working on ease of delivering services”, Sen said at the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce here. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose He said the state government was also laying emphasis on blockchain, artificial intelligence, internet of things and quantum computing as well. “Ease of delivering services will be done using technology with minimal touch points with the government”, Sen said. Methods of government procurement is also going to change in a big way by promoting competition, the additional chief secretary said. West Bengal has also earmarked 200 acres for setting up a silicon valley hub, he said.last_img read more

When Padma Shri danseuse enthralled Delhi

first_imgA performer, educator, choreographer, arts administrator, author and a cultural visionary; when Prathibha Prahlad performs, the viewers are left spell-bounded. Recently, the Padma Shri awardee did the same magic when she dedicated her performance to Lord Krishna at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre. The first performance was, ‘Vande Vasudevam’, which described the beauty of Vishnu ‘s face and form. The velour of this beautiful God who rides the Garuda, and killed the crocodile who tried to pull in Kariraja – the brave elephant, were depicted by Prahlad in every expression and move. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe second performance was ‘Saama Gana’ – this piece with rhythmic interludes elaborates on the birth of Krishna in Kansa’s prison and his father Vasudeva taking him in the middle of the night to Gokula and leaving him at Nanda’s place.The third performance by Prahlad was ‘Kaun Radhika – Darbari Raga /Adi Tala Rukmini’. Krishna’s wife wonders who Radhika was and why Krishna was so enamoured with her. Fourth performance was ‘Mangalam – Jo Mukunda’ – a lilting lullaby putting child Krishna to sleep. On this occasion, Carnatic vocalist and composer Sudha Raghuraman were on vocal, G. Raghuraman was on flute, Tanjavur Kesavan was on Nattuvangam and MV Chandrashekar was on mridangam.last_img read more

Man held by Cyber Crime police for duping of Rs 14L

first_imgKolkata: A person identified as Nepal Mondal of Swarupnagar in North 24-Parganas has been arrested at the Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station for allegedly duping a person in the name of providing companions for friendship.The complainant identified as Rafiqul Islam of Kaliachak in Malda was duped during the year 2017. On September 12 in 2017, Islam approached the Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station and stated that he has been duped of Rs 1.4 lakh by some people. He informed he had received some SMS from a bulk SMS service provider’s number stating that they would arrange companions for friendship. It was mentioned in the SMS that the customer will also get the chance to earn good amount of money. Also, a website address was also provided ( Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIslam contacted on the mobile number given in the SMS. According to Islam, a lady picked up his call and identified herself as Mini. She provided Islam another mobile number on which he used to call. He alleged that after he was convinced about the friendship, the said woman allegedly asked Islam to provide money, unless she will not interact. Initially Islam gave some money to a bank account number, which was given by the woman. But as the process continued in phases, Islam credited Rs 1.4 lakh total in three phases. Later, he realised that he has been duped and approached the police. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAs Islam did not called the woman for quite a few days, the accused persons smelled something fishy and switched off all the mobile phones. Thus, the police was not able to trace them since the complaint was lodged. But, all the mobile numbers were being placed in the tracking system. A few days ago, police officers saw that a mobile handset has been activated. Immediately while searching for the address, sleuths came up with Mondal’s name. On Wednesday, Mondal was arrested from his home in Swarupnagar.last_img read more

How to match right footwear with right outfit this monsoon

first_imgMonsoon is a gloomy time of the year that is generally a threat to all the fashion fun. Matching a right footwear adds to the dilemma. From light material to light shoes and from rich hues to comfortable feet, experts suggest ways to give this monsoon season a fashionable twist.Experts list down ways to look fashionable this monsoon.4Gold foil prints with strapy sandals: Monsoon season calls for light material and pastel shades, and if you add a touch of shimmer with beautiful gold foil prints on your pastel coloured kurtas, you’re effortlessly ready for the monsoon. You can chose from a variety of colours like turquoise, dust pink, teal blue or bright pink. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs for your feet, prefer wearing flats or platform heals instead off pencil heel to avoid slipping and other walking discomfort due to mud and puddles during the monsoon season. So pair your gold foil printed kurtis with strappy flat sandals and it would definitely ace up your style game.4Vibrant colours to make gloomy days exciting: you can change the fashion game by bringing in all the vibrant and exciting colours out of the wardrobe. Vibrant colour outfits would instantly add up to your entire look without having to do much accessorising, just team it with your pair of ballerina shoes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Layering especially quilted jackets: Mix and match works wonders and this monsoon calls for some mixing and matching of different colours and prints. Why always go for the boring light shades and dull layering? Put some maroon slim pants with a black indie top and to layer it up some ethnic print quilted jacket for a boho chic vibe even in monsoon. Buy some bright hues to cover your monsoon blues. Team up your outfit with a pair of clogs or a pair of cute flip flop during monsoon which can never go out offashion.last_img read more

Polls conclude peacefully in Kolkata North South Rahul Sinha Babul Supriyo face

first_imgKolkata: Voting in the parliamentary constituencies of Kolkata North and Kolkata South concluded peacefully, with the exception of BJP’s North Kolkata candidate Rahul Sinha and BJP leader Babul Supriyo facing agitation from Trinamool congress supporters because of their alleged ‘overactive behavior’.Sinha was greeted with ‘Chor Hai’ slogan at KG Basu Sarani in Tiljala under the Entally Assembly constituency, where he went and complained about proxy voting to the presiding officer at booth number 176 and 177. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs Sinha came out of the booth, some voters who were waiting at the queue to exercise their franchise alleged that Sinha’s intervention is causing unnecessary delay in the election process and some Trinamool Congress supporters started shouting slogans. Subsequently, Sinha wasted no time and left the spot. BJP leader Babul Supriyo was also greeted with ‘Go Back’ slogan after he alleged proxy voting while standing in the queue for voting at Aryakanya Maha Bidyalaya at Bidhan Sarani under Jorasanko Assembly constituency. Supriyo, who had contested on BJP’s ticket from the Asansol Lok Sabha seat, is a voter of the Jorasanko area. Local leadership of Trinamool Congress alleged that the BJP leader was misguiding voters with his claims of proxy voting. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMeanwhile, there was a stray incident of bombing reported from Rabindra Sarani area in Girish Park, in which one Ajay Singh sustained a minor splinter injury in his foot. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated and discharged. Local residents alleged that two persons had come on a motorcycle and hurled two bombs. A quick response team immediately reached the spot and ensured that people in the area did not get panic stricken because of the act. EVM glitches in a number of booths in both North and South Kolkata also caused some delay in polling at some booths. EVM malfunctioning was reported from two booths at Rabindra Bharati University, one booth at Moyrapara area in Cossipore and a single booth at Amherst Street City College. Voting in Kolkata South constituency was peaceful, apart from a number of EVM glitches. Mala Roy, the Trinamool candidate from the constituency, was allegedly stopped from entering a booth at Mudiali area in Tollygunge. Later, the presiding officer in the booth intervened and the situation was normalised. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee voted at around 3.30 pm at Mitra Institution in Bhowanipore. Party candidate from Diamond Harbour constituency Abhishek Banerjee, who also voted at Mitra Institution earlier in the day, said that even God cannot save Modi from losing the Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

GoogleOwned Nest Buys Dropcam a HomeMonitoring Startup for 555 Million

first_imgJune 23, 2014 2 min read Nest Labs, which manufactures digital thermostats and smoke detectors, has purchased Dropcam, a creator of home-monitoring cameras, for $555 million in cash.Signaling that the connected home industry is rife with potential, the deal follows Google’s acquisition of Nest itself for $3.2 billion in January.Though Nest is owned by Google, it is undertaking the acquisition on its own, reports Recode. Dropcam will be folded into Nest’s corporate ethos, and will also be subject to its privacy policies — which state that customer data will never be shared without permission. Like Nest, Dropcam will also operate an ad-free business model. The Dropcam team will relocate from San Francisco to Nest’s offices in Palo Alto, Calif. Related: Meet the Man Leading the Connected-Home RevolutionIn blog posts confirming the purchase, both companies extolled the synchronicity of the deal. While Nest said that both companies “create products that change how people interact with their homes,” Dropcam CEO Greg Duffy called the two ventures “kindred spirits.”Dropcam, a cloud-based video streaming service founded in 2009, currently vends two camera models, a motion sensor device and charges monthly or yearly fees for cloud video storage. Its aim is to enable users to monitor their homes with footage that can be viewed through a web app or via smartphones in real time.Falling under the Google umbrella, Dropcam represents the latest foray by the search giant into an ever-expanding realm of smart products, which already includes televisions, glasses, watches and cars.Related: Google: In a Few Years, Ads Will Show Up on Refrigerators, Thermostats and Glasses Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

How One Startup Wants to Solve an Insane Problem for a 400

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » May 27, 2015 This story originally appeared on Business Insider Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Back in 2001, Andy Wilson and Sheng Yang were working at a Washington, D.C., print shop frequented by law firms, banks, and real-estate firms.They specialized in helping lawyers with what legal types call “discovery,” or the process of sifting through emails and documents to find things relevant to the case at hand.At that point, discovery was done by literally printing out every potentially relevant email for attorneys to sift through.That print shop got tapped to print the emails for the landmark 2001 Microsoft antitrust case.Wilson recalls printing out piles and piles of Bill Gates’ and Steve Ballmer’s emails, boxing them up, putting them on trucks, and delivering them to the courthouse, where as many as 300 attorneys would be searching them for anything relevant to the case.”This is ridiculous,” Wilson recalls saying to Yang not long after. “Let’s start a company.”The result was Logikcull, which is trying to make electronic discovery (eDiscovery) cheaper and available to smaller firms.It seems to be a smart move. Law is a $400 billion industry in the US alone, according to some estimates.Right now, eDiscovery can account for as much as 70% of the cost of any legal action or lawsuit — for a lawsuit that costs a litigant $2.5 million, as much as $1.75 million of that can go toward discovery. Law firms often spend as much as $100,000 a month on eDiscovery, and one analyst in 2012 found the average cost was about $18,000 per gigabyte.”EDiscovery sucks,” Wilson says. “It’s an insanely inefficient process that would drive any normal human insane.”The way you pay for eDiscovery software from legacy vendors like HP Autonomy and Symantec involves a lot of nickel-and-diming, Wilson said.First you pay for the eDiscovery software itself. Then you pay to have your data processed. Then you pay to keep your files in the system until the case is resolved — which can take years.Even once those documents are in the eDiscovery software, it usually goes into “really s—-y databases,” Wilson says. You can search by keyword, or by column heading, but you can’t do a lot of deep searching. And usually you could access the database only from a Windows computer running an outdated version of Internet Explorer, if you could get to it from the browser at all.Logikcull pricing starts at a flat $2,000 monthly fee for four cases, with 50 gigabytes of uploading per month included and $30/GB after that.That may seem expensive, but remember that it’s still a lot less than that $18,000-per-gigabyte average from other vendors. Wilson says it can save law firms as much as 80% on their litigation costs. And the emails themselves get tagged and categorized automatically by things like date or topic so attorneys can find what they’re looking for much faster.The idea, Wilson says, is that lower eDiscovery costs bring down the total cost of litigation, meaning smaller firms can afford to take bigger cases. It evens the scales a little bit, Wilson says.A 2nd crack at the problemLogikcull got its start as, which launched in 2004. Being based in Washington, D.C., found itself tapped for cases ranging from the subprime-mortgage crisis to white-collar crime.Charging $2,500 a gigabyte, took in $4.5 million in revenue and $3 million in profit every year between 2004 and 2009 — with only seven employees.When the Great Recession hit, found that a lot of its business dried up. And so Wilson and team reinvested most of that profit in a second version of the product, without the need for venture financing: Logikcull, released in 2013.Even without outside investment, Logikcull was able to hire the experts it needed to develop a browser-based, computer-plus-smartphone software solution and was able to build its own data center to support it.Two months ago, in March, Logikcull took in its first round of venture-capital financing, a $4.5 million seed round led by Storm Ventures. Logikcull was making money, Wilson says, but wanted the investment so it could afford to take more risks with the business. Today Logikcull has just over 20 employees.”You go from survivor mode to growth mode,” Wilson says. 4 min readlast_img read more

Is This the Biggest Advancement in Diabetes Management Since the Insulin Pump

first_img Diagnosed at age 2 with Type 1 diabetes, Kayla Wilson had to suffer through four shots per day of the insulin her pancreas was unable to produce. The insulin pump she got at age 7 was a godsend. The connection needed to be reinserted only every few days, and the pump helped keep her blood sugar steady by distributing insulin slowly.“My first insulin pump changed my life,” she says. “When I decided to do bioengineering, I figured I’d go design an insulin pump.”But during her studies at South Carolina’s Clemson University, her advisor, associate professor Delphine Dean, guided her toward the problem of impoverished people who cannot afford basic diabetes care. Worldwide, 347 million people suffer from diabetes. Roughly 1.5 million die from the disease each year, 80 percent of them in low- or middle-income countries where patients cannot afford a daily supply of roughly five test strips, which retail for about $1 each.These strips are chemically treated paper that, when inserted into an electronic glucose monitor, assess the amount of sugar in a pinprick of blood. So Wilson developed an ultra-low-cost test process called Glucosense, in which an inkjet printer dispenses enzymes onto inexpensive filter paper. Last year, with Dean onboard as technical adviser, she launched a company, Accessible Diagnostics, to market it. Wilson is the CTO, even as she works on her doctoral project: a low-cost form of the reliable diabetes A1C diagnostic test.Wilson’s inspiration came on research trips to clinics in rural Tanzania, where glucose monitors were a rarity. One doctor had paid for one himself, but was forced to make diagnoses based on a single blood-sugar reading — which can be easily skewed by variables like temperature, humidity and diet.Back in her lab in South Carolina, Wilson was able to bring her costs down to where she could offer test strips for about 5 cents apiece by printing enzymes onto absorbent paper like that used in coffee filters. When exposed to blood, Wilson’s strip turns varied shades of blue corresponding to blood-sugar levels; this “visible strip” can be read with the naked eye rather than an electronic monitor.At a networking event at Clemson, Wilson attracted the interest of John Warner, whose Greenville, S.C., firm Concepts to Companies, launched in 2014, aims to partner with academic researchers to launch startups. Warner and partner Brian McSharry would eventually commit $500,000 to Accessible Diagnostics and take key advisory roles.Warner — a serial entrepreneur who began launching and financing retail, restaurant and telecom companies in the ’90s — applied his expertise to overhaul the business model. The original plan was for clinics to print strips using an off-the-shelf inkjet printer, but there were concerns that the DIY strips would not be medically reliable. “[Wilson’s] assignment was to solve a bioengineering problem, which is what she did,” Warner says. “I looked at that and said we have to solve distribution — can we get fresh strips sent there?”So Warner hired a logistics consultant, who figured out how to ship pre-printed strips to clinics in India, Africa and Latin America.Accessible Diagnostics is submitting its materials for FDA approval this month; the process is expected to take about 18 months. Meanwhile, the team is working on an app that would even more accurately interpret the shades of blue that appear on the strip.In addition to helping diabetics in need, the company has solid financial goals. Warner aims to follow the example of the discount store Dollar General in targeting the low-income market. “Business models built around low-end markets can be very significant and profitable,” he says. “It’s not a problem Johnson & Johnson can’t solve; it’s one they choose not to solve, because it’s not the most profitable part of the market.”  Register Now » This story appears in the January 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » January 4, 2016 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Doctors Use Virtual Reality to Map Patients Brain During Surgery

first_img 2 min read Virtual reality is becoming increasingly useful when it comes to the medical field, and doctors in France have taken notice.At Angers University Hospital in western France, physicians used a VR headset to map a patient’s brain during surgery to remove a tumor late last month. The patient was conscious during the procedure (a common practice) in which doctors used a virtual environment to map zones of the brain. Until now, said mapping and monitoring neural connections in certain areas weren’t easily acheived in the operating room.”By totally controlling what the patient sees and hears, we can put him in situations that allow us to do tests on certain connections that were not possible before,” neurosurgeon Philippe Menei explained.In this particular case, it was important for doctors to carefully monitor the patient’s vision as the tumor had already sight in one eye. To keep tabs the brain’s reactions, the surgical team created a virtual environment without a single point of focus, choosing instead to employ “luminous objects” in the patients peripheral vision.The results were positive as the patient’s sight remains intact in the weeks following surgery despite the tumor’s location. In fact, the doctors are planning to use the setup in the future for similar cases where tumors are impacting the region of the brain that controls sight. This story originally appeared on Engadget February 18, 2016 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

5 Tips for Managing the Digital Workforce of Your Startup

first_img Just when you think you’ve got a grip on today’s tech evolution, you look up to find the modern-day workforce — including the most effective ways of leading it — has changed as well. Today’s business managers are dealing with a double revolution. There’s a digital transformation changing how we work and an influx of generational young’uns who think, act and expect completely different things from those who lead them. It doesn’t matter if your employees are working from your company’s bullpen, their couch or a train traveling from Paris to London. The truth is that you need a unified method of hiring, inspiring and retaining the best and brightest if you want your company to grow.Related: Employee Rentention: Why it Remains a Daunting Task at Startups The good news is that as a start-up, your company is younger, more nimble and more adaptable than many of the lagging giants in your respective industry. If there’s anyone primed to take on the world of contingent digital workers, it’s you. Still, that doesn’t mean the roadmap is a clear and simple one. Below are five tips for growing your business in the midst of global change.1. Know what works — and what doesn’t.In today’s digital economy, traditional leadership style is out. It doesn’t matter if you earned your degree from Harvard or Wharton — micro-management, power games and siloed leadership will never win in today’s free-loving, free-flowing world. Nowadays, employees favor freedom over structure. They want the flexibility to pursue outside passions and income streams and the chance to play a meaningful role in a place they feel good about. If you’re not onboard, you’re going to struggle finding, and keeping, the employees you truly need.Indeed, research shows that an employee’s intent to stay increases 15 percent when rewarded with things that make life easier, like the flexibility of working from home. (Any parent knows the thrill of being able to start laundry or dinner while responding to emails or waiting for a conference call). Do not underestimate the productivity and loyalty of a happy employee, especially when today’s technology is aiding, and expediting, the process.2. Let them grow. I recently read the speed and insight gained from technology are giving our best employees more time to take on new responsibilities and become even more important resources in decision-making and management. Let them make the most of it. The digital generation places high value on personal growth. After all, they’re not stupid. They know their job could be completely different — or eliminated altogether — come their next homeroom meeting. As such, they’re willing and able to wear multiple hats, just like you, if given the opportunity. Offer ongoing training opportunities, and take time to know their strengths so you can utilize them when times change. And they will.Related: Thanks to These 3 Values, This Startup Has Shockingly Low Turnover3. Get creative with organizational structure. I guarantee you this — nothing will make savvy employees jump ship faster than finding exhausting approval processes, redundant staffing and teammates who are unaware and unprepared for the work they want to accomplish. Keep your employees inspired by eliminating silos and structuring your company in a way that more closely resembles the movement of information and action within your market. This will encourage strong collaboration, productivity and improve your bottom line.4. Get on board with BYOD.From smart phones, tablets and computers to software and security updates, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with every tech trend on the digital horizon. Allowing employees to utilize their own devices via cloud computing and remote networking will enhance work speed and accessibility — and save you money. Just be careful. Know your security risks before allowing an influx of external devices onto your network.Related: How to Give Millennials the Employee Development They Want5. Never stop communicating.Yes, open floor plans, electric plug-in stations and fancy gadgets could impress prospective employees, but they won’t necessarily make your workers more efficient or productive. At the end of the day, people are still people. There’s no digital transformation on earth that can change that. Focus on labor platforms that truly invite connection, rather than anonymization. Take time to get to know your employees’ passions, gifts and pain points. And understand, as surely as the sun is shining, communication is still central to helping your brightest employees grow — right along with your company. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 2, 2017 4 min readlast_img read more

5 Ways to Make AI Work for Your Organization

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Artifical Intelligence is a divisive topic, with both advocates and skeptics dominating the headlines. Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have warned about AI’s destructive potential, while others have more grounded concerns relating to automation and jobs. Hysteria and hyperbole tend to surround anything new, but CEOs and organizational leaders across industries have the opportunity to take a levelheaded approach to AI and its potential.The technology is  somewhat nascent. Although the future remains hazy, investing in education is the smart play. Companies need to better understand AI’s potential if their leaders hope to stay ahead of the game. Here are five ways you can apply a similarly measured approach and ensure your organizaton is well-positioned for the future.1. Invest in AI-related research and innovation.The AI field has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, but its real tangibility remains unclear. Still, this shouldn’t deter companies from forging ahead and finding approriate uses for AI. Indeed, gaining a first-mover advantage can be worth the cost of investing in research and development.According to the McKinsey Global Institute, technology mainstays such as Google and Baidu invested between $20 and $30 billion in AI during 2016, with 90 percent of those figures channeled directly into R&D. Startups also saw the signs, devoting $6 to $9 billion to AI research. More important, at least 20 percent of AI-aware firms reported themselves as early adopters.AI has made a significant difference in several clear-cut use cases. Motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson improved lead generation by 2,930 percent in the three months after it implemented an AI-based marketing system named Albert. Other companies are showing strong results for AI and machine learning — particularly when it comes to generating actionable business insights and boosting sales.Related: How Do You Bring Innovation to Market?Nearly 80 percent of companies incorporating AI solutions have benefited from better insights and analysis, according to Capgemini’s State of AI Survey for 2017. AI also enabled JP Morgan’s legal team, which reportedly spends hundreds of thousands of hours studying deals, to analyze thousands of documents in seconds while significantly reducing errors.Research’s goal is finding applicable-use cases, then adapting AI technology to serve the company’s need. Implementing AI for adoption’s sake never should be the norm. That route rarely leads to true operational improvements.  2. Use AI as intended: to complement, not replace. One of the largest fears surrounding AI is that the technology will depreciate the value of human capital. The argument follows this logic: AI leads to automation and reduces the need for costly human labor because machines can perform the same functions with higher efficiency and less expense.While compelling, this argument is somewhat flawed. The same Capgemini study found the majority of companies surveyed saw increases in job opportunities alongside improved efficiency and service. Understanding how AI can complement a company’s operations is far more productive than worrying about how it will destroy the labor force.Related: 3 Reasons Automation Won’t Replace the CFOMoreover, most AI technologies still are limited relative to human capability in several areas. For best results, companies should create systems that highlight the strengths of each. KLM, for example, implemented an AI-assisted customer-service model. The system uses AI to interpret inquiries through the company’s communication channels and offer potential responses to agents, cutting down wait times and improving passengers’ overall satisfaction.Others, such as China Merchants Bank, have replaced front-line support with AI-enabled chatbots that can resolve most basic queries. This gives support staff greater time to focus on customers with bigger, more complex problems. The lesson learned? Adapt AI technologies to fit areas of real need and find sectors in which technology can help people do their jobs better. In the process, companies effectively will streamline operations.3. Educate yourself and your team.Innovation and new technology always come with a knowledge gap. While early adopters are learning, the mainstream tends to be several steps behind. A joint survey from BCG and MIT’s Sloan Management Review found that leaders in most industries believe AI technology will have a significant impact during the next five years. Companies are beginning to realize the potential for AI-based platforms and the ever-increasing need to be informed. BCG and Sloan reported that 83 percent of respondents viewed AI as a strategic opportunity for expansion.For most, developing a high-level technical knowledge of AI is not entirely necessary. What is critical, though, is understanding the technology enough to recognize its potential implications. Executives should be aware of AI essentials, such as how programs learn from data, how AI systems can be integrated into every-day operations and how investing in innovation could better position companies for future competition.At the same time, leaders constantly should scrutinize their workforces to find areas in which AI implementation could improve operations and offer tangible gains. Employees should be trained and educated in AI via online courses, certifications and similar programs designed to help them prepare for the impending proliferation of AI technology.Related: 5 Ways Small-Business Owners Can Benefit From Artificial Intelligence Today4. Create new jobs to manage AI fields.Some claim that engineers and other highly technical professions will be hit hardest by the evolving AI boom. However, expert studies and industry trends suggest otherwise. While technological revolutions may cause job losses in the beginning, these advances offer a long-term balance: new jobs and fields to handle the work.  To remain relevant, AI-aware firms should start shifting jobs and available opportunities toward a paradigm that complements the new technological direction. AI can replace many lower-level tasks required in day-to-day operations — data analysis and marketing among them — but these systems still will require monitoring and constant adaptation.It’s crucial to create these jobs across companies and not solely in technology-related departments. System maintenance is vital, but understanding the application of AI systems is a broader question. It requires several departments to identify a relevant use case and ensure smooth adoption.Related: Learning to Work With Robots Is How You Can Save Your Job5. Keep the ‘human’ in HR.AI is evolving and constantly finding new uses, and leaders always should strive for a sense of balance in how these strategies are implemented. Automation might seem favorable in all cases, but some fields require a less analytical, human touch. General Human Resources, for example, requires analytical skills but also the capacity to be emotionally available when responding to employees’ needs and concerns.Though machines can handle one aspect of the HR job description, employees feel more comfortable and heard when another human is present. AI will remain valuable in areas such as payroll, recruitment, understanding employee efficiency and allocating labor. But AI never will fully replace your HR department. While focusing on analytics alone will result in unhappier employees, forward-thinking companies already are using AI to give their HR staff members tools to do their jobs better.  Related: The Power of Genuine Human Touch in EntrepreneurshipDespite the uncertainty surrounding the field, one thing is for certain: AI will keep expanding. Successful case studies and breakthroughs showcase the technology’s potential and sustainability. In the face of this new wave, companies are well-advised to continue creating, discovering and innovating to become forerunners in AI implementation. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 1, 2017last_img read more

3 Ways Digital Adoption Can Make You a Better Business Leader

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. November 26, 2018 Enroll Now for Free Digital transformation has been a buzzword in recent years. Many cite it as a pathway to the future of business, while others view it more as a necessary evil in today’s data-driven work environment — one that could eventually be devoid of human intelligence.While neither of these opinions are necessarily right or wrong, the truth we can all agree on is that digital transformation is occurring. According to IDG’s 2018 report, 89 percent of today’s businesses are making digital strategies their top priority.  For starters, let’s define digital adoption. Digital adoption refers to achieving a state in which people reach the capability to use digital tools to their fullest extent. Take the evolution of the telephone for example. A tool originally designed to make and receive calls has turned into a pocket-sized computer. Each year, an improved model comes out with a plethora of new bells and whistles. And every year, consumers adopt the latest device. Related: Everyone Is Talking About the Future of Work. Here Are 4 Ways to Take Your Company Into the Future Now.Digital transformation, on the other hand, refers to the efforts needed to rewire the entirety of operations across an organization — in accordance with the constantly-evolving digital world. In order for this to work, a successful approach to digital adoption is crucial. As more and more companies begin to realize that digital adoption can make or break modern organizations, the need for cohesive leadership in this process will be greater than ever. There cannot be digital transformation in any industry without leaders who have mastered the ins and outs of digital adoption and are able to help others do the same. Here are three reasons why digital adoption is essential for strong leadership in today’s business world.1. Tomorrow’s leaders need to be prepared for digital adoption.Referring back to the IDG report, the findings prove that digital adoption is already occurring within the majority of businesses. Most companies these days have integrated technology into more than one of their top strategies, with the most common systems of digital adoption being big data analytics and mobile technology, along with cloud computing and APIs. Since digital transformation is clearly the future, businesses that fail to establish a good digital adoption strategy will soon be left behind. Leaders will need to step up and understand the important role that they play in supporting a tech-centric culture that actively embraces digital transformation. In order to become an effective leader in any digital transformation, it is critical that you do everything in your power to stay updated with this ever-changing field. Start by keeping up with influencers in the tech industry, such as Isaac Sacolick, CIO of StarCIO, who runs a digital transformation blog. Or check out The Edge podcast that is hosted by Michael Krigsman. Encourage others in your organization to follow in your footsteps to create the kind of business culture that embraces change. This can be done in several ways, such as offering opportunities to participate in continued education courses on digital practices, or allowing employees to attend relevant conventions on the subject.  Having cutting-edge technology is becoming a necessity in today’s data-driven business climate. That said, your ability to understand the implications of adoption and the best ways to implement it is crucial. The CEOs and executives of tomorrow will need to be highly knowledgeable in the ways that lead to innovation and progress. Furthermore, they will also need to lead others as they adapt to new technology. Technological familiarity and training is going to be more than just a nice addition on the resume for future business leaders; it will be one of the most basic requirements. It is essential for leadership to keep up with the latest strategies and approaches in the tech takeover. Related: Why Entrepreneurs Today Should Think About Transformation, Not Disruption2. Digital adoption allows you to better understand your customers.A “customer first” approach is what sets the great businesses apart from the good ones. The reason why Apple became the first trillion-dollar business is their leaders knew the importance of listening to what their customers wanted. Steve Jobs and Tim Cook understood that customers wanted powerful yet simple interfaces that were as functional as they were beautiful, which is why so many of their customers are fiercely loyal to their brand.The age-old question that businesses have sought to answer is how to give their customers what they want. Although some may argue that technology is removing the humanity from the business world, it is clear that computer systems are helping us understand people’s motivations, desires and behavioral patterns better than ever before. Digital adoption can help companies go even deeper into their customer profiles to create smarter strategies that boost revenue. For instance, big data analytics are solving huge issues that advertisers faced in the past and allowing them to optimize customer targeting for more strategic campaigns.For instance, Coca-Cola already has some of the most loyal customers around. But, even they have seen significant benefits from digital adoption in their marketing efforts. In 2015, the brand sought to boost customer retention even more by creating a digital-led loyalty program. By collecting and analyzing loads of consumer behavioral data through a rewards system, Coca-Cola was able to build highly targeted content that was relevant for different audiences. The results included increased customer retention, loyalty rates and more effective upsells. An organization that doesn’t know who their customers are, what they want or how best to serve them will always struggle to capture conversions. But leaders who understand how to best use digital tech to get into the mind of their target consumer will be able to guide their teams towards smarter practices that provide customers with the exact experiences they want.3. Embracing change leads to further innovation.With the ability to pick and choose the ideal tech solutions, business leaders can find new ways to grow and change for the better. According to a report by Forbes and VMWare, digitally empowered employees are significantly more productive and make smarter decisions in a shorter amount of time — thanks to technology. Furthermore, a digitally driven workplace has employee satisfaction rates that are nearly four times higher than traditional companies, proving that adapting to the changing digital world is one of the smartest moves a business can make. Many digital systems and processes are still relatively new, and technology is consistently changing and improving all the time. There are countless ways that businesses are using this kind of technology. From data security for IT teams, to road mapping marketing strategies, to keeping an eye on internal operations, modern businesses have options to select the digital platforms that suit their exact needs. Due to the fact that digitally-forward organizations are able to accomplish more in less time, leaders who push for digital adoption can practically ensure that their business will find ways to remain innovative and creative. A business leader who understands digital adoption — as well as the best strategies and approaches to apply it within the business — will be able to cultivate a culture of innovation. As employees become more comfortable with digital approaches, there is no doubt that they will find new ways to use these programs for faster results that lead them towards true digital transformation.Related: Does Your Business Need a Digital Transformation?Conclusion.The benefits of adopting more digital tech are pretty clear in terms of business outcomes. Smarter analytic reporting supports smarter strategies and decision making, which leads to better profits. Becoming more comfortable and familiar with digital transformation can help create better leaders for the business world of tomorrow. But, true digital transformation is about far more than just utilizing technology in day-to-day practices to increase productivity and profitability — though these are obviously clear benefits. The bottom line is that digital transformation will fail without effective digital adoption and strong leadership. This concept applies to businesses of all shapes and sizes that work to leverage digital tools. Understanding the finer details of adoption can help you on your journey to becoming a better business leader and allow you to guide your organization into the future.last_img read more

Best HP EliteBook Laptops 2019

first_imgWhether you’re an IT manager or an enterprise user wanting to upgrade your gear, HP has you covered with its EliteBook business laptops. But figuring out which one to spend your hard-earned money on is no easy task. After all, these machines have a lot in common, including sleek aluminum designs, excellent keyboards and tons of security features, like an optional Sure View display and a sliding webcam cover.But fear not, we’ve ranked the top EliteBook laptops to help you decide the one best for you. And once you nab your very own EliteBook, you can check out our 5 essential HP EliteBook accessories.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 HP EliteBooks Compared: Which Business Laptop Is Best? Phillip Tracy, Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. 1of 4Best for Most People: HP EliteBook 840 G5 Pros: The 14-inch Elitebook 840 G5 offers just about everything you could ask for in a business notebook, starting with its classy, sleek design. The laptop’s aluminum clamshell chassis is relatively thin, at 0.7 inches, and weighs just 3.4 pounds, making it easy to slide into a bag and use on a long flight. Don’t worry about packing an external power brick; the Elitebook 840 G5 endured for 8 hours and 31 minutes on our battery test.Assigned a report on a deadline? Then you’ll appreciate the EliteBook 840 G5’s outstanding keyboard, which is comfortable to use even during long typing sessions. And if you work better with tunes playing in the background, the 840 G5’s Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers pump out sweet audio.With up to a Core i7-8650U CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and an AMD Radeon RX540 (2GB of VRAM) GPU, the Elitebook 840 G5 offers plenty of power to run the most demanding programs.Regarding security and durability, the EliteBook 840 G5 is well-armed. The optional features you can add to its MIL-SPEC-tested chassis include an IR camera for Windows Hello login, Intel vPro for remote management and a blindingly bright Sure View display, which has a built-in privacy filter that hides your screen from anyone who isn’t standing directly in front of it. Also available on the 840 G5 are a fingerprint sensor, a sliding webcam cover and useful software like HP Sure Recover, which can reimage your PC even if its hard drive gets wiped.Cons: Business users rely on webcams for video conferencing more than anyone else, so it’s a shame that the EliteBook 840 G5’s camera captures blurry video. A quick fix for that is to purchase an external webcam. But that means hauling around another component that takes up one of the 840 G5’s two USB Type-A ports.If you want a colorful display, then you’ll want to upgrade from the 1080p base panel, which covers a measly 70 percent of the sRGB color gamut (compared with the 119 percent from the privacy display). Furthermore, the budget-friendly panel reaches only 217 nits of maximum brightness, which is nearly 100 nits below the category average (305 nits).Key Specs — CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8650U | GPU: UHD Graphics 620/AMD Radeon RX540 | RAM/Storage: Up to 32GB/Up to 1TB | Display Size/Resolution: 14-inch/1080p | Size/Weight: 12.8 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches/3.4 poundsHP EliteBook 840 G5 Review » From $979.00 HP Elitebook 840 G5 deals?US$890ViewUS$1,299.99ViewUS$1,345ViewUS$1,449US$1,373.17ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by PREVIOUS1of 4NEXT2of 4Best Convertible: HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 Pros: If you prefer to take handwritten notes or sketches, then go with the EliteBook x360 1030 G3, one of the best business 2-in-1s on the market. The EliteBook x360 1030 G3 offers a lot of the same things we love about the clamshell 840 G5 — military-grade durability, an excellent keyboard and powerful audio — but packs them into a flexible chassis.With its versatile hinge, the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 can fold back into a tablet or flip into tent mode so you can hide the keyboard when presenting slideshows or streaming movies. A stylus is included with the x360 1030 G3, so you don’t have to put your fingerprints all over its display.Speaking of the display, the EliteBook x360 1030 G3’s 13.3-inch Sure View touch screen is bright and vivid. Covering 115 percent of the sRGB color gamut and reaching 415 nits, the x360 1030 G3’s panel will look gorgeous at your office or even outdoors under bright sunlight.In addition, the x360 1030 G3 lasted 9 hours and 39 minutes on our battery test, so you can leave your charger at home.Cons: We found few faults with the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 but this machine isn’t quite perfect. Although performance is above average, the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 lagged behind similar components on our benchmark tests. For example, our Core i7-8650U CPU-equipped unit scored a 12,840 on the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, worse than what the consumer-class Yoga C930 netted (13,952).The EliteBook x360 1030 G3 is also a pricey machine. The midtier version we reviewed costs $1,949 and comes with a Core i5-8350U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Even the base model is expensive — for $1,449, you get a Core i5-8250U CPU and a 128GB SSD.Key Specs — CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8650U | GPU: UHD Graphics 620 | RAM/Storage: Up to 16GB/Up to 2TB| Display Size/Resolution: 13.3-inch/1080p or 4K | Size/Weight: 12 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches inches/2.8 poundsHP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 Review » From $2249.00 HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 deals?US$1,194.33US$999.99ViewUS$1,519.99ViewDeal ends Sun 1 SepUS$1,580.88ViewUS$1,807.38ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by PREVIOUS2of 4NEXT3of 4Best Performance: HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 Pros: The EliteBook x360 1040 G5 is another excellent all-around device. Like each of these EliteBooks, this particular 2-in-1 has a sleek silver aluminum chassis, a comfortable keyboard, strong audio and long battery life. But what really makes the x360 1040 G5 stand out is its excellent performance. Our review unit, equipped with a Core i7-8650U CPU and 16GB of RAM, topped its EliteBook siblings with a 14,331 on the Geekbench 4.3 benchmark. The x360 1040 G5 also blazed through our Excel and video-transcoding tests, leaving the competition in the dust. Even more impressive is the speed of the x360 1040 G5’s 512GB SSD, which converted 4.97GB of mixed-media data at a superfast rate of 727 megabytes per second (the category average is 528 MBps). The EliteBook x360 1040 G5 has all the goodies found in the current lineup of EliteBooks, including a Sure View display, military-grade durability and an IR camera for a fast and secure login.Cons: The EliteBook x360 1040 G5’s 14-inch, 1080p panel is better on paper than in reality. While the panel is extremely bright and capable of producing a wide range of colors, we noticed a haziness caused by the Sure View screen’s anti-glare solution. There is also a bunch of bloatware pre-installed on the EliteBook, which is unacceptable for such a pricey business machine.Key Specs — CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8550U | GPU: UHD Graphics 620 | RAM/Storage: Up to 32GB/Up to 2TB| Display Size/Resolution: 14-inch/1080p or 4K | Size/Weight: 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches inches/3 poundsHP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 Review » From $1874.00 HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5 deals?US$1,297.99ViewUS$1,455.05ViewUS$1,678.95ViewUS$1,766.05ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by PREVIOUS3of 4NEXT4of 4Best Ultrabook: HP EliteBook 830 G5Pros: While we prefer the 14-inch EliteBook 840 G5, its smaller 13-inch cousin, the EliteBook 830 G5, has a lot to offer. For one, it’s the most compact and lightest clamshell laptop in the series, weighing only 2.9 (or 3.4 pounds for the touch-screen model). That makes it the ideal travel companion for business trips or remote workers who operate from a cafe.Even though the EliteBook 830 G5 is thinner than the larger models, you still get an extremely comfortable keyboard with 1.4 millimeters of travel. The 13-inch model also offers strong performance thanks to its Core i7-8650U CPU, and there are tons of security features, from its fingerprint sensor to a Sure View display.Cons: The 13.3-inch, 1080 touch-screen display is poor, especially compared with the panels available on other models. According to our colorimeter, the screen produces only 72 percent of the sRGB color gamut, well short of the 133 percent premium laptop average. Even worse, the panel maxes out at 218 nits of brightness, which makes it hard to view outdoors. Furthermore, the touch screen adds quite a bit of heft to the EliteBook 830 G5, bringing its total weight up to 3.4 pounds, which is relatively heavy for a 13-inch machine.Key Specs — CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-8550U | GPU: UHD Graphics 620 | RAM/Storage: Up to 32GB/Up to 1TB| Display Size/Resolution: 14-inch/1080p | Size/Weight: 12.2 x 9.0 x 0.7 inches/3.4 poundsHP EliteBook 830 G5 Review » From $1249.00 HP Elitebook 830 G5 deals?US$1,076.40ViewUS$1,589US$1,389ViewUS$1,480ViewUS$1,527.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by PREVIOUS4of 4NEXT Credit: Laptop Magcenter_img Phillip Tracy, Author Bio by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbesAmerica’s Richest Self-Made WomenForbesUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsThe Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019, Ranked247 SportsUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

Windows 10 play a sound when you activate special keys

first_imgWindows 10: play a sound when you activate special keys by Martin Brinkmann on June 11, 2018 in Windows – 4 commentsHitting the Num Lock, Caps Lock, or Scroll Lock keys on the computer keyboard by accident can lead to undesirable consequences. You may wonder why you cannot type numbers in the Calculator when using the number pad on the keyboard after hitting Num Lock, or why your password is not accepted after activating Caps Lock by accident.While you can add programs like NumCapsScroll Indicator that highlight which of the special key is activated on the device, you may also configure Windows 10 to play a sound whenever one of the keys is pressed on the keyboard.Note: it is possible to disable the Caps Lock key and other special keys permanently. If you never use it, you may want to consider doing so or remapping the key.Play a sound when you activate special keysWindows 10 comes with a new, somewhat hidden, option to enable a feature that Microsoft calls Toggle Keys. It is disabled by default and needs to be turned on using the Settings application. Most Windows 10 users don’t know about the function probably because it is located in a place in the Settings application that most users probably don’t check out.Note: The Windows 10 version the guide was written for is version 1803. I don’t know if the feature was available in previous versions of Windows 10 as well (let me know if you know).Open the Settings application with the keyboard shortcut Windows-I.Go to Ease of Access > Keyboard.Find the “Use Toggle Keys” preference and switch it to on.When you enable Toggle Keys, Windows will play a sound whenever you activate the Caps Lock, Num Lock or Scroll Lock key on the keyboard. Windows 10 plays two different sounds depending on the state the key enters. The on-sound has a higher pitch, the off-sound a lower one so that you can determine the state of the key from the sound alone.While you can enable the Toggle Keys option using the Settings application, you may also enable it by holding down the Num Lock key for five seconds straight. Doing so displays the following prompt to enable Toggle Keys if the feature is not enabled already.Just select yes to enable the feature. If Toggle Keys is enabled already, pressing Num Lock for five seconds will turn it off. You won’t get a prompt this time though but a sound to indicate the state change,You can disable the Num Lock long-press hotkey in the Settings by removing the checkmark from “allow the shortcut key to start Toggle Keys.Now You: Do you use Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10: play a sound when you activate special keysDescriptionFind out how to configure PCs with Windows 10 to play a sound whenever you toggle the Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Scroll Lock keys on the keyboard.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more