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Children born into the current times are growing up with technology thrust at them from every angle. Gone are the days you needed to have wires plugged into the computer to connect to the internet. Gone are the days you could only make a phone call with a house phone. Companies are going digital more than ever before and we are becoming comfortable with the advancements in our home technology. The thing is, it’s important to remember that these advancements do not appear out of thin air. They take a lot of work, a lot of creativity and they need continuous monitoring and upgrading. Technology can change lives, and coding is part of that change.
Coding is changing the world around us, and so many people are unaware of what coding is. Coders are making a huge contribution every day and it is, centrally, a very creative process. It’s the language of the technology that you use on a daily basis and you can read so much more about what it is used for here. The world of technology is advancing because of coding and here are four ways coding is making the world evolve at a faster pace:
- The Web: Quite an obvious one, but the internet has changed lives in a way we cannot measure. Communication has advanced to be instantaneous from across the world. Companies are switching online on every platform possible and the amount of HTML that sits behind websites – both on computers and on smart phones and tablets is immense. Coding requires a lot of support and companies are studying up on the ultimate log4net tutorial for their business website with great interest.
- Databases: More than just something you use to sort your finances, programmers everywhere use databases to help computers to store information that a computer can read and write. They can also delete that information. Facebook holds huge databases of information about its users and businesses need to be able to hold information about their products, consumers and services.
- Online Shopping: The amount of coding that supports a website is already huge, but to support the services offered with online shopping, coders have their hands full. Programming that is required for the websites we often take for granted as easy to use is not always easy to implement. Online shopping is still somewhat of a revelation across the globe and programmers work tirelessly to make constant upgrades and changers to improve the user experience.
- Blogging: The blogging world is so popular and is evolving at a rapid pace. Coders are part of this evolution. Everyone has a voice and blogging is a platform that allows that voice to be heard. Without coding, the rapid growth of the blogging world would stall. Themes and templates are created by coders at great length and are always available online to look at such as here.
If you can create technology, you have the power to help the world evolve. Companies that understand this are those that will be successful in their technological ventures.
For most employers, their employees’ health and safety is one of the most important things they need to review on a regular basis. We’ve come a long way since the factories of the Victorian times which were highly dangerous and resulted in numerous deaths. And all of that is down to developments in technology. In fact, if it hadn’t had been for new tech, the following careers would still be quite dangerous…
Workers on building sites have a lot to thank technology for. There are many modern pieces of equipment and tools that help to keep everyone on the site incredibly safe. Such as a crane mat, breathing apparatus, and safety clothing. Drones are becoming increasingly popular in the building industry as well. Most companies now fly drones over the site before any workers get to work. The drone takes pictures which are then used to analyze the site’s safety. If everything looks fine, then the workers can enter the site.
Cars are manufactured in huge factories on production lines. A different employee is stationed at various points along the production line and completes one particular job. Then the car moves on to the next employee. There have been many stories in the media that robots will start to take these jobs from humans. However, we now know that it simply isn’t true. In fact, robots are only doing the jobs that are highly dangerous for humans. Another way in which modern tech is making car manufacturing a lot safer is that the safety equipment has massively improved. So now workers can do their job without worrying about potential injury.
There have been major technological advances in healthcare as well. And some of these have greatly improved the working conditions for doctors and nurses in hospitals. Recent developments in techniques and equipment now make diagnosis a lot easier. And it has also made staying in hospital a much more comfortable experience for patients as well. New tech can also keep hospital workers safer by reducing the chance of bugs and illnesses spreading to them from patients.
IT work may not be an industry that you instantly think is dangerous. After all, you aren’t at risk from a dangerous injury when you are sitting at your computer! But technology is protecting IT workers in other ways. Namely, by keeping them safe and secure while online. Modern antimalware software and firewalls can prevent viruses and hackers from breaching computer networks. And this keeps all the IT workers’ sensitive data and information safe. It also ensures that a company’s sensitive data and online payments secure as well. Even if your IT firm has cyber security, you should make sure that you regularly check for updates. As hackers are continually developing your skills, you need to make sure that you are always one step ahead of them.
As you can see, there are numerous ways in which new tech is keeping workers safe in various workplaces. And things are only going to get safer!
We all know about the warnings people give when it comes to technology and its effects on the youth of today. “Oh, when I was younger, we didn’t have smart phones, these kids aren’t growing up right”. Okay, that’s a bit of an over-simplification of the argument, but the truth is that a lot of people look at the digital age we are living in as a negative thing. It seems to suggest that people aren’t interacting, getting outside or living as much as we used to.
Now, it is possible to see where those people are coming from without agreeing with them. Of course we should still make time to go out, meet with people and experience the world around us. But there is no reason that this needs to be despite technology. Smartphones don’t need to be a bar to our interaction with the outside world. Sometimes they can really enhance it. Sometimes, technology and the world work just fine together.
- Take A Road Trip, Make A Video
There is so much wonderful scenery out in the world that we can look at, move around in and interact with. Wherever you live, take a drive for twenty minutes and you can be somewhere truly beautiful. Take along your phone, or a tablet, but not so you can keep up with your Facebook. Use it to make a video of the amazing sights you see.
Which you can then post to your Facebook, of course.
- Go Birdwatching With A Tablet
I can hear the responses now. “Yes, so once you get bored watching birds, you can watch a couple of episodes of Breaking Bad”. But no – download an app onto the tablet that allows you to identify wild birds. Many apps will tell you what the native wild birds are in your area – but if you get the bug for it, you can drive a bit further out to see something special. On the way home, who’s up for some Breaking Bad? (I’m kidding).
- Learning A Language? Watch TV In That Language!
This is particularly good if you have kids who are in high school and showing a flair for a foreign tongue. Nothing boosts comprehension quite as well as hearing the language spoken by native speakers. Most TV stations worldwide now host some of their content online. It’s usually not live streamed outside that country, due to licensing restrictions. But can you watch last night’s news in French? Oui!
You’ll need a fast connection to get the best from this, and cable internet may not be best for it. Check your area for Frontier Internet availability, or other fiber services. You’ll find something suitable.
- The Internet HELPS You Interact With People
Sure, if people just go online and disappear into their own world, it definitely isn’t healthy. But guess what? Some people are introverted without needing the help of the web to get there. For people who take a while to warm up socially, or are better at articulating themselves at their own pace, online communities are a godsend. They help you build confidence and can let kids spread their wings.
All of the above tips are, of course, subject to the obvious caveat that responsible use is key. For all the good it can do, technology in too-large doses can be a negative thing. Balance is healthy!
Sharp has accepted a $4.3 billion takeover bid by Taiwanese multinational Foxconn.
The announcement came as Sharp’s board completed a two-day meeting to discuss competing takeover offers.
Foxconn assembles most of the world’s iPhones. Sharp is one of Japan’s oldest technology companies.
It is the first foreign takeover of a major Japanese electronics firm in a historically insular technology sector.
Japanese officials had been reluctant to let Sharp fall under foreign ownership because of the distinctive technology behind its display panels.
Founded in 1912, innovations by Sharp include a mechanical pencil in 1915 and pioneering developments in TV engineering.
Although recent years have seen a downturn in Sharp’s fortunes with heavy debts, the company continued to be a leader in liquid display technology, a key asset for Foxconn.
Shares in Sharp, which employs more than 50,000 globally, will be issued to Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, also known as Foxconn Technology Group.
Sharp’s shares were halted from trading ahead the announcement. They later reopened and closed down by nearly 15%.
Earlier this month, as it was considering several takeover offers, Sharp posted a bigger-than-expected net loss of $918 million for the April-to-December 2015 period.
In 2012, Sharp came close to entering bankruptcy. It has struggled with heavy debts and has been through two major bailouts in the last four years.
Foxconn first offered to invest in Sharp in 2012, but talks collapsed.
Sharp’s operating profit fell by 86% in Q3 of 2015 from a year ago.
The Japanese tech giant’s operating profit fell to 3.5 billion yen ($29 million) in its fiscal second quarter from 24.5 billion yen in 2014.
The earnings were impacted by falling sales of smartphone displays and delays in reducing inventory.
The struggling consumer electronics maker has been bailed out two times in the last three years by its banks.
In May, Sharp announced losses in the year to March and cut more jobs.
The company has been under pressure from its lenders to sell its loss-making LCD business. The unit reported a loss of 12.7 billion yen in the quarter.
Sharp CEO Kozo Takahashi told a news conference in Tokyo that the company was in talks with several companies over a deal for its LCD unit.
“I cannot provide any names, but we are currently in negotiations with multiple companies,” he said, adding that he could not reveal a timeline for when a deal would be finalized.
In the six months to September, Sharp also saw an operating loss of 25.2 billion yen – which is its biggest half year loss in three years.
Sharp announced earlier this week that it would report an operating loss in the six month period and also lowered its annual operating profit forecast to 10 billion yen from 80 billion yen.
If you still think mobile sites are a passing trend, you have fallen behind your consumers and your fellow businesses. With consumers and businessmen more and more obsessed with smartphones and the mobile sales conversions rising even higher, mobile optimization is a necessary move to successfully establish your online presence. Here are five ways that mobile optimization is a must for every business’ success:
1. Mobile is Important to Consumers
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According to a Pew Research survey, almost 60 percent of Americans owned a smartphone as of January 2014. And those same Americans use their phone for everything. It’s their camera, their calendar, and their entertainment when they are bored. They invest in everything from car chargers and cradles to smartphone speakers so they that their phone can forever act as the extension of their arm that it is. It is radio, GPS, and email, in addition to such menial tasks as phone calls and texts.
And this smartphone co-dependency transfers to the way they consume products and interact with businesses. Mobile sales rose over 50 percent in 2013, according to Google’s new Mobile Playbook, with almost a fifth of all sales now coming from smartphones and tablets. And if your business doesn’t have a functional mobile site, Google found that almost half of consumers won’t hesitate to turn to a competitor.
2. Mobile is Under-Appreciated
While those numbers should be enough to motivate every business into getting a clean mobile site, GetElastic’s infographic on mobile websites reported that just over a third of businesses had any sort of mobile site in 2013, meaning they are handing off a significant number of future customers every day to more tech-savvy companies.
And while having a mobile site is good, it isn’t the end of the road for mobile interaction. You need to have the right information clearly visible. That means address and hours for brick-and-mortar businesses and an easy-to-use shopping cart for e-commerce companies. Bottom line? Mobile isn’t an upcoming trend. It’s the standard, and if you don’t have it, you are behind.
3. The Mobile Tablet Market Should Be Tapped
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Even though tablets are still a growing market, GetElastic found that tablet users are the most likely to make a purchase, with 72 percent of tablet users making at least one purchase on their tablet a week. In fact, over half of tablet users said that they preferred shopping on their tablet to other electronic devices, making them over three times as likely to make a purchase than smartphone users.
If you are eager to turn mobile tablet views into sales, your site needs to be simple, clean and fast. GetElastic noted that almost all online shopping carts (97 percent) are abandoned due to a cluttered screen.
4. Mobile Optimization is Just the Beginning of Consumer Interaction
Finally, once someone has been to your mobile site, GetElastic found that they are almost guaranteed to engage your business in additional ways. Over 70 percent of users will continue to interact with your brand once they’ve seen your mobile site, whether that is by continuing their research or visiting your store. A quarter of visitors will visit your retail site, and 17 percent will make a purchase afterwards, too.
5. Mobile is Fast
Mobile is an on-the-go and on-a-whim kind of marketplace, so what happens when a mobile site is slow? We already know that a poor mobile experience could send up to 40 percent of consumers to competitors. But over half of the people who do make mobile purchases will do so within an hour of their mobile search. That gives you 60 minutes or less to have a consumer browse your merchandise, pick a product, put it in their shopping cart, and pay for it.
If the site is slow and cluttered, that 60 minutes blows by and users will be much more likely to abandon their shopping. And if consumers have experienced a slow mobile site—slow enough to deter them from purchasing something—43 percent said they weren’t likely to return.
2013 Internet & Mobile World (IMWorld 2013) participants, the biggest “business to business”event, dedicated to Romanian digital solutions, mobile and software, to be held Wednesday and Thursday at Romexpo, will receive a free consultation, own “Black Friday”, access to specially designed for networking software, as well as specialized training discounts.
“Internet & Mobile World was created to respond to two major needs: know-how updated in the most dynamic areas of the moment and facilitate direct contact between the leading business solution providers and potential beneficiaries. Therefore, we thought a series of promotions and tools that facilitate interaction between participants”, said Cristian Hossu, Universum Events Managing Partner, IMWorld organizer.
So, the 5,000 participants will receive a free site audit of the company WSI (stands 61-62, Hall C2), while Padicode will give free advice for conversion optimization (Stand 79, Hall C2).
Furthermore, immediately after IMWorld, Thursday to Friday night, Content Speed (stand no. 93) and its partners activates “Black Friday”, under which IMWorld visitors (who visited the stand in question) can order online with 100% product discount for a total value of 20,000 lei (approx. 6,134 USD or 3,815 GBP) – find out more on myblackfriday.ro
Moreover, participants will be able to access the Connector application throughout the event, a special software designed for networking. “Through the online and mobile application, specially developed for the event, every visitor can see the other guests and can send messages and invitations to meetings in the two areas of networking“, said Cristian Hossu.
The application has Selection filters created by company name, industry, turnover or the decision level of the person / persons involved.
Also, 2013 IMWorld visitors will receive up to 50% discounts of in a series of trainings and will participate in a “treasure hunt” organized by Entersoft Romania (stand 45), after which they can earn more many prizes and enjoy dynamic networking.
Also, at 2013 IMWorld those interested can test in “Future Corner” most modern technologies, which include Google Glass, Leap Motion, Oculus Rift or Samsung Galaxy Gear SmartWatch.
All event takes place in a futuristic setting, signed by Hansen Office Design – nonconformist workspaces designers- and BUCHAREST DESIGN CENTER – Product Romanian designers platform promotion, in relation to internal audiences and external markets – using sustainable materials and technologies. The design of the object will be highlighted also by Architecture Lab and ZEST Collective proposed works and architectural design offices.
Computer Aided Design is exposed at IMWorld by a borderline series of art and technology installations, which were made by computational design school Parametrica [digi fab school] workshops participants.
Access to IMWorld is based on pre-registration and tickets can be purchased online until October 8, 2013, accessing www.imworld.ro.
Additional data on 2013 Internet & Mobile World:
IMWorld second edition is divided into three business areas: Marketing Technologies, Mobile and Apps, and Business Software and is organized by Universum Events, who is also the “Innovation Summit” organizer, first exclusive event dedicated to Romanian business innovation.
At the event are expected 5,000 visitors and already announced their participation over 25 international speakers and 130 companies providing business solutions. Also on IMWorld 2013 will be launched over 20 applications and business solutions.
The event is supported by Cosmote Romania and Romtelecom Business Solutions, as main partners and sponsors of the Business Software World.
Mobile and Apps World Partner is Microsoft and Marketing Technologies World Partner is Saatchi&Saatchi. 2013 Internet&Mobile World sponsors are: Nokia, S&T Romania, Qualysoft Information Technology, Telcor Communications, Entersoft Romania, Fujitsu, Star Storage, Zitec, MailAgent, Agilio Software, Safetech, Agile Media, MODE360, Transart, BearingPoint, Dynamic Web, Mediapost Hit Mail, Mobixera, SEO monitor, Liberty Technology Park, Cisco, Bittnet Systems, PayPro Global, Carnation Group, White Image, Romanian Business Consult, Like IT and miniPRIX. Metro Online is Office supplies partner, and official Internet service provider in the event is Voxility.
Media partners are Kiss FM, The Money Channel, Getica OOH, Wall-Street.ro, HotNews.ro, AdHugger, Agora, B2B Advertising, Business24.ro, Cariere, Computer world, Comunicatedepresa.ro, Connect, DoingBusiness.ro, Digital Trends, Forbes, Incont.ro, IT Channel, IT TRENDS, Magazinul Progresiv, Market Watch, PC World, Today Software Magazine, Ziare.com and Zona IT.
More information can be found on www.imworld.ro and www.universum.ro.