Before about five years ago, many of the devices around your home and office were kind of dumb. This isn’t an insult. It wasn’t anything they did. The device had one function, and it did that well. Then more devices started connecting to the Internet. They began communicating with each other. The device that, at one time, had a single job now plays a more significant role in your personal and professional life. This is the Internet of Things and how you live, and work is going to change forever.
Technology is so ingrained in our lives that it’s difficult to imagine living without it. Whether at work in front of a computer or at home on your phone, it’s becoming hard to put down our devices. This is a symptom of technology addiction, also known as Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD).
Though not officially labeled as a problem by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), health professionals have been interested in the possibilities of technology addiction since the early 1990s. What is Internet Addiction Disorder and how can you help you or someone you love.
It’s time to make work fun! It’s true that you need to be productive and do what you’re paid to do, but all work and no play makes for a miserable employee. Bringing games into the workplace is shown to improve employee morale and lead to more collaboration and innovation. So, loosen up that tie and start playing some games.
Science fiction has always been fertile ground to look to the future and depict how technology will advance, especially communications. This has been the case for the Star Wars saga ever since the first one was released over 40 years ago. Admittedly, it’s a little confusing in this universe. It feels like it’s the future, but it was really a long time ago. Even so, a lot has changed since 1977. A lot of the communication devices shown on screen don’t feel like they are from a galaxy far, far away.
Reading has become an underappreciated skill, and often it’s taken for granted. For a lot of us, we don’t realize how grateful we are to be able to look at a computer screen and understand, or even see, what’s on the screen. Many people need assistance reading the words that come up on a screen, whether it’s due to being blind or visually impaired or having a learning disability. No person should be denied the ability to use a computer. Because of this belief, developers have been releasing and improving a variety of screen reader software to assist those who need help. As a business owner, you’ll need to have this kind of software available for when an employee with need it most.
As technology advances, we expect our devices to become smaller and more efficient. The most noteworthy example is the computer. We’ve all seen pictures of the first computers. So big they would take up a whole room. That, of course, depends on the size of the room. A larger room wouldn’t be that bad, but that is neither here nor there. The point is that today, computers are a fraction of the size they used to be. We can even fit them in our pockets! Our computers and devices have increased performance at such small sizes because of advancement in nanotechnology. So, what is that exactly?
Another year, another spending bill has passed through the U.S. House and Senate, and on March 23, 2018, it was signed into law. Being an IT company, we aren’t going to be talking about the massive amount of government spending that was just passed through. We are more concerned about a specific earmark within the 2,232-page behemoth. Called the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data, or CLOUD Act, the new law has the implications of eroding individual privacy protection around the world. The act amends the Stored Communications Act of 1986 and gives unelected American officials a lot of power over global digital privacy rights.
In business, the term best practice has been used to describe the optimal way of performing a task. While finding the best way to perform a task is a great idea for operations, you need first to make sure it’s beneficial to your organization. What works for one company may not work for another. You risk a lot by adopting a misplaced best practice for your organization.
No matter the department, your business always has ongoing and planned projects. In IT they could be as small as introducing a public cloud platform, or a large one like migrating all your data from four servers onto one. To make sure any project goes off without a hitch, you must have proper project management. Consider these four points when planning your next project.
Over 10 million personal records have been lost or stolen, daily. That’s a lot of information. With numbers this high, there is a change you, or someone you know, has fallen victim to a data breach. Most of the time individuals or businesses are never notified if their information has been compromised. This leads to a false sense of security in thinking your personal information is safe. Don’t be one of the many that make this mistake.