We all know the term “smartphone.” But what is the counterpart – a dumbphone? The site, whatis.techtarget.com, answers the question: “A dumbphone is a mobile telephone that, unlike a smartphone, has little-to-no computing or internet capacity.” Read more →
Have you tried the Self-Check line at the grocery store? One of my first experiences at the Self-Check line was buying a bottle of wine at Vons in Arcadia. I discovered, “You can’t do that because someone needs to check your ID.” Aha! So it’s not all automated. Still need for some human interaction.
In fact, when Amazon opened their “cashier-less grocery store” in Seattle, this January, the busiest spot in the store was the “back corner where a guy was stationed to check customers’ ID before they grabbed a bottle of Pinot Grigio or a six pack of beer (Amazon’s cashier-less Seattle grocery store).” Read more →
An article from March 2013, that is still pertinent five years later, has to do with the type of surge protection you use to protect the various electronically sensitive devices in your network.
Servers, routers, copiers, printers, workstations, laptops. All high-cost items. When the power goes out, or simply surges what stands between you and high-level damage?
We see some pretty scary things out in the field. Chained surge bars. Extension bars without any surge protection. Under-rated surge bars for highly-rated equipment.
Of course, that’s not you, because you’re reading this, and probably took to heart the original article five years ago.
I mean, you did purchase surge protection sufficient to the need, right?? Because, given the cost of that server, not protecting that one central piece of equipment would indeed be shocking. Just saying. We’re here for you if you were shocked by what you found.
The article began like this: “If you paid $4,000 to get your teen’s teeth aligned, you probably wouldn’t be pleased to see him cracking nuts or opening bottles with them!”… [More]
Under the category, “Old friends: revisiting them,” is IoT. To refresh your memory, the Internet of Things (I0T) is “the connectivity of physical devices that communicate with similar devices.” The ways in which a business can benefit from IoT is growing. While most of that information gathered centers on control and usage of physical product (inventory and remote access), there is also the area of demographics. Demographics helps to define your “best customer.” Why should you care who your best customer is? You should! Because your best customer is great to work with, loves your product, pays promptly, talks to others about your business, gives great reviews and becomes the central focus of your marketing. Read more →
The newest addition to our vocabulary for things tech is Phygital. Which sounds a lot like a 6 year old trying to sit still in church. But it isn’t.
Phygital is the hybrid combination of two realities – the physical store and the digital action. Claiming to “bring an innovative client experience” the phygital allows the shopper to see and touch the product, but still purchase online. Some would say, The best of both worlds.
This technology is best suited to chain stores with large networks. They don’t want to lose the brick and mortar, yet their growing online presence is clearly an economic plus.
So far the marriage is amicable.
Let’s start with the chip. We’re not talking cedar or potatoes. In the world of technology, chip is short for microchip. But you knew that. However, did you know that, a microchip is “the incredibly complex yet tiny module that stores computer memory or provides logic circuitry for microprocessors?” Now, that’ll rattle your vocabulary storage center!
Whatis.techtarget.com, a good source for quick answers to tech questions, provides this helpful definition. Of course, just that bit of information doesn’t resolve the mental picture of the expression “body-on-a-chip,” does it? What kind of body? Read more →
Why would advertisers finally be leaving TV for good? Because the viewers are leaving. Also for good.
Television-advertising sales fell 7.8% in 2017. That was the largest decrease in Television advertising dollar spend in the last 20 years. Apparently, the first part of 2018 has not cancelled that decline. The dollars are committed elsewhere. Google and Facebook have increased their online investments to take control of the advertising dollars in the marketplace. Online is rising.
Online spend rising and television spend decreasing is a budgetary formula. The budget dictates x dollars spent. If 45% is marked for Google and 35% for Facebook, the television must decrease to 20% or less. Read more →
The famous French General, Napoleon Bonaparte, remarked about China — “There lies a sleeping giant. Let him sleep! For when he wakes he will move the world.”
One indication of China’s new alertness is the desire to no longer simply imitate the technology of other nations, but to innovate new technology of its own. Christina Larson writes for Wired about her experience of going to Beijing to visit Kai-Fu Lee, a venture capitalist focused on artificial intelligence (AI). Her visit, in October of 2017, was interrupted briefly by what seemed to be a quick slip through a wormhole, leaving Ms. Larson in the Beijing of the last century. It was not a real wormhole, of course. Nor a time machine. It was something far more prosaic – an elevator. She took the wrong one. Read more →
That is text speak for the Bob Hope song from the 1938 movie, “Thanks for the memories.” And a strong mixture of old and new. Memories, I suppose.
You may be marveling that I was able to render that old song phrase into modern text speak. No? Well, full disclosure is that I found a site that actually translates. Both ways.
On December 3, 1992, a British engineer named Neil Papworth sent the first text message: “Merry Christmas.” Txtspk came along later. RTN highlighted this achievement 5 years ago with one of our first newsletters.
The idea for text messaging was put forward at a telecom conference in 1984 by a Finn named Matti Makkonen, who has since done his best to shrug off the title of “father of SMS,” or Short Message Service. 8 years later, SMS was actualized.
What are the results? How many texts are sent each minute and at what cost? Read more →
Daniel Pink provides this great descriptive of sluggish afternoons in his provocatively titled LinkedIN article, You’re more likely to screw up in the afternoon.
Here’s how to stop afternoon errors. How severe is the problem? “Across many domains, the trough represents a danger zone for productivity, ethics, and health.”
How to stop afternoon error? “Go home early!” This is doubtless not a good idea. Let’s agree that typically people are more productive in the morning than the afternoon. “But doesn’t it simply have to do with the amount of sleep we got the night before?” Yes. But there is something more deeply responsive to the habits of our typical sleep schedule. Something called the circadian cycle. Read more →