Which Countries Work The Longest Hours? [Infographic]

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How Much People Work Around the World

The Future Of Tablet Computing

One of the biggest advances in mass-market technology in recent years has been the sudden takeoff of tablet computing. Initially scoffed at when   Microsoft began developing the (already marginally established) idea of tablet computing in the early 2000s, tablet computing finally found its zeitgeist with the Apple IPad in 2010. Five years later, tablets are something of a must-have item for the technophile on the go – but it seems that their meteoric rise is beginning to slow. What does the future hold for tablet computing, and how can we expect to see tablets advance in the next few years?

Tablet Fatigue?

Tablets have become increasingly popular in recent years. Touch-screen technology has become familiar enough for people to be comfortable with the concept of a touch-screen computing device (something which was not so much the case when Microsoft touted their first tablet 15 years ago). They’re easily portable, work well with the mentality of the ‘app generation’, and are both  cheap and easy to insure . However, there is a school of thought which believes that tablets will find it hard to expand upon their repertoire without significantly changing their format. The tablet market suffered its first ever drop in 2014.   Many analysts believe that this is due to the ‘fad’ phenomenon, wherein people initially bought tablets simply because they were told that tablets were the ‘in’ thing. They got caught up in the rush – but when the initial euphoria of having the newest toy in the store had faded, they began to realise that tablets are not actually a whole lot better than smartphones. The screen is larger, but the processing power and general aptitude of the average tablet tends not to be a whole lot more advanced than that of a good smartphone. Essentially, reality is starting to hit. New phones continue to draw customers because the kinds of things which can be updated on a phone – cameras, footstep trackers and so forth – are more suited to a smaller, more portable ‘outdoor usage’ format like a phone. Tablets, it is suggested, are becoming the clunkier, more expensive cousin to smartphones, and falling behind as a consequence. 

Tablet Advances

Nonetheless, there are those who maintain that tablets are the future of computing, and will continue to advance into new, exciting, saleable realms given enough time. Some  have pointed out that computing trends in general are moving towards thinner, lighter, more portable formats – and that keyboards, once thought an essential for any serious word-processing unit – are no longer thought as necessary as they once were. An optional touchscreen keyboard is as attractive to some as the more solid and tangible kind. Furthermore, the  growth in sales of things like Chromebooks which lack internal storage and operate largely as interfaces to the Cloud, indicates that the lack of harddrive space on tablets is going to be less of an issue as external storage options become more advanced. Many of the trends in computing seem, therefore, to be approaching the kind of format which tablets have been utilizing for a while. Could a sort of merger of the tablet and the laptop be where tablets are headed in the future?

Tablet PCs

The limitations of the tablet seem largely to be based around the fact that they’re currently in a limbo between glorified smartphone and substandard desktop computer. While they’re unlikely ever to edge smartphones out of the market, the way in which the PC industry is heading could demonstrate a future for tablets as flat, portable computers. Tablet-laptop blends already exist, with Lenovo notably going out on a limb to make use of both formats in as innovative a way as they could manage. While the technology and ergonomics of today’s tablet-laptop hybrids arguably need a degree of development, it seems likely that tablets’ best option of survival is nonetheless to follow this route. Tablets will then appeal to today’s Chromebook users – those who want to be able to make use of the advanced practical aspects of a computer, but don’t want to fork out for masses of hardrive space, and who need something portable. At the moment, tablets appeal to those who like apps and touch screen gaming – both of which can easily be got from a phone. If tablets are going to survive, they need to offer something more than this – and computer buying trends at the moment seem to indicate that the tablet  could well be the platform of the future for today’s PC and Macbook users. 
Article from Gemma Ryder

Obihai 200 revisited

About 6 months ago, I wrote a post entitled. Now I thought I would revisit my research and testing.


MagicJack has been ruled out for these reasons:

  • It does heat up from usage
  • I find you need to activate it via a PC, rather than directly through a router
  • It is a cheaper manufacturing process, when compared to Ooma or Obihai

Now there are only two choices. But Obihai does have advantages I really enjoy. They have official relationships with Google Voice and Ring To, which are both free services. I have OBI200 hooked up to Google Voice and Ring To. And Obi2200 hooked up to Google Voice.

Google Voice is a tab ahead of Ring To. But for my mobile phone and Android devices at WiFi locations, Ring To is the better option. That’s because you really need to work Google Voice via Google Hangouts. For Ring To, I can go through the apps Ring To and GroovIP.


Ooma reminds me of a big answering box. It’s also said to function as a router, between the modem and computer. I don’t recommend it. With services like Ooma or Vonage – both of which I have used – it’s best to use a router between the VOIP device and the modem. Of course, Ooma will try to up-sell you to the Ooma premier, where the box functions both as a call screener and a message box.

But I did run into a couple obstacles:

I used to be on Ooma Premier subscriber. Before porting over to Ring To, I switched to Ooma basic. But I had to work with 2 different techs there, in order to get the switch made. Apparently, the first tech had some kind of misunderstanding – even through I had them send me an email confirmation. Then I had a junk spike in calls after the switch. This occurred even though I am on the Federal Do Not Call list. But I can’t necessary call this a cause and effect condition. In statistics, it would be a correlation.

The key to Ooma is to get the tech to send you an email, summarizing what was said and done. This way, if there is a misunderstanding down the road, you have a record of everything.

I have my home number moved over to Ring To. But I have a couple of Google Voice numbers I migrated over there for testing purposes. Even though I follow the directions Ring To gave, I can’t get the ported number to display on Caller ID. But Ring To has a great online community. I just needed to install and reinstall the service and apps, in order to remove the cache component. Everything worked like a charm.

The other issue is rebooting the devices. When I reboot an Obihai device, it takes about a minute or so to finish. But with Ooma, it actually takes five minutes or so. Perhaps it’s also checking for firmware upgrades.

None of these issues is a problem with Obihai. It’ can support Google Voice, Ring To or other.


Firmware updates

I like to check my Windows 10 and Android devices daily for either operating system or application software updates. I make a weekly check on my Obihai devices for firmware updates. This way, you insure the systems are running as smoothly as possible, with the latest bells and whistles.

I have this system hooked up to a DECT Vtech phone system, which is set up with Vtech phones over the condo. It works just as well – if not better than – the Ooma system. And it’s much more cost effective.

But I do have the Ooma system to give away. I’ll ship it free via Priority Mail in the US and I have a free activation code from Ooma. Let me know in my contact section, if you are interested. But I’ll first try to give it away to friends and family members.

In 2 – 3 weeks, I’ll be following up with a review on the OBI1022 HD phone. I need some time to study and test it.

The Science of Graphics

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Inexpensive Ways to Conference over the Net

Thanks to the introduction of VoIP based technology, businesses can indulge in low cost video conferencing services, which facilitate communication between business units, partners, suppliers, and other stake holder by means of telecommunication without the physical presence of the people participating in the net based conferences. Let us discuss some of the best and the most inexpensive ways of conferencing over the internet.Inexpensive ways to conference over th enet

Adobe Connect

This is one of the most popular and cheapest means of teleconferencing, wherein the participants have the privilege of using Flash capabilities, iOS as well as Android. Once of the most pivotal USP of the Adobe Connect is its cross platform consistency. Since it is entirely scripted in Flash, its functionality is almost similar to any other platform that supports Flash. This means, uses can also join conferences over native iOS, Blackberry as well as Android based apps. The Adobe Connect can be used for the purpose of Screen Sharing, and it also comes up with a wide variety of features like follow-focus, administrative control over the microphones and cameras.

Brother OmniJoin

This is another extremely low cost means of teleconferencing, which offers Windows and OS X support, which also offers high end, low cost video conferencing hardware for the clients. The platform comes up with a string of value added features, which include in-built option of recording the entire meetings, including all the client screen activities and save them in an MP4 file. Another very handy feature includes the ability to import a MS PowerPoint document directly into the client chat option, and share the same with the other participants of the meeting in real time.

Cisco WebEx Meetings

This is another pretty popular means of teleconferencing, which allows 3 participants to chat with each other in real time with one host and a SD video. Interactivity includes whiteboarding, document as well as desktop sharing, and a sharable and uploadable file and document repository that can hold up to 250 mb of data. This platforem uses Java for downloading and running an appropriate application for the Windows as well as OS X platform that is being used.

Citirix GoTo Meeting

This is another low cost teleconferencing option, which helps in organizing multiple components like videos of participants, control panels, and the likes in a single window. However, the platform comes up with other components like multiple floating windows, which can host webcams as well as video chat options, the control panel needed for the meetings, and icons for the crucial functions like whiteboarding, camera, microphone control. The main control panel can again be divided into several subpanels, which can be expanded as well as contracted or collapsed to tuck away the unwanted options.

Google Hangouts

This is another very popular cheap way of video conferencing, in which the chat interfaces places the talking heads of every participant in a row alongside the bottom, wherein the speaker enjoys the maximum display. Just like Skype, Hangouts switches the vide fees, so that the speaker can enjoy the maximum prominent and space within the platform. There also screen sharing options like Skype as well.

About The Author

Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.

High-Tech Sports Experience: 3 Venues With All the Bells and Whistles

There is now a game within the game in every major professional sports league. The race is on, not just to win a championship, but to build the biggest, best and most technologically advanced stadiums and arenas.

High-Tech Sports Experience

With stiff competition from HD televisions and cable packages that allow fans to watch every game with a crystal-clear view from the comfort of their couch, getting butts in the seats has become increasingly difficult. So owners know they need to offer a truly unique fan experience, in addition to the game, if they want to keep charging top-dollar entry fees.

Sports franchises are waging battle to make every seat in the stadium not just the best seat in the house — but the best seat in any house. These are the venues that have made the impossible possible and brought a new level of technology to the sporting world.

AT&T Stadium: Dallas, Texas

When the eccentric Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones opted to build a new stadium in 2009, you knew it wasn’t going to be ordinary. And, as they say, everything is bigger in Texas.

In this case, we’re talking about a Jumbotron, and leave it to the Cowboys to find a way to make something that already has “jumbo” in its name seem small. Through some feat of engineering and architecture, the team found a way to build and install a 72-foot tall by 160-foot wide screen that is suspended over the field.

Since its unveiling six years ago, this technology has become a bit more commonplace. The team’s closest rival, the Houston Texans, put an even bigger screen in its stadium, and the NBA’s Indiana Pacers now has a similarly mammoth screen in its arena. But Dallas, as Jerry Jones is quick to tell everyone, was first.

Levi’s Stadium: Santa Clara, California

There has never been a sports facility like Levi’s Stadium. It is Silicon Valley to the core, and while some nostalgic San Francisco 49ers fans may miss the outdated dump that was their former home, Candlestick Park, there is no denying that its replacement is as special as they come.

All 70,000 fans can connect to Wi-Fi and 4G networks, which is a much more impressive achievement than it may sound. Such connectivity has been hard to replicate even for smaller crowds. So how did they do it? With 400 miles of cables, 1,200 antenna systems, a Wi-Fi router for every 100 seats and 40 gigabytes per second of bandwidth.

Fans shouldn’t just rely on technology inside the stadium, however. If you plan to go, be sure to purchase your tickets through Ticketmaster’s NFL exchange to ensure their authenticity. Then, when you’re wowed by the environment, you can buy your seat to the next game right from your seat.

Golden State’s Arena of the Future: San Francisco, California

The only contender to knock Levi’s Stadium off its number-one perch is right near in, you guessed it, Silicon Valley. The NBA world champion Golden State Warriors had already designed its new arena before they won the title in June, but now its upcoming move from Oakland to San Francisco is being even more anticipated than before. While the basketball should be great, the amenities might be even more impressive.

Since it isn’t expected to host games until the 2017-18 season, it is hard to say exactly what futuristic technologies will await fans lucky enough to attend on opening night. But, since experts say computer processing doubles every few years, this place is certain to be the most advanced of all time. Developers are already testing virtual reality and motion-sensor capabilities, so who knows? Perhaps a hologram of reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry will take the court.

Some Unfamiliar Terms in Telecommunication Technology Among Employees

Recent surveys among the general crowd in the US and UK has sprung some real surprise for the sellers of latest telecommunication technologies and tools. These surveys have revealed that about a half of the population in the US don’t have any idea about VoIP or Cloud telephony. Well, this is quite a revelation considering the fact that the telecommunication companies are raving about new tools and technologies that would be extended to businesses and organizations. Now, here we have a real problem because people are oblivious of basic terminologies like VoIP and Cloud – it will be extremely challenging for any company to sell them technologies and tools like UC or Mobile VoIP.

Some Unfamiliar Terms

In this article, we are going to delve into some of the terminologies that are relevant to anyone using enterprise communication tools and applications:


This is the latest communication technology, which uses the Internet for transmitting the voice signals. It is just an extension of the IP network based telephony system wherein the local network is connected to the internet. Now if the companies choose to maintain the support services internally, the cost of recruitment, training of the employees will have to be borne by the company, and the hardware the IT employees would need, will have to be bought and maintained by the companies as well. On the other hand, if the companies use VoIP in lieu of a fixed cost, it will result in a substantial savings and help the companies make huge savings on their communications cost.


This is a completely alien term for many users who were surveyed in the US and UK. Cloud computing is a technology that helps communication networks to get access to a pool of common servers and other configurable computing resources. All the latest communication technologies like VoIP are putting up their resources on the cloud, so that any network can virtually get connected to it at any point in time and use the network resources.

UC or Unified Communications:

Unified communication is the integration of real-time enterprise communication channels, tools and applications. This includes presence information, VoIP , instant messaging, mobility, data sharing, desktop sharing, speech recognition, call control etc. UC helps the user manage and use all forms of communication from a common platform.

BYOD or Bring Your Own Device

Almost every one of us uses smartphones, tablets and laptops at office and even for personal use. Companies are developing strategies and policies wherein employees would be able to access the enterprise communication system from their personal devices. This is being termed as Bring Your Own Device. Thus, you will be able to carry out your daily communication tasks from anywhere you want without having to worry about mobile signals or your location.

About The Author

 Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.


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