Last year, mobile gear got slimmer and displays got bigger. Now in 2015, you can expect a slew of new productivity-boosting gadgets, including wearable computers and the return of the stylus. Here are four gadgets that will help you do your job in the New Year. Styluses Digital styluses are making a comeback. The stylus may sound like holdover from a time when touch screens weren't equipped to accurately register finger taps. But some of the best mobile devices on the market now pack in excellent digital pens. Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is a good example; it comes with a pen, so you can start taking handwritten notes right on the screen. Meanwhile, Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 is a big smartphone with an integrated stylus that includes a pressure-sensitive tip, for more-natural writing and drawing. Then there are so-called "smartpens" like the Livescribe Echo, which are special ink pens that can beam a digital version of the notes you write on actual paper over to your mobile … [Read more...] about 4 Tech Gadgets That Will Change Your Business in 2015
Thanks to technology and today's work dynamic, more and more employees are able to work away from the office. This time of the year is especially nice for this luxury; taking a winter "workcation" is ideal, especially if you're looking to escape the cold or just lounge around for a week.Whatever your plans are, make sure to have the proper gadgets to make your vacation as stress-free as possible. Here are six tech products to help you stay on top of your work while you're away. No laptop mouse? No problem. Instead of plugging into your computer's USB port, this Bluetooth-enabled mouse looks, feels and acts like a pen, which allows for faster, more precise navigation. The device features five buttons, a scroll wheel and a laser sensor that operates on almost any surface — without a track pad. With this tool's two-month battery life, you won't have to worry about recharging the mouse during your trip. $86.99, Amazon.com … [Read more...] about 6 Tech Gadgets for Your Working Vacation
These visuals represent the interactions among the blogging community.The dense core at the center of the left figure represents those few thousand blogs that get the maximum link love. The visualization on the right is even more interesting.You can divide that core into two regions – political blogs (in pink) and technology / gadget blogs. The pink lines represent reciprocal links or blogs linking to each each.The researcher notes an apparent difference in culture between the tech and political blogs – the pink lines are much denser among the political blogs than they are among blogs focused on technology.Credits: Technology Review, Matthew Hurst – Thanks Mrinal.Related: Internet World Maps, Popular Social Networks … [Read more...] about Political Blogs Spread More Link Love Than Tech & Gadget Blogs
Google has updated the Google Reader gadget for the iGoogle startpage.Earlier, it was a limited gadget, which only showed previews of your feeds. Now you get “the same powerful Reader interface for any feed in iGoogle, complete with keyboard shortcuts, expanded and list views, infinite scrolling and embedded videos”. … [Read more...] about Google Reader iGoogle gadget updated
1. ClearContact (data extraction) – When you communicate with someone using Gmail, her email address is automatically added to your address book. Such a feature is not available in Outlook by default but you can achieve this using the free ClearContact add-in. It will first scan your Outlook folders and extract the email addresses which you can then save to your address book.2. PstPassword (password recovery) – Outlook stores all your emails, contacts, calendars, etc. in a PST (Personal Storage) file. If you ever forget the password of your pst files, you can use the free PstPassword utility to quickly recover that password. The tool doesn’t require installation and can also be used from the command-line.3. PF Backup (backup utility) – The Personal Folders backup tool from Microsoft lets you create backup copies of your Outlook emails at regular intervals. Just choose the Outlook folders that you want to backup, select the frequency of backup and all your emails … [Read more...] about Useful Utilities and Desktop Gadgets for Outlook
“What’s your favorite website for buying gadgets in India?”Unlike the US, there aren’t many online stores in India that sell electronic gadgets so when I asked this question on Facebook, there were quite a few interesting responses.Sumant Srivathsan wrote: 20north.com has a significant markup on US prices, not to mention ridiculous S&H charges. eBay isn’t too bad, as long as you’re careful about researching the seller well. There’s virtually no e-commerce destination that can compete with Lamington Road/Palika Bazaar/Ritchie Street. The silent reality of shopping in India is that price sensitivity rules even at the top end of the price chain.Pankaj Jain wrote: Excluding eBay, I find it strange that Indian online stores are so highly priced compared to brick and mortar stores. I almost always buy gadgets online in the US for better prices and great service. The India online story baffles me because personally, I find most of the stores in … [Read more...] about Do You Buy Gadgets Online in India?
Sidebar Gadgets let you do more with Gmail that just read email. For instance, you may add items to your TO DO list with the “Remember the Milk” gadget or you may catch up with the latest news using the Digg gadget without ever leaving the Gmail website.You can post status updates to Twitter, shorten long URLs and more with the help of these sidebar gadgets in Gmail. To add a gadget to your Gmail account, go to Settings – > Labs and turn on the setting that says – “Add any gadget by URL.” This will add a new "Gadgets" tab to your Settings pane where you’ll be able to specify the URL of any gadget. This gadgets will show in the left column of Gmail.Once you have saved the changes, go to this iGoogle page that has a list of iGoogle gadgets created by Google. Not all of them will be compatible with Gmail but most should work without issues.http://www.google.com/ig/directory?type=gadgets&url=www.google.com/modules/search.xmlOpen an Gadget … [Read more...] about How to Add Sidebar Gadgets in Gmail
If you have been living an always-connected life and constantly juggle between emails, social sites and mobile, here’s a new illustrated book – Goodnight iPad – that might inspire you to turn off those gadgets and go to sleep.This reminds of another from video the “Day to Disconnect” campaign that encourages people to unplug their gadgets on a particular day and connect with real people.There’s another popular bedtime book for adults – Go the F* to Sleep – that has topped the best-sellers list of both Amazon and The New York Times. The book does seem to have an innocent cover page but it is strictly for grown-ups.The Indian edition of “Go the F**k to Sleep” is published by Roli Books and they have roped in Suhel Seth to narrate the book. The video is embedded below but please be aware that the audio contains explicit language and may offend some people. … [Read more...] about A Bedtime Book for Adults Addicted to Gadgets
The office printer, the elevator buttons, the computer keyboard, the calculator and most other tech stuff that we use have use daily have germs on them but the dirtiest of them all is the TV remote control found in hotel rooms.The only solution is that you either wipe your germ-infected gadgets with a soft tissue soaked in an alcohol solution or the other option is that you wash your hands often. You can download a larger version of the infographic as a printable PDF. … [Read more...] about The Gadgets You Use Everyday are Dirtier Than You Think!
Your mobile phones, tablets and laptops have rechargable Lithim Ion batteries that lose capacity as they age but with good care, the batteries may last for 2 to 3 years or even longer. What can you do to increase the overall lifespan of your gadget’s battery? Should you keep your mobile devices charged or wait for the charge to drop to 0% before charging them again?I recently scanned the websites of consumer electronics companies, including HP, Asus, Apple, Dell and also Battery University – for their recommendations on how to maximize the battery life and here’s a quick summary of what I learned:1. Avoid deep discharge meaning you should not continue using the device until the battery drains down to 10% or below. The optimal charge level for Li-Ion batteries is suggested between 40% and 70% and, if possible, charge your device in short bursts multiple times a day.2. If you are not planning to use a gadget for long periods, like more … [Read more...] about Tips to Extend the Life of your Gadget’s Batteries