Xiaomi Mi Smart Scale Announced

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Scale will retail for RMB 99 which is around $15 at the current exchange rate and the device also comes with an app for your smartphone.

We want to help you you stick to your fitness goals! #MiSmartScale (RMB 99) has a 5kg-150kg range with 50g precision and tracks weight and BMI for the whole family. It’s beautiful LED display stays hidden from view until you step on it.

The Xiaomi Mi Smart Scale will work with iOS and Android devices and it comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and has a graphical LED display, you can find out more details over at the company’s Facebook page at the link below.

Source Xiaomi / Facebook
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

McLaren 570s Coupe Gets Official

The McLaren 570S is equipped with a 4.0 litre V8 twin turbo engine that has 562 HP and 600 Nm of torque it also comes with a 7 speed SSG transmission.

McLaren has completed its three tier model strategy with the global reveal of the first in its Sports Series family: the McLaren 570S Coupé. This pure sports car, with driver optimised layout and electrifying performance, shares its DNA with the McLaren Super Series and Ultimate Series that sit above it in the range hierarchy. The Sports Series introduces McLaren race-derived technologies and design values to a new segment and audience. 
The Coupé is the first bodystyle to be shown in the Sports Series, highlighting the latest evolution of the McLaren design philosophy. The ‘shrinkwrapped’, aerodynamically-optimised form will be seen in public for the first time at the 115th New York International Auto Show. The McLaren design team has created a shape of beauty highlighted by details such as the rear flying buttresses that increase downforce as well as adding grace, and complex door tendons that direct additional air to cool the mid-mounted V8 engine.

The new 570S Coupe comes with a 0 to 602 MPH time of just 3.2 seconds and it has a top speed of 204 MPH.

McLaren will be showing off the new McLaren 570S Coupe at thew New York International Auto Show on Wednesday the 1st of April.

Source McLaren

Five Reasons to Switch to Online Faxing

For many businesses, faxing is an integral part of communication. Yes, there’s email, there’s text messaging, there’s video conferencing. But can all these take the place of the fax? Research has shown that they can’t -- at least, not yet.

Which brings us to the question: Should you continue to use your old, clunky faxing system with its outdated technology and rapidly dwindling usage all over the world? Or switch to a modern and widespread online fax system?

For most businesses, the answer has been a resounding vote of confidence in the online faxing system. We will discuss some of the reasons for this below.

You Can Send Faxes from Anywhere in the World

Let that sink in for a moment. And no, we don’t mean walking to the nearest Xerox or photocopying center. We mean doing it by yourself, all from the convenience of your home or hotel room and all without having to carry around heavy equipment.

That’s pretty amazing, don’t you think? You see, online faxing works pretty much like email. You scan your documents with a portable scanner or even an app on your phone, upload them to your email and boom, sent!

Your recipient gets the mail, checks it, and replies. So, it doesn’t matter if you’re in some remote location for your work -- as long as there’s internet connectivity, you’re good.

Ability to Send and Respond to Faxes Quicker

With traditional fax machines, you have to wait to send and receive faxes. With modern, online faxing systems, you can send and receive faxes on the go. This will help cut your waiting time drastically and improve the efficiency and productivity of your workplace.

With this, there’s no need to wait for that infernal fax that’s already late, when you have other important things to do. Also, you and your employees no longer have to leave your desks to send and receive faxes. This can be quite advantageous when you’re in the zone and standing up to send or receive faxes will break your concentration.

No Spam Whatsoever

For many business owners, this is a huge upside. With traditional faxes, lots of companies were receiving spam faxes that were not only irritating and distracting, they were using up precious ink and papers and driving up the companies’ paper expenditure.

But, with online faxing services, you never have to worry about spam or spend another cent on papers because the darn spammers’ faxes were gobbling up your papers and ink. This is a good development seeing as many companies are now looking for ways to cut costs.

Security and Privacy

Traditional faxes were a huge security risk. Let's say your doctor faxes over your results, and it’s right there for the first person on-site to see. Or maybe your organization is currently in the process of quietly signing up a high-profile client and a fax comes in indicating interest, it could become public news if it gets in the wrong hands.

Bottom line, traditional faxing was rife with privacy and security concerns. Online faxing systems, however, are extremely private. Online faxes only go straight to their intended recipient’s email box and can only be read or decrypted by them alone. If security and privacy are important to you, online faxing is the way to go.

Faxes Never Get Lost

If you have lost an important fax in the past, then you know how terrible the experience was. With online faxing, you never have to worry about that at all. You see, online faxes can be stored on a server where they can be accessed at any time and deleted whenever you don’t need them anymore.

There’s also the added advantage of ease-of-sharing and mobile-friendliness. So, what are you waiting for? Go get yourself an online faxing system today. At least try it out before committing to a long term use. Check online and start researching the online fax service that will meet your business needs.

Author Bio:
Oscar King is a freelance writer who contributes articles and advice on a variety of issues affecting the business community and, in particular, the challenges faced by the small business owner.

Jay Z Relaunches Tidal Music Streaming Service

Jay Z has relaunched his music streaming service Tidal that he recently acquired and he has managed to sign up some big names to Tidal.

He has apparently done this by giving top artists an equity stake in the company and Tidal will pay higher streaming royalties on some music to artists than companies lie Spotify.

Tidal will offer two streaming plans, a standard definition plan that costs $9.99 a month, artists will get the standard streaming royalties on this.

The second plan offers high definition streaming and this will be available for $19.99 a month, Tidal had around 17,000 paying subscribers when it was acquired by Jay Z.

Jay Z has managed to sign up artists like Daft Punk, Coldplay, Madonna, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Usher, Arcade Fire and more.

Source The Verge

Ways Going Paperless Improves Workplace Efficiency

Most businesses today have already shifted to using digital documentation as well as inputting all of their old paper documents into a digital form. This makes business run more smoothly for many reasons, and paper filing will soon be a relic where people will wonder how we could ever do business that way. As a side note, going paperless is helping our environment significantly. The amount of paper that is used per year in the United States would equal approximately 178 million trees! Such a large number just exemplifies how wasteful human beings are when it comes to using paper for documentation and company workflow. Living in this age of technology has enabled us to utilize far more efficient methods.

Easily Transferable

We have come a long way from using the traditional mail carrier to get information sent from one place to another. Not only does this take time out of a worker’s day, but it you also carry the costs involved in getting the mail from point A to point B. Soon after the world wide web was invented, we had email.  This allowed us to send a document anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds, practically instantaneously (especially with today's internet speeds). Using digital documentation will allow you to send your files to multiple parties immediately versus mailing a physical document through snail mail. You can use a read receipt to make sure that they received it, and they can also reply to you immediately. The benefit here is obvious, of how much quicker your work can be done using email versus a mail carrier.

Easily Edited Documents

Although you do not want to rely completely on spell check programs when writing, they can be extremely helpful.  It takes a while to proofread a document, and you’ll still miss many errors. Spelling and grammar checkers highlight most errors, making the editing process faster. It is still highly advisable to proofread your work, because these programs are far from perfect. Nevertheless, they work much more efficiently and will not miss a single word when it comes to spelling. Keeping documentation in a digital form allows for you to write it, send it to another person, have them review it, and send it back for you to make corrections. This is a far more efficient workflow than printing something on a piece of paper and having it edited just to be inputted back into a computer.

More Efficient Archiving

There is now no more need for large rooms filled with file cabinets. The amount of physical space that you need to archive decades worth of vital documents has been scaled down to the size of a desktop PC. You can go to one place and access a virtually infinite number of documents via your hard drive storage, the world wide web, and more recently through the use of cloud services. Cloud storage also carries with it the advantage of being disaster proof. Destruction or damage of an office by fire no longer results in lost paperwork. They are safe and secure, where the only people that can access them will have the password to do so.

Expedite Document Approval by E-signing

Documents can now be electronically signed to expedite formalities involved in contracts or other official documents. This is extremely helpful to keep businesses running smoothly. Whether you are selling a product, negotiating contracts, or conducting day to day business, e-signing has made the process extremely more efficient in regards to time and money.

Added Security in Electronic Filing

If a person has the right tools, they could easily break open a locked file cabinet or storage room. All of this hard physical equipment is costly and unnecessary. Passwords are all you need today to block access to certain files and folders. The longer the password, the more complex and hard to break in it is, it is that simple.

The reasons mentioned above may seem obvious to us in the times we currently are living. It was not that long ago when this sort of technology was innovative and a thing of the future. Every year more complex and new ways of sharing information are coming about. In order to keep up, going paperless in your business is a must.




Author Bio:
The writer of this article, Nick Quinlan, is a tech blogger who advocates for technology as as means of simplifying our lives and generally improving the quality of the world around us. For businesses looking to go paperless, he recommends making use of FileCenter, provided by Lucion. You can learn more about Nick on Google+.

Amazon Drones Being Tested In Secret Canadian Locations

Amazon criticized the FAA for taking so long to approve their drones, the company’s latest Amazon Drone has not received FAA approval as yet.

Now according to a recent report by the Guardian, Amazon is testing out their drones at a secret location in Canada.

Amazon has received approval from the Canadian government to test out its drones in the country, and the drones are being tested out between 200ft and 500 ft.

200ft is where the majority of buildings end and 500ft is where commercial aviation begins, Amazon intends for its Amazon drones to fly in the unused space between 200 and 500 feet to deliver parcels to their customers.

The company will need to get approval from a number of countries around the world, before they can start using their Amazon Drones to deliver your Amazon orders.

Source The Guardian, Gizmodo

Signs It’s Time to Give Up and Hire Somebody to Redesign Your Website

Do you know just frustrating it is to visit a website that just doesn’t work? You see, your website is the first point of contact between you and a potential customer or client. And when it doesn’t work for them, you can be sure they will never come back. Many small business owners and ecommerce store owners know this, yet they keep trying to “manage” their stores and websites.

If you’re one of those people, how long do you want to continue managing that? More importantly, how do you know when your website needs a professional redesign? When do you decide that managing your website, yourself, isn’t worth it anymore? The following “symptoms” are clear indicators that your website needs a complete overhaul.

Outdated Websites with Old Designs

We’re sorry, but no one can tolerate old designs anymore. In graphic designers’ parlance, “those designs suck”. Doubt that? How come you’re no longer wearing jerry curls? Once upon a time, they might have been cool but times have changed. The same goes for something that’s even more important than your looks -- your website, which should be a huge part of your revenue. If you think that baggy jeans don’t work anymore, why in the world would you “assault” your visitors’ eyes with gaudy website designs that are so 1990?

Do yourself a favor: go take a look at your competitors’ websites. If they’ve upgraded their designs, it’s time to do the same to yours. A modern or contemporary website design portrays to your visitor that you’re serious and can be trusted, and keeping it fresh sends the message to watch for new goods and services. An old-looking one simply tells them to be wary.

High Bounce and Lower Conversion Rates

If lots of people are visiting and leaving within seconds of arriving at your website or they aren’t responding to your call to action, be it signing up for your newsletter or not making any purchases, the fault may lie with your website design.

This is particularly true if the content on the site or ecommerce store isn’t bad. These two things will not only affect your sales and revenue, they affect your rankings on the search engines, resulting in decreased search engine visibility.

Poor Navigational Flow

Is it easy for people to find what they need on your website? Or do they have to spend a lot of time looking for an item? If it’s the latter, then you need to completely rethink your navigational structure.

Your website should be designed in such a way that people can easily find whatever they need within seconds of searching for it. Of particular interest is your search bar. Never make the mistake of relying on Google’s own search bar. You should instead create your own custom search bar designed specifically to display results in your website’s database.

Poor Shopping Cart Experience

If people cannot what they want as soon as they want it, you will miss out on a ton of money. You see, people are no longer patient. A broken shopping cart or an unpleasant experience will result in potential customers abandoning the shopping cart and leaving in droves for your competition’s stores. They may, in fact, go to more effort to do so than it would take to work around the problem they encountered on your site.

Don’t let this happen. Use proven shopping cart platforms like those provided by FastSpring to enhance their shopping experience and minimize the number of hoops they have to jump through.

Some other excellent reasons for a website redesign include not being mobile-friendly or optimized for mCommerce, too many broken links resulting in error 404 pages, difficulty in updating your website’s or store’s content, and slow web site loading speeds to mention a few. By the time your customers encounter these problems, you're already past the point where you needed a professional solution.

Author Bio: 
Oscar King is a freelance writer and small business operator who offers advice and solutions to the problems faced by businesses in the digital age.

James Bond Spectre Teaser Trailer Released

The new James Bond Spectre movie was announced back in December of last year and now the first teaser trailer for the movie has been released.

The James Bond Spectre movie start Daniel Craig as 007 and the movie features a special Aston Martin which has been designed just for the movie, the Aston Martin DB10.

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

The exact plot of the new James Bond Spectre movie has yet to be revealed, although a script was leaked earlier in the year, the movie will launch later this year.

Source 007 / YouTube

Emvio Is The First Smartwatch to Measure and Manage Your Stress

The Emvio Smartwatch is a new smartwatch that is designed to monitor your stress levels, and also your activity levels and more.

The video below shows how the Emvio Smartwatch works, the device is being funded via Kickstarter, the team behind the device are trying to raise $200,000 to put the device into action.

For most people, it’s the daily annoyances, rather than occasional life-changing events, that really affect well-being. Chronic stress can cause hypertension, heart disease, depression, and obesity. 
Meditation and taking time out are great long-term solutions. But what about our immediate reactions to stressful situations? Your ability to communicate and make decisions can be shattered by anger and anxiety. 
Emvio goes beyond your ordinary fitness band. It lets you know when you’re overreacting to demanding people, long lines, bad news, or disagreements with loved ones. Sometimes a second is all you need to think about, not just react to, a negative situation.

Source Kickstarter

Aston Martin Vulcan Headed To New York Auto Show

The Aston Martin Vulcan was announced at the Geneva Motor Show in February and now this new track focused supercar will make its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show.

The Vulcan has been designed to be used on the track only, the car comes with a massive 800 HP and is constructed from carbon fibre.

CEO, Dr Andy Palmer commented: “We are enormously encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive reaction we have received from customers and sports car fans around the world in response to the Aston Martin Vulcan.
“I’m delighted that after a debut in Geneva we are able to bring the car to our North American audience, underlining the importance of this market to our business and its role in delivering our Second Century business plan.”

There will be just 24 models of this new supercar made and each one will come with a 7.0 litre V12 engine.

Source Aston Martin

Apple Watch Edition Customers Will Get a Luxury Watch Buying Experience

Apple will offer 15 minutes appointments for people to try out the new Apple Watch, although customers who are buying the Apple Watch Edition will get a different buying experience.

It looks like Apple will be offering a similar experience for the Apple Watch Edition as you would get in a luxury watch store when you are buying a Rolex, Panerai or other high end watch.

Customers who are interesting the the Apple Watch Edition will have a one hour appointment at the Apple Store and they wont have to queue for the appointment like customers may have to on the standard models.

According to Mark Gurman from 9 to 5 Mac, Apple will allow customers to try up to two versions of the Apple Watch edition at once, this will be done to minimize the possibility of theft. There will also be a special station for these customers with chairs for them to sit on whilst the try out the luxury Apple Watch model.

Customers who purchase the gold models of the Apple Watch will apparently get 24/7 customers support for the first two years.

It also looks like the 18k gold models of the Apple Watch will not be available in all of the company’s stores at launch, it appears the devices will only be available in their largest stores.

Source 9 to 5 Mac

New Jurassic World Official Trailer Released

Universal Pictures has released a new Jurassic World trailer, the latest one was recently shown on TV and it gives us another look at the fourth movie in the Jurassic Park series.

Jurassic World takes place 22 years after the last movie and this time there is a fully functioning theme park, although as you would expect, things don’t go to plan like the previous movies.

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

The latest Jurassic Park movie launches in movie theaters in the US on the 12th June 2015.

Chrome OS Beta Comes With Google Now And New Launcher

Details of the latest Chrome OS beta have been revealed by Francois Beaufort, the latest version of the software will come with a new launcher.

The new Chrome OS beta will come with Chrome Launcher 2.0 and the new launcher will come with Google Now.

This new launcher is the best way to start new activities on Chrome OS, like performing a Google search or launching apps. It’s fast, simple, and helps you get things done. Search has been enhanced to help you find what you are looking for faster, apps you most often use right have been put at your fingertips, and the power of Google Now has been brought to your Chromebook.

Source Chrome Developers

Three New Porsche Panamera Editions Launched

Porsche has announced that it is launching three new special editions of its Porsche Panamera saloon, called the Panamera Editions.

These three new Porsche Panamera Editions come with some subtle styling changes which include high gloss black trim stips, Porsche Panamera Turbo II wheels and more.

Three models with powerful six-cylinder engines will be offered: the Panamera Edition Panamera Edition (combined fuel consumption 8.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 199 g/km) and Panamera 4 Edition (combined fuel consumption 8.8 l/100 km); CO2 emissions 206 g/km)both come with an engine that delivers 228 kW (310 hp), while the Panamera Diesel Edition (not available in China) is equipped with a 221 kW (300 hp, combined fuel consumption 6.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 169 g/km) engine. The Panamera 4 Edition features active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch (Porsche Traction Management, PTM).

Source Porsche

Windows 10 Preview Headed To More Smartphones

Microsoft released the Windows 10 Preview for some of their devices last month and now the company has confirmed that the software is headed to more handsets.

The company has now released a long list of devices that should be getting the Windows 10 Preview in the new future.

When we sent out the first build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones on February 12th, the list of phones was very limited. As I wrote in the accompanying blog post, the reason for this is that we had to select from the set of phones that had sufficient system partition sizes configured by the manufacturer. This was necessary for us to be able to in-place upgrade the phones. I also talked about a feature we were working on called “partition stitching” that would allow us to re-size the system partition dynamically, allowing us to do the upgrade on a larger set of phones.

Some of the handsets that the preview of Windows 10 will be available for include the Lumia 1320, Lumia 529, Lumia 730, Lumia 820 and many more.

Source Microsoft

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