February 2011 - Advanced AV

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The age of portable information is most certainly upon us. Smart phones, digital tablets, and video displays are presenting timely and frequently updated content to us in a variety of shapes and sizes. Not since the dawn of the printing press or the invention of the radio has the world seen a more convenient way of presenting data in a portable format.

In order to keep up with the digital preferences of their audience, media outlets are changing the way they deliver content. On February 10, Yahoo announced a new digital newsstand designed for tablet devices and cell phones. Calling the service “Livestand”, Yahoo will send customized data to users “based on a variety of factors, including their interests, their location and the time of day, and will draw from Yahoo properties like Sports, News, Finance, OMG and Flickr.”

Yahoo attributes the move to the rapidly growing tablet audience, stating that “Apple sold nearly 15 million iPads in just eight months last year and research firm Gartner Inc. expects 55 million tablets to be shipped by the end of this year… With so many people embracing tablets, Yahoo is confident advertisers will be eager to pour more money into marketing campaigns tailored for the device.”

But certainly a portable device should do more than just replicate magazines and books. With that in mind, Yahoo is seeking to engage readers with more interactive content than is presently available for portable devices. The company is also working with a number of other publishers to provide additional content beyond the Yahoo platform.

From the look of it, Livestand will do far more than deliver the newspaper to your front step. Its personalization process is also focused and time of day and […]

By |February 21st, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Another Day at the Home Office

A growing number of people are working from home either full-time or at least a few days a week. If you don’t telework yourself, you likely have a neighbor or family member who checks in with the office remotely, saving time and preventing stress by skipping the daily commute.

This month, many more employers may encourage their staff to work from home, as the U.S. launches a nationwide Telework Week February 14-18. During that week, The Telework Exchange is calling on federal agencies, organizations and individuals to take a “Telework Pledge”. The organization is hoping the weeklong effort will show the benefits of teleworking. Interested participants can visit The Telework Exchange’s website to pledge, calculate potential commuting cost and environmental savings, and learn more about how to get started through a series of free webcasts.

As more workers forego the commute and get right to work, employers are finding it hard to ignore the research indicating that this option provides a boost in both morale and productivity. A quick perusal of The Benefits of Telework report produced by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Telework Exchange reveals much support for those who ditch the travel mug for a cup of coffee in their home office.

In addition to the positive effects on the environment brought about by reduced travel, the report reveals that, “The job performance of teleworkers has been documented to either exceed or remain on par with that of workers in a traditional workplace arrangement.” It also points out that the increased flexibility afforded by working from home improves morale, reduces stress, and can improve employee retention and recruitment. Finally, from an operations standpoint, telework “can enable reduced demand for office space as well […]

By |February 15th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Taking Shelter From The Storm

This has been one of the snowiest winters on record in the United States and Europe. In the eastern United States, residents are running out of places to put the snow in what seems like a daily ritual of removing multiple inches — or sometimes feet — of new accumulation.

Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Baltimore have all logged their snowiest winters in history, and on January 27, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg reported, “We have now had the snowiest January in New York City history. We have had 36 inches since January 1, breaking a record last set in 1925.

Across the ocean, the United Kingdom experienced its earliest snowfall in 17 years in November 2010. On the European continent, some 60 percent of the German Weather Service’s weather stations below 200 meters elevation saw record snow falls for December.

This comes as no surprise to those with an eye toward advanced weather forecasts. Before the winter began, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted that this would be “another winter of extremes in store for U.S. as La Niña strengthens.” In NOAA’s winter outlook, Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, advised, “La Niña is in place and will strengthen and persist through the winter months, giving us a better understanding of what to expect between December and February. This is a good time for people to review the outlook and begin preparing for what winter may have in store.”

With a bit of planning, the snarls of winter travel can be avoided, ensuring business continuity even in the direst of meteorological circumstances. Tracking the National Weather Service’s seasonal predictions are just part of the solution. […]

By |February 8th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

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