Author: Lucy Wyndham

The traveling salesperson is a well-known figure on America’s roads, and while the terminology might have changed – you’ll likely be more familiar with remote sales reps, for instance – the job hasn’t and is, in fact, growing. According to CNBC, traveling sales people can expect to earn a decent salary in some marketing-led areas, with sales coming in close. A big reason behind this renewed interest in sales is the newly found ease of operation that technology has provided. All of the inconveniences of life on the road are being eradicated, from the simple ability to maintain a vehicle…

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Digital payments are emerging from the land of high-tech convenience and becoming business as usual. According to a new analysis conducted by JP Morgan, 110 million individual Americans used the digital wallet in 2018 alone, and this figure is set to increase – exponentially. With numerous platforms springing up with, it can be difficult for businesses to know where to start in selecting a platform on which to operate this increasingly important bit of technology. As always, the answer is in the tech. Focusing Priorities – Big Banks The digital payments ecosystem is gigantic but not necessarily well connected. For…

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Around 1.9 billion users visit YouTube each month, according to YouTube’s data. For business owners, that number represents a consumer pool that must be reached. In order to do so effectively, business owners need to understand how best to approach the platform and its community. Value Offered A business’s YouTube channel needs to offer value to their audience. Currently, 51 percent of YouTube users use the platform to learn how to do things or experiences they’ve never done before, according to the Pew Research Center. Business owners can offer value by creating videos that offer tutorials to use their product…

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America is experiencing a debt epidemic, with the average American now having a personal debt of up to $38,000. As America’s individual debt is soaring, more people are turning to the growing number of mobile apps now available that are designed to help them reduce their spending, save them time and take the stress out of money management. But can these finance apps really make us better at managing our money? Global Financial App Downloads Hit 3.4 billion Downloads of money management apps reached 3.4 billion worldwide last year. Research has found that 92% of people in the US aged…

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While tech companies have been working around the clock to provide internet users with safer, more accessible internet access, hackers always seem to be one step ahead. A recent data security breach affected over 95,000 user profiles. The attack took place on an insurer’s database, and while the security breach was only discovered this year, it could trace back as far as 2010. For consumers, this is an alarming discovery as they would expect their information to be secure with their insurer. Businesses need to ensure that their data security measures are up to date and that data security controls…

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A 10 percent demand increase on smart home security products is expected each year through to 2025, with an estimated value of $11 billion, according to market report by BusinessWire. Competitive pricing, technology advancement, increased knowledge, and positivity about the potential solutions smart devices offer are key reasons for the expected rapid demand growth. Their cost-effectiveness, ease of installation, and innovative features are key to their popularity. However, some homeowners will have a difficult time choosing between smart home security systems in the ever-growing market. Questions about effectiveness, value addition in homes, and affordability will cross the minds of many…

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U.S. telecommunications giant Motorola recently released images and some technical specs of the Motorola Activa, an IoT Device that will help pet owners locate their beloved dogs while also creating a safe zone within the home or garden. The conceptual Activa will be the latest addition to an ever-expanding range of connected products aimed at pets. The stakes have always been high as far as the design and application of IoT solutions are concerned. These stakes, however, were raised significantly when an entirely new market was identified: connected pet care. Considering that approximately 68 percent of American households own a…

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In a review of over 100 experimental studies by J-PAL-MIT’s Poverty Action Lab, the benefits and the shortcomings of technology in the classroom were revealed. Just throwing computers into the classroom reduced student test scores, but focused applications of technology combined with set goals improved them. The same is true for applying technology to the field of health, fitness, productivity, and self-improvement. Whether it is better fitness or improved productivity within the self or within a business, technology needs to be laser targeted rather than sprayed around in a slapdash manner. An example would be the application of VR to…

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With 19 companies hurrying to put driverless cars on the market by 2020, what we know as the automotive industry is about to undergo a massive overhaul. Even if the idea of riding in an automated vehicle makes you uncomfortable, driverless cars will work wonders for your health, particularly in reducing stress. Reducing Traffic Driverless cars are expected to reduce traffic by 80 percent, according to research from the Swinburne University Smart Cities Research Institute. Without as many cars on the road, you’ll get to where you need to go faster. No more frustration on the way to work. Reducing…

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As of the latest estimate, 48.9 million people live with at least one disability in the U.S. In addition to specific technologies that are intended to assist those with various conditions, smart technology is rapidly changing the way that at-home accessibility can be managed. Cameras, voice-enabled products, and robotic technology have provided more ways to do a variety of tasks. From cleaning the house to accepting a package, the possibilities have truly become endless. In particular, Amazon has pioneered a new way of living for those with and without disabilities through the use of smart technology. Although many may think…

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