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Enjoying a Baseball Game More with a Radar Gun

by Admin - on Nov 14th 2017 - Comments Off on Enjoying a Baseball Game More with a Radar Gun

A batter hitting a baseballThere are four basic skills required in baseball: hitting the ball, catching it, throwing it, and running all over the place. Among all of these, it is throwing the ball that is most crucial in defense.

The pitch

Baseball is built on the pitch. This is where the game begins. Kids start out knowing only one pitch, the fastball. They try to throw as hard and as fast as they can. Players learn other types of pitches as they play the game. At some point, a player would settle to be the catcher, and someone else is noticed as the best pitcher on the team. That is the dynamics of learning to play in a game. From learning how to throw, then getting stronger with the throw, the pitcher then learns other pitches, including the curveball. A pitcher needs both speed and versatility in order to defeat a hitter.

A spectator’s tool

For spectators, a radar gun for baseball is one of the best tools they can bring along with them when watching a game. This is an easy-to-use tool, which can give the speed of the baseball during a pitch. The radar gun is pointed at a distance of one foot away from the release. This is usually an approximate direction, but there is no way to point to the exact direction of throw properly. Although not everyone has a radar gun, it can be a fun tool to use in amateur games. It can even be used for other sports where the ball’s speed is key.

Doppler shift

Radar guns work on the Doppler shift of an electromagnetic pulse. The gun emits a microwave beam. Shot in the general direction of the ball, the beam bounces back and this return is calculated for the speed, according to the difference in frequency. It may take a while to get used to, but it is important that reading a ball’s speed is done properly.

Listen Up Mobile App Developers! The Benefits of Cloud-Based Test Automation Tools

by Admin - on Oct 12th 2017 - Comments Off on Listen Up Mobile App Developers! The Benefits of Cloud-Based Test Automation Tools

AutomationYou might not realize this now, but the future belongs to all things "Cloud." Cloud-based software testing tools, for instance, are now making their presence felt on the development division. As a mobile app developer, here are all the perks you can get from cloud testing tools:

Accelerates the Testing Procedure

Automation tools don't only boost productivity and shorten test cycles, cloud-based versions also quicken the whole testing procedure. These are independent of devices and browser, don’t require installation and come with smooth upgrades that cause lowered downtime. 

These features allow companies to finish the procedure within or before the intended time frame, which is why it’s important to choose wisely when buying one.

Equipped with a User-Friendly Interface

Automation tools that are cloud-based usually have a user-friendly interface. These don’t require any particular training to operate, which makes them easy to use, even for rookie developers. 

Competitive Price Range

If you compare this cloud-based automation tool to the common test automation tool, you’ll realize that the former sells at a more competitive rate. You don’t need to spend a substantial amount of cash to upgrade your devices’ hardware.

Enhanced Security

Security is probably one of the largest worries when relying on the Cloud. Although there are problems that come with cloud computing, they are mostly just common misconceptions. With cloud-based tools, you will have the assurance that higher-ups in the technology industry continue to solve such security concerns. This is why these tools are safer for usage.

Even though the mixture of tried-and-tested tactics with the cloud is favorable for developers and enterprises, they still have to be cautious in using it. It can reduce the use of resources, time expenditures, and costs, but improper use of it can also do the opposite. 

The answer is to assess your needs and finish a comprehensive round of research regarding the available tools on the market before deciding.

SIP Killed the Telephone Star: Businesses and the Telephones’ Successor

by Admin - on Aug 30th 2017 - Comments Off on SIP Killed the Telephone Star: Businesses and the Telephones’ Successor

Businessman working on the smartphone
Traditional analog phone lines are now a thing of the past. With the rise of virtual telephone lines, companies can enjoy access to an almost unlimited number of phone lines over the internet. Apart from eliminating the need for a physical connection to a phone company, shifting to a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) allows businesses to save more money on their business phone while increasing phone reliability.

Companies like SIP.US, for instance, allow for the quick provision of SIP trunks in a fully-automated, self-service environment. In fact, SIP trunk deployment guarantees productivity improvements and long-term savings.

A Lower Cost for International Calls

Calls on traditional phone lines can get expensive for companies that maintain several international business relationships. Furthermore, making long-distance calls on Public Switched Telephone Networks (PSTN) requires setting aside a budget, which could dissuade employees from making calls at the end of the month or resort to cutting conversations short. With SIP trunks, all long-distance calls are essentially free since they travel over data networks.

Integrated Communication

Some organizations use various kinds of systems for voice calling and video chats. As a result, employees end up using multiple instant messaging applications to communicate with each other. These ad hoc systems, however, do not translate into a cohesive user experience. With SIP trunks, you can use the system for every type of communication and make it the foundation for a unified communication suite.

Improved Flexibility

Changes to a conventional enterprise phone system can be difficult to configure since it requires the services of an IT technician. These rigid systems are often a lot more complicated, however, so users cannot simply disable features they need at a particular time. SIP trunks, on the other hand, offer flexibility by making sure companies only pay for the resources they use. Since everything is accessible through an online dashboard, changes do not require technical expertise.

Get work done faster by installing SIP trunks. Upgrading to the virtual telephone line will translate to significant cost savings and better productivity right from the get-go.

As a Good Employer: Improving Workplace Safety and Keeping Everybody Healthy

by Admin - on Aug 6th 2017 - Comments Off on As a Good Employer: Improving Workplace Safety and Keeping Everybody Healthy

Work safety word on the cardA considerable number of employees succumb to work-related injuries in the course of their duties, putting your company in a tight spot. Luckily, you can take proactive measures and nip such disasters in the bud to keep all your employees safe.

The last thing on every employee’s mind when leaving home for work is not getting back. Due to workplace accidents, some people never live up to their promises of going home. In 2016, more than 60 people never made it home after kissing their families goodbye in the morning. Of course, you wouldn't want to be part of that.

Avoid Sure Disaster

Any incident at work can prove to be ruinous. It can cause you to incur millions in legal and compensation costs on top of losing a valued employee. The regulatory authorities might be breathing down your neck for the near future. Failing to comply with any of their recommendations could lead steep fines and legal actions. It can be bad for your reputation too, and you could have customers decamping to the competition. Hence, you need to take credible measures to create a safe working environment for everybody.

Engage an Expert

It's common for businesses to ignore small risk factors when ensuring safety, but it's what leads to sure disaster. For instance, a slip, trip, and fall accident can cause you a considerable amount of trouble. Legally, you are responsible for any harm in your premises. Rather than take chances, you should hire a safety expert to fix all these risk factors. They're professionals who can help create safety measures that suit your particular needs. They can even train your employees to keep safe.

Work-related accidents are unfortunate incidents that bear severe consequences for your company. Luckily, you can take proactive measure and eliminate the risk factors before they compound and keep your workers safe.

Fine Tuning Your Customer Service Systems

by Admin - on Aug 4th 2017 - Comments Off on Fine Tuning Your Customer Service Systems

Customer Care on a Laptop ScreenExceptional customer service has replaced hard selling in raking in business from the consuming public. Is your game plan up to date? Browse through these four reminders just to be sure you're always improving.

Manage Your Phone Calls

The best service experience over the phone is speaking to an actual CSR after the third ring, but as businesses grow this is not always possible. Having the phone ring without anyone picking up make callers doubt whether the number is correct or still in use. 

Don’t risk your customers thinking they have the wrong number and give up calling altogether. Invest in message on hold services. Professional voice talents can control the quality of their voices and speech to exude confidence, compassion and positivity. With message on hold services, you can even promote your products and send out announcements.

Take Customer Service Training Seriously

Browsing through customer service tips online can make all the steps seem self-explanatory. Is training essential? The answer is yes. Customer service training lends insights to human behavior. Why do these clients become irate? What was wrong with the representatives’ response? Training answers these questions better. 

Add to this the shared experience of other participants; your customer service representative will know better what to expect. Another important aspect of actual training is learning to manage one’s own emotion after receiving poor treatment from customers.

Standardize And Document Your Approach

You may think that your staff knows what to do, but consistency in quality can be best achieved by rolling out standard how-tos for answering the phone, handling customer issues, responding to odd customer questions, catering to unexpected requests and so on. After you decide on guidelines, have them on paper in good order.

Hire With Customer Service In Mind

The emotional intelligence and compassion required to be patient with and help others should be one of the qualifications of your staff. The new thrust, particularly in small and medium enterprises, is to spread out customer relations responsibilities all throughout the organization. It is, after all, an attitude, not a single department.

To get ahead and stay ahead, customer centricity should be embedded in a team’s culture, documented procedures, and communication tools. 

How to Monitor Your SaaS Costs More Effectively

by Admin - on Jul 12th 2017 - Comments Off on How to Monitor Your SaaS Costs More Effectively

Business man touching the word data managementYou probably spend the bulk of your days brainstorming ways to increase your revenue and expand your business. But sometimes, you don’t give much thought to minimizing spending and its implications to your bottom line.

Along with expansion comes waste or unnecessary costs, particularly software licenses and various SaaS services and products, if you’re not careful. While pinpointing the source of SaaS-related unnecessary costs can be difficult, below are some tips to help you monitor your SaaS costs.

Ask the Most Important Questions

Do you really need this SaaS product? If you stopped using it, how would it affect your operations? If the user can’t convince you or the team about the product’s value, might as well spend your resources on something else.

Encourage Innovation to a Certain Extent

Start by making it clear that you’re on board with using secure SaaS products to improve your business operations. Make sure that your team knows how to buy SaaS products, perhaps by creating guidelines regarding the most basic terms and factors to consider.

Monitor Key Things

These include point persons (in your team or vendor), costs drivers (contacts, data, licenses/users, etc.), frequency of payments, and payment methods (credit card statements, invoices), as well as terms of agreements and renewal dates.

Make a List

While it might take some time and digging, especially if you have a big organization, it will benefit everyone. Your team will appreciate the effort, especially when it is time to locate important details about your SaaS products and vendors.

Set Up Reminders

Once you have managed to organize everything, you can set up reminders or notifications in advance to help your team in managing SaaS vendors, renewals, and costs. Once a team member receives a reminder about a SaaS product he’s using, he must review his usage, evaluate the effects of using vs. not using the product, and depending on his evaluation, renew the contract. This way, you’ll feel more secure knowing that your SaaS costs are always justified.

Managing SaaS vendors and monitoring related costs should be a team effort, one that requires transparency, constant collaboration, and tools to make sure you’re using your resources well. Remember these tips to safeguard your bottom line from unnecessary costs and unexpected renewals.

Report Estimated Huge AI Expansion in Healthcare

by Admin - on Jun 28th 2017 - Comments Off on Report Estimated Huge AI Expansion in Healthcare

Laptop and a stethoscopeAn Accenture report showed artificial intelligence would help in improving patient care and provide $150 billion in savings for the industry over the next ten years.

The use of a KPI dashboard software – offered by firms such as KPI Fire – among other modern healthcare tools will help in propelling the industry, as the report predicted a 40% compound annual growth rate for the sector between 2017 and 2021.

Progressive Solution

The use of artificial intelligence in the healthcare sector also marks a good opportunity for companies “to manage their bottom line in a new payment landscape,” according to the report. It based its findings from testing ten different applications.

The report then ranked the applications according to their potential for cost savings. Robot-assisted surgery emerged on top with $40 billion of savings followed by virtual nursing assistants with $20 billion. Cyber security landed at the bottom of the list with a potential savings worth $2 billion.

When filling jobs for online security, companies should be extra careful.

Cyber Employment

Healthcare firms currently struggle to fill roles due to the lack of professionals that are fit for the purposes. However, there are certain steps to consider in making the hiring process much easier. For instance, companies should have a clear idea of salary ranges for cyber security professionals.

If pay becomes an issue, lure candidates with other benefits since there are other reasons why people accept a certain job.

Recruiters should not also insist on a certain skill that will have little or no actual impact on the specified job since this can accidentally screen out qualified applicants. In case a position remains vacant for long, consider hiring someone from outside the healthcare industry.

Software solutions are important for healthcare companies to upgrade their services, but companies should also be aware that modern tools and equipment should be under the supervision of qualified people.

The New Face of Press Releases: What Changed?

by Admin - on May 11th 2017 - Comments Off on The New Face of Press Releases: What Changed?

Modern Press ReleaseTraditional press releases used to be simple announcements of events, products, or services on different platforms: TVs, desktops, or newspapers.

Today’s press releases, however, are no longer just about announcements; modern PRs deal with SEO tools, links, and wire posting. As more communication channels open, PR experts and journalists navigate through the changing times. Unfortunately, adapting isn’t easy.

Babbler.us, the first social platform for media relations, offered a simple observation: “Internet has transformed the way reporters work, source, and cover stories but PR pros have not adapted yet.” The mismatch results in missed opportunities.

Don’t commit the same mistake. Instead of staying out of the loop, learn more about the new age of press releases.

Goodbye, Standard PR

Traditional press releases are no longer relevant. Unless you’re a company with a groundbreaking product, spending more time with standard PRs is a waste of time.

Instead of gaining coverage through old techniques, PR experts and marketers should embrace new methods of getting news concerning accomplishments or offerings. Think of the following: social media, quality visuals, influencers, and industry leaders — these are the elements of today’s PR.

Fighting Negativity with Content

Easy access to social media leads to critical users. When they have bad experiences with a product or service, they can easily share their experiences with others. Some users may have a massive social media following or share a connection with a VIP in your list. The reach and connection of dissatisfied consumers can impact your reputation, and by extension, your profits.

To prevent this, today’s PRs establish processes initially to avoid bad experiences. Thorough training teaches teams how to handle difficult situations well, particularly when handling a bad review on social media.

Another strategy is to fight negativity with content. Through engaging content, experts and businesses keep the audience up-to-date about the industry. Information facilitates better experiences, which reduces your brand’s risk of becoming the subject of a social media rant.

Press releases have come a long way. The growth of technology is creating more opportunities. But tread carefully, and make sure your client’s brand gets the right kind of exposure.

Inertial Guidance and Its Role in Space Exploration

by Admin - on Apr 10th 2017 - Comments Off on Inertial Guidance and Its Role in Space Exploration

People in SpaceExploration has always been the pursuit of mankind. For over three thousand years, humanity has discovered an array of navigation tools and references; from stars, sea currents, sensors, to radio, among other things. While these methods prove useful in marital and terrestrial navigation, they are dependent on external references, which make them susceptible to harsh conditions.

A navigation system necessary for flight and space exploration should be impervious to these conditions and independent of external references or influences. These considerations led to the development of inertial navigation systems in the 1940’s.

Inertial Guidance in Space Exploration

Inertial guidance uses motion sensors or accelerators and gyroscopes to establish the position, orientation, and velocity of a moving object without the need for external information. Since then, INS systems have evolved to achieve extreme accuracy and reliability.

In human spaceflight, inertial navigation systems provide guidance for lift-off until the shuttle separates from the booster. Because inertial systems have limitations, engineers have been finding ways to update these for outer space explorations. Celestial tracking is still a major requirement, especially for aircraft traveling to and landing on planets, and those returning to earth.

Navigational Aids

To improve capabilities and meet accuracy requirements, scientists have integrated other navigational instruments and methods to inertial guidance systems. One example is the GPS-aided inertial navigation system

In this scheme, the INS provides short-term data, while the GPS corrects accumulated errors and delivers more refined information. These systems are common in large passenger jet aircraft. There are also specialty labs that continuously develop algorithms and hybrid systems to perform specific functions, from human motion tracking, weapon orientation tracking, virtual and augmented reality and more.

Exploration has always been the pursuit of mankind. For over three thousand years, humanity has discovered an array of navigation tools and references; from stars, sea currents, sensors, to radio, among other things. While these methods prove useful in marital and terrestrial navigation, they are dependent on external references, which make them susceptible to harsh conditions.

A navigation system necessary for flight and space exploration should be impervious to these conditions and independent of external references or influences. These considerations led to the development of inertial navigation systems in the 1940’s.

Ways a Construction Take Off Software Can Assist You

by Admin - on Jan 14th 2017 - Comments Off on Ways a Construction Take Off Software Can Assist You

Take Off SoftwareIt cannot be denied that construction operations are, indeed, daunting. Fortunately, there is a slew of software to ease one’s workload. One of these systems includes quantity take offs cost estimating software. Here are ways this software can give you a big sigh of relief:

It handles cost estimates

Rather than doing the project costing manually, you can take advantage of the software to save up long hours of doing the job. With this system to handle the task, you can focus your attention on other important aspects of your project. Such software comes with user-friendly functionalities that can seamlessly generate the data that you need.

It calculates costs with precision and accuracy

What’s great with this software is that you are guaranteed that it produces accurate costs and data. You are also ensured that integral factors of the project are considered, including logistics, design, and a lot more.

It can help you deliver projects quickly

Your profitable business starts with having the right construction take off software. This software helps you in meeting the increasing industry demands to build projects faster than ever before. Moreover, it has also the ability to save repeated processes that can revisit for your next projects.

Today, you can find an array of construction takeoff software. However, if you are a newbie, it is prudent if you go for a simple program that you can easily use before jumping off on software that is more complicated.

Should you want to learn more information on how this computer system can be of help, it is wise to talk to a company now offering software products and solution for cost estimation, construction, assembly systems, and a lot more. You may also check if they offer a free trial of the software.