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In the dawn of the new era of technology in which we reside now, it is almost inevitable to seek out for new and advanced technology as it is no more just a means to make our lives easier but has become an integral part of our lives today.

Once a source of wonder and entertainment has now transformed itself into the necessity of the time. Not only the new technology enhances our experience with our daily lives but we also tend to seek for better and more advanced alternatives as the time passes by and hence aiding to the ailing need of a larger mass many companies come up with innovative ideas and products. Here I have listed some of the class apart products for the time being, catering to the said needs.

The Tesla Coil Arc Lighter

The traditional gas lighters could be fussy; they are not wind resistant and have to be refuelled when their gas runs out. However, the Tesla Coil Arc lighter is one of the new gen electric lighters, running on an internal USB chargeable battery it gives 300 lights per charge. It forms an electric arc instead of a flame making it wind resistant.

The Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Submariner is the most successful premium, classic diver’s watch so far. It is waterproof up to 300 meters (1000 feet), provides 48 hours of power reserve and looks good with everything even when you are not diving.

Sony A9

So far the best DSLR camera, even acknowledged by the loyal Canon and Nikon users, Sony A9 is the most apt camera for wildlife, sports and action photography with the superfast speed of 20fps with full resolution all while tracking focus, completely silent, 24.2 megapixel full-frame sensor and a blackout free viewfinder.

Garmin Forerunner 935

In the many years of Garmin manufacturing fitness wearable products this is class apart. It’s not merely a running watch but when combined with Garmin’s smart cardio strap it’ll tell you everything from your average pace to cadence and running oscillation, providing you with genuinely useful metrics, with a training load calculator, a decent recovery time estimator and personalised Training Status and VO2 Max score. What makes it endlessly versatile is that when it is connected to the huge range of accessories by Garmin, it becomes as good as your computer on your wrist and to top it off it is 100% waterproof.

Sony PS4 Pro

Sony PS4 Pro Gaming Console is great for 4K TV users having dimensions 29.5 x 32.7 x 5.5 cm (W x L x H), GPU of 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine, RAM of 8 GB of GDDR5, 1 GB DDR3 with Communication of USB 3.1, HDMI 2.0a, Ethernet, Optical Audio and PlayStation Camera ports, Dual-band 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Max Resolution of 3840 × 2160 with maximum 4 controllers and storage space of 1TB. It is the first 4K HDR Sony console with 1TB hard drive but on the down side it has no 4K Blu-ray player and the Pro Mode support is not universal.

Apple Watch 4

One of the best and most efficient Smart watches so far, having OS of watch OS 5 withiOS compatibility,1.78″ OLED display, S4 dual-core processors, Band sizes varies drastically per watch size, Onboard storage capacity of 16GB, Battery life of18 hours, with Wireless charging, with IP rating of 50m ISO and Connectivity withWi-Fi, Bluetooth &NFC. It also provides brilliant fitness tracking; however quality of this product comes at a bit high price and a very short battery life.

HTC Vive

Currently the best VR Headset in the world coming with intuitive user friendly controls, with amazing screen resolution of 2160 x 1200, with 1080p screen per eye and a field view of 110 degrees. Its compatibility lying with Windows and included controllers it provides a play space of 13×13 feet, which is quite high as compared to others. However it requires a high-end GPU and is one of the costliest options out there.

Jabra Elite 65t Wireless Earbuds

The Jabra Elite 65t wireless earbuds are quite stylish in its design and looks and is very comfortable at the same time has amazing wireless connectivity, stellar noise isolation, and 5 hours of battery life. The headset comes with a very good charging case that provides it with 10 more hours of battery life.

Amazon Echo Plus (Gen 2) Smart Speaker

The new generation of the Amazon Echo is much sleeker in design and has a better sound quality because of the Dolby tuned hardware providing 360 degree audio with a robust bass. The seven built-in microphones enhances Alexa’s command receiving efficiency and the speakers’ fabric finishes include charcoal, sandstone and heather gray.

Microsoft Surface Go Windows 10 Tablet

The Microsoft Surface Go has a Windows 10 operating system and is ultra compact but a plausible laptop substitute. The magnesium-clad slate has a 10-inch ultra sharp touchscreen, excellent performance, and a very good battery life for a device as compact as this.

Apple iPad (2018) Tablet

The new Apple iPad 2018 version is so far the best tablet, it is now compatible with the Apple Pencil stylus enabling you to let you creativity go loose. The iPad offers access to more than a million high-quality apps, including augmented reality ones. There are three colours- silver, gold, and space gray; and two storage variations to pick from which is 32 and 128 GB. There’s also the option to pick a model with LTE connectivity.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

The Sony WH- 1000XM3 wireless headset is the best in its class providing class apart sound quality and superior comfort. It is now compatible with Google Assistant. The noise-cancelling cans can last up to 30 hours between charges. It uses USB-C for fast charging which facilitates up to 5 hours of playback after only 10 minutes of charging. There are two colour options to choose from black and silver.

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

The latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is of 15 inches display is sleek and immensely powerful. It comes with Intel’s latest six-core Core i7 or Core i9 CPU on board. Like any other MacBook, the new Pro models have excellent keyboards, the best trackpads on any laptop, a Retina display with superb quality, and a great battery life. It comes in two colours, silver and space gray.

Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charger

Anker’s PowerWave fast wireless charger is best in class in its price range. It supports dash charging for Android smart phones, as well as the Apple iPhones via the newly introduced 7.5-watt output standard. The hardware features of the accessory include a built-in cooling fan and a discreet charging indicator. The PowerWave charger comes with a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0-compatible wall adapter.

What we can call the mere twilight of the morning yet to come of the new era of innovative wonders of technology to which we gaze upon wide eyed eagerly, we however feel the urge to gasp the best in class technologies which are available as of now. Though what I have listed above is merely a few of the marvellous technologies of our time, the better still awaits in the future.

Hence as long as the innovators do not venture out to seek and create the better versions of the current technological wonders, we remain eagerly waiting for the future generations and the wondrous technologies that are yet to uncover.

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Holding Cloud To Account, How Cloud Adds Up In Financial Services

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Trends influencing the 2020 data storage landscape includeAI, mass adoption of hybrid cloud, object storage at the edge, and cybersecurity

By Dom Poloniecki, General Manager, Western Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa at Nutanix

Cloud computing and the deployment of increasingly cloud-native technologies is happening across every industry vertical. Even in industries where a degree of previous inertia existed such as legal and finance, the drive to cloud flexibility and scalability has become a primary driver for the technology fabric that firms in these markets run on.

As traditionalist operations in the legal trade start to undergo increasing levels of digital transformation, the weighty behemoth systems running financial institutions are also now being carefully and strategically replaced by more efficient, more flexible and more cost effective cloud installations. Now a proud owner of its sub-sector label and hashtag, FinTech is the new financial IT… and FinTech was born on the cloud.

As part of the Third Annual Enterprise Cloud Index report by Nutanix, a specific analysis of the 3,400 IT decision-makers questioned is now dedicated to examining how financial services organisations are using cloud technologies. Looking at the key data points related to Financial Services, we can start to understand the implementation, workload separation and (in most cases still, as of 2020) the migration issues that these firms are experiencing.

In the world of Financial Services cloud computing, the importance of an integrated and intelligently managed hybrid framework can not be overstated. Financial operations can of course draw upon the resource backbone of public cloud for their foundational operational technology requirements. However, they often still need to run a carefully deployed private cloud footprint commensurate with the privacy and security needs of any organisation operating in the financial sector.

The central importance of hybrid

Hybrid cloud and the use of Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is therefore a key cornerstone for Financial Services hybrid cloud development. This is the route to a cohesively managed hybrid cloud environment, where workloads are optimised according to the security, performance and compliance needs arising from the use case of the data and applications at hand.

The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index findings back this reality up and show that the majority (86%) of financial services respondents identify hybrid private/public cloud as the ideal IT operating model for their organisation. So much momentum is there now in this space that financial services companies are running more applications in private clouds than most other industries polled. Their reported usage of private cloud (39%) outpaces all other industries except for IT, tech and telecoms (40%).

As a further validating and driving factor here, HCI is the lower substrate technology behind the big public cloud offerings from Amazon, Google and Microsoft. So HCI and the wider hybrid approach is no longer perceived as ‘just’ a route to cost savings, which perhaps it was as recently as half a decade ago; it now represents an important enabling and facilitating technology to reduce complexity and increase scalability. In the hybrid cloud world where cost is no longer the main driver for cloud implementation, we can say that we have moved on to a point where we identify the ability to ‘achieve business outcomes’ as the primary driver.

HCI for modernised financial challengers

Given the growth of so-called ‘challenger banks’ shaking up financial services with new online services, extended customer loyalty offers driven through dedicated mobile banking applications and other fast-moving business models, traditional financial institutions have realised that they need to become altogether more agile.

Adopting hybrid cloud in Financial Services allows even older and more established firms to build scalable and easily managed private clouds as part of a hybrid cloud model. This scalability can be engineered for rapid growth when and where it happens, but it is also scalability that enables financial organisations to rein in compute resources serving banking products that have proved to be end-of-life and ultimately laid dormant or retired.

It’s important to remember that, as powerful as it is, cloud can still be a complex consideration, especially when aggressively deployed in an essentially hybrid mix of public and private cloud instances. The Enterprise Cloud Index found that for every aggressive hybrid design being deployed, there is an equally aggressive drive to deploy Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI).

This is because HCI helps accelerate cloud adoption by sharply reducing the time it takes to build the software-defined infrastructure necessary to support private cloud. It also supports the rapid capacity expansion that enables the scalability benefits of cloud technology. Nearly 50% of the financial sector respondents said they’ve either fully deployed HCI or are in the process of doing so. Another 38% said they will be deploying HCI within the next 12 to 24 months.

It is difficult not to mention the impact and legacy of 2020 and the global pandemic on the financial services technology market space. More than three quarters (78%) of financial services respondents said Covid-19 has caused IT to be viewed more strategically in their organisations. In addition, 50% of financial services respondents said they increased their investment in hybrid cloud as a direct result of the pandemic.

Choice: from the bank teller to the backbone

The key point we keep coming back to here is choice. As financial institutions will be working to offer corporate and individual customers the widest choice of products and services, so too will they need to gain choice of operational compute fabric in the shape of the cloud deployments that they do actually make. More specifically, it’s about these Financial Services businesses having the flexibility to concentrate on the delivery of strategic business outcomes quickly, easily and – crucially – without the need to keep within the limitations of a particular supporting IT model.

As previous Nutanix surveys have shown, companies consistently express a desire for the ability to run workloads in the infrastructure best suited to them, based on a variety of criteria. Be that wanting to enhance security; rapidly on-board new apps during takeovers and acquisitions; reach new markets with different compliance needs and so on.

Over the next five years, financial services organisations expect a significant drop of 13 percentage points in their use of non-cloud-enabled datacentre technology, taking them down to less than 1% penetration. As in almost all aspects of life, some products, tools and processes that we took as standard parts of the way the world works are eventually superseded.

Nobody uses a ‘flatbed slider’ paper-slip credit card reader anymore to take a payment – and nobody will use non-cloud financial services IT functions in the very near future. There may be a few archaic legacy hangers-on, but they’ll be nothing more than the exception that proves the rule. Hybrid cloud for our Financial Services’ future? That’ll do nicely.

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First of a kind Virtual Coffee Machine app with social meeting moments to support workforce wellbeing in a remote workplace

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Powell Software’s first in a series of wellbeing technology innovations help remote employees socially connect with colleagues and keep the workplace culture alive

As the third UK lockdown continues and many countries worldwide face severe restrictions, Powell Software, a global organisation creating digital solutions and tools for the digital workplace, has launched the first of its kind Virtual Coffee Machine, an application within Microsoft Teams to ensure employees stay better connected, positively engaged and take regular breaks while working from home.

With employee wellbeing at the top of the global workforce agenda for 2021, Powell’s Virtual Coffee Machine app positively connects employees through virtual chats to maintain a culture of togetherness, even when apart.

Replacing the absence of the in-person coffee catch up, HR can swiftly set up a Virtual Coffee Machine break within any Teams channel, encouraging employees to take regular short breaks while inspiring networking and socialising between colleagues.

Matthieu Silbermann, Chief Product Officer at Powell Software said: “The effects of the Pandemic have reshaped the Digital Workplace and research has found that three quarters of employers intend to shift some employees to remote work permanently. However, with one in five remote employees naming loneliness as their top complaint regarding work from home, reinforcing togetherness needs to be a top priority.”

Take a virtual coffee

HR can set up a Virtual Coffee Machine meeting within any Teams channel defining time, frequency and date, and number of people. The app then uses an algorithm that collects data from employees registered in Powell Teams, automatically comparing outlook calendars and generating meeting invites based on the criteria of the meeting. For example, if the Virtual Coffee Machine meeting criteria was set at a maximum of five people and ten people are available to join then two meeting invitations would be sent.

Virtual Coffee Machine consciously avoids one to one or full team meetings, focusing on creating intimate, short social breaks where employees can take time out to engage with colleagues in a positive digital space.  Colleagues can also ‘travel’ to differently located virtual offices across their organisation to meet colleagues for a coffee break in different virtual buildings.

Employees are unaware of who else will join the group until the event, to encourage different team members to meet, chat and get to know each other. The app automatically books an agenda and also suggests ice breakers like ‘what was the last film you saw or book’?

If a team member does not want to or cannot join a Virtual Coffee Meeting, they simply decline the meeting invitation.

Silbermann continues: “Powell Software is passionate about connecting employees to their organisation and to each other, ensuring that they have a positive and stimulating experience at work, every day. Remote workers need to be connected, they need to feel part of the company, the culture and feel able to socialise in the hybrid or remote workplace.

“Powell’s new Virtual Coffee Machine app is all about the employee. We all miss the little social moments at the office, whether they be at the coffee machine or the cold water fountain. Coffee Machine allows us to progressively see our workplaces positively come to life again in a virtual way, promoting connectivity, collaboration and employee wellbeing. It’s part of a bigger goal and series of initiatives to bring the virtual building to life.”

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Top 5 Ways To Lose Your Video Files

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There are lots of reasons why you can lose video files in your system or device. While some of these problems are avoidable, others are inevitable. Simply put, it is only a matter of time before the latter problems will be experienced. The major challenge is that most people don’t understand why their video files are either missing, damaged or deleted.

Are you amongst those mentioned above? Do you always ask why a video file can get lost, deleted or damaged? Don’t waste time to rack your brain on a such topic/matter. This is because you have come to the right place. This well-researched blog will provide you all the top reasons why you are losing your video files. Before thinking about which video recovery software to start using, it is recommended you know why files are getting lost in your system.

Power outage

This is a common problem that is responsible for loss of data. However, most people are yet to discover it. Have you ever noticed any situation whereby there is sudden power outage in your system? Simply put, your system suddenly shuts down. In such case, applications and other files (photos, videos, audios and doc) will be closed without any prior warning. The implication of this is that your video files are likely to get damaged.

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You may want to argue that systems come with batteries. Therefore, there will not be a problem of power shut down. This is not true in any way as power shut down can happen due to some reasons. It could even be that your system is malfunctioning. Even when your video files are not damaged through such incident, there is every chance that your hard drive will be adversely affected.

Faulty hard drive

If your hard drive is damaged due to one reason or another, there is every chance that your video files will be lost, damaged or deleted. Most of the cases related to data losses can be traced to malfunctioning hard drive. In case you don’t know, hard drives are very fragile. They can easily become faulty because of poor handling. If your hard drive crashes, it is recommended you find out what must have led to such problem. Trying to use a data recovery tool without knowing the root cause of the problem won’t do any good.

There are numerous factors responsible for a faulty hard drive. These could be hot system, frequent crashing, constant freezing, slow processing speed, booting up issues. The longer you ignore these problems; that is how your hard drive will be further damaged. This will in turn lead to loss of video files.

Human error

The truth is that as humans, we are always bound to make mistakes. These could sometimes prove very costly since they can bring about loss of video files. There are cases when important business files have been deleted mistakenly in the past. Human errors are very common. They can bring about formatting of hard drive, data loss and repair of system.

The only way to avoid this problem is to ensure you understand files to be deleted or retained. Most people don’t read messages displayed in dialogue boxes before clicking on “Delete” buttons. This is an easy way to delete important video files without knowing.

Computer viruses

Computer virus is one of the major reasons why people lose video files. Just as the digital world is becoming increasingly popular, viruses and malware are also waxing stronger. One of the most notable causes is when you begin to explore unsecured websites. It can also happen when corrupt files are downloaded and installed in your system.

When your system has been compromised by viruses and malware, there is a very high chance of losing vital files like doc, videos, audios and photos. You will try to open these files but they won’t respond. The best way to overcome this problem is using anti-virus software. This will help to monitor your browsing habit online.

Hard drive formatting

This happens to be another major cause of data loss. Most people format their hard drive without backing up vital files. In the end, these files are lost. Without the help of a paid or free recovery software, you may struggle to get back such data.

It is recommended that you backup important video files before initiating such a process. There are lots of ways to do this. For instance, you can use an external hard drive or even store such files online. This will save you the stress of spending unnecessarily on a data recovery software.

Final words

When it comes to losing your video files, there are lots of reasons which could be responsible for such problem. The tips shared above can help you to a great extent. All you have to do is ensure they are avoided.

 

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