Saturday, June 25, 2016

Tech Tips To Stay Productive At The Office

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The office seems like it is the easiest place to get sidetracked but staying productive is a must if you want to develop professionally and be eligible for promotions. Staying productive isn’t impossible even if you sit next to the most talkative person in the office. Many people don’t know that with just a few steps they can be more productive than they have ever been. The following are some ways to use tech to make you more productive rather than distract yourself.

Turning off your cell phone and only checking it on breaks is a huge thing you can do to boost production. You might not notice it but there are people who check their phone constantly and sometimes lose their train of thought. If you use your phone during work then you should avoid social media as this can waste hours very easily.

Getting noise cancelling headphones can help keep people from distracting you. They aren’t expensive as Bose has coupons on Groupon that are updated daily. The amount of times that you can be distracted by a coworker diminishes as you will not be able to hear anything other than what is playing on your headphones. If you don’t like listening to music you can just put them on to give the illusion that you cannot hear anyone.

Setting calendar updates on your email is a great idea as it can help you stay organized. These reminders can be set for weekly or monthly meetings along with a multitude of other things. Even typing up a list of things to do for the day will help keep you focused as the goals for the day are already written out.

As you can see there are simple things that you can do to boost your productivity at work. Technology can be a huge distraction but it can also help you work at a productive pace for a long time. Make sure that you are using technology for good rather than having it destroy your productivity.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

7 Tips to Block Nuisance Calls

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The telecoms regulator Ofcom receives more complaints about nuisance and silent calls than virtually anything else. During a recent survey by Ofcom, 80% of adults taking part had an unwanted sales call over a four-week period. For most adults such calls are irritating and inconvenient, but for vulnerable people such calls can be very disturbing. However, there is much help at hand to reduce the number of unwanted calls and a well-established complaints procedure run by Ofcom should the situation become intolerable.

Register with the Telephone Preference Service 

This is a free service to which anyone can register and it will help to cut down on the number of calls. All UK-based companies are barred from making unsolicited marketing and sales calls, even if they’re calling from abroad, if your number is on the list. By calling 0845 070 0707 or registering your number online via the TPS website, the number of calls should drop. However, it won’t stop scams, foreign companies or market research calls. A similar scheme operates for junk mail.

Go Ex-Directory

There are still some companies using the phone book and its online equivalent, so it’s still important to be ex-directory. That way your number will be harder to find.

Make Sure You've Ticked the Opt-Out Box

If you have been a customer, the company you have bought the product or service from may try to contact you. However, if you have specifically asked them not to call you, the company will be breaking the law if they do, even if you've been a customer. Therefore when making a purchase, make sure you tell them not to call you again for marketing purposes if the transaction has been made face to face or on the phone. All companies selling via a website must offer an opt-out or opt-in box giving you the choice not to be contacted again by them or by third parties. 

Screen Your Calls

Many phones have caller display as well as a built-in answerphone. Therefore if you don’t recognise the number, you don’t need to answer the phone. If it’s an important call, the caller will leave a message and you can ring the person back.

Barring Calls

If you have problems from a particular company, you can bar the number. If you do not need to receive calls from abroad, set it up for all international calls. Your phone service provider will do this for you, though there may be a charge. Ofcom offers much useful advice on this.

Call-Blocking Services

One of the best methods is to use a call-blocking device. The gadget plugs directly into your phone so you can screen the calls without effort. Companies such as the one found at can offer advice and set up the device for you.

Hang Up

Hanging up is easier said than done, as the people calling you are likely to be trained in talking around people who don’t want to speak to them. Rather than entering into a conversation, put the phone down, make a note of the number and report them to your phone provider or Ofcom.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Buying second hand goods a social stigma

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Many people fear that what their neighbors would think of them when they will see that they are getting themselves used products! For this reasons many of us fail to see the brighter side of using the second hand products in our home.

It is not just the lower income group who flock the thrift market or the websites that sell used products, but you will also see some owners of the bungalows also. According to some they got 11 beautiful used antique chairs for just $75, which actually cost hundred each if you want to buy brand new. So, see it is only wise to get things second hands if they are in good condition. Why pay extra when you can get almost t same thing at less than half the price!

Advantages of used products

If you are using second hand goods, then there are certain advantages added to that and they are:
-          You pay half the price as a buyer
-          From a seller point of view selling of used products clear up the space
-          By recycling the products you are also helping the environment to remain green

Buying second hand products carefully

When you are buying second hand products online, it becomes very difficult to verify whether they are stolen goods or not. It is only when you are bargaining and the seller is ready to lower the price to any extent, then you can guess that something might be wrong, but then again it will just be an assumption and there is no way you can verify whether the things actually belong to the seller or not.

While buying second hand products online, look for the reputed sites and verify whether they have a return policy or not because if you find the products broken or not in working condition then you can easily return them.

Is it really a social taboo!

Most of us though would love to have the best thing at the lowest price, but often scrap the idea of buying used products that what people would think about them! Why that should be the case? When you are inviting someone over to your place, letting them appreciate your trust first and then let them know that these are all second hand products.

This will show how smart you are and what a good deal you have struck with these items. The only thing is that when you are buying used products make sure you buy things, which are in good condition so that you don’t have to spend on mending things.

Great deal with cars

There are people around us who are not able to afford the new cars, but the second hand car market online has made it possible for them to get a car for themselves and their family. The used cars online are a great place for buying and selling used cars.

There have been instances when people have put up an ad on in the morning and by evening their car is sold out at the price they have quoted.

If you can strike a good deal, then there is nothing better than going for online buying and selling of second hand goods. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Keeping Out of It - the Benefits of Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Some people like to be wired for sound wherever they go, keeping up with the charts while they’re on the move or simply just to keep their spirits up on a long but not particularly interesting journey. Of course, they can’t always enjoy the experience because of noise going on in the background, which is when a set of noise-cancelling headphones can come in handy. Here are just a few of the benefits of such headphones.

Enjoying the journey in peace

When you travel on a plane, train or bus, unfortunately you can’t choose who else gets on the vehicle. Sometimes it can be an inconsiderate passenger who is chatting too loudly on their mobile phone or with their fellow passenger. Sometimes it can be 
a child throwing a tantrum and, in a battle of wills with the parent, refusing to stop screaming. It can even be a teenager playing tunes out aloud on their mobile phone, to the annoyance of other passengers, rather than plugging some headphones into the device. You may have to travel with them and tolerate them, but you don’t have to hear them. The journey can be much easier with a set of noise-cancelling headphones.

Protect your own hearing

Sometimes the noise around you is simply too much. If you’re on a plane or out on a busy road, the volume of the engines, roar from the traffic or the din from road works can be all-consuming and you’ll feel tempted to crank up the volume to block it out. That’s not good for your hearing, of course, and you’re likely to do your ear drums, and ears in general, a massive disservice. So instead of yielding to this temptation, think about your hearing and invest in some good noise-cancelling headphones.

Avoid distractions

Background noise can be a real distraction, whether it’s the noise of the football match on the TV while you’re studying or the sound of someone else’s music interfering with your own while you try to get in some quality me-time. A decent pair of noise-cancelling headphones can help you 
to shut them all out, or at least minimize the distractions, and focus on those all-important facts or equally important relaxation.

A good set of headphones can make the experience of listening to music much more enjoyable. Without the interruptions and interference from the outside world, you’re free to focus on the sounds that please you the most and really get the best out of your music.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Why-Fi? What Businesses are getting by giving free internet

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FREE. Wi-Fi. Two of the things we love in one place! What’s not to like?

But how are they benefitting from providing free internet to costumers?” Perhaps you’ve already asked yourself this question once or twice while you’re in a coffee shop with a free Wi-Fi connection. You might not notice it, but you are spending almost double the amount of time (and perhaps) money on coffee and snacks just because you can browse your Facebook account while sitting on a comfy sofa. And don’t tell me you’re just there for the coffee.

Stroll in your neighborhood and you will see that almost every business is offering a promotion such as a special offer, sale or discount. Businesses are competing in a hectic environment as consumers look for the best deals around.

Smart managers and business owners are now realizing the importance of providing free internet connection to their customers. It’s almost impossible not to see customers reaching out in their pockets or purses and using their smartphones.

And that there is where the magic happens – in the form of “hey, do you have a Wi-Fi here?”

Here are 5 reasons why businesses are providing (or should have) free Wi-Fi to customers.

Attract and Retain Customers. Wi-Fi allows businesses like pubs, cafes and restaurants to attract new customers, sometimes just by posting a FREE Wi-Fi sign on their doors. Have you tried sitting alone in a bar or coffee shop? Awkward, right? Free Wi-Fi connection lets people connect with friends online and removes the awkwardness of sitting alone. This ultimately leads to more business for the establishment. Bars, cafes and restaurants can reap many benefits by simply providing free Wi-Fi access.

Offers competitive Edge. Everyone loves the word “free” as much as we like sales and discounts. Providing free Wi-Fi access could be the deciding factor in choosing one business or organization over another, since we all tend to appreciate and favor complimentary extras.

Minimal investment required. Installing a Wi-Fi hotspot doesn’t involve the costs that many businesses expect. iiNet’s Wi Fi connection, for instance start from just $79.95 per month. A Free Wi-Fi is beneficial for a business that has multiple customers in the business at once, especially if they’re waiting for appointments, enjoying a coffee or maybe shopping in the premises. Moreover, a business is expected to have a free Wi-Fi connection if it’s in the metropolitan area.

Help customers comparison shop.  How do you choose between two businesses? Price and quality. In the age of smartphones, having a free Wi-Fi connection provides businesses with a significant advantage over their competitors. People tend to stay longer in a store when there’s a Wi-Fi. And sometimes before buying, we just have to check out that item we were eyeballing last night.

Meet customer expectations.  Customers are becoming accustomed to free Wi-Fi access and this has created an expectation for free W-Fi- availability. Many public and private places like transportation hubs, city centers, hotels, libraries, pubs, restaurants or even churches have it! Businesses with no free Wi-Fi connection need to embrace this trend ASAP and allow their customers to stay connected to their online world.

So, what would you choose: an establishment who offers FREE Wi-Fi or the other one who doesn’t? Case in point.