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How to Keep Your Employees Engaged

Sep 22, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

How to Keep Your Employees Engaged

Are your employees achieving their maximum potential, or are they simply going through the motions? The answer to this question can have a significant impact on the performance of your business as a whole. 

Low Engagement Worldwide

According to research from Gallup, only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Though the engagement was the highest in the U.S., it was still at a low of only 29 percent. Though it can be difficult to measure engagement, businesses have a variety of metrics for assessing it. For purposes of the study, Gallup defined engagement as being psychologically committed to a job. Engaged workers were noted to be more likely to make positive contributions to the workplace. 

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Transparent Solar Concentrators

Sep 19, 2014 in Tech . 0 Comment

Transparent Solar Concentrators

Imagine if the front glass of your smartphone screen could be used to recharge its battery. Researchers at Michigan State University have created just such a thing. This transparent photovoltaic solar cell uses small organic molecules to absorb specific non-visible wavelengths of sunlight. These organic molecules act like micro-prisms by increasing the absorption area of a surface, thus increasing the solar absorbing ability of the glass. Utilizing this new material on a small scale, such as for screens of small electronic devices, allows it to be used by millions of current smartphone users. 

How It Works

The cells receive energy-producing protons from the sunlight and convert them into electrons, which produce small amounts of electrical charge. The cells can be changed to receive Ultraviolet or Infra-Red non-visible light. Capturing the Infra-Red light creates a glowing effect that can charge the photovoltaic solar cells. Since UV and IR light are not detectable to the human eye, the glass remains transparent, allowing visible light to pass through

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How to Scale Your Business and Succeed

Sep 17, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

How to Scale Your Business and Succeed

Making your business grow is a challenge second only to starting a new business. Business growth is essential, but it can be a hazard as well. If it grows too quickly, you can suffer negative consequences. What does it truly mean to scale your business for success? It’s essential to answer this question both for yourself and for any potential investors.

What Does It Mean?

Scale is a term that is used frequently in business in reference to various contexts of growth. For example, if you’re operating at scale, it means that you are fully optimizing all of your current resources in order to get the best possible results. Another way to look at it is whether or not the business scales. Companies that scale are able to increase revenue without increasing operating costs. For some companies, this type of growth simply isn’t possible. If there are fixed costs involved and the operating costs increase by the same amount as the revenue, the company does not scale. For others, certain types of marketing tools can be used to help scale the business. 

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Bookmarking App Pin Drop Launches in the U.S.

Sep 15, 2014 in Tech . 0 Comment

Bookmarking App Pin Drop Launches in the U.S.

A new app that has been making waves in the United Kingdom has just been launched in the U.S. app store. Pin Drop manages to combine an easy-to-use mapping interface with social networking features. Users can curate their own maps, view others’ personalized maps, and share with their contacts. It’s as easy as putting a pin on it.

An Essential Service

“Alongside news, great maps are one of the most essential services we need on our smartphones, but the current mapping services lack personalization, privacy or the ability to customize,” Andy Ashburner, founder of Pin Drop, said in a press release. “So we created Pin Drop, letting everyone create their own maps in a creative and secure way, easy to share with their friends, family or colleagues.”

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Is China Creating Its Own Operating System?

Sep 12, 2014 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

Is China Creating Its Own Operating System?

It is rumored that China is attempting to create its own computer-based operating system and will no longer use U.S. based programming technology. Back in May, the Chinese banned the use of Microsoft’s Windows 8. The country is hoping to have its own system fully operational by October. 

But just how much will this new system rely on Windows’ core programming model? In recent years, there has been high tension between the U.S. and China over cyber security. China has long been accused of stealing U.S. based software programming. Allegations have also been made against the country for illegal distribution of various Internet browsers and media players. 

This may render a devastating blow to U.S. tech companies as they stand to lose millions of dollars in sales via the growing Chinese technological market. Chinese officials claim that Microsoft has violated anti-trust laws, and that they haven’t been fully transparent in their investigation. Just recently, they expressed willingness to cooperate with ongoing inquiries, and are looking to salvage future sales to the country. 

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