Is your business still in the Dark Ages?

Doing things the old fashioned way still sometimes has its benefits. Writing a thank you note to a client instead of an email adds a quaint, personal touch. 

But if the technology you’re using is out of date, your company will be left behind. Why resist these advancements? They will only make you and your employees’ jobs easier and more efficient. 

If you’re hoping to stay ahead of the curve in 2019, you need to start taking these 5 technologies for business seriously.

1. Remote Conference Rooms 

Allowing employees to work from home has become a popular business practice. There is less of a need for people to be in the office to get their work done. One reason for this is the remote conference room. 

Now, you can attend business meetings while you stay in your living room. 

Conference call services have become even more effective than ever before. There are free services that allow you to make an instant conference call without setting up an appointment. You can even have an unlimited amount of callers! 

2. Augmented Reality 

Augmented reality is at the forefront of entertainment. AR is revolutionizing the film and gaming industries. But did you know you can also use it in your business?

Using this technology can up your game in client presentations. Augmented reality can bring your products and ideas to life. With just a headset, people can actually see a realistic, 360-degree view of what your business can offer. 

3. Cloud Computing 

You probably have a Cloud account that holds on to data from your phone, tablet, and computer. But Cloud technology can do so much more than keep all your vacation pictures in one place. 

Cloud computing can make your business more streamlined and efficient. You can easily access company data anywhere. It’s also a lot cheaper and easier than dealing with IT servers. 

4. IoT Devices 

IoT stands for Internet of Things. IoT devices are “smart” machines and they use sensors to collect information. 

These devices can save small businesses money. For example, smart lights that turn off when a room isn’t in use can cut down your electric bill. 

5. Artificial Intelligence 

Using artificial intelligence technology doesn’t mean hiring a robot as your employee. Though, that would be pretty convenient. 

Artificial intelligence can actually help you understand your customer base more. Instead of having a human study your consumers’ habits, a computer can do it a lot faster and more accurately. That way you can tailor ads and coupons to their specific interests. 

Technologies for Business: The Takeaway 

For a company to survive, it has to evolve with the times. Implement these 5 technologies for business and watch as your money and client base grow. 

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Cortana for Xbox One Finally Released: Your Personal Gaming Assistant

Lucky summers for Xbox One users as they will be getting one of the much-awaited updates from Microsoft, the Cortana is about to be rolled out.
For those who have no idea what Cortana is, well, it is a Microsoft’s virtual assistant which lets you communicate with your device like "Siri" on Apple iOS and "Google Now Assistant" for Android. You can talk to your device by saying “Hey Cortana” and you can then give all the instructions through voice.

The purpose of launching Cortana is to integrate Windows 10 and the Xbox console. Though initially the update will not be available for Windows 10 but at a later stage, you will be able to use it with Xbox app on Windows 10.

Xbox Cortana

What to Expect

So how Cortana will change your gaming experience? How can it be of any help? Is it really a much needed feature?

Cortana is referred to as the ‘personal gaming assistant’. It will assist you in gaming, of course, but this is just the beginning. Right now, you will be able to use Cortana for gaming features only but in near future, it will work with other devices and will include a whole lot of other exciting features.

Cortana lets you communicate with your console over voice. It can let you find new games, turn on the Xbox, you can start a party, and you can perform several other tasks. You can also use it to search stuff on Bing, simply give a voice instruction to search something and voila, you are done.

The good news is that there are multiple updates that will be rolled out so you will see some nice changes this summer, for example, a new game collection will be rolled out, improvements in screenshot sharing feature, some of the famous PC games will be added to your Xbox live, and much more.

This is just the beginning. Microsoft is very enthusiastic about the update and it has already announced that Cortana is not limited to gaming only, so you should expect some good new features being added in recent times.

When and Where

Microsoft will be rolling the updates in phases – not all at once, thus you have to exhibit some patience. The first update will be rolled out this summer. You will get two updates this summer and more updates will follow soon.

At this moment, the Cortana will be available to Preview testers only. No, not to all the Preview testers but only those located in the US, UK, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. If you are in one of these countries, consider yourself lucky as you will be among the first ones who will have the privilege to try the new update.

Keep your fingers crossed for the update and let’s hope that the update proves to be good for the gamers. The basic purpose behind the launch of the Cortana and these updates is to integrate Xbox One fully with Windows app (the PC). Once it is done, you will experience gaming of another level.
But that’s not going to happen right away.

For now, just sit back, relax and let Microsoft do all the hard work. Wait for the update to reach you.

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