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Two Technology Trends that Will Change How You Live Your Life

This Post was written by Ryan Graham
Date posted: July 10, 2017

Technology has been improving drastically for a while now. It seems like there is always something new on the horizon that draws buzz and attention in this emerging tech world. Even if you are in a leadership position or have an entrepreneurial mindset, think about how you can leverage these technologies to improve your business or personal life.

Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
We have seen the advancement of both AR and VR, especially over the past few years. Augmented reality is a computer generated image appearing in the user’s vision of the real world. For example, augmented reality made a colossal step when Pokémon Go released in the AppStore and Google Play Store, generating over 100 million downloads. The market has been preparing and developing for these applications, once they start taking off, be ready for an AR and VR version of pretty much anything you can think of.

Samsung has introduced their Samsung Gear VR, which supports over 700 different applications. Computer-generated, three dimensional images that interact within a real or physical way of using special equipment is virtual reality. Samsung’s gadget allows you to completely change how you view and interact with the world.

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Internet of Things
IoT revolves around the communication of machine-to-machine. It’s built on cloud computing networks and networks of data gathering sensors. Everyone says the overall goal of IoT is to make everything in our lives “smart”. Cloud-based applications are the biggest part of this movement. These applications transmit and transfer the data coming from the sensors, where the cloud enables the apps to work for you anywhere.

As of right now, this includes applications such as Google Home and IFTTT. This application is one of a kind. IFTTT allows you to synchronize two applications. It triggers one of the applications to take action when something occurs within the other. For example, when you pass a certain geographical location near your house, IFTTT will send a signal from your mapping device on your phone to your automated garage door application and open your garage. This is just one example of how you can utilize cloud-based applications to make your life easier.

If you’re not an early adopter or even part of the early majority, it’s ok. These technology trends are in the latter stages of growth and getting cheaper and more sophisticated. Once these go completely mainstream, it will not only change how you consume entertainment, it will also change how you live your everyday life.

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Educational Apps: What’s on your Tablet?

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: March 12, 2014

If you walk into a classroom today, you might not see textbooks laid out on the desks. Increasingly, educators are making use of technological advancements and incorporating them into the curriculum. That certainly is the case at The Providence Center School, where iPads and Smart Boards are used daily by teachers and students alike. Bridge has supported the school’s Learning Through Technology project, which aims to incorporate technology in the classroom for the betterment of students’ educational experiences. A teacher at the school explains, “When we are thinking about what types of technology to add to our curriculum, we want to be sure that it is helping the student learn in more engaging and relevant ways.”

Teachers incorporate a variety of apps into daily lessons to enhance students’ education. But what about education for those no longer in school? What about working professionals who want to continue their education? Using those guiding questions, we surveyed the app store and found some of the most positively reviewed educational apps for adults out there. You don’t need to be enrolled in classes anymore to continue your education. Keep your brain active and start using these apps today to begin your own educational adventure.

Apps, Education, Gaming, Mobile

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BrainPOP Featured Movie – Who likes watching movies? If your answer is a resounding “yes!” then this app needs to be on your mobile device or tablet . The app features a library of short educational videos on topics ranging from current events to history to science, etc. You can test your knowledge with the quizzes that follow the educational video. The app is recommended for midde-school aged students, but the New York Times quips, “the cartoon is followed by a quick quiz that will at times challenge even a grown-up.” Try watching a single video a day for a month. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn. The app is available on iPhone, Android, iPad, and Windows/Mac computers.

Apps, Education, Mobile, Tablet

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Pocket Anatomy – Maybe you’re interested in anatomy/biology or perhaps you’re a pre-med/medical student or working on your massage skills. This app provides incredible graphics of the human body, both male and female. Users can take notes directly in the app as well as take quizzes on anatomy. It’s the perfect app for all your anatomical educational needs and is available on the iPhone and iPad.

Apps, Education, Mobile, Tablet, Foreign language

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Duolingo – Hola. Bonjour. Ciao. Hallo. Olá. No longer is the Rosetta Stone the only software to help you become bi- or tri-lingual. Learn a vast vocabulary and develop the skills you need to become fluent. Based on studies, Duolingo has been shown to be as effective, if not more, than a semester of college education in a foreign language. Why not try out this free app today? By tomorrow, you’ll be well on your way to speaking another language. Start learning on the iPhone, iPad, or Android phones/tablets.

Education, Apps, Mobile, Apple, Brian Cox

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Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe – What’s really up in the sky? Wonder no more with Professor Brian Cox’s personalized tour of the universe. This smooth talking English physicist will sure pique your interest with videos that make you feel as if you’re actually there in space. The app also features many articles and stunning images on everything space-related. It is available on the iPhone and iPad.

Do you recommend any educational apps for adults to enjoy at home or commuting to work? Share with us in the comments below.

 

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Helpful Business Travel Tips

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: March 7, 2014

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Many people avoid traveling as much as possible because in recent years, it has become so complicated. But some of us can’t avoid it because traveling is necessary for our jobs. Whether traveling domestically or overseas, it’s always important to have a business travel checklist, but what should be on it? We’ve put together some business travel tips to get you started.

On the Web

Tripit is widely known as one of the best and most reliable itinerary planners for the modern traveler. By creating an account, the program does the rest by automatically creating your itinerary when you book your flights and hotels. Tripit stores and remembers all of the information about your trip, including details about flights, train rides and hotel check-ins, and you can access the information both on their web site and on your smartphone.

At $199 per year, Valet.com provides unique services to its members. The program requires an application and is surprisingly prestigious, but travelers who are accepted receiver 40% off publicly available hotel prices, map-based city guides, and carefully curated nightlife, restaurant and shopping suggestions.

Global affairs and lifestyle magazine Monocle has a useful website that provides a quick guide to both business and travel destinations. For each city listed, the site provides a list of essential facts to be aware of as well as recommendations for every category – tourism, restaurants, fitness, etc.

In Your Suitcase

Don’t check your bags! This way, you can avoid all of the trouble that comes with waiting for a suitcase to come through or losing all of your luggage. Pack lightly so that you can keep everything in the overhead compartment in a small rolling suitcase.

Simplify your wardrobe when traveling. Take versatile colors like black, grey and brown that you can mix and match with just a few colorful pieces of clothing. Make use of hotel laundry services, too, especially on longer trips.

Especially if traveling internationally, make sure to bring an extra copy of everything – driver’s license, birth certificate, passport – in case you lose something. Keep these scans on a computer, a thumb drive, or both!

On the Trip

Everyone knows how important it is to stay organized while traveling, but it can be difficult with all of the cords and tech accessories that every carries. However, there’s a solution! The latest trends are Grid-It! organizers, made by Cocoon Innovations. They come in all shapes and sizes, including perfect dimensions for iPads and Macbooks.

Throughout the week, save work to do for the plane. Make sure that everything you’ll need can be accessed offline. If you have a premium Spotify membership, you can create an offline playlist to listen to on the plane to block out other travelers. Bring a hard copy of something – an article or presentation – to read during takeoffs and landings.

This, of course, is just a small business travel checklist. What does your list look like? Do you have any business travel tips or advice? Tweet us and let us know!

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Successful Project Manager Qualities: Winning the Gold Medal in Project Management

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: February 7, 2014

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What successful project manager qualities make a project manager worthy of a gold medal? For many Olympians, the dream of making it to the top of the podium stands at the forefront of their hearts and minds. It is an admirable goal, one that requires extreme dedication. We’d like to translate this goal into the project-management sphere.

Passion – Project managers often handle a wide variety of projects. Unsurprisingly, the project manager will feel more naturally suited to certain projects and will enjoy some more than others. What separates a champion manager from an adequate manager is a willingness to find something he or she loves in every project. It may sound cheesy, but taking the moment to find at least one aspect of a project that excites you will help increase your productivity and result in a superior outcome.

Organization – A strong project manager is an organized project manager. Good organization includes, but is not limited to, effective scheduling, looking ahead, staying on top of deadlines, knowledge of your team and each individual’s capabilities, effective delegation, and productive prioritizing. Looking for tips on staying organized? Bridge has you covered. Download these apps today to stay on top of those deadlines. Looking to increase productivity? There are apps for that as well.

Effective Communication – You can win a silver medal by having a great vision for your project. But what earns you that gold medal is the ability to communicate your vision to a team/client. An effective communicator is one that speaks clearly and concisely. Be economical with your words. Always be aware of your audience and prioritize what they need to hear. Finally, be willing to experiment. Good communication is not an inherent skill, but rather, a skill that requires constant attention and work. Do this by researching strong communication strategies, listening to effective orators, trying out techniques with your team, and constantly soliciting feedback. Here are some resources to get you started: 11 Steps to Effective Corporate Communication and Managing Project Communications.

Strong Leadership – This is often cited in articles explaining what makes for a good project manager, but it is often cited in broad, universal terms. For example, many pieces will argue that the good leader is one that listens well, handles conflicts smoothly, acts in a fair way, promotes a strong work ethic, and leads by example. These are all fantastic characteristics that a good PM should exhibit. However, we contend that it is not just these universal characteristics that make a good leader, but also, and equally important, answering the specific needs of your team. In other words, what makes a great project leader in situation X will not necessarily be the same for that leader in situation Y. The best PMs take time to really understand what his or her team needs in a leader. They tailor their guidance to those they are leading, rather than just blindly abiding by universal best practcies. We are not suggesting you ignore those universal values. But rather, adapt those universal values to most effectively lead your team. Let those you attempt to lead inform the way you lead.

What do you think is required for a Project Manager to win the gold medal? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us with #GoldMedalPM. To all the project managers out there: best of luck in your quest for gold!

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