Face-to-face meetings may be the longtime standard, but they’re not always practical. Virtual meetings are rapidly becoming more common, and they’re fairly easy to conduct. There are certain tips to keep in mind, however, when you’re conducting a virtual meeting. Etiquette is vital to most meetings, and it’s no different with those of the virtual variety. This may seem somewhat obvious, but many people think they can be more casual during virtual meetings – and that isn’t always the case. Here are a few more tips that can help your virtual meetings to...

E-readers have become very popular recently. Those who use them swear by them for their convenience and portability. Everybody doesn’t share their excitement, however. There are a number of things to take into consideration before you decide whether or not an e-reader meets your needs. What are the options? There are a lot of options out there when it comes to e-readers: the Amazon Kindle, the Sony Reader and Barnes & Noble’s Nook are among the most well-known choices. Some newer versions offer Internet capabilities, but the primary purpose is to display e-books. Tablets...

Inspiring employees can often be hard to do when you’re running a small business. Funds are usually limited and there is not a lot of time to spare. Keeping your employees motivated, however, is vital to the success of your business. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to inspire employees that don’t include huge bonuses. A little creativity can go a long way in terms of showing employee appreciation. Here are a few great, simple ideas: 1. Ask for input It means a whole lot to most employees to know that their thoughts and opinions are considered. By asking for input and...

Smartpens are a new office craze with ever-expanding possibilities. The features of smartpens have grown leaps and bounds since the technology first came about, and they’re still increasing. Smartpens fundamentally track what you’re writing and transfer those notes onto your computer. Each smartpen has different abilities, however, some of which are more useful than others. IOGEAR Mobile Digital Scribe This smartpen was the first on the scene. Because of that, it doesn’t have all of the great features that you might find in a newer model. The Mobile Digital Scribe...

As you may have heard already, Google has just released its new feature, aptly titled Gmail Motion. In an attempt to keep up with the ever-changing technology of the Internet, Google has created a series of motions that is translated into actions and commands in Gmail. It performs actions in Gmail such as search, reply all and mark as unread based on your motions, as opposed to the click of a mouse. The advancement will allow users to feel more at one with their computers and have a more personal email experience. How does it work? Gmail Motion combines your computer’s built-in...

Ensuring that all of your belongings are secure at all times is a tall order. Thankfully, there are some tools that make it much easier. Portable security devices can be hard to find, but we have found several that work quite well. Laptop privacy screens Privacy can be a major concern if you do a lot of work in public. Often, if your typeface is large enough for you to see it, it’s probably big enough for someone else to see it too. That’s what these privacy screens are for. Laptop privacy screens get rid of the need to crouch over your screen and constantly minimize windows...

Managing your email inbox can be quite stressful. The emails are arriving faster than you can read them, and it seems like there’s never sufficient time in the day to make it through them all. Fortunately, there are a number of tips that make it easier to keep your inbox neat – here are just some of them: Set up folders Folders are a great, easy way to better monitor emails and simplify your inbox. Often, you can set filters according to email address, so you can create a separate folder for your family, friends, and for individual clients or partners. This helps you figure...

Whether you’re a wireless mouse user or you’ve stuck with the wired version, you probably know that there are advantages to both. The debate between the two options has been going on for years. While it most likely won’t be resolved anytime soon, these facts may well help you better determine which one is right for you. Wired Just like wireless mice, wired mice have a lot of positives as well as negatives. These are a few of the major benefits: Longer life expectancy Quicker response time More cost efficient More accuracy – a big pro for gamers No possibility of...

Google Docs is a fairly popular tool. A number of us utilize it on a regular basis – often in a business setting. Google has made some recent changes to Google Docs, which can help users become more productive The popular commenting feature in Google Docs has recently received some big improvements – some of the most significant are: Timestamps and profile pictures on comments The ability to edit and resolve comments Implementation of email notifications via @mentions Email notifications are one of the handiest features that have been added as they let you bring people into...

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a yearly event that unites people from film, music and new media. SXSW is all about creative content, and that is never lacking. SXSW is most known for its music festival – it is one of the biggest in the United States, but it has much more to offer. SXSW Interactive is a popular event for web creators and entrepreneurs. The event lasts five days and focuses on the future of innovative technology. And, although the two-day SXSW Technology Summit, which includes presentations on technology and business, is still going on, a number of great ideas have...