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Skype ‘Humoticons’

Posted: April 29, 2012 in All Categories
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Skype’s has just started there latest marketing campaign, the video call service has launched a Facebook app geared at making our interactions more human: Skype Humoticons.

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This app basically allows us to recreate classic emoticon images — such as the smiley face, sad face or tongue-out face — with our own real-life expressions. You can post existing photos to a “Humoticon gallery,” or snap new pictures within the app. The results can be shared on a Facebook wall, downloaded, or turned into a URL to share in an Instant Message.

“It’s Time to Skype” campaign, launched earlier this month, is based on the premise that social networks such as Twitter and Facebook are “degrading humanity.” Some of the slogans Skype is using for the campaign: “140 characters doesn’t equal staying in touch” and “Upgrade from a wall post to a first class conversation.”

Reasoning behind Skype Humoticons? “Because nothing can replace the look on your face,” according to a Skype blog post. There is a distinct irony in the campaign. At the same time it blasts Facebook and Twitter, Skype isn’t above using both social networks for promotion purposes. As part of the “It’s Time for Skype” social media campaign, for example, the hashtag #timeforskype will be used on Twitter.

Ads include the following catchphrases:

“When did LOL replace the sound of laughter?”
“When did it become okay to text mum happy birthday?”
“Humans were made to look, listen and feel.”
“140 characters doesn’t equal staying in touch.”
“Your one-way ticket back to humanity.”
“Upgrade from a wall post to a first class conversation.”
“No delays on human conversation.”

The ads have a bold look as well, with “It’s time for Skype,” featured below the slogan:

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And not only does Skype have a video call integration feature on Facebook, but the entire Humoticons campaign is housed on a Facebook page. Do we really need to mimic emoticons to put the humanity back in our conversations?

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I know Cloud computing is one of the most hyped technology trends of 2010, and foor better or for worse, cloud-computing technology is going to stay, on the other hand Small Businesses Are Clueless About Cloud Computing, did you know the fact that seventy percent of Microsoft employees are doing something at least related to cloud computing; in a year or so, that figure will be ninety percent.. Although cloud computing is not without concerns about security, stability, and data ownership, at its best it allows businesses to unshackle day-to-day operations from the local datacenter. Cloud computing is helping to shape today’s truly mobile workforce.

So how can Cloud Computing help for small businesses, or even in that case a startup, for small businesses, cloud computing hits a particular sweet spot. With cloud services, small businesses reap the benefits of not having to deploy physical infrastructure like file and e-mail servers, storage systems or shrink-wrapped software. Plus, the “anywhere, anytime” availability of these solutions, means hassle-free collaboration between business partners and employees by simply using a browser. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that aside from a locally installed desktop operating system and browser, a lot of today’s small business technology needs can be fulfilled almost completely with cloud-based offerings.

For those who are not aware of what Cloud Computing is Exactly?

Let’s take a quick look at what constitutes a true cloud-computing solution. Cloud-computing services require no software to purchase and install. This doesn’t include a Java plug-in or some other kind of lightweight applet required to use the service. Cloud-computing fees for businesses are typically subscription-based. The vendors usually charge you on a month-to-month or annual basis. The solutions we feature here are relatively affordable and follow the subscription model. Another feature of cloud computing is that it’s easily scalable. Many of these solutions can work for a business with five employees or 5,000. Cloud-based service is nimble because it grows as your business grows.

Let we look at the twelve of the top cloud-computing services for small businesses, in today market under various categories..

    Cloud Computing for: Storage and Backup

Egnyte Hybrid Cloud Solution

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Cost: ~$19.98 – $69.98 Direct
One of the most pertinent concerns for a business of any size is storage and backup. Especially backup because, face it, your live business data is only as good as your last successful backup of it. For online backup and storage, it doesn’t get much better for SMBs than Egnyte. Egnyte’s Hybrid Cloud Solution offers a “file server in the cloud” so there’s no need for a physical file server. Egnyte has inherent disaster recovery and backup. It’s also a great way to get remote access to your files. You can opt to use Egnyte’s Local Cloud on NAS which will synch files from your online file server to a local NAS (not all NAS devices are supported, though).

Dropbox

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Cost: ~$4.99 – $49.00 Direct
Dropbox is a superbly implemented cloud-based automatic file-synchronization service that lets users share and store files online.

    Cloud Computing for: Productivity

Google Docs

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Cost: Free
Of course, productivity is key for a successful business. Online office suite Google Docs is elegant, efficient and provides document collaboration. Plus it’s more compatible with Microsoft documents than other online services of its kind.

Google Apps

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Cost: $50 per user per year Direct
If you want to integrate Google Docs into a collaborative workspace, complete with email and calendaring, Google Apps is the way to go.

Microsoft Office Live Small Business

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Cost: Free
Microsoft Office Live Small Business received an Editors’ Choice award, too. It gives SMBs the tools they need to conduct business online: 500 MB of storage, 1 year of domain registration, web-site building tools, business apps and more. It’s a powerful toolkit for small businesses on a budget.

    Cloud Computing for: Finance and Accounting

Outright.com

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Cost: Free
Keeping financial records and accounting are a necessary evil of running a business. Outright.com is an online accounting service that fits light accounting needs, such as tracking income expenses and tax obligations.

Bill.com

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Cost: $25 Direct, per month (1 user)
Bill.com smoothly automates small-business accounting by reducing the time and paperwork normally required for accounts payable, thus saving money.

    Cloud Computing for: CRM

Salesforce.com

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Cost: $65 to 250 Direct, per user per month
For dealing with customer accounts, Salesforce.com is a top-notch cloud-based CRM service. It provides a myriad of features like managing sales, marketing campaigns, and running reports.

    Cloud Computing for: Communication

DimDim 5.5

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Cost: $0.00 – $75.00 Direct
Communications are vital. Save money on business trips and installed phone-system costs with Dimdim This affordable, feature-packed Web conferencing solution is clearly a labor of love for its developers, and it gets better with each version. It covers all of your web and videoconferencing needs–plus, it’s fun to use.

Skype 4.0

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Cost: Free
Skype continues to improve its VoIP quality. Skype’s new interface makes video calls a priority and is the most intuitive out there. The new, efficient Silk audio codec produces class-leading sound for video and voice, earning Skype our Editors’ Choice for video calling.

    Cloud Computing for: IT Tools

Meraki WiFi Stumbler

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Cost: Free
Small businesses may not have the resources for an on-site IT staff. Meraki Wi-Fi Stumbler is an online wireless network analyzer that’s simple enough for anyone at your business to use. It provides information on nearby wireless access points, channels and signal strength allowing you to maximize your wireless networks efficiency.

LogMeIn Central

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Cost: $49.99 monthly; $299.00 yearly, Direct
LogMeIn Central is way to connect PCs via the Internet for tech support or for collaboration. It also gives a centralized snapshot of the health of PCs in your organization and it’s user-friendly enough for non-gurus.

    Cloud Computing: Database

Quickbase

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Cost: $250.00, Direct
Ultra-customizable, fast, and easy, Intuit’s QuickBase is the only business-class online database to come from a long-established vendor that a cautious company can trust. Editor’s Choice winner Quickbase, Intuit’s database can house any type of data from invoices to inventory. It’s fast, reliable, and has many native applications, so you can quickly get up and running.

I know this list may not cover all that you are aware of or currently using, comment them so others can have use with it.. Happy Week!!

Some people prefer to be technical every place they go, then why not the Hotel they stay in. The days when high-tech rooms for hotels meant adding a kettle and alarm clock are long gone, with hotels realising guests want far more wizardry in their rooms. Did a simple research and was good to find AskMen who have come up with a list of the top 10 high-tech hotels. Here’s looking into hotels that have mixed luxury with technology, don’t blame me if you find u don’t find ur kind of geeky stuff here ;).

    1) Helix Hotel, Abu Dhabi

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The Helix Hotel is yet to be built but its hi-tech credentials come in the form of heat and energy conservation with state-of-the-art GROW panels, which harness energy from the sun and wind, to be affixed to the outside of the hotel. The temperature and humidity inside the 208-room hotel is set to be managed by a waterfall in the atrium. There will also be a giant glass wall that will periodically slide open, allowing a fresh sea breeze to blow in.

    2) Hotel Sax, Chicago

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Let me just say this about this Hotel, there’s the free Wi-Fi, massive wide-screen TVs, and the 6th floor Studio Lounge, free for all guests, where you can relax on big sofas or play Rock Band, Wii games and Guitar Hero. Guests each receive a laptop and Zune MP3 player for use during their stay. The hotel also has tech studios and tech suites.

    3) Hotel 1000, Seattle

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Besides innovative plumbing like water pouring from the ceiling to fill the bath, Hotel 1000 also boasts a “silent electronic doorbell” system — housekeeping staff push a button at your door which sets off an infrared scanner inside your room. If it detects any movement, an electronic “do not disturb” sign appears and the housekeeper knows to come back later.

    4) The Peninsula Hotel, Tokyo

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The Peninsula takes its tech so seriously that it even has an electronics service department. Rooms have Internet radio boasting 3,000 stations, mood lighting controls, and wireless phones with Skype capability that you can use throughout the hotel. Lastly, there’s a nail polish dryer too.

    5) Blow Up Hall, Poznan, Poland

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Blow Up Hall is a snazzy establishment described as an electronic art hotel. Renowned artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer has created an intriguing video installation around which the design of the hotel is based. The moment you step inside, you’re a performer in the video being played in the lobby comprising 2,400 tiny images gathered from as many cameras inside the hotel. No keys or door numbers here, just iPhones. Every guest is supplied with an Apple phone which, through recognition tech, you use to gain access to your room. You can also use it to call your concierge, surf the Net and view preloaded local tourist info.

    6) The Upper House, Hong Kong

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All guests at this virtually paperless hotel are supplied with an iPod touch preloaded with games, music and everything you need to know about the hotel and its environs. There’s free and unlimited broadband access with even the hotel’s cars (Lexus RX450H hybrid models) equipped with Wi-Fi.

    7) Mama Shelter, Paris

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Once a parking garage and now a Philippe Starck-designed boutique hotel, Mama Shelter has a 24-inch iMac in each one of its 172 rooms. The iMac acts as your entertainment center, and there’s free Wi-Fi available too. Something else the rooms at Mama Shelter have that you won’t find in most other hotels is a microwave oven 🙂

    8) Montage, Beverly Hills

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A real practical feature for the guys — a fog-free shaving mirror in all bathrooms. The Montage this year became one of the first hotels in the world to receive gold-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its use of, for example, energy efficient heating, lighting and air conditioning systems.

    9) Element Hotels, across the United States

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Rooms at Element Hotels feature ambient lighting made possible with energy efficient light bulbs, and specially designed, cutting-edge low flow rain showers that minimize water wastage. All rooms have state-of-the-art kitchens and soon guests will be supplied with a Nintendo DS console loaded with Personal Trainer: Cooking software.

    10) Pod Hotel, New York City

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Targeted at the younger traveler, New York’s Pod Hotel has an in-house Pod Community Blog, open to those with reservations, that allows guests and guests-to-be to interact, ask questions and exchange information. The hotel is sure to satisfy the tech-hungry budget traveler with its free Wi-Fi, LCD flat screen TVs and iPod docking stations.

So next time don’t complain u don’t have a Wi-Fi setup in ur hotel room, just switch onto one of this :))