High-Tech Devices That Will Turn Your Meetings Into a Raging Success

Forget boring slide shows. Today’s technology makes it possible to turn any meeting into a show right out of a science fiction movie.

CloudFTP is the first adapter available that allows you to access USB hard drives or flash drives directly from an iPad. Before CloudFTP, any files or presentations you had stored in a USB mass storage device could only be accessed through a computer. That meant a lot of hassle and quite a few headaches making connections between your iPad and a computer. No computer available? Well, you were out of luck. The CloudFTP is an adapter that reads any USB storage device and then makes those files available to any WiFi-enabled device in the vicinity. That means your iPad will be able to read those files and use them as needed. This is currently the ONLY way available to access large files that you couldn’t otherwise access from your iPad.

v-OSKis a touch-screen presentation tool. It consists of a large-size iPad-like screen that connects to a projection screen or video wall. Whatever you do or touch on the small screen shows up on the large screen. Think of v-OSK as the high-tech alternative to an overhead transparency projector, except that you can also make screen changes, add last-minute text or choose only parts of the screen to show to the audience. The v-OSK can optimize web content, flow charts and even 3D graphics for more eye-catching presentations.

Holographic Projectors are a great way to catch the eye of prospective clients or exhibit attendees. Holograms work particularly well on trade show exhibits and on open trade show booths, where you depend on attention-grabbing gimmicks to attract attention. Musion Eyelineris a company that specializes in high-quality projectors that can produce life-size three-dimensional images. In the past, holograms could only be seen from the front or back but now they are truly three-dimensional –This means somebody can move around them and never lose sight of the display. This is especially useful for sports/fitness presentations, which require a dynamic approach.

Presentation Link is an iPad app that allows you to create and combine interactive presentations. With this app, you can import existing presentations and integrate them into a single presentation experience. The app can handle PDFs, photos and charts, videos and hyperlinks to help you create non-linear presentations. You can drag and drop files to organize the information any way you want. You can then connect your iPad to an external projector or wall screen during company presentations, conferences, lectures and trade shows. The app also has a feature that allows to connect directly with iTunes shared folder, so you can share or send the presentation to others in just seconds.

Hyperjuice Micro is the ultimate iPad accessory. This pocket-size external battery can provide up to five additional hours of power, no matter where you are. Create by the Sanho Corporation (which also sells the HyperShield and the 3-in-1 Smart Pen), Hyperjuice Micro allows for pass-through charging and has a built in overcharging/temperature protection. A great tool to have if your presentation is long and you want to make sure you have enough “juice” to power through it.

You can also use the SlideShow feature in iFliptips


Cyber-Bullying 5 Devastating Consequences

loserResearchers at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the United Kingdom, along with worldwide experts in the field of psychology, have revealed that 20 percent of-that’s one out of every five-children become the victims of cyber-bullying, and these numbers are on the rise. Being on the receiving end of threatening text messages, hateful emails or having embarrassing images posted on social media venues such as Facebook can result in greater psychological damage than the more traditional, non-technological forms of bullying. Nearly twice as many girls as boys become the target of cyber-bullying.
The consequences of cyber-bullying can be devastating. Cyber-bullies have the ability to hide their identities while spreading hateful messages and humiliating images around the world in no time. The problem with cyber-bullying, versus traditional bullying, is that there’s no escape. Victims cannot come home, close their doors and be left in peace, and they are at-risk for suffering through any of these consequences.

  • Recurrent Absenteeism. Nearly 160,000 kids in the US stay home from school each day due to the threat of bullying. Children who are bullied eventually become afraid to leave the house to go to school or even hang out with friends. Older kids start calling into work to stay home. The fear of cyber-bullying threats slowly reduces the victim’s world, leaving them feeling alone and isolated.
  • Mental Health Issues. Repeated bullying is linked to increased mental health issues amongst victims. When 500 children aged 10 to 19 years old were surveyed about the effects of cyber-bullying, more than 50 percent reported that they experienced depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
  • Loss of Safe Spaces. Although no form of bullying is okay, victims can eventually get away from traditional bullying. But with cyber-bullying there is no safe space. Technology helps bullies reach their victims at home, school and anywhere else they might be.
  • Physical Effects. One 15-year-old girl interviewed by ARU was the victim of cyber-bullying via hateful and hurtful messages left on various social media networks stating that she was fat and ugly. Eventually the girl stopped eating and started withdrawing from both family and friends. When her parents found a detailed note in which the teen talked about hanging herself they were alerted to get help.
  • Death. Bullying victims are up to nine times more likely to commit suicide than kids who are not bullied. Teens, such as Phoebe Prince of Massachusetts and Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi cut their lives short because they see no other option for getting away from cyber-bullying except for suicide. After Prince was taunted endlessly and told to go hang herself, at the age of 15, she eventually did.

hacker-iStock_000015926728XSmallCyber-bullies often have no idea the depth of pain they cause their victims. Organizations such as BeatBullying and The Internet Safety Project are amongst several groups that have formed in the past few years to help educate kids on the effects of cyber-bullying, as well as how to handle it. Fifty-eight percent of children who are victimized by cyber-bullying do not say anything to an adult that can help them. The educational efforts of parents, teachers and other influential organizations must continue in order to help victims break free of the situation instead of succumbing to it.

Selling via Facebook and Pinterest Pros and Cons

Social media venues have become an important part of business growth. The ability to communicate with potential clients and customers worldwide has brought great success to small, local businesses who would have never reached people beyond their city limits without venues such as Facebook or Pinterest. In addition to serving as an important part of an entrepreneur’s or small business’s marketing campaign, social media venues can also help boost sales.
Facebook-logoFacebook is popular with many small businesses due to the exposure it can bring and Pinterest is currently the hottest social media venue out there.  Knowing how and when to use each of these venues effectively can help you increase sales, as well as your customer base. But knowing which venue to use for what type of selling is an important part of the equation and it helps you avoid wasting time and effort. Read on to gain important information about each.

  • Selling on Facebook. While Facebook allows the user to post both images and words, it still remains one of the primary places to tell people about what you’re selling. In the case of Facebook, a picture doesn’t speak a thousand words, it only tells part of the story. To really take advantage of the sales opportunities on Facebook you must combine your images with carefully crafted words. When words and images are used together on Facebook you can write as much as you want, although it’s in your best interest to not get too wordy and risk losing a customer’s attention.

The best things to sell on Facebook are your services. Are you a coach? Does your business offer landscaping services? Are you a freelance writer? Use Facebook to briefly describe your services and add an attention-getting image, if you like. Link your business blog or website to your Facebook post to draw potential customers directly to you.

  • Selling on Pinterest. As the newest of social media venues, Pinterest is primarily an image-based social media venue. Users “pin” images to different pin boards with standard categories, such as Favorite Places and Spaces, or to the pin boards they’ve created. When pins are created, the user can add a comment or explanation about it. Although the explanation can be long, not many Pinterest users are there to read…they’re there to look at the pinned images.

pinterest-logoTherefore, Pinterest is an effective place to sell items. Do you want to increase the sales of season-specific sports equipment? You can create a pin board titled “Baseball Season” and, each day, highlight a specific piece of equipment with a brief description, price and link back to your website. Tailor your use of Pinterest to fit your business’s specific sales needs.
A combination of Facebook and Pinterest gives you double exposure and allows you to connect with customers and clients regarding different facets of your business. Use these two social media venues to their full advantage by remembering which one is word-focused, which one is image-focused and tailoring your sales campaign appropriately. By linking both back to your business website you can add to the effectiveness of both of these social media venues and see an increase in your sales.

Hired and Fired in the Age of Social Media

Business group meetingMore and more employers are using social media outlets to screen their workers. According to online training company Mindflash, 45 percent of companies look at an employee’s profile on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter to make decisions about that person’s future in the company. An 11 percent of companies also look at personal blogs.

Most companies check when trying to make a decision on whether they should hire a person, but some companies continue monitoring social activities after that person has been hired. Experts are calling this practice “social media background checks.” Although technically employees should not be fired based on what they do on their free time, it’s hard to draw a line and expect companies not to cross it.

In fact, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) backed up employers in two Facebook-related cases in 2011. In both cases, the employees had made offensive comments about their job or bosses on their personal Facebook account and later received disciplinary actions because of those comments. When the employees complained to the NLRB, the organization declined to side with the workers.

fired000015145710 (1)A famous case involving Facebook includes a bartender from JT’s Porch Saloon & Eatery, which complained online about his job and his “redneck patrons.” Not only was he fired from his job for his remarks, but he was also fired via a private Facebook message, rather than by phone or in person. Another case involves Talk Radio Host Angel Clark, who woke up one day to find a message on his Facebook wall saying his weekend radio program had been cancelled because “we are moving in a different direction with our weekend programming.” Clark blogged about the situation, upset that he hadn’t even received a phone call about the issue.

Getting fired over Facebook is not a US-only phenomenon. A young employee in England was fired for posting on Facebook about his “incredibly boring job,” while Virgin Airlines fired a number of employees in 2009 because they complained that many passengers were “smelly and annoying.”

When Mindflesh asked employers what they were finding out from social profiles, they discovered that 35 percent of the findings were negative and only 18 percent were positive. Negative findings included inappropriate photos, bad-mouthing of their job and coworkers, and lies about qualifications. On the positive side, employers said Facebook was a good way to get a feel for the candidate’s personality, creativity and communication skills.

Probably the most worrying aspect of the whole thing is that Facebook has blurred the lines between “personal life” and “work” as two separate entities. It seems the only way to stay safe is to keep coworkers and bosses off your Facebook account. Mindflesh also recommends getting rid of your “digital dirt,” such as compromising photos and text you wouldn’t want your boss to find when Googling your name.