Staying Within The Speed Limit Is About To Get A Lot Easier

When you love driving, you do a lot of it. What’s more, you like to do it in style. While sitting around in traffic is par for the course, there are times when you can get out on the open road and enjoy yourself. 

Unfortunately, though, you’re not perfect. And sometimes you can dip over the speed limit, especially on wide-open roads. And that can cause you to fall foul of the law. 

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Getting a speeding ticket is not a pleasant experience. Not only does it cost you a lot of money, but it also means that you now have points on your license, which take many years to disappear. Furthermore, it takes away from the pleasure of being out on the road. You don’t want to feel as if a cop could pull you over at any minute. You want to be able to relax and get the most out of the experience. 

The good news, though, is that car manufacturers are listening and coming up with gadgets and solutions. 

Adjustable Speed Limiter

Nobody wants to build a speed limiter into all cars that works automatically. People want freedom on the road. And they don’t like to feel as though they are under control. Similarly, speeding tickets are a great way for local authorities to make money, so they’re not going anywhere soon. 

A growing number of companies, however, are offering their customers automatically-adjusting speed limiters. Instead of just capping a vehicle to 155 mph – as most do – these adjust their limits according to your geographic location. If the system detects that you’re in a 30 mph zone, it’ll stop you from floating above that. 

The cool thing about these systems is that they’re optional, and they help protect you from the police. You can put the pedal to the metal, and your vehicle will continue cruising along under the speed limit. It takes the element of luck out of getting a ticket. And that can only be a good thing. 

Gadgets That Detect Police Radar

The police measure the speed of oncoming vehicles using radar technology. Their equipment sends out a pulse of energy that bounces off the incoming car and then back again, telling them how fast it is going. 

Because of it, you can actually buy equipment that detects the signal, as this radar detector buyers guide points out. These devices pick up on the EM pulses coming out of radar devices and let you know in an instant whether there’s one nearby. It means that mobile speed cameras won’t come out at you as a surprise. You’ll be ready.

Autopilot Technology

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Of course, the moment machines take over the job of driving, the difficulty of staying within the speed limit goes away. We already see a large number of companies invest in autopilot technologies. And every year they continue to improve. Soon, we will have systems that can keep you under the speed limit while driving you down the highway. And soon that will extend to urban areas too. 

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Simple Tips to Transitioning to Working-from-Home

If you’re one of the many office workers who have recently transitioned from working in an office to now working remotely from home, you might be pulling your hair out trying to figure out exactly how to make the environment work best for you. 

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Working from the comfort of your own home has huge pros, and a few cons. The lack of social interaction can be rough, and learning how to navigate meetings and face-to-face discussions via Skype or Zoom can make even the most introverted person wishing to be in the same room as their coworkers. 

One of the ways to reduce that stress though is to make sure that your home office environment is a welcoming place, thoroughly equipped to make your job easier to perform. If you haven’t already, now is the time to consider a dual monitor system. Whether you’re working on spreadsheets, going over a project with coworkers over the phone, or switching between two websites to compare, having two monitors greatly increases productivity. According to a survey performed by Jon Peddie Research, a second monitor increases your average output by 20 to 30 percent. 

Next, let’s talk about docking your laptop. If you’re accustomed to working on a larger monitor, and suddenly only have your laptop, you can consider docking your laptop. This will save on the cost of an entirely new computer, but allow you to use a larger or second monitor, as well as a traditional more ergonomic keyboard and mouse. For short amounts of time, a laptop can be a great machine to work on, but having a docking station is key in making sure your work station is a comfortable place to work. Not all laptop docking stations are made equally, though. If you’d like a thorough breakdown of some of the best options on the market in 2020, check out this review here

Finally, let’s address that persnickety video conference issue. 

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When you set up your video camera and microphone to hold meetings with coworkers or potential clients, take these tips into consideration:

  • Angle the video so that viewers are not looking up at your chin or into your nose. Have a straight-facing camera, or slightly higher than eye level.
  • Even though you’re at home, make sure your area looks professional. That means clear out any clutter from behind you that can be seen.
  • Consider the lighting. Lighting from behind is going to put a shadow on your face, so have your lighting in front or to the side of you. This could be as simple as changing the location of where you sit so that you’re using natural light from a window 
  • Use the mute button. Large conference calls can get noisy. Touch-to-talk can make a meeting much easier to deal with when several people are in attendance. 

If you’re new to working from home, it can be a stretch, but well worth it in the long-run. You may need to remind kids and family members that while you are at home, you do need to focus on work during specific hours. This can greatly decrease interruptions and have you focused and productive throughout your workday.

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How Poor IT Support Damages Your Business

There are a lot of elements in business that all contribute to the overall success of your company. And when it comes to your IT support, a poor service can be really damaging to your company. Here’s how poor IT support damages your business.

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It Impacts Productivity Levels

When you’ve got a poor response time for IT problems, then productivity levels will drop. They drop because the work that was supposed to be done can’t be done, and then you also have periods where we all naturally get bored and start procrastinating. Our productivity levels can definitely be impacted when we’re finding something difficult, and that can often be to do with slow-running computers or electronic devices that aren’t playing ball. Improving your productivity levels as a business is important, and it’s something that should always be maintained. If they aren’t, then there’s a lot of consequences that can come from it, such as a loss of staff or earnings. Neither of which you really want to happen, right? IT services need to always be on top of their game regardless of the size of the business.

You’re Likely Frustrating Your Staff

Frustrating your staff is something you don’t want to be doing because not allowing them to do their work efficiently, could cause a lot of problems. It’s important that you’re fixing IT problems as soon as they crop up else they’re the ones who won’t be able to get their work done. If they can’t get it done, they either need to spend more time in the office working, or they fail to reach their deadlines because their time was wasted due to under-performing IT equipment. And if the expectation to reach deadlines and complete tasks is pressured on staff, then they’ll likely snap.

It Can Leave You Vulnerable To Cyberattacks

A poor IT support service can leave your business vulnerable to cyberattacks. If something like a virus was accidently downloaded onto a computer and your IT support was very slow to respond, who knows what damage could be done. Within just a few minutes or hours, you could be seeing a huge and negative impact to your business. By leaving yourself vulnerable to cyberattacks, you’re likely to risk more than just your data but your company as a whole.

You Allow Your Business To Fall Behind

With very little support in the way of IT services, you’re allowing your business to fall behind. Not having the support and guidance to further protect your company and provide your business with the right resources, can be impactful to your staff and business. It can be very easy for a company to fall apart if an area of it isn’t working properly, and IT support can definitely be a part of that.

When you’re trying to improve your business, it’s good to make sure your IT support remains at its very best at all times. If it isn’t, then you know what needs to be changed in order for it to improve.

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Four Tech Skills Everyone Should Learn

There’s no escaping it – we live in a digital, technological, computerized, online world. Going “off the grid” may appeal to some, but most of us are fully assimilated into a lifestyle that allows us to order food delivery from a tiny smartphone, hop online to have a meeting via Skype, or read a book on a handheld device. 

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However, when your life is digitized in every way, you become reliant on technology. Not enough people know how basic technology works or how to fix these “smart” items when something goes wrong. Many are able to utilize their technology without any true understanding of it, and that’s a shame. 

We’ve detailed four tech skills that everyone should learn, to better equip themselves in our digital world. 

How the Internet Works

Practically everyone on earth uses the internet, and yet you’d be surprised if you knew how many people have zero clue how it works. 

Having a basic knowledge of the internet, what it is, how it functions and how to do basic troubleshooting is a good rule of thumb for literally everybody. We all use the internet; we should all know the basics. If nothing else so you can reset your own IP address or figure out how to fix an issue with your modem. 

How to Fix your Computer

Now, of course, we’re not talking about major issues here, but it’s a good idea to have a basic working knowledge of how to fix your computer if something small goes wrong. Knowing how to troubleshoot basic software issues, how to clear out the memory a defrag, and even how to replace basic parts (and where to find IT parts, such as on Interbyte), are things you should know if you use a computer often. 

Basic HTML

These days, with sites like wordpress and even apps that do the work for you, nobody really feels the need to use HTML anymore for their blog or website. But you should take the time to learn it. HTML is a valuable language and it’ll serve you well if you know how to write basic tweaks and small bits of code. Those “build your website” platforms are cool, but they’re also slow, clunky and not very intuitive. If you learn HTML, you can whiz through website design in a snap and avoid those overused templates. 

How to Type

Another thing that seems like a no-brainer. But in the day of the smartphone, less and less people are actually learning how to type properly, and instead chicken-peck keys in the rare instances they use a computer. Proper typing has become a bit of a lost art. Failing to type properly, though, slows you down and can hurt your accuracy. 

The ability to type properly (and quickly, not to mention accurately) is an incredibly useful skill and one that will carry you very far in the world of tech. 

These are just four tech skills that the average person should definitely know. If you take the time to learn these, you’ll find the technology as a whole is so much easier for you. You might even open up whole new avenues for yourself in technology.

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5 Health and Wellness Apps You Need In Your Life

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There’s no denying that our phones have become a vital part of our everyday routine, so we might as well start using them to support and develop our wellbeing. From meditation to sleep to hydration, there’s an app for whatever area of your health you’re trying to improve. 

Check out these 5 health and wellness apps that help you achieve your health objectives and have you feeling better in no time. 

Waking Up: A Meditation Course

Created and narrated by, neuroscientist, philosopher, and New York Times best-selling author Sam Harris, Waking Up is a meditation and wellness app that takes users along the journey of mindfulness. Described as “a guide to understanding the mind, for the purpose of living a more balanced and fulfilling life,” Waking Up truly helps you find the inner peace and stability needed to excel. Plus, it offers exclusive theory courses, similar to podcasts, that reinforce the meditation practice! 

Sleep Cycle 

Having trouble sleeping? Looking to improve the quality and length of your night’s rest? Sleep Cycle is the wellness app for you! With Sleep Cycle, you can record your sleep and receive an audit that offers tips on how to get better rest and improve your overall health. This app also includes an intuitive alarm clock that gently wakes you during your time of lightest sleep — so you feel refreshed every morning. 

MealPrepPro 

So you want to clean up your diet…But you get tired of eating the same thing. Or maybe you can’t find the time to cook at every meal. MealPrepPro makes eating simple. This wellness app curates meal plans according to your diet, taste preferences, and health goals. With MealPrepPro, you no longer have to spend hours searching for new recipes. It also keeps things exciting with nutritious meal suggestions each week so you can keep your fridge stocked with healthy options. 

ivee 

There are many apps that help track hydration, but none that directly offers it. ivee is the on-demand wellness app that delivers IV therapy to your door. Whether you’re feeling under the weather, had a long night out, or simply need a boost, ivee’s got your back! Simply select your treatment and enter your location, and a nurse will be at your door. In no time, you’ll be living your best (hydrated!) life. 

Streaks 

Streaks is the ultimate wellness app to keep you on track with your health goals. It allows you to create personal to-do lists that renew each day. Everytime you check these off, you add on to the consecutive days you achieved your goal. Streaks delivers a report of your habits, allowing you to see in real time how well you are doing while remaining on target! Accountability is difficult, but Streaks makes it easier! 

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Ford Is Developing A Crazy New Cyclist Safety Technology

Cyclists are at high risk on the road and need to have their wits about them. Just like motorcyclists, they’re particularly prone to collisions, with little or no mitigation. 

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Now American car manufacturer Ford is developing a solution. It proposes to add an early warning system to cars that will tell drivers when a cyclist is approaching in their blind spot. Using some twenty or so cameras around the vehicle, the vehicle will be able to see where cyclists are at all times and then issue an alert. Ford’s idea at the moment is to make the wing mirrors and edges of their vehicles with strips of LEDs that will flash red when they detect an oncoming cyclist. Under the current plans, both the driver and the cyclist will be able to see the lights and hear an alarm sound. 

Ford’s new concept also deals with another common problem – opening car doors in the path of oncoming cyclists. Sensors on the vehicle will detect a cyclist approaching and prevent the person inside the car from opening the door until they pass. The hope is that the system will prevent people from inadvertently opening their doors in the path of a cyclist. 

More Respect On The Road

Ford’s plans, however, are about more than just reducing the number of accidents. They are also geared towards generating more respect on the road. The automaker hopes that the technology will help drivers and cyclists understand each other’s needs better. 

Currently, the company says, there’s a lack of understanding between the two groups. Drivers don’t want cyclists on the road and vice versa. Ford hopes that the new technology will help people to share the streets so that everyone can benefit. 

Ford Is Not The First To Have This Idea

Ford isn’t the first company in the world to trial this kind of technology. People have fitted some vehicles in the US with this technology already, especially on public transport where blind spots can be quite large. 

As technology changes, so too will the role of the car accident lawyer. As batteries become more versatile, we’re likely to see an explosion of transport options. Ebikes, for instance, will become much more common on the roads because of their low running costs and high performance. Legal professionals will need to take these new types of cases into account. 

Automakers such as Ford also need to respond by designing cars for this new environment. As the above example makes clear, driver error isn’t the only issue. Passenger oversight could also play a significant role too. Insurance companies need to factor this into their calculations in the future. 

When Is The New Tech Coming?

Ford hasn’t set a date for the release of the new technology yet. We’re still very much in the testing phase. The company, however, says that it will continue to develop the concept over the coming months and hopes to create a viable product. 

How exactly the vehicle will light up remains a matter for debate. Some designers imagine an emoji-style system where faces light upon the wing mirrors and doors to warn both drivers, passengers and cyclists of the danger. 

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Industrial Shredder Basics

Industrial shredders are state-of-the-art devices that are used to efficiently shred every material, including tissues, plastics, boxes, and even rubber. Industrial shredders make for quick and efficient compaction and destruction of large volumes of waste material. Industrial shredders can also come with automatic feed systems that cut the cost of operations and maximize productivity. The best shredders will integrate cutting-edge technology to make for easy operations, with minimal human intervention. 

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Industrial Shredders In Recycling and Waste Management
Shredding systems are usually used for reducing the size of waste material using shredder blades. A shredder is usually thought of as a way to shred documents, but there are actually lots of kinds of shredder available to handle different kinds of material. 

Shredders are designed to reduce material in a wide range of recycling applications. Industrial shredders work well for aiding in the recycling of plastic, e-waste, scrap, tires, and wood. The raw material that is produced from the shredding process can be reused in a few different manufacturing processes, or for producing finished materials like mulch for landscaping. Industrial shredders are also sometimes known as granulators, grinders, hammer mills, and chippers. Whatever they’re called, the main purpose is the same – to reduce the size of different materials. 

In the waste management industry, industrials shredders are used for large-scale disposal systems used by municipal facilities and recycling units. These shredders can compact large amounts of waste like asphalt, rubber, plastics, and wood, to a much smaller size very quickly, often in minutes. Some shredders are used in landfills, where they are able to significantly reduce the volume of the waste, and help to accelerate the decomposition of biodegradable waste. 

More and more businesses today are now aiming to be more eco-conscious. An industrial shredder is a good option for a business to cut costs. Using an industrial shredder in the process of recycling is good way to reduce material volume, which then also reduces the cost of transporting and storage waste materials while you’re waiting to deal with it.

High torque, low-speed machines are able to minimize issues like the embedding of metal parts into plastic materials during the process of shredding. 

There are several types of shredder available on the market, depending on your needs. You can buy options for shredding paper, to plastic waste, to tires. Whichever type you need, the main benefit is regulatory compliance for the responsible disposal of sensitive business information and eco-friendly waste disposal. 

Most businesses can make use of a paper shredder. These are designed to safely shred and dispose of commercial and industrial paper waste. A strip-cut shredder has a single set of blades for cutting documents into strips. An industrial paper shredder is designed for a higher volume of shredding, in order to handle a large amount of paper waste or to dispose of sensitive documents in a safe way. A cross-cut shredder has two sets of blades for cutting documents into very small strips. This a very secure option for sensitive documents.

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What Are The Different Types Of CCTV Cameras?

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When it comes to selecting the correct CCTV (Closed Circuit TV) camera for you, there are a lot of different factors that need to be considered. This includes everything from technical requirements to the physical constraints that the site imposes. Because of this, a large number of CCTV cameras have been created to cater to the differing needs that people have. 

In this post, we are going to reveal more about the different types of CCTV cameras that you can choose from today.

CCTV basics

People use CCTV mainly for surveillance reasons, including security monitoring, spying, and safety monitoring. Home security companies will use these solutions in most home and commercial security projects today.

The different types of CCTV cameras available

There are a number of different features that can be used to categorize a CCTV camera, including the following:

  • The sort of images they capture
  • The number of frames that can be taken per minute
  • The type of connection to the monitor
  • The type of video recording device they offer
  • If they can be moved
  • If they have any special functions

There have been a lot of developments in CCTV cameras over the years. However, one feature a lot of the cameras come with today is night vision. This has now become a standard. It means the cameras have special technology so that low light images can be viewed and recorded.

Frames per second

When searching for the best CCTV camera system, this is a feature most people are interested in. The main chunk of solutions on the market today are going to be able to capture 30 frames or more per second, and do so with ease. Nevertheless, huge quantities of digital storage would be needed if every moment of every day was to be recorded. Needless to say, your reason for needing CCTV will dictate this. Six frames per second tend to be substantial if CCTV is being installed for monitoring reasons. 

Cameras with special accessories

As discussed, another aspect to consider when choosing a CCTV camera is the special security functions that come with the camera, as well as the tech behind them. If you need a CCTV camera for specialist use, for instance, if you need a CCTV system to spy on someone because you think you have a criminal in your business, there are smaller surveillance cameras on the market that have been designed with this specific use in mind. 

Do you need to move the camera?

Last but not least, you need to think about whether the camera needs to be moved remotely or not. These are known as Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) cameras. The camera can be moved by the person who controls the area’s surveillance, wither through an RF or a wired controller. As the name dictates, you can tilt the camera up and down, as well as moving it from left to right and right to left. Zooming in and out is also possible.

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Should You Be Outsourcing Your IT Support?

When you are running a business, that relies on technology to provide a professional and efficient service to your customers, then your IT Support team has to be reliable, available and punctual. 

When you outsource your IT services, ideally you want each element of your technology to be dealt with by the same company.  The company technicians can support each other, and they can get to know your systems inside out, thus reducing any delays in repairs and reconnections.

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When things go wrong, after the initial consultation, they can ensure all the relevant parts are to hand, and the right member of the team can be sent out to your office as soon as possible, and get you back up and running again. 

But when is the right time to seek the services of an IT Support Service such as Fidelis for your business. You may have a real technical whizz employee who is happy to drop his normal duties when something goes wrong, and can usually get a problem fixed fairly soon, but inevitably, when something major happens, that is beyond their capabilities it has the potential to make or break your business. 

The technology environment is getting more and more complex, and today, businesses rely on much larger systems.  This places a huge responsibility on your in house IT team, who may struggle to keep up with added pressure as demands on them increase. 

There is no suggestion that you should disband your IT section, but by outsourcing the support you require, this could leave them more able to focus on other more productive tasks. 

What about the rest of your team, they too can be affected if your systems malfunction. Productivity and deadlines can be disrupted when things don’t work as they should. Employees can spend hours trying to work round things, when really they should remain focused on their actual core role within your company.  Outsourcing your IT Support to a company will bring help on demand and reduce the risk of problems getting in the way of work!

When things do go wrong, sometimes it’s hard to actually find the point of the problem, and it’s so reassuring to know that you can call on help immediately to stop the issue from getting out of control and stop associated potential problems from arising. 

As your company grows, you will need to install bigger and better computers and phones, and more complex systems to deal with this growth. There is a shortage of IT expertise to meet the demands being made. 

As a business owner, you want, and indeed need to focus on productivity, not worrying about your IT issues. It goes without saying that one day, problems will occur, you need to be prepared so that there is little or no disruption to your business.  

Outsourcing your IT Support will give you peace of mind, and allow your team to focus on their immediate day to day role without any distractions and demands on their time. 

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What Would You Change About Health Care

When it comes to health care, there always always going to be different changes that you may wish you could be able to make. While you may not be able to have any direct impact on the health care system yourself, it’s always a good idea for you to understand where the changes you would make are. Then, you may be able to make a difference combined with other people and over time.

The Availability Of Treatments

To start with, you may find that the availability of treatments is very important to you. Do you have access to what you need? Are reliable and revolutionary treatments available near to you? Are there other options you wish were available? It all matters.

The Access & Cost

Maybe you are concerned about the access to health care in your local area? It may not even be for you, but for others. And when this is the case, it could be that you’re also concerned about the cost and wish you could make changes about that. So keep that in mind.

The Delivery & Service

It could even be down to the service that you get and how health care is delivered. When that’s the case, you may want to understand more about technology is advancing and how it can help. If you’d like to know more about AI and how nurses can integrate this technology, just take a look at the infographic below.


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