A Practical Guide to SharePoint 2013

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Artificial Intelligence and Cyber-Threats

Artificial Intelligence and Cyber-Threats

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, all organizations and businesses are susceptible to data breach. Companies have to update their security systems and improve their resilience in order to reduce such threats. In this blog, our major focus will be on those factors that are aiding the hackers to penetrate into systems. A number of technologies that we are currently using needs to be reviewed to combat the growing cyber threats. So, let’s head towards them!

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Humans have made much progress in the past several years, steering everyone towards technological connectivity. This has also led to a fusion of the digital and physical world. Companies that are leveraging the power of AI and ML are well aware of their benefits in terms of decision making, problem solving and speech recognition etc. Given this, data synthesis and predictive analytics can give statistical conclusions to minimize risks. Automated cybersecurity systems can identify new attacks and you can send this data to the endpoint protection solutions to make your business operationally secure. However, do keep in mind that malpractitioners are using AI and ML for offensive cyber-attacks and phishing attacks. So, make sure your cyber defense system is strong and undefeatable.

Highly Advance Botnets

Botnets are a number of devices or computers that are connected through the internet and are a part of the system that is under the control of cyber criminals. In this situation owners remain unaware of the suspicious activities. Wi-Fi routers and web servers are used to infect machines with malware. Such PCs are not well protected by anti-virus software. With AI and ML these botnets can be automated to speed up hacking. The use of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) style and Bot as a Service is also increasing, threatening the businesses.


Ransomware attacks are another danger for organizations in which hackers use elusive malware. This criminal extortion tool encrypts the key files of a victim; therefore, they are unable to access their data. Later, the hacker promises to restore your system only if the demanded ransom is paid (often in the form of cryptocurrencies) to them by the owner. On average, the recovery time takes almost a week, despite the fact that companies have strong security.

All in all, Cybersecurity threats are surfacing like never before since bad actors are at work, fully equipped with the relevant tools and technologies. Organizations have to come up with a strong and resilient counter strategy to defeat them.


Wednesday, August 30, 2023

BERT versus GPT: Which AI model is the Best?

In recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been extolled by businesses and individuals because of its immense capabilities. With this, BERT and ChatGPT came into competition and now both are striving for supremacy. Both of these chatbots are efficient at comprehending and generating human-like responses. The two are undeniably powerful in terms of performance, but it seems like users are lunging more towards ChatGPT since the release of its latest version. In this blog, we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these two competitors. So, keep on reading!

ChatGPT 3 and ChatGPT 4

ChatGPT 3 is an AI model developed by OpenAI which helps individuals to perform a number of Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks including language translation, answering queries and also summarizing text, but the input and output is limited to 3000 words. This model is trained on 570 gigabytes of Internet text and has 175 billion parameters. Its versatility allows it to adapt to changes in a conversation, no matter how complex the request is. This autoregressive language model is helping companies in code building, providing customer support, data analysis, creating website mockups, interpretation of different languages etc. Later, in this year OpenAI released an enhanced version called the GPT 4. This multimodal large language model has the ability to transform images into texts and interpret it. Since it is trained on 100 trillion parameters (i.e. books, Wikipedia and various other online resources) it can perform many complex tasks. Companies like Duolingo have already incorporated both these models in their operations and many of them are using it for app animations due to its precision, creativity and accuracy.


BERT, the acronym stands for Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformer. It is a product of Google that is best at performing sentiment analysis and helps in natural language understanding (NLU). This model has 340 million parameters and is pretrained on 2.500 million Wikipedia words and 800 million Book Corpus. Its feature of bi-directionality provides better understanding of the context. This tool is very useful for text generation, summarization and question answering. Through its mask language model (MLM) the meaning and context of hidden words can be predicted.

A Comparison

Both GPT and BERT are based on transformer architecture that has many layers. The main difference between the two is that GPT generates text in one direction (i.e. from left to right) because of its autoregressive transformer decoder. This means it predicts the next word on the basis of its relation with the previous word. While BERT processes in both directions for an accurate contextual understanding (i.e. right to left and left to right).

 In conclusion, both ChatGPT and BERT are invaluable NLP tools that are all set to revolutionize the world with their extensive capabilities. BERT is more suitable for tasks that require in-depth understanding of the context while GPT has an edge in text generation.

Monday, August 28, 2023

The Upcoming Solar-Electric Vehicles

Making the Future Pollution Free

Technological advancement has made individuals and companies more ecologically conscious. Traffic and vehicular pollution are escalating due to an increase in population and standard of living. Gas and petrol-powered vehicles have proved inefficient i.e. they are not just costly but also negatively impacts the environment. As a counter strategy, the world's renowned automotive companies, Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors, geared up to launch their solar charging vehicles to minimize the CO2 emission and improve mileage. In this blog, we will discuss the benefits and features that Hyundai Group Motors is offering in their solar powered vehicles. 

A Step Towards Nature

Hyundai has introduced its first ever solar electric car known as Sonata Hybrid with a translucent solar roof to absorb the sun rays that will charge the vehicle. This new system comprises a solar panel, a battery and a controller, giving a green message to the public. With the help of photovoltaic cells, the solar energy is converted into electrical energy which is then stored inside the batteries. The 100W solar panel generates an energy of 100Wh in an hour. On an average, it will charge 30-60% of the battery per day, adding 3-4 miles to its range. However, it also depends on the weather and the environment where you drive. These features can enhance the fuel efficiency of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles as well.

While comparing it with competitors, some people argue that the transition between gas and electric is not seamless. Above that, such cars are fully optimal in sunny areas. But the bright side is that an increase in exports is expected, since environmental laws are being implemented worldwide. The other added features of this car include leather upholstery, a sleek exterior with a touch of sportiness, front and rear parking sensors, surround view camera, cupholders, LED lights, automatic passenger and driver windows, spacious and comfortable sitting that gives a sense of openness to the passengers. Unlike the traditional cars, it significantly reduces noise pollution, making your journey peaceful. Passengers can even enjoy a panoramic view from the sunroof.

A Choice of Green Minded Consumers

Solar vehicles are an exciting but an expensive innovation. It is a great buy for the customers who are safety conscious and concerned about the environment. With time these vehicles are getting more efficient, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and creating a sustainable future for the coming generations.

Sunday, August 27, 2023

The Hologram Technology and Its Applications

Technology has certainly relieved us from many strenuous tasks but humans can still never beat nature, no matter how much they learn or achieve through their intellectual ambition. Almost all the technologies that have been introduced are indirectly or directly related to nature and living things. Even the idea of hologram technology has been imitated after studying the living organisms such as butterflies, peacocks and beetles. For example, the metallic texture and color we see on a beetle's body are a result of 2D holographic type structures which are created by nature. So, let’s discuss holograms in detail and see how science and technology have created ease for us.

What is Hologram Technology?

Hologram Technology is a very interesting imaging technology through which three-dimensional images are created. These holographic 3D displays are visible to the naked eye and one does not need specs or any other wearable devices to view these objects. A single light beam is divided into two parts with the help of a laser. The two beams that are created in this process are usually named as reference beam and object beam. Later, the object beam is diverted towards a recording medium and comes into contact with the reference beam, together making up an interference pattern. The original object is then imitated into a three-dimensional form through this pattern.

Applications of Hologram Technology

Hologram Technology is being used for different purposes in almost every industry. Here are some of its most significant examples:

Entertainment and Art

The entertainment industry is using hologram technology because it provides interactive experience to the audience and grabs their attention. It helps to create virtual performers i.e. the audience can see the deceased singer performing on stage. Similarly, museums and galleries are no more boring as holograms create immersive art exhibitions. Visitors find the artwork visually appealing and it offers them a unique way to interact with the master pieces.

Medical and Healthcare

Hologram technology has eased the work of doctors and surgeons too. They can now visualize the whole human body or parts of it in a 3D form. Diagnosis and treatment of disease have become much easier through medical holography as organs, bones and other body structures can be studied through the images. Complex surgeries are performed more successfully as risk of complications has reduced. This is also helping in the speedy recovery of a patient.


Holograms have also changed the way we learn, enhance our experience and gain more knowledge. In the education sector, this technology is being used to provide interactive, engaging and immersive experiences to the students, helping them to learn more effectively. For example, holographic simulations are being used to clear the science and engineering concepts of students. They can interact with complex systems in a direct way.


Many companies are incorporating hologram technology in their advertising campaigns to make their displays more attractive and memorable. When brands create 3D models of their product, customers can view it from all angles without the hassle of visiting the store. This technique is very useful and effective for some products like cars and appliances which cannot be easily showcased through websites.

Hologram technology has uplifted many industries through its remarkable and fascinating features. As technology is advancing at a rapid pace, we will witness new and exciting uses of this technology in the coming years.


Friday, August 25, 2023

All About the New Minimis Glass

A gadget you must have!

Despite the years of backbreaking work, many smart shade companies have foundered in their mission to find a firm footing in the wearable industry. Their touted attempts were overlooked by the tech enthusiasts and users, presumably because they found them impractical and uninteresting. However, a Sydney based startup is quite optimistic to design, develop and sell its smart glasses, targeting the athletes (runners and cyclists). Let’s have a look at the features and benefits they will be offering to the users to attract them. 

What's new for fitness enthusiasts and athletes?

While cycling or running, it is quite distracting and risky to hold or use your phone. You might bump into a tree or a passing vehicle while you are fully engrossed in your phone, either monitoring your fitness or navigating the GPS. To end your problems, an Australian based company known as Minimis Technology has introduced its first finest smart glasses. This new gadget is called Minimis Glass that presents the statistics (speed, distance, time and heart rate.) maps and route information right before the wearer's eyes through the HUD navigation system. This gadget gives real time performance data, allowing users to track and monitor their health and fitness.

For the safety of the cyclists, this device offers Garmin Varia that enables the rider to detect the vehicle and track the traffic behind him/her. Whether you ride on a humid, foggy or a sweaty day, it won’t blur your vision with cloudy patches like the normal glasses. The polarized transition lenses, lightens and darkens according to the daylight. These features not just protect your eyes from the ultra violet radiations but also help you to see clearly while you perform exercise. These glasses are also water resistant and do not slip from your nose bridge. You do not require your phone while wearing these shades since it offers a number of features on a custom Android OS platform. These include Bluetooth, eSIM support, ANT+, Wi-Fi facility as well as music streaming for entertainment purposes. Lastly, one amazing thing to note is that its battery lasts for 7 hours and can be charged through its charging case. 

Final thought

The exact release date of minimis glasses is still not known as the product is still in the development phase. Its success largely depends on how well it will fulfill the needs of the target users. Only the future can tell whether it will be in the limelight or not.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

The Best Streaming Services in this Digital Age

A stir in the entertainment industry

Have you ever glued yourself to the laptop or Smart TV screen for hours to binge watch your favorite television series with a bunch of snacks by your side? If yes, then this digital age is all set to level up your experience through a plethora of streaming services options. Though, it is up to you to choose the one which best fulfills your preferences and needs. For now, we have a list of entertainment companies which you can choose to spend your leisure time with. Let's have a look at their features and discuss their benefits in detail.


Seems like Netflix is winning the competition in the streaming industry by offering a variety of TV series, documentaries and movies of different genres to the audience. It has a visually pleasing and an easy to use interface. Netflix does not only offer its original series, but also provides personalized recommendations that match users interest. If you are on vacation, away from home and without internet access, you can watch your favorite content offline by simply downloading it beforehand. Furthermore, its plethora of original series like "Peaky Blinders" and "The Queen's Gambit" have captured the attention of millions of global users.

Amazon Prime Video

Another company in the streaming market that is known for its tremendous features is Amazon Prime Video. It has an extensive range of TV shows, original series, documentaries and movies. If you have Amazon Prime's membership you can avail exclusive deals including free shipping and discount offers on Amazon products. If you are eager to know about the cast, soundtrack and crew of a particular show or movie, the X Ray feature will provide all the production details. The company's unique offerings like "Good Omens" and "The Boys" makes plain that it is fully committed to deliver phenomenal and diverse content to its viewers.


This streaming platform is a fine choice for those who love classic animations or want to watch a movie during a family get together. It presents a trove of dreamy Disney movies and fictional content including Pixar films, Star Wars Sagas and Marvel movies. For nature lovers, it offers interesting National Geographic documentaries. Thus, it is fit for children, youngsters and adults, particularly for its family friendly interface. Moreover, each family member can create his/her own separate profile. The original popular series of Disney+, "Monsters at Work" is a spin-off of Monster, Inc. through which the company was able to garner considerable attention. This showcases its prowess at creating original masterpieces.

With technological advancement, the streaming industry is also making strides by offering rich content to the audience, perfectly in line with their interest. There are a bunch of different options available for the viewers which they can use anytime by simply signing into their accounts.



Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Affiliate Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Want to earn passive income? How about signing up for an affiliate marketing program and engaging in blogging? Affiliate marketing is one of the most powerful marketing techniques that allow companies to meet their marketing goals at a very low cost. Entrepreneurs market the products and services of renowned brands through partnership. This allows them to earn commission based on the brand's sales and the lead that is generated. They can multiply their earnings if they successfully apply the below mentioned strategies. So, let's discuss these in detail along with some examples. 

Selection of Niche and Produce Quality Content

As an entrepreneur it is important to select a specific niche and focus on products that are in line with the target audience needs and requirements. For example, if you are a sport enthusiast you can go for affiliate partnership with brands that make and sell athletic kits, sport shoes and other sport equipment. Once this is done, creating high quality, interactive and informative content is crucial to gain the attention of the potential customers and to retain them.

Incorporating SEO Strategies and Making an Email List

For higher ranking and to generate organic traffic towards your content, entrepreneurs can take help from Search Engine Optimization (SEO). They can incorporate keywords in their tech blogs for increased visibility and use affiliate links to the products they mention in their articles. To build long term relationships with the customers it is essential to create an email list and capture leads. Entrepreneurs can come up with email campaigns to market the affiliate products.

Use Social Media Platforms and Give Product Reviews

Social media platforms allow entrepreneurs to increase their reach. We know how much fame fashion and make up influencers have gained from their Instagram pages and blogs. They can don a dress and mention affiliate links for those accessories and apparels. When they give detailed and honest product reviews and compare it with the competitor brands, customers end up making informed decisions.

Offers, Discounts and Performance Monitoring

When brands offer limited time offers, sales and discounts, users lunge toward the stores to purchase the items. For example, fashion bloggers can partner with apparel or jewelry brands to offer their followers a limited time discount code that they can avail. Entrepreneurs should also  monitor the affiliate performance metrics on a regular basis to see which strategies are most fruitful.

In a nutshell, affiliate marketing is a great way to earn a handsome amount of income by promoting brands, their products and services. However, best results can only be achieved if you provide value to the target audience and focus on creating long term relationships through honesty and trust.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The Unprecedented Growth of Tech Sector

Globally, the tech sector is booming. There is no doubt that this industry has surprised us with unanticipated growth within a few years of time. The disruption that was caused by the pandemic has long been bridled and again the demand for tech related goods and services is surging. There is a growing pressure on tech companies to embrace agility and digital transformation as well as enhance the skills of their talent pools. In this blog, we will discuss some of the technologies and new positions that have emerged to uplift and contribute towards the success of this sector. So, let's begin!

Internet of things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The Internet of things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is adding comfort to your life through automation of your daily tasks. In many areas of the developed and developing countries, smart cities and homes are being built where the lights, appliances, televisions and other objects or systems are connected through the internet. These connected devices can be controlled remotely through your smartphones or tablets, by voice control features or through the touch of a button. You can adjust their settings according to your preferences i.e. setting your room lights to turn off at night when you sleep. Sensors and wireless cameras are also used in street lights to automatically turn them off in the daily light. Even self-driving vehicles are being introduced to take you to a particular destination without human operations (i.e. with the help of radars, sensors and cameras). 

Data Centers and Security

In order to keep the large amounts of data that a company has collected for the analysis, they need data centers and data analysts. This helps them to better understand customer behavior and their preferences. Later, they can create products and services accordingly. Similarly, the need for security experts is growing as hackers and foreign actors are more active than ever. Such cybercriminals try to sabotage the image of a brand by stealing their data or identity and by siphoning company secrets.

AR, VR and Healthcare Digitization

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are changing the way we interact with technology and also creating new job opportunities. These technologies create an immersive virtual environment for us or superimpose digital features (i.e. graphics, effects or images) into our physical world. The healthcare sector has been most impacted by such technological evolution. New methods have come up to diagnose and prevent the spread of diseases. Whether you have to use fitness tracking devices, perform complex surgeries or manage patients records, everything is dependent on digital technology.

In essence, sky high growth is expected in the tech sector in the coming future. Much of its success is due to the transformation of other industries like manufacturing, health and aviation where new tools, techniques and technologies are being adopted. This in turn is increasing the demand (i.e. derive demand) of the tech sector.


Monday, August 21, 2023

Some Amazing EdTech Tools for Educators

Some Amazing EdTech Tools for Educators

Like every other sector, technology has revolutionized and played a crucial role in the field of education too. A number of tools have been introduced to provide a seamless learning environment to students enrolling in school, colleges, universities or any other educational institute. These software and technologies were widely adopted during the time when pandemic hit the world, allowing teachers to connect, communicate and deliver academic content to their students, remotely. Even now such tools are being used inside classrooms to provide an interactive learning experience to them. In this article, we will discuss some of the latest tools that educators are using today. So, keep reading!

1. Screencastify

Today's kids have got more technological exposure so they enjoy watching videos and at the same time internalize what they see. Through Screencastify educators can make engaging videos which they can share with these young learners in the classrooms. They can also watch them at home through the hybrid feature and later you can give them one on one lessons in class to clear the concept. This tool allows you to create virtual field trips, record, make changes and share video assignments with pupils. This tool is available as a free Chrome extension. You can post the video through the Watch Page, keep a track of the number of views and check who watched it. 

2. Google Workspace

Google Workspace is one of the best tools for teaching and learning. You can work on projects and make interactive slideshow presentations through Google Slides and Google Docs. Google Forms also allows you to create online surveys and quizzes to get feedback and know how much the students have learned and understood the concepts. Other than that, with the help of Google Drawing teachers can create visuals i.e. diagrams and charts for the students and classroom. In this way, they can better comprehend topics. All these tools are free if you have a Gmail account. Plus, you do not have to install Microsoft Office or PowerPoint in order to create professional documents.

3. Headspace

Every individual is dealing with stress and anxiety and some of us are unable to handle pressure including the students. Headspace is a useful tool for social emotional learning that can be used in the classroom to teach students how to control their emotions. Students can learn meditation techniques and ways that can help them to relax and sleep better. It has a 14-day free trial for which you can sign up.

There is an endless list of EdTech tools to enhance the learning skills of students. These tools and platforms can prepare them for a tech savvy workplace with which they might work in future.


Friday, August 18, 2023

The Future of Work with Artificial Intelligence

Embracing Change

When Artificial Intelligence (AI) first emerged, individuals were apprehensive that machines would rule and their jobs would be at risk. However, they were relieved when that did not happen. Humans and machines are inseparable in a workspace and would be working together in the foreseeable future. If some jobs have been lost many new ones have been created that are reshaping the industries. In this blog, we will discuss how AI is changing the future and pushing us into a new era of opportunities.

The Rise of Automation and Work Flexibility

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has overtaken many tasks that humans used to perform and handle i.e. the administrative tasks. This has resulted in cost reduction for companies and increased efficiency. AI has also boosted human capabilities, allowing workers to make informed decisions and focus on creative and more challenging tasks. The tools that are backed by AI have enhanced flexibility as remote workers can collaborate virtually. It provides real time insights and helps employees in complex decision making. Overall, AI improves their work life balance and allows them to be more productive.

Heading towards Creativity and Innovation

Tasks have been now divided between humans and machines. Human’s role is crucial where ideas and design require brainstorming. AI can provide valuable insights and innovative solutions by analyzing massive amounts of data, giving way to creativity. AI is also helpful in predicting consumer behavior, identifying trends and in performing repetitive tasks through automation. This has changed the job requirements and opened up doors for new roles.

Unveiling New Industries that needs Agility

The demand for professionals and specialists belonging to the field of AI has increased due to the emergence of new industries. AI has uplifted the real estate development, introduced new healthcare solutions and autonomous vehicle technology. Apart from this, AI ethics and consulting is a new position and many companies are looking for candidates who possess such relevant AI skills. Organizations that are leveraging the power of AI should embrace agility. This means continuous improvement and innovation is crucial to meet the changing market needs. Companies will also have to implement AI solutions timely to avoid failure.

New Skills and Ethical Considerations

In the upcoming future, employees will have to upgrade their soft skills and learn new technical skills. For example, critical thinking, machine learning, knowledge of AI frameworks, data analysis, adaptability and problem solving etc. However, companies should also be prepared to address the issues of data privacy and algorithms biases.

Adaptability for a Seamless Future

The above points have highlighted that AI has unlocked many possibilities for us, though its drawbacks are quite diminutive in nature. The technology is best at handling data intensive tasks while humans are great at complex decision making. Thus, humans and AI powered machines should work together without one replacing the other in order to achieve optimal outcomes.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Google unleashing its new product: Gemini

The Next Big Swing

Conversational AI models have gotten a nod from the public since the day ChatGPT came out. Tech giants like Google were covetous and taken aback. As a counter strategy, most of them were adamant to unleash something incredible that would turn the crowd’s attention towards them. But it seems like Google is worried the most, since its search business is impacted by OpenAI's ChatGPT. Few months ago, it released its AI powered chatbot known as Bard. To outperform and win the game against its competitor, it is working on a much larger AI project known as Gemini AI by integrating machine learning technology. In the midst of this stiff competition, users are excited to experience the new Generative AI model. So, let’s see what's forthcoming for them.

Delving into the details

It is reported by unofficial sources that the former employees of DeepMind and Google Brain are fully hooked up for a new project, Gemini. The tentative date of its release is October, 2023. The research lab team of Google has stated that their new large language model is currently under its development stage, but it will outdo the GPT 4 model through AlphaGo's capabilities that will make it adept at problem solving and strategic planning. The company has spent hundreds of millions on Gemini and it is said to replace its previous PaLM 2 AI model. 

What sets it apart?

There are several limitations and challenges that current models are facing which will be addressed by Gemini through Reinforcement Learning. This will allow systems to learn from its own interaction and perform functions according to specific situations. The Gemini model will also be able to generate contextual images and will also offer many other unique features. The aim of the company is to create a multifunctional product by combining AI image generation and text capabilities. In the future, it might also help you to analyze and interpret flow charts and assist in controlling software through your voice. Software engineers who want to use Gemini will have to pay for access via the Google Cloud server rental unit. In order to answer users’ questions, this model will identify patterns by analyzing text and images. Gemini will also be trained upon YouTube video transcripts while sticking to ethical boundaries, making sure that there are no encroachments of copyrighted data.


In short, the race for dominance is getting tough. Gemini's potential is huge, customers and investors are anticipating that it will surely blow out ChatGPT as soon as it will make entry into the market. However, its official launch will reveal whether it will revolutionize the industry through its capabilities or not.


Wednesday, August 16, 2023

The Era of Cyber Crimes

In the last two decades, we have seen many positive contributions of technology. However, technology has also escalated and posed several threats in this modern world. One of those is cybercrime whose prevalence has increased the tension among the individuals, businesses and government. Cybercrime can result in devastating consequences if proper preventative measures are not taken. In this article, we will discuss some of the major cyber-crimes that have wreaked havoc and will also propose solutions that might aid in the creation of a secure digital environment. To learn more, continue reading!

The Rise of Data Breaches

The issue of data breaches has put individuals and companies in dire straits. Their personal or corporate data gets exposed when the attacker gets unauthorized access to their critical and confidential information. As a result of such vile acts, they suffer from financial losses and identity thefts. It also damages the reputation of a company in the long run. To prevent from being a victim of this malpractice, companies should take incisive cybersecurity measures including regular security audits and encryption. They must also create awareness among employees through data security training and implement multifactor authentication.

Ransomware Attacks and Identity thefts

Your data can also be encrypted through malicious software. This is called ransomware attack which can cause a major disruption in companies’ operations as the attacker’s demand ransom in return for data release. It is important to update your software regularly and keep data backups to prevent your critical systems from getting paralyzed. Your staff should also be well aware of phishing scams to avoid or combat initial infection. Fraud can also be committed in the form of identity theft that is stealing someone’s personal data, password, social security numbers or credit card information. So be alert and keep a check on your financial accounts. Make sure you do not disclose any personal information with others through social media. Also, the best way to secure your accounts is to enable two factor authentication and set a strong password.

Phishing Scams, Online frauds and Cyberbullying

You may also receive deceptive messages, emails or websites. The receiver is duped into sharing their sensitive information. So, be vigilant and careful before you open a link or download an attachment sent from an anonymous source. Moreover, there are online frauds that come in various forms i.e. shopping, work from home and even when you make investments. Those who apply for jobs or make online purchases should be sure to verify and check whether these websites and companies are authentic. Also, make sure to use secure payment methods. Individuals can also be subjected to humiliations and harassment through social media platforms. Anti-harassment policies are crucial to deal with cyberbullying. Above all, strict action must be taken against the perpetrators and every digital platform should have block and report policies to condemn and control vile acts.

Individuals, companies and governments are more vulnerable than ever, so they must develop a secure and robust digital landscape and remain cautious at all times. The above discussed solutions can significantly reduce the rising threats and challenges that they face every now and then.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

The Benefits of Metaverse Technology

Embarking on the Metaverse Journey

In a few years of time, metaverse has gained immense traction, because of the way it takes us into a remarkable digital environment. This immersive technology is becoming a tangible reality with the technological transformation. In this article we will talk about some major advantages of metaverse along with some real work examples. So, let's discuss them in detail.

Delving into an immersive world

The level of immersion that metaverse offers is matchless. It takes users into a digital world that is a dreamy imitation of the real-world environment. This is of great help in the education sector since it allows students to learn and gain knowledge through interactive stimulation. For example, students enrolling in the medical institutes can perform complex surgeries in a riskless environment i.e. a virtual operating room.

No Geographical Restrictions

Metaverse eliminates geographical barriers so individuals can collaborate and connect without the issue of their physical locations. This has made remote work much easier as companies can engage with their remote team through a shared virtual space. The tech giant, Microsoft is working on its metaverse project through which they will be able to hold meetings with their employees and clients to work on different projects. This upcoming metaverse platform will provide a sense of presence.

Diverse Economies and Tailored Experience

Metaverse has also put forward new economic models including the virtual economies where individuals can purchase, give away or exchange the digital assets. Changing the way people earn and spend their money. It also provides personalized experience (according to individuals needs or preferences) to users. For example, while visiting a retail outlet to shop, customers can get personalized recommendations and can try apparels, shoes and accessories virtually before buying them. This advanced level of customization satisfies the users and leads to their retention.

Entertainment, Training and Therapy

There are no more physical limitations when it comes to entertainment. Sport events, competitions, concerts and exhibitions can be held in a virtual space and everyone can participate. It also enhances and promotes social interaction, allowing people to connect and be a part of different communities. Metaverse also allows companies to train their employees and people to enhance their skills. For example, in the aviation industry they train the pilots through a virtual cockpit. They learn to fly in changing weather conditions and prepare for emergency situations. Likewise, industrial workers are also trained for extremely risky scenarios in a controlled environment. Other than that, metaverse applications are also seen in the healthcare sector where virtual reality exposure therapy is used to treat patients suffering from disorders such as depression, phobias or PTSD. It speeds up their recovery process since they have to grapple with their weaknesses, insecurities and fears in a controlled virtual environment.

Final Thought

All in all, the benefits of metaverse technology are poised to alter the way we carry out different activities. It has huge potential since it takes us into an immersive and interactive world. With more and more technological progress, its impact on different industries will become more profound.


Friday, August 11, 2023

The Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion at Workspace

Every employee matters!

Diversity and inclusion are inseparable terms that have become an integral part of business's success. It means you value and support each and every employee as well as equally engage them in all areas of the workspace. Companies who hire a variety of individuals with different cultural backgrounds create a healthy business environment. Researches have revealed that when a company fairly treats its employees and does not hold a biased approach on the basis of their race, gender or age, it will result in higher employee retention rates. In this article, we will discuss some major long-term benefits of inclusion and diversity. So, let's begin!

A path towards innovation and creativity

When there is a plethora of people with different skills, experience, knowledge and background working in an organization they come up with innovative, unique and creative ideas. This allows a business to stand out from its competitors and expand in the long run. An also creates a balance of voices as each individual expresses his/her own opinion on a particular subject. 

A wide range of skills boost a business

With a number of skills, you get different perspectives which can be of great help in problem solving, brainstorming and when working on new business ideas. When people apply for jobs or accept an offer, they also prefer a business where they feel welcomed. Thus, hire the best pool of talent with excellent capabilities on the basis of diversity and inclusion. 

Employee-customer satisfaction leads to more productivity.

There is always room for growth within an organization. When teamwork and cooperation is encouraged in an organization, employees exchange ideas and learn quickly. They feel happy and satisfied which in turn enhances their productivity. They also understand their customers better and know how to target them as some of them might share similar backgrounds. Like-minded individuals tend to engage more by buying products from them. Apart from that, when employees are respected and heard, they open up and engage in mental health conversations that helps them to prevent burnout. 

Agility and higher revenues

It is important for companies to maximize the potential of every individual by taking advantage of their collective intelligence. They will quickly address the challenges of the changing marketplace by coming up with inventive solutions that accelerates profits and improves revenue performance.

Today's businesses should welcome change and eliminate discrimination of any sort in order to be successful in the long run. They can attain explosive growth if diversity and inclusion is well executed.





Thursday, August 10, 2023

Things that cripple software developer’s productivity

All software development companies, whether small or large, dedicate their time and energy on enhancing their team's productivity. If a team is productive enough, the chances of earning higher revenue will be more and the work efficiency will be better. To succeed in their motives, they must first give a thought to the trigger points that kills their developer’s productivity. So, let’s first figure out the root causes that pull them away from getting into the productive zone.

Needless meetings and vague instructions

Meetings between employees and project managers are often time consuming. Rather than briefing about the progress they engage in problem solving. Sometimes they lose track of time while highlighting the details of a task or an issue they face. Moreover, developers often lose focus when meetings are scheduled on a daily basis, so planning one weekly meeting is good enough. Also, it is better to stick to a specific agenda, keep them short and to the point. Instead of giving vague instructions, detailed descriptions of a task should be given to the developers to prevent redo and wastage of time and resources. 

Micromanagement and technical debt

When managers are tentative about their entry level development team, they spend hours on meetings and over monitor their performance. This pressurizes or demotivates them because under stressful conditions they are unable to produce quality work. Apart from this, the fix it later attitude of developers accumulates work because they look for shortcut methods or write suboptimal code which has to be reviewed later. 

Poor documentation and burnout

Software developers often face the constant pressure of tight deadlines while working on complex projects. The clients or managers demand high quality code which causes a decrease in their productivity because they are unable to fully pay attention to coding or building. This eventually leads to burnout. A major gap in the development cycle can occur due to the absence of clear documentation. Developers will require more time to comprehend the processes, codebase, project and alter the existing code will be challenging.

End Note

Behind the innovative software solutions there are brain racking efforts of software developers. Their productivity can be hampered by various factors, some of which are mentioned above. It is upon the businesses and firms to empower them by creating an environment where creativity along with sustainable growth is prioritized.