» TRENDS The top source for startup resources, business resources and startup business ideas for young entrepreneurs Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:24:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Where Will the Telecom Industry Be a Year From Now? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:49:38 +0000 The telecom industry has quickly evolved over the years (with much rapid growth in the last decade) from basic landlines to wireless communication and ultimately to the ever-growing Internet Telephony (VoIP).

Mobile communication has dominated the Telecom industry in the last decade. But it is clear that currently the market has saturated, communication revenue has stalled and revenues from other sectors such as content & connectivity revenue has not risen enough to compensate dipping communication revenue.

The telecom industry faces some challenging times and his begs the important question: Where will the Telecom Industry be a year from now?

As the telecom market continues to change, industry players are evolving too and the following technology trends are expected to appear in the near future and forever change the telecom landscape.

–Major LTE Deployment

While companies such as Apple and Amazon have developed devices that support LTE, LTE deployment and usage has not quite taken off in major regions around the world except for America, Korea and China.

A year from now, usage of 2G and 3G networks will continue to decrease as the telecom industry moves to adopt LTE. This is clear because the number of LTE capable devices are on the rise so are subscribers thus telecom operators will have to invest in LTE networks and technology in order to take advantage of the new emerging LTE market.

–Voice LTE Adoption

Voice over LTE is a critical service that will inevitably take shape has LTE continues to be adopted in major regions around the world.

Compared to current applications such as Skype, KNCTR and Viber, Voice over LTE is envisioned to offer a high quality comprehensive service with new, never before achieved experiences such as HD Video and voice calling and Web real- time communication. Simply put, there are endless possibilities with Voice over LTE.

–Increased VoIP adoption in Developing countries

Developing countries in Africa and Asia have yet to fully adopt VoIP and related services due to low Internet penetration.

Over the course of the year, industry players will start focusing on these areas with the mission of increasing Internet penetration, providing smartphones to these emerging markets and ultimately VoIP will be adopted at a higher rate.

A good example is where Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other tech entrepreneurs have partnered to connect the next 1 Billion to the Internet.

–Rapid Decline of Traditional Voice Communication

With increase in Internet access and realization of high data speeds through cable modems and fiber technologies, users have shunned traditional voice communication over new innovative communication ways such as VoIP, social networking and Internet messaging.

Voice communication is expected to sharply decrease as users have found cheaper and easier ways to communicate thus telecom companies will be forced to look for new ways of generating revenues sooner or later.

Over the current year, the above-mentioned trends and many others being developed, will have a major impact and playing an important role in shaping the operating model of the telecom industry moving forward.

It is therefore in the best interest of Telecom industry to continuously develop and adopt new technologies to better serve the rapid changing telecommunication industry.

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The Benefits And Risks of Employees Using Their Own Devices At Work Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:43:27 +0000 Bring your own device has divided the opinion like nothing else. The employees just cannot get enough of it while the corporates are skeptical about its viability and sustainability. When the concept was devised the companies saw an opportunity to bring down the expenditure while the employees thought they could work on their own favorite mean machine. Seemed like a win-win situation and then the lightning struck. Honeymoon ended and everybody started seeing the flaws which earlier were blatantly ignored.

In a nutshell it can be said that the success of BYOD depends upon the environment in which it is being used. If a bank deploys the method it will surely fail while on the other hand a software development firm is an ideal environment for BYOD to flourish.

For a layman there is more good to BYOD than bad but every firm does not work according to the vision of a layman.

Here are some of the undeniable pros of the much revered concept:

1. Prudent Cost Cutting Technique

Where there is good there is cost savings. With the financial conditions far from being ideal, BYOD along with cloud computing comes as a savior for the corporates.

BYOD enables firms to ask their employees to buy their own machine rather than providing one. It considerably brings down the cost expenditure and stress levels that come with zeroing upon the correct tool.

Indirectly it also increases employee productivity, as now they are working with a device they actually like rather than some random piece of metal provided by the firm.

2. Longevity of Equipment

It does not matter how much we deny it, but is humane to mistreat others device and use ours with care. With the employment of BYOD, the devices are liable to run longer as they belong to the workers instead to the arrogant management of the company. So, next time you hit enter key, do it with utmost care.

3. Improved Management

We all have faced the hassle of managing two devices. A work phone and a personal one on which we get our calls. With BYOD this hassle is torn to shreds as the workers have only one device to handle.

Moreover with a new machine there is a certain period of time in which we get used to it. With the amazingness of BYOD in place, that time is also reduced to zero. It cannot get better than this.

4. Cutting Edge Technology Always at your Disposal

No one likes to work with a processor made in year 2000 and a RAM of 128 MB. In order to work with utmost efficiency workers will buy themselves a good machine, meaning the office would be buzzing with latest technologies.

With constant up gradation and maintenance gone for good, the IT team would be able to concentrate more on core processes rather than catering to employee’s needless questions.

The benefits mentioned above depict only the half of the picture. The other side of the coin is a grim one and something every firm should fear and care about.

Here are the points that make BYOD a complete no-no for any company.

1. Anything But Secure

If your employee is able to take with him everything he has worked upon, you can make out how secure BYOD is. Moreover the cases of theft and loss among portable devices are not an uncommon thing. If the lost device gets into the hands of a notorious guy, most of the data will get compromised.

2. Employee has to bear the cost

Though it may sound tempting for you to take your own device to work, some employees are not capable enough to buy a device that would serve their needs. In such a scenario they feel hard done by.

Moreover the quality and type of device creates a discrepancy amongst the employees which in creates a bad working atmosphere.

3. Resignation 

Ever wondered what happens when an employee leaves the office? Does his device gets confiscated or does he surrender the device? Does his machine still contain data? All these questions put up a big argument as to whether the BYOD should be incorporated or not.

And if the employee goes onto join a rival company then BYOD backfires like nothing else.


BYOD was touted as the concept that would make SMBs punch above their weight but the flaws in it made it impossible for companies to accept it unanimously. However, some companies have very successfully employed the technique but the success stories are far and between.

There are some measure which if taken can make BYOD an outright success like not allowing the storage of data on portable device; create the data pools for specific sets and restricting the access to such pools. These measures along with some more can reinvigorate BYOD but with no guarantee.

Author BioJosephine Clark is a Cloud and Mobile Technology enthusiast and an avid writer. Other than working at QuickBooksHosting DotCom, she actively participates in various forum discussions, writing blogs and articles on topics like latest mobile apps, updates of Operating systems, Cloud hosting services such as QuickBooks hosting, etc.

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Here Is Why Entrepreneurs Are Shifting So Rapidly Towards Cloud Hosting Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:05:58 +0000 It is the era of globalization, and, with the growth of Information Technology, the world is becoming more and more globalized. If IT is playing such a major role in globalizing the world, then how can it be confined to an on-premise location? Globalization is here, there, and everywhere, and it is something that is setting the mandates for managing a business.

The future of IT was pictured way back. Time has now come when it is necessary for every businessman or entrepreneur to realize the significance of utilizing a platform which facilitates the sharing of software, resources, data, and other information, as and when the demand comes.

–Need no. 1: The Inevitable Reality Check

It becomes a necessity to centralize the key resources as soon as the business starts expanding and begins to maximize its Return on Investment (RoI). If you are an entrepreneur, then matters related to data backups, security issues, software, remote accessibility of applications and documents, and communication among your employees, must be your major concern.

Besides this, management of sufficient and suitable space for the installation of hardware, storage of data, and hosting services is a tedious task for the entrepreneurs. If your business is based in multiple geographical locations, then you would have witnessed more challenges while dealing with these issues. Thus, if you need to manage these issues in a more customized way then cloud computing is the best solution for you.

–Need no. 2: Focus on the statistics

A report from the Cloud Industry Forum said that vast majority of enterprises in the United Kingdom (in fact more than 75 %) would deploy cloud hosting in one or the other sector of their business by the end of 2013.

Moreover, other reports said that 80 % of the businesses which already use cloud would significantly increase their budget for this technical segment. These statistics might be of a great help to you if you are an entrepreneur and are planning to upgrade your system.

–Need no. 3: Try to find out the reasons behind the expansion of cloud hosting

If some entrepreneurs can spend a lot of money in order to maintain an on-site IT infrastructure and dedicated servers, why not the others do the same? It is also important to find out why businesses are shifting towards cloud hosting services from a vendor instead of maintaining their personal IT infrastructure.

As per the perspectives of an entrepreneur, some reasons which have led to the tremendous growth of cloud hosting technology are as follows:

1. Significant reduction in the Upfront costs

Most of the businesses that have shifted towards cloud hosting have significantly reduced their operating expenses encountered on daily basis. Cloud-based applications such as sharing of documents, emails, video conferencing, etc. have the capability to notably cut down your unnecessary expenditures.

You are also saved from expenses that you would have otherwise made to purchase a dedicated server or in order to maintain a secure IT infrastructure.  Besides this, almost all of the necessary IT solutions can be obtained through the Internet at very low prices.

2. Improved accessibility

Cloud hosting lets you and your employees to work from any location of the world and on a wide variety of devices such as laptops, palmtops, personal computers, smartphone, etc. All your important data, files, applications, software, etc. is present on the cloud.

You can access these if you have an Internet connection. This feature of cloud hosting allows you and your employees to work from anywhere and at any point of time, thereby increasing the productivity of your business.

3. Working is very easy

You are not required to install any hardware or software while working on the cloud. All you need to do is save your documents in OneDrive or SkyDrive in order to sync your files to cloud storage. It is almost similar to saving a word file on a personal computer. For doing these simple things, you do not need to undergo any professional training or consult an expert.

4. Enhances the productivity

There are a number of cloud-based tools such as GitHub, Heroku, Parse, Online Exchange, SharePoint, etc. which simplifies the tasks of sending mails, sharing files, sharing code snippets, and more. These tools also enable easy accessibility of files from any location.

This ultimately enables employees to work from home, or when they are travelling, or when they are in gym. Cloud hosting adds flexibility and mobility to the entire process of task completion.

5. Enhances the scalability and flexibility

Cloud allows you to willingly choose the service plans as per your need. This allows you to control your expenses. You simply need to let your vendor know about the IT functions that you require and pay for the same till the time you use it. Moreover, you are at freedom to enhance or diminish your services at any point of time. You simply pay for what you use.

6. Cloud-based solutions upgrades quickly

Whenever a new update comes up, your service vendor would deal with it instantaneously. This means, you need not sit at regular intervals in order to update your software or to upgrade your operating tools. It is simply the responsibility of your service vendor to use their resources, proficiency, and time in order to keep you and your business updated.

7. Security is increased manifold

If you unite your business with a cloud host, you will be ahead of your counterparts. This is only possible because it is your vendor’s responsibility to make sure that the services are being delivered to you in a very secure environment.

Businesses which have not yet shifted towards the cloud spend a huge sum of money and time as well in order to maintain the security of their data, servers, application, software, and many such other important things. Owners of such businesses keep on scratching their head in order to find out the adequate measures to keep away from malwares, viruses, and hackers.

Cloud helps the entrepreneurs to save money that is otherwise unnecessarily spend on such security checks. Money that is saved here can be used in the accomplishment of some other business-related task.

Cloud hosting is one such technical feat which renders the business-related tasks very simple and also increases the working efficiency of the employees. Besides this, cloud-based services also help in the outsourcing of various parts of your business such as sales and support.

Go through the points mentioned above. It will help you in deciding whether you want to stick to your existing IT infrastructure or you want to adopt the cloud.

Author bio: Viola Allen is a SIP and VoIP expert, currently employed with SIPTrunk Providers Dot Com. Her passion is to write about the recent technological advancements, including Cloud Hosted PBX and SIP Trunking. Her main motive is to gain more and more information about the latest technological advancements in the industry.

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What You Need to Know About Running a Business in the UK Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:23:50 +0000 Starting a business can be a daunting prospect and many entrepreneurs are unaware of the rewards and advantages available to them. However, the formula for a successful enterprise in the UK is surprisingly simple.

–Funding options

Having ready-made startup capital is not essential, as there are several financial pathways open to entrepreneurs. If funding is required in the initial stages of a business for testing and developing an idea, there are a number of government support schemes available.

These include publicly backed finance and loans, government grants and funding for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). Selling shares through friends and family is an excellent way to fund a business’ growth, as is applying for a bank loan, as financial institutions are now offering increasingly competitive rates.

Crowdfunding is also experiencing a surge in popularity, with large groups of people investing in a commercial enterprise, usually via the internet.

–Digital marketing

The internet is a key tool for garnering revenue and exposure, and businesses are coming to realise the increasingly vital role played by digital marketing. The secrets of search engine optimisation, social media and email marketing are crucial for securing sales and site traffic, while many businesses are also investing in video to increase brand exposure.

This form of self-publicising is both cost-effective and time-effective, with potential customers able to grasp the concept of a business through a short, fun piece of media rather than having to scroll through pages of text.

–Intellectual property (IP)

Securing IP protection for products, designs and branding is vital, but is too often overlooked by SMEs. It is crucial for protecting assets and encouraging financing from potential investors, as it significantly increases the perceived value of a business.

–Reap the rewards

Revenue isn’t the only way to profit from all the hard work that is put into running a business, as credit cards also offer valuable advantages for small business owners.

With American Express UK business cards, like the Gold Business Charge Card, business owners can benefit from cash-flow protection, travel and purchase protection, and account servicing – all the things that make running a commercial enterprise that little bit easier.

There’s even a welcome bonus of 20,000 membership rewards points if £3,000 is spent in the first three months, which can provide crucial funds for office equipment or be spent on business meals and corporate gifts.


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Developing Countries Leading the Way in Mobile Innovation? Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:01:11 +0000 It is estimated that, globally, mobile phone use stands at about 96%.  It’s a startling statistic which really highlights some huge opportunities for innovation and the way we interact and conduct business and our day-to-day lives throughout the world.

This democratisation of communication has already led to some amazing innovations in surprising places.  Take mobile payments, for instance.  The biggest revolution isn’t taking place in London, nor New York, nor Tokyo, nor any of the major money capitals of the world.  It has taken place in Africa.

More Africans have access to a mobile phone than to clean drinking water(Nielsen).  But, in some areas, these phones are making real and positive changes to peoples’ lives.  In Kenya, for example, 90% of the population has a mobile phone.  And 96% of those mobile phone users have used a handset to make a mobile payment or for mobile banking.

It is due, in large part, to the development of the M-Pesa scheme by Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom.  Developed in response to a consumer-driven trend to swap airtime as a means of transferring credit, the solution allows users to pay bills, deposit and withdraw funds, transfer money with both users and non-users, and purchase airtime.

This well-documented and popular scheme has created a ‘branchless’ banking system which has transformed personal financial system in Kenya and spawned a host of similar schemes across the continent and further afield.

Tanzania has been slower to adopt M-Pesa, but Rwanda, Uganda and Swaziland all boast similar schemes.  Mobile money transfer has even been used as a key tool in fighting corruption in the Afghanistan police force; enabling a more transparent system of paying wages.

Vodafone went on to launch the M-Paisa in India in 2011, although the service differs considerably from the original Kenyan M-Pesa service.  The Bank of India has strived to ensure that mobile money is essentially a bank-led service, rather than the telco-led service it is in Kenya, and that Know Your Customer (KYO) rules are adhered to.

What’s clear is that international variances in regulation and consumer perception of risk will influence the form and successful adoption of these schemes. Certainly, the clear demand for such a service in Kenya appeared to circumvent the trust issue.

In countries like India, where good regulation is in place but much of the population is ‘underbanked’, a new model will have to evolve.  Part of this may include the opening more banks, for instance or finding new ways of establishing financial institutions that will be of significant help to the ‘underbanked’.

It may be a far cry from mobile payment’s original ‘branchless’ roots, but here, too, mobile devices can lend a hand – as Kallol Karmakar, a Senior Business Analyst at Misys, the international developer of financial software applications, explains:  “There are other effective ways to reduce cost and make rural branches profitable. For example, banks can use mobile handheld devices – like tablets for branch systems.

Tablet devices, unlike desktops, are mobile and do not require power supply or a desk. This makes them flexible – and even easier to carry than a laptop. The use of tablets would help bank staff to commute easily between different locations.”

If banking adoption is to keep up with demand in these rapidly developing economies, local knowledge and a fresh approach to banking and money management will be required and, it seems, this is something that mobile devices are making possible.

It will be fascinating to see how innovations in mobile money are matched by strides forward in other areas like healthcare and education.

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Stunning Images of The Most Coolest Offices In The World Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:53:21 +0000 If you are looking to redesign your office, these office designs can definitely inspire you. These are a list of some of the most coolest and well-designed office spaces in the world. Offices are second homes, and they should be created to encourage creativity and allow employees to feel at home.

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Pros Chime In – 2014 U.S. Business Forecast Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:32:50 +0000 The business trends of the present world change at a very high pace. The companies that exist out there try different strategies in order to stand out from the business competition, hire more and more talented people, manage CRM systems and develop the overall business opportunities. How exactly will the economy impact business growth? Our business pros chime in on the year ahead and offer their predictions.

Business experts predict that most business in the United States will gain a majority of their new customers online in 2014. With the development of technology, more and more people prefer to use the Internet in order to look for the products or services that they need.

The convenience of e-commerce has played a major role behind the above mentioned fact. Since the customers are going online, the sales of offline businesses will fall dramatically. In addition, it’s predicted that content will become the main tool pushing users.

People who search for products or services online will use search engines like Bing, Yahoo, and Google in order to look for the things that they want. This creates an ideal platform for the content to become a major driving force and contribute a lot towards the development of businesses in the coming year.

During the past five years, it was observed that buyers tend to beat up weaker suppliers. Most of the buyers prefer to purchase products or services from well-known brands. This will increase the online marketing efforts of business owners. In addition, buyers are look for sellers whom they can work collaboratively in order to purchase stuff at the best possible price. This will enhance the partnerships between sellers and buyers within 2014.

Many buyers have discovered that paying for a specific product or services on an hourly basis enhances its efficiency while creating a disincentive for innovation. If the vendor takes a longer period of time, they will get the opportunity to earn more money.

In 2014, the best performing companies will start shifting as much as thirty percent of their charges to project based. This will be beneficial for the buyers because they pay for what they get.

The hiring trends are expected to change a lot within 2014. Instead of hiring a general employee, the companies are interested in recruiting subject matter experts. They have noticed that hiring such people can contribute directly towards the development of a company.

The CRM solutions will be simplified in this year because the companies are looking for something beyond traditional spreadsheets. The development of software engineering have already introduced some perfect solutions to this issue. They will enhance the productivity of work that is related to CRMs.

The company owners in the present world are sick of waiting for the economy. So, most of them will take a step forward in order to build their own personal economy. This will bring great results for the innovative companies out there, many of which will make their IPO in 2014.

They will experience an accelerated growth in terms of sales in the latter part of 2014.  Other start-ups will hang their shingles and open their doors for the first time.

Remember, if you’re going at it for the first time there are several legal components to consider when opening a business.  Make sure you “dot your i’s and cross your t’s” so you comply with all local, State and Federal regulations.

2014 looks to be brimming with promise for businesses new and old.  After a sluggish economy reboot in 2014, it can only go better from here.  Stay posted to this blog for more great business news and tips.

About the author: Matthew Boesler is a reporter for Business Insider’s markets desk. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, B.S. in Economics.

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How Offices Will Evolve In 2014 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:21:10 +0000 Lack of space was one of the major issues that office owners had to face in 2013. This gave life to a wide array of issues including lack of efficiency, lack of productivity and lack of employee motivation.

This motivated the business owners to look for different solutions which can increase the productive usage of available office space. From this article, we will let you know about some of the hottest trends in office space usage that you can expect to see in 2014.

–Put Your Best Foot Forward

Usually, customers and clients judge companies by their first impression, often as soon as they walk in. Small business owners have figured out this fact and have necessary steps to create a good impression for all their visitors.

They have paid special attention towards the reception area, where customers first come into contact with the brand. You can already see many offices today with relaxing, professional, clean and tranquil reception areas.

The main objective of all these design changes is to create a professional, but a friendly environment. They have also taken necessary steps in order to maintain the silence of the reception area.  Some go as far as to have up to 50% of their initial build-out budget slated to this part of the office.

–Privacy Is King

Other business owners are working hard in order to design their workspace layout which can enhance the privacy of their employees. Since there is a huge competition between similar businesses, owners need to take necessary measures to hide their business secrets and protect privacy.

Employees who cluster together in tight spaces create an ideal platform for precious business secrets to leak out. In addition, it will demotivate some of the employees while reducing the efficiency at work. However, it should be designed in a proper way to create a normal amount of interaction in between the employees.

All these changes can clean traffic flow interruptions, which can reduce productivity. The companies are also trying to enhance the comfort inside auditoriums and conference rooms by the end of 2014. They are also trying to designate work areas away from congregating areas.

–Needs Trump Flare

Sure we all want to look good but SBOs today need to pay close attention to their company’s needs rather than focusing more on company status.  Basically they will be working on clustering similar workgroups together. For example, all the supervisors will be placed within their respective workgroup, where they can easily take decisions for the development of company.

It facilitate effective communication as well as collaboration. It will even give life to new cultures within an organization. This will make it easy for the company to cater the requirements of similar workgroups in a convenient manner.

What it all boils down to is getting the office layout and furniture that best fit your needs, no matter what those needs may be.  If first impressions are important to your niche, then focus on that.

If team collaboration is where it’s at, then put your money there.  At the end of the day, all these arrangements will enhance the productivity of companies and develop them by the end of year 2014.

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The Profit Potential of Big Data Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:11:16 +0000 Data is everywhere. Storage, through the cloud or servers, is becoming every larger and increasingly inexpensive. This opens up a whole new world for businesses large and small alike.

The amount of data that you are able to store has never been so much but you must make use of it in order to turn a profit. All industries are set to cash in from big data, so read the tips below to find exactly how yours might.

–Better management of resources

Big data is all about reading what is available to you by utilising it effectively. At the base level it means as a company you will be able to see your resources, how they are being used and where you can make changes.

For example, you can manage stock far better by getting more detailed transaction data. If something is selling well then you can alter your stock management. It will also help you budget your staff and manage staff availability by seeing who performs when and taking into account sick leave that might affect performance.

–Tailor products much more effectively

With big data businesses can store every aspect of a purchase and get a real sense of the customers they are providing for. With any technique you choose from graphs to spreadsheets, it is possible to create clearly defined target customers.

That is to say exactly what type of person – from the data gathered on them – is interested in your product or service. This will allow much better development of products and services. This beats guesswork or market research that does not always tell the true story.

–Better analysis leads to better decisions

The sheer scale of big data means that there is so much more that can be looked at, dissected and analysed. Before, companies were limited to trends in sale data, but if you have the time to delve big data can provide you with absolutely any piece of information you desire.

Of course, it is important to build up big data over time as even with so much available trends can come and go but in general you will be much better placed to make effective decisions on every aspect of your company.

Imagine a hunch you have being backed up or disproven by hard facts – that is the world of big data.

–Some industries could profit more

Of course, depending on what industry you are in your profit potential might be higher than others. The computer, electronic, finance and insurance industries are believed to be in a better position than others, as they can make better use of big data.

Whether or not your profits are likely to increase exponentially, get hold of your finances as business, treat your customers with respect and whilst you focus on the big picture. You can start controlling how you share accounts data with accounts software UK.

As your business grows, get better resources to manage your business data and earn the trust of your customers because if your data is compromise, you could loose your entire business.

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Amazing (And Strange) Ways The iPad Is Being Used Today Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:14:16 +0000 Apple’s iPad had been used in so many different ways since it’s introduction to the tablet market. Most iPad users are generally using the device to take notes, browse the web, watch videos, play games and read books.

Business professionals use the iPad for work related tasks like checking and replying emails, collaborating on projects via Dropbox or other file sharing apps. But the iPad can do a lot more unusual things you may not have thought of when it was first introduced.

To make it even more attractive for users, Apple recently released an iPad promotion video that shows the many different ways people are using the iPad in their daily lives.

Most of what was shown in the video are no ordinary; man on a giant wind turbine working with his iPad, liver surgeons getting a closer look at a detailed 3D surgical data in the operating room etc.  The iPad continues to transform business, education, entertainment, health, and many other industries that  are exploring how best to put tablets to work.

The iPad-as-kiosk era is helping business turn Apple’s tablet into a business device that can increase sales and improve the business process. iPad Kiosk from businesses like Lilitab are transforming how eCommerce businesses use point-of-sale applications on the iPad. iPad Kiosks are now being mounted in shops for consumers to place their orders.

iPads kiosks have been spotted in some airport waiting areas for tracking flights. Some restaurants now want to cut costs and are introducing iPad kiosks for ordering food or paying for purchased items.

Cash register is perhaps one of the popular ways retailers are using the iPad to run businesses. Sales representatives can easily clock in daily sales and calculate weekly transactions with ease.

Some police officers now find it easier to use the iPad to access background information of suspects and subsequently take notes, check maps and of course take taking pictures and videos of crime scenes.

The iPad has also be spotted as a substitute for paper. This video shows an iPad connected to a real typewriter, and used instead of the old fashioned piece of paper. Each letter typed on the typewriter is transmitted onto the iPad. Now that’s unusual.

The iPad has also been known to have cut down the time doctors and nurses waste moving from patient rooms record rooms to access patient data.

Most hospitals are accessing the significance of the iPad in the various departments of the hospital. Health professionals are now spending a lot more time with patients and saving more lives with records of patients on tablets in their palms.

Another video on Youtube shows Parrot AR.Drone, an iPad-controlled aircraft demonstration with over a million views and still counting.

iPads are also being used in Banks, allowing advisors to present information to prospective clients and existing customers instead of the traditional turning of monitors for customers to view and confirm their data.

The iPad is now popular with artists/painters. Simple and advanced apps now make it possible for even famous painters to use tablets to paint images and edit existing ones from anywhere in the world. There are now many different innovative ways to present art in museums and art shows. Some museums are even using iPads to show exhibitions of particular paintings and art.

Estate agents and car manufactures now showcase housing options and automobile respectively to interested customers at their offices and showrooms.

Business professionals now use tablets more than ever. Rather than a stack of heavy company brochures or other printed documents, some businesses are now using iPads with digital company magazines/sales brochures to showcase for audiences at trade shows and business events.

Hundreds of apps now make it possible to take your office with you anywhere you go. You can view, edit and contribute to workflow or collaborate on work with employees at different locations with the ability to achieve significant work without necessarily being in the office.

Hundreds of apps now make it possible to do what seemed impossible in the past and there are even more apps that could change how you do lots of other things in the future.

If you know of other interesting and unusual ways tablets are being used today, you are welcome to share them with us in the comment box below.

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