Insurers Using Drones

You can now add another job to the list for drones, assessing disaster sites to help get claims processed faster. The FAA granted approval for insurer AIG to use commercial drones in the processing of their claims. This will allow them to get to affected areas much faster, assess any risks before entering the area and handle a larger number of claims in a more timely manner. This is just one example of a growing number of ways drones can help certain industries improve their services and efficiency.

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Pros and cons of 4K TV’s

If you want the latest and greatest in TV technology, than look no further than 4K Ultra HD. This blog will discuss some of the pros and cons to help you decide if a 4K TV is right for you.

Pros

With close to 4,000 pixels the main selling point of 4K TV’s is the increased image clarity and sharpness. You will see much more detail with virtually no degradation of the image.

Cons

As with any new technology the first models tend to be pretty expensive. If you are looking for a bargain you may have to wait a while. Being so new, there isn’t a lot of 4K content available for viewing. Some predictions have 4K players and media being available in time for the 2015 holiday season. Look for these issues to be addressed as the technology becomes more mainstream.

If you must have the newest technology right away and price isn’t a concern, than a 4K TV might work for you. For others, it might be better to wait until the technology matures a little before making the switch. As always, you should research anything you plan on buying to make sure you get the best deal and fit for you.

Amazon Prime Now 1 Hour Delivery

Amazon’s Prime members in select cities are able to order thousands of items that will be delivered within 1 hour for just $7.95. If you can wait 2 hours for delivery it’s free. These products range from daily essentials to gifts and toys. Starting with Brooklyn and Manhattan, Amazon has since added Baltimore, Miami, and most recently Dallas. Although not everything on Amazon’s site is available for Prime Now’s 1 hour delivery service, the total number of items available tops 10,000 and should expand as the service grows. Prime members can download the app and start shopping right away.

Along with the 1 hour delivery service Prime members also enjoy other benefits like free 2 day shipping, instant TV and movie streaming, along with unlimited music streaming and photo storage. Amazon’s Prime service is only $99 per year and offers many great benefits. There is even a 30 day free trial that allows you to see if Prime will work for you.

Square mobile payments to be more secure in 2015

Square, a mobile payment company, announced a new chip-based version of their mobile credit card readers. Done mainly for security reasons, the chip-based version is much more secure than current magnetic stripe readers. With the majority of current chip-based readers being bulky and not mobile at all, Square is offering the best of both worlds starting early next year. Starting October 2015 in the United States credit cards must adhere to EMV regulations to be chip-based instead of usingĀ  magnetic stripes.

Reducing the amount of credit card fraud while remaining completely mobile should allow Square to remain popular and grow in the sector. The mobile dongle will sell for $29, while the tabletop version will be $39. The dongle will be compatible with iOS and Android devices, is extremely energy efficient and should last the whole day. To find out if Square is right for your business, more information is available on their website.

Smartwatches

Smartwatches offer great features that traditional watches just can’t match. Some are more fitness focused, while others have downloadable apps to fit your needs. Most, if not all, sync with your current smartphone in some form. It’s important to make sure the smartwatch you are interested in is compatible with your smartphone and has the functionality you need. More and more brands are entering the smartwatch market as the technology grows, with watches already available from great companies like Samsung, LG, and Sony. Apple’s smartwatch should hit the market early in 2015.

On to the benefits and why a smartwatch could be beneficial for you. For active people fitness tracking can be helpful in setting and meeting goals, tracking vital signs, and timing your workouts. If you can’t or don’t want to carry your smartphone, smartwatches can receive alerts letting you know when you get a text, phone call or email. You can also load playlists of your favorite music. Each smartwatch has it’s own unique features and functionality, so be sure to research the available models to find the right one for you.

Tablets and the NFL

This season NFL teams began using Microsoft tablets on the sidelines during games to allow coaches and players faster access to the information they need. The tablets enable players and coaches to review and dissect previous plays immediately after they happen. Previously the players and coaches would be given binders with still photos to look through. Now they can get a much better idea of how a certain play unfolded and make adjustments based on what they see.

As with almost everything the more information you have at your disposal, the better. Getting that information as fast as possible can be critical, and can make the difference in an NFL game or in the business world. This is just one example of mobile technology improving current systems, with many more sure to come in the near future.

Is a Convertible Tablet right for you?

MS_SurfaceTabConvertible tablets combine surprising power and functionality into a lightweight, compact package. They allow you to get the information you need no matter where you happen to be. Use it as a traditional tablet with touchscreen, or connect the keyboard and it becomes your notebook. The biggest advantage convertible tablets give you is flexibility.

Perfect for students – The large, crystal clear touchscreen displays offer plenty of workspace for assignments and projects. Fast processors, large hard drives, and the latest software provide everything a student could need to get through the school year. Convertible tablets also offer entertainment features like video chat, the latest apps, clear audio and HD video to keep you busy in between classes.

Perfect for business – Today more and more business is conducted outside of the office, making convertible tablets the perfect option for the traveling professional. Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet allows you to use the full Office Suite so you won’t miss a beat while out of the office. With powerful processor options you can quickly load even the biggest spreadsheets and charts, giving you the information you need to get the job done.

These are just some of the advantages of convertible tablets. Many top brands like Microsoft, Apple, ASUS and HP make quality tablets at great prices while also offering a wide range of performance options to suit your needs. With a wide array of accessories you can easily personalize your tablet. To find the tablet that is right for you, research multiple brands to find the best blend of performance, cost and features.