Sunday, 15 October 2017

Utilizing the technology for Personal Development

In past few decades, the technology landscape changed immensely. The change was evident due to increasing innovation and culture of entrepreneurship throughout the globe.

Now, the use of technology in our day to day life raises several questions as of how are we indulging with technology?

For e.g, a teenager wastes 25 to 30 hours a week on Facebook scrolling and viewing pages. However, a businessman advertises on Facebook and spends 6 to 10 hours a week making millions out of it. The amount of gain out of this is questionable and can not be evaluated with a single parameter. The teenager might be utilizing his remaining time very efficiently and is using Facebook to gain knowledge and for taking a break from his routine. The businessman may have millions in loan and have a bad habit of spending much more than earnings.

Using technology for Personal Development saves our time and efforts and increases our productivity. The visibility you can see from Day 1 of implementation.

In this post, I would be writing about the applications which can simplify your needs, increases your productivity and has utility for Personal Development.
  • Todoist : Planning the present and future is of utmost importance. We all have only 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week and so on and so forth. No one gets more, no one gets less. Time Management is one of the most important aspects of life for a goal oriented person. We all have certain goals in our life. I found the Todoist application very useful in planning my life better. It is available across all platforms and user can access the basic features for free. You can add tasks and mark the due dates, repeat it based on your necessity, plan tasks and categorize them in projects. It also has a point enabled feature which categorizes a user based on the daily task completion goal. It will prove very useful to you since you do not have to worry about remembering or to plan or to prioritize your tasks.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain
  • Meetup : If you want to express yourself and want to collaborate with other persons with the same interest, then you can use Meetup to reach your goals. This social networking application can be utilized for offline meetings in and around your area. The person can join the groups based on the interest and can collaborate with others. I recommend this to my readers as it has special significance due to offline collaboration. The man is a social animal and some way or another the digital implementation is making our interactions with others mostly in a virtual environment. The Meetup is promoting the real world interaction between individuals through offline meetings. The Meetup itself says: Starting a Meetup Group is the perfect way to share your interests and spark new friendships.
“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” - Charles Darwin
  • Goodreads : This social networking application is a must for Readers and Learners. In a way, it let the user count their age in terms of books read so far. You can set the reading goals for a year. You can add the Books into your shelves from the enormous database of Books. You can also rate and review the books read and can also see what your friends and family are reading. I recommend registering the application through your Facebook account so that more collaboration can be achieved. The tracking of your current readings, the evaluation of your past readings and the plan to read the books in future will be simplified once you will start utilizing this application.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin
  • Wikipedia : This free encyclopedia is the one of the greatest innovation and creation by humans and has details about almost anything you can think of. I request readers to not only refer this in need but also to spend their leisure reading articles. The knowledge will grow exponentially. The reference to articles from one to another creates a series of reading paths and groom us about the topic we are interested in the best way possible. 
“Wikipedia is the first place I go when I'm looking for knowledge... or when I want to create some.” ― Stephen Colbert
  • Duolingo : For your international travel, for interaction with the persons from different geography and to understand the content in a language different from your native ones, the new language learning is essential and proves of great importance. The Duolingo is one of the best language learning application and is available free to the users. The course content and the path laid for learning the new language is appreciable as I found it very interesting and very easy as well. I recommend this application to all the readers and want you to learn at least one new language this year. 
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. - Henry Ford
  • Twitter : This social networking site is very unique in many ways. I personally call it a medium to Express Yourself. The important aspect is to follow your passion here and develop them even further with the enormous community it has. You can understand the topics more by following Persons who excelled in the field and can simultaneously grow by being the part of the community. And once persons start noticing you here, you understand that you are doing good in which you are passionate about. 
Your ability to express yourself confidently wins you the respect of others. - Anonymous
These applications usages give great results for Personal Development. So, if you have not started using technology for your personal improvement already, then do not procrastinate anymore. The one year constitutes of approx 52 weeks only. Time is running, it never stops and this the one truth we all should accept. Plan your goals and fix the deadline to reach it. 

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Follow these top 10 websites to stay updated with the latest technological trends..!!

With the advancement of technology around us, there is an increasing need to remain updated about the global trends and innovations. The global technology giants and the highly innovative start ups are not leaving any stone unturned to innovate their products and services to capture the global market. In this article, I will be writing about top technology websites which we should follow to have knowledge about global tech trends. But first let’s answer the below question.

Why should people follow these technology trends?

The answer is : we can be consumers of the tech products and need this info to chose from numerous products available, we can be analyst to advise others about the superior products among the lots, we can be enthusiasts to attain the tech knowledge for our passion, we also can be leaders to understand the global tech trends to implement the same in our team or organization, we can be owners of any organization and would need tech expertise to understand what our competitors are doing, we can be anyone but we need to know what is going on this planet which may solve our problems in efficient way. Yes, in fact that is what technology does. It solve problems one way or the other. Technology drives elections, economy, education, military, banking, pharmaceutical industry and any of the domains one can think of.

There are numerous technology websites available on internet and we have to be selective in the usage, otherwise we may lose a lot of our time. As per my analysis over several parameters, below are the list of websites which has made to the list of my top 10 tech websites.

  • CNET : One of the most trusted tech website across the world, it is known for product reviews, tech news, opinions about innovations and advancements in technology, tech accessories, gadgets and much more. The articles contained are very informative and is a must for all tech enthusiasts. 
  • TechCrunch : This technology news and analysis website is known for its effective content which ranges from technology and business opinion to artificial intelligence. The apps review, startup news, gadgets, mobile, chronological history of products and security are some of the key aspects for which users visit this website regularly. Bookmark it and stay updated on TECHNOLOGY.
  • The Verge : The verge talks about many things from technology, science, culture to cars and reviews. The tech section of the verge is very much focused on technological advancement and business analysis of the products and organizations across the world. The opinions are very precise and you will like reading them as they bring a unique perspective about the topic.
  • YourStory : The website for startups stories had  phenomenal success in past couple of years in terms of viewership and the prize goes to great content. This tech website focuses mainly on the stories of startups and their journey. They also focus on Her Story : which depicts the stories of female entrepreneurs and their rise to achieve their dreams and the Social Story : which talks about the integration of society with technology. Visit this website to understand what others are doing to gain success in tech space.
  • Computerworld : Computer World is one website which is referenced by majority of programmers for the know how. It is not limited to tech news but has lots of other topics which varies from Cloud Computing and Computer Hardware to Data Centers and Networking. It is a must for Developers and Software Architects as well.
  • TNW : TNW or The Next Web focuses on International tech news, business and Culture. It contains great articles on Apps, tech, gear and also has separate section for funding rounds. The most important one is Insight section which is preferred by most of the tech readers. The insight section comprises articles with different topics and opinions which is difficult to find anywhere else on internet.
  • Digital Trends : It mainly focuses on product reviews, tech news, opinions and suggestions on tech products. The product reviews include and is not limited to Phones, TVs, Cars, Games, Movies, Desktops etc. and also have answers to many why questions we usually have while interacting with technology.
  • Tech2 : This tech website is unique in certain ways. If you are looking for tech news from tech giants like Amazon, Apple, Nintendo, Samsung etc. then you should bookmark this website. It has separate sections of topics from these organizations. It also covers product unboxing, product launch and current hot tech topics on its home page.
  • WIRED : It contains a lot of articles on several topics like Design, Gear, Science, Security etc. and is one of the most referenced website by individuals of all age group. This website is beneficial for people who are interested in very wide range of topics.
  • Mashable : Along with technology, the website also has business as main category. The sections like "What’s Hot" and "What’s Rising" are important ones which attracts the end users. 

Apart from these, there are many other tech websites as well which has good content. But based on the parameters which I selected, the above ones only made to my top 10 list. I do believe that the above list of tech websites is sufficient for all tech enthusiasts irrespective of what they are looking for.

Have a question or comment? Kindly mention the same in the comments section below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Why reading is so important?

Reading is a one way communication by a writer to a reader and is the interaction between the text and the reader.

The flow of information, the choice of words, the level of imagination portrayed, the thrill of the article and the type of genre used by the writer are some of the main factors which attracts readers. In this article, I will emphasize on the importance of reading in our life.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison.
Reading helps us in becoming a better version of ourselves. Each completed article or novel results in improvement of the analytical and cognitive skills and there comes a sense of enlightenment in our thoughts and deeds.

Most importantly, reading helps us in understanding ourselves better. The type of genre one likes reading gives an idea about the choices and the possible inclination of the person among the various genres available.

Reading can be in the form of print media like Newspaper, Magazines, Books etc. or in the form of digital media like reading on Laptops, Tablets, Mobiles etc.

Both types of reading are considered good however one must read different genres in order to have a broad knowledge and understanding of the things around us. In comparison, a reader reading different genres like fiction, psychology, biography etc. has an edge over a reader reading only fiction or only biographies.

Reading different genres and authors gives us an insight into the purpose of our life. Also, it improves our imagination and creativity . I have heard people saying that while reading Dan Brown’s novels, the entire scene of the chapter plays in their mind in parallel to reading them in the novel and that shows the brilliance of the author in describing the surroundings of the places which the lead character visits.

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”  says A Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.
Reading gives you mastery on the language in which you are reading. Most importantly when you read articles and novels in a language other than your native one, it forces you to start thinking in the language itself in your mind. It boosts your understanding and fluency in the language.

Reading also helps us in paving a path from the experiences of others. We have a long civilization before us and there is so much to gain from our past generations. The inventions they made, the path they followed in their lifetime to become popular, the steps they have taken in order to make world a better place are few of the topics which we can gain from our previous generations.

Simultaneously, we can also gain so much by looking into the type of work people are doing currently across the Globe like the type of governance, the tax system, the organization setup, renewable energy implementation, protection of species, space travel launches etc.

While interacting with others, I often find a great difference in the maturity and understanding based on the number of books and the type of genres they have read. There is a significant depth in their thoughts and they see world differently after reading and understanding from our ancestors.

“Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities.” – Ben Okri
Sometimes, I dream of a society where we interact with strangers and would ask them about how many books they have read in their lifetime instead of asking them their age, religion or nationality.

I found the website goodreads very helpful in planning my reading and you can also give it a try if not using already. The ratings, comments and vast collection proves very worthy to the readers.

Now, I am finishing the article with a very simple question to you : How many books have you read so far?

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