Productivity Tools For Employees

Written by Allied Time

There are a lot of tools out there to make your company more efficient. Optimizations are being done in all fields it seems. Manufacturing, import, sales and the list goes on. However, there is one optimization that impacts all departments. Employee time. By optimizing employee time, you are effectively making sure that your employees are producing more to the hour.

A distinction has to be made here. There is a fine line between employee optimization and employee abuse. Optimization means removing obstacles that your employees encounter. The idea is not to make your employees work more hours. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to use an employee time clock. This is further divided into two main categories: fingerprint time clock and biometric time clocks.

Fingerprint time clock

The concept couldn’t be clearer here. These allow your employees to access the office by just placing their finger on a sensor. The underlying system then tracks the employee and the time. This information can then be used to calculate the time a person has spent at the office. However this might not give exact data. In some cases, a colleague may open the door for several others.

Biometric time clocks

These systems are very advanced. A camera is used to identify employees entering and leaving the office. This also works in the case where multiple employees enter the premises at the same time. You might want to consider that this system is in no way a replacement for security cameras.

Allied Time specializes in various time tracking systems including the fingerprint time clock.

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Gadgets in the workplace

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Gadgets always come handy in the workplace. They contribute to boosting efficiency of employees by helping them in certain tasks and have even boosted employee morale due to the fun factor that they add to the organization. The list below depicts some of the gadgets that are mostly used around the workplace.

All-in-one PCs

The all-in-one PC has the advantage of being quite compact and requiring little space. These types of computers are also quite rapid which makes them good investments if you are seeking the desktop computer experience. The design of the all-in-one PC comes at the right middle between the tablet and the desktop computer.

Self-stirring mugs

Self-stirring mug is one of the most helpful gadgets in an environment where people tend to consume a lot of coffee or tea. This is ideal for the lazy hot beverage drinker. The stirring function is activated by pressing a button located on the handle of the cup. This is perfect in cases where you are not able to find a spoon or do not want to spend too much time stirring.

Fingerprint Time Clocks

These employee time clocks allows people to easily clock in and out of their office without using a badge. This prevents situations where the badge is lost and thus the employee has to look for a new one. These types of systems automatically track time reports and compile attendance data.

Allied Time has been in the time clock business since 1967. Their products are used by companies wishing to integrate time clock online systems.

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Chromecast Review

In 2014, the Chromecast, Google’s media streaming adapter, was the number one selling streaming gadget in the US. This was according to figures gathered by the NPD sales group. According to the report, content were streamed more than 1 billion times since the product was released in July 2013.

Chromecast is an affordable adapter that allows for media streaming and works through any HDMI television. The adapter basically turns the TV in an app-driven smart device when it is paired with a smartphone, computer or tablet. This product is designed to simplify the process of transferring digital content from mobile devices to TV screens.

The Chromecast comes in the form of a small dongle that can be plugged directly to a TV and which detects and connects to Wi-Fi networks. Then one only needs to choose what to watch from a connected device and Chromecast would stream the content and display it on the TV screen. The main product differentiation of Google’s Chromecast is that it does not feature any interface on its own. The product requires requests from connected devices to define what to stream.

Upon its launching, the Chromecast had surprised customers with the relatively low price. The product features a large array of compatible apps and services such as YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, Starz, HBO Go and Showtime. Some other local channels are available depending on the geographical location of the user.

Chromecast is mostly suited for Android and iOS devices, having little compatibility with Windows Phone 8 for example. Windows phone users have the option of the TubeCast app though.

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Top Android Tablets of 2015

There is an amazing number of new Android tablets paving their way in the market. With all these choices, consumers might be confounded when it comes to buying their new device. The list below depicts some of the best 8-inch Android tablets of this year.

Google Nexus 9
This is the first tablet that will be sold with Android 5.0 Lollipop straight out of the box. The 9 is the successor of the Nexus 7. It is known to be one of the toughest rivals to the iPad. This tablet is manufactured by HTC and its touchscreen comes in 8.9 inches. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The resolution is 1536 x 2048. The main factor that brings an edge to this tablet is the fact that it has been designed with particular consideration for the latest OS release.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S
The Galaxy Tab S comes in 2 versions, the 10.5 inches screen and the other one is 8.4 inches. The screen features the AMOLED technology and the tablet is quite lightweight and extremely slim. Features and performance are some of the key strengths of this tablet.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2
This tablet has an 8-inch LCD screen. The resolution is of 1920 x 1200 and the density is at 283 ppi. The Wi-Fi version is quite lightweight at around 419g. The tablet comes with a quad-core processor and clocks at 1.33 GHz. It comprises of a 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. This is a good affordable tablet.

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The Apple Watch To Be Released In April 2015

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple has recently announced that shipping of the Apple Watch will begin as from April 2015. Following their recent sales success of the iPhone and market growth in China, the company is looking forward to the new product launch. Ever since the debut release of the iPad in 2010, the Apple Watch will be the first major new product launch. Tim Cook has announced that development of the product is progressing quickly and they are receiving positive responses from developers.

The imminent launch of the Apple Watch was announced in September last year. The company depicted the product their “most personal device ever”. Initially the approximate release time window of early 2015 was provided by Apple. Apple users and fans would not be able to get the product as from April of this year. Tim Cook has commented that the product completion is going as per plans. Apple usually separates a calendar year into 3 four-month windows comprising of early, middle and late. Therefore the release of the Apple Watch falls within the early time frame window.

Even though the date of the release was communicated, no indication of the actual price of the wearable device has been given. The only pricing indication so far is that the product will sell as from $349. The product will come in three styles; a regular model, a sport version and an ultra-premium model. The latter could be sold at higher rates, competing with luxury watch brands. More announcements from Apple can be expected in the months to come. Information on the price and battery life might be released.

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Hottest E-Readers Comparison

There are many e-readers on the market and these devices are often preferred by bookworms. Even though tablets and phones consisting of larger screens offer the possibility of reading on the go, readers might be disrupted by notifications from incoming emails and social network updates. The e-reader allows readers to focus on only one main activity: reading. The list below compares some of the hottest devices in the market.

Kindle Paperwhite (Wi-Fi)
Amazon has certainly perfected the art of coming up with affordable and convenient e-readers. The Kindle Paperwhite consists of a 6 inch touchscreen coming along with the sharp E Ink technology. The screen is very responsive making for a great swiping experience. Battery life lasts up to 2 months.

Kobo Aura H20
Kobo offers an array of about half a dozen of different devices. Kobo devices come with relatively more features and customizability compared to Amazon devices. The Aura H20 is a waterproof (it resists H20) and quite durable device. The screen is larger than the Paperwhite, about 6.8 inch. Kobo integrates with the Pocket software, enabling users to saves articles or pages to Pocket so that they are readable on Kobo.

Barnes & Noble Nook Glowlight
Barnes & Noble had started out in the e-readers market along with Amazon. Quite disappointingly, their lines of Nook products have not been refreshed and updated as often as the Kindle. The Nook Glowlight still remains a good affordable e-reader.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook
Even though tablets are not necessary convenient when you want to indulge in reading, this one might be convenient for reading emails or online contents. This tablet also has the features of regular ones.

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