What’s New in HR Tech?

first_imgI’m excited to be in Las Vegas this week for the 20th Annual HR Technology Conference & Exposition.  This is my fourth year as an HR Tech Insiders Blogger and this conference is one of the highlights of the year.  It’s always great to learn about the latest HR technology trends and how they will benefit the workplace and the workforce. As the managing editor of the SHRM blog and producer of the weekly #Nextchat conversations, the information coming out to this conference will help me to deliver relevant content to our audience.I’ve created a few technology-themed #Nextchats over the past two months with experts such as conference co-chairman Steve Boese, UVA Darden professor Edward Hess and ADP business anthropologist Martha Bird, so they could share their insight with HR professionals — and so HR could share their experiences with what works, what doesn’t and what they’re looking at implementing in the future. If you’re trying to figure out how to build a build a better employee experience or talent acquisition tech stack, if you’re wondering how many MBA’s it will take to manage your factory full of robots, or if your HR chatbot needs a personality, then I encourage you to browse all the recaps.  Also, join us on Wednesday, October 11 at 3pm ET/12pm PT for #Nextchat: Women in HR Technology.I’ve also conducted several Q & A style interviews, where HR thought leaders share their opinions on the future of technology and how it will impact the workplace. For instance, if you’re a small organization that’s still using paper for all your processes, and creating a plan to convert the whole mess to new HR technology, you’re not alone.  Technology changes so rapidly that it can be overwhelming. What you implement today could be obsolete in six months–or less! Selecting the right HR technology for your organization is a huge and expensive task and it requires continuing education about selection, implementation and adoption. Tech vendors can provide valuable information about their products, a demo, and a list the features and benefits. This is an important part of the process. However, the best source of information is your network of HR peers who can share their successes and failures and provide impartial feedback and guidance. If you cannot attend the HR Technology conference this week, follow the #HRTechConf hashtag and the HR Tech Insiders Blog and bloggers, and @shrmkaylor on Twitter for highlights from the conference. HR technology is a major investment and the more you know, the better prepared you’ll be to design a strategy that will meet your organization’s needs now and in the future.last_img read more

What Are Bloggers, Tweeters and Forum-Posters Saying About the New iPhone 48 Hours After Launch?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … 48 hours after the release of the much-anticipated iPhone 3GS and its new 3.0 software, people are just beginning to put it through its paces and report on their reactions. Norwegian consumer generated media (CGM) analysis firm Integrasco has been monitoring several social media outlets including Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and YouTube and has produced a product launch report. Early adopters have started sharing first-hand quality and performance feedback for the 3GS at twice the volume normally observed on a monthly basis for this product category. Reviews are mixed, but mostly positive. According to Integrasco, the new iPhone 3GS has been the subject of over 8500 hits, in discussion forums alone, in the last couple of days. “The release of this handset as well as the iPhone 3.0 software have led to a significant increase in the overall iPhone and Apple buzz.” What Are People Talking About?Generally people are happy with the overall use of the handset. The new oleophobic screen is brighter and displays warmer, richer colors than previous iPhones. Most people report that the shinier screen makes fingerprint marks more easily removable, while others are unimpressed. Overwhelmingly, people are talking about the new iPhone’s lightning fast speed, especially when opening and closing applications and browsing the net. Reportedly, “the overall system seems to be a lot faster and smoother than the iPhone 3G released a year ago.” One of the most anticipated new features is the iPhone’s new video recording capability:“Users of the new Apple phone are simply blown away by the excellent quality of the video recording; some people even go as far as to say it is thebest they have seen in a mobile phone until now. Voice control works almost flawlessly as well, spot on most of the time. Google Maps and Digital Compass also work very well together.”The iPhone’s 3mp camera with autofocus and macro features are also a big hit. Drawbacks and GlitchesSo far some consumers are disappointed that Apple didn’t make the iPhone more affordable, especially in the UK. It was to be expected that a new iPhone model with more features would cost more, so this is no shock. Some consumers have found other issues that they are not happy about:“The 3mp camera with no flash and no front camera for video recording are pretty disappointing. But my biggest beef is no memory card slot so apple can gouge you for the 32GB iphone and no mini-usb for charging etc. means my next phone will be an android. Sorry Apple, not good enough.”Others find that the digital compass does not work well when driving in a car and lots of people have complained about a weak Wi-Fi signal. One Mac Rumors commenter says:“Really, really terrific speed… The ONLY issue I’m having is my Wifi signal seems to have weakened a lot. My wifi router is in the next room (literally 10 feet away, through one wall) and I have 1 bar on the 3G S and 5 full bars on the 3G.”another commenter adds:“Beware! WiFi reception on this phone seems to be pretty bad compared to the 3G. I have read complaints earlier in this thread, and I can see it for myself as well.”One Twitter user even took his iPhone back to the store because he thought it was broken. @WheezingGeek says Apple gladly replaced it but the new one was not any better.Some others have noticed a “high-pitched sound right after sending an SMS or during video recordings…however this high frequency noise is hardly noticeable for most people. In any case, if there is in fact a problem, it is expected to be fixed in a future software update”. There are some reported service issues in the US when customers try to activate their new iPhones and in Italy some people have remarked that the voice control feature does not work very well for them.ConclusionThe increased speed, amazing video recording features and new 3.0 software might be enough for some people to finally pull the trigger on a new iPhone purchase. There are still detractors though, who think Apple is not really innovating, just trying to compete with other devices that already have these features. It’s obvious that Apple will remain a solid contender in this market and releasing the new 3GS is a big step in the right direction. Let us know what you think. doug coleman 1 Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Apple#mobile#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

The Latest Vision of TV’s Future Comes From… Ikea?

first_imgWhen people talk about the future of TV and entertainment, brands like Samsung, Apple, Comcast and Boxee tend to come to mind. Apple-watchers in particular expect that company to turn its longtime hobby into a game-changer by releasing their own HDTV set later this year. Whatever happens, the living room of the future will look very different from what even the most cutting-edge gadgetry offers today. But how will it look? The latest vision comes from a very unlikely source. Swedish furniture retailer Ikea unveiled the Uppleva, an all-in-one entertainment center that merges consumer electronics with the furniture that has traditionally housed them. It’s an HDTV, Blu-Ray player and 2.1 surround-sound stereo packed seamlessly into a single, visually customizable unit. At its heart, this product is all about design. Ikea’s early marketing touts the Uppleva’s ability to hide unsightly wires and encase everything in one clean, sleek-looking package. It’s not unlike a certain Cupertino tech giant that often takes its cues from minimalist, European design. In addition to looking pretty, this initiative may offer clues about how entertainment systems of the future will work. The HDTV itself is, of course, “smart” in the sense that it connects to the Internet. That’s pretty much a given at this point. It’s also integrated directly into the furniture, as is the stereo system and media players. The system uses a single remote for everything, addressing another age-old user experience problem of TVs and entertainment systems. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Tags:#television#web It’s well-packaged and consolidated, but it’s also fully extensible. USB and HDMI ports on the TV allow for any number of gaming consoles, set top boxes and other devices to be attached, and they can be stowed away in a dedicated compartment under the TV. It’s not clear if it includes a VGA port, the lack of which might inhibit device compatibility. It’s this customizability, now standard in HDTV sets generally, that will ensure that those who chose to purchase Ikea’s new system can continue to experience TV’s future as it evolves, regardless of platform or provider. The Uppleva doesn’t leap over any major technical hurdles, but its focus on streamlining the user experience is likely to be something we see more of in the living rooms of the future. Even if this model doesn’t become the standard, it’s a bold try and one that is sure to influence other players in the market, should it catch on with consumers. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… john paul titlow 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more