May 7

Also referred to as UM, Unified Messaging means integrating varied communication methods – such as email, fax and voice. The main purpose behind Unified Messaging is that sending and receiving any kind of communication, can all be carried out using simply one interface. This means that your voice mails, emails and even fax messages can all be accessed through a mailbox on your computer, mobile phone or even on your landline. What is even more fascinating about UM is that you can even receive emails on your phone, using software that converts text to speech, this works vice versa as well.

What are the benefits of using UM?
Unified Messaging gives you access to communication on a single platform regardless of where you are located. If you work in an office, it might be more convenient if you could receive all your communication via your email. This way, you can deal with it all at the same time, and thus prioritize, just like you do with your emails. If your job entails that you are constantly travelling, then integrating all your communication onto your mobile phone will make things even more convenient. In this manner, you will always have access to your messages – be it email or fax. UM systems generally have a wide variety of features you can choose from. They include being able to access all your messages throughout the day, provision of accessibility to the internet and even notifications of messages received.

Depending on the service provider, the functions you receive on a UM system could differ. When choosing one for an organization, it is best that you choose one that is congruent with the current communication practices being used.

Jan 8

Developed by Patek Phillips in 1868, the wrist watch has certainly had its round of developments over the years. From the cheapest plastic wrist watch to the most expensive designer watches – the progress technologically has been phenomenal.

After Phillips made the first watch, 1888, Louis Cartier made the first ladies wrist watch encrusted in diamonds. It also had a gold bracelet. The watch, a Santos-Dumont became fabulously popular and in 1911 was available to the mass market.

Early styles of wrist watches were commonly round shaped. With time, the shape and style of watches began to change, with Movado launching the ‘Polypan’ shaped watched. The watch introduced by Phillips was commonly known as ‘clock reference n. 1593′ in the market. 1913 saw more watches than ever being sold while the sizes and shapes of the watches being manufactured and sold differed.
The growing popularity of wrist watches led to more manufacturers jumping onto the bandwagon – leading to more changes in wrist watch design. Watches by Constantin, Patek Phillips and Cartier were the most sought after at the time.

1912 saw Movado producing the first army wrist watch, complete with a strong, protective grid over the glass to make it more durable, Eterna unveiled the first alarm watch in 1914.

Along came Rolex in 1920 leaving all the other watch companies in its dust. Revolutionizing the wrist watch industry, Role introduced ‘Rolex Prince’ which contained a ‘dual time’ feature, which was then followed by ‘Rolex Oyster’, the company’s first water resistant wrist watch.

Other milestones in the industry include:
‘Reverse’ by Jaegar Le Coultre; could be turned a 180 degrees within its case
1923 – Invention of the first automatic wrist watch by John Hardwood
1953 – Manufacture of the first battery powered watch by Lips.
1957 – Production of first electric watch by Hamilton

Sep 6

July 2009 saw Facebook attract 87.7 million unique visitors in the US, according to comScore figures. The statistics however do not reveal that a small but noticeable group is opting out of Facebook.

In 2008 when Facebook’s Scrabble application was pulled due to copyright laws, the obvious was clear. Facebook was not just a social club, but a corporate interest. The next roadblock was when Facebook seemed to claim ownership of users’ contributions, which was later adjusted in the membership contract. For the rest of the disbelievers, the novelty of Facebook has worn off; and the others think it too ‘Big Brotherly’.

One Facebook user appalled by the commercialization and regulation of personal and social life, now crusades against Facebook and likens it to the North Korean regime. Another didn’t agree with Facebook’s idea of online friendship, while others have just lost interest in checking other people’s updates, photo uploads and having their profile constantly watched by others.

Juliet Klam, writer and prolific Facebook updater in an interview with the NY Times said Facebook ‘felt dead’. Having noticed the exodus, she said it was like a kid who got bored with a new toy. Facebook is a great tool to find friends with, but once everyone has been found, the novelty wears off, and then, you move on.

If the exodus continues, this social network might just end up being a ghost town, with no more updates, photo albums, and marketers picking up the pieces of once popular online social circles.