The exciting advances of artificial intelligence

By this point in time, we are no strangers to technological advancements and the historical and astonishing marvels that they present. Of all the forms of technology that we have brought to vivid fruition, however, artificial intelligence (AI) is arguably the most intriguing. AI essentially refers to any technological intelligence that is carried out through machines. Often operating on the opposite side of the scale in relation to human and animal natural intelligence, AI operates entirely and uniquely in a world of its own.

While AI has been impressive right from the moment of its inception, recent advances point to an exciting next phase for the technology. This year is set to be full of AI advancement and further developments in specified concepts, and there is nowhere to go but everywhere. So, what are the three pioneering forces in AI advancement that are making waves in 2019?

Increased automation

In the last few years we have begun to see automation trickle into everyday life and the industries that operate within it, but this year we are seeing the beginnings of widespread automation across varying industries. From the chatbot functions on websites becoming clearer and more acutely focused, to the automation of set business activities and tasks (and everything in between), last year was impressive. But this year we are seeing AI innovations like the virtual home assistant (think Google Home or Alexa, for example) amp it up, becoming staples in the modern home and driving consumer interest to wait eagerly for the next generations. Now, we can set reminders and play music. Tomorrow, who knows what could happen next?

More reliable security measures

AI is behind many of the security measures that we have seen over the years, and there has never been a more inherent focus on cybersecurity development and further advancement in AI intelligence systems, then there is right now. People are not only investing in VPN networks more often, either. They are also doing their homework, checking out platforms and websites like Avast VPN review to figure out which VPN network is going to give them the most bang for their buck.

In the world of real-life security, on the other hand, real-time security systems and smart home security programs are becoming staples in homes around the world, with people becoming more comfortable with AI in their homes, than without its protection (a stark contrast to where we were a few years ago).

Stronger human/AI collaboration

AI has been steadily growing stronger and stronger in recent years, and 2019 is the year that the technology’s collaboration with humanity all comes together seamlessly. AI systems operate strictly to their coding, their design, while humans operate largely on emotions and logic. In the past, this has proven to be a barrier between wholly successful AI advancement. Now, however, we are becoming more familiar with what AI can comfortably do without much supervision, at this point in time, without having to make the mistakes we have made in the past. This is the year of growth and innovation, and it is going to be a wild ride.

The power of social media marketing

Digitalisation and technological advancement have today taken over the world in so many ways. In the case of business methods and models, the entire focus of marketing has shifted predominantly – especially in recent years. Digital marketing is the leading force in online advertising and marketing for businesses across varying industries, and it is only gaining more traction as time goes on. One concept of digital marketing that is enjoying a meteoric rise currently issocial media marketing. The thing about social media marketing that makes it such a phenomenal success story for so many businesses across vastly different industries, is that in many ways, social media is our way of connecting in all aspects of life. When businesses first began using social media as a key digital marketing strategy, people expected it to take off, but perhaps not this intensely and for this long. So, what are the three keys that make it so special, so powerful?

Turning consumer interest into a marketing weapon

Consumers today are more heavily invested in their online presence and the news feeds on their social media platforms than they are in the real world around them. This is especially true for the younger generations, the ones who have grown up positively immersed in and surrounded by digitalisation and technological advancement. The rising sense of importance that consumers place on social media began to become more notable to businesses, and the smartest companies realised that if social media is where consumers are increasingly spending more of their time, that is where they should be exercising more of their marketing power. And so, the vision was born.

Establishing an aesthetic vision

Using social media has a marketing strategy might be something that some companies are still getting used to, but it is also something that is having phenomenal impact across the board. In using social media channels as a key marketing strategy, businesses establish an aesthetic vision that excites and inspires when users click through to the social media page. When consumers engage with a brand that has social media pages that are both so collectively stunning and individually impactful, they always click ‘follow’. Always. And that is where the consumer relationship with businesses through social media first begins. Establishing the vision and successfully carrying it out is fantastic, of course, but it is just the beginning.

Catering to each consumer’s personal preferences

At the end of the day, social media marketing is centred around the concept of perfecting personalisation for each individual consumer. While establishing social media presence is important, so is catering to as many consumers as possible. Social media opens a world of opportunity up to consumers, and the brands that take control of that opportunity and spin it to be personal and special, are the ones who get the most interest. Over time, as individuals ‘follow’ more businesses via social media, their personal preferences become more obvious, and businesses with similar branding either ‘follow’ them in a bid to gain their attention, or begin drawing marketing inspiration from the businesses these individuals follow. And so, the trend grows and grows.

Improving client relationships as a budding student startup

As a freelancer, you are your brand. If people like you, you stand a much better chance of being successful. If they dislike or distrust you, then you’re going to struggle to carve out a profitable business. With that being said, healthy client relationships need to be a priority for you.

5 Steps for Superior Client Relationships

When it comes to a service business, you and your product are essentially the same. In order to win over business (and hang on to it), you have to sell yourself as reliable, trustworthy, friendly, informed, (or whatever other characteristic your clients find appealing).

Winning over customers is one thing. But if you want to build a successful and sustainable business that’s profitable for years to come, you must maintain healthy client relationships throughout many years. This requires an investment of your time, money, and emotions. And here are some tips to help you along:

  1. Stop Trying to Sell 

In the sales world, people like to toss around the acronym ABC, which stands for Always Be Closing. But if we’re honest, this is outdated advice that rarely works in today’s marketplace.

Gone are the days when people responded to in-your-face sales tactics and aggressive closing strategies. Today, customers have a wealth of information and options at their fingertips and know that it pays to be patient. A salesperson who is always trying to close a deal will turn people away. As a freelancer, your best strategy is to stop selling and start helping.

“Selling to poor-fit customers is a stopgap solution that will result in customer turnover, lost income in the form of clawback penalties, and in the most dramatic cases even shutter a business if churn gets too high,” sales expert Dan Tyre writes. “On a less concrete scale, Always Be Closing tactics also hurt the brand. As soon your company gains a reputation for having aggressive and selfish salespeople, it’ll be much harder to gain customers in the future — even ones you actually could have helped.”

By helping your clients and genuinely serving their interests, you build a strong foundation for future growth. People trust that you want what’s best for them. It’s a game-changer.

  1. Be Professional

As a freelancer, your size is both your greatest advantage and weakness. The fact that you’re small means you have to prove your credibility and reliability to customers – every step of the way.

Professionalism comes off in both the big and small areas of your client interactions. Pay attention to how you invoice, how you handle customer service issues, and even how you answer your phone.

  1. Go Beyond Business

As you become more acquainted with your clients, try to get to know them on a personal level (as appropriate). Learn the names of their spouses and children. Find out what they like to do in their free time. Have conversations that have nothing to do with work. The more you strengthen your relationship outside of business, the closer you’ll become. 

  1. Be Forthcoming 

Trust is a huge factor in any relationship – particularly a business relationship between freelancer and client.

“We want clients to feel absolutely safe in challenging us, asking questions, and requesting our input,” entrepreneur Dan McIvor says. “But at the same time, we want to be free to express when we think clients are missing an opportunity. You need trust for this to work well, and the process of building trust usually starts off with discussing little things and then moving on to larger opportunities.”

Be forthcoming when you interact with clients. Show off transparency, and you’ll usually get some transparency in return. 

  1. Be Responsive

The fact that you’re a living, breathing person is highly appealing to clients who are tired of talking to automated voice answering machines. When a client calls you, pick up the phone and interact with them. Responsiveness will help you earn and keep business. 

Put People First

Never underestimate or overlook the importance of developing relationships. People are the key to success in business, and you’ll never realize your potential until you learn to put your clients first.

Whether it’s a client you’ve had for six months or six years, an investment in relational capital and positive rapport will never be returned empty-handed. Stay focused and commit to being excellent in this area.

Keeping your data private: a deep look at how your personal information is collected

How do I know if I’m being watched? Is there a way to tell if my computer is bugged? Is someone spying on me right now? These are some of the common questions people have started asking themselves (and Google). Unfortunately, the answer isn’t always clear.

For most of us, online surveillance has become a way of life: whether you’re downloading a new app, signing up for an online service or finding a faster route to work, your information is almost always being exchanged. In fact, it’s safe to safe to assume that everything you do online leaves a trace. Whether someone picks up the trail is a different story.

Consumer data has quickly become the next financial frontier, quietly surpassing oil to become the world’s most valuable commodity. This might leave you feeling a bit hopeless, but there are ways to actively fight back and regain control of your privacy.

Here are some of the main ways your privacy may be exposed—and what you can do about it.

Security settings missing from your smart devices

Studies show that the one in three consumers owns at least two smart devices. From your foldable tablet to your fitness tracker to even your smart TV, these gadgets help increase your day-to-day productivity at the expense of your privacy.

Case in point: Your smartphone tracks and records your physical location; your smart fitness tracker records any and all health issues; and your smart TV, which on the surface may seem innocuous, is secretly analyzing the shows you watch, and sometimes even recording your conversations.

The NSA (national security agency) routinely uses your smart devices to monitor and track your location. Perhaps worse, with the abundance of smart devices flooding the market, hackers are becoming more adept at finding flaws in the design software to monitor and track your every move.

The free apps you download may be making money off of you

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg was the subject of much ridicule after a seemingly innocuous Instagram post he made back in 2016 inadvertently showed his laptop with a piece of tape over the webcam. It may have looked amateurish, but for most privacy experts, a little effort goes a long way.

That’s because many apps—some you’re probably evening using right now—routinely access and monitor your device’s webcam and microphone. When you download a new app and you accept its request to access your webcam, you’re voluntarily handing over your privacy.

In a 2017 report, tech writer Felix Krause detailed all the ways these apps can secretly access your camera. Among the laundry list of examples, some of the most profound include taking pics and videos without notifying you, accessing your cameras remotely and more.

If you’re concerned about your apps accessing your mics and cameras secretly, it’s best to cover your devices when not in use. Fitted webcam covers are readily available online and usually cost less than $10; for your microphone, be sure to turn it off when you’re not using it.

Spying programs the government uses to keep track of citizens

There’s no question the government is spying on you. In fact, there are troves of data and documents that detail not only how the government conducts citizen surveillance, but also why. In the U.S., the NSA routinely collects the following: email information, social media activity,  info, and high-level metadata, which could include sites visited, time spent on a specific page and more. In the UK, citizens’ internet traffic is routinely collected and intercepted for government use.

When you combine these realizations with the onslaught of new services that require consumers to willingly hand over their intimate information, you’re left with a heavily saturated market that’s highly destructive to personal privacy.

DNA testing kits that require users to sign up by literally submitting their DNA is another example of a growing trend in cognitive dissonance. These companies collect troves of consumer data and then sell this information to pharmaceutical firms and other analytics companies.

And while there’s currently no evidence to suggest the government has access to these databases, it’s safe to assume they do.

Social media services that use your privacy as currency

It’s no surprise most internet companies routinely collect and market your personal details. Companies like Facebook have been in hot water recently over their growing list of data scandals. These companies have created an entire business model on profiting off your data. As CEO Mark Zuckerburg put it best, “Facebook runs ads.” These ads, which are highly targeted to your personal interests, wants, needs and desires, are developed by third parties that are collecting, scrutinizing and sharing your personal information.

In fact, a good rule of thumb is this: If you’re not paying for a service, then you’re the product. Make no mistake, Facebook and other social media sites make money off you, which they sell to analytics companies which, in turn, sell to marketers where they can profit again by making ads.

While there’s no denying the fact that sites like Facebook makes money off your private details, there’s still a disconnect as to who they sell your information to and how it’s used. The amount of interchangeable hands that touch your data also raises the question of security—or, more appropriately, how this data is handled. As proven time and again, even the biggest companies are vulnerable to hacking.

Lapses in software security 

And then there’s the issue of whether your particular devices are secure. Malicious software is on the rise, and it’s one of the easiest ways for hackers to access a victim’s network.

Common types of malware include trojan horses, spyware and adware. While each example operates in a different fashion, they all work to collect, expose and manipulate your privacy.

Trojan horses, which occurs a user is tricked into installing harmful software, are usually found in the form of a phishing email or random link. Hackers typically go to great lengths to make their fake emails look and read as authentic as possible, even copying a company logo or using the same type, size, and style of the text. The user, thinking the attachment is from a friend or a known company, opens the emails, clicks on the link and inadvertently grants the hacker access into their network.

Spyware and adware, on the other hand, are both created outside the victim’s purview and tend to gather collect and distribute their information. Spyware needs to be manually implanted in the victim’s device, while adware can typically be blocked with a reputable ad blocker.

Regardless of how harmful or harmless the various types of malware are, they are all created and used to spy on you in some way or form.

Outdated devices, older models and more

While they may be seen as a burden for most, system updates and software patches are one of the most efficient and well-rounded ways to help keep your devices safe.

Whenever a security breach or design flaw is exposed, system engineers work quickly to fix the issue, which is then usually rolled up in the form of a software patch or system update. While some updates may be automatic (Mac devices routinely go through automatic updates every few months), others require a manual installation.

Continually putting off the system update, or refusing to patch your computer could inadvertently open your network up to attackers. In fact, the WannaCry ransomware attack, which ravaged some 230,000 PCs back in 2017, was only able to target computers running older versions of Windows because the newer system updates had already corrected that flaw.

Checking in on unsecure connections

Sure, you may have your firewall set up and your security software up to date, but that doesn’t really matter when you’re browsing on a public network. Coffee shops, airports, and restaurants are all known for providing free WiFi. However, once you’re connected, there’s really no way to tell which networks your data passes through or which third parties have laid eyes on it.

Experts suggest users refrain from accessing financial sites or entering personal details on an open network. In addition to the added online congestion, the risk of data theft is typically much higher. If you’re connected to an open network for work reasons, you may want to think about using a VPN (virtual private network).

Simple tips to help protect your privacy

Keep your devices updated, cover your webcams, turn off your microphones and limit the amount of information you divulge online. Yes, that’s a good start, but you can go even deeper.

Setting up 2-factor authentication so hackers can’t access your personal accounts, limiting the types of applications your apps are able to access, and using a VPN each and every time you connect to a public network can all go a long way toward helping you remain more secure.

But more than anything else, it’s best to approach new trends, products and developments with a heavy dose of skepticism. Studies have found a direct link between the number of smart devices hitting the market and the rise of data theft.

With so many companies touting new and easy ways to stay connected, it’s best to take the time to look over the settings and ensure your personal information—from the sites you visit to the apps you use—remains private.

Technology: The Threat to Privacy

With so many new technologies on the horizon and already in our hands, it has become normal to hear about data breaches, or security breaches. Our information is no longer even assumed to be our own. We freely give it away to social media platforms, whether that be Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Snapchat or Pinterest, and watch as we get matched up with ads of things we were JUST searching for in Google. This can make anyone a little ill at ease. It’s creepy, right? Just the other day a friend told me she was browsing for memory foam mattresses on Amazon and the next minute was being shown multiple ads on Facebook and the news site she was scrolling through for the exact same mattress. Most of us being ignorant to the ins and outs of this kind of technology, we don’t realize what we’re up against as far as data and privacy.

The truth is as we buy more devices, the more accounts we create, and the more accounts we create means way more data. Location data, profile data, credit card data, consumption data. You name it. And this data is not usually secure. This can cause some concern to users and consumers. When you create an online account with a business, such as a cell phone company or ecommerce store, you are also giving away data and are vulnerable to any attacks on the company’s systems. The equifax data breach in 2017 is one of those that got a lot of attention. Even Uber and Verizon have had issues with their systems getting hacked. There have been many safeguards put in place for new devices to ensure security, such as face or fingerprint recognition. But those have already proven to be vulnerable to hacking, too.

So is there any light at the end of the tunnel? There is, shopkeepers and business owners need to start investing in security for their online platforms. One of the best ways to do this is via a legitimate web development agency, which will be able to best suggest what systems would work best for your line of work. Aside from protecting your users from attacks, it would also help you save on capital – many business owners invest in an app when all they needed to do was build a mobile friendly website. This would ensure that your website runs smoothly over various screens – whether viewing from a mobile device or on a desktop.

Security and privacy are becoming a top concern of many end-users as they become more aware of data protection and the like. As the world becomes technologically dominated, the people of the world need to be tech-savvy in order to survive and not be taken advantage of.

Consumer psychology: a review of impulse buying

We all have lived the phase at least once in our life when we purchase stuff that we don’t need. It is not because you had to purchase it or because you fell for the product. You purchased it because you felt an impulse to do so. There is this possibility that you have sometimes speculated how store owners know what to put at the sales counter isle that your customers can’t help to buy. It’s named impulse products; it is the things that you want and just can’t remember to pick up while shopping or stuff that is too good to resist. Impulse buying is buying items that you may or may not need or that you are unable to afford. It can be anything like candy at the convenience store, a shirt that is available on sale, or things like gadgets which you purchased, even in a tight budget because of urge that you liked it for some reason.

Advertising is a huge business, you can see it everywhere, at the superstore, discount stores almost every place that you shop even in convenience stores i.e. the fruit at the counter for as an example. We are overburden with compulsive shopping wherever we go, and when we watch TV or listen to the radio, Ads are another good one. They make you believe that you can’t live without this product or that this may be the only opportunity that you have to purchase the product at this price or the store or company would run out of it. It is also known as Shopaholic syndrome when purchasing unwanted things is an issue for a lot of people and is the source of a lot of credit card debt. Just think about it for a minute, how many times have you done it in your life so far? Everybody has this opportunity to study online MBA now. There is no doubt about the fact that there would be a lot of occasions where these purchases are legit and required but could you have done without the purchase. The best way possible to not fall into this promotion trap is to know what attracts you to make impulse buying and be able to control it.

Following are some significant factors that influence the level of impulse buying:

Consumer Characteristics

This is one of the main and foremost factors that meaningfully influence the consumption choices of many people. Customers may have an inclination to involve in compulsive purchasing. Most of the times, it is that customers enjoy shopping that they end up purchasing things that they had not decided for or that they do not really need. Apart from that, a person is inclined towards impulsive buying that depends on the degree to which he/she recognizes with the product. Impulse buying starts when the customer sees the product.

Emotions:

There are many customers who expect their emotional support to be satisfied by their social communication, fundamental to the shopping experience. The time when they are in an emotional state that forces them to make needless purchases, purchasers are most anxious about their greater feelings of enjoyment, pleasure, and joy without thinking about the outcome economic consequences.

Visual Merchandising:

Visual merchandising is designed to communicate the product worth and quality to customers. It is a trick that traders utilize to enhance the image of their stores and show what they sell to consumers in a way that attracts them and induces them to go for those products. There is this possibility that these stores may be doing this with innocent intentions, such strategies and displays meaningfully affect a customer buying decision, and therefore it is a great contributing factor when it comes to impulsive buying.

Displays:

A well-organized store with an attractive and calm environment with lovely surroundings inclines to initiate good spirits in customers inspiring them to visit the store and buy even if they didn’t plan to. Customers get quickly appealed to attractively set up stores and intriguing displays. This is the reason why most store owners go for this approach to appeal to consumers into their retail stores.

Money Availability:

This along with the income level of an individual is a suggestively good factor to why consumer involves in uncontrolled buying. The time when a purchaser has adequate funds at the time of shopping, he/she will extend the shopping to contain things that they hadn’t prearranged for and those that they also don’t need. The obtainability of money inclines to develop positive feelings in people which therefore lead to impulse buying.

Influence of Friends and Relatives:

Mostly impulse shoppers are inclined by their friends and relatives at the time of shopping. A friend or relative convenience you to make a purchase just because they think something will go well with you. They can also inspire you to purchase a dress or shirt because they think it looks good on you.

Business analytics: a rising force

It is significant when it comes to systematic management of work that you are supposed to utilize all the tools and procedures that modernize and enhance the actions of your business. For example, you need to use software systems that allow you to get better productivity. These systems comprise content management systems, business process management tools, and document management systems. There is no doubt about the fact that the best workflow management systems can be overpriced and difficult to implement. Though, by looking for the services of an IT Business Analyst, your business will take advantage of them, which means that you will get the best revenues on your investments. Business Analysis Tools have many perks and they can be beneficial to enhance the productive power of your business. They are helpful so you could track and manage requirements. You can now go for online MBA courses. You can describe the required necessities in detail by utilizing these tools. Except that, you would also be able to model requirements diagrammatically wherever practicable like Business Process Diagram. There are no second thoughts about the fact that they are helpful for you so you could work together with teams and shareholders. Google Docs, SWOT, Microsoft Office Suite, Balsamiq, Rational Requisite Pro, Trello, Pencil, Wrike, SmartDraw, VersionOne are some business analysis tools that are vital for the better operations of any organization.

Following are some major factors that are interlinked with business analysis tools and their proper utilization:

Improved Accountability:

The finest Business Analyst Tools allow your corporation to be familiar with productivity. Don’t forget that there are many workers who don’t respond well when it comes to micromanagement, which means that you need to utilize modern tools to check their productivity. By utilizing the best tools and software, you would be able to know which tasks need to be done; the best worker who could perform that task and the time period when the work should be finished.

The time you know which tasks and goals should be accomplished; there would not be any need to interfere. It also enhances the relations between the workers and management by eliminating personal opinions and concerns from any issue. Files can store records of what occurred in the system, which also gives the management the ability to inspect behavior in case it is required. 

Decreases the Need for Physical Labor:

Another main and foremost quality of these tools is that they give your team members the opportunity to work on non-repetitive tasks. It means to say that they can increase their expertise, by working on facets that need more human contribution such as in the manufacturing procedure. These management tools make it sure that work is done faster and with the exception of human errors. You can utilize these tools to make the workplace more creative and thrilling, which increases the firm’s overall performance.

Better Communication:

Best business analyst tools remove the need for paper and utilization of telephones. That makes the office more effectual which in turn lessens the firm’s business rates. Amongst the reasons for resigning jobs is poor communication in offices. By the proper utilization of tracking software, you can also offer workers a better way of discovering what needs to be done at that instant and in the future. For the sake of the smooth application of everyday business, you have to be sure that your communication is direct and clear to workers.

Modernizes the Business Operation Courses:

Systematic functioning of business analyst tools permits you to have advantageous awareness in the everyday running of your business. By utilization of automation software, you can decide which tasks can be done instantaneously as an alternative of being finished consecutively. You would be able to know which steps are needless; which means to say that you will make up-to-date choices and judgments. Apart from that, you would also be able to know which workers are able to perform certain tasks at their best, relatively to those who happen to be free at that exact time.

Faster Completion of Projects:

These finest business analyst tools permit you to reduce the time span of schemes. You can utilize them to lessen the period between initiating a project and having it accepted. As the organization, you can arrange these tools to inform workers when the closing date is near or in case they have missed it. The team leaders can let workers know of any latest plans, variations in development and guideline updates. Don’t forget that in the longer run, the time that has been taken to decide these matters can prove to be a lot, means to say that you need to utilize the modern tools to move on to new cost-effective schemes.

There is no doubt about it that for business analysts, a wide variety of tools can be utilized for researching the requirements of an association or business sector and recognizing the resolutions that are compulsory to bring it back to strength while simplifying the change.

A Modern World with Constant Market Activity: A Trader’s Dream Come True

In a world dominated by markets and products, it is up to the smart person to realize the potential and enter the game to trade for the best price and quality – earning money with money whether with savings or through a money lender like LoanStar. Today, international trading connects continents, countries and societies with one another through extensive networks and thus fulfills a social responsibility: to create cultural value out of business relations. 

In more developed societies, stock markets are used to carry out extensive trading operations, exchanging stocks and shares of companies that are currently involved in business, representing worth through money. An online stock is also an option for those seeking to invest into profitable instruments at the comfort of their homes or offices – essentially one of the best work from home jobs – providing easy access to finances and investment possibilities. In any given scenario, trading helps develop stronger societies, accumulate wealth and stimulate economic activity and understanding its fundamental dynamics is a necessity for those wishing to get richer in the markets.

In the new age of digital transformation, the rise of bitcoin was inevitable. However, along with such a fast-paced success scenario came unexpected problems. Operating under the Mt Gox system are several hundreds of bitcoin servers and up to this day, while none of them are legally certified by the US authorities. Recently, a website named ‘Silk Way’ was shut down due to suspicious trading activity, following which it was discovered that the servers housed more than $25 million worth of unaccounted bitcoins, ready to be sold. No one quite knows how the bitcoins were liquidated but it was also discovered that Ross Ublricht, the creator of the website, had 144,000 bitcoins in his private possession, equating roughly $120 million. The FBI and the government officials are worried that the rabbit hole might be deeper as the bitcoin system enables its users to stash currencies all around the world.

Another rising star in today’s tech-driven business world is ‘Tesla’, the world’s most famous electric car producer, with its shares being in high demand in the stock market. Recently, the company’s founder and CEO Elon Musk was getting ready to go private with his company’s shares, hoping that it would give him more flexibility with its operations. However, he backed down after being informed by public and institutional investors that such a move would lead to lower share purchases due to internal regulations that limit the total number of shares acquirable from privately owned companies. The company’s own stakeholders also held a meeting with Musk to discuss the matters and stated that such a move would put significant pressure on their capabilities to interact with the markets. The Securities and Exchange Commission also warned Musk that in the case that he was trying to manipulate stock prices, there would be severe legal repercussions, which also made Musk reconsider his initial intention.

Speaking of American corporations, a piece of good news was announced recently, regarding the retail giant ‘Amazon.com’. Following in the footsteps of ‘Apple Inc.’, the company also entered ‘the trillion dollars league’ when its stock value exceeded $1 trillion this year. Founded in 1994, the company has been continuously profiting since 2015, placing the founder and current CEP Jeff Bezos at the top of the richest people in the world list with $150 billion. The company also initiated an offline retailing branch using Whole Foods infrastructure to provide groceries to millions of American homes. 92% of all online shoppers in America used Amazon’s system once while 40% are currently using such services once or more every month, according to a recent NPR/Marist poll. With more than 100 million subscribers for its ‘Amazon Prime’ service, the company is easily one of the most efficient online business schemes in the world. Its shares are also traded in the stock markets of the world, currently holding $2030 value per share.

Current home technology trends

Home technology trends change each year, and 2019 seems to be an impactful year for new and improved home technology systems. Many consumers predicted what it would someday be like to own a smart home, but those fantasies were often romanticized by movies and television shows where the house talked back to the human. Although we aren’t far from that, having the house actually control the human was the continued narrative in those story plots. Today, tech savvy individuals looking to increase their home technology game are investing their money into digital assistants, home security systems, better wifi, and even robotic technology that helps clean the home. From robot vacuum cleaners to a tiny speaker that tells the news each morning, technology continues to amaze the minds of consumers and impress those making revenue from the profits.

Digital assistants are seemingly affordable depending on the one that is purchased. They may start as something like a portable speaker and then work their way into a large screen that looks like a tablet. Depending on the size and functions, these types of assistants are able to help homeowners with varying facets of their day. They are similar to asking questions to an assistant on a smartphone. Homeowners are able to check the daily weather and news while also using it as a workout tool or a way to talk to family and loved ones. The digital assistants with screens have the ability to video chat. Some users of digital assistants may simply use it as a speaker. With many apps available to connect to the digital assistant, it can be hard to think of things that it cannot do.

Another home technology trend is utilizing technology with design. From motorized blinds  to voice controlled lights, there are many ways to integrate technology into a home. Voice command technology can be coupled with digital assistants when it comes to the overall design of a home. Some movies have demonstrated humor in voice commanded showers. Although this technology may seem too far in the future for some, the reality is that it is here for many and will continue to grow. Dimming the lights can now be done by simply saying “dim lights” to a virtual assistant. Opening a blind can be done by simple saying “Open blinds”. Making a phone call can be done with voice commands as well. If there is an app for it, there is a command for it with digital assistants. When it comes to the overall design of a home, it is easy to customize blinds, shades and many other parts of the homes with remote and voice command technology. This eliminates the manual process of doing things.

Other upcoming trends deal with the internet itself, which allows much of the technology to continue to evolve within homes. Wifi speeds are not a frequent concern of many internet users, but the extent that the wifi travels is. Bandwidth seems to be an increasing problem, especially in larger homes. With new innovations if wifi technology, users should see a cost-effective way to increase bandwidth in the home.