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Give Your Office a HighThe new generation of smart home gadgets don’t just belong in the lounge room. You can also put them to work around your office.

Smart lights and power switches let you manage your office from afar as well as curb your power bills. You’ll find a wide range of smart light bulbs that can be switched on and off remotely as well as placed on timers.

This makes it easier to ensure the lights are switched off at the end of the day. It also lets you strategically control a few lights to deter burglars by making it look like someone is working late. You can install smart light switches on the wall, letting anyone turn the lights on and off manually. Meanwhile, you’re ensuring you can still control them remotely from your... Read More

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Keep Your Business AffairsTablet devices like the iPad offers a great way to carry around all your important notes, paperwork and documentation. However, give some thought as to how you’ll keep all those files in order.

If you’re regularly emailing documents on and off your tablets then you’re not really making the most of the new technology at your fingertips. Linking to the cloud allows you to easily save, sync and share documents. This keeps them safe should disaster strike. It also eliminates version control hassles to ensure everyone in your business is always working on the latest version.

For some businesses, this might be as simple as tapping into a cloud storage... Read More

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3D Printers Speed UpFrom designers producing mockups to engineers prototyping mechanical parts, 3D printing is opening new opportunities for all kinds of businesses.

Once the realm of science fiction, 3D printing technology has come a long way in the last few years. Rather than using ink to print text on a page, these printers create solid objects by putting them together one layer at a time.

The technology is now within reach of your average business. However, there can be a steep learning curve. You shouldn’t get your hopes up for a Star Trek-style replicator. Basic 3D printers only print in ABS or PLA plastic, with a choice of colours. Meanwhile, more advanced models print with... Read More

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Apple PencilThe Apple Pencil goes far beyond your typical iPad stylus. It offers new levels of precision and control for business users looking to make the most of the iPad Pro.

You can draw on an iPad screen with your finger, but it’s far from precise. Thankfully, you’ll find plenty of pen-like styluses with a fine tip that work with an iPad. These make it easier to draw or write on the screen. A few, like the Bamboo Intuos Creative, are also pressure-sensitive. So, when combined with the right app, you can draw a light or heavy line... Read More

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Rent a server to get back on your feet quicklyTime is of the essence if a disaster knocks out an in-house server, which is when renting a preconfigured server can save the day.

Between fire, flood, theft and natural disaster, there’s no shortage of threats waiting to claim your in-house servers and bring your business to its knees. Even something as simple as a burst water pipe could rain on your parade, so you need to have a plan ready to put into action.

At this point, the clock is ticking and downtime is likely costing you money – not exactly the perfect environment to be making long-term decisions about replacing a dead server. Rather than rushing into it, perhaps... Read More

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