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How Android Changed the Technology Industry

Not so long ago the IT industry was diversified to such a degree that the average man in the street could easily pigeon hole most IT companies, e.g. Microsoft was an office software corporation, Apple was a consumer electronics corporation and Google was a web services corporation. However in the past few years leading IT companies have homogenised to such a degree that there are few differentiators and one of the main reasons behind it was the Android operating system from Google.

As recently as 2007 the only products that Google produced were internet based, e.g. a search engine, email and an advertising network but the launch of the iPhone from Apple changed all that. Its phenomenal success persuaded Google to develop the Android operating system which was released in 2008 and ultimately used in 2010 in the Nexus One,a smartphone it made in partnership with HTC.

As the Android was based on open source software, it also had to be open source and that led it being adapted by a plethora of electronic manufacturers which further fuelled the growth of smartphone market and has caused a snowball effect. The popularity of the smartphone led to the development of the tablet and has caused a decline in the sale of PC’s. Large IT companies dependent on the PC like Microsoft, Dell and HP have reacted to its decline and all three have developed or are developing smartphones and tablets which have led to the current homogenised state in the IT industry.

Where can the industry go from here, is it the end of IT companies losing their distinctive advantage? Thankfully no. Google which started the trend towards homogenisation has moved on. This month aside from releasing a tablet it developed with Asus called the Nexus 7, it has also released an entertainment hub, the Nexus Q, which streams music and video from its Google Play music store and contains a high-quality amplifier that puts it on a par with the best digital music equipment on the market. This is an interesting development and from my perspective could revolutionise the music entertainment system for the digital age.

Not content with adding a new entertainment system Google has also announced further news relating to its augmented reality project, Google Glass. Google is looking for developers to create apps for its new technology and for $1,500 they can obtain a prototype of the new glasses by early next year and benefit from first to market advantages.

In years to come I expect we will look back at this current homogenised state as a unique occurrence about by the development of the Android open source software as and while it has had its disadvantages it has reenergised the hardware industry and that’s not a bad thing.

Importance of Understanding the Power of Marketing and Technology

Both the marketing and technology industry are getting tougher to crack each year, thus, marketing in more innovative forms are needed by any company who wants to survive in the said fields. Having business partners and having a great products or service are just some of the crucial elements that would enable a business to reach the top. However, more than these things, (no matter how much of an auspicious asset they could be), they wouldn’t be able to reach their potential without the right marketing.

What a Clear Vision Does for your Company

Marketing strategic can’t be compared with technology, moreover, two different fields or attitudes of approaching the client needs. Marketing strategies can be of various forms but the most popular and commonly effective of all, is marketing with the use of technology.

Indeed, many company’s management are taking crucial risks when looking at the numbers. With many of the competitors ready to replace you every day, it is but vital for any company to broaden their array of knowledge in using marketing in conjunction with technology.

Company’s management must first decide their primary goal in the progression of its business. The services/products that are offered must meet the market equilibrium of both the quantity supplied and demanded by your target market. In addition, a businessperson must take crucial consideration on the niche of their products or services. This means that he must be able to well find the target clients and how he could reach them.

A Customer’s Needs and Requirements

Targeted clients are not easy to reach with just a simple kind of marketing, in fact the trend of this generation when it comes to businesses is that “the more complex the marketing is, the more you will reach out to various people.” This is when technology comes into play.

For starters, hiring a marketing expert would make all these possible. With the use of technology, business cannot only take a big step towards reaching out to people but it can also easily keep track of the progresses made. However, though there are many named experts out there that can do this, it is still important to further assess their capabilities because not a lot of people are skilled in marketing methods and technical aspects.

The idea of globalization in general could not have been possible without the proper usage of technology. That is why marketing expertise is not supposed to be measured by how well the methods could be implemented in a certain business but also to the extent of how well these marketing could be ‘technically’ implied in the online world.

Familiarizing with Business Trends and Advantages

Truly, the role of technology should not be taken for granted because it enables you to know how real developments can be made when it comes to combining technology with the current business trends.

Tracking the things that hold back the progress of business could also easily be done if you’re well versed in both technical and marketing fields. Once you’re familiar with the aforementioned industries, creating new and creative methods to keep your business going will be one advantage that you can easily integrate into your business.

How You Rely on Modern Printing Technology

When it comes to the things we might take for granted in our day to day lives, printing remains a fantastic example of a technology that has indefinitely altered the world, while remaining relatively under appreciated.

When it comes down to it, printing is a big deal. But that is putting it very simply. With all of the printing technologies available today, the possibilities are virtually endless when it comes to what we print, how we print, and what we’re capable of printing on.

In fact, many businesses are directly affected by the ability of the printing industry to find new and innovative ways to print on various products. Consider for instance the electronics you use. Many of the electronics you use rely on “membrane switches”. A membrane switch is, essentially, a circuit. However, instead of being a mechanical switch, a membrane switch is created by printing on PET or ITO with copper, silver, or graphite ink for conductivity. To better imagine how a membrane switch might fit into a real world application, you can simple think of it in the same way you would a touch screen or a plastic keyboard. In every case, they help the user (you) give commands to a piece of electronic equipment like your washing machine or dish washer.

Then again, if it wasn’t for the rapid growth and innovation of various printing technologies, membrane switches would be no more than an idea, and the electronics we use would remain as they were when electrical switches were larger, less flexible, and far less advanced. Modern printing methods like screen printing and – more recently – pad printing, have made printing membrane switches faster and more efficient for industries around the world.

Put simply, pad printing machines use a direct offsite printing process that can transfer a 2-D image onto a 3-D object. In order to do this, the printer transfers the image from a plate, to a flexible silicon pad, and then to the actual product. Pad printing has emerged as an incredibly effective printing method for printing on virtually any surface (or substrate). While screen printing has been widely used for the same purpose for many years, technologies like pad printing represent a newer and potentially more effective and flexible printing method that delivers greater efficiency and clearer results. This underscores the fact that modern printing is as much a concern for industries as it is for consumers. In fact, the importance of printing in the industrial world directly affects consumers everywhere, which actually brings us back to industrial pad printing.

With more and more materials being used and the various shapes, contours, and profiles present in products ranging from sporting goods to electronics & businesses need a printing method that can quickly and effectively handle it all. For that reason, methods like pad printing exist to flexibly cover the spectrum of industrial printing applications.