Technology Gives Social Work a Much-Needed Boost

It’s a well-known fact that social work can be a thankless job. Trying to make a difference in the world is a path met with the most resistance. Getting people to open up their wallets, whether through tax increases for government funding or donations for nonprofit organizations, can be harder than engineering the next greatest iWhatever. But technology is working hard to give social work a much-needed boost, and Millennials – the target demographic – use technology for everything.

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E-mailing Clients/Donors
Although e-mail is nothing new, many organizations are discovering the beauty of subscriber lists. This marketing tool works just as well for social work as it does for for-profit business. When people sign up to receive emails from the government-funded or nonprofit organization, they are kept up to date on the latest needs and victories. If a client or donor can see how the organization is making a difference, he or she will be more inclined to continue, if not increase, the support.
Internet Research
Millennials research everything, and this includes what causes they choose to support. The causes themselves must also do research for their work, and this is done via the internet now instead of the public library. The World Wide Web is home to numerous sites that publish the latest studies for any topic a person can imagine. This helps social workers stay abreast of statistics and pending legislation and helps clients and donors ensure their money is going exactly where they want it to go.
Smartphone Apps
Who says social work cannot monopolize their cause on the smartphone app market? They can and they do. From apps that help future social workers find jobs to apps that counselors can recommend to their clients to help them relax, the future of any business, nonprofit or profit, includes having a smartphone application. People access everything via their smartphone, which is why social work is taking advantage of this technology as well.
Social Networks
Social networking is the new way to promote anything. As evidenced by the latest presidential election, it also opens up debate, which will get social work more publicity than anything else will. Should the debate get out of hand, ACU offers a quick reference to the main principles of mediation, which works well in helping the social network manager diffuse online conflicts. Nonetheless, social media platforms work well in reaching the masses, and should run in tandem with applicable websites.
A Career in Social Work
A career in social work can include everything from getting in the trenches and helping the homeless to lobbying Congress to enact legislation. You can also be on the technical side of social work by handling the technical elements of the tools mentioned above. You’ll need to understand social work even though you’ll be on the “geek” end of it, and Case Western’s social work degree program is fully online, so you can gain knowledge and the necessary skillset in the comfort of your own home.
Technology is changing social work for the positive. Government sectors and nonprofits are utilizing the same tools big businesses are, and they are reaping the benefits of more support for their important causes. Be a social work technology geek and feel good about what you do.

The Best Sources for Vacuum Technology Information

There are many different industries that utilize vacuum technology. This is essential to their ability to complete many of their daily tasks. Do you own or operate a company that depends on vacuum technology? If this is the case, it would be in your best interests to keep yourself apprised of the latest developments in this industry that is constantly changing. There are a wide variety of methods that you can choose to go about doing this. It is essential that the information you get is accurate and current. Otherwise, it will be completely useless to you. Here are just a few of the best examples of places that you will be able to obtain the latest vacuum technology information.

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Search for various publications that focus primarily on the latest news concerning the vacuum technology industry.

You should be able to track down a few magazines that are loaded with vacuum technology industry news. You will be able to read interviews from important people who are very influential within this industry. These magazines will also have many articles about some of the latest technological advances that have been made in chemical vapor deposition and other areas. A basic online search should be able to pull up some magazine titles to get you started. Many of these magazines should have their own websites. This will allow you to take a look at some of their previous articles to see if you enjoy their style of journalism. It is common for some of these magazines to send you a free issue upon request.

Vacuum technology blogs are an untapped resource that you should take advantage of.

It is no secret that there are blogs on just about everything. Therefore, you will be able to find a number of very informative blogs pertaining to the latest advances in vacuum technology. In many cases, these blogs will have better information than many of the most trusted industry trade publications. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking some time and exploring the various vacuum technology blogs that are currently available online. You might be pleasantly surprised with the info you are able to obtain. You should subscribe to the blogs that you like. You will then get a notice sent to you by email whenever any of those blogs are updated with a new post.

Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday week: Tim Cook

Sales of the Apple Watch to consumers set a record during the first week of holiday shopping, and the current quarter is on track to be the best ever for the product, Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook told Reuters.

Apple, Apple Watch, Apple Watch sales, Apple Watch sales Tim Cook, Apple Watch India, Apple Watch Tim Cook, Apple Watch 2, Apple Watch features, Apple Watch Series 2, smartwatches, technology, technology newsResponding to an email from Reuters, Cook said the gadget’s sell-through – a measure of how many units are sold to consumers, rather than simply stocked on retailers’ shelves – reached a new high. Cook’s comments followed a report on Monday from technology research firm IDC estimating that the tech giant sold 1.1 million units of the Apple Watch during the third quarter of 2016, down 71 percent from the year-ago quarter. The comments offer a glimpse of the gadget’s performance during the holiday quarter, which is typically Apple’s strongest.

“Our data shows that Apple Watch is doing great and looks to be one of the most popular holiday gifts this year,” Cook wrote. “Sales growth is off the charts. In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product’s history. And as we expected, we’re on track for the best quarter ever for Apple Watch,” he said. Cook did not respond to a request for specific sales figures for the gadget.

Apple has disclosed few details about the performance of the Apple Watch, its first new product released under Cook. The company has not broken out sales of the gadget in its earnings, instead lumping it into an “other products” category that includes devices such as the iPod and Apple TV.

Strong sales of the Apple Watch are to be expected during the holiday quarter as the gadget is a more natural gift than some of the company’s other products such as the iPhone or Mac computer, said analyst Bob O’Donnell of TECHnalysis Research. Apple also lowered the price of the gadget this year, potentially helping the holiday sales comparison, O’Donnell noted.

Apple is facing mounting pressure to show new sources of growth as sales of the iPhone, the company’s lifeblood, begin to level off. O’Donnell said he remains skeptical the Apple Watch can fill the void, citing uncertain demand among consumers for smartwatches.

“While I’m not surprised that there is a good week, there are still, I think, significant concerns about the category,” he said. IDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fitbit leads smart wearable segment, Apple tumbles to number four: IDC

The smartwatch market has taken a dive in Q3 2016 with Apple Watch seeing a drop in shipments, according to numbers from research firm International Data Corporation (IDC). Even as smartwatches suffered, wearables grew 3.1 per cent year over year in the quarter with players like Fitbit, Xiaomi and Garmin dominating the chart. IDC estimates over 23 million wearables were shipped in the quarter.

Apple, Apple Watch, Smartwatch, IDC smartwatch data, IDC smart wearables data, Apple Watch sales, Fitbit, Fitbit shipment data, Fitbit sales data, Smartwatches, Xiaomi Mi Band, gadgets, technology, technology newsAccording to IDC, basic wearables which includes mainly fitness bands, accounted for 85% of the market and saw double digit growth. The research firm expects the momentum to continue in the 2016 holiday season, but says smart wearables running third party apps will continue to struggle.

“It’s still early days, but we’re already seeing a notable shift in the market,” said Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers in a press statement.

“Where smartwatches were once expected to take the lead, basic wearables now reign supreme. Simplicity is a driving factor and this is well reflected in the top vendor list as four out of five offer a simple, dedicated fitness device. Meanwhile, from a design perspective, many devices are focusing on fashion first while allowing the technology to blend in with the background,” he added.

In terms of individual vendors, Fitbit is the market leader with 5.3 million shipments and 11 per cent year on year growth. IDC  says it expects Fitbit to continue leading the pack in the near term and the company could expand into the smartwatch category given its acquisition of Coin.

Xiaomi is number two in the list with 3.8 million shipments, although according to IDC the company managed to lose market share as almost every other vendor outpaced its growth.

Garmin is now number three, but IDC points out the company’s overall strategy and branding remain focused on fitness fanatics. IDC notes the launch of recent products like the fenix Chronos helped improve Garmin’s image on the fashion front. It saw 12.2 per cent growth in the quarter with over 1.3 million shipments.

Apple is at number four with 1.1 million shipments, and according to IDC the company saw 71 per cent decline in Q3. IDC says “the primary reasons for the downturn were an aging lineup and an unintuitive user interface,” and that Apple’s success will be muted in this category.

Samsung is number five with 89.9 per cent growth on a year on year basis. According to IDC, Gear Fit 2 and the Icon X, which were bundled with Note 7 helped in “artificially inflating Samsung’s growth,” even though the phone itself was eventually recalled by the company.

Pebble now part of Fitbit: What it means for those who own the watch

Pebble, the kickstarter project that made smartwatches a buzzword, is no longer an independent entity. The company has been acquired by Fitbit, which is the world’s leading fitness band player. Pebble confirmed the same in an announcement on its Kickstarter page and on their official website.

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Pebble’s post on KickStarter reads, “Fitbit has agreed to acquire key Pebble assets. Due to various factors, Pebble can no longer operate as an independent entity, and we have made the tough decision to shut down the company. The deal finalized today preserves as much of Pebble as possible.” The company confirms that will stop “all hardware operations,” and won’t be “manufacturing, promoting, or selling any new products.” It also says that “active Pebble models in the wild will continue to work.

Let’s not forget that Pebble was currently in the middle of funding for the Pebble 2 Watch series on Kickstarter. It will now start refunding all eligible pledges within one week. The company says they have shipped all Pebble 2 watches but Pebble Time 2, Pebble Core, and Pebble Time Round Kickstarter Editions are not going into production at all so that will be a disappointment for those who were waiting for these watches.

According to Pebble, the refunds make take 10 business days to appear on the credit, debit card of its backers. Backers will receive an email once the refund is successful, says the company. But what happens to those who have Pebble watches, or those who just ordered these from or need to get their watch serviced or fixed.

Pebble smartwatch owners: Warranty, exchange and software support are now all gone.

First the company is no longer accepting orders from its website This includes Pebble 2 pre-orders which have not been charged or shipped by the company. More importantly, warranty support is now over for Pebble, but “How-to information and troubleshooting” will still be found in the Support Page. However, the company will allow for returns, refunds of orders that were completed before December 7, 2016.

Also those who bought the watches at retail can return, exchange them depending on the retailer policy, and accessories like charging cables, bands, etc will be available on and third-party vendors like GadgetWraps and Clockwork Synergy.

For current users, there is more bad news. “Functionality or service quality may be reduced over time,” notes the support page. Also the warranty exchange is gone and you can forget about software updates or new features. It is not clear when the support for the Pebble App will end, but for now the app remains. The company hasn’t made it is explicitly clear if and when the watches will stop working altogether.

Users who just ordered a pebble should note that warranty, exchange or return are no longer options. For those who pre-ordered and the order is still pending, you won’t be getting your watch. The order will be cancelled, and the company says no charges or payments have been taken; for those who were charged they will see a “pending authorization charge” on the card, and that will be returned to the account in some days automatically.

The end of Pebble comes at a time when the entire smartwatch market is in decline; even market leader Fitbit is in trouble itself. For users, the question remains around usage and need for a smartwatch, and Pebble was still a very early iteration of what was possible with smartwatches.

Smartwatches need to be more useful in order to drive adoption: Gartner

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Yesterday, Pebble confirmed it was being acquired by Fitbit, and that it will be ending production of its smartwatches. Even as fans of the brand get ready to bid goodbye to the much-loved Pebble, a new survey from Gartner highlights the picture is not so rosy for the overall smartwatch, fitness tracker market.

Research firm Gartner says companies will need to do a lot more on the feature and design front to boost adoption of these devices. Gartner’s survey shows abandonment rate of smartwatches is 29 per cent, while it is 30 per cent for fitness trackers.

  The reason is simple: “People do not find them useful, they get bored of them or they break,” says the survey. Also, the younger audience (less than 45 year old) is convinced the smartphone can already do what is needed. In such a case, the fitness tracker doesn’t seem like a must-buy device.

“Dropout from device usage is a serious problem for the industry,” said Angela McIntyre, research director at Gartner in a press statement. “The abandonment rate is quite high relative to the usage rate. To offer a compelling enough value proposition, the uses for wearable devices need to be distinct from what smartphones typically provide. Wearables makers need to engage users with incentives and gamification.”

Gartner’s survey was done with 9592 online respondents in Australia, US, and UK, in order to understand how consumers view this wearables segment (includes VR glasses as well).  Interestingly the survey says smartwatch adoption is still in the early adopter stage at 10 per cent, while fitness trackers are more mainstream (around 19 per cent). This explains why companies like Fitbit, Garmin, even Xiaomihave managed to do well in this segment. VR glasses have been used by 8 per cent of consumers in the survey.

Gartner’s survey also that US leads in smartwatch usage at 12 per cent, while UK is at 9 per cent and Australia at 7 per cent.  In fitness trackers, US leads at 23 per cent, while UK is at 15 per cent and Australia at 19 per cent.

Read more: Pebble now part of Fitbit: What it means for those who own the watch

“Continued growth in the adoption of smartwatches and fitness trackers will now be from mainstream consumers instead of early technology adopters,” added McIntyre. “The greatest hurdle for fitness tracker and smartwatch providers to overcome is the consumer perception that the devices do not offer a compelling enough value proposition.”

Some of the issues with regard to wearables that consumers highlighted are: Devices are too expensive, compared to the “perceived usefulness,” as well as the unappealing design of some of these smartwatches, fitness trackers.  In fact,  29 per cent of the respondents also found fitness trackers said they would not wear them simply because of the design.

Also the fancier bands and cases for fitness trackers designed by fashion brands are too expensive, points out Mikako Kitagawa, principal research analyst at Gartner, which means users don’t wish to buy them.

According to Gartner unknown brands will have a tough time in the market, and should “accept lower margins,” but need to provide an alternative that doesn’t compromise on quality and features.  The survey also shows smartwatch usage is higher among people who 44 years old and younger.

A recent report from IDC showed that the smartwatch and wearable market has taken a big hit. Apple Watch, which was driving the smartwatch market has seen a 71 per cent yearly dip in growth. For now, the future doesn’t look too bright for the smartwatch, wearables segment, which needs to evolve in order to bounce back.

Periodic Table Expands With Elements Named After Japan, Moscow, Tennessee

Periodic Table Expands With Elements Named After Japan, Moscow, TennesseeThe periodic table got larger Wednesday after four new elements were officially named and added to the chart, including ‘nihonium’ – the first ever to be discovered by Japanese scientists.

The new name for element 113, a highly radioactive element with an extremely short half-life, comes from Japan’s name in Japanese – ‘nihon’, literally ‘the land of the rising sun’.

“The element, named for the first time by Japanese and in Asia, will occupy a place in the periodic table – an intellectual asset of mankind,” Kosuke Morita, who led the team that created the element, said in a statement.

The periodic table, pored over by science students the world over, arranges chemical elements in the order of their atomic number.

Some elements, such as hydrogen, carbon or magnesium, are found in nature while others, including nihonium – official symbol Nh – are synthesised in laboratories.

All the discovered elements after 104 are synthetic ones produced through laboratory experiments.
Tradition dictates that newly discovered elements be named after a place, geographical region, or scientist, according to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), which made the announcement on the names Wednesday.

A joint team of Russian and US scientists named element 115 moscovium – symbol Mc – after the Russian capital, where much of the relevant research was conducted.
For similar reasons, they also named element 117 tennessine – symbol Ts – after the US state of Tennessee.

The third one they discovered, element 118, was named oganesson – symbol Og – in homage to Russian nuclear physicist Yuri Oganessian, in recognition of his “pioneering contributions” in elements research.

North Carolina-based IUPAC said that the names were officially accepted after a 5-month public review period.

“The names of the new elements reflect the realities of our present time,” IUPAC president Natalia Tarasova said on its website, citing the “universality of science” as well as “the pivotal role” of Oganessian.

With the latest discoveries, the periodic table is now complete down to the seventh row.

Underscoring the importance of the discoveries, the scientists behind the four new elements had been seen as strong candidates for this year’s Nobel Chemistry Prize.

Japan has a proud research tradition and its citizens have won about 20 Nobel prizes in science and medicine, including Yoshinori Ohsumi who won the Nobel Medicine Prize this year.

HPE, NXP Win First Stop Slavery Award After Workforce Scrutiny

HPE, NXP Win First Stop Slavery Award After Workforce ScrutinyTwo multi-national tech companies previously questioned over labour and workforce conditions have won a new global award for turning the spotlight onto their own supply chains to eradicate modern day slavery from their operations.

The inaugural Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Award was conferred on US technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NXP Semiconductors, the world’s largest chip supplier to the automotive industry.

The award, designed by Turner Prize winning sculptor Anish Kapoor, aims to recognise businesses that submit their labour practices to scrutiny and excel in efforts to investigate human rights abuses and clean up their supply chain.

The winners were chosen from a shortlist of 10 companies employing thousands of people in sectors ranging from electronics to retail to mining and included Apple, Tesco and global seafood producer Thai Union.

“As some of the biggest companies in the world, we have a particular responsibility to eradicate forced labour from our supply chains,” Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman said in a video message as the award was announced late Wednesday at Trust Women, an annual trafficking and women’s rights conference.

“I believe we need a combination of teamwork between individual corporations, governments, investors and other stakeholders to tackle the root causes of forced labour. Together I know we can.”
The award to Hewlett Packard Enterprise, for transparency and response to challenge, recognised the company’s commitment to seek expert input to scrutinize its supply chains and to share this information.

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In 2011 Hewlett Packard, which has a workforce of about 315,000, recognised a growing risk for forced labour among foreign migrant workers, particularly in Southeast Asia, so hosted a series of anti-trafficking workshops with suppliers and labour agencies in the region.

Organisers of the award said it was interesting that all of the short-listed companies had received media attention highlighting modern slavery risks related to their business operations or supply chains.

The short-list was selected after companies completed a detailed questionnaire, designed in partnership with human rights specialists at multi-national law firm Baker & McKenzie, giving significant detail of their operations.

The criteria were developed using a combination of existing standards, including the UK Modern Slavery Act and the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, as well as other global best practice standards.
An independent specialist assessed the company submissions on the strength of anti-trafficking policies already in place as well as their ability to identify and respond to problems.

Judges chose Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors, which employs 45,000 people in 35 countries, to win the award for policy and implementation, largely due to its robust internal practices and programmes.

NXP’s Chief Executive Richard Clemmer said the company’s anti-slavery work began five years ago when a customer helped uncover evidence that recruitment companies were charging fees or holding families hostage for money to secure jobs at NXP.

“These were issues different to what the term ‘slavery’ usually means to people but we were able to eradicate it,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The company established an accountability system which requires its board of directors and CEO to sign off on all human trafficking policies and activities and this is backed up by global training protocols.

It also identifies vulnerable worker populations and conducts targeted training. In 2016, they retrained over 300 suppliers in Malaysia.

“This is the way we ensure we are good global citizens and that anyone we do business with follows the same high standards that we do,” Clemmer said.

“We have a complete team that goes out to audit and train procurement organisations to establish the right principles and processes with suppliers. We train so that working conditions are safe and healthy.”

Fitbit to Acquire Pebble for Roughly $40 Million: Reports

Fitbit to Acquire Pebble for Roughly $40 Million: ReportsIn a new development, Fitbit is reportedly looking to buy smartwatch firm Pebble. The fitness wearable company is said to be paying somewhere between $34 and $40 million for the deal to go through.

The Information reports that Fitbit is very close to sealing the deal and is also paying a very ‘small amount’ for it. The report states that Pebble was facing financial challenges in the past year and was looking for a buyout. TechCrunch reports citing unnamed person close to the company that Fitbit is reportedly paying somewhere between $34 and $40 million. The Information adds that Fitbit will phase out the Pebble brand after the buyout, and that it is interested in Pebble’s intellectual property instead.

This is much lesser than what the company was valued at a year ago. The source said that watch maker Citizen was looking to purchase Pebble for as much as $740 million in 2015. Before the launch of Pebble 2 in May this year, even Intel was willing to purchase Pebble for nearly $70 million. However, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky declined both offers then, and now is considering the $40 million maximum buyout, bending to the company’s financial turmoil. The report states that Pebble will “barely cover their debts” with this deal.

The latest smartwatches from the troubled maker were the Pebble 2+ Heart Rate and Pebble 2 SE launched in October. The Pebble 2 + Heart Rate is priced at $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,700) and the Pebble 2 SE is priced at $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,700) respectively. Over the last year, Pebble has been finding it difficult to stay afloat, and CEO Migicovsky also announced earlier this year that his company had raised $28 million in debt and venture financing to keep the company running. In March, Pebble even let go of 25 percent of its staff to cut costs.

While Migicovsky blames the wariness of VCs to invest in smartwatch companies, the real problem is arguably that smartwatches haven’t been adopted by users as steadfastly as many hoped it would. The industry is in dire need of disruptive innovation, and many big tech companies like LG, Huawei and Motorola refrained from even refreshing their smartwatch lineup this year. Fitbit itself has seen a downfall in its share prices because of its less impressive financial earnings.

Best fitness deals and wearable offers for Black Friday 2016 including Fitbit, Garmin, Withings and more

Looking to get fit before 2016’s festive blowout? We’ve got all the wearable and other fitness-related tech a guy or gal could need.

Keep this page bookmarked as it will be regularly updated.

Check out T3’s Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals hub page for even more tech-based inexpensiveness fun.

Are you gold mad? Then have we got a round of deals for you. American Golf is offering a deal on the TaylorMade AeroBurner Driver (£179) and TaylorMade AeroBurner Fairway Wood (£129) clubs. Buy them on their own or pick them up as a pair for £249 – saving £60!

Or how about the TaylorMade AeroBurner HL Irons Steel 5-SW for £299.99 – that’s an incredible £80 off!

Looking for a new golf bag? American Golf is selling the Wilson Staff Stand Bag for only £59.99 – that saving nets you a tidy £20. Fore!

Also from American Golf – the FootJoy AQL Shoes are now £49.99 (that’s £20 off); the FootJoy GreenJoys 2016 Shoes are down to £39.99 (down from £44.99) and it’s three for two on white Callaway Warbird Plus 12 Ball Packs (£11.99 each).

AG is even selling the golf-minded Garmin Approach S2 GPS Watch for only £89.99 in all its variants – a saving of £30!

American Golf is offering 40% off the Nike Golf Storm Fit Waterproof Suit – that’s the price slashed from £99.99 to £59.99. Take a swing at a bargain!

John Lewis has savings from £50 to £250 on Apple Watch edition 1. It’s not waterproof but it’s still an excellent wearable, with surprisingly accurate heart-rate tracking.

Apple also has deals on specific models of the Apple Watch 1, with a £20 Apple Store voucher thrown in as a further inducement.

Reebok ZR8 Treadmill. This has got to be the deal of the day for runners, with £550 off leaving it at just £349.99 at Amazon. With 15 levels of incline and 24 preset programmes, it’s a very decent treadmill, too.

Garmin Forerunner 230. A bit of a steal at £159 (£50 off), this watch is no longer quite at the cutting edge perhaps, but it’s only a year old and still an excellent bit of kit, though you’ll need a heart-rate chest strap to get the most out of it.

Excitingly, the same deal is on offer at both Currys and also  Online titan Amazon. Take your pick, punters.

Garmin’s much chunkier Fenix 3 multi-activity tracking watch is £85 off at John Lewis. The price to you, sir? £289.99.

John Lewis has the TomTom Touch, which tracks your body fat percentage by touch alone, £30 off at £99. That’s another excellent device. If you’re more of a golfing man, its Golfer 2 course mapping and round tracking watch is £50 off.

Judging by the size of the discount, Polar’s A360 maybe hasn’t been hurtling off the shelves to date, but it’s a very decent fitness band.

Waterproof and able to track your pulse, the A360 offers training tips and rates your workout for hardness.

Feel the burn with £60 off at Currys, where it’s £99.50.

Withings is offering ‘up to 70%’ off its various fitness and health-related products. The catch is that you need to be a registered Withings user to get the full benefit. Watch out for an email from them, for details and to pre-register your interest.