GNARBOX 2.0: Back-up and Edit Video On the Fly Sans Laptop or Device

If you’ve ever gotten extremely frustrated over losing a “moment” while transferring footage to your laptop to make room in your card or device, then Gnarbox 2.0 is the perfect solution to your problem. After the original Gnarbox successfully debuted on Kickstarter in 2015, its developers lost no time in creating an improved version based on the feedback from its users. It’s now back on Kickstarter with the campaign already exceeding its funding target.

Backing up files is such a necessary task in the photography and video workflow – when you think about it, there’s no way product without intact files. However, enthusiastic users can miscalculate just how much they can store. Increasing the megapixels or changing the capture output can quickly fill up your drive. Another important thing to consider is that when on the go, conditions are unpredictable (inhospitable actually!) so you need a back-up that is rugged, shockproof, and waterproof.

If you are an occassional user, storage is the least of your worries and you can just focus on shooting indelible Kodak moments. But if you had taken an incredible amount of footage and you have no time to edit or make sense of any of it, you do need the portable Gnarbox! Download your videos while on the go through SD or microSD to this 128 GB (expandable) storage solution without needing your smartphone or laptop. Aside from being the go-to ready device, you can edit photos and even 4K video and export to social media.

One touch backup with Checksum Verification and fast transfers (75MB/s SD to 450MB/s USB-C)to pre-set folder trees makes the once tedious job of backing-up fast and easy.  Data is organized by date and camera. Now selling at $250 at Amazon or through Kickstarter, it is compatible with Android and iOS (not Windows), DSLRs, action cameras and drones. Compatible with Action Cameras, DSLRs, and Drones.

Another way to look at it is to see it as a “standalone” computer with its own editing software. It is connected through Wi-Fi and can be expanded to 1 Terabyte harddrive. Whether you are a hoarder of footage or one who meticulously reviews and deletes everything except the choicest morsels to string together into an amazing video, the Gnarbox has a place in your travel knapsack.

The essence of going on vacay is to unwind and there’s practically no point in bringing a laptop. But for the more demanding who find editing on smartphone tacky, the Gnarbox is a reasonable compromise robust enough to bridge your needs from the field to the studio. It is equipped with tools to:

  • safekeep
  • select
  • sequence and render (with rough cuts and transitions) and
  • showcase on any HDMI enabled screen.

With Adobe Premiere, Lightroom, Dropbox, and LumaFusion integrations this sleek box has become more powerful. It definitely is not a replacement for your favorite editing suite but in the field, it does an amazing job and cuts down the time you eventually spend on editing!

What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Database Technology

Using a database is a necessary asset to making your business as efficient as possible. Every computer program contains a database that keeps track of important data. Here is basic information about database technology that small business owners should know about.

 

The Different Types of Database Technologies

Business owners need to manage and store large amounts of information that they generate from their activities. According to Object Rocket, a database is a computer system used to store indexed information. And in the age of big data, there’s a lot of information that needs storing. Its usage is the most effective solution to organize data by date, title, serial number, etc.

 

Inventory

First, there is the tracking and management of your company’s inventory. Use database software to track every piece of inventory that enters and exit the building. Use barcode scanners to avoid writing down the information by hand and have it automatically sent to the computer. You’ll need this database to prevent thefts, losses and product shortages from reducing the quality of your business.

 

Customers

Professionals need customer relationship management (CRM) software to track information about sales leads and customers. Store owners use CRM software programs that contain the customers’ names along with their addresses and phone numbers. More advanced types of software provide additional data, such as the types of purchases made, total amount spent and individual buying habits.

 

Employees

Use a computerized database system if you have more than a few employees to look after. Start by entering the basics of each employee’s hours, address, and wages. Include a separate section for commissions, taxes, and payroll. Some accounting software has entire sections that are devoted to managing payroll. Choose the right software program based on your company’s unique needs.

 

Reporting and Data Analysis

The most advanced database programs allow you to create reports and make predictions about the company’s success. Based on past and current sales data, make trends about future sales. Use this tool to analyze data and engage in actions that benefit the company. According to Klipfolio, data analysis starts by identifying Key Performance Indicators – metrics that you can measure that will answer the question “how are we doing?”

 

All companies need systems to store vast amounts of the information in one place. A database makes it easy to review, edit and store data about any important activity, whether it’s writing paychecks or collecting receipts. All databases are computerized nowadays and easily accessible with a few clicks of a computer mouse. It’s necessary that you learn more about database technologies and the importance of using these programs.

5 Brands Transforming Business Data Analytics

The world is changing faster than ever. In order to compete, businesses need to find new ways to stand out from the crowd. With business data analytics, you have a tool that can be used to reduce costs and increase market share. Take a look at how the companies below are using their processes to transform data analytics in business:

 

Amazon

Amazon has some of the most robust data sets of any company on earth. They know when people are shopping, what they buy, when they buy it, and what their personal information is. This gives them a huge amount of analytical work. However, they have managed to overcome giant amounts of data to arrive at key insights using algorithms that help them detect the best ways to deploy their marketing, pricing, and partnerships in the marketplace. They have even perfected the web hosting model by looking at the data of how long a company needs to have service on average to avoid negative customer complaints.

 

SalesForce

When your business has customers that need to be managed, there are fewer better software solutions than Sales Force. This company uses data from their CRM platform to help you determine the best time to follow up with key customers and which tools to reach out with.

 

Womply

Businesses everywhere need to engage their customers and keep them coming back. That is exactly what Toby Scammell’s data analytics company does. It helps businesses track their success online and define their ideal market so they can boost their reputation and speak directly to their core market for better profits.

 

Walmart

Being one of the world’s largest retailers has its perks. Walmart uses their data to make decisions about stock levels and pricing. Their model can and should be followed by any brick and mortar business.

 

Hubspot

For marketing teams, Hubspot provides a wealth of analytical tools. Understand what your conversions are and what the data means with their guides. Hubspot has changed business data analytics from being something intimidating to being something anyone can use in their business on a daily level.

 

When it comes to business, having the right analytics on your data is key. Without the numbers, you can’t perform the way you want to based on quality information. That’s why it helps to know how other companies are leveraging their data. Use the examples above to know how to move forward in a way that is dominant in your marketplace so you don’t fall behind.

What You Need to Know About the Cloud: Centralized Data versus Distributed Data

Data is one of the key ways that companies can compete in today’s world. And if you want to get ahead in the digital age, you need to understand your storage options and how they affect your business. Here is the difference between two key concepts called centralized data and distributed data:

Centralized Storage

When it comes to centralized storage, everything is in the same place as the name implies. Your data is in one center. The problem is that if this center goes down for any reason, you are out of luck. If a key employee decides not to show up, or there is a power outage, you are in trouble either way. If you have a storage facility in one city and a customer all across the country, it could be slow to serve this up. If you want to speed up your service, you might find yourself paying a lot for a new storage facility if you don’t already have distribution across that stretch. So be sure to take into account the additional risks and costs of keeping all of your data in one place. IT Still Works argues that centralized data storagetypically employs higher-quality components and redundancy, which makes it significantly more reliable than local storage. Centralized database storage facilitates virtualization and provides comprehensive data access, if desired, from anywhere in the world.

Distributed Storage

This provides a number of benefits to companies. First of all, when your storage is distributed it means that you don’t have to worry about one center going out. You have natural backups all around the country or the world. You have many copies of the same data, so you are safe in the event that a disaster happens. Furthermore, when your data is everywhere, it is faster to serve it up to customers and to your team. This decentralized data strategy lets you keep your data at the ready no matter what area your customers are in. Another advantage of this data approach is that the cost is much lower. When you want to scale out, you can simply get more servers up. You don’t have to add to the same center. Instead, you can leverage services that provide distributed data. And then you can reinvest the profits you gain into your business to dominate your market. In summary, Storj explains that distributed storage is “Faster because multiple machines are serving you your file simultaneously, cheaper because you are renting people’s spare hard-drive space instead of paying for a purpose-built data center, and more secure because your file is both encrypted and shredded.”

How you use your data is crucial to the long term success of your business. Without great data security and availability, you are putting yourself at risk. So make sure you understand the risks and benefits associated with the data storage strategies above and select the best one for you.

Apple iPhone 5 data leak plugged with a carrier update

It would seem that Apple has no shortage of problems recently. It looks like their new iOS 6 was buggier than they had initially thought. When the update came to compatible devices, there were numerous issues regarding the Wi-Fi connection. Either it was not connecting, or even though it connected, it had issues with the connection, preventing it from actually being useful.

Then there was the Apple iOS 6 Maps fiasco that Tim Cook had to publicly apologize for. It was simply one of the worst product launches they made, pitching an incomplete and buggy app as a “main feature” of the new OS. It was so bad; they had to actually point their users to download 3rd party mapping solutions.

Apple also had problems with user complaints with the new iPhone 5 black edition, which was found to be very easy to scratch despite its durable aluminum frame. The complaint was met with a rather lackluster reply from Apple, indicating it as a normal phenomenon for aluminum devices.

Now, the company faces another issue, which could impact people’s wallet more than the rest: excessive cellular data.

It would seem that the new iOS 6 had a data leak problem, where even if an iPhone was connected to a Wi-Fi network, the iPhone would still use the cellular data to connect to the internet. The issue seems to be localized to Verizon wireless iPhone 5, but some users of the iPhone 4 and 4S seem to be having data issues as well.

The issue has been linked to the beta feature called “Wi-Fi + Cellular” which was present during the beta stages of iOS 6. This feature never made it to the final product, but its ghosts seem to haunt Verizon iPhone owners.

In theory, it would seem that the feature was not completely removed from the operating system and was left on by default. The way the feature works is, if the Wi-Fi connection is deemed to be weak or unusable, the device would instead use the cellular network for internet related services. Since the update apparently messed up the Wi-Fi driver of the iPhone, the feature detects the Wi-Fi connection, as unfit to for the task, and silently feeds on cellular data instead.

It would seem as if the feature was kept on by default, but since it was removed from the interface, there is no way to manually turn it off. If left alone, this could cause unexpected high data charges in customer’s bills at the end of the billing period. While Verizon’s version of the iPhone is the only confirmed carrier to have this issue, a minor amount of AT&T users claim to have the same issue on iOS 6.

Apple has elected to resolve the issue for Verizon by launching a “Carrier Settings” update. The update is expected to turn off whatever protocol is urging the phone to use cellular data even though the device is connected to a known working Wi-Fi network. This still does not address the current Wi-Fi instability that users are complaining about, but it is a quick fix to avoid huge bills for customers.

Even though the update is pushed over the air, you are not likely to get the update, unless you know how to activate it. To get the update, you need to go to your settings app, then to the general settings, then go to the “about” page. Wait a while and the update should pop up. Choose OK to install it. Once installed, the user needs to restart the phone to apply the effect.

To restart, simply push and hold the “sleep” button and swipe the option that says “turn off”. Just turn it back on to see if the update is applied. To check the update, simply go back to the “about” page and look for the carrier version. It should read “Verizon 13.1”.

It looks like releasing the phone “unlocked” has inadvertently unlocked the plug for cellular data usage. Thankfully, this update puts a cork to that gaping hole. Users of other versions of the iPhone are encouraged to monitor their data consumption and report immediately if any irregularities are found.

Image sources: Apple.com, verizonwireless.com

T-Mobile to offer “truly unlimited” 4G data to clientele

T-Mobile is going to go against the tide joining Sprint, as the company announced that they will be offering unlimited data service to their customers.

Unlike AT&T and Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile has decided to offer a “truly unlimited” 4G data plan that has “no data caps, speed limits or bill shock.”

You will be charged an extra $20 to your text plan and $30 when bundled together with your voice and text plan. The total bill for an unlimited plan which includes unlimited voice, text and 4G data could cost you as much as $89.99.

This is cheaper compared to AT&T’s 20 GB data plan. The latter charges you $200 per month when you add it to your unlimited text and voice calls. Sprint on the other hand is offering an unlimited data plan with unlimited text and calls for $110.

T-Mobile is hoping that this new unlimited data plan could further boost the number of their subscribers. They are currently lagging behind market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

4G LTE technology is coming to T-Mobile next year so be sure to include this in your decision before you sign up for this service.

This new unlimited 4G data plan will be available to US consumers beginning September 5.

Image Source: tmonews.com

Epson to release world’s lightest GPS watch

Epson is a brand known for their reliable printers. The company has been in the business for quite some time and they have been successful for almost all the years.

Now, the company is expanding their repertoire. Epson has announced that they are entering the GPS race. And mind you, it isn’t your typical GPS device.

Size matter in the electronics worlds so looking for for the best home theater projector isn’t that far off. The smaller and the lighter they are the better. Though we don’t have to substitute size with features, but nowadays small devices can now have a hundred and one features that we’ve only imagined before.

Epson is set to release their GPS watch. It is touted as the world’s lightest GPS watch. This was designed for runners and offers them a more accurate readings and excellent battery life. it is a water resistant watch up to 50 meters.

You can view the full press release from Epson here.