Gadgets for your freelance working desk

The workplace scenario across the globe has been changing at a rapid pace over the years. Remote work increases our work productivity and lowers stress level. In fact, it helps us to have a proper work-life balance which is what boosts our motivation. So, today we are up for a list of gadgets and everyday accessories for all the remote workers out there

 iKettle

Everyone has its favorite work drink. While you do you freelance projects on your desk you probably like to be accompanied by cup of coffee or glass of tea or something else. You’d say it already is easy enough with the electric kettles but think again. There is a wi-fi Kettle called iKettle and you can boil water with your smart phone. The iKettle can even wake you up and ask you if you want her to boil water for you. Just answer with yes or no, and your home office will reach new lever of cuteness.

Stack

Stack is a light bulb which can adjust the lightning in your home or you working space with few taps on your smart phone. No matter what’s the time and how the weather outside changes, the light in home will be automatically adjusted with your preferences. Stack will keep you comfortable with the light while you do freelance work and at the same time will respond to your moods.

 Z Pen

Z Pen is like a gift from the future. It’s a gadget that is so cool that it’s hard to believe that you can have it from the internet. Have you ever imagined of writing things down by hand and then downloading what your wrote as a data on your laptop? We know you did. Now you can do that with Z Pen for real.

Lap Desk

When you’re at home working, you probably like to move around.  You might go from your desk to your bed to your couch and then back to your bed again. And there’s nothing wrong with that.  But if you’re going to move from place to place, then you need a feasible way to prop up that laptop of yours.  A LapDesk from iSkelter is a great way to do this.  Some of their models have a place for your mouse, a spot for your phone, and even a whiteboard to write on.

 Monitor Stand

When it comes to your actual desktop, this needs to be propped up just like your laptop does.  If we’re thinking ergonomically here, then it should be at or around eye-level to keep your body content.  These come in all shapes, colors, and prices, but this one from Grovemade is aesthetically pleasing and not too pricey.

Wi-Fi Printer

A printer is always a must.  But these days, you need one that’s Wi-Fi connected, fast to print, and easy to use like the HP Color LaserJet Pro M252dw, which landed a rating of four stars from PC Magazine.  Print documents from any connected device and benefit from cost-effective printing technology.

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R.I.P. Gchat: You Let Us Pretend We Were Working – and That We Were Really Connecting

R.I.P. Gchat: You Let Us Pretend We Were Working - and That We Were Really Connecting

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google has shut down its Google Talk (aka Gchat, Gtalk) chat service
  • The Google Talk service came into existence back in 2005
  • Gtalk users will have to switch to Hangouts

Gchat was born the day after Hurricane Katrina: Aug. 24, 2005. The latter made landfall in Louisiana a few days later, thrashed cities and killed people and became shorthand for catastrophe and folly. Gchat gathered strength, swamped our workdays, tightened our connections but eroded our relationships.

Recently, there were months of ominous warnings from Google, to prepare users of its instant-messaging feature for a wrenching change.

And then on Monday, Gchat went with the wind.

Born in that interlude between the launch of Facebook (2004) and the release of the iPhone (2007), it has now been replaced by something called “Google Hangouts.”

“Hangouts offers advanced improvements over Google Chat,” Google said, but who are they kidding. In this era of relentless iteration, we cling first. We nostalgize and rhapsodize.

A moment, then, for Gchat.

Or half a workday, if we’re being honest.

Gchat was like passing notes in class, but at the speed of light, and by using the same motions that looked like actual work. If you texted on your phone at your desk, you looked like you were goofing off. But if you Gchatted on your computer screen, you looked like you were answering emails. You could narrow your eyes and type with intensity, as if making great progress on that article you promised your editor by 4 p.m. When really, in a little box hiding among more pertinent browser windows:

me: i’m so f-ed. how am i not fired?

friend: i found out everyone else in the world is doing the same thing: nothing

That’s a chat from 4:40 p.m., June 21, 2006, resting in my Gmail archives. It is a time capsule of insecurity, honesty and awareness that Gchat – then 10 months old – was a problem.

All of a sudden your Gmail was not just a static mailbox. It was virtual recess, with all of your email contacts now available to play in real time. For those who spent college on AOL Instant Messenger, Gchat was both recognizable and an improvement. There was no hunting for complicated screen names. The chat function just appeared one day, and fit snugly into the email interface. It was, like every new innovation in the internet age, novel and unexciting. Back to my archives: March 15, 2006, 5:15 p.m.

friend: does this work?

me: hello?

friend: this isnt that wild

Wild, no. Useful, yes. You could gracefully have five or six conversations at once, each chat box flashing when it needed attention, though you risked confusing boxes and sending gossip to the wrong person. You could color-code your availability: A green dot next to your name meant you wanted to talk, yellow meant you might actually be working, red meant you were busy and important and you wanted everyone to know you were busy and important. Gchat gave us the illusion that we were all at work, together, pretending to be working. And its archives provide carbon-dated, minute-by-minute evidence of how much you’ve changed, or haven’t, and of how long and hollow your days were, and are. The entirety of a Gchat exchange from July 20, 2009, at 6:50 p.m.:

friend: i can’t seem to get off the couch

me: Don’t fight it

friend: at some point I’ll need to get up for food

Scroll through your chat archives and live the minutiae of your personal history. Marvel at who used to be a part of your daily life. See who was always trying to get your attention, and see whose attention you were always trying to get.

me: hello?

me: you there?

me: okay text me

In 2006, Twitter opened a new venue for instant, free-wheeling conversation with anyone in the world. Facebook debuted its own messaging component for friends in 2008. The chat platform Slack was introduced in 2013, took over the American workplace, and became a verb for intra-office communication. Texting on the phone is as easy as ever: iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal.

Google won’t share Gchat data, but there are now 1.2 billion people with Gmail accounts – so maybe, until this week, there were a billion or so Gchatters out there. A portion of this number probably has six other ways of messaging people, so what made Gchat special? Longevity? Familiarity? Ease? Maybe it was the feeling that, in the quiet isolation of your cubicle, a friend was right there with you, in a box that you begged to flash.

The dumb thing about all this is that Google Hangouts doesn’t appear to be much different than Gchat. Except it is different. It’s different in a way that all these iterations of software are different, in the way that likes are different from favorites on Twitter, or that Facebook’s timeline is different than its news feed. Each difference, each change, is incremental, inconsequential and excruciating.

As my best friend asked me Wednesday: “are you on? I can’t tell with the new set up. BRING BACK AOL INSTANT MESSENGER.”

She sent this plea by old-fashioned e-mail.

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Facebook Working on a Teen Messaging App Called ‘Talk’: Report

Facebook Working on a Teen Messaging App Called 'Talk': Report

HIGHLIGHTS
App will allow parents to monitor who their children are in contact with
The app, called Talk, cannot be searched by general public
The app is expected to be for those who are 13-years-old and above
In a bid to protect vulnerable teenagers from online bullying and exploitation, Facebook is reportedly launching a new messaging app that will allow parents to monitor who their children are in contact with.

The app, called Talk, cannot be searched by general public but just by the teens who use it and will be closed to strangers who are looking to take advantage of teenagers on the Internet.

According to the website The Information, a software code was found in the main app that revealed signs of new parental controls that would set the app apart from Facebook’s Messenger app.

The code said, “Talk is a messaging app where you fully control the contacts and your child uses the Talk app to chat with you in Messenger.”

 

The app is expected to be for those who are 13-years-old and above and will not require the user to have a Facebook profile.

Recently, The Australian newspaper reported that the social network can help advertisers target users as young as 14.

While the parental controls in the new messaging app may turn some teens off due to limitations on their freedom on the social media, the service may be helpful to parents who are worried about their inability to monitor to whom their kids talk to online.

[“Source-ndtv”]