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Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits and Beer Labels

Technology Enhances Wine, Spirits and Beer Labels

TECHNOLOGY
What's the purpose of a wine label; or for that matter a label on spirits and beer? Obviously, the first response to that question is: to satisfy the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) regulations. Once that is accomplished, the label space remaining may be used for branding and marketing copy. The fact is, there is very little space on bottle labels to get creative with messages. Now technology is helping solve the limited space on labels by way of RFID (radio frequency identification/ID) technology. Tap a smartphone on an NFC (Near Field Communications) tag embedded on a bottle and see what comes up on your smartphone; assuming there is currently a tag on the label. Depending on a winery's budget and the number of smartphones enabled with RFID tag readers (newer smartphones ...
Impacts of Information Technology on Society in the New Century

Impacts of Information Technology on Society in the New Century

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In the past few decades, there has been a revolution in computing and communications, and all indications are that technological progress and use of information technology will continue at a rapid pace. Accompanying and supporting the dramatic increases in the power and use of new information technologies has been the declining cost of communications as a result of both technological improvements and increased competition. According to Moore's law, the processing power of microchips is doubling every 18 months. These advances present many significant opportunities but also pose major challenges. Today, innovations in information technology are having wide-ranging effects across numerous domains of society, and policymakers are acting on issues involving economic productivity, intellectual ...
Leveraging Technology for Organisational Excellence

Leveraging Technology for Organisational Excellence

TECHNOLOGY
Technology & HR-Leverage one for the other: "Technology and HR are enablers of business. Integration of the two would mean not only harmonious co-existence but also leveraging one for the other. Leveraging of technology for HR would mean digitizing the mundane HR activities and automating the back office and transactional activities related to recruitment, performance management, career planning, and succession planning, training and knowledge management. Leveraging HR for technology implies managing change associated with technology by way of communication, training, hiring, retraining, stakeholder analysis, and conscious keeping. Thus they can play complementary roles." Technology and HR both have one thing common i.e., both these are enablers of business. In recent times, technolo...
5 Stages of Technology Adoption

5 Stages of Technology Adoption

TECHNOLOGY
Schools across the globe are going through a growth spurt of sorts, which is both painful and unavoidable. I'm talking, of course, about technology integration. Maybe your class is using a COW (Computer on Wheels) cart once a week or maybe every student in your school is suddenly holding an iPad and administrators are throwing around the dreaded phrase "going paperless." Whatever the level of technology integration, we all seem to be in some state of transition toward new technology at any given time. The painful truth, though, is that no matter how many professional development sessions we receive or how many tools we are given, many adults struggle to adapt to new technology. We approach the new school year fully aware that our students will hack the media and turn it to their own de...
The Value of Technology in Educating Young Children

The Value of Technology in Educating Young Children

TECHNOLOGY
Are young children well suited to the use of technology? Modern technologies are very powerful because they rely on one of the most powerful genetic biases we do have - the preference for visually presented information. The human brain has a tremendous bias for visually presented information. Television, movies, videos, and most computer programs are very visually oriented and therefore attract and maintain the attention of young children. When young children sit in front of the television for hours, they fail to develop other perceptions. But the technologies that benefit young children the greatest are those that are interactive and allow the child to develop their curiosity, problem-solving and independent thinking skills. Technology plays a key role in all aspects of American life whi...