In this era, everything is getting more and more technologically advanced. The overwhelming majority of us have access to the internet, and phones are smart enough to guide us whenever we get lost. Like everyone else, I try to keep up with the pace, and it is addicting. Finding easier solutions with technology to everyday problems is addicting, yet interesting. I have been a satisfied consumer ever since I signed up for Xfinity bundles, and have decided to utilize my services productively. As such, today I am sharing my tried and tested tech hacks to make your time spent at home even more amusing.

  1. Manage Your Daily Wardrobe

For the fashion enthusiasts, or the people who have no time to decide what to wear all week, there is an app called Stylebook. Stylebook lets you upload the articles of clothing in your wardrobe and then matches them with one another. It even plans for you how to dress throughout the coming week. This virtual closet will save you plenty of time.

  1. Become a Genie

How do you feel when you come home from a long weekend, partying all night, or perhaps staying with a friend in the hospital, and you can’t find the keys to enter your own house? Annoyed, to say the least. It’s even more frustrating when you have to dig for your hidden keys in the rain to unlock your den. The good news is that those days are over, thanks to smart lock technology. Smart lock apps only require your smartphone to do the magic and BAM! Your door will be unlocked in a flash.

  1. Concealed Speakers

Concealed ceiling speakers are perfect for music enthusiasts. If your home is entirely audio-equipped, you can enjoy streaming music from whichever room you want. Not only that, you can further customize them for a house party. You can also set your alarm when you want it off in one room or all rooms.

  1. Set-up Your Personal Solar Panels

If you are focusing on saving money and you are also concerned about the environment, solar panels are a great choice to help you achieve both goals. As a matter of fact, if you employ the right tactics, you can actually install these panels all by yourself! It’s not a quick job, but someone tech-savvy like you can manage.

  1. Smart-Greet Your Guests

You can now elevate your hospitality game by getting a smart doorbell like Ring or Sky Bell. It will definitely amaze your guests when they get a greeting from your smartphone right after ringing your doorbell. It will also serve as a layer of security to your home, as now you will always know who is at the doorstep.

  1. Turn Your Smartphone into a Projector

We all have at least periodically fantasized about having a projector or home theatre. Here is a simple and inexpensive DIY project which will turn your smartphone into projector by just experimenting with a few common domestic items: a magnifying glass, a shoe box, a paperclip, and electrical tape. This technology hack is a great idea to try with your kids before a sleepover or for a movie night with the family.

  1. Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal on the Cheap

Without spending too much money, you can extend your home Wi-Fi to get a stronger wireless Internet signals. You just need about 25 cents worth of aluminium foil. Tear a bit of it off to make a rectangular shape, then fold down the edges to make a frame. Now place this foil frame behind your Wi-Fi router’s antennae. This frame will help strengthen the Wi-Fi signals to get quicker download speeds.

One of the biggest challenges you could face when running a business is fraud. Business fraud can lead to serious loss and failure within the business. A big fraudulent activity can deplete your small business profits and push you out of business. As a small enterprise owner, you should prevent fraud from happening. The risk of closing down is too high when you try to contain a big scam. Thus, you should learn everything that has to do with fraud and stay safe.

Understanding Business Fraud

To effectively deal with a business scam, you should understand how it happens. Find out the conditions and factors that provoke fraudulent activities and how to foresee them. More specifically, you should know all about the fraud triangle. Examples of situations that trigger fraud include:

  • Disgruntled employees who feel financially strained
  • Loopholes through which a malicious employee can commit fraud without being found.

Common Fraud in Business

Sending False Invoices

Employees who defraud businesses use false invoicing. It entails sending a fake invoice for items that were never procured. If the fake invoice is paid, the fraudster makes a lot of free money without the knowledge of their employer.

In most circumstances, fraudsters divert the stolen cash to their personal checking accounts.  If your small business scrutinizes each invoice well before paying, it cannot be ripped off that easily. The best solution for this situation is for your business to invest in inventory software. This type of software will track the companies purchases, sales, and more, making it easier to stay on top of things.

Payroll System

A payroll fraud is as common as invoicing fraud. A payroll fraud occurs when an employee increases the number of hours they have worked.

Companies can prevent this by having employees log their time by using an app. In some cases, false sales or orders can be reported so that one can get an unnecessary gain.

If you want to prevent this type of fraud in your company, come up with a robust anti-fraud system. You can do this by reviewing all time sheets on a regular basis to make sure than no employee has overstated the hours they have worked.  This system can as well capture false records and set a platform for investigation.

Check Tampering/Check Fraud

This one is the easiest method of stealing from a company. Countless companies have been defrauded via a check that is written to fake recipients. A business owner should consider using electronic billing software, this will ensure that all finances are secure.

Fraudsters who use this method work only in the background, trying not to be discovered until they get the money. Sometimes the check is genuine, but tampered with.

Theft of Money

Commonly called skimming, theft of cash is a rather widespread behavior. It affects businesses that use a less formal receipting process. Theft can also occur where the receiver of money manipulates the debtor’s ledger account and applies different receipts to that particular transaction. This method of stealing or misappropriating funds is called lapping.

Workers Compensation Fraud

This fraud happens if an employee manages to formulate a lie and exaggerate their injury to make a personal gain. Usually, employees who use this trick also lie about their exact location at the time of suffering an accident.

Mostly, they claim to have gotten injured during office hours while, in fact, they were out and about doing their personal business. To avoid this type of fraud in your company, buy the necessary safety equipment to be used in all business processes, or you and your employee may end up in court. Additionally, track your employees’ working hours to avoid a situation where they would claim undue insurance claims when they got injured outside your premises.

Internet Fraud

This can happen to any business that has weak consumer networks. Vulnerable internet network should never be used–as it attracts internet criminals like hackers and fraudsters. These are known to work tirelessly to exploit vulnerabilities in business networks.

Hence, any business using unsecured networks for its business transactions and workflows that entail private data is at risk of suffering fraud. It is imperative to use a router to keep your system files from ruthless hackers. It goes without saying that using software to safeguard digital data files is important.

EFT Frauds

This occurs when a person decides to use EFT (electronic funds transfer) to transfer money to their own bank account. This affects businesses of all sizes, especially, because they are using online banking technology.

How to Prevent Fraud

A common thing about business fraud is that it is committed by an internal entity. This is someone who understands how your payroll, invoicing, accounting, and banking systems work. To mitigate fraud, therefore, you should come up with a technologically robust system that can effectively track every business workflow.  

Obtaining the right technology is not all. You must understand how this technology works for you and the controls you should insert in your processes every time you implement new technology. Additionally, you should configure authorizations and segregations within the software, giving access and permission only to relevant people. Protecting your business from fraud is very time consuming and it can be a lot to handle, but it is absolutely necessary for the success of your business.

Everyone, including me, wants to be in perfect health, stay fit and have a well-curved body. Unfortunately, as most of us may have already found out, getting your body to be in good health and perfect shape, with some six pack and great abs, takes some workout.

Cutting away those extra kilos needs great dieting and a well-planned workout plan, and sometimes we get all confused with what or what not to eat, and in wondering if the countless workout hours are really paying off.

Thankfully, to help you focus on losing weight and bettering your health, technology has stepped in with cool and wearable gadgets that can help you shed more kilos, by helping you track your dieting, set goals for your weight loss and give feedback on your workouts.

Tech gadgets have really made losing weight easy and fun, and whether you are walking, running, biking or doing other exercises, you can wear some of these gadgets as a bracelet, or ring and connect them with your smartphone to track your weight loss progress.

While there are many diet and weight loss gadgets out there, and we are simply spoilt for choice, here are a few outstanding ones that can be a really great addition to your workout and dieting.

Jawbone UP 

Jawbone UP is a fitness tracker that you can use to track your diet, sleep, and day and night activity. With Jawbone UP Move, UP2, UP3, or UP4 you can track how many calories you are taking in from your diet, how many hours you sleep and how many calories you are burning.

Jawbone UP helps you track calories in your diet when you log in the meals you have taken, and their nutritional value is scored by the gadget which is connected to the app on your Android or iPhone via Bluetooth.

Coming as a bracelet, you can track how many miles you ran or walked, and how many calories you burned, while at the same time track your heart rate when at rest and during activity. The Jawbone UP also tracks how long you sleep and comes with colorful wristbands that buzz to remind you when to sleep or wake up.

The Jawbone UP lets you invite your friends for a dieting, running or walking duel with its invite friends feature. It also comes with a Smart Coach feature, which is a personal trainer feature that motivates you to make healthy diet choices and achieve set activity goals, and celebrates with you when you do so.

FitBit Flex 

FitBit Flex fitness trackers are wristbands and wrist watches that you can connect to your smartphone or computer device using the Wireless connection. With choices such as Flex2, Alta HR, Zip, Charge 2, Surge and Blaze, FitBit Flex tracks your daily activity, heart rate, and sleep.

FitBit Flex tracks and logs steps were taken, and distance covered, then calculates calories burned. With FitBit Flex you can set daily step and distance goals to be covered, and each time you are close to achieving it, the band’s LEDs will flicker to let you know you are almost there.

When worn during the day and night, you can track your day activity, heart rate, and sleep, and you can see how you are progressing with your fitness by syncing the fitness gadget to your phone or computer, and it will display graphs and charts of your progress.

With FitBit Flex you can earn badges for achieving your set fitness goals, and you can make your weight loss journey more interesting by inviting friends and family to competitions and sharing your progress with them.

You can track your activity and sleep with this tech gadget for five days without the need to recharge the battery, and since the band is water-resistant, you can use it when walking or running in the rain. The FitBit Flex2 is a great fitness tracker for swimmers.

Fitbit can work together with Nutrisystem’s food and exercise log app known as Numi.  When you sync these two, Numi will pull your daily steps from Fitbit. Nutrisystem is a weight loss program that delivers food to your door. More about it at:

Adidas miCoach Pacer

The Adidas miCoach trainer is a weight loss and fitness gadget you can use if you need a little more of professional advice on how to train properly. This fitness trainer tracks your heart rate, distance ran, speed, calories burned and strides covered, and lets you know when to slow down or pick up the pace on your run.

You can have it strapped on your waist and use the earphones to receive information on your speed, distance covered, heart rate when to slow down or pick up and time remaining to finish your run. The Adidas miCoach fitness trainer comes with a heart rate monitor which you fix on your chest to measure your heart rate. It also comes with a stride sensor to track your strides as you run, this you can fix on your shoe laces.

After your run, you can display and see your progress using charts on your computer or smartphone using an internet connection. This fitness trainer can be used in a free mode, where the audio will only track your running activity, without any tips, or in the coaching mode, where the audio voice will guide you as you run. It also has a weight loss mode.

FitBit Aria Smart Scale

This smart scale will track your weight, the percentage of fat in your body, your lean mass and calculate your body mass index (BMI), then display your weight loss progress in charts and graphs on your smartphone or computer, using a wireless connection.

The FitBit Aria Smart Scale helps you track and measure how much fat you are burning and how much muscle you are gaining. The scale has four cells at its bottom that measure your weight, and then calculate your BMI based on your weight and height, displaying them on its LCD display.

You can use this smart scale with up to 7 other users, but still keep your progress private, as the scale uses individual weights to distinguish between users. The scale will also measure the percentage of fat in your body, by use of slight electric currents transmitted to your skin, when you stand on the scale.

You can set your weight loss goals, and measure your achievements, as well as keep a record of all your achieved goals using this scale, and use its Calorie Coaching feature; you can get support and motivation from your personal trainer, to achieve your weight loss goals.

Absorb Plate

Did you ever think that a dinner plate can be used as a weight loss gadget? Well, it is being used in Thailand to reduce calories in highly oily foods, and while it is still catching on, it is a great indoor weight loss tech addition.

The Absorb Plate reduces calories in food by up to 30 calories per meal, by extracting excess oil from highly dip-fried foods. 500 perforations in the Absorb Plate make it possible for oil from food to collect in these perforations, reducing the amount of oil you may end up eating by up to 30 calories.

While you may not be able to track your weight loss and body fat percentage with the Absorb Plate, used with some of the fitness gadgets mentioned here, it can be a great addition to achieving your weight loss goals.