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Disney’s stunning evolution as a constant leader in entertainment tech


It has been a massive year in the landscape of entertainment and film. So far in 2019 we have seen the best consecutive (a streak that continues even now) months of cinematic releases and new seasons of the world’s favourite television shows. And that is just the film and television facet of entertainment. In this landscape, it is all about pushing the boundaries and efficiently bringing to vivid life the next iteration to the highest quality possible. And the latest and greatest in entertainment technology CGI (computer generated imagery) does exactly that. And at the forefront of this new frontier is beloved Disney. But to understand why Disney is dominating now, it pays to look back at the history of entertainment and film technology.

1972 signals the dawn of a new beginning

While computer animation in entertainment and film was first introduced in the 1970s as visual effects and short animals, created through the layering of 3D images, it was in 1972 that the pivotal turning point really took place. Pixar co-founders Ed Catmull and Fred Park created the first prototype of a digitally-rendered 3D hand. This virtual hand was brought to life using a technology that would go on to become the strong foundations for countless effects and film masterpieces that would follow.

1995 brings CGI to full-length features

In the beginning, CGI was a technology that was used relatively sparingly. 1993 saw the first physically-textured CGI film ‘Jurassic Park’ released, but the film was still mostly real-time filming with some stunningly realistic visual effects layered over some of the scenes. In 1990, however, the release of Disney and Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ signalled the beginning of a new revolution in entertainment and film. The first feature-length film to be created entirely using CGI technology, ‘Toy Story’ was a remarkable achievement in its time. Even today, it is a wonder that is timeless, having spurred on three sequels and still being a beloved favourite the world over.

Fast forward to 2019, as Disney takes the lead yet again

Looking at the movies playing now and in recent months, it is abundantly obvious to anyone that has not been living under a rock that Disney has been dominating the entertainment industry in 2019 thus far. And, with several highly-anticipated feature films, in addition to its brand new on-demand home entertainment streaming service, Disney+, still due for release this year, that reign is not likely to simmer down any time soon. Disney’s masterful command of the latest iteration in CGI technology has been a prominent force in all its most beloved recent releases, from the Marvel and Star Wars universes, to Disney (and Disney and Pixar) masterpieces like ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Toy Story 4’, and ‘The Lion King’.

This is an entertainment and film empire that knows its audience, and has long commanded the entertainment and film technologies that have created decades of the highest quality entertainment possible. And now, as Disney continues to surge through a strong year at the box office, it is further cementing its position as the world’s most beloved entertainment empire. If only one thing is certain, it is that this reign is far from over.

Why automating purchase orders is a great business move


Anyone that has ever run a successful business can tell you that staying on top of all the moving pieces can sometimes prove to be more complex than your average challenge. Having a successful business – especially in the digital era – requires a lot of determination, hard work, resilience, and perseverance. It is no secret that the modern marketplace is more competitive than ever, and even the strongest of businesses can fall flat if they are not operating carefully and properly.

All the moving pieces that make up modern business processes and systems each have their value, their role to play in the overall operation. And while large-scale companies often have far exceeded the rest of the professional landscape in terms of automating and otherwise modernising to stay ahead of the times. Until now, that is. The rest of the business landscape is catching up quite quickly, automating and modernising in multiple ways to effectively move into the next iteration of the professional landscape. Among the processes and systems being automated are purchase orders.

The importance of the purchase order process

Purchase orders are one of the most important parts of any business and its daily ongoing operations. Purchase orders are literally the system that helps and even ensures that businesses keep track of, and manage, their spending. Without purchase orders, tracking company expenses inevitably comes more of a challenge, and this is when errors tend to arise more commonly. Additionally, validating delivery reports can become quite tricky without a purchase order process in place to keep everything accounted for and on track.

How the modern world changed expectations

The modern world is changing, and so the need for modernising key processes and systems is changing as well as a result of that (with action comes the inevitable and necessary reaction). Since digitalisation and technological advancement have begun to become more prominent forces in this new digitally inclined era, the way that we do everything – including business – has had to evolve too, to keep up with shifting expectations. While purchase orders are just one facet of business that has been slowly evolving into the realm of automation, it is one of the single most valuable digital iterations that has taken place thus far.

How automating purchase orders makes a difference

These days, purchase order software is becoming more and more common. Businesses are realising the value of automating a process like purchase orders because not only does it make the process more efficient, but it also makes it more reliable as well. In automating process orders, businesses can spend more time taking care of the aspects of the business that remand more of a hands-on approach. At the end of the day, purchase orders are a necessity for any business, but they do not have to be a burden to energy and time on the clock. The new frontier in purchase orders (not to mention so many other manners of modern business) is here, and it is making modern (and future) business bolder, better, faster, stronger.

How software is helping fine-tune job management


These days, managing all the different aspects of one’s job can be a little chaotic. This has always been the way of it, but life has never been busier than it is right now, and so the process becomes even more tightly wound (if that were at all possible). Perfecting one’s job management skills takes experience and time, but from the onset there should be some key elements of understanding that play a significant role in how you do your job. These are the expectations and realisations that form the basis of life at work in the modern age, and going forward into the technologically empowered future.

Capable and strong job management starts with understanding how to get from point A to point B as effectively and quickly as possible. While this might seem simple enough, it is important that before attempting to understand that ideal, to make the effort to understand how this newfound evolution of job management came to be. Like anything else in life, it has taken time to get here, but now it is full steam ahead, with more and more people taking control over their careers and their productivity at work every other day.

Productivity has always been the core of job management

Our career trajectory has always been tied to productivity. This has been true since the dawn of the workforce first came to be, and it is truer now than ever. Productivity is the essence of how hard a person is able and willing to go to preserve and elevate their career. Further, as it turns out, productivity is also the core of job management. Without productive ideals and a productive mindset to match, even the most talented person in the room can become the loose thread that lets an entire team down. And now, as we barrel into the digital era, that productivity is being met with efficiency in the form of software that enables and encourages effective and reliable job management.

With technological advancement came higher efficiency

In recent years, technological advancement has well and truly taken hold everywhere. In the case of the professional environment, technology presents itself in exciting and new ways all the time. One of the most effective of the latest and greatest of these new ways, is the introduction of job management software. Job management software is geared towards automating some aspects of a job, and sorting the rest into organised sections so that efficiency and productivity are the aim of the game for all professionals.

Why job management software is so paramount today

The entire world has become definitively hinged on the likes of technological advancement, and the area of job management and professional career trajectory is no different. Of course, the goal of automating processes and systems is always tied to efficiency, and in the case of job management it is all about ensuring that industry professionals can do their jobs in the most effective way possible. Job management software is just the beginning for automation and exceeding efficiency in the workplace, but it is a thrilling and promising beginning.

Top 5 reasons why you need a VPN on your Mac device


Having the Virtual Private Network (VPN) on your computer is a cost-effective option to tighten your privacy and security on the internet and ensure that all the websites that you wish to browse are available to you without any hustle. Here we are providing you with 5 top reasons why we think you need a VPN software installed on your Mac device immediately. 

Enhanced security

When you are using a VPN connection, all the data that is exchanged between the device and the internet passes in an encrypted form. It creates a tunnel for protecting your information from theft. Besides, the passwords that you use can also be vulnerable to theft without VPNs. Recently, a lot of websites have upgraded their security policies and want you to use passwords consisting of letters, numbers and special characters, all at one go. For some people, this ends up creating a lot of confusion and they prefer to use a single password across all the websites. When you log into any of these websites from an open Wi-Fi, the hacker will trace your data, steal or clone your password and then use it to get through all of your other accounts. Using a VPN would keep a check on your data usage and prohibit strangers from getting their hands on any of the sensitive information. 

Amplified privacy

When you are browsing through the internet, upholding the privacy of all your information is incredibly important, because, in some or the other way, you are under constant surveillance. The VPN helps you to safeguard this information from being constantly recorded and misused by creating a barrier between you and the monitoring eye by helping you to change IP addresses frequently thus ensuring amplified privacy.  

Opportunities to access the websites from any country

Many websites allow you to access them only from a few particular countries. However, with a VPN, you can remove this restriction. The scenario can be reversed when you want to browse some of the international sites when you are sitting back at home. A VPN client on your Mac device will change the geographic location so that the websites identify you as a user from their permitted area.

Get entry to the ISP protected sites

An Internet Service Provider (ISP) can ban users from accessing certain websites due to several reasons such as negative impact, overuse. China has blocked several popular platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube and Torrent websites. VPNs allow the user to trespass these barriers and access the websites without any roadblock. 

Public Wi-Fi can be used securely

If you are traveling or visiting cafes or other public places, the public Wi-Fi hotspots can be a convenient option; but this convenience comes at a price. All the personal information that you are sharing can be recorded because according to reports, hackers target these networks very often. It is, therefore, safe to have a VPN installed on your Mac device so that it can hide your internet traffic and shield your data accordingly. 

Solar distillation technology reimagines water cleaning technology


It is fair to say that in this modern world, we are entirely and positively immersed in and surrounded by technological advancement. It surrounds is from all angles, and we have created it to be so. The whole point of any form of technology is to improve life in some way, and that is perhaps never truer than it is in the case of water cleaning technology. While much of the western world unfortunately takes clean drinking water for granted, much (if not all) of the developing world is currently facing a lack of access to even clean drinking water. Water cleaning technologies are being developed to change that, however, with one relatively recent water cleaning technology taking the world by storm.

The harrowing statistics

Here are the facts. More than 780 million people around the globe do not have access to clean drinking water. It is estimated that by the year 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. Economic stress and climate change are two of the most prominent defining factors of where this crisis is heading, and it is only made more terrifying when one realises that the global population is set to reach nearly 11 billion (10.9 billion, to be exact) by 2025. The need for global access to clean drinking water – something that should be a basic necessity, and yet unfortunately is not – has never been stronger.

The clean water technology breaking the mould

Now, a breakthrough in solar panel technology could be the most powerful solution to clean water to date. A team at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, led by Professor Peng Wang (co-author of the paper) has developed a device that can produce electricity from sunlight and purify water at the same time. In short, this is an invention that houses the potential to simultaneously solve two serious global problems that are brutalising the third world nations right now.

Water filters are by no means a new discovery, but this approach to water cleaning technology is, and more to the point, it is yielding results that are not only genuinely working, but coming to fruition more environmentally, financially (in the long run, at least), morally, and sustainably viable. The team that has brought this remarkable feat in water cleaning technology to life has truly created a life-changing, once-in-a-lifetime revolutionary invention that, even now in its infancy stages, is proving to be especially promising.

The powerful promise held in this clean water tech

As far as clean water technology goes, this is exponentially powerful, to the point that it is genuinely and profoundly life-changing. While other water cleaning technologies yield results, this latest technology is different in that it not only provides a clean energy source, but an alternative to current methods of purifying water that is more power-effective. Additionally, it does not require the large amounts of infrastructure that is not accessible for many communities that do not have access to clean water sources.

Deep-diving into the electric era in automotives


The automotive industry is by far one of the most important sectors in all the world. From the salespeople that sell the vehicles and the panel beaters that make them look their best, to the manufacturers bringing the vehicles to the roads in the first place, and everywhere else in between, this is an industry that is important on level after level. This is an industry that has built its foundations on the tail of our obsessive desire to always be moving faster, more efficiently. Now, we have grown accustomed to being able to get around much faster than normal, thanks in large part to automotives and the ongoing innovations that drive them forward all the time. There have been many great evolutions in the automotive industry over the years, but this latest is perhaps one of the most –if not the most – important of all, not just for our progress towards a healthier future for us, but our progress towards a healthier future for the planet as well.

Technology becomes a global revolution

These days, technology is as common as the shoes on our feet of the clothes on our backs, but it has not always been this way. When technologies like the internet first broke through into the mainstream, people were confounded with them, even apprehensive. Over time, however, technologies have proven to be a mainstream success story (for the most part) that have all played their part in changing the world as we see it. Today, that world is paved with technologies and digital devotions, and every aspect of modern life, every industry, has felt the keen sting of it all – including, as it turns out, the global automotive industry.

Technology disrupts the automotive industry

Automotive technology has come a long way over time, and now we stand on the edge of an industry that is set to completely electrify, if all goes to plan, in the coming years. The electric vehicle has been the plot summary to many movies, television series, and books over the decades, but in recent history it has come to be a reality – or at least, the humble, if not controversial, beginnings of a reality. The autonomous vehicle made headlines when it was first introduced, and then again (though for different reasons) when the first semi-autonomous vehicles in production and on the roads were involved in road accidents – some of which harrowingly, unfortunately, involved fatalities.

The pioneers driving the electric era forward

The controversy has been met with understandable upset, but it has also gone a long way towards strengthening the technology. What was once a finely drafted technology has since bloomed and flourished to become a viable innovation in automotives that seeks to drive forward a healthier future, not only for us, but for the planet we call home. Luxury automotive manufacturer Tesla has been at the forefront of this autonomous vehicle revolution, and it continues to flourish and thrive. There is only one Earth, and it is heartening and promising to realise that the automotive industry – and other industries too – are working towards ensuring that the future is one that vehicles with a healthier environmental footprint dominate. 

Technology is transforming the legal industry from the inside out


The world as we know it has taken some time to get to this point. We are currently standing on the verge of a new world that is entirely and positively dominated by technologies and all they bring to the table. And while we have been approaching this age for quite some time now, we are beginning to realise just how inundated we are in it, how reliant we have become on its reaches. In this modern world of digitalisation and technological advancement, it is more than fair to ascertain that we are a species that becomes more obsessed with technological enhancement and ongoing advancement, with every passing day. These days, no matter the aspect of life, no matter the industry in question, technological influence plays a significant, even growing, part of it all.

Technological advancement changes the world

The modern world is the product of ongoing digitalisation and technological advancement, and we are only all too aware of that fact. After all, we have created this world; we are responsible for its development. Technological advancement now dominates every aspect of modern life, even all the industries that thrive and survive within its constructs. In the case of the legal industry, for example, technology has made all the most tedious aspects of the industry far more efficient and innovative than they have ever been, and it continues to work its magic all the time. The legal industry has needed advancement in its reaches, and now it finally has it in its hands and ready to make a genuine, lasting difference in the world.

Technological advancement in the law industry

The legal industry has found itself confronted and transformed by technologies in many ways. The most influential form of legal technology is none other than the automation of key processes and systems. Being a data-driven industry, law is one of the most in-depth fields in the world, and further, given the nature of the data flowing through the system at any given time, it is also one of the most important industries there is. Technologies have begun to find their way into the legal industry, but the most broadly advantageous of them all? Automation.

Automation as the foundation for law technology

It does not necessarily matter which field of law one is thinking about. From family law to violent crime law, and every facet of the legal industry in between, this is an industry that, frankly, has needed modernisation for a while. With so much important, private, and sensitive information flowing through the system, the more tedious parts of the system have always been considerably difficult to get through, though no less important or necessary. So, automation technology has come into play and made those tedious processes far easier to get through. This inevitably leaves more time for the more manually demanding aspects of the job, with those who work in the legal industry finding it simpler than ever to navigate the historically challenging parts of their line of work.

Technology is revolutionising how Australians move interstate


Moving is always a big decision, and it is even more so when it is the decision to move interstate. This is never a choice that is taken lightly, and here in Australia it can be difficult to choose where exactly one should move to, if and when that time comes. Being such a phenomenal country from edge to edge, the land down under is full of wondrous locations that make for a beautiful life. Whether one chooses to move to the red deserts of the outback, the lush greenery of the mountain ranges, the lovely surrounds of a lake, or next to the ocean, there is no shortage of ample properties to make home. All one must do is choose.

So, how does one narrow down the many choices, and how can technology help those choices to become easier? It is not a simple choice, and it goes without saying that many, if not all, people often struggle with it, but at the end of the day, it is all about simplifying the search. While that might sound decidedly challenging, it does not have to be. And that is where technological advancement comes into play.

The Australian dream comes at a cost

It is part of the great Australian dream to own one’s own property. Generations of Australians have fallen in love with the idea of owning their own little piece of land. It is not difficult to understand why. But with the market constantly fluctuating, it can be difficult to know where to land, where has the most value all around. Owning real estate at all comes at a cost, but making the wrong decision for yourself when investing can cost you in more ways than one.

Moving interstate might seem to be a difficult process, but it does not need to be – especially now, in the beginnings of the digital era. Technological impact is more of a common convenience than ever, and it is making moving across state lines more stress-free than it has ever been.

How technology is revolutionising the way Australians move

Technology of all kinds is helping to modernise and revolutionise the process of moving interstate (and moving in general, for that matter). Thanks to technologies like digital marketing, virtual reality 360-degree inspection queues, and online property applications (to name a few technologies revolutionising how we move), moving interstate is far less time-consuming to get from point A to point B, and much less expensive (owing to the fact that people no longer have to fly or drive back and forth to inspect properties, which inevitably and obviously costs far less than the former).

The new era for interstate movements in Australia

What we are currently seeing is just the beginning for technology and Australians moving across the state lines, but it foreshadows a promising veil of hope for what is to come. Technological advancement has done wonders for the modern world in many ways, and now it seems that it is finally making an impact on the way we think, process, and end up moving.

Search engine optimisation a leading digital marketing strategy


Now that we live in the digital era, it continues to become exceedingly obvious that every aspect of modern life has been, and is continuing to be, fundamentally revolutionised in the wake of rapid digitalisation and technological advancement. This is true in literally every aspect of life as we know it, and there is no going back. Every aspect of life, from education and healthcare, to life at home and business, have been transformed from the inside out. In the world of business, technological advancement and rapid digitalisation have made themselves known in many ways, with one of the most exciting and innovative being digital marketing.

Digital marketing begins to overtake traditional marketing

While traditional marketing strategies will likely (if not certainly) always have their place in the world of business, it becomes more and more obvious over time that the modern iteration (i.e. digital marketing) is becoming more and more instrumental to business’ success, no matter the industry or the size of the business in question. The reason for this is simple: as the rest of the world continues to pivot towards a digitalised future, the way that we do everything – including business – must adapt to realign, or risk being left behind. Today, there are many digital marketing strategies that are successful, but which is the best of them?

The most prominent digital marketing strategy out there today

 One of the most prominent digital marketing strategies out there today is SEO (search engine optimisation). Essentially, SEO is a strategy that increases the quality and quantity of traffic to a website or web page. This is achieved by increasing the visibility of a website to individuals that use a web search engine (think Google). The idea is to increase the volume of unpaid results (excluding the purchase of paid placement). SEO was a more complex digital marketing strategy for businesses to get used to in the beginning, due to the fact that it requires more behind-the-scenes work, more effort from the onset. Over time, however, SEO proved itself to be worth its weight in gold.

Why SEO continues to turn ripples into waves across industries

The reason that SEO has continued to be so popular is quite simple. SEO may require a learning curve to initially understand it, but once that learning curve has been successfully reached and then exceeded, SEO works its magic by doing the work for you. After the initial pull, SEO takes control and works – seemingly behind the scenes – to increase visitation to a website or an individual web page. Never has a digital marketing strategy proven to be so influential across so many different industries.

SEO does what so many other digital marketing concepts fail to do: create an ongoing automated trajectory towards success after the initial pull. So, if you own a business, get your local SEO company on your side and make the most of SEO, because at the end of the day, this is a digital marketing strategy that is giving companies across varying industries a leg up, always.

Promotions and marketing as key components in modern business


When it comes to the big, wide world of business, there are many moving pieces that have significant control and ongoing impact. All of them are decidedly unique in and of themselves, and they all have their role to play. While each individual business operates differently to the one next to it, there are some components in modern business that are crucial all around, no matter the business or the industry that business belongs to. The reality is that modern businesses are built on a foundation of key components and unique creative angles. And at the end of the day, the key components are the glue that holds it all together.

So, what are the most fundamentally important and commonplace components in modern business? Promotions and marketing. These two ideals are interesting in themselves, but when utilised in the world of business, they effectively become two of the most important components in modern business. To know just how much impact these innovations have on the world, it is important to understand them both as individual components and as a collaborative effort in modern business.

Promotions help to set the tone for business standards

It goes without saying that a business is only worth as much as the driving components and growth strategies within that business are. One of the most instrumental business components of all is the use of active and consistent promotions. In short, promotions essentially help to set the tone for the standards of the business. Through ad campaigns, special, limited time offers, and more, promotions offer an insight into what a business is all about, allowing for said business to continue to further elevate its growth.

Marketing is the ultimate power play in business

Think of marketing as the ultimate power play in business. At networking events, take the opportunity to spread the word about your business and everything it offers by spreading your wings, soaring out of your comfort zone, and engaging in conversation with other industry professionals who can and often do prove themselves to be positive industry connections that you can harness later in your career. When at industry events, wear lanyards that are branded with your company’s insignia and logo. Market through social media, in print, on the radio, on television, on billboards, via email. Marketing is your ticket to enhancing success in your modern business.

Promotions and marketing in collaboration with one another

While they are each incredibly powerful on their own, promotions and marketing are even more influential when utilised in collaboration with one another. In using marketing efforts to advertise promotions, and vice versa, you essentially put yourself in the position of having your cake and eating it too. Using a marketing campaign as a promotions tool for an upcoming range, product, service, or location allows you to further expand on your exposure and success. The same can be said about using promotion tools as a marketing strategy. At the end of the day, promotions and marketing are equally valuable components in all modern businesses and industries, all over the world.

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