BOOK REVIEW: Lifescale by Brian Solis

Lifescale (How to life a more creative, productive and happy life) is a life-affirming and fabulous read by a great writer and friend.

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The first to be said about this book is that it is a very, very heavy book and by that, I mean it’s heavy by weight, not by content. I have never read a hardback that is so heavy to tote around, but that is the only criticism I can make from this gloriously upbeat book.

The content is light and pithy, fun and important. I read it while on a tour of NE England, channelling George Orwell on the road to Scarborough in 2019, not Wigan Pier in the 1930s. These were not glamorous locations, not least the Grimsby hotel where I finished Lifescale.

I also have a disclaimer to make because the author Brian Solis is a great friend of mine and somebody who I meet regularly on the global speaking circuit. We met three years ago in Beirut when I interviewed Steve Wozniak and we went drinking afterwards in a huge amphitheatre; truly glorious days.

But I had never know what all the fuss was about. Whenever I’ve put pictures up on social media of Brian and I on stage or at events together, so many of my friends in the business express amazement that I know Brian. To me, he’s just a great bloke, not any type of hero or visionary… or anything like that.

However, now that I’ve finally read one of his books, I DO see what all the fuss is about. He has the greatest knack of sharing information that not only increases the reader’s knowledge, but is done in such a way that it is seamless from page to brain.

He is smart with quotations, images and displays, the prose is as fresh as poetry and, most importantly, he makes the reader feel that they are listening to a friend, somebody who really has their interests at heart.

This truly is a feel-good book, even for an old cynic such as me. I implore you to buy or download it, but if you’re feeling a little weak in the upper arm, perhaps one to download. This book is light, not heavy… no need to carry the load. Recommended.

How to rotate a PDF file the easy way round

What is a PDF?

Before the question of how to rotate a PDF is explained, it is first necessary to understand what a PDF is.

The .PDF extension on a file indicates that it is a Portable Document File.

How To Geek is a popular website that teaches people how to get the most out of their software and the site explains that the PDF format was created by Adobe in the 1990s.

The purpose behind creating a PDF file is to allow it to be emailed and read in the same format it was created without the receiver needing to have the program it was created on.

In most cases PDF files are ‘read only’ files that are designed so that recipients cannot make changes to them.

Why would I need to know how to rotate a PDF?

In some instances images are inserted into PDF files, such as company logos or photographs of a product. If you are creating a user manual for a specific product you will want the images to appear right side up when a user opens the document to read it.

It is also useful to know how to rotate a PDF if you are using images captured with a mobile phone, as sometimes they show up in the wrong orientation when you insert them.

What tools do I need?

Users will need a powerful PDF editing software that will allow them to manipulate PDF files and place text and images exactly where they are needed with a few simple keystrokes and mouse clicks.

Using this software gives all the tools and information needed to rotate a PDF file. TechGeekers recommends Movavi to users who want a simple and innovative method for working with PDF files.

Here’s how it works!

First, you need to download the software and install it on your machine. Once that is done, open the document you wish to edit, and get ready to learn how to rotate a PDF file.

Once you have the document open, scroll to the page you wish to rotate. Now, simply right click on the page and a sub menu will pop up. In that menu you can select Rotate Left or Rotate Right, and the page will be turned 90 degrees in the direction you selected.

You can also select Rotate 180° to turn the page completely upside down. This is the simplest method to answer the question of how to rotate a PDF file.

The second method is completed by using the keyboard shortcuts that are built the program. This method is effective for rotating multiple pages at the same time.

If the pages are in consecutive order, you can hit the Shift key on a PC and the CMD key on a Mac and then clicking the first and last pages in the list you want to rotate.

If they aren’t consecutive pages, then you can press and hold the CTRL key and then click the individual pages you want to rotate.

Once you have the pages highlighted, a right click with the mouse will bring up the same menu as before and you can select which direction you want the pages to be rotated. If you want to know how to rotate a PDF, then this is the method you want to use.

Permanent Changes

There is another built-in option that allow pages to permanently rotate within a PDF. to access this option, select the Manage Pages mode within the software.

Use the methods listed above to rotate the pages to be ediedt, then click Save in the file menu. There you have it – simple instructions for how to rotate a PDF file.

 

Slide TWS Earphones review

With more than $4 Million raised in crowdfunding and more than 80,000 backers, the new Slide Earphone is already 4,000% oversubscribed.

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When a company describes itself as ‘the legend is back’, alarm bells instantly ring at this hubris, but when it comes to the Pamu earphones, those bells fade into the distance.

First time around, the PaMu TWS raised more than $4 million with backing from 80,000 backers including some famous US athletes.

Based on excellent sound quality, long battery life, signal stability and comfort level, this Bluetooth earphone was hugely successful. Now the so-called legend has launched the PaMu TWS Slide and demand has been rife on Indiegogo.

At time of writing, the product was already 4,000% oversubscribed and closing fast on the first million dollars. Now, this is all very well and clearly somebody has been doing some very good marketing, but is the Slide any good?

As somebody who is not exactly a fan of earphones, I wasn’t the perfect person to review this product, so I passed it on to somebody I knew could give me authentic feedback; my teenage son and fashionista.

The response was highly positive, not just because of the signal, sound quality and comfort, but because the earphones could never be dislodged from his ears whatever he seemed to do (which mainly consisted of playing basketball).

According to ‘the legend’ and, weirdly enough via a Facebook ad ten minutes ago that seems to be reading this review before I’ve even written it, those who get in early can buy the Slide for $49, a saving of 70% on the retail price of $199.

That sounds like reasonable value and if you don’t believe me or my teenage son, there are all of those US athletes to listen to… perhaps via Bluetooth and Slide earphones.

You literally heard it here first.

What’s Next For AI In The Workplace? (With Infographic)

AI or artificial intelligence is often regarded as the next frontier in consumer technology. Many believe that one day we will get to walk alongside AI-controlled robots in peace. That future is still decades away but at present, AI is already shaping various fields including business.

The biggest hurdle in AI has always been the limits of our technology. As we continue to develop more advancements in AI tech, the bigger the impact it has in our lives. Both big and small brands worldwide are already using what’s available for their own benefit.

AI: Friend or Foe?

AI in business has always been painted as a bad pairing as it could see the loss of countless jobs. However, AI is being integrated in companies in surprising and workforce-friendly ways.

AI isn’t a threat to human ingenuity and intelligence in the workplace. Instead, it is seen as a supporting tool that helps companies a great deal when it comes to processes that can be automated and processes that don’t require human empathy. If used properly, AI can build the foundations for the growth of companies too.

Currently speaking, AI has trouble completing tasks such as identifying what’s morally right or wrong, as well as identifying an emotion of a person depending on his facial expression. These tasks will be best handled by humans still. What’s also undeniable is the fact that AI is far more capable of processing and analyzing troves of data than humans.

People are optimistic that instead of losing jobs, the AI-driven shift will actually result in more jobs being created. One of the people with a positive outlook on AI is none other than Bill Gates.

The Microsoft CEO and founder is confident that AI will never completely take over the human workforce.

Well, certainly we can look forward to the idea that vacations will be longer at some point.’ High-value environments’ including jails, factories, courthouses or operating rooms, and transcribing the ongoing occurrences with computers that can record what’s going on.

If there are safety violations, like an employee on a construction site who’s not wearing a helmet, or inefficient use of resources, the system can be changed.

Companies will get a significant increase in productivity thanks in part to AI and automation. This results in better revenue for them, thus bigger resources for supporting more jobs in the services sector.

On part of the human workforce, they will need to advance as well. Having additional skills in software and tech management will help a great deal as they dive into AI-integrated companies.

Not only will this help them secure better high-paying jobs, but it will also help them grow alongside the emerging AI industry.

AI is often portrayed as a bane to humanity, but recent endeavors in the field have proven otherwise. While we are yet to know exactly how AI will develop in the coming years, what’s certain is that it will never replace humans.

It seems more like there will always be a place for both AI and humans in the workplace.

The AI Revolution

FIVE SUMMER GIFTS – Strictly Briks For Kids

Strictly Briks want kids over the age of five to dream, create and glow by using plastic bricks? Sound familiar?

briksThe world would have it that all kids do nothing all day but stare at a multitude of screens, both big and small, and call that entertainment. However, the world is not just a place for pixels, it is a place for play… play in the real world.

While screens have a great part to play (ahem) in the development of the younger generation’s brains and creativity, the analogue world is just as important, not least when it comes to texture and building.

Naturally, a four-letter beginning with ‘L’ is the product that most people associate with plastic bricks, but here are other emulators and innovators who also offer great gameplay for children, and adults as well.

So step forward Strictly Briks, a company that has more than 20 years experience in the toy industry and provides high-quality and innovative creative products. Two of its products seem to bear this out.

The first is its Brik Tower product that lets kids do what they do best, build as high as they can for as long as they can. The multi-coloured bricks heighten interest and provide a framework for other games played within the tower. It provides, literally, hours of fun.

Strictly Bricks also sells its Trap and Gap baseplates that, again, provide a solid framework for games that are played on the ground, not up in the air. Maybe not as much fun as building plastic towers of Babel, but great nonetheless.

For parents brought up before the screens came down to decimate play as they knew it, using and playing with Strictly Briks will bring back memories when the world was a smaller place, less connected and more human-friendly. That’s not a bad thing… for them or their kids.