FLIRTcasting: Zen Edition

by in Best of the Web, Big Ideas, FLIRTcasting, Get Mobile 

I’m sure you’ve noticed the emergence of students with backpacks on street corners, traffic-inducing school buses, and Halloween decorations at Walgreens, you know what that means? Yes, it’s back to school season! It’s the highly anticipated time of year where we all become swamped with work and wonder, how will we manage everything? Lucky for you, we’ve designed a compilation of smart phone apps developed and in development that will help you balance life’s daily turmoil. So sit back, relax, and let’s get a little Zen talking about this “soothing” technology.

For Your Mind: It’s important to read up on thezolt3 news each and every morning, but who really has time to flip through every article? Zolt is an app that supplies you with 60-word summaries of major news stories. Best part? The more you use it the more personalized it becomes. It’s a tailored news feed created just for you. Keep it simple, and be in the know.

For Your Stability: Are you a planner? If you’re a part of the event industry then of course you are! We can all agree that sometimes it’s a little hard to balance everything we have going on, let alone know what everyone else is up to. Check out Tweek, it’s an app that allows you to share and assign tasks with your colleagues, family, or significant other. Since everyone is on their smartphones all the time anyways, try taking a digital approach to getting work done.

For Your Body: Setting aside time to go to the gym can be difficult and anxiety-provoking. That’s why there’s Kenzai, an online health platform that pairs professional workouts with a weekly nutritional plan. You can take the app-equipped program anywhere and have 90-day access to professional trainers, nutritionists, and a supportive community. The work week may be busy, but no one can judge you from your living room, it’s a plan you can actually stick with!

For Your Heart: Humans are explorative creatures (the end.) But really, we travel to find ourselves, to lose ourselves, and to see a different way of life. Basetrip is a website and developing app that puts your journey angst to rest by gathering travel details on countries from all over the globe. Simply select where you’d like to go and be amazed by all the weather reports, electricity sockets, currency, tipping recommendations, dial tones, and many more helpful materials. What’s the official language of Mozambique, you may ask? Portuguese, of course!

And Just Because You Deserve A Giggle: Whether you’re a professional photographer or not, we all enjoy taking pictures with our friends, families and yes, pets. PictoGif is an app that enhances your pictures like no other. Snap that picture of Muffin, your cat, and watch her transform into a hilarious gif. You can share it with friends, and who knows, perhaps she will be the next viral sensation.

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(Or in FLIRT’s case, Froyo!)

We hope you feel a little more at ease, and remember balance is essential to a healthy and happy life. Check back next time for another edition of FLIRTcasting!

 

Millennials in the Workplace

by in Big Ideas, Corporate Communications, News, What We're Thinking About 

According to the United States Census Bureau, Millennials account for a staggering 83.1 million or a quarter of the nation’s population, surpassing the size of our baby boomer parents by a whopping 7.7 million. Millennials are currently between the ages of 18 and 34, born between 1982 and 2000, and are quickly taking the workforce by storm, but don’t let all of that intimidate you.wordcloud-1

Being a millennial myself, I can be the first to tell you that we were born at a time of technological innovation making us a little different from generations past.  We have a digital “sixth” sense, naturally because we grew up with the immediate expansion of the Internet. We’re social beings who are not only accustomed to every aspect of our lives being shared, tweeted, and instagrammed, but we are also deeply interested and motivated by other people. Though optimistic, we have high expectations about what the future holds and truly relish in the idea of the “team” effort. Don’t be too quick to judge us without understanding that Millennials in the workplace are mostly these 5 things:

1. Eager

We are ready to learn, to grow, to absorb everything and anything we can get our hands on. We are deeply anxious to get involved, be entrusted with responsibility, and awarded the opportunity to interact with the “real” world.

2. Digitally Nativesocialmedia

The digital world is our home. We can navigate the Internet, respond to emails, post on social media, while texting with ease, and all before noon! We’re social beings who think expansively in terms of how
each idea transcends and affects every party involved.

3. Dedicated

We commit to our work. We want to be challenged and given a sense of purpose. We invest ourselves in the workplace not only because we want to expand our skills to reach our potential, but also because we want our work to be appreciated. We flourish when praised for completing demanding and difficult tasks. Please critique us, we crave feedback because we’re constantly reaching for improvement.

4. Adaptive

We’re not afraid of change, in fact, we invite it! We’re excited that ever-evolving technology and our flexibility to learn and master new mediums are helping the industry progress. We live in a world where information is readily available; therefore, when we don’t know something we look to the Internet, and then self-teach, asking plenty of questions along the way.

5. Crave Impact

We want to make the world a better place and see our efforts through. We care about sustainability, the environment, and most importantly, people. When Millennials Instagram, they’re looking to get connected with others and share  support for causes like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Suicide Prevention, and of course animal cuteness. We are problem-solvers, have civic-minds, and our ultimate goal is to create a happy, healthy lifestyle.

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Works Cited:

Fromm, Jeff. “Millennials in The Workplace: They Don’t Need Trophies But They Want Reinforcement.” Forbes. N.p., 6 Nov. 2015. Web. 31 Aug. 2016.

Fry, Richard. “Millennials Overtake Baby Boomers as America’s Largest Generation.” Pew Research Center. N.p., 25 Apr. 2016. Web. 29 Aug. 2016.

Gilbert, Jay. “The Millennials: A New Generation of Employees, a New Set of Engagement Policies.” Ivey Business Journal September/October (2011): n. pag. Ivey Business School. Web. 29 Aug. 2016.

Reynolds Lewis, Katherine. “Everything You Need to Know about Your Millennial Co-workers.” Fortune. N.p., 23 June 2015. Web. 31 Aug. 2016.

The Millennial Generation Research Review. Rep. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 2012. Web. 29 Aug. 2016.

United States Census Bureau. Millennials Outnumber Baby Boomers and Are Far More Diverse. United States Census Bureau. N.p., 25 June 2015. Web. 29 Aug. 2016.

FLIRTCasting: The Mobile Entertainment Edition

by in Best of the Web, Big Ideas, FLIRTcasting, Get Mobile, Random Inspiration, What We're Thinking About 

Mobility is a movement that is not going anywhere any time soon and with our current focus on entertainment (because of the Olympics, obviously) we realized that the easiest way to seek entertainment is in fact, on our smartphones. So, we put together a list of the newest entertainment apps developed and in development that we are currently excited about. Recommended use: outside of the office.

Travel By Drone – A collection of drone-generated masterpieces grant intrigued viewers the opportunity to search and explore the world by video. Get an aerial perspective of popular views and destinations from Boulder Beach, Australia to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. Truly embark on the world’s most mystifying views all from your smartphone.

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii.

Anchor FM – Do you find yourself talking about hydrangeas, Pilates, car restoration, or Yoda for hours on end? If you said yes to any of the above, chances are your friends are getting pretty annoyed hearing about your obsession – BUT – it’s possible the podcast community is interested! Anchor is an iOS app for recording, sharing, and listening to short audio clips or mini podcasts. Not only can users start conversations, but also contribute to them.  So go ahead, your global audience about Yoda’s endeavors, you can educate.

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Buttered Popcorn and Surround Sound – You know better than anyone else what you like, but what if there was an app to measure your movie interests? Before anyone gets any ideas, I have to stop you – There is an app and it’s called Taste! Taste is a movie recommendation engine that suggests films based on how your personalized calculations relate to the ratings of other movie-goers curiously “similar” to you. Expect the app to be released later this year, until then please continue to aimlessly guess which movie to see.

Time to Upgrade from Microsoft Paint– Tayasui’s Memopad is the quickest, freshest digital notepad equipped with 9 tools for doodling, drawing, painting, sketching, and more! Doodlers can create masterpieces and then easily share on any social network. Interested? The app is compatible with any iOS-equipped device, so get ready to become the next digital van Gogh!
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That Can Only Mean One thing – Yes, it’s time for a [fun] one! Apparently Drake has his own search engine…and yes, it is exactly what you’d expect it to be. “Let me Drake that for you” allows users to search anything and reveal how it relates to Drake. If anyone has heard of anything more absurd, please let us know!
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We hope you found your daily dose of entertainment, check back next time for another edition of FLIRTcasting!

The Olympics in the Digital Age

by in Big Ideas, News, What We're Seeing, What We're Thinking About 

The first contemporary international Olympic Games took place 120 years ago. The competitors were amateurs, the fields were rugged, and the rules were impressionable. Though technology, athletes, and resources have evolved, the mission is still the same: Every four years the world comes together for 16 days to support professional athletes and their endeavors to collect medals for their home country. However, in this day and age wouldn’t you think it’s time the Olympics enters the digital world?

Even though we can get news and results from various sources, watching it live is still the most exciting and rewarding way to engage with the games and your country. In the United States, NBC is the only commercial network that has the licensed right to stream the Olympics, but only selected events were broadcasted. People who were interested in the other events needed to go online to NBC’s website or use the app to watch them, but a cable subscription is required. For those who don’t have a cable subscription, it is nearly impossible to watch live streamings.

This year’s games in Rio, NBC averaged 27.9 million viewers for the first nine nights. Though it may seem significant, it’s actually a 15.5% overall drop and a 30% drop among viewers age 18-34. Why is this happening?

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Graph from: Emily Steele and Bill Marsh. “Why Watch TV Online?” The New York Times. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Aug. 2016

Well, most people don’t watch “live” TV, at least not in the conventional sense. According to a study done by The New York Times on media consumption, viewers ages 18 to 34 commonly report they use streaming sites to catch up on missed scheduled episodes. This is due to the fact that we are often out and about during peak TV-viewing hours; therefore, miss out on traditional “live” broadcasting.

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Graph from: Emily Steele and Bill Marsh. “How People without Cable Get Their TV Programming*.” The New York Times. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Aug. 2016

Don’t confuse this notion with the idea that we don’t want live TV—we definitely do, but we want the opportunity and freedom to watch television without a TV. Cable is still the dominant mode of TV delivery for all age groups, but for young adults ages 18 to 34, nearly a fifth of them don’t subscribe to cable services and are content with connecting their TV to the internet or using antennas for broadcast.

With so many viewing opportunities available, who could blame us for shifting our streaming interests?

When you watch Simone Biles in women’s vault, it makes you want to (and believe you can do) a handspring, double aerial off of your couch. Then explain to your cat why you didn’t land it…and then remind yourself that you don’t owe your cat any explanations. People want to bring live television with them wherever they go, whenever they go. For us it’s about mobility, and socializing with others while Snapchatting, Tweeting, status-updating, and Instagramming about the games.

In essence, we don’t want to spend time and money on a television subscription, when we can rarely allot time to remaining stationary, watching TV. People are stealthy and undetected—quickly abandoning the TV landscape and dismissing what was once known as “Prime Time.” We look to YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, Amazon Prime, really anywhere online for live streaming capabilities.

The Olympic Games unite all people and build bridges between all cultures. To spread this idea, people should have easy access to live streamings of the games. Perhaps someday you will find NBC’s monopoly on the Olympics released, and media like YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, and Amazon Prime capable of live streaming.

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(And well, because this doesn’t get old, here’s our favorite Olympic shot of Michael Phelps)

Works Cited:

Flint, Joe, and Suzanne Vranica. “NBC’s Ratings for Rio Olympics Fall Behind London.” The Wall Street Journal (n.d.): n. pag. 14 Aug. 2016. Web. 19 Aug. 2016.

Lynch, Jason. “How Millennials Consume TV Depends on Which Stage of Life They’re In Nielsen Report Examines the Demo’s Viewing Habits.” Adweek (n.d.): n. page. 24 Mar.     2016. Web. 19 Aug. 2016.

Steele, Emily, and Bill Marsh. “Millennials and Cutting the Cord.” The New York Times. N.p., 3 Oct. 2015. Web. 19 Aug. 2016.

FLIRTcasting: Summer Heat and Brand New Gadgets Edition

by in Big Ideas, FLIRTcasting, Random Inspiration, What We're Thinking About 

How is it already August? Welcome to a month of sticky humidity, beach vacations, farmer’s markets, and…national s’mores day! Everyone mark your calendars, August 10th, for this very important celebration. This week we’re not only inspired by s’mores (duh) but we are also excited about progressive technology, so we’ve compiled some of this year’s latest and greatest gadgets to come:

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No More Ink Cartridges! – The Renegade 3D-Printing Pen works by recycling plastic bottles, containers, and bags.  It is the first of its kind, an eco-friendly 3D printer that liquefies plastic, producing a molten gel that cools down forming a solid frame.

Cool Pics. No Really, Cool Pix! – Nikon recently announced the novel Coolpix W100 digital camera, the perfect gadget for families with young children or just clumsy people in general! Brightly colored, this camera is dust-proof, waterproof, shockproof, cold-resistant, and it even has wireless sharing capabilities! So when you manage to get marshmallow stuck to the camera, it won’t be an issue.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s an Amazon Drone – Amazon Prime Air will employ small, unmanned aerial vehicles (AKA Drones)
to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. You’re probably thinking, where are we going to keep these drones? In Amazon’s Patent Docking Stations, of course! Said stations may be found anywhere from cell towers to your neighborhood’s streetlights…comforting, right?

Nintendo’s Mini Powerhouse – Who here’s a gamer? Let’s be real, everyone has a little bit of “gamer” in them. The Retro-Bit Generations takes over 100 classic NES games from the arcades of our childhoods and packs ‘em into one mini system. The Retro-Bit connects to the TV and comes with two old-school controllers. It’s time to restore that old gaming rivalry you once had with your older brother.

Ah, finally. The best for last!

I’ll Race Ya – Why use your legs when you can easily ride your luggage throughout the airport? The Modobag is a carry-on suitcase with an internal 150-watt electric motor and battery that reaches 8mph. Think it’s too good to be true? Well, its battery also doubles as a USB charger for smart phones, tablets, and laptops. What more could you want from a suitcase?
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Wasn’t that fun? Remember, at the core of any technological idea is creativity, so it’s okay to think a little differently. Check back next time for another edition of FLIRTcasting!