May 19, 2020

Top Google Chrome extensions for boosting productivity

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John McMalcolm
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Top Google Chrome extensions for boosting productivity

Nowadays, many business activities, ranging from research to marketing, involve the use of web browsers. As such, it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to improve their web browsing capabilities. There are many browsers available today, and one of the most popular among them is Google Chrome.

If you are one of the many businesses that are using Google Chrome as your default browser, you can improve your web browsing experience significantly by using Google Chrome extensions.

Here is a look at why Google Chrome extensions can be a great tool for your business.

What are Google Chrome extensions?

Google Chrome extensions are extra capabilities and features that can be easily added to Google Chrome. These extensions enable you to customize Google Chrome to meet your needs and preferences, and get rid of things that you do not use.

They can make your web browsing experience more organized and efficient, allowing you to perform a wide range of tasks with less time and effort.

Benefits of Google Chrome extensions

Increase productivity. There are a number of Google Chrome extensions that can help you and your employees save time and increase productivity.

Google Mail Checker is a simple feature that enables you to know the number of unread messages in your inbox without having to access your email account.

If some of your employees are spending too much time on certain websites for non-work-related purposes, you can get them to stay focused on their work by using Website Blocker. With this extension, you can block access to any website for a certain period of time.

Stay organized. Another benefit of Google Chrome extensions is that they can make it easier for you to stay organized.

According to an article entitled "7 Killer Google Chrome Extensions for Your Business", Evernote is an extension that can be very useful to businesses that have a lot of data.

It provides a place for you to keep your notes, reference materials, schedules, ideas and other types of data, and it comes with an excellent search feature for retrieving specific documents quickly.

Improve Mobility. Chrome to Mobile is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to perform your work duties even when you are not in your office. With this extension, you can take live web pages with you when you leave your office by replicating your desktop or laptop browser experience on your mobile phone. 

Another extension that can facilitate remote working is Chrome Remote Desktop. This feature makes it possible for you to access other computers and share your screen with other people. If you left a file in your office, you can get it by using Remote Desktop to connect to the computer where it is stored. 

The above-mentioned Google Chrome extensions are only a few of the many extensions that can be beneficial to your business.

Some other useful extensions include Pocket, Buffer, AdBlock, MightyText, Nimbus Screenshot, Delicious Bookmark, Search by Image, FVD Downloader and PageRank Status.

John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of subjects, from social media marketing to Cloud computing.

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Jun 21, 2021

How AWS helps NASCAR delight its fans

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Customer obsession and working backwards from the customer is a mantra of Amazon Web Services (AWS), epitomizing its partnership with NASCAR

AWS needs no introduction to readers of Technology Magazine but we rarely get an opportunity to look closely at how it serves the sports sector. All major sports draw in a huge supporter base that they want to nurture and support. Technology is the key to every major sports organization and enabling this is the driving force for AWS, says Matt Hurst, Head of Global Sports Marketing and Communications for AWS. “In sports, as in every industry, machine learning and artificial intelligence and high performance computing are helping to usher in the next wave of technical sports innovation.”

AWS approaches sports in three principal areas. “The first is unlocking data’s potential: leagues and teams hold vast amounts of data and AWS is enabling them to analyze that data at scale and make better, more informed decisions. The second is engaging and delighting fans: with AWS fans are getting deeper insights through visually compelling on-screen graphics and interactive Second Screen experiences. And the third is rapidly improving sports performance: leagues and teams are using AWS to innovate like never before.”

Among the many global brands that partner with AWS are Germany's Bundesliga, the NFL, F1, the NHL, the PGA Tour and of course NASCAR. NASCAR has worked with AWS on its digital transformation (migrating it's 18 petabyte video archive containing 70 years of historical footage to AWS), to optimize its cloud data center operations and to enable its global brand expansion. AWS Media Services powers the NASCAR Drive mobile app, delivering broadcast-quality content for more than 80 million fans worldwide. The platform, including AWS Elemental MediaLive and AWS Elemental MediaStore, helps NASCAR provide fans instant access to the driver’s view of the race track during races, augmented by audio and a continually updated leaderboard. “And NASCAR will use our flagship machine learning service Amazon SageMaker to train deep learning models to enhance metadata and video analytics.”

Using AWS artificial intelligence and machine learning, NASCAR aims to deliver even more fan experiences that they'd never have anticipated. “Just imagine a race between Dale Earnhardt Sr and Dale Jr at Talladega! There's a bright future, and we're looking forward to working with NASCAR, helping them tap into AWS technology to continue to digitally transform, innovate and create even more fan experiences.”

Just as AWS is helping NASCAR bridge that historical gap between the legacy architecture and new technology, more customers are using AWS for machine learning than any other provider. As an example, who would have thought five years ago that NFL would be using  ML to predict and prevent injury to its players? Since 2017, the league has utilized AWS as its official cloud and ML provider for the NFL Next Gen Stats (NGS) platform, which provides real-time location data, speed, and acceleration for every player during every play on every inch of the field. “One of the most potentially revolutionary components of the NFL-AWS partnership,” says Matt Hurst, “is the development of the 'Digital Athlete,' a computer simulation model that can be used to replicate infinite scenarios within the game environment—including variations by position and environmental factors, emphasizing the league's commitment to player safety.”

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