7 Awesome Tech Instagram Accounts

by Brad Lange on September 16, 2014

instagram accounts for techThough many of us associate Instagram with pictures of friends, food and vacations, it is also an excellent forum for IT professionals to network, learn about exciting career opportunities and discover who is at the vanguard of technological innovation. In fact, many companies launch new products and campaigns from their Instagram accounts. Some promote conferences and industry events. Others use their accounts as a recruiting tool to provide a window into their company culture.

So whether you are looking to stay on top of industry news, find the right investor for your startup or check out the latest gadget, Instagram offers something for everyone in the tech community. If you don’t want to miss out on an important opportunity or innovation, take out your phone and start following these seven awesome tech Instagram accounts:

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Channel Startups for Employee Recognition Ideas

by Modis on September 12, 2014

Employee Recognition TipsInvesting in corporate culture and employee engagement is a smart way to yield significant returns. In 2011, The Social Workplace compiled statistics on employee engagement and found that when companies increased investment in a positive company culture by 10 percent, they increased their profits by $2,400 per employee per year.

One of the most effective ways to increase engagement is recognizing employees and their successes. In our latest white paper, we’ve take a look at the ways that startups are changing the approach to employee engagement. A key takeaway from the startup mentality is that employee motivation doesn’t have to be tied directly to rewards — it can be inspired through recognition.

While formal rewards and bonus programs can be great motivators, the fact is many startups don’t have the budgets necessary to offer them. As a result of their smaller budgets, startups have stepped out of the box and come up with successful employee recognition ideas that organizations of all sizes can integrate.
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142k Jobs Added in August Jobs Report

by Devon Stiles on September 5, 2014

March 2014 National Jobs Report Modis

With only 142,000 jobs created in August, the six-month streak of at least 200,000 jobs created per month was broken according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Services Employment Situation report released Friday. The unemployment rate for the month remained steady at 6.1%. Despite the stalled growth, the over-the-year numbers still indicated a stronger employment situation. Over the past 12 months, the unemployment rate is down 1.1% and the number of unemployed persons is down 1.7 million.

The report also revised numbers from June and July:

  • June’s new jobs revised down from 298,000 to 267,000
  • July’s new jobs revised up from 209,000 to 212,000

Together, these two revisions indicate a 28,000 deficit from the previous initial monthly reports.

August Jobs Report Focus on IT

Professional and business services – the industry sector that contains IT and tech jobs – continued to lead in growth for the month. With 47,000 new jobs in August, the sector has created 639,000 jobs in the past 12 months.

Of the 47,000 new jobs, 4,500 were specific to IT. Computer systems design and related services posted 1,500 while Management and technical consulting services added 3,000.

Stay Ahead of Your Hiring Competition

With tech continually being one of the most competitive hiring spaces, candidates are looking at more than just salary when making a decision. Modis President Jack Cullen sat down with Network World to discuss the perks and benefits employers are offering to attract top talent. Additionally, our latest white paper details winning strategies for engaging and retaining employees. Download your free copy here.

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The Hottest Gaming Trends for Fall 2014

by Modis on September 4, 2014

In the gaming industry, there’s no shortage of creative ingenuity or technical innovation. It’s a fast-paced world that’s always looking to the future and pushing in exciting new directions. As such, the way we game has shifted wildly in recent years, and it continues to evolve thanks to the many bright minds in the gaming tech sphere layer new ideas onto each groundbreaking achievement.

From groundbreaking advances in online gaming interaction to outright mind control, let’s look at a few of the latest gaming trends and cool hardware that’s shaping the future.

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Until recently, livestreaming your gameplay to the web was an option limited to only the most tech-savvy PC users, but the massive popularity of the Twitch platform has grown tremendously since it was incorporated into latest gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One. The ability to effortlessly hit a button and broadcast your gameplay and commentary live to the in real-time is revolutionizing social gaming in a big way. It gives gamers new ways to connect and share their experiences as well as a platform for many young entrepreneurs to create content and earn an income from their online video channels.
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In the final video of our series on tackling tough interview questions, Modis President Jack Cullen takes a look at the big picture: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” This question often serves as a way for interviewers to gauge how a candidate’s long-term goals align with that of their organization. Because of that, it can be quite challenging to answer honestly and effectively.

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The magic of crowdfunding is empowering lots of creatives and inventors to test out their ideas, then bring them to fruition without risking financial life and limb before they’re certain their concepts are proven wins. On Kickstarter, tech projects and electro geekery are huge draws among the thousands of assorted campaigns that are live at any given moment across 15 diverse categories.

After digging through the vast sea of unusual and innovative projects on tap on the Kickstarter platform, we’ve found some incredible stuff to share! Take a peek at these fascinating tech-centric kickstarter campaigns that are bound to tickle your inner geek.

Mycestro


A wearable ring-like computer mouse that lets you play games, code, surf the web, and do just about anything else you can imagine by using simple hand movements? Yes, please! Mycestro‘s lightweight Bluetooth powered design also lets you wear it comfortable while you’re typing. Bonus: it doubles as an über geeky fashion accessory!

Packed Pixels


If, like us, you’re used to the flexibility of a dual monitor desktop setup, jumping back to a single monitor while you’re on-the-go can feel agonizing. That’s where Packed Pixels saves the day. This tablet-sized high-resolution PC monitor hooks up to your laptop to give you more visual real estate to work with. It’s ultra portable and, frankly, a rather brilliant idea.

The Hug


When you’re immersed in a project and can’t peel yourself away from the computer for days on end, it’s easy to let simple but important things go the wayside…like proper hydration. The Hug is a neat bit of tech that attaches to any water bottle. It monitors motion data and uses algorithms to track how much you drink. That data is then sent to an iOS app that gauges your water intake, parses all the data into cool charts, and reminds you to keep yourself well-watered. Way to nerdify hydration in a fun way!

swivelCard


File this one under absolutely ingenius. SwivelCard is a normal business card with a high-tech twist: it has a USB drive printed into it. Yes, on the actual paper. You can program the card’s unique ID online so that it opens up any webpage you choose, including other online data, making it a really powerful way to make an impression on business contacts you meet.

Lima


We often have lots of different tech doodads, ranging from smartphones and laptops to desktops and tablets lying around. What makes Lima special is the way it lets you consolidate the file sharing between all your disparate devices, so that they all work as a group and share the exact same files as if they were a single device. It effectively erases the need to manually share files and hop between different gizmos because you forgot an important document elsewhere. Super handy!

Create Some Crowdfunding Buzz

Have you found any other cool tech or geek-friendly Kickstarter campaigns we should know about? Share your favorite ones in the comment section below!

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