#MakeMagicEveryDay Series  – The Future of Technology & Businesses

Business in general came in a long way since the ancient times. From barter trading to the introduction of technology, technology has provided an opportunity for different types of businesses to grow such as e-commerce and e-portal. As our society is adapting the old ways of business with the new ones, the future of technology and business is indeed a promising one. As the introduction of the latest operating system by Microsoft, which is the Windows 10, what you probably know does that the native apps work so well and very fast that if you are not using it then you are not fully taking advantage of today’s technology.

Here are 5 apps that you should be using right now.

 

  1. MAIL & CALENDAR

The mail and calendar are the two most useful apps that has gotten so light weighted and so touch screen friendly that it is perfect for a dual system laptop/pads/tablets. From my previous post we could see that they could merge various functionalities to one or two similar steps. This allows us to cut the time to do our work by at least two thirds which means more time for everything else. There are plenty of tutorials for this so I will leave it as that and focus on the others.

 

  1. ONENOTE

The OneNote, for the first time ever is proving to be super useful especially at this time where cloud file sharing services like copy are stated to be terminated. You know that Microsoft is here to stay hence the OneDrive, where OneNote exists will never be gone. The integration between one note, The EDGE browser, mail and the Calendar app has been designed so beautifully that it’s such an ease to use and I speak from experience. Watch the video below to see how task that requires four to five steps easily is turned into one smooth process.

 

  1. MICROSOFT EDGE

I know that you may not like the EDGE seeing it a replacement of the previous unpopular internet Explorer. But Time and time again, I have been proven wrong. The Chrome takes out so much CPU that it lags my laptop every so often hence switching to EDGE was the best decision I’ve made. Sure, it still has some compatibility issues but it takes a matter of time to that to be fixed. My most current favourite feature is the ability to draw on top of websites I surfed and shared it immediately to my friends and colleagues. See how it is done below:

 

  1. SKYPE

If you didn’t already know that Skype has acquired by Microsoft and this means a complete interpretation between Skype services and Windows 10. All of you uses Skype don’t you? Now wait till you use skype in windows 10. It is business and pleasure at its peak combining technology and lifestyle. You can download Skype from the app store directly at Windows 10 as the “install Skype” app is ready for you to click anytime you are ready.

  1. NEXTGEN READER

Unlike the previous four, the NextGen Reader is a native app produced for Windows which can be used on both the laptop and mobile devices. It is one such example of a lot of various apps that are being ported into Windows and looks very sleek, light weighted, responsive and touch friendly. I love reading and I keep updated to the world’s trending news, digital updates, and blogs such as http://kendylife.com through this reader which is one of the best apps of its kind. It is worth every single dollar spent. Check out below to see how it works:

 

 

SUMMARY

Microsoft has really outdone itself. It’s paring with Intel’s latest 6th Generation processors, skylake, only makes it unbeatable. Yes, even compared to the iMac. As the user of Windows since the beginning of days and trusting Intel to power up my systems, I have never been disappointment by the technological advances they have been bringing it into our lives. In fact, I would not have generated my successors if not for this two brands I have admired since young.

The best time is now should you one to get the latest technology at your fingertips because the great folks at Microsoft and intel are offering you a deal you cannot refuse, so head to www.makemagic.my right now and get yours before the sales expires. Good luck!

 

 

Footnote:

There are other apps which is useful which is the touch me gesture studio. I wish that we could also see the character map notepad and paint becoming the modern app well I guess is something I am looking forward to.

 

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#MakeMagicEveryDay Series  – Growing Earned Media for Your Biz

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If you are a business owner or a brand by yourself, you will know that one thing that will assist you a lot towards your success is through earned media. So what is earned media exactly? Well imagine this, without spending a single ringgit to buy newspaper ads (who reads newspapers anyways?), Facebook ads, paying money for bloggers etc, people will be more than happy to talk about your brand, write about your brand, cover the things that you do all because what you do is crazy awesome. Just like how blogger friend and fellow entrepreneur @FeeqSays covered my #TockTurns31 birthday party <3

Isn’t this the best way to generate awareness and off course sales or support that what you do? Interested already? Let’s begin.

 

  1. BE VISIBLE, BE VALUABLE

Asians are known to be poor when accepting compliments or to even talk about themselves. We want we need to do instead, is trying NOT to change yourself but to let yourself to be more noticeable. Having for instance, dressing up is one such way to make yourself good at all times, another way is to ensure that you have the best accessories to accompany you when in public. Some prefer to wear high-end watches, some others could prefer stylist cuff-links but I personally think that a beautiful computer can do the trick. You have no idea how many people have looked at me or even initiate a conversation just by having my HP spectre X360 by my side.

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This laptop looks really amazing. Is it as good as it looks? How much it is?” This is what I usually ask to which I reply that it is the latest 6th generation Intel-powered HP Spectre x360. They were shocked in disbelief because it is not something they have seen before that alone has given them an impression of me that will last forever. Usually this leads to instant friendship or instant interest in my business. Woohoo!

 

  1. SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE

Now that with attracted attention without trying too hard (nobody likes that), what we need to do now is to impress them and there’s nothing more exciting than to do it with style. This is when you talk about your experiences, not other peoples, especially unique ones that you are known for. Sometimes you have to be able to sell yourself here, but if possible say what people usually talk about you. After all testimonies always sound better than bragging.

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For me, just mentioning that I am a digital manager to Dato Lee Chong Wei, is usually be able to pick interest of even a CEO.

However, what I’ll tell you next will shock you. (clickbait lolol)

Remember the HP Spectre X360? After talking about it I’ll tell them that this laptop can do something that your laptop can’t that immediately proceeded to bend it backwards. That shocked turned into awe as they see it flipped into a pad, like, quite literally. What a way to make an impression!

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You don’t see this method in any books but I guaranteed you when you share about your unexpected positive surprises, the impression will last for a good long time.

 

 

  1. HEAD FOR THE HOME RUN

Now that you have built an impression, it’s time to seal the deal. According to a research that went viral of Facebook, what do people like Jack Ma (Founder of Ali Baba) and Bill Gates (CEO of Microsoft), they don’t procrastinate. So now it is the best time to show your performance. For me, that is when I show the people I’ve met on what I am really capable of from my presentation slides to sharing our corporate video and the work my team at SocialGrooves do at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, is usually enough to make them consider that I can do for them be it in business or branding.

During this period, do you know what would really suck? When your machine lags, taking 3 minutes open a video or presentation, or come up with some technical error – those are a big NO NO.

That’s why you’ll need to equip yourself with the best performing machine unrivaled in terms of speed, performance and reliability. To me, that has to be Microsoft @-Intel combo such as my HP Spectre X360 limited edition with the amazing specifications which are future proof! Go buy them now lol

 

SUMMARY

I hope that despite my hard selling of Microsoft-Intel’s amazing capabilities, you be able to retrieve the secrets of generating conversations and getting noticed about the work that you do, just as I did. That is how YOU can generate earned media for yourselves and your business.

Take it from this blogger that has gotten mentions from most Malaysians news portals, magazines, TV’s and even international ones like Huffington Post, CNBC and more. Let me know if I can help you further by commenting on this post, otherwise if you haven’t already it is time to get an upgrade of your laptop at www.makemagic.my while discounts are still available!

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Retro Games, Revisited! Only 80’s babies will get it 😁

So I’ve got a great blast from the past recently when a friend of mine Calvin Ngai, who manages his own chain of hotels (woohoo!) got himself a super familiar looking gadget… Can you recognise it below?!


Yeap if you’re born in the 80’s you’d recognise this as a Genius lookalike, or the Nintendo SNES! Man… Now this one cartridge packs over 400 games haha, amazing right?!


This used to be my favourite game! Do you remember the name? Years later, this one is actually pretty boring lol… Which brings me to..


This game!

What a super retro intro right haha. If you don’t remember where this game comes from, the next screen should trigger a familiar memory…


Yeap it’s Double Dragon! Almost forgotten all the fancy moves too, like being able to throw the enemy while jumping. The nostalgia!


Aaaaaaah right now I can’t stop playing this game, best with two players too haha! Do you remember the name of this game?!


Finally, the most competitive game ever haha! How far can you go? I got pass the blue monkey if you remember 😁

In any case these are truly THE games to play at that point of time when there weren’t many choices. Twin Bee & Gradius became my favourite ones and I still play until today, one of the best shooter games lol. What was your favourite, do share!

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#MakeMagicEveryDay Series – Save Time & Make Money with TechHacks

So what on earth is a TechHack you ask?  Well, it’s like LifeHack lah, except the hacks has everything to do with technology to help you improve your life. And I’m not talking about playing games to destress, but actually using technology to help you earn a living, build your brand, grow your popularity and more!

This article is the 3rd of my #makemagiceveryday series, and unlike its first (my 6 tips on what it takes to be an entrepreneur) and second (how to select your ultimate Bond weapon) predecessors, this one will take you on a number of handy tips to help you save TIME and make MONEY. Interested? Read on…

BUT FIRST, a little bonus for you before that – Both Microsoft & Intel Malaysia are currently running a contest where users who purchase a brand new participating 2 in 1 PC can stand a chance to win RM500 shopping vouchers between 18th February to 3rd April! If you’re looking at a new machine for 2016, it’s a good time as any to use up this offer <3

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Find out more by visiting http://www.makemagic.my/500promo!

 

1. SAVE TIME WITH AN EDGE

So you’ve heard that the Edge is finally here, inbuilt with Microsoft Windows 10. It is arguably one of the best upgrades you’ll find among other Microsoft native applications that came along with it, thanks to the amount of synergy it has with each other.

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Can’t believe me, can you? Don’t worry, I started with a lot of skeptism too. That’s why ever since I came on board the campaign I basically forced myself to work with the Edge in order to give it a fair evaluation and to feel the difference. Good news? Nothing changed for me except for a little layout issues with uncompatible websites. Otherwise all major functions like internet banking, working with online softwares and most importantly, playing games on Kongregate worked as normal.

In fact, I realize that I could open more than 10 tabs and still not get that overpowering memory eating ability I get from Chrome! So that’s also a plus point.  So what’s the downside? To be honest I haven’t seen any really. I guess that’s a good start right? So here comes the additional time-saving feature…

 

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Now this is one of the integration efforts that actually makes sense! With the Microsoft OneNote embedded into Edge, I can basically do this…

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Then select my weapon…

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Then make some important-sounding comments…

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Save it on my OneNote made accessible on cloud anytime, everytime

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Or send it to my colleagues who would understand all my instructions in super clear visual form, eliminating any room for mistakes!

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Now how about that? Remember those days when you had to download screen capture apps, or to use the cumbersome snips tools? For me I had to use one of my browser’s widget to do the trick. Apple users out there can use shortcuts, but lack the instantaneous sharing feature. All in all, this trick has made me cut down my time spent on giving instructions etc to at least half!!! You can see why too, right? What do you think of this feature? 😀

 

2. SIMULTANEOUS SHARING WITH MAIL

Okay, now bring yourself back to the image I shared above. See that Mail app? Honestly although I switched to Windows 10 a few months back, I never bothered to use native apps – in fact I didn’t even know Windows had an App Store equivalent called Windows Store (A+ for originality LULZ)

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But hey, why not give it a spin right. So the ever curious me found out that the Mail app was really easy to use, and most importantly, it’s been integrated in more ways than I could count! Actions that used to take me 5-6 clicks have now been reduced to 2, thanks to the sweet combination of predictive next action steps and the new action sidebar popping up on the right side of the screen.

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More importantly, I can load in all my e-mail accounts now that they no longer restrict themselves to just Outlook and Hotmail. So, I could really navigate anywhere, be able to share anything including files of all types and select my choice of e-mail to send it out with, important for someone like me who is part of one too many companies and organisations haha.

All in all, I kind of forgotten how it feels to operate a native app, as opposed to web-based experience like the Gmail. I’ve lost all confidence native apps that I forgot how much more powerful and speedy it is supposed to be, and yes, I did save a lot of time thanks to Mail App!

Try giving it a spin, it’s honestly pretty amazing <3

 

3. COLLABORATIVE APPROACH WITH ONENOTE

Ever had to work in a team? At some point, you have to, even as a freelancer! Why? Because then, your client is also part of your “team” as you work alongside each other in a campaign or contract right?

That’s where the OneNote comes to play. It’s a huge upgrade from what OneNote used to be, and coupled with the OneDrive, it has become the One.

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LOL. Jokes aside.

Now remember how in Point 1 I could save whatever I want to say about the web at my OneNote? Here’s the next step: imagine that particular OneNote book is shared with multiple users. Wallah, instant information transaction reducing the chances of miscommunication to NIL!
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The days of new apps being built to help with collaboration started because there wasn’t enough juice coming from the OSes. With the OneNote/OneDrive/Edge combo, you can literally feel the transformation happen right in front of your eyes. Maintaining standard reports, sending changes done to the team, working with others who are miles away, or just sharing a little note of love for family members has become this easy…

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This should help you create even more opportunities to take up jobs you’ve never dared before, afraid of lack of time and resources. It did the trick for me, my efficiency level has soared to greater heights ever since I found all this shortcuts, and there’s probably more yet to be uncovered haha!

Or it could be just because I love my Spectre so much to I feel motivated to work.

Yeah, that’s probably the real answer. *grin*

 

So what do you think of all the techhacks I’ve shared so far? I’m pretty sure this is the first time you’re reading about this because Windows 10 is really new, and most don’t find the need to explore what it can truly do. Coupled with the latest Intel 6th generation processor which does the impossible like adding to the power & speed while increasing battery life, you can truly do wonders with technology to help you in your entrepreneurial world as well as your life.

At the very least, solving a lot of your current problems in the fastest speed will allow you time to learn more skills on your own. Coding and creating websites is fast becoming a need in this connected world, and the last I checked, a good web developer on hire can cost up to RM6,000 per month! There’s truly an economy to take advantage of when you’re techsavvy, and that’s what I tell myself everyday to keep me motivated 😛

Make-Magic-Feature-ImageYes, super motivated because my techhack has gotten me to be on the official Microsoft website <3

Well, feel free to share constructive comments about what I shared here and if you have any more tips and tricks you’d love to share, do comment. There’s always room for more magic 😉 Check out http://makemagic.my to find out the best Microsoft x Intel combo you’ll want to get to prepare yourself for a great year of 2016!

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