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It's no surprise that technology is taking over our lives. It's everywhere; from the workplace to every inch of our homes, new technology exists where it wouldn't have twenty years ago. Bluetooth-connected kitchen appliances allow their owners to turn them on and off from a distance. Cars can connect to the Internet. Google has produced glasses that allow you to browse the Internet. There are tons of innovative, new inventions that have had a huge impact on the way small business owners manage their workplaces, but nothing can compare to the significance of being able to receive text files from anywhere in the world via email and fax.
With the inception of eBooks and increased versatility of the Internet, more and more companies are going "paperless", meaning most records kept by them are backed up in digital copy. Instead of wasting precious space with a clutter of loose papers, these files can be stored easily, tucked away nice and organized until they are needed. Being able to receive training manuals or text files at will, be it on tablets, laptops, or desktops, is huge. Wait until you get a load of what Sony has cooked up for us this time: Digital paper.
We're not talking about Microsoft Word. We literally mean, "Digital paper". As in, paper simulated through a tablet. Supposedly, it will revolutionize the way businesses store their files and compose documents, but at a steep cost: $1,100. Let that sink in for a moment. What exactly differentiates it from other methods of digital storage, such as computers, other tablets, and cloud storage?
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One of the biggest perks of Digital Paper makes it easy to read and share documents wherever the consumer happens to be. In this sense, it's no different than a laptop, and it doesn't have a backlit screen.
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Digital Paper offers something most tablets also have – being able to "write" on documents using a stylus, imitating a pencil or pen. You can also highlight and erase text, which can easily be done on most tablets. Sure, it might be nice, but is it worth investing $1,100 in? It's your call.
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Look out, world. Digital Paper also lets you store files in a repository so you can work together with co-workers or colleagues, then save them individually. Last time we checked, there are several cloud-based productivity solutions that offer this sae feature for free.
Sure, Digital Paper has some cool features. It has a high-contrast screen that prevents glare from the sunlight, if you decide to venture out of the office and work outside. It's super thin and light, weighing in at approximately 12.5 ounces, but more often than not, this "innovation" won't be worth the investment. A normal tablet will do everything Digital Paper can do, plus some.
Don't depend on new, expensive technology to keep track of records. There are other, cheaper ways of going paperless. Let Ashby Communications, Inc. help. Give us a call at 916-960-0700 and see what we can do for your paperless needs.
Ashby Communications, Inc. has been serving the Roseville area since 1991, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.