5 Easy Steps To Translate English Faster When Reading Your eBooks

Reading is the most effective way to quickly acquire knowledge. It is said that the average CEO reads at least one book per week, which gives them an edge to make better decisions. Taking one of the most illustrious examples of our time, Elon Musk reportedly devoured thousands of books and taught himself enough about rockets to found SpaceX just by reading. He also declared that humans should merge with machines in the age of Artificial Intelligence if we do not want to be replaced by robots. Whilst it might be a bit too late for us to catch up with such a supernatural force like Musk, you might still be interested to read more books for your own betterment. And in fact, we should all try to keep up and become cyborg readers according to his vision!

There are many speed reading tools and techniques available for us to read better and faster. It usually works quite well when it comes to reading in your own native language. But this becomes a lot more difficult when you have to process a foreign language where a lot of unknown words slow down your reading and lessen your overall understanding. This is particularly true if you are a non-native English speaker keen to read new trendy books from American or British authors in their original language. Reading English eBooks on your tablet, you have to juggle between multiple devices or screens to get a translation or a definition for the words that you don’t understand. And since you have to repeat this task over and over again, you end up quitting learning new words from the books that you read: when you realize the English language contains over 1 million words, it’s okay to feel a bit overwhelmed by this vocabulary tsunami.

But you should definitely not give up by a challenge that can be turned into such a fantastic learning opportunity. Here is a trick to help you save countless hours and spare a fair deal of frustrating moments in a few easy steps that will not cost you anything:

Step 1: Sign Up For Free On Vokabee

Vokabee is a translation website created by a tech startup using innovative machine learning technologies to help non-native English speakers understand and learn unknown English words faster. The online portal is powered by an algorithm that processes digital media in English and translates the most difficult words into your native language. To start using this learning technology, all you need to do is to go to https://vokabee.io/ and click on the Signup button.

Next, create your user profile. It is important to mention your first language because Vokabee will use this language to translate difficult English words. You should be able to find your mother tongue among the long list of nearly 30 languages available, from Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, Tamil, Thai to Spanish, Portuguese or French just to name a few.

Finally, take a quick test to register your initial English level profile. Once this is done, you’re ready to process your first e-book.

Step 2: Process Your eBook

Vokabee allows you to process e-books in “.epub” or “.txt” formats. Whilst it is easy to purchase an eBook online that you are interested to read, you can also download some eBooks in compatible formats from a variety of websites such as Goole eBook Store, Project Gutenberg or Open Library.

Once you have found a suitable eBook that you would like to read, click “Upload files” and browse your device’s internal storage to select your eBook file. The “Process it!” button will appear almost instantly. In my case here, I have chosen a classic: “Around The World In Eighty Days” by Jules Verne.

You will then need to calibrate Vokabee’s algorithm that automatically translates the difficult words for you within your eBook file. Select One-star if you think your level is “Intermediate”, Two-Star for “Pre-advanced”. Three-Star for “Advanced” or Four-Star for “Expert” readers.

You are now ready to click “Process it” and decode your eBook – which usually takes about 5 minutes depending on the size of the uploaded file.

This result page will appear when your eBook is duly processed. Click “Download files” to save a copy on your device.

Step 3: Read With Understanding Your Processed eBook

Now that your file is saved, you can open it on your eBook reader and started reading more comfortably since difficult words have been automatically translated within your eBook text. If your tablet or laptop does not already have a built-in eBook reader, there are plenty of open-source eBook readers available such as Sumatra PDF (http://www.sumatrapdfreader.org/) or FBReader (https://fbreader.org/).

Step 4: Learn New Words From Automatic Word Lists

Now that you have fully read your eBook, you probably realize that you will forget most of the new words that came across if you do not schedule to review them at some point in the future. Memorizing something new takes some repetition and Vokabee generates personalized word lists out of the articles that you have processed: simply click the “Review words” button.

On this list, you can find all the new words that you should know with an assigned value (Low, Medium or High) for your English learning progress according to your initial language level profile. A definition in English is also provided beside the translation in your native language. You also have the option to delete words from the list by pressing the delete button. However, if you already know a word it’s best to click “I know this word” as then the system will not translate it next time: this helps Vokabee to refine its algorithm and tune the translations with the evolution of your language level. Finally, you can also edit a translation in your mother tongue if you have a better translation for a word.

Step 5: Read, Learn, Repeat

And this is how you can continue your life-long journey towards more efficient learning. As you read more, you expand your English vocabulary which enables you to read faster with sufficient understanding. Note that you can also process online articles and movie subtitles to build up a broader library of digital content so you can learn from. Bon voyage!

10 Favorite Productivity Apps for Business Owners

Your business is running fine, but taking care of all the wok related to accounting, tracking the expenses, employees’ schedule, and answering queries and complaints of clients bogs you down. To overcome these constraints that a small business owner faces, using apps that can save your time and money is the best solution.
The app’s developers have gone all out to create utility-based apps. Choose the ones that work to make your task easy. Here is a list of some apps that are helpful for business growth and management.

Call Scheduler

When starting a business or trying to expand it, you require calling and talking to many persons. You might forget to call someone or miss out calling a critical client. The Scheduler is an app that helps you to pre-schedule any number of calls and text messages, by a fixed date and time. The app sends the messages and calls automatically. In case you cannot connect, it attempts to contact again.

Fuze

If you require an app that helps you to have conferences and meetings with your people, Fuze is the answer. This software can be used on all operating systems and devices. The best audio-visual quality allows you to host online meetings with up to 25 participants for free. Buy the pro-plan that allows connecting to 125 people at a low cost.

Producteev

A good manager of a company has to ensure that everyone working for the firm has a task assigned to him or her every day. You can now do this through Producteev, a free app that works on iOS and Android platforms. You get the app in regular and premium versions, designed to address the needs of organizations of varying sizes. You can assign tasks to individuals, create subtasks and implement privacy settings.

DocuSign

As the owner of business, you need to sign many documents related to your business or banking transactions and more. Going to a place physically takes up a lot of time. You do not need to rush back to your office from an important meeting or go to any location if you download the app DocuSign on your hand-held device.

Evernote

You need space to keep all useful information and ideas you come across every day. Evernote is like a journal that facilitates the storage of little pieces of information in one place. You can store videos and audio clippings, photos, files, and notes up to a maximum limit of 60 MB per month, in the free version. You have to pay a small price for the higher version that can store more data.

Kabanflow

If your business banks on people working from home or different locations, Kabanflow is an online task management app that can prove useful for you. The tool enables you to give an assignment to your colleagues to upload necessary documents and also assign due dates. You can easily visualize the workflow and communicate faster through this tool that works on the hand-held devices and the computer.

Basecamp

Members of your team may need to collaborate for completing a project. Basecamp is an app that provides a single view dashboard with links to a project. The app allows the project managers to exchange information and discuss the details through the discussion font and see files, tasks and the date of completion.

Paypal

Making regular payments is an essential part of business. To pay bills and make payments to different suppliers, you can use the Paypal that offers a convenient platform. Linking your accounts or debit and credit cards to the Paypal makes the transactions easy and fast. You can use it across all devices.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a file-sharing platform that offers many advantages to business owners. The application syncs documents across devices and you can reach them from any location. This is a reliable method of sharing files and folders with your group members for improved collaboration.

Clear

Time management is critical to running a successful business. Clear is a time-management app for iPhones and Android devices that you can use to plan and organize day-to-day work. The app also has the facility of setting reminders to help you. Through the justifiable program, you can pull down and pinch a task and swipe it off the screen once it is over.

Most of the apps mentioned above are free to use or offer a free trial period. Try using a few of them that suits your business needs. If you find that an application is not working for you, there are other flashiest apps, with similar functions, available. You will get some that will prove to be useful in increasing the productivity of your business.

Three IT Innovations that are Worth to Be Implemented

Analysts speak positively of Russian IT outsourcing, and we are sure we will pass the development stage faster than the USA and Europe once did. Today, Russian companies can be supported by best practices and processes. That is why it is possible to raise maturity level of customers and suppliers more efficiently and much faster using experience of international IT outsourcing and a skilled service provider. And if best practice is supplemented by innovations, we can get the turbo mode of development in mature services.
Let’s review three IT trends that are worth to be implemented by Russian companies whatever field they belong to.

Change of approach to IT infrastructure lifecycle

All industries pass through such stages as they grow: from handicraft industry to mass production. IT sector is not an exception. IT routine automation is an inevitable stepping stone to efficiency and productivity improvement of IT services, i.e., of the whole company. To reduce IT operational cost and the time of task fulfilment by IT department, the following technology can be used.
Server Automation Tool (SAT) is a solution for servers infrastructure management developed by ICL Services in order to provide customers with an efficient adaptive support tool without changing their IT environments.
SAT includes SaltStack that is the most efficient automation tool coupled with in-house elements and integrated with other tools in order to provide the required functionality. The tool works with all basic aspects of infrastructure management: deployment, maintenance, refresh, and modification.
Tasks can be started both on separate and on multiple (thousands) hosts. Moreover, it can be a hybrid infrastructure and contain parts based on various public cloud services (Amazon Webservices, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform), private clouds (on the basis of OpenStack, VMWare vCloud). In addition, SAT supports the currently trendy “Infrastructure as Code” approach.
State is a basic term; this is a description of the desired state of your infrastructure. Declarative description of states is the fundamental difference between SaltStack (and SAT) and traditional (imperative) automation tools that determine “what should be done and how” instead of “what do we want to obtain.”
Another key distinction — event-triggered responses. In particular, they enable to implement automatic incident response. SAT can be integrated with monitoring and IT services management (ITSM) solutions. Mainly, such integration leads to waiting time reduction and improvement of the infrastructure maintenance personnel performance.
SAT supports the most popular server platforms, e.g., Linux (without limitation to a certain distribution kit) and Windows Server. More exotic variants include Solaris and AIX.
Therefore, Server Automation Tool implementation helps not only to reduce task time and manage IT infrastructures states, but also to put into action the automated response to events. For example, a customer had to fulfill the same tasks on each of hundreds of servers. This work always took several working days of an engineer. After SAT implementation, these tasks take no more than half an hour (including preliminary setting of parameters) and as a result, the company could reduce services cost and gain an advantage in highly competitive market.

Release and workflow management

The next innovation is a solution that can help companies maintain application and operating system (OS, image) management processes.
From 2009, Solutions and Software Development Department of ICL Services started elaboration of tasks and business processes management solution for ОS image, a service for application packaging and corporate identities development.
Colibri tracker solution allows to manage application packaging and deployment process, as well as to support projects of migration of operating systems, applications, etc. Besides tasks (applications / packages / images) tracking through the life-cycle, this utility has a conveyor automation and integration with ITSM systems, deployment systems (SCCM / Altiris), and other software, which allows to reduce temporary costs by 45% and offer optimal prices for customers thanks to coherent, flexible, and synergetic tasks management.
Colibri Tracker is a qualitative product specially made for release management needs, developed by specialists who participated in various roles for years in processes as users, managers, and customers.
One of key benefit of the product from competitors is the possibility to promptly customize the system, as well as embedded automation tools.
Using this innovative solution you can minimize workflow setup time to 2 days, which considerably reduces overall mobilization time. Moreover, the solution has a powerful reporting and notification subsystem, a wide range of automation tools and, more importantly, a high level of system availability, security and reliability.
Thus, this suite helped ICL Services to implement processes and automate them in end user computing area for all factories in Europe of one of the largest European tyres manufacturers and application migration project fora tobacco company over the world. Both companies are in the list of world TOP 3 in related areas. This toolset helps ICL Services to promptly mobilize projects and process for globally distributes teams, as well as to automate operations from the first days of project phase which is important for project success.

Lean for benefit of customers

For a company to become a leader in its business segment, it needs to employ continuous improvement approach. One of the most efficient and innovative approaches, without the need for big implementation investments, is Lean (Lean Production).
December 2013, ICL Services started implementation of Lean Production tools for continuous improvement of comprehension and fulfilment of customers’ requirements through involvement of all employees in this process. During this period, the process proved to be efficient and currently it undergoes the phase of support, development and accumulation of experience of its successful implementation in service industry.
Lean does not require big investments for implementation and further maintenance. It activates employees’ potential, but permanent participation of managers is also important for positive estimation of contribution made by each employee. It is also obvious that the approach will give good results if Lean implementation activity will be focused on long-term perspective. Lean does not show immediate results, because the approach is based on “small steps” improvements (“kaizen”).
Lean approach, being a standard business practice, allows a company to guarantee high-quality service. Upon two years of Lean implementation and development, the following benefits appear:
* each month, a company has up to 7 achievements of teams in terms of service performance improvement;
* over 30% of high estimates of service quality from customers are directly associated with Lean tools use;
* over 80% of employees will appreciate Lean approach efficiency for service level improvement.
As a result, it can be said with confidence that Lean tools help organize efficient progressive environment, which allows a company to provide qualitative services for its customers. This is an important requirement for survival and stable progress in highly competitive markets.
The term “innovation” is often used as a synonym for the word “novelty”, but this is not always true. Novelty can be considered as an innovation if only it provides the qualitative growth of process efficiency. That is, when a company chooses the innovation, it needs to choose only those innovations which provide increased efficiency of your business to a qualitatively higher level.

All about securing your files on USB drive

We all have files and folders that we don’t want others to look at. These files could be financial documents, images, videos or some other questionable material. Nonetheless, one thing is obvious, they should be secured and password-protected. You can certainly take that data, put it inside a USB device, but it won’t be secure. USB drives have been all the craze recently, in fact there are a cult following for novelty USB drives, they have been designed to look like sushi rolls, body appendages, teddy bears, fruit slices and other funny looking things. They also make a popular promotional item, often handed out for free on tech conventions, most of these USB drives (handed out for free) contain the promotional material on the company trying to promote their brand and services.

However, according to internet security experts, USB drives are a data security nightmare. To understand why, we need to first discuss their aesthetics and capabilities. These devices are reusable & rewritable that are only a few inches long, approximately 1-4 inches – they plug directly into any USB port and can transfer large chunks of data in a matter of few minutes to few seconds. These devices are also popularly referred to as USB flash drives or thumb drives. To make them attractive to users, they are reasonably priced for the amount of data they can store, some can hold the capacity to store several gigabytes, sometimes ranging upward to 20 gigabytes.

However, their biggest attraction is also their main weakness – being portable and small in size. Consequently, this means that if the user ends up losing their device – and if that device just happens to contain sensitive information – then that information can potentially fall into the wrong hands. Say for example, an aeronautical engineer has schematics on new aircraft technology saved on a USB drive, if he or she ends up dropping this USB drive, say it falls out of his or her pocket, then there’s a 50/50 chance that the schematics information can end up in the wrong hands. If someone intends to sell this information to potential competitors or a foreign country, they could do so without repercussions.

Then, it’s no surprise when security experts claim that data is becoming the new ‘currency’ for e-criminals. Despite this alarming trend, users still fail to take adequate steps to secure their data on USB drives. Many feel that their chances of becoming a victim are either too low or can’t afford to secure USB drives they own. Nonetheless, there’s a solution to the latter, and it comes in the form of Lock USB. Lock USB has been developed with proprietary data locking technology that prevents hackers from accessing the locked data inside. What’s more, it’s the only USB locking software on the market that has cross-platform locking. This means that locked data inside USB drives cannot be accessed on any operating platform. For example, once the data is locked from a Windows computer, the USB device can be plugged into a MAC, but that data will not be accessible. Accordingly, this form of protection is only available in Lock USB.

Five Areas where Video Conferencing Services Rule the Roost

Out of sight, out of mind, one need to be in constant touch and make their presence felt or else a relationship is lost forever.

Today almost every entrepreneur is on a lookout to expand their businesses across the globe. Multi-national companies are spread in every nook and corner of the world. Growth is essential, but with growth comes the challenge of communication, without which the entire credibility is lost. Hence, the need of setting up meetings to be able to share the views and ideas of each delegate is essential. However, with part of the team working in one end of the world and the rest placed at another location, video conferencing is the only resort.
Let us see the various fields where the video conferencing is encouraged.

Multi-national Companies/Corporate: With the large setups of the MNCs, it becomes difficult for the employees of the company to have any kind of communication with their superiors, let alone knowing them. In such cases, the video conferencing helps people interact with each other in a professional manner. The video conferencing brings together the clients, consumers and the partners together to have a meaningful conversation. Video Conferencing helps in
-reducing the travelling costs
-removes the restrictions of distance (especially remote places)
-saves time
-enables eye-eye contact with individuals

Education: Remote lectures, participation in the conferences can take place with the help of video conferencing. It opens up a two way communication channel between the lecturer and the student enabling better understanding of concepts, basically a virtual classroom setup, and the closest that can come to an actual classroom. The video conferencing in the field of education can trigger the following benefits
-guest lecturers from remote places can be brought into institutions
-sharing faculty across institutions belonging to the same group
-seminars across borders
-preparing thesis with the help of mentors from other institutions
-exchange of cultural practices across the nations

Government and military: Who other than government organisations can benefit more from video conferencing, as at the end of the day it is the taxpayers’ money which is being put to use for the things like
-travelling where the whole delegation has to travel for a meeting.
– Time is another factor one should consider as time is more precious than money.
– Security is one factor which should be considered especially if it is for cross border talks.
-Can carry important meetings with video conferencing especially when there is an emergency situation outside.

Medicine: Video conferencing is the tool amply used in the field of telemedicine, where the technology and the telecommunication are used for distance medical practices. Video conferencing can help people in making use of the services like
-diagnostics in the remote villages
-microscopes, otoscopes and the ultrasound images can be use in conjunction with the digital cameras to share information of the patients across even countries for expert consultation.
-there is data to prove that in a remote village in the state of Ohio, USA, video conferencing has helped in cutting down the number of transfers of the sick infants to a distant hospital thereby saving a remarkable amount of money and effort.

Media: Video conferencing is a powerful tool where media is concerned as we can see the host of news channels thriving on video conferencing.
– a journalist can conduct interviews from a remote location where viewing the facial expression is of utmost importance to the journalist while drawing conclusions.
-news at remote locations can be covered using video conferencing
-Talk shows can be conducted.
– Questionnaires, debates can be handled using this tool

With VRS Computers by your side, you can carry any sort of communication with ease and expertise as we offer Video Conferencing Services as an aid to various fields, taking your business or services to new heights.