Shred Your ‘To Do’ List

Shred Your 'To Do' ListIt’s funny what you remember. It would take me a hard minute to tell you what I had for dinner last night on any given day, but I have complete clarity regarding a conversation that I had with a friend on a train in year 2000 (why do we call it that, by the way?). We were talking about Pareto’s law, also known as the 80/20 rule. You know, 80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers. That one.

Anyway, I had just come back from drupa in Germany when I bumped into the father of one of the kids in my youth group and somehow we got on the subject of time management and how the 80/20 rule applies here as well. Here’s what he told me:

“80% of your profitable activities comes from 20% of the stuff on your to do list.”

That really got me thinking and here I am 18 years later still pondering its wisdom in applying the lesson.

Do you have a to do list? If you are like me, you’re constantly having thoughts that turn into potential tasks and you add them to your list on an ongoing basis. While this is probably a good idea, it can make for a convoluted array of tasks, not all of which are worthwhile.

My suggestion is that you take a look at your to do list and cross off anything that’s been sitting there for more than 30 days. To all the other items ask yourself, “Is this really the best use of my time?”

Don’t be afraid to shred your list. We are a nation of doers but as a sales trainer who works with some very successful people, I can tell you this for sure: They are working half as hard as you are and the work they do is important, moneymaking tasks. They don’t do that other stuff. They go home instead.

80% of the stuff on your to do list is crap. Shred it.

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By | January 23rd, 2018|Leaflet Printing|Comments Off on Shred Your ‘To Do’ List

LG ThinQ Smart Speaker WK7 review: Hands-on

Smart speaker have been around for a while now but some tech firms are still playing catch-up. One of those is LG with its ThinQ Smart Speaker powered by the Google Assistant. We had a listen at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

It’s hard to make a smart speaker stand out in the crowd, understandably so when they’re just regular looking speakers with hidden digital assistants. While LG’s effort appears very similar, perhaps the ThinQ branding can help along with some features you don’t find elsewhere.

Price and release date

At CES, LG advised us that the ThinQ Smart Speaker (WK7) will be available in April – with the smart display product much later in autumn.

There’s no price for the device yet but we are guessing that it will come in at around the £200 mark, similar to rivals from the likes of Sony, Panasonic and Sonos.

Design and build

Like so many speakers, let alone smart versions, the LG ThinQ is tall and cylindrical in design. There’s nothing unusual here but that said, the speaker is attractive and more desirable than some rivals.

The build quality is also very good, with a metal cover running around the outside in a sleek black colour. The holes to allow sound out are only interrupted at the back by a thin line which houses the microphone button.

LG ThinQ Smart Speaker design

LG has neatly directed the power cable to the underside of the speaker so it’s as if the cable is permanent.

It’s only on top of the device where there’s a bit more going on. The interface is touch sensitive and in the centre is an attractive circular light. Around it you can see buttons for changing volume and play/pause.

The small holes either side are for the microphones and the ‘F’ stands for function because the ThinQ Smart Speaker does more than just connect to Wi-Fi for streaming. We’ll explore the features below.

LG ThinQ Smart Speaker controls

Specs and features

Although CES is over, LG still hasn’t announced the official specs of the WK7 speaker.

What we can tell you is that it’s a fairly hefty speaker, which is a good sign in audio, and is powered by Meridian Audio. We’re assuming a dual-driver setup with a fairly large mid-range driver and a tweeter on top.

Testing conditions at CES were not ideal, with the speaker in a separate listening room but sharing it with 20 odd people and LG’s far more powerful soundbar too. Still, it sounds like it has audio potential and will no doubt perform much better in a typical living room with just a few people to contend with.

Rather than Amazon’s Alexa, LG has partnered with Google for the speaker so you can say “Ok Google” to summon the Google Assistant and do all manner of things. You can ask questions, set alarms and, of course, play music.

LG ThinQ Smart Speaker specs

That doesn’t set it aside from other ones like the Google Home, but the audio should be better. Especially when you consider that the ThinQ supports Hi-Res Audio (192kHz/24bit) playback.

It does also have LG’s ThinQ AI so you can control other LG products – like switching an air purifier on and off via the speaker – but we’ll have to test this out when we get a sample. The device also has Chromecast built-in so it can be part of a network of compatible devices.

Last but not least is that ‘F’ button for function, because unlike most smart speakers, the WK7 also has Bluetooth. So you can connect directly to it like a traditional Bluetooth speaker if you like.

SHOULD I BUY LG THINQ SMART SPEAKER WK7?

There’s still lots we need to know about the LG ThinQ Smart Speaker before we can give a verdict. The price and detailed specifications for starters and also how well LG’s own AI works alongside the Google Assistant. However, it has potential so check back for a full review soon.

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How to use VPN on PS4

Though there are no official VPN apps available for the PS4 in the PlayStation Store, there are three ways to use a VPN on PS4 to access geo-locked content, get early access to new PS4 games, improve laggy online connections and more.

While it might not be as straight forward as installing a VPN on your smartphone, it’s still possible to use a VPN on PS4, and here’s where we show you how.

Why would I use a VPN on my PS4?

Before we explain the various ways that you can use a VPN on your PS4, let’s first explain why you might want to use it on your console. First off, depending on the quality of the VPN provider, you may actually see a reduction in lag – many VPNs connect console users to dedicated P2P & gaming servers that send your traffic through ‘hot points’ between data centres.

Apart from an improvement in your online gaming, you may also be able to access games before they’re available in your country. Games that are released on the same day typically become available in Australia hours before those in the UK and the US. But, using a VPN, you can trick your console into thinking you’re in Australia and provide early access to the game.

Oh, and using the PS4’s built-in browser, you can access geo-locked content from around the world.

Set up PS4 VPN via your Wi-Fi router

The simplest way to use a VPN on your PS4 is to set up a VPN on your Wi-Fi router. There are two ways that you can do this – first up, you can buy one of the newer Wi-Fi routers that have built-in VPN access from the likes of ExpressVPN. It’s a little costly, but it’s by far the easiest way to use a VPN on your console (and any other device connected to your home Wi-Fi too) but it’s not the only way that you can do it.

You can also get a VPN subscription and manually input the VPN details in your Wi-Fi router settings. The issue is that depending on the VPN provider and the brand of Wi-Fi router, the steps vary, meaning it’s almost impossible for us to explain how to do it.  

Set up PS4 VPN via your Mac

If you don’t want to run your entire home network through a VPN, another route is to use a Mac and an Ethernet cable, if you’ve got both to hand. Before we get started, make sure that your Mac has an Ethernet port and Wi-Fi adapter, and is in range of your console.

Oh, and sign up to a VPN provider too – we’ve got a list of the best Mac VPNs of 2018 if you need help choosing.

  1. Install the VPN software of your choice.
  2. Plug an Ethernet cable into the back of your Mac and the PS4.
  3. Go to System Preferences > Sharing and select Internet Sharing from the list on the left-hand side.
  4. From the ‘Share your connection from’ drop-down menu, select Wi-Fi.
  5. From the ‘To computers using’ list, make sure Ethernet is ticked.
  6. Check the box to the left of Internet Sharing on the list to enable the sharing of your internet connection between your Mac and PS4. A green icon will be displayed if successful.
  7. Open the VPN software on your Mac and connect to your chosen server.
  8. On your PS4, go to Settings > Network Settings > Set Up Internet Connection > Use a LAN Cable and select the Easy connection method. This will automatically scan and set up your Ethernet connection.
  9. Select “Do Not Use a Proxy Server” when prompted.
  10. You can test your internet connection if you want, and if all has gone well, your PS4 should now be connected to the internet via a VPN.

Set up PS4 VPN via your PC

There’s also a way to connect to a VPN on your PS4 using a PC – it’s essentially the same method as connecting with a Mac but utilises the Windows equivalent of Internet Sharing. As with above, make sure you’ve signed up to a VPN provider – you can take a look at our choice of the best VPNs of 2018 if you’re unsure of who to pick.

  1. Install the VPN software of your choice on your PC.
  2. Plug an Ethernet cable into the back of your PC and the PS4.
  3. Open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center and select Change Adaptor Settings on the left-hand side of the window.
  4. Right-click on the icon with the title of your chosen VPN and click Properties.
  5. Open the Sharing tab and make sure ‘Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection’ is selected.
  6. Select Home Networking Connection and select the home internet connection from the drop-down menu that you’d like to share with your PS4.
  7. On your PS4, go to Settings > Network Settings > Set Up Internet Connection > Use a LAN Cable and select the Easy connection method. This will automatically scan and set up your Ethernet connection.
  8. Select “Do Not Use a Proxy Server” when prompted.
  9. You can test your internet connection if you want, and if all has gone well, your PS4 should now be connected to the internet via a VPN.

And there you have it! Three easy ways to connect your PS4 to the internet using a VPN and reap the benefits.

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The Week That Was With Julie G (01/15/2018)

In this edition of “The Week That Was With Julie G,” brought to you by Printing Impressions, several industry suppliers (Ricoh, Xeikon, Fujifilm, Screen and MBO) have signed on to partner with PRINT United, and 10 independent regional and state affiliates of Printing Industries of America have agreed to promote the launch of PRINT United to its members. In addition, Denise Gustavson has been been named editorial director of NAPCO Media’s Printing, Packaging, and Publishing Group. In merger and acquisition news, Imagine! Print Solutions has acquired GFX International; and Drummond has announced a deal to acquire Sunbelt. The printing industry is morning the loss of two longtime industry veterans Ted Ringman and A. John Geis Jr. In industry conference news, thINK has announced that thINK 2018 will be held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla., on Sept. 5-7, 2018, and that Bob Radzis, chief customer officer at SG360°, has been named the president of its Board of Directors. And EFI Connect 2018 is set to open its doors next week at the Wynn in Las Vegas, from Jan. 23-26.

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PRINT United: Just What the Industry Wants and Needs

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Over the last few weeks, more and more print service providers, associations and OEMs have been throwing their support behind PRINT United and the PRINT United Expo 2019 – a single landmark event to be held in Dallas in October 2019. As the market continues to evolve and transition, there is a need to broaden discussions beyond commercial printers or sign companies to include all segments of the visual communications and graphic arts industries. Additionally, that conversation needs to extend beyond the print service provider to print buyers to make a larger impact on the industry. This mission will be reflected in both the education and in the technologies showcased on the PRINT United exhibit floor.

Recent data supports this mission, as well. In an online survey of commercial, package, in-plant, graphics and sign producer, garment decorator, and industrial/printed electronics printers conducted by NAPCO Research and SGIA in January 2018, more than 82% of respondents say a consolidated industry event would be significantly or somewhat better than individual trade shows.

“This data, which shows 8 out of 10 printers think a single consolidated industry event would serve the industry better than individual events, suggests the industry is ripe for change,” said Nathan Safran, Director of Research, NAPCO Media.

“PIASC members are always looking to stay on the forefront of technology in order to serve the interests of their customers. PRINT United, in a single annual event, will provide a showcase of technology and best practices as well as an atmosphere where our membership can make new connections,” commented Louis J. Caron, President, Printing Industries Association, Inc. of Southern California (PIASC).

“Printers are exploring all options to expand their footprint of services to customers – from design to print collateral to large-format,” said Karen Fulton, president and CEO of Printing Industries Association of San Diego (PIASD). “It’s important to provide venues where they can evaluate capital investments in one location, with suppliers who truly have their best interests first.”

Additionally, early support from OEMs has emphasized how a single event can better support everyone in a consolidating market.

“Whether their base of business is commercial, sign and display, or packaging, print service providers are focusing more time and energy on how to diversify their suite of services. An event that acknowledges and incorporates multiple processes and disciplines aligns well with this trend,” Brent Moncrief, Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Brand Management, the Americas, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division, said. “A show organized along the lines of PRINT United is a much needed step forward for the industry as a whole.

With its focus on conversion, Ken Ingram, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Screen said, PRINT United will give SCREEN Americas an ideal setting and a receptive audience for its commercial, transactional, publishing, label and packaging, direct mail and wide-format inkjet printing solutions. “Buyers aren’t just going shopping any more. They come to do serious research, and they expect an event that gives them the right kind of engagement with the right manufacturers.”

“The good news is that there are even more touch points available for vendors and print service providers as well as creative marketing firms,” said Donna Covannon, Director, Marketing NA, Digital Solutions, Xeikon North America. “PRINT United offers a powerful venue connecting all the right companies to share their stories.”

“It’s all about the community of the industry,” said James Martin, CEO, MBO. “PRINT United will bring together the right individuals, the right companies, and the right education in a venue for all segments of the graphic communications industry.”

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