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Get the most out of your team and your budget by taking advantage of these free collaboration and project management tools.

Free Collaboration and Project Management Software
Casey Stengel, Hall of Fame baseball manager once said, “Gettin’ good players is easy. Gettin’ ‘em to play together is the hard part.” The same holds true for today’s technology workforce.

Collaboration is one of the keys to success whether you’re a small, medium or large organization. Add to that the fact that, according to a recent American Community Survey, 2.6 percent of orkers telecommute and it’s easy to see how important the right collaboration tools are to keep your teams connected and moving in the same direction. The collaboration tools listed here will help you do just that, whether you’re in the home office or a Starbucks in Paris.

Podio
Podio is an enterprise social network that aims to add the functionality of a project management system. Each user has his own profile, which is associated with other people such as a manager, direct reports, project manager and lead developer. A chat app, internal email, contacts, calendar and tasks are also included.

Where Podio is most robust is in its customization features. There are many apps available via its marketplace in categories such as project management, CRM, marketing management, recruiting, and HR and IT support. You can also build your own apps using the Podio App Builder. Podio offers three tiers: Podio Lite for up to five employees, Podio Teams and Podio Business.

Asana
Asana, created by Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook, and former Facebook tech-lead Justin Rosenstein, is a project management/workflow management tool that lets users customize their interface to whatever configuration makes them most productive. It works on most platforms, offering the flexibility to assign tasks and to-dos, set milestones and deadlines and keep track of it all on work on tablets, smartphones or desktops.

One caveat, Asana doesn’t offer an internal chat; a feature found on many of the products on this list.

This tool is free to use for up to 15 people. After that pricing ranges from $50 to $800 a month depending on the number of users.

Google Apps
Everyone knows Google Apps, but many of us are using them in a one-off fashion. However, used as a suite, Google provides via Gmail, Hangouts, Calendars, Docs, Sheets, Slides and more many of the features project management and collaboration software offer. Like some other apps it requires a connection to the Internet, but it’s accessible on most devices.

Users can work on the same document at the same time and see changes in real-time. They can also create hangouts for group chats or video conferencing.

Google offers Apps for Work for more storage, business email addresses, video and voice calls for $5 per user a month. For $10 per use a month, you get unlimited storage and additional administrative tools.

Yammer
In 2012, Microsoft bought Yammer, an enterprise social network, for $1.2 billion to bolster its social networking shortcomings. Yammer is a great tool for communication and collaboration among employees and offers many features for free. Its ease of use is often compared to Facebook, making it a great way to enter the collaboration software arena. Users can create a personal profile page, create and join groups, share and like comments, upload images, and attach files. However, its strongest attribute is communication as there isn’t much there in the way of project management.

Many features are free, but you can also get Yammer Enterprise for $3 a month per user or Office 365 for Business at $8 a month per user.

Trello
Trello is a free project management tool that offers a simple and intuitive interface. It uses a model known as Kanban, made famous by Toyota in the ’80s. Projects are represented and organized using what the company refers to as boards or cards that contain task/ to-do lists that users share in real-time. Cards can represent an ongoing technical issue, project specs, people architecture or anything else you can think of. Organize them any way you like and keep track of progress using its progress meter.

HipChat
If you need a place for all your employees to meet, chat and collaborate, but you don’t need much else, consider HipChat. This multi-platform communications tool allows you to create virtual rooms for your teams to meet and communicate as well as share files and photos. Members can quickly create one-on-one chat rooms on-the-fly, organize virtual meetings and catch up on a project’s history.

You can also set up for push notifications ensuring that everyone stays well-informed.

HipChat Basic is free. Hip Chat Plus (which offers one-to-one screen-sharing, unlimited file storage and additional administrative options) costs $2 a user per month.

GanttProject
If project management is your thing, GanttProject might be for you. This free open source project management and scheduling app was first created in 2003 and has gone through many release cycles. It allows users to create and organize tasks and milestones. It can also create Gantt and PERT charts as well as reports in HTML or PDF formats.

On the downside, it doesn’t offer any of the social features that others on the list do. But if your business doesn’t need those features, this free app may be appealing.


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15 weird things buy on the online

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June 6th, 2014

The Internet of Things is growing, and the things are getting weirder by the day.
Last year, we dug up some of the weirdest objects that had been connected to the internet, from a college dorm bathroom to the human heart. Since then, the Internet of Things has only gotten bigger, drawing more items you wouldn’t expect under its umbrella.

The trash can that posts to Facebook
Newcastle University researchers conducted an experiment with the BinCam, to see how embedding a camera in personal trash cans would affect recycling habits. The BinCam connects a smartphone to the underside of a trashcan lid, which automatically takes a photo every time the user puts something in it, according to PostScapes. The photos are automatically shared on Facebook, to garner scrutiny from Facebook Friends who would like to see the user recycle more, as well as with Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service. The latter sends the photos to a judge who assigns a score to the user based on how well they recycle.

City trash can
A more practical use of a smart trash can be found in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where city officials have connected trash and recycling compactors so they can monitor how frequently they get filled, PC Mag reported. This information is used to form the most efficient routes for trash pickup, and is just one example of a growing trend.
 

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Amazon’s grocery tool
As part of its recently announced Amazon Fresh program, the online retailer has released the Dash, a small device that records what users need to buy. The Dash has a voice recorder so users can take notes, as well as a barcode scanner that can scan and record specific products that users need to buy.

Egg tray
If the Amazon Dash is too much work, and if you happen to buy a lot of eggs, the connected egg tray will constantly monitor how many eggs you have in the refrigerator and display the information on a mobile app.

Dog treat dispenser with video chat
For those who travel a lot but don’t want to go without giving their dog a treat every day, the iCPooch is a video chat device that is controlled remotely and dispenses dog treats. The device was invented by a 14-year-old girl who wanted a better way to give her dog attention while her family was out of the house, and raised more than $29,700 against its $20,000 funding goal on Kickstarter.

Dog fitness tracker
If you get carried away with the internet-connected treat dispenser, the Whistle dog fitness tracker can help monitor a dog’s physical activity. It’s sort of a Nike Fuelband for dogs that tracks and stores each dog’s daily activity, so owners can get a sense of how much exercise their dog is actually getting. The Whistle’s founders plan to aggregate all the data on the dogs wearing its devices to create a database that veterinarians and researchers can access to spot trends in dogs’ health, Gigaom reported.

Doggie door
And if you decide that your dog needs more exercise, the internet-connected dog door can let it come and go without letting in any other unwelcome animals. As part of the Iris line of connected home products from Lowe’s, the connected pet door opens only for pets wearing a special collar, and tracks how often the animals walk through it.

Home beer brewing system
An aptly named company called Inebriated Innovations has developed a Wi-Fi-enabled temperature control system for home beer brewing operations, according to a report at Postscapes. Temperature probes connected to a Wi-Fi module monitor temperature, and a mobile app allows the user to control heating and cooling devices remotely. The developers came up with the system after finding that better control over temperature during fermentation yielded a better beer.

English pub
Using a Raspberry Pi and some ingenuity, a student at the University of Oxford connected Wolfson College Bar, which is run entirely by student volunteers, to help improve everything from inventory to music selection, Wired reported. The Raspberry Pi recorded sales data in a MySQL database, which alerted student volunteers of stock shortages and suppliers’ price changes. The project also involved coordinating an automated email system to remind volunteers of their shifts managing the bar, and a playlist on the pub’s website where patrons can look up songs that are played over the sound system.

Random person’s office
Using a web cam, a scrolling marquee sign, a disco ball, some lamps, and an internet connection, one internet user has invited the entire world to drive him insane since 1997. At the domain name DriveMeInsane.com, visitors can see constant footage of a small home office, type messages that will scroll on the marquee sign, and control the lamps and disco ball in the room from their own computers. It’s a very early, and impressively long-running, consumer use of the Internet of Things, and the person behind it did it just because he could.

Jerseys that ‘feel what the players feel’
In March, a company called Wearable Experiments introduced the Alert Shirt, which somehow monitors activity during Australian-rules football games on television and vibrates when the players on the field are tackled. The idea is that those wearing the shirt will be able to feel a game while they watch it.

Football helmet
At last year’s CES, Verizon displayed a football helmet adorned with sensors that record impact data and send it to a console where teams can monitor each player’s health and risk of injury. Players don’t always immediately report when they’ve been injured, but a connected helmet could mean they won’t have to.

Household power tools
Designers at Frog Design have come up with prototypes for connected power tools, such as a cordless drill and a tape measure. These kinds of advancements could be useful for storing information, such as the number of screws drilled into a certain item or lengths measured with the tape measure. Recording this data can help prevent simple missteps that can derail a project and cause safety issues.

Window shades
We may never have to manually open and shut window shades again. The SONTE film stays in place, but can change from transparent to a solid color with an electric current, Postscapes reported. The film can be controlled by a smartphone and is connected to Wi-Fi, so users can shut their blinds while sitting in the room or if they’re on the other side of the world.