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Hot Tech Trends Changing Our Daily Life

Remember the good old days of dial-up internet in the 1990’s and the amazement we felt at being able to send emails to people anywhere in the world at any time? The excited “you’ve got mail!” we heard as a reply landed in our inbox? Or for that matter, the launch of the revolutionary Apple iPhone just under 10 years ago, which gave us the novelty of browsing the internet on the train to work, when sitting at the dinner table with friends and pretty much everywhere else? There’s little doubt we’ve all been swept up in these rapid digital technology changes that have occurred in a very short space of time. So if you’re keen to keep two steps ahead of the changing technological guard next time, we’ve put together a handy and up-to-date list of three hot tech trends set to change how we live our daily lives in years to come.

 

1. Internet of Things (IoT)

Ever wondered what your smartphone would say if it could talk? The tales it would tell about you! Or how much easier life would be if your fridge had a mind of its own and could send you a handy text to pick up a carton of milk on your way home from work? The Internet of Things (also known as IoT) is making all this and more a possibility, by connecting common devices or “things” via Wi-Fi.

 

  • Wearable Devices

Perhaps the most obvious example of the Internet of Things are wearable devices that have risen to fame in recent years, thanks to the launch of high tech gadgets like the Apple Watch and Fitbit to name a few examples. Able to track our daily movements and much more, these handy add-ons are helping make us more sci-fi by the day!

 

  • Voice Search

As well as being able to connect common digital devices into one big happy family, another quirk of IoT is the ability it gives us to talk directly to those devices to ask questions (hello Google!) or simply give commands (Alexa, turn off the lights)! Chief amongst voice search technologies worth keeping an eye on are Google Home and Amazon Alexa, coming to a home near you…

 

2. Fintech 

Gone are the days when taking out a personal loan, or any money for that matter involved finding time to line up in a stuffy branch of an established big bank. Thanks to the advent of Fintech (or financial technology), a range of nimble startups (no pun intended) have emerged to offer us alternative ways of getting our hands on cold hard cash.

 

  • Bitcoin 

The poster boy for fintech is Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency developed by a bunch of hardcore computer programmers who kindly released their invention onto the online world in 2009. Unlike traditional currency (i.e. the Aussie Dollar), Bitcoin works by allowing holders to conduct transactions online directly, without any meddling intermediary (such as the Reserve Bank or ATO). Transactions are instead verified by a blockchain, a fancy database that lives deep in cyberspace!

 

  • Nimble Algorithm 

Another innovation out of the fintech revolution is Nimble ourselves, with our top secret algorithm using machine-learning technology and behavioural data to assess every loan application against a broad range of various data sources, with potentially thousands of data points, all within minutes. This allows us to quickly assess borrowers’ applications and get our small cash loans transferred into approved borrowers bank accounts within an hour of borrowers confirming their loan, giving them access to their money faster, so they can get on with their life.*

 

3. Health & Fitness Apps

Keeping fit and fab has never been more important than in today’s image-obsessed world! Instagram and #fitspo workout selfies aside, there are some seriously cool gadgets and health & fitness apps on the market to help you get the most out of exercise and get rewarded for doing it.

 

  • Exercise Tracking 

As mentioned under the Internet of Things, wearable devices like the Apple Watch and Fitbit have entered the mainstream in recent years, allowing us to track our daily steps, monitor our heart rate, measure our walking or running speed and tell us how we’re doing on the calorie burning front amongst many more features. Don’t want to invest in the above? No problem, there’s plenty of stand-alone apps that work a treat on any smartphone, including Endomondo, Google Fit, Pocket Yoga and RunKeeper.

 

  • Lowering Health Premiums

Last but not least, thanks to the ability to measure our physical activity comes the opportunity to also be rewarded for that gruelling early morning workout session or even for just maintaining a regular gym routine. Qantas has got in on the act with their Qantas Assure program where you can earn frequent flyer points for being active, whilst insurance providers like AIA Vitality and Asteron Life are offering customers lower premiums.

 

Keen to get your hands on some of this cutting edge new technology? Check out Nimble‘s smart little cash loans to help you pay for that all-important pre-order or to impress your favourite tech-head with an unexpected gift.**   

 

You should read this bit: The above post contains links to a variety of application software (“App, Apps”) that is not affiliated or associated with Nimble. We do not have any control or responsibility over the content of the Apps. Use of the Apps may be subject to further terms and conditions imposed by the App provider, the owner of the mobile operating system and/or other related parties.  The above links belong to a variety of websites and not Nimble, so clicking on, and using them, will take you away from Nimble’s website meaning we’ve got no control or responsibility over the content. Nimble does not endorse and is not affiliated or associated in any way whatsoever to the businesses named in this blog post.

The information in this blog post is general information only and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs.

The information contained in this blog is correct at the date of publication.

*Once your Nimble loan is approved, it’ll be transferred to your bank account within 60 minutes of confirming your loan, if confirmed by 4:30pm AEST during banking days. Otherwise, the payment will be processed on the next business day. Clearance time is subject to your bank. Depending on your bank, you may be paid within minutes of confirming your loan 7 days a week, including public holidays.

**This is not a loan offer. Loans are subject to meeting Nimble’s lending criteria and suitability checks.

Working with Millennials

Millennials are set to be the most dominant force in the workplace.

 

Not only that, but they’re going to reshape the work world, according to this PwC report on the matter.

 

It’s no wonder, with the advancement of technology and industry pathways now available to young adults entering the workforce.

 

But does that mean that all offices will have ping pong tables and beanbags (even though they are really fun and we regularly enjoy using them here at Nimble)?

 

For starters, Millennials approach work and life in a completely different way to the generations that came before. Where Baby Boomers and Gen Xers look at their career path with a ‘in it for life’ set of eyes, Gen Y and Millennials are open to exploring new industries, jobs and countries at a rapid rate.

 

This CNN article reports that if you’re under the age of 32, chances are you’ve had at least four job changes up to that point (which equates to about one change every three years).

 

Heck that’s a lot of CV updating!

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So what do businesses have to become to retain good Millennial employees (and employees in general)?

 

Look, we reckon Millennials are given a hard time by older generations (and the media). Despite the growing list of demands a Millennial employee might have before starting a new job, there’s some pretty good pay-offs

 

  • Millennials need to do meaningful work. Yes, we know that sounds like a cop-out, but for a lot of new businesses (startups as we affectionately call them) they’re focused on bringing about change. This is probably why startups are a such a prominent hub for millennial workers.

 

  • The culture of a business will be the defining factor if they want to attract good employees whose values align with the business. And the good employees will want to do work with purpose.

 

  • Another important aspect is learning on the job. Engaged and enlightened employees are constantly looking for new ways to do things, to pick up different skills and to be soaking up new and relevant information that will not only develop them professionally, but also personally.

 

  • Millennials reject strict corporate silos. They want regular and transparent communication and feedback. They want diversity in their work. They want to be able to ask questions. This kind of analytical and inquisitive work behaviour is vital to changing policies and entering new markets.

 

Here’s the crux of it: they value an employer brand just as much as a consumer brand.

 

Embracing the digital

 

Yep, one of the reasons Millennials are proving to be so powerful is their affinity with tech. They don’t know what it was like waiting for dial up internet in 2004. They don’t know what it was like living with a Nokia 3310 (or they might, seeing as those phones never die. Also they’re making a comeback – see here). They have always had Google to fall back on when they couldn’t answer a question. That’s pretty incredible – and powerful – stuff.

 

It means that they have a better grasp on business tools than their predecessors and as such, their behaviour does differ slightly, too.

 

With digital comes the fast-paced and constantly evolving environment, which also means that millennials will most likely be equipped with the agile nature of a generation who is used to this landscape of change.

 

And that’s good news for business.

 

Quick heads up: The above links belong to a variety of websites and not Nimble, so clicking on, and using them, will take you away from Nimble’s website meaning we’ve got no control or responsibility over the content. Nimble does not endorse and is not affiliated or associated in any way whatsoever to the businesses named in this blog post.

The information in this blog post is general information only and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs.

The information contained in this blog is correct at the date of publication.