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Add Siri to Your Virtual Office Arsenal

Did you hear about Apple’s latest acquisition?

The iPad-maker just snapped up Siri. I know…I had never heard of the company either. But it’s actually pretty interesting. Siri makes an iPhone app known as the Siri Assistant, which is in essence a personal virtual assistant.

Siri understands what you say, can accomplish tasks for you and adapts to your preferences. For example, you can ask Siri to find an exotic vacation venue, a local rock concert, or tickets to the movie for the weekend. Check out a quick video on Siri so you can get the full picture:



Of course, Siri can’t replace your flesh and bones virtual assistant. But for consumers who are savvy to virtual office technologies that help them be more productive, Siri is a fun app. It goes hand in hand with the virtual office lifestyle. With some verbal commands, you can book a taxi, find out the weather, locate the nearest gas station and so on.

I like to think Siri can compliment the virtual office user’s cadre of technologies, tools and gadgets. Let’s say you work from a virtual office and you are used to being always connected to the Internet. You drive to another city for a business meeting and you don’t know where anything is. Siri can help you find what you are looking for with verbal commands instead of having to do a mobile Internet search.

Again, Siri won’t replace your virtual assistant. But it can be more convenient than dialing up your virtual assistant while you are traveling. And it can add another weapon in your virtual office arsenal that makes you more productive at work and at play.

By the way, if you don’t have an iPad yet, you can register to win a free iPad from Davinci Virtual. The drawing will be held on June 1. With your free iPad, you can install your Siri application and try it for yourself!
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Rerouted Flights Highlight Convenience of Virtual Office Technologies

I just read a Reuters report about a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Washington that was rerouted on Wednesday to a Greensboro airport after U.S. authorities discovered a “threatening message” in the bathroom.

What’s more disturbing is that it wasn’t the first time. According to U.S. authorities, the threats were discovered two days in a row. On Tuesday, Delta Airlines ran into the same problem with a flight from Atlanta to Paris. That flight was rerouted to Maine after a passenger made threats about a bomb.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the flight is being diverted to Bangor International Airport. TSA and law enforcement will meet the flight upon arrival," the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement.



I’m not trying to breed fear, but these are the types of incidents that we’re seeing more of in today’s world. Between terrorist threats and natural disaster issues like the Icelandic volcano ash that caused flight delays to Europe for days on end, it’s time for companies to look into virtual office technologies to avoid business disruption.

Virtual offices give you access to web conferencing technologies that help you avoid travel, which prevents missed meetings in the face of rerouted flights or other flight delays. You can also save big on hotel expenses, and you can meet with clients more regularly because setting up a web conference is quick and easy.

Davinci Virtual offers low-cost monthly access to Cisco’s WebEx to its virtual office customers, making it easy and affordable to tap into the service, and allowing companies to save thousand of dollars on airline travel and hotel expenses. So if you are weary of the long walk through security and a little nervous about the threats involved with flying, or if you just want to save a lot of time and money, check out these services today.
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Meet DavinciMeetingRooms 3.0

While Research in Motion is readying its OS 6.0 for BlackBerry and Apple is preparing to roll out iPhone 4.0 software, Davinci Virtual is making some news of its own on the software front.

Davinci Virtual just released version 3.0 of its online reservation platform. The company has enhanced the technology that powers DavinciMeetingRooms.com so that its virtual office clients—and anyone else in the world who needs a meeting room, conference room or temporary office space—can quickly and easily book it online in minutes.

"We are proud to release the new version of our online reservation platform for professional conference rooms and meeting spaces," said Bill Grodnik, President and CEO of Davinci Virtual. "The new site has been designed with ease of use and optimal search criteria in mind. We looked at the past 18 months of experience and implemented what our clients and partners have asked for.”

If you have an Internet connection, you can book a meeting room in Atlanta, New York, Houston or just about anywhere else on DavinciMeetingRooms.com much faster than you could even dial the phone, speak with a representative and confirm your reservation. That said, if you need to speak with a reservation specialist, the new platform gives you two options: You can call in or you can chat with Live Chat services.

When you visit the new DavinciMeetingRooms.com, you won’t see much different on the outside. The sleek design is the same as it was last week. What’s changed is what you can’t see: the underpinnings of the Web 2.0 technology that offers advanced applications like live conference room inventory, critical add-on services such as LCD projectors, catering and business support.

Davinci Meeting Rooms offers more than 750 locations across the globe. Grodnick likes to say it levels the playing field for small business by allowing companies to create an image on a small business budget. Meeting rooms work hand in hand with virtual office space. And Davinci has you covered from top to bottom with turnkey virtual communications, virtual office solutions and on-demand physical office space.
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RIM Launches BlackBerry 9650 for Road Warriors

If you are a road warrior who loves virtual office technologies, you’ll love the new BlackBerry smartphones. Even if you use an iPhone, you have to appreciate the BlackBerry as the pioneer in business e-mail and other mobile productivity applications.

On Monday, Research in Motion (RIM), the makers of the BlackBerry smartphones, announced two new models worth checking out: the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Pearl 3G. These devices can serve as compliments to your virtual office space.

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone offers a full-QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad and built-in Wi-Fi, which makes it possible to talk on the phone while browsing the web or sending and receiving e-mail. The Pearl 3G is less than two inches wide and weighs 3.3 ounces, but still offers support for high-speed 3G networks, Wi-Fi and GPS. It offers features including e-mail, messaging and social networking.

"The new BlackBerry Bold 9650 is an extraordinary smartphone that we think customers will love," said Mike Lazaridis RIM president and co-CEO. "Whether at work or at play, the new BlackBerry Bold 9650 offers a truly impressive communications, multimedia and connectivity experience."

Isn’t that what a virtual office is all about? Truly impressive communications, multimedia and connectivity experience? Road warriors or home-based entrepreneurs who use virtual offices can have their calls answered, screened or forwarded in a professional, personalized way. Your clients won’t know if you are sitting in a office or answering from your new BlackBerry 9650 smartphone—unless you tell them.

A virtual receptionist can do even more. Your clients can listen to hold music while they wait, the remote receptionists can schedule appointments and make live outbound sales calls. You can also avoid missing calls from customers who might not leave a message on your answering machine by having the live receptionist take your calls on a multiple line phone system.

Thinking of buying a new smartphone? Check out this quick video on the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and consider how this fits into your virtual office plan.

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Can Virtual Offices Make Your Dreams Come True?

Entrepreneurs and dreaming go hand in hand—but what happens when you throw a virtual office into the mix? The combination might help you work smarter, if Harvard Research bears true.

According to the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Sleep and Cognition in Boston, dreams play a part in learning by processing what people recently experienced. For example, people who dreamed about a maze video game they played before they took a nap performed better on that video game the next time they played it. People who didn’t dream about the video game did not perform better in side-by-side testing.

This fascinating research makes me want to take a nap—and working from a virtual office makes it more possible to do just that. Working from a virtual office lets business go on as unusual while you take a 30-minute post-lunch nap. Your virtual receptionist can hold all calls, take messages, answer client questions and otherwise fill in the gaps while you dream your way to better performance.

Virtual office technologies like Live Web Chat also keep the e-commerce and online lead generation wheels turning while you take your nap. When you wake up, you are refreshed and ready to conquer your business dreams again. And, if the Harvard study holds water, there is a possibility of performing at higher levels, especially if you dreamed about a particular business issue.

There are countless studies on the benefits of napping. So many, in fact, that it’s hard to deny the value of naps. But let’s face it. It’s tough to squeeze in a nap in a traditional office environment. Even if you can close your office door and turn off your phones, it’s likely that you will meet with distractions that will interrupt your nap time. With a virtual office, you can work from home without missing any business opportunities—and you can nap with fewer distractions.

Check out this video on power naps in a "napping spot" in New York City:

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