Ah, Thanksgiving. A time to eat more than you intended, fall asleep around 6 o'clock, and have leftovers for a solid week. But it's also a time to reflect on what you're thankful for – much as Stefanie Mosca does in this article concerning technology. She lists 5 technologies that have made a positive impact on the lives of business, starting with smartphones. Yes, the smartphone is the most ubiquitous piece of technology in the world, and one that has revolutionized the way business gets done. Smartphones allow for users to stay connected with IT, helps IT quickly respond and mitigate problems, and also allows for a level of communication previously unheard of. The next piece of tech to be thankful for are tablets. While a newcomer to the stage, tablets are beginning to expand dramatically into the gap left between smartphone and tablet. As Mosca explains, tablets have flown off the shelves and will more than likely continue to do so in the future. Next comes video conferencing Apps. As the article explains: Once only used in the board rooms of corporate offices and in unison with round table discussions at small to medium-sized businesses, video conferencing has become a quick and simple way to stay in touch regardless of your location while adding an additional multimedia aspect: video. Inexpensive applications like Skype and FaceTime for the iPhone provide users with an immediate video communication platform that enhances communication whether for a meeting or personal face-to-face interaction. The list continues with Social Media (both a bane and a blessing, in my book), and music streaming services. Both of these two allow for connections with people no matter how far away they may be – and both provide both entertainment. While music streaming services might only be something that benefits you while grinding away at work, social media is something that allows you to reach potential clients and existing customers effectively, streamlining customer support and marketing efforts. So this Thanksgiving, think about how technology has helped you in business and in life – but be sure to keep your iPhone away from the table while the turkey is being carved.