Category Archives: Gadgets and Stuff

How the Internet Changed the Way We Work

Internet SocietyCan you imagine going back in time (before the Internet) and work on a project? Yes. That project that required you to work with a team who were working in different time zones. And you had to work with service bureaus and all those companies that were at least two hours away from your office. You had to carry floppy discs and a briefcase full of documents or blueprints plus an overnight bag each time you had to meet with them. You lose one of those discs or find out its corrupted, and you’re back to square one. The expenses and headaches always had the tendency to skyrocket.

The Internet Changed How You Work

It didn’t happen overnight, but the visionaries behind the most important tech giants today knew the potential was real. They changed the world with their products and the way everything could be connected, thanks to the World Wide Web. The Internet has made it possible to work with people you would otherwise have to fly or sail or drive to meet. You can work with about anyone from anywhere, real time.

Customization

As if that’s not enough, customization became the new buzzword. LoadSpring noted that nowadays, you could hire a team of IT specialists to create a springboard system from which you can run a project and make everything possible. Convergence has never been so easy. Any software you want, somebody out there can make it for you. “There’s an app for that” is a popular phrase because it’s true.

The Cloud

Never mind all the concerns about security, as those have since been eased to a good degree. The cloud is now a safe place to store files, work on them simultaneously, and make work faster, safer, and generally more accessible. If you’re not using the cloud these days, you risk losing data even more.

You’re fortunate to be working on projects in this age of the Internet’s power. You can make things faster and easier after all. If you know what you’re doing and you’re open to the possibilities, you can make virtually anything possible.

Even Advertisers for big Companies can Fail Sometimes

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tech industryThe Apple Watch is not the failure that most naysayers are saying it will become prior to its release. But, it is safe to say that its reception was not as warm as its predecessors, the iPod, iPhone and iPad, enjoyed. The Apple Watch might be the most advanced piece of technology in the world today, but nobody is ever going to know about it if no one buys it.

Why was there such a lukewarm response to Apple’s latest product when legions of devoted followers fall in line for the release of every new iPhone? The reason, according to Route2Take, lies in the fact that no one is quite sure what the Apple Watch does, or more importantly, what people can use it for. This is either a massive failure of their advertising department, or a breakdown in internal communications.

The highly competitive nature of the tech industry, where even the slightest advantage could mean billions of dollars in revenue, makes secrecy the second highest priority of a new product. People understand the company’s need to keep their cards close, but not to the point where the people who are supposed to use it have no idea how.

When a company asks people to spend £479-£949 for a device that is best described as a mini-iPhone people can wear, they need more than customer loyalty to bring the sales numbers up. Many analysts were hoping that the Apple Watch event would provide a clear and concise answer on that point, but not many people got it if there was one.

The main reason for people to get the Apple Watch today is that it provides people with the ability to use all their favourite apps without having to pull out their phones. This sounds like a weak reason now, but marketers are hoping that the watch can open new platforms and possibilities in the future, and give them more selling points for potential customers.

An AC Unit Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

Airconditioner

AirconditionerNothing can beat a hot summer day than an air conditioner. The good news is that technology keeps getting better. In fact, the latest air conditioners have remote controls, sport digital displays and timers, “smart” fans that automatically adjust speed to maintain desired temperatures. They’re also quieter, more energy-efficient and easier to install and maintain than units made in the past.

To help you choose your air conditioner, Sandy-based alveyhvac.com presents the different types of AC units:

Window Mounted

By what it’s called, it is understood that you install this air conditioner through a window opening. You can install your heating unit in the meantime at the other opening that’s close to your air conditioner. This is the most popular type of air conditioner since they are easy to install and they work with your existing wiring at home. Typically a window-mounted unit cools and heats a 700- to 900-square-foot room.

Wall-Mounted

Wall-mounted air conditioners fit more securely than window units. They are framed through an opening at the wall that makes them aesthetically pleasing. Best of all, a wall-mounted model will not block your window if there is only one window in the room.

Installation, however, can get costly. You need to cut an opening through the wall and larger units may require a dedicated wiring circuit. Typically this unit covers a 400-square-foot room. A larger unit is more expensive but covers a 700-square-foot room.

Window/Wall-Mounted

Still, there are versatile air conditioners that you can temporarily install in a window or permanently mounted in a wall. However, the downside to this type of air conditioner is that it does not include an installation kit of frame, screws and bolts.

Portable

You can roll this type of mobile air conditioner from room to room. It needs no further installation, but its accompanying tube needs placing beside a window to exhaust heat. This type of mobile air conditioner unit can cover a 500-square-foot room.

You may say that you can buy any type of AC, but the wrong type of AC may actually just rack up your energy bills unnecessarily. Therefore, you have to know which kind suits your room ideally, which the above is useful for.

Tips for Buying a Headgear with Wireless Features

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If you enjoy listening to your favorite music while riding a bike, then you might be thinking of doing away with the mandatory headgear. This is because your headset may not fit into it, but not wearing one is not an option.

Luckily, buying a Bluetooth helmet kit will solve your problem. These are headgears exclusively designed for listening to music and protecting your head while you’re on a ride. Before buying one of these, make sure you check them for some specifications.

bluetooth headset

The following are some of the key features you should examine:

Battery life

Make sure that the battery life is long lasting. If you want to use these helmet speakers during long motorcycle trips, you wouldn’t want the battery to drain out too quickly.

Volume control

Check if it has a volume control or an automatic adjustment. As riding a motorcycle can be noisy, having this feature makes it easier for you to hear the phone ring or the person you’re conversing with. This handy feature makes the device more effective and convenient for use.

As this technology is relatively new, some buyers may have difficulties choosing which one to buy. By keeping these features in mind, knowing which one suits your needs becomes easier.

A New Gadget For Board Riders

This week, my friends and I can’t seem to stop talking about this new gadget for our ripple boards! It’s a device that attaches to their skateboard, surfboard, snowboard, wave board, or ripple board and it measures almost everything about the way you ride. It tells you how fast you’re going, how many calories you burned, the distance you covered, total air time, the duration of your riding session, and even the tricks and rotations that you did!

Naturally, this device is shock and waterproof. Yes, I know this sounds too good to be true, but it’s real and it’s really being developed as of the moment.

skateboardIf you’re wondering  just how such a device could be made possible, the answer is sensors, Bluetooth, and GPS. What’s even more amazing in my opinion, is the inventors are a father and son duo.  According to Anatole Lokshin  and his son David Lokshin, this new device is an extension of what they invented before that’s used to measure skiing and snowboarding metrics.

Unlike them, I don’t have a Ph.D. in electrical engineering so I can’t really get too excited about how this device canactually do all those things. I am, however, a ripple boarder and I can’t wait to know more about my personal style and endurance when it comes to my chosen sport.