Things are happening that we considered “Space Age” just a few short years ago.
But let’s take a look at what may be on the cards in the very near future. Its already happening to a degree, just look at Alexa and a whole host of machines and technical products that can adjust your heating, turn it on or off and maybe the lights etc.
So, as you leave your apartment, your air conditioner or lights turn off or on. Or if a motion sensor detects a person in the house, like your house cleaner, it sends an alert to your phone just to let you know. But there again you would really want to know if it was a burgular wouldn’t you. Another scenerio would be as you arrive home, a camera recognizes exactly who you are and the door automatically unlocks, just as it does on some prestige vehicles.
As I mentioned earlier even the smaller tech companies have teamed up with companies such as Amazon to bring voice-controlled smarts to their products. Devices like light bulbs, another favourite is hitting the homes with automated or robotic Vacuum Cleaner, home security systems and even coffee makers will work with Alexa.
Added to this, there are hundreds of companies which have developed “Skills,” or third-party apps, that will work in tandem with Alexa’s voice commands. Even the music sector have got in on the action, Sonos, a top rated brand in music products, have released a speaker with Alexa functionality built in.
But what’s fueling interest in Alexa? Amazon’s success with Echo, the smart speakers enabled with the personal assistant. Amazon said last month that it sold tens of millions of Echo devices over the holiday season. Strategy Analytics, a research firm, estimates that 68 percent of voice-controlled speakers sold last year worked with Alexa.Its a coupling made in heaven.
Other tech giants want a piece of that pie too. In 2016, Google introduced Home, an artificially intelligent speaker to rival the Echo. The search giant will have a large presence at CES, where the company is also expected to highlight accessories that work with its Home speaker and Google Assistant.
Apple this year will release HomePod, a speaker that relies on Siri, the Apple assistant, to control some smart home accessories. And Samsung Electronics, the South Korean manufacturer, it is expected to unveil a major upgrade for Bixby, its virtual assistant, later this year.
Now tech companies are looking to push internet connectivity beyond products in your home, they will be looking at The automotive industy, even garage spaces, like they have in Japan. They have a real problem with getting car parking spaces, they now have tech which can sense whether cars are occupying a space or not and whether there is available space to allow the owner to get parked safely.
You see in Japan that has been a major problem for years and to a degree they have facilities where 3 or more cars can share the same spot, to get their car out they give notice and the vehicle is dialled out ready to go. They have worked out several innovative solutions over the years.
So now, they have a system where cars are able to sense whether cars are occupying them, and can then alert people when spots free up. Or a home garbage can that can notify a waste collection facility when the container is full, or street lamps planted throughout a city that could monitor air quality or the same street lamps that will remain on if there is a certain degree of darkness like under a bridge, will remain on.
The future is bright, but new technology is going to be brighter, so just embrace it.
Well, the date will shortly be here but here’s a taste of what to expect.
At its annual September iPhone event, on September 12, Apple unveiled three new iPhones: the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. While the iPhone X is the new high-end flagship device, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus both feature some major improvements.
Like the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus feature an all-glass design, with new aluminium-framed glass bodies available in Space Grey, Gold, and Silver. Apple uses a seven-layer colour process for “precise” hue and opacity, and the devices are constructed from the most durable glass ever used in a smartphone.
Aside from the glass design, the two new devices are otherwise nearly identical to the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, available in 4.7 (iPhone 8) and 5.5-inch (iPhone 8 Plus) size options with Touch ID and standard bezels. Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are IP67 water and dust resistant, and the speakers in the device are 25 percent louder with deeper bass.
New Retina HD displays have been added, with support for True Tone to match the colour of the display to the ambient lighting for a more natural paper-like viewing experience. The display is the same brightness as the display in the iPhone 7 and continues to offer cinema-standard wide colour gamut.
In the new iPhone from Apple, there is a new A11 Bionic chip features a six-core CPU design with two performance cores that are 25 percent faster and four efficiency cores that are 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion chip in previous-generation devices.
Apple is introducing a new second-generation performance controller that’s able to harness all six of the cores at the same time, for 70 percent better performance for multi-threaded workloads. The A11 Bionic also includes a three-core GPU that’s up to 30 percent faster than the previous-generation GPU.
There’s an improved 12-megapixel rear camera in the iPhone 8, with a dual-camera setup again available in the iPhone 8 Plus.
Both models feature larger and faster sensors, a new colour filter, and deeper pixels. With a new image signal processor, there’s advanced pixel processing, wide colour capture, faster autofocus in low light, and better HDR photos.
The very latest quad LED, with True-Tone Flash with Slow Sync provides more uniformly lit backgrounds and foregrounds when using the flash.
When it comes to video, this camera can capture 4K video up to 60fps and 1080p slow motion settings up to 240fps. The latest video encoder provides real-time image and motion analysis giving superior quality video.
On the iPhone 8 Plus, there’s a fantastic Portrait Lightning feature available which will give glamorous Portrait Mode, which is designed to allow iPhone users to add studio lighting effects to Portrait photos.
Both iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus have been designed with augmented reality experiences in mind. Each camera features individual calibration with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for more accurate motion tracking.
With their glass bodies, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus support Qi-based inductive wireless charging and can charge using a range of Qi-supported charging mats.
The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are available in 64 and 256GB capacities, with pricing starting at $699 for the iPhone 8 and $799 for the larger iPhone 8 Plus.
Apple plans to begin accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on September 15, with the devices seeing an official launch on September 22.
Everyone likes to see and try out the newest electronic gadgets. For someone that is normally hard to buy for or someone who just likes to upgrade or add to their collections, buying an innovative new gadget will satisfy their curiosity and interest. Some gadgets are not practical or necessarily useful, but they all have a unique function.
Electronic gadgets are not just for computer geeks or children. There are such a wide variety of devices now that any age will be able to get use from a gadget. The next generation will always be looking for cool new gadgets and accessories.
But Why Should You Buy Online?
Buying electronic gadgets online gives you a chance to get it before anyone else. Finding new products as they come out would take a lot of time in driving around to different stores, as well as the expense of traveling. It is much easier and less stressful to shop right from your home or office computer.
Taking time to check out different websites will give you a chance to compare products and prices. Instead of spending time going to several stores to check, you can spend less time looking at a large variety of websites. Saving time will also help you to get it before anyone else. And, browsing sites will give you many great gift ideas.
Find New Products and Get It Before Anyone Else
Finding new products is easier online because you can check websites as often as you want, every day or more, and it just takes a few minutes. Bookmark the sites that interest you the most and they will just be a click away.
Some websites offer free shipping on orders of a certain amount. This would save the expense of shipping or gasoline if you had to drive to a store to buy it. If you find a unique product on a website, you could order immediately and get it before anyone
Shop Around Online
Most websites have online catalogues where you can search the different products they offer on the site. This gives you a chance to review a wide selection of products that often is not available in retail stores. You can search by subject or type in a keyword for a specific product that you want.
Finding the lowest prices and best deals is easy. It is so convenient to take advantage of their information and comments. Some sites feature customers’ emails and comments. You can check out a product before you buy and decide if you want to get it before anyone else.
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Many websites allow you to register a wish list. This way you can keep track of what you are watching for on a certain page. Also, some sites let you put in requests for a product or subject you are interested in finding.
Take advantage of modern technology and shop online. There are many reasons to shop on the Web. The convenience and the variety available to you will give you an edge on other shoppers.
So start surfing for gadgets now and get it before anyone else!
Every year more gadgets appear on the market and it can be hard to know what to buy since there is so much to choose from. If you are traveling though, you will want gadgets that are not only useful but also light enough to be portable and items which you can use anywhere, either with its own power source or one with suitable attachments. So choosing the right gadgets to take with you is an important decision and something you should spend a little time thinking about before you set off.
If you have an upcoming long distance journey or a stopover in another country, you will find time passes quicker and you are happier if you are wired into the world instead of out of contact. You can also get some work done while you are on the move instead of wasting time staring out of the window. But what are the best new gadgets for travel and how are you going to take it all with you?
You should choose items considering not only their function but also their size and weight. Less is more in this case, so choose the lightest and smallest items you can use. There has also been a rise in technology with can be worn ie wearable technology which is designed for easy use for people on the go and varies from cameras to watches and personal computers.
The Best Computer for Travelers
A computer is something you would probably like to have with you, and a laptop is perhaps the first gadget to come to mind, but do you want to carry a bulky laptop around when a tablet is thinner, lighter and just as powerful, at least for most tasks? There is a lot of difference between a bulky 6-pound laptop and a slim 8-ounce tablet. If you want to get some typing done and you do not get along with the touchscreen a tablet offers, consider a fold-out keyboard for your tablet. Just checkout that latest Amazon Fire Tablet with up to twelve hours of battery life.
You can get cases which hold both the tablet and a keyboard, thus giving you the functionality of a laptop but without the bulk or weight. Actually some modern tablets are more powerful than some laptops and you can also get a lot of the same software options.
What about Entertainment?
Although your laptop or tablet is certainly adequate if you wish to listen to music or watch a movie, what about multitasking, when you are working (or playing games) on the laptop or tablet, but you still want music? The answer is an MP3 player which also doubles up as photo storage. An iPod is the king of MP3 players but you can also consider other brands if you want to save money. Or else grab yourself an iPod Touch and you will be able to browse the internet, listen to music, watch videos (albeit on a rather small screen) and send emails too, all on the same little device.
Cameras and Accessories
Most travelers will want a decent camera with them when they travel, especially if they are traveling for pleasure and not just making a brief business trip. Your iPod or phone might be fine for the occasional snap to upload to Facebook, but if you are into photography you may want to consider the alternatives.
When you are at home and you head out for the day, you might take your 35mm SLR and 3 spare lenses, but is your trip away really going to justify all that bulk and weight? so unless you are actually going on a photographic expedition, you might be better off with one of the new, smaller and much lighter compact digital cameras on the market. A lot of the latest ones boast 6 megapixels or more, meaning you can take great images with a camera small enough to easily slip into your pocket.
Don’t Forget About Insurance
Obviously and maybe not so exciting as the thought of all those cool gadgets you could possibly consider, but it is very important to consider insurance. Even if you do not get robbed, gadgets can break or get knocked about a bit when you are traveling, so ensure you have enough cover in place just in case anything does get lost, stolen or damaged, you can get it replaced easy enough.
Everyone loves to be given something unusual but cool gifts around this time of year
so if you are stuck why not consider this unusual gift for the gardener or maybe even
the non gardener who has tried but struggled to grow anything worthwhile.
It is a plant that will plays dead one second & then grows again the next. It is also
known as the sleepy plant or sensative plant and even touch me not, but its actual name
is Mimosa pudica closes its leaves when touched and appears to die.
But to grow all you need is a little water, in the imagage above it is contained in peat
pellets which with water added will expand forming its own pot and soil. Its a truly unique
plant which can be grown all year round, but there is one more important feature of this
plant and its worth remembering because it is in fact a weed. So Do Not let it loose in
your garden otherwise you may well regret it.
Quadcopters and Camera Drones – But Are They Legal?
These little gadgets have recently begun to take the world by storm and now everyone wants their own – the grownups as much as the kids! A remote-control helicopter is surprisingly easy to fly but a quad copter is even easier because it runs on batteries so you will not have to deal with engine malfunction or know anything about how engines work. There are no complicated moving parts to tinker with. You can simply charge the batteries and get it flying.
These battery-operated ones are also very quiet so whether you want to fly it around the neighborhood without annoying your neighbors or scare the cat, you can expect near-silence. Batteries are safe to use too; you do not have to deal with gas, flammables or any type of engine. The appeal of these little gadgets lies largely in their ease of use. Even a child can master one in next to no time.
Although kids and also adults might get one of these as a toy or hobby, they are useful for a wider spectrum of society. Keen photographers can have plenty of fun flying a camera drone, snapping shots or recording video of their neighborhood and getting a bird’s eye view.
A drone with 4 propellers, known as a quadcopter, provides a new challenge to hobbyists, because they require more skill than the more basic helicopters. Actually a lot of the newest models on the market are quadcopters because of their relative mechanical simplicity when you compare them to the more stable helicopter design. It is still a good idea to begin with a basic model though and work your way up to a quadcopter because flying one of those does take practice.
Are There Rules Against Drones?
As these gadgets become more popular, there are more rules and restrictions coming about involving their flight. The FAA bans you from flying too close to manned aircraft, for example, and I am sure you can understand why. The drone must be kept in sight and you are not allowed to charge people for flying your drone.
You must keep the machine under 500 feet, because any higher and you risk sharing airspace with manned aircraft. Drones are also banned from all national parks in the United States. Despite these rules though, there are lots of places to fly your helicopter, quadcopter or drone. Practice in your backyard then head to the nearest local park or open area. (After Checking the RULES first) Perhaps you will then meet other flying enthusiasts there and you can swap your best tips.
How to Choose the Best One
Because there are plenty of different RC aircraft on the market, it pays to know a bit about how to choose the best one. First of all, bear in mind most of them have a battery life of 10 to 12 minutes, or even less. Now that is sufficient time for a short flight but you might want a longer time, in which case get a drone which takes a removable battery, then just ensure you have plenty of fully-charged ones with you. Spend more on a drone and the battery should provide around 25 minutes of flight time. The best ones will automatically fly the drones right back to you when the battery is getting critically low.
A lot of drones (although not all) feature a camera, either built-in or attachable. Some work with a GoPro camera which you need to buy separately and others come with their own. The higher-end models will have image stabilization for more professional footage.
Some will record straight to an SD card which you can then pop into your PC and upload. If you want to watch the footage in real time, some drones are able to transmit live to your iPhone or Android device. If you do this for the whole flight, it will drain your battery pretty quick, but it is still a nice feature to have. Work out your budget and which features are deal-breakers for you, then you will be able to choose the perfect helicopter, quadcopter or camera drone to have lots of fun with.
Microsoft gave the first look at its Windows 10 operating system recently, a major release that will span all hardware from PCs to phones and try to address the ills that have dogged Windows 8.
Microsoft promised an OS that will be more intuitive for the millions of workers still on Windows 7 and older OSes. Here’s a rundown of some of the key points we learned about Windows 10.
So First Up Is Why Windows 10?
The natural name would have been Windows 9, but Microsoft is eager to break with the past. “We’re not building an incremental product,” said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group.
Microsoft considered the name “Windows One,” he said, to match products like OneNote and OneDrive and its “One Microsoft” business strategy. But he noted the name was snagged a long time ago, by a young Bill Gates.
Perhaps Microsoft didn’t like the idea of being numerically one step behind Apple’s OS X. Whatever the reason, Windows 10 it will be.
“When you see the product in its fullness, I think you’ll agree it’s an appropriate name for the breadth of the new product family that’s coming,” Myerson said.
What devices will it run on?
All of them. Microsoft demonstrated only the desktop version so far, but Windows 10 will be for tablets, smartphones and embedded products, too.
“It will run on the broadest types of devices ever, from the smallest ‘Internet of things’ device to enterprise data centers worldwide,” Myerson said. “Some of these devices have 4-inch screens, and some will have 80-inch screens. And some don’t have any screen at all.”
Q.Is there a start menu?
There is, and it tries to combine the familiarity of Windows 7 with the modern interface of Windows 8. That means the menu is split: On the left, apps are displayed in the familiar Windows 7 style, while on the right are more colorful “live tiles” that open the modern, Windows 8-style apps. The start menu is customizable, so you can resize the tiles and move them around, and make the start menu tall and thin or long and flat.
Q.Will I still toggle between two distinct app environments?
Apparently not. In Windows 8, when you launch a modern-style app, it takes you into that modern UI, and when you launch a Win32-style app, it launches to the traditional desktop environment.
In Windows 10, “we don’t want that duality,” said Joe Belfiore, a corporate vice president with the OS group. “We want users on PCs with mice and keyboards to have their familiar desktop UI—a task bar and a start menu. And regardless of how an app was written or distributed to your machine, it works the way you expect.”
Q.So how does it look now?
If you launched one of the new-style apps in Windows 8, it filled the whole screen and there weren’t many options to resize it. With Windows 10, the familiar “windows” metaphor is back; you’ll be able to resize the new-style apps and drag them around the screen like an old Win32 app. Conversely, if you’re using an older Win32-style app, it will be able to “snap into place” and fill all the available screen space just like the modern apps.
Q.What else is new?
Some users have been confused by the Windows 8 interface and can’t figure out what’s open on their screen or how to get back to an app. Windows 10 has a feature like OS X’s Mission Control that lets you zoom out and see everything that’s open on a PC, then select any app to enter it.
You can also have multiple desktop configurations open and switch between them. So if you have two apps on the screen for a particular task, sized just how you want them, and then you change to some other apps, you’ll be able to get back to those first apps easily without having to resize them again. You can navigate through several of these desktop displays at the bottom of the screen.
Q.What’s in it for business customers?
This event was focused primarily on business users; Microsoft will talk about the consumer aspects of Windows 10 early next year. There weren’t a lot of specifics but here are a few points:
— Microsoft promises that Windows 10 will be more intuitive than Windows 8. “Windows 10 will be familiar to end users whether they’re coming from Windows 7 or Windows 8. The workers will be immediately productive,” Belfiore said.
— It will be compatible with “all traditional management systems in use today.” Customers are increasingly using “mobile device management” tools to manage phones and tablets. “Windows phones and tablets support MDM today, but with Windows 10, customers will be able to use MDM to manage all their Windows devices” including PCs, laptops and even Internet of things devices.
— Developers will get “one application platform,” Belfiore promised. “Whether it’s building a game or a line-of-business application, there will be one way to write a universal application that targets the entire product family,” he said.
Q.Will it still be touch-enabled?
Yes. “We’re not giving up on touch,” Belfiore said. That means you’ll still be able to use touch to do things like scroll and pinch-to-zoom on laptops and desktops.
There’s also a new feature, tentatively called “continuum,” for people using two-in-one PCs. When you detach the keyboard from a Windows 10 hybrid, it will ask if you want to go into tablet mode. If you say yes, the UI changes to better match a tablet. The app expands to full screen, for instance, and the start menu switches into a larger-icon mode.
Q.Is there a Command Prompt?
You’re kidding, right? Well, actually there is. Microsoft showed how it now supports shortcuts like CTRL+C and CTRL+V so you can paste in a directory listing from another app, for instance. Belfiore called it a “niche, geeky feature” but said he wanted to show the diverse range of users the OS is trying to support.
Q.When will it be released?
The OS will launch around the middle of next year, after Microsoft’s Build conference. Before that, a select group of “Windows insiders” will receive a “technical preview build” for laptops and desktops on Wednesday this week, followed “soon after” by a preview for servers. Previews of other device categories will follow later.
Q.How will it be priced?
Microsoft isn’t saying anything about prices yet, or any incentive programs to get people to upgrade from older OSes.There is a lot to work out.
Windows XP was the first actual Windows operating system designed for home use. It, like all of the later home versions of Windows was based on the enterprise NT operating system.
The earlier home versions of Windows before Windows XP were not actually operating systems. They ran under a DOS shell and their real functionality was limited by that fact.
The acceptance of the Windows Vista operating systems was hampered by the fact that Microsoft developed it in secret. The hardware developers were suddenly faced with the fact that many of the drivers for many of their devices that had worked in Windows XP would not function in the Vista environment. After it was released, many of the hardware manufacturers had to scramble like mad to develop new drivers.
With Windows 7, Microsoft seems to have done a much better job of keeping the hardware manufacturers in the loop. Ergo, the release of Windows 7 went relatively smoothly. Windows 8/8.1 may have been a viable operating, but many users think that the graphic user interface stinks big time.
So What Do We Know As Of Now?
What is it? A complete update of Windows When is it out? It will launch “later in the year” in 2015 What will it cost? We really have no idea. Microsoft will not comment on pricing yet.??