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Feb 15
2010

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Technology is Everywhere

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In today’s society everywhere you look Technology has an influence in the way we live and do things everyday. From the moment you wake up an electronic alarm awakes you. Power the television for the morning news and listen to the traffic and news updates. The news channel you are watching is probably all decked out with live feeds from cameras and In-studio video displays. The point is that Technology is everywhere and it continually evolves. It truly is an amazing time to be living in this time of new “Technology” advancements in our everyday world.

 3D televisions, Crowd sourcing, Smartphones, Ecommerce, and Augmented Reality are mostly new terms associated with Technology today. If your parents read this article they would not recognize or understand most of the terms mentioned. If they do then consider yourself one of the lucky few. Trying to explain to my parents how to text message is like trying to put a square piece into a circle puzzle, it’s just not going to happen. Our parents never had to use email, smartphones or computers. Remember the rotary dial phones and the pencil and paper to write and send messages with a stamp. Maybe those times where much simpler and technology has just complicated the way we do things. Don’t you find that it is very hard to keep of with new technology? Do you think Technology has helped or created more problems for us? It would be interesting to see with certain age demographics especially the older generation of their thoughts on Technology.

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Feb 04
2010

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3D TV's are coming soon!

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Tagged in: viewing , View , video , venture , three dimension , televisions , television , Sony , Samsung , Mitsubishi , Michael Jackson , LG , las vegas , Grammy Awards , glasses , ESPN , earth song , Comcast , ces , broadcasters , avatar , Alice in Wonderland , 3Dtv , 3Dtv , 3D , 2010

How many of you recently watched the Grammy Awards? Did you see the Michael Jackson special “Earth Song” tribute in 3D? Unfortunately if you were viewing it from home you probably missed out on the full effect unless you actually own a pair of 3D glasses. It begs the question: Who actually owns 3D glasses?

 The introduction of  3D (Three-Dimensional Field) to television in the recent Grammy’s signifies the emergence of 3D television from your home. Synchronized to the release of “Avatar” and “Alice and Wonderland” both 3D movies have also fueled the general publics hunger for more 3D viewing and programming. In the recent consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas 3D televisions took centre stage of the majority of products on display. All the big players such as Sony, Samsung, Mitsubishi, LG and other manufacturers are set to release 3D televisions this summer 2010. Major broadcasters such as Comcast are looking to launch 3D channels. The first venture into this uncharted land is ESPN. They are looking to broadcast football and basketball games in 3D format. Will consumers fork out the extra money for 3D, that remains to be seen. Comcast and other media outlets will need to invest in stronger networks and change the infrastructure to handle higher bandwidth. Canadians will play second fiddle in a wait and see approach to see how Americans accept the technology.

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Jan 24
2010

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What is the iSlate?

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Tagged in: touch screen , touch , Tech Crunch , Tech , Tablet , Steve Jobs , software , release , product , OLED screen , OLED , netbooks , laptop , Iwork , iSlate , iSlate , Iphone 4.0 , iPhone , Internet , desktop , computers , battery , Apple

 

 

What is the iSlate?

The iSlate is rumoured to be an Apple Tablet or iPad. The internet has been filled with numerous rumours on this new product. Apple is to release more info on this possible product this coming January 27, 2010. They are to announce the iSlate, Iphone 4.0 and Ilife 2010. The key announcement will be the iSlate itself. The computing industry worldwide has seen a maturity from bulky desktop computers to laptops to netbooks. This is where the iSlate comes into the fold. The iSlate as pictured will look like a larger sized iphone with a touchable screen surface quite possibly an OLED screen which would increase battery life. It could possibly run on Iphone 4.0 software. Steve Jobs says the upcoming Apple tablet iSlate “will be the most important thing I’ve ever done”, according to TechCrunch. It will be interesting to see if the iSlate will be as popular in hype as the iphone. The iphone is now known as a technical gadget that has changed the whole mobile industry with it’s interface and thousands of Apps.

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Jan 10
2010

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Wireless Transfer of your images : Eye-Fi SD Card

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Did you recently get a digital camera over the holidays? If you answer “Yes”, you are not alone. Everyone has a digital camera and millions of pictures are be taken every second in this world. From the top-end professional photographer to your 12 yr old niece. Taking pictures has become so easy because the average digital card can take over 500-1000 actuations at the most basic settings. The eventual problem with the ease of use of a digital camera is the amount of pictures being stored on SD cards. The traditional method of downloading pictures from your camera is to attach your camera directly to your computer or insert you photo card to a traditional card reader to be viewed on your computer. Personally, I own mutiple SD cards and take lots of shots whenever I can. I always have the issue of backing up photos or forgetting to download the last bunch of photos from a previous event. I sometimes have 3 to 4 SD cards loaded with photos that needed to be downloaded. I’m not the only one in this situation, right? I digress.

This is where Eye-Fi comes in to save the day. The Eye-Fi SD card is the easiest way to save and share photos. The Eye-Fi card basically makes your camera wireless. No more plugging your camera to download pictures or using a card reader. No more SD card clutter. If you are using an Eye-Fi card it will automatically download your photos wirelessly to your computer via Wi-fi. How does this work? The Eye-Fi SD card has a built-in Wi-Fi. Once you set-up an account with Eye-Fi all you need to do is set the network and the Eye-Fi card will transfer all your media. You can have all your photos/videos uploaded to sharing sites most popular for photos such as Flickr, Facebook, Youtube and more. Imagine walking into your home after a day of taking photos and your pictures will automatically connect to your computer and download all your media hassle free. This saves you time to enjoy the other pleasures in life and leave the mundane uploading  to the Eye-Fi card to work automatically. Check the website for more details and where you can buy one. http://www.eye.fi 

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Dec 30
2009

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What is FourSquare and Gowalla?

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Foursquare is a location based social networking game. It can be used via the website at http://www.foursquare.com and also on mobile devices such as the iphone and blackberry(beta). The essence of the Foursquare is that it allows you and your friends new ways to explore your city. You earn points and unlock badges for discovering new places. How does it work? After installing the application on your smartphone the whole system is based on “checking-in”. You can check-in at bars, restaurants or any kind of location or business at this time. You will receive points for “checking-in”. You can also add  locations into the system which gives you more points. The points system is just part of the game. You can also be a “Mayor” of an establishment if you visit/check-in at location the most compared to anyone else. It's bragging rights too! Your followers will be “Pinged” of your location everytime you check-in. The great thing about Foursquare is you can leave tidbits of info which is great for establishments. If I visit a restaurant that has a great appetizer specials, I can mention that in the Foursquare application for all my followers to see. This gives establishments instant promotion and advertising in a “Word of Mouth” way which is valuable for business or venues.

Gowalla is a very similar application to Foursquare. The website is http://www.gowalla.com . Gowalla allows you to stamp and earn rewards at the places you visit. It allows you to drop or pick up “Special theme items” at a location which is similar to the “badges” in FourSquare. Overall using both applications, I found that Gowalla is much slower to update when “checking-in” to locations via the Twitter method. Both Geo-tagging applications are still in it’s infancy but will be a big in social trends for the future. The social aspect with discounts and free offers will make this an enticing tool for business for monetizing and advertising in the future. So go out and explore now. Here's a video of Dennis Crowley, Co -founder of Foursquare.

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Dec 21
2009

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GoogleWave

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Tagged in: GoogleWave , Google

GoogleWave

Have you heard of GoogleWave? It’s a new  tool being introduced by Google. It is currently in limited preview. Google has given invitations to a select few to test the application before going into full launch. The buzz on social networking sites lately has been on receiving an invite to use GoogleWave. If you haven’t received one yet don’t fret because there is a plethora of users giving away invites online.

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Dec 19
2009

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The Internet and Technology

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Tagged in: technology , Internet


Do you use the internet too much? I do. You might not want to admit it but the majority of us are texting or surfing the internet. That is how you found this blog, right? With the outbreak of social networking sites and the plethora of webpages and blogs it’s difficult to avoid. Instant updates of web videos being spread virally, you can’t help hearing all the information in today’s society. Does this mean we are less inclined to communicate face to face if we are on the internet more. It brings up an interesting topic that can be debated for hours. Children being brought up in this virtual world are using computers and technology at an earlier age. Children today are spending more time sitting in front of the computers than their predecessors. Do you remember when physical activity involved running or playing tag with your friends? Today, most children are set on playing video games and immersing themselves in online gaming. Adults are focusing more attention to using the internet more too. It has become more of information overload and trying to manage it. I can personally spend a whole day just watching videos on Youtube. You can find anything you want on any topic if you just “Google” it. Most people are also using the internet to shop, pay bills and even watch television. The internet and pace of technology has changed the way we live. It is evident in the world economy of how drastic technology has affected us. Most companies are now using technology that automates most simple procedures. Data entry is replaced by database software. Bank Tellers are replaced by Online banking. Television is replaced by Online streaming. Don’t get me wrong, it will never replace what has been mentioned but it definitely has been a game changer. Look forward to more tech/review post here on Ibizook.com :)

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