Internet-connected televisions, social media, and the power of simplicity were all cited as launch pads for future innovation in technology, from Facebook to smartphones, advances in technology are changing the way we work and communicate.
Today, millions of Web users generate free content, and we are witnessing an “explosion” in video and cell phone use, he continued, with more than 100 million smartphones already in use. In addition, there is the phenomenon of virtual worlds, where approximately 217 million online players interact.
Of 6.5 billion people in the world, about 1.5 billion have Internet access, more than 300 million have broadband access to the home, and 3 billion have cell phones, a growing number of which offer Internet access. What these statistics suggest is that “the most precious currency today is information.
We are interested in companies that help us understand how to structure information, communicate, categorize some of that self-generated information, and then act on it. Right now there are significant problems understanding how to take what we are getting at point of sale in the physical world environment—very valuable info on customers—and how to integrate it with all the information that is being generated on the Web.
Just as technology is influencing society, society is increasingly making demands on technology. In addition, of the users in the United States, half sleep with a cell phone or other electronic device nearby, and married couples usually do not share cell phones. Innovation will serve people who want simplicity of technology usage. As the network gets larger it becomes less relevant to individuals, Advertising on the Web is very effective in the sense that advertisers can reach great scale and do precision targeting. The challenge is to discern consumers’ intent.
Nano membrane toilet, developing a self-powered toilet which turns human waste into clean water and even energy to charge mobile phones. The team at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, say it could also be used in developed countries, for uses ranging from the military to luxury yachts, the construction industry or even as an odour-free alternative to the toilets widely used at music festivals. The nano membrane toilet is a project that looks to serve the needs of people in developing countries to stop a major spread of disease, which is inadequate sanitation.
It is a household scale toilet that produces clean water and manageable, pathogen-free, disposable waste, it’s self-standing, it’s small enough to fit in someone’s home and there’s even a little bit of energy left over to charge a mobile phone. It is very diverse. Not only it is for developing countries, but it’s also useful for developed countries, maybe for the military, they’re always in desolate places, or for the construction industry or even for yachts. The toilet, activated once the lid is closed, rotates the bowl to carry the waste into a holding tank, maintaining an “odour barrier” to prevent smells, and using a sweep mechanism instead of a flush.
Nano membrane only allows through water molecules, separating it from solid waste and pathogens which are too large to pass through it. The water which is collected is suitable for irrigating fields, washing or cleaning, and could even be made clean enough to drink, while the solid waste is passed into a gasifier which burns it, producing ash which can be used for agriculture.
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Today, biometric technologies are being used in many parts of the world as a way of clearing travellers swiftly and securely through immigration control, thereby enabling authorities to deploy their resources more efficiently. Airports are seeking ways to improve operations and passenger flow while maintaining the rigorous security levels required today. We’re creating a suite of self-service solutions that integrate biometric authentication into each phase of passenger processing, enabling airports to securely automate everything from check-in through boarding the airplane.
That’s because more and more functions of society are becoming automated – that is, machines are taking over duties that humans once performed. This has been the case in manufacturing for decades, but technology is also encroaching on jobs in other sectors as well, including airport security.
Security officials are using more machines that employ biometrics – which can verify a person’s identity through various physical traits (eyes, fingerprints, etc.) – and that has raised questions and concerns about the advantages and strengths of humans versus machines in being able to detect would-be terrorists.
Industry officials told the paper, however, that the advantages of biometrics and computers outweigh any inherent risks, and as such they are promoting more automation as a way to make air travel more efficient and less frustrating (and more cost-effective).
With biometric technology fast maturing and becoming increasingly sophisticated, biometric solutions such as SITA’s iBorders BioThenticate, are at last starting to make serious inroads as a high-tech identity management and verification tool within the airport environment. Biometrics technology also offers economic advantages over traditional, manned cross-entry points for restricted areas on an airport.
Smart technology is a way of connecting your home through innovative technology to control and give homeowners an “on-demand access to various systems throughout your home. Smart home technology can help your home run more efficiently while also helping family members live in total comfort while at home or away. Are you more in online mode or offline? Discover where you fall on the technology spectrum and how you can leverage your tech status for doing good.
How often do you check out your Smartphone? Do you sit in front of a computer more than six hours a day?
Technology is bringing people closer together, and has the potential to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. Modern solutions like apps to help you sleep, social media initiatives that feed the hungry and innovations that empower those with disabilities are improving lives – but where do we draw the line?
Smartphones are here to stay. These miniature computers we all carry around in our pockets all day, every day are now outselling feature phones, meaning new Smartphone owners are being created all the time. If you let your Smartphone dominate your free time to the exclusion of all other interests and hobbies then you’re doing yourself a disservice. Smartphones mean you can share details about your life whenever and wherever the fancy takes you. You can tell people what you’re doing, where you’re doing it, and who you’re doing it with. You can upload photos or video. Smartphones mean that wherever you are in the world, you have the capacity to head online and converse with people. Or do some work. Or read email. Or play some games. Making it insanely tough to disconnect and get away from it all, even for short periods at a time. Read more...(382 words, 1 image, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
This guide will show you the Clash of Clans tips for beginners that will help you build a base, enjoy early success and become a better player without spending real cash. We’ll also show you what you need to know about Clash of Clans cheats and hacks so you don’t lose your account or get banned.
On Clash of Clans Tips you will find advices, tips and strategies to improve your gameplay in Clash of Clans and dominate the other players. We have included images and videos to explain everything as good as possible. Before you start the game, what is Clash of Clans? Clash of Clans is an insanely popular strategy game for the iPhone, iPad and Android that offers fun, fast paced and mobile strategy with an addictive leveling system and plenty of opportunities to keep playing even after you take your first base.
This isn’t a strategy game like Command & Conquer, which makes it easier to get into for many mobile gamers. As a Clash of Clans beginner, you can play through many levels with ease — but soon you will find that you need a better base, well-trained troops and you will need to know how to use the troops and your defenses in the right way.
Learn to Build a Better Clash of Clans Base
When you start, you will need build a Clash of Clans base. You can use multiple tools and guides to build a better Clash of Clans base. You need to build this up and place buildings and defenses so that your base is safe from raids by other players. This is an essential part of the game. Clash of Clans is about offense and defense. Read more...(1507 words, 1 image, estimated 6:02 mins reading time)
Eugenics is quickly becoming big business in China, where at least one genomics company is attempting to pave the way for parents to literally pick and choose the “best” embryos to obtain the smartest possible children. In this case, the BGI team is looking for genes directly associated with intelligence. Once identified, these genes could potentially be used as markers for choosing only those embryos that possess them in the proper sequence
Cognitive genomics (CG) division at the Shenzhen-based genomics company BGI is currently working on the controversial project, which could one day allow for pregnancies with “designer” babies. Since as much as 80 percent of what determines IQ level is believed to be inherited, researchers believe that it may be possible to identify certain “smart” genes in human embryos that could be used to predict intelligence later in life.
Embryos that do not meet the intelligence threshold, on the other hand, could simply be discarded as “defective,” a controversial proposition that stands to open up a Pandora’s box of both ethical and moral dilemmas.
Do we really want to create a world where only the smartest individuals are considered to have any value or worth, while those less fortunate from an intelligence standpoint are considered unworthy of existing?
At the same time, consumer demand is not necessarily the driving force behind the initiative. According to reports, major funding for the project is coming from the China Development Bank, a state-owned bank that specifically lends money to government “pet” projects. In other words, the Chinese government, building upon its one-child eugenics policy, apparently now wants Chinese families to have only one smart child.
Smartphones and tablets are nice, but for many of us, especially when working remotely, laptops are still our computer of choice for when we need to get serious work done on the go.
Unfortunately, traveling with a laptop can be precarious. If you’re carrying it around on a trip, you have to be careful it doesn’t get banged up, stolen, or potentially fried if you’re overseas and forget that their electricity works differently. Not to mention the frightening prospect of using unsecured Wi-Fi access where someone might try to hack into your computer and steal your data. Read more...(364 words, estimated 1:27 mins reading time)
Always pad. We mentioned a padded backpack or briefcase above, but just to make it clear – always use padding of some kind. Even if this means wrapping your laptop in a towel or blanket, you want to make sure it’s protected from getting banged around while traveling.
Carry it with you. You might think your laptop is safer if you put it in a checked bag at the airport, but think again. How many checked bags go lost each year? And who’s to say someone doesn’t decide to go through your bag and steal it?
Stay away from laptop bags. Thieves target these bags because (duh) they are for carrying laptops. Instead, try a padded backpack or briefcase that doesn’t look like a laptop bag.
Back it up. Everyone should do this anyway, but it’s especially important before traveling: back up all of your data. You might need an external hard drive, or it could be as simple as copying everything to USB or a site like DropBox.
Fight the surge. Speaking of protection, bring a surge protector. Most of us use these at home because we’re used to doing it, but when it comes to travel, the thought just never occurs. Well, think again. An electrical surge can do the same damage in a hotel as it can at home.
Now, a new head-to-head comparison puts AMD and Nvidia head-to-head in the test — only this time, they’re both running under DirectX 12.
DirectX 12 introduces the next version of Direct3D, the graphics API at the heart of DirectX. Direct3D is one of the most critical pieces of a game or game engine, and we’ve redesigned it to be faster and more efficient than ever before. Direct3D 12 enables richer scenes, more objects, and full utilization of modern GPU hardware. And it isn’t just for high-end gaming PCs either – Direct3D 12 works across all the Microsoft devices you care about. From phones and tablets, to laptops and desktops, and, of course, Xbox One, Direct3D 12 is the API you’ve been waiting for.
The performance data in Anandtech’s comparison should be taken with a significant grain of salt. D3D12 support is baked into Windows 10, but the code is early. The drivers from AMD and Nvidia are pre-production, obviously, and the underlying OS it itself in a pre-RTM state. Windows 10 uses version 2.0 of the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM), which means that a great deal of under-the-hood work has changed between Windows 8.1 and the latest version of the operating system. The preview is quite extensive, they test the GTX 980 against multiple AMD cards in multiple CPU and GPU configurations and I don’t want to spoil their thunder. At the Extreme preset we see several interesting results:
The first thing people are going to notice is that the GTX 980 is far faster than the R9 290X in a benchmark that was (rightly) believed to favor AMD as a matter of course when the company released it last year. As impressive as the GTX 980’s performance is, I’m going to recommend that nobody take this as proof that Nvidia’s current GPU will blow the doors off AMD when D3D12 is shipping and games start to appear late this year or early next. Read more...(502 words, 1 image, estimated 2:00 mins reading time)
The world’s first Ubuntu phone is now available for sale all over Europe, direct from the manufacturer. Ubuntu Edition includes an 8 megapixel camera, dual SIM and best of all, no network lock. The first online flash sale took place as previously announced, and the Ubuntu phone sold out. Due to some technical issues with the ordering process — BQ said the weight of over 12,000 orders per minute contributed to the difficulties — a surprise follow-up flash sale began, and the phones sold out within 10 minutes.
It’s been a long time coming, but finally Canonical is ready to release its first Ubuntu phone. The first Ubuntu-powered Smartphones were originally expected to arrive last year, but recent reports revealed that the software wasn’t stable enough for its public debut. Ubuntu itself promises to reinvent the way you interact with your Smartphone. It uses “Scopes,” which are individual quick start screens, that give you access to everything you need — music, videos, your favorite social networks — without having to switch between multiple apps.
The Aquaris E4.5 will be available through “flash sales” initially, so customers will get just a few hours to place their order, or until all stock is sold out. If you miss out today, you’ll need to wait until the next flash sale for another chance to buy. Read more...(390 words, 1 image, estimated 1:34 mins reading time)