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Technologies Review | July 16, 2018

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3 Different Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Mobile Device

October 23, 2013 |

A smartphone is a major purchase. New smartphones can cost hundreds of dollars, and they’re typically something that you expect to last a long time. While it seems that new smartphones are coming out almost every day, if you’re an average person you likely are going to do whatever it takes to make sure your mobile device lasts a long time.

There are plenty of ways to protect mobile devices and smartphones. There are even ways to live an active and adventurous lifestyle and protect them, too. If you’re looking for ways to extend the life of your mobile devices so you don’t have to buy a new smartphone every few months, check out these tips.

Protect it with a Sturdy Case

Easily one of the best ways to make sure your smartphone lasts as long as you want it to is to protect it with a sturdy case. … Read More

Smartphones And Water: The Case For Waterproof Cases

July 30, 2013 |

If you’re old enough to remember the 80’s movie classic ‘Gremlins’ You’ll no doubt remember the scene when ‘Rand’ receives the very special creature known as a Mogwai. He was given three very specific instructions. No direct sunlight, no food after midnight and most importantly, above and well beyond all else do NOT get it wet.

It turns out these furry lovable creatures (unless the rules are broken) share a common bond with another small and unique possession we are familiar with, the smartphone. While prolonged direct sunlight is certainly not recommended, especially without a decent anti-glare screen protector, it is the third rule that once again is most important. Much like our fuzzy come demonic friends, the gremlins, a couple drops of water is all it takes to turn one of our most cherished companions into a living nightmare.

Who hasn’t tipped over a glass of water near … Read More

Mobile App Development Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make

July 10, 2013 |

Mobile application development has quickly become a powerful technological marketing tool that businesses of all sizes are seeking to utilize.  However, there are several business professionals who make the mistake of creating a mobile app without truly understanding the needs of their customers and target population. Before you turn to marketing through a mobile app it is extremely beneficial to identify the common mistakes that can make app creation a waste of time and a marketing technique your business should never have taken on.

  • Don’t forget about the security of your app! – Simply because you are creating an application for a mobile device doesn’t mean you can forget about the security of your app. Access to your mobile app means potential access to your business’ sensitive information, so security measures cannot be overlooked.
  • Your mobile app is not a desktop app! – Desktop apps function very differently, and certainly more in-depth, than mobile … Read More

New Advances in Digital Audio

June 23, 2013 |

First, recorded audio was available in mono. Then, stereo, followed by surround sound. The technology of sound and audio for music, movies and entertainment hasn’t stopped evolving. In fact, it’s becoming transformed faster than ever as a result of new advances in digital audio. These advances have drastically improved the audio experience in the theater, in consumer electronics, and beyond.

In Theaters

Have you ever been to a movie theater that didn’t feature surround sound? Not since 1993, when DTS, Inc installed their new audio technology for Stephen Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Since then, DTS has become the premier provider of multi-channel digital sound technology for theaters. It differs from its competitor, Dolby Digital, in the approach it takes towards creating a surround experience for the audience. Whereas Dolby focuses on creating diffused audio channels, DTS audio is directional.

  • What does this mean in the theater? When you see a film recorded with DTS, you … Read More

The Best of the Best: Great Tools to Help Design Your Next Mobile App

June 10, 2013 |

As a business owner, there is no doubt that you are a highly intelligent person who is capable of learning and doing a great deal of things. Yet, every time you sit down to work on that great new mobile app that your company will boom from, you feel like a four-year-old trying to tie their shoes. You know it can’t be that hard to put your idea into action, yet you just can’t seem to figure it out.

If you have all the details of the design and content of your new mobile application development project solidified but you just can’t figure out how to create the app, it’s time for you to look for virtual tools to help you create your concept. I know it can be overwhelming trying to sift through the hundreds of programs out there to aide in application making. This guide will highlight a few of the best tools … Read More

How Technology Makes Life Better

June 7, 2013 |

People measure the quality of their life by many things. Some think that having a family or lots of money equates to a high quality of life. Others simply want the things in life that are up to par with the way technology is running the “day to day” from the way we communicate and play to the way we work. Some of the inventions of 2013 provide people with high-tech gadgets that make life easier and more enjoyable.

Good for the Body

Several of us have jobs that require being on our feet all day long. Nurses, retail clerks and construction workers are almost entirely on their feet 5 days a week. Even if you are wearing orthopedic shoes, most people still get aches in their feet. Thanks to inventions like the Rhythm Touch Accu Slippers, there is a product to relieve pain and stress from the body caused by excessive standing and wear … Read More

When Old Technology Inspires New for Global Good

April 30, 2013 |

If you ever happen to be walking around New York’s Madison Square Park, you will encounter BuckyBall, a sculpture by artist Leo Villareal that was created in honor of Buckminster Fuller. Villareal paid homage to Fuller’s genius that lead to developing the geodesic dome. In addition to manifesting a structural design ahead of its time, the dome was a metaphor for forward thinking, social equality, and the drive to make innovated improvements around the world. Continue reading to learn how these improvements are being made today thanks to the work of Buckminster Fuller.

The dome and man that inspired it all

Fuller is most commonly known for the geodesic dome, a sustainable structure that defies the laws of physics regarding weight limits and engineered construction. The dome has been produced over 300,000 times and can be seen in children’s toys and sports stadiums. However, Fuller’s true impact on our modern world can be seen in … Read More

Why Smartphones Just got Smarter

April 29, 2013 |

Today’s Smartphone is a lot like a Swiss Army Knife: it has a variety of tools and purposes imbedded within its library of apps. With the tap of a button one can have access to an LED flashlight, GPS abilities, a level for hanging pictures on the wall, or a language translator. But a new science developed only a few years ago is starting to take off in popularity, and it has evolved into a stunning feature that we only thought existed in Star Trek. The science of mobile augmented reality allows users to blend virtual worlds into our physical realm thus opening up a new way to perceive our environment. Continue reading to learn more about this new world available from the palm of your hand.

How it works

Augmented reality is made possible through careful program development and how it is accessed through the module.  The module included in the core of the … Read More

How an App can Advance 15 Year-Old Technology

April 3, 2013 |

Take a close look at your new smartphone and remember how anxious you were to hold it in your hands after reading all the reviews and seeing the TV commercials. But if you pop open the cover and examine the battery you might as well be stepping into a time machine to travel back fifteen years because that is how old your battery technology is. In an article that shuns smartphone battery life, the author accuses it of being the Achilles’ heel of otherwise solid phones. The article goes on to say that technologies like 1080p screens and wireless screen mirroring has been hamstrung by batteries that can’t keep up.

A solution

Though battery technology is still stagnant and crying for improvements, app developers have been coming out of the woodwork to take to the challenge of compensating. The solution resides in the best Android battery saver app: Snapdragon’s BatteryGuru. It may not re-invent the … Read More

T1 Internet: Why You Need To Jump On The Bandwagon

November 13, 2012 |

Internet has come a long way in the last decade or so. Remember it wasn’t too long ago when you couldn’t surf the web without tying up your phone? And those “50 free internet hours” AOL CDs you used to get in magazines, who could forget those? Internet has made some serious strides, and it’s almost a given that your company does a lot of business online. That’s why it’s time you should seriously consider getting a T1 internet connection. A T1 line for increased bandwidth will up your business growth and has a high number of benefits. It’s just about time to upgrade.

There are two different types of T1 internet connections: a full T1 connection and bonded T1 connection. A full T1 connection is more affordable, but a bonded T1 connection offers a lot higher speeds. Full T1 will get you speeds of about up to 1.5 mbps. Bonded, on the other hand, … Read More

Your Business Has a Reputation Offline and Online

October 26, 2012 |

Many companies that exist today were built on their reputation. The bigger firms call it their “brand” and smaller businesses often refer to it as their reputation. But no matter what way you look at it, its there. It is the public, and private, perception of your company. It can sometimes be sublte, laying in the subconscious of people. Maybe it’s the way the receptionist treated them when they first arrived at your office. Or maybe it’s the way the high school girl that rings people up at your local deli always seems irritated. Then there are less subtle things. Things like a consumer who received a dysfunctional product and writes an angry review about your product.

People form opinions of you, good or bad. And these subtle opinions can lead to big swings in a good or bad perception. But wait, its goes even further. There are two worlds in business these days, the … Read More

Your Online Reputation Is a Precious Commodity

October 12, 2012 |

Managing online reputation is becoming an increasingly more difficult task.   As internet anonymity continues to erode, people are relying on a plethora of online resources to background check both professionals and businesses.  As the number of impressions left on the internet burgeons, the possibility of negative interpretation also increases.  Unfavorable publicity regarding an employee or brand can significantly damage the public relations image of a company and ultimately, negatively impact the bottom line.

Maintaining a pristine online reputation is becoming virtually impossible since as the internet community expands, more negative interactions take place.  Simple mistakes like misidentifying a person with the same name can cause irreparable damage. There are also character assassins who will intentionally try to hurt and individual or a company out of malice.

The good news is that in certain cases, it is possible to restore an online reputation.  If the negative publicity is an isolated instance without significant cross referencing, then … Read More