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Clickdrive: Automobile Digital Revolution

March 1, 2014 |

The digital revolution — development of increasingly specialized mobile applications — has changed the way we think about everything from retail to exercise, and cars are not immune to this shift.

The latest models boast voice-recognition software and real-time GPS mapping. Soon, cars will be parking themselves.

In many respects though, the auto-industry has yet to maximize the potential of mobile technology.

Clickdrive is hoping to change that.

“After experiencing issues with my own car, I was personally inspired to create a solution to the lack of data available on my car,” says former Lehman Brothers trading systems designer and Clickdrive founder Mark Sutheran. “Wifi and highspeed networks have become ubiquitous, but why aren’t our cars taking advantage of the situation?”

Clickdrive is a mobile hardware device that connects to Wifi and the … Read More

Technology In Your Home That Will Save You Money Over Time

February 26, 2014 |

Today’s technology is coming out of the computer and into your home as manufacturers reach out with new ways to rescue you from costly expenses. The emphasis is on saving energy, on using both hardware and intelligent software to streamline wastage and save your hard-earned cash. Let’s look at some of the approaches being used to solve your money problems with technology.

Smart Thermostats

There’s a new generation of smart thermostats being fitted in homes with the express intent of cutting expensive energy bills. They learn patterns of usage, turning off when a room is unoccupied. These microprocessor controlled devices are quite capable of learning personal preferences and schedules, efficiently managing heating and cooling.

Motion Sensors

An electronic eye designed to register whether a room is currently in use, motion sensors detect the tiniest movement but they posses enough programming to intelligently discriminate between the family pet and a … Read More

Able-HD: A Portable Monitor That Will Make Your Life Easier

February 15, 2014 |

Laptop users who have never tried using an extra screen may want to give it some thought.

After bringing in almost $100,000 on their first campaign, Able-HD CEO Nell Harton and the folks behind the Able-HD portable monitor are going back to Kickstarter to raise money for the new and improved Able-HD Plus.

With a synthetic polymer casing, thermoplastic acrylic screen and detachable adaptor board that doubles as a prop stand, the updated version is, according to Harton, “stronger, clearer and even more reduced in terms of design” than its predecessor.

Harton says that fragility was the main impulse to go back to the drawing board, but that the design team took advantage of the opportunity “to rethink the entire system design.”

The main development to come out of this process seems to be the first-ever … Read More

Pixeom Takes Online Security to a New Level

February 7, 2014 |

They say, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” and the internet is no exception. Supposedly “free” services, be they email or social networking or what have you, all have their hidden costs. Facebook sells its users’ personal information, gmail uses email content for targeted advertising, and the whole of the internet, it seems, is increasingly susceptible to invasive monitoring from hackers and government intelligence agencies.

The problem, explains Pixeom co-founder and CEO Samir Nagar, is a system that privileges third-party service providers with control over and access to personal information.

”The public cloud services are all built on the foundation of the data center, and it’s a treasure trove of personal information that’s vulnerable to data breaches, or vulnerable to being accessed by the service providers, because they create their own encryption keys which lets them access your data.”

Privacy is the secret price of the “free” internet, … Read More

Hooking Up Wireless Audio Streaming At Home

January 31, 2014 |

Listening to music through computer speakers just doesn’t cut it. If you want to get the most out of your music – from whichever device you are storing it – it’s time to look into wireless speaker options.

With wireless Bluetooth speakers you can easily listen to music from a variety of devices, with AirPlay you can stream video and audio, and with whole home systems from Bose and Sonos, you can connect your entire house wirelessly.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth speakers are probably the easiest, cheapest and most accessible way to stream music wirelessly. A couple of the best known examples include the Jawbone Jambox and the Beats By Dr Dre Pill, allowing users to connect their device to the speaker simply by pressing a few buttons.

You can even turn existing speakers into Bluetooth speakers by attaching an adapter. Logitech, Aluratek, Auris, and Monster all offer … Read More

5 Fancy Up-and-Coming Car Features To Look For In The Year 2014

January 30, 2014 |

The new year brings some exciting new features to the automobile market. Automakers are enticing consumers with a dose of innovation in order to stay ahead of curve. While Mercedes-Benz gives its yearly upgrades to comfort and convenience, other automakers look to add versatility, safety, and economy upgrades.

Automatic Lane Keeping Helps You Stay on Track

The Mercedes-Benz S-class has always been on the bleeding edge when it comes to auto amenities. This year the S-class boasts many new features, most notable however, is an auto lane keeping system for freeway driving. This lane keeping system uses sensors that detect the edges of the freeway lane and automatically compensate steering to keep the vehicle perfectly centered within.

Power Savers

With fuel economy always a concern, Mazda has introduced “I-ELOOP,” into its Mazda 6 sedan. The system recovers kinetic energy from braking and uses it to assist in powering the … Read More

What You Missed: 6 Innovative Highlights Of CES 2014

January 20, 2014 |

Without a doubt, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the most anticipated gatherings of anything tech related. Each year thousands of tech savvy people and the innovators of such technology converge in Las Vegas, Nevada for what has become the premier event of the year. 2014 proved to be no different as the hottest, newest, and most innovative pieces of technology are unveiled.

Televisions and Video Displays

Ultra High Definition were the key buzz terms on everybody’s mouths with televisions ranging from Panasonic’s 4K, to curved shaped televisions that allow viewers to see clearly from any angle, to the rugged outdoor displays like those offered by the I-Tech Company.

Samsung

Aside from Michael Bay’s presentation cuing mishap, Samsung came out swinging with not only it’s 85″ UHD Television but huge updates to its tablets and the announcement that the Galaxy S5 may include an iris scanner.

Car Tech: Advanced Alarms To Protect Your Car

January 20, 2014 |

It is recommended that a professional auto shop install a new alarm on your car. They have the right tools and knowledge to complete the job. If you do not know how an engine operates, you should never be in there messing around with wires.

The alarm will probably not function correctly if you have never installed one before. There are many wires that need to get hooked up in the right place. One wire in the wrong place will cause the entire thing to malfunction. You will have wasted a complete night for nothing if this happens. The small cost of having one installed is well worth it.

The type of alarm you get is also important. You want to make sure it is loud enough, but not too loud. If you get an alarm that is too loud, it could damage your hearing. Car … Read More

Awesome Technology That Will Grow Your Business

January 19, 2014 |

It can sometimes be difficult to keep up with the everchanging technology, especially if you run your own business. There’s far too much paperwork to be doing and no time to spend researching technology trends. Luckily for you, we’ve saved you a lot of time, by digging out the latest awesome technology that will help your business grow.

Cut Price Tablets

If you don’t have a tablet yet there’s probably only one reason; it’s too expensive. Some tablets are certainly pricey and cost more than buying a laptop, which is certainly an expense most businesses don’t need. However, Windows have started to push some of their Windows 8.1 tablets and have cut the price dramatically. Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba tablets have all been reduced in price recently, some to less than £100. This is the perfect time to invest in a tablet for your business, with prices unlikely to stay that low forever. These tablets … Read More

Tablet Habits: 5 Ways To Maintain Your Tablet

January 13, 2014 |

These days, having a tablet is a great convenience. Owning one makes it possible to check e-mail, browse the web, compose documents, play games and much more while on the go. Unlike a laptop, a tablet is slim and easily portable due to its lack of a physical keyboard and its full touch screen. However, tablets are expensive and fragile electronic devices, which is why all tablet owners should follow some basic tips to maintain theirs. Here are five of the best tips.

Use Screen Protectors

Tablets, in a way, are essentially big smart phones. They have very large touch screens that can become damaged if not taken care of. Screen protectors can help prevent this from happening by providing a thin yet effective layer of protection between the screen and outside elements. Over time when the protector gets scratched or damaged, you can replace and have a screen that looks … Read More

5 Amazing Ways Your Phone Can Be Used For Everyday Tasks

January 6, 2014 |

Today, using a cell phone is no longer limited to making phone calls alone. With the advent of smartphones, you can now use your phone to do just about anything, including everyday tasks. Knowing a few amazing ways your phone can be used to complete tasks throughout your day is a way to make more out of your time while also doing so from anywhere you are located.

Managing Your Tasks and Schedule

Phones are capable of managing your tasks and schedules, regardless of how hectic they are each day. You can use various apps and tools to schedule meetings, set up appointments and even turn on timers to ensure you are never late again. Using your phone as your personal assistant for remembering important dates and times for meetings is really easy and most every phone has this capability.

Checking Your Home Security System

Some home … Read More

Get Ready! Touch Screen Kiosks Will Be Everywhere Soon

January 1, 2014 |

Anywhere you go these days, you can be assured of one thing—you will see a screen. From TVs to computers to the astonishingly widespread smart phone, increasingly interactive screens are an expected part of our everyday lives. Even in a social setting, nearly everyone in a given group will be holding that lifeline of modern social media—the smart phone.

Business owners who keep up with trends will notice the ubiquitous nature of touch-screen technology, and that it is making the leap from smart phones and tablets to larger, interactive displays everywhere from airports to museums to your local technology retailer. Soon, all brick-and-mortar stores will be expected to incorporate multi touch kiosk technology as part of their customer attraction and interaction strategy.

What are the potential advantages of multi-touch kiosk technology? There are five main highlights: a familiar interface, customization of the shopping experience, durability of the display, division of labor between “man and machine,” … Read More

6 Ways To Keep Up With The Changing World Of Technology

December 26, 2013 |

The world of technology advances very rapidly. Devices you thought were state-of-the-art can quickly turn obsolete as more advanced upgrades and adaptations are developed. Ways to improve your life are being created on a regular basis, and there may be a new device that can increase your daily efficiency even further. As this change happens so fast, how can you keep up with some of the most innovative developments as they happen?

RSS Readers

There are many web-based applications on the Internet that can deliver immediate news listings to your computer through RSS feeds. Many of these can be uses as your browser’s home page and bring new technology to your computer screen by subscribing to popular websites and companies that utilize these feeds.

Google Alerts

Although there are many web alert applications on the Internet, few are as simple to use as Google Alerts. Simply … Read More