Latest Developments in the Technology Industry

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Latest developments in the technology industry have included an increase in education software and support. Since smart phones are here to stay, and they’re priced competitively enough to make them accessible to students, schools are starting to embrace them as learning devices.

Turning a Common Problem into a Solution

Until recently, the cell phone was considered a school discipline problem. Campuses could ban them in the classroom, but kids would still figure out how to use them. Today, wise school districts are seeing the potential of the mobile devices as a positive technology trend in learning. With options like the Cricket blackberry, schools can actually give phones to those kids who can’t afford one. On a pay as you go basis, the school would only be obligated while the phone was in use.

Apps Become Easy Fixes for Bored Students

There’s always a kid or two who just can’t get into school. That same kid is as hungry as the next to embrace technology. As learning software companies begin to introduce learning apps into the education industry, teachers will be able to engage kids more effectively by requiring that quizzes or exercises be done on their smart phones. Short attention span is one of today’s common problems, so mobile learning is a welcomed technological trend.

For educators who worry that the smart phones will be disruptive, a few tips and tricks would be:

  • Take the phones up during lecture time
  • Block unwanted websites
  • Make sure students know it’s a privilege to be on the cutting-edge of technology in the classroom

Most kids will gladly follow the rules if it means learning in a new and exciting way.

Advantages to Using a Tablet PC

Many people are hesitant to buy a tablet PC simply because they do not think it can replace all the functions of their laptop or desktop computer. While there are some limitations, there are certainly a lot of advantages to owning a tablet; you just have to decide if this type of device meets your goals before you make the purchase. Here are some advantages to owning a tablet PC.

With laptops and desktops, you are limited to games that involve moving and clicking the mouse. With tablet PCs, gaming is taken to a whole new level because of the touch screen. Plus, the experience is better than on a smartphone because the screen is larger.

Games are easy to download too because each tablet PC has access to an App market, depending on the network it is supported by. You’ll never have to be worried about missing an online game match you wanted to compete in or not be able to access your favorite online bingo sites because you’ll have access to the internet everywhere you take your tablet PC.

People were thrilled when laptop computers became more accessible because it enabled them to bring their work wherever they went. With tablet PCs, portability is even easier because the device is smaller and weighs less. Many people carry them in their purse or even a pocket. You can bring attachments, like a USB keyboard, to give you all the functions of a standard laptop computer. Plus, tablet PC’s are fairly inexpensive compared to standard laptops.

These are just a couple of the advantages to owning a tablet PC.

For the Love of Bingo

Bingo, the game that is appropriate for all ages is played in schoolrooms and church basements around America. Found at parties of all kinds, it is always a crowd pleaser.

What draws people to this game? It is easy to understand because it is appropriate for almost all ages and is adaptable to any situation. There are many reasons people enjoy and are drawn to bingo. Some people are captivated by the entertainment, friendship with fellow players, and prizes. Whatever the reason for its popularity, many people look forward to their weekly bingo meetings or the various online bingo sites they frequent, and wait impatiently for them to arrive. They may even have strategies for choosing the bingo game they’ll join each week.

For those who simply can’t wait for their next chance to play bingo in person, there is the option to play bingo online anytime. All the same benefits of traditional bingo can be achieved online, but there is the added benefit of playing anytime and anywhere you have Internet access. Online bingo sites are available around the clock, unlike traditional, in-person venues that offer the game. After a long day at the office, you can put on your pajamas and grab your laptop for a good game of bingo. Many of these sites also have the option of using chat rooms, so you can make new friends and have some good conversations. What will be missing are the lively crowds around you and the rush to claim your prize at the end of the game. Both the traditional and online bongo games have their fans, and some people love both.

External Hard Drive Needs of the Home Office

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It is the sudden horror happening on your monitor — you watch as a virus is wreaking irreparable havoc with information being snatched from your system. Documents are erased and images are taken. Your computer is being reduced to an empty shell, with you only able to watch. Malware somehow crept through the wires and it’s now activated, stealing documents and music files. Your digital life is under attack and you can only cry, even as you’re glad you at least remembered to store all business data on an external hard drive.

The necessity of external hard drives cannot be disputed in this age of Trojan codes and dangerous sources. A computer can become overwhelmed by a virus with shocking ease; and all platforms can be undone, their contents all lost. For those who work from home this is a great threat — budgets, profits and client lists are all on the system and if they are compromised, a company is compromised.

It is essential therefore that all private information be stored on an external hard  drive. These are the most important tools a home-based entrepreneur can have, and the Western Digital WD provides one of the best options.

Offered first in late 2009, the Western Digital WD has managed to remain among the top-selling external sources (despite the arrival of more current competitors), and the reasons are obvious. It features more than two terabytes of storage, a 2.0 user interface, 480 megabytes of data transfer per second and compatibility with all major systems (though Windows XP and MAC OS X incarnations are required). This, coupled with an affordable cost of only $120, ensures that it is the best choice for any home business. The product is secure, quick and budget friendly.

The need for an external hard drive cannot be denied as a way to protect data from virus concerns. Choosing the Western Digital WD, however, will make that task a much simpler thing.

Projecting Keyboards Anywhere

The technology to project a keyboard onto any flat surface has come around the bend, and will soon be finding its way to all the nerdy (read: technologically obsessed) people you know who can afford to buy completely silly things. Using a series of lasers, the keyboard can be projected onto literally anything that is flat (which could theoretically include water). And using a set of integrated infrared sensors, the “keys” you press register with the computer the device is attached to, and are counted as having been pressed. Yes, you can finally live out the childhood dream of typing up your P and L statement while wading in a lake. Tom Sawyer’s dreams of a world without being bound to a desk have finally been realized.

However, there are some problems behind all of the hype that this technology is receiving of late. One of those problems is, how reliable is this technology, anyway? Just like anything new, there are bound to be a few bugs that the overly excited engineers who originally worked on this development simply did not catch during the beta stages of testing. With that being the case, is it possible to repair a piece of technology such as this one? And if it isn’t, how many of any given store’s sales will end in returns, as people’s virtual keys become virtually jammed down?

Another thing that we are going to need to contend with is the ultimate functionality of this device. While current models may be jammed into a pocket (or will fit handsomely into a large coat pocket), what about the devices we are going to use them with? The concept of an immensely portable keyboard is not a new one in the least. It has simply never caught on beyond its initial novelty. Where do people actually plan to type out entire reports on their iPhones, anyway? It’s hard to imagine an appropriate situation for this device.

How Much Portability do we Really Need?

It is nice to be able to carry around what used to require an entire office in your pocket or in a small bag. Where there used to be a time when communications, the preparation and distribution of reports and the organization of schedules were the domain of an entire group of workers, now it can all be done by one or two of the right pieces of technology. And for this, the world is so grateful that it has become downright dependent on the capacity to carry around that which used to be grounded to one spot. If it ever came to pass that all of these 3g and 4g networks came to a screeching halt, a whole lot of people would find themselves doing badly in a hurry.

After all, it was not even that long ago when laptops were little more than just an extra bit of baggage, designed to allow you to play minesweeper in between writing reports that it is very possible that no one would ever read. Nowadays, as our nation’s air spaces are criss crossed by a massive wireless network, you can do almost anything from your laptop in an airplane that you could do in your actual, physical office… as if anybody besides the custodian actually needs to go to those primitive old things anymore.

You can transfer very, very large files and data with FTP programs like the one available for free on the FileZilla Server. You can watch free video and streaming television with you Windows Media player.  And there is much more you can do easily that would have been unheard of before.

In our modern world, laptops are even seem as something of an “old hat” legacy device. While they are now as powerful as desktop tower PCs, they have largely been eclipsed from a functional standpoint by the smart phones and the tablet PCs of the world. Why would you carry around a clumsy old laptop, when you can simply reach into your pocket and whip out a sleek, ultra modern smart phone that can do at least half of the functions (and if you believe the ads, all of the important ones)? But what ever happened to just sleeping on a flight?