Technology – Evolution Of The Idiot Box

Initially, the television or TV sets were all black and white, devoid of any colors. Some of them came in huge and bulky cabinet sets. Since the TV sets were white and black, the programs and movies made were also in these colors. These TV sets were considered good as it never strained the eyes. The programs telecasted were simple, meant for the family audience and did not have too many commercials in between.

Next in line were the color television sets which created a huge furor among the public. To own a colored television set was considered a matter of esteem and pride. Though it was costly at that time, people saved every penny of theirs to afford one. The movies and other soap operas were also made to view on these television set and there was no going back to the black and white idiot boxes. Although there was one channel that catered to the taste of millions of people in the country, there were lots of different varieties of programs for different age groups. Some programs were informative and educational, some meant for children, some for the elderly age groups etc.

Then came the concept of cable television which gave birth to the concept of many channels. There were more than one main channel now, people could surf channels and view what they wanted. People were spoilt for choice as there were many programs which provided a lot of variety. Satellite television came next providing people with their own private cable television. There were more than necessary channels, in different languages. An ordinary television could not accommodate so many channels. Sophisticated television sets with numerous channels came into the market. This got better and better in terms of screens and the size. The size of television sets has also become humongous and obviously the resolution. Technology has developed so much that, we’re able to share media where ever we are or what ever we do…through services like direct star tv.

Three Useful Things You Can Do with an iPad

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The iPad is an interesting new gadget. However, many are discovering once the novelty wears off; it is not very useful. The hype surrounding the iPad had many consumers running out and buying one. Most did not consider it was not as useful as their current laptops. The iPad is slightly more functional than a typical cell phone. This has left many people wondering what they will do with their iPad.

The iPad is a useful tool for photographers. It is a wonderful way to create an electronic portfolio of your work. Customers will enjoy flipping through your portfolio on your iPad. This digital version of your portfolio is much easier to carry around with you as you are meeting new clients. You can display thousands of your best photos and separate them in categories. If you have a client interested in nature photos, you can easily pull up the nature category and display all the related photos.

If you love reading eBooks, you can use your iPad to store your favorite books. You do not have to worry about purchasing an eBook reader such as the kindle. The iPad is great for reading eBooks. If you have to wait in line or have a long wait in the doctor’s office, you can pull out your iPad and read. This will certainly help the time to pass quickly.

For those that have a long commute to work by bus or train, the iPad is ideal. You can download your favorite TV shows or movies and watch them on your way to work. Put on a pair of headsets and the commute will fly by. You will also tune out all the other commuters that may be chatting endlessly.

The iPad is not convenient for doing work. However, it does provide a wonderful distraction if you find yourself waiting in a long line or waiting for your bus.

Has Your Tablet PC Got You Down?

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Tablet PCs are the new rage. The iPad and other tablets have captivated consumers. Unfortunately, many people are discovering the tablets are cumbersome and downright uncomfortable. The tablets are a great idea; however, if you use your tablet for work or school, it can be quite tedious. The design of the tablet is not conducive to reading and responding to emails. If you are creating lengthy documents, a tablet makes it difficult.

The tablet PC is fun and a great new gadget. However, beyond that, it is not as functional as a laptop. For entertainment purposes, the tablet PC is fantastic. It is wonderful if you love watching videos and playing games. Many people that travel for a living, envy laptop users in the airports. Laptop users have the benefit of a full screen and can comfortably use their laptops while waiting for a plane. With the tablet PC, it is difficult to sit comfortable and answer emails or write documents. Since the keyboard is in the screen, you have to lay the tablet flat in order to use it. Many table PC users have discovered how difficult and uncomfortable it is.

Manufacturers have heard the complaints and now you can purchase many accessories to enhance the usability of your tablet. You can now purchase an external keyboard and a stand to create a laptop similar configuration. This allows the user to use the full screen instead of the touch keyboard. The tablet is placed on the stand to make looking at the tablet more ergonomically correct. These accessories are great to use if you are working at a desk for long hours.

In addition, there are many cases in which the tablet fits snug on one side and the keyboard fits on the other side. You open the case and you have the same configuration as a laptop. This makes it convenient to use your table while traveling and helps reduce the neck strain.

Tablet PCs are popular and the available accessories will make the tablets more functional.

How Important are Mobile Devices?

How did the world ever get by before we had all of these beautiful technological thingamajigs? That is the kind of question that people would ask, if they were introspective enough and attentive enough to history to remember that at one point, high technology was the ability to use a calculator. If you are old enough to remember when calculators were big and somewhat expensive, then you remember when there was no Internet to tell us anything we could ever possibly want to know about any topic known to human kind. There was actually a point, not so long ago, when one might have to go to a library to learn something that was not common knowledge.

But the situation has only coddled us more in recent years. At one point (which does not even seem like all that long ago), one had to actually find a computer that had the Internet (which many did not, back in those days), and endure a bizarre symphony of phone related noises in order to find information. Nowadays, smart phones, Kindles and iPads have pretty much taken away the need to go anywhere to find information. Nowadays, information will happily come right to your fingertips. But how important is it really to have all of this information be so easily available?

If you consider that some of the greatest achievements that humanity has ever made were done without computers (or with computers which are the size of small houses), it becomes fairly obvious that we really do not need to have mobile devices in order to get a lot of things done. We act as though our cell phones are essential to our survival, but many of us did not carry them when we were kids (and were most likely to be absconded with). We seemed to muddle through a life, somehow. We need to escape from the belief that mobile devices are so critical. They are not.

Are iPads Good for Business?

Everybody knows why we buy iPads. It’s because when Steve Jobs holds up a piece of electronic equipment, we are all conditioned to buy it at our earliest opportunity. Well, that and the fact that he just happens to make some of the coolest electronic devices known to man. The iPad is just the latest in a long line of neat and sweet little gadgets that have changed the way we view the gizmos that we carry around with us. It can store all sorts of neat apps for blasting aliens, rescuing princesses, and maneuvering abstract objects on quests to obtain other abstract objects. It also has tons of games, too.

But are we nothing more than game playing robots who buy technologies like the iPad out of a compulsion to play games on some kind of hardware device? Are there any truly great applications that one can use, in order to justify purchasing the iPad instead of a tablet PC or even just a basic, old fashioned laptop? There are, in fact. Some good applications that you might consider having in your iPad are “video converter for iPad” that allows you to convert xvid videos so that they could be played on iPad, “iWorks” that is similar to Open Office for word processing and spreadsheets tasks, VLC which is the best media player that you could have in your iPad, filezilla FTP client to access to FTP servers and file transfers and Ares which is a P2P network to allow you to share digital media and files over a virtual file sharing network.

In some cases, there are many other truly useful programs that one can download and install onto the iPad, which will allow them to build spreadsheets, track information relative to accounts (such as at doctor’s offices), and manage small details no matter where you are. In essence, the iPad is the iPhone’s big, uncommunicative brother.

So if you are thinking seriously about going out and buying an iPad, you might want to consider what you are actually going to use it for. If you just want to play games, why not just get a PSP or a DS, which specialize in things of that nature? If you want a lovely game playing device that you can justify on your expense account, however, the iPad might be just the “I’m basically an adult, but here’s a shout out to my inner child” kind of gizmo. The ability to both work and play is wonderful.