The word ‘technology’ is often associated with ideologies about the future and the advancement of society. Although this statement may be true to a limited extent in that technology is about foreseeing the future, technology and advancements in technology are also largely about the present. For example, younger generations are now more skilled in the use of Internet as well as there being an increase in the popularity of computer games. Hence, although there are some negative impacts associated with spending too much time on the Internet and using the Internet as a primary source of research, the present level of encouragement for using technology in schools has helped us as a society prepare for the demands of the future.
Firstly, in an extract from a survey about Internet and schools, it was found that a “recent informal census conducted via voluntary reporting over the Internet estimates the number of teachers and students (individual and classroom accounts) in the U.S. using the Internet, either directly or indirectly, at almost 250,000.” (Parker, 1992, p 22-24). Hence, the increased usage in Internet services has ensured that school-aged children are better adapted to meet the challenges of technology. Although use of the Internet has increased due to both growth in research and uses for entertainment purposes, there are some negative impacts associated with school-age children relying on the Internet as their primary source of research.
Becoming over reliant on the Internet for research due to the level of convenience may result in a lesser range of reference materials used for essays and academic arguments. Also, it creates a bias in terms of the amount of information found. For example, authors in societies that do not have access to the Internet may be marginalized due to the lack of this skill. Also, most Internet sites usually have advertising, and this may cause distractions to the student’s concentration. Therefore, though it can be argued that the Internet has provided access to a larger range of resources and has ensured that communication is a lot more effective, it can become ineffective if people become too reliant on this source of information as their main medium for communication.
The debates involving the Internet are extremely contentious, depending upon the various views and interpretations of different members of society. However, one thing is certain, and that is today’s generation are better able to adapt to the changes and demands of technology. For example, Washington Reuters stated that “nearly one-third of American Internet users surveyed said they go online just for fun rather than to check e-mail, read News, or use a search engine, a sharp increase from a year ago,” (Reuters, 2006, p 1). Hence, this means that as a society, although there has been an increase in software engineering of games and programs, society has kept up in terms of spending time on the computer in order to use these software and programs.
In conclusion, today’s generation has an increased ability to enjoy the benefits of technology and Internet due to the increased usage and reliance on technology. Although the issue is still debatable, as negative effects such as over-reliance on the Internet can affect the functioning of society, benefits also exist, and when used appropriately the Internet can ensure a higher standard of lifestyle.
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Although the overall provider router market experienced sharp declines in the second quarter of 2012 (April through June), the major providers enjoyed an unchanging grasp on their market share. Among these leading router service providers was Juniper Networks, which continued to hold on to its number two ranking. These are the findings of a new market report issued by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries.
Juniper routers along with the other top four finishers accounted for “more than 90 percent combined market share in the second quarter of 2012.” What is behind this market dominance and Juniper’s ability to maintain its second-place stranglehold among the competition? For starters, the company prides itself on producing high-speed, reliable switching routers. And the Juniper routers that are available on the market satisfy every Internet service provider’s level of performance.
Software defined networking (SDN) is what’s posing a threat to the router competition, but a Juniper spokesperson recently told the information technology
Why is Juniper Networks so unconcerned with the SDN threat? Because the company knows that the software defined networking concept can’t, try as it might, result in the commoditization of its networking portfolio. “Our business model is not ‘predicated on the 40-year-old status quo approach to networking,'” Juniper’s spokesperson recently explained to CIOL. He went on to point out that although the threat of Ethernet switches and routers becoming a commodity has always existed, that threat has never actually materialized at Juniper Networks.
In fact, he sees what’s happening at Juniper Networks in terms of its routers and switches as the opposite of commoditization. He feels that when it comes to complexity, physical switches and routers like those Juniper Networks manufactures will always have a much needed place in the networking market.
That is why he believes that the vendors of high-quality networking routers, like Juniper Networks, will continue to stay in demand. In other words, because Juniper Networks abstracts that complexity, the need for its networking services will continue to exist. “In fact putting more power into the hands of application developers will only drive the demand for more powerful underlying networks,” Juniper’s spokesperson speculates.
It is just such a theory that allows Juniper Networks to hang on strong to its router networking market share in spite of an overall decline in the industry. It may also explain why Juniper was cited as one of August’s most active stocks by InsiderLab.com.
In the wake of those sentiments, The Motley Fool recently examined whether Juniper Networks might be the perfect stock. Stipulating that perfection does not exist, the site gives significant points to Juniper’s “big presence in the network protection niche.” Juniper’s routers have specifically contributed to this sizeable presence.
LED cities are cropping up all over the globe as major metropolitan areas learn how effective LED light technology is in conserving energy, and in conserving taxpayers’ dollars. In the past, most LED cities have functioned by making changes in parking garages, street lights, traffic lights, and things of that nature in the switch from incandescent light bulbs to LED energy efficient lights. Today, those changes are still occurring in all LED cities, however there are many cities getting very creative with how they implement the technology.
Toronto, Ontario in Canada is one city that has illustrated just how creative a city can be when it comes to the use of LED energy efficient lights. In fact, Toronto, Ontario is the first Canadian city to be known as an LED city and is the first Canadian metropolitan to join the LED City Initiative. Other cities that can officially be called an “LED City” include Raleigh, NC; Ann Arbor, MI; Austin, TX; and Torraca, Italy. This initiative sets out to share the best practices in the evaluation, promotion, and deployment of the light technology through its municipal works.
LED light technology, particularly when used at the city-wide level, has been known to consume 90% less electrical energy and the lights last longer than incandescent lighting. Toronto has capitalized on this savings by installing the energy efficient lights in street lights, parking garages, and in pedestrian lighted areas. Light emitting diode holiday lighting is also being utilized as all publicly controlled holiday lighting has now been switched over to LED light technology.
But Toronto has taken it even a step further than that. Perhaps the most famous public structure in Toronto is the CN Tower, a beacon of strength for many Torontonians, and the most famous landmark in the city. All lights within the CN Tower have been switched over to LED light technology, which in turn lights the public locale of Exhibition Place. This change alone has worked to save the city of Toronto 50% of their energy use and costs on an annual basis. When you add this major change, along with the addition of the change of over 160,000 Toronto streetlights, the city of Toronto does not just save in energy use. They also save a total of $6 million dollars annually in electricity costs. More importantly, the estimated reduction of greenhouse gas emissions with these changes is ball parked at around 18,000 tonnes.
Computer operated bill boards are another measure that Toronto has taken in the switch to LED energy efficient lighting. These billboards are billboards that function with LED light technology and are controlled by an operator. These signs posted along the highway and in the major city centers of Toronto are yet another example of the great lengths the city is taking to save on energy consumption.
The number of LED cities is growing though they are quite a ways off from becoming the norm. However, when major city centers such as Toronto, Ontario make changes as instrumental as the ones they have made, they serve as shining examples to other cities around the world that every step toward better energy conservation is a step toward environmental consciousness and cost savings. Changing a major public landmark such as the CN Tower is one way that LED cities can say, hey, it’s time for a change. If we can do it, so can you.
~Ben Anton, 2008
One of the most logical and useful groupings of applications are the Android news apps. It just makes sense to have one or more of these free apps on your phone so you can get the news you want when you want. Typically, all the bigger news sources provide their applications free of charge making these free news apps an even bigger no-brainer. This leaves everyone with one big decision to make: which one(s) to download. A secondary concern you should also consider is whether you want a local news app. Again, these are almost always free to download; however, the quality of these varies tremendously and it’s really a market-by-market issue. Of course, the bigger the market the better their Android news apps should be and this line of thinking usually holds true.
Regarding which of the many free Android news apps to download, the only way to figure it out is to learn more about them. Here is some periphery information about 10 of the best Android news apps:
Like the TV channel and programming, this free Android app tends to provide its news from the more conservative point of view and spectrum. FOX News provides users with the latest news and updates from the people behind the FOX News Network. You can control the number of feeds and the type of news items you receive!
Tech Buzz Widget
Want to know the latest about technology, including any and all news about the Android OS, gaming, and mobile gadgets? If so, this free Android news app is the right app for you.
This is another app providing news on the mobile technologies niche. This one is more specialized toward information, news and rumors on all the latest about the Android OS and the Android Market.
Pulse News Reader
This Android news app will basically make you want to use your Android phone more and more for the sake of gathering news information. Its goal is to make reading your favorite news sources easier and more efficiently. It takes your favorite news sites and separates and orders them into a completely different look that’s easier to read and browse through. It really is a great app to have.
NYTimes for Android phone
This is one of the apps that nothing should need to be said about. It’s from one of the most trusted and popular news sources in the world. Now, you can read the famous NY TIMES articles without paying for the paper!
This is one of the favorite free Android news apps of tens of thousands of users. AP Mobile gives you exclusive access to all Associated Press news feeds – the same source that provides news to every news outlet throughout the world.
This app provides the latest headlines from one of the most trusted news sources in the world. It’s very compact and convenient; you will never miss an important world news event again with BBC News on your Android phone.
One of the most worthwhile free Android news apps around, Express News gives you instant access to more than 300 news providers all over the world. From the AFP and Associated Press to more localized sources like the Canadian Press. This list goes on and on and is great for those who like to take in the news from a multitude of sources.
The official USA Today app is definitely one of the best free Android news apps around. Get the latest news (current events, sports, weather, society and more) from one of the mot circulated newspapers in the United States.
NewsRob (Google Reader / RSS)
This free Android app is an RSS/Atom newsreader that syncs the most recent articles and content from feeds. It is auto-synced with Google Reader and allows for partial feeds in case you want to read the articles offline. Easily said, it’s one of the very best RSS/Atom readers available.
If you are not into gadgets, and you are thinking of buying something for a tech savvy person be they a family member, friend or even loved one, the task of finding the ideal object is daunting indeed. With technology changing daily and being surrounded by all the indecipherable terminology, it seems as if only the best informed will be able to penetrate this wall. The good news is that you don’t have to take a course to be able to quickly and easily find that perfect gift in spite of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Follow the simple tips described here and you might even get hooked on gadgets yourself!
Looking at gadget forums is one great way to find feedback on the latest technology on the market. Many items including laptops, computers, electronic reader and smart phones have many pages of real life user experiences and reviews devoted to them. In my opinion these forums are one of the best places to start your search for that gadget that will not only be appreciated, but will also suit your budget. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much help and advice you get in finding the perfect product if you start your own thread and ask questions on such a forum.
Many gadget websites and magazines can be found if you really start looking! Reviews that are both knowledgeable and unbiased on products recently released can be found in magazines. Many compare the pros and cons of competitive products in a specific category in an easy to understand format. These types of comparisons are actually commonly used and can be very useful.
You don’t need to be a whiz kid in technology to find the latest gadgets at the best value. There are hundreds if not thousands of magazines and websites around that have all the information required to make a well informed decision on which gift to buy.
When you want to find out about events coming up in your area, the weather, sports, politics, business, or any other area of interest, you should look for Online news that can keep you posted about this kind of thing. When you want to know about things going on in your area that you can enjoy with your friends and your family members, I think that you should go to the web site of a local entertainment publication and see if you can find the news you want to find on their calendar of events.
If you are curious for news about the weather, just head to a page that focuses on weather news and punch in your zip code; if you do that, you should get all the info you need to find out about what the weather is going to do over the coming days and weeks in next to no time at all. If you have an event coming up or you are offering a new service, or something like that, you should post some Online news of your own so that the people who would be interested in your event, products, or services can find out more about it and take advantage of what you are offering.
If you need to know about Online news in regards to politics, then you should check out the web sites of some of the major world news networks so that you can find out what is going on in your country and internationally in terms of politics. There are lots of different sources of this type of info available to people like you, so I think that you should make sure to check out a few different ones before you decide on the source of news that you are going to visit consistently to keep informed about politics and world news. Once you find a good source of Online news, I think that you should refer it to your friends and family members who are interested in the same things that you are so that they can enjoy a good source of news as well. If you just take a second to shoot them an email to their in boxes, you can let them know about some of the great sources of Online news in no time flat.
The latest report of BWEA (British Wind Energy Association has stated that Wind Power is currently the fastest growing energy technology. They are aiming to have 5% of the UK’s power requirements coming from onshore wind farms, by 2010. The UK Government is looking have another 10% of the energy coming from other renewable resources, by the same date. They are investing around 1£ billion in the wind farms.
Europe hopes to, by year 2020, be able to produce 20% of it’s energy through renewable sources. German Government is looking to find other ways of reducing greenhouse gases outside wind farms. This is due to a report in 2005 where they stated that wind farms were expensive and inefficient.
There are also other elements of wind power energy that concern the government, such as the aesthetic aspect. The propellers also create a large amount of noise and are disruptive to the bird population.
However, new designs are being created to get around these issues. Viktor Jovanovic is one of these designers. He is busy created a model called the Stormblad Turbine [http://www.jovanovic.f2s.com/] which promises to deal with some of the problems. By designing it more to a jet engine the a propeller, it can operate in high winds, unlike the current model.
Terra Moya Aqua (TMA), based in Wyoming, is also working on a model, which is easier to operate and is quieter. This model is also free from ground resonance. They have been working on the design for the last 11 years, when Rasmussen, President of TMA, teamed up with Ron Taylor, TMA Chairman.
Both designs are smaller then the current model and focus on different problem areas. The other issue with Wind Power is that the power cannot be stored and is therefore unreliable. However Jovanovic thinks this will change in time, as new solutions are created.
Quite Revolution, based in the UK, is being bombarded for orders with their new design which is different from others so far. The model doesn’t have to track round to catch the wind, plus the material it is made from makes the propeller more quite and creates more power.
Satellites have been orbiting the earth for several decades now, and are constantly contributing to the evolution of global communication.
Satellite cell phones [http://www.satellitespectrum.com/satellite-cell-phones] have made it possible for people to make phone calls from anywhere in the world, no matter how remote their location, and have been extremely useful in coordination of many activities ranging from scientific exploration to military operations.
Portable satellite radio [http://www.satellitespectrum.com/portable-satellite-radio] is another important technology that has emerged in recent years, allowing users to subscribe to and access radio channels from around the world for either entertainment or informational purposes.
One small problem with satellite communication technology, however, is the sheer distance involved in communicating with orbiting satellites, which can cause a slight delay in transmission time. This, of course, is of no consequence to satellite radio, but it can be a slight problem for two-way communication services such as broadband and phone.
The only way to reduce the time delay involved in satellite transmission is to use lower orbits for satellites, thus reducing the distance involved in transmission. Lower orbits are already being used for some purposes, but there are many challenges that must be overcome in order to make such a transition.
Advancements in satellite technology have been plentiful in the past few years, and more are expected in the future. It will be very interesting to watch the development of this evolving technology over the coming years and beyond.
This might not be the first time that some of you have heard about it, but a long time popular science has been revived with the recent news about ETT, or the Evacuated Tube
Technology of the future: Magnetic Levitation Capsules
How it works? Well, simply imagine a bright sunny day in New York and suddenly you want to bring your wife on a dinner date, in Beijing! The usual flight time for any commercial flight is 14 hours, and lesser if you’re boarding a super high tech jet from the Air Force that can travel supersonic.
But with the ETT, you can travel from New York to Beijing in just two hours. Imagine having that dinner date in Beijing and after you’re done it’s still a bright and sunny day in downtown New York. And the ET3 believes that the day of high speed suction tubes is not far off.
A proposed prototype of the Evacuated Tube Technology is a six person capsule that would travel through air-less vacuum tubes that can reach to a maximum speed of 4,000 miles per hour. These capsules would run on frictionless magnetic levitation tracks. The Mag Lev technology is not a secret to everyone as is it currently used on some railways in Europe and in the United States. China has also had the same technology with their Shanghai Trans rapid.
If the same logic applies, the tracks and the capsules will have magnets with the same poles. And since only opposite poles attract, the capsule and the tracks would repel each other, making a sort of illusion that the capsule is levitating. While it is convenient and sounds a bit absurd, it sets as a form of bench mark in long distance transportations. It could be considered as a cornerstone for future transportation to come.
This technology can be very ideal, especially to those with busy schedules and to those who want to maximize their routine by shortening the travel time. Instead of the traditional 16-20 hour travel flights, capsules form a sense of urgency to get the destination. Businessman and tourists can greatly benefit this technology. But the question is, will it be available to all countries, or to a selected few (you know what I mean). And if everyone will have access to it, will it be affordable?
RSS News Widget is a RSS Feed Reader for android phone users to get the latest news and blog topics. As everyone knows, news is all-important in people’s daily life, also, there are a lot of ways to gain news, like, newspaper, TV, computer, etc. While those ways mentioned before are all have some disadvantages, for example, you cannot choose types of news because news on newspaper and TV are all fixed in advance, and it is impossible that you bring your computer at any time.
Today I want to discuss a handy way to read news at all times and places, namely, RSS Feeds, which most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works-such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video. Rss News Widget an RSS feed client that allows you to view you feeds by different categories, including arts, general news, regional and sport. You are able to edit or delete them. What’s more, it gives you the option to add your own categories, such as entertainment, technology news or food, etc. It also enables you to create a shortcut to an RSS feed on your home screen; as a result, you may read your favorite types of news in a quick and easy way.
I hope you enjoy RSS News Widget, though it is not a perfect one among its class, it is worth to have a try. And I am looking forward to more features can be added to it.