Saturday, May 7, 2011

SOME OF THE NEWEST & MOST PECULIAR GADGETS OR IDEAS IN TECHNOLOGY

I am going to list here some of the newest gadgets in technology, that I myself have found to be peculiar ideas.

I realize that some of you out there will disagree with me.

I am in no way trying to be negative towards any of the gifted individuals, I just think that these ideas are out of the ordinary.

These inventions are listed in really no particular order.

 The $25 Dollar Computer

When I first seen this idea, I was very intrigued to see what it was really all about. The well known game developer David Braeben, who runs Studio Frontier and is the co-developer of Elite, who is the guy behind Roller Coaster Tycoon has created a computer that fits on a USB stick and that fits in your pocket. He calls his invention the Raspberry Pi. The specifications for this computer on a USB stick computer that has a HDMI port at one end and a USB on the other. You can plug the HDMI port into your T.V. or monitor and utilize the USB connection for a keyboard and mouse. It has a 700 MHZ Arm 11 processor and a 128 MB of RAM. It runs the mobile OS OpenGLES 2.0. Storage is provided through an SD card.  Needless to say there is not many more options for anymore ports other than a few options that are under consideration. Once the project is completed upon the release in mid 2012, it will ship with Ubuntu Linux. I believe this one to be the best.

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 The Paper Thin Cell Phone

I’ve got to admit again, I was not geeked about this invention, but none the least it is intelligent. The technology consulting firm Harper Vision believes that with the release of this flexible smartphone they are on to something that has yet to be released to the public. There is some competition with this, as others are vying to release their versions as well. Can you even imagine how tedious and time consuming it would be to put the components together? Can this really be successful?



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 The Internet Kissing Machine
I was really kind of taken back after seeing this. I mean I like technology and all, some even may consider me to be a geek, but a kissing machine for the internet? There is a Japanese company that has invented a device that might let you kiss someone over the internet. Wow! Are we now just inventing devices out of boredom? You take the device and waggle your tongue on a straw, then in return the other person on the other end with the same device can remotely feel it with their tongue. The Japanese company Kajimoto Laboratory says its just the beginning of what could become a full on person to person experience over the internet. The idea is for those of you who happen to be in long distance relationships.




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  Are we really that advanced? What I am referring to is, Do we now believe that we have reached the age of the Jestsons? You all remember them right? Astronautics have actually succeeded in creating and flying a winged car.  They are saying that it is the wave of the future. The company that has been reported to be working on the space ship looking car is called Terrafugia.  Maybe we have reached the age of the Jetsons. 






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 The Edible House
Wow, talk about some very peculiar idea. Would you really want to live in a house that you could be edible? The houses are said to be run by wind, rain, sun and garbage. The house is supposed to be affordable and comfortable. The students at the University of Maryland are behind this idea. I’ve got to admit a little on the  peculiar side, but clever to say the least.
 
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I truly hope that everyone enjoys this small collection that I have put together. What do you think? I would really like to hear your comments. Now get out there and enjoy your day!  




Friday, May 6, 2011

FOR THE LOVE OF FILE SHARING, PIRATE STYLE, THAT IS



The days of file sharing has been around for a long time, even before the internet was conceived. People used to share files on 8 inch floppies. Then came the Bulletin Board System. The BBS is limited to phone lines until the early 1990’s. Then came Usenet. Then the early days of the internet, the most popular file sharing was the (anonymous) file transfer protocol. An Anonymous FTP server is a server which lets a user to login with using anonymous name to receive file or give file on internet. The user can find the files which they want in anonymous FTP file server.


Next, from 1995 to 1997, FTP (file transfer protocol) file sharing and free Homepage file sharing become the major way to share files. By using free Homepage, you are able to upload the files to let people who want it to download the certain file. Around 1997, Hotline, or IRQ (messenger) become the major way to share files. Messenger is a communication tool on internet which allows you to have chat or electric bulletin board. And in messenger service, there is a category for file sharing.


In 1999, Napster becomes the major way to share files. Napster changed the way of sharing files than before because this service lets peers download music files and also the capacity of it is much greater than other file sharing programs before. If you download the application, you’re able to share files with the peoples who also have the application downloaded in the computer, which means that you’re able to share files with people around the whole world. Due to this merit, about 60 million people were using this in the world and 1 million Japanese were using this application. Because of there were so many Napster users, copyright on music files become a major problem in this application. From this problem, the Napster Company crashed down and the application is no longer useable.


But in 2001, another file sharing application called WinMX have been made. This WinMX lets you share music files and also other files such as pictures, movies, and computer software. The main idea of the application is mostly same as Napter but the function have been improved. Due to the boom of WinMX, there become another problem about copyright, not just music, also on pictures, movies, and computer software. On November, 2001, the first WinMX user got arrested by using the application in an illegal way.  

Then a year or so later, Napster get’s shut down, but the good thing, it brought about the way we share files today with the torrent. Emule arrives and quickly becomes the bit torrent site. A year later we have the release of IsoHunt and the PirateBay. Now we are talking file sharing piracy, I mean file sharing. Over the years though, almost all have come and gone due to legal complications with the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

 One of the newest ways to share though is with a Mozilla Firefox Add On. It’s called MafiaaFire. MAFIAA stands for the Music and Film Industry Association of America. The MafiaaFire program was designed to help user’s get around seizure orders against websites that are accused of piracy. The program redirects it’s user’s from one website to another. Once again Big Brother has stepped in, this time in the form of ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement), who have asked Mozilla to remove it. As of this writing Mozilla has yet to comply. I’m not sure though how long this is going to last. I would encourage you to head on over to the downloads page for this add on and give it a try, it can be found either here:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?q=+MAFIAA+Fire&cat=all&x=18&y=25  or at the MafiaaFire website here:  http://www.mafiaafire.com/  I would love to hear your comments. As always enjoy your day!




Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pioneer App Radio, Now You Can Enjoy Your Favorite Apps From Your Cars Dashboard!

Everyone loves the apps weather it be games apps, utility apps, social media apps, the list goes on.

Now you literally can take your apps with you.

You can have them there right on your dashboard.

Pioneer, the innovators in car stereos have teamed with Aha Radio for the next generation in car radios. This is going to be pure app domination. Now you can drive down the highway and get updates from Twitter, Facebook, watch podcasts, read from your favorite RSS, and even get Yelp reviews read to you. You no longer have to be at home. It will also have Pandora integration as well.

Pioneer and Harmon, the makers of Aha Radio are truly on to something here. Large touch screens and built in navigation. Pioneer has something that they call PAIS, it is the Platform for Aggregation of Internet Services. It’s going to be huge. It’s basically an intermediary that would more or less aggregate multiple services, enabling you to get POI's, reviews, send and receive status updates. The idea is for this to run on both mobile and Pioneer devices.

There are only a few people who have jumped on this bandwagon. They include Accuweather, Facebook, Google, Slacker, Twitter, and Yelp. There have been two model’s released, one going for $800, the other for $1200. I would really love to hear your thoughts on this. I think that it’s a great idea. Now get out there and enjoy your day!      





Monday, May 2, 2011

For The Love Of The Droid, The Newest Must Have Android Phones

For The Love Of The Droid, The Newest Must Have Android Phones

With So Many Android Smartphones on the Market, Which one would you choose?

Most of the newest ones have an 8 megapixel camera.

Most are capable of HD video recording.

One thing I know, people love the Droid!




The Kyocera Echo

This is truly a one of a kind phone. The first dual screen phone. The only drawback to the dual screen is the battery life is not that great. You can run the phone in three different modes, single screen, dual screen, or tablet mode which syncs the two screens into one large display. A great user experience.

Verizon’s HTC Thunderbolt

I have always praised the HTC smartphone, this phone exemplifies the reason why. This phone is outselling the Verizon iPhone. I can truly see why. It’s simply amazing. It has a huge 4.3 inch screen with an 8 megapixel camera. It’s powered by Android 2.2 Froyo and the amazing HTC Sense.


Samsung Droid Charge, The Second Verizon 4G Phone

Although the Droid Charge experienced a minor delay due to Verizon’s 4G outage last week, this is certainly a solid choice for any Android fan. Like the HTC Thunderbolt, the Samsung Charge is fueled by Verizon’s 4G network. It is powered by Android Froyo 2.2. It has a 4.3 inch display and an 8 megapixel camera.     

The HTC Droid Incredible 2

This is definitely a sweet upgrade from the original. One of HTC’s most popular phones of 2010, just got upgraded. This has a phenomenal display,is powered by Android Froyo 2.2 and has an 8 megapixel camera 


The T-Mobile G2X

This has become T-Mobile’s most popular and best phone to date. The reviews for this phone have really been great, critics love the graphics,  the 4 inch display, and the all powerful dual core processor. It also has the capabilities of a full 1080p HD video recording. 



The Nexus S, It just may be the Android to choose.

It is powered by the Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread, meaning you will be the first to receive all updates including the newest upcoming one with video chat. The best thing about the Nexus S, it is fully unlocked, meaning it is capable of running on any GSM carrier.


The Motorola Atrix 4G

The very best phone that AT&T has to offer, outside of the iPhone that is.

Although this post is about the Droid, we will save the latter for another time and another post. This phone was released about 3 months ago, AT&T will soon release updates to make this phone compatible with their 4G network. It too has a dual core processor. It is also equipped with a web top application  that has revolutionized the smartphone experience.

As always, I would love to hear any comment that you may have. Don't forget, get out there and enjoy your day!

























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