Monthly Archives: August 2012

Some “Secret” Benefits to Video Games

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If you’ve ever been on your computer playing a game and looked to the corner only to discover that you’ve just lost two hours to Farmville or World of Warcraft, I’m sure you’d love to believe that there is some redeeming value to the time you’ve lost. On August 3rd, PBS MediaShift released an article claiming that video games teach “a new literacy.” And while I do not personally game, I agree to a certain extent – there are hidden benefits to playing video games.

 

Ryan, my husband, games, and given the trend, I would be willing to bet that my son will become one as soon as he is of age. I tend to see playing Xbox all afternoon as a massive waste of his time, but today’s video games have many more benefits than the tired “hand-eye coordination” argument that has been around for a … Read the rest

Top Gadgets for your HDTV

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Who doesn’t LOVE their HDTV? Sitting in your special spot, kicking back and enjoying the best in home entertainment is as awesome as…well, beer on tap, in the desert. Ok, maybe not as good as that, but you get the picture. We have so many types of HDTV to choose from, too: Plasma, LCD, LED, DLP and 3-D TV.

What about the toys; you know, the stuff you really want to hook up to the HDTV, to enhance your experience, or better yet—rub in the faces of your friends. Here’s my personal list of the top gadgets you should consider buying for your High Definition Boob Tube.

Apple TV: Under a hundred bucks, almost as good as Blu-ray (1080p), streaming, minimalistic and easy to set up; what could be better? This is the best of the best when it comes to streaming boxes. Choose from thousands of movies, current … Read the rest

Femto-Photography

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Sounding like something straight out of science fiction, a new camera technology developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) can actually visualize photons of light passing onto and by objects. The group has posted a series of videos which show the amazing properties of light as never seen before. In the future this technology may also be used to see around corners and aid doctors by delivering imagery of the interior of the human body with out the use of X-rays.

The new camera heralds the dawn of what the researchers are calling ‘Femto Photography’. Presumably the name comes from the extreme speed with which each frame is captured (femto is a unit meaning 0.000000000000001). The revolutionary technique is pioneered by the MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture group which also collaborated with the Bawendi Lab in the Department of Chemistry at MIT. In order to create the … Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Note II

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IFA 2011 was dominated fairly successfully by the launch of the original Samsung Galaxy Note ‘phablet’. It’s had a pretty good year, selling well and generally being awesome all round. The second one, announced at IFA 2012, looks set to be even more impressive.

Taking its design cues from the Samsung Galaxy S III the Note II is slimmer and curvier than its predecessor whilst still being a fair bit bigger with its 5.5-inch screen. That touchscreen display is a HD Super-AMOLED 1280×720 16:9 screen which Samsung claim is thinner, brighter and lighter than the Note II. Looks wise, it will be available in two colours known in typical marketing speak as “Marble White” and “Titanium Grey”.

The headline grabbing specs though, make for pretty impressive reading. Its 1.6Ghz quad-core processor is likely to make it one of the fastest phones around and when you combine that with 2GB of … Read the rest

5 New Ways to Protect Your Identity When Using Your Mobile Device

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A mobile phone is a very handy thing to have. You can use it to do your work—talking to your fellow staff members and clients or going online to do research for your business or conduct an order. Or you can use it for entertainment—playing games, talking to friends, listening to music, watching videos, or simply browsing the web for interesting information. All of this on a device that is small enough to fit into your pocket.

But this small device can be the source of big trouble for you if you are not careful. Like any machine that has Internet access, a smartphone can be the target of malicious software that can be used to steal your identity. The thief can then gain access to your social security number and open up a credit card account in your name, subsequently running up huge bills and leaving you holding the … Read the rest

Online Gaming and Identity Theft

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Millions of people play online games everyday. While the most popular are MMORPGs, there are also many other genres that are popular online. Considering the amount of information that typically has to be shared to make an account on one of these games, there are some people that are worried about the potential for identity theft. Is this threat a reality, or is it being inflated? Read on and find out.

Making an Account
Most online games, except for the many free Flash games, require at least some information before you can make an account. They require the player’s name, email address and maybe their address and phone number. Other games require a credit card for monthly billing, and this means that you are sharing even more sensitive data.

Brute Force Hacking
When you share sensitive information with an online game, that information is stored within a secure server. While … Read the rest

Tablet PCs – How Durable Are They?

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After several attempts of introduction into the market around the mid-2000s, tablets are now big business. The vision of ‘holding the internet at the palm of your hand’ has finally come to life, having conquered our minds, hearts, and pockets. But it so happens that these gadgets are most prone to accidents. We carry them everywhere and more than any other device we use them in highly precarious environments such as train-stations, shops, in the kitchen, even in the bath!

It is no wonder then that tablet durability has become a matter of high-priority, as well as a unique selling point for tablet manufacturers, some of which go into extreme lengths to ensure their products’ endurance in various conditions.

This puts the end-consumer in a predicament: is reasonable amount of care in handling our tablets enough, or should we be compulsively paying for extra insurance at the point of purchase? … Read the rest

Help! I Lost My Tablet!

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Forgot your precious tablet on an airplane or on the train? A location-based find-my-device feature might fail where connection is limited, or due to the way it’s configured (some users disable their location features). It is astonishing to see gadget owners despair when technology doesn’t readily come to their rescue. A highly feasible and often overlooked way to retrieve lost gadgets is to do things the ‘old school’ way, and use companies’ lost and found service.

An interesting statistic: more tablets are left behind on airplanes than mobile phones. As soon as off the plane, people tend to reach for their phones, whereas tablet devices often go unnoticed. And lack of identifying features (especially with a self-locking mechanism in place) leave a large number of tablets unclaimed, and ultimately deemed as lost property.

But some cases can be reassuring.Virgin America, for example, reports a new policy of handling valuable lost … Read the rest

Inkjet Cartridges and the Environment

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The Modern Printing in the Home and For Business looks at the development of printing from its earliest invention to 3D printing today.  It also looks at and explores the use of the most common printers in the home and business today, laser printers and inkjet printers.  This also includes how inkjet printers work, how laser printers work and how toner cartridges print on a page.

There is a lot of debate around the world on ink cartridges so we take a look at the topical issue of genuine ink cartridges vs compatible ink cartridges and remanufactured ink cartridges.  There are strengths and weaknesses for each and cost is not the only issue that should be considered.

With the cost of electricity rising and the need to reduce waste and reduce our carbon emissions to improve ourselves as citizens of this earth, we look at the issue of global warming … Read the rest

Tablet Computers in Classrooms: Boon or Bane?

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In the field of education teachers constantly seek creative new ideas to make the classroom more productive.  Modern technology has long been a resource for up-to-the-minute classroom innovations.  With each new technological tool, however, there are some questions as to its classroom appropriateness or effectiveness.  Tablet computers are no exception.

Educators have been using computers in class for decades now.  Schools have whole computer labs with which to teach students the basics of computer use.  Computers quickly became more of a learning tool than a class subject and schools across the nation have put desktop computers in each classroom.  But providing each student with their own desktop is ridiculously inefficient, though the benefits are the stuff of a modern educator’s dreams.  Laptops solve the problem of space and size, but are still cumbersome.  Happily, the latest generation of computers, tablet computers, are even more streamlined, lightweight and portable, making it … Read the rest

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