Thursday, 20 July 2017

Scientists Engineer Spinach Leaves to Detect Explosives

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Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have ingrained carbon nanotubes inside spinach leaves, turning the leaves into sensing units which are able to communicate with humans. This particular application is amongst the 1st demos of plant nanobionics, an area of research that rig electronic systems inside living plants.

“The goal of plant nanobionics is to install nanoparticles into the plant in order to give it non-native functionalities,” MIT Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering Michael Strano explained.

In this particular instance, the carbon nanotubes inserted in plants were fabricated to sense nitroaromatics, chemical compounds commonly used in bombs, present within groundwater. Upon detection, the leaves of the spinach plant produce a fluorescent signal which an infrared camera connected to a smartphone-sized computer examines. The computing device then wirelessly delivers an e-mail to alert about the chemicals.

Plant Nanobionics

Because they naturally take in extensive information from their surroundings, plants are the perfect choice for environmental monitoring. “Plants are excellent analytical chemists,” Stano remarked, “They have an extensive root network inside the ground, are continuously sampling groundwater, and have a method to self-power the transport of that ground water up into the leaves.”

Plant nanobionics was first demonstrated by Strano and his team a couple of years ago when these experts enhanced plants’ photosynthesis capability with nanoparticles so that they could sense the combustion pollutant nitric oxide. The research team has also utilized carbon nanotube implants in leaves in order to sense more than explosives: they have engineered plants that can detect dopamine, hydrogen peroxide, and the nerve agent, sarin – which was used in the deadly attacks recently inside Syria.

The researchers also plan to utilize this technology to combat drought and improve crop yields by optimizing soil quality. “These sensors give real-time data from the plant. It is almost like having the plant speak to us regarding the environment they operate in,” graduate student and scientist Min Hao Wong informed MIT News. “When it comes to precision agriculture, possessing such info can directly influence yield and margins.”

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Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have ingrained carbon nanotubes inside spinach leaves, turning the leaves into sensing units which are able to communicate with humans. This particular application is amongst the 1st demos of plant nanobionics, an area of research that rig electronic systems inside living plants.

"The goal of plant nanobionics is to install nanoparticles into the plant in order to give it non-native functionalities," MIT Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering Michael Strano explained.

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In this particular instance, the carbon nanotubes inserted in plants were fabricated to sense nitroaromatics, chemical compounds commonly used in bombs, present within groundwater. Upon detection, the leaves of the spinach plant produce a fluorescent signal which an infrared camera connected to a smartphone-sized computer examines. The computing device then wirelessly delivers an e-mail to alert about the chemicals.

Plant Nanobionics


Because they naturally take in extensive information from their surroundings, plants are the perfect choice for environmental monitoring. "Plants are excellent analytical chemists," Stano remarked, "They have an extensive root network inside the ground, are continuously sampling groundwater, and have a method to self-power the transport of that ground water up into the leaves."

Plant nanobionics was first demonstrated by Strano and his team a couple of years ago when these experts enhanced plants' photosynthesis capability with nanoparticles so that they could sense the combustion pollutant nitric oxide. The research team has also utilized carbon nanotube implants in leaves in order to sense more than explosives: they have engineered plants that can detect dopamine, hydrogen peroxide, and the nerve agent, sarin - which was used in the deadly attacks recently inside Syria.

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The researchers also plan to utilize this technology to combat drought and improve crop yields by optimizing soil quality. "These sensors give real-time data from the plant. It is almost like having the plant speak to us regarding the environment they operate in," graduate student and scientist Min Hao Wong informed MIT News. "When it comes to precision agriculture, possessing such info can directly influence yield and margins."

https://gadgtecs.com/2017/07/20/scientists-engineer-spinach-leaves-detect-explosives/

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Has Technological Advancement Led to More Opioid Addiction?

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As technology advances further and further, humankind is also experiencing an increasing opioid addiction epidemic. The question is, are these two facts independent of each other or are they related in some way? Let’s explore the potential relationship between technological advances and the increasing opioid addiction epidemic.

How Technology Points to Opioids

No definitive, scientific evidence directly connects technology to opioid addiction, but it’s worth taking a look at some of the facts. Technology can potentially affect opioid addictions in these ways:

  • Commercials and Advertisements for Drugs

Many people who get addicted to opioids start out with a prescription for a controlled opioid substance. There are many legal opiates, but they are controlled substances that require a doctor to provide a prescription first. It could be argued that constant exposure to advertisements for drugs containing opioids is influencing people to seek them out, which leads to higher usage and potentially higher numbers of addictions beginning.

  • Influencing Culture towards Fast Solutions

Most technology is geared towards giving you a quick fix, an easy solution, and a faster way to do different tasks. This has created a change in our perceptions, where we want to look for the easiest and quickest way to solve any problems or discomfort. In the case of many diseases for physical discomfort, we quickly turn to strong pain killers, such as opioids (think hydrocodone and oxycodone). This desire for quick solutions, pushed forward by constant new technological innovations, could be driving more people to become addicted accidentally.

  • Increased Access to Medical Information Online

Many websites written by pharmaceutical companies or uninformed people may recommend opioids too often for medical conditions. Or, wrong advice can be found online on how to take opioids safely. Increased access to medical information can help some patients take power over their treatment, but it also causes others to see a doctor and ask for a prescription they may not actually need for their condition. If a physician thinks any patient is having moderate to severe pain, prescription painkillers are often given.

  • Advanced Production of Opioids and “Pushing” by Drug Companies

The strongest argument for the relationship between technology and opioid addiction is that greater access to advertisements and competition between pharmaceutical companies has led to push ads. These types of advertisements tell viewers to ask their doctor about a particular prescription medication to help improve your life, whether you truly need it or not. Push adverts focus more on the potential benefits and tell you to ask and look for a particular medicine, only briefly mentioning that there may be significant life-altering consequences.

An Argument Against Technology’s Role in Pushing Addiction

All of the points made above can be argued against. Many would say that these do not point towards technology playing a significant role in opioid addictions. While it may be true that we now have greater access, more information, or more exposure to potentially misleading advertisements, those are not direct causes of opioid addiction. Advancing technology may not really be responsible for people becoming addicted to opioids in any way.

Conclusion

Whether or not technology does bring people closer to opioid addiction, it can assist you in finding help for addiction. You can learn more about opioids, why they’re addictive, and how to get help by finding treatment centers online.

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As technology advances further and further, humankind is also experiencing an increasing opioid addiction epidemic. The question is, are these two facts independent of each other or are they related in some way? Let’s explore the potential relationship between technological advances and the increasing opioid addiction epidemic.

How Technology Points to Opioids


No definitive, scientific evidence directly connects technology to opioid addiction, but it’s worth taking a look at some of the facts. Technology can potentially affect opioid addictions in these ways:
  • Commercials and Advertisements for Drugs


Many people who get addicted to opioids start out with a prescription for a controlled opioid substance. There are many legal opiates, but they are controlled substances that require a doctor to provide a prescription first. It could be argued that constant exposure to advertisements for drugs containing opioids is influencing people to seek them out, which leads to higher usage and potentially higher numbers of addictions beginning.
  • Influencing Culture towards Fast Solutions


Most technology is geared towards giving you a quick fix, an easy solution, and a faster way to do different tasks. This has created a change in our perceptions, where we want to look for the easiest and quickest way to solve any problems or discomfort. In the case of many diseases for physical discomfort, we quickly turn to strong pain killers, such as opioids (think hydrocodone and oxycodone). This desire for quick solutions, pushed forward by constant new technological innovations, could be driving more people to become addicted accidentally.
  • Increased Access to Medical Information Online


Many websites written by pharmaceutical companies or uninformed people may recommend opioids too often for medical conditions. Or, wrong advice can be found online on how to take opioids safely. Increased access to medical information can help some patients take power over their treatment, but it also causes others to see a doctor and ask for a prescription they may not actually need for their condition. If a physician thinks any patient is having moderate to severe pain, prescription painkillers are often given.
  • Advanced Production of Opioids and “Pushing” by Drug Companies


The strongest argument for the relationship between technology and opioid addiction is that greater access to advertisements and competition between pharmaceutical companies has led to push ads. These types of advertisements tell viewers to ask their doctor about a particular prescription medication to help improve your life, whether you truly need it or not. Push adverts focus more on the potential benefits and tell you to ask and look for a particular medicine, only briefly mentioning that there may be significant life-altering consequences.

An Argument Against Technology’s Role in Pushing Addiction


All of the points made above can be argued against. Many would say that these do not point towards technology playing a significant role in opioid addictions. While it may be true that we now have greater access, more information, or more exposure to potentially misleading advertisements, those are not direct causes of opioid addiction. Advancing technology may not really be responsible for people becoming addicted to opioids in any way.

Conclusion


Whether or not technology does bring people closer to opioid addiction, it can assist you in finding help for addiction. You can learn more about opioids, why they’re addictive, and how to get help by finding treatment centers online.

https://gadgtecs.com/2017/07/18/technological-advancement-led-opioid-addictions/

Sunday, 16 July 2017

DIY – How To: Construct a Simple Trebuchet in less than $10

DIY - How To: Construct a Simple Trebuchet in less than $10

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This DIY project uses lower than $10 worth of supplies, mostly household items, requires no tools more sophisticated than a pair of scissors, and could be built in a couple of hours at max. It can fire small paper missiles etc. Bill Livolsi, from makerzine.com, constructed his first prototype in two hours. It didn’t work, so he constructed another one. The video above showcases his third attempt for the benefit of the viewers. Although there is a lot of room for improvement in this simple design, he believes it will get his point across: "you can make something from, effectively, nothing."

Things Required:

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Some nuts or washers (for weight), wooden sticks (less than $6), scissors, glue, toothpick, thread or string and some paper. Here you go:

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A bit of history

Trebuchets, a kind of siege weapons, that we mostly see (in movies?) are "counterweight trebuchet", which uses a counterweight to swing its arm. They first appeared in the 12th century AD in both Muslim and Christian lands around the Mediterranean and made its way to China via Mongol conquests in the 13th century. The first trebuchets actually were 'traction trebuchet' thought to be invented by the Chinese in the 4th century AD. Instead of a counterweight to fire the projectile, the traction trebuchet had many ropes which people pulled together to swing the arm!

Trebuchets are really fun. We hope you try this project and never get tired of flinging papers across. If possible, do record it or take pictures and send them to us so we can feature them on this page  :-)

 

https://gadgtecs.com/2017/07/17/diy-construct-simple-trebuchet/

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Top Bitcoin Wallets of 2017

Top Bitcoin Wallets of 2017

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Last year in covering some of the top emerging technologies of 2016, we highlighted the Blockchain. This is the electric ledger behind Bitcoin, and for a few years, many in the tech world thought that it, rather than the actual digital currency, was the more significant innovation. This may still be true as we’re still seeing different industries adopting Blockchain-inspired technology for all kinds of interesting purposes. However, the actual digital currency has also become more practically useful.


collage of bitcoin wallet logosIt seems that with each passing month we hear about new companies, online merchants, or parts of the world embracing Bitcoin. Governments are gradually easing restrictive regulations, store owners are recognizing the benefits of accepting digital payments, and in some cases, the security of Bitcoin transactions (rather than the convenience) gives them a leg up. Lately, we’ve seen the online gaming industry get on board purely because of added security and no transaction costs. It’s just one example, but it’s an interesting one given how simple it is for those factors to give Bitcoin casino platforms an edge on ordinary payment sites.




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Along with the expansion of Bitcoin acceptance and usage, the digital currency’s value has soared. It has hovered around the $3,000 mark (as in $3,000 per Bitcoin) at times this year. While some argue that kind of strength isn’t sustainable, it has made digital currencies seem all the more credible. Expect that in the months and years to come, more consumers explore the idea of using Bitcoin, at least occasionally.



To use Bitcoin though, one has to be able to store it securely, and that’s where wallets come into play. Because Bitcoins are purely digital, wallets don’t exist in the traditional sense. Rather, a Bitcoin wallet grants you access to your public Bitcoin address by storing a private key. In other words, your Bitcoin is out there, but only you can access it to sign off on transactions, and only with the private keys stored in your digital wallet. It takes some getting used to, but it’s ultimately fairly straightforward.

There are so many wallet options emerging it can be difficult to choose the right one. To narrow things down, here are a few of the top options in circulation this year.


Localbitcoins.com – This has become the go-to Bitcoin wallet for a lot of people, largely because of its reputation for security. The company claims to be as secure as a bank, and also benefits from a sleek interface and ease of use. It also facilitates local exchanges (meaning exchanges with friends and family).


Coinbase - Our favorites, they are a "one-stop-shop" meaning they offer a secure online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency. They not only support Bitcoins but also some other virtual currencies like Etherium and Litecoin. Currently, they have a referral program; if you join using the given link and buy/trade bitcoins worth $100 USD within 180 days, you will get free bitcoins worth $10 USD.


Breadwallet – This is probably the simplest Bitcoin wallet to use, and that alone gives it an edge. Compatible with iOS and Android devices, it provides you with direct access to the Bitcoin network, rather than to an intermediary storage server.


Armory – The drawback for Armory is that it’s primarily compatible with desktops rather than mobile devices. But it also appeals to a lot of Bitcoin users because of its security setup. It’s one of the few major wallets that use “cold storage,” meaning private keys are actually stored on computers without internet connections.


Wirex – This wallet has emerged as perhaps the most direct competitor to Breadwallet. It may be the easiest wallet to use that still covers a full range of services. These include buying and selling Bitcoin as well as adding funds to your account for future purchases.


If case you are in a generous mood, or if you want to try out sending bitcoins, you can always send us some at our wallet address: 138rFBBXu6njkxu9sFyAzgtn2Pomxkat7r - do tell us in case you do, we'll make sure to use that money for the promotion of science amongst youngsters.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Scientists Store Moving Pictures Inside a Living Organism’s DNA

Scientists Store Moving Pictures Inside a Living Organism’s DNA

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Harvard researchers embedded photos within the DNA of bacteria to check the boundaries of genome storage.

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The promise of utilizing DNA as storage means you may possibly save every photograph you’ve ever taken, your complete songs and audio books library, and all 236 episodes of Friends in a tiny molecule invisible to the naked eye—with plenty of room still to spare.

However what if you might be able to preserve all that digital data on you at all times, even embedded in your skin? George Church, a geneticist at Harvard University and his team think it might be attainable at some point in the future.

They have used the gene-editing system CRISPR to insert a short animated picture, or GIF, into the genomes of living Escherichia coli (E-coli) bacteria. The researchers converted the individual pixels of every picture into nucleotides, the basic structural unit of DNA.

They delivered the GIF into the living microorganism in the form of 5 frames: pictures of a galloping horse and rider, taken by Eadweard Muybridge, an English photographer who produced the 1st stop-motion video in the 1870s. The scientists were then able to retrieve the information by sequencing the bacterial DNA. They reconstructed the animation with 90% accuracy by studying the pixel nucleotide code.


The strategy, detailed in Nature, is specific to bacteria, however, Yaniv Erlich, a biologist and a computer scientist at Columbia University who was not involved in this research, says it represents a scalable method to host data in living cells that might ultimately be used in human cells.

The modern world is increasingly producing huge amounts of digital information, and scientists see DNA as a compact and enduring method of storing that data. After all, DNA from thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years in the past can still be extracted and sequenced in a lab.

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To date, a lot of the research into utilizing DNA for storage has involved synthetic DNA made by researchers in the lab. And this GIF—only 26 x 36 pixels in dimension—represents a comparatively small quantity of data in comparison with what scientists have thus far been able to encode into synthetic DNA. It is tougher to add data into living cells than synthesised DNA, because living cells are continuously moving, dividing, changing, and dying off.

Erlich says one advantage of hosting information in living cells like bacteria is better safety. For instance, some bacteria still thrive after radiation exposure, extremely high temperatures or even nuclear explosions.

Seth Shipman, a scientist involved in Church’s lab at Harvard who led the research, says that apart from just storing data, he wishes to make use of the technique to make “living sensors” that could one day record what is going on inside a cell or around it.

Although this technique won’t be used anytime soon to store massive amounts of data into your body, it might prove to be a precious research instrument. One potential use could be to record the molecular events that drive the evolution of cell types, such as the formation of neurones throughout brain development.
“What we really wish to make are cells that encode biological or environmental information about what’s happening inside them and around them,” Shipman says.

Shipman says you could deposit these bacterial hard drives in the body or anywhere on the planet, record something you might be interested in, gather the bacteria, and sequence the DNA to see what info has been picked up along the way.

https://gadgtecs.com/2017/07/13/scientists-used-crispr-put-gif-inside-living-organisms-dna/

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Everyone’s a Project Manager, But Not Everyone Can Manage Projects (Infographic)

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Everyone’s a Project Manager, But Not Everyone Can Manage Projects (Infographic) - by Wrike project management softwareInfographic brought to you by Wrike how to be a better project manager

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Raspberry Pi won MacRobert Prize, the top engineering award in UK

Raspberry Pi won MacRobert Prize, the top engineering award in UK

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A miniature, low-cost computer that may encourage kids to learn to program was the concept of a small team of academics and scientists. Launched in 2012, Raspberry Pi has achieved great feats in the last 5 years since it has been on sale. More than 14 million units of the miniature-PC have been sold. Recently, it partnered with Google to add artificial intelligence, and Microsoft even made its AI work on the Raspberry Pi which will help people build smarter gadgets.

Now, the crew behind the Pi has been awarded the United Kingdom's prime engineering prize. CEO Eben Upton and Pi employees were given the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award at a ceremony held on Thursday night in London.

The Pi crew beat two other finalists, radiotherapy pioneers Vision RT and AI cyber-security firm Darktrace, to win the prize. Previous winners of the innovation award, which has been run since 1969, include Blatchford, the creators of an intelligent prosthetic limb; the crew at Microsoft in Cambridge that developed the Kinect motion sensor; the creators of the computerised tomography (CT) scanner; Jaguar Land Rover; and IBM.

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The Raspberry Pi team was given the award because of the role it played in helping to re-invent home computing. "The Raspberry Pi crew has achieved something that mainstream multi-national computer corporations and leading processing chip makers not only failed to do but also failed even to identify a need for," award judge Dr Frances Saunders stated.

Since the device was launched, there have been many iterations sold. The latest was Raspberry Pi Zero, which costs just $5 (and hence got the title of world's cheapest computer), has a 1Ghz processor plus 512MB RAM. The first generation had a slower processor, 256MB RAM, and was bigger and heavier. The Pi organisation is split into two components: a charitable foundation and a trading firm.

"It will be a validation of the fact that we have constructed something greater than we ever envisaged. It will also be recognition of the extraordinary community we have built around the Pi." - CEO Upton, while talking to BBC before the award.

What's extraordinary is just how successful it has turned out to be in the industry, where it is discovering a place in all types of applications, from smart signage systems to robotics. This area now accounts for almost half of all Raspberry Pi sales. Last week, it emerged that Intel had quietly cancelled 3 devices, including its Galileo (pictured below), geared toward competing with Raspberry Pi.

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Despite all its financial success, the Raspberry Pi's core mission remains education. It has recently merged with CoderDojo, making it the biggest international coding teaching organisation.

Related: Students want to make it to orbit, and they are close! | World's Cheapest Computer - $9New World's Cheapest Computer - $5


In the early days, it appeared that the device appealed more to middle-aged nostalgic hobbyists than to kids, who found it hard to get to grips with something that didn't match their concept of a PC.

Now, with plentiful funds at their disposal and recognition of their engineering expertise, the Raspberry Pi organisation can step up their drive to transform attitudes towards computing.

 

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

4 Magnificient Headphones That Will Blow Your Mind, And Your Savings

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Hаѕ there ever bееn a purer, mоrе intimate ѕоniс experience than thаt рrоvidеd by an excellent раir of hеаdрhоnеѕ? Rеvеаling аll thе dеtаil and brilliаnсе оf thе bеѕt in rесоrdеd music, grеаt headphones dеlivеr ѕоund to thе common mаn thаt otherwise solely exists in рrоfеѕѕiоnаl listening rooms with walls оf еxреnѕivе еlесtrоniсѕ. Moreover, whilе уоu can get some ѕеriоuѕ bang fоr your buck from thе сhеар ѕеаtѕ, virtually nоthing соmраrеѕ tо the transcendent еxреriеnсе оf a tор-tiеr раir оf саnѕ. High-quality headphones are becoming prized possessions in 2017, people have even started requesting to insure their headphones with a separate policy, says UK-based insurance dealer One Sure Insurance.

We have been fortunate enough tо gеt a frоnt-rоw ѕеаt tо ѕоmе оf thе grеаtеѕt hеаdрhоnеѕ еvеr created by mаnkind, ѕо wе’vе rounded uр a few of our fаvоritеѕ and compiled thеm intо this drool-worthy guided tоur. Thе list below iѕ bоund to ѕраrk рlеntу of dеbаtе, however thеrе’ѕ nо dеnуing all оf these hеаdрhоnеѕ оffеr trulу inсrеdiblе ѕоund — аlbеit аt ѕоmе really аѕtrоnоmiсаl prices. Sо kick uр your hееlѕ, thrоw оn some tunеѕ, аnd follow us bеlоw to the hеаdрhоnе hеаvеn.

Ultimаtе Eаrѕ UE RM сuѕtоm in-ear rеfеrеnсе mоnitоrѕ ($999)

Ultimаtе Eаrѕ UE RM сuѕtоm in-ear rеfеrеnсе mоnitоrѕ

 

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Thаnkѕ tо thеir triple shot оf superior, balanced аrmаturе drivеrѕ, thе RM provide a brilliаntlу ассurаtе replica of еxасtlу whаt’ѕ been lаid down in the rесоrding — nо artificial colours or рrеѕеrvаtivеѕ аddеd. Thе rеѕult саn mаkе рооrlу rесоrdеd trасkѕ ѕоund a tad bit iсу. However, rich recordings аrе rеvеаlеd in аll thеir glоrу, with punchy and firm, and еxԛuiѕitе clarity driving аll thе way into the nеthеr regions. Plus you can customise them too, get them in wood colour, or any other speciality material that you may like.

OPPO PM-1 Planar mаgnеtiсѕ ($1,159)

OPPO PM-1 planar mаgnеtiсѕ

Stаnding аѕ perhaps thе mоѕt understated selection оn our listing, Oppo’s firѕt ѕhоt at high-еnd hеаdрhоnеѕ iѕ a brilliаnt mix оf luxurious comfort, elegant ѕtуlе, аnd еxеmрlаrу реrfоrmаnсе. However, реrhарѕ thе grеаtеѕt hallmark оf thе PM-1 is thеir trеndѕеtting рlаnаr magnetic tесhnоlоgу that аllоwѕ уоu tо ѕuссеѕѕfullу ride with thеm with еvеn your wеаk-knееd ѕmаrtрhоnе. Thаt littlе triсk mаkеѕ them оnе of the 1st оf its kind thаt саn come аlоng with you virtuаllу аnуwhеrе уоu gо.

Audeze LCD-3 ($1,945)

Audeze LCD-3

There’s a rеаѕоn someone called Audеzе’ѕ LCD-3 thе “voice оf God” hеаdрhоnеѕ in their evaluation. Hаndсrаftеd with сhunkѕ of rеаl zеbrа wооd, thе decadent LCD-3 are less a set оf hеаdрhоnеѕ thаn a ѕtаtiоnаrу listening арраrаtuѕ dеѕignеd to reproduce out of this world sound. With their substantial weight, enormous size, аnd grееdу роwеr rеԛuirеmеntѕ, these саnѕ cannot really go fаr frоm уоur listening rооm. However оnе сrаnk оf уоur volume dial, and you would not wаnt to go аnуwhеrе аnуwау.

Shure KSE1500 еlесtrоѕtаtiс еаrрhоnе ѕуѕtеm ($2,999)

Shure KSE1500 еlесtrоѕtаtiс еаrрhоnе ѕуѕtеm

It tооk 8 уеаrѕ оf ѕtubbоrn engineering for thе hеаdрhоnе mаѕtеrѕ аt Shurе tо shrink down the complexities of electrostatic drivers аnd scale them back tо ѕоmеthing that would fit реrfесtlу inѕidе a human’s еаr саnаl. Nonetheless, tоwing thеir оwn dedicated power ѕuррlу (рriсеd at $1,000 on its оwn) thаt makes for a bulky package, аnd a рriсе роint thаt wоuld make еvеn thе most ardent аudiорhilе gulр, one iѕ tеmрtеd to аѕk: Whу in-еаrѕ?

However, once you turn the sound on, and listen to the extraordinary detail afforded by the KSE1500, and that question fades away. As engineers’ at Shure discovered by mere accident, confining electrostatic drivers into a compact space — with just the right tweak of sound science — creates a sound stage unlike anything else you can ever imagine. The details are so clean that you can hear the change in tone when a singer moves a few centimetres off the mic, with delivery as smooth as a bed of silk, all this in a package that is portable and can be taken anywhere. Now that’s something worth saving up for. Or is it?

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4 Magnificient Headphones That Will Blow Your Mind, And Your Savings

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Hаѕ there ever bееn a purer, mоrе intimate ѕоniс experience than thаt рrоvidеd by an excellent раir of hеаdрhоnеѕ? Rеvеаling аll thе dеtаil and brilliаnсе оf thе bеѕt in rесоrdеd music, grеаt headphones dеlivеr ѕоund to thе common mаn thаt otherwise solely exists in рrоfеѕѕiоnаl listening rooms with walls оf еxреnѕivе еlесtrоniсѕ. Moreover, whilе уоu can get some ѕеriоuѕ bang fоr your buck from thе сhеар ѕеаtѕ, virtually nоthing соmраrеѕ tо the transcendent еxреriеnсе оf a tор-tiеr раir оf саnѕ. High-quality headphones are becoming prized possessions in 2017, people have even started requesting to insure their headphones with a separate policy, says UK-based insurance dealer One Sure Insurance.


We have been fortunate enough tо gеt a frоnt-rоw ѕеаt tо ѕоmе оf thе grеаtеѕt hеаdрhоnеѕ еvеr created by mаnkind, ѕо wе’vе rounded uр a few of our fаvоritеѕ and compiled thеm intо this drool-worthy guided tоur. Thе list below iѕ bоund to ѕраrk рlеntу of dеbаtе, however thеrе’ѕ nо dеnуing all оf these hеаdрhоnеѕ оffеr trulу inсrеdiblе ѕоund — аlbеit аt ѕоmе really аѕtrоnоmiсаl prices. Sо kick uр your hееlѕ, thrоw оn some tunеѕ, аnd follow us bеlоw to the hеаdрhоnе hеаvеn.


Ultimаtе Eаrѕ UE RM сuѕtоm in-ear rеfеrеnсе mоnitоrѕ ($999)


Ultimаtе Eаrѕ UE RM сuѕtоm in-ear rеfеrеnсе mоnitоrѕ

 

Thе name fоr thеѕе еаrрhоnеѕ pretty muсh ѕауѕ it аll. Dеѕignеd bу the соmраnу that hеlреd write thе blueprint fоr mоdеrn in-еаr monitors (аlоngѕidе Capitol Studiоѕ), thе RM аrе tunеd fоr near-linear ѕоniс rерrоduсtiоn, with a ѕоund ѕtаgе meant to еmulаtе thе immасulаtе ѕоund fоund in thе control rооm оf a professional studio. Cuѕtоm сrаftеd аnd 3D-рrintеd for еасh аnd еvеrу nооk аnd сrаnnу of уоur еаr саnаl, thе RM mоnitоrѕ оffеr a near-perfect fit, аnd some imрrеѕѕivе nоiѕе isolation оf uр to -26dBs.


Thаnkѕ tо thеir triple shot оf superior, balanced аrmаturе drivеrѕ, thе RM provide a brilliаntlу ассurаtе replica of еxасtlу whаt’ѕ been lаid down in the rесоrding — nо artificial colours or рrеѕеrvаtivеѕ аddеd. Thе rеѕult саn mаkе рооrlу rесоrdеd trасkѕ ѕоund a tad bit iсу. However, rich recordings аrе rеvеаlеd in аll thеir glоrу, with punchy and firm, and еxԛuiѕitе clarity driving аll thе way into the nеthеr regions. Plus you can customise them too, get them in wood colour, or any other speciality material that you may like.


OPPO PM-1 Planar mаgnеtiсѕ ($1,159)

OPPO PM-1 planar mаgnеtiсѕ

Stаnding аѕ perhaps thе mоѕt understated selection оn our listing, Oppo’s firѕt ѕhоt at high-еnd hеаdрhоnеѕ iѕ a brilliаnt mix оf luxurious comfort, elegant ѕtуlе, аnd еxеmрlаrу реrfоrmаnсе. However, реrhарѕ thе grеаtеѕt hallmark оf thе PM-1 is thеir trеndѕеtting рlаnаr magnetic tесhnоlоgу that аllоwѕ уоu tо ѕuссеѕѕfullу ride with thеm with еvеn your wеаk-knееd ѕmаrtрhоnе. Thаt littlе triсk mаkеѕ them оnе of the 1st оf its kind thаt саn come аlоng with you virtuаllу аnуwhеrе уоu gо.


Audeze LCD-3 ($1,945)

Audeze LCD-3

There’s a rеаѕоn someone called Audеzе’ѕ LCD-3 thе “voice оf God” hеаdрhоnеѕ in their evaluation. Hаndсrаftеd with сhunkѕ of rеаl zеbrа wооd, thе decadent LCD-3 are less a set оf hеаdрhоnеѕ thаn a ѕtаtiоnаrу listening арраrаtuѕ dеѕignеd to reproduce out of this world sound. With their substantial weight, enormous size, аnd grееdу роwеr rеԛuirеmеntѕ, these саnѕ cannot really go fаr frоm уоur listening rооm. However оnе сrаnk оf уоur volume dial, and you would not wаnt to go аnуwhеrе аnуwау.


Shure KSE1500 еlесtrоѕtаtiс еаrрhоnе ѕуѕtеm ($2,999)

Shure KSE1500 еlесtrоѕtаtiс еаrрhоnе ѕуѕtеm

It tооk 8 уеаrѕ оf ѕtubbоrn engineering for thе hеаdрhоnе mаѕtеrѕ аt Shurе tо shrink down the complexities of electrostatic drivers аnd scale them back tо ѕоmеthing that would fit реrfесtlу inѕidе a human's еаr саnаl. Nonetheless, tоwing thеir оwn dedicated power ѕuррlу (рriсеd at $1,000 on its оwn) thаt makes for a bulky package, аnd a рriсе роint thаt wоuld make еvеn thе most ardent аudiорhilе gulр, one iѕ tеmрtеd to аѕk: Whу in-еаrѕ?


However, once you turn the sound on, and listen to the extraordinary detail afforded by the KSE1500, and that question fades away. As engineers' at Shure discovered by mere accident, confining electrostatic drivers into a compact space — with just the right tweak of sound science — creates a sound stage unlike anything else you can ever imagine. The details are so clean that you can hear the change in tone when a singer moves a few centimetres off the mic, with delivery as smooth as a bed of silk, all this in a package that is portable and can be taken anywhere. Now that’s something worth saving up for. Or is it?



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How Roommates Can Save On Tech Expenses

Friday, 9 June 2017

How Roommates Can Save On Tech Expenses

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Venturing into the brave world of adulthood is thrilling, terrifying, and more expensive than you ever imagined, which is just one reason why it's wise to have a roommate not just during your college years, but also during that uncertain period just after you graduate. Having a roommate allows you to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with someone who understands what you're going through; plus, the two of you can save some of your tech expenses and give each other a hand. You need the same tech treats — the internet, streaming services, a printer — so why not ease each other's financial burdens and share the load?

Split Your Printer


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It's unlikely that you want to share a PC or laptop with your roommate, but your printer is another matter. Printers are expensive and they take up space, so there's no reason you ever need to have two. Split the cost of the printer upfront, and then you can take turns buying paper and ink or toner. You each save money all the way around because you're not responsible for all those costs by yourselves. In fact, since you're each paying for half, see if you can afford a top-of-the-line printer, such as one that scans or prints pictures.

Share a Friendly Phone Plan


You have to save money anywhere you can while you're in college. Neither of you wants to give up your cell phones, but you can think about getting a plan together. Multi-person phone plans cost less than individual plans if you're splitting your bill. Research different deals, such as the affordable cell phone plans through T-Mobile that allow you to consolidate your phone expenses on one reliable 4G LTE network. Consider how much data you need and which phones you want, as well, then find out if you can bundle anything else, such as your landline or internet.

Go in Half on the Internet


You both need the internet. A stable connection is almost more important than having a washer and dryer in the apartment. After all, you need the internet to pay your bills, study, write papers, apply for jobs, and accomplish work tasks. You can easily afford a faster connection if you each pay half of the monthly bills, and it's still cheaper than paying for it on your own. Since there are at least two of you, definitely spring for the faster speeds — that way you won't have to deal with slow buffering or lag times.

Divide Your Entertainment Costs


Monthly subscriptions to online services such as Netflix and Hulu aren't expensive, but if you're preparing to enter the real world, every penny counts. Since the two of you share the internet costs and possibly access to the TV, then it makes sense to go ahead and share your entertainment expenses, as well. It's not practical to split small bills that are less than $20, but perhaps one person can cover Hulu, for example, and the other person can pay for Netflix. With larger subscriptions to premium services, an even split works best.

Divvy Up the Extras


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There are various other tech must-haves that you and your roommate probably both enjoy. Do you stream music? Spotify and iTunes each have friends and family plans, so you might consider combining your accounts as long as you live together. It's particularly helpful if you each subscribe to different services. If the two of you play video games, then the monthly subscription to your preferred gaming network is another expense you can split.

Even if music and gaming aren't cost the two of you can share, there are likely other luxuries you have in common. The luxuries are often the first things to go when you have to make a cut. By sharing the cost of the things you each enjoy, you won't have to give up your hobbies.

During and just after college, you're essentially learning how to live as an adult. However, exploring your independence doesn't mean you can't accept help from your roommate — you're in the same boat; since you share the same tech needs, there's no reason you shouldn't give each other a hand and divide the bills between you.

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Monday, 29 May 2017

Key Questions to Ask in Choosing Pressure Transducers

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There are a lot of factors to consider before selecting pressure transducers for your equipment. There are many brands out there, but one of the most accurate uses piezoresistive technology via a small circuitry, which is called the Wheatstone bridge, located at the back of the diaphragm. Basically, when the diaphragm moves due to the pressure, the resulting resistance in the bridge also follows. This movement becomes the starting point for the measurement.

Most pressure transducers in the market today function just as they were designed to do. Meaning, one instrument isn’t necessarily better compared to the other. That’s why before making a purchase you should ask yourself the following questions:

● What Is The Range That Needs to Be Gauged?
○ The range to be measured will significantly impact on accuracy. Not only would the type of sensor be crucial to your choice, but also the pipeline. A sensor that is designed only to reach a particular range might overburden itself when you try to force the issue. In fact, the sensor might get damaged because of all that extra pressure. When you are looking to buy, first ask the manufacturer the specs of the pressure transducers as you pay close attention to the ratings, overpressure, sensor range, and the burst pressure numbers.

● What Type of Sensor Should I Use?
○ The manufacturer would be able to tell you what kind of sensor you need depending on the application. First, you need to determine if you need a specific output, which can drastically increase the cost of the instrument. If you don’t need an output, you can purchase off the shelf basic instruments to measure pressure.
○ Then you need to determine the electrical signal and output. Along with the sensor voltage, they can vary greatly depending on the required application. Unfortunately, this fact tends to be overlooked by some companies. Manufacturers also bear some responsibility for making sure the buyer knows all the facts beforehand.

● How Will I Seal the Sensor to the Instrument?
○ The manufacturer's recommendation will be critical to ensure the sensor is sealed just right to the media that needs to be measured for more accuracy. The U.S. has a different connection sealant, such as using Teflon for instance, compared to the UK or Europe. Again, this has an impact on the outcome considering that tapered thread connection doesn’t work efficiently when dealing with conditions above 10,000 PSI, and they can be damaged when you are talking about pressures above 15,000 PSI.

Of course, the types of seals available for pressure transducers are as varied as the number of sensors. In fact, there are also seals and sensors for sanitary media, and one common denominator is they can easily be detached for cleaning purposes.

Don’t be afraid to talk to your manufacturer and lay down all your requirements, along with your expected budget. Just remember that the more sophisticated your needs are, the more it will cost you in terms of the pressure transducers, fittings and seals that you will have to purchase.

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Monday, 15 May 2017

To Outsource or Not: Why Contract Manufacturing Is Increasingly Becoming Popular

Technology

To Outsource or Not: Why Contract Manufacturing Is Increasingly Becoming Popular

Many companies today are strategically using outside resources to carry out activities that are otherwise handled by the internal staff and resources. This is what is known as outsourcing, and it usually involves contracting out major functions to providers that specialise in such services.

Due to major breakthroughs that have occurred in the tech sector, many people are now associating outsourcing mostly with office functions that can be handled remotely like IT.

However, outsourcing is being used in the manufacturing industry to produce finished goods, especially in the production of cosmetics, drugs, beverages, cleaning products, alcohol, fragrances, and personal care products, among many others.

Why contract manufacturing?

Outsourcing in the form of contract manufacturing or contract packaging is a practice that has been used for a long time but is now becoming increasingly popular. So, why should this be the case when the available technology is making the manufacturing process highly automated and more efficient than ever before?

If you look at some of the most sophisticated brands in the market today, you will realise that they are produced without owning any manufacturing facilities. This success is expected because such companies channel their energies towards the things that they are competent in like brand development and marketing and outsource the manufacturing part to businesses that have the best skills and assets to do it.

In other words, companies can generate more by specialising in either manufacturing or building brands and marketing than when handling both at the same time.

Manufacturing challenges

Some companies may not be interested in outsourcing their manufacturing because they have already established their brands on delivering quality manufacturing. Well, that is something to be expected, although such production should continue only if its level of sophistication or uniqueness is something that cannot be attained through outsourcing.

The main challenge that comes with combining manufacturing and branding or marketing is getting the required skill set and assets as well as handling the logistics of production and packaging. If you look clearly, the production process is also not an easy one because of the vast variety among each component. For example, if you consider the production of an air freshener, you will require different chemical formulations as well as the designs and sizes of other components like the propellers, cans, and actuators.

When you combine this with other processes like ordering of raw materials, product sequencing, and production runs and filling, they are enough to leave your company without any significant energy or resources to do branding or marketing for your products.

According to signaturefillingcompany.com, an experienced contract manufacturer can help you out even with the production, packaging, and filling of your aerosol product lines like cosmetics, personal care products, and fragrances among others.

Moving out of manufacturing

Considering the challenges that come with handling both the production and branding of your product line, you may decide to do what most companies are doing today: outsource manufacturing and packaging and concentrate on branding. This is not as easy and straightforward as it sounds because you will need to ensure that your products are high quality and compliant with all the requirements.

outsourcing manufacturing

Thankfully, tech innovations have made things easier because you can access a broad range of manufacturers and pick the right one for your product formulation, packaging, filling, and graphic design without owning a factory at all.

It is clear that contract manufacturing is becoming the preferred choice for many product companies today and information tech is making the process easier than ever before. All you need to do is pick the right manufacturer.

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To Outsource or Not: Why Contract Manufacturing Is Increasingly Becoming Popular

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Many companies today are strategically using outside resources to carry out activities that are otherwise handled by the internal staff and resources. This is what is known as outsourcing, and it usually involves contracting out major functions to providers that specialise in such services.

Due to major breakthroughs that have occurred in the tech sector, many people are now associating outsourcing mostly with office functions that can be handled remotely like IT.

However, outsourcing is being used in the manufacturing industry to produce finished goods, especially in the production of cosmetics, drugs, beverages, cleaning products, alcohol, fragrances, and personal care products, among many others.

Why contract manufacturing?


Outsourcing in the form of contract manufacturing or contract packaging is a practice that has been used for a long time but is now becoming increasingly popular. So, why should this be the case when the available technology is making the manufacturing process highly automated and more efficient than ever before?

If you look at some of the most sophisticated brands in the market today, you will realise that they are produced without owning any manufacturing facilities. This success is expected because such companies channel their energies towards the things that they are competent in like brand development and marketing and outsource the manufacturing part to businesses that have the best skills and assets to do it.

In other words, companies can generate more by specialising in either manufacturing or building brands and marketing than when handling both at the same time.

Manufacturing challenges


Some companies may not be interested in outsourcing their manufacturing because they have already established their brands on delivering quality manufacturing. Well, that is something to be expected, although such production should continue only if its level of sophistication or uniqueness is something that cannot be attained through outsourcing.

The main challenge that comes with combining manufacturing and branding or marketing is getting the required skill set and assets as well as handling the logistics of production and packaging. If you look clearly, the production process is also not an easy one because of the vast variety among each component. For example, if you consider the production of an air freshener, you will require different chemical formulations as well as the designs and sizes of other components like the propellers, cans, and actuators.

When you combine this with other processes like ordering of raw materials, product sequencing, and production runs and filling, they are enough to leave your company without any significant energy or resources to do branding or marketing for your products.

According to signaturefillingcompany.com, an experienced contract manufacturer can help you out even with the production, packaging, and filling of your aerosol product lines like cosmetics, personal care products, and fragrances among others.

Moving out of manufacturing


Considering the challenges that come with handling both the production and branding of your product line, you may decide to do what most companies are doing today: outsource manufacturing and packaging and concentrate on branding. This is not as easy and straightforward as it sounds because you will need to ensure that your products are high quality and compliant with all the requirements.

outsourcing manufacturing

Thankfully, tech innovations have made things easier because you can access a broad range of manufacturers and pick the right one for your product formulation, packaging, filling, and graphic design without owning a factory at all.

It is clear that contract manufacturing is becoming the preferred choice for many product companies today and information tech is making the process easier than ever before. All you need to do is pick the right manufacturer.

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Using Tech to Save Lives: Which Medical Alert System is good for you?

Technology

Which Medical Alert System is good for you

Tech advances are actually doing service to humanity in terms of improving communication, automating work, providing solutions to problems and now calling for rescue services in case any emergency. This is good news not only for special needs people in the society but also everyone because tragedy can strike when it is least expected, and a quick response for help is what is needed.

This is what designers of medical alert systems had in mind when they came up with a medical alert system that enables folks to call for help when they happen to experience an accident, a fall or experience a medical condition like stroke and heart attack.

All medical alert systems work in the same way whereby a transmitter is worn around the neck, wrist or attached to the wheelchair. Whenever there is an emergency, the users who are usually seniors call for help by simply pressing the transmitter alert button. While these gadgets have been there since the 1970s, the difference now is the enhancements that have come through tech advancements.

For instance, they can detect accidents automatically and call for help even without a press on the button, and they do this with 95% of accuracy. Well, this sounds magnificent for caregivers and other family members but should you just pick any medical alert system that you happen to come across? Not at all, because you need to consider certain factors and probably compare medicaid covered medical alert systems online to choose the one that is right for you.

• Monthly service charges and fees

The monthly charges are not the same across all medical alert systems. These costs also depend on the features that you need like whether you want GPS mobile, cellular or landline.

Going for the GPS mobile functionality may also require you to pay a device fee which also differs in value from one provider to another. Some providers have no minimum obligation, activation fees or cancellation fees while others charge either activation or cancellation fees with a minimum commitment of 30 days, 90 day or even 3 years.

Features

The features that you should look out for in a medical alert system include the automatic fall detection, mobile 911 phones, and range which is measured in feet. The standard range that is offered is 300-600 feet while there are those who do not provide either mobile phone 911 or automatic fall detection. The best option would be the one with all the features including a wider range.

• Monitoring services

The monitoring services offered by a medical alert service provider is paramount because it will determine whether the device will help you eventually or not which is the main reason for having requested the service in the first place.

tech to save lifeThe first thing to look at here is the provider’s certification and UL-listing. The second thing is whether the service is outsourced or in-house. In-house services may be useful and also outsourcing if it is done within the country. Otherwise, it may be hard for some people to understand foreign accents in case outsourcing is provided to a company from outside the country.

The technology that most medical alert services use is good, but it also needs the full support of all the people involved. When you go through many user reviews, you will realise that many providers do not deliver what they are supposed to be offering efficiently. This is because alerts may fail to be detected or responded to while others simply do not meet the user expectations promptly.

This makes it difficult for anyone to trust these gadgets which are otherwise very useful in saving lives during emergency situations.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Using Tech to Save Lives: Which Medical Alert System is good for you?

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Tech advances are actually doing service to humanity in terms of improving communication, automating work, providing solutions to problems and now calling for rescue services in case any emergency. This is good news not only for special needs people in the society but also everyone because tragedy can strike when it is least expected, and a quick response for help is what is needed.

This is what designers of medical alert systems had in mind when they came up with a medical alert system that enables folks to call for help when they happen to experience an accident, a fall or experience a medical condition like stroke and heart attack.

All medical alert systems work in the same way whereby a transmitter is worn around the neck, wrist or attached to the wheelchair. Whenever there is an emergency, the users who are usually seniors call for help by simply pressing the transmitter alert button. While these gadgets have been there since the 1970s, the difference now is the enhancements that have come through tech advancements.

For instance, they can detect accidents automatically and call for help even without a press on the button, and they do this with 95% of accuracy. Well, this sounds magnificent for caregivers and other family members but should you just pick any medical alert system that you happen to come across? Not at all because you need to consider certain factors and probably compare Medicaid covered medical alert systems online to choose the one that is right for you.

• Monthly service charges and fees


The monthly charges are not the same across all medical alert systems. These costs also depend on the features that you need like whether you want GPS mobile, cellular or landline.

Going for the GPS mobile functionality may also require you to pay a device fee which also differs in value from one provider to another. Some providers have no minimum obligation, activation fees or cancellation fees while others charge either activation or cancellation fees with a minimum commitment of 30 days, 90 day or even 3 years.

Features


The features that you should look out for in a medical alert system include the automatic fall detection, mobile 911 phones, and range which is measured in feet. The standard range that is offered is 300-600 feet while there are those who do not provide either mobile phone 911 or automatic fall detection. The best option would be the one with all the features including a wider range.

• Monitoring services


The monitoring services offered by a medical alert service provider is paramount because it will determine whether the device will help you eventually or not which is the main reason for having requested the service in the first place.

tech to save lifeThe first thing to look at here is the provider’s certification and UL-listing. The second thing is whether the service is outsourced or in-house. In-house services may be useful and also outsourcing if it is done within the country. Otherwise, it may be hard for some people to understand foreign accents in case outsourcing is provided to a company from outside the country.

The technology that most medical alert services use is good, but it also needs the full support of all the people involved. When you go through many user reviews, you will realise that many providers do not deliver what they are supposed to be offering efficiently. This is because alerts may fail to be detected or responded to while others simply do not meet the user expectations promptly.

This makes it difficult for anyone to trust these gadgets which are otherwise very useful in saving lives during emergency situations.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

5 Signs Of Smartphone Addiction You Need To Know

5 Signs Of Smartphone Addiction You Need To Know

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Most people don't know what nomophobia is, but they are affected by it. Nomophobia is the fear of not having your smartphone with you. Smartphone addiction is one of the most severe new epidemics, along with insomnia and stress. If you think you can't become addicted to a device, well, think again! Half of the American adults are continuously checking their smartphones, and 1 in 5 young adults are tied to their smartphone, even when they are between the sheets!

Being addicted to the smartphone interferes with every single part of your life, just like cigarettes or alcohol abuse. If you read the symptoms, you will see how similar the two addictions are. Life without smartphones is now becoming a nonsense for the new generations, so you need to recognize the signs of a technology addiction.


  1. You always have your phone on hand




One of the most characteristic signs of addiction is keeping the object of the addiction close to you. If you have your smartphone in hand or pocket 24/7, there are high chances you are addicted to it. Another telltale sign is the continuous use of the phone: when you are not texting or talking, you still find ways to use your smartphone.

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  1. You can't function without your smartphone




People who suffer from smartphone addiction can't live without their phones. If they forget the phone somewhere, they have to go back and pick it up. This happens because they enter a sort of state highly similar to withdrawal and they panic when they don't have their smartphones with them.

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  1. You take your phone with you to the bathroom




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This is one of the subtle signs of addiction, but it's a strong one. If you can't be away from your phone not even when you are in the bathroom, you are definitely in need of a technology detox.

  1. You are constantly checking your phone




Another sign of addiction to the smartphone is the urge of checking the phone constantly, even if there are no notifications to look at. Some people even feel their phone vibrating or hear it ringing, even if it doesn't. Also, if you are checking the phone first thing in the morning and the last thing in the evening, you are addicted to it.

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  1. You are on the phone even when you are eating or watching TV




Phone addicts can't put the smartphone down, so they are using so they are using it even when they are eating or watching TV. This habit is not only a sign of addiction, but it also damages your health. Multitasking is definitely harmful to productivity, in this case, you won't be able to watch TV, nor pay attention to the phone. On the other hand, eating while doing something else can lead to digestive issues in the long term.

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If you do have more of the above signs, you should look for counseling or therapy, before your addiction turns into something really dangerous. There are many cases of phone addiction which lead to extreme depression or even death of the individual using it, either directly or indirectly.

 
 
 

 



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How To Backup Your iPhone – Infographic

How To Backup Your iPhone - Infographic

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Do you regularly backup your iPhone data? Did you ever undergo data loss from your Apple device?  According to consumerreports.com, there are a lot of reasons that may cause severe iPhone data loss. Based on their report, the percentages are as follows:













Accidental deletion35%
iPhone was broken, or water damaged20%
iPhone was lost or got stolen15%
Failed jailbreaking attempt or iOS upgrade15%
Restoring to factory settings without backup10%
Virus or malware infection5%

 

Of all the file types on iPhone, contacts, pictures and videos are the top 3 risky items of getting lost. According to another report, 34% of iPhone users take no precautionary measures to prevent their iPhone from losing precious data.

Among the best ways to save you from data loss on iPhone is to always create regular backups. The following iPhone data backup infographic offers you tips and tricks regarding how to backup data on iPhone, by saving it to iTunes/iCloud, or by transferring it to a PC/Mac via free iPhone transfer software.

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Feel free to share this if you like it :-) If you have any another ideas or suggestions, do tell us in the comments below.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

8 Fun Facts of iPhone – Infographic

8 Fun Facts of iPhone - Infographic

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Since its release in 2007, the Apple  iPhone has brought numerous revolutions to the smartphone market. It changed the way how we use a mobile phone, from the way in which we send a text/take a photograph/view photos, to the way we play video games and listen to music. Up-till now, iPhone’s evolution is linked with more than 200 registered patents, which is quite exceptional for only one smartphone.

So how much are you aware of this wonderful smartphone apart from the knowledge you gained from news and reviews? Do you know that the iPhone was named Purple back when it was being developed? Motorola and Apple labored collectively in 2005 to launch a cellphone known as ROKR E1. The following infographic lists eight fun facts of iPhone that most likely you haven’t heard yet.

Enjoy the infographic and feel free to share with your pals 🙂

 

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More info on the 8 fun facts of iPhone:

  • 1. Jarrod McKinney’s iPhone landed on top of a building. He used a GPS Tracking app so that he can find his iPhone. When he found his iPhone, it was even able to make and take phone calls.

  • 2. Apple reveal events begin at 9 am, and the iPhone adverts normally appear on the screen forty minutes later. They want the time shown on the adverts to be close to the actual time the phone is being shown.

  • 4. iPhone was utilized by 8% of people only in 2010, taking the first place among smartphones market.

  • 5. Apple was sued by Cisco for using the name ‘iPhone’ as Cisco had patented it first. Both corporations reached a settlement in 2007, agreeing to work collectively on products in the future.

    If you have any other fun nugget to share about the iPhone, do tell us in the comments below!



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Sunday, 30 April 2017

An Average Profile Picture Remains Unchanged for 2 Years, Survey Reveals

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An online local services marketplace conducted a survey of 2,000 Britishers, which revealed that on average, social media profile pictures are up to 2 years old.

Social media has a great influence on our lives. Every business, conversation and event is supported by these platforms. People cannot go a day without signing in on their social media accounts. However, it is strange to know that some people do not change their online profile pictures for up to 4 years.

Bidvine, and online local services marketplace, dug deep into the matter to see how frequently social media users update their profile pictures. The survey took into account 2,000 British people, who were using social media and online dating sites. When the online services company questioned them how often do they change their profile pictures, Bidvine was astonished by the results.

The survey results uncovered that the dating app users kept their profile pictures on for a short time (2 to 3 weeks) while Facebook and Instagram users took longer than that (5 to 6 months). People using dating apps (Grindr, Tinder, etc) changed their online display pictures more often than other social media apps.

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Dating websites were a big shocker when it came to the age of user profile pictures. Some of the profile pictures were as old as 4 years! Plenty of Fish is a dating website where users didn’t change their profile picture for 3.2 years. On the other hand, Match.com users didn’t touch their display pictures for 4 years. The overall statistics for dating websites suggest that they had the most outdated profile pictures.

When the participants were asked when did they switch to a new profile picture on different social media accounts, their responses were as follows:

1. Grindr 2 weeks
2. Tinder 3 weeks
3. Whatsapp 2.5 months
4. Facebook 5 months
5. Instagram 6 months
6. SnapChat 8 months
7. Twitter 1.8 years
8. LinkedIn 2.1 years
9. Plenty of Fish 3.2 years
10. Match.com 4 years

 

11% of the participants confessed that their profile photograph was taken more than 10 years ago. The respondents were also asked the reason for their ridiculously outdated profile pictures. 62% expressed their disappointment while finding good pictures, while 49% said they wanted to look younger to those who visit their profiles.

The statistics also disclosed the fact that 1 out of 4 people didn’t want to become prominent in front of their boss and chose to stick to the same profile picture for long.

Speaking about the results, Sohrab Jahanbani, CEO of Bidvine.com said that judging by the regularity of how people update their profile pictures, older generation stick to their mature character and do not change their profile pictures frequently. Therefore, the conventional dating websites and social media apps that have a professional bent to them (like LinkedIn and Twitter) have the most outdated profile pictures. On the other hand, young people and bachelors like using their latest photos.

The fact that some people were unable to find good pictures of them was very disturbing for Bidvine, so they have launched pop up photo booths that offer professional photography. It is a convenient option for those who wish to update their profile pictures. After all, professional photographs add a touch of class regardless you want them for a wedding, company headshot or for an online profile.

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