Preschoolers More Digital-Smart than College Students


An amazing post I’ve read, made by DigitalPlato on Plato on-line – Tech and Investigative Blog, very interesting posts and insights, check it out: http://pochp.wordpress.com

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npr.org-kids-hacking-53cd619692537ccf1f3a563f76917018809451dc-s4-c85They Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets. But is that good or bad news?
‘Ever wonder why children can so easily figure out how to work the TV remote? Or why they “totally get” apps on your smartphone faster than you? It turns out that young children may be more open-minded than adults when it comes to solving problems.

‘Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have found that 4- and 5-year-olds are smarter than college students when it comes to figuring out how toys and gadgets work.

‘So they recruited over 100 preschoolers — 4- and 5-year-old boys and girls — and brought them into the lab. The kids had to figure out how to turn on a music box that could be activated by placing clay shapes either individually or in combination on top of the box. After being shown a whole series of different shapes and…

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HP Believes in the Use of Hands Interface


The new HP ad, “Hands of Time“, promotes Sprout, a computer that instead of using the keyboard or mouse use hands, a product designed to provide an immersive multi-touch experience that consumers can develop their imagination using all the power of their hands.

In the new advertising spot you can see the size range of Sprout, for everyone wanting to work with their hands instead of the usual keyboard.

See also: Touchless Gesture Control with Myo Armband

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Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2015


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1. Computing Everywhere

2. The Internet of Things (IoT)

3. 3D Printing

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2015

4. Advanced, Pervasive, Invisible Analytics

5. Context-Rich Systems

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2015

6. Smart Machines

7. Cloud/Client Architecture

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2015

8. Software-Defined Infrastructure and Applications

9. Web-Scale IT

10. Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2015

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2015.

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Can China Become a Leading Global Innovator?


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Assembled in China but designed in California, Japan, or Europe.

Thats been the story of Chinas economic rise for the past 30 years.

Few if any of Chinas companies are considered innovative by global standards – and Nobel prizes for science remain frustratingly elusive.

But China wants to be more than the factory of the world and its government knows it has to move on from a “beg, borrow or steal” strategy on innovation if it is to keep growing its economy.

Will it be able to do this?

BBC News – Can China become a leading global innovator?.

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What Happens When You Serve McDonald’s to Food Experts/Critics


Life Hunters’ YouTubers Sacha and Cedrique visited the annual food convention in Houten in The Netherlands, where they asked unwitting gastronomic experts to taste samples of McDonald’s food and offer their opinions on this “new, organic alternative to fast food”.

Culinary experts in The Netherlands thought it was ‘fresh’ and ‘tasty’.

The foodies were then cajoled into making a direct comparison with McDonald’s.  Asked how the “organic” fare shapes up in comparison to the fast food giant, one individual says: “It’s definitely a lot tastier than McDonald’s, you can just tell this is a lot more pure.”, “It tastes a lot better, and the fact that it’s organic is definitely a good thing. It’s just better for you. The taste is a lot richer.”

Original Source – Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald’s
Other Source – How ‘Foodies’ Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald’s Was High-End Food

Futuristic Display Adds Safety to Driving


Viewing images on the windshield of the car is not exactly a new idea, but the technologies developed so far were concepts only designed for luxury models. The Navdy is a simple heads-up display (HUD) that projects notifications, apps, and driving directions directly from your smartphone to the windshield, guaranteeing to keep your eyes on the road.

The focus of this project is safe driving. The use of cell phones while driving is increasing accidents at an exponential rate worldwide. With Navdy, the driver can perform a series of tasks on their smartphone without taking getting distracted from the road or having to actually look at the device screen.

There are already systems that enable cellphone use by the driver through voice command, but the Navdy seems to do it masterfully. Besides projecting information to the driver, the device recognizes spoken commands and gestures. With this combination of features it allows the drive to answer calls, reply to messages, change songs, check the driving directions indicated on GPS, measure distances traveled and so on.

By its looks, you must have realized what makes Navdy be compatible with virtually any car: the device was designed to be simply attached to the dashboard and its see through HUD does not block the windshield. Furthermore, the device can even display information directly on the windshield of the car.

navdy

For the device to work, you must connect the Navdy into your car’s OBDII port. Besides providing energy, this type of connection also transfers information such as speed, current gear and if there are any mechanical problems.

It is clear that such a project has a few setbacks as well. The fixation to the dashboard needs to be strong enough to not come off in case of a collision, the gesture sensors must be fast so that no time-consuming movements would be necessary and the projected images must be clear for the driver to not get distracted trying to understand them.

But common sense should still apply: even with Navdy allowing the user to reply to a tweet, for example, it is still safer and more prudent to do so when not behind the wheel.

Source: Navdy

See more at: http://interestingengineering.com/navdy-heads-up-display-adds-safety-to-driving

How You Can Function on Less Than 6 Hours of Sleep


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Answer by Alexandra Damskeron Quora.

I don’t have a multi-million dollar company (yet), but I’m one of those CEOs who function on 3-5 hours of sleep.

No, there aren’t any drugs involved, nor is there poor management (as far as I know). It’s a variety of things.

First, reduce TV. You sleep much better, and do much more work, when you don’t watch much TV. Your brain is actually less active watching TV than when it’s sleeping. This dullness is addictive. My daughter becomes a giant mess when she watches too much TV — huge tantrums, crying, screaming, complete meltdown. She doesn’t want to eat or listen. It’s like she’s addicted, and I’m taking away her drug. My husband is very similar, without the actual crying. He just sort of grunts more. I’m not certain it happens with everyone, but I’d be surprised if most people aren’t highly…

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How The Internet of Things Will Transform Your Business


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Business transformation
Retailers are connecting online and in-store sales by creating customized user offers designed to increase repeat purchases and improve customer retention rates. Transportation companies –  rail and air – are building intelligent systems to improve safety, streamline operations, and maximize efficiency. Manufacturing companies are redesigning plant floors and rethinking existing processes to deliver innovative products and related services with higher customer value – and higher margins.

Changing your business
How can the Internet of Things change your business? Our customers have seen powerful results. Businesses have discovered new revenue streams, realized cost savings and increased customer satisfaction. Red Hat’s open source technology has been instrumental in creating this connected universe of people, things and information.

Red Hat can help
In previous posts, we’ve given you a list of considerations to address during your project design, and we’ve explained why a three-tier architecture makes sense for enterprise IoT…

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Transportation Solutions Through Big Data


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It’s a crucial time in the development of urban mobility. Game-changing initiatives are in the works across many different areas, such as bike-sharing, peer-to-peer car sharing, smart parking, and dynamic signs.

Transportation Solutions Through Big Data.

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How Much Money Do Coders Make?


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iOS rules the roost and beats Android, Bay Area coders get paid the most, and Node.js developers are up and coming: This sums up three findings from an analysis I performed on salary survey data collected from thousands of techies around the country by Payscale.com.

We pulled in data for a number of major cities on coding salaries, as well as national salaries based on the top seven job descriptions associated with a software language. The languages we covered included iOS, Android, Node.js, Java, Python, .Net and JavaScript. We picked those languages to cover a broad cross-section of IT that focused on ascendant and very popular languages.

Apple vs. Google

Despite the release of Apple’s new Swift coding language, which reduced the difficulty in coding iOS applications, job listings naming iOS requirements were the highest paid positions among the tech jobs covered. The highest mean salary among all the job…

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