We talk about you, you know. Once a month we get the entire service team together and we chat about what sorts of issues we’re resolving and how we can help you better. We don’t just strive to get great scores on our IT support surveys (which is a bonus, because our satisfaction rates are … Continue reading Forgettable Technology: 4 Qualities of Really Great IT| By |Justin Hayman
The AMPY or the new nPower PEG allow users to charge mobile devices without an outlet, without sunlight or wind—without anything but a little bit of motion.
Users can throw it in a bag while they’re walking, strap it to a bike, or take it jogging, and then plug in their phone to recharge it.
Movement causes a spring-mounted magnet to bounce and pass repeatedly through a coil, charging the battery. It’s especially useful for people who need to power their mobile devices while they’re off the grid.
Yesterday I noted a portable battery charger that needs only 5 minutes to get enough juice for a full iPhone 5 charge and today I found one that’s a polar opposite: It takes almost all day just to top off this battery, which only provides another 3 hours of run-time for a phone. There’s one more big difference, though. This device, dubbed the Ampy, doesn’t need to be plugged into a wall charger at all. Instead, it uses your own kinetic energy.
You carry or wear the small battery pack throughout the day. Take around 10,000 steps and you’ll fill up the battery inside the Ampy, which can then be used to recharge a phone over USB. If you run or cycle, just a 30 to 60 minute workout will do the same. Phones aren’t the only devices that can benefit from Ampy. The battery can recharge a smartwatch to run…
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A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window called transparent luminescent solar concentrator, which can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface.
“Because the materials do not absorb or emit light in the visible spectrum, they look exceptionally transparent to the human eye”.
Going back to the lever and the wheel, technology has always been meant to make our day-to-day tasks easier. And while it’s obvious that smartphones, computers, and social networks have greatly enhanced our lives, you can’t ignore the physical effects and and anti-social behavior that have accompanied these modern trappings.
Of course, you can change your tech tune at any time, but the New Year is an excellent opportunity to reset your ways. So should bad tech habits be forgot, and never brought to mind? Here’s some tech resolutions to consider…and auld lang syne.
No Smartphones While Eating
If you have a teenager, this one’s a no-brainer, but even if you’re childless, it’s a good rule to live by. Firstly, no one wants to see photos of every meal you eat on Instagram. But more importantly, in a time where we all feel stretched thin and barely have a moment…
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Over the last 150 years, how humans spend their time has changed quite drastically. As the chart above shows, the amount of time humans spend working has been on a steady decline over the last century and a half. by In most countries, the typical work week has dropped by approximately 30 hours over the last 150 years.
On average, humans live 75 years. That?s about 3,900 weeks. Or 27,000 days. Or 648,000 hours. We spend about a third of that time sleeping, and that number hasn?t changed over the last century. What has changed drastically is how we spend our time when we are awake.
There are 168 hours in a week and we spend 56 hours of the week sleeping. This leaves 112 hours for everything else. If you go back 150 years, humans spent 70 hours of the 112 working. However, how humans spend their time has…
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Opposable thumbs gave ancient humans a huge evolutionary advantage by allowing for use of tools. More recently, these thumbs also allow for people to quickly type on screens of smartphones and other touchscreen devices. A new study has found that this recent widespread mode of communication is actually changing the way thumbs and the brain talk to one another, demonstrating the plasticity of the human brain. Arko Ghosh of the University of Zurich is lead author of the paper, which has been published in Current Biology.
This is the way the world ends – by our things taking over. We get to watch as we slowly fade away. It’s an interesting show – but depressing.
That is probably why most people are unaware that it is happening. Being aware would be too stressful, they think. So they are not aware – of anything. And then wonder why they are vaguely depressed – or seriously depressed. Or suffering from one of a host of mysterious ailments that no one can understand. But feel certain they are caused by something in the air – that no one can put their finger on.
I do not think this is so mysterious. We have placed all our attention on our wonderful things (our computers) – and not on ourselves. As a result, most people are afraid to be (to attract attention to themselves)- and for that reason, simply do not exist
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