Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What happens in an internet minute?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

50 Images Of Things You Had No Idea Existed

 A Brick Path Laying Machine

Brick Path Laying Machine

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Future Tech is already here.

Here are 17 amazing ways technology is changing our world:

The Ratheon XOS 2 is a second generation exoskeleton design for US army use. It allows the wearer to enhance his strength to carry heavy equipment much easier and for much longer.

The world's first virtual shopping center opened in Korea . All the products are just LCD screens that allow you to order the items by touching the screen. When you get to the counter, your items are already bagged and ready to go.

A cell phone you can bend as much as you like and it will still do everything a smart phone does.

Your personal computer ring can play music, check your email, give you alerts and even allows you to browse or chat with others.

This man is demonstrating the ability of his prosthetic eye, which has a camera installed in it.

No longer using the camping stove just for cooking, a new line of camping stoves use the heat energy to power up lights and charge your phones or anything else you can charge by USB cable.

This trash can follows you around and calculates where to stand to catch your thrown garbage!

This motion tracking table morphs its surface to mimic your movements, allowing you to control objects from the other side of the planet if you so choose.

This windowed door turns opaque whenever you lock it.

This incredible app translates signs from video and in real time!

The new 'Google Fiber' has started deploying, and will offer users an internet connection that is about 100 times faster than what they are currently using.

When did car panels start looking like this advanced?

A stop sign using water to project the image

An example of the new E-Ink in action. An ink that stays flat on the page and can be printed but still moves on the printer page.

All of the functions these items that we used 20 years ago...
Are now done by a single smartphone.

New casts can be printed with a 3D printer, are lighter, more comfortable and just as strong.

Bionic hands are now so advanced they can perform even delicate and complex movements.

  And it just keeps coming!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Web's About To Get Faster

You may not have heard of Hypertext Transfer Protocol version 2, but it is going to make your internet experience a whole lot faster.

HTTP is the protocol used to power the World Wide Web by defining how hypertext (the code in webpages) is to be formatted and transmitted and how Web servers and browsers should respond to those commands. A URL typed into a browser, for example, becomes an HTTP command to the server telling it to retrieve the given Web page.

Currently, the most common version of HTTP in use is HTTP/1.1.  The HTTP/2 standard is expected to speed up loading of Web pages by transporting data between browser and server. 

The new protocol is backward-compatible with the older protocol, so existing webpages will work just fine.  HTTP/2 speeds up web browsing by carrying more data in a single pass with each request to load the requested Web site.  This is especially important for smart phone access, which now accounts for about 33 percent of all Web access, up from 25 percent a year ago, according to statistics from StatCounter.

Once the new standards are published, sites and hosting companies can choose to start implementing them.

Google, which was a driving force behind the new standard, will begin implementing it in the Chrome web browser next year.  Google developed the network protocol known as SPDY ("speedy") for transporting content over the Web with reduced latency.  SPDY serves as the basis of HTTP/2.

Friday, January 23, 2015

It may just be everything that Windows 8 should have been

Windows 8 was a bold re-imagining of Microsoft's operating system, but the Start screen proved contentious.  The colorful Live Tiles offer useful notifications and information, but they were designed with touchscreen devices in mind: much of the work we do in Windows involves keyboards, mice, and large displays chock-full of windows and apps. 

Windows 8's Modern apps demand a full screen's attention, oblivious of our need to multitask.  The new Windows 10 Start Menu gives us the best of both worlds.

Boot up a PC running the Windows 10, and you'll be dropped off at the oh-so-familiar desktop.  The taskbar and its icons sits on the bottom, and the recycle bin sits in the upper-left corner.  It looks, at first blush, like Windows 8 all over again. 

But press the Start button, and you'll be greeted by the return of the Start menu. It's a proper Start menu too, with your most frequently used apps are stacked in a column.  Press the "All Apps" button and you'll find the endless column of nested folders we've all been scrolling since Windows 95, though they're now grouped alphabetically.  Sitting alongside that column are Windows 8's animated Live Tiles, endlessly serving up news-bites and social network updates.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Dangers of Vertical Video Syndrome

Even if you know how to shoot video on your mobile device, you need to watch this.  Plus, it's funny.