Wednesday, May 22, 2013
In the Beginning
It was in China in 200BC when we first saw the use of smoke signals as a form of communication. The Chinese would use these signals to warn of military threats along the Great Wall of China. This is a method which was also favoured by Native American Indians as they attempted to fend off European invaders in the 1500s.
From the early 18th century, experiments were conducted by various scientists to try and improve the method of communication over long distances. It was Stephen Gray who in 1727 successfully transmitted electricity over a total distance of 700 ft via a wire suspended in the air by silk threads. However it was an artist by the name of Samuel Morse along with two physicists Joseph Henry and Alfred Vail who developed the first fully fledged electrical telegraph system. A code was needed to translate the electronic pulses into language and this led to what we now know as Morse code. By 1895, Western Union were transmitting over 58 million telegraph messages per year.
With the arrival of powered flight, letters were widely used and sent via airmail. This meant that hand written letters cold be received across the world in a matter of days as opposed to weeks and months as was the case with mail sent by sea.
Wide Web and Global Communication
Probably the most notable change in the way we communicate has to be highlighted by the mass domination of mobile phones. These devises are arguably the greatest invention of the 20th century. The ability to talk anywhere without being restricted to a fixed telephone landline is a luxury most of us have embraced. In fact it’s hard to imagine a life without mobile phones especially since the introduction of smartphones since we tend to organise most of our lives by the swipe off a screen. This has also led to our social lives being increasingly dominated by social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Only time will tell what the future of telecommunication has in store for us but the future surely does look bright!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
CNN rates the road from Kabul to Jalalabad in Afghanistan as the most dangerous in the world with a rating of 9.5 out of 10. This highway stretches through Taliban territory. Surprisingly enough the radical group is not the most fatal threat on this roadway. The lanes for the road are narrow and winding for 600 meters up into the Kabul gorge. The reckless abandon local drivers’ use as they attempt to pass slower heavy-duty trucks is the leading cause of the deaths that occur at a daily rate on this roadway.
The Inter-American Development Bank claims that the road between La Paz and Coroico as the most dangerous in the world. This road declines 3.5 kilometers over a stretch of 65 kilometers. This dangerous road has become a favorite amongst avid cyclists. The combination of the cyclists, steep roads, busses and local trucks accumulates an average of 200 to 300 deaths on this road every year.
Many call Highway 80, stretching from Basra to Kuwait City in Iraq, the “Highway of Death” because of its history in the Gulf War where 2,700 vehicles were destroyed by a bomb from a U.S aircraft. People estimate that the death toll ranged anywhere from 300 up to 10,000.
The Khunjerab Pass connects Pakistan and China at an altitude of nearly 4,700 meters. This unpaved road is susceptible to dangers like floods and landslides. More than 800 Pakistan workers and 80 Chinese workers have died while performing construction on this road.
The dusty mountain road connecting Ladakh and Kashmir is known as Zoji La. The road stretches for nine kilometers over the mountain at an altitude exceeding 3,500 meters. The road has no barrier on one side and the mountain’s hard jagged surface for the other. This road can get cut off due to snowfall or landslides.
Many people died during the 1970s creating the Guoliang Tunnel road in China’s Taihang Mountains. This tunnel road is 1.2 kilometers long, five meters high and four meters wide. Open precipices make this a road where drivers can afford little if any mistakes.
According to the Road Safety Foundation, the scenic route through the Peak District in England is the most dangerous road in the UK. There were over 30 deaths on this road between 2006 and 2008.
Traffic and aggressive driving make the Adriatic coastal roadways of Croatia some of the most dangerous in the world. There are over 11,600 automobile accidents in this country every year.
The winding roads of the Los Caracoles Pass through the Andes Mountains leading to Andes, Chile are dangerous mainly because of the high altitude, sharp turns and the lack of a safety barrier.
The roadways at the Stelvio Pass in Italy are certainly intimidating. The main danger factors at this pass in the Italian Alps are the array of 180 degree hairpin turns and the low-set safety barrier.
Eric Farrior has worked as a personal injury attorney for the past 13 years.
So, if you do want to pursue high careers goals in MBA, you have to pick the right school. I’ll help you out a little bit in this article. This is my list of the best business schools in the US.
University of Chicago
Booth school has the oldest doctoral program in business in the US. Six graduates have become Nobel Prize winners. Isn’t it incredible? Booth school has two campuses in Chicago, as well as programs in Singapore and of course London!
Harvard Business School
University of Pennsylvania
Aleksey has been in a major business league for years. He has been playing with stocks, so knows exactly how to exchange e-currencies to stay profitable. Ask him for more help if you want!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Bell X-1 is a classic example of the power of collaboration. They say that two heads are better than one; the Bell X-1 had boffins from three companies working together to create the first aircraft to break the sound barrier. Researchers at the Bell Aircraft Company, NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) and the US Air Force worked around the clock to give Captain Chuck Yeager an aircraft that would hit Mach 1. In October 1947, 2 years after the end of World War II, Glamorous Glennis (an X-1 christened for Chuck Yeager’s wife) broke the sound barrier and mankind went supersonic for the first time in history.
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Lockheed Corporation is one of the biggest names in military aviation history. Over the decades, the company has produced some of the finest military aircrafts ever made. However, all of them pale in comparison to the company’s greatest achievement, the SR-71. Nicknamed “blackbird”, the SR-71 is the baby of Skunk Works, Lockheed’s Advanced Development Programs (ADP) division where some of the finest aeronautical brains in the planet are put to work. Operating at the edge of space, where the atmosphere is at its thinnest, the Blackbird cruised at speeds over Mach 3. When targeted by a missile, aircrafts have to outmanoeuvre the weapon so that they are not hit; a Blackbird simply outran any missile fired at it. Officially launched in 1966, the Blackbird remains the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft ever built.
Having the ability to fly will be thrilling in the beginning, but its charm would probably wear off after some time. What if, for a change, Superman wants to take it nice and easy while crossing the Atlantic, but doesn’t want to sacrifice speed? The son of Jor-El need not fret; the British and French worked together to create the greatest commercial airliner ever made – the Concorde. Cruising at Mach 2, the Concorde has so far been the pinnacle of commercial aviation. Although retired out of service in 2003, we are pretty sure Superman can get his hands on one of these engineering marvels for personal use.
The concept of flight has fascinated mankind since the first time man laid eyes on a bird. Now that we have perfected the art of getting airborne and landing safely, the next goal is to go as fast as science will allow us to. The next time you are looking up to the heavens and see something moving very fast, keep a close eye on it. It could be a bird or it could be a plane. Or it might just be Superman.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
If there’s one thing that people love it’s a gadget. Nobody is likely to have every gadget already so there is a fair chance you can find them something they didn’t even know they needed! A good gadget works on various levels – it has great novelty appeal meaning that the recipient can spend hours playing around with it. And after the novelty wears off it’ll be something that makes their life easier or more fulfilling in some way, so they will be eternally thankful! Here are our ideas for great gadget gifts guaranteed to put a smile on any face:
Car Hands-Free Kit
A hands-free kit is one of those things that most of us think we need but few of us get round to fitting. It’s easy to see why – you’ll probably need an expert to install it and this can be a little too expensive. Treat them to a hands-free kit of their very own and they will love you for it. Hands free kits have come a long way since they first appeared on the market and are now much more intuitive – they have great sound quality, can be voice-activated and can easily switch between calls and music. Using Bluetooth wireless technology, they are fuss-free and reliable. Perfect for chatterboxes on the move!
Or On the Subject of Cars... Go One Step Further!
New to the market, Bluetooth rear view mirrors are the mirrors of the future! This has a hands-free kit built in along with an entire entertainment system. There is a built-in microphone, speakers, MP3 player, radio and a Text-To-Speech facility too. You simply clip it onto your existing mirror – it’s that simple to install. For those that require more privacy for their calls there is a hands-free wireless earpiece. It’s great for people that are constantly on the move – all their favourite gadgets in one!
For those that take their exercise and diet seriously, how about a Bluetooth device that helps in the quest for ultimate fitness? These gadgets allow you to effortlessly track your calorific intake, record calories burnt during exercise, and give you essential information on the nutritional value of most foods. You can also record your statistics like how long a 3km run takes you so that you can beat your time the next time! They come with a built in motivator which gives you badges for certain milestones and achievements. It’ll send fitness levels through the roof!
Giving the gift of a gadget is bound to put a smile on anybody’s face – so in your search for the perfect present you can’t go far wrong with a little bit of technology to make their lives a little easier. Major brownie points for you!
The iPhone is now so much more than a phone, camera, mini-computer and organizer—now, it's a way of life. It brings together all of your appliances and needs into one easy-to-control location: the iPhone itself. New iPhone apps that have been released allow you to control just about every aspect of your home with just the touch of a button. Here are the top five ways to automate your home using your iPhone.
1. Controlling your Television and Entertainment Systems with Your iPhone
Like it or not, television comprises of a big role in our lives—bigger than most of us would like to admit. However, this social instrument connects us to the world via news, media and other social phenomenons. Imagine not being able to join in the discussion about the latest Walking Dead or Mad Men episode at work on Monday.
That's probably why there are so many apps that allow you to turn your iPhone into a long-distance remote control, packed with all the features your real remote has. Control your tv and home theater system from afar. If you have TiVo, use Premier DVR, a free app that lets you record on the go if you forget to set your TiVo before you leave. Schedule recordings or look up television schedules from wherever you are.
You can also use the free Remote App from Apple that allows your to use your iPhone to control Apple TV or iTunes programming, even when you're away from your computer. Never miss another TV episode or movie again.
Alternatively, you can also purchase the L5 Remote for about $60. This tiny device connects right to your iPhone and allows you to program all of your TV, stereo and home theater equipment from anywhere in the world.
Once you've programmed your shows and movies with your iPhone, it's time to relax and watch them in comfort. There are many apps that tap into the electronic programmable thermostat system in your house to allow you to get full control from wherever you are. Whether you want to adjust the temperature without getting up from your seat in front of the TV or if you want to turn the A/C or heat on in your home from work, there's an app for that.
The Nest Learning Thermostat, however, takes this control to a whole new level. Not only can you adjust the climate in your home from anywhere, but the app learns your daily routine as well. This means that when you leave home for work, the temperature will automatically be adjusted to best conserve energy, thus lowering your utility bills. Plus, when you're home, the Next Learning Thermostat App will keep your climate at the most comfortable levels, based on your previous input.
Costing about $250.00, the Nest boasts the ability to make your comfortable AND save you money at the same time. You can install it yourself in about a half an hour or you can have it installed by a professional for $120. The makers of the Nest Learning app—Nest Labs—say that the average savings of a single family home over three years will be $520.00, if the app is used properly. The Nest Learning Thermostat is available at their website or at any Lowe's Hardware location.
Using your iPhone, you can then program the WeMo Switch to go on and off at certain times (or whenever you desire). You can also combine the WeMo Switch with Motion for $100. This allows you to control the functionality as normal, but also to include a motion detector on the appliance.
You can use these systems separately or all together, controlling all appliances and lights at once, or individually. Whatever you want to program in your home, WeMo gives you the opportunity to do just that. To find the WeMo Switch, visit your local Apple or Verizon Stores, or visit the Belkin website. Set up takes just a few minutes, but wireless capabilities in your home are a must.
4. SmartHome Offers a More Elaborate Home Automation System
Similar to Belkin's WeMo, SmartHome has come up with three do-it-yourself home automation systems, ranging in price from $385.00 to $925.00. Use your iPhone to control lights, appliances, and security cameras while also continuously monitoring motion, window, and door sensors throughout your home.
Essentially, this is a safety and security system that will also allow you to be lazy while sitting in your home. Visit SmartHome's site for more information.
Finally, we have some great, specialized apps that allow you to stream full-color video and high-quality sound directly to your iPhone. This is a great way to monitor your baby, or your pet. Essentially, you now have the ability to keep tabs on your baby, your pet and anybody who is taking care of them—or your house—while you're gone. Have a parent with Embalmer’s? This will allow you to keep an extra eye on them.
Set up takes just minutes and your home wireless network is used to wirelessly stream video from the cameras to your iPhone. Izon's Remote Room Monitor from Stem Innovations coasts $130,00 and gives you real-time, color picture and audio that can be recorded and stored online. Other apps include iBaby Monitor from iBaby Labs for $200.00, which gives you the ability to control the camera's movement with your iPhone acting as a remote.
Kirt Harrison is an appliance repair technician at Harrison Appliance, based in Southeast Michigan. His company has helped countless homeowners throughout Livonia resolve their appliance repair headaches. Visit his website for more information about his appliance repair services.
Rondo Motion: Bring your headphones to life
Are you passionate about listening to live music? When you put on your headphones, do you wish to feel as if you were at a live performance? Do you want to feel like you're immersing sound? This is exactly what Rondo wishes to bring forth to you! The idea behind this project is to add motion sensing technology to your headphones in order to get an unparalleled immersive sound experience. Rondo captures the acoustics of live spaces and applies that to your music library. It uses proprietary technology to pull sounds out of your headphone to create a life-like sound as if you were in a music concert. The Rondo motion sensor will pair up with your device via any Rondo-enabled app, the device will then send head motion data to Rondo player, which will then adjust the audio sent to your headphones, keeping the sounds fixed even as you move around. The project needs backing in order to get approved, to buy components and to start manufacturing it. Fancy this amazing idea? Go back it up!
Stadium Headphones - Experiencing Sound Like Never Before
Looking for headphones that will stand out from all the other headphones in the market in music and fashion? These ultimate HD wireless headphones from Stadium Headphones Group aim to be just that! Built with the help of state-of-the-art technology, these headphones have a number of extraordinary features such as advanced noise reduction, premium sound quality, luxurious wearing comfort, and they're even foldable! Furthermore, these headphones will be wireless, and will also have a built-in SD memory card slot to help you store a lifetime of music! The headphone will also hold an eject-able remote control that drops down effortlessly at the push of a button. You can use the remote control wirelessly to select songs, change volume, and so on. The headphones will be Bluetooth compatible, allowing you to tune into any Bluetooth enabled device. If that's not enough, the headphones also feature a built-in microphone allowing you to use it as a hands-free for talking, while connected to a Bluetooth device! If you want to see yourself using one of these very soon, go back it up! The funding will be used for the manufacturing process.
Yuni: A Headphone for People with Single-Sided Hearing Loss
Yet another remarkable project revolving around headphones, Yuni will be the first true stereo headphone catering to people with unilateral deafness or hearing loss. Most headphones split the sound between two channels so you end up hearing only 50% of it, and most recordings don't put the sound evenly in both channels. As a solution, you could find a way to collapse both stereo channels into a single channel and listen with one ear. But then again, the frequency will be messy and the sound, cramped. This is where Yuni comes in. It brings in a new technology that places both stereo channels in a single ear piece, but with two separate speakers instead of just one – one above the ear opening and one below it. With this headphone on, you will get that true and incomparable stereo experience that you were previously missing out on! Show your backing for this project if you find this brilliant concept impressive.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Cars that Talk to Each Other
Many of the car technologies that are being developed relate in some way to the road safety of the vehicle;the technology that is being developed today could be one of the biggest changes to the way that we use not only our cars, but all methods of public transport. Not only are the men in the lab coats looking at how they can get our cars to communicate with each other, they are also investigating how they could communicate with their surroundings. This type of technology could revolutionise the way that we drive; our car could essentially receive a warning when another car jumps a red light, warning us not to proceed and thus, avoiding a collision. This V2V (vehicle communication) technology is already in development with the larger vehicle manufacturers such as Ford, based upon the transmission and reception of wireless signals.
Augmented Reality Dashboard
At the moment, we have cars that utilise different in car display methods, from inset screen to windshield displays.But,technology is being developed that aims for the car to be able to identify objects in its surroundings and display all of the information the driver could need right up there on the windscreen. Some current car models already have a basic windscreen display, but it is hoped in the future that the information that can be provided will be much more detailed. The augmented display will overlay the windscreen and not limit the driver’s view of the real road ahead. It could be that the augmented display will flash up a red warning if you are driving too fast or too close to the car in front, or it could even be utilised as a GPS system.
Airbags to Help Stop the Car
Airbags have proven how effective they can be when it comes to reducing the severity of injuries in road traffic accidents, and developers are now looking at ways that the air bags can be turned to further use as part of an active safety system for the car as a whole. Engineers are looking at ways that the bags can be fitted beneath the car to help bring it to a successful halt before any collision occurs, the system will use some form of proximity sensors which will be able to self determine when an impact could become a real threat. Once deployed, the bags will also cause the vehicle to rise off the road a little which cancels out the dip that the car makes when the brakes are applied hard.
Monday, May 20, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
The premise of this app is to stop the time you spend running, or the time you spend on the treadmill, from becoming boring. Unlike other music based running apps, this one actually alters the tempo of the music so that the beat matches your running/jogging pace. The technology involved in this app analyses the beats per minute of the piece of music and then alters them to match your footsteps. In response you automatically step in time with the beat and get a better work out without realising it.
The RunKeeper app harnesses the GPS technology of your phone and uses it to keep a track of not only how far you walked or ran during your fitness session, but also the calories that you have burned off, what pace you kept and which route you followed that is shown on a map. That’s pretty good going for a free app! All of the data that the app records can then be synchronised with the RunKeeper website; so, you will have a full record of your fitness efforts. If you feel inclined to do so, you can then share all of the information that your app has stored with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter.
‘Woman’s Health’ Workouts
If cycling is how you choose to keep fit, then this is the app for you. However, even if you run, skate or ski, this app can be useful! It records the time taken, distance travelled, route elevation and speed of your chosen activity. This app has made the ‘Top App’ lists in sports magazines as well as publications like the Wall Street Journal, so you know it has to substance to back it up. With the purchase of a separate add on (Wahoo Fitness ANT+System), you can also monitor your heart rate as well as bike speed and cadence. This is one app that does so much more than the simple name suggests.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
What are the 4 new trends in home business for 2013?
These 4 new trends in home business for 2013 have been the sole drivers towards achieving a successful financial system of many countries. I believe with the government effort and support on the above 2013 home based business trends are one way of achieving a stable economy with more jobs, more economic growth and development can be a reality in most countries.
Sunday, May 19, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0
There are many different ways to build a green energy home, whether you are wanting to completely live "off the grid," or just utilize as many green building materials as possible. And one area of your home that you can really go a long way with your living green efforts is your roof.
2. Solar Panels
3. Green Roof Plants
These green roofs very easily absorb storm water, so they are usually self-sustainable. They also can serve as the insulation for a roof. And they have great benefits to homeowners for saving on heating and cooling bills. Many newer systems have started to combine solar panel technology with the green roofing systems to help generate the most benefits to their homeowners.
Benefits of Green Roofing Systems
Saturday, May 18, 2013
If you’re a business professional who owns an iPhone, one accessory you must definitely own is a wirelesss keyboard. No doubt, the touch screen of your iPhone is impeccable when it comes to basic surfing or sending texts or short messages, however, it can at times get frustrating if you have to type a long email or make a presentation or compose other documents. Especially so, if you’re a business professional who’s always on the go, nothing can come in handier than a wireless Bluetooth keyboard to type a quick email or compose an urgent document. There are a number of good wireless keyboards available in the market, which are not only compact and portable, but are also foldable! These amazing keyboards connect wirelessly to your iPhone. So just unfold your sleek keyboard and start typing away – perfect to be used during meetings, or while travelling.
Being a business professional, one thing is for sure – you’re likely to be spending at least half of your day on calls. Whether it’s about talking to clients, or dealing with traders, talking to business partners, discussing important matters with subordinates, or carrying out telephone conferences or meetings, a businessman literally always has his ears glued to his phone. In such a scenario, nothing can be more convenient than a wireless Bluetooth headset device. Whether you’re walking, travelling, driving, riding, or even jogging, calls related to business are hard to avoid and so a Bluetooth headset would be a perfect solution. This amazing headset connects wirelessly to your phone and lets you receive and make calls effortlessly without having to hold your phone pressed up against your ear. Moreover, if you get tired of too many business calls, connect wirelessly to your iPhone, iPad, iPod and other Bluetooth devices, and use the headset to enjoy music, games, or videos!
If you are a hardcore business professional, you are likely to carry more than one phone – perhaps one for personal use and one for business. In such situations, especially if you’re travelling abroad or out of station, you would definitely want to make sure your phone remains charged all the time. This is when the Powermat comes into action. With the help of this incredible gadget you can simultaneously charge two or three devices at the same time. This is perfect to be used in areas such as conference rooms, meeting areas, or even in your living room. You no longer need to look for empty plug points to charge your phones. Just get yourself the sleek Powermat and all your charging woes will be sorted.
Need to rush for an urgent meeting and forgot to charge your phone? You’re out on a business trip and you’ve just realized that you lost your charger? Do long business calls drain out your phone battery by afternoon itself? If yes, think no more and get yourself an iPhone battery case. There are quite a few good options available in the market as far as these cases are concerned. These brilliant cases not only give your phone that extra boost of power, but also double up as a protective case keeping your phone safe. This accessory is an ideal option if you’re travelling or attending meetings and don’t have time to charge your phone. Just slip your iPhone into a batter case and you’ll have one worry less.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 by Tech News 24h · 0