Home Technology Magazine https://hometechmag.com Wed, 16 Sep 2020 18:47:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://hometechmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/cropped-fav-32x32.png Home Technology Magazine https://hometechmag.com 32 32 New Technology Allows Viewers to Control Their TV with Their Voice https://hometechmag.com/new-technology-allows-viewers-to-control-their-tv-with-their-voice/ https://hometechmag.com/new-technology-allows-viewers-to-control-their-tv-with-their-voice/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2020 16:06:19 +0000 https://hometechmag.com/new-technology-allows-viewers-to-control-their-tv-with-their-voice/

Imagine if instead of having to hunt around for the TV remote, all you had to do was talk to the television set directly to tell it what you wanted it to do. Well TV maker Vlingo has done something close. Instead of talking directly to the TV, the new television application it’s created allows consumers to talk to their phone which then controls the Internet connected TV. But that, the company says, is just the first step. The next models will built in conjunction with well known flat screen television brands with microphones built in that will allow users to forgo the phone and speak directly to the television itself.

CNET magazine has seen a demo of the product at the Consumer Electronics Show going on in Las Vegas, and says that the new app is more than just a voice command app, it’s more of a television assistant because the app has both context sensitive voice recognition and access to the Internet. That combination allows the app to respond to such natural voice queries as “What’s on TV tonight?” or “What’s this movie about?”

Writers at the Los Angeles Times have seen a demo too and seem to agree that the app is truly promising, especially if it makes its way into televisions themselves. It would do away with the pile of remotes many people now find on their coffee tables or bedside stands, and the added benefit of a user interface to go along with the new technology would mean being able to avoid the clunky interface systems now offered by cable companies such as Comcast.

Vlingo Chief Executive Dave Grannan, spoke with the Times and says the app should be available for download sometime later this year, though prices weren’t mentioned. The Times also notes that several television vendors at the show this year were hawking new technology options for televisions this year which portends a true change for viewers, something that hasn’t really occurred since the invention of color television or the remote control.

Grannan says the company is working with both television manufacturers and companies that make add-ons, such as Roku and even gaming devices. With such scenarios, it’s not difficult to imagine voice activated versions of the Xbox, via Kinect, being used as a way to control the television. Similarly, voice activated systems could be taught to learn user preferences based on voice pattern recognition software, which would then be individualized to each person in a household.

 

]]> https://hometechmag.com/new-technology-allows-viewers-to-control-their-tv-with-their-voice/feed/ 0 Star Trek Technology https://hometechmag.com/star-trek-technology/ https://hometechmag.com/star-trek-technology/#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2020 13:39:31 +0000 https://hometechmag.com/star-trek-technology/ Although the original Star Trek series only ran for three seasons, it has changed the way that we live today. Not only did it spin off eleven movies and an uninterrupted series of television shows that ran from 1987 to 2005, it has changed the technology that we use today. There are several technologies that we use and take for granted today that were inspired by the television show.

Cell Phones

The cell phone was invented as a result of the original Star Trek series. The man who invented the cell phone, Martin Cooper, has acknowledged that he got the inspiration for the cell phone from the communicator that is used on Star Trek. The communicators used on the series do look a lot like the flip phones that we have today. In 2006, Viacom television was even awarded $11.8 million because the courts ruled that they owned the “intellectual rights” to the cell phone.

Personal Digital Assistants

I had the chance to visit the Star Trek exhibit that is currently touring the country, and I was surprised to see a personal digital assistant among the props. I never had placed my old PalmPilot in the same category as the old Star Trek tricorder, but there it was. PDAs have taken off in the last decade, and many people now own BlackBerry’s and iPhones that combine the capabilities of a Star Trek communicator and the tricorder. While doctors can’t currently run a portable scanner over you to find out what is making you sick, new iPhone applications now will let doctors look up medical information while they are in sick bay with you.

Amazon’s Kindle

You don’t see paper used very often in the Star Trek series, do you? In the later Star Trek series, crew members will often go to the holodeck to participate in a holonovel, but sometimes they read a book instead. Instead of reading their books in old-fashioned paperback fashion, they have a tablet that they read their books from… somewhat like Amazon’s Kindle.

GPS Tracking

The crew members in Star Trek were always able to keep track of where the other crew members were via a computer system. Being able to track someone is important if you are planning on transporting them somewhere. We are now able to track where we are using a global positioning system. While GPS only works on earth, and can’t transport us across the city within seconds, GPS definitely seems like an idea that was used in Star Trek.

Space Shuttle

When NASA began space exploration with the Apollo program, none of the rockets or space capsules were reused. Everything was thrown away. The space ships on Star Trek, of course, were reused. In 1976, when NASA put together its prototype for the space shuttle, they named it the Enterprise, after Star Trek’s own space shuttle.

Futuristic books and movies have always envisioned things that were to be. Star Trek has been a modern-day phenomenon that produced the technology of the future, today.

Sources:

“Star Trek.” Wikipedia. http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiStar_Trek

“‘Star Trek’ Producers Awarded Cell Phone Patent Damages.” The Specious Report, March 30, 2006. http:www.thespeciousreport.com200606060330startrek.html

“Star Trek: The Exhibit.” Arizona Science Center, February 2009.

 

]]> https://hometechmag.com/star-trek-technology/feed/ 0 Changing Technology: Watching Your Television Shows Online https://hometechmag.com/changing-technology-watching-your-television-shows-online/ https://hometechmag.com/changing-technology-watching-your-television-shows-online/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 07:02:20 +0000 https://hometechmag.com/changing-technology-watching-your-television-shows-online/ In the new, face-paced, go go go world where we don’t have much free time to spend being couch potatoes, sites that offer on-line video and Internet television are definitely here to stay. As computers and the Internet take over more of life, there will be more things that people look for to be there and television is one of those things. We work long hours in front of our computers, we travel with it, a lot of life revolves around a computer now and when you’re working, it’s hard to stop working at a specific time in order to go watch television. TiVo and DVR’s have made this easier for people by allowing them to record their chosen shows to watch on their schedule, but what if their schedule doesn’t give them that time?

Sites like YouTube have brought to light the fact that people don’t have the time to stop to watch a full show, they just want to see the meat of a show. They want to see the funniest clip or the most emotional or controversial part. Rarely do they want to sit through all the mundane parts of the show. In the day and age with reality shows taking over, the best parts are the eliminations at the end of the show. So people don’t always want to sit through the other 45-50 minutes when they can find out the results in the last 5-10 minutes.

With the prominence of the Internet in our lives, there are so many options for people to watch television on the computer, especially with many of the major networks turning to putting their full length shows up on the web sites for viewing. Didn’t get home from work on time to catch your favorite show? Head over to the television network’s web site and see if it’s available for free viewing. If not, check out iTunes, they may have it since they’ve broken into the market of selling television shows. If that fails or you don’t want to see the whole show, head on over to YouTube and find clips from the shows.

It’s not hard to find shows, legally, on the Internet and it gets easier every day. But the question remains, are sites like YouTube giving us real quality, real content, the whole picture. No, they aren’t, really. If you watch the last 5 minutes, seeing one of your favorites being eliminated from your favorite show, are you going to understand why that happened? Not without watching the rest of the show or spending time that you could have spent watching the entire show looking for the information.

The problem is, in this fast paced world, people want to spend the least amount of time possible enjoying the things that they used to make time to enjoy. That fact alone tells us that sites like YouTube are here to stay, as long as they provide a quick fix for the television watchers who no longer make the time to sit down and watch.

 

]]> https://hometechmag.com/changing-technology-watching-your-television-shows-online/feed/ 0 How Technology Helps My Family Keep in Touch https://hometechmag.com/how-technology-helps-my-family-keep-in-touch/ https://hometechmag.com/how-technology-helps-my-family-keep-in-touch/#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2020 16:06:08 +0000 https://hometechmag.com/how-technology-helps-my-family-keep-in-touch/

Communicating with my family has never been easy. My family lives in different parts of the world; most of them reside in the United States, some still live in the Dominican Republic and Spain. Despite the time difference, technology has helped us keep in touch throughout the last 10 years. Below are the different ways we have used technology to stay updated on the latest happenings.

Phone Calls
It all started with calling cards. Two dollars would allow you to speak for about a hour or so from anywhere in the world. With time we added long-distance to our landlines, purchased cellphones and it got easier.

Text Messages
With the purchase of cellular devices came the use of text messaging. This was something the youngsters did. And now with WhatsApp, we’re able to communicate with our family overseas without a surcharge – so exciting to keep in touch with all my cousins! I’ve always loved texting, so this is just the icing on the cake.

Social Media
Our mobile phones also led to the use of social media. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have been helpful in allowing us to see one another. From hair changes to new additions to the family, it’s always fun to see new photos and videos as well as commentary from other family members. And it helps that you can stay up-to-date with the latest happenings through their statuses.

FaceTiming
Before moving down South I purchased an iPhone for my mother. She already had an iPad but my father uses it as his personal computer. Now, whether it’s on the iPad or iPhone, we’re able to see each other on-the-go and share precious moments such as when my eight-month-old son tried pasta for the first time or when he learned how to crawl. It’s amazing how technology has allowed us to keep in touch.

In the last 10 years of my life, technology has changed the way I communicate with my family for the better. Some people might say technology has taken away human interaction, but if you think about the different ways we have communicated throughout the years. It seems face-to-face engagement, such as FaceTime, will always be a part of our lives. I believe technology has helped improve the way we keep in touch regardless if you are a Baby Boomer trying to stay hip or a millennial who is glued to their mobile device.

 

]]> https://hometechmag.com/how-technology-helps-my-family-keep-in-touch/feed/ 0 Battery Technology https://hometechmag.com/battery-technology/ https://hometechmag.com/battery-technology/#respond Sun, 16 Aug 2020 01:52:35 +0000 https://hometechmag.com/battery-technology/ Nothing much has been happening lately. When, oh when, will battery technology take the next great leap?

Isn’t it wonderful to be living in a time when technological progress is leading to ever-faster computers, ever-smaller devices and gadgets that are even more versatile? Moore’s Law, the trusty old rule that says that computing power doubles every two years, practically assures us that at any point in time, electronic devices that are powered by microchips-including laptops, MP3 players, and mobile phones-will become even more powerful two years down the line.

Doggone it. I’d be cheering on this technological assault, if only these dramatic progressions were matched by similar leaps in battery technology, which have been practically nil lately.

The last major development in mobile power was Lithium-Ion Polymer batteries (thank you, Sony), which provided a dramatic upgrade from NiMH battery packs by offering greater power storage and smaller form factors. But that was that. Since then, there has barely been a hiccup of dramatic innovation in the battery biz.

I rant because I have a mobile phone that, even with its Lithium-Ion battery pack, demands a recharge every other day on average. I rant because the battery pack of my two-year-old Fujitsu Life book, which started out with 3.5 hours of battery life, is now giving me just an hour’s worth of juice before caving in (and Fujitsu batteries are notoriously expensive, argh). I rant because these days, battery packs now represent the bulk of the weight for most mobile devices.

Is there any reprieve in sight? Right now, no, other than for us to speculate and cross our fingers and hope for some radical new technology that will come out of nowhere, offering amazing energy storage in some mind-bogglingly tiny form factor. Current battery technologies have practically peaked, with very minimal room for incremental improvements in their performance envelopes. Translation: we’ve just about squeezed all that we can from what’s currently out there.

However, if Mohammed won’t come to the mountain…

Devices are now becoming more energy efficient, which is the alternate solution to the lack of battery progress. If batteries won’t improve, then let’s just make our devices more energy-friendly. This is why, for instance, an iPod Nano can last for 13 hours of playtime (theoretically, mind you). In addition, mobile phones that cut down on unnecessary battery-draining features would last far longer than those with all sorts of bells and whistles.

And laptops? The three big power hogs are the processor, the LCD screen, and the hard drive. New processors are now addressing the power issue, and we can expect an upcoming slew of processors to be more energy-efficient. New technologies are about to kick in for LCD screens as well, as manufacturers move from power-hungry fluorescent backlighting to more efficient LED ones. Better yet, researchers are now coming out with reflective screens that need no backlighting at all. And as for hard drives, a couple of years down the road, expect to see the first mainstream laptops that come with power-efficient flash drives rather than hard disks. When this happens, you’ll really be seeing the onset of wafer-thin laptops that can last literally for days on a single battery charge.

We’ll have to wait it out, though. In the meantime, we’re stuck with our daily recharging routines. Hang on; I gotta plug my laptop now before I lose my work…

 

]]> https://hometechmag.com/battery-technology/feed/ 0 Technology and Our Growing Homeless Population https://hometechmag.com/technology-and-our-growing-homeless-population/ https://hometechmag.com/technology-and-our-growing-homeless-population/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 17:26:27 +0000 https://hometechmag.com/technology-and-our-growing-homeless-population/ In these tough economical times, it’s hard enough for someone with a college degree, P.H.d or even the basic High School Diploma to get a job. Let alone those who had jobs, keep them with all of the cut backs this country faced and still is facing.
If your were one of those blessed to have kept your home and job, more power to you.

Like million other Americans in this country, I too faced foreclosure. Not to the point of being homeless, for which I am forever, Thankful to God.

I have had the opportunity to meet several families that were completely homeless, including their children. I for one would like to Thank the taxpayers and our Government for the free cellular phones with 200 minutes on them. One of these displaced families was actually able to find work, while living in the woods with their children. I’m not saying the system is perfect, but what system is?

How many of you would actually take in a homeless family? There are so many organizations trying to help here in Florida, but at every turn someone gets a new city ordinance put in place, because they don’t want to see them, they prefer to ignore the growing problem. Local politicians can’t stand too see any organization trying to feed the homeless publicly. I wonder if they would try to stop the Dali Lama or Jesus Christ from feeding the poor?

Honestly, one would think our politicians would make this a priority. Future voters!

Foremost, I believe we all should step back and review our ideals for our country. And LET’S CLEAN AROUND OUR OWN BACK DOOR, BEFORE WE CLEAN AROUND SOME ONE ELSE’S.

For the previous article I read searching through the trash, for some of the homeless it is a way of survival. Not everyone recycles their precious aluminum cans and other metals. As for throwing out laptop computers, that’s just ridiculous when you can strip the hard drive and donate, recycle, or have it refurbished for resale.

As for the homeless hanging on to their laptops, I pads or what they need to connect to the internet, good for them. As long as they can find free access to Wi-Fi, companies like Aol offer limited free access and they can do a job search, to apply for work. Again not all systems are perfect, as for free porn, just check out some of myspace pics, twitter, facebook, you get the point by now, I think.

These websites cannot control every individual person in this world and the content they choose to post on their individual websites or blogs. It is up to parents to police their children’s use of the internet no matter the age and use age restriction controls.

If everyone at least makes an effort to work together, no matter how or what your opinion is, we could make a difference.

Thank you

 

]]> https://hometechmag.com/technology-and-our-growing-homeless-population/feed/ 0 Parenting: How Much Technology is Acceptable for Young Children https://hometechmag.com/parenting-how-much-technology-is-acceptable-for-young-children/ https://hometechmag.com/parenting-how-much-technology-is-acceptable-for-young-children/#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 17:14:39 +0000 https://hometechmag.com/parenting-how-much-technology-is-acceptable-for-young-children/

When my five-year-old told me two years ago that he needed a Nintendo DS I was shocked. At his age I didn’t even know what a Gameboy was, much less that I needed to have one. My natural response was “No”, but I soon realized how many kids his age already had one. How crazy is that, I thought.

When I took a closer look I almost began to question my decision as I saw more and more children under the age of ten, who owned cell phones – pretty nice ones, too – a Nintendo DS, an Xbox and who knows what else.

And I had to admit, every now and then when we were out and about I also used my phone to keep my son occupied by letting him play little games on it. But where should I draw the line?

Remembering my own childhood, I grew up playing outdoors from the second I woke up until the sun went down. I played in the dirt, in the sand box, climbed on trees, rode my bike and did whatever else would cross my minds.

I realize that times have changed and that I can’t let my son play outside the way we used to back in the day. Things got more dangerous. But is technology really the solution?

Personally I feel like there is still so much for him to explore in the “real world” and with his own imagination that I don’t think he should be playing mindless video games, just to keep him occupied and quiet.

One day I watched him try to play the Wii and he was horrible at it. Naturally so, since he really hadn’t been exposed to video games. But when I watched the little boy next to him, who was the same age, and saw how effortlessly he maneuvered through the levels, levels that I myself would have had problems with, I wondered if I might be holding my child back in a world that relies on technology.

Let’s face it: by the time he turns 18 even more things and processes will be computerized and you need to have a certain amount of technological understanding in order to even use most of it.

I finally caved and bought him a handheld console. Not one that is mainly for fun and entertainment but a Leapster from LeapFrog that will only allow him to play learning games. He doesn’t know the difference and loves it. And while he is learning something he is also training some basic technological skills. We also bought him a learning game on the Wii and one on the Xbox.

That is definitely something my husband enjoys playing with him, something they can bond over. Me, I still prefer to do hands-on activities with him, like crafting or playing a board game. I guess each parent has to find their own balance between “old-fashioned” activities and whatever technology has to offer.

And at the end of the day, instead of a TV lulling him to sleep, my husband and I still read him a story every night, say his prayers with him and sing him a song – the old-fashioned way.

 

]]> https://hometechmag.com/parenting-how-much-technology-is-acceptable-for-young-children/feed/ 0 Bring the Doctor Home: Technology Advances https://hometechmag.com/bring-the-doctor-home-technology-advances/ https://hometechmag.com/bring-the-doctor-home-technology-advances/#respond Sun, 02 Aug 2020 17:18:45 +0000 https://hometechmag.com/bring-the-doctor-home-technology-advances/ There are many electronic devices that assist in the Health and Human services field. Clients and patients often want frequent updates on health information, or quick assistance when trying to see the doctor. Many innovations have been patented to assist those in need of greater medical care.

Technologies have also been upgraded to benefit patients. This technology can be accessed through the internet, using a web-cam, through monitors on television screens, and many other ways. This will allow a doctor to see more patients in a shorter period; however, this may take away the jobs of nurses and aids. As a patient this technology is easy, accessible, and overall fast. Taking the time to go to the doctors office in the comfort of your very own home is very appealing. If I were a nurse; however, this could be detrimental to my job if I worked in a doctors office. There are still nurses, aids, LPN’s and RN’s needed in hospitals and trauma units. If I were a nurse, and I lost my job to virtual house calls, I would take that as my opportunity to work in a facility that could provide a better annual income than working in a doctors office.

When one is suffering from a physical handicap, their means truly are limited. Doctor visits can become more expensive, as a caretaker may have to transport the patient to the doctor or hospital. There are many concerns about medical care, and many aspects that could be compromised if virtual technology were not high priority, secure, and safe guarded with software, or spy ware. Seeing a doctor can be possible from your own home via-web-cam. This also promotes health, as those who are physically handicapped, paraplegic for example, may have compromised immunity.

Viruses and bacteria thrive in doctor’s offices. Children are the main culprits in spreading bacteria that can make you ill. Many children to go the doctors office each day which can cause a cesspool of germs for one to contract. If an individual with a compromised immune system were to use virtual house calls as an alternative, they may not get as sick as often. Well-visits would consist of check-up and nothing more. This brings comfort to the patient that they can go to the doctor in the privacy of their own homes.

Virtual house calls could cause legal issues, in that doctors would be able to see patients where ever they chose. This could lead a doctor to visiting with a patient over his lab-top while enjoying dinner with his friends. This breeches HIPAA, which every person who receives medical attention is entitled to. There are many more issues to be considered when using a computer to give medical advice or care

When considering technology and ethical issues that may arise we must consider fraud, theft, system scrambling and viruses that attack a computer’s hard drive. Fraud can be more easily committed over the Internet when one does not have to show photo ID, or give social security numbers. Computer and file hacking within an Intranet is a very real occurrence, this could violate patientclient rights as personal information could be altered, breached or deleted. Theft can become an issue if one is able to commit fraud and assume another’s identity and gain benefits. This is how theft plays into ethical issues in the technology sector of Health and Human Services. If an individual is able to obtain user name and passwords for an Intranet or Extranet system, this entire system could fail due to scrambling. When a system fails information can potentially be lost. If there is no paper work documenting the information contained in clients files, all patient and client information is lost. There are laws set into place to protect these issues; however, these issues are still occurring in technology. Spyware and virus software may be able to protect your computer; however, sometimes these systems fail and information can be compromised.Technology has been updated to accommodate the world and the speed in which it operates. Everyone can gain from these benefits, as the Internet can bring doctor and patient together. A paraplegic who lives alone will have to make routine doctor visits, this is when virtual house calls are most beneficial. There are some issues and glitches within this system which could compromise patient health and confidentiality. Virtual house calls could also cause nurses who work in doctor’s offices to lose their jobs, as they will not be needed in the exam room for assistance. Overall this is a personal choice, and one that has more benefits than detriments.

 

]]> https://hometechmag.com/bring-the-doctor-home-technology-advances/feed/ 0 Taking Advantage of Technology https://hometechmag.com/taking-advantage-of-technology/ https://hometechmag.com/taking-advantage-of-technology/#respond Mon, 27 Jul 2020 03:09:37 +0000 https://hometechmag.com/taking-advantage-of-technology/ If you’re only using your iPod for music, Twitter for facilitating stalking and Google as a search engine, you’re doing it wrong. Today, new technologies are emerging so quickly that users are hardly familiar with their old technology before the next generation is released. To make the most of the technology that is available to you, whether you’re purchasing it or it’s free of charge, research is necessary. When every 10-year-old you know is running around with an iPhone, you might wonder if it’s meant to handle your important adult tasks. Consumer Reports and specification sheets on manufacturers’ websites will surely get you many of the answers you need. When many of the answers isn’t enough, check out the thousands of technology blogs out there for people like you who are looking to make the most of what they have.

Google
Most of us use Google every day to answer life’s burning questions, but have you ever clicked on the more link at the top of the page? If you dig into the depths of Google you will find a wealth of excellent resources. If you travel regularly and don’t always carry a laptop to access your documents, you can store them in Google documents and access them from anywhere. You can create documents, spreadsheets, databases, forms and presentations and share them by creating a link and sending it to your friends, family and colleagues. Google Documents allows you to grant permission to others to edit your documents which makes it ideal for working on group projects, as it updates in real time. Another thing you can share with your friends and family is Google Calendar. Create multiple calendars (work, school, social life) and share the appropriate ones with whoever needs them. If it’s pictures you would like to store and share you can use Google’s Picassa; if it’s bookmarked web pages that you’d like to be able to access from any computer check out googlebookmarks. Most people are familiar with Google maps, but have you used Google Reader? Google Reader allows you to access all of the blogs you read regularly from one page. Google Heath allows you to organize your medical records online. The list of Google resources goes on for quite a while, but I can guarantee that if you haven’t checked out the more link, you are not using Google to its fullest potential.

iPodiPhone
Everyone has an iPod and everyone and their mother has an iPhone, but so few people really use this powerful tool to it’s full potential. There is an application for everything! If you have to file an expense report try expense2GO, if you want to jazz up your photos try easyshot or Polarock. If you’re trying to pass the time you can play anything from a challenging game of sudoku to popping bubble wrap. If you’re at a bar and just have to know the name of that song, try Shazam. Got something on your mind and nowhere to write it down? iPhones now have a built-in voice recorder. Other features include GPS and even a level. If you’re still toting around an older iPod, many accessories have been created so that you can make the most of your older apple products! If the newest apple product is in your pocket or your handbag, be sure to keep it updated so that you have all of the latest features and so that it runs as efficiently as possible.

Tethering is another fantastic way to make the ultimate use of your iPhone. You no longer have to purchase an aircard or find free wifi to use the internet on your computer. There are a variety of ways that you can accomplish tethering, refer to Google’s most used resource, the search engine, for exactly how this is done.
iTunes, though not the most favored music player in history, is a valuable tool when it comes to organizing your iPod and your iPhone. iTunes allows you to alter the tags that identify the music. This is useful when you download a soundtrack or an album with multiple artists. Rather than filling up your music library with one hit wonders, you can make changes so that the song shows up only under the album name.

Twitter
When Twitter first launched everyone thought it was ridiculous. Just what we need, a stream of facebook-like updates via text message. Initially there was a great deal of skepticism and negativity surrounding it. It was assumed to be just another networking site that would enable cyber-stalkers. Today Twitter is a social media and marketing phenonmenon. The site allows users to search for keywords and “follow” the users whose statuses intrigue them. There are webinars and how-to guides on how to use Twitter to promote your blog, website.

Portable Storage Devices
If you don’t own an iPodiPhone, you definitely own an MP3 player, a digital camera or a mobile phone that uses a micro or mini SD card. All of these electronics can be used as portable storage devices. You can back up your school documents, transport presentations, spreadsheets and photos using any of the aforementioned technologies. The next time you think you need a larger flashdrive, check out how much space is left on your iPod or SD card. If you were dreading purchasing a external hard drive for that upcoming business trip, make sure you take a look at the tools you already have that are suitable for the job.

Surely your electronics shelf is much more comprehensive than this list. However, now that you know what these four widely used technologies have to offer, you might wonder what other surprises you have at home. Take some time to read the latest information on the top technology blogs. While you’re educating yourself on the many uses of your technological investments, don’t forget to use Google Reader to make more efficient use of your reading time.

 

]]> https://hometechmag.com/taking-advantage-of-technology/feed/ 0 Technology that Can Keep Your Kids from Falling Prey to Predators https://hometechmag.com/technology-that-can-keep-your-kids-from-falling-prey-to-predators/ https://hometechmag.com/technology-that-can-keep-your-kids-from-falling-prey-to-predators/#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2020 00:20:07 +0000 https://hometechmag.com/technology-that-can-keep-your-kids-from-falling-prey-to-predators/ Since schools are now choosing to bad cell phones and some parents don’t give cell phones to children under the age of ten it may seem like you have no other options. Lots of parents are now taking their cue from celebrities. It seems that celebrities already know how to keep their children safe and keep track of them. So obviously you do actually have options other than cell phone technology. One such device is a watch that is called wherify. The great this about this is that it looks like a watch but it really is not. You can attach it to your child’s arm so that it can not be removed, and is a great device for children under the age of ten who are going to school. The great thing about this device is that you can track your child’s movements via a web site which will give you there exact location any time of the day. You can even see pictures of your child’s location using a satellite via the website. Another great feature is that there are buttons that are located on the watch which your child can press if they are in trouble and it will call an emergency number and get them help right away. Of course you should keep in mind that you will be charged for a plan, but if you are worried about keeping your child safe when you are not with them, this is definitely a device that you may want to invest in for the new school year.

 

There is also something known as the walk mate. This item is the size of a pager and is usually used on college campuses. Many parents however are finding that it is great for young teenagers to use that walk too and from school. They usually will cost you a pretty penny, but it will help you to locate your child’s exact location right from the comfort of your home computer. This device also has an emergency button that will call for help if they find themselves in trouble. You even have the option of setting the perimeter of where your child is. Then if they leave that location or the perimeter that you have set up an alarm will go off to alert you.

It’s pretty obvious that parents definitely have several different options to choose from. You may think that you don’t need one of these devices to keep your child safe, but you never know when someone or something may suddenly affect your child. Unfortunately sending them to school is really not as safe as it used to be.

 

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