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Ericsson and Volvo to Offer Cloud Based Apps to Use in Your Car

By on Dec 27, 2012 in Gadgets |

Everything is getting more and more connected these days, and it doesn’t really take too long to see just how far the implications of this¬†inter-connectivity¬†have spread. Smartphones have become something that every single person carries with them in their pocket or purse, and smart homes allow you to adjust things like climate and lights using a tablet or mobile device as well. Truly, there are few limits to the ways that technology has been able to help us do things in a better and more efficient way. Many things that we do on a regular basis have been helped along by the advancements that we’ve made in technology over the course of the last several years, and the smart car is certainly one of them. Smart cars have been around for some time now, utilizing things like Bluetooth and wireless connectivity to give drivers the experience they want and the assistance they need while navigating the road. This week, Volvo made an announcement that serves to really shake things up and introduce a whole new smart car system that will hopefully give the Swedish car company a serious competitive edge. As it turns out, another Swedish company is helping Volvo make their big news. Ericsson has been making top-shelf quality cell phones, mobile devices, and data systems for years, and have recently partnered with Volvo to create a smart car system known as the Connected Vehicle Cloud. It’s intended as an upgrade to the Sensus, which is the in-car platform Volvo’s smart cars currently utilize. This new system will use cloud-based applications to give drivers what they want, and Spotify is rumored to be one of the first apps that will partner with Volvo for the upcoming Connected Vehicle Cloud system (it would make sense, as Spotify is a Swedish company as well). Volvo has similarly acknowledged that infotainment-related apps will be the first ones available on the upcoming CVC system, but has indicated that third-party service apps will be on the way soon. This means that the car’s on-board computer systems will be able to recognize when a certain type of maintenance is necessary, then help drivers make an appointment without leaving the road. The amount of connectivity that goes into the Connected Vehicle Cloud system will vary according to the market — some cars will rely on something like a Bluetooth connection to the driver’s smartphone, while others will feature built-in connectivity. Whichever model is released in your country, the CVC system is guaranteed to make your life as a driver easier in a number of ways. You might not be able to find the Connected Vehicle Cloud system at your local Mercedes dealer, but it’s certainly one of the most advanced things that you could possibly drive on the road. Together, Volvo and Ericsson are aiming to seriously bring the smart car to the very next level, and might very well do so with the CVC system and its innovative series of...

Top 5 Benefits of Upgrading Your Office Technology

By on Dec 8, 2012 in Gadgets |

The technology boom of the past few decades has had enormous implications for the business world. On one hand, our capabilities have shot through the roof and we have power that was unimaginable just a few years ago. On the other hand, the growth of technology requires constant upgrading that can quickly get expensive. However, the benefits of upgrading your office technology are well worth the expense. Increased Productivity Keeping productivity high is a necessity for all businesses, and keeping your office outfitted with the latest technology plays a large part in this. Without upgrading your office technology, you and your employees will not be able to work up to your potential. Old computers and slow internet connections can drag your work down to a crawling pace. This makes it difficult to get everything done on time, which has disastrous effects for your bottom line. Keeping Up with Competitors Whatever your industry, you should always assume that your competitors are doing their best to one-up you. After all, they probably are. Upgrading your office technology keeps you up to speed with your competitors. Technology moves quickly, and if you’re not doing your best to keep up, you’ll be quickly left behind. Make sure you have what it takes to be a major player in the field by upgrading your office technology to the best hardware and software available on the market today. Energy Savings One of the less apparent aspects of technological evolution is the increased energy efficiency that comes with new developments. Old fashioned computers and servers use much more energy than the latest models. New developments like cloud computing add to the energy saving benefits of modern technology by allowing you to outsource data storage and networking, eliminating the need to power your own servers and storage needs. All of this amounts to a reduction of expenses, so making the investment in tech upgrades can save money for your business in the long run. Eliminating Unnecessary Hardware Offices can quickly become cluttered with lots of single purpose machines that each require their own power source and supplies. Upgraded technology allows you to cut down the amount of machinery taking up space and wasting power in your office. For example, you don’t even need a fax machine anymore, thanks to modern online fax services. Take a look at an internet fax comparison chart to see all the services that these companies provide. You can now send and receive faxes using your email account, greatly simplifying the process for you and your clients. Employee Retention Keeping your employees around for the long haul helps you to build a team of experienced experts who have a vested interest in your company, and it saves you money as well. Upgrading office technology makes work easier for your employees. With the latest technology at their fingertips, work ceases to be a struggle and can even be fun. This leads to an increase in workplace morale, which keeps your employees from looking for greener...

Shoppers Prepare for Cyber Monday

By on Nov 28, 2012 in Gadgets |

Cyber Monday might be something of a relatively new phenomenon, but even in just the last year it’s become something that seriously demands our attention. Black Friday has long been a holiday shopping establishment — every year, retailers and department stores across the United States drastically reduce prices on some of their most popular goods and items, inviting masses of deal-hungry shoppers to come and “officially” kick off the holiday shopping season. It’s a great way to get a head-start on that holiday gift-shopping experience, and save some serious money on the things that you and your loved ones need this holiday season. While Black Friday is a great celebration of the shopping tradition that brings us all to our favorite brick-and-mortar location, an interesting trend has arisen, in recognition of the rise of online shopping. Now that just about everyone has access to a killer smartphone or an incredibly capable tablet, online shopping and virtual commerce are a serious force to be reckoned with. Last year, about thirteen percent of online retailers were happy to participate in something like the huge deals that come with Cyber Monday. This made sense, given that online shopping and virtual commerce was significantly less widespread at that time. In just the last year, though, Google has released the incredibly affordable Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet, and Apple’s iPad Mini offers their famous technology at a very friendly price point. It comes as no surprise, then, to learn that a walloping eighty-five percent of online retailers are going to be seriously shaving money off their prices in honor of Cyber Monday, and many excited shoppers are looking forward to saving serious money on things like electronics and software from their favorite online retailers. Everyone from smaller online boutique retailers to huge chains like Target.com and Amazon are getting in on the Cyber Monday action, and the most savvy shoppers are getting prepared well ahead of time. There are plenty of websites that can help you sign up for alerts and notifications when there’s a deal or discount that pertains to you and your interests, so you can find that perfect PC wholesale that you’ve been looking for. The Sunday after Thanksgiving is typically when the first of the Cyber Monday deals begin to be announced, so if you’re really keen on being their first, so to speak, you can make sure to park yourself in front of the computer as the week comes to a close. There’s a lot to take advantage of in the days following Thanksgiving, and between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is a ton of savings to be had. How heavily you invest yourself in seeking out those more serious discounts and deals is up to you, but with the right amount of savvy, it’s easy to save some serious cash at the start of the holiday gift-buying season. There are tons of tools and resources that can help you save more money than you might have even...

The Latest Tech for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure

By on Nov 19, 2012 in Gadgets |

Technology has been moving in leaps and bounds lately, and the ways that it’s helped us improve our day to day lives and make them more efficient are almost just too numerous to count. From the smartphone to the tablet computer, there have been so many new kinds of technology introduced to help us make our lives easier that it’s enough to make your head spin. No matter what it is you’re trying to do, there’s a way that recent technological developments have made it so that you can do it easier, and more safely. This includes keeping your family safe and protecting your home. That’s right, the recent developments in technology that have given us everything from Angry Birds to Instagram have also given us things like smart homes and wireless home security systems that boast features as robust as the most futuristic-sounding home of the future. If you’re looking to give your existing home security system a serious upgrade, or are looking to start for scratch and figure out a way to keep your valuables and loved ones safe, you’re going to have a lot of fun picking out of all the futuristic capabilities that you’ve have available thanks to some of the latest technology and gadgets available to the consumer market. Newer “smart homes” are so highly advanced that you can control the electricity, light, and power functions in any room of the home from any other room. You can even control these things remotely, and use all sorts of applications to monitor things like energy consumption from your tablet or smartphone. You can even go so far as to install closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) in your home. These can be done in ways that are practically unnoticeable, and you can monitor the feed from any smartphone or tablet, so long as you’re able to connect to the Internet. Going wireless has a lot of security implications when it comes to protecting your home. Wireless systems are a lot more secure and a wireless home alarm won’t be open to some of the vulnerabilities that come with a hardwired system. This type of system also offers you a higher degree of specificity where you might wind up needing it the most. When you’re dealing with a problem in your home, a wireless system can make it easy to divide your home into sections, so that you can deal with individual regions, should you need to turn off lights or something of that nature. Whether you outfit your home with a wireless alarm system or a failsafe system that alerts you when there’s a leak or failure with one of your home’s utility systems, there are more ways to keep your family safe with advanced technology that you could shake a stick at. When you’re looking to make sure that your home and family are safe, you’ve got a great amount of options and should have no trouble at all finding a solution that’s right for...

How to Find Great Deals on the Hottest Tech Items for the Holidays

By on Nov 2, 2012 in Gadgets |

There’s no getting around the fact that technology is expensive, especially when it’s new. While you may be okay with settling for last year’s gadgetry for yourself in order to save a few bucks, gifting is a different story entirely. If you’re going to purchase a device as a present for a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you want to ensure that they’re getting the latest and greatest. But totally aside from figuring out what that must-have item might be, you also want to try to save some money in the process. And there are quite a few ways to steer clear of paying full retail price. Here are a handful you might want to look into this holiday season. Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you’re willing to brave the lines and crazed mom-fights in the aisles of stores then Black Friday can offer up some truly spectacular deals on hot and hard-to-find tech gadgets for the holidays. Most stores will stock limited amounts for this shopping holiday in order to drive up demand and exclusivity, so if there’s something you want in particular, figure out where it is in the store, get in line early, and make a beeline for it as soon as the doors open. As for those who simply can’t face the wall of bodies, Cyber Monday offers an excellent alternative. Although you won’t have the day off work, the sales often start at midnight, and most sites guarantee you’ll receive your shipment by Christmas. Club rewards. Plenty of stores that traffic in technology offer memberships that allow you to collect reward points, resulting in coupons and sometimes even gift certificates. Best Buy, for example, has Reward Zone, by which members rack up 1 point for every dollar spent and get a $5 gift certificate for every 250 points. They also send frequent discount coupons by mail or email for a percentage off of purchases, as well as additional discounts during the account-holder’s birthday month. And many tech retailers offer similar programs. Tech blogs. While blogs that focus on the latest technology news won’t actually deliver deals on the items they review, they are a good source for all kinds of information concerning the devices that may interest you during the holiday season. Sites like Kotaku, Gizmodo, Engadget, Wired, TechCrunch, and Mashable, just to name a few, will clue you in to new gadgets in production and other details like specs, release dates, and preorder options. But they could also let you know when special deals are in the works. In some cases they’ll even set up deals whereby their readers get special discounts by using an exclusive code. And since these are tech blogs, all offer RSS feeds to make your daily perusals a little easier. Tech DOTD. If you haven’t yet heard of Woot, prepare yourself for a pleasant surprise. This deal of the day site deals specifically in technology (although they have added pages for sports, shirts, and wine deals, amongst other things). So you can get amazing savings on everything from digital projectors to in-wall speakers to infrared heaters, and much more. Deals last only a day (or until they sell out), unless there is a Woot-off in progress, in which case steeply discounted items could sell out within minutes, only to be replaced by the next short-sale item. Shop around. This may sound pretty obvious, but it’s surprising how many people fail to comparison shop and end up overpaying as a result. What you may not realize is that tech dealers and service providers will definitely undercut each other to get your business. So if you’re looking to upgrade a phone, purchase a new computer, or snake deals for Fios triple play, make sure you go to competitive companies and let them know exactly what deals you’ve got waiting at another retailer. This is an especially good strategy for stores that work on...

The Impact of 3D Printers on the Medical Industry

By on Oct 18, 2012 in Gadgets |

The leaps and bounds made by technology in the recent past have yielded some truly innovative results and many of these things are changing our lives as we know it. Fields important to the survival of the human race like science and medicine are benefiting in a huge way from these advancements in technology, and the medical field has especially been using some of the newest and most advanced devices to improve the way it goes about saving lives and curing diseases. Some of the newest innovations are making truly incredible possibilities a reality, and according to some experts it’s only a matter of time before the medical industry is able to perform truly incredible feats like growing and producing full organs that can be used by patients who need them the most. 3D printing is one of these particularly recent developments that has seen more and more use by the medical community. We’ll talk about the ways that 3D printing has impacted the medical field as a whole, and how it’s allowing doctors and nurses to save lives on more efficient levels than ever before. 3D printing can actually mean a few different things, and as such the term is more reserved for a practices than it is for an actual product or specific process. 3D printing originated within the last decade or so, and since its introduction the technology has evolved rapidly, seeing use in an incredibly wide variety of different industries and practices. Three-dimensional printers can create a solid model of just about any object, and do so by using digital imaging to map out a fully-formed representation of whatever subject is chosen. By a process that’s referred to as additive, the printer will then create a model of whatever the subject was. This additive process means that instead of being molded to create a shape, the materials are shaped by layering on top of one another until the desired form is created. This technique has been used in a number of industries, and the medical field has been able to harness it to great effect. 3D printing is used in a number of vital and life-saving process, such as creating tiny components for intricate devices and machinery that can help people live longer and function healthier. 3D printing is also used for modeling and imaging organs, prosthetics, and a number of other things professionals must interact with. While the ability to essentially “print” an organ using this technology is a few years away, it exists on the horizon nevertheless, and represents some of the truly amazing capabilities of modern technology. While 3D printing no longer makes use of toner cartridges, it’s becoming a more and more common tool in an increasing number of fields. Recent medical advancements made with the help of 3D printing have enabled doctors to save countless lives, and it’s exciting to think about what kind of capabilities our doctors and nurses will have just a few years in the...