Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
TECHNOLOGY AND MUCH MORE: TECH INFO: Wearables - What Are They?: Do you have a device that you wear that measures your physical activity and uploads it to a website where you can compete with friend...
Do you have a device that you wear that measures your physical activity and uploads it to a website where you can compete with friends with badges? How about a watch that lights up when you receive an email, or glasses that are able to search for something online when you tell them to? These are all examples of wearables, which are basically computing devices that you wear somewhere on your body that enhance your access to technology - maps, websites, search engines,apps - in some way.
Examples of wearables
Before going too much further into what wearables are, it's probably important to distinguish what wearables aren't: they are not devices that are implanted in your body, such as a pacemaker or hearing aids. Wearables are devices that have computing architecture built into them, and can be taken on and off. In addition to the examples given above in the first paragraph, here are a few more instances of wearables:
- GPS assistance that is implanted into sunglasses and gives you turn by turn road navigation
- Heart rate monitors that tell you when you need to slow down and speed up, saving records in a database you can bring to your next doctor's appointment
- An alert button that skiers wear clipped to their jacket in case of an avalanche; if they run into trouble, the alert broadcasts their location
- You've probably also heard of Google Glass, a pair of glasses that allows you to search for anything you need online, monitor your environment, send a message, navigate, and much more.
In a recent Pew Internet Research study (.PDF), many industry pundits agree that wearables are the natural next iteration of Web ecosystem development, along withaugmented reality and the Internet of Things. Here's what a few of them had to say:
On how wearables and the Web will work together: "...mobile, wearable, and embedded computing will be tied together in the Internet of Things, allowing people and their surroundings to tap into artificial intelligence - enhanced cloud-based information storage and sharing...."The most useful impact is the ability to connect people. From that, everything flows."
How wearables will give us quick feedback on our daily lives, especially in regards to health: "We will grow accustomed to seeing the world through multiple data layers. This will change a lot of social practices, such as dating, job interviewing and professional networking, and gaming, as well as policing and espionage.”
“We may well see wearable devices and/or home and workplace sensors that can help us make ongoing lifestyle changes and provide early detection for disease risks, not just disease. We may literally be able to adjust both medications and lifestyle changes on a day-by-day basis or even an hour-by-hour basis, thus enormously magnifying the effectiveness of an ever more understaffed medical delivery system.”
"The greatest impact will be medical — due to wearable devices and 'telemedicine’ — and more devices will be implanted. It will happen due to fewer doctors, more bandwidth (for those in cities or better off financially) and demand by the public and the interest of younger physicians. The data of the Internet of Things can be beneficial for individuals, especially when our own bodies start telling us things before we have symptoms.”
How wearables and instant access to online services could improve lives:"The most powerful effect embedded/wearable devices and the Internet of Things will have is to free us from technology,
while allowing us to continue to benefit from it to the same and an even greater degree... It will
bring scientific advancement through international collaboration; increased constituent voice in
political discourse; and a freedom from technology devices that will allow our attention to return to more subtle and fundamental aspects of living."
Will privacy be an issue? Potentially, but the tradeoffs are seen as more valuable: "“Privacy issues will be outweighed by the perceived benefits of being online and interacting with others all the time. I see wearable, or even embedded, technology managing even the most mundane aspects of our daily lives, from what we need at the grocery store to when it's time to change A/C filters to scheduling routine medical appointments and tests.”
From futuristic glasses that search the Web on demand to sophisticated smartwatches that do much more than just tell time, wearables are increasingly becoming more integrated into what we tap into online and off. As the Web continues to evolve, we will see wearables become more sophisticated, giving us better access to communication, online services, and everything we access on the World Wide Web.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
George Timothy Clooney is an American actor and filmmaker, will be marrying British Human Rights Lawyer Amal Alamuddin today in Venice Italy and many of their celebrity friends including Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford and US Vogue editor Anna Wintour are in Italy to celebrate with them.
Amal stepped out in a beautiful red waterfall dress last night for their rehearsal dinner at the exclusive five-star Belmond Cipriani Hotel on the island of Giudecci. See more photos after the cut...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The Amazon Rainforest produces about 20% of the Earth’s oxygen.
The Amazon Rainforest produces 20% of the oxygen in the Earth’s
atmosphere. Spanning across nine countries in South America, it is the
largest rainforest in the world, about 2.3 million square miles (7 million
square kilometers) and represents 50% of the world’s total rainforest
land. The Amazon Rainforest contributes to regulating the temperature of
the Earth by absorbing carbon that is emitted into the atmosphere when
fossil fuels are burned, which is thought by scientists to cause the
average global temperature to increase. If warmer temperatures dry out its
water sources, the rainforest could contribute more carbon to the
atmosphere than it absorbs, as it did during a 2005 drought.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Security researchers at Columbia University created a tool that can crawl and analyze the Google Play store much like Google crawls and analyzes the web ... with a twist.
Their tool, called PlayDrone, was designed to hack Play and the apps uploaded to it, circumventing the security systems Google put in place to prevent that sort of thing, the researchers revealed in a paper recently published by a prestigious computer analysis society, ACM Sigmetrics.
The goal was to find out what kinds of security problems Android apps tend to have. And, after looking at over 1 million apps between June 2013, and November 2013, they discovered a widespread problem that revealed people's Facebook accounts, as well as others like Twitter, Bitly, Flickr, Foursquare, Linkedin, and Google+.
App developers were putting their "secret" key information in the app itself. That's like writing your PIN on your ATM card. Or posting your Facebook password on your public Facebook wall. It might be a convenient place to store such info, but not a safe one.
Many developers were even labeling those secret keys with the word "secret" or "private."
To be fair, this problem wasn't caused by Google, but by the app developers who post their apps in Google Play. In fact, the researchers say that Google stopped the problem by using PlayDrone to scan apps and telling developers to remove secret keys when they find them.
The researchers also waited months to publish their research, giving app developers time to fix their apps.
But the scariest part was the type of app that had this problem, and how some dragged their feet to fix it. In some cases the holes were still there after November when they had officially shut down their research project after warning app developers.
The paper explains, "For example, the popular Airbnb application still contained their Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Yahoo secret tokens from June 22, 2013 until well past November 11, 2013."
The researchers used that information to "access the email and friends list of Airbnb users." After notifying Facebook, Facebook banned the Airbnb app from using Facebook credentials to let their users log in. "In a matter of hours" after that, Airbnb fixed their Android app.
The good news to take away from all of this, is that Google is getting smarter about enforcing security rules for Android apps.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
As Africa and the World, lays one of her Great Icons of Peace, Lover of Sports and Unity, I wish to Portray his Works, achievements and Legacy, through this Timeline.
To condense all of Mr Nelson Mandela's achievements into one chronology would be impossible; as a result, I do not claim that this work here is comprehensive. Below you will find a chronology of important events in his life. It is a work in progress and am happy to receive your comments or additions.
1918 July 18
Born Rolihlahla Mandela at Mvezo in the Transkei
Attends primary school near Qunu (receives the name ‘Nelson’ from a teacher)
Entrusted to Thembu Regent Jongintaba Dalindyebo
Undergoes initiation; Attends Clarkebury Boarding Institute in Engcobo
Attends Healdtown, the Wesleyan College at Fort Beaufort
Enrols at the University College of Fort Hare, in Alice
Escapes an arranged marriage; becomes a mine night watchman; Starts articles at the law firm Witkin, Sidelsky & Eidelman
Completes BA through the University of South Africa (UNISA)
Begins to attend African National Congress (ANC) meetings informally
Graduates with BA from Fort Hare; Enrols for an LLB at Wits University
Co-founds the ANC Youth League (ANCYL); marries Evelyn Ntoko Mase – they have four children: Thembekile (1945); Makaziwe (1947 – who dies after nine months); Makgatho (1950); Makaziwe (1954)
Elected national secretary of the ANCYL
Elected President of the ANCYL
Defiance Campaign begins; Arrested and charged for violating the Suppression of Communism Act; Elected Transvaal ANC President; Convicted with J.S Moroka, Walter Sisulu and 17 others under the Suppression of Communism Act; Sentenced to nine months imprisonment with hard labour, suspended for two years; Elected first of ANC deputy presidents; Opens South Africa’s first black law firm with Oliver Tambo
Devises the M-Plan for the ANC’s future underground operations
Watches as the Congress of the People at Kliptown launches the Freedom Charter
Arrested and joins 155 others on trial for Treason. All are acquitted by 29 March 1961
Divorces Evelyn Mase; Marries Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela – they have two daughters: Zenani (1959) and Zindzi (1960)
1960 March 21
A State of Emergency imposed and he is among thousands detained
The ANC is banned
Goes underground; Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) is formed
1962 January 11
Leaves the country for military training and to garner support for the ANC
Returns to South Africa
Arrested near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal
Sentenced to five years in prison for incitement and leaving the country without a passport
1963 May 27
Sent to Robben Island
1963 June 12
Returned to Pretoria Local Prison
1963 October 9
Appears in court for the first time in what becomes known as the Rivonia Trial, with Walter Sisulu, Denis Goldberg, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Lionel 'Rusty' Bernstein, Raymond Mhlaba, James Kantor, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni
1963 December 3
Pleads not guilty to sabotage in what becomes known as the Rivonia Trial
1964 June 11
All except Rusty Bernstein and James Kantor are convicted and sentenced (June 12) to life
1964 June 13
Arrives on Robben Island
1969 July 13
Thembekile is killed in a car accident
1982 March 31
Mr Mandela, Sisulu, Raymond Mhlaba and Andrew Mlangeni and later Ahmed Kathrada are sent to Pollsmoor Prison
1985 February 10
Rejects, through his daughter, Zindzi, South African President PW Botha's offer to release him if he renounces violence
1985 November 3
Admitted to the Volks Hospital for prostate surgery
1985 November 23
Discharged from Volks Hospital and returned to Pollsmoor Prison
1988 August 12
Admitted to Tygerberg Hospital where he is diagnosed with Tuberculosis
1988 August 31
Admitted to Constantiaberg MediClinic
1988 December 7
Moved to Victor Verster Prison in Paarl where he was held for 14 months in a cottage
1990 February 2
ANC is unbanned
1990 February 11
1990 March 2
Elected ANC Deputy President
1993 December 10
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with FW de Klerk
1994 April 27
Votes for the first time in his life
1994 May 9
Elected by Parliament as first president of a democratic South Africa
1994 May 10
Inaugurated as President of the Republic of South Africa
1994 December 14
Launches his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom
Establishes the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund
Divorces Winnie Mandela
1998 July 18
Marries Graça Machel on his 80th birthday
Steps down after one term as President, establishes the Nelson Mandela Foundation
Diagnosed with prostate cancer
Establishes the Mandela Rhodes Foundation
2004 June 1
Announces that he will be stepping down from public life
2005 January 6
Announces that his eldest son Makgatho had died of AIDS
2007 April 13
Attends the installation of his grandson Mandla as chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council
2008 July 18
Turns 90 years old, asks future generations to continue the fight for social justice
Votes for the fourth time in his life; Attends the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma on May 9 and witnesses Zuma's first State of the Nation address; Turns 91
Is formally presented with the Fifa World Cup trophy before it embarks on a tour of South Africa
2010 June 11
His great-granddaughter Zenani is killed in a car accident
2010 June 17
Attends the funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani
2010 July 11
Makes a surprise appearance at the Final of the Fifa World Cup in Soweto
Celebrates his 92nd birthday at home in Johannesburg with family and friends
2010 October 12
His second book Conversations with Myself is published
2010 November 18
Meets the South African and American football teams that played in the Mandela Challenge match
Is admitted to hospital in Johannesburg where he was diagnosed with a chest infection. He is discharged after two nights
2011 May 16
Votes in the local government elections
2011 June 27
His book Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations is launched
2011 June 21
Is visited at home by American First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia
2011 July 18
Celebrates his 93rd birthday with his family in Qunu, Eastern Cape
2011 October 21
Is officially counted in South Africa’s Census 2011
2011 December 25
Spends Christmas with family in Qunu
2012 February 25
Admitted to hospital for abdominal complaint
2012 February 26
Discharged from hospital
2012 July 18
Celebrates his 94th birthday with his family in Qunu, Eastern Cape
2012 December 8
Is admitted to hospital
2012 December 26
Is discharged from hospital
2013 January 1
Spends New Year’s Day with members of his family in Johannesburg
2013 March 9
Is admitted to hospital
2013 March 10
Is discharged from hospital
2013 March 27
Is admitted to hospital
2013 April 6
Is discharged from hospital
2013 June 8
Is admitted to hospital
2013 July 18
Spends his 95th birthday in hospital
2013 September 1
Is discharged from hospital
2013 December 5
Good Night Freedom Fighter,
Good Night Man of Peace,
Good Night Nelson Mandela You will Surely live in our Hearts, for your Legacies Lives On. Your Spirit forever will Live.
Good Night, till we meet to Path No more.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
World’s third largest PC manufacturers, Asustek, last week joined technical forces with Intel corporation to launch two Intel-powered devices comprising the Asus fonepad 7 and the Asus Transformer Book T100, saying the features suited the Nigerian market.
Both tablets are powered by Intel Atom processors, Intel Atom Z2560 and Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3740 quad-core processor respectively.
Unveiling the devices, Regional Director of ASUS for Africa, Turkey and Israel, Mr. Shawn Chang, said that “the two devices that we’ve launched today, the Fonepad 7 and the Transformer Book T100, are all run by the latest Intel processors. They are designed to fit the Nigerian market. From battery life to the performance of their processors, and to their retail prices, everything is right. These are the devices you want to offer to your loved ones as Christmas gift”
Also Country Manager of Intel West Africa, Mr. Bunmi Ekundare said the partnership between Intel and Asus was a welcome development, adding that “Intel is glad to be able to extend our long collaborative history, including our most recent, the Ultrabook and Intel-based tablets and again, to Asus. Our partnership with this company is recurring and we are pleased with that.”
Ekundayo also saidContinuing, he added that “Intel’s new Atom Z2560 and Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3740 quad-core processor not only deliver power, they are also guaranteed to drive the quality of performance and flexibility that accommodates a range of devices and market needs”. The Asus Fonepad promises to offer the dual value of voice communication of a Smartphone and the entertainment opportunities afforded by a tablet, and comes with the convenience of carrying just one device.
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100|
|Status||Available. Released 2013, October|
|BODY||Dimensions||196.8 x 120 x 10.5 mm (7.75 x 4.72 x 0.41 in)|
|Weight||328 g (11.57 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||800 x 1280 pixels, 7.0 inches (~216 ppi pixel density)|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, MP3 ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Internal||8/16/32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM|
|Speed||HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus|
|Secondary||Yes, 1.2 MP, 720p|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|Chipset||Intel Atom Z2560|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.6 GHz|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Sapphire black, Diamond white|
|- SNS integration|
- MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC player
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- Document editor
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 3950 mAh battery (15 Wh)|
|Stand-by||(2G) / Up to 840 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 10 h (multimedia) (2G) / Up to 28 h (3G)|