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Drones for Safety

No matter what time or on what network you turn into for your news there is an inevitable news thread that you are always going to see without fail. It usually goes something like this ‘such and such drone, inflicted, such and such, damage against such and such people. The bottom line is that there is always the reality that is going around is that the fact that drones are one in the same with death and breaking of lots of things in the world today. I know it you know it, the American people know it and its a reality that is that unless things are different that will be the legacy of an otherwise amazing technology.

drone2The reality is that as is the case with all new technology in the United States is that it comes through the military and if there is an amazing technology you can imagine that it had a military application prior to its civilian one. Today we are fortunate enough to bare witness to something in this regard that is coming primary as the result of a military application but in actuality is going to have the ability to actually save many lives, while not being able to inflict any damage against lives. Sounds a little to good to be a drone, broad horizon ahead that is coming on the wings of angels in drone form.

The way it is done is that the military acknowledged the reality that there are over 10 million submerged line mines in the crust of the earth just waiting to inflict damage against a civilian years after a conflict took place in the region. So every year there are hundreds if not thousands of people who fall victim to this reality every year and sadly lose their lives or are badly injured as a result of their interaction with the affected region. So what are we to do, because there has been up until now a catch 22 that was presented to anyone who wanted to remove these because they posed a threat to human lives no doubt, however in order to remove them you had to do so with the careful and close interaction with human lives. So what the drones of tomorrow are going to do is nothing short of a miracle. The way they work is pretty remarkable.

drone 3First, they determine what area is most likely to be affected by past armed conflicts and thus likely to have the presence of land mines. Next it runs a sensor array which sweeps the area and detects through metal detection where the presence of land mines are. Next what it does is it allows the drone to place a tennis ball sized explosive over the region and them blammy, its bye bye Mr.Landmine.

This is already having a huge impact on what it has already done and is only going to continue to save lives. The initial history of the drone story may be marred with violence and destruction, but hopefully this new tech can be the healing first step towards allowing for a more peaceful and prosperous world with this great innovation.


The Internet of Things in the World of Medicine

While the internet of things may posit both positive and negative contributions to the world of tech-savvy security, the medical realm is perhaps where this kind of technology can be the most helpful. After all, the United States is beginning the burdensome process of supporting its baby boomer generation, and the major rise in members of the 65-and-over club is driving new development in medical tech. Devices that connect patients with caregivers ad help machines get better at learning how to read sensors are more needed than ever.

connected medGrand View Research recently published a report stating that “high, unmet medical needs” of seniors are likely to trigger the increased use of remote patient monitoring by healthcare organizations. These organizations’ efforts to meet the needs of their patients will likely sustain the market for the “Internet of Medical Things” for the next decade. Considering 2022 is when the IoT sector is expected to explode (industry experts have predicted that the market will reach about $410 billion), it’s likely the market won’t be losing momentum anytime soon. The sector’s medical devices are projected to drive a compound annual growth rate of 28.3 percent between now and 2022.

What kind of devices can you expect to see gaining momentum? Think Fitbits and Apple Watches that can read your heart rate, activity levels, and sleep cycles. Google is even developing contact lenses that can read your glucose levels. mc10 is coming out with a biometric stamp the size of a band-aid that can report a person’s vitals to connected devices and doctors. Developers at the University of Buffalo are creating a pendant that can analyze chewing and swallowing sounds to determine what wearers are eating and alert them when they’ve started to overeat or eat unhealthily.

While these devices may be helpful for those hoping to maintain good health, Ian Shakil notes that it’s important to realize that these devices are only able to provide so much assistance.

“The Internet of Medical Things will continue to evolve and deliver value by getting the complexities of technology out of the way and connecting- or better yet, reconnecting- doctors with patients,” said Shakil, CEO of Audmedix.

jewman“Augmendix’s service is optimally designed to deliver the highest quality patient notes resulting in improved patient care and pay or reimbursement,” he explained.

Shakil’s company estimates that physicians spend at least 70 percent of their time reading documentation before they started sing their service. “This new ly reclaimed time that can be repurposed in-clinic for other administrative tasks or even to see more patients,” he explained.

According to Joel Cook, real-time location systems posit one of the original uses for the IoMT. Cook is a senior healthcare solutions manager at Stanley Healthcare.

“Using wireless RTLS devices, staff and family members can trace a patient’s entire journey through the hospital- from the waiting room to surgery to post-op, and how long they spend in each area,” Cook explained.

RTLS devices can be leveraged for asset management to locate equipment and monitor for temperature-sensitive substances as well.

Keith Cooper, CEO of Constant Therapy, explained that IoMT devices can also help in terms of collecting data about which medicines work for which kinds of people:

“By collecting anonymized data from every person’s interaction with our therapy programs, we can analyze what works ankd what doesn’t work for each type of individual,” he said.

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Industry Experts Offer Tech Predictions

Let’s face it: the technological revolution is upon us. Computers aren’t just in your pocket, they’re everywhere, and there’s plenty more to come. Not only that, but tech is infiltrating all other industries from food to agriculture to dynamic integrated business solutions to healthcare to military applications (autonomous killer robots are almost ready to be deployed by the Russian government.) In light of all of this unprecedented change, many industry analysts have come forward with their own ideas regarding what to expect from the tech explosion that is our modern world. So buckle up baby, because we are in for a wild ride full of ups and downs, robots and connectivity.

future techTake the predictions of industry insider Sanjay Ramendong for example. According to Ramendong, we can expect the distinction between “the tech industry” and “industry in general” to fade. Ramendong attributes this to “a massive price reduction in computing technologies and an upgrade in terms of portability of all widely used devices.”

“Although our capability is improving, we often neglect the ethical questions surrounding our advancements,” Ramendong continued. “Consider the issue of artificial intelligence; do we make the helpful robots cuter or capable of love? Should we purposefully limit their consciousness?”

Futurist and professor of integrated technologies at MIT Dr. Holly Sass has written a variety of books on the subject of new devices in a world where relationships between humans and technology are constantly forming and being rewritten:

“Virtual reality will change the experience of livestock in a way that most people haven’t considered. Assume a cow is wearing a virtual reality helmet; he will forget he is at a farm and can instead live a reality in which he is a swashbuckling pirate or an astronaut for all I know.”

“From an animal rights perspective, does it really matter how you treat an animal that’s wearing a virtual reality helmet?” she continued. “The answer to that question depends on a variety of factors, from how developed and compelling VR technology comes to how good the video is to the philosophical changes that occur in humankind in the time between VR helmets for people and VR helmets for cows.”

future tech3Industry analyst Ken Chambers writes for Technology Magazine and has spoken at multiple conferences regarding the nature of what he calls “Gaya” or technology-based natural solutions:

“There’s no reason to rule out smart dirt, perhaps called iDert or Dtech when the time comes for branding and market development. There are a variety of promising and well-funded startups devoted to making computers for trees. These computers will make it possible for trees to enter chat rooms, possibly giving a voice to the voiceless and fueling environmental discussions in the future.”

Whether or not these analysts are real, there is a high probability that computers will play a larger role in our lives and perhaps directly in our bodies. So let’s be honest, now is the time to ask ourselves not if but when and if when, but how will we prepare for these changes?


Facebook Breaks the Mold

If there is a single company that can still make waves, effectively bucking off the recent earnings malaise in the tech industry, it would be a safe bet to think that Facebook is the one who can break the mold. There has been much for the company to be proud of in recent months. They grew quite a lot over the last fiscal quarter, especially in mobile platforms, which was unexpected to some industry insiders. It is also relevant to note that they have relatively untapped sources of revenue in terms of the messaging as well as virtual reality platforms. Unlike many other tech moguls, the company has even managed to avoid the condemning attention of Donald Trump.

All the while, Facebook has been coming up on its four-year anniversary as a publicly traded company, and there are reasons that we can assume that Facebook’s doing so well in terms of the stock market might help them push even higher. Many expect a joyous day when they announce the first quarter results this Friday. fjfjfjfdkfjasdlf

Theyanalysts that polled Faceset expect adjustments earnings of 63 cents a share, which is up 48% from the year prior, to $5.3 billion dollars. Facebook has thus exceeded its quarterly estimates all but one time since their initial public offering in the wee morning of 2012.

Facebook has gone through a revolution, nay a transformation in regards to its mobility and that revolution has been a meaningful one to say the least. To put this into perspective, about 80% of advertising money in the last quarter came from its mobile means. That is up from a year ago when it made up a mere 28%. When you think of Facebook’s average revenue per user, you think of a surge of about 33% during the last year. This is an upward trajectory, that made Facebook earn big green: more than $1 billion in net income in the fourth quarter alone. fasdfasfd

The stability of the Facebook economy is in direct correlation to the strength of the economy in general. They are not so much a generator, as they are a indicator of financial prosperity at a given time and place. What I mean is that, Facebook can only really make money through the sale of their ad space. They do not create, nor do they really provide a service other than a platform of which most of the people in our economy are members, and thus allows for the largest platform for anyone to reach their potential clients when the economy does well.

Facebook does well because when people’s companies do well; they want to advertise them and thus pour their excess revenues into the Facebook machine. You take the ad revenues, you take away the life blood of Facebook and Zuckerberg in general. So the valuation of Facebook and its meteoric rise is a troubling one to say the least, because when they do have a down turn and the shareholders say they want to sell, there will be nothing for Facebook to do. They don’t do anything and our entire economy is based around giving these useless tech services absurdly high valuations on the basis that they are worth something much more than actually are.



The Infamous Trick to Brick Your iPhone

This technique may be more fittingly called an anti-hack; turns out there’s a new iPhone bug that will render your device completely useless, and it’s as simple as setting your iPhone’s clock to January 1, 1970. It’s a strange thing to do for sure, and how exactly this was discovered and what that person’s intentions were in setting their phone to this doubt remains a mystery to me, but regardless, people have discovered that this can ruin a person’s expensive smartphone, and so of course, the internet is running rampant with this information.

Having first surfaced on 4Chan, fake Apple advertisements that encourage people to set their phone to that date have been all over the net and sent via email. The advertisement reads as follows:

ibrick“Blast from the past. The original Macintosh introduced the world to computers, forever changing the way people experience technology, and allowing people to do things that were never possible before. With this easter egg, warp back in time with a classic Macintosh theme to relive the magic on your iPhone Change the data on your iPhone to January 1, 1970, press and hold the power button to reboot your device, and prepare for a wild ride!”

Unfortunately for those hoping to enjoy the fruits of a retro theme, Apple wasn’t even founded until 1976 and your iPhone will turn into a completely useless piece of plastic and silicon. The only way to undo the damage once you’ve done this is to find a Genius Bar appointment, which will take a long, long time.

More tech savvy users will be dismayed to hear that you can’t restore the phone through iTunes, as actual physical fixes (or replacement phones) are necessary to get you back online.

Worried about your device being prone to the evils? The bug is only a problem for 64-bit iOS devices, which encompasses the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini 2 and newer models down the line.

Experts don’t think that the hackers actually were able to slip this bug into the Apple’s design on purpose; instead, people believe it was likely a bug related to the same Unix glitch that caused Facebook to wish people a happy 46 years of service, if you remember that whole fiasco.

brick2What’s the uniting factor that would cause these glitches to arise in unrelated companies operating under different guidelines? Count 46 years ago… and there’s 1970 again. Turns out that the date January 1st, 1970 or 1/1/70 has an internal value of zero on a Unix system, which causes the software to malfunction.

Not sure exactly what the reason for that is because I’m not a computer programer and I don’t know binary code or how to make software, but it’s likely that any system using Unix may have some kind of issues revolving around that particular date and what happens if you set the device to that date. Luckily, most bugs would have likely already happened, but we’ll see what pops up in the future… Just in general, don’t take advice from poorly written ads like the one quoted above.

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What is Caching?

You hear the word all the time but you’re not quite sure what it means. Let’s see what this article can do to help:

cpu v memoryLet’s start out by explaining a developing problem in system design: at our present moment, scientists have found ways to greatly increase CPU (computer processing unit) clockspeed and performance, but the technology regarding equally speedy memory remains a bun in the oven. That leaves scientists scrambling to find a way to make sure their CPU speeds make a difference in overall computer function.

A common analogy used to explain the problem and solution involves a downtown furniture workshop and a lumberyard that keeps moving further and further out of the city and into rural land. That movement represents the increasing divide between the speeds of the CPU and of the memory (the memory is the lumberyard). No matter what size the trucks are that ship lumber from the lumberyard to the furniture shop, they’re going to take longer and longer to arrive after the furniture shop files its order.

Ok, conflict understood. Possible solution: rent out a smaller warehouse in the city and have it act as a cache for the workshop; it could have a driver on-hand who could drive out and get whatever the furniture shop needs whenever a need springs up. The bigger the cache, the better, because it will store more of all the raw materials that the furniture shop could possibly need.

Now think of that city warehouse as the level 1 (L1) cache. The L1 cache can be accessed extremely easily by the CPU, so it’s a sensible place to store of all the most relevant and predictably necessary data. The L1 is able to be so quick because it’s made of the fastest and most expensive type of static random-access memory (SRAM). The 4 to 6 transistors that make up every SRAM trump the one-transistor-per-cell of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM), but they also cost quite a lot more, so engineers generally want to be conservative with them.

When the processor reaches for data that isn’t in the L1, it’s called a cache miss. This is definitely a situation worth avoiding seeing as people that pay for an ultra-high-clockrate processor like the P4 don’ expect to be forced to wait for the time it takes for data to load from the main memory (it’s not a simple matter of waiting for something to load; the time that that takes may keep a program from functioning properly).

lumberThe solution is to build a second cache. Expanding L1 is only an option so much as you’re willing to pay for more and more of those expensive transistors. If you want faster access to memory but don’t want to foot the bill, you can build an L2 cache that sits between L1 and the main memory. Hence the cache (or memory) hierarchy begins to form. The L2 isn’t as fast as the L1, and the L3 isn’t as fast as the L2, but each slower tier also holds less relevant information. At the end of the day, data is still transferred more efficiently with the tiers than without them.

Software – The Innovative Part of a Computer System

Computer software is defined as a set of programs and procedures, to perform an ordained task. Computer Software is further divided into two major categories; system software and application software.

software1Application software: These set of instructions make use of the capacities of a computer directly to accomplish a particular task. Capable of manipulating text, numbers and graphics, it can be in the form of instructions focused on a single task such as word processing, spreadsheets or even playing audio and video files. Thus, application software caters to the varying needs of professionals in different spheres across the globe matching their specific needs.

This application software makes its presence felt majorly catering to commercial purposes. While the scope of this category is rather large, gaming forms the widely used application software in the modern day.

The following are the different application software aimed at different purposes

1. Educational Software: Innovative attempts in the field of education brought about mechanization of the evaluation process of students. Application software aimed at conducting tests and tracking the progress of students are in vogue. Not only that, tools like dictionaries, mathematical software and others like NASA World Wind are some of the prominent uses of educational software.

2. Industrial application software: Engineering and development of products is the prime aim of industrial application software. Here software plays an important role in designing and developing hardware and software products.

3. Software in the field of Medicine: Specialty software developed for medical purposes for maintaining electronic health records, medical billing, patient scheduling software and medical accounting. Various specialties in the field of medicine have their corresponding application software for their varied needs. Simulation software is also a widely employed medical application.

4. Business Applications: Word processing application software like MS Word, WordPad, and Notepad are some of the text editors used for business as well as domestic purposes. Additionally spreadsheet software like Excel and Lotus 1-23 allow business users to perform calculations on spreadsheets, replacing paper worksheets for voluminous calculations. These are also termed as office suites, since they are used by knowledge workers.

Presentation Software too comes handy for business professionals to display information in the form of slide shows. MS PowerPoint is the widely used application software for making business presentations to an audience.

5. Gaming Software: Gaming tools are specialized application software developed for gaming buffs to derive pleasure out of video games, arcade games, console games, mobile games and PC games.

6. Media Content Development Software: Content access software is majorly used to access content without editing. However there are instances where some may include software that allows for content editing. Such software suits the dual needs of individuals to use digital entertainment and published digital content. Media Players, Web browsers and help browsers are some of the examples.

software2Business software applications which are expensive should be purchased with utmost prudence, in line with the needs of the employees to the basic features of the software. Going overboard will mean waste of capital investing in software which will never be used.