Technology in the Classroom Articles

October 14, 2013

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Technology in the Classroom

Technology in the Classroom Articles

Technology in the Classroom Articles

Technology in the Classroom. If people are talking about the “Utilization of Technology in the Classroom”, of course, all schools need technology. Due to the development of the technology, inventions after inventions keep on being founded, people should always keep track with the changes, and if people fail to keep track, they will lose a lot of chances in this globalization era.

One technology and also the most significant technology in the classroom that is most often used is the Internet. There are many clubs and extracurricular activities that use the help of the internet to promote and support their activities, e.g. Blogs and Facebook.

In the 21st century, it is the information era, and there are thousands of information that could be found easily on the internet. Students need to be familiarised with websites and the search engine called Google. With a little bit of learning and tweaking, students can do their own web design especially with the easy to use, user friendly CMS platforms available today.

With Google, students can easily filter all the information and find websites that contain the most relevant information for their research. Students can just go to Google and search information like “technology in the classroom articles”, and they will be given out websites related to the search.

The internet can also be used by the students to download free E-Book that can be found all over the internet, or provided by the Ministry of Education. This is a good way to cherish the education.

By now, people should already understand that students and schools have been really relying on the Internet. It has become a medium for the schools to communicate with the students, e.g. students portal, school’s forum, students’ grades.

Internet is just one of many technologies that can be used in schools and by the school community.

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Smartphone with Best Battery Life

August 15, 2013

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Smartphone with Best Battery Life

Smartphone with Best Battery Life

Smartphone with Best Battery Life

Smartphone with Best Battery Life. As we all know that at this time, we cannot deny that the battery becomes one of the plus points for either a gadget or any smartphone devices. Their battery  becomes very influential on the performance and attractiveness of the gadget. For example, today many tablets or smartphones have a very long battery power , and it was nominated to Nokia Asha 501 smartphone, as smartphone with best battery life.

Nokia Asha 501 has the specifications and features that are fairly good with touch screen technology that comes with a 3 inches size with QVGA resolution. The phone is also equipped with a camera of 3.2 MP sensor fixed-focus. Not only that, the phone also has a microSIM card slot, and microSD memory card which can be expanded the phone’s memory up to 32GB.

Nokia Asha 501 Full Specifications

• System: GSM 900/1800 WLAN; GSM 850/1900 WLAN

• User Interface: Nokia Asha Software Platform

• Dimensions: 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm (H x W x T)

• Weight: 98 g

• Display: 3.0 “QVGA TFT Capacitive Display

• Memory: 128 MB Flash, 4 GB MMC included expandable up to 32GB

• Connectivity: Micro USB connector and charging, 3.5 mm AV jack, 2 mm Charger Connector

• Standby time: up to 48 days (dual SIM standby time: up to 26 days)

• Talk time: up to 17 hours (all variants)

Colour Options:

Bright red, blue, yellow, bright green, white, and black.

Well one thing that surely is one of the plus points for the Nokia Asha 501 is the resistance of the battery life, and claimed a smartphone with best battery life. Nokia Asha 501 has the ability to survive for 17 hours while on call, and 1.5 months in standby mode.

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Google Glass will be Sold at $299?

August 13, 2013

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Google Glass will be Sold at $299?

Google Glass will be Sold at $299?

Google Glass will be Sold at $299?

Google Glass will be Sold at $299? Google Glass is planned to be sold to the public in 2014, but what will be the price of this high-tech gadget later on?

Currently, Google Glass is quite expensive and sold to the developers, with the price tag of $1,500, but according to the rumor, when marketed to the public later, the price will be capped at $299.

According to technology researcher Jason Tsai, the price of $299 is considered quite reasonable. Considering the price of Google Glass component is actually not too expensive.

Quoted from The Register, Monday, August 12, 2013, the most expensive component of Google Glass is the screen, which is supplied by Himax Display Inc, a company based in Taiwan, and this costs approximately around $30.

Tsai also deems that the price of $ 299 is reasonable and allows Google to make a profit. If it is too costly, then the consumer may fail to buy them.

Google Glass itself is a sort of gadget with the capabilities like a smartphone or computer. For example, it can access the Internet, record video images, show the direction, and many more. Google Glass is based on the Android operating system.

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Nokia Shows Off the Excellence of a 41MP Phone Camera

August 13, 2013

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Nokia Shows Off the Excellence of a 41MP Phone Camera

Nokia Shows Off the Excellence of a 41MP Phone Camera

Nokia Shows Off the Excellence of a 41MP Phone Camera. The camera is one of the advantages offered by Nokia Lumia series 1020 at the latest. Recently they have released an ad featuring the performance of the camera, which is embedded in the smartphone, as quoted from WPCentral, Monday, August 12, 2013.

The advertising with a duration of 1 minute and 45 seconds has invited visitors to see what’s going on in Nokia Lumia 1020 when the user starts to push the shutter button.

Through the animation in the video “Behind the Lens of a 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020″ is showing how the light falls on the first internal components and are then forwarded to the mobile circuit until the final result is shown in PureMotion HD+ display. Visitors are also invited to see the performance of image stabilization system, which is owned by Nokia.

Nokia Lumia 1020 was released last July. With a powerful 41MP camera sensor, the phone is capable of producing images sized 38MP and 34MP, depending on the aspect ratio used (4:3 or 16:9).

The camera on the Nokia smartphones can also produce images with the size of 5MP if the compression is on. The 5MP photo has a better image quality compared to other 5MP photos taken from another phones because this one is obtained using a 41MP camera sensor.

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Flickr is Now Led by a Former Google Employee

August 13, 2013

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Flickr is Now Led by a Former Google Employee

Flickr is Now Led by a Former Google Employee

Flickr is Now Led by a Former Google Employee

Flickr is Now Led by a Former Google Employee. Flickr photo site is changing again, but this time is not in terms of design, but the internal structure.

Some time ago, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! has appointed a new name to serve as the leader of this photo sharing site.

Bernardo Hernandez Gonzalez is now having a great responsibility of handling Flickr. The figure itself has a long experience in the world of technology, and for Mayer he is not a new figure.

Quoted from AllThingsD, Monday, August 12, 2013, Hernandez used to work for Google. He, himself has been working at Yahoo for a few weeks, but has not received a specific assignment to date.

Gonzalez is also known as one of the active Flickr users with the Leica X2 as his ‘weapon’. Previously, Flickr is held by Brett Wayn, but he resigned from the company shortly after the service is redesigned.

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Disappointed by Windows, Acer Relies on Android

August 12, 2013

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Disappointed by Windows, Acer Relies on Android

 

Disappointed by Windows, Acer Relies on Android

Disappointed by Windows, Acer Relies on Android

Disappointed by Windows, Acer Relies on Android. Acer said that they will reduce their dependence on computer products, which are based using Windows as their operating system. These Taiwanese vendors prefer the growth of Android devices such as tablets and smartphones.

In a meeting with investors, the president of Acer, Jim Wong estimates that Android devices Contributed to 12% of all revenues Acer at the end of 2013.

Acer’s recorded financial performance is quite disappointing lately. In the second quarter of 2013, they posted a loss of USD 20.5 million. Whereas in the same period last year, they earned a profit.

Acer’s loss cannot be separated from the sluggish PC market under Windows. According to a research firm, Gartner, they expect that the shipments of Acer’s Windows-based PCs will continue to decrease until 35.5%, one of the highest decreases compared to other computer vendors.

“For the PC industry, I have not seen the bright spots. We have to maintain the market share by working on Android tablets and smartphones market, which are better, so we can anticipate,” said Wang, as quoted from The Register, Friday, August 09, 2013.

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Negative Impacts of Smartphones to Health

August 12, 2013

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Negative Impacts of Smartphones to Health

Negative Impacts of Smartphones to Health

Negative Impacts of Smartphones to Health

Negative Impacts of Smartphones to Health. Unconsciously human life is now very dependent on the smartphone. Advanced communication tools that are almost never be apart from the hand. Even some of you can see them more than 150 times a day.

But did you know that a smartphone could affect the health of your body from your eyes to the spine? The following events can happen from using smartphones too much as quoted from Daily Mail, Sunday, August 11, 2013.

1. Damage the Eyes

Do you ever feel dry eyes after using a smartphone? That’s because you are too focus on a small object in a considerable period of time. If it keeps going it could cause inflammation and eye infections.

Smartphones should also be kept away from children because according to Allon Barsam, an eye surgeon at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital University, UK, the gadget can increase the potential for myopic eyes. Psychologist Dr. Aric Sigman also advised to forbid children, aged 3 to 7, from playing games with a small screen for more than half an hour a day.

Also according to the study, the use of smartphones can also cause presbyopia, which is the inability of the eye to focus on close objects, usually suffered by people aged 40 years and over. The disease can arise from viewing the screen with a very close distance.

Solution: Increase the text size on your smartphone. Only use it in a room with adequate lighting and no more than 15 minutes.

2. Destructive Spine

The use of smartphones can change our posture. As described by Kirsten Lord, physiotherapist, our body is a product of what we do everyday.

We can see that, now, there are many people who feel pain in the neck or shoulders. This is because we often lean on something when reading or playing the phone or the tablet. Such position could crush the top spine and the nerves to your head. Thus causing headaches, numbness and fatigue.

Solution: use a hands-free device. Additionally Kirsten also gives suggestions for simple exercises to lengthen the neck muscles by imagining a rope pulling the middle part of your head to help improve posture.

3. Changing the Shape of the Jaw

Excessive use of smartphones can also cause your jaw shape changes. Dr. Sam Bunting dermatologist says, “I see an increasing number of women in their 30s who are concerned of the bottom part of their face fell. As people age, reduction in skin elasticity and bending the neck for hours to play the smartphone can cause your skin to be drawn down.”

Solution: Hold your smartphone or tablet parallel straight in front of you. Do not put it downward so you do not need to constantly look down.

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A Stewardess Got Fired With the Help of Facebook

August 12, 2013

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A Stewardess Got Fired With the Help of Facebook

 

A Stewardess Got Fired With the Help of Facebook

A Stewardess Got Fired With the Help of Facebook

A Stewardess Got Fired With the Help of Facebook. Facebook now could be used as an evidence to determine whether an employee is actually sick or faking when he or she is absent from work. This has been done in an airline industry in New Zealand.

Air New Zealand Airlines requires their stewardesses to submit a copy of their Facebook page as well as bank account records. Both of these must be submitted to prove whether the stewardesses telling the truth when they are absent.

As quoted from the AAP, this happened to an Air New Zealand flight attendant named Gina Kensington. Gina has now been released after taking a leave to take care of her biological sister in March 2013 ago.

Gina brought the case to the Employment Relations Authority. This woman deemed that handing a copy of her bank accounts activity and Facebook page should not be done. She feels that these two elements are part of privacy.

But apparently the ERA agrees with the request Air New Zealand. According to them, their data could be relevant to prove whether Gina’s guilt.

Earlier a man named Bruce Taipa also experienced a similar case. He was fired for claiming sick, but it turns out there are photos on his Facebook page that he was joining canoe carnival ride in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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Sales of Tablets Slows Down, Market is Waiting for the New iPad

August 11, 2013

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Sales of Tablets Slows Down, Market is Waiting for the New iPad

Sales of Tablets Slows Down, Market is Waiting for the New iPad

Sales of Tablets Slows Down, Market is Waiting for the New iPad

Sales of Tablets Slows Down, Market is Waiting for the New iPad. International Data Corporation (IDC) reported in the second quarter of 2013 there were 45.1 million tablet units shipped during the period. This amount increased by 59.6% compared to last year, but when seen per quarter decreased by 9.7%.

According to IDC research director for the tablet market, Tom Mainelli, tablet shipments decreased due to consumers waiting for the arrival of Apple’s new products, the latest version of the iPad.

Mentioned, during the second quarter of this Apple only shipped 14.6 million tablet units, down from the first quarter of 2013 as many as 19.5 million units. Apple’s market share in this segment was also down by 60.3% from the second quarter last year to 32.4% in the second quarter of 2013.

Apple has not released any new product to the market since last year after the launching of new MacBook Air laptop.

In second place is Samsung, which shipped 8.1 million units of tablets, down from 8.6 million units in the first quarter of 2013 with 18% of market share. Next is Asus, which shipped 2 million units, while down from the first quarter of 2.6 million units with a market share of 4.5%.

Exciting news for Lenovo where finally able to penetrate the 1.5 million unit shipments and controlled 3.3%, followed by Acer with 1.4 million units with a 3.1% market share.

Operating system Android tablet market share as much as 62.6% followed by iOS (32.5%), and Windows (4.5%).

Earlier, in May, IDC predicts tablet shipments will exceed personal computer / PC in 2015. The reason is mainly because, consumers choose to buy the iPad because it is cheaper and smaller.

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iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to be Launched on September 10, 2013

August 11, 2013

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iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to be Launched on September 10, 2013

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to be Launched on September 10, 2013

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to be Launched on September 10, 2013

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to be Launched on September 10, 2013. On next September 10, 2013, Apple will be launching their new generation of iPhone. In addition to the release of iPhone 5S, reportedly, Apple is also going to introduce a cheaper version of iPhone 5, iPhone 5C.

As quoted from AllThingsD, Sunday, August 11, 2013, iPhone 5S will look exactly the same as iPhone 5, but with internal developments, such as, faster processor, long lasting battery, 2GB RAM, and 13 MP camera with dual LED flash.

According to the rumor, iPhone 5S will offer a built-in fingerprint reader to unlock the system. About the price, it will not be so much different compared to iPhone 5 when it was first introduced, ranging around $800.

During the release, the latest iPhone is also likely to carry iOS 7, which will also be available for the previous generation iPhone (4, 4S, and 5)

In addition to iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C will use colorful plastic casing and will be priced at approximately $500.

The release of these two new versions of iPhone will not take a long time, and in a few weeks, they will be available for the fans in September 10, 2013.

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