Are Driveless Cars A Bad or Good Idea

Posted By Marie

Date: June 25th, 2013

Category: Automotive

Are you ready for self driving cars? A car that park itself, sense other objects, cars and pedestrians? Yes you read it right, a driverless car where you as a usual driver can now relax and have more time to read book, browse your laptop without having to worry about navigating through traffic after a long day at work! This might sound like a science fiction, but did you know that these kinds of cars are being tested now? Google, Ford and various car manufacturers are already testing it. Expert engineers at Volvo believe it could happen within ten years from now.

The main goal of this new technology is to save fuel, lessen the mental stress and most importantly, reduce the number of traffic deaths and crashes, which appears to be the high cause of death rate in many countries like USA. The car could also connect to a wireless internet and a gps to exactly know where it should be going. Although this seems to be pleasing in the ears, this new technology still brings us up few issues that we should be aware of, including higher cost to the consumer, the need for more advanced infrastructure, the safety and hacking concern and the law that will eventually govern autonomous cars. Let’s go on these issues one by one.

• COST. Definitely, autonomous cars or driverless cars will cost consumer at least three thousand dollars more than the average cars price, and not all can afford to spend extra amount of money despite the fact that many people are enticed in driving such a vehicle. Auto manufacturers are more likely to appeal to more buyers if they are able to keep costs down, which is merely impossible.
• INFRASTRATURE. The infrastructure does not have enough support for autonomous cars. In addition to designing sensor systems that can detect other vehicles and objects they will also need to come up with a universal system that will enable cars to communicate with one another. This may prove to be an issue if many of the cars on the road will remain traditional cars. In addition to sensing other vehicles, cars will also need to be able to interpret traffic lights, signs and guard rails.
• SAFETY. If autonomous cars will depend on computers, hacking and viruses could be a possible issue. Therefore, we could not really say that using the driverless cars is safe enough.
• LAWS. We might be wondering now about what sort of laws will rule driverless cars. For example, a car that ran a red light? Who will be responsible for it? Will it be the driver of the car if the car is driving itself? Unfortunately, the government and some politicians are still refusing to even acknowledge such issue.

There is still so much work to be done. Everyone will surely have its own opinion about whether driverless cars are a good or bad idea. Would it really solve more problems than it would create? A question that, I think, time could only answer.

Discover the 5 Most Popular Innovative Companies for your Business

Posted By Marie

Date: May 7th, 2013

Category: Information

It is important to keep your business always on top of the market place, and with this technological age, it’s vital that your business use a premier provider of software and application development and web hosting infrastructure. In this article we will share you the top most popular innovative web companies that can help achieve all your business goals and maintain significant competitive advantage among others.

1. Twitter – an awesome tool to promote and grow your business in the World Wide Web. This microblogging phenom adds 10,000 users a day, and has boasted more than 200 million users today. You can find huge potential clients or customers for your business with Twitter, no doubt!

2. Facebook – A social network that everyone loves to hate (but secretly loves anyways) has now over 150 million active users and is still continue growing. It is the king of all web 2.0 sites.

3. Google – With Google Docs and the new Chrome browser, the search titan continues to take aim at Microsoft.

4. Tumblr – A free micro blogging platform that can help your business spread awareness about your brand easily. It’s like a combination of Twitter and Facebook, where you can also post and share images, videos, audios and short pieces of writing.

5. Digg – More than 35 million visitors per month submit 20,000 stories a day to the site. A recent $29 million financing round will keep the crowd thumbing through the downturn.

Tech Talks: Books vs. E-Readers

Posted By Jonette

Date: May 5th, 2013

Category: innovation

A lot of people right now are happily getting their reading done not with paper but with the innovation of digital screens. On the other hand, the purists scoff at digital pages and are sticking to their crinkly paper pages. Just what are the big differences between these two types of technologies?

First off, both types of technologies offer the pleasure of reading anytime and anywhere. You can take a book to the beach, bathtub, or subway just as much as you can take your e-reader with you.

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An e-reader can store more than one title in itself – heck, you can choose to fill your e-reader with hundred of books to max capacity if you wish it. Books, however, can only be brought around as much as your bag will allow. There are some titles that have provocative covers that some folks may not may feel too nervous about reading in public. However, an e-reader will let you read any title as discreetly as possible. On the other hand, a paper book is something physical that you can hand to anyone. An e-book needs a medium and another electronic device to pass on the book.

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The Web and Its Innovation

Posted By Marie

Date: April 19th, 2013

Category: Information

When the World Wide Web begun more than years ago, a lot has changed. Even the Web itself has changed in so many ways. This innovation in web technology makes our communication a lot more easier. To give you an idea, here’s some of the most popular Web tech innovation that had really change our lives for the better.

Web Browser
Web browser is undeniably one of the most vital part of the entire internet experience, and without this, yur internet experience would surely be dull and boring. Among the popular web browser today includes Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple’s Safari and the newest entrant, Google Chrome. All these browser allow us to retrieve and get information from the Web.

Search Engines
Of course, being able to see and interact with Web pages is only useful if you can find them. That’s where search engines come in. You probably forgot the first search engines such as Archie, Veronica, and Jughead. Today’s most prominent search engine on the Internet is Google.

VoIP
Voice over Internet or mostly known as VoIP is a technology where you can be able to communicate with other people around the world using IP networks like the internet. One of the best example is the Skype. This application allows its over 520 million user to make a free call or make a video conferencing with no cost or with a very cheap price.

RSS
Really Simple Syndication (RSS), is another web innovation that let Web sites push updates — such as new blog posts or news articles — directly to a user, who can read those updates using a special RSS feed reader.

E-commerce
Forget the traditional method of buying your favorite personal items, Electronic commerce, or e-commerce, has indeed changed how we buy things. But aside from buying your favorite stuff, one of those industries in which e-commerce really shines is travel. Now you can book airline flights, hotel accommodation or car rental agencies with just a few click of your fingertips.

Web innovations had definitely improved our life in many aspects. Even learning any language can now be possible in just one click – I’m planning to learn Thai any day now. Yes! It is! Name it and anything you can imagine can be provided by the newly and modern web technologies.

Prezi

Posted By Jonette

Date: February 25th, 2013

Category: innovation

There is more to presentations than just Powerpoint.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Microsoft Powerpoint has been our old faithful and go-to for presentations. Whether it be a pitch for a game or movie, a project proposal for your company’s next big product, or even just your history or book report for school, Powerpoint has held our hands and provided us with fonts, transition effects, and templates even our stodgiest grandparents would find agreeable. (Admit it, you still think the Curtain Call and Kimono themes were really pretty.)

Now, if you feel you’ve pretty much outgrown the bullet points that zoom by and the ultra! Colored! WordArt! That came with the program, perhaps it’s time to add some sophistication to your presentations. Reader, meet Prezi.

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Prezi is a great presentation tool that will encourage you to think large and think structurally. Quite literally, it asks you to first think of the big picture for your presentation, and then go from section to section, zooming in and out along the way. It’s a very intuitive and effective tool you can use to wow your clients, your teacher, or even just your parents. With the right ideas, Prezi takes you a long way.

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Facebook Games

Posted By Jonette

Date: January 27th, 2013

medium_2812431296Facebook games have long been considered one of the biggest time wasters on the Internet today. Games such as Farmville and Cityville have now become synonymous to Facebook itself, and has raked in billions for both Mark Zuckerberg and Zynga. What makes these games unique compared to other online gaming outfits is that there are certain challenges that require friends to achieve, bolstering the social aspect further.

However, some game formats have become tired horses for the more discerning gamers out there. The MUD-“click to do action” types of games have had their day, but more and more gamers now feel there should be something more to the experience. Micro- and macro-management games such as Farmville and Cityville have spawned a number of other similar games, but gamers have also tired of this style – too many clicks with too little rewards. It’s a good thing that more innovative game creators have come up with their own new flavor of games to spark interest in gamers and keep them playing on Facebook.

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Web 2.0 – Ooh, shiny.

Posted By Jonette

Date: December 23rd, 2012

Ever since the dawn of Web 2.0, websites the Internet over have become shinier, glossier, and more colorful. Gone are the days of drab websites, boring frames, and text that just sucks the life out of whatever content you post. Now, fontssmall_462282405, resolutions, and design matter just as much as the pictures and articles on the website. Now, eye-catching and elegant photo slideshows and presentations are possible. (Hello, Photosnack and Prezi!) Blogs and websites are now more iconic, carrying a defining look, logo and color scheme that is recognizable anywhere. The web has now become more visual than ever.

However, it can be also very easy to get carried away with all the shiny add-ons. Some websites, end up having too many visual bells and whistles for them to make sense, and navigation can become confusing and discouraging for first –time users. Too much design can result in bad design. Simplicity is often key to attaining true elegance, even on the Internet.

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Why Type Matters

Posted By Jonette

Date: November 23rd, 2012

Some websites just seem to radiate allure, mystery, and excitement with just a few words. One look at the first few bars of text, and you’re hooked. You mull over the words, taste them with your mind, and think: this website is really classy. It has a savvy sense culture, knows its wines, and I bet ends its days in the glow of a warm fireplace. Really smooth, really sexy.

However, some sites just seem to suck the life out of their content. The writing may be brilliant, but the presentation is just enough to make any freelancing writer cry tears of blood. The execution just delivers blow after painful blow to the copywriter’s hard work, and spoils it all in the process. What happened?

This is exactly why Type matters. Any webpage creator worth his or her money can tell you right away presentation is just as important as content. Choosing the right font, color, size, and even execution makes or breaks a webpage, and determines just how desirable it can be to readers. Websites like Dafont, FontSquirrel, and MyFonts make it so much easier to create beautiful web pages. Don’t afraid to check these out for yourself, and educate yourself on the many ways the right font can make a difference.

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The Challenge of the Mobile Web

Posted By Faye

Date: November 1st, 2012



It’s enough to look around and see the booming increase of mobile phones and handheld computers; most modern users have at least one handheld device. Increased simplicity has caused ‘premium’-featured models to be introduced to the ‘entry-level’ customers. Have you ever seen a child Tweeting away or updating their Facebook status from their mobile phone? It’s not restricted to them anymore, with business-people actively performing their entire work with the use of their mobile phone only – sending and receiving e-mails, sharing data, surfing the mobile website, etc.

For quite some time, people were unaware of the increasing gravity of this new mobile web front. How many are there, you might ask? Wikipedia claims that “The total number of mobile website users grew past the total number of desktop computer-based web users for the first time in 2008,” according to data report compiled by the International Telecommunications Union on Oct 2009. Although a complete citation is still needed at the time of writing in order to meet Wikipedia’s guidelines, such a statement a simple observation informs you that this statement is fundamentally true, or at least very accurate. Chances are that existing and potential customers are out there already. Can you afford to be left out? If you already have a website or are planning to do so, the question is rather rhetorical.

Mobile web – a new frontier

Website owners willing to move along with the wave of progress are required to stay updated with all the latest developments, which is a difficult task for many reasons. First and foremost, it requires them to remain updated with the latest lingo as well as be aware of all the news, upcoming products and upcoming trends in an often-updated mobile web world. Additionally, mobile web optimization requires profound knowledge and understanding of that market because many limitations are stressed in mobile web development: the smaller screen size forces them to adapt the experience differently on the mobile web; different layouts are required since there are no tabs and windows in a mobile web browser; navigation is rather crippled compared to the common mouse-and-keyboard combo; lack of support for certain technologies; speed of access; size of the page; memory restrictions and many more…

On the other hand, mobile web experience offers new and exciting features such as touch interface, kinetic scrolling, and location awareness, among many others.

Taking all of the above issues into account, it is clear that a certain state of mind is required from a mobile web site developer to tackle such issues.

Mobile web – innovation at its fullest

So far, such adaptations for a mobile web site were conducted manually. Users were actually building two sets of pages, one for every platform. Otherwise, the use of scripts, so-called ‘browser hacks’ and techniques were required for a mobile website site. For example, a common practice is to build a script that detects the browser version and type, which then builds specific sets of CSS designs for each and finally merges it all together. Sometimes it worked, most of the time it didn’t. You can’t always assume that your user supports scripts, and not all browsers support CSS properly. So many things can go wrong. You wouldn’t leave things to chance when it comes to your business, would you?

Usually, most difficult tasks will get simplified over time. Let’s face it -people don’t like to work hard, and truth be told, they shouldn’t. A computer’s main purpose was to make life easier, and even though new developments come along with new complications, you can rest assured that the innovative mind will quickly come out with a solution. Parenthetically, the truly-innovative ideas provide solutions to problems you have yet to meet. Imagine being told 10 years ago that a major driving force in the industry will be a video-hosting website. Sounds far-fetched, right? Hosting videos seemed so minor back in the day… Now think of YouTube and see how they told everyone that they needed video hosting right away…

Mobile web – dive in, now

Take our word for it – you need a website tailored for mobile web handheld devices. If not now, then tomorrow. Next week though, your competitor may already see the need and take action, building a mobile website site, biting into your cake (or just taking it wholly, if you’re not there to fight for it).

The good news is that all of the hardships described above have been resolved successfully and packed into a mobile web application platform actually usable by everyone, with no prior knowledge required.

Our innovative product allows you to do all that without the hassle. Converting and creating new mobile web sites is a breeze, as our system guides you on every step of the way. Do not hesitate, begin now, and build your mobile web site, all free of charge!

The Pros and Cons of Telecommuting

Posted By Jonette

Telecommuting is quickly becoming the job scenario of the future. Thanks to internet innovations, more and more jobs have now become less of a necessity to be done at work, are now done within the confines of their employee’s very homes. Jobs of all sorts are also now commonly outsourced to different countries. More and more people are beginning to see its many benefits, and are using its certain disadvantages to improve themselves.

However, just what are the pros and cons of telecommuting? Let me give you one of each.

Pro: You control your own time and place of work. No more wrestling with the snooze button, no more rushing off to work, no more hurried lunches, and definitely no more transportation time. You can work at any time of the day, anywhere you want. You can even work in your ‘jammies if you wish, as long as you get the job done on time.

Con: No more fun office banter or office camaraderie. Often, we forget the fact that working in an office brings you in contact to a different set of characters and personalities that we interact with on a daily basis. Beating the deadline for a critical project, eating out together, the pantry hijinks … This all turns into distant memories as you work alone in your home. *sad trombone*

The Oatmeal drew a comic strip on this, so I recommend you check it out for a few chuckles.

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