Cell Phone Technology Turns Twenty Years Old

Way back when only the coolest, richest people had cell phones, they were large monstrosities that had to be carried around like a shoulder bag or mounted inside cars with that little telltale antennae that stuck out the back window, giving thieves another good reason to break into that Mercedes parked on the city street. These days, even our grandparents carry cell phones, and we even chuckle a little when we see those octogenarians pulling out their dated Kyoceras with the monotone screens to execute the most basic functions with a puzzled look on their faces. It just goes to show how far a couple of decades can take you.

That’s right, twenty years ago this month cell phone technology went public and changed the way the world communicates. Before camera phones, downloadable ringtones, and instant messaging, cell phones were clunky, unreliable, and extremely expensive. Even still, cell phones quickly became an enviable status symbol that began an agreement between fifteen companies who took a risk to revolutionize the world’s need to keep in touch.

There are an estimated two hundred million cell phones in the United States alone. According to Lunchover IP (www.lunchoverip.com), it took 12 years for the …

Translation Technology Donated by IBM to Help Troops in Iraq

Regardless of your personal opinion in reference to the war in Iraq, you will probably agree that any help is valuable that can save the lives of the troops and staff that are involved in the brutal conflict. So many folks are stepping up to do what they can to help assist the U.S. Troops and other people located in the war-torn area. Even big businesses are doing their part. IBM has recently decided to donate 1,000 automatic translating devices for use in Iraq. The company has also graciously offered 10,000 copies of speech-translating software for use by the troops and staff in the Middle East.

Many people are unaware of the great need for translators in Iraq. Soldiers, staff, and family members are concerned about the lack of understanding between Arabic speakers and English speaking people. Human translators are playing an integral part right now in the middle East. Currently, there are not enough human translators available to meet the needs of the people. The translating devices and software are expected to assist human translators. With this technology available, a better understanding can be reached between individuals speaking in different languages.

The automatic translating devices are capable of recognizing …

Computer Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired

In 1829 by adapting a secret code used by the military to communicate in the dark, Louis Braille brought the power and wonder of the written word to those who could not see. And while Braille remains a primary method of access to many types of information for the blind, today’s growing reliance on electronic communication, is creating new challenges for the visually impaired. John Vaughn, blind himself and a Rehabilitation Counselor, talks about the challenges he faced. “Braille was developed in the 1830’s in France, and was the primary means of reading and writing for blind people until recent years. Fortunately for me and others who were losing their eyesight in the late 1980’s that’s when we started to see the first real screen reading technology in the computer arena, unfortunately this was more custom made kinds of systems, there wasn’t a lot of standards that were being followed so sometimes your screen reader would work and sometimes it wouldn’t”

Instrumental in changing this and unlocking computers and the world of the Internet to the blind and visually impaired was a gentleman named Ted Henter. A computer engineer and motorcycle racer, Ted was blinded in an auto accident. …

Apple “iWatch”- Why I Am Watching This New Technology

Apple has a tendency to keep its newest and most innovative products a secret. However, it has applied to trademark the “iWatch” name in several countries (Taiwan, Russia, Mexico and Japan) as it prepares for to release the next generation of technology. The iWatch is rumored to be the next generation of technology that is worn rather than carried around like an iPhone. The iWatch will bring us one step closer to being wired into the internet and in constant contact. We already have technology like Google glass which is a wearable technology eyewear that can do everything from take a video to translate a foreign language. The iWatch will surely rival Google glass and other competitors.

The iWatch is likely to be a phone, music station, camera and internet accessible in the same way the iPhone will be. The bigger question is what new features it will have that make it more attractive than the pricey iPhone. It may attract a different type of consumer that wants mobile technology that is easy to transport. It also will make communication easier as you will never be concerned about searching for your phone.

I have to say that I”m really …

New Technology Changing the Face of Cell Site Tower Leases

Over the course of the last 25 years, the cellular industry has experienced tremendous growth. Cell phones have graduated from an ultra-expensive communication device to an inexpensive commodity. The cellular network – the foundation that all cell phones depend upon for service – has rapidly expanded as well. Cellular networks have spent much of the past 25 years leasing property, building “cell towers,” and establishing “cell sites” as quickly as possible in order to meet demand. Today, changing cellular technologies are causing cellular networks to re-organize their cell sites and towers (and their leases).

When cellular phone technology first began to gain popularity, the rush was on to build a cellular network as quickly as possible. Most of this expansion occurred during the first and second generations of cellular technology during the late 1980s and 1990s. During these days, cell towers and cell sites were often chosen based on location. Certain properties and buildings offered “ideal” coverage, and cellular networks often paid exorbitant lease rates for these “ideal” spots because the cellular technology of the time was simply too limited to work anywhere else.

But as the expression goes “times, they are a changin’.”

Today’s third …

The Future of Technology Will Go Beyond the Norm

The future of technology is constantly evolving. To quote Bill Gates: “Software is used everywhere, and there will be advancements in the future of software and digital.” Bill Gates recently announced that there will be touch and sensory technology, such as a table keyboard, minus the mouse and physical hardware. The modern life is impacted by technology, and the advancement of technology for the next year must add to a more “personalized” quality of life.

With the advancements next year of software for home, work computers and gadgets of all sorts, what’s next? The future of technology will have to impact everyday lives, to help improve lives, in countless ways. This is a tremendous statement, considering the future of technology is boundless. There are endless possibilities for this scenario to come to fruition, given the current advancements in medicine, mobile technology and robotics.

In the case of medicine, there are robots now doing surgery. In the future, people will be able to access robotics for more common aspects of everyday life, yet at possibly more affordable prices for services, as technology progresses and the demand increases. Even inferior versions will be superior to the average old way of life, for …

10 of the Most Ridiculous Pieces of Technology Available

Technology has made some wonderful advances and makes almost every aspect of our lives better. But in some circumstances, ridiculous doesn’t begin to describe it. Here are 10 of the most ridiculous pieces of technology.

1. USB Computer Mouse With Digital Scale.
 What would someone be measuring that would fit on a computer mouse, and why? With a price tag of almost $50, apparently there is some sort of market for these.

2. CTA Digital 2-in-1 iPotty. Its bad enough that husbands take their iPad into the bathroom, lets not train the toddlers to do so as well. What happened to reading Everyone Poops? Or eating M&Ms;?

3. The E-Go Cruiser By Yuneec Technology. This electronic skateboard eliminates the need for that pesky foot maneuvering. Simply climb aboard and let the technology do the rest! The ultimate in lazy skateboarding.

4. Digi Scents iSmell. Reading an email about apple pie? Smell it in real time! This device plugs into your USB port and contains a cartridge with 128 scents which can be combined into countless odors. Surprisingly, this product never took off and found a market.

5. Solafeet Foot Tanner. Targeted towards athletes who rock sock tans, this is a …

Wireless Technology – A Wave of New Business

At a time when wireless is just about to make its dent on the IT landscape – resellers can move another notch up the value chain by weaving a business model around wireless products and services as part of their business strategy.

Taking advantage of this opportunity involves getting up to speed with one of the hottest trends in technology today – the explosive growth of wireless data services that will soon put the power of Internet commerce into people’s pockets by providing the opportunity to do real-time transactions on the road.

The need is there in the overall Asian region – primarily in the form of a growing mobile workforce implementation in the corporate front & home networking in the SOHO segment and devices are available to serve that need. About 30 million mobile wireless devices are now used on a daily basis in India and sales of digital wireless handsets are expected to grow far faster than sales of personal computers in coming years.

But what can these wireless data devices be used for?

Most of the mobile data applications now on the market are the new consumer applications such as e-mail access or information services such as …

Technology, Kids and the Evolution of the Conversation

Within one day of reading last Sunday’s New York Times editorial on how technology is creating a disconnected society void of conversation, a friend of mine told me she is buying her third grader a cell phone for his birthday. I also keep hearing that the cool kids in my son’s class are constantly on their iPads or iPods using phone apps and texting apps and Face Time. So in the world of third graders, my son is actually missing out on the conversation. And because he does not have his own phone or iPod or iPad, there is actually a new, very real and physical barrier to being cool.

Now, I am not the kind of mother who makes choices to try to get my sons in the cool crowd. The conversations are not necessarily ones I want him to be in on yet. I think third grade is too young to own things that cost that much, have unlimited access to friends, or have so much of their conversational life unsupervised.

But at the same time, those if us who are writing in the New York Times, conducting studies on how computers and video affect …