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Why Should Technological Innovations be Halted Temporarily

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The influx of technological breakthrough leaves every human being astounded but there is a need to have a rest period temporarily.  Technology is both a blessing and a curse.  The benefits that we reap from latest gadgets, tools, and applications make our lives comfortable and relatively easy to deal with.  We are able to process activities in work and personal matters without delay and with quick access.  However, not all of us are able to cope up with the latest trends in technology; thus, there should be cessation period to develop new technologies.  Why?

1. It is time to evaluate technology.  Profit dictates why companies need to adapt technologies which are faster and cost efficient.  But some of the products available are really useless and are just vanity products catered to a selected few.  Without a doubt, technological manufacturers must be monitored and controlled to limit production to products which are really necessary for mankind.

2. Give time for people to adapt to current technologies.  Some of us are not yet familiar with our latest gadgets, tools, and applications and then new models are introduced with latest technological innovations and so we panic.  Our sensibilities are challenged, we become envious, we become greedy, and we want to show off.  But what about others who has yet to familiarize with new trends?  Isn’t it right that we give time for them to adjust before we move on with the latest technological innovations?

3. Give time for the environment to relax.  When new breakthroughs are introduced, it follows that these will be embedded in new products.  New products can only mean more manufacturing demands and then more resources needed to manufacture it.  Where do we get these?  From our environment of course!  Let us pause for a while in developing new products and give our environment time to rehabilitate naturally.

4. Rethink, regroup, and retool.  Along with benefits, we also suffer setbacks with technology.  Technological innovations are also used to harm people.  It is important that innovation should be limited to those which give benefit to a greater number of people and not for a limited few. The same improvement has the capacity to destroy millions.  Let us not add more problems to the world.  Let us use technology as a means to preserve relationship and humanity as well.

5. Give time to address more pressing problems such as hunger, hate, prejudice, and inequality.  While latest technological innovations help people, these do not help lessen the problems mentioned beforehand.  Instead, it helps widen the gap between those affected and those who are benefited.  Before we think of how holographs help us realize the images we see in sci-fi movies, let us first deal with world’s problems and avoid situations where the Earth is destroyed as most science fiction films suggest.

Yes, there is really a need to temporarily halt technological innovations and evaluate how current technologies affect mankind. From there, let us support technologies that will offer more positive benefits like cure to AIDS and cancer.  We can also first find ways to develop technology that will foster better relationship among various religious, political, and cultural groups.

The Evolution of Media Convergence: Why Some People are not Happy about it

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It was in 1997 when I first heard the words “media convergence.”  My boss at that time was talking about how in due time TV, telephone, cable, and the Internet will be one and will change some of our daily habits like watching TV, communicating with people, and accessing information.  I knew that it was not his idea but had read it somewhere as he was a bookworm.  He explained to me that media convergence is a synergy of different forms of media through the help of technology.

From 1997, a lot of technological breakthroughs occurred.  Cell phones became digital instead of analog.  Cable companies started to become wireless.  Internet access was rapidly expanding to a greater number of people. Mobile phones were getting smaller and more affordable.  More features were installed.  Telephone companies were buying and partnering with Internet providers and later on after the millennium, they provided their own mobile and broadband services.  Cable companies has either disappeared or merged with big telecommunications companies.

After 2001, MP3’s become popular, electronic gadgets installed applications like web browser and networking tools, mobile phones have digital camera, MP3 player, camcorder, voice recorder, GPS, and other advanced features, tools, or applications.  Radio and TV programs were already available online.  Printed materials such as books, magazines, and newspapers were gaining popularity in terms of access.

The Internet is a vital link towards this digital revolution but since it is already past infancy stage, the term is no longer applicable; I believe “digital adaptation” is more appropriate. When mobile phones became sophisticated, telecommunication companies has crossed the barrier of audio and video programming into the Internet. Computer functions as well as operating systems are embedded in mobile and other electronic gadgets such as gaming devices and consoles. Media convergence has then become a reality following these developments.  This has been made possible because of the Internet.

The effect was tremendous to the human population.  While majority were just too happy with digital adaptation, there are some people who were not only unhappy but mad as well.  Mobile phones eliminated long distance operators.  Broadband companies destroyed Internet cafes. In other words, hundred thousands of jobs and people were displaced.  Downloading became popular and copyright owners shouted foul and demanded rigid online policies regarding intellectual properties.  Electronic consumers are fed with new products and various technologies become passé after six months to one year while millions are having a difficult time coping with the advances in terms of money.

Lastly, media convergence has brought millions of junks. As tools, gadgets, audio and video electronic systems are rapidly changing and people are acquiring the latest models, it can only mean trashing the older models.  Think of how many millions of mobile phones, laptops, desktops, CRT TV’s, LCD’s and other electronic items are thrown in the garbage yearly?!

The gaining popularity of Smart TV’s and the resurgence of Plasma TVs have spurred new demands for these products to benefit the effects of media convergence.  We can only know the effect of these on jobs, environment, copyright owners, and to people later.

4 Features to Look for in Fully Automatic Washing Machines

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Modern women are very lucky.  They lived to see the day when washing clothes no longer involve hard work. From the moment that washing machines were invented, it became a basic necessity when you talk about convenience.

Over the years, this product keeps on improving and right now, almost all imaginable features that modern women want are installed.  However, not all women are very familiar with everything their fully automatic washing machines can offer. They need to be informed on how to use these features and take advantage of all the benefits associated with it.

Smart Sensors

Regardless of brand and capacity, all fully automatic washing machines are embedded with smart sensors so you can program your washing activity.  With the help of digital buttons and a LED display output, all you have to do is press on buttons and select the required inputs in order for the fully auto washing machines to perform functions you desire.

Some of the most interesting features involved with smart sensors are:

1. Wash While You Are Away Function. Different brands call it differently but the function and the purpose are all the same.  This feature allows you to program washing while you are in the office so that by the time you get home, the clothes are cleaned and dried.

2. Capacity Level Functions. Similarly, it is called differently by several brands but it only means the same thing.  This feature allows washing machines to detect if the load is beyond the capacity limit and if it needs more water or more detergent.  Press buttons and then load the inputs. Presto! You can wash your clothes without worrying about water, detergent, and load capacity levels.

3. Fuzzy Logic and Chaos Functions. These are two of the most important features that you have to look for when buying fully automatic washing machines.  It is a washing technology that mimics washing clothes manually. These functions are supposed to make your clothes tangle free and cleaner as if they were washed using your bare hands. There are no buttons to push. The unit itself is already programmed to activate these features once the unit is in use.

4. Child Lock Features. Do not forget to look for this feature when buying a washing machine. It helps protect the unit and your kids as well.  This feature is designed to keep the unit from continuing its washing function when your kids are randomly playing with and pressing buttons.  Different brands have different ways of installing this feature.  Some brands install a separate child lock button that you can press when you want to activate it. Other brands require three digital buttons to be pushed simultaneously to engage child lock options.

As a final reminder, it helps that you read the product manual. You can find instructions on how to use different features installed on your fully automatic washing machines.  In addition, you can also ask for a product demonstration of the unit for you to appreciate these features well.