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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.

iPhone 2013 Rumors: iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and More

iphone 2013 rumors

The tech world online had been clamoring about the possible release of the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c as well as other new iPhone devices. But just how much do we know about these phones? Several sources attempted to showcase the features of yet to be announced iPhone gadgets and we’ve summed them all up.

iPhone 5s

Although there is no specific date yet, the iPhone 5s may be launched at the last quarter of 2013 in the same manner that most previous iPhones were released around the same time. Some also note that it may be pitted against the third generation of Samsung Note tablets which will be made public on the IFA 2013.

As for features, varying sources point out the following:

  • 4.8 inch display
  • Retina+ Sharp IGZO display with 1080p full HD resolution
  • screen resolution of 1.5 million pixel (twice the current iPhone 5)
  • 8MP or 13MP iSight camera
  • dual LED flash
  • 2GB of RAM
  • dual core or quad core GPU
  • faster CPU – the A6x (similar with the latest iPad) or may introduce the iOS7 with an  A7 chip
  • 128GB storage capacity
  • bigger battery
  • touch on display panel with 10 point multi-touch and 0.5 mm thickness (from China Times based on Apple supplier Innolux, a Taiwanese company)
  • 4G global LTE support
  • NFC technology with possible finger print enabled financial transactions (PayPal’s Michael Barrett dropped a hint about multiple phones possibly having this technology later this year in a keynote speech recently)
  • black and white with the addition of champagne gold color (based on rumors from the Japanese website ASCII)

See featured image above for iPhone 5s colors.

iPhone 6

Who knows if the supposedly iPhone 5s will be no less than the iPhone 6? We’ve witnessed the unpredictable mood of Apple when it released the iPhone 4s instead of a rumored iPhone 5 before. But most agree that a completely different iPhone 6 may be coming to the market by 2014.

iPhone Math

Mark June 2014 on your calendar; it is supposedly the release date for the iPhone Math. This model will jump start the beginning of a new breed of iPhones which are larger and cheaper. I assume these will compete with similar phones/tabs in the market today.

iPhone 5c

In relation to cheaper, the iPhone 5c is a more affordable iPhone 5. It’s still an iPhone and Apple manufactured so literally, it’s just cheaper but not necessarily very cheap. Just around the $300 benchmark.

However, with lesser prices comes less amazing specifications including a smaller than 4 inch display, a lower resolution, and possibly plastic instead of aluminum casing. The camera may be between 5MP and 8MP. It will be available in similar colors as the iPod models.

Conclusion

Among all four rumored Apple devices, it’s the iPhone 5s you may have to watch out for this September or October.

However, I can still remember how many had anticipated the iPhone 5 prior to its release last year and yet ended up with the iPhone 4s instead. There is always a possibility that all the brouhaha over this technically non-existing device may end up in a major disappointment. We are soon to find out.