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Understanding Biometrics

Understanding Biometrics

It’s a familiar scene from many science fiction properties: a person approaches a locked door. They unlock it, but rather than using a key, a red beam scans their eye to confirm their identity and permit them access. The thing is, this and similar biometric authentication technologies are likely to begin appearing in real-world businesses sooner than later. Let’s discuss:

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Need Gift Ideas? Try Out These Gadgets!

Need Gift Ideas? Try Out These Gadgets!

The holidays are getting closer, and picking the right gift for someone is only becoming a more stressful activity. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve found some gadgets that might make the perfect gift for that person on your list who has a particular interest. This blog will go over some of these interests and the gifts that might make their holiday.

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Tip of the Week: Find Your Lost Smartphone With Ease

Tip of the Week: Find Your Lost Smartphone With Ease

Oh no! You start slapping your pockets, already knowing what you’re about to confirm--your mobile device is missing. With the reliance we have on these devices, losing yours is enough to send you into a relative panic. However, this panic may be avoided by implementing a reliable solution specifically for locating a lost device.

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3 New Gadgets For 2016 That You’re Gonna Want [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_2016_gadgets_400.jpgWith technology being so important in the modern office, there are thousands of gadgets produced each year that are designed to work with existing technology to deliver marginal-to-significant increases to an individual’s productivity. Each year, many of these gadgets fail in some way or fall out of public consciousness quickly, becoming nothing but the answer to a trivia question a decade from now at your favorite watering hole.

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The next thing in VR gaming

      What’s next in computer gaming?  Believe it or not smell well that and the breeze in your hair.  A company called FeelReal has come up with a mask that connects to virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift.  The mask is supposed to immerse you in the game by blowing air, both hot and cold, spraying mist, vibrating, and of course releasing smells.  Now don’t go rushing out to Best Buy just yet.  The VR mask is billed as a working prototype, but they are more than willing to sell you a pre-order for $250.  Considering the most popular games these days are first person shooters, I not sure I would want to smell any associated scents.  I am still haunted by the memory of watching a John Waters movie featuring “Oderama”.  The company says the mask does not touch your skin, I guess tactile sensations will be 2.0.

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Check Out These 5 Crazy Mobile Contraptions from 2004

b2ap3_thumbnail_crazy_old_mobile_400.jpgTen years ago, the world was a different place. In the technology world, Gmail was first introduced, and North Korea banned mobile phones. But while North Korea banned them, just south across the country’s border was the ITU Telecom Asia expo in Busan, South Korea, where the future of the mobile phone was bright. How did they think the cell phone of the future would pan out?

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New Security Threat: Don’t Get Jacked While Juicing!

b2ap3_thumbnail_usb_security_tips_400.jpgHackers today are trying every approach possible to steal your device's data, including the hijacking of public USB ports. This technique is known as "juice jacking," and with this new threat, you should think twice about charging your device using a public USB charging kiosk, or even the USB port on a friend's computer.

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Spotted on the Street: Google Glass

Spotted on the Street: Google Glass

 

It snuck up on me during my lunch break, but I am sure glad it did!

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Top Ten Gadgets of 2014 (so far)

This is a compilation of some gadgets I've heard of this year that I think are worthy of looking into purchasing. I'm sure some of these have been out since last year, but the hype is picking up and I want to give some spotlights!

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A Mobile Device You Wear On Your Head

Google Glass Gives "Hands-Free" a New Meaning

You are at a street market in China, standing in front of a display of exotic looking fruits. You want to tell the vendor to give you a half pound of fruit, but you can’t remember how that translates into Chinese. Your hands are full of your already made purchases which rules out grabbing your phone to search for the translation. “Google glass, translate half pound of fruit in Mandarin,” you say out loud, and up pops the answer in front of your eyes on your glasses.

Technology has, once again, taken us to the next level of convenience. No longer do we have to fumble around in our bag or pockets for our smartphone if we have a question, concern, or need directions. No longer are we glued to our smartphones while we dive into the cornucopia of the data at our fingertips. We are now in a world where information just appears, literally, right in front of our eyes. Google Glass uses a miniature screen to display data in the upper right corner of your vision. All of this happens as a response to a voice command or tap on a touch-sensitive bar that runs along the side of the frame. The only thing hindering our learning the answer to anything is not being able to come up with any more questions to ask.

These glasses may provide you a free hand, but be careful! In October 2013, a driver in San Diego, California was pulled over for speeding and incidentally ticketed for being able to see a monitor while driving. The case was eventually dismissed from court because the product was so new and there was minimal proof against the device at the time. This example is not to undermine the danger of products that can distract drivers, as we all know how dangerous texting and driving is, although it opens up a world of possibilities for those that rely on hands-free devices throughout their day.

As far as the release date, it has been rumored that the public will have to wait well into 2014 to get a proper consumer model. In the meantime, you can continue fumbling with your soon-to-be outdated smartphone bricks and dream about the day you will wear your computer on your face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Simplify Your TV Experience and Go Wireless!

b2ap3_thumbnail_stream_to_television400.jpgSo you have yourself a big television. With the right hookups, you can turn your TV into a powerful business tool for your conference room. To get the most out of your conference room TV experience, you can cut the cord entirely and go wireless! Here's how you do it.

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5 Smart Glass Options Beyond Google Glass

b2ap3_thumbnail_computer_glasses_400.jpgThe final quarter of 2013 saw an immense amount of hype around the latest trend of wearable technology. In 2014, it's looking like the hype will pay off as more wearable technology products are hitting the shelves and becoming available to consumers.

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Your Guide to High-Tech Holiday Goodies

b2ap3_thumbnail_techgift400.jpgIt's time once again for holiday shopping, and you've got a plethora of technology choices before you. With so many options, it's easy to get confused and grab the first thing you come across. To help you avoid the stress of shopping for technology this holiday season, we've prepared for you this guide so you can be sure that you're purchasing the best item for people on your list.

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Stream Media Wherever You Go With Chromecast

b2ap3_thumbnail_chromecast400.jpgMillions of users from all over the globe would admit that Google has taken over their PC. For any major application that has been created, Google seems to have an answer for it. With the exception of television models that run "Google TV", they hadn't found a way to take over your TV.

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4 Ways Increased Tablet Sales Are Changing Business

b2ap3_thumbnail_tab400.jpgAccording to a new study from the International Data Corporation, tablets are expected to outsell PCs for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2014. While mobile device sales have been trending this way for years, this is the first time the mighty PC will be dethroned by a gadget. What does this mean for your business?

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How iPhone 5s and 5c Can Increase Your Productivity

b2ap3_thumbnail_iphone400.jpgLast week Apple Inc. announced the newest developments in the iPhone product line. The company has decided to release two new products, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. These two new models come with the potential to aid you in business by simplifying your daily tasks, providing you with powerful organization tools, and increasing your productivity at work.

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Power Up with the TYLT Energi+ Backpack

b2ap3_thumbnail_backpack400.jpgThe latest technology trend is wearable gadgets. Devices like smart watches and Google Glass are worn for easy transportation, but most wearable tech users will not use their smart watch as their main device; instead it will complement their laptop, tablet, smartphone, and other non-wearable technology. The TYLT Energi+ backpack is a solution that lets you wear all of your devices.

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Let's Talk Tablets

tabletTablets are definitely becoming a staple in the consumer electronics world. For the longest time, the tablet PC was an expensive, clunky device that just didn't wow consumers. Some businesses had adopted tablets back in the day, but they were difficult to use, hard to support, and they simply didn't perform for the price tag. However, like many consumer electronics, Apple reinvigorated the tablet market with the original iPad, and now it would seem tablets are here to stay. The question is, are they right for businesses?

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