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Tech News From Technology Blogs

First off, the word blog is the shortened “web log.” Most of the time, this is maintained by a person or sometimes a group of people who consistently deliver entries of topics, events, comments and other things about a particular theme or subject. Now a technology blog is actually the same; it is a website that sends out news, commentaries, stories, events, and anything that has something to do with technology. Most of the time, it discusses breakthroughs, new inventions, upgrades, and advances on the world of technology.

A lot of entities have gone into Technology blogging or tech blogging for short. Probably the reason being information technology is all about new and progressive technology, hence, off with the traditional way of disseminating news and information and utilize technology itself as the mode of delivering advances and pertinent news in the information technology world. In this case, the ideal channel would be the internet. There is a huge number of tech blogs and they cater to specific information technology topic.

o Electronista – the latest gadgets for the information technology standard nerds
o Switched – want to hear the newest thing in layman technology? This is the site. It also includes weird and sometimes funny news related to computers and gadgets.
o Gearlog – it is similar to the tv guide but this time it is for geeks. It lists the latest gadgets and their application
o Daily Tech – a no-nonsense tech blog, made for the intellectual tech savvy people
o Epicenter – a serious look at the business side of information technology
o Silicon Valley Insider – similar to the epicenter however this blog discusses business topics and how they affect other facets of the information technology world like media and communications.
o CRAVE – this blog is a comprehensive guide to the latest computer hardware and other computer-related gadgets and reviews and comments about the performance of each
o Green Tech – the Green Peace equivalent on the information technology field. This blog takes on technologies role in keeping the earth green and environment-friendly.

o Geek Dad- for the nerd and not, who has kids and who wants to spend quality technology time with them, this is a great blog site. Includes activities that you can do with the kids.
o Techdirt – more like the competitive intelligence guy of the information technology world. This blog site assists subscribers into making the correct decisions by supplying them with accurate data which they can use.
o Gadget lab – concise and accurate commentaries and reviews on the latest gadgetry
o – the New York Times for geeks. What is important to them are all here.

Technology: A Love Story

We all are sub consciously governed by parallel philosophies which lies beneath our all actions and inactions, and philosophies when shared form the collective conscious of a society. Like an Artist who through his Art mocks the society, challenges its conventions and invents a whole new thought process, a technologist is also no different from him. Technology is mere a reflection of an inventor’s personal philosophical beliefs. To interpret the allegory of technological world, I dig down deep in the minds of three great men who embarked on a journey to change the world and set the foundations of Modern technology as we see today.

On 6 June 1884, a young Yugoslavian scientist named ‘Nikola Tesla’ landed on the shores of America with little besides a letter of recommendation from Charles Batchelor, a former employer. In the letter of recommendation to Thomas Edison, Batchelor wrote, ‘I know two great men and you are one of them; the other is this young man’. Batchelor was right, Tesla was not just as great but much more intelligent than Edison. He superseded Edison in faculty and ability to decipher the most complex problems. There was one more thing where Tesla differed from Edison and that was his philosophy of social structure. Edison came from hierarchical conservative background, while Tesla was deeply influenced by newly brewed socialist philosophies in Europe and an Indian philosopher named Swami Vivekananda who said that all religions are true and that service to man was the most effective worship of God. Imbued by the teachings of Vivekananda, Tesla completely disrupted electric Industry. Electricity then was distributed through highly inefficient DC current generators and most of the technology which was patented by Edison was expensive and hence it was reserved only for bourgeoisie class. In 1894 Tesla invented AC electric technology, which was far more efficient and could be distributed to every household in America inexpensively. His invention had put him in direct confrontation with Edison and his corporate friends, Tesla’s lab in New York was burned down and war of AC vs DC had begun which eventually Tesla won. He did not stop there; he was a man on a mission to illuminate the entire world and to break all social barriers. In 1899, Tesla started working on a new technology which promised transmission of electrical power wirelessly to the remotest corner of the world for almost free of cost but he could not fulfil his last dream, his labs in Colorado were vandalised again and he was threatened for his life. He lived rest of his life in oblivion and died in a hotel room in New York. All his life, Tesla sought to reduce social distance, such as in communication for better understanding, transportation, and transmission of energy, as a means to ensure social equality. In pursuit to do so he invented the modern radio which formed the basis of current mobile communication and controlling systems and his invention of AC electricity was the greatest service to mankind in 20th century.

Post world war 2, world got polarised into soviet leaning leftists and American leaning liberals. An Imaginary Iron wall stood between two worlds and then came 1960s which was the decade of social revolution. People were fighting the state for civil rights on both sides of the wall and it gave rise to new counter culture of Anarchy. 9th December 1968, a different anarchy was born in the lab of Stanford research Institute, it was a technological anarchy and its inventor was a computer scientist. His name was ‘Douglas Engelbart’. What he demonstrated that day was later known as Mother of all demos and set the foundations of modern internet and personal computing. Engelbart, with the help of his geographically distributed team, demonstrated the workings of the NLS (“oN Line System”) to the 1,000 computer professionals in attendance. The live demonstration featured the introduction of the computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, bootstrapping, and a collaborative real-time editor. Engelbart believed that society can be governed by a collective intelligence without the intervention of central authority and thus state would be irrelevant. His vision was to connect every individual through a personal computing device with its own intelligence and form a network of intelligence sharing which will make the authoritative mainframe and super computers obsolete. His inspiration for the invention came from an Article titled “As We may think” by ‘Vannevar’s Bush’ that he had read in Philippines while he was serving for US Navy as radio technician during World War 2. Engelbart was also strongly influenced by the philosophy of linguistic relativity developed by Benjamin Lee Whorf, which stated the sophistication of a language controls the sophistication of the thoughts that can be expressed by a speaker of that language, Engelbart reasoned that the state of our current technology controls our ability to manipulate information, and that fact in turn will control our ability to develop new, improved technologies. And for the same reason he developed computer mouse and hyper media as a means to reduce the friction between human computer interactions and improve our ability to manipulate the information directly and which in turn would help to add more intelligence to the network. Engelbart ideas of networked personal computing inspired many early entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley.

One of the entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley who jumped into the race of personal computers was ‘Steve Jobs’. But in contrast with other technology entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs was different, he was neither a scientist nor an engineer, he was a rebellious Artist. In 1972 after dropping off from Reed College from his engineering course, Jobs would crash into Fine Arts classes every day and that is where he discovered his love and passion for Arts. In 1974, in quest of spirituality, Jobs travelled to India. He spent 7 months India wandering in Himalayas and on the plains of Ganges in Northern India. After returning to USA, he became a serious practitioner of Zen Buddhism, engaged in lengthy meditation retreats at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Centre, the oldest Soto Zen monastery in the US. In India he learned two most important lessons of his life, first, how the most complex problems in the world could be conquered with art of simplicity and second, that the power of intuition is greater than intellect. He founded Apple computers in 1976 and infused his learning into the products that Apple designed in subsequent years. He believed intricacies of technology can be simplified by means of Aesthetics. Contrary to popular beliefs, Jobs did not invent a personal computer, Smartphone or a tablet but what he did invent is simplified PCs, Smart phones and tablets. He always valued intuition over intellect, at the time when digital music industry was dying and best of the best technology corporations were wary of rescuing it, Jobs was busy designing iPOD and with which he also invented a whole new ecosystem of music industry.

Understanding Technology News

Are you interested in knowing the recent developments that are taking place around you? Do you feel that every individual needs to realize the importance of keeping themselves updated with the global events? If yes, then surely you understand the importance of news in the contemporary world. News can be defined as information that affects a large number of people and is of utmost importance. News is disseminated to inform people about the different events that are taking place around their neighboring areas. News can range from entertainment, politics to science and technology. It can also be classified as per to the region. Events that are of local importance take the shape of local news and facts that consider foreign relations comprise of as international news.

Technology News is referred to as updated information that is concerned with the advancements achieved in the field of technology. Individuals around the world are highly dependent on technology. They are attracted with the beauty and charm of modern appliances in their day to day living. Be it laptops to smart phones, the contribution and use of technology is prevalent at every stage in our lives. With such popularity and reliance on electronic devices, a majority of the people in the contemporary world are interested in the latest updates of technological devices and advancements made in the related field. Thus realizing this need, most newspapers and websites have created a separate section for easy navigation.

In the corporate field, Technology News plays a pivotal role as it provides technical specifications on the trends and developments of different operating systems and applications. Information Technology (IT) experts comprise a large population of employers and with information on updated technology, organizations are aware about the different specifications of intricate system applications. It is also possible to get information on complex technologies like Linux, Unix and Windows Operating System.

From medical experts to schools and organizations, every individual lays emphasis on the importance of Technology News in the modern scenario. Even if you are a home maker, you need to be aware about the multiple products that are released in the market for easy and comfortable living. With multiple stories reporting of refrigerators that have the ability to automatically order food as it runs out, automatic cleaning ovens and vacuum cleaners that helps you to clean the house with ease. Therefore, you can understand that keeping yourself updated on recent technology can turn you into a smart shopper as well.

Steps to Success in Teaching With Technology

Teaching is changing. Are you?

Two generations and only six decades later, their grandson the student received twenty years of formal English and French education, from dozens of specialized educators on three continents. Today, their grandson the teacher has many new resources, but the challenges continue. I have one class of ten-to eleven-year-olds, access to educational assistants, consultants, administrators, seminars for personal growth, and technological education tools to deliver information to my students in our small town of Penetanguishene, Ontario, from anywhere in the world.

Why is teaching still a challenge? Children are still children, with all the challenges of yesteryear – discipline, attentiveness, self-esteem, peer and parent pressure, and homework. Another significant challenge is that students today reside in a big global village, with big global problems. In this new world, information arrives at lightning speed from all corners of the earth. This high-speed digital highway influences most aspects of their society. Financial services, health care, the military, government services, and transportation are a few examples of where high-speed data collection, storage, and processing have forever changed the way we do business.

This technological tidal wave has now arrived at today’s schoolhouse, revolutionizing how teachers teach and students learn. How is this happening? Computers, cell phones, digital whiteboards, student-response systems, projectors, the Internet, portable media players, software, and email are tools now available to front-line teachers and students.

What does today’s technology allow us to do?

o Access information in various formats from anywhere at any time

o Translate words instantly from one language into another

o Enhance geography lessons with satellite images

o Tap into the world’s webcams to examine our living planet or to interact with other classrooms

o Assess student knowledge using digital tools and adjust lessons accordingly

o At a single touch, access the world’s news programs, newspapers, libraries, and museums

Preparing students to be citizens in this high-speed world is a significant undertaking. As a first step, educators must start teaching with the technology tools their students will use as future leaders and problem solvers.

To implement technology in classrooms, schools must prepare front-line teachers. 6 Steps to Success in Teaching with Technology helps teachers learn about, adapt to, and embrace technology.

Step 1: Understand Why Before an educator can begin to incorporate technology effectively into her classroom, she must be a believer. Step 1 outlines the benefits of incorporating technology into teaching.

Step 2: Adapt Two adaptations must occur for success in teaching with technology. Teachers must adapt to technology, and technology must be adapted to teachers.

Step 3: Plan Having a good plan is a key to success. Step 3 prepares teachers for the Teaching with Technology world by reviewing important planning questions.

Step 4: Do Your Homework Before spending money, teachers need to understand technology options. Step 4 overviews the most popular hardware and software used in today’s classrooms.

Step 5: Implement Effectively Having the latest tools in your classroom may look impressive, but you must be able to use them to deliver quality lessons. Step 5 explains how to do this.

Step 6: Keep Up to Date Technology changes daily. Managing this moving target is a challenge for busy teachers. Step 6 shows teachers how to stay on top of the latest changes in educational technology.

6 Steps also includes helpful tips from my own classroom experiences, and a glossary of teaching with technology terms to help you begin this new and exciting process. Let’s face it-our world is changing. It’s time to learn, adapt, and embrace teaching with technology!