Sprout

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Everyday newer and newer technology floods the market. Some of which has caught on including touch screen computers. HP has come up with an even newer idea to replace the keyboard and mouse al together. The new HP Spout, is your basic all in one computer but with a twist. At the top of the screen they have mounted a small 3d projector. This projector displays on a mat placed at the bottom base of the computer. By scanning in objects, using gestures, or even a stylus you can interact with the computer just as you would with a mouse or keyboard but with a more natural feeling.

This new advancement in technology comes at a hefty price of $1,900. However, like with all new technology the price is bound to go down especially if the technology catches on.

Android L

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On Monday November 3rd Google’s new mobile operating system, Android L was released. Android L is a big breakthrough compared to L’s predecessors. Android L takes advantage of the new ART runtime environment discussed in last weeks post. This allows for increased smoothness in performance and increased battery life. In a way Android L is Google’s comeback to Apple’s iOS 8.

Even though Android L was technically released on the 3rd of November, the developer preview has been out for a couple months. The developer preview could be used on Google devices only, namely the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7. However, with some technical know how its possible to port the apps to some phones, which is what I did. Seeing a glimpse of what Android L really brings to the table, impressed the importance of the new visual language Google is implementing. Similar to CSS, Google’s Material Design is a language for styling apps. These new apps are strikingly beautiful, and pleasing to the eye. Material Design is backwards compatible too, so its not necessary to run out and upgrade to Android L capable devices. So you might ask what will Google bring next?

OnePlus One

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The technology project know as Android started out as a small open source platform for electronic devices. Google has turned this open source project into a multi million dollar operating system for phones and tablets. Still other companies started their own offsets, like Cynanogenmod. Cynanogenmod is the operating system that runs on the OnePlus One.

The OnePlus One offers incredibly powerful hardware for a low cost, starting at only $299.99. The OnePlus One is built using Cynanogenmod as the operating system, which offers a truly customizable experience for the user. Everything can be customized from apps to overclocking the phones processor.

The OnePlus One also includes a new JIT compiler(Just In Time) called ART. ART was designed to replace the old android runtime compiler called DALVIK. Some benifits of using ART include:

  • Increased Preformance
  • Smoother Controls and Transitions
  • Better Battery Life

The OnePlus One sets a new goal for phones, providing the best technology for the cheapest price.

Myo Armband

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The Myo armband is a new technology developed by Thalmic Labs. The Myo armband fits on the user’s arm and detects muscle movements. It detects these movements by measure electrical activity between muscles to tell what gesture the users hand is making. The armband also comes with a 9 axis gyroscope to measure movement and speed. The armband is designed to work via bluetooth. Once connected the user can control various devices with just a simple twist of the wrist. The Myo armband has been shown to work with many devices including, the Oculus Rift, computers, and even Android devices.

Pre order for the Myo armband started right after development began. Myo doesn’t change the consumer until the armband is shipped. The armband in both developer and consumer models for $150.00, which if it can do all its said to, I would say its a pretty good deal.

Hackintosh

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Ever since Apple has been around, they have kept their software and operating systems locked down. However recently the OSX line of Apple operating systems can be exploited to work on PC’s. The process is pretty simple. Mac computers contain a chip on their motherboard that the mac uses to recognize its an authentic Apple product. Hackintoshes, however, fake this signal to the operating system allowing the user to run a modified version of any OSX operating system.

As a Apple fan, for better or worse, I love this ability. One thing that macs usually lack are high-end components. By building a hackintosh the user can use pretty much whatever components he/she wants. Granted there are a few bugs and a lot of work that goes into setting up and maintaining this kind of system but I would seriously recommend it to any up and coming computer guru.

Windows 10

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When Windows 8 first came out, Microsoft’s goal was to create cross-platform operating system. Microsoft did just that, except there was a problem, very few users liked it. Microsoft listened to user complaints and released Windows 8.1 as a temporary fix, promising to release a new operating system tailored to use complaints.

Now almost 2 years after the release of Windows 8, Windows 10 was announced. Based on images from the technical release builds, Microsoft brought back the start menu and fixed many other user complaints. Like Windows 8, Windows 10 is a cross-platform operating system meaning it will be used on PC’s, Server’s, and Tablet’s. The Windows 10 technical preview is available to download via the Windows Insider Program (WIP). The download will hit the web on October 1st, so go download it, advance technology.

Solid State Drives

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In recent, years solid state drives (SSD) have been becoming a more popular choice in digital storage. Since then, the race for the biggest, fastest, and most reliable SSD has been held by just about every company. However, my favorite SSD maker is, Samsung. I use a Samsung 840 Pro SSD and have been incredibly pleased with it.

More recently the Samsung 850 Pro was released, and is said to have, “The best performance, with ultra-high endurance.” (Cnet) The 850 Pro is a big upgrade from the 840 Pro and pretty much every other consumer SSD on the market. The 850 Pro reads and writes data at close to 520 MB/s. Another big advantage is durability. SSD are known to degrade in performance and fail quicker than their hard disk counterparts, The 850 Pro however, lasts for up to 150 terabytes worth of read/writing data.

SSD are destined to replace hard drive and fro good reason, hard drives are to slow to keep up with the ever expanding software requirements. As users we always want faster performance from our technology, SSD offer that capability.