Breathtaking Aerial Photos
It is amazing what photographers can do when they take to the sky!
This spectacular aerial image was taken in Poland by photographer Kacper Kowalski. It may look like a painting or tapestry, but it’s actually a photo of a lake and the surrounding forest. It’s part of a series of aerial shots showing dramatic changes in color over the four seasons of the year.
Kowalski is just one of a surprising number of photographers who like to experiment with the cool perspective produced by aerial photography. Click through for more captivating aerial images that will make you see the world in a whole new way!
Easy Ways to Conserve Your Smartphone Data
Are you running out of data and getting charged a large amount of money from your provider? As we use our smartphones for more and more things, it is harder to stay under our limit and avoid overage charges. These simple tips will make your data go further without sacrificing your usage!
Turn Off Auto Updates
One of the biggest hogs is your apps updating themselves while you are on the wireless network. An easy way to fix this is to turn off automatic updates and then manually update them when you know you are on wi-fi. If your phone allows you to, set it to update only when you are on wi-fi so you don’t have to check things manually.
Streaming media: New Fuel Cell Powers a Mobile Phone With Pee
So if your cell phone is dead and you gotta pee, you could be in luck!
The Samsung GT-E2121B mobile phone that researchers powered with urine
If asked what would be a great power source for mobile phones, it’s a fair bet that most people wouldn’t make urine their first choice. But that’s exactly what a group of scientists at Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK have done. As part of a project to find new ways to provide electricity for small devices in emergency situations and developing countries they have created a new fuel cell system powered by pee.
The key to this rather unorthodox way of powering a phone is a microbial fuel cell (MFC) that converts organic matter directly into electricity. Inside the MFC, there are a mixture of ordinary anaerobic microorganisms that release electrons as they feed – in this case, on the urine. The technology has been under development for 30 years, but because of problems in scaling up the technology to provide significant amounts of power, it has yet to find widespread commercial application. However, it is possible to attain practical levels of power when several small MFCs are stacked and wired together.
The Bristol experiment used 12 ceramic cylinders 10.2 cm (4 in) long wired with a cathode and an anode. These cylinders were stacked in sets of three with each stack acting as a cascade. Urine was introduced into the first cylinder of each cascade and as the organisms fed on it, they generated electricity. This was repeated in the second and then the third cylinder before the urine was collected in a waste flask. Since the output of even three cylinders was very small, four cascades were hooked together like batteries to produce sufficient current to charge a mobile phone battery.
The purpose of the experiment was to demonstrate that it is possible to build a practical MFC system that could be mass produced, while also showing that urine could be a practical fuel to provide power for such a device.
“We are very excited as this is a world first, no one has harnessed power from urine to do this so it’s an exciting discovery,” says Doctor Ioannis Ieropoulos from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), which came together with the University of Bristol to form the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. “Using the ultimate waste product as a source of power to produce electricity is about as eco as it gets.”
According to the scientists involved in the project, using urine for fuel may sound a bit disgusting, but it is an inexhaustible resource that people always have available. This makes it excellent for powering emergency communications and it even has the potential to generate power for showers, lighting and razors in domestic bathrooms.
“One product that we can be sure of an unending supply is our own urine,” says Ieropoulos. “By harnessing this power as urine passes through a cascade of microbial fuel cells, we have managed to charge a Samsung mobile phone. The beauty of this fuel source is that we are not relying on the erratic nature of the wind or the sun; we are actually reusing waste to create energy.”
He went on to say that, “So far the microbial fuel power stack that we have developed generates enough power to enable SMS messaging, web browsing and to make a brief phone call. Making a call on a mobile phone takes up the most energy but we will get to the place where we can charge a battery for longer periods. The concept has been tested and it works – it’s now for us to develop and refine the process so that we can develop MFCs to fully charge a battery.”
The results of the research were published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.
The video below explains how the urine-powered fuel cell works.
Source: UWE Bristol
- Streaming media: New fuel cell powers a mobile phone with pee (gizmag.com)
- Scientists create urine-powered fuel cell that can recharge a mobile phone (extremetech.com)
- Human pee can now charge your mobile phone (ibnlive.in.com)
- Urine could charge mobile phones (bigpondnews.com)
- WTF! Human Pee Can Now Charge Your Mobile Phone? – London (oddstuffmagazine.com)
- Scientists power mobile phone using urine (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Now You Can Charge Your Mobile Phone With Urine (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
- Has your phone run out of juice? These researchers can recharge it with human urine (gigaom.com)
- Greens put the ‘P’ in phone; New urine-powered phone reduces waste (junkscience.com)
- Urine-Powered Fuel Cell Charges Mobile Phone (goods4life.wordpress.com)
By 2018 – Computers Will Be Able To See, Hear, Taste, Touch and Smell
In its annual ’5 in 5′ predictions, IBM forecasted that in five years, computers will gain the five senses and be able to experience the world as humans do.
Feel it before you buy it on your phone
Some day soon, you’ll be able to order a wedding dress on your tablet and feel the fabric and the veil just by touching the screen.
When you feel an object, your brain registers the series of vibrations on your skin as being smooth, rough, sharp, etc. Computer sensors are becoming sophisticated enough to do that too.
Within the next five years, vibrators within smartphones will be precise enough that they could be designed to mimic the vibrations experienced when your fingers touch a particular surface. Even though you’ll just be touching glass, it will feel like you’re touching whatever object is displayed on the screen.
In some ways, computers are already simulating touch — albeit in a crude form. When you’re driving a car in a video game, the controller vibrates when the car starts to veer off the road. It may not feel precisely like a steering wheel’s vibrations when you hit gravel, but within five years, that technology is expected to become even more lifelike.
IBM’s researchers are working on just that — creating applications for the retail and healthcare sectors that use haptic, infrared or pressure-sensitive technologies to simulate touch.
Today’s computers are very good at capturing and displaying images, but despite advances in image recognition software, computers are still pretty lousy at understanding what they’re “looking” at. Humans are still needed to tag friends, label photos and identify diseases.
In five years, all that will change, IBM says. Computers will be able to interpret images better than we can, analyzing colors, texture patterns and gaining insights from other visual media. They will even surpass doctors’ abilities to read medical imagery, including MRIs, CT scans, X-Rays and ultrasounds.
Computers of the not-too-distant future will be able to see subtleties in images that can be invisible to the human eye. For instance, computers will be able to quickly differentiate healthy from diseased tissue on an MRI and cross-reference the image with a patient’s medical history and scientific literature to make a diagnosis.
Imagine holding a smartphone up to your infant when she’s making a sound, and the app displaying a message: “I’m hungry.” That’s not as far-off as you might think.In five years, computers will be able to detect elements of sounds that humans can hear but aren’t able to understand. As every parent knows, the difference between normal babbling and a message that something is wrong can be extremely subtle. Computers of the near-future will not only be able to detect whether a baby is upset, they’ll be able to determine if the child is hungry, tired, hot or in pain.
By interpreting different sound pressures, vibrations and waves, computers will be able to predict when trees are about to fall, when landslides are imminent, or when cars are about to collide before humans can.
Computers are already starting to do this: In Galway Bay, Ireland, IBM researchers are capturing underwater noise levels to understand the impact that different sounds have on sea life.
Within the next five years, a computer will help you make the perfect recipe — not too sweet, not too salty, not too crunchy, but just the way you like it.
By breaking down foods to the molecular level, computers will be able to use complex algorithms to determine what flavor combinations are the most appealing. They could then develop recipes that provide the ideal flavor and texture of food. Think of it as the Watson of Top Chef.
The technology could be used to help people eat better, IBM says. By making healthy foods taste better, people might crave vegetable dishes instead of sugary and fatty junk foods.
Though computers aren’t quite there yet, they are “tasting” things today. Specially designed microchips are being used in chemical and power plants to sense biohazards in the air. IBM researchers are working to adapt that technology to analyze the chemical structures in food.
Do you think you’re coming down with a cold? In five years, you’ll be able to breathe into your smartphone to find out.
IBM researchers are developing technology to analyze odors in people’s breath that identify ailments, including liver and kidney disorders, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy. By determining which odors and molecules in a person’s breath are associated with each disease, computers of the future will be able to make an instant analysis for problems that today could be misdiagnosed or go undetected by a doctor.
Computers will also be able to detect harmful bacteria that cause Staph infections in hospitals just by smelling the surroundings.
In a more rudimentary form, computers are smelling things now: Agricultural sensors smell soil to determine crop conditions, sensors in museums determine which gas levels are ideal to preserve paintings, and city sanitation departments use computers that can smell garbage and pollution to alert workers when conditions are getting dangerous.
- The Neuropsychology of Smell and Taste (psypress.com)
- IBM System i: Celebrating 25 Years of Innovation (eweek.com)
- New Computing Revolution, 25 Small Steps to Innovation, Skilled Observation (dorai.me)
- Tipping Point, Domino Effect? Whatever You Call It – Is Unica’s Acquisition Good for Marketers? (neolane.com)
- I Smell Colors: The Effects of Synesthesia (english.answers.com)
- I, Network: The Present And Future Of Humans As Network Nodes – Part 1 (forbes.com)
- The Cognitive Computing Era: IBM’s Vision for the Future (greateribm.wordpress.com)
- Harvard and IBM Search for Better Solar Cells (voanews.com)
- Systems that Perceive, Think, and Act (techinamerica.com)
- The Incredible Benefits of Touch (babyzone.com)
Home Office Six Monitor Stand Setup by EasyMountLCD
By: Corey Geier
I am working on the new setup for my home office. I currently have four 24 inch monitors running 1920 X 1200 resolution. I think I might have to replace out the bottom row, they are LCD and boy do they run HOT! Keeps the basement warm in winter that’s for sure. The LED on top is nice an cool.
EasyMountLCD – Deluxe Hex Monitor Stand Free Standing Supports up to 6 28″
After lots of research and sitting on the fence I ended up getting the Deluxe Hex Monitor Stand Free Standing by EasyMountLCD from Amazon.com. I have 4 LCD monitors 3 Dell 2408WFP Monitors, 1 Gatewayand 1 HP LA2405x LED montior 1I was very impressed with the sturdyness of this mount, and it is very heavy. It does sit on my desk, but I am not worried with it falling over. I do only have 5 montiors on now, because it turns out my Samsung 24″ is not the VESA standard. So I have an open spot for now. I did turn my top left monitor sideways so it allows me to see the TV behind it better. 🙂
- Holds some monitors up to 6 27″/28″
- VESA 75 x 75 mm or 100 x 100 mm Compatible
- Mounting heads rotate 360 degrees, tilt up/down 180 degrees, swivel left/right 180 degrees
- Height Adjustable
- With A Heavy-Weighted Metal Base. Also Can Be Bolted, Easy To InstallTechnical Details
- Brand Name: EasyMountLCD
- Model: 002-0023
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- Deluxe hex monitor stand free standing supports up to 6 28002 0023 (slideshare.net)
- Global LCD Monitor OEM Shipments Drop 14% in Q1 (news.softpedia.com)
- VideoSecu LCD LED TV Wall Mount Full Motion with Swivel Articulating Arm for 23-37 in, up to 42 in TV Monitor Flat Panel Screen With VESA 200 100, 20 in Extension and Post-installation Leveling System ML531B M84[ (eyeoncelebs.com)
- Geek deals: Dell UltraSharp U2913WM 29-inch LCD, 250GB SSD, more (geek.com)
- ViewSonic TD2220 22-Inch Screen LED-Lit Touch Display Monitor (queenbee4green.com)
- Buy Cheetah Mounts Articulating Save Now (tvwallmountcool706.wordpress.com)
- Choose a Monitor Part 3: Touch-Screen Monitors (callnerds.com)
- In a Paperless Office, A Bigger Monitor is Better (nysbar.com)
- !Ergotech Hex 3 Over 3 LCD Monitor Desk Stand (100-D28-B33) (ergotechovermonitorstand100d28b33saleusa9.wordpress.com)
- How we test: Monitors (reviews.cnet.com)
LED Bulb Recall – Fire Hazard
By: Corey Geier
A lot of people have been switching lighting in there house over to LED, to get the longer lasting bulb, less heat, and overall savings. A homeowner that had a a recent house fire determined the cause to be a faulty LED Bulb. Now this can be very serious if you have taken the route of installing LED bulbs in your house.
I read on Keloland that a Sioux Falls homeowner says investigators discovered her house caught fire because of a light bulb. But there is a catch, this wasn’t just any light bulb; it was one of those new expensive ones that aren’t supposed to get hot.
“I don’t know how many are out there but I just hope no one else has to go through this because it’s very frightening,” homeowner Michelle Rife said on Keloland
Currently these bulbs listed below are now under a major recall. Nearly a half-million bulbs are being recalled for over heating causing smoke and in some cases even fire.
The bulbs that are ecalled are by Lighting Science Group sold between September 2010 and March 2011 under the company names Definity, Eco-Smart, Sylvania and Westinghouse. The bulbs are specifically the six, eight and nine watt bulbs.
- LED light bulbs recalled for fire hazard (wqad.com)
- LED light bulbs recalled, fire hazard (wxyz.com)
- The LED Light Bulb Has Arrived (getleducated.com)
- BlueBulb Bluetooth Light Bulbs Now a Reality (prweb.com)
- Toxic Light Bulb Investigation (topdocumentaryfilms.com)
- Company recalling half a million LED bulbs after reports of fire (fox59.com)
- LED light bulbs being recalled (wbaltv.com)
- Pro-Environment Light Bulb Labeling Turns off Conservative Buyers, Stu (news.nationalgeographic.com)
- Consumer Product Safety Commission reports LED Light Bulbs Recalled by Lighting Science Group Due to Fire Hazard (clarksvilleonline.com)
- Hate CFL’s? Check out new $9 LED bulb (wcpo.com)
By: Corey Geier
Have you been looking around for a free program that allows you to turn your iPhone or Android phone into a webcam that you can use to stream live video in chats? Yes, you can do video chats right on the iPhone & Android phone using apps like Skype but then, that’s going to be at a cost: you either don’t get the good quality of the iSight camera, or if you use it, you don’t get to see the other person. Fine, what’s the solution? Turn your iPhone or Android phone into a webcam for your system. Things are as simple as they sound thanks to this apps that are designed to turn your iPhone or Android phone into a webcamera that you can use for all your video chats on programs like Skype, Google Hangouts in Google+. Etc.
EpocCam by Kinoni
Price: Free (HD version available)
Apps that turn your iPhone & Android phone into a webcam aren’t usually free. The good ones are sold at over 3 dollars apiece. Interestingly, this version of EpocCam is free and comes with a neat set of features. The performance isn’t all that great but it’s passable. The HD version is an epic one though: has everything you’ll possibly need.
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How about 2 free HDMI cables?
Right now on NewEgg.com you can get 2 HDMI cables for free after rebate, and if you have ShopRunner, you will not have to pay shipping either! I just ordered both. These cables are ultra thin and flexible compared to normal cables that are pretty thick and cannot bend. This has a technology called RedMere. It is one of the only technology’s that guarantees quality in a longer cord.
- Receive a $21.99 prepaid card by mail from Newegg! Expires on 4/4/13 Print Rebate Form
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Ultra Thin HDMI cables are 70% thinner than standard HDMI cables while being significantly more flexible & lightweight. The HDMI to HDMI cable is the most popular HDMI cable in the market for use with a variety of HDTV‘s and home theater components, such as cable/satellite boxes, Blu-Ray players, Home Theater PC‘s, Gaming PC’s, etc. and 6ft is the most popular length.
Ultra Thin HDMI to HDMI cables with RedMere Technology are designed as the ultimate HDMI Cable. These user-friendly cables feature built-in chip technology that controls audio and video signals to enable digital surround sound and an optimal HD experience.
Also works with other HDMI equipped devices such as Apple TV, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro & Air (using Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter), and other home theater devices
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Blackberry World Application List
Whats In & Whats Out
By Corey GmaN
Lots of topics going around with apps in Blackberry 10 and if they are going to be included or not, so I made a current list, and I can constantly update it to keep track if it is or is not coming to blackberry 10. Will be nice to have one reference point to view. I am not going to list every app that is going to be in Blackberry World, lets try to key on the top 200 or so apps. The bigger players in the market. And just to stop some of the rants, we all understand that you only need certain apps for your lifestyle, but just keep in mind everybody is different. I am also assuming a lot of the not included apps will be announced before the phones are available in the US.
- If you can use the app in the browser, it is not counted as included in Blackberry 10
- If the app is side-loaded from android it is also not counted as included in Blackberry 10
Business and Productivity
Bloomberg, BMC Service Desk & Remedy, Box, Cisco WebEx Meetings, Citrix Podio, CNBC, Dictionary.com, Emirates NBD, ePrint, Harmon.ie, IBM Notes, Traveler, ING DIRECT Canada, Nat West, RBC, RBS, SAP, TD Bank Group, and Thomson Reuters.
Alpha Zero, Angry Birds (all variants so far), Asphalt 7:Heat, Azkend, Azkend2, Bejeweled 2, Boom Brigade 2, Cut the Rope, Cut the Rope: Experiments, Dead Space, Doodle Devil, Doodle God, Dragon Portal, EVAC HD, Flight Control Rocket, Fruit Ninja, Great Big War Game, Great Little War Game, Ice Age Village, InXile, Ironworm, Jetpack Joyride, Joining Hands, King Oddball, Let’s Golf! 3, Mass Effect Infiltrator, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, MONOPOLY Millionaire, N.O.V.A. 3: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, NBA Jam, Oregon Trail American Settler, Plants vs. Zombies, Quell, Real Soccer 2013, Robotek, Shadowgun, Shark Dash, Six Guns, Sonic 4 Episode 1, Sparkle, Square One, Tetris, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Bard’s Tale, The Dark Knight Rises, The Sims FreePlay, UNO, Where’s My Perry?, Where’s My Water?, World of Goo, and World Series of Poker.
AccuWeather, Air Canada, Air France, Delta Air Lines, DStv Mobile, Easyjet, FlightAware, Flixster, KLM, Manulife Financial, President’s Choice Recipe Box, SkyScanner, Spotcast, StubHub, The Weather Channel, The Weather Network, Tim Hortons TimmyMe, United Airlines, Wikitude, WisePilot, Yellow Pages Group, and Zara.
Absolute Radio, Al Jazeera, Allocine, Astral Radio, BBC Worldwide- Top Gear, BubblePix, Channel 4, Corus Entertainment- Radio, Deezer, E! Online, eMusic, Europe 1, History Channel, Kiss Kube, MTV Italia, Nobex Radio, NOS, N-TV Nachrichten, Occipital 360 Panorama, OxygenLive, Pacemaker, PaperCamera, Rdio, Shahid.net, SiriusXM, Slacker, Songza, SoundHound, TuneIn, and Volu.me.
AFP News, Amazon Kindle, CBC (News, Radio, Music, Hockey Night in Canada), Cosmopolitan, Economist, Elle, elmundo.es, El Pais, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Grazia Italy, Handlesbaltt, kicker, Leo Dictionary, MailOnline, Maxim, Motor Trend, News24, New York Times, NU.nl, PressReader, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The Independent, The London Evening Standard, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Wirtschaftswoche.
Badoo, Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, ooVoo, Skype, Tuenti Social Messenger, Truphone, Twitter, Viber, Whatsapp, and Xing.
CBSSports.com, ESPN ScoreCenter, Goal.com, L’equipe, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment‘s Maple Leafs Mobile App and Raptors Mobile App, MLB.com At Bat, NHL GameCenter, PGA Tour, Runtastic, Sports Tracker, and UFC.
Business and Productivity
Mint, alot of non Canadian banks.
AP Mobile, Flipboard, Nook, Pocket, and Zite.
Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, Netflix, Showtime, and TV.com
Instagram, Pinterest, and Yelp, as well as any third-party Twitter clients.
American Airlines, BA, Expedia, Google Maps, Kayak, Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity, Tripit, and most brand-name GPS apps.
Yahoo Fantasy Sports
- Blackberry World Application List – Whats In & Whats Out (forums.crackberry.com)
- WhatsApp Now Available on BlackBerry 10 (blogs.blackberry.com)
- WhatsApp lands on BlackBerry 10, offers Z10 owners a BBM alternative (engadget.com)
- WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 coming next week (crackberry.com)
- BlackBerry World: Solutions Showcase (blogs.blackberry.com)
- WhatsApp updated to v2.9.3997.0 for BlackBerry 10 devices (crackberry.com)
- Words with Friends now available in BlackBerry World! (forums.crackberry.com)
- WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 now available (mobilesyrup.com)
- BlackBerry World 2012 Keynote Highlights: BlackBerry 10, App Demos, and More (bizblog.blackberry.com)
- Google Talk For BlackBerry 10 Updated To v10.0.10.7 In BlackBerry World (kristinesite.wordpress.com)