Budget PC Targets Developing World With Own OS

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Description: Although Silicon Valley’s focus may be mobile-driven. Start-up “Endless” is taking a different approach with hopes to appeal to the underdeveloped countries of the world. Source: BBC News Date: April 16, 2015 San Francisco start-up Endless is on course to reach its $100,000 crowdfunding target for its budget desktop PC. The $169 “Endless PC” uses mains power, plugs into… Read more »

Wearable Tech for Babies: Smart Onesie

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Description: Mimo is a onesie with a built-in monitor that collects real time data about baby’s breathing, temperature, sleep, body position and sends it to a smartphone. Source: CNN Money Date: April 17, 2015   Questions for discussion: 1. Do you feel that Mimo is an extravagant accessory or a useful tool? 2. Do you feel like technology… Read more »

Google Announces Budget-Priced Chromebits and Chromebooks

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Description: Google has announced new Chrome-powered computers, which are set to target budget-conscious consumers and schools. Source: BBC News Date: April 1, 2015 The range includes a new type of device called the Chromebit, which looks like an oversized memory stick, and turns monitors and TVs into computers when plugged into their HDMI ports. The tech firm also… Read more »

Which $200 Laptop is Right For You?

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Description: CNNMoney puts the Samsung Chromebook 2 and the HP Stream head-to-head to see which low cost laptop is the better buy. Source: CNN Money Date: April 1, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. When it comes to laptops; do you prefer Apple products, Microsoft products, or something else? 2. When it comes to purchasing a new laptop… Read more »

70s and 80s Tech Making Comeback

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Description: From the boombox to the Polaroid, Laurie Segall takes a look at how classic tech is inspiring today’s innovation. Source: CNN Money Date: March 27, 2015 Questions for discussion: 1. Would you purchase the updated Polaroid? 2. Are you looking forward to seeing the classic Mario Bros. characters on your smartphone?

Typewriter is Not Dead

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Description: Despite the constant rise of technology, the humble typewriter is still a steady business. Source: CNN Money Date: March 13, 2015 Typewriters are still used today in certain industries; law, police services, book publishers/editors, etc. Even the younger generation is developing an interest in the classic devices.   Questions for discussion: 1. Have you ever… Read more »

Aerodrums Turn Thin Air Into a Virtual Drum Kit

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Description: The art of drumming has now entered the 21st century. You can now play the instrument, without the actual drum set! Source: Reuters Date: February 23, 2015 Aerodrums uses real-time motion-tracking technology to accurately translate air drumming into sound. The inventors say it allows professional and amateur drummers alike to keep all the finesse and… Read more »

Scientists Develop Vibrating Bicycle That Senses Traffic

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Description: Senior bike riders are particularly at-risk for motor vehicle accidents. One dutch tech company is hoping to help. Source: Globe and Mail Date: February 26, 2015 Dutch scientists have developed a smart bicycle that uses sensors, wireless technology and video to warn riders of traffic dangers. Questions for discussion: 1. Do you use a bike for transportation?… Read more »

See Microsoft’s New HoloLens in Action

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Description: Microsoft gives a sneak peek at the new holographic technology, a part of the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Source: CNN Money Date: February 26, 2015 Alex Kipman of Microsoft announces Microsoft’s new HoloLens which boasts a new type of processing unit – a holographic processing unit.(HPU) Questions for discussion: 1. Do you think this HoloLens… Read more »

Google And Mattel Revive The View-Master

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Description: The View-Master is back with a digital twist thanks to a partnership with Google. Source: Tech Crunch Date: February 13, 2015 Mattel’s venerable View-Master, the stereoscopic photo viewer so familiar to kids, is now using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality technology to bring life to those old 3D images. The View-Master of yesteryear was a beautiful… Read more »