Chinese factories as well as American internet sources have leaked a lot of interesting updates about the upcoming new iPhone. While some of these rumors come from the manufacturers and some come from sources here in America, they are all still rumors.
Some updates from the factories in China report that there will be a 5.8 inch iPhone, which is bigger than the current iPhone 7 plus, which has a 5.5 inch display, but smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, which is about 6 inches. The iPhone 8 is also rumored to have edge to edge design and feature an OLED (organic light emitting diodes) screen rather than the LCD screen used now. OLED’s are basically the upgraded version of LED lights, which are typical lights you would find in buildings, homes, or offices. This new phone may also play upon the new home button design of the iPhone 7, or may not include a home button at all.
One of the most surprising reports was of facial recognition technology in the phone. This would work by using laser and infrared located near the front-facing camera. However, this report hasn’t been reported by multiple sources like some of the other information about the new phone so reporters are more skeptical of this claim.
Apple does have a set release schedule for new products and with the exception of the iPhone SE, every iPhone has gone on sale in September, so the official announcement for the iPhone 8 should be around early September 2017.
Apple’s new Iphone’s and Google’s new pixel phones, are revolutionizing photography. Within the power of a single touch, a person can take professional looking photographs with just a click of a button. With phones already taking better pictures and access to great apps, many options are available for customization for improved photography.
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Backpacks are a bag with shoulder straps allowing it to be carried on someone’s back and they are usually composed just of fabric and various pockets. Today, with so much technology available to the public, such as laptops, smartphones, and smartwatches, the demand for charging ports has increased. Most of the time when someone’s phone is running low on battery, they may not be near a place where they could sit down, take out their charger and plug it into an outlet. Due to this issue, the more convenient solution is to be able to charge it on the go. Although portable chargers are available on the market, another solution which is possibly more convenient is backpacks which have built-in USB and battery to charge your devices.
One of these innovative, new back packs is the TYLT designed “ENERGI BACKPACK.” It has five external pockets and two internal pockets with a battery, allowing users to charge up to three devices at the same time. It is also “travel friendly,” meaning that it fits on the handle of any luggage when traveling, and getting through airport security is easy, as you could also keep your laptop in the backpack. With this new backpack, people will have a mobile charging station at their access at anytime.
The last weekend in January, Mr. Ashley asked me and a couple other Help Desk students to help design and run lights for the elementary musical. This included coming in on the Wednesday and Thursday before the show to get a script and to watch the rehearsals to get a feel for the show. The day before the show we sat down with Mr. Ashley and the director to put the last finishing touches on the light design, but for the most part we were on our own.
Mr. Ashley wasn’t there for a few of the shows and rehearsals so we had to be ready to improvise when something went wrong, which included a missing cue, the lights not being the right color for the cue, the actor not hitting their spot, the house lights breaking, and many other problems. The whole show was a learning experience I haven’t gotten in high school shows, because there were always adults there to help when something went wrong. But for this show, if Mr. Ashley wasn’t there, there were no other adults who could step in and help us. We had to come up with a permanent or temporary solution ourselves. He entrusted us with a lot of responsibility which also included us talking to the director about his ideas for the show if Mr. Ashley hadn’t created cues exactly the way they should be. I had to create a lot of cues on the fly during the dress rehearsals or during the brief time we had between shows, or I just had to guess what cue to go to because there were several extra cues in the show or cues were written in my script that weren’t saved in the show file.
All of these things taught me how much attention you have to pay to the whole thing, and that it doesn’t magically all come together. In such a short show (the actors had under two weeks to prepare) you really get to see the whole process come together as opposed to middle or high school shows where the process is spread over a period of two to three months. The middle and high school shows, especially middle school, required significantly less time, work, and focus on our parts because everything was done by adults, but partly because we knew less about the lighting board and light design. All you had to do was follow along in the script, and sometimes you didn’t have to do that if you had someone calling your cues. In both of those cases all you had to do was hit the go button to advance to the next cue. “Monkey work” as it has been called. No brain power at all. However, the unpredictability of everything in this show taught me some backup strategies and teamwork skills that will help me be a better help desk student and theater technician.
Hackers. It is true that some of them are the “bad guys,” actively gaining access into people’s documents and accounts and stealing personal and valuable information, however, a conversation on hackers can no longer be one sided. Nowadays, many hackers “fight against government corruption and advocate for our rights,” helping us in ways only they can. Many of these hackers work to expose weaknesses in company algorithms, notifying them in exchange for a bounty rather than using the information for personal gain. They constantly force the internet into evolving and improving, becoming stronger and more resistant to further attacks, “wielding their power to create a better world.” For more insight into the world of hacking, how we can protect ourselves, and what we should be aware of, check out the TED playlist Who are the Hackers?
Home automation has become increasingly popular over the last few years because of its accessibility through smart phones and its modern design look for families. It is one of the fastest-moving segments in the marketplace because it is known to innovate and make your home more “smarter.” By 2022, the home automation system market is expected to be worth roughly $78.27 billion.
The growth in this industry is mainly focused on the safety, security and the environmental aspect of homes. This influences buyers to have a more cleaner home by investing additional money into extra equipment such items like smart locks, wireless video surveillance devices and customizable lighting and more.
The interesting thing about the home automation industry is that the technological infrastructure already exists, said by Greg Roberts, vice president of marketing at Icontrol Networks. This is not evident with many other items in the technology field where companies band together to operate and create products for consumers. This industry of the home suppy demand is booming because consumers want to be in the cleanest and most safest environment as their home. People are willing to pay more for their home devices and equipment instead of having gadgets that they don’t always need such as google glasses or watches. Overall, the technological field of home innovation is constantly improving and we never know when we could be all replaced by robots. As Roberts puts it, just how long it will take for consumers to jump on board is yet to be seen.
By: Mia Gradelski