Articles: The future?

Internet of Insecure things

Some time ago we talked about the Internet of Things. That means devices like fridges, air conditioners and heat pumps and other devices that are now wifi and internet enabled. CCTV cameras also fall into this category and there are millions of them around. Greater London has around 500,000 and the whole of the UK is estimated to have 4,200,000! 9 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_surveillance_in_the_United_Kingdom)

These devices may make your life easier and more secure but the proliferation of these is also assisting hackers as they are not secured or using any anti virus or firewall type software.
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Superfast Internet

Now that we have ultra fast fibre optic broadband in New Zealand, those of you who have it may think you are well off.

But what happens as more and more streaming movie and television services, and more complex gaming sites are used is that eventually your Internet connection slows down – too many people using the pipe available. And our expectation of what is good also changes – remember dial up – most of us thought we were lucky to even have that! We always want faster.

So what happens when things slow down again. What next?

Well the good news is that there is faster technology out there that will likely be next step, or part of it. Researchers in London have tested the limits of fibre optic technology and managed to transmit data at a rate 50,000 times faster than our current “fast broadband” (considered at around 24Mbps)

So when needed, we can expect someone to adopt faster technologies to keep up with our hunger for speed. No need to panic just yet! Technology is well ahead of the Telecos adopting it.

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http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/new-record-breaking-pipe-is-50-000-times-quicker-than-superfast-fibre-1314835

Yahoo killing passwords?

Are you sick of having all those passwords? A new Yahoo app aims to get rid of those by sending a notification to a user’s smartphone.

Not sure if that will work well or not but it is aimed at making things easier for Yahoo mail users and attracting more customers to this.

Yahoo mail had 190 million users in August 2015 while Google Gmail had 411 million and increasing.
More market dominance by Google!

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Adobe Flash Issues. The end of Flash?

If you are using Firefox as your browser you will have noticed numerous web sites do not fully work until you manually activate Adobe Flash. Trying to install the Flash upgrade also may not work. Flash is frequently used to display streaming video, advertisement and interactive multimedia content on web pages – the whole site will not be broken but images and video might be.

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Google Now Favours Mobile Friendly sites

Google has started informing site owners via their Google Webmaster Tools account if it thinks their site is not mobile friendly or has mobile usability errors. Whilst they are not penalising non-mobile friendly sites as such, they are promoting other sites over these. The effect is the same – your competitor’s mobile friendly site is likely to appear in search results above yours. Google’s new algorithm that will increase the use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal is due out on 21 April 2015.
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Rolling Stone Album Price

Just to start with something completely different – did you know that a Rolling Stones album which cost £2 in 1966 is $74 in today’s money! That’s a big change from free downloads!

I am sure there are a few of you who still remember (though you might not admit to it) those old black things called records (albums)! They were before CD’s, DVD’s, USBs, mp3s and ITunes in case you younger folk out there are wondering.

Google “LP Record” if you don’t know what they are – haha!

The Stones were (are) good but would you pay $74 now (for anyone’s music)?

Kids helping us with technology

When many of us get stumped with the rapidly changing technology we look around for the nearest kid to show us how to make it work. Anyone over about 4 years old will probably do!

But we still have something over them. Kids can work all the new things but often can’t figure out the old fashioned things like old phones, cassette tapes and more. There was even a YouTube clip at one stage showing a very young child trying to swipe a magazine to get to the next page!

This article is about some of the really low-tech stuff that stumps kids. A couple of great photos too!

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11296249

Technology helps in Kenya – Electricity from dance!

This is a cool story about how technology could help in Kenya and other countries where music is alive but electricity isn’t. In Kenya about 75% of people do not have access to electricity. But they love their music and dance.

So someone has invented a musical shaker called the Spark. As it is shaken the beads not only make noise but also charge a battery. 12 minutes of shaking can then run a light bulb for an hour via a USB port. Or the charge can be used for phone charging or other things too. How good is that?

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=11289436

A less heartwarming aspect of the kinetic energy technology is that the armies are trialing the recharging of batteries for all their soldiers’ weapons and other “toys” from movement of the soldier’s boots.