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Have you noticed how the face of business has turned online. In the past getting your name out as a business was straightforward, hire an ad agency, get a billboard, simple

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At the end of October, the PhotoPlus Expo was held in New York City.  At the expo, hundreds of people demonstrated their technological advances in photography, including new kinds of cameras, lenses, printers, clothing, gear, and many others.  The plethora of items appealed to both professionals and hobbyists alike, albeit most came with elevated prices.  Here are three amazing inventions that were seen at the PhotoPlus Expo.  Take a look at a more complete list here to see an even more detailed look.

Sony DEV-3 and DEV-5 3D Binoculars

Like something you’d see in the newest sci-fi movie, these cool binoculars from Sony provide some amazing photographic and video features. Only the DEV-3 was on display, but the DEV-5 is the more complex of the two.  What’s cool about these models is that they’re multi-functional:  use them as impressive 3D binoculars, a 7-megapixel camera, or even a 1080i video recorder.  The optical lenses zoom to 20x as well.   Read more...


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We have spoken many times before about how society has become more connected, with others and with the world as a whole. Device connectivity could make how we live much easier by preventing breaks in our work. For instance, if you are working on a document at work and want to continue on the commute home,  simply send it to your smartphone and use a voice transcription app to continue your work in the car. Connectivity presents us with an interesting future. Here is Microsoft’s take on the subject. This future is probably not far off and it makes me wonder, what kinds of devices, apps, or combination of the two are paving the way for a future like this? Below are a few.
iControl
Comcast recently unveiled its home energy management and surveillance product called iControl. This robust product permits people to regulate the temperature of their homes, turn lights off and on, and watch their homes through video.

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In Back to the Future, Marty McFly travels back in time, from 1985 to 30 years earlier, arriving in a suped-up DeLorean to 1955. While in the past, he subsequently messes-up his parent’s first meeting, and must then change history while he tries to get them together to insure his own existence.  Likewise, in the film’s first sequel, Marty travels through time to assist his children.  In the futuristic vision there are hover boards and flying cars.  Though fanciful, we can see areas where the world we live in mimics much of what’s going on in both films – but are we truly closer to the technology found in Hill Valley in 1955, or in the film’s futuristic sequel?

First, we should ask ourselves where we thought we would be by 2011. Of course we’d have flying cars and hover boards by now, wouldn’t we? Yet here we are, still driving fossil-fuel burning cars, riding scooters and bicycles, whilst wearing fairly normal clothes.

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Do you find yourself agonizing over every little detail? Does it take you three times as long to accomplish a task because you are trying to get it “just right?” If so, you might be a perfectionist? It’s not an uncommon personality trait to see in the business world and it can help to push people to strive to do their best. In extreme cases, though, it leads to wasted time and resources.  The outcome usually doesn’t justify the immense effort that went into it. If you find yourself in the web of extreme perfectionism, here are a few tips that can lead you out.

Make a Decision and Stick to it
You make good decisions; that’s the reason you’re managing the projects you are working on. So when you make a decision, stick to it. Try not to second-guess yourself – this just wastes time. Who’s to say your fourth or fifth decision will be any better or beneficial?

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In a world where technological advances pop up everyday in news-feeds and broadcasts, the annual T3 Gadget Awards is a microcosm of all of these advances in one place.  Like the Oscars for Technology, the T3 Gadget Awards nominate the most cutting-edge gadgets out today. With past releases like the iPad 2, Microsoft’s Kinect and huge advances in gaming, it’s worth a quick note to show some of the most important revelations which have taken place in 2011.  Over 960,000 votes, together with the final tabulations of a 6 person expert panel, determined the winners.  Here are just a few of the more interesting revelations, as well as some interesting–if not ironic–choices for winners.   

Ironic Winners

One of the most interesting aspects of the Awards are the categories themselves. They run the gamut of technology, and aren’t completely focused on gadgetry. For instance, there’s the Best Retailer award and even the Gadget Personality of the Year award. 

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Becoming greener is on many people’s agendas these days. Whether the intention is to save money or reduce the impact to the environment, this is true not only for individuals, but many high-tech companies as well. A necessity to knowing how to conserve energy is becoming aware of the aspects of your home or business that consume the most energy.

At the CEATEC conference this month in Japan, Toshiba and Intel announced a few of their upcoming plans to better allow companies to watch their energy usage. In this “Green Age,” it’s no surprise to see major players in the technology world coming forward with big developments that allow more regulation and monitoring of the amount of energy being used. Below are a few of the ecologically-forward changes and additions these two companies announced they will be implementing in 2012.

Intel

PC users will be able to monitor the energy consumption of their PC with the application Intel has developed.  Read more...


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The first time we heard the news that Apple was coming out with the next iPhone, we were as giddy as schoolchildren.  We all hoped that that it was going to be a game changing iPhone 5.  But, alas, it was not meant to be.  Instead, and with much fanfare, we got the iPhone 4S and we could only help but ask – is it just an iPhone 4 with a few more bells and whistles? Would it truly be worth the long wait in line?. Was the 4s destined to be revolutionary or evolutionary?  This is a brief look at the 3 most noticeable upgrades found in the iPhone 4S.

Software

Maybe the most noticeable of the iPhone 4S upgrades can be found in its speed and power.  The 4S features a dual-core A5 chip found in the iPad 2, which makes opening apps, loading the browser, scrolling through home screens and countless other procedures much faster and smoother.   Read more...

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