This is a really important topic for everyone that loves technology, everyone who wants to work with technology, and everyone who wants to invent/develop things that work with technology. I don't know how to emphasize this any greater. It's really important. And I hate politics, but this is something that everyone should be looking at closely. Allowing company's - ISPs - the ability to censor what is affordable and what is not - is a big step in losing another major freedom in our lives and it will only hurt the poor and startup/small business owners. It could also open doors for businesses with political or religious agendas to censor what they think is fit for their customers to see. This is no joke. I have had personal experience with emails being censored by an ISP company because they did like an email with a swear word in it. (I have a friend who swears a lot in his emails - and his messages were being held back because of an outsider's opinion of what is right and wrong.) It should be up to me to decide if my friend should not swear in emails to me and not some company that is supposed to be providing Internet and cable service. I came across this article on the BBC that I wanted to share. They write so well and explain the situation much better than I can. Please read this and be aware of how your technological rights may be decided by strangers who may not like you or think the same way you do. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27141121 G. Winkler (c) 2014 Technology Artist We Are Technology by Cumulus Technology
Here's a chance for everyone to feel a bit older... If you want to apply for a job, forget about walking into a company's location and introducing yourself with a nice crisp printed resume' in your hand. Instead you will submit it by a smart phone. My head is still spinning from this idea, but it seems to be the direction that things are going, and according to the article on Mashable.com, that is the future. Apparently our facebook, Linkedin, and Google+ accounts are about to get a lot more important than they used to be. Better stop playing those Zinga games and posting silly pictures about dogs and cats because your profile will be evaluated for it's content. We have seen this happen in the past where employers would basically spy on their employees' personal lives and snoop around their facebook profiles, which in some cases resulted in dismissal. Regardless of which side you take, snooping on someone's private life is less than admirable, but skipping work to go to a ball game and then posting on social media is just plain foolish. But now this concept of social media may take society in a step further into the complications of social pretentiousness. Personally, I think Linkedin is the best place to cultivate a professional social profile while facebook is more geared for sharing vacation and family pet photos. To read more about this direction of technology and employment, please click here. G. Winkler (c) 2014 Technology Artist Cumulus Technology
Hand held devices are vital for modern marketing opportunities, and choosing the right one is essential. Knew that would get your attention. For those of you who are keeping track of the race between Android based products and Apple based products, here's an interesting bit of information for you. This is especially useful when trying to decide what platform to develop your company Mobile App in. We generally suggest doing more than one, but if you had to make a choice and only do one, then this is the article that you should read. Android verses Apple in the market.
Today at 4pm Pacific Standard time William Sikkens, our Technology Expert, will be chatting with Dan Mason on his KOH Newstalk radio show. You can access the radio show via the web by just going to KKOH.COM There is a red link button in the upper right hand corner of the website that says "Listen Live". Click that button and it will start the stream. The topic today should be the latest trends and advancements in technology.
Smart phones are such a growing important part of our lives and we, the technology hounds at Cumulus, love seeing how the technology for these devices advance and change each year. Apparently, Corning has created an anti-bacterial glass for cell phones, which if you have ever had a cold and had to carry around your phone and use it, you know that you have probably covered your treasured communication device with all sorts of stuff that you don't want to share with another or re-introduce into your own body system. The glass is made with silver, which is a long used metal for preventing the spread of germs. Does that surprise you? Have you ever heard of the idea that someone was born with a silver spoon in their mouth? Well, silver baby spoons were preferred to protect the health of young children since their bodies were more fragile to the ravages of illnesses. It was better to prevent it and that was the reason why parents would use silver spoons for the their young children. I think the introduction of this kind of glass will only enhance the practicality of using smart phones and other devices that require hours of personal interaction with human beings. I know that after I had recovered from being sick, I would take anti-bacterial disposable wipes and clean my keyboard and mouse to prevent the spread and re-introduction of germs. Please enjoy the article, CES 2014: Anti-bacteria Gorilla Glass announced, by the BBC - they are excellent writers. G.Winkler (c) 2014 Cumulus Technology, Inc.