Today at 3pm Pacific time Technology Architect, William Sikkens 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. Topics for today will focus upon the death of the XP Operating System that is just a few months away, and how that will affect the millions of computers currently running that system. Important concerns will be the dramatic costs of upgrades and how these changes can be implemented. And the second topic for today is the continuing growth of "Wearable Technology" that is the product of the future. Google is planning to play an active role in that future. The powerful Android platform is becoming an amazing tool for programmers and businesses to work with. So don't miss out and click on the link above and listen live via the Internet for the discussion. And for more information about Google and wearable technology, please check out this link on SiliconValley.com
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
Technology Architect, Bill Sikkens who is also the CEO and brilliant programmer of over 20 years for the We Are Technology brand by Cumulus Technology has embarked on a new twist in his rather diverse body of professional experiences. His unique software experience in designing and writing security, medical, and database systems has granted him the necessary expertise to be able answer important questions regarding the nature of technology today. So when he approached local KOH Radio Show Host, Dan Mason, to see if he would be interested in having him on for a second time after a successful interview back in June 2013 in his quest to get the word out about the We Are Technology brand, fortune smiled on Cumulus Technology. Bill received another invitation to join Dan Mason on his show to speak about technology, which has become the beginning of a wonderful series of interviews featuring our very own Bill Sikkens as a voice of technological expertise on several west coast radio shows. Starting with interviews with Dan Mason on KOH Reno, the Book Hound on Fox Radio, Morning News with Steve Leader on KXL Portland, American Matters with Dave Asher, Executive Director of Buy Local Nevada & the Green Business Chamber on Fox Radio, and the latest appearance on Profiles in Business with Chip Evans, Bill has just begun a series of on air appearances which will offer opportunities for the general public to have their technology questions answered on air. If you would like to suggest topics that you would like addressed, please go to the Ask Your Question button on the right hand side of the WeAreTechnology.com website and submit your question. Photo taken during Bill's latest
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.
What is it? ….it’s a camera ball! I just found this little techno gem on the BBC website and it looks like great fun. I can just imagine something like this being used for social media fun, but I can also imagine it could be useful in exploration purposes such as examining caves or crevices that a human cannot access safely but a small object could be lowered safely down instead. Perhaps lowering one down into the Amazon Rain forest to capture photos of plants and animals in the tree tops to give a real life feeling of what it would be like to be in the trees. Click below for the BBC article and video footage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25926300 Or even better go to this link and click on the company’s “watch the video” icon and get the whole story about the camera and its creation and possibilities for capturing life’s wonderful moments. http://www.panono.com/ballcamera/ G. Winkler ©2014 Technology Artist Cumulus 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.
The following information is from www.privacyrights.org and contains a lot of good information regarding protection of personal information on smart phones. 1. Introduction A smartphone is a small handheld electronic device that has features of both a mobile phone and a computer. Smartphones allow us to communicate via talk, text and video; access personal and work e-mail; access the Internet; make purchases; manage bank accounts; take pictures and do many other activities. They are becoming capable of doing more and more every day. Clunky, expensive versions of smartphones have been around since as early as 1992, but it wasn’t until Apple released the iPhone in 2007 that smartphones reached the mass market. According to a June 2013 Pew Internet Report, 56% of American adults have a smartphone. In fact, smartphone users now outnumber traditional mobile phone users. While they provide us with seemingly unlimited amounts of useful tools, most of us don’t consider the massive amount of personal data that we carry around in our smartphones. Unlike many of our computers, our smartphones are always with us and many of us rarely turn them off. Despite the amount we use them and the dependence we place on our smartphones, a 2012 study found that 62% of smartphone users do not password protect their phone and that smartphone users are 33% more likely to become a victim of identity theft than non-users. In this Fact Sheet, we explain the privacy implications of smartphones and offer practical tips to protect your privacy. 2. What is your smartphone capable of revealing about you? It’s safe to assume that anything you do on your smartphone and any information you store is at risk of being snooped on if you
I think we are just beginning to see the start of the wearable technology trend. And as time goes on more and more creative minds will find ways to make wearable technology a part of our daily lives. It seems to me that the door was really opened by several key events to make this a reasonable reality: the devices are getting smaller and smaller, the technology is getting more reliable, and finally the introduction of wifi and Bluetooth technology. This design could be strapped to the belt or put into a pocket while the previous design was worn on the chest and a stethoscope style set of headphones were used. The next style was even smaller and silver in color. Anytime we can remove the electrical cord from the equation there becomes a wonderful freedom from that chain to the wall called the data cable or electrical cord. It is easy to see how the cell phone has metamorphed from a giant heavy walkie talkie looking device with a large antenna poking out from the top to the sleek smart phones that don’t just do phone calls. They are actually small handheld computers that allow us to play games, keep track of business and personal data, take photos as well as keep communication going. I am still learning what my smart phone can do, and I am sure that I will never fully realize its amazing potential. You have to realize that I bought it because it was a mobile telephone, and not for any of the other wonderful features it offers. When I was in high school the first signs of wearable technology coming to market were apparent
This is the question that is often verbalized in Sales Team and Marketing offices all over. It’s a good question to ask. And since Cumulus Technology is a provider of custom Mobile Apps, we should be able to answer this question every time one of our clients asks us if they need one. It is not our general mode of operation to simply say that everyone needs an App, but an App can help solve problems, encourage customers to go to a location, or simply offer information and give a company a mobile online presence, which in this age is a growing necessity. Years ago not everyone wanted or felt they needed a website, but now if your company does not have some kind of web presence, your company may be passed by due to the simple fact that today’s shoppers search for what they want online. Even if that’s just them using a mobile map service to find your company’s location and if you are off the grid, then you may not be selected. An amazing variety of Apps to select from Deciding on the purpose for your company’s mobile app is vital. A company should not bother with having an App just for the sake of having an App. This will result in money being spent on something that does not bring results and will make the accounting department tear out their hair. Decide on a purpose and then develop the content. Good up to date content will make the difference between money well spent and an app that serves no purpose. Some companies do not want a public mobile app for their customers but want something that allow enhance the