HI THERE! MY NAME IS GERALD RUSSELL
I am a math teacher who is in love with the Internet and modern technologies.
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Beginner's guide to augmented reality
Augmented Reality (AR) is quickly growing in popularity. It's the technology that uses a computer (your smartphone, for example) to generate, and then project virtual reality elements onto the real world, thus enhancing the user's experience. So, we could define AR as the process of creating an improved version of the perceived reality. Unlike Virtual Reality (VR), which utilizes software that was designed with the goal of making you feel that you're living in a virtual environment, augmented reality brings virtual elements into our world.
Real-life applications of augmented reality can be quite simple; apps that display the distance from your phone to the desired objects in real-time can be very useful, and yet don't require too much programming. Things change significantly if we discuss about systems who use a network of complex sensors, providing detailed patient information to the doctor who performs a complex surgical procedure.
There are several AR technologies, and each one of them has its pros and cons.
An introduction to artificial intelligence
AI is progressing fast these days, due to increased computing power and modern learning algorithms. We can find artificial intelligence-based modules and software in phones, cars, intelligent vacuum cleaners, chess playing devices, smart fridges, airport security screening systems, and so on. Companies utilize AI applications to design chatbots which can successfully replace customer support operators, while some governments make use of artificial intelligence programs to design controversial, autonomous weapons.
Some of the earliest AI applications included software that tried (and frankly, most of the time failed) to mimic real-life human conversation. Fortunately, artificial intelligence has significantly improved since then, and many of the devices that utilize it make use of advanced machine learning algorithms to improve themselves while we are sleeping. This can be a scary thought, especially if we take into consideration the fact that systems which perform recursive self-improvement tasks can quickly leave us behind.
5G, the technology that will change the world
We had to wait quite a bit of time until its arrival, but 5G is finally here. According to Data Alliance, several carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, have already tested this new wireless technology last year, and the results were very promising. And yet, few people understand the key advantage of 5G. Almost everyone knows that the next "G" generation is supposed to bring greater data transfer speeds, but this is just one of the pros, and I'd dare to say that it isn't the most important one. So, keep on reading and I promise that you will discover the real advantage of using 5G.
Before I begin, we should all remember that 5G is supposed to replace 4G, the current version of the data communication technology. Unlike 4G, it utilizes three frequency intervals. The first one, called the low-band spectrum, is similar with the one that's currently used by the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) operators, and will provide data transfer speeds that are similar with 4G, reaching up to 100 Mbps. The second frequency interval – the mid-band spectrum – can provide a speed increase of up to 1,000%, in theory.
Curated news which highlight new technologies and gadgets.
Lexar has built the world's first 1TB SDXC card
If 4K video recording is your thing, you already know that you'll need about 400 MB of storage space for each minute of footage. Fortunately, Lexar has got your back with its new line of 633x SDHC/SDXC UHS-I cards, which provide data reading speeds of up to 95 MB/s. The 1 TB version costs $500 and can safely store over 40 hours of 4K video, which should be more than enough for most people’s needs.
New generation of brain stimulating headphones
Want to learn music faster or improve your gaming skills significantly? The new Halo Sport 2 is a brain stimulator that helps you develop muscle memory faster, so it can do much more than that. The headphones can be preordered now, and they provide Bluetooth audio, which makes them a good option for professional athletes and regular people like you and me who love to work out.
Twitter launches new publisher tools
The social media platform has gotten new analytics dashboard that helps publishers understand which content pieces lead to greater engagement, as well as a calendar that allows businesses to track upcoming events. Twitter continues to build good tools that benefit advertisers and help its growth; the company had eight consecutive quarters of increase in daily active usage.