10 Things We Just Don’t Do Anymore

Each decade has its own set of social norms. For example, in the 80’s, it was socially acceptable to wear crazy shoulder pads and have big hair! In all seriousness, though, these “social norms” that we all accept during certain periods of time also translate into actions – or, things we do. Over time, these things that we do get replaced with other socially “normal” things to do. Usually, it’s because technology or accessibility increases or makes certain businesses obsolete. Don’t believe us? Look at 
these ten things everyone used to do all the time that we just don’t do anymore.

 1.       Renting Movies
Businesses like Blockbuster, Redbox, or Family Video might still be seen – but this is incredibly rare. With the ability to stream television and movies online to any device essentially takes the need for brick-and-mortar movie rental locations away. While it used to be normal to head to the video store to pick out a movie or two to watch that weekend, we don’t do this anymore.

      2.       Buying VHS Tapes
Buying VHS for any reason is the way of the past. Yet, for a long time, this was the only way to watch movies at home, to save family videos, or to record a show on TV you didn’t want to miss. How many people do you know who still have an old stack of VHS’s gathering dust in a closet somewhere? Now-a-days we’re not even sure where you’d be able to find VHS tapes for sale? This method of entertainment viewing has gone the way of the dodo

3.       Transfer Money at a Bank
Even just a decade or two ago, transferring money at a bank was the only way people transferred money either locally or abroad. Unfortunately, banks often carry hidden fees with each transfer and sometimes don’t provide the best exchange rates available. Now, most people use online-only transfer services like TransferWise to transfer money. These online organizations have low or no fees, are always transparent with how much they’re charging you for each transfer, and always offer the most up-to-date exchange rates. No wonder most people don’t go to the bank for money transfers anymore
      4.       Memorizing Phone Numbers
Before we all carried one form of smart phone or another, the only way to ensure that you’d be able to get ahold of someone was to memorize their phone number. Many people carried pocket-sized phone books just in case they needed to jot a new acquaintance’s number down. The need to memorize phone numbers is no longer pressing – our smart phones save phone numbers and can even assign names and information to each contact based on content that’s gathered from your email or other mobile applications. Much easier than memorizing each important phone number in your life!

        5.       Sending Letters
While it’s still nice to receive a hand-written note occasionally, it’s more common to shoot someone a text or send an email if you need to communicate with them. Writing and sending hand-written letters is considered a lost artform now – with many groups who focus on reinstating the old-idea of pen pals cropping up around the world.

       6.       Carrying a Pager
Before cell phones were a part of everyday life, pagers were the only way to let someone know you needed to get a hold of them if they were out and about or not near a landline phone. We don’t know anybody who carries a pager anymore.

       7.       Recording TV Shows on VHS
If you missed a show you wanted to see, you use to record it on a VHS tape. Now, we can save it to our recording device on our TV or stream it online after the fact.

      8.       Go to the Mall Frequently
Last minute Christmas gifts? A new pair of running shoes? Whenever you needed something, you’d head to the mall. While malls are still around, most people do their shopping online. With most stores offering free expedited shipping, there isn’t really a need to drive out and shop in person.

        9.       Carry Cash
People use to carry cash or spare change in case they needed to make a phone call at a phone booth, pay someone back for a meal, contribute to a coworker’s birthday cake fund, etc. However, there isn’t really a need to carry cash anymore. Quick pay services are now available through banking applications or third-party applications such as Venmo.

        10.   Keep a Map Handy
Everyone use to keep a map in the car or house to help them navigate around. But with maps on our phones and other devices physical paper maps aren’t as common as they once were. Most people don’t even know how to read them!

Isn’t it crazy how many things we use to do that we just don’t do anymore? It’s amazing how much things change over the course of just a few years. While some of these traditions might have been convenient, and we may miss some of the old ways of doing things, it’s also nice to move forward into a new, more tech-motivated time!

Top 10 Futuristic Tech Products that will Blow You Away

Top 10 Futuristic Tech Products that will Blow You Away

Today’s world is becoming increasingly tech-focused. As a result, there are many new products that are currently being released, or are in the process of being created soon. These new tech products will certainly change life as we know it. They are useful in many different industries – from transportation to healthcare to home building. It’s exciting to look at these new pieces of tech and to think: If this is “new” now, what will the future be like? How much more technologically advanced can we become?

1.    New and Improved Prosthetics
Prosthetics are now being created that can move and adjust just as your normal limb would. But what if a prosthetic existed that could hypothetically take the place of your actual limb? The prosthetics that are currently being invented are sensitive to touch and heat, just as your ordinary hand, arm, foot, or leg would be. They are intended to feel and exert different pressure levels, as well.

2.    Hovercrafts
It feels like every time you turn around there is a new update to transportation – whether it’s a fancy new car with voice activated technology, or a high-speed underground train that will effectively replace air or car travel. However, hovercrafts could very soon be on our horizon, as well. These vehicles aren’t exactly hovercrafts. Instead, they’re a vehicle that allows for low-altitude flight for fast and efficient travel. They’re said to ride like a motorcycle for both on and off-road experiences. We don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty awesome version of a hovercraft to us.

3.    Jetpacks
Jetpacks will no longer be something you see in sci-fi movies. Of course, right now they’re only available to qualified buyers, but we assume that before too long they’ll be available for the masses.

4.    Self-driving Trucks
Self-driving trucks have been on the horizon for a while now, and they could potentially have a dramatic impact on the transportation industry and the world economy.

5.    Coffee Energy
We’ve heard of wind energy, we’ve heard of corn being used for energy – but coffee energy? If you think about it, it makes sense. Coffee beans are an enormous source of untapped energy. Bio-Bean is working to use clean tech to process recycled, used coffee grounds into biofuels and biochemicals. Not a bad idea!

6.    Advanced Transplants
Transplanting organs is a common medical practice. But what about an entire portion of your body – like your head? It sounds crazy, but Sergio Canavero is a neurosurgeon from Italy strongly believes that head transplants are in the very near future. He believes that the technology is there, and that through the use of a special blade and polymer, doctors and surgeons could work to perform head transplants and regrow spinal cord nerves.

7.    AR or VR in Home Building and Construction
Some of the best architects in the world are still locked in to building in their home country, or else relocating to a faraway location for their next project. This won’t be the case anymore with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in the world of building and construction. Professional architects, builders, and construction firms, will soon be able to work virtually in real time using VR or AR headsets.

8.    Increasingly Advanced Robo-Advising
Robo-advisors have already evolved at an astonishing rate. They started as a lowly form of investment management or portfolio rebalancing. Now they can create customized investment strategies for individuals based on increasingly complex algorithms. Soon they will likely be able to provide all forms of financial planning – from retirement savings advice to debt management to tax mitigation for high income earners.

9.    Floating Farms
There is only so much physical space on this planet – and yet our population continues to grow. Farmers are essentially stuck. They can’t feasibly expand their farm land without also reducing the amount of living space for people. It seems like an impossible dilemma – how do you continue to feed a growing population while limiting the amount of space there is to grow food and keep animals? The answer may be found in floating farms. The architecture would be complex, but this would essentially mean farms would exist in the sky and be operated by a solar panel.

10. Worldwide Internet Access
Big wigs such as Elon Musk and Richard Branson are currently working to provide free wi-fi to the world. This would essentially level the playing field when it came to access of information, tech advancements, and much more. It would also make global communication much easier.

The world is evolving, and technology is evolving with it. It is so exciting to see new technologies being developed. Even more intriguing still is to see where these new technologies will take us as a global culture.

7 New Medical Technologies That Will Amaze You

Medical technology has always been cutting edge as it develops over time. We’re constantly feeling amazed by the new products, medicines, and capabilities that seem to be announced every other day. It’s especially exciting as we look ahead to a future where these new technologies could limit injury, cure disease, ease pain, and simplify medical procedures – like complex surgeries. The following breakthroughs in medical technology are sure to amaze you. We want to live in a world where these new technologies are used regularly and with success – especially should we ever need them in case of a medical emergency! Check out our list of the seven most incredible medical technologies:

1.       Virtual Reality
Virtual reality seems to be all the rage when it comes to video games or other, less serious, uses. However, virtual reality devices are now being developed to help medical students better learn different procedures. This new way of using VR is incredibly exciting, especially because the medical students entering the field now will be trained and ready to use all the new types of technology that are being released and learned by more seasoned medical professionals. VR will help them get a leg up and enter the workforce with a more complete education.

2.       Food Scanners
While not quite as exciting as Virtual Reality tools for medical students, food scanners from companies like Tellspec could literally save lives. What’s even better? They can be used by everybody – even you! These scanners connect to a mobile app and help you to scan food in a bowl or on a plate to load a detailed report on the food’s health statistics and ingredients. For people who are trying to get healthy, this tool will help to simplify their fitness journey. But for people with severe or life threatening allergies, this tool is a total game changer. They’ll be able to completely eliminate the potential to eat something that could cause them harm.

3.       3D Bioprinting
Bioprinting is a fascinating process. Right now, companies are already printing organ tissues for testing and soon they’ll be able to print full organs. The medical industry will probably first use those printed organs for testing, but someday soon we could be looking at printing organs for transplant purposes. This would completely alter the way organ donor processes work, and could save so many lives.

4.       Augmented Reality
Augmented Reality is similar to Virtual Reality, but it would have a slightly different purpose. Augmented Reality would probably still be used as an educational tool, but it would help medical students practice dissections or surgeries without requiring practice organs and it would completely skip the stinky formaldehyde scent that they should deal with while in lab. It’s a win-win! More info with examples.

5.       Bioabsorbable Stents
For those of you who aren’t familiar, a stent is used to treat a coronary artery blockage. Usually after surgery, metal stents are left in for the rest of a patient’s life. Sometimes these stents cause future blood clot problems, or post-surgical complications, which can be a dramatic problem for heart surgery patients. However, bioabsorbable stents are changing how things are done. The bioabsorbable stent is designed to simply disappear, or reabsorb, into the surgery patient’s body after surgery. It’s made of a naturally dissolving polymer, and over the next two years or so it is absorbed back into the body kind of like dissolvable sutures.

6.       Robotic Surgery
This technology is already being used in some modern surgeries. Essentially, it removes the need for the surgeon to be in the surgery theatre with their patients. The entire operation is done using robotic tools that are controlled from a separate space. This helps eliminate human error in surgery, and it also provides a more sterile environment for the surgery to take place, both of which are very good things. Example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intuitive_Surgical.

7.       Wireless Brain Sensors
This amazing bio absorbable device will help doctors to measure different temperatures and pressures within the human brain without having to schedule a removal surgery for the brain sensors since they reabsorb into the human body. Fewer surgeries is always a good thing because that means fewer complications and fewer chances for a problem to occur as a result of the surgery – especially with one as important as a brain surgery!

Modern science is miraculous, and technology just keeps expanding and improving to keep pace with our constantly changing, complex medical needs. This technology has so much potential to save lives, and to extend both the length and quality of our lifetimes in this world. If any of these technologies seemed applicable to your medical situation, keep an eye out for them to become more mainstream in the medical world, or ask your doctor if they’d be a possible option for your specific medial case moving forward.

How Technology Impacts Electronic Applianaces

Buying New Appliance in the Age of Advanced Technology

Technology has been changing our life rapidly in the last 20-25 years.
All our appliance are using better technology and are manufactured to be suitable as a Smart Home devices.

Once Upon a Time

I remember that when I was young, when my dad invited a handyman to repair our oven or refrigerator, the handyman knew how to handle all the appliances at the house. They were all working based on mechanical mechanism. Now all the new appliances are working as a small computer, based on electronic mechanism, like the touch technology we use in our smart phones. Today you need a computer geek for repairing your home appliances.

Smart Home Is Knocking on Our Doors

How will our future house will look like? How would our future kitchen will be designed?
Soon, all of us will be able to control our refrigerator, our oven, dishwasher and even our laundry machine by a Smart Home system. Every electronic appliance in our house will be based on a smart computer and we will be able to control it using our voice.
The industry is going towards smart product. This process is like the one the communication industry experienced - the smart phones revolution.

Smart houses are already existing and all electronic devices are connected to a Wi-Fi or to a similar technology. This way it allows its residents to be able to use all the appliances without any effort at all.

A good example for that is Alexa Smart Home system. Below you can find the total revenues in the last couple of years, and the revenue expected in the years to come:

Revenue ($M)

As you can see, this phenomenon of Smart Homes is spreading fast, and is expected to accelerate in the near future. However, at the meanwhile, until we will be able to use it, we can think of trying standalone semi-smart devices and not as a whole Smart Home system.

Do Not Jump the Gun
There is a vast variety of product and companies. Different kind of qualities and prices. A lot of room the get confused thanks to the overwhelming technology and spend more money and time than we actually need.

How to Choose the Best Appliances for Me?

What can you do to save money when thinking about getting new appliances with advanced technology? Follow these recommendations:

  1. Buy new products with manufacturer warranty -
    1. The technology behind these appliances is developing fast. Buying a product with the newest technology will allow you to get the most out of it. It is important to note that sometimes it is worthwhile to try a previous version as well.
    2. New appliances with new technology are based on economic and more “green” systems and will help you save other costs like electricity and water.
    3. New appliances usually have a manufacturer warranty for 1-5 years, which can bring you a little peace of mind.

  1. Consult an expert before buying a new device to suit it for your needs. You can find an expert at the shopping center near your home or online. Make sure you can differentiate between a salesman and an expert.

  1. Ask someone you trust like friends, neighbours or colleagues - If your mother has it, your neighbour has it, and all you friends from the office have it, it is probably working well or at least it’s not too bad. When you’ll start asking people you’ll find out need that you didn’t think of.

  1. Read reviews and compare between different companies - Do an online research and try to understand which device is the right one for you. Investing 5-10 minutes looking for the right device, at the right place, manufactured by the right company can save you a lot of money and time, now and in the future.

  1. Use home warranty companies - Home warranty companies are offering different types of insurance plan for your home appliances and more. It will save you time and hassle in the future, even after the manufacturer's warranty is over. ReviewHomeWarranties.com is a great place to start looking for the best home warranty plan.

  1. Buy appliances online - refrigerators, gas fireplace, electric water heater tank, air conditioner, microwave and more are usually can be found cheaper when bought online.

Short Summary

Buying new appliances in our days can be quite confusing. It is obvious that in the near future all appliances and devices will be controlled by a smart system. It will influence the way we manage our home. However, at the meanwhile, until those smart systems will be more reachable, we can use standalone semi-smart devices.
When one wants to purchase these appliances, he or she should follow the steps mentioned above - compare and review, do an online research and purchase the device online, consult experts and friend and use a home warranty plan for your peace of mind. This way you’ll be able to save time and money and a lot of headache in the future.

How Technology is Disrupting Lifestyle in 2016:

The recent surge in technology related to the internet is that society is struggling how to maintain a balance between these wonderful innovations and their quality of life that was at one-time technology-free. Here are several ways that technology has interrupted lifestyle in ways that one would not expect:


  1. It Interrupts Business: This is rather entertaining at first glance, but, technology ironically does interrupt business. If a cell phone rings during an important business meeting or if the entry level employees are playing on social media instead of working, then this disrupts the flow of commerce. What makes the debate fascinating is that these technologies were invented with the purpose of making life easier; however, they have also had repercussions due to just how accessible all of these innovations are to the consumer.
  2. It Interrupts Education: Schools have had major issues with cell phones, tablets, and laptops because legally, they cannot touch them. That being said, these devices are distracting students from the purpose of attending school in the first place. In colleges, many professors have made a no laptop policy, for example, but then the students are hiding their smartphones. The price of being connected all the time is a great one because we never have a break from the technology sector.
  3. It Disrupts Family Life: This is the major one because one’s work, in theory, never leaves them. By allowing e-mail to be in smartphones, we have opened up a portal that many would like to close because one never leaves the stress of the office. While this has allowed more global professional positions to be possible due to increased accessibility, it has also disrupted family time since the office now never leaves the employee. There have been many debates how to combat this, but ultimately, the price has already been paid by adding e-mail to smart phones.
  4. It Disrupts Government Institutions and Laws: The classic example with this is Uber. Uber has been very disruptive to unions for taxi drivers around the globe. Granted, this is a change that we all wanted due to the unsatisfactory service provided by taxis for decades, it still causes governments to have to answer to the union’s complaints. This is why Uber has been outlawed and protested so many times; however, in the end, Uber ends because the consumers want Uber.
  5. Privacy Laws: Technology has also had a major implication on privacy laws. Particularly in the legal profession, there have been many cases regarding the drafting of case law or legislation related to digital privacy rights and issues. This is going to be a major issue going forward that the local governments are going to have to navigate because it disrupts the previous issues we had with confidentiality and privacy.

Granted, these technological developments have been sensational. What becomes the issue is how the institutions of society is going to catch up to combat the issues caused by all of these wonderful innovations.

The biggest change in technology which is impacting our everyday life is mobile apps. look at the following 7 Sophisticated Apps for Non-Techs:

Apps have been a wonderful addition to the technological world that also are a great asset to those who are not that technologically gifted. Here are my recommendations of the seven best Apps for non-techs:

  1. Vivino: Vivino is an incredible App for wine lovers around the world. What Vivino does is that is allows you to take a photo of your favorite wine label and store it for later use. The App also shows you different food pairing recommendations with that particular wine. Additionally, the photo you will take shows you the average price and which years are the best to try. Lastly, you are able to add your friends to share the wines. Essentially, Vivino is the Facebook for the wine lover and it is a great idea!
  2. Cash: Cash is a great way to get your money quickly from point A to point B. For example, if you were paid in one bank account and need to pay an automatic payment in another bank account. Cash allows you transfer money to yourself or to a friend immediately. This App also has no transaction fees, which saves on ATM fees and banking fees in general.
  3. Uber: Even though Uber is controversial, its utility for the non-techy savvy individual surely is not. Uber is becoming available all over the world and has a variety of car quality options for you to chose from. What Uber also does is allow you to split a taxi ride with your friends that includes the tip. Essentially, Uber limits the cash from the entire transaction, which makes it much easier to get where you need to go without making sure that you have exact change.
  4. Lyft: Lyft, although a similar idea to Uber, is also great for the non-technologically savvy person. Lyft many times is more affordable than Uber because they have regular discounts on their rides that they text you about. Additionally, Lyft has a ride share option that allows those carpooling to work to save a great deal on their transportation. Lyft is a fast-growing competitor of Uber that is absolutely worth a try.
  5. Spotify: Spotify is available all over the world and allows the user to have access pretty much any song in the world for only $9.99 per month. With the Premium membership one can make playlists, listen to any album, and have a radio station. Spotify also allows you to explore new music as well. That being said, Spotify has also revolutionized going to the gym because the App has a pace monitor for runners that selects the music based on the pace one is running. This App is truly sensational and it is easy to use for someone who is not tech-savvy.
  6. OfferUp: OfferUp is the ultimate way to sell items that you may not want; however, it is particularly beneficial for furniture when you are moving. For example, if I listed my sofa on OfferUp for $100, people could make bids on it. If you like the price, you accept and the person comes to get the sofa. OfferUp is entirely free and connects buyers and sellers in a delightful way.
  7. Yelp: Yelp is a wonderful App for two reasons. The first, is that you can look up any ethnicity of food in the locale where you are and see where the best restaurant is. Additionally, if you are unsure what kind of food you want, you can look up restaurants near you and see what you are interested in. This is great for the traveler in a new city looking to try something different, but is also great for the local looking to expand their horizons.

Apps are a wonderful addition to the technological world. Many of these Apps are targeting those who are not very advanced with technology. Thus, it is recommended to see how these Apps could benefit you in your day-to-day life and you may be quite pleasantly surprised.

Mobile Apps – History, Present, Future

In 1983 a certain Steve Jobs giving a conference speech in ‘Aspen U.S outlined his vision of software download where software would be downloaded over phone lines with no need for physical distribution methods , the first Macintosh had still yet to be launched but Steve Jobs as ever the technological visionary had envisioned the future ‘app store’.32 years on from his ‘Aspen speech and apps are so ubiquitous they seem an almost indispensable part of everyday life, but the path to the modern app has been a circuitous one demanding technological developments and innovation from numerous sources of which Apple played a leading but not sole.

In a sense the first apps on a ‘mobile’ device can be traced back to the games snake, pong and tic- tac-toe found on the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, the first commercial phone launched in ‘83 which resembled and was often nicknamed the ‘brick’. A break-through in mobile communications, this unwieldy device also demonstrated via its simple games that a cell phone could be more than just a means for communication but could also be a mode for entertainment.

Further development came down the line with the PSIOn range of handheld computers (PDAs) using the EPOC operating system, 7 years on from the first mobile handset these small hand held computers came with a number of user programs including a word processor and diary. Around the same time Palm was launching its rival handheld personal device the Palm Pilot containing similar office style ‘apps’ to the PSIOn but accessible via a Gui screen – a precursor to the modern touchscreen smartphone.

Market Explosion

The early ‘90s saw an explosion in mobile phone take up and usage, phones were now smaller, cheaper and mass market but this competition whilst driving down costs and enabling mobile communication to become mass market actually stunted app innovation, with manufacturers not willing to reveal their proprietary technology to 3rd parties.

The mid ‘90s saw the inception and rise of the World Wide Web but mobile phones started to get left behind, with websites using technology and U.I principles including JavaScript, flash and high resolutions that phones couldn’t support. Out of this need to bring the WWW to mobile was borne wireless application protocol or WAP for short. WAP sites served up pages written in Wireless MarkUp Language a stripped down form of HTML, suitable for the limited processing power of mid ‘90s mobile devices.

WAP sites were slow and cumbersome, typing a URL via a numeric keypad on a small phone was onerous whilst sites didn’t take into account individual phone sizes. In addition to the many technical drawbacks, many WAP portals operated by the networks restricted access to their preferred content distributors which users disliked. WAP ultimately failed but it still heralded the start of ‘web browsing’ on a mobile handset and established the important principle of an open environment.Evolution to the ‘mobile app’ continued with the development of cellular technology, first with 1G and then with the 2G cellular network. The cellular networks brought about the first ‘smartphones’, with the digital data transmission enabled by the 2G network allowing phones to carry many of the modern features which form the bedrock of modern apps.

Market Evolution

Evolution finally turned to revolution in ’07 with the first iPhone featuring a touch screen loaded with a number of pre-set apps. One year later and the Apple store launched allowing iPhone users to download apps directly to their phone and for independent developers to easily access and install apps.

Since ’08 the app ecosystem has thrived, there are now estimated to be over 138 million app downloads every year on the apple and google play stores, with an estimation of 268 million by 2017. Users now spend 80% of their time on apps compared to mobile web.

Whatever  your online need there is an app which can satisfy it, from the simple functional such as weather apps or currency converters, to the worryingly bizarre such as an app that can retrace your steps after and alcoholic blackout. The app environment keeps on driving up consumer demands with companies responding in kind to stay competitive.

Whereas first it was just necessary to have an app, some kind of presence on the app store, now an app needs to be the best and have the most features. This has fuelled an environment which explains why an internet casino such as Mr Green now features over 60+ mobile casino games on its app even though the average player is never likely to use more than 10 of those from his handset. Some online casinos like LeoVegas mobile casino are even "mobile first" - more geared towards mobile phones and tablet users than desktop or mac users.

Future Outlook

What is the future of apps? Many commentators point to a number of flaws in the current app system including its poor economy of scale, where each single app representing just one use website, game or function takes up a relatively large amount of real estate space. They envision a content index system, where apps will be grouped together and with content accessed more on a push based notification system. Other commentators see apps joined together, yelp to find a good restaurant connected to the restaurants app to order, a truly interconnected app environment instead of the silo based environment we currently have. It is possible Cryptocurrencies would have a positive effect on that.

Whatever the future, one thing is for certain is that it won’t remain static, 30+ years took us from snake on the Motorola to the current app environment, the next 30 is set to be just as exciting.

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