Sunday, December 23, 2007

best selling car of 2007

When it comes to technology of cars, the Toyota Camry seems to have the subject mastered year after year. The Japanese technology proves year after year to be superior, but others seem to be catching up somewhat.

In my opinion the Honda Accord is better than the Camry, but they are, of course, close as always. I prefer Honda to Toyota in terms of quality, but Toyota's popularity continues to soar, and I don't see that coming to an end any time soon.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Send water to your Yard?

I was reading about how some people are getting their water lines rerouted to basically recycle used water into your yard and whatnot, which is not a bad idea I don't think. I doubt many people will be doing this, but I've seen worse ideas.

This can end up saving you money on water bills, and it can be healthy for your lawn, but I don't think it is really worth it to use that much money to divert some water. If you are someone that is obsessed with a bright green yard, then it is probably a great idea for you, but I never cared much how the grass looked.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Electronics companies going GREENER?

I have been reading about the big electronics manufacturers trying to go greener, or more environmentally friendly with their new products. They hope it will spark peoples' interest and give them an incentive to buy their products. They are working on new designs to make electronics more recyclable-friendly, and more energy efficient.

This may appeal to some of the consumer base, but I doubt if it will appeal to a whole lot of people. Many people are mainly concerned with price, and this new technology will likely cost more which will drive away some consumers. It will attract a certain group, however, and it may end up being worth it for the company. We will have to just wait and see if the market is hungry for such a design.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Navigation System

I was in a friend's car today, and they had one of those Garmin navigation system's with voice directions and everything. It was one of the nicer ones. I had planned to get one before, but I really didn't have a whole lot of need, so it was interesting to see how well they worked.

After a little drive, I began to see how well they worked, and I wasn't very impressed with the performance of the unit. It worked halfway decent, but it took a while to get coordinated and didn't have the best routes to places. It took a lot longer to get some places when following the directions it supplied, and once it directed us to a dead end. I think they could use some improvement, but they can be helpful if you are truly lost, and it will probably help you get where you're going.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

New seed technology

Technology isn't just with electronics these days. There is a lot of research and advancements in the agriculture field also. There is a lot of varying opinions these days about organic food, food grown on steroids, and genetically altered food, many people begin to wonder about the food they are eating. I was reading about one company, Monsanto, which produce genetically modified plant seeds that are a great for farmers for various reasons. They are not affected by various weed killing formulas, and they keep bugs and pests away much better than regular seeds do.These are not the only benefits, though, and check into their company for other benefits if you are interested. All these qualities combine for a great looking seed to a farmer, so they have been doing great in their business.

I think this is a good idea for a company to produce, and I don't see any problems with the seeds they produce. Many people are not approving of this, and they say it is unhealthy and unnatural, but I think we should use the technology we currently have to make the best of our agricultural field. They may not be healthy possibly, but what is these days? This company isn't doing this great for nothing. It makes the farmers' jobs easier, and it also helps supply the growing population with food, so I think it is a great idea.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Robot soldier technology

I just finished reading about a robot that is currently a prototype to possibly eventually replace soldiers. It can travel around at about ten miles per hour, and it has a machine gun mounted on its top that fires at a blazing rate. This robot is currently being developed by a team of engineers for a company called Robotex, and the prototype looks pretty impressive to me.

They have raised money from a group of investors instead of from the government, and it looks to be working for them. It would appear that way to me. There are more plans of improving this robot, but the difficult part will be getting the government to buy these things. They cost around thirty to fifty thousand dollars apiece, but they may be able to replace soldiers in the future. People have always imaged replacing soldiers with robots, and it may be happening soon.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

New Global warming idea

Have any of you guys heard the news about the idea of how baking soda can perhaps help save us from global warming? Probably not I would guess, and I didn't either until today. Baking soda is made by using carbon dioxide, so I can it can possibly make a little bit of sense as a solution.

As most of you probably know, smoke from industrial smoke stacks is a large contributor to carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, and, thus, global warming. If you use this carbon dioxide to make baking soda, then solves the problem to a certain extent. I don't know how they are plannig to make this work, and it is still pretty far away from becoming a reality I believe, but I guess it's worth a try.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Invisibilty technology

Does anybody think that technology will be developed to make things look invisible like an invisibility cloak would do in science fiction? It may become a possibility sooner than thought. If you think it won't happen, you are most likely going to be wrong.

I read an article today about such technology already being developed. This technology bends light which makes things appear invisible to the eye. It is only in the beginning stages of development, so it will probably be a while before it becomes a reality, but research gets done very quickly these days, and there will probably be more and more people doing research once the idea gains popularity.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Nintendo Wii

I have been seeing people asking some crazy prices for these things lately. I have been seeing people asking six to eight hundred dollars for these things. I don't know if people actually are paying that much, but I've seen them going on ebay for over four hundred. I don't know why people would pay so much when they aren't nearly that expensive.

Granted, there is a shortage, and people want to get one before Christmas, but they are paying some ridiculous prices. It really doesn't seem to be as bad as when people were paying over a thousand dollars for xbox 360s though.

I played the Wii for the first time on Thanksgiving, and it is the best gaming system I have ever played easily, but i still wouldn't pay over retail for it. I'm not going to buy one since I am a poor college student without a TV. It is only really good for multi player anyways I think.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

LEDs will be lighting up rockefeller Christmas tree

This year LEDs will be what is used for lighting up the beautiful Rockefeller Christmas tree in order to conserve electricity without sacrificing festivities. This Christmas tree is over eighty feet tall, and will have thousands upon thousands of LEDs emitting various colors to celebrate the Christmas season.

All these LEDs will be strung on around a whopping five miles of wire, which is quite a massive length I must say. I think it is a good change for a good cause. LEDs are very efficient, and I'm sure it will save a great deal of electricity. I'd be scared to see how much this is all going to cost to produce, but I'm sure it's just a drop in the bucket to them.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Will the Smart car catch on?

The smart car now has a launch date in the United States sometime in this upcoming January, and they have been trying to appeal to many potential buyers recently at auto shows and some other forms of advertisement. The Smart car has been doing quite well in Europe and even Canada for years now, but it has not made an appearance in the United States market quite yet. However, that is soon going to change, and we will see how well the advertising has done for this innovative company.

The Smart car is a sub-compact car that gets great gas mileage for a relatively low price, but I don't really think there will be too much of a market for it in the United States. I have always personally liked sub-compact cars and being economical, but most Americans these days feel like they just cannot live without their SUV. Base price for the new Smart car is supposed to be approximately $11,500, so it may appeal to some economical individuals, but we will all have to wait and see.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

PS3 price drop attracts many new customers

The PS3 has recently lowered their price. which sparked a huge sale boost. Sony said this was what it was waiting for, and now they should expect for the trend to continue in a positive manner. The low-end model with a 40GB hard drive is now 399, and the high-end 80 gig unit is 499. This reflects a hundred dollar drop in each price.

This puts Sony in a very good position to sell many new systems. The Wii has been having problems keeping up with demand, and this makes the Playstation 3 more affordable to a larger group of consumers. With the Christmas season coming up, they should set new record sales, and the PS3 will most likely really start to take off.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Fight piracy with new technology?

It looks like the movie industry is trying to fight piracy now just like the music industry has been doing for years. I just found an article in the news pertaining to file-sharing and peer-to-peer networks at universities used for sharing these files. Universities are a hotspot for such illegal file sharing activities, and they are the new target to single out for stopping piracy.

There is a new bill that would make colleges create a plan to fight such illegal activities. They are promoting new programs such as Ruckus, which allow downloading I believe, but they are in file formats that are different from the norm. For a fee, you can get a regular format for burning and such, but I would think it would be very easy to get around such measures.

Also, I don't think there will be a whole lot of progress made to stop piracy by using such tactics. It is now pretty much out of control, and I don't see it coming to an end anytime soon. I know my university has already taken actions to do this, but their efforts have not really had any affect as far as I know.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Man loses memory overnight

This isn't really too technology oriented, but it does show how far our medical technology has advanced. I like reading the health news to see the interesting stories and new technologies advancing constantly. Recently, I found an interesting story of a man with memory loss problems, and those are always quite interesting to me.

There was a man that had been complaining about insomnia and memory loss problems over the last few months, and then one day he just flat out lost his memory. He went to the doctor and had many tests performed on him. It ended up being caused by a cancer he had, in which his antibodies were attacking his healthy brain cells.

This attack of antibodies caused severe memory loss.After sessions of chemotherapy and other treatment, his memory has started to return, and hopefully he makes a full recovery in the end. These problems are always hard to solve, and luckily he got a good doctor that could find out the cause behind the problems. The technology keeps advancing, and its fascinating to see how quickly problems can be found these days.

Friday, November 9, 2007

China blasting off to space

China is starting a new ten year venture into space technology and discovery. China just sent its first lunar probe into space which is the first step in their new exploration mission. Their plan is to send a rover to the moon and then back to earth eventually.

This particular venture is going to be used to study the chemical and mineral composition of the moon's surface. China was the third country to send a man into space, and is now continuing the journey and investigation of space.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

New technological advance for electric car industry

I just saw this little commuter car by Subaru, the G4E. It's not your everyday car though. It's an electric-powered car that is the new trend for environmentally friendly automobiles. This new offering isn't a hydrogen car like many other anti-smog cars being thought about by the other manufacturers. Instead, it's run purely off electricity from batteries.

There is supposed to be a new version of this car coming out which can go four hundred kilometers on a single charge, which I find very impressive. I think this electricity-powered idea would be a great direction for the automobile manufacturers to go in. Instead of having gas stations, you can have electricity stations. It may not be quite as convenient for people, but you could also charge the car up at home. I think it's a great idea.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Google entering wireless market

Google is trying to gain even more power by entering a new market. They are planning on turning mobile phones into powerful mobile computers, and, with the resources they possess, it shouldn't be a problem for them. These phones with Google's software aren't supposed to be available until around the midpoint of next year, and I am curious to see what kind of gadgets will be produced.

This will likely come as a hit to Microsoft's smart-phones, and there is a nice feature that is very appealing to this software. It is supposed to be open source, which will enable it to be altered as various companies see fit. Google is always on the leading edge because of their massive wealth and influence, and I'm sure this will be no exception.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Myspace and Google vs Facebook

Myspace and Google have recently teamed up to make plans to create OpenSocial, which will allow for programmers to create applications that work for a variety of these social-networking sites. There are also a lot of other networks joining such as Friendster and Plaxo. Facebook has recently been taking over the competition, and they are not a member of this creation.

It looks to me like they are just teaming up to take over Facebook, but I don't see this having much affect at all on them. They have captured the college and highschool audience, and the site is a lot better in my opinion. Everything is more organized and the programs are much better. It's not a bad try, but I don't see it having any effect.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tricked out jets

I've been reading more and more about luxy jets, tricked out jets, and so on. I didn't think there was that big of a consumer market for it, but it appears they are growing in popularity. Apparantly there are quite a few executives that have millions of dollars to throw away on a personal luxury jet with jacuzzis, private bedrooms, fancy interiors and furniture. This industry supposedly generates billions of dollars per year somehow. I need to get into the status symbol business myself and take advantage of wasteful rich people.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Nokia n810

Anybody heard of the new internet tablet that Nokia is coming out with, the n810? I'm interested in hearing some reviews once people start buying them. It's got wifi, bluetooth, slide out keyboard, decent sized LCD screen, GPS, and about everything else. Once the price drops, I might look into getting one myself. The n800 got pretty good reviews too, but this thing should blow it away.