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6 Ways Technology is Changing the Way We Live

6 Ways Technology is Changing the Way We Live

At one point, the idea of computers interacting with one another was like a wild dream only a few highly imaginative folks could entertain. Fast forward to today, not only are we closer to exploring life outside of earth, we’re now been driven around by computers.

New technologies are not only contributing to our daily lives and making things easier, they’re practically changing the way we live. From our cars to how we learn and how houses are been built, these machines are bringing a new dimension to the way we interact with the world today. And no, they are not sci-fi’s, these are real technologies we already have access to.

This article will explore how technology is changing the way we live, from the impact they have on the cost and standard of living to how much information about the human body we now have access to.

1. Housing and Architecture

Housing is a big aspect of our lives. With 3D rendering, architects and designers now produce their models and presentations with more details.

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3D is no longer a new technology, but its impact is still yet to fizzle out. Before 3D technology, architects had to work with cards that were only visualized in 2D or create their presentations by hand. Their presentations were only average and would always require a lot of explaining before clients got what details were involved.

According to Stefan Kaertner, “3D rendering in architecture is a complex process that produces life-like presentation of buildings in image-ready prints.”

“With 3D rendering, clients can take a virtual tour of their buildings before actually commissioning it, which lets them have a first-hand experience of what their buildings would be like. This was impossible before the advent of 3D technology,” says Kaertner.

2. Big Data

Data helps to remove speculations and guess work from what professionals do.

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Big data is making big impact in the world today. It’s not just the benefits we derive from the availability of big data that is astonishing, but the technology behind how we generate meaningful data as well. From wearable’s such as the Apple watch to IoTs, we’re witnessing data rush in real-time.

The growth of data is now so high, some research is pointing that by 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created for each person every second.

Who are the people benefiting from these massive inflow of data? Industries like the insurance, health and of course leading technology and marketing companies would lead in the need for big data.

3. Health and Mental Analysis

Technology is bringing better treatment of patients with health conditions that were previously difficult to diagnose. With data now available to doctors and healthcare companies through advancement in technology, not only are healthcare providers able to easily track patient health record, they now easily proffer treatments.

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4. Internet Accessibility

To several of the world’s population, access to the Internet is still a luxury.

Bringing Internet access to some of the world’s most remote areas is one of the goals of the world’s leading tech leaders such as Mark Zuckerberg and Google. Both have been able to see their dreams come alive thanks to technologies like unmanned solar-powered aircraft and balloon powered Internet.

Not only are these technologies helping the world get connected to the Internet by bringing accessibility to the areas that never had them, but the cost to access the Internet in areas that have them are been lowered as a result.

5. Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality has redefined how we consume content. The industry created by this technology has potentials to be worth as much as $30 billion by 2020 according to tech M&A advisory firm Digi-Capital.

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Content consumption through VR is constantly on the rise and over 200,000 developers have registered to build games for Oculus Rift in 2015 alone. With virtual reality changing the way people consume content, the market that caters for its hardware is definitely going to be enormous. According to data from Statista, the VR hardware marketing would be worth $5.2 by 2020.

Conclusion:

Technology is contributing immensely to how we live today. Pretty much everything we do today will be done differently in just a couple of years to come. As more countries create policies that allow drive-less cars to carry passengers, smatter cities are developed in third-world countries. Technology will continue to change and define how we live.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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