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5 Recent Technological Advancements In 2016

5 Recent Technological Advancements In 2016

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been looking at ways that technology is changing the way humans interact. For example, if you grew up in the 80’s, then you know how the introduction of computers changed everything. We now have robots working in factories, online commerce, the banking infrastructure has grown, and it’s easy to connect with people across the world. However, it’s important to note this phenomenon hasn’t stopped in the 80’s because almost every year, we see new technological advancements taking place.

I decided to do some research putting together 5 major advancements taking place right now.

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1. Next Generation Batteries

That’s right! Companies are working towards making batteries better, that last longer. The mission of the top battery companies is to create an environment where batteries can last 3 days after being used non-stop. You’ll be surprised how close they are to the solution because Sion Power, based in Tucson, Arizona have come up with a Lithium Sulphur battery with twice the density. For example, by using sodium, aluminum, and zinc, they can create mini-grids that provide clean energy around the clock.

2. Self-Driving Vehicles

Tesla has been working on this project for many years and has finally built a prototype that works. At their head office in Palo Alto, California, they’ve been running tests on the Model S which has this autopilot technology. Even though it’s not completely available, Tesla is confident they’ll have the first vehicle with this technology ready by next year. Not only that, but other companies are now testing autonomous vehicles so they can stay competitive in the market.

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3. Hands-Free Assistant

Amazon.com is one of the largest e-commerce sites online, and they’ve been aggressively marketing the Echo. It’s a hands-free device which includes a speaker. The Amazon Echo is completely controlled with your voice so you can ask it to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, the weather, etc. When Amazon started this project 2 years ago, they had to develop AVS (Alexa Voice Service) to connect with Echo. Over the last several months, they have fine-tuned their AVS system to include beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room – even while music is playing.

Each year, Amazon continues to fine-tune their device so it can do more when you ask it to. To find out more about the cool new features being added to Amazon Echo, and the new Echo Dot, visit Amazon Echo hacks.

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4. Continuous Digital Experience

Over the years, you’ve probably noticed how things are becoming more connected into one complete experience. This will continue to happen throughout the years as people are looking for a smart home experience. Companies are developing ways to connect everything in your home with one central control pad. Through the main control pad, you’ll be able to schedule laundry, turn off the TV, alarm your home, print, and sync everything too. If you head over to eBay and/or Amazon, you’ll notice that they are offering smart pads for purchase, however, complete packages are yet to be included.

5. Smarter Applications

If you have a mobile device, then you have applications on your phone. Not only that but these applications are specific to your needs, allowing you to interact the way you want to online. For example, if you’re into photography, then you have photo apps that allow you to customize images. If you’re into games, then you’ll have gaming applications for entertainment…right? In general, the open-source platform for mobile operating systems has allowed people to develop customizable applications for others, and make enormous money doing it. However, it’s time to push the envelope further because mobile phones are getting more sophisticated since you have more RAM, memory, speed, and users.

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Advanced phones are leading to better applications where you’ll soon be able to control other gadgets at home and at work. Now you’ll do less work while your smartphone takes over because it understands your habits, interests, and more.

Final Thoughts

Hope you enjoyed my breakdown of 5 technological trends, and I know there are more which could have been included in the list. However, these were the five major ones we should keep an eye on because they are definitely shifting our environment. The cool thing about technology is that it changes at a very rapid pace so within 6 months, you’ll have 5 more dominating the list. If you’re a gadget buff like me, you’ll be keeping a close eye on what’s newly trending, and how it will change the way you interact with others.

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11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

1. Lumosity

This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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    2. Fit Brains Trainer

    This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

    Free.

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      3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

      Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

      First four games free, then $13 a month.

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        4. Brain Fitness Pro

        The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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        Buy for $3.99.

        5. Happify

        If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

        Free to use.

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          6. Clockwork Brain

          You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

          Free.

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            7. ReliefLink

            Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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              8. Eidetic

              Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                9. Braingle

                Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                Free.

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                  10. Not The Hole Story

                  If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                  Free.

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                    11. Personal Zen

                    This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                    Free.

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