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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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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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