Category: Tech News


Hospitals Need To Up Their Tech Game!

I’ve practically been living in Suburban hospital for the past 2 weeks for personal reasons and found myself subconsciously paying attention to how the technology was used there. I noticed some good things and many things I believe hospitals, especially “top-notch” ones, could do better! Whenever critiquing a hospital, I want to emphasize that we are all grateful for hospital staff and the work they do on a daily basis. Saving lives is the toughest job on this planet. So this post is not knocking hospitals but more on improving what they already do.

First thing, I noticed that phone reception in the hospital was atrocious. I mean really atrocious! It was always hit or miss on getting phone calls or making them also. You had to find the right spot of a room or the hospital to get reception and be able to use your phone. Not the best time to have your phone crapping out when you need to get in touch with loved ones at such a time. Text messaging worked better even if sometimes texts were delayed. I am not sure if this was because I use Google Voice for text messaging or not. I sometimes had to go outside just to have a conversation. I think cell phone towers need to be in close range of such facilities to make sure people can stay in touch in such situations. Or get a wireless card or mobile hotspot but I am not sure how efficient that would even be. By the way, I am talking about Sprint mostly because that’s my carrier. However, AT&T and T-Mobile were about the same or worse. Verizon was the best in this case but I won’t get into details on why they are on this post.

Now, your cellphone reception sucks so you assume you can switch to the hospital WiFi and you’ll be fine right? Nope. The WiFi was sometimes even worse than my cellphone reception. Seriously!! My little brother who’s good in IT stuff said they probably need to rework their access points and routers to be more efficient. This is something hospitals, especially upper echelon ones like Suburban Hospital, need to get on point. A hospital staff member mentioned herself that she cannot stand the WiFi at Suburban and that it was too unreliable to do any real work there.

Now this is a tricky topic and it is something that I hear is being implemented in hospitals already. Doctors in hospitals are very very busy and it is sometimes hard to be able to keep with all patients assigned to them especially on crazy busy days. My thought is when a patient is out of ICU and coherent, all hospitals should implement a Skype type communications to every room to communicate with their patients if they are unable to physically attend to them on that specific day or night. That’s a way that you can make the patient feel more comfortable that you are thinking about them and keeping them up to date on their prognosis or status. The expense to do this is actually pretty minimal once it is initially setup up. The cost will mainly come from bandwidth traffic.

Alright, this is maybe nit-picking but there has to be a better way to move a patient from one bed or room to another. Don’t ya think?

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I am back and actually wrote this last Friday. Let me start off by saying that I’ve been working hard on getting our new blog setup and running. I am hoping that our reader base will love the new look and feel we will bring to you. I am taking my time to make sure it works 150% the way I want it to on the frontend(design) but primarily on the backend which can be frustrating. Now back to the topic of the title.

You might already know this if you bought the iPhone 4S already or read tech news, the iPhone 4S is selling like it’s gold or better than gold even. If you didn’t read my post “iPhone 4S Is Not So Bad And It Fits The Apple Strategy. Let Me Tell You Why.“, you should before this one. Anyway, my insight on that blog post was on point. Apple was never honestly never worried about the iPhone 4S selling potential. The proof is the pudding people. They know their product’s market appeal and know how to present it to its consumer base.

Numbers numbers numbers…  Apple reported on October 10th that their pre-order sales of their iPhone 4s shattered their previous record of single day record of 600,000 units. We’re talking about 1,000,000 pre-order sales in a 24 hour period! 1,000,000 people!! iPhone 5 who?! Apple’s stock market price dipped when they didn’t announce their much-anticipated iPhone 5. You think Apple cared? Obviously not. I know a few people who already have the iPhone 4S in their hands, even before the official launch of today or maybe they lied.

Sprint‘s launch of both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 is proving to be their best sales day overall ever. Don’t take my word for it. Fared Adib, Sprint Product Chief  released this statement.

“Sprint today reported its best ever day of sales in retail, web and telesales for a device family in Sprint history with the launch of iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. We reached this milestone at approximately noon CT/1pm ET. The response to this device by current and new customers has surpassed our expectations and validates our customers’ desire for a truly unlimited data pricing plan.”

AT&T is reporting that, as of 4:40pm EST time, are on pace to double their single day activation record. Seriously, I saw this coming but not like this. By last Friday, they had already reached more than 200,000 pre-orders in only 12 hours.

I haven’t seen any specific information from Verizon as they take their time to report on numbers. However, I have read somewhere that sales of their iPhone 4S are “moving  swiftly”.

Some also speculate that the passing of Steve Jobs, sadly, can be considered as a boost to these crazy numbers. All I got say, Apple knows what the hell they’re doing. The business model and mentality that Steve Jobs instilled in Apple will hopefully live on for a long time to come!

Source [Apple, ZoKnowsGaming]

Transhumanism – Sounds Cool! Oh Wait..

I didn’t know the official term for this either.     But I have researched this for the past 5 years.  I am now growing weary and concerned, for where we are headed.

Here is the definition of Transhumanism from Wikipedia :

often abbreviated as H+ or h+, is an international intellectual and cultural movement that affirms the possibility and desirability of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to eliminate aging and to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.[1] Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as study the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies.[1] They predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label “posthuman“.[1] Transhumanism is therefore viewed as a subset of philosophical “posthumanism“.[2]

This post will be general and won’t be chock-full of information.  But this is disconcerting.

A lot of people go through life acting as if everything is hunky-dory, and may think this stuff is hilarious. If you are a spiritually healthy person, than you also understand the realities of things.    We are exposed to so many images during the day.   If you watch television, watch movies, read magazines, and go on YouTube, then that exposure increases exponentially.   Most of what is promoted is anything but positive.   There is not a lot of love for human beings.    However, the love for robots, androids, technology, and gadgets is ubiquitous.   I bet many people have never noticed that.   You might think it’s just clever marketing and advertising.   We assume conflict between people, male-bashing, and division of genders is normal.  It’s not.  And it’s a tragedy that this has been tolerated and accepted as normal.  Now we get movies where robots are involved in the same quandaries as you and I.   I will reinforce this point; these are machines and they are promoted in a more sympathetic fashion than people are.   Robots.  Not people.  Not animals.

One example is District 9.  I happen to think it’s an incredible movie, but I understand (more on this another time) why our corporate-run media is now churning out these movies at a rapid pace.   There are heavy themes of a police state, xenophobia, segregation, and uprising.   The movie really makes homo sapiens look like buffoons and robots look educated.  It’s such a masterpiece, but like many other examples, human beings are viewed as afterthoughts and marginalized.

Other examples are Terminator, Short Circuit, Robocop, A.I., Wall-E,  I Robot,  and currently Real Steel.    During Fox’s coverage of the NFL, you see animated dancing robots.  Anyone stop to think why this being presented to us?

This is not a movie review site, but Real Steal’s premise is that robots have replaced humans, in the year 2020, as the top boxers.   Nice story on the surface but I smell something demonic.

If you care to do some research, you will find a plethora of other examples.   Search your favorite artists in pop music. (Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Keisha, etc.)  Do a search for their respective music videos and see what you get.   If you choose to call me uptight, paranoid, conspiratorial, or delusional, then so be it.  See for yourself.  I am just asking pertinent questions.

We are evolving as a species, but my concern is that we have reached our zenith.    (Or the powers that be think we have.)   We should know better and should know otherwise.  In a short while this may be a positive.   Every revolution is just that.  A rotation/revolution always goes back to it’s starting point sometime.

It was a slow process 20+ years ago, but technology is exploding at a frenetic pace.  And humans are being brushed to the side.  The societal implications have started to show up in the last 10 years and even faster in the last 5.    I broached this topic with a lot of generalities.  More specifics are going to be used in future posts.    Most of my blog posts so far have come with a promise of follow-ups.  This will be no exception.

Alright people! It feels like the sky is falling and pigs started to fly. Yes everybody was waiting eagerly for the iPhone 5 but now have to settle for the meager upgrade of the iPhone 4S. Apple never actually confirmed or commented on all the rumors and hype of the iPhone 5 so honestly you can’t be mad at them. I did have an inkling that they would only release the iPhone 4S but didn’t want to keep reporting on rumors and decided to wait on the news from the horse’s mouth, Apple. Now let me take a look at the pros and cons of this iPhone release.

Pricing

Apple will starting taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4S on October 7th and will be released on the 14th of the month. It will come in 2 colors flavors, black & white, and 3 price points; a 16GB version for $199, a 32GB version for $299 and a 64GB for $399. No surprise here as they always release different versions based on internal drive space. I still don’t understand why they don’t use micro SD technology instead handcuffing consumers to a specific memory. I do have a Nexus S 4G with only internal memory of 16GB only because I had gotten used to 8GB and welcomed the added memory. However, it’s never enough! Now the good part is that the older models prices go down opening the door to new Apple customers. The iPhone 3GS will come down to $0.00 with a contract of course and the iPhone 4 to $99. None of this impressed Wall Street as their stock prices dipped 5% after this news.

Availability

The iPhone 4S will be launching with the 2 usual suspects  in Verizon Wireless and AT&T but they will be adding the third largest carrier in the U.S. with Sprint. the iPhone 3GS will stay on AT&T only but Sprint will get the iPhone 4S and possibly the iPhone 4. Sprint actually closed a $20 billion deal with Apple to buy 30.5 million iPhones and don’t believe they’ll profit on the deal till 2014. I really don’t know what to think about this one. It’s a big gamble but I feel Sprint. It’s not fun being in 3rd place on the market. It’s a big win for Apple to reach more consumers and that is their bottom line! T-Mobile is still left out of this iPhone craze. Hmmmm…I let you guys mull over that one! They’ve also increased their reach with carriers globally.

Competition

iPhones comparisonNow this is a big part of this release that is a gamble for iPhone. While Android (and even others like Windows 7) manufacturers are pushing the limit with their hardware, Apple seems content with minor upgrade to merely catch up to the competition. There’s 2 charts here showing the difference between the iPhone 4S, its brethren and the competition. Click images to enlarge. From what I can see they did improve the video recording to 1080p, improve the camera to 8mp with face detection and 5-element lens (whatever that means). Nothing crazy really. Now, along with the iOS 5 update, Siri, a talking personal assistant , is the “biggest” innovation from this release. I say biggest in quotation only because I believe this technology is a natural progression of what’s now offered on the market with voice detection. Google is said to be working on a similar technology with their next Android OS update with Ice Cream Sandwich. I will let you study the competition and see for yourself why people are disappointed in this release as far as specs go. I will say this though: the missing 4G is big!! Most smartphone manufacturers have been on the 4G tip since summer 2010(.e. HTC EVO 4G). While I do understand that 4G does kill your battery and the battery is terrible, I still believe they should have included that feature on this phone.

iPhone 4S comparison chart

Conclusion

All in all, the iPhone 4S fits right into Apple’s business strategy. They have opened more options for US customers to get their products and have also added new price points for their different device models. Costumers that are up on their contract with their iPhone 3GS  can now upgrade to the iPhone 4S. New customers that can’t afford their latest model can opt for the more cost-effective models on the market. It’s a win win for Apple. For the consumers, it leaves a bit to be desired. Apple will still be stacking that mountain of cash flow. No problem! What do you think?

Source [BGRBGR, TNW, PCWorld]

Here we go again with some pro-Android statistics. You cannot escape the facts and numbers brought to you Nielsen. Looking at the survey of recent acquirers of operating systems, you can clearly see that Android is continuing to put it’s foot down and taking over the mobile market at 43% with 56% in the past 3 months. Blackberry seriously need to get their QNX platform on the shelves before it’s too late. For the past 3 months, they only account for 9% of recent acquirers in the past 3 months whereas they are now at 18% of overall subscribers. Clock is ticking guys and the competition isn’t letting up! iOS is staying steady with their niche market numbers. They hold 28% of the overall subscribers shares and stay at the same percentage for shares of recent acquirers. And with the introduction of a new iPhone 4S or 5 on Oct. 4th, those numbers may increase very quickly.

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Facebook has worked hard to give their platform a whole new look. Usually, Facebook has made small tweaks here and there. However, this is a huge step to make their platform more seamless and complete. The changes are so involved that there has been the usual backlash when FB makes changes. Personally, I find all these changes necessary for them to evolve and keep up with the technologies that are available. I will dive in and show you what’s coming and an insight to understand why.

This is the screen you will see when first upgrading your profile to the Timeline. (Probably without the Developer Release headline)

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Here’s quick video of Mark Zuckerberg going over the new ‘Timeline” feature and a look into another profile revamp! It looks like a natural evolution of their platform and it looks good!

Yes changes happen everyday in the real world. And guess what? They change too in Facebook world. If you’re not paying for Facebook’s bills directly, you think they give a s*&t what you think? They’re changing due to competition and they don’t want to lose all this data they’re getting from you to Google+ that already has a shitload through Google’s other properties.

Damn!!! There’s been so many updates recently between Google+ and Facebook that I don’t even know where to start. Nobody wants to get caught like Victor Ortiz and get knocked the f*&^ out! Protect yourself at all times right? Honestly, the best thing to happen to Facebook recently has been Google+. It actually made Facebook take their head out of their you know what and step their game up.

My biggest qualm with FB has always been their privacy controls being hidden like I am supposed to go Easter egg hunting?!?! However, every time FB makes major changes people act like they lost a kidney. Only new feature I am not too fond of is the stalker tool on the top right of your screen. It’s good and it’s bad! I’ll be looking more in-depth at the changes on FB later this week hopefully. I am waiting till their f8 conference on Thursday where they will be announcing some big new features to their platform. Other than that, they are doing things they should’ve been doing a long time ago because Google+ is the new kid in town and he’s not shy about strutting his stuff!

Google+, on the other hand, is keeping the pressure on facebook and got out of trial mode to land in beta world. And opening their service to the world without needing an invitation. They’ve also improved other services or features. There’s one specifically that I didn’t understand which was not being able to share images in their mobile Huddle app. Well, now they’ve changed the name to Messenger and have added that option. Also, in Google+ Hangouts, you can now broadcast which is a workaround for the 10 person audience limit to the feature. I am sure there are other features I am missing but sue me!

All in all, this one is not ending in the 4th round guys like Mayweather vs Ortiz!! It’s going the distance! Stay tuned!!

WOW…Memories! Those were the days! I remember using Netscape and being introduced to my first internet chat room Cafe Kyoto by one of my buddies. This is making me feel old. I believe I created my first website in 1997 or 1998. Unfortunately, I can’t find a cached version of that site. Or maybe fortunately! We sure have come a long way, I just wish my web design skills would have kept up. It didn’t help that I took an extended sabbatical  Continue reading

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