The battery that can be charged in just 26 seconds

The battery that can be charged in just 26 seconds

Technology
The Kickstarter portal probably brought lots of dollars to its founders, but it also created the perfect environment for inventors to get the necessary funding for their projects. One of Kickstarter's users is Shawn West, and he says that he created the perfect battery: it can be charged in just 26 seconds. This type of battery could replace normal batteries like AA, AAA, C and D. In addition, Shawn says that his invention could revolutionize mobile phones and I have to agree with that. The smartphone industry really needs devices with longer life per charge. (more…)
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How much storage is needed to digitally save a human being?

How much storage is needed to digitally save a human being?

Science
Last week I had the pleasure of watching Transcendence, a sci-fi movie that started from a great idea but failed sublimely on delivery. It reminded me of a book that I read when I was younger - "The Shaddows" by John Saul and it also reminded me of a movie I saw few months ago - "Her". In fact, I think it's sort of a combination of both, just like Edge of Tomorrow is a mix between "Groundhog Day" and "Starship Troopers". But getting back on topic, in Transcendence, a scientist's imminent death convince him to try to cheat the unavoidable finish line and to transfer his mind into a computer. This very idea sparkled a question in my mind: how much storage would such an operation need? Further than…
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Communication technology and services for organizations

Communication technology and services for organizations

Technology
The other day, I visited a large corporation in my city, and I noticed few interesting things about the way my friend that worked there and his colleagues communicate in order to achieve their goals and to finish the projects they are involved in. My first guess was that besides the Internet wires, they needed telephone wires and additional wires for the intranet to sustain all the possible ways of communication. Later, my friend told me that most organizations use special services that combines all their needs into a single line, thus reducing the costs and improving the performances. So, I thought it would be a great idea to write an article about it here... (more…)
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Future Technology Trends: 2015

Future Technology Trends: 2015

Technology
Following last year's article on future technology trends, I decided to reiterate the invitation to peek into the near future and to see what are the best bets in terms of technology. There are many interesting projects to look for next year, but I will focus on things that are of great importance to us, things that we use in our daily life, things that could change our life for the better in the years to come. (more…)
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The rise and fall of Kodak: a short study

The rise and fall of Kodak: a short study

Technology
We all know about Kodak. We’ve all used a Kodak camera at one point or another in time. But what few of us realize is that this once profitable and thriving company is now barely struggling to stay afloat. This may come as no surprise for most of us, as there have been no recent sightings of Kodak products in stores, professional magazines or simply in client’s requests. The truth of the matter is that nobody is using this historical brand any more, thus leading the company to stop production altogether. Being in the situation to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the first quarter of 2012, the Kodak group and entire trademark was slowly but surely heading down. At the end of 2013, its managers successfully achieved the unbelievable…
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Now it’s possible to 3D print your baby before birth

Now it’s possible to 3D print your baby before birth

Technology
3D technology has evolved way beyond its original purpose and scientists have developed ways to print even human organs. It's obviously that it has no limit, and there are companies that will think of unbelievable ways to make some money from it. For example a company called 3D Babies is selling custom 3D prints of your future baby! The service is based on the famous 3D ultrasound scan that offers a 3D perspective for parents for quite some time now. With the new 3D technology, parents are able to "hold their printed baby" before his birth. I know, it sounds awkward (and maybe it is), but it's all about science and shapes. (more…)
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Lockheed Martin SR-72: The fastest commercial airplane in the world

Lockheed Martin SR-72: The fastest commercial airplane in the world

Technology
Space tourism is the next big thing, but the companies are not neglecting the transatlantic flights, given the fact that the famous Concorde is still available. The Lockheed Martin, an "American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company" (Wikipedia) is working on a jet engine that is three times faster than the engines found on Concorde. The Lockheed Martin's engine could reach Mach 6 (ie 7.349 km/h) (more…)
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Giphoscope: the Analog GIF Player

Giphoscope: the Analog GIF Player

Gadgets
The other day, while I was browsing the front page of Reddit, I could not miss the fact that GIF images are still popular. No, let me rephrase that, they are really popular. There is something about that 5 second animation that captures our attention. Someone said that GIFs are a “close read to the small moments” of our life, they are the bridge between the real and artificial, between fact and imagination. GIF images are the reason why services like Tumblr got so popular. A lot of teens are embracing this type of image representation because … well, because words are boring. A 5-10 second GIF can capture the entire essence of a 400 words article, and the impact is the same (or more). But what happens when we…
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A short study on Ender’s Shadow vs Ender’s Game

A short study on Ender’s Shadow vs Ender’s Game

Technology
Last week I had the pleasure of watching Ender's Game movie for the first time. I'm writing for the first time because I plan to buy it on Blu-Ray in order to watch it again. I've read the original book 5 years ago and I absolutely loved it. At that time, the general perception about it was that the movie adaptation would be pretty difficult to film because of all its complexity. Of course, we could have witnessed a fast-wrapped summer release, but it would have not complimented the book. The fans needed the real deal and they were ready to wait for it. Time passed and the technology finally got where it needed to be in order to make it happen. I loved the movie (although it's a stripped…
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Parallella: The small supercomputer that costs only $99

Parallella: The small supercomputer that costs only $99

Gadgets
Young computer developers are always motivated to invent new technologies. The folks involved in the Parallella project managed to build an extremely powerful computer that has four more attributes: it's small, it's energy efficient, it's cheap and can be used in parallel computing. These days, building a supercomputer from pieces available on the market is a trivial operation that can be performed by anyone. Adapteva engineers took things to the next level, creating a small supercomputer that's really affordable. The company is specialized in the manufacture of scalable multicore processor computer chips. They have created a computer the size of a credit card that can successfully perform tasks reserved normally to supercomputers when it's connected with other similar computers. The company managed to raise just enough money for the project…
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