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These Two Desks Could Help You Live Longer

These Two Desks Could Help You Live Longer | Technology and its Review | Scoop.it
Have you heard the latest bad news? Sitting is the new smoking. According to one study, every workday you spend sitting costs you 2.5 hours off your lifespan. Sit six hours a day, and you’ll die 4.8 years sooner. It’s true even if you exercise regularly. The solution: The sit/stand desk. Like one of these.
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Technology for life. I believe that most of us know how bad does sitting all time do to our health. Now technology is able to solve this health problem with the invention of sit/stand desk. 

 

First thing that came into my mind is "This is so troublesome." For me it is either you sit using the PC or you stand. To change from sitting to standing time to time is too troublesome in my own opinion.

 

Secondly is the price. How the Stir Kinetic Desk works really interest me like how you can set the timing and the statistic is recorded plus the equipment it has. But looking at its price, unless you are rich, this might not really be practical as a choice for purchase. Even though there is a cheaper option of the Power Up desk, it is not really worth for it's money for its features. 

 

I believe that there are cheaper options in the market rather than spending so much just on a desk in my opinion. 

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Latest Android Platform Stats: KitKat Nearly 18%, Overtakes Gingerbread But Growth Slows

Latest Android Platform Stats: KitKat Nearly 18%, Overtakes Gingerbread But Growth Slows | Technology and its Review | Scoop.it
Latest Android platform stats show KitKat finally overtaking Gingerbread and still on the rise, though this has slowed somewhat.
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As an Android phone user since the start, I am really glad at the development all these years and see how the system had improved from its start. But at the same time I am thinking that people do not really have the choice but to upgrade what they are using now. If you do not update the android system, there will be many apps not available for you to download. Just like me when I was still stuck with my old phone with only have a Gingerbread 2.33 android version. I have this game that I wanted to download to play but it need an android of 4.0 and above. If we do not upgrade, we are just simply excluded in what is new which might not be good for the society where we need to catch up with new technologies if not we are 'excluded' by the current society too. 

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Survey: One in Seven Would Give Up Friends Before Smartphone

Survey: One in Seven Would Give Up Friends Before Smartphone | Technology and its Review | Scoop.it
And $100 for a day without a phone? Forget it, say four in 10.
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Sad but this is the reality of the current world. Just having a meal in the restaurant make people realize that how much people are attached to their smartphone. Instead of chatting with one another, people are looking at their phones while having their meals. Where is the personal communication that we used to have in the past?

We are more connected thanks to the Internet. I really thank the Internet that I am able to stay connected and meet new friend overseas using social media.

 

But I feel that it is too much when people are using their phone to communicate when they are at the same place at the same time. When I was in Japan there is this group of friends who are using LINE to communicate to each other when they are at the same table. My Japanese friend, my sis and i could only stare at them at disbelief. 

 

Similarly during another class, a question on how many people the first thing that they reached to is their phone is when they wake up in the morning and more than half the class raised their hands. Perhaps it is time to teach people how to talk to each other face to face instead of relying on technologies instead. 

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Goats Are the Best Animals on the Internet

Goats Are the Best Animals on the Internet | Technology and its Review | Scoop.it
Announcing the Best Animal on the Internet: The goat.
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This headline completely caught my attention when I was looking at my timeline. But at the same time I can't help but to agree with. Just a few days before while I was surfing at Nico Nico Douga, I ended up clicking a video which consist of a compilation of goats sounding like adult male and had a good laugh over it http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm22894266 ;

 

Things posted online really does not really need to make sense to attract people's attention. The uses and gratification theory states that we tend to seek for media content for our needs. Videos like those on goats posted on this article provide us comedy where we can have a good laugh just to past our time. The more absurd that it may seem to be, the higher the attention that the topic might get at times.

 

When I am free I am surfing the net quite aimlessly and start clicking on random videos and related videos. Before I know it hours had past and I am just wasting my time online. But still I do it all the time. 

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Lenovo Dominated Worst-Ever World PC Market in 2013

Lenovo Dominated Worst-Ever World PC Market in 2013 | Technology and its Review | Scoop.it
HP tops U.S. market.
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Well...not surprising to see this decline in the PC sales when we have so many advanced devices available in the market which can do what the PC can do and even more. Besides that they are lighter too. Just looking at a smartphone, I can watch videos, play games surf the net etc. If you feel that the phone screen is too small, a tablet can solve this problem. 

But personally I feel that no matter what there is still a market for PC in the future. Frankly speaking in my own experience, I find PC more durable than a tablet. I have used my PC for more than five years and it is still working very well. On the other hand, the tablet is already giving me problems when it is only one year since it is purchased. Just a few months after it is purchased I had to send it to the service centre since it keep auto-starting itself. A computer is also more user-friendly when you have to do school work. So even though sales might be dropping for PC, they will still have its market and my support. 

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Your Next Car Will Be Smarter Than You Are

Your Next Car Will Be Smarter Than You Are | Technology and its Review | Scoop.it
When my family made its epic pilgrimmage across the country last month, our cars — a reliable Honda Fit and a mid-1990s I-can’t-believe-it’s-still-running Honda Odyssey van — did not make the journey with us. We figured life in a new home in a new state deserved a new car. So we’ve been trying a few out, and it’s been an education on wheels.
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I think this will be a rejoice for car owners. With the car getting smarter, it will be easier to drive around and less car accidents. That is if one practice safety driving at the first place. No doubt that car owners will have to pay extra for these features but I believe that it will be helpful during driving. I agree with the writer that Blind-spot alerts is a feature that will be like. This is extremely helpful when driving in the dark where there is not much street lights in Malaysia or in some of the carparks in Singapore where the space for turning is kind of small. However in Singapore I am unsure on the percentage of people who are willing to get cars with extra features where the COE for cars are so high which doubled the price of cars in Singapore sometime. Therefore for price wise in Singapore, this car might not be a practical choice for the middle income earners. Other than that the features are really helpful and practical.

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Finally, a USB Thumb Drive for the Latest iPhones and iPads

The iStick lets you transfer a wide variety of files between a Mac or PC and iOS devices with Lightning connectors.
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This is definitely something that I would want personally. I am a person who likes to watch videos while travelling. At the same time I do not want to waste my data for streaming videos instead I will download and transfer it to my device. But more than often, I run out of space very fast and ended up deleting them. Some video files are also too big that I can't put them in since my apps and song had already taken up lots of space. Furthermore, unlike android, apple products do not have micro SD card to store stuff. With this I think I do not have to worry about the limited space in the device. Problem is that it only support the latest iPhones and iPads which i do not own. iTouch is the only Apple product I own. 

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Who’s Afraid of Robot Journalists?

Who’s Afraid of Robot Journalists? | Technology and its Review | Scoop.it
The Associated Press recently announced that most of its coverage of corporate earnings reports will soon be “produced using automation technology.” It’s just the latest example of algorithm-driven tools that arrange straightforward English sentences into a news story, with little or no human intervention — the bot-ification of journalism. It’s no surprise that the headlines about this sort of thing sound so jarring — “The AP’s newest business reporter is an algorithm” or “Associated Press Will Use Robots To Write Articles.” Journalists (me included!) have been obsessing for a couple of years about code-driven storytelling as a “potentially job-killing technology.” But forget for a moment about the plight of journalists. Algorithmic prose At the moment, bot-news seems to be dominated by just two major players.  One is the company the AP just hired: Automated Insights, which says its Wordsmith product “transforms Big Data into narrative reports by spotting patterns, correlations and key insights in the data and then describing them in plain English, just like a human would.” The other is called Narrative Science.
Hor Pei Hua's insight:

After recent years of the popularity on online journalist, we have robot journalist now!? Wow, that's 'fantastic'. With this I can expect really neutral news since it is the robot writing it. No more propaganda perhaps?

 

However NO, I would rather have humans doing the job. Ultimately it will still be human behind these robots operating them. Plus I would rather read an article by journalist who is on the site and experienced it for example during a disaster. This would be more accurate and will be more interesting. 

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Comcast Serves Up What May Be the Worst Customer Service Call in History

Comcast Serves Up What May Be the Worst Customer Service Call in History | Technology and its Review | Scoop.it
You probably have your own fair share of cable-provider horror stories. Block’s wife, the writer Veronica Belmont, called Comcast to cancel the current service because the household was switching to Astound. RELATED: 6 Jaw-Dropping Cable Provider Horror Stories from Yahoo Tech Readers Comcast victim Ryan Block (Via Twitter.) Per Block’s explanation:  “The representative (name redacted) continued aggressively repeating his questions, despite the answers given, to the point where my wife became so visibly upset she handed me the phone. “What I did not know is how oppressive this conversation would be.
Hor Pei Hua's insight:

Starting off with Ryan Block's unpleasant experience with Comcast customer service call, it is a quite big woo-ha while I see more related articles and people tweeting about it. This is really one great example of how social media can make an incident go viral.

When I start to read more, I found out that Comcast customer service had been unpleasant since quite some time ago. But it became a very big incident after Ryan Block tweeted about it. Ryan Block is a known technology critic and after his posted the recording of the call, many discussion popped out. Interviews with him, more similar personal experiences, explanations etc. As this get more attention, Comcast stepped in and investigate. End result: the representative on that phone line was fired. But the discussion about Comcast bad service still continues. 


The power of social media is indeed something that we should not overlook. Everyone is free to post online and everyone is free to spread what is posted online. A small incident can become big just through the use of social media. Advantage: Grab people attention and correct if it is a problem. Disadvantage: Unwanted attention and problem of privacy. No matter what, we still have to live with this two-edged sword. 

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Google’s Smartwatch OS: It’s Like 1975 All Over Again

Google’s Smartwatch OS: It’s Like 1975 All Over Again | Technology and its Review | Scoop.it
Suppose you were asked, today, to write a review of the IBM 5100 personal computer. How would you rate it? Or suppose Motorola introduced its DynaTAC cellphone today. Would you buy one of these early-generation, bulky products? These are the products that sprung to mind when David Pogue took a look at the first smartwatches running Google's Android Wear operating system, the LG G Watch, and the Samsung Gear Live.
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As a new device, I would say that Android watches have a long way to go. With its current features I doubt that it is worth it to get an Android watch. The watch have very little application available and has to be link to the phone. I think it will be more helpful if it stand as an individual device.

However at the same time I am thinking if we will really need this when we already are holding on to our phone almost 24/7. Yes, with the Android watches we can send message using our voice, navigate maps and more. But are we really so desperate that we need to stay connected all the time? Also are we so lazy to just take our phone out and relies on an Android watch? 

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