iDoctor?–Naomi C. Week 4 Post 2

As we as a society and generation become advanced in technology and information sciences day by day, we have come to the point in our lives where we might be able to use smartphones to help individuals with personal health. There are many apps out there help aid or guide an individual with their own personal health. This can be from tracking the amount of steps one take sin a day to the next time a female should be receiving their menstrual cycle.

A variety of research groups have been able to turn these smartphones into necessary medical equipment and assistants for procedures and assessments. Some of these things that can be partner with smartphones are similar to those of heart monitors as well as microscopes. The fact that smartphones are increasingly becoming popular all over the world means they are reaching places and locations that don’t have the best health care providers and being able to have your phone diagnose and help your own personal health is very convenient and may just save a life.

Some of the bigger health conditions that can be solved or helped with the use of these smartphones are: HIV, Malaria, Respiratory Disease, Parkinson’s disease, measuring blood levels and eye exams. The variety is enormous and will benefit a numerous amount fo people in the world. One of the main points that stuck out to me was the help that a smartphone can perform when it comes to suicide prevention. As we mostly know suicide is one health condition that you cannot diagnose off a certain symptom or has one direct causation. But, with the help of the smartphones we will be able to track and examine individuals routines and personal lives and see if they are immediate or concerned risk of suicide, in a way that humans won’t be able to determine on the outside.

Citation: “Smartphones Can Now Diagnose These Health Problems.” U.S. News & World Report, U.S. News & World Report, health.usnews.com/health-care/for-better/articles/2019-01-18/health-problems-that-smartphones-can-diagnose.

Image Citation: “Smartphones Can Now Diagnose These Health Problems.” U.S. News & World Report, U.S. News & World Report, health.usnews.com/health-care/for-better/articles/2019-01-18/health-problems-that-smartphones-can-diagnose.

“To Hack or Not to Hack…”- Naomi C Week 4 Post 1

In the current day and age the majority of people living own so may internet of thing devices. There are advantages and disadvantages of these devices and like anything sometimes the bad outweighs the good. In Japan, as they are approaching one of the biggest sporting events of the year, they have come to a realization. Most of these internet of things devices are smart appliances and are owned by many people in homes.

The bad thing about these devices are how capable and easy they can be hacked. The lack of security on these devices are so low and continue to be low the more these devices become more and more smart and efficient. Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications technology will create this so called “project” to basically hack citizens all over who own these smart devices. This definitely sounds weird I get that but at the same time it is something that needs to be done to see how companies can improve these internet of things devices and better the customers.

The one thing that I don’t like about this idea from Japan is that they are basically using government as the reason why they can hack the citizens. This is also weird because some would look at it in a way that is invading individual privacy rights. I don’t know for sure if that is something that can be proven but it does seem like now everyone has to be on the look out for any kind of hacking…especially from the government.

The positive side of this entire project is that the government will inform the citizens on their actions of hacking their least safe devices if they are able to hack it and will notify internet service providers as well.

Citation: Person. “The Very Good Reason Japan Is Going to Start Hacking Its Own Citizens.” Popular Mechanics, Popular Mechanics, 29 Jan. 2019, www.popularmechanics.com/technology/security/a26077229/japan-hacking-citizens-internet-of-things/.

Apple Bug

Shannon Amole, Week 4, Post 1

“This 14-year old found Apple’s FaceTime bug before it went viral”

By. Heather Kelly, CNN Business

Recently, 14 year old, Grant Thompson discovered a bug in Apple products. Thompson had been playing video games with friends when he tried to connect to them via Facetime. When his friend didn’t pick up the call, he tried to add another friend in the group chat. In doing so, it somehow enabled him to hear everything coming from the first (attempted Facetime call) friend’s microphone. Therefore, he discovered a way to hear other through their phones without them knowing.

After making this discovery, Thompson went straight to his mother. The mother then made several attempts to contact Apple, Apple support and even the CEO of Apple. The mother found it extremely difficult to get in touch with anyone. She feared that this bug would get into the wrong hands if no-one put an end to it. However, it was very difficult to get in touch with anyone as someone who is simply a consumer.

The bug has been address and fixed. However, Grant and his mother are still not satisfied. Since the bug has been reported, Apple has not given any acknowledgement to Grant for finding the bug. There have been no monetary gifts, products, or public statements given in gratitude for him finding, and reporting, this bug.

I questioned what I thought would be appropriate to give this teen and family as a thank you and I believe something should have been done or at the very least acknowledged. This family had no requirement to report their findings and went through great depths to bring it to Apple’s attention. I think it is wrong on the company’s part if they do not give credit where it is due. Do you believe Apple should be addressing this better?

According to the article, the main concern was the difficulty in being able to report this finding. The author believed there needs to be something in place that allows the average consumer to report a flaw in a product. Do you agree with that? I personally do because technology can be very dangerous when used in the wrong way. People should be able to report suspicions and flaws without much difficulty.  Apple needs to address this much better in many ways.

Kelly, Heather. “This 14-Year Old Found Apple’s FaceTime Bug before It Went Viral.” CNN, Cable News Network, 29 Jan. 2019, www.cnn.com/2019/01/29/tech/facetime-bug-teen-discovery/index.html.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/29/tech/facetime-bug-teen-discovery/index.html

Puma’s Fi Sneakers are Self-Lacing: Kaitlin Jean-Noel – Week 4 Post 2

Daily tasks are becoming easier as technology continues to advance. Soon everyone you see on the streets will own their own pair of self-lacing sneakers like Nike’s Adapt BB Sneakers. Rumor has it that Nike was not the first to come up with the idea. Back in 2015, Puma displayed their own self-lacing sneaker called the Autodisc. Unfortunately, the sneaker never made stores because it was too expensive and too heavy.

Luckily, for the past three years, Puma has been working on their new self-lacing sneaker called Fi, short for Fit Intelligence. This sneaker focuses on intuitiveness, practicality, and affordability – a great sneaker for everyday use. The sneaker comes in all black with blue LED lights that illuminate when the motor is operating or when the shoe is charging.

Although Nike and Puma’s sneakers share similar concepts, they have some differences. Puma’s Fi works on a custom cordless motor this is on the top of the shoe. The company sees this as an advantage because with fewer things on the bottom of the shoe will allow for more comfort. The motor has a removable battery hidden in a water-resistant compartment inside the sole of the sneaker.

The sneaker is connected to an app that allows users to tighten and loosen their laces. This can be done by swiping left or right on the module strip, then the technology will tighten or loosen when they sense a certain level of tension.

The Fi Sneaker will not be in stores until 2020 but a lot of people are excited to get their own pair. It will be sold for $330, $20 less than Nike’s Adapt BB Sneakers.

These sneakers are really cool and futuristic. I think they would be perfect for athletes like basketball players who have to worry about their laces getting untied while running up and down the court. Like the Nike sneakers, one of the main complaints about the shoe is having to take extra care of it and charge it frequently. But I like it just might be worth it, technology is making our lives easier. The least we can do is take care of it.

Source:

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/31/high-tech-shoes-puma-to-release-self-lacing-sneakers-to-take-on-nike.html

https://www.engadget.com/2019/01/30/puma-fi-self-lacing-shoes-sneakers-exclusive/

 

Verizon, Samsung announce team up to release a 5G smartphone during the first half of 2019-Caitlyn Frolo, Week 4-Post 2

 

In an article by USA Today, Samsung and Verizon are teaming up to promise cellphone buyers that 5G will be available before summer 2019. Samsung said it plans to release another 5G compatible smartphone in this time period. However, the 5G network is not launched yet, but these companies are working hard to get it up and running.

Verizon currently has a 5G network up an running in some areas. These areas are being used for testing before it goes live all over the country. These areas include Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, according to the article.

Samsung says it will create this smartphone by connecting it through the “Snapdragon Mobile Platform, which is made by Qualcomm. The article claims Samsung typically releases a new Galaxy S every Spring, which hints that the newest may be 5G compatible.

It is currently a race between Apple, Sprint, Samsung, Verizon and the phone companies to be the first to use 5G as a new form of connection and in 2019 we will very likely see that happen.

So what is 5G?

According to an article by Verizon about their 5G network, 5G will help enable advances in virtual reality, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Verizon also promises that the personal computer and internet will be incorporated through the digital smartphone technology.

The website says it will run it on a higher frequency than the current 4G connection and it will come with reduced lagging times.

Overall, I hope we are able to see 5G in the next year or so and it will be interesting to see how other companies follow in Verizon and Samsung’s footsteps! I think it is also cool to see competing companies working together to make advancements for everyone!

 

 

Sources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/12/03/verizon-samsung-partner-5-g-smartphone-first-half-2019/2191131002/

https://www.verizonwireless.com/5g/

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Technology Is Not a Certain Path to Better Learning

Most of our daily lives are dependent on technologically-based items. Millennial’s and Gen Z’s professional, school and social lives are primarily online. This is why many argue that we as a society should prepare our students for this life by introducing computers early on in the education system, thereby expanding their knowledge.

Craig Watkin’s article describes how digitizing classrooms has positively affected the societal notion that technological integration improves education. Many citizens correlate a learning environment rich with technological access with an improved curriculum (Watkins, January 29th, 2019). However, Watkins takes a critical approach to this widespread notion, stating that optics are misleading. He highlights in the article that millions of dollars from school districts’ budgets are poured into computer integration, yet there is no funding to have curriculum properly match these advances. Instead of these tools to be used to help students become proficient in skills such a coding, they are used as shortcuts to find information on Google (Watkins, January 29th, 2019). This seems to have hurt in-class concentration, critical thinking skills and teamwork. He also emphasized the fact that many students are not actually being prepared for the world’s future economy because they lack creativity skills and independent thoughts (Watkins, January 29th, 2019). This will lead to massive shortages of innovation and productivity. I tended to agree with many of his arguments, yet there was not a lot of quantitative data in this article to prove his claims. I would like to do more research into this topic to learn more about the modern classroom.

 

Watkins, S. Craig. “Technology Is Not a Certain Path to Better Learning.” San Antonio Express-News, Express-News, 29 Jan. 2019, www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Technology-is-not-a-certain-path-to-better-13571448.php.

Breach in Privacy – Apple FaceTime Glitch: Kaitlin Jean-Noel – Week 4 Post 1

Attention all Apple iPhone and iPad owners:

If you haven’t heard of Apple’s newest error, you must be living under a rock. News spread all over social media on Monday, January 28, 2019, about the FaceTime bug that allows callers to eavesdrop on whoever they are calling. When the user calls someone they are able to hear live audio of the person on the other end of the call before they even accept the call. The recipient of the call will not even be notified that the caller can hear them because their screen remains on the incoming call alert screen. If the recipient attempts to dismiss the call by pressing the volume button, the caller will be able to view live video of the recipient.

The bug seems to be affecting users with products running on iOS12.1 and macOS Mojave or anything newer – the updated version that allows group FaceTime.

Apple released a statement saying that they are working hard to fix the error. As for right now, the group FaceTime feature is unavailable to all users. But if you are still worried of breaches in your privacy, you can disable FaceTime completely. This can be done by going to Settings > FaceTime > the sliding the button to the right to disable the FaceTime feature. For Macs, users can open the FaceTime app, click FaceTime on the menu bar to reveal the drop-down menu, and clicking ‘Turn FaceTime Off’. Apple hopes to have this error fixed by the end of the week.

When we discuss the IoT, one of the main concerns is always privacy. Well, our fears are becoming a reality. Many people have been joking about going back to flip phones and I just might be down for that. I miss my slider phone and I don’t think it would invade my privacy as my iPhone did.

 

Sources:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/28/tech/apple-face-time-bug/index.html

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/1/29/18202057/apple-facetime-bug-how-to-fix-video-eavesdrop

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home – Laura Pryor: Post 2, Week 4

By now, I bet a handful of us already own either an Amazon Echo or Google Home. I was guilty of buying my parents the Amazon Echo last Christmas and they love it. But do people realize how much more the Amazon Echo can do than Google Home? People should get their money’s worth of these products and know which one to purchase.

The Amazon Echo can do about seven more things that Google Home can’t. To begin, Amazon Echo can track packages. When you buy things on Amazon, you are able to track your package through the Amazon Echo product. This is simple and easy because all one has to do it ask the product when their package will arrive. Secondly, this product can set delivery notifications for packages coming from Amazon and other online stores. The Amazon Echo might be most commonly used to play music. Google Home can also do this, but what makes the Amazon Echo special is that it can play music from all music platforms (Google and Amazon ones). The voice remote for the Amazon Echo is much cheaper than the Google Home one. For example, the remote for Amazon Echo costs $30 and Google’s is $129 (Martin, 2018).

The Amazon Echo also allows people to use third-party apps, donate to charity through the device, and set up routines to be more on schedule. Google has the ability to set schedules, but Amazon Echo’s is more seamless. You don’t have to repeat yourself instead things can automatically start/stop on a planned schedule.

These two products are the future of technology. While they have been around for a few years now, I think they are just beginning to take off. Within a few years. these products may need to be in every school, office, home, or even car. These products are fully connected to the topic of IoT. They can automatically turn off lights, set alarms. set reminders, and allow people to have an easier lifestyle. Soon enough, these devices are going to be able to do even more. With so much connection and “talking” from device to device, there still lies an issue of privacy. Who gets all the data from these things? Is it the government? Where is all this data being stored? Is it dangerous to have these products do basically everything for us? With technology only growing, I am interested to see what the next version of the Amazon Echo (or Google Home) will be.

Formal Citation:

Martin, T. (2018, April 10). 7 things Amazon Echo can do that Google Home can’t.
Retrieved January 29, 2019, from Computers, Networking and Electronics
Technology – CNET website: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/
amazon-echo-things-alexa-can-do-that-google-home-cant/

Link: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/amazon-echo-things-alexa-can-do-that-google-home-cant/

 

At Home Workouts using Smart Fitness – Laura Pryor Post 1, Week 4

Too lazy to go to the gym? Don’t worry, at home workouts using smart fitness are more popular than ever. Many people have probably heard of these technologies that allow them to access live classes from their own homes in order to get that workout in. Through original down payments and different monthly subscriptions, there are a variety of different options one can take to exercise in the comfort of their own home.

Examples of these smart fitness technologies include Peloton, Mirror, and ClassPass Live to name a few. All of these differ in some way, but they are similar in the fact that have live workout classes for people to watch from home. For example, the Peloton is a stationary bike people can buy and then subscribe monthly for $39 to view live cycling classes in different cities from home. This is an expensive investment though because the bike is priced a little over $2,000 (Wollerton, 2019).

Another example is Mirror, which is a full-length mirror one buys for their home. It comes with a full LCD screen and access to live classes for $39 a month as well (Wollerton, 2019). While working out, people are able to view themselves in the mirror to see how they are doing while fitness levels and heart rate monitors are tracked on the screen. This device connects through bluetooth and a heart rate monitor which is similar to the topic of IoT and everything being connected.

Finally, a third fitness system now in homes is ClassPass Live. This takes on a more traditional setting where people are able to pay near $80 at first, then $39 a month for access to live classes (Wollerton, 2019). This program is displayed mainly on people’s tv’s as they exercise in their living rooms. A heart rate monitor comes with this subscription.

I have not had the chance to try any of these at home devices, but I would certainly like to one day. I am unsure if I would enjoy working out in my home because I like to get outside or go to an actual gym. I think these programs are aimed at audiences who are busy and always on the go, so they don’t have to make excuses not to go to the gym when they have these things at home.

I am curious though if these live classes can see the people at home actually doing the workouts or if its just one way? If they could see, do people think its an invasion of privacy? I also feel that this may seclude people from human interaction because everything is done online, through a screen. Although these fitness technologies are great for the home, I can’t help but think of how much IoT this includes. Connection to your home wifi, tv, heart rate monitor, blue tooth, apps on your phones, etc. are just some examples of what these devices are connected too. They also know your height, weight, and all other vitals.

Formal Citation:

Wollerton, M. (2019, January 19). Peloton, Mirror and other smart fitness tech
brings the gym home. Retrieved January 28, 2019, from Computers, Networking
and Electronics Technology – CNET website: https://www.cnet.com/news/
bring-the-gym-home-with-this-smart-fitness-tech/

Link: https://www.cnet.com/news/bring-the-gym-home-with-this-smart-fitness-tech/

Google is not the only search engine

After learning in class on Thursday about internet search, I was intrigued to stumble upon this article on USA Today’s website: “Google isn’t the only way to search online. Here are 7 services you should try instead.” This article describes a variety of search engines tailored to specific searches that provide better results than Google in a specific topic. These internet search websites may be smaller than the well-known Google, but should be utilized more when it comes researching specific things.

This article included seven different search engines specialized in searches from finding Gifs, to finding streaming movies, to finding free software for coders and developers, and even private search engines. Therefore, let me introduce you to these up and coming search sites.

The first search site is called ‘JustWatch’. JustWatch specializes in assisting its users in finding movies to stream. This website will sift through various streaming platforms, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, to find a movie for you to watch. This service also has filter suggestions to help you narrow down the type of movie you want to watch.

Have you ever been in a crunch to find the perfect Gif to add to your email? Well, you no longer have that problem because ‘Giphy’ is here to help. Giphy is a full catalog of millions of Gifs to assist you in all of your Gif needs. All you need to do is make the search for what you want, then copy the Gif you prefer, and paste it where you need it, it’s that easy!

Interested in outer space? Have you been struggling to find a specific picture from a far out galaxy or the moon landings? Well, don’t look any further because NASA is coming to the rescue with their Image Library. The NASA Image Library has images from 60 collections combined into one convenient database for everyone to use. All you need to do is make your search and then download it for free.

For the coders and developers of the world, Libraries.io is your place to go. This website organizes thousands of free pieces of open-source software for public use, therefore, you may use these services for any project you have.

Did you know you can earn money from searching? Well, Google’s closest competitor, Microsoft’s Bing, rewards their users with monetary incentives in the form of gift cards or entries into sweepstakes. All you need to do is create a Microsoft account, sign into Bing with that account, and start searching. They track your searches through points and at a certain amount of points you will be rewarded.

The final search engine they mentioned is very coincidental to last Thursday’s class, they included the private search engine ‘DuckDuckGo.com’. Just how Professor Pursel described DuckDuckGo in class, USA Today described the search engine as a private search engine that does not track your personal information and search history. DuckDuckGo also refrains from posting advertisements on their site, which revolves around the privacy aspect of their company’s mission.

After learning about internet search in lecture, it was only right to write a blog post relating to the lesson and to emphasize the material. This article expanded my knowledge on other search websites other than Google and I plan to utilize them in the future.

Komando, K. (2019, January 25). Google isn’t the only way to search online. Here are 7 services you should try instead. Retrieved from https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/komando/2019/01/25/google-search-isnt-everything-7-ways-find-info-online/2667023002/