Netflix

I love to watch movies and T.V. shows and Netflix just makes it so much easier for me to do the thing that I love to do. I watch from Flashpoint, a T.V. show a bout the Canadian S.W.A.T. basically to c ult classics like Pulp Fiction. This is something that I enjoy almost every day, but what I fear is that sometimes that I do it too much. This is a condition many people have including me called Binge watching and im pretty sure that almost everyone does this at least one wether it be from watching all the Star Wars movies to catch up before the new one comes out or they are just watching an amazing show like Breaking Bad. Binge watching is really bad for people you can sit there for hours on end and not even realize it. I’ve done this many of times without realizing that I had done so. But if a show is good is almost impossible not to. It’s almost,no it is an addiction that many people suffer from I think that binge watching could be more addictive than cigarettes sometimes.I’ll end up watching watching three seasons of Breaking Bad in just a week. If that does not qualify as an addiction I think i need to re-learn what addiction means. From what i have heard from other people is that they do this sort of thing to and sometimes they are worse than me. But recently Netflix was told by Comcast that they need to pay more for the bandwidth that they are taking up with their servers being so large. This will cause Netflix to increase their price just by a dollar or two just to compensate for what they are going to have to pay for more space. But Netflix promises that it will being putting up more shows and making it’s service way more better for everyone. They even plan to include more Netflix only shows like House Of Cards this will excite many fans of the series. From what  I have heard about is that the price raise will happen pretty soon but will not effect current subscribers for now. So you can keep your price right now but cherish it while you can.

Earth Day

Happy earth day everyone! Earth day became a national holiday forty four years ago today. This is a special time of year where we think on how we are treating the environment and how our decisions affect our children’s future. For me i didn’t really think that today was any different than any other Tuesday during the school year. It’s always about whats due tomorrow or when is the next test. So when i sat down to do my blogs tonight i thought about Earth day and how far we have come from 44 years ago. Our technologies have far surpassed those of which had existed back so long ago.
Here in Iowa most people look around them when driving on the highway or interstate just corn and bean fields. What I see is ethanol which is one of the ways that technology is helping out the environment. Ethanol makes our gas more available because we add it to gas and it makes it go a lot further than what it normally would go.
Also in Iowa we installed fans out side because it gets so hot in the summer. Okay maybe they are not fans but rather wind turbines that help make energy too. Just looking around me I’m starting to see more and more technologies that are helping the environment right now. From Solar panels to wind turbines all of them help out with cutting down the CO2 emissions that our cars and other things we depend on give off. But I’m looking ahead what kind of technology will be next to help prevent or reverse global warming. It’s sad for me to say it but i just dont know. Electric cars maybe it but i’m not sure. I’m not really a fan of electric cars just because well to say it bluntly I’m a male and I enjoy to hear a engine purr. That’s why many men love their cars me included (even if it is a Camry from 1995). I think we just love the feeling of freedom or something like that. But it seems to me that electric cars are a big turn off for most men. So i think i can scratch electric cars off the list for now. But what else does that leave? I have no idea and hope that something amazing will be announced soon that will help the environment and seems like something that i could invest my time and money into.

Project Ara: Google’s new vision of what “customize-able” means for phones

Phones come in many different shapes and sizes. From smart phones to flip phones (dumb phones is more like it). There are so many different things to choose from. You can either have a good camera,processor, display, or battery but none of those together,until now. Google’s Project Ara is their new way of sticking to the companies that say that their phones are customize-able to a large degree. To Google this is a straight up lie, they think that they are just at the tip of the ice burg. Until now customize-able was a term used to say that you could change the screen saver or background on your phone. This is not what Google calls “customize-able” that is just something that your phone should have built into it just to make it look pretty.But here comes Google’s dream and many other tech-geeks, including myself very excited. Project Ara is Google’s new phone system that is focused on separate components being put together to make your phone “your” phone. The things that they are doing with this new system is having different models of the basically skeleton of the phone ranging from small to large skeletons. The bigger the skeleton the more components that can be fit on to it. The components go from a better camera to a bigger battery. This would be very helpful on trips because you could slap on your bigger and bulkier battery so it will last longer while when you are not on a trip you can carry around a more smaller battery making it more usable and adaptable to different situations where as if you get a phone that has a long battery life for trips the cost will be that it will be bigger and bulkier than something that has less battery life.
To me this phone is definitely going in the right direction. it makes me think of my computer. There are so many components that i could just slap into my computer to make it do the things that i want it to do. If I want to do more calculations with my PC I just put in a better processor. If i need more video ram i’ll put in a graphics card to help render videos faster. Project Ara is basically the same thing you can do all the customizing that you can do with your computer but just with your phone instead. I just can’t wait to see what Google still has in store for us for Project Ara. I will be keeping a very close eye on this one and so should you.

Phones

Despite the recent news with the NSA people are still buying new phones every day. I even got a new Iphone 5S for Christmas and I’m enjoying it a lot. Even if the NSA is watching. But another report was sent out today saying that this month people have bought more android devices than apple or any other smart phone company. In fact android out did them by a whopping 79% of all smart phone sales. That’s incredible! I guess it might have to do with the fact that they are affordable and are really easy to use. In fact this is a trend android devices are the most popular smartphones in the world. But Apple still gets buy with it’s sales probably because of their cost and that is what leads to their low shipping rate. I’m not saying that i don’t like Android or anything I mean they are still good phones but for me I like the IOS operating system better than Android’s operating system. Although it is way easier to code for android (even if I wanted to) I still like the IOS operating system. If I had to buy a phone when i get into college I will probably be getting an android because they are so cheap and affordable compared to the other smart phones.

Trans-Pacific-Partnership

What is the TTP (Trans-Pacific-Partnership) you may ask. Well TPP is basically what every internet user should be worried about. It is SOPA,ACTA and all other evil “agreements” back from the grave. Except this time it is being done in secret. This act has not been released to the public and media until recently. This disgusts me because we Americans have shot down every act they try to pass on this issue and they just keep coming back with more acts. It’s like they don’t learn. WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO RESTRICT OUR INTERNET RIGHTS! The act was only open to 600 corporate lobbyists. Which seems like they don’t want use to learn about it. I think they were trying to get this passed on the down low and now it’s made the news and people including me are not happy. They are fast tracking this making it almost invisible but soon leaked texts and other important documents have been released and now have the public scared. They have already made a website for the people to get a hold of your representative and i encourage you to go and write a letter because the more we get the better the chance that this censored future is going to not happen.

Google Making a Move for A Smart Mind.

Recently Google has been making moves to obtain some companies that make it look like they are trying to do something once again. Google just acquired Deepmind A company that works on artificial intelligence and they also acquired Nest a Smart thermometer maker. This make me think that they are trying to make an innovation that will change the way we think about our homes, cars, and other parts of our daily lives. No one has as much resources and ability to actualy make what they want to happen true as Google does. Google has been around bring in the most brightest thinkers and anyone else willing to take on the challenge. But will this new AI Google is making really worth it. Google is spending millions upon millions of dollars to make their dream a reality. They are trying to send us into the future along with their new Google glass product. It almost seems like what they want to do is send us into the world of the Jetson’s with automated everything and smart just be a word we used to use because everything is now “Smart”. I can’t wait to see what Google does with its resources because it’s always something cool and new when they release something.

Oh Mother

Do you feel like you have to track everything that you do and that you want to see it on your tablet or phone. Are you forgetful and what something to remind you to take your medicine or tell you to water your plants. Well mother is for you then. Mother is a tracker with gyroscopes in them to tell you if they are being used.It comes with an adorable little Russian doll looking thing used as the hub and some sensors that you attach to mostly anything in the house. Mother than keeps track of what those sensors do and how many times they are used. the hub then can send your report to your ipad with, again a cute screen where all your information comes up. Will this actually help people though. I just think of it as being just another worthless thing that if you dont check your idevice you actually wont know what is going on. The idea is kinda good i mean it could be used but i just don’t see it being used yet it maybe could be used in the future when we actually need it but really we already have things for reminding us to do things. Like a simple calendar for example.