• Technology

    Is Your Latest Update Slowing You Down?

    That is the question. For many years, the debate regarding whether an older version of your iPhone should get an update has raged many times. Opinions vary wildly, and each preference is usually sufficiently backed up by statistical data or, at least, by a solid user experience. But instead of the decision itself, let’s briefly try to look into what, exactly, causes users to make these decisions, the bugs/fixes, and the version’s advertised features, and see if the update fares well overall. Bugs/Fixes Any software update is accompanied by bugs along with the fixes a previous version might require. For iPhones, however, this can either mean a simple annoyance or a major inconvenience.  This was what displeased so many users as persistent Wi-Fi…

  • Technology

    Keeping Charged at Home or Office

    Homes and offices are perhaps the last possible place for you to think of staying charged and juiced up in general. But in the age where there are possibly more portable devices and gadgets in any normal room, knowing how to optimize your charging habits may be the key to helping homes and offices stay charged and ready. Here are a few types of charging devices that may help you with this: Mechanical Chargers If you want to go back to the basics, mechanical chargers are, as you might already know, used with some manual mechanical method to charge your devices. The most common type of this is the hand and crank charger, which can provide juice…

  • EdTech,  Technology

    iPads Versus Android Tablets in Classrooms

    Tablets have revolutionized the modern world. For one thing, it had one significant technical potential: the possibility of replacing traditional educational media with a convenient form factor that is efficient, lightweight, and comprehensive. That is the reason Android Tablets and iPads have been envisioned as the standard educational tool in classrooms. However, how would the two play out? How would standard Android Tablet models fare with iPads when they are used by students in an educational setting? Let’s look at these three determining questions to give us a glimpse of both sides, good and bad points. What is the implementation strategy? In other words, how does the school envision the…

  • Technology

    Chrome App Puts Tabs to Sleep

    The Chrome browser is great. Its simple, easily navigable interface has some of the coolest apps and extensions around (Kami), and it is fully integrated with most of Google’s primary services. However, there’s one problem: it is a memory hog. Thankfully, we have one more digital vanguard that can help us mitigate this inherent problem, and this new Chrome app can wilfully put the browser to a partial sleep. The Great Suspender, this new Chrome extension has the specific function to negate Chrome’s greatest drawback by suspending tabs that you are not currently using. It does this by letting the user set an amount of time for how long the…

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    Google Hangouts Now Has its Own Website

    If you are one of those people who use Google+ for video chats, then you must have seen Hangouts grow from a simple messaging medium to a huge multi-platform chat service. If not, however, don’t worry, here’s a little fact guide to help you get started on knowing and using one of the largest growing communication platforms, one that just recently opened its dedicated website. Google Hangouts =/= Google+ Hangouts Contrary to our introduction earlier, Google Hangouts isn’t exactly the direct successor of Google+ Hangouts. While it does have video chat features, its most basic features are more akin to Google Talk, which was previously the company’s primary communication platform until…