Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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Monday, September 9, 2013
The future is now. With Google Glass, teachers and students alike can display information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, while interacting with the Internet via natural language voice commands. With limitless possibilities at its virtual fingertips, the education community can build closer working relationships with students, and allow children to get more involved with their learning experience. Here we take a look at how Google Glass might be used in education.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Google Glass is a wearable computer with an head mounted display that is being developed by Google. It displays information in a smartphone-like hands free format, and can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands. Check out the video below for a preview of how Google Glass works.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
We all have unused and unwanted gadgets — cellphones from the days of yore, laptops long since rendered obsolete — and they usually end up just sitting at the bottom of a closet or in a seldom-opened drawer.
- Apple Recycling Program: You can send your old Apple products back to the company for proper recycling. If they have any monetary value, Apple will apply it toward a gift card.
- Best Buy Recycle: Best Buy will recycle just about any tech product, ranging from TVs and computer monitors to DVD players and video cables.
- Canon Recycling Program: You can send Canon your old cameras, lenses, printers and other devices by selecting your specific product, and then you'll receive the special recycling label via email.
- Dell Mail-Back Recycling Program: Dell's mail-back program partners with FedEx so you can responsibly recycle your unwanted computer equipment.
- Dyson Recycle - WEEE: If you live in the U.K., Dyson will recycle your old vacuum cleaner for free when you buy a new one online. The company will pick up your old vacuum cleaner free of charge and recycle it.
- Lenovo Product Recycling Program: Lenovo offers free recycling of Lenovo, Medion and select IBM PCs, Iomega and LenovoEMC storage devices, and Medion TVs.
- LG Recycling Program: The website for LG's Recycling Program helps you find nearby drop-off sites and more information on how the company recycles your old tech.
- Motorola Recycling: Motorola's take-back programs accept any mobile device or accessory, and some devices are refurbished for reuse in developing countries.
- Nintendo Product Recycling: Because game systems aren't recycled very often, Nintendo tries to minimize waste with a free take-back program, and either refurbishes systems or recycles parts for new products.
- HP Global Citizenship: HP allows you to trade in any product from any brand, recycle ink supplies and more.
- Samsung Recycling Direct: As of May 2013, Samsung has collected 276,458,977 pounds of recycled products from its various locations, which you can search through on the website.
- Sony EcoTrade: Sony accepts both Sony and non-Sony products (as long as they're eligible) and lets you trade them in for credit toward your next Sony purchases.
2. Donate to Non-Profits and Refurbishing Programs
While it's great to recycle parts, your old and unwanted gadgets can be incredibly useful to someone else. These non-profits and programs work to refurbish and deliver cellphones and other electronics to those in need.
- Call2Recycle: Call2Recycle is a free program for collecting and recycling rechargeable batteries and cellphones in North America.
- Cell Phones for Soldiers: Non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers provides U.S. troops with a cost-free way to call home from their active stations. Your donated cellphone will be traded in for calling cards and other communications devices.
- CTIA "Go Wireless, Go Green": CTIA's "Go Wireless, Go Green" website gives useful information to consumers about how they can be more environmentally responsible with your gadgets, old and new.
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: You can donate your unwanted cellphones to the NCADV, which partners with Cellular Recycler for the collection of used electronics and uses proceeds from refurbished gadgets to help stop domestic violence.
- PCD Donate Option: Similar to the NCADV, Personal Communication Devices' DONATE A PHONE CALL TO PROTECT campaign collects wireless phones to benefit victims of domestic violence. Refurbished cellphones are given to violence victims to use during emergencies.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Resources: The EPA's website is a great resource for anyone looking to recycle his or her gadgets, citing reasons to recycle, what to do before you donate and where to drop off your electronics.
- Verizon HopeLine: Verizon's HopeLine is a program that connects survivors of domestic violence to resources while helping the environment.
There are some programs that offer you money or replacements for your unwanted gadgets, making sure you don't waste any money (and, in some case, make a nice profit).
- Gazelle: Gazelle is a marketplace that pays you for the devices you no longer need, and also helps find new homes for them, ensuring little-to-no waste.
- Glyde: You can buy and sell a variety of devices on Glyde, and also compares the different amounts you can get from other sites.
- Amazon Trade-In Program: The Amazon Trade-In Program gives Amazon.com gift cards in exchange for eligible electronics (as well as DVDs, books and other items).
Image: Flickr, Atomic Indy
You can always give some new life to your gadgets by reusing them in different ways — lamp bases, picture frames, second screens and more. For some inspiration, check out our previous tips and tricks for repurposing tech:
Monday, July 8, 2013
By Patricia RedsickerRead full post »
While most people love to use social media to connect with their personal and professional networks, very few use all six of the major platforms i.e. Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest.
It has more to do with social media fatigue than anything else. With a new social platform popping up every time you look over your shoulder, it's hard enough to take interest let alone find the time or energy to figure out how they work, sign up and get started with more than one or two.
If you're not sure what the benefits or shortcomings of these channels are, I've prepared a comparison chart showing the pros and cons of six major social media platforms. The chart will provide deeper insights for each channel so that you can decide which ones are suitable for your marketing goals.
Monday, May 20, 2013