Technology Continues to Grow Whether You Notice It or Not

No one alive today the  would have a hard time seeing the amazing growth of technology. Our modern society revolves around our technological achievements. The way we communicate, the way we do our daily tasks, and the way we get our information. The growth of technology has changed so many aspects of our lives and ingrained itself in how we do things that many people even forget that technology even played a part on how they live.

It can be argued that our generation is the most well informed and the most technologically advanced to date, well at least until the growth of technology surpasses our current knowledge and adds to our ever growing understanding of the world around us. Humanity has always developed around the growth of technology, from the very first time that cavemen discovered the use of fire, to the present where information can span continents almost instantaneously. Our innate desire to surpass the limits of human understanding and capability,  our need to better ourselves and our goal to find solutions to the problems that we face today, further drives the growth of technology to such heights that even the most ambitious of our forefathers would have scarcely thought it possible. Humanity has always been a race of dreamers, and the growth of technology has made many a dream into a reality. 

The speed in which new scientific and technological discoveries are made has caused many people to be cautious about relegating science fiction into the realm of fantasy. With the surprising pace that the growth of technology seems to have, it is not hard to see why the lines between science fiction and science fact can often become quite blurry. It’s only been a little over a hundred years since men achieved powered flight, A little over forty years since men landed on the moon, and one of the pinnacles of communication, the internet, was only commercially available in the mid 80’s. Fantastic stories of a century ago are now mundane occurrences for the people of today.

With the current trend of the scientific community of continuing development, it is safe to say that the growth of technology shall remain steady. Necessity has always been touted as the mother of invention, and as we discover new things about ourselves and our surroundings, the more we realize that we face wide reaching problems that affect our race as a whole. The growth of technology should always stay in pace with the challenges that come our way in order for our society to survive. 

The growth of technology may have escaped the notice of a great number of the population, but it cannot be denied that it is what powers our society, both for good or for ill. We all live in an age where information is readily available and many of our mundane tasks have been simplified for our convenience. Technology continues to grow regardless of whether or not you notice it, our daily lives revolve around it, and it plays an important part on how we live, work and play. We may sometimes forget that it’s there, but for our race to continue to survive, it should constantly adapt to the challenges that we may face. 

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From University Project to a Billion Dollar Company: How Google Got Started

ImageTo say that the Internet is a very large network is a huge understatement. With millions of users surfing millions upon millions of websites, and a seemingly endless amount of data available, trying to find specific information may be next to impossible without a tool to help you sort out all of this clutter. It is this premise that gave rise to search engines, a set of archives and indexes that made it easy to navigate the vast array of sites available, and to come up with the best search engine was the goal of Google’s creators. With innovative thinking that would be repeated throughout the history of Google, it would seem that the founders did just that.

Before Google even became the household name that it is today, other search engines had already been developed to try and catalog the ever increasing number of websites. It was not until Larry Page and Sergey Brin, at the time Ph. D. students studying at Stanford University, began to delve into how the relationships between web pages and backlinking  resulted in more relevant search results, that the concept of Google began to grow. It was their research project that marked the beginning of the history of Google.

It was in January 1996 that Page and Brin started a research project with the aim of developing the  enabling technologies for the creation of a single, universal, and integrated digital library. It was during this project that Terry Winograd, Page’s supervisor, suggested that he should delve further into the link structures and mathematical properties of the Web, a suggestion that Page admits, to be the best advice he had ever been given in his life. In March of the same year the web crawler that Page created began exploring the web, originating from its Stanford home page. Page and Brin then used the data to  develop a PageRank  algorithm to convert the information into relevant search results, thus the history of Google as a search engine started

By September 1998, inside a garage of a friend and with a $100,000 contribution from Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, the history of Google as a corporation began. By the end of that same year Google had indexed at least 60 million pages and was being touted by tech analysts as being more innovative than the current existing search engines at the time. From here Google began to rapidly grow, eventually earning over 100 million dollars in profit by 2003 and a capitalization of $23 billion by 2004.

Though relatively short, the history of Google is quite well documented, in part because many companies try to follow the innovative process that gave rise to it, and part due to the fact that it was now finding itself at the forefront of the even become part of the Oxford English Dictionary. Such achievements are quite amazing, especially for a company that is barely a decade old, but great achievements seem to be part of the reputation and history of Google.

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Apple Producing the New iTV? Speculations on Apple’s Latest Product

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Apple Computer, Inc. has undoubtedly changed many of the ways in which we view technology. Apple showed us that utility does not have to come at the cost of aesthetics, and that high end devices can be user friendly. Now the company that changed the way we listen to music with the introduction of the iPod, made us look differently at smart phones with their release of the iPhone, and then broke ground for mobile computing with their release of the iPad, are now setting their sights on changing the way that we watch television by developing what many technology analysts are dubbing the “Apple iTV”.

As with many devices that have come from the famous company, the rumors surrounding this Apple iTV has been many, and considering how secretive Apple is with their projects, quite hard to confirm for veracity. Accurately sorting between fact and fiction may be difficult, but with the demand for information about the Apple iTV rising, loyal Apple customers and curious tech buffs alike relish any news that they can get, though understandably, always taking it with a grain of salt.

The rumors of an Apple iTV has long circulated among technology circles for years, with claims that company executives had been planning for its development since 2007, with the late Steve Job’s biography revealing that he had “cracked” the method to create a TV with the simplest user interface that people have ever seen. It had been guessed by many that this interface referred to Siri, which even now Apple regards as still in its beta stages. For an Apple iTV to truly live up to the vision of Steve Jobs, several advances in the technology must be made, though many tech analysts claim that with the current developments in Siri as of late, it may actually be coming of age.

The effects of an Apple iTV to the television market would surely be huge. Apple’s products have a reputation for rewriting the rules for their niche and causing competitors to look for ways to stay abreast of the huge technological and aesthetic leaps that each product comes with. As to what the new features that an Apple iTV will come with is still a jealously guarded secret. Rumors of voice and motion controlled menus, connectivity with the rest of Apple’s devices and what Jobs referred to as the iCloud, and even touch activated screens have bred excitement within the tech community and apprehension with rival companies who are understandably trying to come up with features to rival the Apple iTV when it is eventually offered to the public.

The buzz on the Apple iTV’s release sets it at late 2012 or early 2013, with  various manufacturers now said to be vying for contracts to produce various parts of the product. Whether or not any of the speculations on the Apple iTV are true or not will have to wait until official information is made public, until then, both customers, technology enthusiasts, and rivals will have to rely on the rumor mills and make guesses on how this latest product will change the television market. 

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The History and Legacy of Steve Jobs

Few people can ever claim to have changed the world. Famous people, in this age of 24 hour news channels, Twitter and the internet can come at a dime a dozen, actors, musicians, authors, politicians, activists, among many others that were successful in getting the attention of many people. Innovators and pioneers on the other hand are hard to come by. People who go against the odds and make a difference, those who leave legacies that advance their own field. And the legacy of Steve Jobs will surely endure, even after many of have gone.

Before we even measure how much the legacy of Steve Jobs has affected us, we must first look into the history of the man. The legacy of Steve Jobs after all becomes all the more impressive when you consider how he became one of the most famous men in the history of technology.

Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 to two unwed University of Wisconsin students and was then adopted at birth by Paul Reinhold, and Clara Jobs, Paul a machinist for a laser manufacturing company, and Clara an accountant for a high tech company in what would later be known as Silicon Valley. His adoptive mother taught him to read early, even before he went to school, and his adoptive father taught him in basic electronics, developing skills that, unknown to them at that time would contribute to the great legacy of Steve Jobs.

Steve frequented after school lectures at the Hewlett-Packard company during his days in Homestead High School in Cupertino California, it is here where he would meet Steve Wozniak during his tenure as a summer employee. Wozniak, along with Ronald Wayne would, in the future, join Jobs to co-found Apple Computer Co., the company that, more than anything else, embody the legacy of Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs never attended college for long. Staying for only one semester, he later dropped out and basically lived the life of a transient for some time, and considering how far reaching the legacy of Steve Jobs eventually became, made his accomplishments all the more impressive.

After a stint in Atari, Steve Jobs would join Steve Wozniak after his invention of the Apple I computer, and along with Ronald Wayne and funding from Mark Markkula, would found the Apple Computer Co. in 1976, a flagship company where the legacy of Steve Jobs would be built upon. Originally created in the garage of Job’s parents, the company would soon grow to establish the standards on how personal computers would become, and establish the legacy of Steve Jobs and his colleagues.

Steve Job’s initial stay at Apple would not be smooth sailing. He resigned from the company in 1985 after disagreements between management policy caused rifts between him and John Sculley, then CEO of the company. This departure would not last however. After Job’s resignation, he founded NeXT computers, and eventually bought The Graphics Group (now named Pixar) from Lucasfilms in 1986. In 1996 Apple bought NeXT computers for a sum of $429 million, returning Jobs to the company that he co-founded, and eventually becoming the CEO in 1997. With Steve Jobs back in Apple, his brand of management and his demand for aesthetically appealing products brought back profitability to the company’s portfolio.

Revolutionizing the way we listen to music in the form of the mp3 player, and bringing smart phones and tablet pc’s into the tech race, the legacy of Steve Jobs is hard to miss in our everyday life. His drive to create innovative products changed the way that we view mobile computing, and will probably affect what we expect of mobile media for years to come.

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