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The Impact of Gadgets on People and the Planet

“When it comes to gadgets, even environmental zealots tend to forget that everything we buy new comes from raw materials and therefore leaves a hole in the planet. While recycled items are a better option, they require energy to be produced and unless the company in question has a thorough green policy, that energy has probably come from oil or gas, the extraction of which has also left a hole in the planet.”

The Impact of Gadgets on People and the Planet

How much do you know about the materials that are needed to fuel our love-affair of gadgets? The electronics industry is a rapidly growing market worldwide, and upgrading to new styles and models is the coolest thing you can do. Most people do not consider the impacts of their techno-purchases on the environment or the people who make them, but the damage they cause is significant and, for some people, deadly.

The Human Impact

Bangka Island lies east of Indonesia and is home to the world’s tin mining industry. For centuries the island has been one of the world’s principal tin-producing centres. On-shore miners dig and search underground tunnels for veins of cassiterite, the principal dark mineral of tin ore, which is turned into solder and used by the electronics industry to bind components in gadgets. Solder is used in smartphones, flat-screen televisions, and tablet computers such as the iPad, which are popular in countries like the US and UK.  In fact, U.K.-based industry trade group Henkel states that the solder in an iPad or a competing tablet can be as much as 3 grams, which means that 5 iPads use as much tin solder as an average single car.

Thousands of Indonesians are required to work on Bangka Island to extract the tin required to make solder, and it is hard work, undertaken without machines and aided only by hoes and pickaxes. Tin is highly profitable for big business but for the local people who have to dig it up, it come with a higher cost. Human lives are lost due to problems associated with mining such as mudslides and mines collapsing, and statistics show that deaths of Bangka miners are increasing yearly as demand for tin grows alongside our love of cool new gadgets. Miners are often buried alive and it takes large teams and a huge amount of effort to recover their bodies from the rubble, but no one is compensated by the companies that profit from the mining.

Read more: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/the-impact-of-gadgets-on-people-and-the-planet/

The Disadvantages of Gadgets on Students

“Modern technologies like television and computers provide identifiable educational advantages, such as greater access to information and more compelling presentations of that information. Over-use of technology, though, especially such gadgets as cell phones, iPods and video games, presents a whole range of problems which may interfere with a student’s ability to learn and attend to lessons.”

The Facebook generation uses many gadgets every day.

Social Networking

  • Students who use their computers or cell phones to participate in social networking sites may post material considered inappropriate by school authorities. They may also develop an unfavorable reputation based on those pictures or comments. Pictures of misbehavior can adversely affect their chances of getting into the university of their choice or of getting a job.

Addictions

  • It is easy to become addicted to gaming, texting, talking on the phone or socializing online. Some students may attempt to do this in class, which disrupts their learning, and at home it detracts from study time. Kids putting in long hours on their gadgets will give less attention to assignments and may be irritable when they are away from their gadgets. They might also sleep less, which can slow down their thinking the next day.

Creativity

  • In the past, children and young people filled up their free time by reading books, socializing, or engaging in active, creative play. A fixation on gadgets reduces participation in of all these, especially the aspect of creativity. Digital worlds can be vast, but they are always structured, not requiring the imagination and inventiveness of unstructured play. Some children become less creative and less able to entertain

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_12010788_disadvantages-gadgets-students.html

How to Keep Your Smartphone Clean

“Neglecting to clean your cell phone is a nasty tech habit to break this year. Cell phones have been proven to carry bacteria, germs, even feces.  Maybe the fingerprint trail for the latest, must-have game you are addicted to lies on your screen? Regularly cleaning your cell phone, tablet, MP3 player’s touchscreen, or any other touch screen device is essential for its upkeep and longevity. Learn how to wipe away those smudges with ease and how to avoid doing things your touchscreen would not appreciate.”

How to clean your smartphone

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To prevent your phone screen from accumulating dirt, you can use a screen protector. These stick to the screen to protect it against dirt. Change the protector when necessary and wipe the screen to remove any remaining dust particles. Screen protectors can also be useful to prevent your screen smashing if you accidentally drop it!

Read more: https://www.cleanipedia.com/gb/materials-surfaces/how-to-keep-your-smartphone-clean

6 high-tech gadgets for musicians and music lovers

“In this day and age, technology gives us endless ways to look for and listen to any specific song we’re looking for. With digital music available to us right at our fingertips, it’s now about finding ways to get the most out of our music-listening experience.  Technology and music go hand and hand. Music lovers are very picky about the sound, so you can’t pick just any speaker or headphone. These have been tried and tested by the music lovers in my family. Here, then, are six of the best gadgets and gear out there that are not only well-designed, they’re perfect for anyone who appreciates the high-quality, clear sound of music everywhere they go.”

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Photo by http://www.macworld.com/

Technology has drastically changed the way we experience music, whether it’s by helping musicians create stadium-quality sounds in their basements or by giving fans the ability to listen to their favorite music anywhere they go.

Now you can use your iPad to learn to play the guitar or have friends take turns playing DJ on the same Bluetooth speaker. Read below to discover more high-tech gear designed for artists, music lovers, and anyone in between. And check out the video above to get a better vibe of each gift idea.

Every year, so many new headphones that come out that it’s tough to find a pair that really stand out. Last month when the new Pryma headphones ($500) debuted, they certainly made an impression and redefined what a stylish pair of headphones could be.

The Pryma headphones are hand-made by Italian artisans using genuine leather, die-cast aluminum, copper, and stainless steel. They come in five color variations: Coffee & Cream, Pure Black, Carbon (Fiber) Marsala, Heavy Gold, and Rose Gold & Grey (pictured left) to match the new rose gold iPhone 6s. The headbands are interchangeable, if you can spare an additional $75 to get a second one. And each aluminum earcup is detachable. Just snap it out of its buckle-style attachment and you can pass it to a friend to let them listen in to your music.

These headphones are not just a style statement. Engineered by the high-end audiomakers at Sonus Faber, the audio quality is robust and warm. And unlike other big-sound headphones we tried, Pryma doesn’t let much noise escape the earcups—so you won’t have coworkers asking you to turn your volume down…

Read more: http://www.macworld.com/article/3005803/holiday/6-high-tech-gadgets-for-musicians-and-music-lovers.html

15 Sensory Enhancement Gadgets

“In addition to being able to give the average person powers of eyesight that would rival a superhero, this kind of technology also has the ability to supplement the senses of visually impaired or legally blind individuals. Beyond novelty, sensory enhancement technology is becoming vital to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.”

Virtual Reality Home Gyms

Augmented and virtual reality technology has now gotten to the point where it can be used in smart sensory enhancement tools.

From an entertainment and marketing perspective, this kind of technology is prized for its ability to create extremely immersive multi-sensory experiences. For instance, Thorntons is a chocolatier that uses an in-store pod to enhance chocolate tastings with music and scents. Other gadgets that engage the full body include systems like Icaros by HYVE and the R70i Aging Experience.

Read more: http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/sensory-enhancement

8 Hot Gadgets to Supercharge Your Summer

“Summer is rearing its sweaty head, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. You can finally stop using your gadgets out of resignation and start enjoying them! And there’s a lot to enjoy this year, with tech that helps you make the most of the great outdoors while giving you peace of mind about the great indoors you’re leaving behind. That means you have a million places to be and all of them are incredibly different: patio parties, beaches, camping weekends, and, unfortunately, the office. So, to make every place fun and easy, here are 8 gadgets you will need this summer.” 

 

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The weather’s getting warmer, the streets are getting hotter and the siren song of summer is a-calling. Whether your M.O is to head to the nearest pool, venture out to the local lake or just bicycle around town, take along some gadgets for the ride.

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Whether it’s an extra charger to power your various devices, a stereo to enhance the mood or a bit of high-tech transportation, these eight new devices are begging for outdoor use. Some are practical, some are exciting and all are prime for this summer.

What’s your favorite summer gadget? Let us know in the comments…

 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/05/14/summer-pool-gadgets/#_uxyVL.c1sqF

5 Awesome Gadgets For Lazy People

“Most technologies are meant to make our lives easier. It means that a large number of gadgets have been invented to make an increasingly lazy population even more passive. Some of them are so brilliant that they will convince you that lazy people are the smartest. Here are top 5 gadgets for the hi-tech couch potatoes.”

Awesome Gadgets For Lazy People

It’s a lazy Saturday and you’re at home in your favourite Spongebob boxers, away from all the professional responsibilities when suddenly you’re barraged with hordes of work from your mother.

Rest assured, you flip a switch and throw a tantrum equivalent to that of a three-year old toddler. We know the pain, we empathize. And for, MensXP brings you the coolest gadgets that will make the lazy you all the more lazier, and happier!…

Read more: http://www.mensxp.com/technology/portable-media/9310-5-awesome-gadgets-for-lazy-people.html

The Best Travel Gadgets to Buy Right Now

“If it’s just something to keep you occupied on public transport, to assist your travels or that no holiday can do without, gadgets are becoming more and more prevalent in the modern age where travel and communication become commonplace. These smart tools that have forever changed the way we experience the world are life-savers for today’s travelers. Here are The best travel gadgets ready to make your trips safer, easier, or simply more enjoyable.”

Call it a “Champagne problem,” but in the past few weeks, I’ve hit eight flights and too many time zones to remember! As a tech expert, writer, and global adventurer chasing the latest tech and science stories, I’m on the road as much as I’m at home. Whether I’m traveling to Kenya on assignment for CNN to write about how e-readers are changing education or diving in Bermuda for fun, one thing is for sure: I’m always surrounded by my go-to gadgets. Here are some pretty nifty on-the-road devices for fun, business, or anytime!…

Read more: http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Best-Travel-Gadgets-38071731#photo-38071731

19 Long-Distance Relationship-Aiding Inventions

“You already know that being in a long-distance relationship isn’t always easy. The hardest part is all of the little things that you miss about having your love live in your shared home or right around the corner. They can’t feel each other. I mean Skype and WhatsApp are one thing but if you have ever been in a relationship, you know nothing is better than a touch, a hug or a kiss. In today’s world where the technology is advancing at such great pace, long distance couples too have some special innovations just for them. In this article we’ll see 19 gadgets that can boost your long distance love life.”

Touch-Connecting Bracelets

It’s never easy being apart from the person you love, but thanks to these long-distance relationship inventions, that distance can feel significantly smaller. Romantics would say there is no better use for technology than to make you feel close to the person you miss most.

Some of the pieces are pretty hilarious, like the long-distance kissing egg that mimics one another’s smooching style. Others, like the TapTap bracelet allowing you to send signals to your distant lover that you’re thinking about them, are sentimental.

The most discussion-worthy pieces among these long-distance relationship inventions are the numerous shared adult toys. Featuring everything from a molding feature to ensure realism (literally the most personal customization ever), to real-time interactive toys, the creativity of these pieces cannot be denied.

Read more: http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/long-distance-relationship-inventions

Spring Farm and Garden Gadgets Guide

“There was a time when farmers relied solely on almanacs, luck and old-fashioned intuition to increase their yield and stay in business.  But with today’s ever changing technology, farmers have more tools than ever to help them excel at the trade. Gone are the days of drudging out a living using outdated tools and equipment. With the rise of high powered tools, safety technology, and mobile applications, farmers can make modern technology work for them. The following gadgets have proven useful in helping farmers make the most of this new technology.”

Photo by http://modernfarmer.com/

Anything that can make the grower’s life safer, more efficient, or simply easier is a welcome proposition. Which is why there are dozens of companies at technology tradeshows like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and startups on crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter gearing their products towards the agricultural operative.

Some of these products are more James Bond than farmer John or Jane, but they all add the important element of innovation to an industry that thrives on productivity. (The great product designs simply add a bit of aestheticism to the farm — who says you can’t farm and look good at the same time?) Just in time for spring, here is a sampling of some of the best new gadgets on the market for farmers, home gardeners and everyone in between.

Read more: http://modernfarmer.com/2014/04/spring-farm-garden-gadgets/