Category Archives: Tech

Flappy Bird hits No.1 on the app stores. But why?

It is a silly free game, and that fact that it has climbed so high in the past week is a sign that we’re all just a little nuts.

But it’s nice to see an unknown game shoot ahead of Snapchat, the company that turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook. It is also ahead of Beats Music, Facebook Messenger, Clash of Clans, and YouTube on Apple list of the top free apps. And yes, it’s a lot more popular than any Angry Birds game right now. Continue reading Flappy Bird hits No.1 on the app stores. But why?

24 Smart Ways to stress less about technology

Modern technology certainly has its advantages. We can stalk friends on Facebook and get real-time Twitter updates on Beyonce’s pregnancy. But having access to all these digital gadgets can also be a huge source of stress.

Among people in their early 20s, those who use their cell phones and computers a lot (defined by criteria such as receiving and answering at least 11 phone calls or text messages per day) are more likely to struggle with depression and problems sleeping, especially if they see that technology as stressful in the first place. And sometimes we can grow so comfortable with swiping and tapping that not having access to digital technology can be a whole other source of anxiety. One survey of United Kingdom residents found that nearly half of respondents said they would bemore stressed if they couldn’t surf the Web than if they were cut off from television or from basic utilities. Continue reading 24 Smart Ways to stress less about technology

The Mystery of Google’s Sudden Robotics Splurge

So why is Google suddenly so interested in robots? That’s the question everyone’s asking after it emerged this month that the internet giant has quietly amassed a portfolio of eight advanced-robotics firms. Google is describing the venture as partly a long term “moonshot” project – the name given to its more outlandish or ambitious ideas, such as its self-driving car or broadband via high-altitude balloons. But it also says it aims to launch a raft of robotics products in the short term. Continue reading The Mystery of Google’s Sudden Robotics Splurge

Brain Age: Not as Good for Your Brain as Claimed

Study discredits the effectiveness of Brain Age 

Researchers at the University of Rennes, Brittany, have concluded that Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training or Brain Age is no more effective at improving your cognitive abilities than playing Scrabble or completing Sudoku puzzles.

Brain Age is a puzzle video game published and developed by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS portable video game console. It has been marketed as a tool for improving your mental sharpness and is an example of a game that appealed to a very wide audience that reached beyond traditional gamers. Continue reading Brain Age: Not as Good for Your Brain as Claimed

Lumosity: Does it Work?

Many of you may be familiar with Lumosity (it even has its own commercial on TV now). It’s a San Francisco-based company that provides an online brain training program, where subscribers play nearly 40 different games to improve attention, flexibility, memory and problem solving. It launched in 2007 and has about 40 million subscribers.

The commercial says the Lumosity games are based on neuroscience, but the million-dollar question is, does it actually work? Continue reading Lumosity: Does it Work?

Should You Upgrade to Windows 8.1 (Windows 8 Pro) ?

Windows 8.1 offers some new features that may help your staff’s productivity as well as the performance and longevity of your organization’s computers. To help you decide whether Windows 8.1 is a good fit for your nonprofit’s or library, we’ve come up with four questions for you to consider. Continue reading Should You Upgrade to Windows 8.1 (Windows 8 Pro) ?