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Technology is great and the outcome of it is always impressive. From hundreds of years back till today the human race has experienced great technological advancements in different fields. The consequences of which have always eased the life style of masses. Technology turns boon to those who can make full use of it with skill and knowledge. Inventions being done presently form a good base for the inventions of the future. Lets take this argument with an example. Who can deny that the cell phones have not changed the lives of people. Versions of cell phones have been launched time to time with additional advanced features and techniques. Amazing cell phone services have been launched from time to time. How about using a cell phone setting on a table and putting it on a projector mode where the images of the phone would be projected on to the screen. The future cell phones would be so capable that you touch a sensor it will measure your pulses and blood pressure. Thus a clinical help from cell phones. These cell phones will also warn you about smoke or CO2 or the ratio of other toxic gases.

The Effects of Computer Technology on Our Everyday Lives

These days, the computer technology industry is rapidly growing and changing. Along with that growth and change of computer technology are the people who almost instantly adapt to the changes. Computer technology has made our lives a lot easier and convenient. For instance our banking needs. Years ago, people had to manually file the important data of their customers; now they just use the computer to find these data. In just one click, they would instantly find the name of the customer, the birth date, the address, e-mail address, phone numbers and etcetera. As for the clients of these banks, they can also easily get a quick look at their account balances through logging in to the bank website; in addition to that a lot of people are able to apply for a loan with the use of the computer. Because of the birth of computer technology, we now have credit cards or what others call plastic money, which are very useful especially when we do not have cash on hand or when you are ordering a certain product through the internet. Its amazing how computer technology has changed so much our way of living. Nowadays, purchasing products such as cellular phones, bags, household utensils, and clothes or even paying the bills can be effortlessly done at the comfort of your own home. With the use of the computer a lot of students especially those with unfortunate disabilities or severe illnesses are able to enroll to different schools through home schooling. Students are even able to take their examination tests or check out their grades by the use of the computer. As far I know computer technology has helped a lot of businesses to better serve the community. But the computers have not only helped us in the business industry; it also has an effect on our communication systems. Long before the computers were born, writing letters were the main source of communication, which would be such a hassle most especially to those people who lived in far away places; plus telephones were quite

expensive so people would pretty much prefer writing to their loved ones. And for that reason, people who are far away from civilization would really have a hard time communicating with others. Now, we have e-mails, and live chat, or even voicemails. We now already have video calling in which we would be able to see the person that we are talking to. This would be really great for people who have loved ones that are away from home. Getting in touch with one another is now a piece of cake. Computer technology has changed our lives for the better. Without it, we would still be living in the pre historic times.

assistance computer technology

Assistive computer technology is a way to assist others, with easy to use technologies that enable those who need assistance to make their life easier. There are many

techniques that enable ease of use, like speech recognition, on screen keyboards, other ways of placing information into the computer. There are learning technologies, which include different types of tutorials, like video lessons, listening to lessons etc Assistive computer technology also includes virtual reality, special patents that makes it easy to do things, like gadgets that are small and easy to use, for monitoring heart problems, or assisting medical needs and helping students who has difficulties to study what they need to learn. There are assistive technologies for helping children, autism, assistive technologies for legislation and more Just to specify some of those technologies, which will enable you to know they are

there, and if you or your friends might need them, its good to know there are such options. If it can assist us, why not use them and easy the fight we need to do in order to achieve what we find difficult to do. Assistive technologies are mostly designated for those with handicaps, which the advancements in technologies enable many gadgets that ease those with handicaps to

perform regularly, and perform regular day to day activities.

It is amazing how advance technologies can improve our lives, some say technologies decay our life, where we stay more at home, we do not go out for sportive activities, keep in shape, as we use our car to go to work, watch TV all day, play computers, but these assistive technologies enable those who cant really do all of those regular activities to conduct them with the aid of technological tools. So there is some good in technological innovations

Computer Technology Today

Computer technologies are the advanced features and improvements which are done on the computer components (the devices that build the computer). We know what the

computer is build from, the box (the computer cover, where all the parts that build the computer goes into), the motherboard, where all of the components connect to, and binds all of those hardware devices to work together. The CPU (Central Processing Unit) which gets more efficient, quicker, and it even multiply itself on the same chip so you get better performance and multitasking. We have another computer technology that has advanced and enabled us to run more complicated applications that need much resources, that technology is RAM (Random Access Memory), it has become quicker, and its capacity has grown enormously during

the last 20 years. The larger capacity enables us to run more complicated application, professional graphic design programs which load complicated graphic designs into the memory, instead of using assistance by hard-disk storage. The RAM is much quicker for compilations and it enables to load larger capacities into the fast RAM to boost performance of complicated application. The hard-disks now contain larger amount of files. The capacities of hard-disks have increased much and gave us instead of 8MB or 20MB of hard-disks, 1TB (1000GB) hard-disks, which now can contain high definition movies, place to install our computer games, work on large and complicated graphic applications, edit, design and create movies. Tasks that we could only do on very expensive huge computers, now we can do it on our home computers.

The computer cooling systems (since computers tend to get heated) have improved, from simple fans that blew the hot air out of the box through venting holes, to sophisticated water cooling systems. We got used to being able to use our equipments without wires, as we call it wireless. The technology of wireless enabled us to connect our laptops to wireless networks, without wires. We have equipments that work on wireless, as you use your keyboard and mouse while you sit away from the computer, sitting comfortably wherever you want

to, and still be able to do your work. We also have the bluetooth technology, which for security purposes was limited to 10m radius and still enable us to use different equipments, like our cell phones, synchronizing to our blue-tooth laptop, without plugging anything in, or using any wires. The communication with close friends, co-workers and close proximity devices has been made easy

Researchers close in on six petabit hard drive

"Computer scientists in China are close to creating the next-generation of computer storage devices, capable of holding more than six petabits of data on a single five-inch disc. The only hurdle is making the tech fast enough to write data at the speeds such a drive would require. Current hard drives are capped at around three terabytes, with manufacturers such as Seagate and Western Digital constantly trying to push that envelope further, every year. This new drive would allow for a storage space of around 768 terabytes. Thats enough storage for around 31,000 Blu-rays, 200,000 DVDs or, if you really wanted to, 500 million floppies. The technique records on ultra-thin, ferromagnetic films, and rapidly reverses the films magnetisation with a laser. Such reversal could take less than a nanosecond to achieve, meaning that the new magneto-optical drives would be faster, by up to thirty times current drive speeds, as well as much bigger. However, magnetised ferromagnetic film is just one of many different technologies that have purported to make drives bigger, faster and one step ahead of the solid state memory that threatens their existence. But creating new storage tech has been notoriously hard to achieve. For example, take proposed holographic data storage solutions. These work with light instead of magnetics, utilising non-linear recording and reading to enable massively fast data transfer rates. Researchers concentrating on this technology believed holographic hard drives could store data for more than 50 years, far exceeding magnetic drives life expectancy. Unfortunately, one of the biggest holographic storage creators, InPhase Technologies, was shut down earlier this year. Despite working on the tech for over nine years, and spending upwards of $100 million (63 million), the company closed its doors without ever shipping a product. Another theoretical storage solution would see discs coated in light-sensitive proteins, produced by a genetically altered microbe. Such organic-tech could see up to 50 terabytes

being held on a single disc. However, since prototypes were made in 2006, and promises for commercial USB drives and DVDs were made, we havent seen any info since. Its a hugely tough market to enter. With drives increasing in speed and capacity at meteoric rates, year on year, releasing a new type of storage technology is like trying to jump onto a speeding train.

What Are the Causes of the Computer Revolution?

In the 1970s, technological advancements, ambition and human curiosity came together

to spur the computer revolution. Where computers were once enormous machines that filled large and heavily air-conditioned rooms, miniaturization of components made it possible to build computers that were smaller and less expensive than ever before. By the end of the 1980s, computers were mainstream products found in many households. Invention of the Microprocessor Intel created and sold its first microprocessor in 1971, calling it the Intel 4004. It ran at a speed of 740 kHz, a fraction of the speeds that processors run at today. Microprocessors enabled the invention of microcomputers, the equivalent of today's desktop PCs. Before Intel's innovations in the field of integrated circuit miniaturization, the smallest computers were called minicomputers. Minicomputers were much too large and expensive for ordinary people to own, while microcomputers could easily fit in homes. The Altair 8800

Ed Roberts of Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems is remembered as the person who developed and sold the first microcomputer available to the public. The Altair 8800, released in 1975, was nothing like the computers of today. It cost $397 -approximately $1,667 adjusted for inflation -- and arrived as a kit that the buyer had to assemble herself. The Altair 8800 looked more like a piece of test equipment than something that we would identify as a computer today. It also had no monitor, keyboard,

printer or operating system. Nevertheless, consumer demand far exceeded Roberts' expectations, and MITS sold thousands of units. People formed companies to develop hardware and software for the Altair 8800. One of those companies was Microsoft, founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Together, Gates and Allen adapted the BASIC computer language for the Altair 8800 and licensed it to MITS. Information Exchange The San Francisco Bay Area in California was the home of several successful computer hardware companies, such as Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor. The area became known as Silicon Valley, and many hobbyists and engineers flocked there because of their passion for computers. Hobbyist groups began to form, and people freely exchanged information with one another to benefit the community. One such group, the Homebrew Computer Club, included members such as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak; they demonstrated Apple's first products for the group. The free exchange of information helped the computer industry advance much more quickly than it might have otherwise. The Apple II

The Altair 8800 was successful enough for entrepreneurs to take notice and realize that many people wanted to own computers. However, it was exceedingly difficult for anyone without an engineering background to use the machine. Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs invented the Apple II personal computer in response to that problem. The Apple II had a built-in keyboard and a video connection for a television or monitor. It could load and save data using a floppy disk drive or audio cassette player. Wozniak handled the engineering, and Jobs obtained the venture capital needed to mass-produce the product. Apple released the Apple II personal computer in 1977. It was a smashing success, eventually making millionaires of both men. The IBM PC

Apple's success caused concern for IBM, long the leader of the computer industry. By 1980, Apple had issued its initial public stock offering, generating hundreds of millions of dollars, and IBM still had no personal computer in its product lineup. IBM responded by releasing the IBM PC in 1981. IBM developed the IBM PC in its Boca Raton, Florida campus. It used off-the-shelf components that anyone could buy, with the exception of

the Basic Input/Output System, which contained proprietary firmware. Before long, other companies reverse-engineered IBM's BIOS and released less expensive "IBMcompatible" computers of their own. Computer buyers trusted the IBM name; they demanded IBM or IBM-compatible computers, causing Apple to lose ground. Microsoft's MS-DOS was the dominant operating system for the IBM PC and its clones. The Graphical User Interface

Computers were becoming increasingly mainstream by the 1980s. However, text-based operating systems were cold and unfriendly; many found them difficult to use. Using technology pioneered by the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Apple and Microsoft separately worked on mouse-driven graphical user interfaces that would make computers easier to work with. These efforts resulted in the release of the Apple Lisa in 1983, the Macintosh in 1984 and Microsoft Windows in 1985. By the release of Windows 95 in 1995, virtually all home computers had graphical user interfaces instead of text parsers.

Information on Apple Incorporated

Apple, Inc. is one of the oldest and most successful companies to come out of the Silicon Valley computer revolution. Apple became a household name following the introduction of the Apple II -- the first successful mass-produced personal computer -- in 1977, but a series of setbacks brought the company near financial insolvency in the late 1990's. Apple shifted its focus, releasing innovative new computers and targeting new markets such as the music industry, mounting a comeback that eventually brought the company tens of billions of dollars in yearly revenue.

The 1970's
High school friends Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976 with a third partner, Ronald Wayne, who later sold his ownership share back to Jobs and Wozniak for fear of the financial risk. Wozniak had invented a personal computer that Jobs believed he could sell. Jobs and Wozniak were successful in selling the computer, dubbed the Apple I. The success attracted the attention of venture capitalist Mike Markkula, who invested the money needed for Jobs and Wozniak to release a successor, the Apple II. The Apple II was extremely successful, selling millions of units during its lifespan.

The 1980's
Apple rode the wave of the Apple II's success for several years, but the release of the IBM PC in 1981 began to eat into the company's revenue. Other companies were able to create low-cost "clones" that were compatible with the IBM PC, greatly increasing the market share of that platform. To counter the growth of the IBM PC, Apple released its next-generation computer -- the Macintosh -- in 1984. The Macintosh featured a new operating system with a graphical user interface and mouse control, making it an innovative computer for its era. However, the Macintosh did not catch on quickly with consumers. John Sculley, then CEO of Apple, convinced the board of directors to remove

management responsibilities from Jobs, resulting in Jobs' departure from the company in 1985. Jobs founded a new computer company, NeXT.

The 1990's
The 1990's were a time of unrest for Apple. The company's large product lineup created confusion among consumers. Apple made the decision to allow third-party computer manufacturers to make Macintosh clones, further eating into the company's revenue. The corporate leadership changed, with Michael Spindler taking over as CEO in 1993, followed by Gil Amelio in 1996. Under Amelio's leadership, Apple purchased NeXT, making Steve Jobs an Apple employee once again. Jobs became interim CEO in 1997 amidst fears that Apple would soon be bankrupt after continued financial losses. Jobs halted the manufacturing of Macintosh clones and launched the Apple Store on the Web. In 1998, Apple released the iMac. The iMac was a computer with the core components contained within the same housing as the monitor. The housing, made of translucent blue plastic, made the iMac look unlike any other computer at the time, helping to bring Apple recapture the public's attention and increase their revenues.

The 2000s
Apple appointed Steve Jobs as the company's permanent CEO in 2000, and in 2001, Apple entered the music industry by releasing the iPod personal audio player. The first iPod had an internal hard drive with up to 10 GB of storage space, enabling it to hold thousands of songs. It became Apple's flagship product, eclipsing the company's computers in sales volume. Apple expanded its lineup of consumer products with the release of the iPhone in 2007. The iPhone sold tens of millions of units. Apple's success led to a massive increase in stock value, with the company becoming the world's secondlargest in market capitalization among publicly traded companies behind Exxon Mobil in 2011.

Key Products
Apple continues to sell computers under the Macintosh brand name. Its desktop computers include the Mac Pro, the iMac and the Mac Mini, and its laptop computers include the MacBook, the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. Apple sells a tablet computer called the iPad, and continues to sell the iPhone. Apple also continues to sell the iPod in various sizes and storage capacities.

Biography of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs (full name Steven Paul Jobs) is the co-founder as well as CEO of Apple and until recently, was the CEO of Pixar before Disney acquired the company. A member of the Board of Directors at Disney, he is at present time the largest shareholder at the company. After almost forty years in the computer industry, Steve Jobs remains one if its leading figures, making an impressive name for himself in the entertainment industry as well. The oft-depicted image of the maverick Silicon Valley tech-wizard with a touch of eccentricity owes a lot to Steve Jobs actual work ethos and business sense. From early on in his career he has always strove to merge sophistication in design with aesthetic appeal, recognizing the importance that consumers placed on both elements. For many people, Jobs products have always embodied functional elegance and this philosophy has made him an icon in the computer industry. Steve Jobs first came into attention when he, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, introduced the widespread use of personal computers into the public consciousness in the late 70s. Apple grew quickly to become an early giant in the then fledgling computer industry and the companys growth continued on into the 80s. Jobs was an early advocate of the mouse-driven graphical user interface for computers realizing the immense market potential for such a device. He along with a few others realized that the ease of use and flexibility provided by a mouse-driven interface would draw large numbers of new computer users. Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco to Abdulfattah John Jandali and Joanne Carole Schieble. Jandali was a Syrian emigrant who was then a graduate student and later a political science professor. Jobs mother was also a graduate student at that time and very shortly after Jobs was born, she put him up for adoption. A couple from Mountain View in Santa Clara County, Paul and Clara Jobs subsequently adopted him and gave him the name Steven Paul Jobs. To this day, Jobs refers to Paul and Clara as his only parents and refuses to refer to them as his adoptive parents. Steve Jobs long career in computers had a somewhat modest beginning when as a student at Cupertino Middle School and later Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, he regularly attended lectures at the Hewlett-Packard offices after school. He started working there during summer along with friend and future Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. After graduating from high school in 1972, Jobs then enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He would later drop out after only attending one semester at Reed College, but he continued to take classes there including one in calligraphy. This class would later turn out to have a significant effect upon his later career. Jobs has himself has attributed that course with giving him the idea of introducing multiple typefaces, as well as aesthetically spaced fonts, in the later Macintosh computers manufactured by Apple.

The autumn of 1974 found Jobs returning to California where he became a member of the Homebrew Computer Club again along with Steve Wozniak. It was also during this time that Jobs took a job at Atari as a technician. Atari was then (and in fact continues to be) a leader in the popular video game industry and while it would be appropriate to say that Steve Jobs took on the position as a means to advance his own career, the truth was he merely wanted the job in order to save up money for a planned spiritual retreat to India! It was also in 1974 that Steve Jobs again with Steve Wozniak at his side embarked on a business venture that was somewhat unethical, to put it mildly. The two had heard about phone phreakers (people who used the telephone networks illegally to make longdistance calls and to collect personal information among other things) who in the 1960s used a modified toy whistle to make illegal long-distance calls. These phreakers discovered that the toy whistle, which came included in the box of a popular breakfast cereal, could reproduce the tone used by the AT&T Long Distance Telephone Company to allow supervisors to access their networks. This trick was popularized by John Draper and after meeting with him in 1974, Jobs and Wozniak set out to establish a company that sold what came to be known as blue boxes to allow users to make free, unlimited long distance calls. After Jobs had saved enough money, he went on to India as planned in search of spiritual enlightenment. Accompanying him on his journey was a friend of his from Reed College named Daniel Kottke. Kottke would later have the distinction of becoming the first ever employee of the Apple Corporation. After his journey to India, Jobs came back to the United States garbed in traditional Indian attire and sporting a new look with his head shaved. Nevertheless, he resumed working for Atari in his former capacity as a technician and was quickly involved with the video game Breakout. Atari founder Nolan Bushnell was eager to reduce the number of computer chips that were used in the games circuitry and he offered Steve Jobs $100 for every chip that he could discard from the machines design. Jobs had very little experience in circuit design and frankly had no inclination to learn any more, so he turned to his friend Steve Wozniak for help. Jobs offered Wozniak half of whatever bonus money would be paid if Wozniak would work on optimizing the chip design. Wozniak performed the task admirably much to Ataris astonishment and when he was done with the redesign, they were able to reduce the number of chips in the circuitry by 50! In fact so exacting was Wozniaks design that his model was impossible to reproduce on the companys assembly line. For some reason, Jobs paid Wozniak only $350 for his work claiming that Atari had only paid them $700. Atari had in fact given Jobs $5000 for the work. Nevertheless, Jobs and Wozniak continued working together and would later form the Apple Corporation, an event that would revolutionize the computer industry the world over.

Intel to eliminate toxic lead from its microprocessor chips

Intel Corp. has announced plans to stop using lead as a soldering agent in its microprocessors. Lead is a chemical element with widespread industrial use. It is particularly useful as a semiconductor, due to its specific electrical and mechanical properties. The element, however, is a highly potent toxin known to cause blood and nervous system disorders, including mental dysfunction, especially in children. Intel began phasing out the use of lead in its products in 2002, with the introduction of a tin-silver-copper soldering alloy. This alloy had replaced lead as a soldering agent in nearly all Intel chip sets and processors by 2004, with the exception of 0.02 grams of lead that continued to be used inside each chip. This lead will now be eliminated in favor of the tin-silver-copper alloy, beginning with the Penryn line of processors. The company plans to have its microprocessors be leadfree by the end of the year, and to phase out lead in its 65-nanometer-process chips in 2008. The use of toxic metals in electronics manufacture has become a serious health problem worldwide. High rates of obsolescence have contributed to a global "electronic waste" problem, in which vast quantities of electronics have been ending up as garbage, particularly in Third World countries that are paid to dispose of First World waste. Unregulated disposal of this waste, whether by landfilling, burning or even disassembly for parts, exposes local workers, residents and ecosystems to a heavy toxic payload. Lead in particular is known for its ability to contaminate soil and groundwater. According to Solving the E-waste Problem, a United-Nations-led alliance between three U.N. agencies, 16 businesses and several government agencies and universities, electronic waste is one of the fastest-growing types of trash in the world, with levels rapidly approaching 40 million metric tons per year.