Our Future Technology: It’s Child’s Play

Me: what did you do at school today?
Son: Learned about the world using Google Earth.
Well, I really hadn’t expected that answer.

If you think about that for a moment it’s quite staggering. My son is 5 years old and in his first year of school. When I was 5, I can’t imagine I even knew what an atlas was and maybe I didn’t know the world existed outside my town, let alone my country.

So after dinner, we took a virtual trip up and around the top of Mount Everest. We also visited Ayers Rock in Australia, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and my personal favorite, we zoomed in to the 50-yard line of Soldier Field, home to the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Ain’t technology awesome…

From the past

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled “Sticky Fingers: Our Children’s Technological Future“, in which I marveled at my 2-year-old son’s intuitive use of my iPhone and his frustration with the ‘archaic’ non-Touch television we own.

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Sticky Fingers: Our Children’s Technological Future

I have sticky fingerprints smeared across my flat-screen TV. They’re not mine, I might add. Rather they belong to my five-year-old son. Unlike his other random markings around the house (walls are a particular favorite), these are deliberate and with purpose.

He tries to operate the TV like he would my iPhone. That is, he competently swipes and pushes objects (buttons) on the flat screen as a means of navigating to the content he wants.

When the TV doesn’t respond he gets annoyed and airs his displeasure. For instance, a favorite program of his starts and ends with the characters entering a lift (elevator) – the top floor housing a fun playroom.

One day, as the program was coming to an end and the doors to the lift closed on the departing characters, he began to furiously ‘swipe’ the doors on the screen, yelling “no, no, no!” – desperately trying to open the doors so the program wouldn’t end.

But end it did, and in tears.

It struck me watching this, that he’s two years old and already he’s frustrated with the speed of technology advancement. To him, there is no reason why a TV shouldn’t work in the same way as Daddy’s iPhone.

Which makes me wonder, will he be able to afford future college tuition fees and how fast will technology evolve in just the first couple of decades of his life?

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Navigate to Food Trucks

Food Truck Mania is alive and well in many American cities. From Korean BBQ to tacos to cupcakes, there’s a truck to satisfy any palate. But how do you find out what’s available near you? Answer: Location-based food truck apps.

Apps Tailored to Your City
Depending upon where you live, there may be apps designed specifically for your city or town. The Cart Compass PDX app (iPhone | Android), for instance, provides real-time information about Portland’s famous food trucks, stalls, and pods.

Cart Compass PDX is powered by a database containing over 300 different vendors! The app determines your current location and shows the nearest trucks on a map. You can also search by vendor or type of cuisine and access user-generated ratings and reviews. Here are a few additional city-specific apps:

New York City: NYC Truck Food iPhone
Chicago: Chicago Food Truck Finder iPhone | Android | Web
San Antonio: San Antonio Food Truck Finder iPhone | Android

The features and functions of Cart Compass PDX are common to many food truck apps. Virtually all are GPS-enabled and detect your precise location.

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Geo-location for Educational Websites

Mobile navigation and geolocation became important features of modern websites. Many multi-location organizations rely on geolocation for bringing people to their websites. The same counts for schools and other educational organizations.

For example, the education website MyCareerTools.com gives students access to free online GED courses and they also can easily find ‘traditional classes around their locations.

This is a very important search option because students expect to be able to find a school near their home. This solution is based on API from NN4D.

Signal jamming is a major concern for the shipping industry. A compromised GPS signal can have serious safety and financial consequences. However, unlike jamming, which merely interrupts signal availability at the receiver, spoofing overrides the satellite signal with one that transmits misleading information.

In June, students from UT Austin conducted a spoofing experiment off the coast of southern Italy. They used a custom-made device to send counterfeit signals to a GPS-powered yacht located 30 miles offshore.

By overpowering the GPS signal, the students were able to take control of the ship’s navigation system. Next, they successfully altered the ship’s course, leading it away from the intended path.

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NASA Scholarships and Grants

Students who wish to apply for full scholarships or partial grants should complete and submit the “Scholarship Application”. The MUST Center bases its selection criteria on a series of requisites that the prospective candidate must meet to qualify for NASA scholarships and grants as outlined below:

  • The scholarships are designed for students who are registered full-time in the MUST Center, have an outstanding academic record, and obtain excellent marks, and are exempted from the MUST Entrance Examination.
  • The selection is based on both the student’s academic record, the geo-location, as well as his/her family’s income.
  • The scholarships awarded may cover a minimum of 15% of the total costs of academic tuition fees (excluding the pre-inscription fees).
  • The number of scholarships that the MUST Center awards annually is limited. The deadline for the receipt of applications is the 5th of September for the presentation of applications and their corresponding documentation. This applies not only to students already admitted to the MUST but to those in the process of application as well.

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American University Tuition on Average

The education that you need to have depends on the career that you are going into. You will be able to get most of what you need when you’ll take community college courses.

Of course, you should make sure that you are getting what you’ll need and that you’ll be able to pay for college or university. So what is the American university tuition on average?

So when you’ve completed your high school curriculum comes the time when you’ll need to make sure that you’ll be able to pay to go to college.

The majority of the universities and colleges will allow you to pay a relatively small amount and this particularly counts for community colleges. The important thing is to make sure how much you can pay at any given time.

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American University Tuition and Student Consolidation Loans

A friend of mine got himself into serious problems when on top of all loans, he researched and found a possibility of a student loan for a car. Having a car is great but his finances were far from feeling great.

We started looking for a good debt consolidation company but that might turn out to be troublesome when you don’t understand precisely what you should search for. So in this post, we’ll take a closer look at American University Tuition and Student Consolidation Loans.

The following CNBC video explains a lot.

As soon as you come across a student consolidation loan that appears attractive to you, check again! Some individuals even take months to get the most suitable debt consolidation company for their needs.

The success of a debt consolidation program depends on how much debt you have and how much you can afford to pay each month to clear them up.

A friend of my son dropped out of high school and used the GED Math course of the online education platform BestGEDClasses to get ready for that section of the high school equivalency test.

He discovered that platform through a geo-location for educational websites application. Well, he got into college at least without any debt.

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Decluttering your life…

Yet again, Christine Kane hits home with her recent newsletter talking about steps to decluttering and the excuses we use to keep clutter in our lives. This got me thinking of how business owners often do the same thing with their business. Decluttering your life…Including your business!

With Spring officially only a few weeks away, though here in northern Michigan it may hang on for a while, I thought I’d provide some excuses business owners use to keep clutter in their business and what you need to do about it.

Excuse #1 – I can’t stand work with this client!

If you wake up in the morning dreading the client call, meeting, or project with a particular client that is difficult to work with it’s time to reassess and deal with it.

If you truly can’t stand to work with them, if they repeat patterns that you’ve had discussions about, or they’re not listening to your advice that they are paying you for then ditch ‘em! Yes! Toss them to curb (mind you, you probably want to be a bit nicer than that when you do).

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Entry Level Engineering Jobs and Scholarship Options

Engineering is the most popular education field all over the world. Every year, more than fifty million students graduate to become engineers in major countries across the world.

In this post, we’ll talk a little more about entry-level engineering jobs and scholarship options. There are numerous engineering jobs and scholarship options are found everywhere.

The staggering number of graduates manifests the scope the field of engineering has to offer. Realizing the importance of a career in engineering and the impact it has generated across the world, many research organizations and scholarship agencies have catered to the financial needs of students and lessen their burden of bearing the expenses for engineering aspirants.

Especially for students who are not native to the U.S., many agencies have come forward and offered scholarships to the meritorious ones. The development of geo-location-based searches for educational websites offers many new opportunities.

The money spent on engineering in any top college would cost a fortune but this fact has taken an unprecedented turn with top colleges themselves associating with scholarship agencies to assist meritorious students and giving them the opportunity of realizing their dream.

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Scholarships in Georgia

Education holds a place of eminence in the state of Georgia. There are numerous schools and colleges that offer high-quality education in the state. As of now, the state boasts of 62 colleges.

According to the latest studies, the standard of education in Georgia is on a steady increase. In terms of technology application at the school level, Georgia ranks third in the United States. So let’s find out more about scholarships in Georgia.

With 58 participating schools, the state it ranks seventh in terms of the number of International Baccalaureate schools in the US. The curriculum in schools is aimed at offering better career guidance in order to curb the number of school dropouts.

Higher education in the state is also of the highest quality. Several private and public organizations offer scholarships in the state of Georgia in order to make education more accessible to students. Here is a list of some of the most popular financial aid programs.

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