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Create A Google Style Office On A Budget

Google has an unconventional approach to office layout. The company claim that “no two offices are the same”, but can share similar features.

Key common features include quirky huddle areas (the head office in London has a meeting area called ‘Granny’s flat’), video games, pool tables, ‘micro kitchens’ stacked with healthily food, and lets not forget the traditional white board.

Nothing could be further away from desks with partition screens and horrid filing cabinets.

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Mac OSX 10.10 Revealed 

There was a lot of interesting thing’s going on this week, such as the co-founder of the pirate bay getting arrested, or announcing that they are going to be deleting their video archives on June 8th. But one thing that really stood out was the WWDC Conference that was held on June 2nd. Although not a lot of hardware changes were announced, the software side of things did get some big announcements this week. For example the OSX10.10 Yosemite being shown at Apple’s keynote presentation. Although a lot of the changes that were made seemed to be in the visual department, some new features were added to give it some more hype. Giving the new updated OS more mobile controls, this version of the OSX line up is looking more promising by the day.

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Is Apple the company who gets to decide the future of wearable computing?

'Wearable computing'. These buzzwords seem to be popping up all over the place these days. From a consumer standpoint - the general adoption of technology moves in stages. First there was the personal computer, then the 'dot com' revolution, then the iPod, then the smartphone and most recently the rise of tablets. From a forward-thinking standpoint right now, the next 'phase' of consumer technology is set to be far closer to us than ever before.

Think back for a moment. Computers used to fill rooms - but then they shrunk. What is the definition of a computer? Some would say a computer sits on your desk and runs an operating system like Windows or OS X. Others would say it's a device which 'computes' things - so while it could be a desktop or laptop computer like we generally think of them, it could also be something as mundane as a calculator or egg timer. That aside, looking at the transition from room-filling scientific 'super-computers' to bag-able, desktop personal computers we can get an insight into how the mobile technology we use today will evolve. 

Mobile technology has and is continuing to evolve. What started with redicolous-looking brick-like communication devices turned into sleek, sexy and character-defining 'all-round' devices. The mobile device someone uses defines their personality. Using an early 2000s flip-phone? You are more likely to be less technically savvy. Up until recently if you used an Android phone you'd be considered a geek. iPhones were for normal people and Androids were for the geeky tech-people who wanted the options and customisation that Android brought to the table. Now? Not so much.

This is because Apple got there first. Apple came in 2007 with the iPhone - the first consumer friendly smartphone. People flocked to it and the rest is history. This helped Apple in their effort to be at the start of almost every new consumer technological 'stage.' Think about it, the iPod was so successful it is pretty much a household, generic name for 'MP3 player.' iPad is the default tablet a normal person would jump to. Same goes for the iPhone. So what does it take for another company to destroy the image of 'this is neat, but it won't be anything when Apple gets into this market' that we see so much when regarding products such as the Pebble smartwatch.

There's no denying that Android is pretty much on-par with iOS in the user-friendliness field these days. Kit Kat isn't annoying or confusing to consumers - much like iOS. Does this new equallity (or lead) mean that Google now has the power to start a technological revolution. Can Google take what Apple despretly wants and needs and be the company who kickstarts and continues to lead the wearable revolution? The only people who can decide this are the consumers. It's an interesting point - how much does brand identity matter? If a consumer doesn't care that the Google logo is on the backface of their new 'smart' watch instead of the shiny Apple logo then perhaps they may just beat Apple in this new industry. But we don't know. We'll have to wait and see.


Is Google Glass the Next Betamax?

Each year new gadgets are released on the market, some of which gather an audience and thrive, others which fade into insignificance and die, for one reason or another. Sometimes, there is just no need for the piece of technology, so nobody wants it; sometimes it can be that the product just doesn't work as it should, or is too pricey, or ugly!

It sends minds wondering about what will become of one of the hotly tipped gadgets of the year, Google Glass. It won't be the first piece of wearable technology to hit the market, with all sorts of items such as connected socks and bras being available this year, but it could be the most controversial.

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Learnist App

Are you more interested in technology over cooking? Imagine that you’re so invested into the technology category that you pay attention to the news every single day to stay up to date with the latest gadgets and trends. What can you do with all that knowledge? Sure you could start your own news program, but what about helping others? Learnist is a free to use android application that allows you to share what you know. If you are well informed with certain categories such as culinary arts or just technology, then this application will allow you to share that information. Today we will be diving into this application to see how easy it is to use, and what it can do for you.

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