Congress decided to pass a measure to begin daylight saving time three weeks earlier, thinking that the longer the day, the less energy consumption. Now some scientists are thinking that because many of our electronic gadgets will not know this, they may have mini-meltdowns and we will experience a minor Y2K. You can either freak out about this piece of information (if you are one of those who did before the first scare,) or calm down, get yourself a shot of tequila, and see what experts suggest you do to prepare:
- If you have a fairly recent computer with Windows Vista, Windows XP Service Pack 2, or Apple’s OS X, you can probably breath a sigh of relief since it will either know it or has already received an online software patch. If your computer is older, don’t forget to change its clock Saturday night and again in April.
- If you own a Blackberry or similar handheld device, you may need an update. Check the company’s website for information.
- Most cell phones receive time signals from service providers, and most of the major ones have updated their systems. Contact yours if you think there may be a problem.
- Check your Tivo or preset VCR to make sure that your programs make the adjustment. You don’t want to be taping the latest episode of “Lost” and find out that you have accidentally recorded “According to Jim.”
Daylight-savings time would ordinarily have begun on the first Sunday in April. Instead, it’ll begin this weekend.
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South Korea, as we all know, are oftentimes at the forefront of new technology. Interviews with 3,500 tech experts by their government recently came up with these results:
- By the year 2012, it is predicted that cell phone batteries will last two months between recharges.
- Around the year 2015, soldiers will be wearing waterproof, bulletproof clothing that will camouflage to alter its appearance.
- Also by 2018, robots will be performing surgery, and some of them will be tiny enough to swim inside your body alongside blood vessels to correct anything that is not completely Kosher.
- By the year 2015, the Internet will be able to deliver odors to a fragrance cartridge or other such gadget sitting next to your computer.
Although we admit that it is interesting to learn what experts predict for the future, we’re not sure that we are ready for Internet aromatherapy just yet.
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iPhone’s first commercial was released during Sunday’s Academy Awards, featuring the likes of Lucille Ball, Clark Gable, Robert Redford, Betty Rubble, and Bogey. Apple has cleverly managed to reveal absolutely nothing about their product in an entertaining kind of way. When we first saw it, we were hoping that they might release the iPhone with ringtones of one of our fave actors. Think what those around you would do if your iPhone chimed out Eastwood’s, “Make my day, Punk” or DeNiro’s “You talking to me?” in the middle of a crowded room. The iPhone is expected to make its debut this June.
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Everybody wants to get in on the ringtone bandwagon, including New Mexico’s Center for Biological Diversity. The center is hoping that having a Mexican Spotted owl let you know you have received a call will draw attention to its being an endangered species. Free to download, 24,000 activists have already done just that at CBD’s web site.
Studies have shown that by 2008, up to 30% of wireless users are likely to forgo their land lines in favor of cell phones with Internet capability. That will be one heck of a demonstration. It’s certainly enough to draw attention to a person whose current ringtones come from her cat’s whining when she wants to play.
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The Talk Abroad Travel Phone is National Geographic’s endeavor into the techy world. Covering over 100 countries, their plan is pre-paid and there is no charge to receive calls in what they refer to as 60 “popular destinations.” The phone features an unlocked quad-band GSM, SMS Text messaging, and comes with 30 minutes of initial talk time and 24/7 customer service.
At a price of $199.00 and a due date expected in March, the Travel Phone comes with a universal wall charger and international plug adapters. Pre-order and they will toss in a gift card good for 10 free music downloads. We’re hoping we can get the a copy of “Hakuna Matata” or a little ditty from “Happy Feet.”
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Shopping for a gift? We think we’ve found the Best Gift Ever: it’s tres-useful, uber-cool looking, and quite inexpensive. What is it? The Emergency Cell Phone Charger. All this compact device needs is a AA battery to provide an extra 2 hours of chatting time once it’s hooked up to a cell phone. It even comes with 4 adapters to hook up almost any phone, and its compact, sleek, blue metal design gives it a certain je ne sais quoi. At 5.95 pounds (approx. $10.71 USD), we’re thinking it’s never too early to start Christmas shopping.
Moixa has already produced an award winning USB connector for charging regular batteries. Now they have unveiled one for cell phones, Blackberries, and other personal devices that will not only save you a few bucks but will also help save the planet. This is truly a gift for those of us who have a tendency to run our cell phone down to empty before we remember we actually have to recharge it occasionally. Contact Moixa for price and future availability or to be put on their product launch alert list.
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Jitterbug has designed two phones for those who just can’t get the hang of the mobile gadgets. The cell phones, which come in “Dial” and “One-Touch,” have large, bright, backlit easy-to-see buttons, “yes” and “no” action buttons instead of icons, and a direct line to 911 and an informational operator. With all the bells and whistles these days, it’s a comfort to see one that just acts like a phone. The Jitterbug is available nationwide for ~$150.00 and a service charge of $10.00 a month. Visit their website for more info and a peek at the Jitterbug demo.
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Australia’s SMS Technology has created the M300 watch that works with any GSM network, connects to a computer via USB, has a built-in MP3 player and speaker phone, an emergency call button, and a 1-inch color screen. Additionally, you can import logos and images for your screensaver, and download ringtones. The M300, which supports Bluetooth, will be available in March for a tidy $649.99.
SMS will also be releasing their M501 series in June, made of solid gold and titanium, and the M700 series for the business minded in November. These will be 850 mhz/1900 mhz watch phones and tri-band 900 mhz/1800 mhz/1900 mhz sets.
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