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Trivia: 8 Interesting Uses of Technology in Everyday Life

December 10, 2018

The tech age is not going anywhere. And we’re quite happy with that. Thanks to technology we’re living in a world of connectivity, where the click of a button can cross a million miles. Yes, there are many great uses for tech, but how does it impact our daily lives?

In this post we’ll have a look at eight interesting uses of technology. Let’s jump right in.

1. Vehicle for Communication

This is probably the most obvious one we’ll mention here. Before we had smartphones and tablets, we either had to use the landline or write telegrams and letters to loved ones. Now, we can use email, social media and quick text apps to stay in touch with family and friends.

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2. Go-To for Entertainment

If you think of entertainment, you probably think about Netflix, movies, YouTube. All of these are not offered on the same vehicle of tech but all of them share the same thing; they are a source of entertainment. Whether you enjoy driving to the cinema or watching video clips on YouTube, thanks to technology you can do so!

3. Managing Our Homes

The internet of things has given birth to a new way of living. We live in a time where we can set our appliances and security systems up without even being at home. Some appliances even allow you to do your shopping. Thanks to technology, our lives are a whole lot easier.

4. Our Go-To for Traveling

In the past you’d have to go to a travel agent to plan and book an overseas trip. Nowadays everyone can be their travel agent simply by using the web to book your flight and accommodation. The internet is filled to the brim with loads of travel and booking companies, all ready to make your booking.

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5. Education at our Fingertips

Before we had the internet, we had encyclopaedias and the library. Nowadays, if you want to learn a new language or do some research on a topic or history, you do it via the internet. Thanks to technology, education is freely available to everyone who can access it.

6. It’s Our Ultimate Time-Manager

Gone are the days of keeping a calendar and writing down notes about important dates. We look to our Google Calendars and sync it with all our other applications to know what is happening when, where, and what time. We have private assistants in the palm of our hands thanks to tech.

7. It’s a Source of Transportation

This is not quite in the same league as any of the uses here, but still a great one to mention. Thanks to springs, we can travel and commute. Did you know that springs are one of the key things when it comes to cars and other forms of transportation?

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8. It Helps us Manage our Finances

Thanks to internet and card-less banking solutions, we can now manage our finances from our phones, tablets or laptops. Make payments, receive payments, buy groceries, you name it, you can do it. It sure beats spending a day at the bank taking care of business!

Tech brings a lot of joy to our daily lives. But it also has its place. Developers and product managers are constantly looking at ways to develop and enhance certain products and software to improve our lives. We need to know how to use it correctly.

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10 Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Technology

November 20, 2018

So, you think all there is to know about tech, do you? We’ve found some of the most interesting (and amazing) facts about tech you probably didn’t know. Like for instance, did you know that Apple sold approximately 340 000 iPhones per day in 2012?

For some more interesting facts and trivia, continue reading this post! These are great facts to share with tech-challenged folk or even to break the ice at a party.

1. First VCR was Massive

The very first VCR was the size of a piano, and it was made in 1957. Imagine having a VCR in your house taking up more space than the television set? Thank goodness for the pace that things change! Now we can enjoy streaming videos from something that takes up no physical space.

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2. Where Firefox Got Its Name

Southwest of China and in the Himalayas lives an odd type of panda. It is called a red panda, but when it is directly translated into English, it reads ‘Firefox’. And that’s where this popular browser got its name from.

3. The Most Common Name in 2012

Back in 2012 when the iPhone was a big hype, almost 17 new born babies were called Siri. These were of course all girls. Other interesting baby names include Apple, Archie, Dell and Hal. Who could’ve thought that people would be inspired to name their babies after tech products?

4. Origins of Robots

The origin of words can be very interesting. In this case, the word Robot comes from the Czech word ‘robota’. When translated, it means forced labour. If that isn’t food for thought, I don’t know what is!

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5. Lots and Lots of iPhones

Did you know that there are an estimated 700 million iPhones around the world? The world’s population as it currently stands is at 7.4 billion. This means about 9.4% of the world’s population owns an iPhone device.

6. Save Ink by Changing Fonts

If you print large amounts of paperwork, consider using a slightly thinner font! That’s right, even though designers use specific fonts for specific reasons, you can control the amount of ink your printer uses simply by changing the font.

7. QWERTY is Made to Type Slower

Legend goes that the QWERTY keyboard was designed back in the day of typewriters. The letters were strategically placed to ensure typists would slow down. They found that those who typed faster would struggle with keys getting stuck due to use.

8. The World Functions on Digital Currency

92% of the world currency is digital and only 8% of the world’s money is notes or coins in banks. The large percentage of digital currency are also mostly stored by financial institutions as well. It makes sense if you think about all the electronic transfers.

9. New Zealand is Tops for Testing

A lot of tech companies do their test runs in New Zealand. This is largely due to the diversity of the country, word won’t get around on products tested to be found not up to standard due to the isolated nature of the country, and the residents speak English.

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10. Waterproof Smartphones

Did you know that 90% of smartphones in Japan 90% are completely waterproof? This is because the majority of smartphone owners and users living in Japan even take their handy devices into the shower and use them while showering.

And that’s a wrap! Did you know any of the facts we’ve shared here? We hope you enjoyed them and that you’ll have some interesting information to share at your next social event.

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