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Slowly but surely, the online streaming game has been progressing. This came as no surprise because of how the other technologies that affect its usefulness have progressed and advanced as well. To mention some of these other technologies, there is the very important connection to the net which has to be fast enough to allow to user to view the movie without any lags or delays and there is also the television or monitors that project the movies. Netflix is one of the fastest growing online streaming television businesses and they are constantly expanding their services. In their most resent expansion, Japan was the target expansion site. The California-based company laid out a vision last month to be in 200 markets in the next two years, up from the current 50 as it accelerates its global expansion. The roll-out in Japan, which is estimated to have about 36 million households with broadband Internet connections, will follow expansion of Netflix service into Australia and New Zealand next month, according to the company.

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“With its rich culture and celebrated creative traditions, Japan is a critical component of our plan to connect people around the world to stories they love,” Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings said in a release. “People in Japan soon will have access to great entertainment from all over the world for a low monthly price, while our more than 57 million members will benefit from increased access to great Japanese films and TV shows,” said Gregory Peters, newly-promoted head of Netflix Japan. In relation to the Korean comfort women, this technology would have changed the course of history tremendously. Media serves as a weapon against abuse in our world nowadays and the reason why the power of the media has increased the way it has is because of all the mediums for them to spread their knowledge and information. If there was just something like this in the times of the war, I’m sure the abused could have been saved.

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Jogger’s Innovation

Health and Technology has truly become connected in the past couple of years. In the earlier stages of technology, one would notice that majority of its efforts and focus are centered on war and weapons. In this new era of peace, inventors and scientists seem to be leaning towards technologies usefulness in terms of enhancing health and wellness. There are numerous examples for this claim of mine. Even with a simple ACL repair, one could easily say that its successfulness is directly related to the technology used in the operation. A couple of days ago, Sony added a new connection of health and technology by developing an earphone like wearable device that functions as a music player and is equipped with a heartbeat sensor.

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This makes sense since workouts of athletes nowadays are also very scientific. This is so because they want to maximize the time spent on training and boost the results of the said training. The Smart B-Trainer is designed for joggers and automatically selects music in accordance with the heartbeat of a jogger. Jogging allegedly becomes more effective when the heartbeat of a jogger is kept at a certain level. This time, Sony focused on “BPM (beats per minute),” an indicator of tempo in musical performance. By changing music tracks in accordance with the heartbeat, the jogger can run with a good rhythm, the company said. In a program for improving cardiopulmonary function, the device selects a fast-tempo music to raise heartbeat and increase load on the body, Sony said. In a program designed for improving stamina, it selects a music with a BPM lower than a certain level so that heartbeat is not raised too much, the company said. I find it amusing to realize that we are truly stepping unto another level of technology and this level seems to show human capabilities enhanced by the technology we make. This is surely exciting for all!

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Social Media: The Medium

More and more is the usefulness of social media highlighted in certain events of today. From urgent news to the newest of news, you will notice that social media is on top of it and is quite influential to it in certain occasions. As a driver, I have started to love the fact that my follow road users care enough to send out a tweet or a notification to make other drivers aware of certain gridlocks and heavy traffic along the roads that you might use. This has helped tremendously in the planning for a trip for all modes of transport. In Japan though, there is a norm coming about that backs up my claim of social medias usefulness in present times. While trains in Japan are revered for their reliability and punctuality, sometimes the inevitable happens, and services become delayed.

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If you are one of the hundreds of thousands in Japan who depend on the trains to get you to and from work each day, it can really put a damper on things to arrive at the station and find your platform crowded with other commuters, expecting a long wait. If you had known about the delay beforehand, you could’ve planned a different route, or if that’s not an option, you could have stopped somewhere for some coffee to kill the time. It would be great if there was an app for that, you think. Well, lucky for you there is! The “Yahoo! Riaru taimu kensaku” (Yahoo! Real Time Search) application has added a new feature – “Chien Nau” (Delayed Now) – giving commuters up-to-date information on train delays. This app is truly unique and was able to bring about even better results for quickening awareness with regards to traveling. I am anticipating more apps like this to click because of the system and order it provides the travelers and users with regards to information intake and such.

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Business Technology

Today it dawned on me that when people actually mean when they said that the world is ever changing. I never really put much thought into it but today I realized why I should. I know be aware of this because acknowledging this fact will make me acknowledge that the world really is changing in many ways quickly. In my childhood days, the internet was almost non-existent. We had to research libraries for the information we needed and we had to go to places that had all other things that we needed. There was no delivery. There was no online shopping and all people had were their money and their legs. The moment the internet became a thing, the world changed in its ways immediately. People suddenly did not have to go out of their houses to get the food that we wished to eat and the clothes and gadgets that we yearned to buy. In a way they were spoil but what were they to do with easier ways were brought to them by technology? Now today I believe that Japan has stumbled into an invention that could possibly and probably change the world as we know it once again.

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In this day and age wherein cellphone can practically do everything a man would need and want, Rakuten Inc has found a way to level up the necessity for these smartphones once again. Rakuten Inc on Monday announced the launch of “Rakuma,” a new flea market app that will enable transactions between individuals via smartphone. The Android version of the app will launch on November 25, with the iOS version being available for download in the near future. “Rakuma” is an app that enables users to buy and sell items just like in a real flea market environment. Exhibiting items is a simple process and using a smartphone camera can be completed in a little as one minute. The app also allows direct communication between the seller and the buyer, making it easy and worry-free to confirm product details and negotiate a price. This will definitely rattle the market buying and selling process. In a good way or in a bad way, I have yet to know but I am hopeful that it will once again provide ease for the people in numerous ways.

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Sony Branching Out

Sony has progressed so much since the time that their company opened up way back when. I remember from my readings that Sony just used to be a electric company that make speakers, radios, and many other electronic gadgets. Their growth created a lot of my favorite gadgets growing up, specifically their Playstation consoles. To this day, I still play with my Playstation console just because it’s so fun and it’s great bonding with my nieces and nephews. In recent readings, I found out that Sony will be utilizing their new feature for their Playstation line to do more with it which is obviously a good thing. Sony plans to devut a cable style television service with the use of their newest Playstation video game consoles. This is great because I experience the hassle of reconnecting cables for television and reconnecting them again to a television just to play and it truly is quite tedious to keep doing that.

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If they are successful in creating a cable like service with their gaming console then I’m absolutely sure that it would create more market and revenue for them. More is always better when it comes to service and the service they thought of adding to their console is one that I see vital because, well, everybody loves television. What better way to take a break from gaming than to quit game and switch on your favorite series or a good movie? I hope they make the quality the best they can so that it would be inviting to watch on their cable system. I think they most probably will do this though since their Playstation consoles are connected via HDMI hence the quality is already better than majority of the cable services. Sony played up its focus on making shows or films easy to find and how they can be queued in online systems to be viewed at the user’s convenience and this perk is a big big bonus for me because it’s always a pain to load a video for so long, only to find out that something went wrong as it was loading hence another waiting/loading session has to happen.

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HD Audio

As we progress into the future, I can’t help but notice certain things moving in certain directions. Some famous gadgets and technologies are no longer being created or produced while other no name gadgets from the past are roaring to the front of this technological race. A constant trend I see with regards to the direction of these technologies is the drive or goal for the best quality or the highest definition that can be used and given to the public for the clearest and smoothest video and sound that can be offered. Now, high definition videos have long been famous all over the world due to consoles and players that require a television to be HD to be able to play whatever you want to play on it in it’s best quality. The rising question now is will HD audio become as needed as HD video? Sony sure thinks so. The Japanese tech giant, which recently warned it was expecting a 214 billion yen annual loss this year, is betting that music of higher definition or superior quality to CDs is about to leave the niche market and go mainstream.

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Sony’s head of audio, Ichiro Takagi, even told journalists that it’s been exactly one year since they put the first high resolution audio players on the market and they have been quite popular. I honestly wouldn’t base a big investment on HD audio solely because high quality audio players have become popular but then again, what do I know about the audio and media market? Moving on, the firm actually wants to push the accelerator on the high resolution product line for this reason. I have to admit that it would be nice to hear music as it if were being played lived or straight from the studio. There’s just this certain warmth in the sound that makes it more appealing to listen to. Sony also noticed that audio purists have long complained that digital music has been compressed so much to the point that it actually losses a lot of details in the said files that are being compressed. This makes the investment in HD sound more practical if you ask me. I hope Sony is successful with their attempt and I hope it’s not that expensive because I would surely want in on that as well. What can I say? I love music.

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Fujifilm Innovation

Technology certainly has a way or tendency to make the everyday life of humans. A solid example of this is how a mixer or blender was invented to automatically and effortlessly mix batters and other ingredients for the purposes of cooking. Another would be how automatic transition was created for automobiles to make it easier to drive in all types of roads and slopes. Technology truly is a gift to our world and time today and as proud as I am to say that we are the most advance, technologically, in our time now than ever before, I know for a fact that newer inventions and innovations would set a new standard for everything we know in no time. Let’s take Fujifilm Corp’s new digital camera, for example. Fujifilm Corp developed a digital camera that has got people referring to it as the “New Concept Camera”.  Their idea behind the development of such a camera was their aim to make a personal photographer out of the said camera. They basically wanted to invent a camera that could take videos and pictures as if it were being recorded by an actual person.

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Sony actually developed the “Party Shot” digital camera for a similar reason but the difference between Sony’s Party Shot and Fujifim’s new invention is that Sony’s Party Shot randomly take pictures of many subjects while Fujifilm’s is able to focus on a specified subject. I find this quite an interesting invention because of it’s ability to give users access to photos of the subject while in the most natural state and if you don’t already know, those types of pictures are what most might deem priceless. You can’t fake reactions like fear, anger, happiness, and all other emotions that make you make a face at that very instance and that very instance alone. This also might be able to innovate filming for broadcasting sports or such a like. Image NBA games or volleyball games being automatically filmed already, providing the best quality and clearness. I hope that they equip this camera with the best of the best because it can really change a lot of things in terms of media technology.

 

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3D Touching

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The gamers and general techies should be jumping up and down by now as they find out the events that took place in Tsukuba on the first days of September this year. As a gamer or a general techy, one would truly love and appreciate the gift or blessing of a legitimately touchable 3D imagery. This aspect in technology has long been and elusive one to fix. Even Natsuo Koda said that touching is an important part of human communication but virtual reality has until now been lacking it. Its developer states that users could pull and push objects that are not really there but I soon found out that there is more that this technology can do in terms of being “touchable”. It also is able to fool the brain in a way that it can make us feel the resistance when we attempt to move or press on the said 3D imagery. In other words, it triggers your sense of touch with the way it fools your brain. Integrating this kind of technology, once perfected, can bring so much bliss to all tech lovers out there for sure. I can see how it could possibly look like now as I imagine it.

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I see headsets that have visors and an open room where the simulations will appear to you, much like the training room in Xmen, if you’re familiar with the reference. The technology’s ability to make the user feel can be used to know where the striking or shots are coming from so that the red mark on your screens when you get hit in a game like Call of Duty can be replaced by that. I also obviously see motion sensors being used along with this type of gaming model but there’s honestly nothing to worry about in that department because the motion sensor technology is also growing and is actually gaining recognition in the filming world. I hope someone invests in and funds the making of such a model because I’m absolutely sure that it will sell and click with the people of all kind. If I get rich before anyone does invest in this then I will definitely be the one starting that as my first major contribution to the technological world that I so very much love and enjoy. Kudos to the makers of such technologies and I trust that you continue on with your work along the path of immediate progression and improvement.

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Touch Innovations

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I used to think that touch technology would stay at the top for a longer time that it did but I’m obviously mistaken because Sharp Corporation has already unveiled new technologies that render touch technology to be substandard. In the trade show that took place in Taiwan last August 27 to 29 called the Touch Taiwan 2014, Sharp showcased their new and improved technology that improves the usability of stylus pens on a touch panel. When I first read this statement, I was honestly unimpressed. This was my reaction because it really didn’t seem like a great elevation of the technology. After reading on a bit more, my unimpressed reaction turned into amazement when I found out that they showcased this improved sensitivity on a 70 inch touch sensitive monitor. I’m not exactly sure but if I remember correctly, bigger televisions have longer connections hence having more delays in terms of reacting to touch actions. It is this fact that made me see just how big a leap this technology actually did for the touch sensitivity technology in the world today. The company’s 70 inch “directly bonded” touch sensitive monitor reduces the positional gap felt by the user touching the panel with a pen.

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This high resolution touch panel has been improved to the point that it can detect the slightest differences of pressure applied by a pen at the time of drawing a thin line and an “active pen compatible” touch panel that enables the user to use different stylus pens for different inputs and selected operations. They improved this technology by filling the air gap between the panel and the user’s touch with an optical adhesive. You see, when there is an air gap, the positions of pixels look slightly displaced on the surface. This displacement is actually due to the refraction on the interface and it results to the discomfort that users sometimes experience when using a stylus pen. By finding a way to reduce that gap or directly connect the panel to the touch to improve the reaction and reception of the touch command, Sharp was able to create something that technology lover would greatly appreciate. From making the touch commands more easily recognized to gamers having an enhanced accuracy in their gaming, I’m sure that no user would use this and say that the improvements done have not done anything significant. I’ll be awaiting the HD version of this type of high sensitivity panels because that’s when my gaming will cause me to hide in the darkness of my room for a while.

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4K

Technological advancements usually work in links of improvements and advancements to get to the next level on a holistic scale. There can be great improvements or upgrades made on one device but it won’t be as enjoyable or efficient if the other gadgets and devices used with it is inferior. An example of this is the transition of video gaming definition from standard definition to high definition. When the gaming consoles came out being able to project the graphics and gameplay on a high definition level, the television makers obviously had to take that into account and create televisions that could handle such amazing graphics. If they didn’t advance the television technology with the gaming consoles’ advancements in graphics then the users and gamers would not be able to experience the full beauty of the consoles and their games. This situation is a naturally repeating one because of the continuous work that the inventors and designers put into improving whatever gadget or device it may be. Another example that comes to mind is advancements in internet speed.

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Dial up used to be the biggest things but now there are internet connections that make use of fiber optics that create an exponentially faster connection to allow more downloads, faster streaming, and any other activity that makes use of the internet and is performance based on the speed of the internet. It also happened for the transition of purely HD televisions to 3D HD television and now there will be another transition from 3D television to 4K televisions. The Japanese developers still have a lot to fix with regards to its performance but it’s basics are already laid out and they’re just trying to upgrade the “links” to bring graphic technology to another level. The link they are focusing on is the transmission of such detailed graphics from one storage to another but they are close to resolving this so I’m very excited for the near future of televisions. They actually have already invented transmitters bunt they lag and delay so the feed isn’t real time. In a demonstration, they showed that the new system has a simple structure consisting of an encoder, decoder, wireless transceiver and 4K display. This time, in a demonstration, Ltec input the source of 4K video into the encoder to encode it, transmitted it over a distance of about 5m with the wireless transceiver, decoded it with the decoder and displayed it on the 4K display. The result was more pleasing but they will continue to perfect this transmission to attain real time broadcasts possibilities. I honestly can’t wait to get my game on on these new 4K televisions.

 

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