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Nowadays, technology permeates into every aspect of our lives. How we work, how we cook, how we travel, virtually all of it entails making use of the latest technological advancements. Nothing is exempt. Some people think this is bad but we don’t. We embrace it, like you should.

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Tech for Detecting False IDs

Tech for Detecting False IDs

False IDs such as ID cards and passports are becoming rampant these days. One of the keys to combatting them is going to be using current tech that’s up to the job. These include online services among other options. Here are a few examples.

 

IDAnalyzer

This online service provides identity data that you can use right on an android or iOS app in order to verify that an identifying document is legit. This will work on driver’s licenses, ID cards, passports, and various other global documents. You’ll have to check the service itself to see what is supported.

The service has facial recognition ability, so it can analyze a picture on an ID card against an image of the actual person standing there in order to make sure that key sites on that person’s face match up properly, indicating that they are indeed who they say they are and that the ID is likely legit. The service can also verify multiple fields from the ID card such as nationality, address and others against proper databases provided. The service works on ID cards for more than 100 countries and it can be integrated simply into whatever system you want using the id verification API calls technique to make sure that everything works together, that way you don’t have to worry about getting an entirely new system.

 

Inlite

This service deals with barcode identification to make sure that a barcode on a card matches up with codes from databases in the US and Canada. It can read barcodes from just about any service that you can think of and on any platform including even Linux, but also Windows, Android, Mac and so on. Using a barcode identification technique is going to be effective since it’s nice and quick.

 

Intellicheck

The INtellicheck online service will make it easy for those who need to check IDs, passports and so on for age. This includes making sure that the card is legitimate and not a fake, of course. However, it will also tell instantly what the age on the card reads as to verify that someone is old enough to purchase whatever product is being sought so that companies remain compliant with the law for products that require a minimum age in order to be purchased.

Overall, it’s important for many companies to ensure that ID’s are legitimate, and technology is increasingly becoming better at preventing the fraudulent product of IDs that can pass muster when they are being analyzed carefully by the best services around. UV light isn’t cutting it anymore, due to the ability of counterfeiters to copy it and tech is increasing its detection abilities as a result.

Spark the Creative Bug

Has your child been bitten by the creative bug? As children grow and progress towards each milestone it’s important that we nurture their curiosity and ability for self-expression. Nurturing their creativity helps them to not only express their feelings but learn how to process those feeling to cope better. Creativity also promotes healthy mental development in children through exploring, problem-solving, imagination and forming artistic as well as technical skills. In this article were going to speak about an excellent creative outlet the benefits of a digital camera and photography. This digital age is zapping imaginative play, too many children spend all their time indoors, and way too much time with their heads down texting, and on social media. For young ones too immature for the responsibility of a cell phone, or social media, or those teens who have a serious cell phone addiction, this article is for you.

Nurturing skills that open doors

“Whatever the reason, whatever the season”, a new sibling, a new pet, holidays, and fond vacation memories, a digital camera can freeze that moment in time to be preserved and cherished forever. Focusing on the other side of the lens is a whole new world of different opportunities to gain skills that he or she can develop and nurture into a life-time hobby, or a career such as:

  • Videographer
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Commercial/Industrial Photographer
  • Studio/Portrait Photographer
  • Food Photographers: Professional food photographers work alongside food stylists to create images of food for use in advertising, menus, cookbooks and other media.

Creativity comes out to Play

Fictional plays and drama help children imagine alternative possibilities and scenarios where they record, replay, and edit, all with their digital camera (visit best camera for kids to see which cameras would be suitable). Doing so encourages divergent thinking, helping them think outside the box, to think in non-uniform ways. Nurturing your child’s own natural curiosity and creativity has many benefits overall it will be a wonderful opportunity to teach your child and spend quality time with them too. Squelch summertime, weekend, and spring-break boredom blues and create a scene.

(a) Pretend to be a Food Critic, and you child is taking pics of the food for the article to be written,

(b) Pretend you are in Safari taking pictures of Wild-life, or go to an actual zoo

(c) Transition to a Nature-Hike photographer taking pictures of landscape, trees, different species of insects and plants.

(d) Teaching your child how to point, and focus their lens is a great Parental teaching moment.

(e) Model for a Photo-Shoot

(f) Detective for a Crime scene: seek evidence and clues and take pictures to be examined for evidence

(a) Be a videographer for an Investigative reporter

A digital camera can soothe the challenge of a digital detox. It forces ones to explore, and focus. Break the trend and Boost your child’s creativity and harness the power to spark change in this world today, tomorrow and for their future.

Can you change and iphone battery, or do you need a pro?

A typical cell phone battery lasts one to two years, which begs the question, when it’s time for your next battery change, can you do it yourself, or should you hire a pro?

 A great deal of confusion over Apple and iPhone batteries

First understand that there is a great deal of confusion concerning iPhone batteries.

Back in 2018, Apple was accused and later acknowledged that deliberately slowed down the CPUs of some phones, to prevent the phones from unexpectedly shutting down in the middle of operations.

As a consequence of this “batterygate”, Apple turned around and temporarily reduced the price of battery replacement from $79 to $29.

Secondly, third-party companies report that Apple has been deliberately shutting them out of battery replacement, by locking the operating system. The unique Texas Instrument chip attempts to authenticate every battery replacement, and if the authentication does not take place, a service message is generated in the Battery Health sub-menu, about the lack of authentication.

Your iPhone will still work, but you won’t be able to check your batteries health.

In addition, the stated policy, which may be changing, is that Apple itself would refuse to work on your iPhone for any reason if you didn’t get the battery and change it directly from apple.

Finally, as a consequence of the Apple partial lockdown, many state legislatures are taking up bills that would give their citizens a right to choose when doing repairs outside of warranty.

 Doing it yourself

There are mixed signals too across the internet as to how hard it is to replace a battery yourself. For example, Digital Trends warns that because Apple uses a lot of

glue and other materials, replacing a battery is not for the faint of heart. And the worst part is, you’ll wind up removing the waterproofing while doing it yourself.

On the other hand, Ifixit, which sells do it yourself kits, says it’s not so hard and sells countless iPhone 6, 7 and 8 repair kits for $30 bucks a pop.

According to Ifixit, there are 29 steps to replacing the battery, and a reasonably patient person can do it within 2 hours or less.

That being said, you’ll need a suction cup, a pick, screwdrivers, tweezers, and specialized tools to get the job done. Most people probably could do it themselves if they had three iPhones to practice on, but who really has that advantage.

 Let Apple Do or a pro do it

The alternative is to hire a pro to do it or let Apple do it, by either emailing their iPhone to a service center or taking it to the genius bar.

The advantage of a third-party like Breakfixnow.com.sg is that you can probably get the job done in the time it takes to watch a movie. On the other hand, Apple will guarantee their work, and also you won’t have the battery health measurements blocked.

Stay focused on your next coding session by getting a better sleep. Reboot yourself!

How? Easy… with a hooded blanket.

Hooded Blankets Are Bigger Blankets

The benefits of hooded blankets compared to regular blankets are many, and one of the biggest benefits is the size of a hooded blanket. You might always try to wrap a regular blanket around yourself to keep yourself cozy but it just doesn’t reach everywhere you want it to go. Maybe you have a habit of putting the blanket around your head but then it barely covers any of your body. If you like to stay cozy when you are covering with a blanket, then a hooded blanket is the way to go because of how it will cover your head and will cover so much of the rest of you, as well. You will feel great when you use it and will like how different it is from every other blanket you own.

 

It Will Quickly Become Your Favorite Blanket

The style of a hooded blanket is so much different than the average blanket and that is another of the benefits. You will automatically be attracted to it compared to your other blankets because of its uniqueness, and you will get more use out of it than the others because of how attracted you are to it. You will love snuggling up with it when you watch a movie or lay in bed. You will like letting your kids use this kind of blanket because you know that they are staying warm, and you will also like showing it off to your friends and adult family members. Everyone else is going to be just as attracted to it as you were because of the hood and how cozy it looks when it is being used.

 

It Will Keep You Warm Like Nothing Else Would

When you are feeling cold and the weather outside is just not great, you will want to stay inside and snuggle into a nice, warm blanket. No blanket out there is warmer or better than one with a hood, and you are going to love coming home after work to snuggle up in it. You will want to use it all of the time and especially when you are not feeling your best. One benefit of this blanket is that it will cover all of you and will make you feel better when you are feeling chilled. You will like how comfortable and comforting it is and you will love using it all winter long. A hooded blanket is much different than a regular blanket and once you start using it, you are going to see just how many benefits it has.

 

AI in the Healthcare landscape makes for a bright future for patients

AI, or artificial intelligence, is growing at an incredible rate in many areas and its uses in the healthcare field are numerous and far reaching. Advances in AI can allow for more efficient administration, reduce the instances of wasteful spending and fraud, make diagnosis more efficient by using existing patient data to recognize patterns and make useful predictions, save money through streamlining processes, and pair with other existing technologies to make diagnostics and imaging a smoother process. AI can also improve in-home patient care, making it much easier to check on the health and safety of those that need care, but do not necessarily need to be in the hospital.

Advanced tech used in the administration process can allow for workflows to be fine-tuned and an overall productivity increase in the areas of billing, scheduling and operations. Examples of AI creating a more efficient process for booking patients and reducing the amount of time wasted by patients that do not keep appointments are already emerging as promising examples of how AI will improve the healthcare landscape. AI can also be used to search existing data for areas that can be tweaked to make for improved patient flow through doctor’s offices and hospitals, saving time and money on staffing and other areas of inefficiency.

Fraud and wasteful spending can be a problem in the healthcare industry and through the use of information technology, tracking can be better utilized and made quicker and more intelligent for stopping these abuses. AI can also be used to identify employees that may be at a greater risk of stealing drugs from hospitals and doctors’ offices.

Another healthcare field use for AI is as a diagnostic tool to make predictions on health issues such as allergic reactions to certain drugs and stimuli. Artificial intelligence can also be used to read all the different test results for a patient and determine the possible diseases and conditions that may be overlooked by a busy doctor or nurse. AI is useful for catching indicators and signs that a human reviewer may miss or not even consider as part of the symptoms. Since AI can manage and maintain immeasurable amounts of data, patterns can be detected, and predictions made to enhance the ability of doctors to properly and quickly diagnose patients.

In-home patient care can be improved through the use of such AI tech as wearable devices and home sensors. Allowing a patient to be cared for at home also reduces the instances of exposure to other illnesses found in hospitals and doctors’ offices.

AI has come so far and has already improved the healthcare field in many ways. New programs and technologies are being developed all the time. The future of AI and its uses in the medical world are many. Check out this article from youngupstarts for more information on this fascinating topic.

AI and what’s to come.

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be scenes from the movie I, Robot or The Terminator and ,in fact, you are not far from the truth. Today science is able to do miracles things such as build robotic body parts, invent cars that drive on its own and use facial recognition to identify people. How will the future change shape as Artificial Intelligence becomes more prominent in our everyday lives? Our post was inspired by was this article on forbes by Zeb Evans on “What to expect from AI in the future”.  So, if you want to find out, keep on reading.. or check the article on forbes for a different view.

The future of socializing

Humans are social beings and that is one thing that is not going to change in the near or distant future however the way we are being social is rapidly changing. The way we initiate conversations-what used to be a phone call, a drop in at someones house or a letter in the mail is now an email, a text or a “like” on social media. If you are feeling really social you may even try a face time call. Because our use of technology is increasing we are interacting with screens more than people there may be a time where are phones and computers do the calling and the talking for us. A machine could leave voicemails or send a text message to a friend, family member or colleague that are in our tone of voice and send during times that are based on our habits. It could even schedule or cancel appointments for us. The purpose of technology is to make human lives easier and for some of us that includes handling the tasks that make us a little bit socially anxious.

The future of work

Remember when going to the store was a somewhat social event? You go in, you pick out your groceries, you made eye contact with the people that worked there and the people who were shopping and then you wait in line and have small talk with the cashier. Now you, in most places, you have the option of opting out of human interaction all together by going through a self check out line and little by little customer service positions and reptile jobs are being replaced by AI and more and more coding, programming and engineer jobs are being created. This also means that employers are recognizing more and more the value of the characteristics that computers and robots cannot replace and that is creativity, love and compassion. Which could mean growth and opportunity for careers that require those characteristics such as artist, writers, psychologist and many other professions a like.

These are just a few ways that we see AI is paving the way and changing the future. Please comment below to leave your thoughts!

Are custom airpods cases worth it?

If you own an iPhone you have probably thought about purchasing some air pods to go with it. Or if you haven’t, you should. Air pods are the new way to listen to music on your phone. They are just like normal ear buds but these don’t come with a cord attached so that they don’t fall out as easily, instead they are completely blue tooth.

However when you have a product like this, small ear buds that are going to go in your ears without a string to attach them to your phone, they can be easy to lose. In order to keep track of these air pods, there are cases that you can buy. Typically air pods will come with their own white plastic case when you buy them but these can be hard to put the air pods into or take them out of. They’re also white and can also be easy to lose if you don’t keep track of exactly where you put them.

There is an option to get a custom air pod case, there are many pros that come with getting a custom airpods case, but is it really worth buying a separate case if you already have a case that works perfectly fine? It depends on who you ask.

Some will tell you that it isn’t worth it. You have a case that you can put your air pods into to keep them safe, as long as you remember where you put the case then you will never have to worry about losing them. Keep them in a consistent place and that will never be problem.

But what about if you take air pods traveling with you? If any of your friends also have air pods, you could easily mix the air pods up and trade on accident. But if you had a custom case, you would never have to wonder which air pods are yours and which ones belong to someone else.

Air pod custom cases are not skins for the air pods themselves but it’s a case that you put them into. This comes in handy if you make a habit of leaving your air pod case lying around the house, school or work. You can get the cases custom made with your name, a logo that you love, or any color that you want.

These custom cases are 100% customizable and you make them as unique as you want so that you never lose or misplace your air pod case again.

These cases also make a great gift. With the holidays coming up just around the corner, you never know who might appreciate a custom air pod case so that they never lose their cases either.

Airpods are awesome and we love them, check out these unique tips (that you may haven’t heard of yet) for your Airpods:

What are the benefits of using a code signing service for your program?

If you need to have a program you have developed code signed, you may think you need to have your own certificate to be able to do so.

In fact, if you use an Extended Validation online code signing service for your program, you do not need a certificate of your own. There are other major benefits to using one as well.

It eliminates the process of applying for your own certificate — If you go through the process of getting your own certificate so you can code sign your own programs, it can be tedious.

There are certain requirements your company has to follow, and specific steps you will have to take before your certificate can be approved. Using an Extended Validation online code signing service eliminates the need for all that, saving you time and money.

Extended Validation code signing online is cheap — The process of applying for your own certificate can be costly. That is why many companies choose to use an online code signing service instead, as the cost can be as low as $30 per executable or driver.

This means you would have to use the service many times before you would even come close to the cost of having your own certificate.

Your license will be more credible — As online code signing services have to follow extremely strict procedures in order to be able to offer Extended Validation code signing, this makes any license you get through them much more credible. As a result, it makes your program seem more credible as well. This can make your users trust you and trust your program even more.

Your certificate is more secure — The private key needs to be very secure in order for your program to be verified by any Internet browser it is recognized by.

As the key can be compromised, most good code signing services put that key on an external hardware token. This makes it impossible for it to be accessed by anyone or any system that has not been properly authorized. Thus making your private key even more secure.

What is the “Giving Tuesday” ?

You may or may not have heard of Giving Tuesday and the #givingtuesday wave that spread through twitter, facebook or instagram.

Giving Tuesday is the first Tuesday  after Thanksgiving, when people are still in a great mood and might be more engaged to give back to charity.

The goal of this very special day is to create a wave of generosity from all over the world. It should empower people to feel good about giving back to others in need. It should help to bring communities together for the greater good. And since the first launched back in 2012 the GivingTuesday movement has grown quite popular, thanks to increased awareness, social media and the internet. The hashtag #givingtuesday has become a wave among social platforms and the results are absolutely stunning.

If you go on youtube, you can find many many heartwarming videos if people trying to give back or heart-warming stories, like this one:

So if you have the means to help, be that time or money, we absolutely think, that you should participate and try to help on this charitable day. The movement is a great way to bring happiness back into the world.

Participating in Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity to step away from the day to day in your life and find a cause that truly matters to you. It is, after all, a special day where you can truly make a difference.

We hope that this great movement will grow even bigger in the coming years and it can,  if all of us work together to give back on this special day.

#GivingTuesday

Wearable Technology – What is it?

The Benefits Of Wearable Technolgy

Just when most of us were getting use to our high tech cellphones, here comes wearable technology. If you’ve seen communication methods on Star Trek, get ready to become a Trekkie. Advanced technology allows you to wear your cellphone, right on your arm with a wristwatch and have most of the features available on your mobile phone (phone must be synced to your device). In fact, wearable technology allows you to monitor your health, keep track of your child, or link with a specialized ear piece. Wearable technology has the capabilities of saving a life, being fashionable, or produce hours of entertainment.

The Technology Has Always Been With Us

If you’ve heard of a heart monitor or the more recent wearable technology devices like a Bluetooth then you have a concept of what wearable technology consists of. However, in its advanced stages it could be an undetectable ear piece that allows you to get advice or listen to your favorite radio station while you’re at work and nobody will even know. More importantly, it can monitor your stress levels or your heart rate and decrease your chances of having a heart attack. It depends on what wearable technology works best for your needs. Based on the type of technology you choose the prices vary, but we’ll cost you a pretty penny. The amazing benefits of wearable technology make it worth the cost.

Different Types Of Advanced Wearable Technology

Ringly is attracting younger and older adults with their precious stone rings that connect to your iOS or Android phone. It allows you to do a lot of things related to your phone with a touch of a ring.

Intelligent Asthma Management is currently in its design phase, but will be a wearable technology for asthma suffers. Get real data and monitor your asthma with this unique device that connects to an app.

Is Wearable Techs Right For Me

Only you as the wearer can determine if wearable technology is right for you. It can be based on comfort levels or price. In fact, you may be just fine with the traditional methods of using your phone and don’t see a need for extra gadgets. Those of you that want to stay trendy have a list of extendable wearable devices to choose from. Technology is revolutionizing the future of wearable devices and how we wear them.

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