21/9/13

Google's new looks



Google decided to redesign their logo and search engine page looks. It's the first time since 2010 that a similar change is taking place on this globally popular internet site.

According to BBC, the changes will be applied gradually to the rest of their products, as their spokesman said.

The company mentioned that they desire to help users be more focused, without extra distractions.

In this simplification framework, the new design includes a flatter and smoother logo, as well as the appearance of less links on the options' menu bar, which will now be on the right side. The changes won't be visible to everybody right away.

The changes are happening the same month as other competitive search engines did, like Microsoft Bing! and Yahoo!.

17/9/13

Ken Robinson | Education -TED talks

Watch Ken Robinson's amazing TED talks about education using the following links:

1. How schools kill creativity

2. Bring on the learning revolution

3. Changing education paradigms

4. How to escape education's death valley

Enjoy

TOP 10 | Biggest brain damaging habits |



1. No Breakfast
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

2. Overreacting
It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

3. Smoking
It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

4. High sugar consumption
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

5. Air pollution
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

6. Sleep deprivation
Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.

7. Head covered while sleeping
Sleeping with the head covered, increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

8. Working your brain during illness
Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damaging it.

9. Talking rarely
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain.

10. Lacking in stimulating thoughts
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.





14/9/13

Linux in a box?

Over the past few years, we notice a trend of a minimalism when we talk about computers. The devices are getting smaller, thinner, more portable, less bulky. We've all seen the apple mac laptops and ultrabooks how thin they are, and how people seem to love them.

Convenience and portability are 2 main factors that influence us when considering to get a computer. 
We want it to be as minimalistic as possible so it is barely seen, without compromising the performance whatsoever.

Today, we will present to you 2 alternatives (from many) that fit in the criteria of portability, minimalism, performance and diversity.

1. Linux Mint box

Linux Mint in association with CompuLab, worked together and created the mintBox (1 and 2).
The mintBox is Mint in a box. It’s tiny, it’s silent, it’s extremely versatile and it comes packed with connectivity.


Even though MintBox 1 is still available, we will present the MintBox 2, which is an improved version. So, it is a mini-computer which connects to TVs or computer monitors via HDMI or DisplayPort. It comes with 8 USB ports as well as in/out audio jacks, eSATA, Ethernet, Wifi and Bluetooth so you can connect it easily to any network or device.

The unit feels very special and very unique. It’s small, about the size of a router, so it fits behind your keyboard, your TV and it’s easy to bring with you anywhere you go.
It’s extremely sturdy and completely silent. There is no plastic, the case is entirely made of solid die-cast iron and acts as a heat sink, so there are no fans inside of it.

It boasts 4 times the processing power of the previous generation and comes with a 5 years warranty.

The MintBox 2 shines by its versatility. Its form-factor provides a fantastic compromise between desktop computing and mobility. It’s as if your desktop environment could come with you. A desk, a chair and a large screen is all you need. Connect a full size keyboard to the unit and there you are: operational and fully productive anywhere you go.




Specifications

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-3337U Processor (dual-core 64 bit, 3M Cache, 1.80 GHz up to 2.70 GHz, 17W TDP)
Integrated GPU: Intel® HD Graphics 4000 with dynamic frequency up to 1.1 GHz
Chipset: Mobile Intel® HM76 Express Chipset
Memory: 4 GB DDR3 upgradable up to 16 GB
Main storage: Internal 500 GB 2.5” hard disk (upgradable)
Operating system: Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” 64 bit
Display: HDMI 1.4a 1920 x 1200 + DisplayPort 1.1a 2560 x 1600 dual-head
Audio: S/PDIF 7.1 channels + stereo line-out / mic
Networking: 2x Gbit Ethernet
Wireless networking: 802.11b/g/n dual antenna up to 150 Mbps + Bluetooth 4.0
USB: 2x USB 3.0 + 6x USB 2.0
Serial: RS232 full-UART
Expansion: Full-size mini-PCIe (shared with mSATA) + half-size mini-PCIe (used for WLAN)
Dimensions: 19 cm (w) x 16 cm (l) x 4 cm (h)
Weight: 1150g
Input voltage: 10V – 15V DC (12V PSU 100V-240V AC included)
Power consumption: 10W – 26W
Operating temperature: 0°C – 50°C
Warranty: 5 years (2 years for the hard disk)
Extra storage: mSATA socket + 2x eSATA ports
Enclosure: Passively cooled fanless die-cast aluminum case


2. Utilite box (ubuntu)

Forget your Raspberry Pi and all of those Android dongles: this quad-core, ARM-based box claims to offer up a PC-like experience for just $100.

The Utilite, made by Compulab, will pack either a single, dual or quad-core Freescale i.MX6 Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, up to 4GB of RAM, an mSATA SSD, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI and DVI-D outputs, four USB 2.0 ports, a micro-USB connector, audio jacks, a micro-SD XD slot and two ultra-mini RS232 interfaces. Aaaaand breathe.

That's all squeezed into a frame 5.3 x 3.9 x 0.8 inches in size, that consumes 3-8W using a 10-16V supply. It even manages multi-stream 1080p H.264 on-chip decoding, so watching video should be mercifully reliable for a cheap computer. All in it sounds like a steal for the $100 base model.


It's worth mentioning that Compulab offers more similar products to the above which worth taking a look and finding more about.

So by giving you a small taste of alternative computer devices we hope to have given you the inspiration to try something new, hip, different and efficient for your digital life.