How Gadgets Make History

How Gadgets Make History

The history of gadgets spans as far back as humanity itself — since hominids began creating tools to make their lives easier. Humans have always created devices and appliances with specific practical purposes that were initially thought of as novelties, due to unfamiliarity with and initial unwillingness to accept the technology. Today, industry has augmented the creation of new gadgets, while certain retailers, including Brookstone and Richard Thalheimer’s RichardSolo.com, specialize in popularizing them.

What famous inventors Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Leonardo da Vinci, among others, had in common was foresight. They understood that a lifetime spent playing with what others viewed as toys and senseless gadgets would eventually result in indispensable technology. From just that small group, the groundwork for electricity, communications, film, and flight was laid because of their gadgets, which obviously possessed more value than novelty.

Perhaps one of the earliest, most well known gadgets created is the wheel, many millennia ago. Take a ride in your car and witness how truly revolutionary such a gadget became and how much we now rely on it for transportation. A more recent gadget, the Apple iPhone, appears to be the beginning stages of yet another gadget-turned-necessity that will reshape communications.

“The iPhone may someday be looked upon as the device that started a second revolution in computing. Desktop computing was the first revolution. Hand-held computing will someday be regarded as the second revolution, and the iPhone is the product that started it.”
-Richard Thalheimer, RichardSolo.com

All gadgets were not created equal. In fact most inventions are built on the newest technology. The world of gadgets is tiered; devices fall into one of four categories: mechanical, electronic, programmable, and application. Mechanical gadgets include the wheel, as well as later developments such as the pulley, the bicycle, the sail boat, the thermometer and the sort. Following the advent of electricity, gadgets were taken to a new level as inventors began to discover different uses for the newly harnessed energy. The television, radio and quartz watch are examples of electronic gadgets. After electricity, inventors toyed around with electronic information via microprocessor, beginning an age of programmable devices such as computers, and later, MP3 players and the iPhone. Application gadgets include iTunes, Microsoft Office and other computer applications that customize our experience with programmable devices.

Richard Thalheimer, the President and founder of online gadget vendor RichardSolo.com, and founder and former CEO of gadget giant The Sharper Image, understands, maybe better than anyone, that there’s much more to gadgets than novelty.

“Certainly most people enjoy the novelty of a gadget that introduces new convenience to their lifestyle. What they forget is that solving these everyday problems is not just entertainment, but some of these devices become functional necessities. In my personal life, I rely on my iPhone, my garage door opener, my nose hair trimmer, my electric toothbrush, and other gadgets that were once regarded as novel gadgets. “
– Richard Thalheimer, RichardSolo.com

Both his former brainchild and his current venture sell quirky, useful and fun gadgets of all types, from mechanical to programmable and application. He has seen some devices, such as the Ionic Breeze air purifier, spur sensational and lasting trends based on a realization of utility value, while others collected dust on the shelves after their novelty wore out. Specialty stores like The Sharper Image and Richard Thalheimer’s RichardSolo.com serve a greater purpose: spread new ideas, and give credit to the Franklins and Edisons of the world.

~Ben Anton, 2008

The Apple Iphone – Why?

The Apple Iphone – Why?

In January of 2007, Apple announced that it was entering into the portable phone market with the development and launch of the iPhone. Scheduled for release in June of 2007, the Apple iPhone will be able to play music like an iPod, surf and browse the web, take pictures, showcase videos, send text messages and emails, and, maybe, make or take a phone call or two.

Big deal.

For every new cell phone or cell phone company that introduces itself to the market, proclaiming that their particular model of cell phone can, say, play music, there are dozens of other names and brands, some popular, some not, that can do exactly the same thing. What’s the catch? What’s the hook? Where’s the innovative technological design that’s supposed to make the public stand up and take notice?

Now, the Apple iPhone does have complete virtual touch-screen. There are no raised buttons to press and push, and everything is operated with the sense of a finger. Now, that actually is a cool feature, but, it might not be completely practical. Why? Simply because when I look at my hands, I see chubby fingers that are not going to be able to accurately press any button on a small touch screen. Now, unless that screen is 6″ across, which, if that were the case, might defeat the entire mobility purpose of the phone.

Why does Apple feel the need to develop and create their own portable phone? Could it be that they really want to revolutionize portable communication? Do they want to make the world a better place? Can they offer something that no one else can?

Look at it this way: why does Lindsay Lohan think she could sing?

Because it’s another revenue stream to be mined, that’s why? Now, there’s no doubt that the iPhone is cool, and will find a popular and receptive audience. But, like Lohan’s singing attempts, it doesn’t really improve the world and the world wouldn’t notice it if it weren’t around. It’s just there, and it will make money. Partially because of its features, partially because of curiosity seekers, and partially because of people loyal to the brand name.

No one is begrudging Apple for getting in on the portability craze. After all, Apple may have taken that craze to incredible heights with the development and release of the iPod. So, it makes sense, then, to fuse the iPod with a cellular phone. But, it’s already been done before.

Maybe the real issue is that if Apple released a phone without web, email, video player and other bells and whistles, that it simply wouldn’t sell and just sit there on the shelves. If Lindsay Lohan had to sing on her own merits, she might be joining that lonely phone. But, add some studio effects, create some stylish videos and surround her with talented musicians, and she becomes passable and tolerable.

In today’s ultra-connected world, it seems that no one will buy a cell phone for the expressed purpose of having a phone with you while on the go. You need to have everything or your will appear to be nothing.

Planning Your Child’s Party

Planning Your Child’s Party

Your little one’s first birthday party is coming up and you want everything to be perfect. That’s why as early as a few months, you’re already at your wits end looking for the perfect entertainers and wracking your brain for the best theme to make his or her first celebration the most memorable ever.

You might have been spending sleepless nights as the days progress and the big day nears. However, you need not feel so much pressure in planning your child’s birthday party. With the guidelines that will be mentioned here, you’ll be able to breathe more easily after and feel more confident that your kid’s party will be successful.

Should You Have A Theme?

Anybody with a child will tell you that kids will jump at the opportunity to dress up and get into a make believe world. It won’t matter whether he or she will be dressed as an affluent princess or a walking trash can, as long as it involves having to wear a costume and being the center of attention for a while, children will embrace the chance. Thus, if you want to have an extra fun birthday celebration for your child, a themed party should be in the works.

The theme could be very specific, like pirates, luau, outer space, princess, or whatever, or it could just be a party where everyone can dress up as anyone or anything they like. You can make up your kids costume or you can purchase a ready made one directly from a costume shop or a party supplies store.

Invitations

Ask your child who he or she wants to be present at his or her party. Remember, it’s his or her big day so his or her opinion counts the most. Of course, invite some close adult friends and kids of adult friends whose ages are nearer to your child’s so he or she will be exposed to other faces and learn to make new friends.

Also, if you want to control the number of guests that will be arriving, it won’t be rude to include an RSVP on your invitation, even if it’s just for an informal children’s party. The cost of throwing themed parties, or any party, has been rising nowadays, so you might want to keep your cash outflow in check. In addition, having an idea how many people are coming will help you determine the size of the venue, how much food or how many goodie bags you will be preparing.

The Party Itself

There is no such thing as over-preparation to any parent who is bent on making his or her child’s birthday party as grand and memorable as ever. However, you must be prepared to face the responsibility of planning the party. If this is too much work for you and you feel you might not have the time to sit down and plan everything, you can hire a professional party planning expert to do the dirty work for you.

As with all parties, the key goal of the party your are planning is enjoyment – your child’s, in particular. Hence, you must always keep his or her welfare in mind whenever you make decisions about how the event is carried out. Consult with your child about what he or she wants and make sure you coordinate with your planner (if ever you have one) at all times.

What You Need to Know About a Personal Digital Assistant

What You Need to Know About a Personal Digital Assistant

Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) are handheld computers that are small in size so it can be brought when a person needs to go places. Also known as a “small computer,” “palmtop computers,” “palm tops,” “palms” and “palm pilots,” the PDA enables someone to do things that can be done using a personal computer.

Today, more and more manufacturers come up with newer models that have modern and updated features. These changes come in sizes, colors, and audio capabilities of the PDA. In fact, in the market today, most of the models have colored touch screens, higher definition of and audio components, and lighter, slimmer appearance.

Majority of which can also be double as a mobile phone, a portable media player with high storage capacity, and can even serve as a web browser because they can have access to the Internet through built-in intranets and extranets, through wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi), and through Wireless Wide-Area Networks (WWANs).

PDA 101

Although there are so many guides in using PDA, it greatly helps a lot if the user finds time to know its history and the movement of its progression. Did you know that the very first PDA was released 21 years ago? In May 1983, the CASIO PF-3000 released by GO Corp. penetrated the market and made the breakthrough. But, its fame did not materialize until John Sculley, the Chief Executive Officer of Apple used the term “PDA” at the Consumer Electronics Show which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1992, referring to the “Apple Newton.”

What makes that PDA a hit is that its touch screen means of entering any data, the large capacity of data storage through the memory card, and wireless connectivity such Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and IrDA. One unique feature about PDAs is that its software enables it to have a customized calendar for appointments and scheduled activities, an organized “to-do-list”, an easy to use address book that has large capacity of memory for saving names and other details of contacts as well as a program that lets you take down some notes.

But, what makes it truly a hit for many people is its touch screen feature. Even the first batches of palms have touch screens for user interaction. This feature only has a few numbers of buttons that serve as shortcuts for specific programs. Although touch screen phones can operate using the bare hands, manufacturers came up with a “stylus” to make the touch screen feature more effective. Here, interaction is made easier and faster by just tapping the screen itself for the menu choices to appear. And just by tapping the screen, the stylus can easily activate the buttons you need for any program to work.

Aside from the touch screen feature, PDAs also have stroke recognition wherein there are a predetermined number of strokes which corresponds to the characters needed to be used. Other PDAs—especially those that are being used purely for business purposes—offer thumb or scroll wheels as well as full keyboards to make entering the data and navigation easier and more accurate.

For the personal digital assistant to work, it needs an operating system or OS. This is predetermined depending on the maker of the PDA.

Common PDA operating systems include the PalmSource’s “Palm OS”, Microsoft’s “Windows Mobile Professional” and “Classic” for Pocket PCs, Apple Inc.’s “iPhone OS”, and Research In Motion’s “BlackBerry OS” among others.

iPhone Keyboard Tips And Tricks

iPhone Keyboard Tips And Tricks

Every time that you have a new technology it requires you to learn how to use it. However, this can sometimes be extremely difficult, especially when there aren’t very many resources to help you learn new techniques. A great example of this is with the new Apple iPhone. When you first purchase an iPhone, than you have probably spent many hours getting familiar with the various technologies that are inside this amazing cell phone, however, there are some tips that aren’t learned by simply playing around with the phone. In order to learn about these tips, than you must first learn them, and one of the best tips concerns the keyboard.

When you have such a unique feature as the touch screen keyboard, than there are several tips that you must know in order to keep your messages flowing. When you follow these tips than you will be able to type quicker and error free, as well as being able to type easier than ever before. The first of these tips concerns actually typing the letters into the iPhone. When you want to enter a letter, you tap on it; however, the letter isn’t placed onto the screen until you lift your finger off of it.

Thus, if you touch the wrong key than you can simply fix this error by sliding your finger to the correct letter. Then when you have found the right letter or number, you can lift your finger and the letter will be placed onto the screen. This tip helps fix the majority of errors, and will save you time.

Many people have found that the auto-correction feature within the keyboard is a great way to keep your writing clear and easy. However, it is very easy to accept a word that you didn’t want to type. If you want to steer clear from this confusion than you need to learn how to accept and reject a suggested word. When you want to accept a word than you will want to tap either return, space or tap a punctuation mark. However, if you want to reject a suggested word, than you will simply want to finish typing the word you want and then you will have to tap the completed word.

A reminder, if you write a full word out two different times, and then tap on them both times, the iPhone will actually add the word to its dictionary. It takes a couple of weeks to store all of your most used words into the dictionary, however, once you have done this typing on your iPhone will be extremely fast.

The last tip has to deal with the capitalization of words. If you want to capitalize the first letter of a word, you simply tap the shift key and then tap the letter you want capitalized, but what happens when you want to capitalize the entire word? This is very easy, and doesn’t require you to tap the shift key before each letter. You will want to go to settings and then tap general after that tap keyboard. From there you will tap “Enable Caps Lock,” and then when you double tap the shift key it will light up blue, and now you will be able to type in all caps.

Great Entertainment For Childrens Birthday Parties

Great Entertainment For Childrens Birthday Parties

So you’ve decided to throw your child his or her first birthday party in a massive way? This is not surprising. Most parents would consider their babies’ first birthday parties as important milestones in their children’s lives, that’s why they go all out with the preparations. Some parents opt to hire professional party planners to get rid of the hassle of preparations, but there are others who prefer to go the challenging (but, actually, more fulfilling) route of planning the party themselves – from the theme down to the minutest details, like the design of the table napkins.

However, no matter how much planning and thinking is put into the kinds of food and favors are served at the party and what theme and design it will assume, no party will be complete without the proper kids’ entertainment. Children’s birthday party entertainment could be in the form of games or visual amusement.

The visual amusement part is easy to obtain. You can simply pop in a cartoon and transfer it to a wide screen projector to keep kids occupied all throughout the party, or you can hire either a magician, balloon trickster, clown, dancing character mascot or face painter for a small fee.

If you’re working on tight budget, one of the child’s family members or the parents’ adult friends can volunteer to be the entertainer for a day and tell the children stories and sing songs. Why, if willing he or she can even agree to become the clown for the day! You never know.

The games part is a little challenging, though, because you will need a good, enticing party host to get the guests to participate. Children are generally shy, so it can be quite a task to urge them to join in on the activities. There are many children’s birthday party game ideas all over the Internet, so this part will be a cinch. Also, game materials can be easily obtained from party supplies stores – or you can make them yourself.

Naturally, since you intend to have games at your child’s party, you should be prepared to give out a prize. Children get inspired to join games because of the motivation and inspiration presented by the prizes. The prizes don’t have to be so expensive. Kids are easy to please, so even a coloring book or a small box of crayons will do.

Contrary to the usual impression, holding a children’s birthday party is not really so expensive to pull off. With the right kind of entertainment, a little creativity, you will be able to come up with a party that will have everyone raving about it for days. Fun is not measured by how much you’ve spent on a particular event. It’s with the camarederie that is developed during.

Surfing on the Run with iPhone

Surfing on the Run with iPhone

There are some people who just can’t get enough of
surfing on the Internet. After all, it’s a plethora of
information and news, and it’s the easiest and fastest
way to find out anything that you want to know.

But with other cell phones, they expect you to use a
magnifying glass in order to read what you find on the
Internet. That’s not true with the Apple iPhone.

When you have an Apple iPhone, the technology that is
included with your cell phone allows you to zoom in on
the Safari webpages and see them very clearly. Zooming
in is easy as well.

Just tap the handy Multi-Touch touchscreen with your
finger and you can see your favorite webpages the way
that you want to see them.

Of course, no Internet ready cell phone would be
complete without the ability to go to your favorite
websites, right? Apple has thought about that to.

That’s why they have included the ability to create
Web Clips that appear right on the Home screen of your
iPhone. This means, of course, that your favorite web
applications and websites are right there at your
fingertips, ready to view when you need them.

Do you want to organize your Web Clips? You have the
ability to customize up to a total of nine Home screen
pages. This makes it easy to organize the Web Clips by
personal, business, or any other way that you choose.
You don’t have to worry about searching through
countless Web Clips to find the one that you want.

Download A Free Movie For Your Iphone

Download A Free Movie For Your Iphone

Ever since it became apparent that it was possible, many owners of Apple’s new Iphone have been doing all they can to download free movies for their Iphone. The general consensus is that using Itunes and other download sites is becoming too expensive, with many owners preferring to get their downloads for free. If you like the sound of free downloads, read on to find out more.

A simple Google search regarding Iphone movie downloads will soon give you an idea of just how many sites claim to offer free downloads. At first this seems great, the only problem being that a good percentage of them are not as they seem, so you need to be very careful. Follow these guidelines to help you spot which sites are trustworthy and which have ulterior motives.

Firstly, you’ll need to be prepared to pay. Obviously, the fact that you may have to pay can make it seem like you aren’t going to be getting any “free” movies for your Iphone, but you’ll find that the most trustworthy sites will charge you a membership or admin fee to give you access to their downloads. This isn’t as bad as it sounds, as you are usually only looking at around $30 – $50, and in most cases this will cover you for life. You will literally be downloading things in two years time from that same membership fee. It’s easy to see the value when you think of it like that.

Secondly, avoid sites with spyware/adware. It can be easier said than done, so make sure you have reliable and up to date security software, this is essential, and also a good tip is to avoid any sites with those annoying popups etc. You’ll often find that the sites with popups and things are the very same ones that will install spyware etc, so try to avoid these sites for maximum safety.

Thirdly, be sure to avoid the torrent or P2P sites, also known as file sharing sites. These first came into popularity five or so years ago, and should be avoided for a couple of very good reasons- first of all, downloading stuff from sites like this is illegal in most territories, so check your own local laws first. Second of all, these sites can be a real haven for hackers and spammers etc. All the files are uploaded to the sites by other users, and mostly there is no supervision which allows them to upload whatever they like. This means you could be happily trying to download the latest Brad Pitt movie only to find that the file you download contains nothing but a nasty virus!

If you have an Iphone, you’ll already know what an excellent device it is, and hopefully this article will allow you to get even more enjoyment from it. Thanks for reading.

Decorating for Birthday Party With New Ideas.

Decorating for Birthday Party With New Ideas.

Do not get intimidated by this article. Its not meant to overwhelm you with extravagant expenditures. I have written this so that you learn how to decorate with minimal expenses while making the birthday party the best and most memorable one.
Simple things like a unique costume, a unique cake or new type of balloons can make your birthday party look very unique and different. The last thing you want to know from your guests is that the party was no different and was boring.
It’s important to engage your guests in party activities as well.
For decorating purposes please do not hire an interior decorator.
It’s expensive and more importantly not necessary.
More lights in the house gives a great look and feel. But a dim light will definitely give a party look.
If it’s a children birthday party then use of toys {not the ones brought as gifts} will add a lot of life and energy.
Colored ribbons, a chosen birthday party cake which fits the child’s mood and which is his favorite will be fun.
Use of crepe paper all around the room is another cheap and beautiful way to decorate the walls and roof.
Its better to have the birthday party table at the center of the room so that the guests can surround it and everyone can see it.
Also do not forget the birthday party activities. As I have already mentioned that the activities should keep everyone busy.
A clown game for kids, a musician or a movie for adults will be excellent. Remember let nobody feel left out.
Last but not the least take plenty of photos.
You remember everything only if they are recorded.
Also include a family photo session at the end and a photo of the birthday boy or girl with the loved ones and the grand parents is very warm and gives a great memory years later.

A Ton of Tunes on iPhone

A Ton of Tunes on iPhone

No matter where you are going, you want to be able to
take your music with you. It used to be that you would
need to carry around a CD player with you.

When you add the time it takes to decide on what type
of music that you want to take with you and the
bulkiness of the CD player, it can get to be a real
hassle.

But those days are gone, because with the Apple iPhone
you have all of your favorite music right there at
your fingertips.

The Apple iPhone makes finding your favorite music
easy. With a touch of a single finger, you can quickly
browse through your playlists, albums, artists, or
songs.

If you can’t think of the album name but can picture
it in your mind, Cover Flow makes it easy for you to
find albums according to the artwork on the album
cover.

Do you want to sing along with your favorite song but
aren’t completely sure of the right lyrics? If you
have added the songs with iTunes, you can have the
lyrics displayed right there on the screen.

It’s almost like having a karaoke machine right there
in front of you all the time.

Customers who have the Apple iPhone don’t have to
worry about bringing a separate MP3 player with them,
because all of the music they know and love is right
there on their cell phone. It’s ready to play when
they are ready to listen to it.

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