Dyson Supersonic provides the ultimate hair drying experience

Dry your hair fast but without that overpowering heat that can irritate your scalp and damage your hair

Dyson Supersonic provides the ultimate hair drying experienceWhether you’ve just handed over a fortune to your hairdresser or constantly striving to look well-groomed, you’ve likely wondered whether all that pampering, particularly the drying part, is playing havoc on your oh-so-precious head of hair. If that’s the case, you might want to gift yourself – or others – the ultimate grooming gadget for…

Are your apps duds?

Your app's success is related to the actual value you create for your customers, not media buzz

Are your apps duds?It’s mind-boggling that only 25 per cent of all installed apps are ever used more than once. End-users are easily impressed by the promise of new apps, but their expectations, perhaps unrealistically high, are often crushed during their first app experience. The founders of Uber didn’t think about the challenges of routing cabs. Instead, they…

How poor is your user experience on your apps and websites?

UX strives to make complex devices easy, from computing devices to cars, ATMs, airplanes and more

How poor is your user experience on your apps and websites?The importance of user experience (UX) has exploded in the era of ubiquitous personal computers, tablets and smartphones. Poor UX is a major reason apps and websites deliver disappointing business results. UX is the discipline that strives to make complex devices easy to use. Outside of computing devices, it applies to everyday objects, including cars,…

Yet more crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022

The final instalment of items at the recent Consumer Electronics Show that you can probably live without

Yet more crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022Would you use these eight gadgets? Moonbike Bev, the robot bartender Starcase Halo hairdryer TV for displaying NFTs Archer AXE11000 Wi-Fi router Smart health monitoring light bulb Steambox for lunches They were all on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year after the influential tech show returned to Las Vegas after a…

A direct call on a pocket phone from 100 years ago

Cartoonist W.K. Haselden was known for making bold predictions, including some that are eerily accurate

A direct call on a pocket phone from 100 years agoCan people see into the future and predict what’s about to come? Most of us recognize that the answer is, sadly, an emphatic “No.” Nevertheless, our society has long been fascinated with religious and non-religious prophets, seers and others making predictions. Several works – including the seventh-century Chinese book Tui bei tu, Geoffrey of Monmouth’s…

How to win the war against global famine

Stop feeding people food to cars and animals

How to win the war against global famineAs if plagues and wars aren’t enough, the media is scaring us about oncoming food shortages. We’re already seeing rising prices in restaurants and grocery stores, and we’re being warned about actual famines in other countries. There are three main causes. One is the damage to the supply chain movements caused by the pandemic. Hopefully,…

Crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022

Some items on offer at the CES tech show in Vegas earlier this year you can easily live without

Crazy, wacky gadgets at CES 2022Will these nine gadgets improve your life? Cute, stuffed animal robot that nibbles on your finger; Kinetic “Breathing” PC Case; Instant temporary tattoo; The Motion Pillow; Liteshield for boxers; UV-C disinfection for your keyboard; Smart bath technology; Leo’s Loo Too for cats; Bob the Mini Dishwasher. They were all on display at the Consumer Electronics…

App uses artificial intelligence to track healing wounds in real time

U of A engineering students beat out 3M and others with an invention that lets patients know when to seek care

App uses artificial intelligence to track healing wounds in real timeThree University of Alberta engineering students have developed a mobile app that tracks the progress of a healing wound. The app calculates whether treatments are working as they should based on descriptions of size, depth and shape along with more subjective impressions of pain and irritation, says programmer Connor Povoledo. Accurate tracking can predict infection…

Ten top updates for Windows 10

Windows 10 adds features, visuals and helpful refinements with the latest update, version 20H2

Ten top updates for Windows 10Windows 10 continues to improve, adding features, new visuals and helpful refinements with the latest update, known as version 20H2 to techies. I’ll describe my favourite new and improved features that enhance my Windows experience daily: Search Clipboard history Windows Hello face recognition login OneDrive cloud storage Photo, video, and mixed reality tools Touch screen…

Technology should never be the driving force behind education reform

Students need more time reading books and less time reading screens. Good teaching, not more technology, is key

Technology should never be the driving force behind education reformTechnology has had a huge impact on public education. Classrooms of today look quite different from those of a generation ago. It shows just how quickly technology changes and the extent to which it dominates our children’s lives. However, while it makes sense to ensure that students and teachers have reasonable access to computers, technology…