2012’s top tech might be obsoleted in 2013?

We all know that technology has been advancing at a rapid rate, so fast that the rate of new technology has more than quadrupled over the past couple of years. So fast that some technology tends to die out even a couple of months after it’s inception. So which of these many new technologies have I presumed to be doomed by next year? The portable charger of course!

A year ago, portable chargers were nothing, they were unheard of. Now, everywhere you turn, you’re bound to see a couple. Five in ten of the people in my school have them now; every restaurant, coffee shop, mall and even somewhere like the golf course I see people walking around with those bulky things hooked up to their phone. The main reason of this is, the hardware in smartphones is advancing rapidly, but the batteries aren’t. My blackberry 9360 couldn’t get more than 4 hours maximum on a single charge, thus making it essential for people to have portable chargers. In less than a year, portable chargers have become the norm, they’ve become the most rapidly growing technology that doesn’t classify as a daily driver. Therefore my question arises, what next?

Many people speculate that 2013 will be the year of the extreme batteries, with battery technology expected to advance and with new technologies predicted to be announced at CES in a couple of weeks, does that mean that all these companies that manufacture power packs are going to be going out of business? I’m not sure about that.

While I do believe that power packs are going to be redundant by the year 2013, there’s a large probability that the companies responsible for making portable chargers will be the same companies that invent some sort of technology that will dawn as the new age of batteries. However, what this means for the world of technology is that the market is fluctuating right now and that nothing can prove to be stable. What’s booming this year could just be ancient tech next year, which is why I feel that to jump into the tech industry at a time like this has a very high payout, along with an equally high risk.

What do you think will trend this year? Sound off in the comments below! Also, Check out LinkedGeek.com, a site I work for.

Exams Tips for the TV Addict

Last year, for my IGCSE’s, I promised myself I wouldn’t watch TV regularly in order to focus on my studies. Everything worked out well in the end, but I didn’t exactly keep my promise. I ended up watching 3 full seasons of ‘2 and a half men’ – a show I don’t even watch by the way.

With exam season right around the corner, i’d thought i’d offer some suggestions that could help you during your dreaded exam months. If you’re like me, you have to watch TV no matter what. Quitting is not an option because, let’s face it, it doesn’t work. What you need is self-control. This is generally proportionate to how much you care about your exams. The more unprepared you feel, the more control you will have (this will be extremely evident the day right before the exam, procrastination is a b*tch).

There are two ways you can go about this, each with its own advantages and disadvantages:

1. The Top 5 Method – pick five of your favorite shows out of the lot and focus on those only, nothing else.

If you can manage to figure out which 5 you care about the most, the rest are simply irrelevant.You won’t be itching and going crazy reading tweets on other shows because you’re in the loop with those closest to your heart.

2. The Quick Escape Method – cut out all drama shows and watch only comedies. It’s quick, easy, and very rewarding in a stressful atmosphere.

Comedies last  on average 20 minutes and that is the perfect time for a study break or to grab a meal. The fact that you can watch while performing other tasks makes you less guilty about not studying. When your brain has turned into mush after a few hours of studying, doesn’t Modern Family sound like the perfect glass of lemonade on a hot day?

The Quick Escape method will probably let you log in more TV time (depending on the number of comedies you watch), while the Top 5 is much more concentrated. What’s important is that you do not stray. If you need to watch more, whatever you do, do not watch any of the shows you usually watch. Stick to old episodes/reruns or just starting a random new show you will not care about (i.e 2 and a half men). Once you start a show already on your schedule, you will have to tune back in every week which can be disruptive. I never used to watch 2 and a half men, and I just started on a random episode. It had no hold over me, and I was able to just watch it whenever. You need that because the TV shouldn’t control you, instead it should be vice versa.

It is fall, so a truckload of new tv shows are being dumped on our laps. Do not start any of the new shows. They are very unimportant in the scheme of it all and an added advantage is by the time your exams are done, you’ll know which are really worth watching from the reviews. Another tip is to be prepared for spoilers. Whether you like it or not, it’s going to happen, just don’t let it affect you that much. Accept it and move on. Whatever you read, it’s nothing like actually watching it happen. So when you do catch up after exams are over, I promise it’ll be okay.

That’s all the tips I have for now. I hope they are helpful, and most importantly, GOOD LUCK FOR YOUR EXAMS!

P.S: how great does Adam Scott look this season on Parks&Rec??! I know right!

The New iPad

As you’ve probably already heard, there’s a new iPad, big whoop! 

Last night at Apple’s Media event, they announced the 3rd generation of the Apple TV and the 3rd iPad, dubbed just the new iPad. The only difference in the apple tv was 1080p, which doesn’t really make it a worthwhile upgrade. A new User Interface was also shown, but updates to the current generation of apple tv’s has already begun rolling out. If you were following my twitter, then you would know that I didn’t really give a shit. It launches march 16th at $99. 

On to the iPad, nothing that great besides the resolution. Yup, that’s right, 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi), that’s more than HD, imagine watching ‘The Social Network’ on that. Other upgrades include a 5 megapixel iSight camera, similar to that of the iphone 4S, Quad Core Graphics on a Dual Core chip, Siri dictation(android ripoff) and 4GLTE, which has speeds of up to 74mbps, USA and Canada only. Also, it’s thicker and heavier than the iPad2, and its just called the iPad, no 3 or HD.  Launches March 16th starting at $499. Pre order from now. 

Probably the most important part of the entire keynote, Tim Cook ended with “We’re only just beginning” and stated there was much more to come in 2012, so here’s what I think. 

1. iPhone 5

yes, the smallest part of the revolution, it’s definitely what they start off with, and its surely coming

2.New iPod’s hopefully

Have I mentioned how much I hate the current gen Nano? well it’s shit. Super shit. The 4th gen was still the best, ever. 

3. iTV

No, not the apple TV, an actual TV with apple tv features in it, and hopefully, retina display!

4. Complete Re-vamp of the Mac line up.

Yes, newly redesigned Macbook Airs, Pros and iMacs. And my dream? Touch Screen with retina display and Siri. 

5. Mac OS 11

Probably what they are gonna end this year with, the new iteration of the Mac Operating System, it’s time to say goodbye to the MAC OS X name, it’s  had a long and full life, adn if windows is revamping, it’s time they try to keep up. 

Will I be buying the new iPad? No. Will I be buying the iPad 2 now that it’s $400? maybe. But I most probably will be buying a tablet this year for movies and youtube. I most probably will be getting the BB PlayBook though, cause it’s cheap 😀

Tech Round Up

hey there,

firstly, I would like to sincerely apologize for not posting in a long, long time. I know it’s no excuse, but I’ve been so tied down with school lately and a lot has been going on, I haven’t even watched any of this years tv episodes! (yes I know Nisha Bhojwani is going to be furious at me for that) l

Now on to the tech, where to start??? So much has hapenned! A slew of phones and tablets being released over CES and MWC! We have quad core phones with the HTC One X, phones that replace everything else, yes I’m referring to the Asus Padfone, a part phone, part tab and part laptop. That’s right. Also, the invasion of the netbook is upon us, in a frantic battle to push the post pc era as far back as possible, Intel launched a slew of Ultrabooks (Super slim and portable yet amazingly powerful laptops) at CES2012, all set to battle the beautiful and elegant Macbook Air. Also, as a preparation for the post pc era, Intel launched ARM based Medfeild processors for phones and tablets, they’re pretty brilliant in my honest opinion.

Also, If you haven’t noticed already, the rage comics revolution is really taking the society by a storm. Try finding someone, in my school at least, who won’t laugh to b**** please, or doesn’t know what me gusta is. It’s crazy, but I too am one of the loyal followers, although my weapon of choice is iFunny.

In the windows world, if you read my windows 8 dev preview review and wanted to get your hands on a more stable version, have no fear, the final version is close, so close I can almost taste it… But for those impatient bum’s such as myself, the consumer preview is available for download right now, and it’s impressive. I’ve been running it as my primary OS for the past few days and its gorgeous! A review of that will be up as soon as possible.

And last but not least, the new iPad is being launched today! Big whoop! Sorry,that was mean, but it’s not that big of a deal to me. Mainly because the iPad 2 is still quite awesome. Anyway, I’ll be up watching the event and if you want to stay updated you can follow me on twitter (@SnazzyHam). The iPad is rumored to have an HD retina display, 4G LTE(America Only), A better camera and a quad core processor, although lately there have been rumors of Apple planning to stick with dual core, rendering this as the iPad HD and not the iPad 3.

Well folks, I guess that will be all, Take care and have a supercalifragilisticespialidocsious day.

Snazzy Out.

 

TechnoCastle wishes you a very Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!! Hope you had a fabulous start into the new year. 2012 is here and we are ready to rock it!

First and foremost though, we would like to thank our readers….for reading, obviously. We will continue to write about what grabs our attention from tech all the way to tv. 2012 looks like it’s going to be a big year, so do check back regularly to see what’s new.

This castle resolutes to keep you entertained and informed always. Do show your support by liking our posts and spreading the word. Thanks for everything, don’t forget to stay nerdy :mrgreen:

-Team TechnoCastle

Best Looking phones (end of 2011 issue)

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a sucker for buying phones that don’t have the right specs, but look freakin awesome! So heres my list of the top 8 best looking phones, in ascending order.

8. Blackberry Curve 9360

7. HTC Sensation XE

6. Apple iPhone 4/4S

5. LG Optimus 3D

4. Samsung/Google Galaxy Nexus

3. Motorola Droid Razr

2.  Motorola Droid X2

1. Nokia Lumia 800 (The Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition Especially)