Lessons in the "Technology" Category

Driverless Cars

Today, let’s talk about driverless cars. Would you go in one? Moreover, would you feel safe in one? The subject is hopefully a good talking point!

Google recently introduced us to their driverless car. To begin with they are building 100 of them. Their project has been several years in the making. It is a step forward in car technology.

A lesson on Fracking

Today let’s talk about fracking. It’s a subject that is constantly in the news. However, what is fracking? Well, fracking or hydraulic fracturing is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release the natural gas inside.

The process involves using a lot of water that at the fracking site is mixed with up to 600 different chemicals; including lead, uranium, and mercury. The fracking fluid is then pressure injected into the ground through a drilled pipe. When this mixture reaches the end of the well it causes the nearby shale rock to crack, creating fissures where natural gas flows into the well.

Windows 10

Microsoft has released details of its new operating system Windows 10 that will debut later on this year. It will replace Windows 8.1. The good thing is - it will be FREE!

Windows 10 will also be a free upgrade for the first year for users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone. By offering Windows 10 free for the first year is a huge incentive to kickstart its adoption.

Great Victorian Inventions

Today, let’s talk about Victorian inventions. Do you know of any? There were many. Here’s a few of them…

In 1840 the Victorians introduced the first prepaid postal service that used a postal stamp. Letters could be sent anywhere in the UK for one penny using a stamp called the Penny Black. In 1859 a green national standard post box was introduced. Later British post boxes became red.

Category: Inventions / Victorian Inventions / Technology

Google Glass

Today, let’s talk about Google Glass. This is a wearable computer that has an optical headmounted display on a pair of glasses that allows users to video what they see. They can also wake up Glass and say “ok Glass, take a picture” for a hands free way to take a snapshot. Users of Google Glass can also communicate with the internet via natural language voice commands.

Google started selling Google Glass in April 2014 for a limited period for US$1,500. The device became available to the general public in May 2014 for the same price. Currently Google provides four choices of frame for US$225.

Category: Technology / Google Glass / Camera

'Smart' meter to cost every UK household £200

Today, let’s talk about ‘smart’ meters. These electronic meters will measure your electric and gas usage. They are meant to replace your existing meters. The catch in the UK is – it will cost YOU £200 to install one, even though legally you don’t need to.

Next year UK energy companies will begin the mass installation of these ‘smart’ meters. The expense of which will be passed on over time to customers. The idea is to save customers money. Seeing as they will cost £214.80 to install, any saving will take at least eight years before anyone begins to benefit!

The £11 billion project is supposed to cut down energy consumption and reduce bills! Really? So far, five EU countries considering similar such plans have decided it would cost more money than it saves.

Category: Energy / Smart Meters / Business