Typ-O App Review

Typo-O is a word prediction, spelling and text-to-speech app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The app costs $14.99 and requires iOS 6. Click here to view the app in the App Store. Typ-O is simple and easy to use. To get started just start typing, Typ-O then predicts the which word you are trying to type. You can touch the word to accept the predicted word or you can press on a speaker button to have the word spoken  using a text-to-speech voice. The word prediction is very good and can help improve spelling. Hearing the sentence read back to you using text-to-speech can also help improve grammar. Once you have finished writing you can send your text via email or text message. Typ-O includes a number of customizable setting to help improve word prediction accuracy. One negative of the app is that it uses text-to-speech voices from the internet which means if you are not connected to the internet you must use low quality text-to-speech voices.

Watch the video above to see Typ-O in action. Click here to download a lite version of Typ-O to try before you buy. Click read more below to view screenshots of Typ-O.

App was provided complimentry to reviewer

What is Guided Access?

Apple's new iPhone 5 and iOS 6 are out and include many new accessibility features. One of the biggest accessibility features of iOS 6 is called Guided Access. iOS 6 is the operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. To enable Guided Access go to Setting > General > Accessibility > Guided Access. Guided Access allows an parent or teacher to restrict access to a single app. This restricts kids from switch apps to watch videos or play games. Guided Access also allows parents and teachers to block off individual buttons within an app. For example if an app have setting a teacher could block it off so the students could not change app settings. Guided Access is great for teachers, users with autism or users with ADD. Guided Access allows teachers to administer tests on the iPad without worrying about students looking up the answers on the internet.

Watch the above video to learn how to use Guided Access. Click read more below to view more videos of Guided Access.

Best Apps For Your New iPhone 5

Did you get the iPhone 5 today? Below is a list of apps to make the most out of your new iPhone 5.

Read2Go is the best way to access Bookshare.org books on your iOS device.Bookshare provides free accessible eBooks for people with print disabilities. Click here to learn more about Bookshare. Once you download the app you can download over 150,000 books directly to your device. The best part of Read2Go is that students can easily read books anywhere because of the portability of iOS devices. To learn how to become a member click here.

Learning Ally (formally RFB&D) provides audio books to people with print disabilities. Members must pay a yearly fee in order to download books. To learn about how to become a member of Learning Ally click here.

Prizmo converts a picture of a document into text which can be read using text-to-speech. In short from document to text to speech in just seconds. Prizmo is also the fastest and most accurate optical character recognition (OCR) app I have every tested.

iBooks is Apple's eReader app. It is simple to use and accessible using VoiceOver. With iBook Textbooks students and teachers can download select textbooks onto theiriPad.

iTunes U allows you to follow along with select classes from your iOS device. You can download classes from top universities and watch videos of the classes and read documents provided by the professor.

Great videos that walk you through many concepts from almost all subject. This app is great for homework help and learning new concepts. To learn more about Khan Academy click here.

iOS 6 Released, Download Now

Apple has released iOS 6 with over 200 new features as a free upgrade. iOS is the operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Included in the 200 features are new accessibility features. Among the new features are Guided Access, Speak Selection with highlighting and VoiceOver enhancements. To upgrade go to settings > general > software update. Watch the above video to learn how to update to iOS 6. iOS 6 is available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, the new iPad, iPod Touch 4th generation and iPod Touch 5th generation.

To learn more about the accessibility features of iOS 6 click here. To view images of iOS 6 in action click read more below.


How to Display an iPad on a TV or Projector

The iPad can be a great classroom tool for teachers and students alike. It can be great for showing websites, presentations and more. To share your iPad on your classroom TV or projector you may need to buy new software or cables. Read on to learn how to display you iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on your TV or Projector.

Adapters- One way to easily get your iPad screen onto the computer is to use adapters. Apple sells two adapters, one for connecting to a VGA projector and one for connecting to a HDTV. To buy the VGA adapter from Apple click here. To buy the HDMI adapter from Apple click here. Use of the adapters are as easy as plugin them in.

Software- A software program for PC and Mac called Reflection allows you to display your iPad or iPhone screen on the computer. This only works with iPhone 4S and higher and iPad 2 and higher. If you have one of these devices Reflections may be your best option. Reflection is wireless and easy to use. Click here to buy Reflection for $14.99.

Brand New iPod Touch Announced

Apple released a new version of the iPod Touch. The fifth generation device includes the same large screen as the iPhone 5. In addition to large screen the new iPod Touch has a faster A5 processor, much improved 5 mega-pixel camera, iOS 6, Siri and Loop. Read on to learn what these features mean for people with special needs.

Camera- The new improved camera is good enough to use optical character recognition (OCR) apps. OCR apps allow you to take a picture of text and have it read back to you using text-to-speech. One great OCR app is Prizmo.

iOS 6- iOS 6 will improve the already great accessibility features of the previous versions. The new operating system will include features such as Guided Access and Speak Selection with synchronized highlighting. To learn more about iOS 6 click here.

Siri- Apple's voice activated personal assistant will make its way to the iPod Touch. Siri can answer questions, spell words, read messages, set reminders, check the weather and more.

Loop- Loop is a very interesting new feature exclusive to the iPod Touch. Loop is a detachable wrist strap that hooks onto the back of the iPod Touch. Loop could be a great feature for you children and people with physical disabilities. Loop is seen in the above picture.

The iPod Touch will be available in the coming weeks starting at $299. Click read more below to view more photos of the new iPod Touch.



How often do you choose software on a daily basis? If you really stop to think about it, you might be surprised with how many times software touches your life and how convenient it can be in many cases. Of course, we all use software when it comes to using our computers, whether that be at work or at home. There are other times, however, when software can enhance our lives such as digital tv for pc and may even provide us with items that extend beyond the computers that we use. An example of this would be satellite TV software that will allow you to watch television on your computer, and if you have it hooked up properly, on your television set. The software may give you the ability to see many channels that were not available previously through your existing system.

Another way that software may be used is for the protection of your family. Keylogger software is used by many parents to ensure that their children are not getting into trouble when they are on their computer. It will help them to monitor their chat sessions, e-mails, and other things that they may be doing on a regular basis (Source: Keylogger Software by KeyloggerMe). It is also used by many individuals who may have reason to suspect there is a significant other and would like to be able to ensure that they were not getting themselves into trouble. Of course, this type of software can be used for notorious reasons, but when it is used properly and with the right intentions, there is no substitute for it.

Training Magazine Network Now Bringing You eLearning Learning

I'm really excited today.  We get to finally announce that eLearning Learning has partnered with Training Magazine Network.   These two industry leaders in online learning and training bring together their extensive content and community offerings to form the largest eLearning offering on the Web.

When you visit the eLearning Learning site, you probably won't notice that much different.  You see a new logo.  But the important thing is that there's still great content on the site every day - oh hey, Karl Kapp just wrote about Gamification - hold on, let me check that out.  And if you are like me, you can't visit the site all the time, so you should sign up for a Personalized Newsletter on the right.


The bigger change is described by Ray Jimenez, CEO of Training Magazine Network, a fellow blogger and likely someone many of you know.  He tells us:

Online learning and training is a dynamic and growing industry. It’s not easy for our industry professionals to stay current on all of the important analysis, information and how-to pieces available. A critical element of our value is providing the kind of in-depth thinking and research that is brought together in eLearingLearning’s site and newsletter. Our members need this kind of information to stay at the top of their game, and eLearningLearning.com is the best place for them to do just that.

Ray is now putting eLearning Learning content front and center on their site and in newsletters.  You can see it in action below.  There's Karl's post.


Looking forward to more great things for eLearning Learning.

iPhone 5 Announced

Apple announced the iPhone 5 at an event today in California. The iPhone 5 includes and bigger screen, better camera, faster processor, thinner design and more. The iPhone 5 will run on iOS 6 Apple's mobile operating system which includes accessibility features such as VoiceOver, Guided Access and Speak Selection. Click here to learn more about iOS 6.

The iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order on September 14th and for sale on September 21th starting at $199. Click read more below to view more images of the iPhone 5.

iOS 6 To Be Released on September 19th With New Accessibility Features

Today, Apple announced that iOS 6, the software that runs iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, will be released on September 19th. The free software update will include new accessibility features such as Guided Access, Speak Selection with highlighting and improved Siri. Click here to learn more about Guided Access. iOS 6 will also include Made For iPhone Hearing Aids which allow hearing aid users to better use the iPhone. Along with accessibility improvements iOS 6 includes an updated maps app and more.

Click read more below to view more images of iOS 6 from Apple.

HumanWare Communicator a Great Tool For Deaf-Blind Communication

HumanWare recently released the HumanWare Communicator app for iOS devices. The app is designed to make communication between a deaf-blind person and a sighted person possible.When the conversation is started an introduction is displayed for the sighted user to read. The deaf-blind person uses a Bluetooth braille display to type a message to a sighted person, this message appears on the screen of the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.  Then the sighted user can respond using the virtual keyboard and the message will appear on the refreshable braille display. The conversation can then go back and forth with the deaf-blind person typing on the braille display and the sighted user typing on the device's virtual keyboard.

HumanWare describes the app as follows,
"The HumanWare Communicator application is intended to establish a text conversation, through a chat window, between a deaf-blind person and a sighted person. All interaction appears both on the deaf-blind person's refreshable Braille display, as well as visually on the screen of the iOS device."
The HumanWare communicator is available in the App Store for $99.99 for devices running iOS 5.1 or higher. To view screen shots of the HumanWare Communicator app in action click read more below.

Ultrasound Technician Training - What You Will Be Required to Do

Ultrasound technician training consists of teaching students how to monitor and diagnose a range of medical conditions by using sound wave technology to capture images of organs and human tissue. There are many accredited institutions that offer this type of training, which involves clinical, laboratory and classroom instruction.

Ultrasound Technician Training


Technicians spend the majority of their time in training developing the skills needed to operate and manage ultrasound equipment. This enables them to create medical images through the use of ultrasound procedures. Typically, employers prefer technicians to have received training from accredited programs and to have taken and passed the exam set by the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers).

Those working in this profession must be knowledgeable in human anatomy, medical terminology and patient assessment. Excellent communication skills are also required in order to ease any worries or nerves a patient may have as they undergo technical procedures. An eye for quality imagery and skills in selecting and evaluating images are also typically required.

Formal Education

Formal training can be received by enrolling in a programs offered by ultrasound technician schools, universities and colleges. The majority of aspiring ultrasound technicians opt to enrol in 2- year associate's programs, although bachelor programs are also available. Applicants must possess a high school diploma with coursework having been completed in mathematics, basic sciences and health.

Associate of Science in Ultrasound Technology

An Associate of Science in Ultrasound Technology program focuses on teaching students how to use medical imaging technology, in order to determine various medical conditions and the treatments that should be used. This kind of ultrasound technician training degree involves several hours spent in local health care facilities, hands-on training in practice labs and in-class lectures. Typically, the topics of patient care techniques, medical ethics, anatomy, basic physics and acoustic physics, are taught. Additional courses in abdominal scanning, vascular technology and obstetrics, may also be available.

Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound Technology

Typically, this program takes 4 years to complete, and provides an in-depth study of various ultrasound specialities that are required for graduates to work as researchers, administrators or shift supervisors. Knowledge in gynaecological, obstetrics and abdominal ultrasound procedures is acquired through clinical internships and classroom instruction.

Job Experience

While the completion of an ultrasound technician training program is enough to find entry-level jobs in the field, five years of ultrasound experience is needed for higher paying jobs that come with more responsibility, such as administration and management positions.

Certification & Licensure

Technicians do not need to be licensed; however, the vast majority of employers prefer to hire individuals who possess credentials from a certifying body, such as the ARMDS. This is because certification provides evidence that an individual has the skills and knowledge required to work effectively and productively.

Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Students looking to obtain a RDMS degree must pass the certifying exam set by the ARDMS. Once the exam is passed, a specific number of credits in continuing education must be completed, in order to maintain certification. This form of ultrasound technician training can cover a variety of specialties, such as abdominal, nervous system or breast imaging.

If you are thinking about becoming a medical laboratory technician, there are a few things you need to be aware of, such as education requirements, certification, and the job description.

Seafood Surprises

There are many health benefits to eating fish. Not only are the omega-3 fatty acids in fish good for your heart, they also help reduce inflammation which is the cause of many degenerative diseases. Therefore, if you are health-conscious, you have probably been eating more fish and seafood on a regular basis.

However, do you know that your heart-healthy seafood may also contain many unsavory contaminants that pose threats to your health? Nowadays, drug residues are commonly found in many imported farm-raised seafood and mercury in almost all ocean fish species.

So what kinds of seafood are the most contaminated and what are still safe to eat?

Imported Farmed Seafood... Questionable

Some 85% of the seafood Americans consume is imported. Much of that is farm-raised, in a practice called aquaculture, in Asia and other countries.

The problem with farm-raised seafood is the environment in which the seafood is raised. Veterinary drugs like antibiotics, anti-fungals, anti-parasitics, pesticides, and disinfectants are frequently used to treat or prevent a wide array of production-related diseases that can spread rampantly in overcrowded conditions. In addition, many developing countries employ drugs that have been banned in the U.S.

A study from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future was published in the July 2011 issue of Environmental Science & Technology. It characterizes veterinary drug inspection policies and violations among four inspecting bodies - E.U., U.S., Canada, and Japan, using government collected data from 2000 to 2009. The following findings reveal major concerns regarding the safety of imported seafood:

    Most overseas fish farms are not inspected by U.S. officials. Moreover, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) checks just 2 percent of imports for contaminants (including drug residues, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, pesticides, and mercury), compared to 20-50% in Europe, 18% in Japan, and up to 15% in Canada.
    The FDA looks for residues from only 13 drugs, whereas Europe tests for 34 drugs. That means overseas fish farms can be using a range of drugs that the U.S. doesn't even screen for.
    Most veterinary drug violations were detected in species that are farm-raised. Shrimp and prawns top the list, followed by crab, basa (catfish), eel, tilapia, and Chilean salmon.
    Of all the countries, Vietnam had the most drug violations, followed by China, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, India, and Malaysia.

Last but not least, contaminants in farmed seafood are not limited to those from developing countries. Farmed salmon from Europe has been found to contain the highest PCBs and other potentially harmful industrial pollutants. PCBs are neurotoxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals. According to one study, PCBs were found at levels seven times higher in farmed salmon than in wild ones.

Ocean Fish... Mercury

Mercury occurs naturally in the environment and can also be released into nature through industrial pollution. Some 2,000 tons of it enter the global environment each year from human-generated sources such as coal-burning power plants and incinerators. Deposited onto land or into water, mercury is picked up by microorganisms, which convert some of it to methyl-mercury, a highly toxic form that builds up in fish and the animals that eat them.

One of the primary ways people are exposed to mercury is by eating fish and shellfish. The other common source is from dental amalgam (mercury) fillings. Normally, the human body is capable of removing small amounts of mercury.

However, if you are chronically exposed to heavy metals such as mercury or if your body is already loaded with toxins from drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pesticides, chemical-based household cleaners and personal health-care products, your liver and kidneys, the two major detox organs, will likely be heavily burdened. Overtime, their detox function may be compromised, leading to an accumulation of mercury and other toxins in the body.

Health effects of mercury do not show up immediately, instead, they take years to develop. They may include damage to the central nervous system, heart, and immune system, just to name a few. Developing brains of young and unborn children are particularly vulnerable, therefore, women who are pregnant and those planning to become pregnant should avoid all seafood that contain significants amount of mercury.

Unfortunately, nearly all fish and shellfish contain some mercury. In general, larger fish that have lived longer have higher levels of mercury because they have had more time to accumulate it.

The following list categorizes some common fish and shellfish based on their mercury content:

Highest Mercury
Escolar, mackerel (king), marlin, opah, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish (Gulf of Mexico), and tuna (Ahi, bigeye, bluefin).

High Mercury
Sea bass (Chilean), bluefish, grouper, mackerel (Gulf of Mexico, S. Atlantic, Spanish), sablefish (black cod), tuna (white albacore, yellowfin), and young yellowtail (hamachi, kanpachi).

Moderate Mercury
Bass (black, striped), carp, cod, croaker (white Pacific), halibut (Atlantic, Pacific), jacksmelt (silverside), lobster, mahi mahi, monkfish, mussels, perch (freshwater), skate, snapper, sea trout, sturgeon, tilefish (Atlantic), and tuna (chunk light, skipjack).

Low Mercury
Anchovies, butterfish, catfish, clam, crab (domestic), crawfish/crayfish, croaker (Atlantic), flounder, haddock, hake, herring, mackerel (N. Atlantic, Pacific chub, Saba), mullet, octopus, oyster, perch (ocean), plaice, pollock, salmon (Alaskan, Pacific), sardine, scallop, shad (American), shrimp, sole, squid/calamari, tilapia, trout (freshwater), whitefish, and whiting.

Things To Know When Choosing Seafood

    In the U.S., supermarkets are required to label the seafood's "country of origin" and whether it was farmed or wild-caught. However, restaurants, processed fish products and fish markets do not have to comply with this regulation.
    There is currently no U.S. government-approved "organic" seafood. When seafood is labeled "organic" on restaurant menus or in stores, it does not mean that it has been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) like the meats, vegetables, fruits, and dairy. When seafood is labeled as "organic", it is based on criteria set by private certification companies.
    Younger fish tends to accumulate less mercury. That's why the older albacore tuna caught by long-line gear in deeper waters has much higher mercury levels than the younger troll- or pole-caught albacore.
    Fish lower on the food chain, such as anchovies, herrings, and sardines, has less mercury. As larger predatory fish eats the smaller fish, contaminants are concentrated and accumulated in the body of the bigger fish.
    Avoid or limit the consumption of imported farmed seafood, especially Asian shrimp and prawns and all seafood from Vietnam, which is a big exporter of basa (catfish).
    Seafood farmed in America is much preferable to imported ones as the U.S. have stricter regulations. The relatively cleaner varieties of domestically farmed seafood include arctic char, barramundi, mussels, oysters, rainbow trout, and coho salmon.
    The healthiest seafood is the wild, smaller fish caught from pristine waters, such as salmon, squid, anchovies, herrings, and sardines.
    Canned wild salmon and sardines can be an economical alternative to the fresh ones. However, beware that most cans contain bisphenol A, or BPA, a toxic hormone-disrupting chemical that has been associated with cancer, insulin resistance, and birth defects. Fortunately, a number of companies including Crown Prince, Eco Fish, Oregon's Choice, Trader Joe's, Vital Choice, and Wild Planet use BPA-free liners for their canned seafood.
    Always bear in mind that almost all seafood contains some mercury. Therefore, it is wise not to over consume unless you are certain that the seafood is of the cleanest and highest quality. If you want to know whether you have accumulated any heavy metals, including mercury, in the body, the most accurate method is to get a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. You may contact me regarding the test as well as heavy metal removal from your body.

Carol Chuang is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Metabolic Typing Advisor. She has a Masters degree in Nutrition and is the founder of CC Health Counseling, LLC. Her passion in life is to stay healthy and to help others become healthy. She believes that a key ingredient to optimal health is to eat a diet that is right for one's specific body type. Eating organic or eating healthy is not enough to guarantee good health. The truth is that there is no one diet that is right for everyone. Our metabolisms are different, so should our diets. Carol specializes in Metabolic Typing, helping her clients find the right diet for their Metabolic Type. To learn more about Metabolic Typing, her nutrition counseling practice, and how to get a complimentary phone consultation, please go to http://cchealthcounseling.com/

Writing Articles On Innovation

Here in the United States we seem to have a call to action to increase the number of entrepreneurs in the high tech space through innovation. We are promoting the need to increase more students going into college to study math and science, and to come out of school with the degree in hand and solve the world's problems.

Perhaps this is why I've taken it upon myself to write as many articles about innovation as I possibly can to help keep the United States on the leading edge of technology. There's no reason we shouldn't continue to be the world's leaders in the space, and I'd like to talk to you about that for a moment if I might.

If you are an online article author and you know a little bit about project management, creativity, innovation, or the psychology of the entrepreneur and hard charger that brings all these things to fruition then you should be volunteering of your own accord and set aside some time to produce quality online article content on the subject of innovation. It's not really that difficult to do, and I'd like to explain to you some of the things that I have found.

Typically what I do is I will find an interesting new technology, discovery, or science which has applications near and far. Then I explain potential uses for these new technologies in the real world, putting forth a little imagination and delivering it into the minds of my reader. This is because I realize that there are entrepreneurs out there looking for something new, and merely placing that seed in their minds, as hopefully they are discovered somehow by searching around online. This helps fan-out the branches of the science tree and there is a multiplicity effect with all the cross-pollination.

In fact, an online article author could in fact plant the seed that changes the world. Therefore, if you have ideas and new concepts and you are an online article author you should be putting that information allowing it to flow out onto the Internet. You should use your writing skills to promote the future of human civilization. Even the craziest idea that you might put forth in an article having to do with some sort of technology or need that needs to be fulfilled could be the spark that lights the fire to a great new discovery.

Now then, one last piece of advice; keep your articles short because the attention span of the average Internet surfer is not all that great. Explain your point, and get it over with quick; hopefully between 400 and 500 words. This means you will have the reader's attention just long enough to plant that seed, and maybe, just maybe they might push it forward allowing it to go viral in the social media space. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Innovation in America. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net

Can We Build Space Ships to Surf a Sun's Boundary Layer to Refuel and be On Their Way?

As a futurist, and the coordinator for a think tank which happens to operate online, we often go out of our way to find the latest and greatest new technological gadgets being produced. In fact, some people are news junkies, but I am a technology junkie through and through. Another hobby of mine, in the search of new innovative ideas to propel the future of mankind is to continually partake in science fiction. Okay so let's talk about this for second shall we?

You see, yesterday's science fiction is today's realities, today's technology if you will. In fact, DARPA recently sent out a tweet asking people which technologies in what science fiction movies would folks like to see come to fruition, as in what should they work on next. This might sound like a bold statement, but considering all the wins DARPA has had with their various challenges, they have brought forth incredible technologies, they know no bounds, and they aren't afraid of the future, they are busy creating it.

Yes, that's a rather bold way to play it, but I would submit to you that it is the right way to attack this problem. Now then, along with this science fiction venue, I think we should also add UFO conspiracy theories to it. We all know that most of the stuff we hear is bunk, but we need to imagine future propulsion systems, and perhaps we can create some of the technologies involved in some of these conspiracies. There was an interesting UFO Video posted to YouTube on June 19, 2012 titled; "Massive UFO Re-fueling at the SUN!"

Yes, another YouTube viral video. And yet, doesn't that make sense? Wouldn't it be great to build a spaceship which could skim the surface of the sun, collect unused hydrogen fuel, use some sort of heat exchanger, and use all of that energy it collected to travel the solar system, perhaps beyond? Interestingly enough, there have been science fiction stories that have had such concepts discussed. Did you know that we are sending probes, and a manned mission to an asteroid?

Did you know that asteroids have continuous out gases? Why couldn't a probe or manned spaceship attach itself to an asteroid, hitch a ride for a while, collect all those out gases for fuel, and then when it got close to a new trajectory point, merely propel itself to its next intended location. Actually, nothing would stop us from using this concept, nor the concept that was discussed in the conspiracy theory UFO viral video on YouTube. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Future Space Concepts. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank; http://www.worldthinktank.net

Forensics For Technology - What Is It?

Forensics technology has become a broad field of investigation that refers to the scientific evidence used in criminal cases. This physical evidence is comprised of scientific collection, and its analysis. There are many new aspects of this type of technology geared toward evidence or establishing facts to be used in civil or criminal proceedings.

One of the technical areas that have much to offer is digital software. Criminals and terrorists have the opportunity to use a wide variety of electronic devices in their crimes. As crimes with a digital component are on the increase, it is necessary for law enforcement to have the equipment to counter these crimes. Digital forensic software has the capacity to recover data from a computer that has been reformatted or repartitioned

Other applicable software programs:

• A program capable of wiping a hard drive clean
• A spy type of software can locate hidden partitions, plus, quickly process large hard drives, and more.
• Images can be compresses into "flat" images from floppy disks for analysis
• A "partition manager" that examines all partitions on a hard drive and can switch them around or even hide them
• A new write blocker program protects computer information more effectively than past programs

The science which interprets image content is forensic image analysis. Several companies have produced efficient equipment that cut cost and speed up investigations. The equipment is designed to do comparison photography, analysis the content, photogrammetry (using photographs to make measurements) and to authenticate the image. Through a variety of techniques, mega data, pixil aspect ratios,and errors are utilized to extract information from video, photographs and animations. This is effective even when an individual has attempted to clock the evidence.

One of the newer tools is video forensics, which is primarily the scientific examination and evaluation of multimedia evidence in legal matters. The goal of this technology is to produce an accurate picture of evidence for a judge and jury to help determine the verdict in a civil or criminal case. In addition, this technology uses processing techniques to enhance video footage, refine grainy photographs, and to enhance a particular person or an object in a video footage, plus it converts digital video into specific formats for forensic analysis. This type of work is important in solving cases for law enforcement, security, surveillance and even military operations.

Data recovery is a process used for legal purposes to retrieve data from computers. It is much more difficult to erase all the information from a computer than most people realize. The purpose of data recovery is to retrieve lost or deleted information. The mined data is done using a process of collection, analysis, and then preservation. With the successful completion of these steps the computer expert will have the lost data to present to the court. This technology may be used in civil or criminal proceedings to provide evidence for the court.

If forensic describes evidence that can be used in court, then it also must cover the technology and science necessary to provide this evidence. A forensic investigation is conducted in a lawful manner, establishing facts and evidences that have been thoroughly examined, keeping in mind the chain of custody, to be presented in a courtroom. Subdivisions that exist under this area of investigation are firewall forensics, database forensics and mobile device forensics.

As demonstrated in this article, forensic investigation for technology is a very broad, technical body of scientific investigation utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, along with well-trained technicians. This type of technology has grown and will continue to grow due based on demand.

Will Technology Eventually Supersede Nature?

Technology has made life easier and enjoyable. The communication world has continued bringing cell phones and gadgets that combine a variety of important activities together. The transport industry recently comprises fast airplanes, automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles and many other powerful machines. Instead of sending letters, which used to take long, e-mails, Skype, Google talk, yahoo messenger, Facebook, and many live-chat mechanisms have taken communication to another level. At the moment, technological advancements have continued in areas of computers, business, medicine, aviation, food processing and others. But, how does nature fare when technology is in action? Will technology eventually supersede nature?

The Power of technology Vs nature

When war breaks out, advanced weapons take lives, destroy buildings and cause extensive damage. During such wars, the use of technology is usually the number-one option in fighting back or getting involved physically. Such cases make reliance on nature suicidal. In addition, talking to someone who is in a different town, or country, requires the use of technology. This is because the voice, in its natural state, can not travel such long distances and neither can the ear pick sounds from such remote locations. The use of technology can even make such people visible while communicating with them.

When Nature Strikes, How Does Technology Respond?

As the foregoing suggests, it is very easy to state that technology can eventually supersede nature. However, when natural forces strike, how does technology fair? When a tsunami swept across Indonesia, the world wanted to come to the aid of the victims in that country. All the developments in technology could not save the innocent lives, and prevent the extensive damage that ensued! As a result, many lives were lost, and the only thing technology did was pick up the ashes.

What about volcanoes? When scientists gather ample evidence that a volcano is about to erupt, the most reasonable, and loving, step governments take is to evacuate the residents in time. Similarly, when a tornado - or highly destructive wind - strikes, technology only detects the signs of its timing and severity. Such data helps the authorities in preparing for a timely evacuation campaign. The list can go on, but the fact is that, when the forces of nature act, technology is too irrelevant to respond back. It can only detect.

Will technology supersede nature?

With such evidence, it is clear that technology will continue making life easier, enjoyable and beautiful in many ways. But it has no power to take over nature. The many decades, centuries, and millenniums already spent in researching and discovering the wonders of nature attest to this fact. That is why, instead of learning about planets and galaxies created by scientists, we will continue hearing about the new planets being discovered; the amazing nature of the galaxies and complex nature of creation. In appreciating such wonders of nature bio-mimicry has come up with many designs that acknowledge the supremacy of nature. Conclusively, science, and technology at large, will continue developing, but nature will remain respected.

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Online Teacher Development Works Best - 15 Reasons Why

I've started this article with quite a bold statement, but it's a conclusion that I have been coming too over the course of quite a few years now. I should really put this into context though, as most of the teacher training I do deals with pedagogical training for the use of technology and is most often delivered during intensive face to face sessions, usually with groups of teachers working in a computer lab. Though, having said that, I do still believe that many of the reasons I have listed below do also apply to other kinds of more 'mainstream' teacher development too, especially intensive courses.

So, here are my 15 reasons why I think developing your teaching online can be more effective.

Learn while you teach - This gives you the opportunity to try things out with your own classes working in your own environment with your own students. Often when we take a face to face intensive course we leave our familiar teaching environment and come back with lots of new ideas only to find that in our everyday reality many of them don’t work or create unforeseen problems that we don’t know how to deal with. Studying while we teach can give us the time to try out new ideas in our own work place, discover the obstacles and try to adapt them to our own context.

Non competitive - Face to face courses can often become quite competitive and tend to favour people who are more confident and extrovert and who like to shine. This can often lead to the quieter more reflective types being overshadowed and not having the opportunity to contribute what may well be valuable comment or ask the questions for which they need answers. The text based and asynchronous nature of online training makes it much easier for everyone to have their say and can lead to a much richer and more collaborative learning experience.

Work at your own computer - This sounds like a very strange advantage, but training with technology on your own computer can be a huge advantage. Contrary to popular belief, computers do tend to be unique. The way one computer is set up and how it responds and the kinds of problems you encounter can be very different from one computer to another. Nothing is ore frustrating than going on a course with a computer that is set up to make things easy for you and then returning to your own computer and finding that there are a whole different set of problems that you don’t know how to solve. Training to use technology with your students needs to include training to trouble shoot the problems that you may have with your computer and learning how to overcome these and set your own computer up to run effectively in your own working environment.

Experiential learning - The best way to learn about technology and online learning is to experience it for yourself. Being part of an online course gives you first hand experience of being an online learner and helps you to understand some of the challenges and obstacles your students will face when they use technology to study online.

Develop digital literacies - Even if you aren’t doing an online course which is technology specific, you should still be able to pick up a few new techniques and develop some of your digital literacies by studying online. Again, a good online course will have some element of digital literacy and study skills development built in. This should go some way towards helping you understand how your students are learning in the real world and the kinds of study skills they need to develop.

Digital networking literacies
- This really falls within digital literacies, but it is worth highlighting as I feel that developing your digital networking skills has real significance for your continuing development. If you can learn how to build supportive relationships with the other trainees on your course so that you can retain these contacts as a network after you finish the course then you can put these networking skills to good use within the various open online communities and networks that exist within various social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Having an online learning network and knowing how best to work within that network can help to ensure that you can guide your own continuing development after the course you are training on has finished.

Build international contacts - Online training often provides a much more international learning environment than the classroom and so this can help to broaden the learning experience as there is a much wider range of experience to share. Finding out about how things are done in different countries and very different contexts to your own can be very refreshing and enlightening and can really enhance the learning experience and the network building potential of the course.

Differentiated learning
- As a trainer when you encounter a group of teachers face to face, it takes time and effort to see them as individuals with individual needs and interests. As an online trainer this experience is reversed, you are constantly dealing and communicating with each member of the group as an individual and this enables you to more rapidly assess their needs as individuals and adapt the learning to suit them.

One to one time
- Following on from the previous point, almost all tutor - student time in online courses is one to one rather than whole group, so again it is easier to ensure that as a trainee you get the attention you need from your tutor.

Personality types
- For shyer less confident students online leaning can work to their advantage because contributing in text can be much less threatening than doing it orally. You also have more time to consider your contributions to the group and can edit and re-edit them to be sure that you express yourself clearly.

Longer period of study
- Learning something well really takes time. Online training can often take place over a much longer period of time than most face to face courses can. This keeps you supported and engaged in the learning process for a greater period and so allows more time for development.

Your learning journey - Because the interactions within an online course are digital, they are recorded and captured so you have the opportunity to go back and retrace and review your entire learning journey. This greatly increases the chances of a deeper learning experience and greater retention of what you have learned.

Time for reflection - Online training allows more time for reflection and good online learning structures in this reflection, so that you not only reflect on your learning process but have time to discuss and share your reflections and share in the reflections of other teachers

- You can study at times that are convenient for you and for time periods that suit your learning concentration span. A lot of classroom training time often turns into dead time, because the length of lessons are dictated by administrative convenience rather than pedagogical advantage and trainers and trainees are often left pushing their way through materials long after their optimum concentration period has been exceeded. When you study online you can have a break whenever and however often you feel like. This gives you time to ponder what you have learned or move on to new materials at your own pace and use your time more efficiently.

Lower cost
- The costs, not only of courses but also of travel, accommodation and time off work are often vastly reduced when you take an online course rather than a face to face course.

So those are my 15 reasons. Feel free to add any of your own in the comments section.

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Apple To Hold Special Event on September 12

Number 12 casting a shadow of the number 5

Apple announced today that it will be holding a special event on September 12. Apple is rumored to announce a new iPhone, iOS 6 release data and possibly more. iOS 6 will include many accessibility enhancements including Guided Access. The new iPhone may include a better camera, faster processor and larger screen.

Come back on September 12 to hear all the new from Apple and how it effects the world of assistive technology.

IBM Sees Watson As Supper Powered Siri Down the Road

IBM's supper computer Watson who beat human competitors at Jeopardy! may answer your voice questions in a few years. IBM sees Watson powering a smartphone app that would act like a supper smart Siri. The app would answer your complex spoken questions in seconds. Not only would Watson be able to pull up facts quickly but it would be able to offer data driven advice for complex problems. The prospect of a Watson app is very existing but is still many years off. A Watson app would be like having a voice activated supper computer in your pocket. Watch the above video to see Watson playing Jeopardy!

Unfortunately, the technology for such a large scale role out of this system is years away but it is still fun to know whats coming.