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…

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…

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…

Don’t minimize the importance of your business IT

Many managers are exasperated by what they see as a high cost/huge time waste associated with IT

Don’t minimize the importance of your business ITMany managers think information technology (IT) is easy because they’ve installed Microsoft Office, quickly downloaded an app to their smartphone, added a printer to a workstation or smoothly installed a wireless access point. Even without this experience, they assume IT is easy because their children have successfully performed these tasks. Most managers in companies, regardless…

Brain-computer interface connect people with assistive technologies

Device would allow children with severe mobility issues to control toys or wheelchairs with their minds

Brain-computer interface connect people with assistive technologiesImagine children with severe mobility issues being able to move their wheelchairs with their minds. That’s the idea behind a new brain-computer interface being developed by researchers at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary. Think2Switch is designed to be a simple and nearly universal bridge connecting brain signals to switch-enabled devices such as a wheelchair,…

Sonos Roam gives you smart speaker features at home or away

Precision-engineered acoustics produce a crisp, clear and full-body sound

Sonos Roam gives you smart speaker features at home or awayNot everyone wants to wear headphones or earbuds to listen to their music, radio stations or podcasts, but speakers can be such a pain. Speakers are often bulky, can be cumbersome when using them with multiple devices, and they’re typically susceptible to the elements, so not great for the outdoors. Unless you have the Sonos…

Training industry-ready grads in growing field of SMART technology

Training industry-ready grads in growing field of SMART technologyUniversity of Alberta students will get cross-disciplinary, work-integrated learning in one of Canada’s fastest-growing industries, thanks to a major grant announced on Thursday. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded $1.6 million to the U of A for the Sensory-Motor Adaptive Rehabilitation Technology (SMART) CREATE training program to train up to 120 graduate and…