Increasing Understanding of Technology and Communication

Addressing Digital Divide at The White House


Chuck Wallace is an associate professor of computer science in the Michigan Technological University College of Sciences and Arts. He’s all about breaking down barriers of learning and because of his success was able to present his work at the White House Conference on Aging.

He says bringing down barriers is just the beginning. “We’re helping people learn how to learn and how to learn with each other,” he says the way he teaches is akin to the “teaching a man to fish” adage. His approach to Breaking Digital Barriers is a collaborative effort in computer science, cognitive & learning sciences and humanities.

Working with 5-10 tutors, all faculty and students at Michigan Tech, they help senior citizens at weekly sessions to handle the digital world.

We’ll age out of the technology gap” is an unspoken belief about efforts to help seniors overcome technology barriers. Dustin Block (MLive) said “I may have felt the same until talking with Michigan Professor Charles Wallace.”

Older people encountering technology for the 1st time can be intimidating & frightening, so Wallace created a class to help technophobes overcome that trepidation. “Our interest is in building digital literacy in people that are underserved, we pair up students from Tech with people who come to learn.”

Read Article (Staff | | 07/2015)

Digital Literacy is a challenge for millions in the U.S. and senior citizens only account for about one-third of them. In other words society cannot “age out of the technology gap”, it must be addressed and done so effectively.

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Ex-Apple CEO Launches an Android Phone


‘Obi Worldphone’ is a new player in the smartphone market headed by former CEO of Apple, John Sculley. He promises a fresh, inexpensive approach to the market introducing two low-priced smartphones for consumers in the Asian, African and Middle Eastern markets. Sculley has partnered with designer Robert Brunner, former industrial design director at Apple, who in 2007 founded ‘Ammunition LLC’ a product design studio.

The 4G LTE SF1 has a raised 5-inch display of Corning Gorilla-Glass-4, a reinforced fiberglass body and metal accents on the top and bottom. It also comes with a quick-charge battery and dual SIM card slot with micro secure digital expansion.

The 2GB RAM with 16GB memory version is $199.

The 3GB RAM with 32GB memory version is $249.

The 3G SJ1.5 is powered by a MediaTek MT6580 Quad-Core processor and has a 2.5D curved glass screen built flush with the body. It comes with dual SIM slots, 16GB of internal storage and a card slot for memory expansion. It sport front & rear cameras and is protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The 3G SJ1.5 sells for $129.

The custom design of the two products actually incorporates technologies from Qualcomm, Dolby, Sony, Corning Inc., Google, MediaTek, Japan Display and Samsung. Even though Obi has targeted the low-end of the smartphone market they’ve not skipped on elegance or functionality.

Read Article (Jennifer LeClaire | | 08/27/2015)

Today, successful introduction of a new mobile device is made difficult if that success is dependent on a single new innovation or technology. It’s very refreshing to finally see an incorporation of technologies that increases the chance for success while taking a giant step toward the mobile future.

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Google Nexus 5 Small & Large Version Leaks


Google Nexus comes in two flavors with the smaller LG version weighing in at 5.2-inches and the more powerful Huawei version at 5.7-inches. A South Korean publication announced the LG Nexus 5 will release on 29 September but gave no details on the Huawei Nexus.

The LG Nexus 5 is to sport: Snapdragon 808 | 3GB of RAM | 16/32GB versions | 5.2-inch Full HD display | USB Type-C | 2,700 mAh battery | Black, White & Blue colors | 12.3MP main camera and 8MP front-facing camera. It appears the Brazilian version may come with dual-SIM card slots. LG Nexus 5 design leaks video.

The Huawei Nexus 5 is to sport: Snapdragon 810 | 64GB of onboard storage | 5.7-inch display | front-facing speakers | fingerprint scanner.

Other than size separating the two is also price which appears similar to those of 2013 and range from $300 to $400. In 2013 they were $349 for the 16GB version and $399 for the 32GB.

Read Article (Scott Adam Gordon | | 09/01/2015)

Anything can change prior actual launch but this information appears to be sound, for the moment.

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Apple iWatch 2014


Apple iWatch Thin Bracelet Concept 2014

Introduced in early 2013, now the concept is bracelet but the manufacturer is not committed to this yet.  Focus appears to be on how comfortably the device sits on the wrist and not on functionality within the screen.  The Apple style will definitely be on display in the Apple iOS and this is a very impressive concept model. (As if anyone expected less)