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Tech Update: Curved Smart Phones Coming Your Way

If the rumors are true, Apple is behind the curve this time in unveiling to the world “first” the next greatest addition to smart technology. According to Techcrunch.com, “Apple is said to be working on two curved display iPhone models” as it’s next big release in the later part of 2014. Since the last Apple release of the iPhone 5s and 5c, started a precedent of launching two devices at one time, it is only natural they do it again, and bigger!

Samsung launched its Galaxy Round  with a curved display on October 9, 2013 beating one of its competitors, LG, to the punch. LG then followed up with the release of the G Flex on November 12, 2013 in South Korea.

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Samsung Galaxy Round features a horizontally curved screen while the LG G Flex flaunts a vertically curved screen, though both are said to deliver a more comfortable grip and fit.


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Yes, both Samsung and LG have released a curved smart phone this year back to back (to be released in the US early 2014). But how many people will really go for the idea until Apple “gives the okay” that it truly is the latest tech innovation since the first Macintosh Computer was introduced?

Inquiring minds want to know, “What is Apple going to do to make this “curved phone” fad the “next big thing?”


Apple is known best for its simplicity and accessibility for its consumers. Their new product has to be something that will set them above the ranks once again.  It is rumored that Apple will also add a larger screen size with better touch screen sensors that are more sensitive to the owners touch pressure and what they may want. But will it also follow in the footsteps of LG and have a self-healing back panel? As much as we all drop our phones this would be a plus for all of us. Forbes.com made a good point when reminding us what the curved screen really means for Apple. They said, “Apple will be transferring its screen technologies from LCD to OLED (organic light emitting diode)” this is something that CEO Tim Cook once described as “awful.” This is a big step for Apple in terms of keeping brand integrity while trying not to fall behind in the tech harvest as the years progress.

Curved phones provide consumers with a flexible phone, very similar to the “original” home phone curve. The new design also helps users save money in the long run. For those of us who drop our phones or let our children drop our phones by accident, a curved phone would yield and unbreakable phone. Even if it means we may have to put more money initially into the device, it may prove useful down the road…What do you think?

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Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT)

BYOT with 2nd Grade at Fayette Elementary School from Amanda Golden on Vimeo.

Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) is a program that is taking education to the next level. This program allows students to bring their own devices to school to use as a part of their educational journey. Fayette Elementary School in Fayetteville, Georgia has just officially launched the BYOT Program this past Monday, November 11, 2013. So, the technology specialist Regina Yeargin has her hands full going around to all of the classrooms to ensure they have the understanding needed before bringing their device to school. For example, students must fill out a form with their parents for permission to use the devices at school. But the next step is crucial for those who will eventually bring their own device to school. They must have their parents go to the school website to "register"the device by serial number and type. The final step is on the teacher; teachers must give the students the final word on when they can bring the device into the classroom. This multimedia story shows a quick lesson in BYOT with a 2nd grade class on what to and not to do with their devices.

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Children and Smart Technology: The Way of the Future

  6-year-old student using technology to learn letters. Photo By: Amanda Golden

6-year-old student using technology to learn letters. Photo By: Amanda Golden

The question isn’t whether technology is the way of the future, but *what* technology will best serve us; and least harm us – Matt Peckham, writer for Time.com

Peckham states in his article, “the jury on tablet and smartphone use by young children was out 1½ years ago; it’s still out in early 2013, the consensus currently being that these devices work best when they’re employed as complementary to parental interaction, say, as conversation starters (as opposed to conversation enders, or simply babysitters).” According to his article this has become a concern for many parents both new and seasoned over the past few years.

Many schools (and even daycares) around the world have begun to incorporate technology in some way or another into their daily instructional time to help better serve children. The most popular technological device added being the iPad. Teachers have used them to teach patterns, letters and even mathematics to their students; and children as young as 18 months old have even been observed using these devices to their advantage.

Peckham mentioned that the use of Smart technology “probably doesn’t matter in the very early years, when the most important thing for the still-developing child brain is coming to grips with reality itself.” But he and his family have been having conversations about school systems integrating technology earlier and earlier in the lessons and he says, “in short, I feel good about any school system that implements research-supported technological tools.”

Sample Math App for Kids on the iPad. Photo by: Amanda Golden
Sample Math App for Kids on the iPad. Photo by: Amanda Golden

Fulton County Schools Kindergarten teacher, Michaela Boggs, states that even though they do use Smart Devices in her classroom that, “they need to have a teacher teaching them still, an iPad should never replace a teacher in the classroom.” Boggs allows her kindergarten students to use the iPad “at stations, for listening in reading, or for counting or using strategies in math. They love it and they truly learn from USING a skill, rather than just hearing about it.” The students seem  “to catch on quickly while using technology!” exclaims Boggs.

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Elegantly Simple: iOS 7

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iOS7 is a new operating system unveiled by Apple on September 18 at 1pm. It takes the old operating system a step above the rest by simply simplifying the usability of it.

Taking away the elements that were; “in the way” and brightening the retina display to make it more appealing was just the beginning.

Apple has added several more built in applications and even changed the look of the old apps! Some of the new updates brought about new features like Control Center, AirDrop for iOS, and smarter multitasking.

“It  makes the things you do every day even easier, faster, and more enjoyable,” says Apple. The typography has gotten slimmer and the design has gotten more awesome!

The new security features in iOS 7 make it harder for anyone who’s not you to use or sell your device. Once my device powered back on last night to have me finish the set up, I was asked to create a passcode. This passcode is supposed to make it harder for someone to get a hold of your device without permission.The best security feature by far would be the Find My iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod application. If someone were to steal your device you can remotely track it, lock it and “delete” files from it. The good part about deleting the files is that with your Apple ID you can get them right back when you log in with your ID and passcode on your brand new device.

I played around with it a little last night on my iPad; at first it took some getting used to for me. When first turning on after the initial update I noticed the main screen had a few additional applications than before and even the ones that were there before had a more elegant appearance. Brightly colored yet simple at the same time. The notepad that used to resemble the normal yellow legal pad is now a clear, crisp white pad with no lines. The calendar looked “simpler” as well. There was much more space to see what event was on which day.

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The App Store was also a bit more sleek this go around. There was an additional category at the bottom of the screen called “apps near me.” Naturally I was curious so I clicked it. Basically it’s the Genius category times two, it’s a mix of apps based on your previous apps with a twist. Apple now asks your location to see what apps people in your area are using!

For instance, the color popping bubbles of the new Game Center used to be green and look cluttered. Now,  the colored bubbles resemble conversations and keep track of who is where and on what game. So I can keep up with my friends playing games like Candy Crush and Temple Run!

Overall, I think the iOS 7 was one of the best updates Apple has created since the creation of the IOS. For a full list of the newly added features and how iOS 7 can benefit you visit Apple’s webpage.



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New Devices Falling From the Apple Tree this Fall

 New Devices Falling From the Apple Tree this Fall 

Apple sent out an invitation to its latest event to be held September 10, 2013 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. This long awaited event will be held at the Apple Campus in Cupertino, CA with several invited guests.

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It is reported that this event will unveil the newest iPhone(s); yes two new iPhone’s will be falling from the Apple tree this fall. The iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C will be in our hands and hearts in less than a week; are you ready?

According to macrumors.com, the iPhone 5S is the updated version of the iPhone 5 we already love, but the iPhone 5C will be the more cost affordable iPhone that I have been waiting for. A cheaper model would work just as well with the same operating system; but the make of the product is reported as having colorful plastic shells. Following suit of other companies with lower costing smart phones; Apple is reported to have colors like green, yellow, red, blue and of course white for the iPhone 5C.

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It has also been reported the iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint scanner on the home button as well as a much improved rear camera. Most importantly, to me anyway since my last name is Golden, is the new color option of the Gold/Champagne and White! For full specs and pricing on these devices follow up with Apple after the official event this Tuesday, September 10th.


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