Whether you have already filed your taxes, or plan to take care of your returns this week, April 15 is a deadline you can’t miss. Here at IOGEAR, we explored some ways technology can help during tax season and beyond.
These days, spring cleaning extends beyond those under-the-couch dust bunnies and into our digital devices and files – especially photos. We’re snapping and sharing more photos than ever. Flicker users uploaded 518 million photos in 2012, an average of 1.42 million per day.
Just a few weeks ago, Ted Talks 2013 gave the stage to artists, inventors, teachers and thinkers to share ideas that can change the world. We at IOGEAR love to hear about innovative technology that’s transforming lives.
For example, TED Senior Fellow Anthony Vipin Das is an eye surgeon who has been developing shoes that use vibration and GPS technology to guide the blind.
Video still from Le Chal, courtesy Anthony Vipin Das.
Every year in March or April, families and college kids set aside their responsibilities for a week and enjoy spring break. The most popular destination is Orlando, followed by Las Vegas and Cancun. It’s likely that technology is going to be in the suitcase, wherever you go. The average American household has 1.6 Apple devices and most can’t bear to be separated. Beyond phones and iPads, there are lots of gadgets that can get you ready for a week in the sun and fun.
Selection Sunday on March 17 officially begins the NCAA college basketball tournament. And that means March Madness. Fans are predicting which teams will make the 68-team match-up, and which will have their hopes dashed.
March Madness celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. It began with just eight teams and a championship game audience around 15,000. Last year’s championship game in the New Orleans Super Dome held more than 717,185 fans with more than 20 million more watching on TV. Beyond sheer audience size compared to 1936, fans now watch games online, tweet during them and otherwise expand the reach of a single event. Nielsen will begin trying to capture some of those audience numbers in its industry rankings.
The Oscars are coming up on Feb. 24. More than 39 million people watched the awards ceremony last year making it one of the most watched TV events. In comparison, just 3,400 Hollywood elite can fit in the Dolby Theatre. Whether or not you’ll be one of those watching, we have some tips for enjoying the Oscars – or keeping relevant from a far.
Every February, hearts and declarations of love overtake American aisles and websites. With reminder functions on every smartphone and email service, there’s no excuse to forget if there is someone special in your life. If you and your sweetheart love gadgets like us at IOGEAR, there are plenty of ways to use technology to enhance the day — even if it’s last minute.
It’s the end of January, and when many Americans head to the mailbox, they’ll find the bills of Christmas past. Americans spent an average of about $770 during the 2012 holiday season. While this is higher than the previous year and increased spending often shows confidence in the economy, wages are still stagnant and Americans carry an average of $15,950 on their credit cards.
The International CES gave us a look at the future of consumer electronics, but many innovations shown in Las Vegas are still years away. What trends and innovations can we actually expect to see this year? Here are some of our thoughts.
We love home entertainment at IOGEAR, and we have been watching the increasing momentum building around Internet-connected TVs. From Samsung’s simplified interface revealed at CES to Apple’s rumored plans for this year and even a possibility of Intel joining the race, there is lots to watch 2013.
Smart TVs fit consumer trends toward more and more connected devices. A recent Accenture survey highlighted by TechCrunch showed “consumers are moving away from buying ‘single-use’ devices and opting instead for those that offer the ability to do many things, with smartphones (at 41% of respondents), PCs (36%), HDTVs (33%) and tablets (23%) topping the list of items consumers are most likely to buy in 2013, as gadget spending is projected to reach $1.1 trillion.”
Like the author Jules Verne and futurist Michio Kaku, you can take a look at current technology and technology on the cutting edge, and use that information to predict what the future may hold. You may at times think something is not possible, but as you read about innovators revolutionizing their industry, the possibilities start to open and anything is possible. As long as the laws of physics aren’t broken, according to our current understanding of physics, the impossible can become possible with a dream and the hard work of those who dare to believe.