Friday, August 10, 2012

Amazon's Cloud player and Apples iCloud services

     Here is a quick rant about Amazon's Cloud Player and Apple's iCloud services. I love music so when I purchase my music I like knowing that I can play it anywhere I want when I want. There used to be a way to download music directly to your computer from Amazon in mp3 format without having to use a "cloud player". It was simple,...purchase your music, your download will begin in a moment,... your download is complete.

     Now when you purchase music in mp3 from Amazon, you have to agree to the new terms which state in so many words that .....If you want to use Amazon's services, such as downloading music, you agree to let us scan all of your music on your device and upload your music to our Cloud and make a copy of your music for you so that you can listen to your music anywhere you have a connection to the Cloud on up to 10 authorized devices......

     But I don't want Amazon to scan my music or allow them authorization to do so. I just want to download my purchased music and go on about my way. Like any other business, ...if the service is good or great,....I will be back for more.  Here is my problem...I want to be able to listen to my music whenever and where ever I want. My solution,....go back to buying cd's and then just copy it to my own devices. Problem solved.

     I don't yet see the benefit of using any kind of Cloud services unless you are short on storage. If you are short on storage, please see my other post on Portable Storage here. So in keeping with the spirit of having an open mind, I decided to share some videos about Amazon Cloud that might help me change my mind and maybe yours too.

     Now in this example, ...this guy purchases music while he's at work????... 1. I have never done this or desired to do this at work. 2. Your employer would probably not be overly excited about this either. 3. If I run out of room, which hasn't happened yet,...I will buy more storage like hard drives, sd cards, flash drives....or what ever I need. Needless to say, this video doesn't convince me to use the cloud. If you think this is a good idea,....I encourage you to check out this video......

     Do you use Amazon Cloud or Apple's iCloud services?..... share why you use or don't use them below in the comments. I'd love to hear how it works for you as I build up my confidence in the Clouds!!

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Wireless Technology and Wireless Electricity???

     What's up fellow smart guys and gals?! I'm so excited to be alive and well living in the age of technology. So many things have changed in just my lifetime from phones to computers to the internet.   I'm beginning to realize that children of today are coming into a world full of wireless technology that already exists.

      Isn't this amazing!!! Children are aware of the technology, but have no remote idea how it works. Have you ever tried to explain to a child how a cell phone works???.....Have you ever tried to explain how a cell phone works to an adult??? Do you know how a cell phone works??? More specifically how a cell phone communicates with another cell phone. I grew up in a time when electronic devices were connected by, for example the telephone, video games, and in some cases remote controls connected to beta machines. I'm sure that you can think of a few devices that were once connected to wires that enabled them to function that are now wireless.

      Here is a basic, crash course, explanation of how a cell phone works. A cell phone has some essential basic components that are necessary in order to function as a wireless device. It has a battery, a transmitting antenna, a receiving antenna, a speaker, a microphone, and a keypad or touchscreen in most cases. When you make a call, the cell phone transmits a signal to a receiving/transmitting cell phone tower The cell phone tower transmits your request and attempts to locate the number that you dialed. This all happens during the ringing portion of the call. The person you called hears their cell phone ringing, they answer it, and then the two calls are connected by two or more transmitting/receiving antennas and now you are speaking to each other in practically real time with very little noticeable delay in sound quality. You can also check out this video and other from YouTube that give other explanations of how cell phones work.

     Now,....when I tried to explain this to a child,.....naturally a good bit of the technical tidbits of information went beyond their understanding. The child's response was that the cell phone connects to the telephone wires,... so I asked her to show me where the telephone wires are and she pointed to a telephone pole. I said okay,..... but how does her voice get from here to the telephone pole.....and then came the confusion and to my surprise the ideas!!! I began to explain that at one point these devices were connected by wires and then someone figured out a way to send the same information through the air without wires.

                                                              Wireless Charging

     So,... if this can be done,....would it be possible to send electricity through the air....safely,.... using a transmitting antenna connected to a receiving antenna? As it turns out, there are a number of companies like Qualcomm, Sony, and LG, currently working on technology that will enable you to wirelessly charge your devices and more importantly your transportation!!

     Maybe in a matter of a few weeks or months these collective thoughts and ideas can become a reality and we will finally have the futuristic society that we all envision!! Now all we have to do is get enough Solar power to wirelessly power everyones homes for Free!!! Imagine the whole world having access to something that we all use and take for granted.

     How would your life change if electricity was free??? One day soon,...our children and grandchildren will be living in the world that we create today!! Let me know in the comments section below and subscribe if you like what you see! Thanks again and I look forward to hearing all of your wonderful ideas!!

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