Valentine’s Day…it’s like marmite, you either love it or hate it.
Hard to imagine right? But with our forever-connected lives, this question is more relevant than ever: what would happen if the internet stopped for 1 day? I predict that it would impact us a lot more than we think.
For many of us, it is virtually impossible to imagine what life would be like without the internet. A big problem is that we take the internet for granted, and have allowed it to enter almost every part of our life.
Imagine waking up in the morning and doing your usual thing. Crawl (or jump) out of bed, have a shower and get ready. You won’t be able to have your morning fix of Facebook and Twitter, or see what’s happening in the world. You’ll make yourself a coffee and potentially turn on the radio or TV for the news. You may even head out to get a newspaper on your way to work… or probably not as you don’t walk that way and you're already late.
You’ll get to work and there won’t be any emails to check. You’ll take a look at your diary and see what’s on the agenda for today. There won’t be any Facebook reminders to let you know that it’s Tom’s birthday, and you totally forgot! You actually have to remember it (or put it in your diary yourself). You’ll have your daily team catch up and actually get on with some work... with no internet! Lunch time will come around and you’ll possibly take out your book and continue reading, or if the weather is nice, ask your colleague if they’d like to go for a walk. This time, you’ll actually just walk, enjoy the outdoors and chat with your colleague about what you’re doing this weekend instead of checking what’s happening on Facebook or logging your daily steps on your online fitness tracker.
At the end of the day, you’ll head back home. You will probably notice that you have a lot more spare time on your hands now that you're not online. Maybe you’ll text Ellie (not WhatsApp, actually text) and plan to meet up at the pub. You might decide to just go to the gym or give your mum a call and see how she's doing. Either way, you’re not likely to be spending as much time at home now that you can’t sit and watch your favourite series on Netflix, look at memes or post a picture of the healthy dinner you cooked (and are so proud of) on Instagram.
Sounds unlikely, but could happen! The internet allows us to stay connected to the world and our lives. That’s not to say that we couldn’t all use an occasional break and just enjoy the moment with eachother and alone.
Amazon has been on an incredible journey, from starting in a garage in 1994, to being one of the most influential tech companies in the world. It is quite literally taking over our lives and the world.
It recently unveiled the Echo Look; which is a voice-controlled camera that can take social-media ready ‘selfies’ of your outfit and even offer fashion advice through the electronic assistant, Alexa. Echo Look is able to perform all the duties that Alexa can offer, but with a lense.
This brings me onto Alexa, which could quite literally be the first thing you speak to in the morning (and the last at night). It can tell you what the weather will be like, what's on the agenda for you today and what you should wear, whilst updating you with the latest news.
But it doesn’t end there; on your daily commute to work, you can pick up your Kindle and continue reading where you left off. On your lunch break, you could head online and do your weekly food shop with Amazon Fresh, and when you get home, you can put your feet up, relax and watch your favourite series on Amazon Video.
And at the end of the day when you get into bed, you can ask Alexa to turn the lights off.
Pretty remarkable how far Amazon has come, but this is just a snippet of what’s to come for the future of technology. We will continue to see an explosion of new and innovative gadgets that will fit into our everyday lives like puzzle pieces.
To most of us, Wi-Fi is seen to be the provider of the internet, but that is not entirely the case. To be able to access the internet wirelessly on your device, your router has to be connected to an internet source via a WAN port.
Fast, superfast and ultrafast broadband sounds very appealing. But for those who don’t know - how fast is it and what do I need?
This is an issue that some of you will be far too familiar with. Recent reports suggest that schools and universities are increasingly moving to online learning platforms that will require students to do homework assignments online. Simple things such as research-based tasks could become an obstacle and seriously impact the level of education received.