How does Technology affects our lives

Technology is very important in my life because everything becomes easier with technology. A computer we can do research on the computer instead of going to the library. Now there are mp3 players which don’t need cd’s you can just put the songs into the memory.

s anyone benefiting from this massive increase in efficiency? It is tempting to say it’s the rich people, but technology has in fact made it more difficult for the rich people to stay rich. Before the age of information technology, the rich people had exclusive access to information that could be exploited to make a lot of money. Now they have much less of those advantages. Someone like Bill Gates could become the richest man on earth in a matter of a few decades. This is in fact one of the few examples I can think of where technology has actually improved the quality of our lives. It democratized the opportunities to be rich.

For those developing couTechnology increases efficiency. By itself, this sounds positive, but upon further investigation, we realize that efficiency does not necessarily lead to higher quality of life. Take the business of graphic design, for instance. Though I did not personally experience the days before computers, the industry is far more efficient now than it used to be. For the sake of the argument, say, the same job 20 years ago took 10 times longer to execute (which is probably not far from the truth), and one designer used to take on 5 jobs a year. This means that, with the increase in efficiency, today’s designer can take on 50 jobs a year. Has the quality of life for graphic designers increased because of technology? The answer is obviously no. Taking into consideration the rate of inflation, they are not getting paid anymore than they did 20 years ago, but are now required to produce 10 times more a year.

Technology with its rapid growing speed is influencing old ways of doing daily affairs. We don’t need anymore to move around to handle different tasks and chores since all of them will be done in a matter of pushing a botton located on a remote control. Nobody can deny that technology has brought comfort to our lives, but almost all of us confess this fact that technology by itself has got a lot of deficits that in long term will cause a lot of side effects either physically or emotionally. This is a fact that through the multi-madia and the wide spread range of webs ( Internet) the concept of time and distance have been vanished and people can keep in touch with each other by means of such facilities. The negative view is the fact that they keep in touch in a virtual world not natural. Via the webs and maild the emotional feelings and thoughts can not be transfered. People can convey their attitudes and thoughts much more efectively when they are close to each other

If we had no technology life would be so hard because if we had no stoves we would have to have to get charcoal to make fire. We also have a heating system in the homes that are being built and the homes that we live in. If there was no heating system we would have to buy heaters from stores. If we had no alarm clocks we would have to wake up by your own. Some times you will have to wake up on your own but most of the time you will be late.

Technology has affected me a lot because when before I was 7 years old there was not that much technology. There are lots of technologies now, like an Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, Ps3, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo DS Lite. All of those technologies had come into this world after I was 7. Xbox 360 is a new and improved technology because now you can play live which means you can play with other people in the world. This means you can play with people who live in other parts of the world. Another major technology is Windows Vista. You can do stuff on Windows Vista that you can’t do on Windows XP. On Vista you can easily play DVDs, watch and record TV shows, download movies. It is also in 3D which means instead of selecting what window you want to open from the taskbar you can just click the one that is behind the window. This change is really big and that is Plasma and LCD televisions. Plasma televisions have many differences one major difference that you can see easily is that they are flat. The other differences are that the still come big sizes. The one we have is 50” which is not the biggest size you can get. Another technology is blu ray which makes the DVD’s that you put in a blu ray dvd player

Digital technology has changed the way interpersonal communication operates. It is easier than ever to maintain relationships and close contact. Cellphones, email, instant messaging and video conferencing allow people to talk to each other at any time. Social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace allow people to keep friends and families in the loop by posting status updates. It has also changed the way people communicate. Internet slang uses different commonly understood abbreviations. For example, “lol” stands for laughing out loud and is used to indicate a humored response to a message that has been seThe Random House Unabridged Dictionary defines digital as “available in electronic form; readable and manipulable by computer.” The term “digital technology,” then, refers to technology that is electronic and computer based, such as laptops, cellphones and other portable devices. This field is continuously evolving and has dramatically changed the way we communicate in a variety of arenas

Digital communication has greatly altered the way people communicate in a business climate. Instead of having to talk to a sales associate and that individual manually filling out a form for a customer’s order, the customer can now place orders online with an automated system, decreasing the necessity of interpersonal communication. Email has sped necessary communications, allowing business to be done at an accelerated pace. Smartphones have increased accessibility to these fast moving communications and information databases, allowing business and business communications to take place at any time in any place with a signal.

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Japan stun Spain

Japan produced an impressive performance to shock World and European champions Spain with a 1-0 victory in their Group D opener at Hampden Park.

Yuki Otsu’s first-half goal was enough for the Japanese, but the margin of victory could have been much greater as 10-man Spain struggled with the pace and pressure applied by their opponents.

The 1992 Olympic champions were already 1-0 down when they had Inigo Martinez sent-off with five minutes remaining in the first half and they failed to recover from their numerical disadvantage.

Keigo Higashi, Kensuke Nagai and Hiroshi Kiyotake all went close for Japan after the break but a single goal was enough to send them to the top of the group following Honduras and Morocco’s 2-2 draw earlier in the day.

Spain started the game by trying to impose their usual possession-based style on the game, but they were hustled from the very first whistle by an energetic Japanese team.

Chelsea’s Juan Mata forced Shuichi Gonda into a fine save with Spain’s only serious effort of the first half but it was Japan who were threatening more regularly and they were rewarded after 33 minutes when Otsu outmuscled Martin Montoya to prod home Takahiro Ohgihara’s corner.

Kiyotake should then have doubled the lead as he pounced on a wayward backpass from Alvaro Dominguez but, after rounding David De Gea, he could not turn his shot on target from a narrow angle.

Spain were in trouble a few moments later when Martinez was sent-off for bringing down Nagai just outside the area.

Japan wasted a host of opportunities to extend their lead early in the second half.

De Gea was called into action to make a fine save from Higashi in the 49th minute and the Manchester United goalkeeper should have been left helpless when Nagai broke through on goal soon after, only for the striker to pull his shot just wide of the target.

Kiyotake had an almost identical opportunity two minutes later at the end of an amazing solo run, but again his shot flew just wide.

By contrast, Spain struggled to create their own clear-cut openings. Jordi Alba’s effort was easily smothered by Gonda with 12 minutes remaining before Spain were again thankful to De Gea as he made a stunning stop to once again deny Nagai and Hotaru Yamaguchi shot wide with the goal at his mercy in stoppage time.

Japan boss Takashi Sekizuka was understandably delighted with his side’s performance but refused to get too carried away.

He said: ‘This is still the first match and we still have far to go to even make the knockout round, but I look forward to playing Spain again later in the competition.’

Spain manager Luis Milla said afterwards: ‘Despite the result, playing in the Olympics is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we have to enjoy it.

‘At this level we know the small details count and now we have to work on those and prepare for the next match against Honduras. We have two finals now to try and qualify for the next stage.’

Altas raise the bar with OT win

PERPETUAL Help coach Aric del Rosario’s old magic has certainly rubbed off on the Altas.

After a 94-88 overtime victory over Mapua on Thursday at The Arena is San Juan, del Rosario’s Altas improved to 5-2 and eclipsed their win total for all of last season when they finished with a 5-13 win-loss mark.

Hired by the Altas before the start of the season, del Rosario, winner of four UAAP titles with the University of Santo Tomas, set modest goals and vowed to get the Altas out of the cellar.

With the way things are going, leading the Altas to a Final Four berth is not far-fetched anymore. But del Rosario insited he’s not thinking that far ahead.

“Hindi ko pa iniisip ang Final Four,” the 72-year-old del Rosario said. “Pangako ko lang maalis sila sa kulelat.”

The Altas, though, had to endure anxious moments before they could grab their fifth victory this season.

The Altas squandered a late double-digit lead as the Cardinals forced overtime, but they held on with Earl Thompson and Femi Babayemi taking charge in the extra period.

The 19-year-old Thompson came up with fine another all-around performance with 22 points, 10 assists, five boards, and four steals, while Babayemi, one of the squad’s two Nigerian imports, registered a double-double of 13 points and the same number of rebounds.

After Thompson buried a triple that made it 78-67 for the Altas with four minutes and 14 seconds remaining in the fourth, the Cardinals rallied to tie the game at 85.

But the Altas buckled down on defense to limit the Cardinals to just one field goal in the extra period.

“Nalagay ko na sa mga players ko yung hindi umaayaw na attitude,” Del Rosario said.

The scores:

PERPETUAL 94 – Thompson 22, Allen 19, Babayemi 13, Vidal 11, Omorogbe 11, Elopre 9, Arboleda 7, Alano 2, Jolangcob 0, Paulino 0.

MAPUA 88 – Parala 20, Banal G. 18, Banal J. 15, Ighalo 12, Nimes 7, Stevens 5, Eriobu 4, Chien 3, Brana 2, Saitanan 2, Estrella 0.

Quarterscores: 24-11; 44-35; 64-57; 85-85; 94-88.

‘Basic Pacman’ ready to rumble in London

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LONDON — They call him Pacquiao or Little Pacman by fellow Olympians and countrymen alike while deep in training  in Cardiff, Wales.

When Mark Anthony Barriga and his coach, Roel Velasco, left  that  little city for London , his countrymen wished him the best of luck and  prayed he’d  do a Manny Pacquiao while inside the ring as he competes in the 30th Olympic Games starting July 31.

“Pacquiao o Little Pacman  ang tawag sa akin,’’ said Barriga, dwarfed by towering foreign players going in and heading out of the huge dining hall where he took a breakfast in the company of Velasco and amateur boxing official Ed Picson on Wednesday after a workout.

Velasco and Picson said the light flyweight won the hearts of  Cardiff-based Filipinos and the respect of  fellow boxers in the course of his 19-day training in Wales because of his style, exuberance and dedication to training.

“Siya yung pinapanood ng mga fans and other boxers,’’ said Picson while noting the many lessons gained from the experience of sparring with fellow light-fly bets from Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras.

“It’s a good experience. I can say he’s  ready for this Olympics,’’ said Picson of the Panabo City, Davao del  Norte native.

Still a bachelor at 19, Barriga  made it to the Olympics not on merit but only because the boxer who beat him in the quarterfinal during the world championship qualifier went on to win the gold medal. That guy was defending Olympic titlist Zhou Zhiming, who outpointed him, 12-5, in their quarterfinal match.

Since checking into the Athletes Village on Tuesday morning, weight was never a concern for Barriga, one of only two athletes in the 11-member PH squad given a fighting chance of ending the country’s medal drought that started in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

“Walang problema sa timbang. Under weight nga kung minsan,” said Velasco, the  last Filipino to make a podium finish after settling for the bronze medal in the light-fly division in the 1992 Barcelona Games.

In his first full day at the Village, Barriga worked out for a little more than an hour in the morning, shadow boxing, doing abdominal exercises, sprinting, sharpening his reflexes and hitting the punchmitts which all went well.

“Maganda naman ang training niya kanina. Ganadong mag-praktis,” said Velasco, who joined the national coaching staff a few years after retiring from active competition.

Then he blurted out the words which brought a smile on the face of PH team chief of mission Manny Lopez.

“Malaki ang pagasa ni Mark, sir,’’ Velasco told Lopez, his boss at the amateur boxing body when he was at the height of his career like his younger brother, Atlanta silver medalist Mansueto Velasco.

As he was about to leave the hall, Barriga saw South Korean Jong Hun shin,  the No. 1 light-fly in the world, who was seating at the far end of the long table. He told Lopez of who Jong is, saying he’s now the No. 1 in the world based on the latest rankings, dislodging Zhiming.

After giving Barriga good luck wishes, Lopez told the boxer not to mind the rankings, telling him that he’ll be fine if he works well and follows the battle plan come fight time. Barriga is ranked 43rd.

“Huwag kang matakot sa rankings. Basta pagbutihin mo sa ring at malayo ang mararating mo,” Lopez said, before touching Barriga’s Mohawk-styled hair like a dear son.

 

Top US bet is half-Pinay

THERE is a compelling reason for Davao, and the whole country for that matter, to root for this young American athlete in London.

Lee Bacani Orpilla Kiefer is the United States’ top female foil fencer and its best bet for gold in the 2012 Olympics in London. Most significantly, she is half-Filipino or, to be more specific, a certified Dabawenya, her mother Teresa Ann Orpilla being a native of Tagum City in Davao.

Kiefer, who has just turned 18, is the reigning American women’s foil champion and is currently ranked no. 7 in the world. She is in the final stages of her buildup in London and she will begin her quest for the gold medal in the women’s foil event on Saturday (July 28).

Dr. Janice Bacani-Carandang, Lee’s aunt, told  in an exclusive interview that Teresa, her first cousin, migrated to Louisville, Kentucky in 1973. Teresa is now a psychiatrist practicing in Lexington, Kentucky and is married to Steven Modlin Kiefer, a neurosurgeon from Cincinnati who is also practicing in Lexington.

Teresa, who studied at St. Mary’s College in Tagum, is the younger of two kids of Dr. Teresita Bacani-Oropilla, a US-trained pediatrician who practiced in Tagum in the 1960s up to 1973, when she trained and practiced as a psychiatrist in Louisville, Kentucky until her retirement. She was also a professor at the University of Louisville.

When Lee was formally announced as a member of the US Olympic delegation last April, Carandang said the fencing phenom asked her family in the Philippines to root for her and pray for her triumph in London.

“Being an Olympian is already a big accomplishment, and bringing home a medal would already be a bonus. We just want Lee to do her best and we want her to know that we are very proud of her,” Carandang said.

“She is definitely an improvement of the race, and I in particular am very proud that we share the same gene pool. Her family in the Philippines is very proud of her and we want the world and the Filipinos in particular to get to know this amazing girl.”

Lee is the middle child in a brood of three. She is sandwiched by elder sister Alexandra (second year college at Harvard) and brother Axel (high school student).

The Kiefers learned the sport from their father Steve who is team captain of Duke’s fencing team in the mid-eighties. Their dining room served as their first training area. Lee did not like fencing at first because she found the bag too heavy, but she has since fallen in love with the sport, relatives said.

Lee has risen swiftly in the world rankings. She is now ranked seventh in the world in foil, and has won 14 gold medals at various events, including the top spot at the 2010 Cadet World Championships. She was also a member of the US team that won gold at the 2009 Junior World Championships.

The first and only time Lee was in the country was in 2004 when she was 10. She stayed with her family in a Davao hotel but spent nights in her grandfather’s house in El Rio Vista and travelled to her mother’s hometown in Tagum.

“When she was in Davao, Lee would just go with the flow, never demanding too much attention. And while they were billeted in a hotel for most of their stay, Lee loved to sleep over in her Lola’s house, on the floor with her siblings,” Carandang recalled.

Carandang recalled Lee as a talkative and cheerful as a child. “She was a sweet child who was very affectionate to her family, even to relatives she would meet for the first time.”

She said Lee does not speak Filipino but she understands some words because they had a constant stream of Filipino visitors in the US. She calls her cousins ate or kuya and loves to eat adobotocino and rice. “When she was young, she even eats with her bare hands—very Filipino.”

Her aunt recalled that she once tried to teach Lee the popular song Bahay Kubo while on a camping trip when she was six years old, but she laughed and gave up after a while because there were too many new strange words to memorize.

Her family in Davao hopes Lee will have the chance to return to the country again when her Olympic stint is over, hopefully with a medal around her neck. But for now, the teenager is hoping for the best in London but believes her best shot at gold will come in 2016.