Exciting technologies of the future

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Humans have come a very long way on the road of development, innovation and technology. From stone-made fires, to artificial intelligence and breathtaking robotics, the history of our existence has been completely reshaped by the boundaries of our imagination. A couple thousand years ago, no one would have imagined a reality where communication happened as seamlessly as snapping ones fingers, or even imagined that humans could explore the possibility of life on another planet, but hey! look at us now! However, as we have come to realize as a species, our minds are never satiated with breakthroughs, no matter how substantial; our curiosities always push us to do more, be more and create more. For this reason, we have put together this mini-article giving a snippet of some of the most exciting technologies and innovations that may grace the human landscape in the coming years. Technologies that could totally redefine the limits of what is possible.

Flying Cars

  “Up there, in the sky. Is that a car? Is that a plane? Oh wait! It’s both!”. As the population of the world gets ever larger and the transition to the middle class grows, the ever increasing need to get from place to place via road transport will lead to an accumulation of vehicles on the roads, ultimately translating to congestion. The skies, however, are one space that sees vast potential in the grand scheme of transport. The future could see vast developments in flying car technology where cars act as mini-hybrids; a kind of cross between a minuscule plane and a road-running car, thus bridging the gap between air and land travel, and who knows, perhaps this flying car technology could also be extended to include some form of underwater transport!

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Augmented Reality

  Have you ever imagined yourself as the superhero that swoops in and saves the world from danger? With augmented reality, you can. Augmented reality modifies the real environment by applying computer-generated objects. It essentially expands our physical world, adding layers and layers of information onto it; a seeming change of perception on a holistic level. Imagine playing a game where YOU were physically your avatar. The entire gaming environment would be mapped onto your current reality and you’d literally be living the game. Fascinating, isn’t it? Augmented reality possesses the capacity to revolutionize the world in terms of data visualization, planning for natural disasters, predicting things before ahead of time, and running simulations of events.

5g, 6g and yes, even 7g technology

  Humans love speed; we crave it. More speed, more bandwidth, faster wi-fi, more connectivity. The technologies of 5g and beyond quench our desires for mobile connectivity speeds and, you guessed it, goes the extra mile. Imagine a mobile technology so fast that a surgeon in one part of the world could use the technology to operate on a patient in another part of the world! Insane, right? The possibilities of 5g, 6g and more gives us a wide variety of potential that could be extended to health, data storage, analytics and mind-to-mind communication (yes, I just said telepathy!), and, possibly, the digitization of the entire planet. A world connected by a single thread of supersonic internet connectivity. The possibilities are quite endless!

Driverless Cars

  This is perhaps one of the craziest futuristic envisions yet to come. A vehicle that drives itself. Intelligent enough to avoid people and objects, wait for pedestrians, navigate bends and sharp turns, obey traffic regulations, control its own speeds and communicate with other cars of like technology within a given area! Crazy. The driverless cars are still experimental, but the possibilities of their applications could be enormous. Safety, of course, is still a concern, but the viability of its applications in terms of helping disabled people get from place to place, ease the stress of the human navigator, and even provide an advanced sense of security are all pluses to adore.

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The world is expanding faster than we can think or know. Very soon, we’ll have a colony of humans inhabiting other planets, eat food not grown in the ground, live in alternate realities, travel at unimaginable speeds, and communicate with never before experienced capacities. The unpredictability of our human evolution in the landscape of technology makes for a very exciting existence of our entire species. What a time to be alive!

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5 tips how to speed up your website

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User experience has become an integral part in production of software and any website. Sources of information are increasing. Each company fights for its consumer, whether it is a consumer of services or a blog reader. With so many different possibilities, people easily part with brands and products, giving preference to the winner for the most convenient opportunity. The fact that the site should be incredibly fast and convenient is not even discussed.
But is it so obvious to everyone that sometimes it is necessary to devote a considerable amount of time to improving the speed of the website as well? Absolutely not.

Very often, website speed is not a concern, regardless of whether you hire a web developer or create the site yourself as a beginner. Of course, it’s hardly worth worrying about speed if your website is one page without an abundance of photos, additionally downloaded plug-ins, fonts, forms, and so on. But if you have any kind of a website, it will never be superfluous to verify its performance and make changes if required. 

1. Serve Scaled Images

When you upload an image larger than your layout requires, you may have an issue with scaled images. For instance, if you upload an original image of 600 pixels x 600 pixels, but it displays as a 40×40 thumbnail through html and css.  In this case the browser needs to download a large image, then rescale it and display it as thumbnail. 

To serve scaled images you need to upload already resized images. Any program that can change the image resolution is suitable for this purpose. For example, Photoshop, Online Image Resizer or WordPress resizing plug-ins. 

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2. Use a CDN

CDN is a Content Delivery Network, which is used to minimize the distance between your website visitors and your website’s server. This network stores a cached version of content in multiple points of presents (PoP’s). In other words, if someone from a European country is accessing a website hosted in the US, he receives content through a local European point of presents. In this case  users will receive content much faster than if they need to request a response from a US server. 

Furthermore, CDN does not cost much, so it is worth it to use it to give your customers a fast  web experience.

3. Reduce DNS lookups

DNS – Domain Name System – converts human readable domain names into IP addresses. For example, after typing a domain name in your search bar, a DNS query is performed by your ISP to request the name of servers associated with this domain. 

When you use the free DNS providers, they are usually very slow. In other words, DNS providers use pretty much the same model as CDN providers. They have many points of presents around the world. Which means, as bigger DNS provider is, as faster will be a website performance. The biggest DNS providers are Amazon, Cloudflare, OpenDNC, etc. 

https://ns1.com/signup?plan=startup

https://www.cloudns.net/

https://www.verizondigitalmedia.com/platform/edgecast-cdn/

4. Leverage browser caching

Browser caching is remembering the resources that the browser has already loaded before. This means that to display your webpage, a web browser needs to load a lot of different resources such as logo, CSS, et cetera. 

You can reduce page load time for repeating visitors of your website. For example, by enabling caching. To do so you can find the .htaccess file in your web hosting file manager and add expires caching code to this file. The code should be added to the top of your .htaccess file. Basically, this code will tell your browsers what to cache and for how long to keep this information.

5. Minify JavaScript and CSS

Minifying means a process when you can remove not useful characters in the source code. This includes spaces, comments, line breaks and other characters. Consequently, a web browser can read a piece of code much faster if your files containing HTML, CSS and  JavaScript will be minified. 

In essence, you can minify manually or use online tools. CMS such a WordPress already contains a lot of plug-ins to minify you code.

A suite of tools from Google Developers. Allows you to minify  Javascript along with other helpful optimizations.

Online minifier which supports HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Also, it supports code combinations like CSS + PHP and JavaScript + PHP

For minifying CSS

User friendly tool to minify HTML, CSS, Javascript.

Allows to upload multiple Javascript codes at once.

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