A new App Tawkon, has just hit the Android market as a free download. I, for one (of 10,000 others), am already sporting it on my HTC. The App monitors the radiation levels that you are being exposed to at all times. It will send you weekly status reports, if requested, to tell you how many minutes you used the phone for and at what exposure levels. A built-in warning system alerts you if you are being exposed to high levels of radiation and will suggest ways to reduce the levels.
The Israeli-based company, Tawkon, reveals that one minute of exposure to high levels of radiation can be equivalent to 5 hours exposure at low radiation levels. According to Gil Friedlander, the App developer, radiation can be affected by such variables as usage minutes, handset placement, distance to the mobile phone towers, weather conditions, number of users in a specific mobile area and intensity of the signal. The two key and most straight forward suggestions tawkon provides are changing your location (just a few feet away and the phone radiation can drop) and distancing the phone from head/body — using a speaker phone headset or Bluetooth.
The World Health Organisation lists mobile phone use in the same ‘carcinogenic hazard’ category as lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform. Despite numerous reports over the last two decades there is still no direct link to adverse health conditions from using our mobiles. This is good news, but like so many other things, in time the links may yet reveal themselves. I am all for proceeding with caution. The App has some neat features that you can include the whole family in, and very watchable animations that talk you through the benefits. Search Tawkon or log on to www.tawkon.com.
Software developed by DiaryBook’s big brother company IFLOW has just been launched on the global market. EXCELSEND and SQLSEND can now be downloaded from www.iflow.net/software.
IFLOW provides an online, secure texting service to users and businesses from all walks of life. Normal usage of the online IFLOW service means loading the data i.e. mobile numbers, onto Iflow’s server and using Iflow’s integrated telecom service provider. EXCELSEND and SQLSEND downloads allow anyone to send text messages to mobile phone data stored on their own computer and they can also use their own telecom service provider. The basic software is free or a licenced copy can be purchased with all the features (including delay sends and updates) for a once off payment.
EXCELSEND does what it says on the tin, and will prepare text messages from Excel documents stored on your computer, you can then preview and only send messages that you want to send. SQLSEND will prepare text messages from other types of databases on your computer, such as SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, Access, Postgre to name but a few.
The only requirement to download the software is that you have Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.
IFLOW brought DiaryBook to the market in 2006 and continues to develop up-to-the-minute email, text, voice and fax services to enhance and improve businesses and organisations globally.
Jack Tamiel, industry pioneer and founder of the earliest personal computers, the Commodore PET, and C64 range passed away on Sunday, April 8. According to The Globe and Mail, Mr. Tamiel’s son Leonard confirmed his father’s death.
Mr. Tamiel, the son of polish-born immigrants who had survived the Auschwitz concentration camps, emigrated to the US in the late 1940s and worked at maintaining typewriters for the US Army. He later started his own typewriter manufacturing business Commodore International, before moving into the calculator business.
When Texas Instruments (TI) chips, used in all calculator production at the time, shot up their price, Tamiel began looking around for a chip manufacturing company to buy outright. This was in the mid 1970s when Steve Jobs was on the circuit. He and Wozniak demonstrated their Apple II prototype to Commodore hoping for a sale. But Commodore found their price too high (not much has changed!) and instead created the Commodore PET 2001 in time for the 1977 Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. The first Commodore PET 2001 computers were built with 6502 processors that controlled the keyboard, screen, cassette tape recorders and expansion ports. The first models included either 4 kB or 8 kB of 8-bit RAM with a cassette reader on the keyboard itself. Tamiel’s work during this time sowed the seeds for what ultimately became the popular home and games machine in the early 1980s, the C64 at a time.
Jack Tamiel was outsted from Commodore after a stockholder dispute and moved on to acquire Atari where he continued his gaming market development that he had first began with the C64. He will be remembered for popularising home computers and games, “We sell to the masses and not the classes,” he is quoted as saying.
The Commodore Pet Computer Business Machine (CBM) of the early 1980s was the training ground of the founder and CEO of Diarybook, Dermot O’Sullivan.
The hazards of texting while walking don’t often include a bear in the equation. Check out this short video capture from this morning in the US.