Hardware, software and networks

http://www.crestron.com/controleverything/#welcome

Crestron is a brand that allows portable digital devices (iPhone’s and iPad’s)  to remotely control other devices, IT-enabled appliances. Such as lights, TV, DVD player, security system and thermostat. Using their application, the user can experience a SmartHome by controlling most of it with their cellphones.

The links below mention and comment Crestron as one of the leading brands in the building of a SmartHome. Considering the prestige of The New York Times and Forbes as sources, I think that this brand would be reliable and valid for use.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/2011/11/16/crestron-electronics-george-feldstein-manufacturing/

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/garden/18smart.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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Digital Policing

Every author or inventor is the exclusive owner of his work, invention or discovery, for the term granted by law” says article number 17 on the Argentine Constitution from 1853. This law was later adapted for patents and copyrights. With the rise of the internet, also rose the copyright violation of these laws. Users upload copyrighted videos, images and software. Digital Policing started because of this. In the article below SOPA(Stop Online Piracy Act) bill is explained. This bill tried to increase Digital Policing and combat copyright infringement. It tried to close website such as US’ PirateBay and Argentina’s Cuevana. Websites that exposed copyrighted information for users to download or stream.

http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/17/technology/sopa_explained/

I think this article is reliable because it is from CNN, one of the most viewed news channel in United States. Therefore, the authors they hire must be reliable in order to maintain their prestige.

Published and Broadcast Information

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/feb/20/what-effect-internet-on-journalism

This article is relevant to the topic studied because it analyses the effect of the internet on Published and Broadcast Information. During this article, the author(Aleks Krotoski), analyses the importance of internet-based journalism nowadays and how it has damaged old-fashioned press practices.  “The web’s effect on news reporting is considered the most clear evidence that this is a revolutionary technology: news editors – and in some cases, the governments that they observe – are no longer the gatekeepers to information because costs of distribution have almost completely disappeared. If knowledge is power, the web is the greatest tool in the history of the world.” says Krotoski. With this paragraph, she exemplifies her general view in relation to the topic.

As mentioned in previous posts I think we can consider this site as a reliable(valid) article.This article is reliable because it was published by The Guardian, which is a newspaper that was founded in 1821 and is one of the most read newspaper’s in the UK. This is also one of the 5 most read news website in the internet worldwide and has more than 4 million followers in Google+.

Social Networking

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/feb/04/facebook-in-numbers-statistics

This article exposes information on one of the major social network in the world: Facebook, and shows impressive figures about their 10-year old company. During these years Facebook has impacted on society greatly, most of the people in the world use Facebook. More than 1 thousand million people access this social network every month, and 556 million access it from their cellphone EVERY DAY. An unbelievable fact is that 8 years ago Facebook had just 12 million users: 0,01% of what it has today.

This article is reliable because it was published by The Guardian, which is a newspaper that was founded in 1821 and is one of the most read newspaper’s in the UK. This is also one of the 5 most read news website in the internet worldwide and has more than 4 million followers in Google+.(Nothing in comparison to the numbers presented in relation to Facebook users, but enough to make it a valid source). Because of these facts I think we can consider this site as a reliable(valid) article.

Digital Entreteinment

A 90s Kid Living in 2014 Then and Now

Even though in a first place I didnt know The Huffington Post after doing some research I deduced that this newspaper is in fact a reliable source. The Huffington Post is a modern style news aggregator and blog founded in 2005 in New York. I think that it is reliable mainly because about 20,000 users rated their App on Play Store with an average of more than 4 stars.

This URL is relevant to the topic studied because the author emphasizes on the contrast between the 90s and now in relation to Digital technology, from a negative point of vew. The author explains how different it was back then to buy music and movies, to play games, to watch tv and use the internet. She describes how things were much more physical before, people used to line up in order to buy music and movies, how games could be played without electricity and how tv changed and how internet was used so much less. I think even though the author tackles this topic from a conservative mindset he is able to sum up all the drastic changes in Digital Entreteinment. I think that if he could include also the positive aspects of the subject his text would be richer in content

Homes and home network

Controlling the ´Smart´ Home with tablets and smartphones 

The author of this post on the New York Times is Nick Wingfield. I think this author is completely reliable because of two main reason: I don´t think a prestigious newspaper such as The New York Times would not hire any journalist to write their news. Also, Wingfield has 528 articles on the newspaper, mostly about technology. This fact reinforces the validity of this source.

This source is relevant to the topic because it refers to how home automation has evolved in the past years and how home networks are becoming ¨smarter¨ now. Some of the new gadgets in relation to home automation include: iPhone controlled lights and iPhone managed home temperature.