The future of notebooks

It seems that notebooks are getting thinner and thinner these days. When Apple introduced the MacBook Air it instantly became a hit. I am a huge fan of it and love the thinness. Then came the iPad, which also revolutionized the industry.

Couple of weeks ago the Steve Jobs, the founder and CEO of Apple, had a presentation and asked the audience “what would happen if an iPad and a MacBook Air hooked up?” The result is the new MacBook Air. This would be very interesting, basically imagine a Laptop that has touchscreen capabilities. There has been rumors of the new MacBook Air with screen sizes of 13.3 inches and 11.6 inches respectively. While the new MacBook will have many upgraded features, such as better battery life, that is not the subject of our article.

So it seems that the future for laptops will be to get thinner, offer longer battery lives and more features and making the touch sensitive screens a standard.

Caring for the eyes

As the world rushes to get connected through online avenues, there is an ever-growing trend of gadget and device innovations that enable people to connect faster. And as the world grows smaller, more and more of people’s time are devoted to endless hours of looking at monitors, whether small or large, and thus put a huge strain on their eyes. Optical health is an essential part overall well-being, for without proper eye care, a person’s virtual profile may soon be cut short or made into a nightmare.

To prevent eye ailments, online users have to take note of several guidelines to help take care of their eyes. Number one on the list of care tips is knowing how to customize a person’s immediate environment. It is highly recommended that a person use larger monitors or screen magnifiers to put as little strain on the eyes as possible. A person should also sit closer to the computer on a chair that has ample back support to minimize neck strain. When in doubt, comfort should be the main goal of environment customization.

Lighting is the second most important factor. There has to be a balance on brightness. Too much brightness will cause eyes to be overexposed, while inadequate brightness will cause the eye to be strained just to be able to see what’s in front. Desk lamps should not be aimed directly at a person’s eyes, and should instead be aimed at the desk. Windows should be located to a person’s sides, instead of front or back to likewise prevent over or underexposure. Finally, the monitor must be positioned to prevent reflections from occurring.