• Put your phone to work when you’re not using it.

    by  • March 14, 2014 • Tech • 0 Comments

    HTC Power to GiveThere are one billion smartphones in use today. The combined processing power of all these devices can truly revolutionize scientific research, and make an enormous contribution to humanity – if we all work together.

    With HTC Power To Give, the potential to research cures for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS – to help understand climate change, or venture into space – is all at our fingertips.

    By downloading HTC Power To Give, plugging in your phone and connecting to Wi-Fi, your spare computing power will become part of an enormous grid, providing processing power to a project you’ve selected from a range across the world.

    Medical, environmental, scientific and many other projects will benefit. Projects that could otherwise take hundreds of years could be executed in a drastically shorter time.

    The numbers are incredible, and achievable with your help.

    For more information, visit http://www.htc.com/ptg/.

    The program only runs when your phone is plugged in, connected to WiFi, and the screen is off so as to not take up processing power when you’re using it or eating up your limited data connection. However, it doesn’t work on all phones and is Android only as far as I can tell. You can see what phones it works on and download it from the Google Play Store.

    Me, I’m letting my phone search for aliens via SETI@Home.

    About

    Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

    http://www.travelinlibrarian.info/

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