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Amazon “Prime Air” Delivering Orders Within 30 Minutes

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Amazon, News From the web, Standout | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Amazon “Prime Air” Delivering Orders Within 30 Minutes

Amazon "Prime Air" Delivering Orders Within 30 Minutes

The online behemoth that is Amazon plans to deploy a swarm of autonomous drones to deliver product within half an hour of ordering. The ambitious project – Prime Air – still needs safety testing and US federal approval, however, Amazon’s visionary leader Jeff Bezo’s reckons he’ll have Prime Air lifting off within 5 years :: Read the full article »»»»


Boston Dynamics Latest Robot: WildCat

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News From the web | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Boston Dynamics Latest Robot: WildCat

Boston Dynamics Latest Robot WildCat

Boston Dynamics, the engineering crew behind some of DARPA’s most advanced legged robots – the Terminator inspired PETMAN, brick tossing BigDog and the towering Atlas, has unveiled their latest creation.

The new bot is called WildCat, and it’s already galloping at speeds up to 25 kmh/16 mph over a flat surface :: Read the full article »»»»


Microsoft Buys Nokia Mobile

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, News From the web | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Microsoft Buys Nokia Mobile

Nokia

Just a week after CEO Steve Ballmer spruked his retirement, Microsoft has announced it will buy Nokia’s mobile phone unit for almost $8 billion. The Finnish phone maker will grant Microsoft a 10-year non-exclusive licence to its patents, and will itself focus on network infrastructure and services :: Read the full article »»»»


Steve Ballmer’s Retirement Imminent!?

Posted: August 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Microsoft, News From the web, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Steve Ballmer’s Retirement Imminent!?

Microsoft CEOMicrosoft’s outlandish chief executive Steve Ballmer has announced he’s got his heart set on retirement. The gregarious CEO reckons he’s pensioning himself off within the coming 12 months.

It is the opinion of this blogger that Microsoft under Ballmer’s helmsman-ship has missed many obvious opportunities, leaving the once mighty company languishing in cyber-nomans land.

Ballmer’s retirement might just open a new chapter for Microsoft, while its Windows OS is used in the vast majority of personal computers. Microsoft during Ballmer’s 13 years of control has had little impact in the fast-growing mobile device segment.

The tech-behemoth has faced a slurry of criticism for not keeping pace with this fast-evolving tech-sector. A large part of Microsoft’s problem seems to be a huge lack of self-concept, 15 years ago the company quite willingly accepted that it wasn’t the cool-kid on the block, Mr Gates indeed embraced his uncoolness.

15 years ago the tech-galaxy seemed balanced. Apple had creatives covered, the NASDAQ had a bunch of competitors to fill each niche between Microsoft’s dullness and Apples glistening stardom. This was a plus-place for Microsoft to be, so long as it stayed away from Apples end of the market, so long as it stayed boring.

While Apple has gone from strength to strength, Microsoft’s continuous failure at recognizing what it does super-well, the dull stuff, OS and Office, and there isn’t a thing wrong with that. Unless of course you’ve become slightly insecure, forgotten who your buddies are and you’ve grown a need to play with the good-looking kids. Microsoft has sacrificed it’s solid image in a futile attempt at cornering the glamour-end of tech. I realise this sounds like a bit of hot air, but (I need to say this: old people love Microsoft)

Old people love Windows 8, the OS and amazingly the phone. The fastest – and most ignored – group of technology consumers LOVES WINDOWS 8! So who does Microsoft market Windows 8 to… clever little bumpkins, trendites and fashion conscious iPhone owners? :: Read the full article »»»»


Hewlett-Packard Fined $3 Million For Misleading Customers

Posted: July 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News From the web | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Hewlett-Packard Fined $3 Million For Misleading Customers

HPThe Australian arm of computer giant, Hewlett-Packard, has been fined $3 million for making false or misleading representations to customers and retailers.

The Federal Court found HP had made false, misleading representations on consumer rights, including the terms of repairs, product returns guarantees and warranties.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – ACCC – took court action against HP in October last year. According to the ACCC, Hewlett Packard Australia informed customers that purchased HP products online could only be returned, and warranties could only be claimed at the company’s discretion, contravening Australian consumer law.

The court found that the technology giant had refused to honour retail/online resellers who failed to first obtain authorisation – for refunds or repairs – from HP. In Australia, consumers have the right to a replacement product or a full refund on faulty products. HP has now implemented a new claims processing and handling policy :: Read the full article »»»»


Cisco Predicts Internet Measured in Zettabytes

Posted: June 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News From the web | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Cisco Predicts Internet Measured in Zettabytes

Cisco Predicts Internet Measured in Zettabytes Technology behemoth Cisco has forecast that the need for internet speed will increase at head-spin pace over the next 4 years. The company predicts that by 2017, global internet traffic will be measured in zettabytes – one zettabyte is the seventh power of 1000 or 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 bytes, a sextillion – a trillion gigabytes.

Cisco reckons that by the end of 2015 annual global internet traffic will wiz past the zettabyte threshold. By 2017 the internet will reach nearly 1.5 zettabytes in data consumption annually. However, more worrying for boffins is the growth in peak-hour internet traffic. Over the past 5 years peak hour traffic increased at a steady 30 per cent a year, last year it grew at 40 per cent and Cisco say that growth is set to triple of the next 5 years.

The research is part of Cisco’s Visual Networking Index – VNI – and ongoing initiative by the behemoth that explores the implications of IP growth. Another amazing stat to come out of Cisco’s research is the growth of mobile, in 2012 less than 25 per cent of internet traffic originated from mobile devices, they expect mobile to grow to half of all internet traffic by 2012

It’s worth noting; in pre modern internet 1986, the planets entire historical data output – television, radio, cable etc – was 0.400 zettabytes. in 2000 we still only consumed 1.2 zettabytes – remember, that’s everything, all broadcast technologies – by 2017 the planet will be consuming more than 5 zettabytes of data a year, almost a third of which will be pulled through the internet:: Read the full article »»»»


Andrew Mason OUTWEIRDS Zuckerberg As Weirdest CEO… Oops Your Sacked

Posted: March 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Kiss My . . ., News From the web | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Andrew Mason OUTWEIRDS Zuckerberg As Weirdest CEO… Oops Your Sacked

GROUPON GROUPOFFThe group shopping website Groupon has fired its chief executive and co-founder as the company struggles to turn around its poor earnings and crumbling share price.

On the day its stock slid 24 per cent after reporting dismal quarterly results, the daily deals company said Andrew Mason was asked to step down.

In an unusually candid letter to staff, Mr Mason confessed he was getting in the way of the company he co-founded just a few years ago and had failed in his role as leader.

“After four-and-a-half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today. If you’re wondering why… you haven’t been paying attention,” Mr Mason wrote in a memo to staff.

“From controversial metrics in our S1 to our material weakness to two quarters of missing our own expectations and a stock price that’s hovering around one quarter of our listing price, the events of the last year and a half speak for themselves. As CEO, I am accountable.”

Co-founder Eric Lefkofsky and board member Ted Leonsis will lead the company until a permanent chief executive is found. Groupon declined to comment on potential candidates :: Read the full article »»»»