Posted: December 9th, 2013 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Apple, Cult of Apple, iPad, iPhone, Technoid Computer News | Comments Off
Apple’s got its eye on you, the consumer gadget behemoth is watching you as you wander about it’s store. Armed with the power to push you toward product, iBeacon – Apples instore location technology – will feed you all the information you need to make your Apple Store experience much more efficient, and much more… well, Applesh
Apple demonstrated the technology to journalists at it’s Fifth Avenue store in New York City on Friday. And while Apple isn’t the first to offer instore mapping – Macy’s teamed up with Shopkick last month to deliver the first retail-based iBeacons in it’s new York and San Francisco stores – Apple’s foray into this fast evolving technology is expected to boost uptake.
Apple first introduced iBeacon at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June this year, though the technology isn’t new, however the introduction of Bluetooth 4.0 has revolutionised it’s use.
iBeacons can be adjusted to highlight specific products as they allow for extremely precise indoor positioning, distinguishing between locations or items that are less than a metre apart, which isn’t possible with traditional GPS :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 3rd, 2013 | Author: Judith Sternbach | Filed under: Sony, Standout | Tags: Mobile Device, smartphone, Sony, Sony Smartwig, Wearable Device | Comments Off
I’ve just finished watching Michael Douglas play Liberace in Behind The Candelabra, smartest looking man in a toupée. As a rule a hairpiece doesn’t sit well, they’re always obvious, rarely believable. Michael Douglas is a a rarity – NO MAN SHOULD EVER WEAR A WIG!
All that said, someplace in the galaxy YOU KNOW someone’s been trying to fit tech-stuff inside a wig, hide technology under not-real hair, it’s such an obvious fit, right?
Apparently someone at Sony, the genius’ behind Blueray, Walkman, Playstation and Plasma, thinks this idea might fly.
According to Bloomberg, Sony has filed for a US patent on a device called “Smartwig.” Clearly Sony has disobeyed the first rule of wig-wearing, “Never admit it’s a piece.”
The new Gizmo apparently has mobile connectivity – tablet + phone – it’s also kitted with built-in navigation, a health checker, camera and slide show viewer, seriously: refer to rule 1, never admit…
Sony – holding onto the little wisdom it has left – has admitted it’s unsure if it intends to actually commercialise the device, but we still can’t get the image of a coke-bottle goggle wearing Japanese boffin dashing about the lab wearing his supershiny black Smartwig :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Amazon, News From the web, Standout | Tags: Amazon, Drone Delivery System, Ebay, FedEx, Jeff Bezos, Prime Air, UPS | Comments Off
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 »»»»
Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Android, Apple, Microsoft, Tablet, Technoid Computer News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: android, iOS, Microsoft, Microsoft Mobile Computing, Surface, tablet, Windows 8, Windows 8 RT | 3 Comments »
Microsoft’s head of Devices, Julie Larson-Green has caused a stir in the tablet market, unofficially announcing that the Tech-behemoth would only be running with two – of three – operating systems for mobile devices.
Microsoft currently runs Windows Phone, RT and Windows 8 on tablets and phones. Punters are betting large on RT being the odd OS out.
RT was developed solely to take advantage of ARMs 32-bit architecture, giving devices like Surface super thinness and power efficiency. RT is a cutdown version of Windows 8, sitting smack in the middle of Phone and 8, with more functionality than Phone but less functionality of 8.
Devices currently running Windows RT have a selection of scaled back, bundled programs – MS Office 2013 – however, it’s inherently incompatible with previous versions of Windows. Punters it seems are flexing their purchasing power, choosing full-blown Windows 8 rather than the OEM only RT as their tablet OS :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 26th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Apple, Cult of Apple, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Apple Inc, Apple iPad 3D, Apple iPhone 3D, Apple SmartTV, Business News, PrimeSense | 1 Comment »
Consumer tech-behemoth Apple Inc, has acquired 3D developer PrimeSense, it hasn’t however disclosed how it intends to use the new acquisition. PrimeSense is a developer who’s technologie allow devices to respond to their environment in three dimensions.
Apple purchased the Israel based company yesterday, tech-analysts believe the move indicates a shift toward more sophisticated gesture-control in Apples mobile devices, iPhone and iPad.
An Apple spokesman confirmed the purchase, however declined to say how much it spent or what the technology will be used for. Israeli media said Apple paid about $350 million for PrimeSense, whose technology powers the gesture control in Microsoft Corp’s Xbox Kinect gaming system :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 21st, 2013 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News, UPDATED! | Tags: Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, ASUS, Google Android, Samsung, smartphone, Smartphone Sales, Table, Tablet Sales | 1 Comment »
The uncool kid on the block, Google’s Android, now controls more than 80% of the global smartphone market, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone also experiencing explosive growth according to new numbers.
The worldwide mobile market shipped an amazing 467 million new phones in the third quarter of 2013. Mobile researchers IDC said figures show the overall market grew 39.9% to 261.1 million units, up from 186.7 million a year ago.
The clear market leader was Google Android, shipping upward of 210 million devices, more than the total number of smartphones sold for all platforms combined quarter on quarter.
The platform now claims an amazing 81% of the worldwide smartphone market, but wait there’s more :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 5th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: Barack Obama, China, Cybersecurity, facebook, Google, Internet Privacy, NSA, PRISM, Twiiter, Washington Post, Yahoo | Comments Off
In a pickle once again, the US National Security Agency – NSA – has apparently hacked into communications links used by the planets largest techs, Google and Yahoo. According to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden the tech-behemoths security was breached in transit between data-centres.
It seems the more this pot gets stirred, the more sludge surfaces, weak restrictions on the NSA’s overseas activities are apparently used to exploit major US companies’ data to a much greater extent than previously thought, The Washington Post reported. It however remains unclear how the NSA accessed the links.
Like other major tech-behemoths, Yahoo and Google constantly send data over shared and exclusive international fibre-optic telecommunication lines. The newly disclosed NSA program, operated with the UK’s spy agency GCHQ – Government Communications Headquarters – jointly amassing 181 MILLION individual records, in just one 30-day splurge, according to the Post.
The head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, said: “To my knowledge, this never happened.” Wink Wink Nudge Nudge :: Read the full article »»»»