The behemoth that is Google, has announced it’s first acquisition for the year, it’s buying Nest, a smart thermostat maker set up by former Apple genius and iPod visionary, Tony Fadell, in a deal said to be worth $US3.2 billion/$AU3.5 billion.
This latest big-ticket buy continues a move by the California-based search giant into consumer electronics hardware, adding smartphone-synced thermostats to its Motorola Mobility smartphones, Nexus mobile devices, Chromecast, and the promised release of Google Glass some time this year.
Nest Labs makes internet connected smoke detectors and thermostats. The company set about reinventing simple, but essential household devices in 2011 with the launch of it’s Nest Learning Thermostat and follow up product, Protect, a smoke alarm controlled by mobile devices :: Read the full article »»»»
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 »»»»
Blogger and ABC contributor Peter Ryan has a superneat post on a new report confirming what most of us already knew: Australians are addicted to their smartphones. The survey of smartphone users by tech behemoth Cisco reveals that the daily ritual for Gen Y Aussies kicks off with a quick txt.
Many of the survey participants admitted that they checked for messages, emails and updates at least twice an hour, many becoming anxious when their phone goes astray.
Kevin Bloch isn’t alone, our favourite news agency – Reuters – has an ubercool post on our latest addiction, Social Media.
Social media is now apparently a recognised addiction, a study undertaken last year by the University of Chicago found that Liking and Tweeting can be even more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol. The research showed that social networking sites gave users a burst of the addictive neurotransmitter dopamine :: Read the full article »»»»
That mobile device manufacturing behemoth that is Nokia has been teasing punters with what looks like a pretty spectacular new offering, the Nokia Lumia 920. Specs are pretty standout, Windows 8, 1.5GHZ Dual Core, 32 GB Storage, 1GB Ram, 41 Megapixel Camera, 4.5 inch Screen, all the usual connectivity tools housed in Nokia's - we love - traditional, uncluttered casing... oooh, and wireless charging :: Read the full article »»»»