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Apples Superneat New Bezel Gesture Patent

Posted: September 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Breaking News, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Apples Superneat New Bezel Gesture Patent

iPhone Bezel PatentWhether you’re using an Apple iOS device – or any other maker – most smart-devicess work the same way, you typically use the touchscreen for input tasks such as typing, tapping and gesturing.

Until now, touch screens have worked just fine for most things we typically do on our devices, however, it can often be tricky to see everything that’s on screen when you’re holding your finger over a portion of the display.

Apple has an idea to work around this handicap…

A recently published patent application from the clever boffins at Apple covers an idea to make the bezels in iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices touch sensitive as well.

The bezel is the portion of the device that frames the screen. The application describes a scenario where this slim – and getting slimmer – area would have touch sensors just like the screen, so that you’d be able to scroll and tap without ever needing to cover the display :: Read the full article »»»»


Study Finds Social Media Assisting Students Cheating Exams

Posted: August 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Study Finds Social Media Assisting Students Cheating Exams

Study Finds Social Media Assisting Students Cheating Exams

The internet and smartphones have made it easier for students to cheat in exams, a new report into academic misconduct at the University of Sydney has found. The report followed investigations into ways to prevent and detect academic dishonesty and misconduct among students at the university.

The Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Taskforce completed a number of investigations during May and June 2015, including interviews with representatives from each of the university’s 16 faculties :: Read the full article »»»»


Google’s Hot New Buy, Nest

Posted: January 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google’s Hot New Buy, Nest

Google's Hot New Buy, NestThe 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 »»»»


Sony’s Smartwig… Seriously A Technology Filled Toupée?

Posted: December 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Sony, Standout | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Sony’s Smartwig… Seriously A Technology Filled Toupée?

Sony's Smart ToupéeI’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 »»»»


Taken Control: The Mobile Market Runs on Google’s Android

Posted: November 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Taken Control: The Mobile Market Runs on Google’s Android

TAKEN CONTROL! Google AndroidThe 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 »»»»


Blackberry’s Down? But Far From OUT!

Posted: November 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Smartphone | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Blackberry’s Down? But Far From OUT!

Blackberry's New Flagship Smartphone, Z30It would be far too easy to right Blackberry off as simply too hard, a mess perhaps, but still a very revolutionary mess.

Not to be overshadowed by it’s recent turmoil over ownership, BlackBerry has released its latest offer, an impressive new flagship, the Z30, a powerhouse set to impress. Not to mention the largest smartphone the company has ever offered.

Despite all of the recent – and well-documented, see below –  uncertainty surrounding the company machinations, Blackberry has managed to maintain a seriously loyal user base, particularly among the users everyone else wants, business users.

If you’re among this loyal core, is it time you updated to the latest BlackBerry? It’s certainly time to take a look. Be warned however, Z30 is All Touch :: Read the full article »»»»


Blackberry Dumps Sale, CEO Steps Down

Posted: November 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Smartphone, Tech-Business News, UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Blackberry Dumps Sale, CEO Steps Down

Blackberry Dumps Sale, CEO Steps DownBeleaguered smartphone maker Blackberry has abandoned it’s plans to find a buyer, instead the company says its chief executive will stand down after nearly two years in what has to be the toughest job in the techsphere.

Former software executive John Chen will serve as interim chief executive of the Canada-based firm, replacing Thorsten Heins. Blackberry has also announced plans to try and raise more than $US1 billion in fresh financing.

The announcement sparked a 16 percent plummet in Blackberry’s share price, raising fears the struggling smartphone maker is running out of options.

After a two-month review of strategic options and talks with potential buyers including Facebook and Lenovo, Blackberry says it will now completely abandon a sale :: Read the full article »»»»