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Showing posts with label Technology. Show all posts

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tokyo Thrift: Infobar is the most beautiful series of phones ever made

I know the question of the most beautiful phone ever made is a deeply personal one. The starkly minimalist iPhone 4 would be a good shout for many. Or the luxurious pillowy plastic of the Nokia N9. But if you ask me, the distinction goes to various members of a unique and very Japanese line of phones that’s lasted well over a decade.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Altering the deal: why Tony Fadell left Nest — and Alphabet

Last Friday’s news that Nest CEO Tony Fadell would be leaving the company he founded with Matt Rogers and stepping into an advisory role seemed like the culmination of months of stories about Nest’s demanding culture — particularly the frank displeasure of former Dropcam CEO Greg Duffy, who openly regretted selling his company to Nest. These reports have largely focused on Fadell, whose management style has been polarizing. But another dynamic playing out may have been even more important, according to interviews with insiders: Google's restructuring into Alphabet last year, which placed new financial pressures on Nest to perform that some say limited its ability to innovate.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Jawbone's Hail Mary product is the clinical wearable it hasn't yet released

It's been a rough Friday for Jawbone a Friday before a holiday weekend, at that! with two different reports stating that the tech company is trying to sell its audio business and has stopped production of its Up fitness trackers.

The Verge has independently confirmed through sources that Jawbone is trying to sell its audio business. Jawbone had also explored licensing its audio tech rather than selling off that part of the business entirely, a source says. But that's not entirely surprising, given that Bluetooth speakers have become so commoditized; Jawbone also hadn't released a new speaker since 2013, and its most recent Bluetooth headset was released in early 2014.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Recent developments - Try spirits by infrared radiation

Brad Boswell, president of Independent Stave, explains: We heat the staves to make them malleable prior to bending them to form the shape of a barrel. We can heat the staves up using steam, using a wood fire, or using an infrared heat source. Each method will make for a barrel with slightly different organoleptic characteristics. Depending on the organoleptic properties we’re seeking, we can apply one of many toasting options to barrel prior to charring.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Preorders Top 10 Million In World's Biggest Smartphone Market

A new report reveals that Samsung's latest flagships, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, already topped 10 million preordered units in China.

Samsung launched the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in 60 markets around the globe in just a week. So far, it received preorders for the devices in numbers that are higher than it expected.

Samsung Galaxy S7 release date, news and features

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is official, and while we'd gleaned a fair amount of information about it in the lead-up to the launch, there were still a few surprises on offer.

Those included an always-on display as well as some news on the internal storage of the phone.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

10 Ways the Internet of Things could change the world in 2016


The Internet of Things is in a period of flux just as the cloud was in 2010, and big data was in 2013
What will the Internet of Things (IoT) do next? Will it grow? Some think so – it could support total services spending of $235 billion (around £155 billion, AU$320 billion) in 2016, up 22% from 2015, according to Gartner. The analyst company also thinks that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30% from 2015, and this number will reach 20.8 billion by 2020.
If it does – and there's no guarantee – it will be on the back of decisions that have not been made yet, but there are some obvious trends and transformational technologies that are now coming to the fore which we're going to highlight in this article.
One thing's for sure – no-one knows what the IoT will look like in a year's time.

How virtual reality could change moviegoing

Leader of Nokia Systems, Ramzi Haidamus, claims VR for filmmakers’ improvement is a very long time within the works. He headed OZO, the very first virtual reality camera created especially for Hollywood- filmmakers. Haidamus claims the engineering is producing large advances and has been tinkering with virtual-reality for a long time.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The 10 hottest new tech products from CES 2016

A handful of the thousands of new technology products launched at this year's Consumer Electronics Show made a lasting impression on the approximately 150,000 visitors from more than 150 countries.
Here are 10 products and categories that created the most buzz at the Las Vegas event that ended yesterday. Many of the rest are destined to fade into obscurity.

Huawei Watch

Smartwatches continue to be a hot theme heading into 2016, and China's Huawei has some of the most handsome offerings.
The Watch Jewel and Watch Elegant, selling in early 2016 for $599 US and $499, run Google's Android Wear software and are aimed at women.
The Watch Jewel has 68 Swarovski zirconia crystals surrounding its circular 42-mm body. The watch face is always on in low power mode and lights up into full activity when tapped.
"We wanted it to be more feminine and something that women would be more attracted to," says spokesperson Chase Skinner.


Wearables also continue to be big, with companies and entrepreneurs literally trying to cover every body part with connectivity and sensors.
Montreal's Hexoskin announced a new smart shirt, which measures its wearer's cardiac and breathing activity. The shirt, as well as the tracking device that slips into it, sells for $449 in Canada.
Hexoskin chief executive Pierre-Alexandre Fournier says the shirt works better than wrist-worn fitness trackers in activities such as martial arts, boxing or basketball.
"We measure things that are hard to measure on the wrist," he says. "And if you want to do team sports, you can't wear things on your wrist."

Lego Education

Toys are always a hit at CES, even if they are educational, which is what Lego is aiming for with its new WeDo 2.0 kit.
The set, which is sold to schools, aims to introduce children in Grades 2 to 4 to simple programming, a sort of slimmed-down version of Lego's full Mindstorms robotics toys.
The base set, which lets kids create and program small Lego robots, starts at $169, with a separate curriculum package costing $270.
A classroom of 30 students can be equipped for less than $2,000, according to spokesperson Leshia Hoot. "It brings science to life in the classroom," she says.

HTC Vive Pre

Virtual reality was the biggest news at this year's CES, with companies touting numerous headsets, controllers and applications.
Taiwan's HTC is one of the companies leading the charge with its second-generation Vive Pre headset, which is more compact and comfortable and features improved lenses, as well as refined handheld controllers.
The Vive Pre also has a front-facing camera for detecting its wearer's surroundings and keeping him or her from walking into things. It's a mind-blowing experience, but it still needs a high-powered computer to work.
HTC will start taking pre-orders in February with an expected ship date in April, although the company has not yet announced the price. San Francisco-based Oculus, its main competitor, plans to sell its Rift headset for $599 US later in 2016.

3D Rudder

Movement within virtual reality is still an issue that a number of startups are looking to solve.
France's 3D Rudder has a round, skateboard-like platform that lets its user move forward and backward, side to side and up and down. The user controls movements with their feet while sitting, leaving their hands free to do other things — or hold other controllers.
"We believe it's the solution to movement," says company founder Stanislas Chesnais. "It helps to keep your hands independent."
The 3D Rudder will be available for pre-order in March for $175 US.


Unmanned systems, also known as drones, were everywhere at this year's CES, although fortunately for attendees, they weren't allowed to fly freely and were instead relegated to caged silos at booths.
The options spanned the gamut from inexpensive toys from the likes of France's Parrot to the Inspire 1, pictured, from China's DJI.
The Inspire 1 sells for $2,600 US and is aimed at professional filmmakers, with a 4K camera and video positioning system.

Faraday Future

Next-generation cars also attracted a good deal of attention, with CES quickly becoming automakers' preferred venue for making product announcements.
Among those was California-based Faraday Future, emerging from stealth mode.
Backed by Jia Yueting, the founder of LEtv, known as China's Netflix, the company is set to open a $1 billion production plant in Nevada, where it will work on a connected, self-driving electric vehicle.
The company's futuristic-looking concept car, the FFZero1, attracted big crowds — and big questions about whether it's all for real.
Yet, with Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in attendance at the company's press conference on Monday evening, there are some big expectations on Faraday Future.


Startups are becoming a bigger part of CES every year.
Eureka Park, a  section devoted to small businesses, has grown every year its inception in 2012. This year it hosted 500 exhibitors, up from 375 last year.
The ideas span a wide range, from retina-reading luggage to coffeemakers that can print photos into the foam at the top of the cup.
One unique idea is Droppler, from California's Nascent Objects, which measures water consumption by listening to how much noise a household's taps make. The $100 US device then syncs with an app, where users can see exactly how much water they're using.
"You'd be surprised how much people lower their consumption once they can actually visualize it," says company founder Babak Elmieh.

4K TVs

Ultra-high-definition or 4K televisions are picking up steam, with all the major manufacturers now in full-blown push mode on the higher-resolution panels.
Aside from packing more pixels onto screens, however, the TV makers, including Sony, Samsung and LG, are also adding high-dynamic-range technology, resulting in better colour ranges and whiter whites.
Tracking firm IHS expects global sales of the higher-ends sets to hit 96 million by 2019, up from just 12 million in 2014.

4K Blu-ray

To go with those 4K televisions, manufacturers will soon be releasing 4K Blu-ray players.
Samsung, pictured, and Philips were two of the major companies to announce devices at CES. Samsung is aiming for a March release but has not disclosed a price, while Philips' player is expected to cost under $400.
Film studios also used CES to announce products, with Warner Bros. saying it will release 35 4K Blu-ray movies this year, including Mad Max: Fury Road and The Lego Movie.