Friday, January 30, 2015
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Thursday, January 29, 2015
The FTC offered a series of recommendations for how businesses can keep Internet-connected devices secure.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
CES is the proving ground for many new innovations in technology. Here are the Google and Android trends you need to know from CES 2015.
The journey to Las Vegas every year for CES is something of a pilgrimage for technophiles. It is among the show tunes and slot machines that you will see the latest and greatest in tech, and identify the trends for the year ahead.
Google, however, typically isn't much of a center stage player at CES. The search company tends to release new products and information through its own, proprietary events, such as the I/O developer conference, where it doesn't have to share the spotlight with other companies.
While Google didn't divulge any earth-shattering news, or unveil its next big product at CES 2015, the company had a presence there and several of its partners shared new developments. Here are the top three trends to watch in the Google and Android ecosystems from CES 2015.
1. It starts in the home
Google hasn't been shy about its interest in the Internet of Things space. Early last year, the company acquired smart thermostat maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion, catalyzing its headlong dive into the connected home. Much of what we saw at CES this year pointed to an even bigger play at this market.
Nest, which is still operated as a separate company, kicked off the CES festivities by announcing a host of new partnerships for home automation. The initiative is called "Works with Nest," and companies such as smart lock maker August, LG, Philips Hue, and UniKey joined Dropcam, Whirlpool, and Mercedes Benz as part of the collaboration effort.
Google's efforts in the home won't stop at automation, though.
When it comes to consumer electronics at CES, there were plenty of conversations around televisions, especially regarding 4K. Sony was one of the top exhibitors of 4K TVs, displaying its KDL-W850C series which has Android TV integration.
Google also recently released its Nexus Player and an updated version of the Chromecast, showing its eagerness to capitalize on the streaming video market. Another announcement it made at CES was the impending launch of Google Cast for audio. Soon, users will be able to stream audio from approved apps directly to compatible speakers. Additionally, there were third party products like the Razer Forge TV that use the Android OS to stream other media.
2. All about the automobile
Some of the biggest hype around Android at CES had to do with its Android Auto initiative, which is the Android OS powering specific vehicle infotainment displays. The initiative was announced earlier this year at the company's I/O conference for developers.
Audio company Pioneer was one of the first companies to roll out Apple's Carplay technology, and they showcased their aftermarket Android Auto integration at CES this year. Android Auto will be available on the second-generation NEX receivers by Pioneer in March 2015.
One of the fullest integrations came from Korean car manufacturer Hyundai. Called Blue Link, the Android Auto service built out by Hyundai is integrated with other tools such as car alarms and car starters. Hyundai took it one step further by building out an accompanying Android Wear app that allows users to remotely start or stop the engine, lock or unlock the doors, flash the lights, honk the horn, or geo locate the car.
3. Mobile reigns
Android, at its core, is still a mobile OS, and that was apparent at CES. Android news at the show centered around smartphones, specifically the LG Flex 2.
The Flex 2's keystone feature is its curved display. The phone's screen is 5.5 inches, setting it on the edge of the phablet category. The phones is powered by a Snapdragon 810 quad-core processor and will ship with Android 5.0.
Android Wear, Google's wearable initiative, has been a big undertaking for the company in 2014 and will continue to be a big part of its strategy in 2015. One of the most unique Android Wear smartwatches on display was the GoldKey Secure Communicator. The phone has its own secure storage and payments tools, setting it apart as a potential enterprise contender.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
|An employee loads a box with merchandise at Amazon's fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif.|
This chart shows the surge in the jobless rate and subsequent fall over the past decade.
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Monday, January 12, 2015
3D printed spider dress
Need we say more? Designer Anouk Wipprecht updated her slightly freaky spider dress and integrated it with several technologies leveraging Intel's Edison chip. The spider leg epaulettes are now roboticized and if someone gets too close, they react.
Put this one under the useless gadget category. If you're ready to quit smoking, this lighter is intended to help you. But it doesn't really do anything other than track how many times you light up each day. You can set it to not allow you to light a cigarette if you exceed your preset number. But then, that's what matches are for.
DreamScience alarm clock
Consider this a fancy alarm clock. Oregon Scientific has developed a gadget, also known as an alarm clock, that claims to monitor your sleepwaves and raise and lower the volume of its "brainwave embedded sounds" to help you sleep better and wake up easier.
Smart dog collars
No gallery of CES 2015 weirdness would be complete without the Belty. Because, guess what? This motorized belt is intended to make you more active by vibrating if you've been sedentary too long. And if you indulge in a big meal, Belty will automatically loosen to make you more comfortable as your waistline expands. Think of it as an ugly virtual fitness coach that doesn't judge too harshly.
Muse brainwave sensing headband
Want to have your brainwaves monitored? (Who doesn't, right?) Buddha blended with Big Brother is the first thing that comes to mind with Muse, a brainwave sensing headband spotted at CES. While we have no idea whether this works or not, the concept is a bit far fetched. Muse advertises that it can train your brain to to give you a calmer, more composed mind
iDerma Smart dog collars iGrow hair growth helmet
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Thursday, January 8, 2015
Summary:The Consumer Electronics Show has made its name on flashy demos and gadget lust, but at CES 2015 there's something even better on display: a lot of useful tech solving real world problems.
The Consumer Electronics Show is the shiniest, gaudiest, most over-the-top show in technology. It's known for its zillion-inch televisions, booths larger than rural villages, and bodacious marketing campaigns for products that don't justify 150-foot banners across the front of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The last several years at CES have been particularly big on glitz and thin on substance. But, I'm happy to report that everywhere you turn at CES 2015, there are companies with real products solving problems worth tackling.
We'll be reporting on them in greater detail throughout the week on ZDNet and TechRepublic, but I'll sum up the most encouraging stuff I've seen in four main takeaways.
1. Practical healthcare solutions
It's no secret that wearables are one of the main events of CES 2015 and most wearables involve health trackers. But the health care story at the show goes way beyond fitness bands and smartwatches. A few of the best things I've seen so far include smart hearing aids that use Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone and tablet (ReSound LiNX), hands-free temperature monitors for babies (Temp Traq), a game that helps you move to a healthier back (Valedo), and a UV sensor that floats in a pool to tell how much sunscreen you should put on your kids (Vigilant LilyPad).
2. Practical clean energy and green tech solutions
Cleantech made a big comeback in 2014 and CES 2015 is full of solutions that want to help you get more energy efficient with your gadgets, in your office, and in your home. For example, I saw a pocket-sized solar charger that can grab a full day's charge for your phone after just 90 minutes in the sun (Solpro), an iPhone case with its own solar charger built-in (Surfr), and a product that turns any air conditioner into a smart air conditioner (Sensibo).
And, there are also more bigger, ambitious solutions tackling our challenges in sustainability and transportation. For the first time, I laid my eyes on the Tesla Model X, the all-electric SUV with the doors that open like a Delorean. I also saw some electric-assisted bike technology that Panasonic is helping bring to regular bikes and the Gogoro electric scooter system with swappable batteries, NFC keys, and dashboard analytics.
3. Tech to help kids learn tech and science
Another one of the best developments of CES 2015 is the creative use of technology and apps to help teach children science, math, and tech. Wonder Workshop (formerly known as Play-i) showed off its fun little robots that teach kids computer programming concepts with the help of an app that visually organizes coding blocks. Ozobot uses drawing, design, and color patterns to help kids learn about robotics and computer programming.
4. Crowdfunded projects are now CES vendors
Wonder Workshop is also an example of a project that was recently crowdfunded and is now a vendor at the world's biggest technology show. In fact, that's a growing -- and encouraging -- trend at CES. A bunch of crowdfunded 3D printers (including the popular 3Doodler) were at CES 2015 en force as part of the new 3D printing pavilion at the show. Another example is the Scio scanner that lets you scan foods and medicines to determine their nutritional value and chemical components.
While not all crowdfunded products are useful, the fact that the community has voted on them with their money makes the process more democratic and proves that the products have real demand. TheEureka Park pavilion at CES 2015 is dedicated to startups and crowdfunded companies and it features 375 of them this year, compared to 200 last year.
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
|Yoon Boo-Keun, president and co-chief executive officer of Samsung Electronics, speaks at a news conference during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.|
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Summary:Got a lot of data? Finding your PC a little cramped when it comes to free space? Would a Seagate 8TB hard drive help?
Finally, an affordable 8TB drive has surfaced.
Sold by Seagate under the "Archive Label" brand and aimed at those looking for a cost-effective storage solution, the drive retails for around $270, which is far more palatable than the $1,000 or so that 8TB drive from HGST are currently going for.
That works out at around $0.033 per gigabyte.
The drive 3.5-inch 5,900RPM SATA-3 drives feature 128MB of cache and come in two flavors; the ST8000AS0002 which doesn't have hardware encryption, and the ST8000AS0012 "Seagate Secure" model which does.
The drive contains six platters and uses Shingled Magnetic Recording technology that allows an extra 25 percent more data per platter. Average read speeds are rated at 150MB/s with a maximum sustained rate of 190MB/s.
The drives consume 7.5W when active and only 5W when idle.
Full spec can be found on the Seagate website.
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