We're starting to hear the first few rumbles on Android 6.0, or Android M. Before we see the next-gen version of Google's mobile OS, we'll see Android 5.1, which is something the Android team is already working on.
When should we expect Android 6.0? According to the latest rumors, Android M should arrive in October-November 2015, which is normally when Google releases the next iteration of Android. This means we'll hear about it in June at Google's annual Google I/O event, but now we have to guess what the 'M' stands for. Milky Way? Milky Bar? Marshmallow? I'm going with Marshmallow.
"I've got your back bro" exclaims Virgin Media. If you're prone to falling asleep on the couch or have had a long day at work, Virgin Media has developed a new device that will auto-record your show to a connected TiVo box when you slip off to sleep.
This wristband is named be KipstR and works in conjunction with a TIVo box, designed by 15 year old Ryan Oliver and 14 year old Jonathan Kingsley - two youngsters who were commissioned by Virgin Media to develop this 3D-printed device in their Manchester Creative Studio.
We've seeing more 3D-printed devices hit the market which is awesome to see. The way this hot piece of tech works is to utilize a pulse-oximeter to closely monitor the wearers blood flow and content of oxygen located within. When your heart slows down due to you nodding off, the KipstR will sense this and start recording your session.
On the 18th of December 2014, Samsung held their Samsung Gear S Spy Camp. This promotion was designed as a vehicle to show off their new Samsung Gear S smartwatch among other new releases to media in a hands-on environment.
The attendees were given a 'mission' designed to utilize Samsung's Galaxy Alpha smartphone, the Gear S smartwatch and the Gear Circle headset in unison - this was alongside product training and other hands-on experiences with all of Samsung's new devices.
Held in Lexis, Port Dickson, this 'camp' was designed as an alternative type of product training, seeing all involved be brandished as 'spies' - receiving their own personal Gear S and other devices. We've also seen a report that one Techarp writer was able to pair an Apple iPhone 6 to the Gear S device, something that Samsung has claimed is impossible.
Perhaps emboldened by the success of this summer's western reboot of the 'Godzilla' franchise, which itself will recieve a sequel, the original rights holder to the beast, Japanese studio Toho has its own plans to rejuvenate their franchise.
According to The Guardian, Toho is forging ahead with production of the 29th movie in the franchise, the first since the disappointing reception in 2004's 'Godzilla: Final Wars', saying "We have received lots of sincere requests from fans for him to be revived". Toho hope to have the next film out in time for Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympic Games.
Sony Pictures originally pulled "The Interview" from theaters, bowing to terrorist threats issued by the Guardians of Peace, but is looking for different online methods to distribute the controversial movie. It's possible Sony could release the movie on the Crackle online streaming video service, as a way for interested fans to watch the movie.
"Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed," said David Boies, Sony attorney. "How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed."
The entire Sony Pictures drama has taken many peculiar turns, and CEO Michael Lynton admitted the company has struggled to find streaming or video-on-demand distribution partners. However, BitTorrent is willing to help Sony Pictures share The Interview, though sharing it on Crackle could also be extremely effective - as social media will certainly help drive viewers to the movie.
President Obama has said the United States will respond "proportionately" against North Korea for its role in attacking Sony Pictures, but said the country is not engaged in a cyberwar against North Korea. Instead, the US may reintroduce North Korea to a list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, and will look for other methods to retaliate against the reclusive country.
"I don't think it was an act of war," Obama recently said on CNN's State of the Union. I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately, as I said. We've got very clear criteria as to what it means for a state to sponsor terrorism. And we don't make those judgments just based on the news of the day. We look systematically at what's been done and based on those facts, we'll make those determinations in the future."
There aren't many things the United States can do to attack North Korea with cyberattacks, as the US has much more to lose in an ongoing battle - and the US is more interested in trying to create generational change to help better the North Korean people, rather than directly fight with the government.
BMW and Tesla both want to create new in-vehicle technologies that can be controlled using smartwatches, with unique features available to auto buyers. The BMW i3 would allow drivers to essentially park a vehicle using a smartwatch, using a mobile app paired with the Remote Valet Parking Assistant feature in the BMW. The app is able to guide vehicles into a parking spot on its own.
The BMW Remote Valet Parking Assistant uses active laser sensors that scan the immediate vicinity to verify the vehicle won't accidentally run into anything. However, there is a "possibility of entirely collision-free driving," indicating the system still isn't exactly full-proof.
Tesla's Model S already has built-in self-driving features so vehicles can park themselves, and incorporating these features in a smartwatch could prove extremely valuable.
If Sony Pictures truly doesn't want to release "The Interview" into theaters, BitTorrent would be more than happy to help the studio share its controversial movie. BitTorrent says its BitTorrent Bundle service would be a legal method for the movie to be distributed, instead of releasing the film to online video sites and via pirated torrenting.
"Though we normally would not offer commentary during such a trying time for another company, the answer is yes," BitTorrent officials said in a statement. "BitTorrent Bundle is in fact the very best way for Sony to take back control of their film, to not acquiescence to terrorist threats, and to ensure a wide audience can view the film safely. It would also strike a strong note for free speech."
After Sony decided to pull the movie - a decision which it is second-guessing, while considering still releasing the movie - there has been a large amount of criticism. Pres. Obama said Sony made the wrong decision, while Hollywood actors also heavily criticized the decision.
Three Dutch researchers conducted a study using hydraulic software and 'boats' to determine the three prisoners from Alcatraz could have survived and made it to land. It's possible they could have hit the beach north of the Golden Gate Bridge if they started their terrifying voyage from 11:00 p.m. to midnight - if they left earlier, it would be almost certain that the strong current would have swept them underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and to certain death.
The bodies of John and Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris were never discovered, but FBI agents and prison officials said there was little chance they could have survived in their homemade raft consisting of rain coats.
"We didn't know exactly when the inmates launched their boats, or their precise starting point, and so we decided to release 50 'boats' every 30 minutes between 20:00 and 04:00 (11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.) from a range of possible escape spots at Alcatraz to see where they would end up," said Fedor Baart, Deltares hydraulic engineer, in a statement. "We added a paddling effect to the 'boats,' as we assumed the prisoners would paddle as they got closer to land."
Office retailer Staples recently issued an update to a data breach investigation that took place earlier in the year, targeting its retail point-of-sale (PoS) systems. The company said 115 of its stores nationwide were targeted, with 1.16 million customers affected, providing cybercriminals potential "access to some transaction data at affected stores, including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes."
Retailers remain under fire from foreign cybercriminals targeting their PoS systems - and the problem likely won't suddenly go away anytime soon. Despite Staples' data breach much smaller than Target (40 million compromised) and Home Depot (56 million compromised), shows that major problems still exist.