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Smart glass wearables could help transform the workplace

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 min ago

It wasn't long ago when smart glasses were reportedly poised to dominate the wearables market, but eventually lost out to fitness trackers and smartwatches. However, it looks like smart glasses could help propel the wearables market, especially in the workplace, analysts predict.

 

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Manufacturers want to see wearables, including smart glasses, find their way into the office in multiple sectors - with third-party developers stepping up to create enterprise apps to increase worker productivity.

 

"Just as mobile phones proliferated across enterprises and ultimately spurred the mobile revolution, I believe wearables will follow a similar trajectory," said Michael Morgenstern, analyst at OpenView Venture Partners, in a post on Venture Beat. "The difference is the revolution will start from the bottom up."

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Ford CEO Mark Fields wants autonomous cars for the masses

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 hour, 11 mins ago

Automaker Ford embraced technology and semi-autonomous functionality in vehicles, and looks ahead to full self-driving vehicles. The company may not be the front runner to release a self-driving car, but is moving forward with its own research.

 

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Ford is developing autonomous vehicles, but isn't as worried about trying to be the first company to market with a self-driving vehicle. Instead, Fields is pulling from founder Henry Ford's visions of trying to "make things accessible to everyone."

 

"Even now, semi-autonomous features are the building blocks for full autonomy," Fields said in an interview with Fortune. "When you look the breadth of semi-autonomous features that we have in our vehicles, we're in a leading position there.

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Game writer discusses sexuality, political correctness in gaming

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 49 mins ago

BioWare was aware of possible apprehension when it included gay romance options in the Jade Empire RPG released in 2005, according to Dragon Age and Mass Effect lead writer David Gaider.

 

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Gaider, who is gay and didn't necessarily expect such a drastic decision regarding Jade Empire, seemed surprised because he himself never considered it before. However, the team felt it was something that "needed to happen," even with a growing amount of apprehension.

 

"It's nervousness from the people who have all the money, and they're worried about the risk," Gaider said in an interview with Video Game Sophistry. "And I think it's from the people who make the games that are probably, I would say, lean liberal and educated and sort of what they assume their audience will or won't accept."

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Former CIA director says United States faces threat of cyberterrorism

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 hours, 38 mins ago

Barry Royden, the CIA's former Director of Counterintelligence, thinks cyberterrorism poses a significant threat to the United States. Royden retired more than 10 years ago after 40 years working at the CIA, and has watched the international landscape continually change drastically.

 

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Unfortunately, the United States has been slow to try to respond to cyberattacks - and the country's infrastructure is more vulnerable from outside attack. Rogue hacker groups, foreign state actors, and small hacker groups could pose significant problems when they find vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure.

 

"The trouble is, it's extremely difficult, in fact, it's impossible - everyone is connected to everyone, and as long as you're connected you're vulnerable," said Royden while speaking to Business Insider. "And there are firewalls, but every firewall is potentially defeatable, so it's a nightmare in my mind. You have to think that other governments have the capability to bring down the main computer systems in this country, power grids, hospitals or banking systems - things that could cause great economic upheaval and paralyze the country."

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Periscope live streaming app is now available on Google Android

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: 5 hours, 13 mins ago

Google Android users can now download the official Periscope app from the Google Play Store. The app gives users the chance to record and stream feeds from their smartphones and tablets, and then share them with others.

 

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Periscope on Android supports the same core functionality that has been available to Apple iOS users, including public and private broadcasts, interact with broadcasters, easy streaming, or viewing of live streams, among other features.

 

"I was streaming for about 11 minutes on 4G and I used up in the blink of an eye 250MB [of data]," said Kate Russell, reporter at BBC Click, when speaking of Periscope being a data hog. "If you're watching random streams for about half an hour you're going to chew through about 400MB, so if you're on a low-data plan, be aware of exactly how much data you're consuming."

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Will smartwatches be more distracting to drivers than smartphones?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 5 hours, 46 mins ago

There could be more than 10 million smartwatches sold in the United States, and there is growing concern from the National Safety Council that drivers will have yet another distraction while behind the wheel. Mobile phones are involved in 27 percent of current US traffic accidents, and smartwatches could only make the problem worse.

 

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Even though smartwatches, which allow owners to access emails, text messages, social media, calendar information, and other data directly on their watch, could prove especially problematic for drivers.

 

"Smartwatches will be just as distracting, if not more so, than cell phones," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, in a public statement.

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Report: 3.2 billion people used the Internet so far in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 6 hours, 41 mins ago

Around 3.2 billion people across the world will be able to use the Internet, with a global population nearing 7.2 billion total, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU also says around 2 billion Internet users will be from developing nations.

 

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Previously, the United Nations predicted more than 3 billion Internet users by the end of 2014, and that goal has been accomplished.

 

Not surprisingly, Europe (77.6 percent) and the Americas (66 percent) greatly lead in Internet saturation over Africa (20.7 percent) and Asia & Pacific (36.9 percent). Things are looking up as reliable broadband Internet is now affordable in 111 countries, with additional support to drive Internet penetration in emerging nations.

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Teenager going to jail for downloading bomb plans to PlayStation

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 7 hours, 28 mins ago

A teenager in Austria will serve prison time after pleading guilty to terrorism charges, admitting he downloaded plans on bomb construction to his Sony PlayStation game console. The unnamed 14-year-old hoped to detonate a bomb and then head to Syria to pick up arms for the Islamic State.

 

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Although he faced a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison, the Austrian court gave him eight months in prison - with an additional 16 months suspended. A forensics search of his smartphone, PC and game console found numerous "violent images" and propaganda related to the Islamic State terrorist group.

 

Unfortunately, it looks like this 14-year-old, who came to Austria from Turkey in 2007, is the latest casualty of a successful social media campaign by IS. The group has been especially successful in its attempts to lure younger people from around the world, essentially brainwashing them into fighting.

Audi using Baidu software to improve connected vehicle technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 7 hours, 41 mins ago

Responding to increasing demand of driver-assistance and connected technologies, Audi will work with Chinese company Baidu to increase features in vehicles. Supporting smartphone and tablet connections inside of vehicles is opening the door to new business agreements between automakers and tech companies.

 

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"We are now taking our next big step in China," said Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi, speaking during a shareholder meeting. "The virtual and real worlds are merging."

 

It's a clever strategy by Baidu to consolidate its power in the Chinese Internet market, as automakers look for new tech companies to work with. Using the Baidu CarLife system, Audi will be able to provide faster data transmission into vehicles, while also providing GPS, infotainment, and other wireless functionality.

Build Your Own Arduino Projects with This Complete Starter Kit

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: 10 hours, 31 mins ago

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If you've ever been interested in building your own "Internet of Things" projects, this deal on the ARDX Arduino Starter Kit and three courses is the best way to do it-even if you have absolutely no previous experience. Get it for $75.99 (85% off) at TweakTown Deals.

 

The bundle has everything a beginner needs to get started and create some seriously impressive projects. First off, you'll get the ARDX Arduino Starter Kit, a toolkit containing the Arduino Uno microcontroller board and all the parts you need to create 13 different circuits. There's no soldering or electronics background required, and it's the perfect introduction to using Arduino to control lights, buzzers, and more.

 

You'll also get three courses totaling over 25 hours of training-the 'Your Guide to the Internet of Things' course, the 'Make a Remote-Controlled Car' course, and the 'Make Your Own Environment Monitor System' course. You learn the basics of programming for microcontrollers and get an introduction to the different types of sensors before using your kit and the course material to build a remote-control car as well as an environment monitoring system that can measure and log conditions like temperature and humidity. You'll have lifetime access to these courses, so you can work at your own pace and refer back to them whenever you need.

 

Get the Arduino Starter Kit and course bundle for $75.99 at TweakTown Deals.

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