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Baidu unveils the DuBike smart bike, featuring health perks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 hour, 8 mins ago

Baidu, the Chinese technology company, has teased the Internet with its new connected DuBike smart bike. The bike has multiple sensors that can collect rider data, heart rate, velocity, foot pressure, and seating pressure. DuBike also has the ability to convert kinetic energy into electricity, GPS, and a custom operating system that provides riders with updated routes and nearby users.

 

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All collected data can be sent to PCs and mobile devices for further analysis, with more connected features possible in the future.

 

Baidu was careful not to add noticeable sensors on the outside of the bike, so hopefully bike thieves won't be drawn to the bike. Pricing information and scheduled release date weren't made available to consumers.

Demand for drone pilots increasing, with salaries starting at $100K

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 hour, 48 mins ago

Do you want to be a drone pilot? There is increasing need for private drone pilots, with salaries often starting at $100,000 per year - and the demand for these specially-trained workers is only increasing. The market is expected to create around 100,000 new jobs over the first 10 years, with a growing number of drones entering private US airspace.

 

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Even with potential Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) problems, Amazon, Facebook, and other companies are interested in utilizing drones for various reasons. Some companies are already paying $50 per hour, and salaries will only increase even further above $100,000 per year, according to Al Palmer, University of North Adkota Unmanned Aircraft Systems director.

 

Expect more university programs dedicated to helping groom the next generation of drone pilots.

Microsoft adds native support for FLAC audio files in Windows 10

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: 1 hour, 59 mins ago

Audiophiles, rejoice! Windows 10 Project Manager Gabriel Aul has announced via Twitter that Microsoft will offer native FLAC support in their latest operating system. FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is a commonly used lossless audio format that provides a more accurate reproduction of recordings. In other words, it sounds better than other formats, such as MP3, which compress recordings down to a more manageable size but lose quality in the process.

 

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FLAC audio files are very large, but the audio quality is superb. Windows has long forced users to turn to downloadable third-party audio codec packs to support FLAC, along with several other codecs. Microsoft has finally seen the light and is integrating FLAC directly into Windows Media Player 12 and the music app. Microsoft has also pleased the world at large by finally supporting MKV as well, so perhaps there will be less third-party codec downloads with insidious bloatware installers in our future.

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Home Depot faces almost 50 lawsuits related to data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 3 hours, 7 mins ago

Home Depot is now facing at least 44 lawsuits related to its massive data breach that it suffered earlier in 2014, along with several state and federal agencies investigating the incident. The data breach hit 56 million customers, with debit and credit card information at risk.

 

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The company expects "significant legal and other professional services expenses" from the breach, while also facing lawsuit problems in the United States and Canada. The lawsuits were filed almost immediately after the breach was publicly disclosed, and it is possible others will be filed in the near future.

 

The breach was likely orchestrated by state-sponsored Russian hackers, with all of its retail stores impacted.

HDD manufacturing rebounds and prices near $25 per TB for holidays

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: 3 hours, 44 mins ago

The floods in Thailand in 2011 sent a tidal wave of high prices through the HDD market. The ripples of the flood are just receding and HDD prices are finally rebounding. Black Friday sales are going to feature HDDs for roughly $25 a terabyte, and expect many of these great deals to come without the normal mail in rebate programs. External drives are also going to be exceptionally low priced and feature speedy USB 3.0 interfaces.

 

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After years of declining sales the PC market is also finally improving. Storage devices are somewhat of a litmus test for the PC market. When sales of PC are bad the HDD market declines. Users seem to be turning back to their home computers. Sales of tablets, which helped eviscerate the PC space, are also starting to decline. The personal storage category has rebounded with a 4.8% increase in overall units shipped last quarter, according to IDC.

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Shoppers are worried about data breaches, both online and offline

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 4 hours, 7 mins ago

Consumers and retailers both took a beating in 2014, with a number of significant data breaches hitting millions of victims. A recent survey found that consumers are uneasy when shopping online, along with some customers avoiding retailers because of data breach concerns. Sixty-two percent of consumers are worried about online shopping, while 23 percent said they are making less online purchases, according to information from the International Data Group and NCC Group.

 

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Even more frightening, more shoppers expect to be victimized, with 64 percent believing they will be compromised in a data breach at least once in the next year.

 

"The data suggests that this could continue," said Stephen Boyer, BitSight CTO. "It's going to take some time for retailers to right this ship. If everybody had cleaned up we would see very different results. I hope that we don't see another Target-like breach this year, but when we look at the sector we see that they are actually worse off."

More than 3 billion people now browsing the Internet across the world

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 4 hours, 47 mins ago

There are now more than 3 billion people with access to the Internet, as information and communication technology (ICT) growth has increased in almost every country across the world. Internet expansion has increased 6.6 percent year-over-year, as companies continue to expand Web access - especially in developing nations.

 

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"ICTs have the potential to make the world a much better place - in particular for those who are the poorest and the most disenfranchised, including women, youth, and those with disabilities," said Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure, ITU Secretary General, in a statement. "This important report is a critical part of the global ICT development process. Without measurement we cannot track progress, which is why ITU gathers ICT statistics for 200 economies across over 100 indicators."

 

Denmark leads the world in the ITU ICT Development Index, with Korea following in the No. 2 spot.

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Sony to launch Xperia Z4 with its next-gen image sensor at CES 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 hours, 25 mins ago

It looks like one of the bigger rumors for CES 2015, at least for me, is the news of Sony launching its new Xperia Z4 smartphone at the Las Vegas-based event in January 2015.

 

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Sure, the Xperia Z4 will launch with an impressive Snapdragon 805 processor from Qualcomm, a sure-to-be gorgeous 5.4-inch QHD display (which I'll presume is their "Triluminos" panel), Android 5.0 Lollipop, and more than likely, 3GB of RAM will be great - but it's the image sensor in the camera that has me interested. Sony is rumored to be using its next-gen Exmor IMX230 camera sensor, which will have the Z4's camera turning some heads.

 

The new image sensor works almost like anti-aliasing when it comes to pictures, giving them a much sharper look as if you were using a much more powerful camera. All the other specifications and grunt under the Z4 hood is just gravy, baby.

Google introduces Liftware smart spoon that helps people with tremors

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 hours, 7 mins ago

Tech giant Google is now promoting the Liftware spoon, a custom-designed smart utensil that is able to help people with tremors and Parkin's disease make eating easier. Lift Lab, the smart spoon's manufacturer, was acquired by Google earlier in 2014 - and has now been rolled into the Google X life sciences division.

 

 

"We want to help people in their daily lives today and hopefully increase understanding of disease in the long run," said Katelin Jabbari, Google spokesperson.

 

The spoon is able to analyze how a hand is shaking, and uses hundreds of algorithms to make adjustments to stay balanced. There are more than 10 million people throughout the world that suffer from Parkin's disease and tremors, and the spoon can reportedly reduce shaking by an average 76 percent. The Liftware spoon is available now for $295.

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San Francisco startup Doorman delivers packages, fighting theft

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 7 hours, 6 mins ago

To counter package theft, and make e-commerce shopping and delivery easier, San Francisco Bay Area startup Doorman will deliver packages to customers. The service costs $4 per package, or frequent ecommerce buyers can pay $19 or $29 per month for the silver and gold packages. Deliveries are made from 6:00PM until midnight, currently available only in San Francisco.

 

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"Once it arrives, we notify you on your phone and then you use the Doorman app to schedule a delivery on your phone until midnight, seven days a week," said Zander Adell, Doorman founder.

 

Doorman is designed to make it more convenient for residents to receive their packages, while also helping prevent against theft. Throughout some parts in the Bay Area, package theft - taken off house porches and from apartment doorsteps - as thieves tend to take packages while people are away from their house in the afternoon.

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