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Mobile augmented reality to top $1 billion annually by 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 6, 2014 2:06 am

Annual revenues from mobile augmented reality technology will eclipse $1.2 billion by 2015, according to Juniper Research, as the market continues to evolve at a rapid pace.

 

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The mobile AR market reached just $180 million in 2013, as consumers and businesses become more familiar with mobile applications and services available. Specifically, video games, which accounted for 40 percent of AR downloads last year will help drive the industry in 2014 and 2015, respectively, though entertainment, lifestyle, and enterprise AR also is slated to increase.

 

As more companies appreciate the importance of mobile technologies, brands such as Nestle, Heinz, Uniliver, and other major corporations want to use AR to engage customers.

 

Juniper Research warned that AR supporters need to help continue sharing benefits to consumers - especially with the industry already fragmenting from varying levels of product development.

3D printing still a niche market, but fighting for legitimacy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Feb 6, 2014 1:47 am

As noted by the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and other major technology conferences, focus on 3D printing has grabbed consumer attention. Despite promising breakthroughs, many technology industry followers feel 3D is nothing more than a gimmick, though that is a mindset that 3D supporters continue to fight against.

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"Now everybody knows about it and CEOs are telling their organizations to find out about 3D printing and how they're going to adopt it," said Bruce Bradshaw, Stratasys Marketing Director, when speaking to journalists. "That's the dynamic that has changed."

 

There is renewed focus on 3D printing as recent technological breakthroughs indicate hardware is a major step closer to mainstream. 3D printing gives designers the ability to conceptualize products and create real-world 3D renderings before going to mass production, with 3D renderings created layer by layer.

 

Looking ahead, 3D printing speed will increase, and the complexity of items printed will also mature as companies continue to push the boundaries.

RadioShack enjoys Super Bowl success, but will close 500 stores

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 6, 2014 1:07 am

RadioShack created a popular Super Bowl ad in which its stores were being taken apart and rebuilt, and just a few days later, the company announced that the company will close around 500 retail stores. RadioShack has struggled with executive fallout, increased competition, and a glaring image problem that leads shoppers to choose online e-tailers or other local brick and mortar stores.

 

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RadioShack currently has 4,300 retail stores, and it's still unsure which specific stores will be closed. The company is expected to shutter the struggling stores over the next few months, with analysts unsure if that will still be enough.

 

RadioShack CEO Joe Magnacca, who was given reigns to the struggling company in February 2013, expects additional reshuffling will be necessary before trying to turn around the company. Moving forward, RadioShack still wants its image to evolve from a traditional electronics store more towards a popular location for consumers to purchase headphones, smartphones, and other consumer electronics.

Facebook domain hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Feb 6, 2014 12:27 am

The Syrian Electronic Army has taken to Twitter of all social networks, to announce the hacking collective has just gained possession of Facebook - yes, Facebook.

 

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You wouldn't know that Facebook is any different, but the SEA has teased that it has changed the name servers to hijack the site, but this was "taking too much time" according to the SEA. The attack on Facebook is at the right time for the SEA, as the social network is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary.

 

There's not much more on this at the moment, but as things change we'll keep you updated!

Russian government, cyber criminals will snoop on Olympic guests

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 6, 2014 12:05 am

As the world prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, security concerns are rightfully focused more on preventing any types of terrorism. However, cyber security experts are worried about the great potential for Russian federal authorities to snoop on athletes, journalists, and visitors to the country throughout Russia.

 

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Both the Russian government, which gives wide-sweeping ability to spy on visitors, Russian cyber criminal groups also are expected to be active during the event.

 

"It's the same as during the Beijing Games - the host government, private enterprise and individuals pose a big threat to people traveling to the Sochi Games, in respect to monitoring conversations on cell phones and intercepting texts and e-mails," an Olympic security contractor recently noted.

 

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) will focus on snooping related to terrorist activity, mainly, but also can snoop on regular visitors - and the cyber criminals will focus on stealing personal data, passwords, and anything they can sell.

Iridium's new satellite hotspot provides internet anywhere on earth

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 10:38 pm

Everyone knows how annoying it is to not have an active internet connection to check TweakTown when hiking through the middle of the jungle, or while hiking in the Alps right? Well that is no longer an issue thanks to Iridium Communications' latest offering, the new Iridium Go. All kidding aside, this device will change the way activist, scientist, and media communicate in areas where Internet access is limited or non existent.

 

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The Iridium Go is a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that connects to the internet via satellite and provides a broadband connection to your PC no mater where you are in the world. The device allows users to surf the internet, make calls, and even send text messages when there is no land or cellular based internet available. The device ships with Android and iOS apps ready to download from their respective stores, but wont be available for some time. Pricing is unknown at this time, but we do know that the MSRP will be below $800 USD.

NYPD testing Google Glass, patrol officers testing it out on patrol

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 10:12 pm

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is currently beta testing Google Glass to see if the wearable product can help aid in criminal investigations and offer additional benefits to patrol officers.

 

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Anyone is welcome to apply for the Google Glass Explorer Program, but testing from the NYPD and other major organizations will only help Google develop its product. However, while the NYPD is currently testing Glass, Google confirmed that it isn't actively helping the NYPD, so law enforcement will have to determine the best method to utilize the technology.

 

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) also appears interested in Google Glass, as technology is increasingly embraced, with some officers already issued Samsung Galaxy S4 while out on patrol. The smartphone allows officers to easily run warrant checks and view mugshots instead of relying on police dispatch and in-vehicle systems. The SFPD hopes Google Glass will provide a similar method to easily accessing information, whether or not officers are near a patrol car.

ATP unveils the Velocity SI-LITE, and industrial-grade SSD

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 10:00 pm

Today, ATP announced the release of the all new Velocity SI-LITE, an industrial-grade SATA II SLC SSD that is designed for use in rugged environments where flash storage is needed. The SI-LITE SSD utilizes the latest generation SLC Flash with industrial grade performance, endurance and wide temperature ranges to meet the unique requirements of the industrial market space.

 

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ATP says that the Velocity SI-LITE features data-integrity-calibrated firmware technologies that protect the data storage device against various power-down and intensive read/write scenarios, which would damage lower-grade solid state storage. The drive offers sequential read speed of up to 181 MB/s and sequential write of up to 133 MB/s, and features up to 2,700 4KB Random Read IOPS.

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Android KitKat adoption slow as Jelly Bean surpasses 60-percent mark

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 9:00 pm

When Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat late last year, we were told that it would be the version that unifies Android across low and high-end devices, but a few months in and we are still waiting to see that happen. A new report from Android Developers is showing that KitKat holds just 1.8-percent of the Android market share, while Android Jelly Bean continues to grow its market share.

 

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Android 4.1x, 4.2x, and 4.3 make up about 60-percent of the total Android market share, while 2.3.3-7 makes up 20-percent. Android ICS comes in second with 16.1-percent followed by KitKat at 1.8-percent. Froyo owns 1.3-percent and Android 3.2 Honeycomb only holds onto about 0.1-percent. With the major carriers just now beginning to update devices like the HTC one to 4.4, its only a matter of time until 4.4 becomes the dominate power house. I suspect that by the end of the summer 4.4 will be above 30-percent.

ReportTT: Apple wanted Sony VAIO's to run its OS as far back as 2001

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 5, 2014 8:00 pm

A new report has surfaced that unveils some interesting information about talks between Sony and Apple way back in 2001 that could have seen an Apple operating system on the company's VAIO product. The report from Nobuyuki Hayashi reminisces back to an interview between Hayashi and ex-Sony president Kunitake Ando who spilled the beans on a 2001 meeting between Steve Jobs and himself on a golf course.

 

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Ando recalls that after a round of golf with several Sony executives, Steve Jobs and other Apple employees greeted him at the end of the golf course and were holding a Sony VAIO PC that was running Mac OS. The report states that Jobs liked Sony's VAIO line so much that he offered to make an exception to his "No Mac clone rule" just for Sony. Unfortunately, this was also around the time that Sony was beginning to see its VAIO line skyrocket with Windows, and the cards never fell into place for a VAIO-branded Mac PC.

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