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Gartner: Wearable electronics to be huge at CES 2014

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 10:10 pm

Wearable technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, and will be a major draw card during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 next month in Las Vegas, according to research firm Gartner.

 

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The wearable technology market grew from 3% in 2012, to 13% this year, and should increase even further as consumers and businesses become more familiar with the technology. Devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Sony Smartwatch 2, and other smart watches will gain a bigger following - but the fitness sector should boost the market in the coming years.

 

In fact, the fitness and personal health wearable technologies should reach $1.6 billion in 2014, but will rise to $5 billion in 2016. Specifically, CES will show off enhanced athletic shirts with sensors to better track the person's heart rate, respiration, and other vital sighs. Building consumer engagement and educating potential customers about the benefits of these types of devices moving forward.

Microsoft: Bing will soon be a money-maker

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 8:38 am

For the last few years, Microsoft has been making losses on Bing, but going forward, the software giant is optimistic that Bing will turn profitable. ZDNet reported yesterday that Applications and Services CFO, Dave O'Hara, said that Bing was ready to turn the corner.

 

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This is thanks to Microsoft now having the resources to keep its search engine running, without having to continue to pump more investments into it. Future infrastructure of Bing will be incremental, according to O'Hara. The losses on Bing, according to O'Hara, was because the company was building infrastructure to support Bing: things like data centers, and the effort necessary to build Bing's search engine.

 

The completion of Bing's foundation is now nearly complete, so Bing is ready to be profitable.

Samsung to use faux leather, or 'pleather' on its upcoming laptops

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 7:32 am

We've already seen a faux leather (or 'pleather') look on the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, as well as the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) slate, but now it looks like Samsung could use this look on its upcoming notebooks.

 

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The news is coming from a person who attended a Samsung S Academy event, who said that the new Ativ Book 9 family would run Windows 8.1, feature four 2W speakers, and a leather-like case compete with a stitching effect along the edges. The image above is supposedly from an Ativ Book 9 Style laptop, which features a faux leather lid.

NASA begins its ISS repairs, the first 6.5-hour spacewalk has begun

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 6:39 am

Four days ago we reported that NASA had ordered urgent repairs to the International Space Station (ISS), with these repairs now beginning with a 6.5-hour spacewalk.

 

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Astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will begin the repairs, where they will hopefully replace a faulty piece of cooling equipment. This is the first of three spacewalks the astronauts will do, with the last one happening on Christmas Day, just a dew days from now.

First major US retailer to accept Bitcoin in the second half of 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 5:34 am

Overstock.com CEO, Patrick Byrne, has said that his company would be one of the first to accept Bitcoin, where it will accept the digital currency in the second half of next year.

 

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Byrne spilled the news during an interview with the Financial Times, where he said there is going to be a market in Bitcoin, and he wanted his company to embrace it. Byrne believes Bitcoin will hold its value better than the fiat-based dollar, thanks to the fact that it is mathematically constrained, versus the limitless printing of the dollar through the Federal Reserve and government authorities.

 

The Overstock.com CEO stated that his company would bank the digital currency in the event that similar digital funds increase in popularity. If, however, the digital currency begins to deflate, the company would transfer Bitcoins to dollars on a daily basis.

Former EA Senior VP joins Oculus VR as head of worldwide publishing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 4:34 am

Oculus is securing talent every couple of weeks it seems, with the brain child of Doom and Quake, John Carmack, stepping on board as Chief Technology Officer not too long ago. Now have news that the VR outfit has secured a former EA Senior VP to join as the head of worldwide publishing.

 

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This department is fresh, with the aim of the new department to help developers create games that work with the Oculus Rift. David DeMartini is the man for the job, and in a statement to Gamasutra, DeMartini described his position as "not particularly different from what I did for seven years" when he was involved with the EA Partners program.

 

He continued: "I'm figuring out how to partner effectively with big developers, small developers, all the way down to the individual who just wants to make something great for the Rift."

Most-Googled tech gadget of 2013 in the US? Sony's PlayStation 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 3:31 am

The PS4 has been with us for around a month now, but it looks like Sony's next-gen console was the most-searched-for item this year in the US, under the Tech Gadgets category.

 

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This data is coming from Google's Zeitgeist, which makes a tally of the year's most popular searches. How did the Xbox One fare? Well, surprisingly, it didn't even arrive in the top 10 for the US. As for worldwide searches, the PS4 came in position 3 for the Consumer Electronics category, while the Xbox One was in position 4.

Steam Holiday Sales: more massive savings on big titles!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 2:27 am

The Steam Holiday Sales continue, with some great savings over the next 16 or so hours. We have Telltale Games' The Wolf Among Us at 33% off, down from $24.99 to $16.74. Or, how about Sleeping Dogs down from $24.99 to just $4.99 - a whopping 80% off.

 

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You might have been waiting for CounterStrike: Global Offensive to drop, so now is your time: it has 75% off, down from $14.99 to just $3.74. Darksiders II: Death Lives also has 80% off, down from $49.99 to just $9.99 - a massive saving!

Stolen Target credit cards hitting black market

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 22, 2013 1:31 am

Major retailer Target is under fire after 40 million customers have been affected by a credit and debit card security threat, as some account information has hit the open market.

 

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An unnamed bank had its security team purchase back stolen account information of its customers from an online forum, with account information available on sometimes sophisticated online trading places. It seems that credit cards were the main focus of the breach, with Target claiming there hasn't been impact to debit card PIN numbers.

 

This is a frustrating situation for Target, banks, and consumers - banks are hesitant to issue new cards, due to the high price ($3-$5 per card, on average), while customers are worried about their financial security.

Ubuntu finally embraces SSD's by adding TRIM support

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Dec 21, 2013 2:31 am

Canonical had finally seen the light, and has added TRIM support for SSD's to its core. This is a basic feature that has been present on most modern operating systems for years now. TRIM's only function is to extend the life of your SSD, and allows the operating system to tell which blocks of data are no longer needed and can be erased or overwritten.

 

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This allows the SSD to perform more efficiently which results in performance increases, longer life and much less performance degradation over time. Windows first featured TRIM support back in 2009, and OSX adopted it in 2011. Android now even supports TRIM which was added back in July of this year. This means that Ubuntu becomes the first mainstream Linux consumer operating system to fully support SSD's without killing the drives prematurely.

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