Real estate agents are increasingly using drones to help sell homes and commercial properties, giving prospective buyers an extremely unique view. Being able to capture aerial photographs and record video is proving popular among buyers unable to visit locations in-person.
Using drones also allows real estate agents an opportunity to scout out potential development opportunities, looking at buildings that can be redeveloped or vacant sites that can be purchased.
The price of drones continues to decrease, and as governments try to determine how to create drone flying guidelines, will only increase in popularity in the real estate industry.
The mobile market is expected to boom in the next few years, with 700 percent estimated growth rate over the next two years - evolving from a $3.5 billion industry in 2014 up to a $27.5 billion market by 2016, according to eMarketer. However, many US consumers are refusing to leave behind cash, debit and credit cards in favor of mobile payments - and providers need to find a way to convince them to embrace mobile payments.
"No one has hit on the magic combination of features that will make people migrate their payment behavior," said Bill Maurer, dean of University of California, Irvine's Scool of Social Sciences and director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion. "Folks are used to the idea of pulling a card out of their wallet. That's a behavior established for over to 30 to 40 years, and it's not going away overnight."
Apple Pay and CurrentC are the front runners in the mobile payment system - and consumers likely don't care about the companies involved - and just want a reason to try mobile payments.
The pressing need for more storage at an affordable price point has just been addressed by Seagate. Numerous online vendors have begun posting pricing and shipment information for the new Seagate Archive 8TB HDD. This new drive will be available to Amazon customers on Jan 7th, 2015, and comes with a shockingly low price tag of only $267 each. Seagate has claimed that their new Archive series 8TB will offer the industries best cost per GB and watt, and from the current pricing it seems they will deliver.
The SATA 6Gb/s Archive HDDs come in 5, 6, and 8TB capacities and offer 1.33TB of storage per platter. These drives are geared for storage over performance and feature a spindle speed of 5,900 RPM. Another key point with these drives is the SMR technology that delivers astounding density. SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) overlaps tracks on the platter to produce more storage capacity. Due to SMR architecture there are a few drawbacks, notably in performance and compatibility. There are two flavors of SMR coming to the forefront, drive-managed and software managed. Software-managed products require an associated API or software to allow proper function, but drive-managed offerings handle all SMR processing internally. The Seagate Archive HDD features a drive-managed format that delivers excellent out-of-the box compatibility. The Seagate DiskWizard software allows installation of the massive drives in Windows even without an UEFI BIOS.
Cyberattacks will continue in 2015, and there will be increased interest in nation states using cyberespionage to attack and compromise one another. Established countries will work to "enhance their ability" to launch attacks and remain hidden on compromised networks - and researchers believe smaller countries and terrorist groups will develop their cyber warfare capabilities.
The McAfee report indicates: "Cyber espionage attacks will continue to increase in frequency as long-term players will become stealthier information gatherers, while newcomers to cyberattack capabilities will look for ways to steal sensitive information and disrupt their adversaries."
Cybercriminals will evolve their abilities to learn from organized state-sponsored attacks, and look to steal intellectual property, operational intelligence, and conduct intelligence gathering on specific targets.
Even with increased awareness from phone manufacturers and wireless carriers, smartphone theft remains a significant problem in the United States. There are more than 1 million smartphones stolen in the United States every year, with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rather unhappy about it.
"There is no single technology 'silver bullet' that will eliminate phone theft and therefore a complementary suite of technical and operational mitigation techniques will need to be made available and applied to gain additional impact to this issue," the report indicated.
Some US states have become more aggressive regarding smartphone theft, requiring manufacturers to include anti-theft technologies in new phones - but that will slow theft - and more must be done to prevent snatch and grab, armed robbery, and other crime.
Mobile shoppers tend to spend the most on Sunday, with November through February not surprisingly the most active months for shopping. Retailers have created mobile versions of websites and online stores, trying to woo users to spend money while browsing the Internet on their smartphones and tablets.
"Online shopping has become a major force in global markets," said Larry Moores, Opera Software VP for Consumer Mobile Reporting and Analytics, in a statement. "And, with the holiday shopping season upon us in the United States, we see mobile's share of that market accelerating."
Desktop traffic to e-commerce sites peaks on Mondays and remains popular throughout the week - and drops on weekends - as people are enjoying their time off, spending it out and about. It's possible customers also browse for items on Saturday and Sunday, and then make purchases at their desktop on Monday.
First hitting the spotlight when pitted against two of Jeopardy's biggest all-time winners Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, IBM's artificial intelligence machine names Watson threw these two off their throne in quick fashion - showing that artificial intelligence was a real thing and IBM has the technology.
If you're looking for a thumb in the pie, IBM are now offering up part of Watson - their breakthrough natural language-based cognitive service called Watson Analytics. This analytic service is reported as a powerful predictive and visual analytic tool for businesses and can now be rented through a beta program.
Google doesn't want its popular YouTube talent to leave its video sharing website, so it is reportedly offering these stars big bonuses for staying with the company.
Big YouTube stars and video producers are reportedly being offered bigger payments, as well as additional funding in exchange for signing a multi-year exclusivity deal. This would have the YouTube star signed to the service, where their content must be used on YouTube exclusively, for a very long time, before it can be pushed onto other services.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that YouTube's Global Head of Business has been pushing the company through a "fire drill" in order to keep their most valued talent. YouTube doesn't want its competitors such as Facebook, or others to capture them, as these competitors are apparently offering "incredibly attractive" offers.
Previously known as HL2: Wars, this Real Time Strategy (RTS) mod is currently in BETA and functions as a free multiplayer Source Engine modification for Alien Swarm set in the Half-Life 2 universe.
Self-described on its Steam store page as "the war between mankind and their brutal Combine overlords to a traditional real-time strategy (RTS) setting" it has many Half-Life fans foaming at the mouth.
After being ripped from Apple Store shelves not too long ago, Bose audio products are rumored to be making a return. iGen.fr, a French Apple website, has a source that said some Apple retail stores have been receiving shipments of Bose products, with orders from management to get them onto the shelves next week.
We still don't know why Apple removed Bose products from their shelves in the first place, but it most likely has something to do with its acquisition of Beats Electronics. Not only that, but the patent infringement that Bose pulled on Beats back in July, which would now obviously affect Apple.
After Apple acquired Beats, Beats and Bose decided to settle the patent dispute between them. This could have filtered down enough that Bose is now on talking terms with Apple once again, maybe.