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Watching the wearables market? Get ready for 'disappearables'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 6:30 pm

Trying to predict what is next for wearables is extremely difficult, but as technology advances at a rapid rate, it seems likely we'll have to get ready for "disappearables." It could be less than five years when sensors are so advanced that "hearables" can be used to fit products directly into your ear, and then disappearables will be right around the corner.




Smartwatches will lead the wearables market over the next three years, and hearables will be next, accounting for around $15 billion of a $30 billion market. The wearables market still needs time to become more mainstream, but hardware manufacturers and app developers have time to work on their products before launching publicly.


It looks like disappearables will have an immediate impact in medical and fitness tracking, but there are plenty of other options available. Using machine learning, disappearables could recommend physical changes to help make people healthier - and to make access to technology even easier.

'Space Spider' 3D scanner could be used on space station

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 5:40 pm

Artec 3D hopes that its "Space Spider" 3D scanner will one day have a presence in space, possibly aboard the International Space Station.




The Space Spider's advanced cooling system has been designed to prevent the handheld scanner from overheating, making it an ideal solution while in microgravity. It's not uncommon to hear that electronics in orbit overheat and malfunction, with NASA and other space agencies asking companies to find solutions to prevent these types of issues.


"Imagine the potential of using 3D scanning technology on the International Space Station paired with a 3D printer," said Artyom Yuhkin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. "The Space Spider boasts an enhanced cooling system that allows the user to capture accurate 3D data more rapidly. This handheld scanner can endure some of the most difficult situations on Earth and has been engineered to perform in nearly zero-gravity environments when called upon."

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Growing number of millennials prefer in-store mobile payments

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 4:35 pm

As millennials embrace in-store self-service checkouts and mobile payments, there is concern that cashiers and "retail sales clerks" will one day face a reduced number of open positions. Twenty percent of millennials would choose to use self-checkout or mobile payments and avoid interacting with cashiers, according to a survey from Retale.




Eighty-five percent of survey respondents confirm using a self-checkout lane, with the number increasing up to 91 percent among millennials. Meanwhile, 26 percent of millennials "want to be able to pay at self-service kiosks using mobile devices," though may have to wait a while. Retail stores don't tend to embrace technology rapidly, and it will be a steady rollout in the coming years.


Apple Pay has successfully attracted banks and credit card companies, retailers and consumers - and there is growing interest in mobile payments. It will take time for shoppers and retailers to adjust to newer technologies, but it seems inevitable that more solutions will become available in the future.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 4:00 pm



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The web browser in Windows 10 has been announced as Microsoft Edge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 3:40 pm

Build 2015 - After months of teasing Project Spartan, the browser that will replace Internet Explorer in Windows 10, Microsoft has unveiled Microsoft Edge during its Build 2015 developers conference.



Microsoft Edge sports a flat, minimalist look with some smart features like Cortana voice commands and annotation for websites. Edge features a new tab page that displays websites alongside useful information like weather, and more. The company is also making it much easier for developers to bring over extensions from competing browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.


We should see and hear more about Microsoft Edge as we slide closer towards the release of Windows 10, which is still rumored for July.

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'Major defect' found in Apple Watch and its taptic engine

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 2:39 pm

With the Apple Watch now getting to consumers and strapping onto their wrists, news is coming out that not only are there supply constraints that are hurting Apple Watch sales, but there is a major defect in the taptic engine of Watch.




The Wall Street Journal is running with the report, saying that the taptic engine - which causes the Watch to vibrate, or "tap" when users receive notifications or alerts, is experiencing problems. One of the two suppliers of this particular part has faulty hardware, and some of that faulty component has found its way into batches of Apple's Watch.


AAC Technologies Holdings, which is based in Shenzhen, China, has been making the taptic engines for Apple, but they've found that they "break down over time". This has forced Apple to throw away Watches that would've otherwise been okay, something that has caused availability times to bounce by a few months. Availability on the Apple Watch is now June for all models and configurations, which could be a result from the taptic engine issues.

Tesla wants hackers to try and hack their electric vehicles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 1:38 pm

Just a week after Tesla Motors' Twitter page was hacked, the electric vehicle maker wants to have hackers attempt to hack their cars, something the company will be asking hackers to do at the Defcon convention later this year in Las Vegas, according to anonymous sources of Forbes.




Having hackers try to break into a Tesla vehicle has benefits for the company, as it will make Tesla aware of any security holes in their vehicles and software, and they'll have their picking of hiring anyone who is capable of hacking into their vehicles, and having them instead plug the security holes they discovered.


With a concentrated effort on making vehicles and the world around them smarter and smarter, electric and autonomous vehicle makers are going to need increasingly stronger and near invincible security on their cars. This means we're going to see a huge focus on digital security on cars at both Defcon and BlackHat 2015, both taking place in Vegas later this year.

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Microsoft blows minds with its HoloLens demo at Build 2015 conference

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 12:44 pm

Build 2015 - Microsoft has kicked off its Build 2015 developers conference, where the world has gotten a deeper look at HoloLens. HoloLens, if you haven't read about it yet, is Microsoft's holographic headset, which acts as an augmented reality visor with some impressive results. Check it out:



The company has said that what you see in the video above with resizeable 'holograms' is something you can do with any Windows 10 Universal application, meaning you can pin calendars, pictures, e-mail, or even a movie to your 'wall' inside the HoloLens, and continue to work and play around it.


Once the app is there, you can overlay a hologram on top of a physical object, and make tweaks to it without having to sit back at your desk and tap away on your keyboard. The applications that will benefit from HoloLens, in my opinion, is going to be extensive. This is one of the most exciting technologies right now outside of the Oculus Rift and HTC/Valve Vive VR headsets, and most surprising of all: it has come from Microsoft.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti will arrive with 6GB of VRAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 12:08 pm

We've known about the GeForce GTX 980 Ti for a while now, but is reporting that the upcoming Maxwell-powered card will definitely feature 6GB of VRAM, half that of the GeForce GTX Titan X.




NVIDIA will be making the GeForce GTX 980 Ti very different from its bigger brother in the Titan X in one very big way: allowing AIBs to slap custom coolers on their GTX 980 Ti cards. This means we can expect everything from reference to watercooled and fan-cooled models, as well as heavily overclocked models, too. has also confirmed that the GTX 980 Ti will feature the usual Maxwell display outputs: three DisplayPort, one HDMI and one DVI-I. The GTX 980 Ti will be powered by the GM200-310 GPU, but we don't know how that differs from the GM200-400 GPU, so we'll find out in the near future. NVIDIA will be using the GeForce GTX 980 Ti to battle the Fiji-based Radeon R9 390X from AMD, which should be launching in the next couple of weeks, rocking its own surprises.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood requires 4GB of RAM, 38GB of HDD space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2015 11:39 am

Bethesda has announced the PC requirements for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, which won't require gamers to have a super high-end PC to play their latest first-person shooter. The minimum requirements are:




So you'll need 4GB of RAM and 38GB HDD space minimum, with the recommended 8GB of RAM not being too high these days. Especially with its predecessor requiring 50GB of HDD space. The studio recommends 3GB of VRAM on either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R9 280, which is quite conservative.




Bethesda is also reiterating that you won't require Wolfenstein: The New Order to play The Old Blood, as it is a standalone product. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches on May 5 across the world for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The game has already started pre-loading on the Xbox One, with pre-loading to begin on May 1 for the PC, and May 3 for the PS4.

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