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Jim Handy discusses the challenges facing cloud storage

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 5:11 pm

Storage Visions 2015 - Jim Handy, the founder of the Objective analysis consulting firm, fills us in on the challenges facing current cloud storage services. Objective Analysis offers third-party independent market research and data for the semiconductor industry and investors in the semiconductor industry.




Connectivity issues, performance challenges, and data security are all problems that cloud storage providers are working to resolve. Jim explains why cloud storage services do not currently meet the criteria to replace internal storage devices.

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Robin Harris from Storage Mojo discusses the future of the datacenter

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 4:59 pm

Storage Visions 2015 - Robin Harris, an analyst who contributes at ZDNet and operates Storage Mojo, stopped by the TweakTown booth at Storage Visions to discuss the future of the datacenter.



New disruptive technologies are emerging that are altering the future of the datacenter, and Robin walks us through some of the leading trends.

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Updated lie detector technology involves a full-body suit

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 3:15 pm

You've seen it time and time again in reality TV shows and certain movies - the main character is hooked up to a lie detector in a stressful environment and asked specific questions to determine if they're telling the truth. However in the real-world, whether they're telling the truth or not, an experienced examiner only has a 60 percent chance to successful deduce a lie.


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Current technology is said to be only slightly better that using nothing at all, with reports claiming that the average person can tell if someone is telling the truth or not 55 percent of the time anyway. To help raise the odds for technology, scientists from the University of Cambridge and Lancaster University in the U.K., and the universities of Utrecht and Enschede in the Netherlands have used a full-body suit.


This suit records the position, velocity and orientation of the wearer through 23 different places on their body. As traditional polygraph lie detectors are only connected to minimal spots on your person, the placement of 23 total nodes is said to help improve accuracy by fetching more data.

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Broadcom spills the beans on automotive Near Field Communication chip

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 1:28 pm

CES 2015 - Hardware manufacturer Broadcom has introduced a new Near Field Communications (NFC) chip designed to serve in connected vehicles. If implemented, drivers will be able to pair a smartphone or tablet by tapping it against the vehicle's dashboard, an easier method than trying to navigate device menus.


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The BCM89095 chip joins Broadcom's growing number of connected vehicle technology products, which already includes a Bluetooth Smart chip and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Smart combination.


"Today's advanced in-car technologies are driving a dramatic leap forward in automotive entertainment," said Richard Barrett, director of wireless connectivity at Broadcom, in a press statement. "Broadcom's new automotive NFC chip offers an innovative architecture that reduces development time for our customers while providing a simplified tap-to-connect experience for drivers and passengers."

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U2's Bono applauds Apple and Spotify for digital music payments

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 12:58 pm

U2 front man Bono is appreciative to see Apple and Spotify stepping up to pay musicians during a turbulent time in music. Digital album and song downloads are sliding, as more listeners turn to streaming music services, and some artists aren't supportive of the current trend.


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Bono said Apple is "unique in big tech in trying to get artists paid," at a time when iTunes, Spotify, and other services garner various acceptance from musicians and the music industry.


"We all now understand the Internet is giving us access to information that is mostly flattening an uneven playing field," Bono recently said. "This is all good except when some technologists think that creative content is only valuable in its ability to show off their wares - hard or soft."

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BYOD craze booming, with 74 percent already using or wanting to

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 12:38 pm

It shouldn't be surprising to hear that the 'bring your own device' movement continues to accelerate, with 74 percent of companies already using BYOD or planning to do so, according to a Tech Pro Research study. It would appear BYOD is being adopted at a faster rate among smaller companies over corporations, due to multiple layers of bureaucracy and significant security concerns.


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Many companies interested in adopting BYOD policies must do so quickly yet carefully, as many of their employees likely use smartphones and tablets for work-related activities. Security, IT concerns, lack of control over hardware, and loss of device standardization top the list of reasons why companies have ruled out BYOD adoption.


Trying to create BYOD policies, which should help increase employee productivity and reduce costs, remains a difficult process.

Google Play implements rental of textbooks in Australia

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 11:57 am

Thanks to a new advancement, Google are giving students some much needed assistance in the form of rental textbooks for all Aussie students.


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Textbooks are often very expensive, seeing most university courses asking you to put up hundreds of dollars for lengthy books that you sometimes barely use - which is obviously quite hard given you are a student and generally don't have much money to spare.


Thanks to advancements in technology, these digital textbooks are fully searchable, notes can be taken, stored and exported at your will and your own notes can even be stored long after the textbook rental has expired. Also don't worry, if you're not yet a registered student, you can still gain full access to any of these textbooks - simply rent and try them out for yourselves.

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Introducing the nevo solar, the world's first solar powered smartwatch

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 10:06 am

Smartwatch manufacturer nevo has announced the nevo solar, the world's first solar powered analog smartwatch for the consumer market. Even with frequent use, nevo partnered with Sunpartner Technologies, utilizing the Wysips solution to help generate electricity through exposure to light.


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The nevo solar will be released in August 2015, but no pricing details were made available.


"When we developed nevo we made battery life a top priority," said Sebastien Druven, co-founder and CEO of nevo. "Our standard dual battery system and low-consumption technology freed users from the inconvenience of nightly charging and now we're taking that concept to its ultimate conclusion - solar power. With nevo solar we capture the unlimited power of light. Our users will never have to worry about charging."

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iOS 8 space got you down? You can now arrange your music by size

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 9:40 am

Back in September, Apple released iOS8 alongside the iPhone 6, featuring a myriad of new options and features alongside space constraint issues for those with the lower capacity models.


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If you weren't already aware, one of the new cool features available is the ability to rank your music artists and albums by their size taken up on the device. If you're worried that your previous, or current, love for One Direction or Taylor Swift is taking up too much room on your smartphone, you can see exactly how much of your precious (and limited) storage capacity they are eating away at).


To take advantage of this handy feature, all you've got to do is navigate to your Settings app pick General, Usage and Manage Storage. From there you can browse what's on offer.

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Health industry could embrace wearables to track patient data

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 9:12 am

Fitness wearables grabbed the most attention in 2014, as prices dropped and consumers became more familiar with the technology. As the transition to medical wearables becomes more common, tracking healthcare on a more frequent basis will give healthcare providers better ability to diagnose potential medical problems.


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About one-fourth of the total US population, roughly 80 million people, are Baby Boomers and the first wave will begin turning 70 years old in 2016. Life expectancy continues to climb, so additional collected health data collected by wearables should prove valuable to doctors.


"The wearables market is starting to see technology that produces richer and more precise user data than ever before," said Sonia Sousa, CEO of Kenzen, in a statement to InformationWeek. "The problem we're seeing is that most fitness trackers are offering a flat world of data, without much insight beyond what an accelerometer can capture."

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