News about technology and gadgets Dec 30
Motorola Under Google: 3 Possible Futures Now that Google has officially and completely swallowed up Motorola Mobility, the question becomes: What now? It's a good question. When Google announced it was acquiring the company that built the iconic RAZR phone in August last year, it caught many by surprise.
Larry Page presents wearing Project Glass. Photo: Jason Mayes Google seems determined to outfit all of its top brass with Project Glass augmented-reality glasses. Project Glass Augmented Reality Specs Spotted on Larry Page's Face | Gadget Lab
Why You Need Mobile Marketing Now! [Research Mobile phones and particularly the increasing adoption of smartphones, continue to change how people receive information, consume content and engage with others. To take advantage of the opportunities presented by these mobile devices and their expanded functionality and create an effective mobile marketing strategy, marketers must understand how consumers use them and what the implications are for content marketing, promotions, communications and purchase channels. Here are twenty-five charts of the latest research sourced from a variety of organizations to enable you to better understand how the mobile landscape has evolved so you can incorporate these changes into your marketing plans. US Smartphone penetration
Samsung introduces Galaxy Beam, an Android smartphone with built-in projector It's only 4AM in Barcelona, but the Mobile World Congress news is already popping — Samsung just took the wraps off the Galaxy Beam, an Android 2.3 smartphone with a built-in HD projector. Outside of the projector, the phone's other specs are fairly pedestrian. There's a 4-inch display with an 800 x 480 resolution, 1GHz dual-core processor, 5MP back camera with flash plus a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and 8GB of storage onboard (plus a microSD slot). As for connectivity, it'll run on GSM networks thanks to quad-band HSPA+. While the specs are unexciting, the projector is the real draw here.
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Apple is planning on building America's largest solar panel farm -- taking up a whopping 100 acres. That's it up there, as seen on Google Maps. The company aims to use the site in North Carolina to power its online operations, including iTunes, the Evening Standard reports. Once built, the 100-acre, 20-megawatt facility will provide 42 million kWh of clean, renewable energy every year. We knew it was big back when we first heard about the facility , but not quite this big. "Our goal is to run the Maiden facility with high percentage renewable energy mix, and we have major projects under way to achieve this -- including building the nation's largest end user-owned solar array and building the largest nonutility fuel cell installation in the United States," Apple said. Apple planning America's largest solar panel farm
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photo: GigaOM The Wall Street Journal reports that Twitter is unveiling 15 new ad units, along with an expanded analytics platform for brands. Read more »
We’re mere weeks from the dawn of a new year, and yes, it is definitely the time to be thinking about what kind of amazing new things are going to happen in tech over the next 365 days. Digital design agency Fjord got out its crystal ball and let us have an early preview of its annual rundown of what it sees as the breakout themes in tech next year. What they see is that a lot of what’s to come is going to be a continuation of trends or ideas that have started to gather steam in 2011. Fjord is headquartered in London (it’s the team behind BBC iPlayer’s mobile app and Flickr’s Windows Phone 7 app, to name a few). Five big things to watch out for in 2012
The 1 percent have long had smartphones from Porsche and Vertu to quench their high-end thirst, but when it comes to dual-SIM handsets, the elite have had to settle for something a little more ordinary. For those in need, Gresso created Azimuth, the first dual-SIM luxury handset. Starting at $2,000, the phone is made of titanium, with both the keys and logo crafted out of 18K or white gold.
NYT: Google to sell Android-based heads-up display glasses this year It's not the first time that rumors have surfaced of Google working on some heads-up display glasses (9 to 5 Google first raised the possibility late last year), but The New York Times is now reporting that the company is not only working on them, but that it's set to release them by the end of this year. Citing "several Google employees familiar with the project," the paper's Nick Bilton reports that the glasses will be based on Android, pack 3G or 4G connectivity, plus GPS and a range of sensors, and cost "around the price of current smartphones," or somewhere between $250 and $600. They're also said to include a low-resolution camera that can monitor your surroundings in real time and overlay relevant information, although Google is said to be paying attention to potential privacy concerns, and "wants to ensure that people know if they are being recorded by someone wearing a pair of glasses with a built-in camera."
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Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still the world's most popular browser, but it and Mozilla's Firefox lost a lot of market share to Google's Chrome in 2011, which is now firmly in second place. According to StatCounter's 2011 data, Internet Explorer currently has a 39% market share, Chrome is at 27%, while Firefox holds 25% of the market. Safari and Opera follow with 6% and 2% market share, respectively. Internet Explorer Still on Top, But Chrome Is Winning the Browser War
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Apple Patent Suggests iPhones to Become Universal Remotes [VIDEO] Apple is rumored to be working on its own Apple-branded HDTV, and a new patent filed by the company suggests it may also be working to turn your iPhone or iPad into a universal remote for that television and a whole lot more. According to Patently Apple, the patent suggests a remote that could control an upcoming Apple television as well as potentially other televisions already on the market. The patent shows your iOS device becoming a universal remote, capable of controlling not only an Apple-branded television, but also a DVD player or DVR. The patent suggests a remote that could automatically look up the code for connecting to your television, and could create a virtual version of your existing remote for a device by simply taking a photograph of it.
Growing up with the Internet gives today’s children a very unique view on the way the world works — one that is vastly different from that of older generations. These kids, the ‘digital natives,” are raised with modern technology deeply embedded into their lives, and form a natural understanding of its benefits. This deeply rooted acceptance gives kids a unique perspective on how technology can be further used to make our lives easier, and helps researchers predict future needs for innovation. What can we learn from the digital natives? Kids Think Technology is Fundamentally Human