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Apple Reports Record-Breaking Sales, Sets Apple Watch Timing

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 27, 2015 05:44 PM

Apple Watch black band

Apple's two big pieces of news today: Its biggest quarter ever, and (finally) a confirmed release for Apple Watch, which will start shipping in April.

As the #1 Best Global Brand's earnings press release notes, the results were "fueled by all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales as well as record performance of the App Store. iPhone unit sales of 74.5 million also set a new record."

In addition to selling 75 million iPhones, the company reported 2014 revenue of almost $75 billion.Continue reading...

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Microsoft Stuns Tech World With Windows 10 Holographic

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 21, 2015 02:29 PM

Microsoft Hologragraphic

The drop-the-mic showstopper at Microsoft's Windows 10 reveal today?

Judging from the one-word reaction by the tech press, "Holograms!"Continue reading...

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Tech Startups Look to Disrupt—and Reinvent—Healthcare Industry

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 16, 2015 10:01 AM

Scanadu

While the device above looks simple and unthreatening, to the healthcare industry it's a major game-changer. Meet Scanadu, a diagnostic scanner that turns an iPhone into an electrocardiogram, urinalysis reader and drug testing device of the near future. 

By touching a Scanadu Scout, the tiny electronic gadget designed by Yves Béhar, to your forehead for a few seconds, physiological metrics including temperature, heart rate, blood oxygenation, respiratory rate, ECG, and diastolic/systolic blood pressure are delivered to the iPhone app to alert users to possible heath concerns.

The Scanaflo device debuted at CES 2015, and uses color strips dipped in a patient’s urine that change color based on levels of detected chemicals.Continue reading...

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GoPro Stock Dives, But Its Biggest Worry Isn't Apple

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 14, 2015 11:08 AM

GoPro action shot

GoPro has been the name of the game in the wearable-camera world since it launched in 2002. Surfers, skateboarders, and other sports enthusiasts of all kinds have been showing off their worlds through GoPro’s lenses. But now one unexpected move from Apple has GoPro investors concerned.

Apple was granted a patent for a remote-control camera system on Tuesday, causing some to think that the Cupertino-based behemoth is planning to take a bite out of GoPro’s lunch.Continue reading...

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iRobot Co-Founder Hopes to Brand Drones as She Did the Roomba

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 8, 2015 12:02 PM

When Amazon released a video that showed how its deliveries could be done by drone back in December of 2013, the world was abuzz with talk of airspace issues and the elimination of delivery jobs for actual human beings. 

Amazon's Prime Air drone is still parked in a garage somewhere waiting for rules to change that would allow such deliveries to be made. One company that isn’t waiting for changes is drone maker CyPhy Works, which is headed up by Helen Greiner.

While CyPhy isn't among the army of drones in the tech spotlight at CES 2015 in Las Vegas this week, its drone program is being closely watched as its founder helped brand and bring robots into the home as the co-creator of the Roomba, the robotic vacuum cleaner that launched 1,000 mobile kitty videos.Continue reading...

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Google Promotes Open Standards to Advance Internet of Things

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 17, 2014 04:04 PM

Google is reaching out to the academic community to submit proposals for an Internet of Things (IoT) open standards program to be called the 'Open Web of Things.'

The initiative’s goals are to further the development of open standards, facilitate ease of use and ensure that privacy and security are fundamental values in the evolution of the IoT.

"Imagine a world in which access to networked technology defies the constraints of desktops, laptops or smartphones," blogged Vint Cerf, Google's Chief Internet Evangelist, along with Roy Want and Max Senges of Google Research.

"A future where we work seamlessly with connected systems, services, devices and 'things' to support work practices, education, and daily interactions."Continue reading...

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Samsung Gears Up for Holidays with VR, Pop-Up Stores and Kristen and Dax

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 26, 2014 04:38 PM

Samsung is anticipating a successful holiday season, thanks to buzzed-about new virtual reality products, a pop-up store push, a humorous new campaign starring Kristen Bell and husband Dax Shepard—and a critical show of confidence from management.

The consumer electronics giant started the week off strong by announcing that it's focusing its portfolio, Bloomberg reports, as excitement continues to grow amongst U.S. (and other) consumers who eagerly await the release of Samsung's Gear VR Innovator.

According to CNET, the Innovator brings together Oculus Rift virtual reality technology with the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 to create "a fully immersive virtual reality experience."

Set to hit stores in December, the gadget will run $199, or be bundled with a Bluetooth controller for $249. CNET notes that this won’t be quite the same experience as the Oculus Rift or Sony’s Project Morpheus—because those have their own screens—but is definitely a step forward for mobile VR.Continue reading...

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3D Print the Holidays: MakerBot Launches in Staples, Amazon and Home Depot

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 25, 2014 11:05 AM

Stratasys is rushing its red-hot MakerBot 3D printing brand into major U.S. retailers just in time for the holidays.

As of today, MakerBot has fresh distribution deals with Staples, Home Depot, Amazon.com and Fry's Electronics.

At Staples, for example, its printers range from $1490 to $2,800. Holiday shoppers and early adopters can check out MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanners and MakerBot Filaments in 50 select Staples brick-and-mortar stores across the U.S., as well on Staples.com.

It's a game-changing retail push for MakerBot, the five-year-old startup that now boasts the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers worldwide.Continue reading...

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