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Android 4.4.3 now rolling out to Google Play Edition and Motorola devices

It didn’t take long for Android’s new update to start rolling out, after the release of the Android 4.4.3 factory images and many a rumor. The software update has been hitting Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, and now we are getting news of some other phones getting the OTA …

Android News

New smartphone chip will beam high-definition holograms as early as 2015

Just imagine: a smartphone that projects 3D holograms into thin-air. If you can wait until the end of next year, and if you can believe the claims being made by a well-funded company called Ostendo, then your next handset could be capable of just that. Thanks to breakthroughs by the Californian …

2015: The year there will be more cellular connections than people

At the end of March, there were 6.8 billion mobile connections around the globe, meaning there were more than 9.3 cellular links for every 10 people …

Not just for phones: Samsung shows Tizen-powered TV, cameras

And so Samsung's big Tizen push begins.<p>The Korean electronics company, which earlier this week unveiled a new smartphone running the open-source operating system, on Tuesday showed off Tizen-based TVs, cameras, and wearables -- some of these devices for the first time. The gadgets, displayed at the …

Microsoft displays new Windows devices at Computex 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- As part of its keynote presentation on day two of Computex, Microsoft's VP of OEM partners Nick Parker showed off two previously unseen Windows devices.<p>The HP Pro X2 612 was the first reveal -- a 2-in-1 "designed from the ground up for business". It comes with a stylus using the …

Apple Isn't A Hardware Or Software Company - It's An Ecosystem Company

There seems to be an ongoing debate among pundits on whether Apple is a hardware or a software company.<p>Apple critics like to portray it as a hardware company and how its competitive advantage is built on shaky ground, as there will always be a new gadget that a competitor develops which could be …

MIT demos shoulder-mounted Doc Ock robot arms

Wouldn't it be nice to have an extra set of arms, literally? When your hands are full, you could still open your door, pet the dog, or pick up a glass. A similar thought must have crossed the mind of a group of MIT researchers, because they have built an extra set of robot arms.<p>The Supernumerary …

Intel issues $1m challenge for devs to make RealSense apps

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Intel first revealed its RealSense 3D camera back at CES at the start of the year. Calling it the first of its "perceptual computing" products, Intel's Mooly Eden talked about how the RealSense camera could use technologies such as facial and voice recognition along with gesture …

Zilta rethinks the Android smartphone with focus on usability

Android is a platform known for its flexibility and customizability. But while many would prefer to have their choice of user interfaces and applications, some would rather focus on key functionalities, such as being able to call, text, email and browse the web.<p>These major functionalities are …

What managers do at a company that’s trying to replace them with software

The enterprise software company Asana manages to serve multi-billion-dollar startups such as Airbnb, Uber, Dropbox and Pinterest with only 65 employees. That’s because streamlining workflow is what the company, whose motto is “Teamwork without email,” is designed to do.<p>The company, founded by the …

Project Management

5 Traits of People Who Build Lasting Companies

Adrenaline might get your idea off the ground initially, but it takes a lot more than that to stay in business.<p>Over the last 13 years of writing about tech companies, I've picked up a few things about what it takes to start a company--and build one that lasts.<p>Often entrepreneurs initially are …

Entrepreneurship

Can a robot learn right from wrong?

Researchers are working on robots that can make ethical choices and then explain why<p>In Isaac Asimov’s short story "Runaround," two scientists on Mercury discover they are running out of fuel for the human base. They send a robot named Speedy on a dangerous mission to collect more, but five hours …

The Moon is Now a Wi-Fi Hotspot - D-brief

By Carl Engelking | May 28, 2014 11:53 am<p>Complimentary Wi-Fi is so commonplace that a business advertising its “hotspot” in the window seems somewhat …

Here's Why Leaving Work On Time May Be Bad for You

Drive by some buildings at 5 p.m. and you'll see people streaming out the doors like the floodgates have burst open and every employee has finally been set free.<p>It always makes me wonder: What must it be like to work for companies like those? What must it feel like to so badly want to get away from …

Owe

Forget drones: Microsoft’s plan to bring the internet to the world is all about TV

Google will spend between $1 billion and $3 billion to put 180 satellites in orbit, from where the company can beam the internet down to unconnected parts of the world, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning. That’s in addition to Google’s other high-tech internet missionaries: balloons …

Electromagnetism

Could our behaviour be turned into a password?

From fingerprint and iris scanners to voice verification, biometric technology is becoming an increasingly widespread security tool.<p>But for some people, this technology can feel intrusive and they may be unwilling to cooperate.<p>BBC Click's David Reid reports on how security systems are now looking …

Lessons from David Halpern on creating significant societal impact - MaRS

Most policy concerns human behaviour that is difficult to predict. In 2010, the United Kingdom government was facing large program cuts and a smaller …

What the Internet can learn from the light bulb - MaRS

“We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.” With those words and the flick of a switch, Thomas Edison unleashed the …

Light Bulbs