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Apple and Microsoft are still fighting an old war — while Amazon and Google fight a new one

By the end of 2015, it finally looked as if both had succeeded: The new Apple TV supports the Apple App Store, and Microsoft updated the Xbox One to run a version of the Windows 10 operating system.<p>And a report came out last week indicating that the Apple TV will soon be getting an upgrade that …

The Drones Report: Research, Use Cases, Regulations, and Problems

BI Intelligence<p>The fast-growing global drone industry has not sat back waiting for government policy to be hammered out before pouring investment and effort into opening up this all-new hardware and computing market.<p>A growing ecosystem of drone software and hardware vendors is already catering to a …

Five Must-Know Retail Trends In Mobile And Social Marketing

BI Intelligence<p>Growth in smartphone and social media usage is setting the basis for all types of retail marketing trends. In a new report from BI Intelligence, we'll look at individual trends within mobile and social media.<p><i>Some of the trends analyzed in the report, include:</i><p>US consumers are spending …

Payments Ecosystem - Research & Business Opportunities

BI Intelligence<p>The modern smartphone is a remarkable device. A single device that fits in your pocket can do all the tasks that once required cameras, camcorders, GPS devices, watches, alarm clocks, calculators, and even TVs.<p>But the next change might be the most radical of all—it could eliminate …

Facebook's Big Plan to Make Your Cellphone Faster

Facebook has teamed up with Nokia, Intel, and several telcos to create an open source hardware and software platform for the telecommunication …

IBM Inks VMware, GitHub, Bitly Deals, Expands Apple Swift Use As It Doubles Down On The Cloud

While a large part of the mobile industry swirls around the streets of Barcelona, IBM is playing host at its own big InterConnect event in Las Vegas, where it unveiled a rush of deals that underscore another major aspect of the growth of mobile: the rise of cloud services. Today, IBM unveiled …

Babypod entertains your fetus with an insertable speaker for your baby maker

Wearables are so last year.<p>As we close the door on 2015, Babypod wants to send the year off with a bang by bringing us, for lack of a better term, insertables.<p>The Babypod is a small speaker women insert into their, well, <i>you know</i>, that emits low volume (54 decibels) music.<p>The minds behind the …

Microsoft will inform customers of state-sponsored hacks on their accounts

Microsoft pledged on Wednesday to notify people with Microsoft accounts (which include Outlook.com emails and OneDrive) if it believes those accounts have been targeted or hacked by people working on behalf of a nation or state. <br>In a blog post on the Microsoft website, Microsoft executive Scott …

Cord cutters face a sea of streaming options

Like millions of other consumers, Evan Hartstein was fed up with pay TV.<p>The 40-year-old father of two was paying nearly $250 a month for a bundle of phone, high-speed Internet and hundreds of cable channels that he and his family barely watched.<p>So Hartstein and his wife recently ditched their …

Latest version of Android Wear being beta tested on the Huawei Watch

Even when the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition launched in November, Google’s guidance for when current watches would be updated to the latest version of Android Wear was a vague in the “coming months“. This morning, one Huawei Watch user in a beta tester program received a test build of Wear 1.4 …

Hack to the Future: Experts Make 2016 Cybersecurity Predictions

Hackers had a busy 2015, breaking into everything from the Ashley Madison database to CIA Director John Brennan's AOL account.<p>This year, more than 178 million records on Americans were exposed in cyberattacks, according to the Identity Theft Research Center. The worst of them included the breach of …

Cybersecurity

Impressive Windows 10 In Lumia 950 Highlights Microsoft's Risky Strategy

After what seems an age (and three years between flagship smartphones is more than an age), Microsoft returns to the world of smartphones with a pair of handsets designed around Windows 10. I’m looking at the smaller of the two handsets, the Lumia 950, and while it’s one of the best Windows …

Phones

A letter to the manufacturers - here's what we want to see in 2016

2015 was a great year for Android.<p>Think back to the end of last year – Samsung’s Galaxy S5 left much to be desired, BlackBerry was still making BlackBerry OS phones, and Motorola’s 2014 Moto X, despite its horrendous camera, was one of the best Android handsets on the market. Now flash forward to …

By 2050, Utilities Will No Longer Charge For Electricity

PARIS—Just around the corner a future awaits when electricity consumers will no longer have to suffer the vagaries of fuel costs, according to a United Nations under-secretary general, whether the fuel is natural gas, coal, or enriched uranium.<p>Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environment …

Renewable Energy

The 25 fintech 'unicorns' worth over $1 billion ranked by value

Valuations in the sector are also sky-rocketing as more money floods in. Many companies are now reaching the fabled "unicorn" status — the term in the tech industry for companies worth $1 billion (£640 million) or more.<p>Earlier this year conference organiser Finovate pulled together a list of all …

A huge change is happening at Intel that no one's talking about

But with a shrinking PC market, Intel has been exploring new ways to grow its business, making headway into other areas like chips for data centers and connected devices.<p>In order to accelerate this shift, Intel has also been making a huge change in its culture that's starting to show up more …

Your next wearable device could be a temporary tattoo

The next generation of wearable technology will stick to your skin and you won’t have to remember to put it on every morning.<p>Chaotic Moon, an Austin-based tech design firm, is experimenting with conductive paint and electronic components, including LED lights, to build skin-mounted gadgets that …

Wearable Tech

Minority Rules: Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas

July 25, 2011<p>Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their …

Jaguar wants to monitor its drivers' brainwaves, heart rate, and breathing

A future Jaguar could monitor your brain, detect your health, and predict your actions. It sounds incredibly futuristic, but they're all elements of different projects that Jaguar Land Rover is working on right now in order to make its cars much smarter and safer. It detailed the projects today in …

Switching your broadband supplier just got really easy

When Ofcom announced that consumers can ditch their contract if broadband speeds aren't as advertised, it also said it would also make changing providers even easier. This new "one touch" process comes into effect today, finally putting the responsibility of switching onto the company you wish to …

Net Neutrality

Uber Co-Founder's Incubator Releases Spot, a Place Discovery App

Expa is an incubator started by Uber co-founder Garrett Camp. Friday it announced the beta version of a new product — an app called Spot that helps people find places to go, whether that’s restaurants and coffee shops or clothing stores and tourist destinations. It’s different from Foursquare or …

Facebook's photo app will not be available in Europe

<b>Facebook's photo-sharing app Moments will not be made available in Europe due to concerns about its use of facial recognition, it has been revealed.</b><p>The app, which allows users to share mobile-phone photos with friends without posting them publicly, was launched in the US this week.<p>The Irish data …

Lenovo Releases A Media Stream Puck

This thing somehow sticks to an HDTV. Called the Lenovo Cast, it’s the firm’s first media streaming device and is designed to work with Android devices. Launching this August at $49 and lacking native apps, it’s a more expensive Chromecast, but don’t write off Lenovo’s product just yet.<p>Lenovo has a …

A Global Project Is Making High-Tech Cities Less Hackable, From The Ground Up

Security in the technology age<p>When you think of disaster preparedness, you may think about how you would respond to an earthquake, a flood, or a storm. Now, security researchers want you to think about how to respond to cyber attacks, as well.<p>Securing Smart Cities (SSC) is a not-for-profit global …

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Apple and Google sign letter urging Obama to support encryption

Apple, Google, other tech giants and a number of noted cryptologists have signed a letter to the Obama administration urging the US government to preserve strong encryption against pressure from law enforcement and surveillance agencies.<p>The letter argues that “strong encryption is the cornerstone …

Privacy

Vivint Launches A New Home Automation System Complete With A Tiny Doorbell Camera

Home security and automation starts and ends with the front door. It needs to keep the bad guys out yet let the good guys in without hassle. Either a system gets it right or it doesn’t, and, until now, I had yet to see a system that’s truly impressive. Meet the Vivint Sky Smart Home — a home …

Say goodbye to your clunky air conditioner — this kitchen table uses no electricity to regulate the temperature of your apartment

Consisting simply of a surface and legs, the table is one piece of furniture that has remained largely the same for thousands of years.<p>But now, a French design duo has come up with a way to turn the humble table into a means of climate control that doesn't use any electricity.<p>Paris-based industrial …

Google now lets you order food delivery, straight from search results

Google recently launched a new food delivery option through its search results.<p>The next time you search for a nearby restaurant through Google on your phone, there may be an option to "place an order" in the search results next to the icon of a truck.<p>Once you tap this option, you're then instructed …