Hot Tech Facts of Today

The technological world is changing very fast and it is important to stay updated on the most recent news associated with it. Some of the news is about new technological innovations while others are just about people who are associated with tech companies. For example, did you know that the Samsung Company just paid around $200 million for something called “SmartThings,” which is a new innovation in Smarthouse technology? That must mean Smarthomes are going to be more common soon. As for Apple, there are always new rumors coming out about their newest products, like the iPhone 6 and iWatch. One rumor is that they will use a scratch resistant surface for the display instead of just glass. Either way, people will certainly buy the newest Apple products.

Snapchat-Logo            In the news of technology competitors, Snapchat has a new competitor for its mobile photo and video messaging application. This competitor is software giant, Microsoft, which has just released their own version of Snapchat called “WindUp.” This application will be able to send videos, temporary photos, audio messages and texts back and forth between users who have this application installed on their mobile device. Speaking of apps, there is a new app for the iPhone called “Humin.” The concept behind Humin is to allow you to remember the name of someone you just met and put it in your iPhone’s contact list. All you have to do is add the person’s phone number into your contact list and the app will give you the name of the person, when you met them and where. If they have a social media account, then it will even upload a picture of them to your phone automatically.

A young entrepreneur and millionaire, Ryan Allis, has written 1,284 slides on how to succeed in life. Obviously, people criticize the amount of slides he needed to use to explain that. For those of you who frequent Facebook, you might be interested to know that Sam Lessin, who is the vice president of product management, is leaving. Though this may not mean much for the site, it could hint that better opportunities for social media workers are being found elsewhere. In lighter news, the payment processor “Square” has written blog posts to defend themselves about myths and rumors people have started about their company.

Technology news is always interesting and is changing by the day. Even the smallest bit of news can turn into something big for a device or application. Staying up to date on the news will allow you to catch up and know what is going to be released.

 

 

 

The Backed Pack of Future Technology

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Home security options have certainly improved within the last 10 years. Now there is a new wireless security system for homeowners called “Blink.” This system uses a sync module to transmit information from its video camera to a cloud database hosted by the Blink Company. This cloud will store all of the recorded data from the video feed. That way, users can download the video if they have a break-in and need to see what happened. The security system also includes motion sensory detection, night vision, heat sensory detection and a microphone to pick up sound. The cloud even provides users with phone access, streaming video to their mobile device and alerts if any unusual detection is picked up by the system. Since the security system does not use any power cables, it can be moved around and adjusted easily by the owner to fit their needs. Blink has received over $500,000 in donations on Kickstarter to get this project off the ground.

Technology has actually gotten to the point now where it can provide companionship to people. The new JIBO robot is the first step in creating physical artificial intelligence that people can see and hear. JIBO looks like nothing more than a little fan that you would sit on your office desk. In actuality, it is a robot that can memorize faces as well as voices of the people it interacts with most often. For example, if you were to buy this for your home then it would memorize what your family looks like and how they sound. What’s really neat about JIBO is that it is always learning new things. It can even communicate with other devices in the household for things like email, lighting and voicemail. JIBO also has a built-in digital camera that can take photographs and record video. And just like with smartphones, developers will be able to create apps for JIBO to give it more functionality. On Indiegogo, this JIBO technology has raised more than $1 million. It is safe to say that the demand for this device is quite high.

When most people think of technology associated with sleeping, they often think of an alarm clock of some kind. But, how about a device that tracks how you sleep and plays relaxing sounds to help you get to sleep? That is what the new “Sense” device will do for you. Sense comes with a “Sleep Pill,” which clips onto the pillow you sleep on at night. Then every time you toss and turn, it will keep track of those movements. It will even record sounds that you might involuntarily be making in the middle of the night. Then, of course, it can wake you up at an appropriate time that gets determined by your sleep cycle. When you wake up, Sense will give you a score based on how well you slept that night. Makers of this device have received over $2 million in donations on Kickstarter. There must be a lot of people out there that have trouble sleeping!

 

 

 

 

Moto 360 Smartwatch Gets an Early Price Tag

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Motorola is about to release their new Smartwatch called “Moto 360,” which is powered by Google’s operating system. Before new technological gadgets get released to the public, there is generally speculation about how much the cost of the product is going to be. Unfortunately, Motorola made a mistake by accidentally releasing the actual price of the Moto 360 on the product page of Best Buy’s website. If you didn’t know, Best Buy is an electronics store that sells all the newest top of the line computers and electronic gizmos. On the Best Buy website, they had already created a product page for the Moto 360 with a price tag of about $250. With the actual price being revealed, this gives consumers the chance to compare the prices amongst other Smartwatch brands and then likely go with the cheaper one. The $250 price tag on the Moto 360 is more money than the Gear Live Smartwatch offered by Samsung. The price for the Gear Live is only $199.

Best Buy’s product page for the Moto 360 has recently been taken down after the accident was noticed and made public. Before the page was taken down, it still revealed the specifications of the Moto 360. It is going to have a neat 320×920 circular glass display, a pedometer and a built-in heart rate monitor. The release date had not been revealed and there have been no announcements on that yet. Motorola held a contest for developers to design possible watch faces that would go on the Moto 360. The winner is going to get a free Moto 360 smartwatch when it is released. What’s also interesting is that they revealed in the fine print of the contest that the watch is valued at about $250, which matches the price tag that was first revealed on the Best Buy product page for the device. On September 4th of this year, Motorola plans to release more information about the Moto 360 product, like when it will be released. As for consumers, they are likely going to still buy the Moto 360 even if it is more expensive than the competitors’ smartwatches. American consumers usually care about two things when it comes to their gadgets, the visual appeal and the features it contains. Surprisingly, price is not the number one thing people look for in America. So, Motorola may have success selling their Moto 360 after all. After September 4th, better predictions can be made about this.

 

LG Buries Old Smartwatch; Announces New Prototype

Google-smartwatchLG had previously introduced the public to its first ever Android smartwatch, but the prototype they were working with did not get a lot of praise. This basically had to do with Motorola introducing the world to the Moto 360 a little later on. So, LG went ahead and reinvented their former “G Watch” with a new prototype named the “G Watch R.” This new device has a round face to it, which is what the “R” stands for in the name. The design was likely made because LG is trying to compete with Motorola’s new Moto 360 smartwatch, which also has a round screen as well. The Moto 360 is about to be released soon, so LG wanted to introduce the public to their new smartwatch to try to draw attention away from the Moto 360. LG has received a lot of criticism because they appear to be copying Motorola’s business strategy of releasing a more refined product after their competition has released their product. In the end, the consumers will decide which one is the better phone for their money.

 

What really drew people to the Moto 360 was when Motorola showed off the new Android Wear operating system. Android is an operating system developed by Google that is usually used with tablets. But now, Google made an alternate version of Android that is compatible with smartwatches. The Moto 360 showed it off for the first time earlier in the year and people were ecstatic for it. People often associate any operating system with the first device they see it on. Since the Motorola did such a great job of advertising their smartwatch with the Android Wear operating system, it is going to be kind of hard for LG to impress people with their own Android watch.

 

In the end, it is all about the features of the smartwatch and which company advertises it the best. The price won’t generally deter people away if the smartwatch looks like it could be useful to them. Of course, smartwatches are not likely going to replace smartphones, which means people won’t pay nearly as much for them. Therefore, these companies have to be very careful on how they price their smartwatches because people will be looking at price as a consideration in this particular market. It seems that those who exercise or have heart problems will greatly benefit from a smartwatch. Those who don’t wear watches or worry about their health probably won’t care to buy one. We shall wait and see.