Apple Researching Smart Ways to Power its Smart Watches

February 5th, 2014 by Mark J

There have already been rumours recently that Apple has been looking into creating screens for its next gen iPhone that can collect solar energy and now it seems it’s researching similar tech for its incoming iWatches. Given the limited battery space smartwatches have there’s obviously a need for alternative methods of powering the devices and Apple is also looking at inductive charging. Read the rest of this entry »

Motorola Says Goodbye Google, Hello Lenovo

February 3rd, 2014 by Mark J

 

When Google purchased Motorola it seemed like a potential apocalypse for every smartphone maker in the world. The combination of the company that has made the world’s most popular mobile OS and the ability to make its own hardware was a recipe for disaster. Especially after its success with its Nexus branded (but made by other people) handsets. That was 2012 though and things haven’t gone quite the way everyone thought they would, ending in more of a disaster for Google than anyone else with it selling off the company to Lenovo for a lot less than was paid for it. Read the rest of this entry »

Google Set to Get Smarter with AI Acquisition

January 31st, 2014 by Mark J

Google is buying startups lately like the average person might buy a bag of crisps from a vending machine and its latest purchase is a company called DeepMind. As the name hints at the company specialises in artificial intelligence and there were reports last year that Facebook was also interested in acquiring it at one point. It would seem that the startup’s artificial intelligence is as deep as Google’s pockets as it’s said to have been bought for a cool $500m (possibly more according to some sources). Read the rest of this entry »

Alienware Steam Machines will be Upgradeable, but not Upgrade Friendly

January 29th, 2014 by Mark J

This year’s CES saw the launch of thirteen Steam Machines, PC/Console hybrids running Steam’s OS custom built for gaming. One of the ones that caused the most excitement was Alienware’s Steam Machine, a company that specialises in making high performance gaming PCs for those who want the best possible PC gaming experience. The excitement surrounding the extra-terrestrial machines was diminished somewhat though when it was said that they wouldn’t be upgradable. Read the rest of this entry »

Rumours Suggest iPhone 6 is Going Solar

January 27th, 2014 by Mark J

Normally rumours about the next iPhone aren’t that interesting, falling into the category of either bigger, better, faster or stronger, but there’s one whisper surrounding the next version of Apple’s handset that stands out from the rest. According to Apple watcher Matt Margolis, who has compiled a list of evidence to support his claims, the iPhone 6 might be able to collect solar energy through its screen. A little bit like the solar powered calculators of old. Read the rest of this entry »

Google Reveals Clever Contacts for Diabetics

January 24th, 2014 by Mark J

Google may be getting a lot of flak for all the ways in which it invades our privacy but at the same time it’s also doing some good for the world, in ways hard to deny. Its most recent humanitarian effort takes the form of contact lenses which can alert the wearer if their glucose level is too low. This will be a boon for diabetics where careful monitoring of their glucose levels will help them to stay healthy and maybe even save their life. Read the rest of this entry »

Tizen and Ubuntu Touch Smartphones Suffer Setbacks

January 22nd, 2014 by Mark J

As Microsoft has proved launching a major new mobile OS isn’t easy, and Tizen and Ubuntu Touch are finding it out the hard way. Although there’s a fair amount of interest surrounding each of the operating systems both have recently suffered some setbacks that mean they won’t be giving Android or iOS something to sweat about anytime soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Fridge Spam Highlights Risk of Internet of Things

January 20th, 2014 by Mark J

In years to come the smartness that has found its way into our phones will have seeped into other everyday devices, forming what has been dubbed an “Internet of Things”. Putting aside any Stephen King-esque nightmares of appliances with sharp blades that are able to communicate with each other there’s another stumbling block this IoT has to face and that’s their vulnerability to cyber attacks. Read the rest of this entry »

Windows 9 Tipped for April Announcement

January 17th, 2014 by Mark J

Although it’s hard to imagine anything being quite as bad or soul destroying as Windows Vista it’s fast becoming clear that Windows 8 is the successor to that awful OS, rather than Windows 7. It would be unfair to say Windows 8 is quite as bad as Vista but it does share the fact that it tried to revolutionise the operating system and upset a lot of people in the process. Help is on its way however in the form of Windows 9 which is rumoured to be announced soon and released in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Oculus Rift Crowned “Best Emerging Tech” at CES

January 15th, 2014 by Mark J

We’re still a ways away from spending our spare time in the holodeck but great steps are being made in the field of fully immersive display technology. The crowdfunded Oculus Rift has been in the works for a while and though it still hasn’t been released everything is pointing to the wait being worth it. The latest version of the Oculus Rift, known as Crystal Cove, was on show at CES last week and wowed visitors with how realistic the experience was. Read the rest of this entry »