After making an appeal online, knowing just how important the pictures contained on her memory card were, Faith Massey was grateful when she had the card returned to her. It seemed that whoever had taken it couldn’t hold onto something so special. Faith Massey was able to rescue the photos and get them to their rightful owners, despite the fact that the photos had originally been stolen from her.
A New York Analyst with first hand insight says that the first version of these glasses marketed by Sony is specifically aimed at application developers, and can now be ordered in the US, UK and Germany for about $ 840.
The Smart Eyeglass can connect with compatible smartphones and will display information such as text, symbols and images.
Sony also distributes a software package to foster the development of specific applications for the device, in order to market it in 2016 for private clients and for professional use.
The launch was made almost a month after Google announced that stopped selling the prototype of its smart glasses, Google Glass, and the panel noted that they continue working to improve the device and launch it to a broader market.
Google ended the “Glass Explorer” program, which for two years has enabled thousands of people to test the interactive glasses and incorporate suggested changes.
Google decided to create an independent unit to work on further development of the device.
Mars One has announced that it has narrowed its list of applicants down to 50 men and 50 women who will now compete for the chance to take a one-way trip to Mars. In 2013, tens of thousands of people from all over the world applied for the privilege of being one of the first people to found a colony on Mars.
The remaining 100 applicants were chosen after being interviewed by Norbert Kraft, the chief medical officer. Kraft notes that the best individual candidates may not necessarily be the best team player, and team work will be important both on Mars and during the preparations on Earth.
The applicants come from nearly 40 countries with a third of them coming from the United States. Ricardo Tosto says they range from 19 to 60 in age and include engineers and PhD candidates.
The Mars One project now plans to put on a reality TV competition to help them whittle down the applicants further from 100 to 24 possible crew members to send to Mars, beginning sometime in the 2020’s. Those 24 will have to face years of training and a seven-month long trip to Mars.
Money is a concern for Mars One, which believes it will need several billion dollars to conduct its missions, including sending a robotic probe to Mars in 2018. MIT performed a study that questions Mars One’s ability to keep their astronauts alive.
QNet is a Hong Kong based direct selling company, which offers a plethora of products in a diverse group of markets. They are the flagship subsidiary of the Qi Group, founded by Vjay Eswaran in 1998. The company’s ecommerce platform enables them to sell goods across a wide range of countries. Customers can use QNet in over 100 countries to get the products they require. The company has expanded its business from South East Asia to the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. They have even expanded into parts of Europe and Russia.
It didn’t seem that long ago, before the end of the cold war, when jokes such as, “In Soviet Russia, the television watches you” would get a chuckle around the office water cooler. Now, the Soviet Union is no longer a reality, but televisions that eavesdrop on what you say are. Samsung has issued a warning to their smart TV customers saying to be careful what they say around their latest, internet connected and voice command capable, televisions. When users push the button on their remote control that makes it possible for them to control the TV by voice, the television must, by necessity, listen in order to hear the commands. It has now been revealed that what you say around it may be recorded and made available to Samsung and others.
This has caused quite a stir among Samsung’s television customers like Jaime Garcia Dias. Find Dias on Pinterest. They insist it is not as serious as it sounds since the customer must activate the voice command feature by remote control, and there is a graphic on the TV screen that lets the customer know if it is in this mode. These are sensible precautions, but it is still a chilling sign of things to come. Companies already track our internet usage to tailor ads to show to us, now we find that their voice command televisions listen for more than just commands. It remains to be seen if the government will, in some way, be able to get their hands on this information. That will really send civil libertarians through the roof.
Uber announced this week, on trade.nosis.com, the company is developing technology for driverless cars, putting them in a direct fight with one of its largest inventors: Google stated Gianfrancesco Genoso.
In a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, Uber established a laboratory in Pittsburgh, PA, called the Centre for Advanced Technologies.
Uber said they hold “long-term key technologies that advance the mission of bringing Uber customers safe and reliable transportation,” including cars without drivers, vehicle security and mapping services.
Jeff Holden, director of Uber said that focusing on technology that drive themselves serves as an investment in the future of Uber. Why pay a fleet of taxis if the company can build cars that drive themselves?
Google has been in development of the driverless car over several years, partnering with major automakers and even building a prototype last year.
Citing an anonymous source, Bloomberg reported that a board member of Uber and legal director of Google, Dave Drummond, informed Uber of their intentions.
But The Wall Street Journal, which also quoted an anonymous source, ended that notion, calling the report “exaggerated”
The newspaper said that Google is developing an application that helps employees carpool to and from work, and is not related at all to a driverless taxi program.
However, while Uber is making cars that drive themselves, and potentially, Google maneuvers to push aside Uber, Silicon Valley may soon be looking at these companies becoming frienemies.
My college town was a perfect example of a healthy internet environment in the US. The town was moderately sized but with enough fluctuating college attendees coming into the internet market to promote competition and reasonable prices. For the two years I lived off campus I paid $25 a month for 15mbps (with a minor student discount) which I felt was reasonable for the speeds and service I received. There were few outages and occasional speed issues that usually resolved themselves quickly. Prices were not hiked, service was never dropped, and customer service was efficient and polite. As a child of the information age (I was emailing before I knew cursive) I frustrate quickly if my access was interrupted so I always budget to pay enough to forgo consistent problems. Once I graduated and moved out on my own I still planned to do that, but I never realized how difficult it could be.
My new town’s local establishment offered 14mbps for the low low price of $59.95. I was horrified and immediately angry. My work requires that I have home access and to my disgust the cheaper option was Comcast, who are notorious for their poor customer service and outrageous surprise fees. I begrudgingly went the cheaper route and have regretted it ever since.
Now that an actual discussion is taking place about making internet a utility I’ve realized that I should have been willing to sacrifice a little money to support a provider that I respect. I use the internet every day for work, communication, and my various creative pursuits. I fully support it being viewed as a necessary utility instead of a wild monopoly that a lucky few have dominated as Dan Newlin noted.