In a two day software development and soldering workshop at MIT Media Lab White and Greenberg and a large room of developers, researchers and hardware hackers proved that the next killer wearable apps will have unique input methods, eye trackers, biometric sensors, augmented reality...
smaxp writes: The category of wearables is still evolving. Besides activity trackers and smartwatches, the killer wearable app is yet to be discovered because wearables don’t have the lean back or lean forward human-machine interface (HMI) of tablets and smartphones. Wearscript lets developers experiment with new user interface (UI) concepts and input devices to push beyond the HMI limits of wearables.
smaxp writes: Moto 360: Look Ma, No Hands – Really No Hands
Motorola introduced the Moto 360 making voice the primary user interface for wearables.
Until now, interaction with every other programmable wearable occupied both hands, one to position the wrist-worn device and the other to press a button or swipe a tiny LCD touch screen. At the heart of the design is cutting the time between the user’s intent and action with voice commands. Its design is not only technically sophisticated; it is smart-looking and fashionable.
smaxp writes: Open source projects garner the attention of the tech community because the passionate people behind these developments occasionally cause major disruption and create opportunities to change industries, as Android and Linux did. An open source project with the goal of changing how mobile networks are built, from expensive proprietary hardware to cheap commodity hardware — just as mainframe data centers moved to commodity X86 hardware — is certainly worth a deeper look. Learning that former Cisco CTO Ed Kozel is leading the venture, Range Networks makes it worth a deep dive.
smaxp writes: Wearables are the definition of cognitive dissonance. This product category is both the next big thing and a solution looking for a problem. Let’s explore what wearable means before we speculate about the SDK.
smaxp writes: @ the Black Hat Conference last year and Android vulnerability was the center of the presses attention — This year it was Apple.
Android Security chief discussed new big data and app behavior technology that "looks for the malware needle in the haystack" that might no show up in AV scans during a retrospective of the Android Masterkey Vulnerability.
smaxp writes: Depending on where you are, you can significantly cut your bills for basic cable, home broadband, and mobile voice and data with T-Mobile and Aereo live TV over the internet. In San Antonio, Texas, I hacked an Android smartphone into a Wi-Fi router and then subscribed to Aereo instead of subscribing with one of the cable television and internet companies. I saved a bundle of money.
smaxp writes: After much speculation, Nokia announced its Android smartphone at the Mobile World Congress today. The Nokia X leaves open many questions.
Imagining the six-month internal Nokia/Microsoft review of the Nokia X brings to mind the conversation at CIA Langley headquarters between CIA bureaucrat Chubb and his aid Palmer from the last scene of Burn after Reading
CHUBB: What did we learn, Palmer?
PALMER: I don't know, sir.
CHUBB: I don't [explicative deleted] know either. I guess we learned not to do it again.
smaxp writes: Windows Phone is not an option for Microsoft’s mobile renaissance. It’s just too little and too late.
To catch up, Microsoft could invest in an Android fork that would impress consumers with responsive on-device performance, integration with Microsoft’s mobile ecosystem, and compatibility with the more than 1 million apps available through the Google Play and other app stores.
smaxp writes: An Android Nokia smartphone has attracted a lot of attention lately, projecting an image of a few renegade Finns standing up against the Microsoft empire. Nokia’s culture is too consensus-driven and conservative to protest. It is, however, a test of Microsoft's mobile ecosystem, independent of Windows Phone.
smaxp writes: Bill Gates’s first day at work in the newly created role of technology adviser got off to a rocky start yesterday as the Microsoft founder struggled for hours to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade.
smaxp writes: It appears that MDM vendors are betting that the consumerization of enterprise mobile apps will follow the consumerization of mobile devices.
As the amount of time users spend at work shifts from PCs to mobile devices, the enterprise systems they use will move to enterprise cloud services with the best mobile apps because merely adequate enterprise mobile apps will be compared to the much better apps on the consumer side of the BYOD device.
smaxp writes: Considering that NBC will live stream every second of competition during the Sochi Winter Olympics to those with a pay-TV subscription, it came as a bit of a surprise when the network announced in early January that it will delay airing the opening ceremony for eight and a half hours.
smaxp writes: n his interview last night with Buzzfeed's business editor Peter Lauria, Jerry Seinfeld gave a good example of the potential of the Chromecast API, which Google released yesterday. The Chromecast API is aimed at enabling developers to build apps that send streamed content from mobile devices to Chromecast-connected televisions.