Lenovo used this week’s CES in Las Vegas to highlight several aspects of their 2018 product and service lineup in the augmented reality and virtual reality spaces. These announcements spanned both consumer and commercial/industrial applications, and include the Lenovo Mirage Solo headset, Mirage Camera, C220 Smart Glasses and NBD AH Cloud 2.0. Lenovo Mirage Solo and Mirage Camera with Daydream Billed as a “new take on VR consumption and creation,” this complementary product duo is targeted primarily at consumer markets. The Mirage Solo stands as the first stand-alone headset offering that is part of Google’s Daydream platform; an ill-fated offering from HTC was announced and
Smartphones gain PC-strength VR capabilities via new codec
NGCodec, a company that specializes in developing algorithms, silicon logic and FPGA implementations for cloud video processing, this week announced the availability of their potentially transformative cloud-based encoding technologies via the Amazon AWS Marketplace. The company’s RealityCodec acts as a low-delay H.265/HEVC encoder, which allows much of the processing load of VR video streams to be shifted into the cloud. The codec also boasts sufficiently low latency that it can reliably deliver VR streams to untethered, mobile, VR head-mounted displays. “We have worked diligently to bring our advanced video codecs to the Amazon Cloud and to demonstrate the potential for cloud media and virtual reality,”
Google Announces Improved Gmail Security Warnings
The security of personal information & data is all the hype lately. This was a highly debated subject after the Apple iPhone access requested by the FBI following a recent terrorist attack that was declined by the company completely. Now, Google announced improved Gmail security warnings. One of the most prominent issues is the warning that is issued to accounts when is believed they’ve been targeted by state-sponsored attackers. This comes as a controversial measure. One, that we’re sure will raise a lot of attention in the world of security and data theft. It will also prove crucial to see how will Google react to potential data access to those
IT: It’s the Place to be for Job Hunting
As unemployment waivers, people with IT skills are sought after.
Acer Vows for Business Expansion in 2016
Acer expects business expansion in 2016.
Hiku: Add it to Your Shopping Cart
Hiku scans, records, categorizes, locates, and marks your favorite items to make shopping a no-brainer. The handheld device scans bar codes on your favorite and incidental items. The item is then listed on a shopping list on your smartphone ready to take to the store. You can assign an item to any number of user-named lists – Safeway, Petsmart, RiteAid, GNC, and so forth. Head for the store, display your shopping list on your phone and proceed down the aisles. In this review, I’ll show you with pictures how easy it was to install, learn, and use. I’ll also tell you what I did and
Russia to Ban Sale of Devices with Foreign Cloud
A new Russian law states that on January 1st, 2015 any company who’s devices communicate with the cloud and share that data abroad will be banned.
One Ring and You’re on Candid Camera at Pepcom SF
Ring is a unique smart home device that allows you to intelligently monitor who is at your door and to change the way we answer our door
OneDrive Offers Unlimited Storage with Office 365
Microsoft has announced that all Office 365 users will be upgraded to unlimited cloud storage from the free 1TB that they have now.
Cloud Storage Company Bitcasa Screws Customers
Bitcasa has decided to get rid of unlimited storage and raise prices on their customers without any warning and is giving them three weeks to get their data
Google's Big Data Cloud is Predicting World Cup Winners
Google’s Cloud Platform has been predicting the winners of the World Cup since the round of 16 and so far has been 11/12 after getting 8/8 correct in the round of 8. Google’s Cloud Platform combines Cloud Dataflow, BigQuery and Compute Engine in order to arrive at their final results. According to their predictions, which have been almost perfect with the exception of the France v Germany game (I predicted Germany) with Germany beating France, defeating Google’s perfect record. In fact, Google gave France a 69% chance of winning that game, but the result was 1-0 with Germany defeating France. So, then, why did Google
OneDrive Gets Bigger, Cheaper and More Free
Microsoft has announced that they will be expanding OneDrive capacities for free users as well as subscribers and extending 1TB of storage to Office 365 subscribers, adding even more value to their Office 365 product. In terms of OneDrive upgrades, the first upgrade comes by the way of free storage which was previously 7 GB (was originally 25 GB when it was first launched as SkyDrive) and is now 15 GB. So, Microsoft giveth, then Microsoft taketh, and then Microsoft giveth once again. I guess Microsoft just assumes that people have incredibly short memories or something, but this isn’t really much news other than the
IBM’s Watson Throws Down a Challenge
IBM challenged developers to write apps for Watson, their intelligent contextual super computer. Submissions arrived from across the globe. More than 40 countries responded with ideas submitted from 400 companies. Only 25 lucky companies were chosen to get access to Watson in order for them to build a prototype of their proposal. IBM then backed the winners helping them take their idea from prototype into an actual application for consumers. The three winners of the contest were GenieMD, obviously related to health, Majestyk Apps, related to childhood education, and RedAnt, related to retail selling. If you want to develop something that will run on Watson,
OTOY Launches OctaneRender 2.0
While all of the videogame press are in LA for E3, OTOY have announced the launch of their much awaited OctaneRender 2.0, which was originally announced at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference 2014 in San Jose. The new version of OctaneRender brought a dozen new features to the already popular render engine most of which were requested directly by the community via OTOY’s own forums. To get an idea of what OctaneRender 2.o is capable of, OTOY has provided a video of a scene fully rendered in Octane Render 2.0 demonstrating the new motion blur feature so that you can see what the latest and greatest. As
NZXT Introduces The GRID+ Fan Controller
Following the announcement of CAM in May, NZXT has launched the first CAM compatible hardware products allows users to bring PC management to the cloud. The GRID+ is a 6-channel fan controller that not only allows users to control fan speeds using their smart phone, but also displays any warning or alerts. The sleek design of the GRID+ gives users an option to install it into a system without it looking out of place. For more information about the GRID+, please click here. In addition to the GRID+, NZXT has also updated their existing Kraken products to be CAM compatible. The Kraken X41 and X61
Adobe Creative Cloud Getting New Features & Hardware June 18th
Adobe appears to be in a bit of a crisis with what they want the public to know. A few days ago, Adobe announced that they would be making a big announcement on June 18th about the new Creative Cloud for 2014. This announcement detailed a lot of things that Adobe planned to announce for or related to the new Creative Cloud for 2014, but then they moderated their post today and removed all of the details about what they planned to show. Thanks to Google’s Cache and the Google Cache Browser, it was fairly easy to go back and get the details that Adobe
Microsoft Board Names Satya Nadella CEO, Gates Steps Down as Chairman
Microsoft’s CEO search has finally ended with the appointment of Satya Nadella to CEO by Microsoft’s Board of Directors. They have finally selected someone to replace Steve Ballmer after the sudden and unexpected announcement of his departure. Microsoft’s CEO search started with people like Ford’s current CEO Allan Mulally and Qualcomm’s soon-to-be CEO Steve Mollenkopf, who actually got the position earlier than anyone had expected because of Microsoft’s offer to make him CEO. Qualcomm obviously couldn’t let that happen so instead they promoted Mollenkopf from COO to CEO earlier than anyone would have expected. There are some very interesting parallels between the two companies but