Event, IFA 2014, Software Programs, VR World

Sony Releases SDK for SmartEyeGlass

We always have known at some point that a true, direct rival would soon rise to compete with Google Glass, and it has indeed come in the form of Sony’s SmartEyeGlass. Now, the company has finally opened the smart eyewear for developers to tinker, with the release of its SDK. First appearing as a simple prototype earlier this year last CES 2014, Sony’s SmartEyeGlass was reintroduced again a few weeks back at the beginning of September, during IFA 2014. Despite having the same concept, one of the most obvious differences of the SmartEyeGlass to the Google Glass is its display. Both use special projectors to


Android, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Reviews, Software Programs

Motorola Moto 360: The Best Android Wear Device Yet

When Android Wear was released there were only two options available, the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch (currently being reviewed).  Unfortunately, those were rather uninspired and were pretty bland design wise.  When Motorola showed its design for a Wear device, it really got a lot of people excited as it is a striking design with a round LCD display under Corning Gorilla Glass.  It really looked like a watch and not some band that so many other wearables have ended up looking like.     Taking a closer look at the watch it becomes very impressive after having used the Samsung Gear Live.  The round LCD


Android, Apple, Business, Companies, Entertainment, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs, VR World

LVMH Brand TAG Heuer to Launch Smartwatch in 2015

TAG Heuer Smartwatch

From the legendary movie ‘Grand Prix’ in 1966 to controversial Breaking Bad TV series, TAG Heuer watches are presented as objects of desire. Today’s ad campaigns feature select number of actors, race drivers, F1 teams, pilots and the like, all touting the precision brought by TAG Heuer. Yet, the most precise watch you can buy is one of digital, not the analogue kind. Secondly, there is not one, but two generations of people that are growing up using a mobile phone to check for time, reducing the need for watches in its entirety. Not even a week after Apple’s event, Reuters passed the comments made


Business, Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

Next Gen of ULP Sensor Hubs is on Its Way


Today’s announcement from the well-known full service semiconductor company, Global Foundries and QuickLogic (NASDAQ:QUIK), will interest those looking for ultra low power (ULP) sensor hubs. The new ArcticLink 3 S2 is optimized for smartphones and the new wearable devices. QuickLogic is known as being an innovator of ultra low power programmable Customer Specific Standard Products — silicon platforms plus software solutions. Its next generation ArcticLink 3 S2 platform is sampling on Global Foundries own lower power 65 nanometer process technology. Global Foundries also prides itself on its 14nm FinFET leading edge technologies fashioned for high-volume, high-performance and power-efficient SoC applications. Sensor hubs like the 3 S2


Android, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Reviews, Software Programs, VR World

Will Samsung's Gear Live Change Your Opinion On Smartwatches?

Google recently released Android Wear, their new platform for wearables that currently has only three devices running it. The first two to be released were the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live. Within the last couple days the Motorola Moto 360 was released for sale. These are the first generation of Google powered smart watches. Samsung’s Gear Live offering is a nice piece with a few nice features. The body of the watch has a metal housing with a plastic back that incorporates an optical heart rate monitor and the charging contacts. The charger is essentially a backpack that hugs the contacts on the underside


VR World

Timex’s Ironman One GPS+ Contains a Qualcomm Wireless Modem for Standalone Connectivity

Qualcomm is flexing its muscle in the wearable segment by collaborating with Timex in launching the Ironman One GPS+, a smartwatch that provides standalone wireless connectivity without the need to pair with a smartphone. The Ironman One achieves this thanks to a Qualcomm processor that has a built-in modem for wireless connectivity. Data connectivity is provided by AT&T, which is offering one year of free data to all users purchasing the smartwatch in the US and Canada. Qualcomm isn’t just providing the modem, however, as the smartwatch also includes the chipset vendor’s always-on Mirasol display technology. First seen on the Qualcomm Toq, the Mirasol display


Apple, Companies, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Opinion, Rumors, Software Programs, VR World

Apple's iWatch to Have Major Health Focus, A Mistake?

Apple Logo iMessage iWatch Backdoor

Apple has been pushing heath and fitness heavily with their most recent campaign for the iPhone. This can be most noticeable in their recent ad campaign featuring Apple’s iPhone and a series of fitness applications and accessories, which include a multitude of wearables. Their campaign states, “You’re more powerful than you think.” So, what is Apple getting at here, exactly? That the iPhone, and Apple, can be at the very core of your physical and health success. Surely, there are plenty of people that are already using many of these devices on both their Android and iOS devices, so that doesn’t necessarily set Apple apart from


Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

Fitbit Gets Fashionable with Tory Burch for Fitbit

Tory Burch Fit Bit

Anyone that uses most wearable tech knows that the first generation of most wearables is generally very functional but not very aesthetically pleasing. That could be easily exemplified with Google and their Google Glass which now has nice looking frames and no longer makes people resemble cyborgs. Google worked with DvF or Diane Von Furstenberg to improve the overall aesthetics of their wearable technology and it really does help a lot. So, it seems as no surprise that another ‘bland’ looking product like the Fitbit, which is still popular, would get the designer treatment as well. So, here is Tory Burch for Fitbit with a


Android, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs, VR World

Google Rolls Out Android 4.4.4 Update Right before Google IO

Google Logo

Many people have been awaiting Google’s Android 4.4.4 update which many expected would get rolled out at Google IO. They weren’t necessarily wrong since Google IO starts on Wednesday and there will probably be a lot of Android news in terms of new versions of the OS and improvements coming to it. However, many expected the Android Kit Kat 4.4.3 to 4.4.4 update to be fairly minor compared to other Android updates, and they were also correct to think so as the entire update was only 2.5 MB to download, as opposed to an entirely new OS image. Over the course of the past few days,


Android, Audio/Video, Cloud Computing, Entertainment, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs

Watch: Elders React to Google Glass

Google Glass Grandma

Usually, the YouTube channel TheFineBros asks people of differing ages (usually much older or much younger) to react to a certain type of video, but sometimes they ask someone to respond to a physical technology item that they might not understand. In the past, they did a video about how kids reacted to a Sony Walkman cassette player with admittedly hilarious results. In this video, however, they’ve flipped the technology and the audience and tried to see what it was like for older people to react to Google Glass, and unsurprisingly enough they were far more aware of what it was and were far more able


2014, Comic-Con, Event, Hardware, Opinion, Smart Home

Computex from a Woman’s Perspective, Part I

When I found out that I’m actually going to Computex Taipei 2014, my first thought was – well, nothing. The fact is that through all of my journalist years I’ve heard news bits about an IT conference that is held in Taiwan every year for the last 33 years. Somehow, I couldn’t imagine myself being actually there on that very spot. I’m aware that as for all of you BSN readers, I don’t have to explain what it’s all about. Somehow though, I still like to think that I’m not the only one who’s been IT ignorant so maybe this typically chick-lit text will find


Android, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs, VR World

Google Glass' Bill of Materials is Only $80, Sells for $1,500

According to the guys at Teardown.com the very hot Google Glass wearable computer from Google only carries a bill of materials of $80, which is about of of what we were expecting. It doesn’t really come as much of a surprise though, because Google Glass itself is incredibly old technology in terms of mobile and wearables and it really doesn’t provide much technological innovation. In fact, most people will be shocked to know that the SoC powering the Google Glass is in fact the same SoC that powers the failed Blackberry Playbook which was released more than 3 years ago with the same SoC. At the


Business, Entertainment, Hardware, VR World

Radiation Shielding meets Fashion: Third Gen WTFJeans are Here

Like it or not, we pay most of our attention to the gadgets we buy, not where we put them. Growing number of devices we have to wear daily resulted that the modern man defaults to a ‘manpurse’ – put one or two phones in, a wallet, keys and you find yourself in a bind when it comes to meeting the airline regulations of one carry-on and one personal item. A while ago, we reviewed the second generation WTFJeans, as a way to put your phones in an easy to reach pocket which cleans the screen immediately (thanks to microfiber interior), but the innovative founder