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No, Microsoft is not making a Google Glass killer
Tue, 15/07/14 – 1:01 | No Comment

Microsoft is working on a wearable headband that can communicate with a smart phone and other devices, but contrary to rumor, the Alice Band is not a “Google Glass killer.”

The device is, instead, an experiment in cooperation with the United Kingdom’s government to develop a wearable device that helps blind people navigate the urban environment much like a guide dog would.

The project will be shown to Queen Elizabeth on Thursday and is part of the UK’s Future Cities Catapult, a non-profit endeavor to build technologies to help people in a city of the near-future. Thus Alice Band is not a commercial project and Microsoft assures that it is not meant as any kind of competition for Google Glass.

The UK’s Technology Strategy Board launched seven Catapult projects, including this one, with a one billion British pound investment over the next five years. Each of the Catapult projects is aimed at a specific need in the near-future or current urban environment.

Currently, the Microsoft-led project for Alice is in the “user experience” stage where sample devices are recording information from testers who’re wearing them as they navigate the environs around London and other cities in the Kingdom. Most of the testers are vision impaired and the data collected includes locations, modes of transport, stress levels (biofeedback), obstacles, weather and traffic conditions, etc.

Using this information, developers will be able to build intelligent software that can give the wearer prompts about their environment taken from various sensors and cameras mounted on the device and on the streets of the city being navigated. The goal is to offer a device that can function in a way similar to a guide dog, thus allowing the user to move about freely without the distractions and added workload a dog can bring.


Samsung forecast slowing smartphone market
Fri, 11/07/14 – 9:54 | No Comment

Samsung expects its operating profit and sales to decline in the second quarter over the same period last year.

Google Glass can be used for hacking, says experts
Fri, 11/07/14 – 9:48 | No Comment

Devices with video-capturing capabilities, particularly Google Glass, can uncover the PIN code of your tablet or smartphone, according to cyber forensics experts working at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

In Hong Kong’s subway, your boss is a computer
Mon, 7/07/14 – 11:01 | No Comment

Every night, the Hong Kong subway system undergoes maintenance and engineering repairs, just as does every other subway system in the world. Unlike the others, though, the HK subway’s engineering team has a unique supervisor. …

Smartphones more vital than deodorant and toothbrushes
Fri, 4/07/14 – 8:55 | No Comment

Nearly half of all adults in the United States say they would not be able to endure a single day without using a smartphone, according to a research commissioned by the Bank of America.

“Buy now” button spotted on Twitter
Fri, 4/07/14 – 8:53 | No Comment

Tweets with a “Buy now” button temporarily surfaced on Twitter, reported tech news site Recode. However, nothing happened when users clicked on the button.

Supreme Court says ‘no’ to Google Street View appeal
Mon, 30/06/14 – 16:54 | No Comment

Google attempted to appeal a lower court’s decision to allow a class-action lawsuit against Street View to go ahead, but the Supreme Court says it doesn’t need to look at the case and so it …

Chatbot passes Turing Test
Mon, 9/06/14 – 2:18 | No Comment

In what is both ground-breaking and unsettling news, a Russian chatterbot dubbed “Eugene Goostman” has become the first to pass the Turing Test. This intelligence assessment, started in 1950 by Alan Turing, the mathematician and …

Spotify adds Djay as it continues growing
Mon, 26/05/14 – 13:29 | No Comment

The hottest music streaming service right now? Hard to say, but with ten million paying subscribers, an extensive music collection, and apps for nearly every platform, it’d be hard to choose a service other than …

Should retailers opt for Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook?
Fri, 23/05/14 – 8:11 | No Comment

Retail firms that are relying on social media networks to boost their sales could be wasting their time. Portals like Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook have millions of monthly users, but only a small percentage are actually buying from retailers.

Google acquires mobile device management start-up Divide
Fri, 23/05/14 – 8:09 | No Comment

Google has acquired Divide, a start-up that helps firms manage mobile devices, which are increasingly being used by employees to get their jobs done.

After failing to acquire Snapchat, Facebook reportedly building its own
Mon, 19/05/14 – 6:00 | No Comment

The current rumor is that Facebook is not happy that it failed to buy video and picture messaging app Snapchat last year, despite a $3 billion reported offer. Seeing the writing on the wall, it …

Twitter unveils mute button
Fri, 16/05/14 – 9:01 | No Comment

Twitter officially launched the widely rumoured mute button on Monday. This feature will enable users to silence boring and overactive tweeters, especially during events and television shows that they want to enjoy without interruptions.