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Apple iPad vs. Microsoft Surface 3

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The Apple iPad is one of the best selling tablets ever. Other computer companies have tried competing with Apple in this area, but Apple has still remained number one when it comes to manufacturing tablets. However, this may change very soon because Microsoft is getting in on the action. They have already developed their own Microsoft Windows tablet that is an alternative to the Apple iPad. The Microsoft Surface 3 was released in 2014 and has gotten a lot of positive feedback from tech enthusiasts. The retail price is going to be around $499, which is about the price of a new iPad. So there won’t be much diversity as far as the price is concerned. The diversity comes with the new tablet features found in the Microsoft Surface 3. One new feature is the magnetic clip on keyboard that attaches itself to the front of your tablet. It is said to be a step up from the swivel mechanism that operates the keyboard on the iPad. But more importantly, Microsoft’s Surface 3 is said to help you actually work without needing a laptop.

Microsoft Surface tablets have only been around for three years. In the beginning, they were merely created to compete with Apple. But these Surface tablets have quickly advanced into a successful product line that more people are starting to use. There are also a variety of accessories you can purchase for it, such as keyboards and styli. You can even install Microsoft Office programs such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. If you choose the Microsoft Office 365 subscription when you purchase your tablet then you can get the entire suite of programs bundled together with it. The screen quality of the new tablet is also much sharper than previous Surface models, but it still has the same full size USB port. This means you can plug in a regular PC mouse or keyboard if you want to use that with your tablet.

Right now the Surface 3 is being advertised heavily to schools and colleges around the country. Parents are also taking an interest in the tablet because it is a suitable device to give their children for school. But the big question is, should you buy this tablet if you already have an iPad? It all depends on how much money you have and how much you are willing to spend. If you already have office suite products on your iPad then you might not think it’s worth switching over to Surface 3 just yet. But if you just want to own the newest Microsoft tablet and experience the differences right away, then definitely consider purchasing this product.

After Delays, Valve and Partners Near Production on Steam Machines for Living-Room Gamers

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If you follow video gaming then you have probably heard of the video gaming company, Valve, and their video gaming software known as Steam. This software connects people together by allowing them to play multiplayer games with each other right over the internet. The only thing is that Steam is traditionally for the PC, Mac and Linux computer systems. This means people who want to play these games have to use their monitors, unless they have the right video cables to hook up their computer to a flat screen television set. Most people do not have these cables, or they simply don’t know how to hook it up properly.

After years of delays and setbacks, Valve has finally created a Steam gaming console that people can hookup to their television sets. That way people can now play video games through Steam right on their big television sets instead of their smaller monitors. The console will still connect to the user’s Steam account, so they won’t lose any of their games. All they have to do is login to their account through the Steam Machine and then they can just download all of their games right back onto it.

The Steam Machine will create competition for other living room gaming computers, like Microsoft Xbox and Sony PlayStation 4. Right now they are king of multiplayer gaming through consoles. But with the massive amount of people who already use Steam, the new Steam Machine could very well turn people off from those other consoles and cause them to lose money. Not only that, but the Steam Machine will have its own Steam operating system to run games on. This could very well jeopardize the $25 billion market for Windows PC gaming. The majority of the people who use Steam on their computers are using a Windows operating system, which the games require in order to play them. But with the Steam Machine, the games won’t need the Windows operating system anymore. This could cause Microsoft to lose even more business and set them back much further as a company.

The only complication is not all of the 5,000 games on Steam will work with Steam Machine. After all, the original designers of these games were creating them for popular operating systems like Windows and Linux. The Steam OS is brand new and a Linux-based operating system. This means it will only be able to run games that can be run on Linux operating systems. Right now there are over 1,000 games on Steam that could be run on the Steam Machine. But as time goes on and the popularity of the machine increases, the number of approved games is likely to go up.

The Smart Toothbrush

In the last ten years, we have seen a growing number of “smart” devices being introduced into the technological marketplace. We already have smartphones, smartwatches, smartglasses and even smarthouses. But, did you ever think we’d have smart toothbrushes? Well, this vision is about to become a reality. These toothbrushes will be able to record how often you brush your teeth and for how long. Then, it will send the results through Bluetooth to your Android or iPhone device. Therefore, if you are like many Americans who skip a couple of days of brushing, then the smart toothbrush will remind you to brush your teeth. The makers of this innovation, Beam Technologies, have already received over $5 million in venture capital to fund the completion of this project. The money will also go towards hiring more staff to work at Beam Technologies, since the company only has four employees at the moment. They are looking to hire six more people with this new funding, which will certainly accelerate the completion of the smart toothbrush that they are developing.

Beam Technologies has big plans for this device in the future. It plans to work with dentists and various dental insurance companies around the world to integrate wellness programs into the smart toothbrush. Now, most people might think it would be ridiculous to purchase a new “smart” device just to get reminded to brush your teeth and connect to wellness programs. However, the upside to this technology is the incredibly inexpensive price of only $25 per brush. This certainly makes it affordable to the average consumer that isn’t even familiar with smart technology. As for Beam technologies, they are trying to compete with another smart toothbrush that was announced early this year by Proctor & Gamble. It is important to remember that brushing teeth is a $5 billion a year industry. Anytime you have that much money in one particular market, you can be sure that other companies will find a way to integrate themselves into it. If we are seeing smart toothbrushes, then who knows what we will see in the future?  Perhaps, we will have smart shoes or smart shirts that will flash a weather report on our sleeve. Anything is possible and the smart toothbrush is sure proof of that. No matter what the critics or speculators say, it is worth picking up one of these toothbrushes simply because it is innovative and inexpensive.

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Hologram Projectors for Smartphones & Watches

The innovative technology of the 21st century has already moved forward in overdrive. An innovative technology company, Ostendo Technologies, is creating holographic projectors that will be built into smartwatches and smartphones. To give you an idea of what this will look like just think about the Star Wars movies. Remember in the original movie when R2-D2 projected a holographic image of Princess Leia out onto the floor? Well, now you may be able to do this very same thing with these new holographic projectors that will be coming out in the near future. Ostendo Technologies has been working on the development of these miniature holographic projectors for the last nine years. Holographic projectors currently do exist, but they are about the size of a Hollywood film camera. These miniature projectors will be the size of a Tic Tac, which is certainly small enough to fit inside a thin shaped Smartphone. The functionality of the projector will all be powered by a single chip that will control its brightness, color and angles of the holographic beams. You may think a projector this small will only be able to display tiny holographic images, but it will actually get up to 48 inches of imagery when measured diagonally.

The first generation models of this holographic technology will only be able to display 2D video and imagery; however, the picture will have 5000 dots per inch. On the upside, this projector addition will only add $30 to the price of a Smartphone. This technology is also coming to Smartwatches for the same additional cost as well. You can be sure that consumers will be lined up around the block, especially considering that there is going to be a new Star Wars movie coming out soon. This technology will likely be picked up by Star Wars fans who want to feel like they are in a galaxy far away. Ostendo Technologies is currently developing a 3D holographic projector, so by the time the next Star Wars movie comes out the fans may very well feel like they are in the movie. The company already has computer chips that can create 3D holographic images, but unfortunately they are still unable to shrink these chips down to a small enough size that would fit into a Smartphone. If the 2d holographic smartphones end up being successful then the company will likely work around the clock to get their 3d innovation developed as quickly as possible.

3D Robotics unveils Tower, its open-source, customizable drone flight-control app

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3D Robotics is currently working on an open source drone flight control app that enables users to control their drones like never before. Since it is open source, this means the coding of the app is customizable which opens up opportunities for many new programmers to create a unique way of controlling drones. Their new invention, Tower, will revolutionize software engineering by giving people independent control over drones.

So, what does this mean? You might think drones are just pilotless aircrafts that you fly with a remote control. However, what normally lacks with drone flight is their maneuvering control. You have to usually control the maneuvers manually, which can be pretty hard from the ground. Now the complicated flight of these drones will be easier to control with the automatic maneuvering capabilities that have been established. Drones can now automatically circle objects while the pilot on the ground gets a visual of it through the camera on-board the drone. In fact the camera can focus on any object while the drone flies on its directed path. These drones will have a flight plan automatically generated for them each time they take off. They can even follow a person on the ground and keep its camera pointed at them the whole time. Then if it comes across large structures it can take 3d scans of these structures that show up as 3d models right on the computer. When the flights are over it will generate and share with you a log of the entire flight.

The open source license of Tower means that anyone can download this flight control app for free. It will be available on the Android operating system only. Despite the app being free, you can be sure that you are getting a quality piece of software. 3D Robotics is a very reputable drone technology company and one of the largest in the world. Of course, the market for drones isn’t usually targeted directly at consumers. After all, when we hear about drones we think of the military flying drones overseas to spy on enemies. Not too many laypeople realize that drones are actually available on the consumer market. The average consumer grade drone costs around $2,000. Now this might sound cheap for a flying device that you can control with your Smartphone, but $2,000 is still a lot of money for any consumer product. Besides, what use do regular people have with a drone? Sure it is a fascinating piece of technology, but it won’t really serve any big purpose for personal use. As more people learn about these drones in the marketplace, we shall see if they become a popular product or not.

Airware launches commercial drones

Airware color logos To some people, drones may still seem like something out of a science fiction movie. But the innovative hardware and software that allows drones to function is getting more advanced by the day. Airware, a San Francisco based company, is developing new software, hardware and cloud services for drones. These features will work through the Airware operating system and will serve as an aerial information platform. In other words, companies from many different industries can benefit greatly with this technology. These industries include mining, oil, gas, mapping and surveying; for starters. With the help of drones, they could reduce their need for manpower and save lots of time by getting their vital work done through the use of these drones.

The Aerial Information Platform developed by Airware is predicted to become the standard in drone technology because of its advanced sensors, data analysis tools and sensors. As of right now, this technology is still in the early stages but in the coming
months it will be available to enterprises. They will have the ability to remotely control their drones through a cloud server. Not only that, but they will be able to integrate the sensory data collected into their business software systems that currently exist. All of this aerial data can be captured within minutes where it would take human beings hours or even days to gather the information.

Commercial drone use has always been slow to advance because it is heavily regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States. A few months ago, the agency set new guidelines which state that commercial unmanned aircrafts must maintain an altitude of no more than 500 feet and it cannot weigh more than 55 pounds. It also can’t go over 100 miles per hour either. The enterprises that use these drones are the ones who have to abide by these federal restrictions because they are the ones doing the flying. Airware can only hope their clients obey these laws and don’t break any of them. Otherwise, they will lose their customers from governmental fines and other penalties.

Airware has already raised roughly $40 million from venture capitalists and investors such as Google Ventures, First Round Capital, GE Ventures and Intel Capital. With all these big names financially supporting the growth of this technology, you can be sure it will take off quickly. In fact we could very well be seeing drones becoming more common in the next 10 or 20 years because of Airware’s innovations.

Google’s wireless service might have just leaked

google-logoGoogle has certainly been very innovative with its computer technology. The company has already come out with their own laptop, which has had great success in the consumer marketplace. They have also developed the Android operating system, which is one of the most popular operating systems for smartphones. Now Google may be coming out with their own wireless service for Android smartphones. Their service, Sundar Pichai, was announced at the Mobile World Congress. Google mentioned this wireless service would be on a much smaller scale in comparison to the bigger mobile carriers like AT&T and Verizon. In fact they are going to buy spectrum from these big carriers and then repackage it under their name in order to create their own mobile virtual network.

The official information about the service is still limited and Google has yet to announce more information. However the Android news website, Android Police, may have found leaked information that contains nearly every detail about Google’s mobile network project. Android Police found a Google app called Tycho that was unreleased to the public. It was located inside the Nexus 6 firmware at MotoFireware.center. It was likely an accident that it ended up there because it was taken down quickly. But it was up long enough for Android Police to collect a lot of vital information about it. They found out the wireless service’s code name is “Project Fi.” People who use the Tycho app for the service will be able to use it to manage details about their plan, take care of billing details, activate accounts and close accounts. It seems like consumers will only have to pay for what they use, so if you have unused data on your plan at the end of the month then it will be credited back to you. But if you go over your data limit then you will be charged a flat rate for the numbers of gigabytes over you go.

These are just some of the details discovered by Android Phone. The details seem promising enough because it looks to be an affordable alternative to the more expensive carriers that require contracts. If this really ends up being a pay as you go type service plan then it could very well put some other prepaid carriers out of business. Of course this is all speculation right now because Google has not officially released these details yet. But if Android Phone’s discovery turns out to be true, then Google could very well be a fierce competitor to a number of mobile service carriers.

The fingerprint sensor on Samsung Galaxy S6

galaxyThe latest feature on Smartphones that people are talking about is the fingerprint sensor, which can famously be found on the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6. This fingerprint sensor was first introduced on the iPhone 5s models from Apple, which put them at an incredible technological advantage over other competing Smartphones in the marketplace. But even when other Smartphone brands started implementing this technology into their own Smartphone models, their fingerprint sensors were not nearly as accurate as Apple’s “Touch ID” fingerprint sensor. Therefore, Apple iPhones remained the dominating Smartphone for this kind of technology.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 may finally bring Apple some competition where the fingerprint sensors are concerned. They have finally created a sensor that matches the accuracy and quality of the Touch ID. With the S6, all you have to do now is put your finger on the sensor embedded into the “Home” button. This will unlock the phone without requiring you to enter in your pass code. You can also save up to four different fingerprints onto this device. That means you can authorize four different people to access your phone, such as family members or even friends. This sensory technology will also be an important part in Samsung’s mobile payment platform known as “Samsung Pay.” Samsung Pay will be similar to the Apple Pay platform where you have to confirm the mobile payments you make by using your fingerprint.

People who have tested the fingerprint sensor of the Galaxy S6 state that it works perfectly and is without flaws. Even when they tried to trick the sensor into gaining them access, it did not work. This accuracy is equal to the Touch ID and will give fans of the sensor a new outlook on Samsung’s Android phones in the future. Previously, Samsung had tried to put this technology into their Galaxy S5, which required users to swipe their finger a certain way over the home button for it to unlock. If the user was just a little off in their swiping ability, the phone would not unlock. This frustrated many Samsung users and forced many of them to just turn off the fingerprint sensor option all together. But it looks like that won’t be the case when more people purchase the Galaxy S6.

Samsung admitted they didn’t solely create this sensory technology for their phone, but rather licensed the sensor from a supplier who remains anonymous. On the other hand, Apple creates their own fingerprint sensors. But this doesn’t really matter to consumers. All they care about is what works great for them, so they will certainly appreciate the great improvements of this technology in the Galaxy S6.

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