Today Microsoft unveiled Xbox Music , a Spotify-like streaming music service that'll be baked into Windows 8 PCs and tablets, Windows Phones, and the Xbox . Except it's better than Spotify , Rhapsody , Rdio, and all those other streaming products out there. And it exemplifies Apple's failings to get streaming music right.
A month ago, news broke that Facebook is testing a mobile ad network. Facebook , under severe pressure to re-accelerate its revenue growth, is testing lots of new businesses these days, and the mobile ad network news got lost in the wash. Here's why we should actually be paying very close attention: a Facebook mobile ad network, if successful and widely adopted, would dramatically increase the amount of money media and tech companies are able to make in the next decade.
Softbank bought a controlling stake in Sprint for ~$20 billion. It's bad news for Yahoo , Yahoo shareholders, Marissa Mayer, Silicon Valley VCs, and tech startups. Here's how: Yahoo Japan is a joint venture between Yahoo and Softbank. Softbank was, until a few weeks ago, preparing to pay Yahoo ~$3 billion for its stake.
Google's Android and Apple's iPhone are vying for number one and two in the smart phone market. In a distant but still impressive third? Blackberry, which has 11 percent of the market . There are 90 million BlackBerry users around the world, but who are they? BlackBerry users tend to be older.
A helium balloon made of 40 acres of ultrathin plastic took Mr. Baumgartner to an altitude of 128,100 feet. Mr. Baumgartner broke the sound barrier during his jump, reaching a maximum speed of 833.9 miles per hour, or Mach 1.24. More Photos » The man, Felix Baumgartner , an Austrian daredevil, made the highest and fastest jump in history after ascending by a helium balloon to an altitude of 128,100 feet.
The advice from master to student over the past three years has been simple: Be prepared. Know what to do and how to do it. "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner heeded Joe Kittinger's advice and followed it. In the desert surrounding Roswell, N.M., on Sunday, Baumgartner broke Kittinger's world record for the highest and fastest free fall.
Solar cells convert three-quarters of the energy contained in the Sun‘s spectrum into electricity – yet the infrared spectrum is entirely lost in standard solar cells. In contrast, black silicon solar cells are specifi cally designed to absorb this part of the Sun‘s spectrum – and researchers have recently succeeded in doubling their overall efficiency.
Digital cameras and camcorders deliver high resolution film sequences that are several gigabytes in size. These can take several minutes to transfer wirelessly to your home computer via Bluetooth. Now there is a speedy alternative: the “multi-gigabit communication module” is six times faster than a USB cable.
Robotherapist 3D, a robot which aids stroke patients' recovery, is to be brought to market by its worldwide patent holder, a spin-off company from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Alicante, Spain). It is the first robot to enable patients to start doing exercises while supine, allowing them to begin shortly after the stroke and expediting recovery.
Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are core components in every mobile phone, television and computer. PCBs can be thought of as acting like a nervous system, forming a network that links the microchips mounted on the board and supplies them with power. One of the most important methods of fabricating large PCBs involves the precision electroplating of copper onto the PCB panel immersed in an acidic electrolyte bath.
Analysing the call patterns of 1.3 million mobile phone users, the team found that in 'uncomfortable' weather – such as very hot, humid, wet or cold weather – call length increased but the number of people we made contact with went down. Apparently "isolating" ourselves during more unpleasant weather, research lead Dr Santi Phithakkitnukoon said the data showed that we were also more likely to contact our close friends and family than our wider network.
Charging your phone is not an exciting task. A new device, however, makes it a little more interesting — breaking the basic laws of gravity while charging your device in midair. The Bobine is a flexible, 24-inch cable that works both as a charger and a stand. The material holds its shape however you bend it, so you can arrange it to charge in an upward position while you cook, clean or drive.
If you’re planning to dress up like a giant robot this Halloween , you need to know about the Mega Stomp Panic. About the size of an old-school portable cassette player, the Panic clips to your belt and bellows stomping noises, timed to your footsteps. It’s actually an ingenious idea, and it works extremely well.
To mankind, Wi-Fi represents many things: Freedom of speech, access to information and the ability to keep in touch with both family members and strangers, near and far. But what does Wi-Fi stands for? Some will claim it’s shorthand for Wireless Fidelity, sort of like how people of New York call the region south of Houston Street “SoHo” and San Francisco calls South of Market “SoMa.