As most of the Internet goes wild this afternoon over the release of the iPad mini — yet another mobile platform — a few people in the government tech world are taking a step back, noting how little of the jump from Web to mobile is really complete. The folks over at the General Services Administration’s Mobile Gov blog have put together a list of six mistakes mobile designers often fall into.
A new study from Juniper Research has found that the Telematics and Consumer Electronics sectors are rapidly becoming the two anchor industries for the M2M (Machine to Machine) market, challenging the position of smart metering. The report forecasts that the market for M2M and embedded devices will reach 400 million by the end of 2017, up from a little over 110 million at present.
- A group of scientists from the ETH Zurich research group are in the process of creating a swimming, robotic sea turtle named naro -- tartaruga. - Hitachi, in collaboration with Nippon Signal and the University of Yamanashi, developed a prototype boarding gate that collects minute particles that have affixed themselves to integrated circuit cards or mobile devices used as boarding passes.
Apple just took the wraps off its latest gadget: the iPad mini . As the name suggests, it’s a smaller version of the company’s popular iPad tablet, with a screen that measures 7.9 inches diagonally. The new model comes in both black and white. The 8-inch screen with 4:3 aspect ratio gives the iPad mini a size advantage over 7-inch competitors.
Spiders and some insects use silk to build strong webs and spin cocoons, and now scientists have figured out how to use the material for something even more amazing: electronic computer chips. Many will have read reports that spider silk is a sort of supermaterial : stronger than steel, tougher than Kevlar, and yet incredibly malleable and flexible.
Where exactly do most people accidentally ruin their iPhone? If you guessed the toilet you'd be wrong, says a new survey. According to device warranty provider Squaretrade , most people -- 21 percent to be precise -- damaged their device in the kitchen. The runner up, at 18 percent, is the living room, followed by the bathroom at 16 percent.
For better or for worse, dodging speeding tickets just got a little easier with noPhoto, a smart license frame that prevents traffic enforcement cameras from taking photos of your license plate. How does it work? The Cincinnati-based company behind noPhoto says it makes the license plate portion of the image “too bright for the camera’s sensor to handle.
An Android app for the blind called Georgie that uses gesture, voice recognition and haptics has already been developed by a UK couple, but consists of one £149 app and a series of add-ons to get the functions a user is after. Qualcomm, in collaboration with Project Ray (which designs accessibility tools for around 285 million blind and visually impaired people), is looking to develop one "off-the-shelf" Snapdragon-powered Android device which has all these functions embedded and ready to go.
A wearable camera designed to take a picture every 30 seconds, to allow owners to record their daily lives, has become the latest technogical hit on Kickstarter, the "crowd funding" website. So far, Memoto, billed as "the world's smallest wearbale camera" has attracted more than $44,000 of its $50,000 funding target from more than 250 gadget fans keen to capture a digital record of their entire lives .
Most companies don’t plan to switch to Windows 8 immediately after its release, and some may never make the switch, Reuters reports. The new operating system from Microsoft, which hits the market on Oct. 26, has numerous touch-friendly features which should make it equally as interesting to tablet owners as it is to PC owners.
The BlackBerry maker also owns technology for secure payments between consumers and retailers on mobile devices. Under the agreement, RIM says it will manage security credentials for SIM cards in BlackBerrys and devices running both the Android and Windows operating systems. The system can be used as a substitute for debit or credit cards.
Last week, CTIA trumpeted the latest results of their semi-annual wireless industry survey with the headline “Consumer Data Traffic Increased 104 Percent.” Among their conclusions were that Americans have a voracious appetite for mobile data, and that the wireless industry in turn needs more spectrum to meet those demands.
Apple is set to drop the iPad 2 from its product lineup when the so-called iPad Mini launches, a financial analyst suspects. Eliminating the iPad 2 may also give a hint about how Apple intends to price the new tablet. First reported by Apple Insider, analyst Rob Cihra said in a note to investors this week that he sees the introduction of a smaller-screen iPad as an opportunity to streamline its lineup into “clearer product tiers.
Ebay, the parent company of PayPal, just posted its third-quarter results , and as predicted , the company is doing well, thanks in good part to PayPal. Ebay’s revenue is up 15% on this time last year, while its PayPal division is up 23%. If you listen to PayPal’s competitors, its success just doesn’t add up.