We've heard plenty of rumors about Microsoft's plans for Skype . Finally the company is laying its cards on the table. After working diligently to bridge the gap between Messenger and its VoIP purchase, its aging IM platform will indeed be retired and users migrated to the more video-focused property.
Instagram recently set a record for most-photographed event with Hurricane Sandy, but Tuesday’s election might be on pace to top that: Already, a search for “#vote” brings up more than 515,000 photos, and it’s not even noon eastern time. But if you’re thinking about adding a photo of your ballot to Instagram (or Twitter or Facebook ), you might want to think again.
There’s a scene in 2002?s 007 epic Die Another Day where James Bond, played by Pierce Brosnan, is escaping a terrorist in his signature, decked-out-to-the-max Aston Martin “Vanquish.” With the click of a button, Bond and the vehicle disappear, becoming completely invisible to the pursuing villain.
Although Google has yet to make an official announcement, evidence is mounting in favor of a Google Wallet Card , a physical card companion for Google Wallet . Last week, a series of screenshots emerged , signaling that users of Google’s Wallet app will soon be able to apply for a physical Google Wallet card.
The Bentley Mulsanne Executive Interior Concept is brimming with digital hyperbole. Lets get down to brass tacks. Built into this car (which, despite its concept label, will be a made-to-order version of the ultra-upscale Mulsanne ) you’ve got: Built-in mobile Wi-Fi. Two iPads and keyboards that fold up from a tray table.
Ketan Banjara’s living room isn’t cluttered with remote controls. To shush the music, he simply holds a finger up to his lips. And when he gets up from the couch and leaves the room, his TV screen pauses automatically. Banjara is a cofounder of PredictGaze , a startup that combines gaze detection, gesture recognition, and facial-feature recognition to create more natural ways to control everything from your TV to your car.
Fitted with a “thought-controlled bionic leg,” amputee Zac Vawter climbed 103 floors of Chicago’s Willis Tower — accomplishing a task that would intimidate even seasoned athletes. But the 31-year-old, whose right leg is amputated, had help from a neural-controlled prosthetic leg. The device, which has a powered knee and ankle, can anticipate Vawkter’s actions.
In the state that is likely to decide the leader of the free world today , an 11th hour “experimental software patch” is causing consternation, confusion and a lawsuit. Ohio, regarded as the “tipping point” swing state in Governor Mitt Romney and U.S. President Barack Obama’s quest for 270 electoral votes Tuesday, uses electronic voting machines.
Officials in London are planning to make a serious upgrade to the street lighting system in Westminster over the next four years. The borough has committed to spending £3.25 million to replace 14,000 lights with new energy efficient versions. What's most interesting about these new lights is that they are "smart street lights," which have the ability to alert workers through an iPad app when they need to be repaired or replaced.
It’s happening, just like Marc Andreessen said it would — more and more companies that have historically operated in the analog realm are crossing over into technology. The latest cool example of this is the eyewear company Oakley . While Oakley has always been closely associated with sports and has therefore used advanced materials, the end result is ultimately for things that are relatively low-tech — glasses, sunglasses, and the like.
One of the surest signs of something big happening today is seeing crowds gathering, with the ubiquitous mobile devices raised in the air to capture a video of the situation. Sensational scenes almost don’t really happen if they aren’t recorded by everyday people and put online. But the tendency to record everything leads to sticky conflicts between police and the people they are sworn to protect and serve, complicated by the viral speed and ease of technology.
The court ruled against an injunction by Apple requesting that a Mexican company with the registered name iFone cease using their brand, in order to avoid possible confusion among customers. The Mexican company had registered its brand in 2003, four years before Apple’s registration for the iPhone brand name in the country, El Universal reports .
After Superstorm Sandy ripped through the East Coast, commuters in the Tri-State area were left stranded with few options. The mass transit system, crippled by flooding and debris, is slowly coming back on line. Until everything is up and running, however, daunting delays are discouraging straphangers from their regular routine.
Hot water and infrastructure weren’t the only things affected by Monday’s storm. Hurricane Sandy took down New York City-based media companies Huffington Post , Gawker and BuzzFeed . The three brands house their servers with Datagram, located beside Battery Park, where the flooding hit a record high of about 14 feet.
Dual monitors are increasingly becoming the norm for today’s hyper-connected workstations. Whether you’re trying to keep track of different browser tabs at work or you need more on-the-go workspace for your business trip, a tablet can act as a handy second monitor and a boon to productivity. Tablet use is certainly on the rise.