Robots have the potential to help older adults with daily activities that can become more challenging with age. But are people willing to use and accept the new technology? A study by the Georgia Institute of Technology indicates the answer is yes, unless the tasks involve personal care or social activities.
As directed by a UK court, Apple has published a notice on its UK website, stating that the court has ruled that Samsung did not copy the iPad while designing its Galaxy tablet. “On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.
Hours after the iPad mini became available for pre-order , the white version of the Wi-Fi-only device is now slated for shipping “in two weeks,” unlike the black model, which still ships Nov. 2. Though the white and black iPads mini are identical when it comes to technical specifications, white versions of Apple products have traditionally been viewed as more exclusive.
Even though the cloud has only just recently hit its stride and began to expand the field for data mining and collecting, the concept of computing via a universal database is decades old. In the 1950s, “time-sharing” — what is now considered the underlying concept of cloud computing — was used in academia and large corporations.
Bulgarian blogger Bogomil Shopov wrote Tuesday that he had purchased a spreadsheet containing 1.1 million Facebook user IDs and email addresses for $5. The data was allegedly scraped by third-party applications and offered for sale on a website called Gigbucks by a user named “mertem.” Shopov verified that the emails did correspond to the Facebook user IDs, most of them private.
With less than 15 days left until Election Day, Rock the Vote's “We Will” out-of-home media campaign aims to defy voter suppression efforts in the home stretch. Pending or passed legislation in 20 states will make it harder for young people to vote. Launching in key states and nationwide, the “We Will” campaign educates young people about these changes and reminds them of their collective power.
Worldwide handset shipments decreased 1.9% YoY to 387.3 million units in Q3 2012, according to new data from market intelligence firm ABI Research. Worldwide smartphone shipments increased 32.8% YoY to 155.5 million over the same period. Samsung retained the lead position in both handset and smartphone shipments.
You leave your house to go on vacation, lock the front door behind you and start the car. At the airport, you pay the parking fee and go through security with a flash of your passport before boarding your flight. On arrival, you check into your hotel and arrange for a transport pass for the exact duration of your journey before swiping on to the metro and heading to the museum you have already bought your ticket for.
Yahoo has acquired the company behind 1-year-old mobile recommendations app Stamped , its first since ex-Google exec Marissa Mayer became CEO of the company in July. The acquisition was purely for talent: Stamped’s nine-person team — of which five are ex-Google employees — will be joining a new mobile product team to be established in New York under the leadership of Stamped’s three co-founders, I’m told.
One of the biggest challenges in immobile patients is bedsores. Because patients usually end up laying in a bed or sitting in a wheelchair, a lot of pressure is exerted on the skin and tissue over bony areas of the body like the heel, ankle, hips, or buttocks. That unrelenting pressure can often result in bedsores, a difficult- to- treat condition.
New Technology Emphasis at Exhibition: Pavilions, Sessions to Drive the Industry Forward SEMICON Japan 2012, one of the largest exhibitions in the world for semiconductor manufacturing and related processing technology, will take place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on December 5-7. Today, SEMI announced an exceptional lineup of keynotes speakers including: Shozo Saito, VP at TOSHIBA; Kazumasa Yoshida, president at Intel K.
Semiconductor manufacturers can expect equipment costs to increase about 15% for each new process node, but all the advantages of moving to smaller feature sizes are no longer offsetting those costs -- even with the promised advantages of a 450mm wafer transition, say Gartner analysts in a new report.
ON Semiconductor will have an expanded presence at the Electronica 2012 tradeshow in Munich this November. Live on-site demonstrations and technical briefings will spotlight the company's latest product innovations -specifically designed to efficiently power customers' next generation electronics solutions for automotive, industrial, LED lighting, communications, consumer white goods, health care and smart grid applications .
Anyone with more than a passing interest in the equity market knows that semiconductors have been one group that has historically traded in the same direction as the market. When equities rally, semis typically rally more, and when the S&P 500 declines, semis have a harder fall. Over the last six months, however, the typical positive correlation between the S&P 500 and semiconductors has been turned upside down.
Nissan is working on a material for its car seats that will replicate the feel of human skin. There's nothing like the feel of a luxurious car interior: smooth mahogany, buttery leather. According to engineers at Nissan's headquarters in Japan, though, there's nothing quite like the feel of human finger pads.
Microsoft will officially launch Windows 8 to the public today at a major event in New York City. The general release of the company’s next-generation operating system has been planned for a while, with a growing tide of pre-release software and plenty of hardware unveilings, including Microsoft’s own tablet, the Surface .
Skype has released a new version of its desktop VoIP client, Skype 6.0, for Mac and Windows .\ The latest version includes integration with Facebook and Microsoft accounts, which means users can now log onto Skype using their Facebook or Microsoft credentials. Users can now also instant message their Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.
Google is currently taking pictures for Google Maps where no car or snowmobile has gone before — the rocky, rugged trekking paths of the Grand Canyon. A Google team is on foot in to capture the landscape’s panoramic views and eventually add them to Google Maps. The move is a part of a greater effort to capture images beyond the streets.
Thin Film Electronics ASA announced that The World Technology Network (“WTN”) has selected Thinfilm as the winner of the prestigious World Technology Award for Materials. The award for visionary contribution to material science and technology was presented at the World Technology Summit 2012 Gala Awards ceremony at the Time & Life Building in New York on the evening of October 23 rd .
Square is now an international business. Square announced Wednesday that its mobile payments service is now available to anyone in Canada. This marks the first time Square has expanded its service beyond the United States. Retailers and individuals in Canada will now be able to process transactions using Square’s free mobile card reader on their iOS and Android devices for a transaction rate of 2.
Smartphones are the Swiss Army Knives of the tech world. They're cell phones, music and video players, mobile Web browsers, and personal organizers, among other things. Not surprisingly, all this can take a toll on battery life, and when you depend on your smartphone for so much, the last thing you want is for it to run out of juice when you need it most.
Breathe it in, ladies. That’s the smell of confidence — the smell of someone who’s not afraid to breeze past traditional aromas like cocoa, lavender or “ocean breeze” (whatever that is) and venture instead into the fragrance realm of the not-so-frequently-sniffed. A true pioneer of perfumes is someone who says, “Hey, you know what? I like to smell like the animated masculinity of a 1987 video game superhero.
Good news: Your teenage sons and daughters have doubled their productivity over the last year. No, they’re not doing twice as much homework or eating double servings of vegetables. Young teenagers are, however, sending twice as many text messages on average compared with 2011. Ofcom’s latest annual report on children’s media habits shows that those ages 12-15 are averaging 193 text messages each week, more than double last year’s average of 91.
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.