The problem with smartwatches to date has been that the devices have to be tethered via Bluetooth to your smartphone. As a result, the usefulness is limited to folks who need a companion device so they don't have to reach into their pocket. Samsung is reportedly planning to change that condition. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company plans to launch a standalone smartwatch-meets-phone in the "next few months." According to the Journal, the watch will be able to make and take calls without a smartphone. The watch will also take photos, send email, include GPS and a heart monitor. Every smartwatch out there today requires a smartphone and which device you choose depends on app variety in many ways. Also: Canalys: Pebble shipped more smart bands than Sony or Samsung in Q1 2014 | Samsung Gear 2 Neo and Fit review: Improved wearable tech with sleek designs What's unclear is whether Samsung will be able to get the smartwatch/phone down in size enough to be … [Read more...] about Can Samsung’s standalone smartwatch be a game changer?
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We’ve had the PC, and the smartphone, and then the tablet. Now we are entering a new era, that of the wearable. And Microsoft’s sudden and rather dramatic entrance into the market with the Band is set to be a game changer. Microsoft’s entry into the wearables market won’t come as a surprise to most, but what will come as a bit of a shock is the choice of wearable. Most had expected the Redmond giant to join the smartwatch fray, rather than come out with what is primarily a fitness band. On first blush it seems like the fitness band market is already overcrowded, with players such as Jawbone, Fitbit and Nike all battling it out for market share. But the health and fitness market is coming into its own right now, and so it’s a good time for an 800-pound gorilla like Microsoft to make a serious play. On the outside it looks a lot like Samsung’s Gear Fit smart watch. It features a full-color touch-enabled display and can display text, call and email … [Read more...] about Microsoft Band is a game changer
posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:54 2 1. Stuntman (Posts: 841; Member since: 01 Aug 2011) If it has a landscape slider keyboard and 32GB of storage, I'd dump my SGS3 for it ASAP. posted on 13 Feb 2013, 19:39 3 23. nexus718 (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Dec 2012) I'm surprised no said anything about an increase in integration with Google Now, as Motorola has been talking about it in almost all of its most recent ads. posted on 14 Feb 2013, 08:13 2 40. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013) True. And maybe this is the phone that integrates with the google glasses. Now that wud be game changing posted on 13 Feb 2013, 16:55 4 2. CivicSi89 (Posts: 349; Member since: 23 Jul 2011) Just hoping its no DROID X. haha. posted on 13 Feb 2013, 17:41 9 13. JulianGT (Posts: 89; Member since: 15 Oct 2012) Droid Razzr Maxx Super X* posted on 13 Feb 2013, 19:59 9 24. snowgator (Posts: 3609; Member since: 19 Jan 2011) The original Droid X was a great … [Read more...] about Comments for : What to expect with the Motorola X Phone, and is it a real game-changer?
The other evening as I was about to go to sleep, I wanted to look up some obscure fact on Wikipedia. My iPhone was downstairs and I certainly wasn't about to start up my laptop. "Forget about it," I thought. "I'll look it up in the morning."But then a deeper question arose: How come no one has delivered an instant-on small-form factor pocketable device with a keyboard optimized for fast Web access? Maybe I'm the only one who remembers the long-ago Psion 5mx, which had a great keyboard and built-in applications all packaged in a clamshell device that fit in a jacket pocket. [ Stay up on tech news and reviews from your smartphone at infoworldmobile.com. | Get the best iPhone apps for pros with our business iPhone apps finder. | See which smartphone is right for you in our mobile "deathmatch" calculator. ]I don't know if I'm ever going to see a device like the Psion 5 updated for the 21st century with a color screen and Wi-Fi, but rumors indicate the Apple tablet could come pretty … [Read more...] about Could Apple’s rumored iSlate tablet be another game changer?
A startup Tuesday unveiled technology it claims can can simultaneously charge multiple different devices in a house, even through walls and around corners, by using the same radio spectrum as other wireless standards, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth."You don't have to put that device in every room. You just put it into one room in your house and it will power all your devices," said Hatem Zeine, founder of Ossia, developer of the technology. "It's like your Wi-Fi signal. If you can get a Wi-Fi signal, you'll be able to get power." [ Get expert advice about planning and implementing your BYOD strategy with InfoWorld's 29-page "Mobile and BYOD Deep Dive" PDF special report. | Keep up on key mobile developments and insights with the Mobilize newsletter. ]After six years of development, Ossia today unwrapped the new Cota wireless charging technology that it says will be available to consumers and enterprises by 2015.Zeine, demonstrated the technology with a prototype at the TechCrunch Disrupt … [Read more...] about Wireless charging from 30 feet away — does startup have a game changer?
The world of 3D printing is exciting. With more affordable machines, creative entrepreneurs, innovative startups, and new materials, the industry is rapidly evolving.Since the invention of the 3D printer in 1983 by Chuck Hull of 3D Systems, companies have popped up all over the globe, attempting to make the most innovative machine. Here are 10 reasons why 3D printing matters—maybe you'll decide the equipment is a worthy investment, or maybe you'll just be convinced this futuristic technology will one day have a place in your business or home. SEE: Photos: 3D printers and the amazing and quirky things they makeEnthusiasm is high, and so is the market for 3D printing in both consumer and enterprise space. According to Gartner research, printers under $100,000 were expected to grow almost 50 percent in 2013, and will increase 75 percent this year. Right now, enterprises are using the printers to prototype objects, but we'll see an increasing amount used to make … [Read more...] about 10 facts on 3D printing: Understanding tech’s next big game-changer
When those who are blind encounter text, an object, or a landmark, how do they determine what is in front of them? Personal assistants, seeing-eye dogs, and canes traditionally have served this purpose. Now, Microsoft's new AI-based app called Seeing AI presents another aid to overcoming this obstacle for the visually impaired. On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled the app as part of its overall AI strategy—which also includes using AI to uncover bias and address global challenges. The iOS app, previously available only on smart glasses, is now available for free on other devices—so anyone with an iPhone or iPad can download it. Microsoft has not yet revealed whether the app will become available on Android. The app uses a camera plus an AI-powered vision recognition system to look at an object and describe relevant information about it to a user. For example, a person can point their phone at a menu, and Seeing AI will describe the offerings. Seeing AI is not meant … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s new AI app to assist the blind could be a ‘game changer’ in accessibility
Remember back when Amazon released a phone? The Fire Phone promised to reinvent the way we used our mobile devices. With supposedly seamless integration with Amazon and a purportedly astounding new 3D interfaces, the phone flopped more than the sweat from Ted Buckland's forehead when being shouted down by Dr. Bob Kelso.Scrub that image.Let's talk about RED. If you're unfamiliar with the company, RED is the maker of some of the most brilliant film cameras on the market. Movies like Guardians of the Galaxy 2, The Martian, Hacksaw Ridge, Little Sister, Prometheus, and many more were shot using one of the many RED cameras (hardware that starts at $15,000.00 USD for the body only). So when RED announced they were going to build a smartphone, they immediately had my attention. What does one of the hottest film camera company's creating a smartphone have to do with the failed Amazon Fire Phone?The interface.Beyond what RED could possibly do to vastly improve the mobile device (more on that in … [Read more...] about Why RED’s take on the smartphone could be a game changer
As we approach the midpoint of the decade, a number of forces are coming together that have the potential to fundamentally reshape the data centers that have been carefully crafted over the previous decade. In this post, I will discuss three potentially contributing factors and how they could affect data center plans in the next few years.Perhaps the biggest potential game changer is the cloud. As cloud-based services continue their expansion, the march to the enterprise is inevitable. At first, companies will find themselves just testing the waters with a small workload... just to see how everything works. And then, as the cloud providers prove themselves capable of handling bigger workloads, and if the economics make sense, organizations will slowly move those tough-to-support workloads to the cloud, too.If this pattern sounds familiar, you're not going crazy. It's pretty much the same way that virtualization revolutionized the data center in the previous decade. Organizations will … [Read more...] about The 21st century data center: Three game-changers
Two years ago, David Griner took to social networking websites to hire a social media strategist for his employer. He was promptly rewarded with the best applicant pool he’d ever had.“It started just as a natural fit to advertise social media jobs, but now, that’s really the first place we go for everything,” said Griner, the digital content manager for Luckie and Co., a Birmingham, Ala.,-based marketing agency. Like Griner, many small businesses have found LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and company blogs to be valuable hiring tools. The sluggish economy has only accelerated this trend, according to Jessica Miller-Merrell, the CEO of Xceptional HR consulting firm. Engage where they are“A lot of companies are looking at social media as a low-cost alternative to job boards,” said Miller-Merrell, the author of “Tweet This! Twitter for Businesses.” (The P3 Press, 2010). “I would much rather engage somebody actively … [Read more...] about Social Media Is a Game Changer for Business Hiring