Tuesday, April 08, 2014

TechTalk April 7

And it is all about cool when Andrew Thomas from DigitalNexa.com joins us in the studio.

What a great show and more tech than you can shake an extension cord at!



And here are the talking notes!

Andrew Thomas MD @ Nexa www.digitalnexa.com


APP
Doughbot iPhone app guide users to nearest doughnut shops


Breath
This is a cool idea!
  • What is Breather?

  • Still not sure what Breather is? Just think of it this way: Breather is a quiet space in the middle of the hustle and bustle. We’ve created awesome spaces so you can take a much-needed break from your environment.
  • So, if you find yourself downtown with nothing to do or too much to do, book a Breather, kick back, relax, take a nap, or get to work in some peace and quiet.
  • What cities currently have a Breather?

  • We're currently in Montreal and New York. We’ll be live in San Francisco and other cities in the near future.
  • Are the rooms cleaned after every use?

  • We send our cleaning staff to clean the room after every reservation. We pride ourselves on offering safe, clean, and peaceful environments to work or relax in.



NEW




Pebble is the way to go!

The race to build the modern smartwatch started in earnest thanks to two major events in the past two years: Pebble's ├╝ber-successful run on Kickstarter in early 2012, and a steady drumbeat of reports in 2013 about Apple's alleged plans to build its own iWatch (or whatever the company decides to call it, should it in fact exist).
With low-energy Bluetooth, Pebble made it easy to view important notifications, check the weather, or change the music you're listening to without ever needing to reach for your smartphone. It managed to make digital watches look less nerdy but also far more user-friendly and functional, especially as a simple but helpful extension to the diverse apps on your smartphone.
THE GOOGLE MODULAR PHONE IS COMING


Google plans to change the world of mobile phones with its modular project Ara. This is a phone that can be upgraded by simply sliding parts in and out. A great way to upgrade the camera, say, without splashing out on a completely new handset. Now Google has teased a video of Ara's progress.
Project Ara will hold a developer conference on 15 and 16 April where more details will be revealed. Google says the conference "will consist of a detailed walk-through of existing and planned features of the Ara platform, a briefing and community feedback sessions on the alpha MDK, and an announcement of a series of prize challenges for module developers."
Google plans three different models of the Ara, including a 6-module mini and a 9-module phablet. For now Google's latest video sneaks a peek at what to expect.



IOS 8



Apple's iOS 8 is expected to be announced at Apple's WWDC conference in June after the company confirmed that developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS at the annual conference in San Francisco.
So what can we expect from the latest version of the mobile operating system for the iPhone and iPad? We've searched high and low to bring together all the iOS 8 rumours, gossip and everything we know so far so you've got it in one simple go to place. We will be updating this article as we discover more information, so read on and sound off in the comments as to what you think Apple might (or might not) have in store for iOS 8.



AMAZON DASH!




Amazon is has a new twist in its plan to enter the grocery market with a new hardware product introduced Friday: Amazon Dash, a combination barcode scanner and voice recorder that syncs up to the shopping cart on Amazon Fresh.

AND AMAZON FRESH IS COOL!





AND MORE AMAZON!

There have long been rumors that Amazon is working on a Spotify-like music subscription service, and a new leak suggests that the work on such a service is progressing. Digital Music News posted part of a licensing agreement on its website Friday that it claims to have obtained from a music publisher.
The contract mentions that Amazon plans to launch “one or more digital music subscription service(s),” which would be available “as part of a bundle with one or more other Amazon products or services.” One of these services is in all likelihood going to be Amazon’s Prime two-day shipping service, which already includes video content as an added bonus.

NO TECH!
dice game, get all your dice with the same #!



WINDOWS IN THE CAR or CarPlay?



EXPAND
RELATED
Apple CarPlay: iOS on Your Dashboard
Apple has announced its new in-car iPhone integration system. Called CarPlay, it's designed to be an eyes-free system which allows users to…Read…
Microsoft's no stranger to in-car entertainment systems; it's been powering a number of auto-makers' interfaces for years. But now, Microsoft is getting serious about its own, Windows Phone-centric car integration system—and it looks an awful lot like Apple's own CarPlay.









Other side of tech and a science project

A 14-year-old student has published a study detailing how the U.S. federal and state governments could collectively save about $234 million a year by simply switching the type of font that is used on printed documents.
In his study, Suvir Mirchandani, who lives in the Pittsburgh area, said he found that Garamond is the most efficient font for printing, among the fonts recommend for use by the General Services Administration. This is because Garamond uses thinner strokes for its letters, meaning less ink is used on each character.




MICROSOFT AND THE UNIVERSAL AP APPROACH

Microsoft’s new strategy for its flagging operating system empire is to make it easy for those all-important apps to work across a host of different devices including computers, tablets and phones.
The plan, announced at the software company’s Build conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, is to provide developers with the tools that will let them design an app once, then apply it across all of Microsoft’s Windows 8 platforms, even the Xbox game consoles eventually, with minimal extra effort.

SECURITY and XBox

A 5-year-old San Diego boy has outwitted the sharpest minds at Microsoft — he's found a backdoor to the Xbox.
Kristoffer Von Hassel managed to log in to his father's Xbox Live account. When the password log-in screen appeared, Kristoffer simply hit the space button a few times and hit enter.
Robert Davies tells KGTV-TV that just after Christmas he noticed his son playing games he supposedly couldn't access.
Davies, who works in computer security, says he reported the issue to Microsoft, which fixed the bug and recently listed Kristoffer on its website as a "security researcher."
A Microsoft statement says "we take security seriously" and thanks customers for highlighting issues.
It's not the Kristoffer's first triumph. At a year old, he bypassed a cellphone toddler lock by holding down the "home" button.

VOICE are you interested? Maybe the next thing Siri gone bad!

We’re about to see a major shift in voice technology. Think wearables, encryption, Facebook-like streams and customized acoustic profiles.




PROFESSIONAL GAMING! Really???

The realm of professional gaming, known as "e-sports", truly comprises its own world. With customs, etiquette and language all its own, to the outsider or even the casual gamer (you know, the Mario Kart type), pro gaming is a whole different ballgame. To wit:

REVERSIBLE USB took so long ! Why?

The new designs will put an end to inserting a USB cable the wrong way round

A new design for USB - a standardised connection for data transfers between electronic devices - has been shown off for the first time.
The new connector will be reversible, bringing an end to the everyday irritant of trying to force a USB cable in the wrong way.

waaaaay cool



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