Tech Top 10, Dec 2013


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Each month we identify the biggest - and some of the more unusual - technology based stories from the past four weeks.

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Tech Top 10, Dec 2013

  1. 1. Issue 6: December 2013 Contact us: Twitter: @ictqatar
  2. 2. 1. Xbox One: What’s new? Xbox One had a huge launch, the biggest ever in Xbox history as a matter of fact, and here’s the device’s new features: First, the Xbox console itself is almost as massive as the launch, which is strange in a time when the general trend is to make devices smaller. The device comes with new and, supposedly, improved controllers for added comfort and ease of use, as well as a cleaned-up more userfriendly interface. Microsoft also claims that it has significantly improved the multi-tasking abilities of its new device. In addition, the Kinect cam is supposed to be drastically improved, as it now has two lenses to monitor players better, and voice command that allows players to access all of the device’s functions hands free.
  3. 3. 2. Google opens doorway to Glass app developers announced opening Mirror API through which app developers can start creating apps for Google Glass. Earlier this month the company had invited developers to a two-day ‘hackathon’ in San Francisco to reveal its Glassware Development Kit that is needed to develop apps for Glass.
  4. 4. 3. ‘Washio’ and the Laundry Ninjas
  5. 5. 4. Sweet Dreams: Remee is a sleep mask that allows you to control your dreams, Well, kind of. What Remee actually does is it flashes a series of light patterns that notify its user that he or she is dreaming, thus allowing them to lucid dream. In a promotional video, developers ask, “what would you do in a dream?”, and here we ask the same. So, users can manipulate their imagination, and even subconscious, to decide what they do in a dream, whether it is to fly or meet a celebrity.
  6. 6. 5. Twitter: ‘Perfect Forward Secrecy’ • Twitter aims to improve privacy with this update to its data encryption. More Protection • In its blog, the company said, “Forward secrecy is just the latest way in which Twitter is trying to defend and protect the user’s voice.”
  7. 7. 6. Heads up! • This product projects phone features, such as texting, voice calls and email, onto the windshield of a car, and then allows users to control those with touch-free swiping and voice command. • Do you think this will make driving in Qatar better or worse?
  8. 8. 7. Meet Nao, The Emotionally Intelligent Robot Most recently, Aldebaran, the Parisbased company, claimed to have made Nao smarter than ever by teaching him 19 languages, and equipping him with access to a cloud of information. Nao should be able to pull up information from the cloud as he goes along, which creates a learning process for him to grow and develop personality. The robot is also said to be emotionally intelligent now, and will be able to detect moods and react accordingly.
  9. 9. 8. New Garmin GPS Garmin says its new GPS has significant changes and new features. The most advertised is the “PhotoReal junction view,” which shows drivers a real-view of junctions to make navigation easier. Other changes include new predictive text to make typing easier, record locations searched previously and a multi-route option, allowing users to select route based on least traffic, shortest distance or fastest time. However, given the increasing growth of free smart phone apps such as Google Maps, that contain similar features, would such updates be sufficient for traditional GPS devices to survive?
  10. 10. 9. Fully Automated Ad Management How Users Software • does it work? • Users must setup a channel for their respective company on the software platform. They need to enter previous advertisement campaigns the company ran. The software does the rest. It automatically makes recommendation on new ad placements, places bids and asks permission to run new ads. • The software is also said to be guarded against “click fraud” which sometimes can lead to artificially inflated rates.
  11. 11. 10. WD Showcases World’s First SSD+HDD Hybrid Drive claims that its new storage device is a unique innovation, as it fuses a 2.5-inch 120 GB solid-state drive, with a 1 TB hard disk drive to form a dualdrive solution, all in a small portable form. This is meant to be the first device of such size to hold such capacity and speed.