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Google I/O: More Android, Everywhere

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Google I/O: More Android, Everywhere

Google confirms its ambitions to put Android in just anything at this year's I/O conference-- not only smartphones and laptops, but also TVs (Android TV), wearables (Android Wear) and even cars (Android Auto).

The  keynote opened with a preview of the next generation of Android, version 5.0 or "L" (probably stands for "lollipop"). The updated smartphone OS gets an animated look the company calls "Material Design", as well as performance improvements, battery-saving measures, enhanced notifications and 64-bit support.

Google says Android users clock at over 1 billion.

Confirmed at the conference was the new Google take on TV space-- Android TV. First leaked last April, Android TV turns TVs into, well, an Android device. It shares the same API as mobile devices, runs apps from the Google Play store and features "Cast" capabilities just like the Chromecast dongle allowing users to mirror content from mobile devices to their TVs.

Google says Android TV will appear in Sony and Philips TVs, as well as streaming boxes from Razer and Asus.

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BitTorrent Takes on Streaming

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BitTorrent Takes on Streaming

BitTorrent launches the open beta version of BitTorrent Live-- a peer-to-peer video streaming service harnessing the power of torrenting while reducing the infrastructure requirements of video streaming.

A 3-year development, BitTorrent Live works the same way torrents do. It removes the middleman in favour of a direct connection between broadcaster and viewer, turning each user into a "miniature Continue reading...

How the Cloud Will Finally Dominate Consumer Electronics

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How the Cloud Will Finally Dominate Consumer Electronics

 

by Paul Brody, Global Industry Leader, Electronics at IBM

Even as one business model for consumer electronics dominates, the next one is always taking shape, usually right under our noses.  When the Blackberry arrived in 1999, my boss at the time, the CEO of a start-up, received one, tested it, and gave up using it, wondering why anyone would want constant access to email.  He gave it to me and I Continue reading...

Content Discovery From the Living Room

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Content Discovery From the Living Room

Vuze hopes to embed its cloud-based content aggregation engine, Fanhattan, into connected CE of the TV variety.

Fanhattan combines content from a variety of sources-- from subscription services like Netflix to renting from Amazon Video On Demand. All content is displayed in a 10' user interface designed for TV viewing.

Tying the service together is Vuze's recent acquisition, The Open Movie Database Continue reading...

Chumby INSIDE: Power for Tablets, TVs

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Chumby INSIDE:  Power for Tablets, TVs

Chumby is quietly enabling gadgets and TVs with Chumby software and services.

Sony's Dash, the new Web-ready alarm clock? Yep, it runs on Chumby's Internet apps and other streaming media.

Best Buy's Infocast, an intelligent digital photo frame? That is Chumby again.

In Japan, Dai Nippon Printing the No. 1 printing company, with its new prototype DNP e-reader/tablet? That's Chumby inside, of course. Continue reading...

Could E-Books Be the Next Retail Hit?

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Could E-Books Be the Next Retail Hit? Prepaid game cards, credited to Target in USA, let retail participate in online gaming profits (as well as some on-line music). Now a company in Hong Kong thinks that’s the future route-to-market for e-Books.

E-book vendor Guangbo Media launched an e-library 24reader.com with more than 50,000 e-books using Founder GlobalTech's DRM technology. They expect to market e-books with cards in Continue reading...

$10,000,000 Google Android Winners

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$10,000,000 Google Android Winners
The winners of Google’s $10 million contest for innovative Android apps.

Cab4me
cab4me lets users call a cab. GPS locates the user's location and the location of a nearby taxi company, then the app calls the taxi company via a click on Google maps.

Locale
Locale lets cell-phone users manage settings on their mobile devices. Unlike Continue reading...

Will Android and Symbian Unite?

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Its only speculation but noted American analyst Jack Gold says Symbian and Android OS may combine into a single open source operating system within next 6 months.

"A combination of the Android and Symbian efforts would be good for the industry, good for Google and good for Symbian," Gold adds. "It would also help spur growth in the availability of applications and services. The downside Continue reading...

New Wireless HD Standard

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WHDISony, Samsung , Sharp, Hitachi and Motorola will create a high-def wireless video signal standard, using WHDI technology from Amimon Ltd.

Noam Geri, VP Marketing, Amimon Ltd., expects TVs with Amimon's chips to reach stores next year, at only $100 more than non-wireless TVs. Belkin is already selling WHDI adaptors.

 

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Microsoft: Making a Real Mesh of It

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Microsoft: Making a Real Mesh of It

Live Mesh is the new “software-plus-services” platform from Microsoft to enable PCs and other devices to be aware of each other via internet, so individuals (and organizations) can manage & share their files and applications seamlessly on the web (across the world of devices).



Is this the power of cloud services we’ve been waiting for?  Besides a whole list of potential security Continue reading...

Microsoft Wins Open-Format Web Standard

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Microsoft Wins Open-Format Web Standard

Reversing a loss in first-round voting, the International Organization for Standardization approved Microsoft’s Office Open XML as an international standards designation for its open-document format.

A 157-country NGO based in Geneva, ISO approval will influence software spending by governments and large companies.

Ten countries opposed the standard: Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Ecuador, India, Continue reading...

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