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2015 Isn't Looking Good For Google Glass

2015 Isn't Looking Good For Google Glass | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

2014 wasn't kind to Google Glass.

The expensive wearable tech has failed to catch on with the masses.

Next year may not be any better for Google Glass, reports CNBC.

Before it becomes a consumer hit, Glass will need support from the developer community.

Google told CNBC that Glass has 100 apps now. By comparison, the iTunes App Store had 1.2 million apps as of last June.

But some companies don't seem to think making apps for Glass is worth their effort.

Twitter stopped making its app for Google Glass in October.

And Twitter isn't the only developer to give up on Glass.

9 of 16 app developers contacted by Reuters said they have given up on making apps for Glass because no one was buying it.

Designers like Dianne von Furstenberg have tried framing Glass as a fashion item, like the Apple Watch, but it's hard to fathom spending $1,500 on something that's still a prototype.

Google Glass regularly sells for less than half of that price on eBay.

Developers have also complained about Google Glass' poor battery life.

Until that problem is fixed, and developers start thinking about Glass as a gadget for the masses, it will remain a niche product for Google fans.

It doesn't seem like Glass will be a retail hit anytime soon. Google shuttered its only brick and mortar stores for the wearable in November.

In July, Glass creator Babak Parviz left Google to work at Amazon. That's not exactly a vote of confidence, either.


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Gmail Reportedly Has Been Blocked In China - Slashdot

Gmail Reportedly Has Been Blocked In China - Slashdot | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

A years-long war between Google and China that highlights the ideological chasm between the two behemoths has now entered a new phase. On Monday morning, reports confirmed online chatter that Gmail has been fully blocked in China. And transparency advocates say they know exactly what's to blame: China's Great Firewall. "I think the government is just trying to further eliminate Google's presence in China and even weaken its market overseas," an anonymous representative of GreatFire.org told Reuters. "Imagine if Gmail users might not get through to Chinese clients. Many people outside China might be forced to switch away from Gmail."



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Internet of Everything: Technologies & Minds (How the future is happening now)

Internet of Everything: Technologies & Minds  (How the future is happening now) | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

The Internet of Everything (IoE) represents the next “world-changing” revolution, after the Industrial Revolution of 1750 – 1900, and following the Computer & Internet revolution which started in the 1950’s. It is an exciting scenario in which objects, personal devices, even animals communicate, take Intelligent decisions, and autonomous actions on their own without human interaction. This revolution will completely transform industrial sectors and the entire world, for all of us, in ways as powerful as the Industrial Revolution and even more. It is our future, and it is happening now.

How is it happening? For an Evolution of Technologies, and with a Revolution of Minds…

TECHNOLOGIES… the Evolution

From a technology point of view, the Internet of Everything has evolved from the convergence of new advancements related to the Internet, Wireless solutions, and micro-biochip/sensors.

INTERNET Evolution: the advent of the latest Internet Protocol (named IPv6) enables an astonishing increase in the address space, which is a key factor for the Internet of Everything. With this new Internet protocol (IPv6), we can now assign a unique identifier to “everything" on the planet… or, actually, “to every atom on the surface of the earth, and still have enough addresses left to do another 100+ earths”.

WIRELESS Evolution: Once identified with IPv6, all “things” on the planet need to communicate with other “things”. Recent wireless advancements address this need with different types of networks and specific strengths. Low energy short range networks (e.g. NFC and Bluetooth) for wearables, very-high speed networks (e.g. 4G LTE) for cars, Zigbee and Wi-Fi -similar technologies for smart homes / smart cities, and vertical solutions for industrial “IoE” scenarios. All of this for free or at a very low cost.

SENSORS Evolution: inexpensive but powerful sensors are one of the biggest enablers of the Internet of Everything. We are experiencing a continuous vertical drop in the cost of electronic sensors, with their proliferation in devices of any kind. This enables “Internet of Everything” cheap devices to become “alive”, increasingly utilizing images, motion, touch, as well as sounds and environment sensors (including new technologies that react to smell, moisture, smart textiles, smart pavement, etc).

MINDS… the Revolution

SELF-ORGANIZATION Revolution: With processing costs declined by nearly 60x over the last few years, Internet of Everything devices are becoming not just connected but “brilliant” in their ability to decide what to do on their own. New microprocessors are enabling low-cost devices to take actions either independently or with other “things”, in a Self-Organized-Network (SON) flavor. Furthermore, the rich amount of data that devices generate (thanks to sensors) and receive (thanks to wireless) is strengthening this SON revolution, making “things” self-aware, predictive, reactive, and collaborative.

VIRTUAL INTELLIGENCE Revolution: in the new era of the Internet of Everything, we expect intelligence to become either more and more “localized” or, in the opposite direction, “virtualized”. This is a revolution pointing towards two divergent trends. On one extreme, machine brains will reside close to the action, as in “Self-Organized” devices with intelligence “distributed” at network edges, for prioritizing speed. On the opposite extreme, intelligence will be “virtualized” in software-defined machine infrastructures, decoupling machines software from hardware. This means intelligence and data to be outside of local devices, often thousands of kilometers away, enabling “Internet of Everything“ central machines to remotely and automatically operate local devices.

DATA EVERYTHING Revolution: Billions of machines which communicate with each other, enriched with endless kinds of sensors, will generate a prodigious explosion of data. In addition, people connected 24x7 in “socials” and human-thing interactions will add up to this data flow. We are talking about a completely different order of magnitude from today’s so-called “Big Data”. Notably, making sense of this paramount information, through advanced analytics that sift through data, is probably the biggest challenge for the Internet of Everything, and many new technologies are addressing this space.



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Sony Just Created A New Google Glass Competitor That Attaches To Your Current Glasses

Sony Just Created A New Google Glass Competitor That Attaches To Your Current Glasses | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

While startups and large companies like Google are busy developing smart glasses, Sony has just invented a device that clips on to your current eyewear to add those same features (via The Verge). 

The device itself is a module that clips on to your glasses and essentially adds a small 640 x 400 pixel display, a camera, and a processor.

Sony claims the tiny screen is capable of showing high-quality full color photos and videos, and the processor inside is about on par with what you'd get in today's smartphones. 

The benefit of this type of gadget over something like Google Glass, according to Sony, is that you can clip it on or take it off whenever you need to.

You're not committed to wearing it all the time like you would be if you wore a prescription version of Google Glass.

Here's what you would see while looking through Sony's gadget.

It looks like the experience will be very similar to that of Google Glass, but specialized for certain use cases like sports. 


Judging by Sony's renders, it looks like the gadget will be rather bulky, so chances are you won't want to wear it all the time.

It sounds like Sony plans to license out the technology to eyewear and tech companies rather than releasing it as its own consumer product, and mass production is expected to kick off within the year. 

It's a different approach that what we've seen from most companies getting into wearable tech, but it's unclear if this will actually appeal to consumers. Even Google has been having a hard time convincing everyday consumers to wear computerized glasses, it seems, as The Wall Street Journal says the next version of Glass will be geared toward hospitals and other enterprise use cases.


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Report: Flaw Affects 12 Million Routers

Report: Flaw Affects 12 Million Routers | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

At least 12 million home and small-office routers from 50 manufacturers have a flaw that an attacker could remotely exploit to seize control of the device and intercept all data that it transmits, according to security firm Check Point Software Technologies. Among the devices at risk are at least 200 different products manufactured by such vendors as D-Link, Edimax, Huawei, TP-Link, ZTE and ZyXEL.

Check Point presented the findings of their research into what they've dubbed the "Misfortune Cookie" vulnerability at this week's 31st Chaos Communication Congress, or 31C3, in Hamburg, Germany.


The company says it has discovered two distinct vulnerabilities in RomPager, which is a Web server built by Allegro Software that gets embedded in the firmware that runs many router and gateway devices. And Allegro has confirmed the flaws. One vulnerability, CVE-2014-9222, allows an attacker to remotely bypass the device's authentication mechanism; this is the Misfortune Cookie flaw. A related vulnerability, CVE-2014-9223, allows an attacker to create a buffer overflow on a device, triggering a denial of service.

"The Misfortune Cookie vulnerability is due to an error within the HTTP cookie management mechanism present in the affected software, allowing an attacker to determine the 'fortune' of a request by manipulating cookies," the Check Point researchers say. "All an attacker needs in order to exploit Misfortune Cookie is to send a single packet to your public IP address. No hacking tools required - just a simple, modern browser."

The Check Point researchers say they have yet to see any in-the-wild attacks that exploit the vulnerability. But based on scans of the Internet looking for equipment that runs a vulnerable version of RomPager, they found at least 12 million devices currently being used - across 189 countries - that are vulnerable to related attacks.

Users of devices that sport the flaw are at risk of having their data intercepted, warns Dublin-based information security consultant Brian Honan, who heads Ireland's computer emergency response team. "The biggest risk would be for the attackers to be able to modify settings on the router, such as changing the DNS settings," he says. "This could allow the attackers to then redirect the users' Web traffic to phishing websites, malware-loaded websites, or to intercept their Internet traffic and capture sensitive information such as passwords and financial details."

Beyond consumers, remote employees are also at risk from vulnerable devices, says threat-intelligence firm iSight Partners. "Although the Misfortune Cookie vulnerability does not affect routers commonly used in larger enterprise environments ... compromised devices still pose a potential threat to enterprises, especially to those with employees that perform work on their computer or mobile devices through home routers," it says in a research note.

Flaws Patched in 2005

In a statement, Allegro Software, which is based in Boxborough, Mass., notes: "These vulnerabilities were discovered in the RomPager embedded Web server version 4.07, which was released in 2002." But the company says that the flaws were identified and fixed, and an update - RomPager version 4.34, which fixes the vulnerability - was released to customers in 2005. The most recent version of RomPager is version 5.40.

But Allegro Software says that some manufacturers are continuing to ship products that include a version of RomPager that is a decade or more out of date. "Unfortunately, not all manufacturers using Allegro Software products have updated their devices with the latest RomPager software component," it says. "In some cases, manufacturers continue to make and sell products with software components that are over 13 years old, which can expose products to security concerns."

Allegro Software notes that it's a third-party supplier of embedded Web servers, and that it's incumbent upon device manufacturers to patch their customers' equipment, by issuing updated firmware. "If you have a product that is affected by the above security concerns, please contact the product manufacturer to obtain a firmware update," it says.

Huawei's Product Security Incident Response Team tells Information Security Media Group that it has identified the vulnerability and published a security notice on its website. According to that security alert, both the Huawei Echolife HG530 and HG520c routers are vulnerable to the two vulnerabilities discovered by Check Point. Huawei on Dec. 24 released a related patch for each of those devices.

D-Link, Edimax, TP-Link, ZTE and ZyXEL did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Check Point's research.

Pinpointing Problems

German IT journalist Hanno Böck has created a free online tool that's designed to scan hostnames or IP addresses for the presence of equipment that contains either of the vulnerabilities identified by Check Point.

If vendors fail to issue patches for vulnerable devices, then consumers might be best served by throwing those devices away. "If old tech is no longer supported, then people should consider replacing them with newer and more secure devices," says Honan, who is also a cybersecurity adviser to Europol. "Tech should be treated like many other items we use in our homes. If your vacuum cleaner can no longer do the job properly and it cannot be repaired, you replace it. The same [goes for] the items our digital lives depend on."


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Apple's Next Macbook Air Detailed | Computer Hardware Reviews - ThinkComputers.org

Apple's Next Macbook Air Detailed | Computer Hardware Reviews - ThinkComputers.org | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Apple will be refreshing their popular Macbook Air very soon. The new Macbook Air will have a 12-inch screen, and we have heard the rumors as we are sure you have of a retina screen. No word yet on that, but we also have details on other aspects of the hardware inside the next Macbook Air.


The next Macbook Air will feature Intel’s latest Core M “Broadwell-U” SoC that combines a dual-core “Broadwell” CPU with graphics, has a dual-channel DDR3L IMC, and system agent all within a single chip. It will have an overall TDP of only 15W. Apple is also working on a new fanless cooling system for the chip. The other big upgrade will be the introduction of the USB 3.1 port. USB 3.1 doubles the bandwidth to 10 Gbps and has better power delivery that will allow you to charge your portable devices faster.


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Technology Predictions for 2015

Technology Predictions for 2015 | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

It’s a fact that predictions have always attracted people’s attention, otherwise all these fortune-tellers and mediums would have been unemployed instead of wearing golden rings and necklaces. Based on this, we decided to peer into our crystal balls (actually with the shape of a screen) and collect all the technology trends that we have this feeling that will be on the spotlight during 2015.

Let’s start with the prediction - warning from KiyanForoughi, CEO and founder of Boticca that the investment and technology bubble will burst in 2015. A lot of capital is invested early in poor projects which in case of any missed earnings or bad news the shareholders will start selling off their shares and panicking other investors. Kiyan warns all the entrepreneurs to get their money for VCs and angel investors as soon as they can!

Security is totally something that attracts the attention of the audience for years and we do believe that 2015 will not be an exception! Ronnie Manning and Coby Sella agree to the beginning of a new password era! All these password thieves and high profile attacks made every end-user think again every time they are asked to enter a password. The data bleeding has become an epidemic problem and the only cure for that is the other forms of authentication such as biometric authentication or the fingerprint reader that has been already used from Apple. Coby also refers to the security problem regarding the interoperability between IoT devices, basically due to an inherent weakness in the implementation of common security protocols.

As a result multiple devices from different manufacturers cannot be operated through a single user interface on a computing device. This obstacle is about to be corrected in 2015 and a common user interface will enable the users to control every device regardless their manufacturer. Security issues are very common when it comes to payments as well. Rick Dakin, CEO of Coalfire predicts that new and better applications of authentication, EMV and tokenized solutions will increase the security of online payments and sensitive data transactions. Apple Pay and other next-generation solutions will overcome anti-NFC inertia and lead to increasing adoption of mobile-based security technologies not only for retail but for healthcare and any other sector where critical and confidential information is exchanged

Regarding business sector, Andrea points out productivity software as a promising technology aspect for 2015. As the number of small businesses rises, their need for an all-in-one solution with which they can manage tasks, email marketing, enterprise social media, CRM, Project Management and ecommerce is becoming bigger. Cloud technology can also be on the spotlight in 2015, not only for storage but generally as a collaborative tool for developers in order to quickly build and deploy applications according toPaddy Padmanabhan CEO of MyScript. Leslie Bloom from Experts-exchange gives the top 5 emerging trends of 2015 in http://blog.experts-exchange.com/press-center. The winner is Cloud with an overwhelming majority (21.2%).  Further breakdown of cloud technology shows Azure with  9% and Anything-as-a-Service with 7%. In the second position there is the Mobile technology (10.1%) and after that comes Virtualization and Virtual Reality with 7.8% each. Security is at the last position with 5%.

JoAnn Yamani from Gutenberg Communications informed us about Garter’s predictions for 2015 regarding Cloud which are really impressive! By 2015, 50% of all new application independent software vendors will be pure SaaS Providers, whereas more than 90% of private cloud computing deployments will be for infrastructure as a service.  As for large global enterprises by the end of the coming year 50% of them will rely on external cloud computing services for at least one of their top 10 revenue-generating processes. Gartner also predicts that the download of free apps will hit more than 270 billion by 2017.

Internet of Things is becoming more and more part of our daily life and we do believe that it will continue during 2015. Adam Justice, VP of Grid Connect, states that the interoperability between devices both in the home and commercial/industrial settings will become a reality this year. The sectors that can be affected by the IoT revolution are countless. All we can do is sit back and wait for the new IoT implementations that will pop up! The image of flying cars in the busy roads of New York city is coming more and more close to reality as there are efforts by tech lobbyists to allow drones to be operating out in the world for things like direct home delivery as Dirk Knemeyer, co-founder of Involution Studios advocates.

Wearable devices can also be part of the Mobile challenge as James Rice, head of Digital Marketing at WikiJob, says that they are about to become much more mainstream due to the fact that they are fashionable and allow people to publish their fitness data for example, on social media. Thanos Kosmidis, CEO of CareAcross also mentioned the rise of wearable devices during 2015 but in a more important aspect, the aspect of health and how they can help in managing chronic diseases. Special applications dedicated to help senior citizens with diseases like Alzheimer are to be developed during the coming year.  The fact that Market Drivers like Samsung, Google or Apple have already developed watches or glasses is great evidence that the future of mobile technology is not anymore smartphones and tablets.

Our wish for 2015 is to have lots of technology news and trends but only for peaceful purposes!



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WillesdenGreen Town Team's curator insight, January 13, 2015 3:49 PM

Oh I do like predictions - shall we keep these in hand and check tem out at the end of the year?

Jasmine Muti's curator insight, March 26, 2015 4:03 AM

Prediction always make people attract toward product. It is well known criteria from early years. In our early years, these IT technics were not very popular but in todays era, it has became our fundamental need. Internet has become an unbreakable part of  our life. There will be some facilities in future. Some more technics like security of any password, payments or anything else will be more protective and powerful. Multiple devices and business sector will also get more opportunities or inventions.It is very clear from research that future of these technologies in next coming years is very bright.