Changes to Google Glass during its transition from the explorer program to consumer availability were expected, but instead of mere changes, we could see a full redesign. Tony Fadell, the founder of Google-owned Nest, will now lead the Glass division. Fadell has told The New York Times that he wants to start from scratch with the device.
So what do you do after you’ve successfully launched a digital smartpen and don’t want to rest on your laurels? Well, you go bigger and follow up with a digital smartmarker, of course! Luidia, the creator of the Equil Smartpen 2, has just launched the product website and wrapped up the first product presentation at DisruptCRE in Chicago for the Equil Smartmarker.
2015 is definitely starting to look like the year set for colors and styles. If you read the second half of my 2015 CES wrap-up, you’d know that when it comes to personal audio, black is outsold by color options. Now, black will always have a place in my heart and on my tech, but it’s nice to own other gear with some lively pop.
Holophonic sound has been around for some time, but only recently harnessed in a small, portable form. The Theatre Box completed its Kickstarter funding goal only a few months ago, and is now available for new customer orders.
No matter which way you look at it, high resolution audio is making it’s way back. Technology has improved, and consumers, ever-wanting of more, are fueling demands for studio-quality sound in portable form. It’s any wonder why the Pono Player has been a topic of conversation for a year and a big hit at CES 2015.
LG’s smartphone sales increased year-over-year by 25 percent in 2014. The release of the LG G3 and its subsequent success in the smartphone market were responsible for a large portion of the company’s increase in sales. LG is currently the second largest smartphone company in South Korea and sits right behind Samsung.
This project, which just went live last night, is on its way to the record books. The meager goal of $10,000 was completely obliterated as backers fiendishly flocked to the site with their monies. All it took was roughly seven hours for this Kickstarter campaign to raise over one million dollars. Now before you scroll down and peek, consider these kings of crowdfunded projects on Kickstarter.
It’s still the beginning of 2015, so why not kick the year off big, right? Hewlett Packard has just unveiled its latest product lineup that focuses on the workplace and productivity. You can almost hear the collective sigh of global relief. IT personnel could look forward to less headaches and sustained security for companies/employers.
Google could be planning to invest in SpaceX to help with its new internet satellite initiative. The Information and The Wall Street Journal report Google will invest $1 billion of the $10 billion SpaceX intends to raise over the coming years for its project.
Control of the Chinese smartphone market is moving almost entirely away from Samsung. Recent data from MarketWatch and CCID Consulting has shown the company’s market share decreased by 20 percent between January 2014 and October 2014.
Marriott hotels are beginning to test a new service at some locations that will let guests watch Netflix and Hulu or listen to Pandora rather than pay for on-demand content. At least eight locations are beginning to test the system and it is not clear if Marriott will make its guests pay a set fee for their use of Netflix, Hulu, or Pandora.
Netflix and Amazon are both internet-based companies that have expanded into content production. Now, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is doing the same. The company has announced it will produce its first ever movie through the Alibaba Pictures Group and the movie will be directed by Wong Kar-wai. Included in the movie will be Tony Leung, who has previously worked with Kar-wai on a number of projects.