Apple TV getting ready for prime time

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Apple TV getting ready for prime time

The next-generation miniature set-top-box, which could be unveiled as early as this June, looks set to feature Siri-like voice commands and games console features and is set to become a serious Apple product in its own right. The hockey-puck-sized device that plugs into the back of a television set and connects to the internet, launches dedicated apps and enables the streaming of content from other Apple products, be they Macs, iPhones or iPads, has until now been described as just an interesting hobby by the company. But all of that is set to change. In its latest earnings call on Wednesday, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, revealed that to date, 20 million Apple TVs have been sold and that it is becoming a key source of revenue, so much so that the company is no longer calling it a hobby. More →
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Gorilla glass maker Corning targets tie ups in India

By on April 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM.

Gorilla glass maker Corning targets tie ups in India

Corning, which makes Gorilla glass used in smartphones, is eyeing domestic handset makers to strengthen its presence and increase revenue from the country, which is a key mobile phone market. "The reason we are here this week is to get the message out about Gorilla but also to spend some time with some of the local domestic players and understand their needs," Corning Gorilla Glass Director (Worldwide Sales and Applications Engineering) James Hollis said here. More →
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3D printing to reach a million homes by 2018

By on April 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM.

3D printing to reach a million homes by 2018

3D printers are still relatively rare in consumer households, but new research has revealed that one million homes worldwide are expected to have purchased the technology by 2018. A study by technology analysts Juniper Research suggests that sales will jump from an estimated 44,000 this year, in part due to the growth of more established printing brands, such as HP, which will make the technology much more accessible. According to the report, 3D printing technology has yet to really capture consumer imagination, but once 'killer applications' have been identified, this could all change. More →
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Samsung Galaxy S5 gets teardown treatment; iFixit finds it difficult to repair

By on April 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S5 gets teardown treatment; iFixit finds it difficult to repair

As Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 goes on sale today, it has been through a teardown treatment by iFixit team, which suggests that the phone is tough and cannot be dismantled easily for repair. iFixit had a tough time specially while removing the display off the phone, and gave the phone 5 out of 10 in terms of repairability score. More →
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You won’t believe how powerful Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon chips are

By on April 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

You won’t believe how powerful Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon chips are

Qualcomm on Monday announced that its flagship 64-bit mobile processors will arrive next year, when they should equip various smartphones and tablets from Qualcomm partners — especially high-end models. The company introduced two new processors that will be part of the Snapdragon 800 family, including the Snapdragon 810 and 808, which will become the company’s “highest performing platform to date,” and will be optimized “for exceptionally low power consumption that does not sacrifice performance.” More →
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Indian SoC manufacturer Ineda Systems raises $17 million for developing chipsets for wearables

By on April 9, 2014 at 12:04 PM.

Indian SoC manufacturer Ineda Systems raises $17 million for developing chipsets for wearables

Ineda Systems, a developer of low-power SoCs (system on a chip) for use in the fast-growing wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) market segment, has announced that it has raised $17 million in Series B funding. The funding will be used to further develop Ineda's new class of highly integrated, ultra-low power semiconductor and software products that are aimed at the wearable device segment. These SoCs will be applicable to a multitude of devices such as smartwatches, health and fitness trackers and other wearable devices, as well as IoT. More →
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Smartphones and tablets to soon come with touch-secure system

By on April 8, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

Smartphones and tablets to soon come with touch-secure system

Afraid of losing important data saved in your smart phone or tablet? Not to worry any more as researchers - including an Indian-American scientist - from the Georgia Institute of Technology have gone a step further from passwords, gestures or fingerprint scans. More →
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Drones to deliver medical aid in inaccessible areas

By on March 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Drones to deliver medical aid in inaccessible areas

A Greek entrepreneur has launched a start-up called Matternet that would use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to reach people who need emergency medical help in inaccessible areas of the world. A brainchild of Andreas Raptopoulos, Palo Alto-based Matternet would be used to leapfrog the infrastructure hurdle in poorly-connected countries. More →
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Toshiba’s Canvio adaptor breathes new life into old hard drives

By on March 20, 2014 at 4:57 PM.

Toshiba’s Canvio adaptor breathes new life into old hard drives

A new gadget from Toshiba turns wired external hard drives from single-user backup devices into wireless media streaming boxes the whole family can use simultaneously. External hard drives, unlike a lot of consumer electronic devices, don't get replaced on a regular basis. Chances are most consumers won't buy a new one until the existing one is absolutely full and there's no more space for backing up or for adding to the music and film library. More →
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