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Google I/O 2015 Falls Short of Consumers Expectations

Google I/O 2015 Falls Short of Consumers Expectations

The technology space would have surely yearned for advancement if Google wasn't there to contribute immensely with its platforms; the Android ecosystem, Google Maps, Google Search, Gmail and Chrome that warranty the dominance and clout it commands in the technology arena.

But as the expectations of innovation are undeniably high, the Google I/O 2015 developer conference leaves consumers wanting for more. Google unveiled an array of upcoming technologies but none offered major enhancements.

The Google mobile operating systems announced the feature of Volume control though this doesn't seem to be much of advancement. So the users wait to figure out the dynamics behind the feature.

MIT researchers upgrade Cheetah robot

MIT researchers upgrade Cheetah robot

After beating the speed record set by Usain Bolt (the world's fastest man), MIT’s four-legged robot called Cheetah is now coming after Aries Merritt (the world's fastest hurdler).

The university's Biometrics Robotics Lab has upgraded Cheetah with new algorithms, which will allow it to detect and jump over obstacles up to 40 centimeters tall. This would make Cheetah the first robot to handle obstacles autonomously.

Sangbae Kim, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MIT said, “A running jump is a truly dynamic behavior. You have to manage balance and energy, and be able to handle impact after landing. Our robot is specifically designed for those highly dynamic behaviors”.

Apple Collaborates with Postmates to Offer Same-Day Delivery

Apple Collaborates with Postmates to Offer Same-Day Delivery

Just as you cared about getting your favorite Dominos pizza delivered at your doorstep within a stipulated time limit, or your Starbucks coffee to your office, now the Apple Store App guarantees same-day delivery in select locations in the US.

Apple has partnered with Postmates, the logistics company that operates a network of couriers in as many as 20 major US cities. Postmates is closely compared to Uber because of its use of mobile phones to receive orders and dispatch delivery drivers. It relies on mobile phone applications and their Global Positioning System capabilities to quickly match inventories and consumer demand.

Google to donate $20 million under ‘Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities’

Google to donate $20 million under ‘Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities’

The American tech giant, Google, has come up with yet another revolutionary technology. This time it is not a breakthrough brought about by Google X, its own research and development division, but the company's funding to two organizations.

With an aim to increase independence and ease of people who live with disabilities, and liberate them as individuals, Google has come up with the initiative titled 'Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities'. Through this noble endeavor, Google plans to cater to the one billion disabled people that society as yet, is not designed to serve. Under the initiative, Google would seek out nonprofits and aid them in finding solutions for the disabled community.

Microsoft teams up with Lenovo for joint effort involving Cortana and REACHit

Microsoft teams up with Lenovo for joint effort involving Cortana and REACHit

Today, Lenovo and Microsoft at Lenovo Tech World announced a collaboration to transform the way people find their content in a new, more personal way.

Microsoft has teamed up with the PC maker for a joint effort involving Cortana and its own REACHit software.

Cortana is Microsoft's personal assistant. It arrived on PCs with Windows 10. Though it, Cortana, users are capable to make natural requests through text and talk to.

Lenovo's maker's REACHit software intends to broaden this functionality by searching for one's personal content on other connected Lenovo Windows 10 devices and on certain cloud storage services.

Bitfinder introduces smart air-quality device Awair to help you breathe easier

Bitfinder introduces smart air-quality device Awair to help you breathe easier

Generally if a person is suffering from allergies or asthma then he is likely to keep an eye on the local pollen forecast.

Although you can't do much about the count while stepping out into the world, yet with the help of humidifiers and air purifiers you can keep things under control around your home.

A privately funded startup company, San Francisco-based Bitfinder, has come up with a smart air-quality device named as Awair. It has sensors that can measure temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, fine dust particles, and volatile organic compounds.

After collecting this data, it programs itself on the basis of settings you provide for your home. Awair is very smart it can assess your living space's air quality data against your exact health conditions.

Apple tops World’s Most Valuable Brands List

Apple tops World’s Most Valuable Brands List

Apple has bagged topmost slot in the annual Brandz brand power list, with a 67% increase in estimated value of $247 billion.

With this, Apple has overtaken Google on the world’s most valuable brands list making the latter to slip at second position, which witnessed a boost of 9% amounting $173.6 billion.

Amanda Phillips, UK head of marketing at Millward Brown, stated that iPhone 6 and its smartwatch have helped in boosting the brand in the 2015 report. “Though the Apple Watch has proved extremely popular it is the success of the iPhone 6 that has been the main driver of Apple’s brand value growth”, said Phillips.

Cost of Data Breaches rises: Study

Cost of Data Breaches rises: Study

A study released on Wednesday revealed that cost of data breaches for a number of companies across the globe has been rising. According to the study, the total average cost of a data breach has reached to about $3.8 million, which was $3.5 million in 2014.

Investigating the cause of a breach, appointing experts to fix the breach, offering credit monitors for victims and setting hotlines for them include in the direct costs. According to experts, data breaches are very common today. Last year, big companies like JPMorgan Chase, Sony Corp, Home Depot Inc and Target Corp faced data breaches.

F-35B fighter jet completes testing aboard USS Wasp

F-35B fighter jet completes testing aboard USS Wasp

US and UK officials the Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35B fighter jet can operate and be serviced at sea.

The statement came following nearly two weeks of testing of the jet on a ship, which was operating off of the North Carolina coast.

The testing proved that new warplane is set to mark another step to for initial combat use by the Marine Corps.

Marine Corps spokesman Major Paul Greenberg said that from May 18 to May 26, six F-35 B-model jets, completed 98 separate flights, logging 73.1 flight hours, on the USS Wasp.

The jets were due complete a final day of flight tests on Wednesday from the ship, which is operating about 100 miles off North Carolina coast. The work will be completed by maintainers working on the jets on Friday.

Federal officials begin foundation of bio-defense facility

Federal officials begin foundation of bio-defense facility

On Wednesday, federal and state leaders laid the foundation of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility near the Kansas State University’s football stadium.

Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer were joined by both the US senators from Kansas, three of the state’s four US representatives, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and the US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

The price tag for the plant on the Kansas University campus initially was estimated to be $451 million when it was awarded to Manhattan in late 2008. Manhattan was chosen as the future home of the facility in 2011. The price tag is $1.2 billion currently.

After Twitter, Google and Yahoo Join Race to Acquire Flipboard

After Twitter, Google and Yahoo Join Race to Acquire Flipboard

Reports that came out last night, confirmed the culmination of the ongoing deal between Twitter, the online social networking service and Flipboard, the magazine-format mobile app.

Twitter enables users to send and read short, 140-character messages called 'tweets'. It is a great platform to track breaking news and with Flipboard's cool interface, it would be able to ensure enhanced user experience.

Apple to introduce ‘Force Touch’ feature Soon

Apple to introduce ‘Force Touch’ feature Soon

According to reports, soon Apple's iPhone users will be able to control their phones using a new feature called Force Touch. The technology company has been making the new gesture into its iOS 9 for the next iPhones.

The new feature of the company will allow a user to press down and hold an icon to perform some action. In a case when a person presses the icon for a long time, the user feels a buzz of the haptic feedback engine.

The company said its new feature has debuted in its new Watch. It is already available in the trackpads of Apple's new MacBooks. According to the reports, the new feature will soon be available in a number of other devices of the company and the iPad will be one of them.

Federal Officials urge Rutgers University to cancel seismic blast tests off New Jersey’s coast

Federal Officials urge Rutgers University to cancel seismic blast tests off New

Rutgers University has been urged by Federal and state lawmakers to cancel planned research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves.

The New Jersey Senate president and a congressman who represent the Jersey shore have asked the university to back out of plans as the blasts would impact wildlife and the region's fishing and tourist industries significantly.

On Friday, a letter was sent to Rutgers president Robert Barchi by the U S Rep. Frank Pallone and Senate President Steven Sweeney. They have urged the president to cancel or postpone the seismic blast tests, which are part of a study examining sea level change over millions of years.

They wrote that the testing has the potential to harm or kill marine animals, including turtles, dolphins and whales.

US Senate blocks House-passed Bill on NSA surveillance

US Senate blocks House-passed Bill on NSA surveillance

The United States Senate blocked a House-passed bill that would have ended the bulk of phone records of people in the US by National Security Agency (NSA). According to reports, the senators will meet again on 31st May. A day after that meeting, the bill will expire.

A United States appeals court has already ruled that bulk collection of domestic phone records by the intelligence organization of the United States government is illegal. The spying of NSA was revealed by an ex-NSA contractor, Edward Snowden. After leaking the documents, Snowden fled to Russia.

The Battle for the ‘Virtual World’ Intensifies: Oculus-Facebook or Valve-HTC?

The Battle for the ‘Virtual World’ Intensifies: Oculus-Facebook or Valve-HTC?

Cometh year-end and you will tread into an all-new virtual world! Thanks to the innovative maneuvers of technology giants, Facebook and Valve who are opening up an awe-inspiring world of 'Virtual Reality'.

'Virtual Reality' was popularized in 1980s by Jaron Lanier, who started a company called VPL Research and began selling headsets. Next, in 1990s, Nintendo came up its own VR headset called 'Virtual Boy', which did not do well. However, in 2012, a device called 'Oculus Rift' took the market by storm. This was a next-generation headset that had a smartphone's screen and it came at a pocket-friendly price of $349.

Adobe’s Rigel to Substitute Photoshop Touch

Adobe’s Rigel to Substitute Photoshop Touch

Users bid adieu to the popular software, Photoshop Touch, as Adobe announced the discontinuation of its app next week. Image editing on a mobile device now stands in a fix. The PS Touch has been one of the earliest Adobe apps in the mobile world.

Adobe’s Photoshop Touch app will be pulled from Google Play, I Tunes and the App Store on May 28, and the company will offer no support as for now. So, the existing users can continue using the app, but should not expect any updates.

Contemplating the subsequent move to the cloud, lately Adobe has been keenly pursuing the mobile software, and is credited of having developed a wide array of mobile apps.

Dan Schulman gave media a glimpse at PayPal’s future in San Francisco event Thursday

Dan Schulman gave media a glimpse at PayPal’s future in San Francisco

PayPal’s new chief executive has promised to expand the popular online payment system in order to handle transactions in stores and on mobile devices.

California-based PayPal will be spinning off from parent company eBay later this year. The CEO of the new PayPal will be veteran executive Dan Schulman.

He said that his company will position itself as a ‘full-service’ payments partner for consumers and merchants. It will handle mobile transactions, credit purchases and even customer loyalty rewards programs.

PayPal was best known as a payment method for purchases made on desktop computers for many years. However, there has been an increase in use of mobile phones to shop online by customers. A third of transactions made on mobile devices is handled by PayPal.

NSA planned hack of Google Play: Report

NSA planned hack of Google Play: Report

According to a media report, the US National Security Agency made plans to attempt hacking into data links to app stores that are operated by Google and Samsung to implant spyware on smartphones. As per the online news site The Intercept, US intelligence came out with the plan with allies in Canada, Britain, New Zealand and Australia; it is a group known as the ‘Five Eyes’ alliance.

The report is based on a document that has been leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. According to it, the plan is intended to increase surveillance efforts on smartphones. According to the classified document, it appears that the plan have been discussed at meetings, in which the intelligence services in 2011 and 2012 were involved.

LG introduces less than 1mm thick flatscreen TV

LG introduces less than 1mm thick flatscreen TV

South Korean firm LG showed off its newest, thinnest-ever TV panel at a press event in South Korea Tuesday, according to multiple news reports.

The 55-inch display is as thin as a DVD and weighs less than a 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is 4.5 pounds, or 2 kilograms. It can be hung on a wall using a special magnetic mat.

The TV shows the potential of OLED, the technology that makes it possible to make high definition displays flexible, thin and lightweight.

At the press event, the head of LG Display's OLED group told reporters the company would increase its OLED production this year.

Over one million CareFirst members potentially breached

Over one million CareFirst members potentially breached

More than a million Washington, DC, BlueCross BlueShield members’ information could have been compromised in a cyber-breach, which took place in 2014. According to the company, it was announced by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield that it had been the target of a ‘sophisticated cyberattack’.

Members' names, birth dates, email addresses and subscriber identification numbers could have been acquired by the attackers. But, according to CareFirst, its user names have to be used in combination with a member-created password in order to gain access to underlying member data on the website.




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