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Nike Fuel: Out of Gas?

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 22nd, 2014

Sportswear giant Nike is cutting back on its “NikeFuel,” brand, the array of Nike digital products, using a proprietary measurement of physical activity. The usefulness of the measurement depended on who you talked to, notes The Oregonian. Nike confirmed to Re/code that it would make a “small number” of layoffs, but denied that it is […]

Interactive Sculpture Illuminates TED’s 30th Anniversary

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 24th, 2014

Unnumbered Sparks is an interactive net sculpture that spans 745 feet between the Fairmont Hotel and Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver BC. Passersby can control it via their smartphones, notes The Verge. Artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin collaborated to create Unnumbered Sparks, for TED’s 30th anniversary. Spectators connected to the project’s Wi-Fi can use […]

Google’s Android Wear Development

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 18th, 2014

Today Google announced Android Wear, a project that extends Android to wearables. Google will start with watches that will be capable of displaying posts and updates, answers via “OK Google” voice commands, provides Google Now-like functionality, as well as interfacing to a number of fitness and health related data. Because Android for wearables works with […]

iBeacon: Informative or Intrusive?

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 17th, 2014

Apple iBeacons can spam users even if their device is locked, thanks to new change in iOS 7.1 says Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet. Apple’s iBeacon is an indoor positioning system that can notify nearby iOS 7 devices of their presence, explains Beekn.net, but similar Bluetooth beaconing will be available for most smartphones. IBeacon uses Bluetooth […]

Intel Buys Into Wearables?

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 4th, 2014

Intel reportedly has paid north of $100 million to acquire Basis, which makes wristwatch health trackers. Basis has some 7 percent of the market, says TechCrunch, versus competitor Jawbone which has 21 percent. Wearables Insider has doubts on such a rumored deal. Intel recently has shown its own reference designs at CES, including a Siri-like […]

Apple Introduces CarPlay

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 3rd, 2014

Today, Apple announced Apple CarPlay, an iOS in the Car initiative, which rolls out first on cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo at this week’s Geneva Motor Show. It will work with the iPhone 5, 5S, or 5C. CarPlay mirrors your iPhone’s screen, filling a center-console touchscreen with large buttons for key functions like maps, […]