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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 […]

Google’s 3D Smartphone: Project Tango

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 16th, 2014

Google’s Project Tango is putting 3D Point Cloud capture into a smartphone, reports PhoneArena. Using an advanced custom-made processor and Kinect-like infrared cameras, the smartphone can make 3D indoor maps quickly and easily. iFixit got their hands on a Project Tango device and gave it their usual teardown treatment to expose its internals. They found […]

Quantenna: 8X8 MIMO WiFi

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 15th, 2014

Quantenna Communications, a high-performance Wi-Fi chipmaker, today announced that it is developing an 8×8 MIMO architecture with adaptive beamforming that promises significantly higher throughput. Using 8 receive antennas and 8 transmit antennas, Quantenna says up to 10 Gigabits/second are possible using their Wi-Fi chipset and 160 MHz channels. Quantenna claims to be the first to […]

Amazon Phone: 6 Cameras?

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 15th, 2014

Amazon plans to sell its own-brand of smartphone with a 4.7″ touchscreen, 6 cameras and a 3D display, according to BGR. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the company’s cell phone will be announced in June and released in the third quarter. BGR says Amazon’s first phone will be powered by a Qualcomm […]

exactEarth Gets Partner for Space-based AIS

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 14th, 2014

exactEarth has agreed to jointly develop with Software Radio Technology an AIS transceiver for global tracking from space. A new technology called ABSEA which, when embedded within standard low powered AIS transceivers, enables AIS transmissions to be received by exactEarth satellites. It enables extended tracking of small vessels. Their first nanosatellite was launched in April, […]

ZTE: Smartphone Superpower

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 9th, 2014

China-based ZTE launched a new Android smartphone, dubbed the Redbull, which starts at $113, reports C/Net. The China-only handset features a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a 5-inch 720p HD display, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. ZTE is offering two versions — a “Youth” option boasting 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage […]