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Are Smartwatches Being Over-Hyped as Health Trackers?

I don't get smartwatches. Yes, I know; they're all the rage.  Apple unveiled its Apple Watch earlier this month, to generally good if not entirely ecstatic reviews.  Not to be outdone, Google announced a collaboration with TAG Heuer and Intel for a "Swiss Smartwatch."...I have to wonder why the focus on the wrist.  It isn't the ideal place to track, say, your heartbeat, your sleep, or your steps, and as a result fitness trackers have been faulted about their accuracy.  Cramming features into a smartphone makes some sense, because they have become so ubiquitous, but I'm not sure who is clamoring to add more features to a watch...

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Do Unto Robots As You...

We're going to have robots in our healthcare system (Global Market Insights forecasts assistive healthcare robots could be a $1.2b market by 2024), in our workplaces, and in our homes. Some of them will be unobtrusive, some we'll interact with frequently, and some we'll become close to. How to treat them is something we're going to have to figure out. Written by Alex Williams, Do You Take This Robot...focuses on people actually falling in love with (or at least preferring to be involved with) robots. Sex toys, even sex robots, have been around, but this takes it to a new level. The term for it is "digisexual." As Professor Neil McArthur, who studies such things, explained to Discover last year...

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Firefox OS Smartphone, New Tablets Star At MWC 2014

Pablo Valerio | EE Times | February 26, 2014

While tradeshows are no longer the place to announce new products -- manufacturers tend to release them at their convenience -- the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona sometimes proves the outlier, with a number of different mobile and other announcements that set the stage for the rest of the year. Read More »

Firefox OS To Fuel Panasonic TVs, Chromecast-Like Devices

Eric Brown | LinuxGizmos.com | January 7, 2015

Panasonic will embed Firefox OS in its 2015 smart TVs, and Matchstick announced a Chromecast-like Firefox OS platform, to be used by Philips/AOC and TCL...

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Health Care's Kodak Moment

For those of us of a certain age, a "Kodak moment" connotes a special event that should be captured by a photo, presumably on Kodak film.  For younger generations,  the term probably doesn't mean anything, because they don't know what Kodak is and have never seen film.  That's why, for some, "Kodak moment" has come to suggest a turning point when big companies and even entire industries can become obsolete. Health care could soon be at such a point. Anthony Jenkins, a former CEO of Barclay's, recently warned that banks could face a Kodak moment soon...

MPAA Wants To Use DMCA To Effectively Bring Back SOPA

Christine Hall | Foss Force | December 18, 2014

...According to memos leaked from the recent hack on Sony, the big studios would like to employ a Winston Smith to remove domain name listings from ISPs DNS directories, effectively removing entire websites from the Internet for most users, as if they never existed...

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Open Invention Network Announces Expansion of its Patent Non-Aggression Coverage

Press Release | Open Invention Network | May 4, 2017

Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history, with well over 2000 organization members, announced today that it has expanded its patent non-aggression coverage through an update to its definition of the Linux System. The expansion focuses on core open source system and middleware level packages, including software packages that support the growing use of Linux in industries that include finance (e.g., blockchain), automotive, telecommunications and the internet-of-things (IoT). The expansion is part of Open Invention Network's program to regularly revise its Linux System coverage to keep pace with innovation...

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Patent Trolls Are Starting To Get Trampled

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | September 24, 2014

The Open Invention Network now has over a thousand licensees and the court cases are starting to go against the patent trolls...

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Patent War Goes Nuclear: Microsoft, Apple-Owned “Rockstar” Sues Google

Joe Mullin | Ars Technica | October 31, 2013

Rockstar paid $4.5 billion for Nortel patents and has launched a major attack. Read More »

Reaction To The Sony Hack Is 'Beyond The Realm Of Stupid'

Jason Koebler | Motherboard | December 17, 2014

It's been a big day for news surrounding the massive, ongoing Sony hack saga.  First, major movie chains announced that they would not be screening The Interview after ​​a nonspecific threat of violence from the​ Guardians of Peace, the hacking collective that attacked Sony...

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Sony Opens Up Sensor Framework for Developers

Staff Writer | IBTimes | August 23, 2012

Sony is set to make Dynamic Android Sensor HAL (DASH) available as an open source project for developers, according to Sony Mobile...The DASH is expected to provide source code files for custom ROM developers and to make files for the sensors in Xperia smartphones. Read More »

Sony SmartWatch Takes Wearable Tech into Open-Source Territory

Jolie O'Dell | Venture Beat (VB) | June 13, 2013

In an interesting twist on the open source hardware movement, Sony has just announced it’s opening up its SmartWatch for your hacking pleasure. Read More »

Sony’s SmartWatch Goes Open Source

Dustin Karnes | AndroidGuys | June 14, 2013

Sony’s SmartWatch, a bluetooth accessory that was released last year to somewhat mixed reviews, has undergone a pretty major change. Read More »

The Health Benefits Of Wearable Technology

Lloyd Price | LinkedIn | May 2, 2014

...[T]his year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas revealed, a diverse and dizzying array of wearable devices that record and monitor every aspect of our health (and our dogs) are now on offer. Will wearable tech be relegated to the domain of gadget enthusiasts or could these budding fashion statements soon become part of our day-to-day lives?...

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The Internet Of (Hardly Connected) Things

Stephan Dörner and Chase Gummer | Digits | September 8, 2014

The “Internet of Things”  which refers to the billions of devices that are expected to be connected to each other and to the Internet, is a catchphrase that’s hard to escape these days.  Even network storage maker Cisco has predicted some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020...

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