Archive for December, 2012

Tech 2013

Well Many tech advancements are still just the rumors of today, but few have already snaked their way into the spotlight. Keep an eye out for their debuts in 2013 who knows they may become your best buddies. They might just change how you conduct business, which computer you use, and socialize.

Launch of the PS4 and Xbox 720

2012 saw the launch of Nintendo’s Wii U  the first of the eighth generation games consoles. By late 2013, it is joined by the PS4 and Xbox 720. These new machines offer substantial improvements in graphical power. The PS4, codenamed “Orbis”, is built around an AMD x64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU, handling screen resolutions of up to 4000 x 2000 pixels, as well as 3D gaming in full 1080p. The Xbox 720, codenamed “Durango”, is powered by a state-of-the-art IBM Power PC CPU, featuring 16 cores, alongside a Radeon HD 7000-series graphics card.

Mobile Operating System From Firefox

Google has one, so does Apple. Why not Mozilla Firefox? The popular browser company, which has felt a pinch in market share compared to its Silicon Valley neighbor Google Chrome, is dipping its toes into the smartphone pool. Claiming it will be cheaper than Android, the Firefox OS might just have a chance: It will support rich content with HTML5 and tap into the hardware in new ways. For example, the OS might control a phone’s camera for slow motion recording or quick, successive shots.

14 nanometre chips enter mass production

The next generation of microprocessor technology is released by Intel, with transistors now based on a 14nm manufacturing process. For comparison, a carbon atom is 0.34nm wide. The 4GHz barrier in stock CPU is finally being passed, thanks to the performance and energy efficiency of these new chips.

Amazon Kindle Phone

Technically this one is still a rumor, the device might use a 5-inch display that’s similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note or a 4-inch screen that looks like the rumored iPhone 5. Either way, the Kindle Phone would match up nicely with the Kindle Fire and probably will be just as consumer-focused with custom apps for reading books and watching videos.

Highly flexible touch sensors are appearing in a range of gadgets

Highly flexible, film-based touch sensors are entering the smartphone and tablet markets. They are also extending touch capabilities into a range of new consumer and industrial products. Using roll-to-roll metal mesh technology, they provide a high-performance alternative to existing touch sensors. Larger, lighter, sleeker, curved and edgeless designs can now be developed for handheld devices. Thinner sensor stacks with flawless touch performance, excellent optical clarity, low sheet resistance and low power consumption are enabling designers to turn unique, futuristic concepts into functional designs at lower total system costs compared to previous market alternatives.

iPad Mini
The infamous 8-inch version of the iPad has wallowed in the rumor mill for months. Now, some outlets are reporting that the device is actually going into a manufacturing phase. The size makes sense, both in terms of how Apple offers multiple sizes for the MacBook line and as a way for the company to fend off recent challenges by Google (with the Nexus 7 tablet) and Amazon (with the Kindle Fire).
Leap Motion
Gesture control on a tablet has been around for years, but this small device takes it to a new level. Leap Motion sits next to your computer and can detect your hand movements with an accuracy of 1/100 of a millimeter. Without touching your screen, you can flip through photos or reach into a 3D diagram and manipulate objects. For business users, the implication could be as simple as this: a way to answer the phone or give a presentation with just a flick of the hand

Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Pro

The tablet with the funky cover/keyboard combo will likely arrive early 2013, but the big splash will come in 2013 with the Pro model, which will have a legit Intel i5 dual-core processor. Why is a Microsoft tablet such a big deal? It’s the future of Windows computing, that’s all. Swipes and gestures on the new Metro interface are one thing, but the Office Touch apps might finally make business users pay attention.

Gaia mission will be launched – The Billion Pixel Camera

Finally something else intresting for deep space lovers :), while the naked human eye can see only a few thousand stars on a clear night, Gaia will map over a billion – approximately 1 percent of all stars within our own Milky Way galaxy over the course of its five-year mission beginning in 2013. It will chart their brightness and spectral characteristics, as well as their positions and motions, forming a highly detailed three-dimensional map

Also here is  IDC Government Insights’ Top 10 Predictions for the public sector for 2013:

  • Governments will begin to adopt third-generation platforms that combine cloud, Big Data, mobile, and social business to create higher public value.
  • Cloud computing will be deployed as private or public cloud; hybrid clouds will be less than 20% of projects.
  • The pervasiveness of third platform technologies will drive increased demand for federated IAM initiatives, rather than centralized national ID programs.
  • At least 30% of government Big Data initiatives will fail to deliver adequate return on investment due to narrowly focus technical implementation.
  • The highest value for money of Big Data and analytics will be in cross-department initiatives, but domain-focused projects in criminal justice, tax, and welfare will still represent more than 70% of deployments.
  • Tight scrutiny on government costs will limit government IT investment in net new solutions, or full replacement of existing systems to less than 25% of ICT budget.
  • Strategic sourcing will become more popular as a means to reduce costs and time to market, but it will still represent less than 20% of ICT spending in 2013.
  • At least 70% of shared services built on the premise that they can attract users outside of their core constituency will not achieve their objective.
  • At least 60% of funding for smart cities projects will be focused on smart energy and intelligent transportation.
  • At least 70% of smart cities programs that will succeed between 2013 and 2015 will be governed by joint ventures that include city leaders as key stewards.
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Santa's Dashboard

On Christmas Eve Google will be proudly showcasing a preview of Santa’s dashboard  the technology that powers his sleigh during his around-the-world journey. Google received this special preview from one of Santa’s many developer elves, who are hard at work in the North Pole helping Santa prepare for his big day. Santa’s dashboard featuring the latest and greatest in Google Maps technology and sleigh engineering will allow you to follow his progress around the world, and also learn a little about some of his stops along the way.

Our friendly elves have also invited you to explore Santa’s village while Santa gets ready for his journey. So go ahead and explore his village, you might just find some fun activities and meet some interesting elves. On the Google Santa Dashboard, viewers can spot the virtual character’s exact location, the next stop, seconds left until departure, and how many presents have been dropped off, using Google Maps and Google Earth. The Santa Tracker is powered by a custom algorithm that charts his travels from city to city, the team writes.

Google’s Santa Tracker: http://www.google.com/santatracker

Microsoft NORAD’s Santa Tracker: http://cesium.agi.com/tracksanta.html

Before the organizations shift gears to track Santa, there are plenty of mobile games on both websites for children to get acquainted with Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and the reindeer. Google’s well-designed and festive HTML5 website offers holiday-themed games, personal calls from Santa and a chance to explore Santa’s village. There are plenty of worthy hidden features to dig up.

Which tool will you likely use to track Santa  NORAD’s Santa Tracker with Bing Maps or Google’s Santa Tracker?

The video comes shortly after NASA held a Google+ Hangout to discuss the topic. NASA scientist Don Yeamans stated no known asteroids, comets or rogue planets are headed toward the Earth. (If this was the case, we would already be able to see it in the sky). And the sun isn’t a threat now either.

“The world will not end in 2012,” NASA said. “Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.”

The video, called “Why the World Didn’t End Yesterday,” was likely supposed to be released on Dec. 22 and hit the web early. We’re not complaining though — we feel better now.

Uploading copyrighted material is not a fundamental necessity of humans, are they doing it right by not allowing protected materials from being publishes on YouTube. It’s like coming to your house, stealing your 40″ LCD TV and sell it right after…

Well “It would be more like coming to your house, disassembling your tv, engineering an exact copy, reassembling your tv, leaving with the copy, then using that copy for themselves, without any actual loss of property to you.

The argument that “internet piracy” is theft hinges on the belief that every “illegal” copy is a lost sale. But plenty enough “pirates” download for testing purposes then buy a copy to support the creators they like. Others simply can’t afford it. No sales are lost in either case” not sure how many agree with that..

Tell the world’s governments you support a free and open web at http://www.google.com/takeaction.
Starting December 3rd, the world’s governments are meeting behind closed doors at the ITU to discuss the future of the Internet. Some governments want to use this meeting in Dubai to increase censorship and regulate the Internet.

Add Your Voice to Keep the Internet #freeandopen @ www.google.com/takeaction.

Then spread the word with #freeandopen.

 

It is ours and it is free.
A free and open world depends on a free and open web.
And a free and open web depends on me.