So CES 2015 is going to kick off in about two days and so far I can tell you that there is a lot of extra hype for what might end up being a rather dull show. Unlike previous years many companies have waited until the last minute to book time with the press (some are still sending out invites) while others that are normally very vocal are nowhere to be seen. CES 2015 also does not seem to have a focus unlike years past. Normally by mid-December you know what the big tech of the show is going to be, but not this year.
Connected devices are becoming the wave of the future. We already have TVs, refrigerators, and even cars that can call us and let us know how they are doing. These devices reach out through the internet in most cases and talk to applications on our phones or they allow us to dial in and see what is going on. Now while these devices are nice, what do you do if you do not own one of these? How do you get your car to talk to you when it has no built in Bluetooth? PAPAGO! has an interesting option to give you a look into one of the many systems on your vehicle if it is not capable of communicating to you on its own. We will be taking a look at the PAPAGO! GoSafe TPMS 500BT (Tire Pressure Management System) and see just how handy it is.
The commercial version of Google Glass glasses should be significantly cheaper than the current development release. Glasses were to a narrow circle of developers available at a price of $1500, but The China Post believes that version for a wider range of customers will be $299 which is much more affordable.
100 "smart garbage cans" were placed during the Olympics 2012 in London that are having screens on which various listings are displayed. These days the company Renew upgraded bucket system called Renew Presence ORB, which detects pedestrians and users of smartphones and tablets with WiFi turned on.
Quite a lot of users have posted their complains about various problems on the Google Mobile Help Forum with the use of satellite navigation built into the new Nexus 7 tablet, which was made by Asus for Google this time. Among the problems they referred the cases of complete inability to use GPS navigation, as well as the termination of GPS functionality after 2, 5, 10, or 30 minutes.
Google's smart glasses in the current phase are ideal for taking photos and video, but so far have not proved suitable for their viewing. When Google started shipping the first copies of the developer version of glasses to developers and users that had preordered it, they wanted to get as much feedback possible,based on which it would be easier to move in the right direction, which leads to release of the final version of Google Glass, which is expected during the 2014.
Gartner lowered their forecast for growth in spending on information technology (IT) to only 2% from the previous 4.1%. Even though the growth will now be a bit slower than expected numbers are still quite huge.