Although the concept of Virtual Reality (VR) is nothing new, there has always been something of a roadblock for this technology. That roadblock is money, if you do not have the money for the hardware and the programing APIs you are not going to develop for it. This is pretty much the fate of any technology that is stuck in the hands of a few large companies. Just look at 3D, we do not see 3D as more prevalent in gaming and movies because of cost.
There is no doubt that the mobile market is beginning to become the focus of hardware manufacturers. In many ways this market is eclipsing what we are seeing for more mainstream computer systems. One of the biggest reasons for this is that while most people will own a phone or portable media player only a fraction of that group will own a desktop computer. Because of this the demand for high-quality components and accessories has been growing at an exponential rate. Even companies that were once dedicated to the more traditional “PC” are starting to build devices for the mobile market. A couple of areas that are growing very quickly are power and audio. Here you have two very vital functions that anyone with a mobile device needs to think about. You have to have power to keep things going and most (if not all) will want a way to listen to their media on more than just the bundled set of headphones. Today we are taking a look at a product from LUXA2 that addresses both of these areas with style. So let us introduce the LUXA2 GroovyW Bluetooth speaker set and wireless charging unit.
Data storage service in the cloud SugarSync has updated its application for the Android operating system with several new features. The most important novelty in 4.1 version of the application is the ability to sync a folder with files for offline viewing. You can select the folders that will be stored on an external microSD card for later viewing on smart phones and tablets without the use of an Internet connection.
Facebook has announced that they have reached a final agreement on the purchase of WhatsApp, a popular system for instant messaging via smartphone, for enormous figure of $16 billion in cash and stock (4 billion in cash and 12 billion in Facebook's stock). Additional three billion of US dollars in Facebook's shares will be offered to the founders of WhatsApp during the next four years after finalizing the contract.
Scanning objects in three dimensions becomes increasingly interesting area of research, and goes hand in hand with the rapid development of 3D printing technology. Researchers from ETH Zurich have addressed the available technologies and enhance them with their algorithms for pattern recognition.
Official Play Music app for Google Glass is available for download and installation through MyGlass application.
According to the latest study conducted on nearly 4,000 mobile phone users from large markets such as the US, China and Brazil, WhatsApp has come out as a winner in the category of mobile applications for instant messaging. It is located on the first place in the preferences of the users, of which 44% said they used it at least once a week. Facebook Messenger is regularly used by 35% of surveyed users.
Gartner market research firm released their prediction stating that by the end of the 2013 there will be over 102 billion downloads of mobile applications. This is an increase compared to last year when 64 billion downloads were recorded.
After they completely redesigned interface of the new iOS 7, Apple has done the same with web service iCloud. The first change you'll notice when visiting the website is the new login screen through which you are applying for service.