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The smart heart rate watch

: The smart heart rate watch

This is the heart rate watch that pairs with an iPhone and displays speed, pace, and distance on the watch face. The watch conects wirlessly via Bluetooth to an iPhone or Android-powered phone running the free MapMyRun app and displays distance traveled and pace, allowing a runner to easily monitor critical performance metrics with a quick glance. The included heart rate chest strap fits comfortably around the torso and transmits a constant ECG-accurate heart rate reading to the watch. Compatible with iOS 5 and up and Android 2.1 and up.

BlackBerry is going to launch BBM for Gingerbread in Feb

BlackBerry is going to launch BBM for Gingerbread in Feb

BlackBerry launched its popular BBM service for Android and iOS last year and ever since it went official, Gingerbread users have been demanding a version of the application that is compatible with the platform. And now we hear that an app for this operating system is on its way into the Google Play store.

The company itself spilled the beans regarding the new version of the instant messenger through a post on its official blog. It says that the app will be compatible with devices running Gingerbread version 2.3.3 or later and the beta version can be expected to be released sometime in February. The previously released BBM for Android application was compliant with gadgets based on Ice Cream Sandwich or higher platforms.

The developers at BlackBerry have been busy designing the application for a few months now and it goes without saying that the version will make the instant messenger available to more than a few million people around the globe. Even though Google has already released the KitKat OS, Gingerbread continues to have a 21 percent share in the Android territory.

You may already know that BlackBerry Messenger or BBM, an instant messaging service, recently went cross platform. Additionally, there are reports doing the rounds of the web that the Android and iOS versions are up for an update that will tag along support for voice calls and messages as well as BBM Channels.

Samsung is preparing to launch Galaxy Glass

Samsung is preparing to launch Galaxy Glass

Samsung was early to market with a smartwatch in the Galaxy Gear, and now it looks like it might be one of the first in the mix with a glasses-based computing device. A new report from the Korea Times (via Verge) suggests that Samsung is currently developing a Google Glass competitor, which is in fact provisionally named “Galaxy Glass,” set for launch in September at the annual IFA tech conference.

Google has yet to put a firm timeline on the consumer launch of its own Google Glass wearable computer, which is available to developers and early adopters via Google’s ‘Explorer’ program. Some reports had suggested a general launch for late 2013, but then later information from Google revised the release timeline to sometime in 2014. Samsung could conceivably beat Google to the punch, but as we saw with the Galaxy Gear, that’s not necessarily a good thing.

The Gear was likewise telegraphed before its actual launch, with Samsung coming right out and admitting the device was on the way at IFA. This time around, there’s no named source discussing the device, but the Korea Times does quote a Samsung official as saying that the potential in the market is huge, and that Samsung is very interested in getting a first-mover advantage in the space.

As for what Samsung Glass would do, it sounds like it would essentially provide a basic heads-up display for your smartphone on your face, pushing notifications, music playback information and basic controls to the lens of a head-mounted display.

Samsung getting in among the early crop of device-makers hoping to ride this trend is in keeping with its recent strategy, which seems to be one of putting everything they can out as a shipping product. It’s a plan that gets them lots of props as a company eager to pursue innovation and drive new product development, but the first-mover advantage has only questionable use value if these first generation products keep failing to impress.

Both the smartwatch and the eyeware-based computing models are interesting because OEMs seem to be pursuing them fairly aggressively without any evidence that this is a direction consumers necessarily are interested in. We’ll apparently see in September if Samsung has managed to build a face computer that moves the tech forward, however.

LG announced to launch Chrombase, an all-in-one Google chrome OS desktop

LG announced to launch Chrombase, an all-in-one Google chrome OS desktop

Chrome OS was not introduced in desktop computer as an OS before LG became pioneer in this step.  Recently LG announced to launch Chorme OS base computer. Chrome OS is a Google’s operating system and I  personally think that LG wants to complete with Microsoft Windows.

The new cutting-edge tech is similar to Mac computer in which you will find all-in-one desktop with built-in moniter. A cute full HD screen in 21.5-inch size will absorb your attention. LG will use Intel Celeron processor , 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and also will come with a mouse and keybnoard. Additionally, the computer comes with and HDMI port, three USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 prot and an Ethernet port. In the last two years, Chromebook laptops have begun to make a dent in the sales of Windows machines.

In addition to LG, Google has also worked with HP, Acer Dell, Samsung and others to release Chrome OS desktops and laptops. Chrome OS computers can’t install software like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop. Instead, everything is done through the Chrome Web browser.

Google boasts that the simplicity of Chrome OS doesn't require users to constantly update the software or their security because the company does everything for them through the cloud. LG plans to showcase the new machine at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where a price and release date are expected to be announced.

Microsoft's New Logo

Almost after a quarter century, Microsoft has chalked out to change its logo. The new logo is well influenced with Windows 8 Metro interface operating system. Four boxes red, green, blue and yellow are resembled to Metro user interface boxes. New logo has been launched on Microsoft website as well as on other key sites.

The NSA is preparing a Quantum Computer to crack all kind of encryption

The NSA is preparing a Quantum Computer to crack all kind of encryption

New documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal two NSA programs that seek to build a “useful quantum computer” that can break all known forms of classical encryption. Such a quantum computer would obviously give the NSA unprecedented access to encrypted communications, but a working quantum computer is also vital for defensive purposes: If someone else gets their hands on a quantum computer first, then it is the US government that will suddenly have all of its encrypted communications cracked wide open.

According to the documents leaked by Snowden and published by The Washington Post, there are at least two programs that deal with quantum computers and their use in breaking classical encryption — “Penetrating Hard Targets” and “Owning the Net.” The first program, Penetrating Hard Targets, is funded to the tune of $79.7 million and includes efforts to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” that can “sustain and enhance research operations at NSA/CSS Washington locations, including the Laboratory for Physical Sciences facility in College Park, MD.” The second program, Owning the Net, deals with developing new methods of intercepting communications, including the use of quantum computers to break encryption. (Read: Move over, quantum cryptography: Classical physics can be unbreakable too.)

The NSA is preparing a Quantum Computer to crack all kind of encryption

As always with Snowden’s leaks, it’s not actually surprising that the NSA is working on quantum computing and cryptography, but it’s still a bit weird to see its plans laid bare. The mathematical, cryptographical, and quantum mechanical communities have long known that quantum computing should be able to crack classical encryption very easily. To crack RSA, the world’s prevailing cryptosystem, you need to be able to factor prime numbers — a task that is very difficult with a normal, classical-physics CPU, but might be very easy for a quantum computer. We say “might” because no one has built a fully functioning multi-qubit quantum computer yet — and that’s why there’s so much attention on who will build the first cryptographically useful quantum computer.

As for when we might actually see the first useful quantum computer, I would put my money on “the next five years.” We are now getting to the point where coherence on a single-qubit level is not so much of an issue, allowing researchers to move onto the trickier topic of stringing multiple fully entangled qubits together, and the necessary error checking/fault tolerance measures that go along with multi-qubit setups. From what it’s published so far, the Laboratory for Physical Sciences, which is carrying out the NSA’s quantum computing work under contract, doesn’t seem to be leading the pack in terms of building a quantum computer. IBM, with its superconducting waveguide-cavity qubits, appears to be closer to realizing a quantum computer.

The NSA is preparing a Quantum Computer to crack all kind of encryption

Despite Snowden’s leak, then, it is at least somewhat comforting that the NSA doesn’t appear to be ahead of the rest of the industry. In reality, something like a working quantum computer would be so hugely significant that it would be impossible for the NSA to develop it internally and keep it a secret. In short, even if the NSA does develop a quantum computer to intercept all of your encrypted communications, there will almost certainly be other international actors with quantum computers that will keep the US government in check.

BlackBerry sued Ryan Seacrest's company over iPhone keyboard

 BlackBerry sued Ryan Seacrest's company over iPhone keyboard
 BlackBerry sued Ryan Seacrest's company over iPhone keyboard

Blackberry that had filled a lawsuit against a company co-founded by “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest that offers physical keyboard that attached to some Apple inc’s (AAPL.O) in all iPhone 5 touchscreen models. The LLC Typo products is currently taking pre-orders for the 99$ keyboard which angled miniature keys features which is similar with those used on many of Blackberry’s devices.

Canada’s Blackberry that has a lost market share to the iPhone and other touchscreen devices stated that Typo’s keyboard infringe its own design. That allegation hasn’t been proven in court as Typo and Seacrest couldnt be reached to comment on the legal proceedings immediately.

On Responding of the allegation Steve Zipperstein Blackberry’s chief legal officer said that “we are flattered by the desire of grafting our keyboard into other smartphones but we will not tolerate such activity without fair compensation in using our intellectual property and technological innovations”. As to it Blackberry posted billions in losses in recent quarters of its latest devices sold poorly but it has maintained a loyal niche of customers who prefer to type on  a physical keyboard.

LG's bringing Ultra HD OLED TVs in more sizes to CES

LG's bringing Ultra HD OLED TVs in more sizes to CES

In 2013 Samsung & LG competited with their first few commercially released OLED HDTVs, & now at CES 2014 we're proceeding on to round two. The curved 77-inch Ultra HD OLED shown as a concept late last year will return, this time rocking a model number (77EC9800) and focus on specs (3D, upscaling, apps and processing of 4K video) that makes it seem due for release very soon, along with 55- and 65-inch sizes. It's also showing off a second gen 55-inch curved OLED HDTV (no ultra) that it claims has "more recyclable materials and considerably fewer parts" than its predecessor. While being green is nice, we're most interested in knowing if the 55EB9600 can ship for a price well below $10,000.

Flat TV fans will have to live with the same 55-inch "Gallery OLED" from a few months ago (and possibly US release information?), however the most important news will probably not be seen on the show floor. LG closes its press release with word that it's expanding production in a number of countries outside Korea, with plants in Brazil, Poland, China and Thailand already built. Of particular interest to us is a facility in Mexico opening later this year specifically meant to serve the North American market. Now that OLED TVs are a reality the race has moved to who can produce an affordable version, and these new plants will go a long way towards helping LG do that.

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'Normandy' is reportedly Nokia's Android phone

From very reliable source I came to know that Nokia company is going to launch Android Os phone in 2014. Evleaks which very prominent for its secret information, has also showed two pictures on its website. The code name of this Android phone is "Normandy". This phone looks like just as same as Nokia's Lumia phone and different colors of poly carbonate covers has been used in it.

As you know that Microsoft purchased Nokia few months ago and the process of deal is going to be accomplished in early 2014, but if Nokia still launches Android Os phone then it will be very shocking for its users. I have heard many rumors about Nokia phone based on Android OS. Microsoft gave a giant amount of money to Nokia for making Microsoft based Windows phone, but in spite of that Nokia is engrossed in preparing Android Os phone, that's very strange for me. Microsoft asked Nokia to launch cost-effective Windows based phone in the market as well that I consider Nokia isn't happy on this point.

Also see Nokia's First Windows RT Tablet

In smartphone world Nokia has been defeated entirely , but due to its cheap rate of phones, still it has  a big span of market. Interestingly enough Nokia's small version phones are also hit in the market. Nokia thinks that preparation of small version of Android phones are easier than making Windows based phones.. Windows phone requires many hardware for that very reason Windows phone doesn't remain cheap after its completion, however after Tango update, needs of hardware for Windows phone reduced and as we observed Nokia succeeded to launch cheaper phones in the market.

What will happen in 2014 in technology world?

TECH POP-UPS would like to predict as to the biggest technology stories of 2014 will be.

"I precisely believe that one day, there will be a telephone every where in America." - Those words were said by Alexander Graham Bell after he invented the telephone, and show some way to explain why prediction of the future of technology is very difficult.

It is true that most inventions get faster, samller, more powerful and cost-effective, but the pace at which breakthroughs will come about, and how much this pace will accelerate, is all but not possible to predict.

 What I am going to share with you are my predictions for technology in 2014.

It's make-or-break time for smartwatches

 I can’t count that how many times I typed 'iWatch’ in 2013. Apple has not launched its smartwatch so far officially, but Samsung and other companies are inching in this technology like a bullet - because when Apple tries its hand at something new, great things tend to follow.

But where the iMac/Pod/Phone/Pad all made perfect sense, immediately filling a gap in the market, the smartwatch hasn't yet made an impressive pitch for itself. Samsung's Galaxy Gear received poor reviews and could well be replaced in early 2014 if rumours are true.

Apple's entrance to this nascent market will be a big step, because while the eyes of the world will no doubt be on Tim Cook's company, the use case for a smartwatch by any manufacturer is limited at best, and downright confusing at worst.

The iWatch will arrive in 2014 and it will look great, but I can't see it enjoying the same mainstream success as previous iDevices.

Better battery technology

Software improvements went some way to improving battery life in 2013, but a fundamental change in battery technology is needed if smartphones are to last more than two days.

Until a scientific breakthrough, it'll be down to chip manufacturers and software programmers to get the most out of what's currently available. Apple and Intel proved in 2013 that a laptop can (just about) last all day - now I want to see a smartphone which can last all week.

Death of the hybrid computer

Windows 8 let manufacturers go wild in 2013. The regular laptop was replaced by a huge range of alternatives which fell somewhere between tablet and laptop, but were unable to replace either device successfully.

Laptops with rotating, flippable and detachable screens arrived, claiming to revolutionise computing - but all they really did was confuse consumers by presenting solutions to problems that never really existed.

Hybrids will die in 2014, just as netbooks did a couple of years earlier. It was fun while it lasted, but manufacturers will soon realise they cracked the basic laptop design more than 20 years ago. If it's not broken, don't fix it.

Biometrics is the new password

 Too many people use terrible passwords to keep their phones locked and online data safe. A massive data breach which saw the theft of millions of usernames and passwords of Adobe customers revealed the extent of the problem - not just of the hack itself, but of the sheer number of users who choose '123456' as their password.

Apple made some headway in 2013 with the iPhone 5s and its Touch ID fingerprint scanner. More of this, along with compulsory two-step authentication for social networks and email, will help keep us safe in 2014.

Ericsson ConsumerLab agrees: "Our research found that 52% of smartphone users want to use their fingerprints instead of passwords and 48% are interested in using eye-recognition to unlock their screen. A total of 74% believe that biometric smartphones will become mainstream during 2014."

Bitcoin and crypto-currencies

When I started this feature I had bitcoin labelled as a positive story for 2014, with its price soaring just as the Winklevoss twins predicted. But then China's central bank banned financial services from using it, causing its value to tumble from more than $1,000 per coin to less than $500 in a single week.

 Bitcoin's volatility will continue through 2014, but as less restrictive countries continue to invest in making bitcoin more usable and easily accessible, its value will rise once again. Ultimately, the currency's success or failure will hinge on decisions made by governments, central banks and the US Senate.

Providing China's approach is not copied by others, bitcoin's value should recover in early 2014. Expect to see weekly stories of countries stating their position on the currency, and high-profile retailers accepting it as payment.

Smartphone design more important than ever

I'm forever being asked what the best smartphone is, and I'm increasingly having to explain that they are all just about as good as each other. Choosing a smartphone is down to personal preference now more than ever, with screen size and price dominating proceedings.

With performance reaching a plateau, manufacturers will focus on design and giving their products a higher sense of value. Plastic will give way to aluminium and carbon fibre, and 2013's trend of adding gold to gadgets will continue - for better or for worse.

Sapphire crystal will also become more widely used by smartphone makers as a tougher alternative to glass. 2014 will be a year of good-looking phones, as consumers grow bored of cheap-feeling glossy plastic. I hope Samsung is listening.

Connected homes become affordable

A connected home was possible in 2013, but only for the particularly well-heeled. 2014 will see the price of connected gadgets fall, and the use of them dramatically increase. From smartphone-controlled light bulbs and thermostats, to connected cars and home automation, the Internet of Things will enter the mainstream.

Difficulties will remain, however, as until one company or one standard is used across all home equipment - from your curtains to your toaster - a truly connected house will be difficult to achieve and complex to use. There's huge potential here for Android and iOS.

In 2014 our television viewing will be in our control more than ever before. Services like the BBC iPlayer have helped to start the revolution, but ever more affordable Smart TVs will see on-demand jump from laptops and tablets to the television.

And it won't just be catchup services which excel in 2014; content creators will follow the Netflix model of releasing entire series of programmes at once, leading to changes in the way writers tell their stories, knowing viewers may well consume an entire series over a single weekend.

Commercial space flight begins

Virgin Galactic will begin offering commercial flights to space - or at least to the edge of space - where passengers will experience six minutes of weightlessness for $250,000.

The very fact that commercial spaceflight has been made possible in the same lifetimes as those who saw man first venture into space is incredible in itself, and this will no doubt pave the way for rival operators to join the market.

Looking further ahead, Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson wrote in The Economist: "Using our second-generation payload vehicles we will eventually build space science labs and hotels, providing the capability for missions beyond the orbit of time, we will launch missions to Mars and beyond."

Tesla kickstarts UK electric car market

I named the Tesla Model S as one of the greatest technology innovations of 2013, and the company will sell right-hand-drive models in the UK from March, starting at £49,900.

Exempt from road tax and the London congestion charge, the Model S could pose a real threat to the likes of Audi and BMW, whose mid-range saloons are snapped up in the hundreds by the managers of company car fleets.

If Tesla can install a network of superchargers large enough to remove drivers' range anxiety and offer attractive bulk-buy discounts for large fleet orders, the company could see success in the UK and Europe.

Steam OS console

Steam OS console

Gamers, rejoice. With Valve teasing the imminent announcement of their PC/console hybrid aptly called the Steam Box, a mysterious website with a timer appeared. And with the timer ending, it led to the announcement of the Steam Operating System (OS). The OS itself is a combination of Steam’s current platform and Linux.

As the new generation of consoles inches its way ever closer, that gaming industry seems to be taking a significantly more advanced approach in bringing us the games we want to play. Today, companies are focusing on the possibility of cloud computing and live games streaming, with initiatives such as Nvidia Shield and Gaikai being developed for these specific purposes. The PlayStation 4 also claims to support this feature by allowing players to gain access to their favorite titles from previous generation consoles without natively running them, thanks to their new PlayStation Cloud service. With so much talk about this new niche of gaming, it came as little surprise when the digital distribution service Steam threw their hat in the ring and decided to unveil their new services specifically tailored to the gaming community’s needs.

Steam announced that it was working on the next generation of gaming consoles, and followed it up with three major announcements. The first of these was the unveiling of the Steam OS, brand-new operating system currently in development at Valve headquarters. The Steam OS is touted as an operating system designed specifically for gamers, ale to incorporate multiple features that gamers require while providing tight integration with the hardware and software of a given machine. Based on a modified version of the Linux kernel, the OS would have all the basic functions of other operating systems, and needless to say, would provide users with access to Steam’s extensive catalogue of games that can be perused, Players would be able to steam their game content already installed on a Windows, Mac or Linux computer to one that is running Steam OS, and would allow for home sharing as well as Steam’s upcoming Family Sharing model.

Steam OS console

The OS is being built around the concept of living room computing, which means that the interface will be simplistic and well structured, highly intuitive and easily accessible to players, much like the Steam Bid Picture feature. More importantly, the announcement for the new OS also stated that its source code would be open to all, allowing developers to customize all aspects of it and tailor it to their own liking. The OS will be completely free for users to download to their computers if they so desire, making it possible to have a dual-boot system that houses Steam OS as a secondary operating environment. The news of the announcement has been welcomed with praise by the community, and numerous publishers have pledged their support for the system.

The announcements from Steam didn't stop there however, as the next unveiling introduced the world to the Steam Machines program. Valve has stated that it was designing hardware systems that would be capable of running its new OS and will fit into the living room environment to provide access to Steam’s wealth of software, from the comfort of your couch. The program was stated to contain somewhere close to 300 prototype systems, each with their own varying specifications, that would be shipped to special candidates who had enrolled in the beta program to test them out. Once mass-consumer testing is completed, Steam would then begin to release the systems commercially, and would partner up with manufacturers to create a line of machines for mass-market penetration. The systems designed require a minimum criteria of specifications to be fulfilled, which include certain CPU and GPU models, RAM, hard disk drives and power ratings. Machines can be bought reconfigured from vendors, or can be assembled and customized by consumers to suit their individual requirements and needs, and all devices will support modifications. Packaged with the systems will be the third surprise that Valve unveiled a few days later, the Steam Controller.

Steam OS console

Designed to support each and every game from within its vast catalogue, the Steam Controller breaks tradition by introducing two clickable track pads, in place of the standard analogue sticks – to allow for precise movement and control. Each trackpad will measure the intensity and force of the input, with three different levels of measurement, and will also allow for haptic feedback to relay information to the user. The controller also sports sixteen buttons and a high resolution touch screen right in the middle to simulate mouse movement, and is designed to work with the Steam OS as well as the Steam application on other operating systems. The philosophy behind the controllers is to allow players who are accustomed to the precision and finesse of a keyboard/mouse setup to play their games with ease without sacrificing control or utility. The systems are expected to arrive in the market sometime in 2014.

By introducing the Steam OS and moving forward with its hardware solutions, Steam looks to become the most preferred system of choice for most gamers the world over. Accessing your saved games from your friend’s machine should not be a hassle any more, and the same experience that was once confined to swivel chairs can now be taken to your comfortable living couch. We have a major contender in the market as the eighth generation of video game consoles draws near to release, and if Valve has something to say about it, it looks to be a very successful venture indeed.


More than a million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold in the first 24 hours of its release in North America, according to manufacturer Sony. The Japanese electronics giant announced the figures in a statement as it seeks to gain ground on Mircrosoft, which is releasing its Xbox One console this week. "PS4 was designed with an unwavering commitment to gamers, and we are thrilled that consumer reaction has been so phenomenal," said Andrew House, president and group chief of Sony Computer Entertainment. "Sales remain very strong in North America, and we expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 Europe and Latin America on November 29. We are extremely grateful for the passion of PlayStation fans and thank them for their continued support." The PS4 is on of the three major consoles moving into the next generation. Nintendo launched its Wii U in late 2012, and Microsoft's new Xbox is set of release November 22 in 13 countries. A forecast by the research firm Gartner show game console sales of hardware and software are likely to grow to $44 billion worldwide in 20134 from $37 billion last year, helped in part by the new console.

The Wireless iPhone Printer

The Wireless iPhone Printer

This is the printer that connects wirelessly to an iPhone or Android-powered phone and prints vibrant color photographs. An iPhone running a free app transmits pictures over a home Wi-Fi network to the printer, allowing you to print from anywhere in the home. In less than a minute and without ink cartridges, it prints 4" x 6" borderless photographs at 300 dpi resolution in up to 256 gradations and 16.7 million colors. The pictures are printed on patented paper embedded with yellow, magenta, and cyan dye crystals, producing rich, vibrant photographs that are waterproof and resist fingerprints, dust, and scratches. It can also print pictures directly from PictBridge-enabled cameras. Includes paper cartridge for 10 prints; additional paper cartridges sold below. Compatible with all iPhone (including iPhone 5), iPad, and iPod touch models running iOS 3 and up and Android-powered devices running OS 2 and up. 7" L x 6" W x 4" H. (3 lbs.)

BlackBerry fixed a deal with FOXCONN Company

BlackBerry fixed a deal with FOXCONN Company

This morning's earnings report may not have been BlackBerry's favorite moment, but John Chen seems confident in his vision for the company's future -- and his ability to turn things around. Speaking with a small group of analysts and reporters, Chen mentioned that this coming year will be critical for BlackBerry, saying that it will be an investment year. We can't say we disagree; certainly the deal with Foxconn (which Chen specifies does not involve any licensing agreements, ensuring government relations remain under BlackBerry's control) will require a lot of additional effort and resources on his company's part. Chen seems adamant that this "investment" will not include layoffs, however, "if [he] can avoid it." Certainly no guarantee, of course, but Chen is confident that this quarter was just a hiccup that will help BlackBerry find future financial success, and that he expects his company to be cash flow-neutral by 2015 and profitable by 2016, and wants to do it using growth, rather than saving money through cuts. In fact, Chen plans to build up an Enterprise sales force "to take it back to the market."

BlackBerry fixed a deal with FOXCONN Company

Chen also spoke to his new position as chief executive, saying that the "interim" title has been removed, and he's now the man in charge for the foreseeable future. But for how long, exactly? As long as it takes to get the company on strong financial footing. "My step one was to have the company financially out of harm's way. I can't say I've done it today, but we are on a good path." He definitely wins the prize for the most confident CEO of the year.

Additionally, Chen mentioned that BlackBerry will be building a security technology center in Washington, DC to work with big government clients like the Department of Defense. This new center, which will be several thousand square feet, will primarily employ engineers (although he doesn't specify if these engineers will be transferred there or if BlackBerry will enjoy a hiring spree). This makes sense, given Chen's insistence that one of the company's biggest areas of focus must be on security for regulated industries, in which government relations will play a huge role.

Also, if you've been concerned that these recent announcements mean that the company may not put as much of an emphasis on keyboards as it has done in the past, good news: The new CEO doesn't plan to ditch keyboards anytime soon -- he mentioned that BlackBerry customers still want them, so he'll continue to listen to his customers.

Very Exciting news for Windows Phone Users

Very Exciting news for WindowsPhone Users

It’s the season of goodwill to all men, which may be why Microsoft has decided to offer loyal Windows Phone users another 20 GB of room on its SkyDrive cloud storage platform. The deal must be claimed by January 31st and adds on 20GB to whatever storage space you already have for a period of one year. The deal was first spotted by Windows Phone users who received an official email from Microsoft. “To show our appreciation of Windows Phone customers,” the message reads, “we are giving you an extra 20GB of free SkyDrive storage for one year. This is in addition to the 7 GB of free SkyDrive storage that all customers currently have.”

If you're a Windows Phone user, check your email -- you're about to get a big holiday treat. Microsoft has followed up its earlier Surface promo by giving Windows Phone owners a free 20GB of extra SkyDrive storage for the next year. The bonus capacity stacks on top of whatever is already present, and customers have until January 31st to claim their additional cloud space. You'll have to wait for an email like the one above before you can take action, but we'd expect these notices to roll out to all registered Windows Phone users in short order.

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It’s not the only deal that Microsoft is offering this holiday season: the company is also dishing out a generous 200GB of space to anyone who buys a Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablet over Christmas. This offer lasts for two years, and you can get details over at the Microsoft website.

Review of key innovations in 2013

Review of key innovations in 2013

2013 will be remembered as the year existing technology took huge, game-changing leaps forward. It wasn't a year where new technology was created from scratch, but one in which concepts we already knew and understood leapt from the shadows and into the spotlight. It was a year technologies previously seen as geeky and niche became mainstream and desired by the masses.

Google Glass

Perhaps the gadget to define 2013, Google Glass not only showed the world how smart, desirable and potentially life-changing technology can be, but also how its continued development can polarise opinion.
On one side the technology fans were led, for better or for worse, by Robert Scoble - he who took a photo of himself wearing Glass in the shower. They adored Glass' science fiction-made-real ability to beam a head-up display into the wearer's eye; they praised Google for thinking way outside of the box while its rivals held back, and they would probably be queueing up now - if only they knew where or when Glass will even go on sale.

Google Glass

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And on the other side, there are the critics - those who see Glass as an invasion of privacy, a dangerous distraction for drivers, and another unwanted step away from reality. But isn't that the very point of technology and innovation - to push the boundaries of what's possible and see what happens? Only available to 'Explorers' and developers for now, Google is expected to make a retail version for everyone sometime next year - it'll be cheaper than the current model, but whether it'll be a success remains to be seen.

3D Printing

Dating back to the 1980s, it's somewhat unfortunate that it took the production of a gun to propel 3D printing into the media spotlight - but thankfully there's much more to this technology than the ability to make a deadly weapon in your living room. Hailed by some as the second industrial revolution, the potential for 3D printing is simply massive; rather than ship replacement parts from factories to where they are needed, manufacturers can, in theory, print one off and use it on-site. The year saw commercial 3D printers go on sale in high street stores for less than £700, and while what they can produce is still primitive, the potential is there.

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Just as how early home computers were expensive, basic and complicated to use, 3D printers require deep pockets, the brain of an engineer and a thorough understanding of computer-aided design software to make them work, but give it ten years and we could well look back on 2013 as the year the future of manufacturing was realized.


Just as 2013 saw the dawn of a new age of manufacturing, it also saw the mysterious world of the crypto-currency thrust into the media spotlight. Bitcoin has existed since 2009, but remained a niche, almost worthless digital currency until its value rocketed from less than a dollar to more than $260, before falling to $100 and climbing again to $1,200 - all in eight months.

Review of key innovations in 2013

The second surge is still happening and its effect is profound; in mid-December US bitcoin wallet company CoinBase received $25 million in funding from investors who have previously backed Instagram, Twitter and Skype. This, and claims by the Winklevoss twins - those of Facebook fame - that bitcoin is Gold 2.0 and should be worth far more than its current $1,000 price, has got the attention of the US Senate, governments and financial watchdogs the world over. Acceptance by a growing range of retailers, pubs and even Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic propelled bitcoin and its cheaper sibling litecoin into the public conscience, but doubts over legality and anonymity among users may hold it back going into 2014.

Touch ID

Another technology that has been with us for years but never had its big break in the consumer market, Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s lets users unlock the device and pay for iTunes content without entering their password or PIN. Fingerprint scanners have appeared in consumer tech before - Dell laptops featured them years ago - but if there's a company and a product that can make biometric security mainstream, it's Apple and the iPhone. In a year that saw cyber security dragged to the attention of internet users the world over - users who all too often choose '123456' as their password - Apple's assault on alternatives to traditional digital security may have come at just the right time.

iPhone 5C fingeprint

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The company will need to allow developers access to the technology for it to go mainstream, and Apple will have to tread very carefully to prevent malicious developers exploiting it, but Touch ID could be looked back upon as the first major step away from the conventional password.

Electric Car

Finally, another technology that has lived below the radar for years, before finally emerging as a practical reality in 2013. The electric car was always seen as an expensive and flawed alternative to internal combustion, but in its tenth year Tesla seems to have cracked it with the Model S. Priced to compete in the luxury saloon market with rivals from BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar and Audi, the Model S kicked petrolheads' preconceptions of electric cars to the kerb with a range of almost 300 miles, performance and refinement to match the esteemed competition, and a free charging network covering much of North America's most-used highways.

Google Glass

The brand was no doubt helped by its owner's other exploits this year. Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk not only made the electric car a reality in 2013 - he continued to make major progress with his SpaceX rocket-making company, published designs for an 800mph train called Hyperloop, and bought Jame Bond's amphibious Lotus with an aim of making its claims of working as both car and submarine a reality. 2013 may not have been a year when new technology was created, but it was a year which saw technology leap from the pages of science fiction and into our everyday lives. Giant leaps like the telephone, television, computer and internet could well be behind us, but these five examples prove the desire to refine what we already have will never cease.

Three Cool Gadgets

 The Wireless iPhone To TV Converter

The Wireless iPhone To TV Converter

 This the wireless receiver that turns a television into a large-scale monitor for a mobile device Rather than crowding around a handheld, four-inch screen to view vacation movies, you audience can enjoy real-time, height-definition mirroring of video and audio on any HDMI-enabled TV, monitor or projector. Using standard Wi-Fi connectivity, the device translates all output on the mobile device - including games, phone calls, video conferences, even displaying content in landscape or portrait mode, depending on the orientation of the source device.

The Bose iPhone 5 Sound Dock

The Bose iPhone 5 Sound Dock

This the speaker dock made by Bose, the renowned name in home acoustics, available for the iPhone 5 Lightning connector. The dock charges iphones and iPads while delivering the clear, wide-ranging sound music lovers expect from even the most compact Bose products. The proprietary acoustic design form Bose means each of its speaker systems delivers consistent, room-filling sound, a remarkable achievement for so small a speaker. A remote control lets users operate all the basic iPhone functions, including play list navigation. For iPhone 5 and other device using Lightning connector, includes an auxiliary input for connecting non-iOS devices.

The iPhone Binoculars

The iPhone Bincoculars
These are the field binoculars that attach to an iPhone for easy viewing and recording. The view through the eyepiece transfers to the phone’s camera lens, turning the phone into a viewfinder for sharing the sights with friends or taking pictures. of the action. The 36mm lenses on the binoculars deliver 8X magnification for a 465-foot field of view at 1,000 yards. When the phone is in camera mode, the screen displays all magnified images as if it were an external monitor. The included phone case seals snugly over one eyepiece, aligning the phone’s camera with the binocular lens. 

Samsung introduced Gamepad for Smartphone

With Samsung being a major player in the world of smartphones, having rolled out devices that will cater not only from the entry level to the mid-range and all the way to the high end, it would also make plenty of financial sense if they were to also carve a niche for themselves in the seemingly highly lucrative accessories market. After all, every smartphone needs a decent sleeve of sorts to make sure that it does not get scratched or dirtied unnecessarily, right? Well, Samsung might be on to something here with the introduction of a new controller that they have called the GamePad.

I know, I know, the name itself sounds all too simple actually. A GamePad, really? That’s so generic, you might as well release a brand of toothpaste that is called, well, Toothpaste. Having said that, the Samsung GamePad will come in the form of a steel-framed controller, where it will grasp your smartphone with an unerring grip while your thumbs and fingers will be able to get a classic gamepad workout as you play with your favorite games on your smartphone. The GamePad is flexible enough to be compatible with Android-powered devices that will range anywhere from 4” to 6.3” in screen size, making it ideal for smartphones as well as some phablets.

As for compatibility, the Samsung GamePad will play nice with any Android-powered device, as long as said device will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher. Samsung did mention, however, that the GamePad has been specially optimized for Galaxy devices that will feature Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher, where among them include the Galaxy S4 and S3 and the Note 3 and 2. I guess those newer devices with NFC pairing makes life a whole lot easier and less complicated. There is also a Play button which will launch Samsung’s Mobile Console app that allows folks to browse and buy games supported by the GamePad. How is that for a hassle-free accessory?