Aquila, Facebook’s internet-beaming drone, is complete and ready for testing.
Jay Parikh, VP of Global Engineering and Infrastructure, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg justpulled the cover off the device, which is carbon-fiber framed and solar-powered. Aquila has the wingspan of a 737, but weighs only as much as a Prius. Facebook’s plan is to drop it via ballon, and once deployed it will fly around an area for up to 90 days “beaming connectivity down to people from an altitude of 60,000 to 90,000 feet.” Read more
Last month, a fleet of Google’s self-driving cars hit public roads in California. Before that, testing on private roads had always happened around Mountain View.
Now, for the first time, Google has taken its self-driving cars outside of California. The company is now testing the technology in Austin, Texas. Read more
After enjoying online ordering-only status since its launch, the Apple Watch finally arrived in stores this week. Apple just released its first wearable device a couple of months ago, but the rumors are already flying about the next version of the device. Read more
Written by: David Raab
May 20 ~ Category: Personal Tech | Comments Off on Will Machines Replace Marketers? Artificial Intelligence Isn’t Ready Yet But Watch Your Back
Anyone who has chatted with me in recent months knows that I’ve added the impending domination of humans by intelligent machines to my usual list of obsessions. This most definitely applies to marketing, where I found many artificial intelligence-based solutions once I began looking for them. After accumulating a list, I’ve decided it’s time to pull together an overview of the topic. Read more
Hours after Apple opened up pre-orders on its new wearable device, the Apple Watch, the product sold out. Shipping times slipped from the original target of April 24 to 4-6 weeks out, and even longer in some cases.
Of course, Apple doesn’t tell us how much supply it had to begin with, so selling out doesn’t necessarily mean a stellar product launch. Nearly every product Apple puts out sells out within hours. It’s nothing new. Read more
Written by: Neville Hobson
Apr 15 ~ Category: Personal Tech | Comments Off on How Will The Apple Watch Be Perceived
For the past six months, I’ve been wearing a smartwatch, the Samsung Gear 2 Neo you see pictured here.
As I have a number of Samsung mobile devices, this smartwatch is ideal for me as it’s geared, so to speak, to work with a wide range of Samsung smartphones including all the ones I have. Currently it’s paired with myGalaxy S4. Read more
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has become the latest tech figure to warn us that the computers are learning and they’re going to destroy us all at some point.
“Computers are going to take over from humans, no question,” said Wozniak in an interview with the Australian Financial Review. Read more
Written by: Jacob Morgan
Feb 24 ~ Category: Personal Tech | Comments Off on Why You Should Be Paying Attention to “Wearables”
Wearable devices are making their way into our professional and personal lives. Fitness trackers (Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike), eyewear (Google Glass, Microsoft Hololens, MetaPro), smart watches (Pebble, Fitbit Surge, Apple Smartwatch) , clothing with sensors (Athos smart pants, AiQ), and the like, are all examples of wearable devices. Gartner predicts that by 2016 we will see around 100 million wearable devices sold and some estimates see this number being much higher. Read more
Written by: Brian Solis
Jan 21 ~ Category: Personal Tech | Comments Off on 25 Disruptive Technology Trends for 2015 – 2016
With every new year comes a landslide of predictions and trends to guide us into the new year. While the year advances, rarely do such transformative trends or changes take place in alignment with a calendar. Not even Y2K could do so
Now with that said, I was asked to present my thoughts on what lies ahead in Vegas during CES at Brand Innovators “Mega Trends” event. By the first week of January, there were already some tremendous thoughts already shared by some of the best. So, I thought about and thought about some more. What I assembled was a list of the most notable trends that brands and consumers need to know this year and next. Read more
Written by: Jacob Morgan
Dec 17 ~ Category: Personal Tech | Comments Off on Wearables in the Workplace and Their Impact on How We Work
The one stat you need to know
Research last year by Credit Suisse called wearable tech “the next big thing” and predicted the industry was set to grow from around $3 billion to $5 billion today to $50 billion within five years. Read more