Analyst Watch: When smartphones become obsolete

Like all technologies, smartphones are transitory.  They came up from a blending of two-way pagers, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), MP3 Players (like the iPod), and have recently been taking over much of the space once occupied by tablets — which had a surprisingly short run as the “it” product.  We are starting to give wearables … continue reading

U.S. legislation for IoT vulnerabilities, Realm Academy, and Facebook’s video chat device — SD Times news digest: August 2, 2017

This week, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators announced plans to introduce legislation addressing vulnerabilities in IoT devices, which experts say is a threat to global security, according to a Reuters report. According to the report, the bill would require IoT vendors to provide their internet-connected equipment to the government as a way to make sure products … continue reading

Report: Google Glass development lives on

Is Google Glass really still a thing? Apparently, it is. Google reportedly has not given up on the wearable device. Cody Toombs, software engineer and writer for Android Police, revealed his MyGlass app, the companion app to the Google Glass, recently received an update after years of silence. MyGlass is used to help users set … continue reading

Android Wear 2.0 now available

Developers who haven’t submitted their Android Wear 2.0 apps to the Google Play Store yet might want to get a move on. Google announced the consumer launch of the wearable platform is beginning to roll out. Android Wear 2.0 is designed to improve watch faces, workouts, ways to use applications, ways to stay in touch, … continue reading

ClojureScript release brings in new features, XebiaLabs updates enterprise DevOps platform, and Fitbit to cut 6% of staff—SD Times news digest: Jan. 30, 2017

Google sent out an e-mail late last week letting people know that ClojureScript, the Clojure compiler that emits JavaScript source code, has a feature release that includes externs inference and comprehensive JavaScript module support. The release includes externs inference, which “should greatly ease the integration of third-party JavaScript libraries incompatible with Google Clojure advanced compilation,” … continue reading

DIY computer kits, smart refrigerators, and other devices from CES 2017: Day 2

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) continued in Las Vegas today, and while there was a clear interest in self-driving and autonomous cars, there was also still a fair share of drones, virtual reality, IoT and wearable technology to see. (Related: What happened at CES on day 1) Here are some of the most interesting and … continue reading

Pebble migrates to Fitbit, Cisco’s plans to end Intercloud Services, and ANTLR 4.6 released—SD Times news digest: Dec. 16, 2016

Pebble has detailed what will happen to its software and services now that it has become a part of the Fitbit family. Fitbit will keep Pebble’s software and services running through 2017. The elements that will remain in service include the Pebble SDK, CloudPebble, Timeline APIs, firmware availability, mobile apps, the developer portal, and the … continue reading

Report: Wearables need to be more rewarding

Wearables are giving businesses new opportunities for innovation, but in order to be truly successful, they have to go beyond the hype and provide users more capabilities. A recent report revealed interest in wearables is waning because they aren’t valuable enough to users. In Gartner’s user survey analysis, the organization found the abandonment rate for … continue reading

Google App Maker, Nokia and HPE team up on IoT, and Apple’s drone initiative—SD Times news digest: Dec. 1, 2016

Google is joining the low-code movement with its new release of App Maker. App Maker is the company’s low-code app development solution designed to help business users develop and deploy custom made apps. “App Maker makes it easy for IT or even citizen developers (including analysts and system administrators) to quickly iterate from a prototype … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Apple has lost its way

OK, Apple, we get it. You want to converge your product lines into one iOS brand, with one operating system and only two or three lines of products: iPhones, iPads, and iDesktops. This is clearly the vision that Jobs was going for, and it’s an obvious goal on the road map to Apple’s future. Problem … continue reading

Eyefluence joins Google, report finds smartwatch market decline, and Capriza introduces universal micro apps product—SD Times news digest: Oct. 25, 2016

Eyefluence, a company known for its eye-interaction technology, is joining the Google team. According to a blog post by Michelle Hodgden, marketing manager at Eyefluence, the company has been building advanced eye-interaction technology, and has found ways to interact with augmented and virtual reality displays. With Google, its team can continue to advance eye-interaction technology … continue reading

Pebble OS 4.0’s JavaScript access, Google DeepMind tackles cancer, and SecurityScorecard partners with Columbia University—SD Times news digest: Aug. 31, 2016

The Pebble SDK 4.0 has extended access to its open JavaScript developer platform so developers can easily create new apps. Pebble OS 4.0 was released for Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel and Pebble Time Round yesterday. While Rocky.js is still in beta, developers can begin creating watch faces in JavaScript using standard web APIs that … continue reading

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