The frosted-glass doors on the 11th floor of Google’s NYC headquarters part and a woman steps forward to greet me. This is an otherwise normal specimen of humanity. Normal height, slender build; her eyes are bright, inquisitive. She leans in to shake my hand and at that moment I become acutely aware of the device she’s wearing in the place you would expect eyeglasses: a thin strip of aluminum and plastic with a strange, prismatic lens just below her brow. Google Glass.What was a total oddity a year ago, and little more than an experiment just 18 months ago is now starting to look like a real product. One that could be in the hands (or on the
By Peter Burrows & Olga Kharif - 2013-03-04T10:45:13Z While Tim Cook has dropped hints that Apple Inc. (AAPL) is hard at work on a television to drive the next era of growth, the company’s wristwatch-style device, still in development, may prove more profitable. The global watch industry will generate more than $60 billion in sales in 2013, said Citigroup Inc. analyst Oliver Chen. While that’s smaller than the pool of revenue that comes from TVs, gross margins on watches are about 60 percent, he said. That’s four times bigger than for televisions,
Google is expanding its free Wi-Fi project with hotspot provider Boingo beyond the subway stations and hotzones of New York City to eight malls across the country, testing whether free wireless access sponsored by its daily deal service Google Offers will work.
Google and Boingo are building on their free Wi-Fi project in New York City, launching the advertising-paid access model in eight malls across the country. Though the project is still in its infancy, it represents a growing trend to make Wi-Fi a free and
T-Mobile USA may be behind its rivals when it comes to 4G LTE, but that doesn't mean it has some bold worlds about its planned network. AT&T and Verizon Wireless may be able to boast of a super-fast wireless connection now, but T-Mobile believes it can one-up both of them when it finally gets its LTE network roll-out going next year. "LTE today is good, but LTE tomorrow can be great," Ray said in an interview with CNET today. "That's the opportunity we hope to secure and differentiate ourselves with." The key to T-Mobile's success: its recently unveiled plans to merge with MetroPCS, adding the prepaid carrier's spectrum, which conveniently
It has been over six months since Microsoft officially became an owner of Skype, one of the biggest communication services in the world. The company has been growing quietly, thanks to its “Skype everywhere” strategy. In April 2012, Skype reached over 40 million concurrent users online, a remarkable achievement for a company that didn’t exist a decade ago. Today, the New York Times published an article that reveals
For decades, visions of the future have played with the magical possibilities of computers: they'll know where you are, what you want, and can access all the world's information with a simple voice prompt. That vision hasn't come to pass, yet, but features like Apple's Siri and Google Now offer a keyhole peek into a near future reality where your phone is more "Personal Assistant" than "Bar bet settler." The difference is that the former actually understands what you need while the latter is a blunt search instrument.Google Now is one more baby step in that direction. Introduced this past June with Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean," it's designed to ambiently
INNOVATION TALK: FOR THE PAST 15 years, it has been nearly impossible to think about innovation without also thinking about disruption. In business management theory, they are two sides of the same coin, with every innovation creating both opportunity and risk; opportunity for the innovator, risk for the incumbent.
How to be on the right side of that equation, and avoid seeing your business model disrupted beyond repair, is an obsession for managers in a whole range of businesses. The innovation/disruption dichotomy became conventional business wisdom in 1997, when Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen
Wearable connected devices are having a moment — largely anticipatory — as excitement builds about the potential for sensor-packed mobile kit that you strap to your person and use to augment/record activity from your daily life. Yesterday Google announced the first hackathons for its Project Glass smart specs to get developers thinking about building apps for a new type of mobile device, while a smorgasbord of wearable fitness tracking gizmos such as smart watches and bracelets continue to crop up and attract attention (and sometimes a lot of cash) on crowdfunding sites.Rumours of big name tech companies getting into wearables also continue to
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