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It appears that, as technology evolves, everything will be possible in the world of technology. The year 2013 will be very exciting for all those who are passionate and curious about the IT and gadgets, developers and consumers alike.
So which products are consumers most eager to get their hands on? Here’s a list of the most anticipated gadgets of the year 2013.
10. Sony Xperia Z
This exciting new waterproof phone, the Xperia Z, seems to be on everyone’s lips these days. It can “survive” for up to 30 minutes underwater, comes with a stunning display, an incredible 13 MP camera and $G connectivity.
9. 4K televisions
If you thought HDTV was the latest trend, you couldn’t be more wrong. HDTV will soon be forgotten as 4K televisions make their way onto store shelves. This new technology offers four times the resolution currently available on HDTV displays. Of course, 4K televisions will be very expensive, but if you can afford bigger and better, why not go for it?
8. Basis band
While most health monitors rely on a pedometer to give you the information you need, the new Basis band heart-rate monitor doesn’t need to be strapped to your chest. It is a lot more practical, it comes with an accelerometer and it can monitor sweat levels too.
7. Oculus Rift
This new virtual reality head-mounted display offers a 110° field of view and transports you in a full 3D environment. The Oculus Rift was developed by Oculus VR, a company who raised $2.4 million from a Kickstarter campaign, and it seems to be the device that will change the way people experience gaming.
6. The Nest
Two former Apple employees have created a “learning thermostat”. It is a gadget that warms up your room and it’s already available in the US. This interesting new gadget called The Nest connects with your smartphone using wireless technology and it allows you to control the heating system in your home at all times. It even learns your habits and creates a custom heating or air-conditioning program on its own.
5. Augmented reality glasses-Google project glasses
Google and Vuzix have joined forces to create a pair of futuristic specs for people who can’t stay away from the Internet. Vuzix is in fact a headset that uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone and projects a small imagein front of your eyes, showing your text messages, emails, map directions and so much more.
4. The Amazon phone
Amazon fans will be pleased to know that the company has announced it will be launching its very own phone. While it won’t bring anything revolutionary in terms of hardware, the new Amazon phone is said to be designed to allow “integration between Amazon’s Appstore, Amazon MP3, Amazon Cloud Player and Kindle books”.
3. The Xbox 720
We haven’t heard much about Xbox for a while, so it was about time the company came up with something new. The Xbox 720 should be available this summer or autumn and it will bring gaming to a new level with 8GB of RAM, a quad-core processor, Blu-ray support, 3D gaming and a new device that lets you work with augmented reality glasses. The device will also include a feature that lets you record from live TV.
2. Apple iTV
Here’s a field that Apple hasn’t entered yet: television. This is about to change starting October 2013, when the new Apple iTV will be launched. The list of features this new device will include is still a secret, but rumor has it Siri and iSight will be added to enable voice and face recognition.
1. IPhone 5S
Apple fans are already used to seeing each phone get an “S” update, right before the company moves on to a newer model. It is said that the new IPhone S will be launched in June 2013, along with features like super HD display and camera, improved battery life and near field communication.
With all the technology available starting this year and the research that scientists are currently doing, the future looks very promising. Technology is evolving and the many mobile devices available to us today are making sure that digital sollutions become part of our day-to-day lives.
Hotels, restaurants and caffés are chosing wirelss technologies in order to allow patrons to stay connected at high speeds. PurePages is investing in exactly these types of sollutions, which aim to improve the quality of services offered in hotels.
The Olympics games have started and in honor of this event, we’ve included a few interesting facts about the event ranging from viewing options to how the games are getting along with social media.
The 2012 edition of the Olympic games marks the first ever live streaming of all 32 sporting events in the competition. North American broadcasters such as NBC are offering up to 3500 hours of live coverage of the event, which is a spike from the 2200 hours streamed from the Beijing event four years ago, which is great news for those who plan to view the event on TV.
According to this article, a large number of people are going to opt for the comfort offered by television, the main source of Olympic programming for years. However, there will also be plenty of folks to turn online for viewing – and they have quite a number of options here.
One can choose from each one of these online streaming channels – the official Olympic channel, NBC Olympics or Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. All these however, are pretty regardless of device and require Flash player for viewing. Those on an Apple device such as the Ipad will need to download a special app for this and there are several available to choose from: Sports Illustrated, Reuters, BBC and the NBC Live Extra app.
How are the games reflected in social media? The policy for social media posting is a restrictive 4 pages long document – athletes are not allowed to tweet about the games as they happen, comment on other participants. If they want to post pictures of other athletes, they need their permission to do so. Those who attend the games are allowed to take and post pictures, but they cannot use the Olympic symbol on images of any kind and no videos whatsoever are to be shared from inside the village or from the competitions. This policy has been otherwise confirmed after a few unofficial videos from the opening ceremony posted on YouTube were immediately taken down, prompting users with the following message: “This video contains content from International Olympic Committee, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.”
Controversy regarding social media and the Olympics goes on to touch in other ways as well – last week a Greek swimmer was eliminated from the competition after she posted a racing comment on Twitter.
On the other side, sports fans from all over the world are updating statuses and sharing media such as pictures of their national representatives and videos, promoting Olympics content.
Moreover, Google is also marking this event in the company’s own way. Besides the iconic logo doodles inspired by different sports, Google is taking you one step closer to viewing the games. Type in “London 2012 Olympics” into your search bar and you’ll see in the right hand side of the page what sports are scheduled each day and an updated status on the number of medals won in the competition. The widget also includes a “Watch online” button linking to all the available ways to view the games online.