Today’s Tech Sightings:
These two tech giants don’t agree on much, but writer Chris O’Brien argues that Google and Apple, both fierce competitors in the smartphone market, see smartphones as a malady inflicting phone addiction and anti-social behavior on society. And the two giants, both heavily invested in wearable tech, suggest that wearable computing is the answer.
Olivier Janssens, elected last month to the board of the Bitcoin Foundation that promotes bitcoin development, said the organization is “effectively bankrupt.” Two other board members took issue with that statement, saying the group is not bankrupt, although it needs restructuring.
Google is reportedly discussing possible partnerships to establish a global network that would allow Americans to use their mobile phones internationally without incurring expensive roaming costs.
A new flexible and non-flammable battery that produces two volts of electricity can recharge a phone to full capacity in about a minute. Stanford University researchers who developed the aluminum-ion battery said their product has the potential to replace existing lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames.
Like fashion, technology seems to recycle old ideas after a while. Some of those ideas may have been ahead of their time when they first appeared or they simply ran into stiff opposition. Either way, as time moves forward, ideas evolve and re-emerge as new products. Writer Ron Miller looks at some of them.
As the world moves closer toward a fully-automated, hopefully smarter future, writer Samantha Murphy Kelly cooks up a wish list of some of the inventions that she’d like to see that could greatly impact people’s lives.
Apple is displaying its new watch under glass in its stores, as a gentle nudge to customers to buy the product online instead of spending hours – sometimes days – waiting in line in front of stores. The move reflects a significant shift in the mindset for Apple Store purchases.