Gartners technology predictions are out and there are some wild ones that will shock you about 3d printing and other technologies.
a. IT is no longer just about the IT function. Instead, IT has become the catalyst for the next phase of innovation in personal and competitive business ecosystems. One place where this is evident is in the beginnings of a digital industrial revolution that threatens to reshape how physical goods are created using 3D printing.
b. By 2018, 3D printing will result in the loss of at least $100 billion per year in intellectual property globally. Near-term flag: At least one major western manufacturer will claim to have had intellectual property (IP) stolen for a mainstream product by thieves using 3D printers who will likely reside in those same western markets rather than in Asia by 2015.
c. By 2016, 3D printing of tissues and organs (bioprinting) will cause a global debate about regulating the technology or banning it for both human and nonhuman use. Near-term flag: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration or comparable agency in a developed nation that is charged with evaluating all medical proposals will introduce guidelines that prohibit the bioprinting of life-saving 3D printed organs and tissues without its prior approval by end of 2015.
d. By 2017, more than half of consumer goods manufacturers will receive 75 percent of their consumer innovation and R&D capabilities from crowdsourced solutions. Near-term flag: Consumer goods companies that employ crowdsourced solutions in marketing campaigns or new product development will enjoy a one percent revenue boost over noncrowdsourced competitors by 2015.
e. By 2020, the labor reduction effect of digitization will cause social unrest and a quest for new economic models in several mature economies. Near-term flag: A larger-scale version of an "Occupy Wall Street"-type movement will begin by the end of 2014, indicating that social unrest will start to foster political debate.
f. By 2017, 80 percent of consumers will collect, track and barter their personal data for cost savings, convenience and customization. Near-term flag: The number of Kickstarter-based auctions of personal data will increase by triple-digit percentages by the end of 2014.
It's all about becoming a superhero. Harder, better, faster, stronger - that's what the U.S. Army is planning on making its Special Operations troops. And they're not doing it through more basic training: The U.S. Army wants an Iron Man or Halo-like suit within three years. The suit would provide wearers with superhuman abilities, along with cutting-edge armor to protect from bullets and a networked awareness of all the potential threats and targets around them. Called TALOS, or the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, the still-concept level army exoskeleton resembles the fictional Tony Stark's Iron Man suit, or, even more so, Master Chief's MJOLNIR powered assault armor in the Halo video game series (TALOS has the advantage of being easily pronounceable). The goal is to provide special operations forces with the ability to practically ignore gunfire and focus on their objectives on the ground, while ensuring the U.S.'s top soldiers return from every mission.
The big T Mobile news last week was that they are eliminating out of country fees for travelers. People who travel outside the US will no longer get ripped off by T Mobile in fees and you will be able to use voice text and data the same way as you would in the states.
The new Sonos speaker, known as Play:1, features a custom-designed mid-woofer and tweeter that deliver a deep, rich sound, according to Sonos. It also projects a wide field of sound, meaning that the experience is consistent wherever you are in the room. New smart processing technology minimises distortion even at full volume and, since the Sonos wireless network is devoted to streaming music in HiFi sound, there are no signal dropouts. Play:1 brings together online streaming services with the user's personal music library, allowing them to access popular music services such as Spotify, Rdio, Napster, Last.fm and Hype Machine, as well as those stored on their computers and smartphones. They can also tune in to more than 100,000 free Internet radio stations, podcasts, and shows from around the world.
The iPhone 5 had a slightly more successful launch than the iPhone 5S with 68% of new sales (compared to 64% accounted by the 5S). Of course, the iPhone 5 didn't launch alongside a brand-new, lower-cost model, and the iPhone 5S did. "The relative performance of all three iPhones is generally in line with the performance of the similarly priced phones following the launch of the iPhone 5 in 2012," CIRP cofounder Josh Lowitz told AllThingsD. "Over time, the lower-priced phones have tended to gain share versus the flagship phone, after the initial rush of dedicated upgraders to the newest device. So we expect that the 5C will account for a higher percent of total U.S. iPhone sales in the coming months, but the design changes may alter that dynamic."
Netflix is targeting a new outlet for sharing its streaming media service: cable boxes. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company is exploring deals with Comcast and Suddenlink Communications to launch a Netflix app for set-top boxes. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the report says a potential stumbling block is Netflix wanting to include special technology that improves how video is streamed. If the deal gets done, it would be Netflix's first with a cable operator in the U.S. The service is already available through web-connected television sets, media players including Roku and Apple TV as well as video game consoles such as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii U.
Whatever your opinion of Microsoft's original Surface products, one thing most people can agree on is that the Redmond company did a poor job educating consumers on the difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT. It's not as though tech savvy users picked up a Surface RT and expected to run legacy Windows apps, but for the mainstream user who doesn't understand that ARM-based SoCs and x86 processors feature completely different architectures, the RT branding could be confusing. Microsoft has now admitted as much. The admission came courtesy of Jack Cowett, a product marketing manager for Surface, who spoke bluntly with Australian news site ARN about Surface RT's branding. "We think there was some confusion in the market last year on the difference between Surface RT and Surface Pro," Cowett said. "We want to help make it easier for people, and these are two different products designed for two different people."
A rather worrying security vulnerability has been discovered which is affecting several D-Link branded modem routers. Posted on a website dedicated to Embedded Device Hacking, /dev/ttyS0, the vulnerability was discovered when one of its writers reverse engineered a firmware update from D-Link. The security vulnerability will allow full access into the configuration page of the router without knowing the username and password. According to the blog post, when you set your user-agent on your browser to a certain string, the modem will skip the authentication functions and simply log you straight into the router - allowing you to configure anything at your leisure. Go to techgeek.com to check out which models are affected.
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