Apple’s CarPlay puts iOS on your dashboard
As was rumored on Friday, Apple is today finally ready to launch a new iPhone integration setup for car infotainment systems. Calling it CarPlay, the Cupertino company claims it’s “designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car.” CarPlay is built primarily around the use of Siri voice commands and prompts, providing an “eyes-free” experience where you can respond to incoming calls, dictate text messages, or access your music library. It’s also predictive, claiming to know where you’ll most likely want to go based upon addresses found in your email, texts, contacts, and calendars. Apple’s Maps are also an integral part of the service, which was previewed back in June of last year.
Google smartphone prototype, transcending your mobile screen and opening virtual windows. Found it at TheNextWeb
Blurred lines: data project shows popular running routes in 22 cities
An age of inexpensive wearable devices that track our every move, and having plenty of places to post that information publicly has resulted in a perfect mix of data that shows where people are exercising. Nathan Yau over at Flowing Data has done just that, taking public running logs from RunKeeper and stacking them up over maps of the cities. The result is a collection of maps for 22 cities (most of which are in the US) that shows what routes get the most foot traffic.
Make It Wearable | Episode 1: Human Communication
Explore how wearable technology is improving our communication and changing the way we interact. In Episode 1, we speak with experts pushing the category forward, including a mobile journalist and “The Grandfather of Wearables.”
Learn more about the future of wearables and the Intel Make It Wearable Challenge here: http://makeit.intel.com/.
Outsourcing painful tasks has been made infinitely easier with smartphones, especially through snap-and-send apps such as PaperKarma — which identifies junk mail and automatically unsubscribes users. Working on a similar concept, Fixed enables users to simply take a photo of their parking tickets and have them challenged in court by an expert team. READ MORE…
Yikes - a lot like Her, but the people who made the video don’t seem to realize how creepy this is
(hat tip @aphoristike)
Forrester Sees 2014 As An Intelligent, Wearable & Highly Fragmented Year
The internet is a buzz with predictions for next year as we get ready to say goodbye to 2013. Among the crystal-ball gazing is a list of six computing meta-trends from independent tech and market research company Forrester.
Forrester’s computing trends are in context to what they call “The Age of the Consumer”, a period where being customer-oriented is key to gaining marketshare.
We’ve summarized the six meta-trends here but highly suggest you head on over to the original post written by Forrester VP JP Grownder on the Forrester blog.
- Customers will no longer accept brand experiences that do not have contextual experiences available on any device they are using including mobile and tablets.
- Operating systems will continue to be as fragmented as 2013 but despite companies vying for consumer stickiness, users won’t be loyal.
- We will see many wearables reach their commercial release next year along with some big players entering the market.
- Digital assistants like Google Now and Siri become more useable and more useful and start to change how we interact with devices
- Gesture-control will become the new use case for computing with the proliferation of many hardware options and applications from developers.
- 2014 is the year when we will start to walk into a store and it will know you and customize your shopping experience to make it more relevant (Channel).
Earnings calls are usually meant to do little more than reassure investors — but in Facebook’s most recent call, the day before Halloween, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled something unexpected. Facebook had formed an Artificial Intelligence group, Zuckerberg announced, and the company was acquiring a machine-translation company and hiring the best academic minds in the field. The goal, he told investors, was “to do world-class artificial intelligence research using all of the knowledge that people have shared on Facebook.” He teased new products that would be more natural to interact with, and could solve problems beyond the reach of current technology. For anyone on the call, the point was clear: the future of Facebook would be powered by AI.
5 Predictions on local from IBM