Spotlight on Amazon
Amazon’s new Fire Phone has failed to impress Yahoo and The New York Times who say that its features are impressive, yet they lack a step forward in efficiency or usefulness. The phone’s personal assistant “Firefly” is basically a shazam for everything; it recognizes real-world objects through the camera lens, then find the item for sale on Amazon. In terms of usability, it would be a great first-time smartphone for someone, but for those who have a history with smartphones, may want to hold off for later versions.
To read more about the Fire Phone’s features, click here
Technology for the Living
Google has just embarked on a major health project where it will collect health data on 175 people to attempt to determine a basic outline of a perfectly healthy human. It will use the data to then analyze health issues. This is another Google X Project. The hope for this project is to enable researchers to detect killers such as heart disease and cancer far earlier, pushing medicine more toward prevention rather than treatment of illness.
Check out all the details on the project here here
VW is Making Eco Moves
Volkswagen has announced it’s 2015 lineup this week that may very well be the future of the company. While the popular models will remain the same, some of them are getting a new technology package. The package includes a rear-view camera, a higher-end sound system, and build-in SiriusXM. Most importantly, the diesel version of the Passat is getting a “clean diesel” engine. Volkswagen claims that this engine will be able to travel 814 highway miles before needing a fill-up.
Check out all the new model features here
New Software from Apple
Apple’s new operating system for Macs, called OS X Yosemite, is now available for the public to test-drive. Yosemite offers a bold visual redesign, but one that still feels rooted in the familiar simplicity that Mac users have grown to love. The result is a cleaner, more vibrant operating system that takes a few design cues from Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS.
Take a tour of the new software features here
Mistakes We Have Learned From
Tech activity has been hot in many ways that resemble the internet bubble 15 years ago. Like a young adolescent who has seen the older sibling make all the mistakes, technology today is careful, practical and deliberate. One big difference that separates now from then, is that venture capitalists are no longer throwing money at ideas. Startups now need proof of profitability and a well thought out plan before receiving any investing. Another major difference is how cloud computing has changed business. Start-up costs are significantly less expensive.
Check out more details on the then-and-now here here
Keep an eye out for Google’s new health project, this is a technology innovation that will surely increase human quality of life. And let’s hope that the growth in the tech industry as whole has learned it’s lessons from past mistakes, and will continue to succeed. Have a great weekend!
Until next time.
Digital Content Writer