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The Internet Of Things represents a major departure in the history of the Internet, as connections move beyond computing devices, and begin to power billions of everyday devices, from parking meters to home thermostats. By definition the IoT will be a diffuse layer of devices, sensors, and computing power that overlays entire consumer, business-to-business, and government industries. It will account for an increasingly huge number of connections: 1.9 billion devices today, and 9 billion by 2018. That year, it will be roughly equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers, and PCs combined.

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Next Hot Trend: Mini Smartphones

Posted: Jul 04, 2013
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For years, the trend in major smartphone brands' screen sizes had been the bigger, the better. Whether it was the iPhone 5's extra row of apps or the giant, tablet-sized Android "phablets," phones had definitely been getting larger. But recently, that trend has begun to reverse. Samsung and BlackBerry (BBRY) released mini versions of their top-of-the-line smartphones and Apple (AAPL) and HTC are rumored to follow suit. One factor behind the looming mini smartphone wave: Smartphone growth is beginning to slow in developed markets like the United States and Western Europe, where giant smartphones with the latest features are a hot commodity. Emerging markets will be "the key future growth driver," according to Macquarie Securities analyst Kevin Smithen, but consumers in those regions are more budget-conscious.

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The Xbox One is coming soon and is powered by Kinect 2.0, Microsoft's take on motion tracking. Kinect 2.0 will play a central role for this next-generation system. Much like the 360, you can control the system with your voice and hand gestures, but Microsoft touted Kinect's "unprecedented" accuracy. The system is said to be able to pick up your wrist rotation, balance and even your heartbeat.

Category: General

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Privacy concerns and irritation with social media marketing has led Facebook use in the UK to drop by nine per cent year-on-year, according to a YouGov SixthSense report. The number of UK internet users who have quit social media sites because of social media marketing promotions is up 28 percent points from April last year. Only one in 20 Facebook users said they had clicked on an ad in the last year and less than one in 10 felt it had any relevance to them. "The proportion of Facebook users who are tuning out brands' marketing efforts clearly indicates that a savvier approach is needed."


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For more than half of all mobile device users, the No. 1 function via their Web browser is search, according to the latest local search-usage study from comScore and agency 15 Miles. Over the past nine months, the total number of visitors to search navigation sites conducted via mobile devices has jumped by more than 25% -- with local searches playing a particularly important role, according to the study of some 3,000 users of local business Web search.

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How Men and Women Tweet

Posted: Feb 18, 2013
A recent academic study found that while a number of sex-specific stylistic trends exist across the way people write on Twitter, these patterns aren't true for everyone. Additionally, girls and women on Twitter do, in aggregate terms, like to lengthen our words. Interestingly, a number of the other “female” linguistic devices identified by this research seem reflective of the way we might say these things when speaking aloud to each other, pauses and exaggeration and all: “Computer mediated communication (CMC) terms like lol and omg appear as female markers, as do ellipses, expressive lengthening (e.g., coooooool), exclamation marks, question marks, and backchannel sounds like ah, hmmm, ugh, and grr.”

Category: General

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According to screenshots posted on a Korean messageboard by a source named Slashgear, Samsung may be creating a smart watch to complement its Galaxy line of phones. Coincidentally, Apple’s rumored iWatch details are continuously being leaked to the press, leaving people to wonder whether it’s a move on Apple’s part to create prebuzz for their own product. Rumors appearing in the August tomes of the WSJ, NYT, and Bloomberg mean Apple wants us to think an iWatch is coming and is quietly feeding rumors to plant stories it wants to see in the press

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