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August 20, 2014
Moto 360 smartwatch Motorola
The Moto 360 appears to have more going for it than other smartwatches in the market, but it has one drawback that may doom it right from the start: It's not made by Apple. When Apple launches a smartwatch, everyone will suddenly want one. Apple "will add legitimacy to the category," said Tom Mainelli, a program vice president at IDC. "Apple does design really well." [More...]

August 19, 2014
Global Hipster Finder
The first thing Google will do with Jetpac is shut it down -- but it's unlikely that will be the last we'll see of its technology. Jetpac's quirky list of best places to visit for this and that fits well with Google's search and mapping prowess. "Google is interested in leveraging the digital infrastructure of everyday life, and this fits into that strategy," said journalism prof Rich Hanley. [More...]

August 19, 2014
The connected car is becoming a reality, but the gadget-filled roadways it travels will be paved with several options for in-car technologies. These choices pose challenges for carmakers. Whichever technology wins the race, one of the biggest concerns for OEMs is their electronic security. The Linux Foundation wants an open source platform in the pole position. [More...]

August 19, 2014
Traditional attack methods, like those used with the recent mobile online banking Trojan Svpeng, involve the installation of malware on the device to steal information and commit fraud. However, new techniques are emerging that would enable an attacker to compromise a device and steal private information from the owner -- for example, the typical copycat app on a third-party app store. [More...]

August 19, 2014
Facebook has begun labeling some of the satirical news articles that appear in users' news feeds with a tag designed to prevent readers from mistaking the content for genuine news. The social network's "[Satire]" tag is apparently part of an experiment that's been under way for a month or so. The rules for its application don't seem to be entirely clear. [More...]

August 18, 2014
botlr robotic butler aloft hotel robot room service
A.L.O., the "botlr" that can deliver stuff to hotel rooms, may have very few tricks up its sleeve -- and no arm for a sleeve, for that matter -- but it's undeniably cute. "My first thought is, you have to start somewhere, as in utilizing what might be called 'passive robotics' for simplistic tasks like delivering extra towels or a toothbrush to hotel guests," said tech analyst Charles King. [More...]

August 18, 2014
You never forget your first love, and that appears to apply just as well to Linux as to relationships in real life. To wit: "What was your first Linux distro?" is the title of a recent "Voice of the Masses" poll, and throughout the blogosphere the nostalgic reminiscences have been pouring forth ever since. Some 100 bloggers proclaimed their first Linuxy loves in the poll's comments. [More...]

August 18, 2014
As an analyst in a market of experts, I'm known as a generalist, but if I have an area of particular focus, it is how to make customers love you. In the car space, there are two emerging vendors on the world stage: India's Tata, which now owns brands like Jaguar and Land Rover; and Tesla, the dominant provider of electric cars. Both companies are trying to make a dent in the world. [More...]

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