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The Wild Ride / Fall Of HTC

The Wild Ride / Fall Of HTC | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

HTC was the first company to ride the Android wave to smashing success. It is also the first company to crash on the Android wave. Here's a look at its revenue growth over the last 16 quarters. 

What happened to HTC? Samsung. It released its phones on more carriers and it marketed the heck out of them. HTC was left in the dust.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

There are two sides to the Android Wave. Switching slopes may happen much faster than expected.

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Beyond Screens Keynote — Connected TV and Digital Media Forum in Moscow

Beyond Screens Keynote — Connected TV and Digital Media Forum in Moscow | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Here is the slide deck I used for my Keynote at the &Connected TV & Digital Media& forum where I was invited by Connectica Lab in Moscow on March 5th, 2014. Due to current SlideShare limitations it is impossible to directly import slides in the latest Apple Keynote format, hence the need to manually publish here the keynote verbatim to complement the slides.

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TV has evolved significantly.  First came color. Then came choice. Then came the VCR that allowed recording, deferred viewing, and introduced external content (either purchased, rented, or handed out by friends and family) into the TV set.
Then came digital content and digital broadcast, followed by HD.
And only very recently came competition from other screens to consume video content: not only were they personal, they follow the viewer...

We now spend a full five hours and 16 minutes a day in front of a screen, and that's without even turning on a television (4,5 hours a day for US adults).

- What even does TV watching now mean?

- is TV video delivered in real time ?

- is Connected TV is just TV with Ethernet and firmware updates?

 

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http://getpopcornti.me/ sounds like a strange echo to slide 7 : Content experience is definitely broken. And la #FrenchTech gets promoted slide 15...

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Open Compute, un Investissement d'Avenir pour le Cloud Souverain et l'industrie française

Open Compute, un Investissement d'Avenir pour le Cloud Souverain et l'industrie française | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

La prochaine révolution informatique à grande échelle a démarré à partir du projet OCP (Open Compute Project), démarré en 2011 par Facebook avec le soutien notamment de Microsoft et Goldman Sachs (saviez-vous que cette banque dispose de sa propre équipe d'ingénieurs en charge de concevoir leurs serveurs?) qui ont pour objectif d’être au matériel ce que l’open source est au logiciel. Il s’agit de repartir des besoins des clients finaux et de désintermédier les fabricants (OEM) de serveurs comme HP, Dell ou Lenovo en certifiant directement des configurations matérielles adaptées au client et à ses objectifs de coûts.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Comme le dit Cole Crawford, Directeur Executif de la Fondation Open Compute, "Splitted Desktop is in a critically unique position within Europe.  They have led the charge in driving Open Compute technologies into the region. We will be relying heavily on Jean Marie and his team to produce and promote the world's most efficient computing environments".

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Halle Freyssinet : feu vert pour le permis de construire du "méga" incubateur numérique - Batiactu

Halle Freyssinet : feu vert pour le permis de construire du "méga" incubateur numérique - Batiactu | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Avec l’obtention ces jours-ci du permis de construire, les travaux de rénovation de la Halle Freyssinet, confiés à l'architecte Jean-Michel Wilmotte, pourront démarrer fin juillet prochain. La livraison de cet incubateur d’entreprises numériques de 33.747 m⊃2; est prévue pour fin 2016.
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Le plus grand poulailler du monde :-) #FrenchTech

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This Is Apple's Roadmap For The Rest Of The Year, According To KGI

This Is Apple's Roadmap For The Rest Of The Year, According To KGI | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Two new iPhones, two iWatches, and an Apple TV ?

Apple will have a very busy second half of the year, according to KGI  Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo.

In a new note released yesterday, and picked  up at MacRumors, Kuo provided the following roadmap for Apple's product  releases in 2013. Kuo is fairly plugged-in with Apple's suppliers and has a  better track record than most.

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Should this be true you'd better start saving...

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Apple's Impressive Market Share Gains In The U.S.

Apple's Impressive Market Share Gains In The U.S. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

If there's one negative thing you've heard about the iPhone in past few years, it's that it's getting walloped in market share battle with Android. 

Around the world, that's certainly true, but in the U.S., the iPhone is doing pretty well. As you can see in this chart from Statista based on data from comScore, Android is actually falling while the iPhone continues to take share.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Who remembers Palm ? Symbian ? BlackBerry ? Welcome to the two horse race (US only)

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Big data: are we making a big mistake?

Big data: are we making a big mistake? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Cheerleaders for big data have made four exciting claims, each one reflected in the success of Google Flu Trends: that data analysis produces uncannily accurate results; that every single data point can be captured, making old statistical sampling techniques obsolete; that it is passé to fret about what causes what, because statistical correlation tells us what we need to know; and that scientific or statistical models aren’t needed because, to quote “The End of Theory”, a provocative essay published in Wired in 2008, “with enough data, the numbers speak for themselves”.

Unfortunately, these four articles of faith are at best optimistic oversimplifications. At worst, according to David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge university, they can be “complete bollocks. Absolute nonsense.” 
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Simply one of the best, wisest articles written on #BigData that requires huge wisdom, great talent, and a zest of humility...

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L'Avenir Appartient: Facebook au service de la FrenchTech

L'Avenir Appartient: Facebook au service de la FrenchTech | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Cela fait près de 10 ans que Google conçoit ses propres machines, après avoir modifié celles des autres. En 2001 déjà, Google équipait ses racks de serveurs avec des machines bon marché, en tirant profit de leur savoir-faire logiciel : en effet, leur architecture intégrant une gestion très poussée de la distribution des données et de leur redondance, il devenait beaucoup plus économique d'utiliser des machines un peu moins fiables, mais beaucoup moins coûteuses que les solutions haut de gamme de Dell, HP ou IBM. Le logiciel faisait le reste. Et lorsque Chris Pinkham a réalisé ce que faisait Google, il y a dix ans, Amazon a emboîté le pas, au grand dam de HP (très bien raconté dans cet article de Wired) Facebook a suivi plus tard. Et la grande surprise, c'est que contrairement à Google et Amazon, qui géraient leurs innovations et architectures comme des secrets industriels, la firme de Mark Zuckerberg a décidé de prendre la voie de l'opensource. En 2011, donc, le projet Open Compute voit le jour. En effet, quel espoir avait Facebook, malgré ses énormes moyens, de rattraper un jour l'avance de Google, tant intellectuelle (R&D) que matérielle (volume de machines fabriquées, données d'exploitation, etc.) ?
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Excellent post sur ce sujet structurant de l'open compute dont les benefices en CAPEX et OPEX sont tres significatifs. Pour avoir rencontré ce matin le Directeur Executi

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Titres-restaurant : Resto Flash lève 1,25 million d'euros

Titres-restaurant : Resto Flash lève 1,25 million d'euros | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Alors que le décret sur la dématérialisation des titres-restaurant entre en vigueur ce mercredi 2 avril, Resto Flash, seul émetteur 100 % numérique, célèbre sa deuxième levée de fonds depuis sa création en 2011. « Cela n'aurait jamais été possible sans le décret qui nous accorde une certaine légitimité vis-à-vis des investisseurs », affirme Emmanuel Rodriguez-Maroto, président et co-fondateur de Resto Flash.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

La French Tech poursuit son chemin. Bravo Emmanuel ! #SAB

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Microsoft Joins Amazon and Google in Cloud Price War

Microsoft Joins Amazon and Google in Cloud Price War | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Microsoft slashed prices on several of its cloud computing services the company announced on Monday, following through on a standing promise to match Amazon Web Services, which made similar cuts last week.

The software giant made the announcement in a blog post by Windows Azure general manager Steven Martin, saying it will slash prices on various services by 27 percent to 65 percent. “We recognize that economics are a primary driver for some customers adopting cloud, and stand by our commitment to match prices and be best-in-class on price performance,” Martin wrote. The move coincided with Microsoft’s Build conference taking place this week in San Francisco.

It’s the latest move in what’s turning out to be a brisk price war for cloud computing services. Last week, Amazon announced a broad-based price cut on many portions of its Amazon Web Services by 36 percent to 65 percent. That came a day after Google slashed prices for its Google Cloud Platform from 32 percent to 85 percent.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

This is still very foggy : would this mean they have been "overcharging customers from Day 1" as DigitalOcean complains ?

Inbetween, one clear spot in the sky is the confirmed rise of OpenStack. It may soon be followed by an industrial, hardware based revolution with Open Compute yet this is another story... yet.

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Emmanuel HAVET's curator insight, April 2, 12:52 AM

I agree with Philippe Dewost :

" one clear spot in the sky is the confirmed rise of OpenStack. It may soon be followed by an industrial, hardware based revolution with Open Compute yet this is another story... yet."

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The world’s first Perpetual Power reserve by TagHeuer + SunPartner

The world’s first Perpetual Power reserve by TagHeuer + SunPartner | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The world’s first Perpetual Power reserveExtended power reserve is a major priority for horology connoisseurs as well as a quest for watchmakers.
The MERIDIIST INFINITE provides perpetual stand-by time through an invisible component built into the main screen and thanks to the exclusive partnership with the very innovative French company Sunpartner Technologies, creator of the Wysips® technology.
Behind the sapphire screen lies a lens substrate with electric conductors and, behind this, another layer of completely transparent photovoltaic cells and then comes the LCD screen – all together acting invisibly and automatically. A hybrid charging capacity allows automatic charging under certain natural or artificial light sources, even when the battery is empty.
TAG Heuer stands for “Technologie d’Avant-Garde”, and the MERIDIIST INFINITE perpetuates a great tradition that came before it.
This revolutionary communication instrument will be launched worldwide in July 2014, in Limited Edition of 1911 pieces made with titanium grade 5 and carbon, in selected TAG Heuer boutiques and Watch & Jewellery retailers. 

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This is French Tech.

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Facebook's Open Compute guru Frank Frankovsky leaves to build optical storage startup

Facebook's Open Compute guru Frank Frankovsky leaves to build optical storage startup | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Frank Frankovsky, Facebook’s vice president of hardware design and supply chain optimization, who helped oversee the development and growth of the company’s custom server effort, has left the social networking company to form his own as-yet-unnamed startup that will focus on building optical storage for the enterprise.

In an interview, Frankovsky said he had resigned from Facebook last week to pursue this idea. Meanwhile, Jason Taylor, Facebook’s director of infrastructure, has assumed responsibility for the hardware design and supply chain teams at Facebook and will continue working with the Open Compute Project on Facebook’s behalf.

Taylor has been overseeing much of that work for the last year, according to Facebook, and he will also be joining the Open Compute Foundation board along with Bill Laing, corporate VP of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft. This brings the OCP Foundation board from five to seven participants. Frankovsky, who will remain chairman and president of the OCP board, will stay as an independent member.

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Hardware is not dead. It is just evolving #OCP

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The Most Valuable Startups Right Now

The Most Valuable Startups Right Now | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Airbnb is reportedly in talks to get new funding at a $10 billion valuation. That would vault Airbnb to the top of the startup valuation rankings

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Inflating Bubble ?

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Tango, A Messaging App With 200 Million Users, Has Raised A Quarter-Of-A-Billion Dollars From Alibaba

Tango, A Messaging App With 200 Million Users, Has Raised A Quarter-Of-A-Billion Dollars From Alibaba | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Tango, a messaging app and mobile social network, has raised $280 million, largely from Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Alibaba contributed $215 million and holds a minority stake in the company. Existing Tango investors put in the remaining $65 million. 

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The OTT craze is not over.

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Mobile Apps Market Revenue Soars in the United States and China in Q1'14.

Mobile Apps Market Revenue Soars in the United States and China in Q1'14. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google Play worldwide downloads now exceed iOS App Store downloads by around 45%, driven by growth in emerging markets. Russia and Brazil have been on the rise for some time now, but Mexico and Turkey also had a strong influence on Google Play downloads in Q1 2014.The iOS App Store remains comfortably ahead in worldwide revenue, generating about 85% more revenue than Google Play. This gap narrowed over the last quarter though, as Google Play revenue increased markedly in the United States and United Kingdom.China was the key market for iOS App Store growth, showing exceptional gains in both downloads and revenue. iOS App Store revenue in China grew around 70% quarter-over-quarter.Games remained the key category driving growth in both app stores. However, there was also growth in categories outside of Games. Tools saw gains in Google Play revenue, dominated by anti-virus and security apps. On iOS, Finance grew in revenue during tax season in the United States.Messaging apps remained a huge growth area, contributing to the gains for the Communication category on Google Play and Social Networking on iOS.
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It's all about Volume vs. Value

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Kolibree: The World's First Connected Electric Toothbrush

Why Does A Connected Toothbrush Matter?

Today, we brush our teeth without knowing how well we're brushing. Are we reaching all the zones in our mouth? Are we brushing long enough? While we might get feedback from our dentist during our once or twice a year visits, how do we know whether we’re brushing correctly the rest of the time?

Kolibree has combined the most advanced sensor technology which DETECTS WHERE YOU'VE BRUSHED AND WHETHER YOU'RE MISSING IMPORTANT PARTS OF YOUR MOUTH - with fun games to keep adults and kids motivated to brush properly.

The result? Important usage data means that you have the FEEDBACK to brush better, spending less money on expensive but avoidable dental procedures.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Kolibree, a very smart investment to avoid future dentist expenses. Just pledged for mine, hurry up, demand is stacking fast.

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Does your Heartbleed ?

Does your Heartbleed ? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.

 

Basically, an attacker can grab 64K of memory from a server.  The attack leaves no trace, and can be done multiple times to grab a different random 64K of memory.  This means that anything in memory -- SSL private keys, user keys, anything -- is vulnerable.  And you have to assume that it is all compromised.  All of it.

"Catastrophic" is the right word.  On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

I have been used to see BT's Security Chief more softtoned. This OpenSSL bug must be very serious.

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GSL 100 France édition 2014 : L’industrie numérique française au défi du Cloud et de l’international - AFDEL

GSL 100 France édition 2014 : L’industrie numérique française au défi du Cloud et de l’international - AFDEL | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

PwC, l’AFDEL et le SNJV dévoilent la deuxième édition du classement des principaux acteurs du numérique Français pour l’année 2013, dans le cadre de l’initiative Global Software Leaders (GSL100).  Le classement intègre les éditeurs de logiciels, de jeux vidéo ainsi que les services internet, compte tenu de la convergence des modèles économiques et des grandes tendances de fond qui affectent également l’ensemble de ces acteurs de l’économie numérique : la dématérialisation des contenus, la mobilité, la consumérisation des technologies, le cloud computing et le SAAS, le big data et l’intégration des réseaux sociaux.

           

Le Top 100 des acteurs français du numérique pèse plus de 7,4 milliards d’euros, en progression de 6% par rapport à l’an dernier. Internet, le Cloud computing et le marché des jeux dématérialisés tirent la croissance, ainsi le GSL relève:

+ 38% de croissance pour le Top 10 des Services Internet sur 2013, tiré notamment par des acteurs comme Criteo, seul positionné dans le Top 5+ 70% de croissance moyenne sur 2010-2013 pour les 9 principaux éditeurs SaaS du Top 100 (Trace One, Oodrive, Talentsoft, Ivalua, EasyVista…)+12% de croissance du marché dématérialisé et sur mobiles pour les jeux vidéos
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Le prochain Criteo se niche-t-il dans cette liste ?

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Un Fablab de drones ?

Un Fablab de drones ? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Lorsqu'on lui a parlé pour la première fois du FlyLab, Gilles Babinet avoue avoir au début été plutôt sceptique : comment un fablab, aussi sophistiqué qu’il fût, pouvait parvenir à créer des produits d’aussi haute technologie que des drones, principalement à usage professionnel ?

 

C’est pourtant le challenge que relève brillamment Hakim Amrani Montanelli et son FlyLab.

 

En s’appuyant sur un ensemble de technologies open source et open hardware, il peut fabriquer toutes les parties d’un drone, et en abaisse drastiquement le prix, parfois d’un facteur 20.

 

L’ensemble des éléments logiciels sont évidemment libres, le micro-contrôleur est basé sur une plateforme Arduino - opensource -, tandis que la structure principale est réalisée en impression 3D.

Même des pièces de haute technologie, comme l’étage haute fréquence, les moteurs électriques et les antennes HF peuvent être fabriqués par le Flylab. Pour l’instant, seules les hélices - qui sont injectées à haute pression pour disposer de la précision suffisante - sont produites à l’extérieur du FlyLab.

 

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Présentation du #FlyLab par Gilles Babinet. Il est vrai que le savoir faire d'Hakim Amrani Montanelli et le support d'Emmanuelle Skyvington sont impressionnants. Décidément la French Tech vole !

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Et si on généralisait cette idée ? Qu'est-ce qu'on ne peut pas fabriquer dans un Fablab ?

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Mobile Devices almost doubled time spent online in the US

Mobile Devices almost doubled time spent online in the US | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

If you were ever wondering why Google has aggressively pursued Android, this chart is the answer. Mobile gadgets like smartphones and tablets have drastically increased the time we spend online according to a new report by comScore. The more time we're online, the better it is for Google.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

We are talking billion minutes here, and I wonder what share of this mobile time is devoted / consumed / wasted / distracted with Candy Crush or 2048...

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Dropbox under fire for 'DMCA takedown' of personal folders, but fears are vastly overblown | ZDNet

Dropbox under fire for 'DMCA takedown' of personal folders, but fears are vastly overblown | ZDNet | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The online storage startup, also used by mid-size businesses and enterprise customers, like any other company has to comply with U.S. copyright law. But how it goes about it can be an entirely different matter.
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Refusing access to your own content if it is copyrighted???

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WhatsApp Is Handling A Record 64 Billion Messages A Day

WhatsApp Is Handling A Record 64 Billion Messages A Day | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Messaging service WhatsApp has hit a new record after handling 64 billion messages in 24 hours.
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Impressive OTT traffic growth while SMS traffic has already peaked.

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CloudGOO’s New App Turns All Your Cloud Storage Accounts Into One Big, Combined Drive | TechCrunch

CloudGOO’s New App Turns All Your Cloud Storage Accounts Into One Big, Combined Drive | TechCrunch | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

CloudGOO, a newly launched Android application with something of a silly name, offers a way for you to smush together all your cloud-based file storage accounts to form one big cloud drive in the sky. That is, the app aggregates your cloud drive accounts into one mobile interface, then uses that space as if it were one drive for things like automatic uploads of photos, videos, music, and documents.

 

The new service was launched just days ago by Berlin-based developer Jared Preston, who previously spent a few years in Seattle working for Microsoft on the Windows Live platform, followed by some time at Deutsche Telekom.

 

He explains that unlike other platforms, such as Jolicloud for example, which attempted to aggregate a user’s web services under one roof, the idea with CloudGOO is not to have you navigate between your drives or media spaces using the app. Instead, he says, “you simply access and use your stuff, no matter where it is stored.”

“Theoretically, you could just hook up as many Google Drives, Dropbox, etc., as you wanted, to create a total space available for you to use. CloudGOO can then be set to ‘automatic upload’ and would just utilize the space available,” says Preston. “You would not have to worry about managing the space, just using it.”

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

I have played with Jolicloud without understanding how to use it and despite enjoying its design and simplicity ; I haven't played with CloudGOO yet but perfectly see the value of such an operational cloud storage abstraction layer. Congrats Jared !

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Awox fait entrer les objets connectés sur Euronext Paris

Awox fait entrer les objets connectés sur Euronext Paris | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

La start-up Awox, spécialisée dans les objets connectés pour la maison et le divertissement, a lancé mercredi son introduction en Bourse. Elle compte lever 17 millions d’euros sur Euronext Paris.


Via Jerome Faul
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Bravo à Awox , belle réussite de LaFrenchTech ! citée en slide 15 de http://j.mp/beyondscreens

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Facebook Buys Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Facebook Buys Oculus VR For $2 Billion | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

According to a statement from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the company plans to expand Oculus beyond gaming:

After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home.

Zuckerberg expanded on that in a conference call following the announcement, saying he believes virtual reality will be the next big computing platform after mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

"History suggests that there will be more platforms to come," Zuckerberg said on the conference call, adding that the person who controls that major computing platform will be able to shape the entire tech industry.

"Today's acquisition is a long-term bet on the future of computing," Zuckerberg said.

Oculus got its start on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, where it raised $2.4 million in 2012. Since then, other VCs have invested in the company. Most recently, Oculus raised $75 million in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz.

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User interface revolution or pop of the bubble? 2Bn$ "value creation" in 2 years...

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"Larry Page is on stage at TED right now He is not wearing Google Glass" by Robert Scoble

"Larry Page is on stage at TED right now He is not wearing Google Glass" by Robert Scoble | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Robert Scoble, one of the earliest supporters of Google Glass, had a harsh blog post about Glass. He says Google can't figure out what it's doing with Glass internally, and he gets a feeling that it's not going well on the Glass project. He worries about what this means for Google's ability to actually follow through on projects (via Business Insider)

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Glass Hole ?

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Lego Robot Solves Rubik's Cube In 3.253 Seconds

Lego Robot Solves Rubik's Cube In 3.253 Seconds | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

In October of 2011, Mike Dobson and David Gilday’s CubeStormer II robot, built from Lego kits and powered by a Samsung Galaxy S2, set the world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube: 5.27 seconds. That time just narrowly defeated the best ever human time, marking the first time a robot had done so.

Now the two robot builders are at it again. At last weekend’s Big Bang Fair in Birmingham UK, the team brought their next creation: the CubeStormer 3. Again built from Lego mechanical and robotics parts and this time powered by a Samsung Galaxy S4, the robot shattered the record set by the CubeStormer II by solving a Rubik’s Cube in only 3.253 seconds – which is not only faster than the CubeStormer II, but also faster than the fastest human time of 5.55 secondsset by Mats Valk.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Watch carefully as it is really really fast. Raising the question: will robots have as much fun as we do when we play ?

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