The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News
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The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News
Keep up with the rapidly changing social media industry. Get the big picture and follow the emerging trends. Also: http://sometek.fi (in Finnish)
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Google exec: Humans will be hybrids by 2030 - CNET

Google exec: Humans will be hybrids by 2030 - CNET | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
Technically Incorrect: We'll be connecting our brains directly with the cloud, says the renowned Google futurist Ray Kurzweil.
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Siri and App Store will make Apple TV a game-changer

Siri and App Store will make Apple TV a game-changer | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

A new Apple TV set-top box is set to arrive this summer at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference, according to a new report citing sources familiar with the situation.

The upgrade would represent a much-needed “significant overhaul” of the device, letting it go far beyond Apple’s current TV offering and crossing over into other areas such as music, apps and even home automation — with a nifty Siri-based interface, to boot.

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Flavio Campos's curator insight, March 23, 2015 5:21 PM

New frontiers for Apple, Google and all tech Industry: Cars and Homes.

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Microsoft’s 2015 Future Vision video released, connected display everywhere - SlashGear

Microsoft’s 2015 Future Vision video released, connected display everywhere - SlashGear | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Microsoft has released a new video showcasing their ideas for the future. Demonstrating how emerging technologies could transform the future, Microsoft creates a very unique compilation. It's sleek and precisely orchestrated to create an introspective look at what Microsoft hopes it can achieve for the world in the not-too-distant future. The video is futuristic but strangely grounded in reality. Each of the tasks carried out in the video don't seem that far off from today's technological capabilities. Microsoft's Future Vision is set just five to ten years in the future.

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25 Disruptive Technology Trends for 2015 - 2016 - Brian Solis

25 Disruptive Technology Trends for 2015 - 2016 - Brian Solis | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

With every new year comes a landslide of predictions and trends to guide us into the new year. While the year advances, rarely do such transformative trends or changes take place in alignment with a calendar. Not even Y2K could do so 

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Shatterproof and water-resistant? Full iPhone 6 spec list contains surprises | Cult of Mac

Shatterproof and water-resistant? Full iPhone 6 spec list contains surprises | Cult of Mac | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
A full list of the iPhone 6 specs we've received from a source in China says not only is the iPhone 6 "water-resistant" but that the screen is "shatterproof."
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Apple TV Transformed, Given Market-Killing Price of $99

Apple TV Transformed, Given Market-Killing Price of $99 | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

The new Apple TV is tiny--palm sized, literally--and will cost just $99 when it goes on sale in four weeks. Jobs placed huge emphasis on ease of use, running from its wireless connectivity to its trademark simple Apple user interface, and no need to "sync" the device to anything, or store files on it since everything is streamed from the cloud.

For TV shows and movies, Apple's done a deal with ABC and Fox, BBC America and the Disney Channel (other studios will follow along, overcoming their reluctance at all this newness, Jobs joked) to bring streaming rented TV shows for $0.99. Movies will be available for a rental of $4.99, and Jobs promised day-and-date releases with DVD at that same price--the rental window lasts 30 days, but once you start watching the movie you can view it for a 48-hour period. As movies get "older" that price will drop even lower. There's also seamless integration with Netflix, giving access to all of its archive of content--all of which streams over the Web already.

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An iPad Running OS X Could Be Apple's Next “Big Idea”

An iPad Running OS X Could Be Apple's Next “Big Idea” | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Over the past decade, the rising popularity of the iPhone and iPad—both powered by a touch-optimized “mobile” version of OS X—led many to believe that Apple would eventually fold its Mac line into the ever-growing iDevice division. But Apple prefers the “cross-pollination of ideas” that exists between OS X and iOS, even though Federighi has led all development efforts for both platforms since the iOS and OS X teamseffectively fused in late 2012.

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9 Top Tech Breakthroughs of 2013

9 Top Tech Breakthroughs of 2013 | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
2013 has been a banner year for innovation. Here are nine of our favorite breakthroughs from around the tech world.
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The Best Of Windows Phone: The Nokia Lumia 1520 [Review]

The Best Of Windows Phone: The Nokia Lumia 1520 [Review] | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
Phablets are not for everybody, but if you like Windows Phone and you like big screens, this is a good smartphone for you.
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Google nears smartwatch launch

Google nears smartwatch launch | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

TAIPEI—Google Inc.'s smartwatch is in late-stage development and the company is in talks with Asian suppliers to begin mass production of the device, people familiar with the matter said.

The new device, which will run on Android, will be integrated with Google Now, the company's intelligent personal assistant that can answer questions, make recommendations and predict what information users need based on what they are doing, a person familiar with the situation said. Google has also been working to reduce power consumption on the smartwatch so it won't require frequent battery charges, the person said.

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Almost half the jobs Americans thought were safe will soon be done by robots

Almost half the jobs Americans thought were safe will soon be done by robots | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Computers have been an important part of many industries for decades already and have replaced humans in many jobs. But a new wave of technological development means that even positions that we once saw as immune to computerization are now under threat.

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The Four Disruptive Technology Forces that Will Change the World

The Four Disruptive Technology Forces that Will Change the World | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
The twin disruptive forces of tough economic times and technology-driven innovation are giving birth to new innovations, new markets and new opportunities.
Just this month the family-owned US media institution that is the Washington Post sprung a huge surprise, announcing it was selling up to Amazon founder and dot com billionaire Jeff Bezos. While the media industry is undergoing huge disruption right now, few saw that move coming and there's plenty of speculation about how that might play out.
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Face Detection Advertising Hits Europe

Face Detection Advertising Hits Europe | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

In a move that will thrill advertisers but make at least some members of the public queasy, a European outdoor advertising firm is rolling out ads using face detection this week.

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Laser Chip Could Turn Smartphones Into Handheld 3D Scanners

Laser Chip Could Turn Smartphones Into Handheld 3D Scanners | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Taking 2D photos with your phone is rather popular these days, but thanks to Caltech scientists, soon you may be able to wave your phone at an object and capture a 3D scan of it. You could scan a particularly nice coffee cup, and then instantly send the 3D scan to a 3D printer and produce an exact copy.

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Christian Murray's curator insight, April 7, 2015 7:01 AM

The world of 360 is not limited to video and photography  but of  course photogrammetry and  lidar as well. We know of many  photogrammetric applications  using tablet and phones  but  this is the first of the promises of  hybrid lidar in your phone!

Should shake up  a lot of interest as we see  point clouds becoming more popular in all the industries of the world.  This  example does not show articuarly  high res  but of course it is still early days.  if we look at what lidar has done in the last 20 years and the  scale of technology acceleration, i think one could say that within 3-5 years   there will be a dynamic  advance in the use of 3d scan data in everyday lives.

 

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Apple's ‘force touch’ and 'taptic engine' explained

Apple's ‘force touch’ and 'taptic engine' explained | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
The new MacBook trackpad and haptic feedback technology could be coming to the iPhone next year and represents the next evolution of touch input
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Why Economists are Wrong About Tech

Why Economists are Wrong About Tech | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

The problem with the economy is economists. The problem with economists is technology

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Zuckerberg: Virtual reality is kind of terrible today, but it will be the future of computing

While the Oculus Rift's buzz rides almost entirely on its ability to drop people into the virtual reality of video games, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sees the headset as an important element of the future of all computing.

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Life With Chromecast: 6 Months Later

Life With Chromecast: 6 Months Later | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

When I first heard about Google's TV stick, I couldn't imagine how sending online media to my flat screen via mobile device or computer would be helpful or convenient. But after I received the product, it didn't take long to realize it was both. These days, the Chromecast has a primary role as my go-to streaming TV device.

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5 Ways Your Phone Will Change Your Life over the Next Decade

5 Ways Your Phone Will Change Your Life over the Next Decade | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

No one can deny that the smart phone has revolutionized our personal and professional lives. More than just a phone, they are powerful, networked multimedia computers that we carry with us every day. And, over the next 10 years, they’ll get far more advanced, transforming every business process including how we sell, communicate, collaborate, train, and educate. Following are some key developments to be on the lookout for over the next decade.

 
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What to expect from Google in 2014

What to expect from Google in 2014 | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
Google performed well in 2013 (read our 'Year in Review'), launching a plethora of new and improved products, ramping up its profits each quarter and maintaining its dominance in the ...
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3 Incredible Sites for Ordering Custom Goods

3 Incredible Sites for Ordering Custom Goods | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

As consumers we don’t just want customization—we demand it. Netflix and Pandora have ruined our appetite for the proverbial assembly line. We’re becoming designers. We don’t just want to go to the store to pick up a print to hang on the wall. We want to take a photo and have it turned into a painting and then hang that on the wall—a service made possible by Pixeli.st. The more customization we see, the more customization we crave.

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Report: Windows Phone overtakes iOS in Italy and makes progress in Europe

Report: Windows Phone overtakes iOS in Italy and makes progress in Europe | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

There’s good news for Microsoft’s mobile efforts, as according to a latest report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech showing data for the three months to September 2013, Windows Phone has overtaken iOS in Italy and now makes up one in 10 smartphone sales across five major European markets – the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

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The Future Is Built By People Exploring The Art Of The Possible ... And Pushing Past It

The Future Is Built By People Exploring The Art Of The Possible ... And Pushing Past It | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

We see the future everyday. Innovation is happening faster now than it ever has in the history of human evolution. It took centuries, then decades, for the fruits of laboratory experiments to reach store shelves. Now it can take less than a year.

The reason for this is that systems have been built that enable innovation, allowing people to build efficiently on layers of technology already laid down by their predecessors.

The most prominent example of this is the Internet. At its core, the Internet is a constantly evolving, decentralized platform the is the spine of just about every technological project being undertaken. Information is more readily available than ever before, enabling researchers around the globe to collaborate in real time.

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What's The Difference Between The iPhone 5S and 5C?

What's The Difference Between The iPhone 5S and 5C? | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it
Trying to decide which new iPhone to get? Here's a handy side-by-side comparison of the 5S and 5C.
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Like Dropbox For TV, Chromecast Changes The Game

Like Dropbox For TV, Chromecast Changes The Game | The Future of Social Media: Trends, Signals, Analysis, News | Scoop.it

Chromecast, a thumbdrive-sized dongle that jacks into a TV or projector's HDMI port, lets you take over a screen with your computer or mobile device. It's been called "magical" by various gadget reviewers (a term generally reserved for Apple devices), and it sold out instantaneously last week after Google announced it at an event in San Francisco.

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