Saturday, September 06, 2014
Is privacy an illusion in the digital age? The hacking of nude photos of Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence among others has everyone asking – is there any such thing as privacy in the digital age? Salamishah Tillet, Dan Ackerman, Megan Carpentier and David Opderbeck join to discuss.
Friday, September 05, 2014
"The long-awaited Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) undersea cable system appears to be nearing completion. Korean carrier KT has opened a network operating center for the APG in the city of Busan and has confirmed that it is preparing for full operation in early 2015, according to local media reports.
The trans-Asian submarine fiber-optic cable system has been in the works since May 2009, when a consortium of network operators in Asia agreed to lay more than 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) of cable from Malaysia to Japan, connecting nine countries in total. Facebook later joined the consortium."
"Announced alongside the Samsung Gear 2 (reviewed perviously here on Forbes), the Gear 2 Neo can be brutally described as the ‘cut down’ version of Samsung’s Gear 2 flagship smartwatch. By stripping the two mega-pixel camera out of the hardware, and using a plastic exterior on the Gear Neo rather than the metal found in the Gear 2, Samsung has been able to drop the price by £80 in the UK (and $100 in the US).
Given that everything else about the Gear platform is shared between the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo, I think it’s far better to look at the lower priced Gear 2 Neo as the smartwatch for the mass market and the Gear 2 for those looking for a bit more luxury in their smartwatch. Suggesting that someone pays £220/$199 for Samsung’s vision of a smartwatch seems far more acceptable than the £299/$299 asked by the metallic Gear 2.
The other issue around the Gear 2 Neo is personal one, and it’s around timing. I’m looking at this watch after my experiences with the LG G Watch and the Android Wear operating system. Samsung has developed the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo to use a variant of their Tizen operating system, and that means all the decisions in terms of UI, operation, and presentation belong to Samsung."
"When we reviewed the Gear 2, I thought it was a marked improvement over the Galaxy Gear, but had the same apps problem that plagued its predecessor. Namely, it had very few – and even fewer that mattered. With Android Wear (at the time) looming on the horizon, I wasn't sure if developers would give the Gear platform much love.
Four months later, has any of that changed? Well, though Samsung's Tizen platform for wearables (the software that runs on the Gear) hasn't exactly set the world on fire, it is in much better shape than it was in April."
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Monday, September 01, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
"We reviewed Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch when it launched in April, but we skipped its sibling, the Gear 2 Neo. With only minor differences between the two, we figured the one review could speak for both watches. Well, Samsung's smartwatch platform has grown in the last four months, so let's see how things have changed as Gizmag (finally) reviews the Samsung Gear 2 Neo."