From escape rooms to DIY, these unique training methods help employees expand their skills while having fun.
Whirlpool Corporation recommends the ServiceBench Business Management Software as the standard software solution for their valued service providers. This software, announced enables service companies to use the power and flexibility of the ServiceBench service management system interface to manage every aspect of their business.
About 40% of the most frequent gamers say they will likely purchase their own VR headsets within the next year, according to the survey by the ESA. That’s good news, since some are warning that VR is overhyped and could be slow to take off, even as others such as Digi-Capital predict that VR could be a $30 billion industry by 2020. 55% of the most frequent gamers are familiar with VR. And 58% of those familiar with VR say that they intend to play games on VR
There are many barriers preventing mass market smart home adoption high device prices, limited consumer demand and long device replacement cycles. However, the largest barrier is the technological fragmentation of the smart home ecosystem. Some key takeaways are smart home devices are becoming more prevalent throughout the US. High prices, coupled with limited consumer demand and long device replacement cycles, are three of the four top barriers preventing the smart home market from moving from the early adopter stage to the mass market stage.
Volvo will make vehicles without keys by 2017—a move that suggests the company is prepping its cars for sharing. Instead of a physical key or even a smart fob, customers will be offered a smartphone app that will work like a digital key to lock and unlock doors or remote start the engine, according to Volvo Car Group. Customers won’t be forced to make the switch though.
Heading into this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung announced that its mobile payment service, Samsung Pay, has more than 5 million “registered users.” The company noted that many of these users are from South Korea and the United States and added that in the first six months since its release, the service has processed over $500 million dollars.
Sony is positioning itself as one of the best ways for developers to reach a massive audience of people ready to spend money on virtual reality.
With Microsoft ploughing ahead with HoloLens and Facebook shipping its $600 Oculus Rift units by March, Google is looking to put more weight behind its own virtual-reality efforts. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has appointed Clay Bavor vice president of virtual reality. Bavor, VP of product management for Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Apps, is credited as one of the creators of Cardboard, Google's cheap VR headset.
You know we're getting a little spoiled when the reaction to things like real hoverboards and self-parking cars are "yeah, we saw that coming." So it's really no surprise that a nearly transparent, gesture-powered TV from Japan's Panasonic demonstrated last week flew under the radar of so many. The widescreen television was housed in a bookcase and allowed you to make the screen temporarily translucent, letting you see the items (vinyl record covers, sculptures, vases, etc.) on the shelf behind it.
When I found out that Samsung was essentially bringing just one new series to CES 2016, it seemed like a bold move. The company usually makes no bones about filling its booth, wall-to-wall, with TVs of various shapes and sizes. But this year, the company's flagship KS9500 stands alone. Available in 65-, 77-, and 88-inch sizes, the KS9500 series offers up the exact same selection of screen sizes as last year's JS9500 flagship.
A fully automated home is still years away, but the building blocks are already here: the phone that turns on the coffee maker from the bedroom, the thermostat that controls the lights when you're away, the window shades that lift when you say “good morning.” Although these still aren't items most people seek out, they're catching on. Research firm Strategy Analytics estimates that the number of U.S. households with some form of smart-home system grew 30 percent in 2015 to 27 million, or about 1 in 5.
According to the survey, 40 percent of all adults search Amazon "always" or "most of the time" when shopping online, compared to just 10 percent who say they never include Amazon in an online search. But there are even more striking figures. The conversion rate, or the number of visits to the web site that result in a purchase, is massive.
Microsoft’s Xbox One entertainment console has spent the last few holiday shopping seasons in the shadow of Sony’s PS4 and even its direct predecessor, the Xbox 360. Unable to articulate its vision for an all-in-one entertainment console from the outset, in 2014 Microsoft decided it’d focus on video games and video gamers, delivering new streaming video and broadcast video features quietly. A few price cuts, new hardware bundles and one major software update later, the Xbox One is the console to purchase this holiday season, even when compared to the PS4.
Amazon posted new footage of its updated drone delivery intended for its Prime Air package delivery system. The new design is vastly different from the previous model and claims to increase efficiency and utility that will help it bring packages to customers in under 30 minutes for just a $1 fee.
A research study conducted by Hewlett-Packard has found serious security issues in today's top smartwatch wearable devices. Smartwatches are part of the wearable device trend, which extends from medical devices and fitness trackers to acting as an extension of your smartphone. The Apple Watch and Android Wear are examples of popular wearable devices on the market which can pair with smartphones and allow you to view online notifications, send messages and control apps through either the small display or through voice control.
Call it the 'I-want-it-now-now-now' economy. Google buy buttons are now on mobile search. At a press event in New York City Wednesday, the search giant announced a suite of new mobile tools designed to speed up the retail process even faster. One new enhancement reveals product ratings and store locators at the touch of a swipe. Another tool, Purchase on Google, allows instantaneous purchases through sponsored search results.
Leaks for the supposed Samsung's next phone, the Galaxy Note 5, have been emerging in quickfire succession, and the latest one from SamMobile on Monday claims the Note 5 will run with 4 GB of RAM. RAM stands for random access memory, and it's the short-term memory where often-used apps stay in your phone's proverbial back pocket, ready to open quickly when you need them.
One of the biggest hurdles smartwatches have to overcome is battery life. The size of a smartwatch is limited to being small enough to comfortably sit on a wrist all day, meaning the size of the battery is also very limited.
When Apple unveiled iOS 9 earlier this month, it made it clear that your iPhone is about to get a lot smarter. Siri will be able to communicate with apps so that it can offer relevant information before you ask for it. You'll be able to search for anything on your iPhone — even content from within your apps — through the iPhone's search bar.
New research on mobile behavior released today points to the growing struggle that app businesses face in establishing themselves as a must-have download on users’ smartphones. Today’s consumers are spending over 85 percent of their time on their smartphones using native applications, but the majority of their time – 84 percent – is spent using just five non-native apps they’ve installed from the App Store.
We already use our fingerprint to unlock our phones, and one day soon your finger could replace your bank password. Over the past year, U.S. banks have been ramping up efforts to incorporate biometric technology (iris scanners, fingerprint readers and facial recognition) into their systems. Biometric scanners could let you log in to you bank account on your phone or PC, letting you transfer money or send cash without entering a password. That could potentially be safer than using a password, since your fingerprint is unique to you. Passwords can be easily guessed or hacked.
A concierge economy is sprouting up on phones, and no place more so than in my city of San Francisco, the capital of Internet La La Land. These startups like to say they’re just like Uber, the car service that has upended transportation, because they use phones to connect customers with nearby workers on demand.
Now that the Apple Watch is out in the wild, we’re starting to see teardowns of its internals. iFixit has shown us the Taptic Engine, Digital Crown and tiny battery, but it wasn’t able to pry open the little computer that runs the entire device, the S1. It turns out that the Watch’s system-on-a-chip is truly the feat of engineering Apple made it out to be. It also reveals a couple of tidbits about the Apple Watch we didn’t know yet, like that it packs the same amount of RAM as the iPhone 4.
It’s tempting to dismiss IKEA’s new embrace of furniture that will charge your phone as a gimmick. After all, what are the chances–really–that laying your device down on a pad or table top to charge will significantly improve the quality of your life? In fact, thousands of hours of observational research argues that it will. “We know that people are attached at the hip to their smartphones,” said Janice Simonsen, IKEA’s U.S. design spokesperson. “They are constantly referencing it, and one of the biggest problems is the constant need for charging.”
According to Megan Anderle, an editor at Dell's tech information site Tech Page One, "IoT-connected devices used in business settings are just beginning to catch on in a change akin to the Industrial Revolution." For instance, machines in factories now have sensors that notify workers as soon as there's a problem; building surveillance systems have been upgraded with connected locks and camera systems that inform managers instantly when someone is around or attempting to gain entry; and inventory can now be tracked in real time, thanks to IoT, Anderle explains in a recent post.
Recent job listings by Apple point towards a stronger interest in wireless charging technologies, and potential inclusion in the next-generaton iPhone 7. Apple is hiring for a Santa Clara-based Senior Wireless Charging Design Engineer with a view to working on new power management technologies.
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has announced the launch of a new store on its site that is dedicated to STEM toys and games. The products, for children of all ages, are focused on developing science, technology and engineering or math skills.
Apple’s battery breakthrough is already paying dividends in Apple’s super-slender MacBook. In order to achieve that 13.1 mm silhouette—and still deliver reasonable battery life while powering a 12-inch Retina display—the company’s engineers had to develop something entirely new. What they came up with is a terraced battery cell, a unique design that adds 35 percent more battery capacity than would otherwise be achievable.
A family of six sits crouched over a tiny 13-inch screen. Ed Sullivan — charming and poised — speaks directly to what felt to be all of America. Television programming was conceived to bring families together. And at the time, that was exactly what we needed. It was revolutionary for millions of households across the country to feel like a single, cohesive unit, reacting in unison. From 1950 to 1960, the number of American households with a television set climbed from 9% to 90%. Today, however, the trend is reversing.