#396 Jan 12 2015 – CES 2015 – Watches, Drones, TV’s and Cars, OH MY!

This week’s headline story: CES 2015 – Watches, Drones, TV’s and Cars oh my!

ces2015The Consumer Electronics Show has concluded in Las Vegas, and we now have clues as to what new tech is coming in the near future. Some of the highlights this year include:

  • smartwatches and fitness bands by the dozen including stealth smart watches, like the Withings Activite Pop, that looks like a stylish traditional watch but functions as a fitness watch,
  • also new forms of wearables like Bragi’s “The Dash,” a pair of wireless earbuds that serve as a standalone media player, double as a hands-free phone device, and triple as a heart-rate monitor,
  • autonomous drones by the dozens, many equipped with cameras, and controlled by smartphones, including one tiny drone that flies away, takes a photo of you, then automatically returns,
  • 3D printers, some that work with materials such as metal, wood, stone, nylon and chocolate,
  • wireless home audio, 360-degree sound, and mobile high-resolution audio from Neil Young and Sony,
  • mobile phones with curved glass,
  • virtual reality goggles like the Crescent Bay, the latest version of the Oculus Rift,
  • smart home appliances like the iHome Smart Plug that lets you use Siri to remotely control any appliance that uses a wall socket,
  • new computers like the Lenovo LaVie Z, made from a magnesium-lithium alloy that makes it the lightest full-size notebook computer in the world.
  • new low price TV services like sling that provides many popular TV channels, minus network TV for $20 a month,
  • giant, impossibly thin TVs with 4K resolution, OLED, curved screens and LCD TVs boosted by quantum dot technology,
  • a wide array of smart cars from fully self-driving cars, like the Audi A7 that drove itself to CES, to real-world-right-now cars that can park themselves, and avoid collisions,
  • and robot exhibits grew by 25 percent including personal robots like Pepper, a white robot that’s about the size of a 7-year-old that moves about your home as a friendly companion.

The only technologies that CES lacked were mobile technologies, due to the fact that most mobile companies are saving their new releases for the Mobile World Congress scheduled for March 2nd in Barcelona. Check the links in the show notes for more details on CES 2015.


in other tech news…

  • President Obama uses Facebook and Vine to preview his free college plan [Engadget]
    President Obama utilized Facebook, Twitter and Vine to unveil a proposal that would give Americans two free years of community college so long as they maintain good grades and graduate. The plan will be formally announced at this week’s State of the Union Address.
  • Obama to Announce Cybersecurity Plans in State of the Union Preview [New York Times]
    Reportedly, the President will also be utilizing the State of the Union Address to lay out a series of legislative proposals and executive actions to tackle identity theft and privacy issues, cybersecurity, and access to the Internet.
  • FCC chair calls for ‘just and reasonable’ rules for broadband [Computerworld]
    Net Neutrality Hostilities Resume [Ecommerce Times]
    FCC Chairman, Congress Weigh In on Net Neutrality [NewsFactor]
    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called for an open Internet that protects innovators and consumers while also making sure Internet service providers (ISPs) retain economic incentives to continue building better networks. Speaking at CES, Wheeler repeatedly hinted he favored reclassification of Internet broadband as a public utility, which would subject Internet providers to some of the same rules that govern phone companies.
  • South Korea: N. Korea has 6,000-Member Cyber Army [NewsFactor]
    South Korea has reported that its rival North Korea has a 6,000-member cyber army dedicated to disrupting the South’s military and government. It also claims that North Korea has gained the ability to strike the U.S. mainland because of its progress in missile technology demonstrated in recent long-range missile tests and that North Korea is advancing in efforts to miniaturize nuclear warheads to mount on such missiles.

and in Information Security news this week..

  • ISIS Supporter Hacks U.S. News Outlets [NewsFactor]
    American media outlets were attacked last week by a hacking group claiming to support the militant Islamist group ISIS. The group, calling itself the CyberCaliphate, targeted the Twitter feeds of two news outlets, along with the Web site of another, according to reports. The hackers replaced the news organizations’ banners with the black-and-white flag of ISIS and the message “I love you ISIS.”
  • ‘Hacktivist’ group Anonymous says it will avenge Charlie Hebdo attacks by shutting down jihadist websites [The Telegraph]
    The hacker collective Anonymous has announced that it will begin attacks on jihadist websites in retaliation for the attacks on the French satirical news agency Charlie Hebdo, where 12 people, including eight journalists, were murdered. Anonymous posted that “freedom of expression has suffered inhuman assault … and it is our duty to react”.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • Apps Everywhere, but No Unifying Link [New York Times]
    The next generation of mobile apps, may include the ability for apps to share information with each other and work together to assist the user. Google, Facebook and others are working on technologies that would merge apps with the web, allowing mobile apps to not only access information from web servers, but also from within other apps.

and finally…

  • Twitter Soars After Talk of Yahoo Acquisition [NewsFactor]
    Twitter stock soared last week after former interim Yahoo CEO Ross Levinsohn suggested that Twitter should buy Yahoo. Analysts are speculating that Levinsohn is next in line for the job of CEO at Twitter.

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