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Google Smartwatch is latest in essentially baseless claims of wearables

If you’ve been waiting for a smartwatch ever since Apple released the super-cute iPod that fit perfectly on a wristwatch strap, you may be in luck – Google is reportedly making one running Android. But then there’ve been reports of Apple making a smartwatch too. And LG is making one as well, and Samsung, and who knows which other companies – smartwatches from every angle, I tell you! But today’s report about Google comes from the Financial Times where they’ve got an inside contact, so it’s best we listen.

If you see what the Financial Times notes, they’ve got a “person briefed on the project” who says that though larger projects like Glass are being created in the Google X laboratories, this supposed Google smartwatch is being developed for by the Google Android unit. What we must assume here is that, if the watch were real, it’d be created by one of Google’s hardware partners – perhaps Motorola? Meanwhile the Google developers on-staff creating Android would be taming a version of Android tailored specifically for an ultra-tiny display.

“While Glass is being created in its X Lab, home to experimental “moonshot” projects such as the self-driving car, Google’s smart watch is being developed by its Android unit, according to a person briefed on the project, to act as an extension to the smartphones using that operating system. The project is separate from Samsung’s efforts, the source said, although there is no indication of when it might launch.” – FT

It’s not as if it doesn’t make sense for everyone and their grandmother to be creating a smartwatch at the same time with essentially no warning and no pre-cursor or need, but what if? What if Apple and Google decided, separately, that they’d both create a wearable computer that wrapped around your wrist at once?

That once-utilized watch-loving arm will once again be home to a timepiece, only this time, you’ll be able to do a whole lot more than you were able in the past. Then it’s time again to get rid of the cellphone and the smartphone, right? Seems only logical!

Of course, then again, there’s always that Google Smartwatch patent.

Google Smartwatch is latest in essentially baseless claims of wearables is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.

Google launches Evernote rival Keep

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Google has launched a new app that would allow users to sync their notes and to-do lists across their computer, phone and tablet using Google account.

Google’s Katharine Kuan detailed the firm’s blog that with the help of ‘Google Keep’ people can quickly jot ideas down when they think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important for them.
The app works very similarly to the other note apps, like Evernote and OneNote, ABC News reports.
The app is available for only Android 4.0 phones right now.
It takes users’ notes and then they can access them via the app on the web, which is located in their Google Drive. They can also access the notes from the company’s website after logging in via their Google accounts.
Users are able to upload voice notes, which can be transcribed, and even photos, the report said.
One can also colour code notes and turn some notes into checklists by adding check boxes, it added.

HP develops glasses-free 3D for mobile devices

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Researchers at Hewlett-Packard have developed a way to put glasses-free 3D video on mobile devices with a viewing angle so wide that viewers can see an object more fully just by tilting the screen.

Glasses-free 3D is not unique. Nintendo’s 3DS handheld allows video game play in 3D without glasses, but it requires players to look straight into the screen with their noses centered.
HP’s researchers have found a way to make images viewable in 3D from angles up to 45 degrees from center in any direction -up, down, side-to-side or diagonally. That means viewers can see a person’s face with one ear blocked from view, but reveal the ear by swiveling the screen.
The company’s findings will be published in the scientific journal, Nature, on Thursday.
The scientists used nanotechnology to etch multiple circles with tiny grooves into a glass layer of the display.
The grooves bend light in a way that allows for 64 different points of view. By moving the screen, people will perceive two of those points of view at any one time, one with their left eye and one with their right. As a result, the image will appear in 3D.
David Fattal, the lead author of the paper, said the effect is “much like you’d see in the movie ‘Star Wars’ with the hologram of Princess Leia.”
He acknowledged the effect wouldn’t be identical to a hologram, however, since the images won’t pop as far out of the screen as Leia’s projection did in the movie.
The technology isn’t exactly coming to a movie theater near you any time soon. While moving images can be created using computer animation, any live video capture would require an array of 64 cameras all pointed at an object, Fattal said.

‘Cyber attack on South Korea came from Chinese IP‘

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A hacking attack on the servers of South Korean broadcasters and banks originated from an IP address based in China, officials in Seoul said, raising suspicions the intrusion came from North Korea.

An unnamed official from South Korea’s presidential office was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as saying the discovery of the IP address indicated Pyongyang was responsible for the attack.
A previous attack on a South Korean newspaper that the government in Seoul traced back to North Korea also used a Chinese IP address.
“We’ve identified that a Chinese IP is connected to the organizations affected,” a spokesman for South Korea’s Communications Commission told a press conference.
The attack brought down the network servers of television broadcasters YTN, MBC and KBS as well as two major commercial banks, Shinhan Bank and NongHyup Bank. South Korea raised its alert levels in response.
Investigations of past hacking incidents on South Korean organizations have been traced to Pyongyang’s large army of computer engineers trained to infiltrate the South’s computer networks.
“There can be many inferences based on the fact that the IP address is based in China,” the communications commission’s head of network policy, Park Jae-moon said. “We’ve left open all possibilities and are trying to identify the hackers.”
It took the banks hours to restore operations. Damage to the servers of the TV networks was believed to be more severe, although broadcasts were not affected.
About 32,000 computers at the six organizations were affected, according to the South’s state-run Korea Internet Security Agency, adding it would take up to five days to fully restore their functions.
North Korea has in the past targeted South Korea’s conservative newspapers, banks and government institutions.
The biggest hacking effort attributed to Pyongyang was a 10-day denial of service attack in 2011 that antivirus firm McAfee, part of Intel, dubbed “Ten Days of Rain”. It said that attack was a bid to probe the South’s computer defenses in the event of a real conflict.
North Korea last week said it had been a victim of cyberattacks, blaming the United States and threatened retaliation.

Samsung Galaxy S4 termed ‘fastest smartphone ever‘

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Samsung Galaxy S4, which was launched last week, has been named as the fastest smartphone yet. Primate Labs, makers of Geek Bench, compared the Galaxy S4 result from Android Authority to other smartphones. The new Samsung flagship smartphone topped the charts with a score of 3163, thanks to the its quad-core Qual comm processor. The closest competitor to the Galaxy S4 is the new HTC One, which scores 2687, The Telegraph reports. Apple iPhone 5 was ranked fifth on 1596, the report said. The original iPhone scored 130 when it was launched six years ago. The website Android Authority ran Geek bench 2 last week and posted the results on YouTube.