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360fly Pushes Into Virtual Reality Sports And Gives A Sneak Peek At Its 360-Degree Camera Drone

360fly1 The 360fly camera, a small, sturdy ball with panoramic views we first discovered at CES 2014, is back again and buddying up with sports brand BRG to bring us live or recorded, 360-degree, stitchless, 4k video for sports enthusiasts – and with all that, a plan to push into virtual reality. GoPro has its own spherical solution, with 4k recording capabilities for those live-action shots… Read More


Show Off Your Snapchat Stories Forever On Slinger

Slinger Feature Gif Ephemerality be damned. Some art deserves to live longer than 24 hours. So rather than just squirrel away your saved Snapchat Stories, you can upload them to Slinger. It’s a new app aiming to be the permanent home for vertical videos. And thanks to its Popular page and the ability to Like videos, it can help you discover content creators to follow in ways Snapchat lacks. You could write… Read More


Activision Buys Major League Gaming, an E-Sports Giant

Activision Buys Major League Gaming, an E-Sports Giant

Major League Gaming, one of the most influential organizers of e-sports competitions, has been purchased by Activision Blizzard for a reported $46 million.

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T-Mobile Is Throttling Video for Unlimited Streamers, the EFF Says

T-Mobile Is Throttling Video for Unlimited Streamers, the EFF Says

The Electronic Frontier Foundation says T-Mobile’s Binge On unlimited video service comes with a big catch: your streaming speeds may be slower.

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Tech Stocks Plunge as Markets Stumble. Happy 2016!

Tech Stocks Plunge as Markets Stumble. Happy 2016!

It’s the first day of trading in 2016, and tech stocks weren’t immune to anxieties about the direction of the global economy.

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How Samsung’s SmartThings Platform makes CES 2016 SUHD TV’s IoT Ready

“The 2016 line-up of Smart TVs will offer consumers new possibilities and cement Samsung’s market leading position, as the first company to launch IoT ready TVs”

President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics., Hyun Suk Kim, during the revelation of the 2016 Smart TV Line-Up

Samsung is clearly a big believer in IoT (Internet of things)!

On Tuesday December 29th 2016, on the cusp of the start of CES 2016 which runs from Wednesday January 6th 2015 to Saturday January 9th 2015, Samsung revealed their entire line of 2016 Smart TV line-up will be IoT ready.

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Their 2016 offerings will be connected via the SmartThings Platform, an open Platform that allows users to connect, manage and control IoT devices and services. Not only that, Samsung has now made their 2016 SUHD TVs the central controller of your home using their IoT hub technology.

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This mean that their 2016 SUHD TV can act as the controller for more than 200 other SmartThings compatible devices and sensors from Samsung as well as from a wide range of high quality third party manufacturers. These devices are mainly:

  • Cameras
  • Lights
  • Locks
  • Thermostats

Full support of connectivity with SmartThings compatible devices, however, will require the SmartThings Extend USB adaptor.

So what exactly is the SmartThings Platform?

Samsung’s SmartThings enabled 2016 SUHD TV – Turn on lights, close locks, set thermostats and view with cameras

The SmartThings Platform allows consumers to access their smart devices from their smartphone using a single App via the web based interface on their SUHD TV.

Customer can easily connect, manage and control their smart home devices and services through a single, simple user interface instead of a myriad of individual apps for each device. The SmartThings Platform makes the new line of 2016 SUHD TV’s the brain behind Samsung’s expanding IoT ecosystem.

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Samsung intends to demonstrate this futuristic system at CES 2016 and hopefully snag some customers, to quote CEO and Co-founder of SmartThings, Alex Hawkinson, quote: “With Samsung Smart TVs working with the SmartThings technology, we have an opportunity to reach millions of households. Applying this technology into current household devices is a major step forwards that will make it much easier for everyone to experience the benefits of a smart home”.

So how would this work in real life, exactly?

How the Samsung SmartThings Platform works – Total control of your house against all Danger

To demonstrate, I’ll explain how the SmartThings Platform works using a scenario familiar to all lovers of Samsung Smart TV’s!

You’re sitting at home, awaiting guests to arrive. Being a little tired, you decided to plop down in front of the TV while your children entertain themselves playing music from their smartphones using Samsung’s Multiroom App as described in How Samsung’s Multiroom App Controls your Wireless Speakers.

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Suddenly the Motion sensors get tripped off, indicating that someone is coming towards your house. You see the alert pop-up on both your smartphone as well as on your Smart TV.

Quickly, you swivel around in your armchair as its action time!  You vault over the couch and land in the sofa, activating the internet connected outdoor camera via the SmartThings menu to check out your visitor and determine who they are and who’s with them.

After all, this person was expected until later in the evening, but the person now ringing on your door is hours early! But a quick glance at the screen makes you freeze in terror, as it’s your evil mother-in-law and your wife……and the kids have made the place a mess!

Quickly, you spring to action!

While they start banging away at the door, impatient for you to open as your wife left her smartphone, you hurriedly have them clean up the mess. Luckily, the door is locked using a specially coded smart lock and only you can unlock it via the SmartThings Platform App on your Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus she got you for Christmas, so they can’t come in and discover what’s up.

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Five minutes later, you open the door, kiss your wife, grudgingly hug your evil mother-in-law and mumble an excuse about having to attend to a pie in the oven as they burst into the house, now spotless and kid-free. Best of all, while your mother-in-law start to nag you, you can always dim the lights and relax and chill with your wife while watching her favourite show on the Smart TV.

The day is saved once again thanks to the Samsung SmartThings Platform!

Samsung SmartThings Platform connects every smart device in your home, giving you total control and providing more security and peace of mind from all danger, including your evil mother-in-law, whether at home or away.

Samsung’s plan to demonstrate this and much more as they activate the SmartThings Platform regionally to expand the Platform’s availability. Sharing is caring, so visit the SmartThings website at and share it with your friends in need of protection.

Here’s the link:

CES 2016 Website

SmartThings Website

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How Samsung’s Bio-Processor taps into the Growing Mobile Health Market in 2016

“With improvements in smart, fitness devices and an increase in consumer health consciousness, more and more people are looking for ways to monitor various personal bio-data, or fitness data, to constantly manage their health. Samsung’s Bio-Processor, which can process five different biometric signals, is the most versatile health and fitness monitoring chip available on the market today and is expected to open up many new health- based service options for our customers”

Vice President of marketing, System LSI business at Samsung Electronics, Ben K. Hur, commenting on Samsung’s Bio-Processor

Samsung has just made the smartwatch take center stage once more.

They’ve now developed the Bio-Processor, a SoC (System on a Chip) designed to be used in smartwatches and fitness trackers. It’s being mass produced to address the growing quantified health market where the health-conscious want to track their health and fitness on a daily basis.

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Already several wearable reference platforms, such as wrist band, board and chest patch type devices exist as demonstration units. These devices showcase Samsung’s Bio-Processor ability to measure multiple fitness variables in very small smartwatches, fitness trackers and other devices.

So how does the Samsung Bio-Processor herald the return of fitness trackers?

Samsung Bio-Processor – Little but Tallawah Processor with huge ambitions

Samsung Bio-Processor achieves quite a neat trick; it’s the industry’s first all-in-one health solution chip that still manages to be small enough to fit into the current crop of wearable devices on the market.

Packed into that small size are the following components:

  • AFE (Analog Front Ends)
  • DSP (Digital Signal Processor
  • eFlash memory
  • MCU (Microcontroller unit)
  • PMIC (Power Management Integrated Circuit)

Samsung’s Bio-Processor despite its size, is able to process the bio-signals it measures without needing of external processing parts. This taps into the desire expressed by fitness fanatics to measure every aspect of their physiology and not just count step or measure their heart rate but to motivate them to exercise properly.

Samsung and the Quantified Health Market – Physician-certified Biometrics tracking

The rise of the quantified health market means that every aspect of your health can be tracked with an accuracy rivaling that of your local physician. To meet such demands, Samsung’s Bio-Processor integrates five (5) AFEs into their design:

  • Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA)
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Galvanic skin response (GSR)
  • Photoplethysmogram (PPG)
  • Skin temperature

But rather than supplant the knowledge of medical professionals, the Bio-Processor is design to be so accurate that even your physician can consult the reading to determine the following metrics:

  • Body fat
  • Skeletal muscle mass
  • Heart rate
  • Heart rhythm
  • Skin temperature
  • Stress level

With the quantified health market set to explode, Samsung is ramping up production of their new Bio-Processor. Expect to see these devices in fitness/health devices within the first half of 2016 as well as new applications involving tracking the health of workers in stressful situations.



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Night Lights Photo Competition launched by Jamaica Public Service Company

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has launched a photogtraphy competition. The Night Lights Photo Competition will run from January 3rd, 2016 to 23rd, 2016. Entries must be in digital format and must be submitted electronically to the JPS Facebook page. The photographer of the winning shot will receive a new Apple iPhone 6.

Night Lights Photo Competition launched by JPS

The best images will be: published in a photo exhibition at the Company’s Head Office; featured in a limited edition 2016 calendar; shared across JPS’ social media networks and corporate website.

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How CES 2016 is going VR thanks to HTC, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung and Oculus

It should come as no surprise that, advertisers are casting their wistful eyes at VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) for 2016.

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Virtual Reality gaming is expected to be huge in 2016 if the buzz at GamesCom 2015 in Germany was any indication of its potential to save the Video Game Console industry.

Predictably, with it will come VR Advertising.

Advertising is slowly dying on the smartphones and tablets as noted in Why the Rise of ad-Blockers is killing free Publisher and App Content.  It’s not a solution to ad blockers, but is merely a new market to which to pitch more immersive advertising, possibly introduced via the Google Cardboard VR headset.

It’ll be literally in your face, adrenalin pumping, harder to ignore and look more like entertainment than an attempt to sell you a product or service.

So how real is the Virtual Reality Hype? Will it really go mainstream as many are predicting in 2016?

VR to dominate CES 2016 – HTC is ready and Playstation VR  is still doing some NASA testing

Companies such as HTC and Valve and their Vive VR Headset, which had cleared FCC (Federal Communication Commission) testing, a requirement for electronic gadgets to go on sale!

More details on the working of their headset will be revealed at CES 2016 which is already shaping up to be all about Virtual Reality Home Entertainment!

Sony, makers of the Playstation 3 Gaming Console, are also looking to VR as their savior. They’ve renamed Project Morpheus as simply the Playstation VR. Sony is currently testing with NASA to develop Mighty Morphenaut, a system to remotely control robots on the ISS (International Space Station).

No date for when the Playstation VR is coming down to Earth, but expect to see it at CES 2016 with more Gaming and immersive video content and priced tentatively at US$518.99.

Microsoft Hololens  – Microsoft Augmented reality coming for Developers

Microsoft has had a great year with Xbox One and Windows 10 as noted in Windows 10 at the end of July 2015 with Edge Browser and Cortana Personal Assistant.

They might continue that winning streak with the Microsoft Surface 3 and the Microsoft Hololens AR (Augmented Reality) headset, which Microsoft employees have been allowed to test out Hololens, posting their creations on social media using the hashtag #MadeWithHoloLens.

Microsoft also has a Developer program where developers pay US$3000 to buy a Developer kit for the Hololens to be able to develope Apps and other content for this new device.

Additionally, as of Monday January 11th 2015, regular customers of Microsoft can submit their ideas for apps, with the best ones being put to vote on twitter for future developement.

Samsung Gear VR – Virtual reality for Samsung Fanboys

The Samsung Gear VR is yet another contender in 2016 that’s already on sale for US$100 as proclaimed in US$99 Samsung Gear VR in November 2015 is a fanboy’s VR Dream.

Already, this device can easily be the Breakout product of 2015 along with the Samsung SUHD TV and truly made anyone pleased to receive them as presents as I’d predicted in How Samsung SUHD TV, Gear VR and Level On Pro are great Christmas gifts.

The Gear VR is going to get an improved ring controller which will debut at CES 2016. Still not so crazy about having to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge Plus or Note 5 to work with this headset, but it’s Samsung way of rewarding its loyal customers who love their tech innovation.

Facebook’s Oculus Rift – Facebook bet on Social Virtual Reality

As for the VR headset that started it all, the Oculus Rift that’s now owned by Facebook, they’ve got a nice surprise for 2016.

They’re launching their product with a family-friendly 3D platformer Lucky’s Tale included as part of the package to promote VR Gaming. The Oculus Rift differs from other VR headsets in that it needs to be connected to a computer to work.

Also, it may not be subsidized like other headsets. So expect pricing as high as US$$500 to US$600 range when the Oculus Rift comes out in 2016 after a CES 2016 debut.

More of a reason why Jamaica needs to have a Video Game Design and Developer and Design Competition to unearth Gaming Design talent!!

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Increase in Flow Jamaica Internet rates on February 1 2016

Flow customers in Jamaica should expect to pay more for their internet services come February 1, 2016. Flow has announced increases in their rates they deem necessary at this time in order to improve their internet infrastructure and provide customers with speeds they demand.

Unsurprisingly customers are not pleased and question the “freeness” of the recently revealed upgrades and speed increases announced just in time for Christmas. The rates that become effective on February1, 2016 along with present rates and increases can be seen in the chart below.



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