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Microsoft attempts to Reinvent its Platform and Mobile OS

MicrosoftNokia seemed to get a raw end of the deal with Microsoft, with the once popular mobile phone device now looking like disappearing. For Microsoft and its mobile Windows based operating system, it means a change of thinking and direction

A question, however, is how often does Microsoft need to reinvent the Windows Smartphone to get it right? A change in tact has been to release versions of popular and known software Microsoft Office on iOS and Android. Despite Windows opening up its products to different platforms, a big problem that Windows OS’s have is a lack of developer and app support. Microsoft can put their apps on to other iOS or Android, but customers don’t seem to want to use a Microsoft platform, except on the PC or laptop.

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IBM has managed to develop world’s first 7 nm chip

  • 10/07/2015 at 03:33 by It's a Gadget Staff
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IBM 7 NanoMeter ChipIBM has announced a working 7 nanometer node test chip with functioning transistors, an industry first from an area where the doubling of power was common for a fair few years.

The chip was created in partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE) and is the size of a finger-nail. It’s potential uses include powering smartphones to spacecraft using more than 20 billion tiny switches.

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BBC shows the Micro Bit computer design

  • 08/07/2015 at 16:53 by It's a Gadget Staff
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BBC Micro Bit DesignDigital technology has been growing fast over the past few decades, and it has changed how future generations will work and study. With computers, it’s not just about knowing how to turn one on and use software, but knowing how a computer works and how to write code and program computers. The BBC have a history of spreading digital knowledge, and did so back in the 1980s with its BBC Micro. Now, the BBC are upgrading to the BBC micro:bit.

The BBC micro:bit is going to be given out to every 11 or 12 year old child in year 7 or an equivalent in the UK. It is a small device that is a codeable computer and the BBC hopes it will raise the imaginations and creativity of children in the digital field. The miro:bit connects to a range of devices, sensors, kits and objects. It is a way for children to learn about the internet-of-things and how to manipulate and create code to change or fix things within the internet-of-things.

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HidrateMe – A Smart Water Bottle

  • 05/07/2015 at 04:19 by It's a Gadget Staff
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HidrateMe Smart Water BottleYou know you have to drink water each day, but do you? Is water drinking a habit you find hard to pick up? Are you one of those people who’ll carry a water bottle around, but forget to take a sip every now and again? The human body is primarily made up of water, and it is one of the building blocks to life. But, water is something we can forget to consume.

The HidrateMe is a “smart” water bottle that glows when you should have a drink and connects to an app on your smartphone (iPhone or Android.) to tell you how much water you’ve drunk and how much you need to drink for your health or daily goal.

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Holus brings 3D holographic digital content in your home

  • 28/06/2015 at 23:47 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Holus 3D HolographicThe ability to view images, apps and whatever content is on screen in 3D as a holograph is what the Holus gives you in your home, workplace or educational environment. Holus is currently on Kickstarter, and is a promising device.

Someone with an interest in science will be able to view DNA structures or the solar system in four various angles, families will be able to play digital board games together, and for developers there are endless possibilities for what the Holus could be used for.

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The Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300 – A tiny, affordable computing experience

Lenovo Ideacenter Stick 300Lenovo have announced a new compute stick, the Lenovo ideacentre Stick 300. A compute stick is a device that you place into a television set to turn it into a computer and multimedia hub. It is portable, small and convenient for users who want to have a PC experience wherever they are.

Sometimes, it’s difficult to carry a laptop around, or a bit too expensive for someone who has a desktop PC at home. All that’s required for the Stick 300 to work is a HDMI slot in the television or monitor, and the HDMI slot is becoming the norm for display devices.

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Here Active Listening could change the way we listen to music

  • 14/06/2015 at 23:55 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Here Active ListeningWhat is you’re at a concert, and you’d like the sound to be a bit different so you could enjoy it more? Here Active Listening is an audio device that fits into your ear and is controlled by your smartphone. With the Here, you would be able to control the audio experience of any concert, event or place where there’s an audio experience happening around you. It can even help on planes to give you a good night’s sleep without any noise distractions.

This isn’t a set of headphones, but a device that takes in the sounds around you and allows you to control how you hear. Hans Zimmer, who has done countless soundtracks for Hollywood movies, was a partner for the Here team. Zimmer’s experience with creating sound and atmospheric music for movies helped out the Here team immensely.

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