Here at Enstep Technology Solutions, we like to keep our customers, community, and team members informed on news throughout the technology world. We especially like to focus on interesting, fun, and educational items.
- Microsoft News – Along with a new version of its Windows operating system, Microsoft is expected to announce a new browser next week. Their new browser’s code-name is “Spartan”, according to Tech News World.
- Virtual Traffic Lights – The average American worker spends almost half an hour commuting each day, but virtual traffic lights could cut that almost in half, stated Tech News World. Based on vehicle-to-vehicle technology mandates expected within the United States, virtual traffic lights will appear not on the street, but on drivers’ windshields as they approach an intersection.
- Facebook – They announced that they’ve begun a new effort to help find missing children by incorporating Amber Alerts into the news feeds of its 185 million U.S. users, said Tech News World.
- Beagle 2 Mars Lander – The 11-year-old mystery of what happened to the UK-sponsored Beagle 2 Mars lander on its trip to the red planet’s surface appeared to be mostly solved Friday with the announcement the craft had been spotted in high-resolution NASA images taken from orbit, according to CNN.
- Portable Blood Test – An Irish company says it has developed a “clinic-in-a-box” that can test for a range of diseases or medical conditions in minutes, from just a single drop of blood, said CNN.
- French Websites Under Attack – The French Defense Ministry and ANSSI, that country’s version of the NSA, confirmed to CNNMoney that they have monitored a large wave of cyberattacks on all sorts of French websites.
- Google Glass Is Not Dead – According to Tech Crunch, “In its current form, Glass is undoubtedly dead, but there’s no reason to believe Google won’t relaunch it with a new version in the coming month — likely around its annual I/O developer conference.” Google Glass is a type of wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD).
- Be My Eyes – A new Danish non-profit ‘startup’, has taken a commodity technology, the humble video call, and, by combining it with a community of sighted volunteers, used it as the basis for an iOS app that lets you help a visually-impaired person ‘see’ through their phone’s video camera, said Steve O’Hear on Tech Crunch.com.
- HTC – They are gearing up to launch something new on March 1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, according to Tech Crunch. HTC has done a great job of delivering quality devices with the past two HTC One flagship smartphones, including the M7 two years ago and 2014’s M8.
- Robot News – A million-dollar robot suit is available on Amazon in Japan, said John Biggs on TechCrunch.com. The robot is a bit hobbled so it moves about five miles per hour and you can buy the arms separately.
- Tablet Case – If your personal trademark veers towards chic, no nonsense, and leather-clad, we’ve found the perfect case for you. Makr’s $180 leather iPad case is beautiful in its simplicity, advised Wired.com.
- Smart Scale – If you have $150 to buy only one thing, get a connected scale. Recent research has found that weighing in at least once a week is key to keeping hard-earned pounds from creeping back, according to Wired.
Most of you don’t have time to read about all the happenings in the ever changing, fast moving technology world, so a few times a year we like to provide you with a break down of the most interesting tech news items out there.