Saturday, May 30, 2015

MC2 Post 2020 Google I/O was pretty much Ho-hum...







Listen to CNET reporter Jason Parker:



I like to dream of features like 3D holographic communication (think "Star Wars"), or projecting photos, videos, or games onto a wall from my phone, but I can admit that neither is necessary -- or even practical, for that matter. And I'd be willing to bet that Apple, Google and even you would feel the same.


Of course, those companies and others are doing exactly the sort of innovative, off-the-wall things I do get excited about -- just not necessarily with smartphones. The really cool stuff at I/O were things like Project Jacquard -- smart clothing! -- and Jump -- create a virtual reality experience from 16 GoPro cameras! Indeed, the most exciting smartphone "innovation" at I/O was the fact that Google's ultra-affordable Cardboard accessory can now turn nearly any phone into a VR headset.

 
But even that was really just a free app paired with a DIY "case" -- not really an OS-level change to the smartphone's DNA.






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DirectX 12 Demo Videos show at Windows Build Event

Witch Chapter 0   [cry] 




You Tube   Square Enix Tech Demo for DirectX 12 | WITCH - Chapter 0 [cry]


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From the Wall Street Journal:



Avago Agrees to Buy Broadcom for $37 Billion




Biggest Tech Deals CHART Snapshot




Updated May 28, 2015 2:52 p.m. ET




Chip maker Avago Technologies Ltd. agreed to buy rival Broadcom Corp. for $37 billion in cash and stock, the latest in a wave of deals for the companies that supply parts to power smartphones, tablets and other gadgets.



Avago will pay $17 billion in cash and about $20 billion of its own shares.

Broadcom investors can choose to receive $54.50 a share in cash or about 0.44 shares in anewly formed Singapore holding company, among other options. They will own about32% of the combined company.

After the deal closes, expected by early next year, the company will adopt the nameBroadcom Ltd. and continue to be led by 
Avago Chief Executive Hock Tan.




 



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Lenovo Shows Off a Phone With Two Screens

Lenovo unveils a smartwatch with 2 screens, and phone 
with a projector keyboard


Lenovo has revealed two unusual concept devices at its first global technology event, Lenovo Tech World 2015. The Magic View is a smartwatch with two screens, and the Smart Cast is a smartphone with a built-in virtual keyboard projector module. Both concepts were demonstrated on stage, showing they go beyond simple works-on-paper prototypes.

The Magic View looks like a traditional round watch, but the strap holds a clever second screen which uses reflections to give the impression images are 20 times larger than what

would normally be seen on the small display. It’s necessary to get up close to the watch for the effect to work, which also makes it useful for viewing private messages.







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AMD Plans to introduce new Radeon R9 300 GPUs in JUNE

Because of weak demand for personal computers, AMD’s issues with channel inventory as well as competitive positions of its products, shipments of AMD microprocessors and graphics processing units have been dropping for about a year now. Moreover, AMD’s CPU and GPU market shares have been decreasing for many quarters in a row as well. As a result, the primary tasks for AMD’s management is to boost sales and improve positions on the market. According to the chief exec of the company, this is exactly what AMD plans to do in the second half of the year after launching “Carizzo” accelerated processing units, Godavari (Kaveri Refresh) APUs and all-new Radeon graphics processors in the late second quarter.





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AMD Radeon 300 series will be fleshed out by rebranded cards


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Also Ryan Shrout, of PcPer "explains"

What HBM  High Bandwidth Memory IS...

on TWiCH episode 317 at the 26:50 mark of that TWIT podcast.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

MC2 Post 2019 Google I/O Day 1 was so-so but Day 2 was WOW Plus ++++







Google I/O Day ONE on You Tube.







Google Photos offers UNLIMITED Storage

CNET UPDATE - The Big News
from Google I.O Android PAY

CNET NEWS - Save your data
by using Google Maps Offline

Google ATAP: Your next
Wearable could be your Shirt







All these News Stories are available on the same page of the above

You Tube Link.    

Wingman.




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Friday, May 1, 2015

MC2 Post 2018 Looks Like GoPro Is Really Going For It












GoPro shares surge 12% after bullish analyst notes



Sometimes, what the market is "sayingReally Does Mean Something...


Wingman.




From:    http://www.marketwatch.com




GoPro Inc. shares GPRO, -3.76% surged 12% in premarket trade Wednesday, as analysts weighed in with bullish comments on the company's quarterly earnings posted late Tuesday. Raymond James upgraded the stock to outperform from market perform. "We now expect 25% EPS growth to persist through at least 2016 as the product line broadens and the GoPro ecosystem grows," analysts wrote in a note. Northland Capital Markets cheered a "very strong quarter". "We believe the company is building a healthy franchise by simplifying how users capture, manage, edit and share images," they wrote. GoPro beat profit and revenue estimates and reported a gross margin of 45.1%, a full 110 basis points above its own long-term target of 42% to 44%. Shares have fallen 25.6% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 has gained 2.7%.









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"Make something Really Good and the Competition comes a-calling..."






Xiaomi's affordable Yi action camera versus 

the GoPro Hero



The first thing my Spanish mother-in-law asked me when she saw the Xiaomi Yi was, "Is that a toy camera?" With its lime-and-aqua-marine color scheme, it's not hard to see why she might think that. But no, it is not. In fact, Xiaomi's Yi camera raised a few eyebrows when it was announced recently. Here was yet another action camera that looked suspiciously like a GoPro -- but, at the equivalent of about $65, it was almost half the price of the market-leader's cheapest offering (the $130 Hero edition), with a spec-sheet that bested it on many key features. Importantly (perhaps more so for GoPro), the Yi camera has the backing of Xiaomi, a brand that's gaining traction in China. 
A market everyone wants a slice of. 

But does it really best a GoPro?






TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/la4ocrc


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Remember the 9 Headed Hydra ?

Well We're Almost There.




And  the Cameras Go Round and Round and Round


 GoPro just bought a virtual reality company



Welcome to the age of 'spherical content'



The world's leading action camera company just took its first major step into the growing virtual reality market. GoPro just announced that it has purchased Kolor, a French company that specializes in virtual reality software. Kolor's employees will join the GoPro staff, with operations remaining in Savoie, France.


Kolor’s software lets users to combine multiple photographs or videos to make 360-degree panoramas and videos, or "spherical content" as the companies call it. The ability to create interactive content is something that GoPro hasn't been able to directly offer its customers until now, even though many virtual reality content creators are using the company's cameras.








"We see that incredible opportunity for GoPro to be at the forefront of the virtual reality movement," CEO Nick Woodman said during the company's quarterly earnings call. "Given that GoPro is already the most widely used capture device for capturing life experiences in an immersive manner, it’s only natural that we have a seat at the table moving forward."

Adding to that, Woodman went on to say that 360-degree video is complicated to make right now, but that the company plans to make it easier :




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The 8-camera setup Cage above
is roughly $350 bucks...

Without the Cameras...

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