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Baidu Eye, The Google Glass alternative from China’s Google

Baidu, the Chinese Search Engine Giant has been China’s Google and taking that forward, Baidu has officially announced the working prototype of the Company’s Google Glass alternative – Baidu Eye.

But to be honest, this alternative doesn’t really look like just another Chinese rather like a world-class product. Because when Baidu announced a year before that a Chinese version of Glass was under work at that time, People where guessing that it must be a CopyCat but this first working version proves that No, it’s not a CopyCat and even it differs in a variety of ways from Google Glass. The biggest difference would be the Mini screen/Projector that Google Glass has but Baidu Eye doesn’t have and the reason is that the screen can tire human eyes and also without screen the device consumes less energy hence long lasting battery. If you remember, this is one area of which everyone was concerned about with Google Glass.

BaiduEye

With no screen what can Baidu Eye do for us? explains, Baidu Director of International Communications Kaiser Kuo

Basically Baidu Eye allows the user to analyze images and provide information or services related to your current field of vision or a specific item. You can use voice commands, or gesture commands (like expanding to zoom, or circling an object in your field of view with your finger). You can identify plants, or find products (so far, handbags and articles of clothing) on e-commerce sites. The use case scenarios for now are limited, but we’ve got an enormous data set of clothes, bags, and flora right now.

The company has stressed on the point that Baidu Eye is still on its early stages but the company has plans for releasing a commercial version in future.

TL:DR; Baidu Eye = Google Glass (with no Projector) + Amazon FireFly

Google vs Amazon – Prime Air vs Project Wing #Drolivery

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It made a lot of sense when Online Retail Giant Amazon talked about Prime Air - its plans to use Drones for faster delivery but now when Internet Giant Google talks about the same concept of Drolivery (Drone Delivery), it apparently looks weird. Really, What’s a Search Engine going to deliver via Drones? Images? News? Websites? Youtube Videos? Oh boy, Forgot that Google is no more just a Search Engine Company but they have evolved themselves as the Web-front and not just limited to Internet but they are into Smartphones (Nexus), Tablets (Nexus), Laptops (Chromebook) and even into Robotics (Boston Dynamics) but their latest attempt named “Project Wing” almost directly challenges the future of Amazon.

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Yes, “Project Wing” is Google’s attempt at Drolivery which can be a potential replacement to current delivery systems. While this is not the first time, both these companies have locked horns with each other because,

Google Amazon
Android OS (Default)* Fire OS (Forked Android)
Play Store* App Store
Nexus Phone* Fire Phone
Nexus Tablet* Kindle Fire
Chromecast* Fire TV
YouTube* Prime Instant Video
Shopping Express Same-Day Delivery*
Google Cloud * Amazon Web Services
Google Offers (Shutting Down)* Amazon Local
Google Wallet* Amazon Payments
Google Adwords* Amazon ads (Coming soon)
Project Wing Prime Air*

* indicates who’s first.

Project Wing was initially revealed in a story from The Atlantic and then confirmed by Google with a YouTube video. Here’s what’s happening in the Video:

“As part of our research, we built a vehicle and traveled to Queensland, Australia for some test flights,” Google said in a video’s description. “There, we successfully delivered a first aid kit, candy bars, dog treats, and water to a couple of Australian farmers.”

Hence it’s clear that Google is doing something in Amazon’s zone and looks like the f(l)ight is just taking off now.

Apple iWatch to be unveiled on September 9th along with iPhone 6: Re/code

Apple iWatch

Looks like the final call for Apple’s much much much anticipated iWatch or whatever it might be called, is now, as Re/Code has reported that Apple’s first wearable to debut along with the new iPhone (iPhone 6) on September 9th company event.

Apple iWatch

While a few days weeks back there was a report saying that Production issues have pushed iWatch launch to 2015, this new report looks so hard to believe. Nevertheless nothing is confirmed until the device appears on stage during iPhone 6 launch.

Apple is expected to unveil iWatch in 3 different variants with different screen sizes,1.6-inch & 1.8-inch of flexible displays and with loads of sensors that can put it in the top of line wearables available in the market. 

Popular Gadget Leakster @evleaks retires

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If you are a keen follower of Gadget trends, you cannot ignore this name @evleaks – the most popular leakster whose leaks were mostly accurate. The owner of @evleaks twitter handle is Evan Blass who has worked with Engadget and Pocket Now before starting @evleaks.

evleaks

Though he was popular among Tech Bloggers and Gadget Freaks, the man with Multiple Sclerosis couldn’t find a potential revenue stream with @evleaks and the website he found on top of that  and so he decided to quit the leaking game and find a job that can help him securing for his future as his disease is worsening. Though the twitter handle is going to be live, we can’t expect the same-old games online. All the best Evan for leakentertaining us so far!

[via TNW]

Top 8 iOS 8 features that could attract Android users

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Apple kicked off WWDC ’14 with a successful Keynote launching the next version of OSX, OSX Yosemite and iOS 8, the most anticipated next generation operating system for Apple mobile devices (iPhones & iPads).

Talking about the Key rival – Android, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “They had bought an Android phone, by mistake, and then had sought a better experience, and a better life. And decided to check out iPhones and iOS.” and supported it with this stat: “Nearly half of our customers in China in the past six months switched from Android to iPhone. This is incredible.”

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Doesn’t matter whether, what Tim Cook said is true or false, but we feel there are some features in the new iOS 8 that could really attract Android users towards iOS.

Whatsapp + Snapchat + Instagram = iMessage 

iOS 8 Audio Message

iMessage has evolved to a very new level by enabling Whatsapp-like audio messaging and Instagram-like video messaging and also adds Snapchat-like ephemeral messaging. More Whatsapp features like Group conversation and Location Sharing are also included in the latest iMessage.

Improved Interactive Notification Center:

ios 8 Interactive Notifications

iOS users didn’t see a lot of Notifications except few before iOS 7 and that’s a big thing that made Android fans to be proud of since Notifications in Android way better in Android but with iOS 8, Apple has beaten Android by implementing Interactive Notifications that allow the users to respond in the same screen and the level of this responding is so deep that not only you can reply to your iMessages or trash the incoming email but also can comment on the Facebook notifications and other such third-part apps generated notifications, just in the same screen where you are working without opening the notifying app.

Smartest Keyboard:

ios 8 keyboard prediction

The first iPhone revolutionized texting with a full touch QWERTY keyboard and since that Android keyboards have evolved a lot and lot but the pioneer who introduced it, iOS didn’t do well. In iOS 8, Apple relaunches the iOS keyboard that can be claimed as the smartest iOS keyboard ever, because it understands what you are writing and to whom you are writing and based on those, it gives you (auto) suggestions (that don’t look like the auto-correction jokes) but with a lot of prediction and maturity. And more than that, iOS 8 supports Third-part keyboards much like Android so it’s time to expect leading Android keyboard like Swiftkey, Swype and Fleksy keyboards for iOS.

Health:

iOS Health App Screenshot

Leveraging the sensors in iPhone, iOS 8 collects all of your health data like Sleeping pattern, Walking steps, Calories burned, Heart Rate and other such data and present it in one location – Health App - which will give a clear view of all the health parameters and also interact with other Health and Fitness apps in the device. Also ultimately can notify your Physician in case of emergency and expected to do more.

Family Sharing:

iOS 8 Family Sharing

With iOS 8, A family of size 6 can share their paid apps that are purchased with one credit card among themselves through Family Sharing, thus saving a huge cost for each family. Any purchase from iTunes, iBooks and App Store can be shared among those 6 family members provided the CC is same and iOS 8 also introduces Family Calendar and makes Photo sharing within the family much easier.

iPhone – iPad – Mac Continuity:

iOS 8 Continuity Handsofff

Don’t tell me that you haven’t been embarrassed when you have to pick your ringing Phone that’s slightly away from your laptop in which you are working currently and iOS 8 together with OSX Yosemite aims to solve this embarrassment and that’s Continuity (Handsoff). Thus all three, iPhone, iPad and Mac are connected and communicating each other when they are close by and and if WiFi access point is not there to connect, then the personal hotspot would do the magic. Starting from attending calls to writing emails across devices can be accomplished and once again Apple opens up this to developers so that they can write such apps to make them enable Handsoff for the users.

iCloud Drive:

iOS 8 iCloud Drive

Apple launches iCloud drive, much like Google Drive and Dropbox and have also launched apps for OSX Yosemite and Windows 7+ thus all your files across Windows and Mac will be available in your iPhone/iPad to access and to edit and any edit in one device will reflect immediately in the other as all of them are in sync with the cloud (much like Evernote).

Smart Spotlight:

iOS 8 Spotlight App Store

Spotlight is one great feature that allows users to find anything in their iOS device. Let it be a Contact or Music, Spotlight indexes all together so that just in one search users can find what they want in their iOS device. And with iOS 8, Spotlight’s search capability goes beyond your iOS device and includes more services like iTunes, App Store, Wikipedia, News, Places and much more.

While these 8 features might attract Android users directly, the new iOS 8 SDK with things like Touch ID access, Metal, HomeKit can bring loads of useful apps that Android hasn’t yet seen. Unlike iOS 7, that was not well received (though adapted widely) among iOS users, iOS 8 has already got a huge welcome and users are getting ready to hug the all new iOS 8 in the coming fall. So Are you Android users tempted now?