Huge 43% growth in online video watching in one year

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People on the Internet watched 38.2 billion free videos online in the second quarter of 2014.

A new report from Adobe has found that we are wasting more time than ever watching video, and we are increasingly doing it online. What’s more, “online” no longer means “on a computer” — it increasingly means on a smartphone, a game console, or a set-top box like a Roku or Amazon Fire TV.

 

 

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Millennials represent the largest group of smartphone owners in the U.S.

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The millennials are very heavy mobile users.

In the U.S., Millennials are one of the largest generational groups and they are also the largest group of smartphone owners, according to a new report by Nielsen. And their adoption of the devices is still growing: by the second quarter of this year, 85% of those aged 18 to 24 owned a smartphone, and 86% of those aged 25 to 34 did.

 

 

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What do Americans really want from their smart homes?

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Smartphone-enabled, security-minded, and no monthly fees.

Homeowners in the U.S. would prefer a smartphone-enabled, do-it-yourself platform for home automation over a closed, subscription-based system.  They also care a lot more about security and peace of mind than they do about saving on their energy bills.

 

 

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Qnovo develops smarter software that can speed up smartphone charging

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Qnovo bets it can improve the battery that’s already in your smartphone.

Smartphones can be frustrating and one of the most frustrating things about them is how long they take to recharge. But they could soon be one-third as frustrating. A startup called Qnovo, based in Newark, California, uses a technology that constantly checks and adjusts the flow of power during recharging to charge batteries faster and increase their lifespans.

 

 

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Top 10 ways nanotechnology is transforming the world around us

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Nanotechnology might be outside your window at this very moment in the form of a gecko-like human scaling a self-cleaning, nano-enhanced solar window.

A pair of hand-held, gecko-inspired paddles that can help you ascend a 25-foot sheet of glass might not seem like the most impressive use of nanotechnology but this real-world advance aptly demonstrates how quickly the field of nanotechnology is climbing into our lives. Below are ten additional examples of how nanotechnology is already changing the world, followed by 10 ways it may help society scale even greater heights in the near future.

 

 

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Here’s why automakers want 4G technology in cars

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Automakers are counting on the connected car.

Today’s cars are trying to replicate the smartphone experience. Touchscreen interfaces are common. Dashboard designers take UI tips from iPhones, and automakers want to build apps for cars. Large automakers like General Motors are taking the next obvious step and integrating 4G LTE service into their cars starting this year. Drivers pay a monthly service fee for in-car 4G that’s separate from their smartphones, and use it for an array of services from movies for kids in the backseat to sophisticated GPS-on-steroids solutions. It’s a win-win for automakers, the dealers who sell the 4G add-ons, and carriers like AT&T. But is it a win for consumers?

 

 

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Bionic pancreas shows promise in managing diabetes

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The bionic pancreas

In 2000, Ed Damiano’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Damiano’s son was 11 months old.The biomedical engineer, decided to create a device that would help his child and millions of others better manage their disease. He set a goal of having it ready by the time his son went to college.

 

 

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Toddlers who play non-educational games on touch screens have lower verbal test scores: Study

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“Technology can never replace a parent’s interaction with his or her child.”

Children who played non-educational games using touch-screen devices had lower verbal scores upon testing, according to a recent study by pediatricians from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. The study examined children from 0-3 years old that used touch-screen devices to determine if their use was of any educational benefit to infants and toddlers.

 

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This is your brain on a smartphone

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A mobile junkie.

When is the last time you powered your smartphone all the way down?  Try turning it all the way off now. Take your phone out and turn it off (note: this is not advised if you are reading this on your mobile. In this case you are probably too far gone). Fair warning, you will experience a short stint of anxiety and emptiness. These mobile withdrawals are unpleasant (and slightly pathetic) but the sobering and liberating experience is worth more than your 25th snapchat today.

 

 

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Ostendo Technologies chip to bring holograms to smartphones

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Ostendo chip that can produce a hologram

Virtual reality won’t require strapping a bulky contraption to your head in the future. Instead, you may just step into an empty room and then suddenly seeing life-size, 3-D images of people and furniture. Or look down at a smartwatch and see virtual objects float and bounce above the wrist, like the holographic Princess Leia beamed by R2-D2 in the movie “Star Wars.”

 

 

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