A special ‘Lantern’ issue on 3D3C Virtual Worlds of the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, which I have co-edited, is now available. The special issue is being published in two parts – Part 1 has been published in Q1 / 2014 and is available here. Part 2 will be published in Q2 / 2014.
A small town brewery was sent a cease and desist letter by Starbucks. Their hilarious response posted on their Facebook page went viral. ‘Nuf said!
See original article here.
Google has announced its acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion. This is Google’s biggest and most newsworthy acquisition in the Internet of Things / SmartHome space. Perhaps it forebears its intent to integrate data captured from smart sensors into its search results? More likely is the creation of multiple Google Smart Devices that are deeply integrated together through the Android operating system. An exciting possibility indeed!
Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash.
Nest’s mission is to reinvent unloved but important devices in the home such as thermostats and smoke alarms. Since its launch in 2011, the Nest Learning Thermostat has been a consistent best seller–and the recently launched Protect (Smoke + CO Alarm) has had rave reviews.
See the original press release here.
Phillips and Accenture have created a proof of concept to showcase the possibilities that lie when wearable computers (Google Glass) are used in the healthcare arena.
iPhone 5C. Becoming more C.
Originally posted on Quartz:
Well that didn’t take long. Just 30 days after rolling out a cheaper, plastic-cased version of its flagship smartphone, Apple is reportedly backtracking.
Apple is cutting production of its new iPhone 5C in half, according to a report released by Chinese tech site C Technology (link in Chinese). The report says the company will slash its current 300,000 unit-a-day pace to 150,000.
There’s been no official word on why Apple would scale back so quickly on the manufacturing of the 5C, but if the report proves accurate, chances are it’s due to massively disappointing demand for the cheap phone. Two weeks after its release, 5C sales were already pacing far behind Apple’s other new phone, the pricier 5S. In China, the world’s largest smartphone market, the discrepancy in demand for Apple’s two new phones has been even more pronounced. That has forced Chinese retailers to sell the 5C at even deeper discounts.
Customers will now be able to order 3D prints at UPS stores, which will be equipped with Stratasys commercial printers.
Tile, a Bluetooth Low Energy device, will enable geo-location of stuff using smartphones and other Tiles. Keep your eyes open for other similar devices with a multitude of sensors. Tile has received 7500% of its requested funding!
Some excellent design tips for #HKUiSAD developers on how to reduce the pain of customer wait time in your apps!
Originally posted on Gigaom:
Recently my family gathered in North Carolina to celebrate a milestone in my sister’s life, and we arrived 10 minutes early for our reservation at a nice restaurant. “No problem,” they said, since the previous table was closing the check. We then stood waiting for more than half an hour – during which we were refused water because the table was “almost ready”– and we checked in twice more before finally being seated. Though the restaurant eventually comped our appetizers, our meal was colored by a needlessly arduous bad start.
This situation made me think about my experiences with other establishments that have figured out ways to make waiting more pleasant. Some of these practices are well established in the real world, yet many of us working in the digital world fail to recognize or embrace those strategies to improve our products.