TECHNOBYTE for 19 September 2014

I was atthe Intel Developer Forum conference, which was absolutely fascinating. Intel isthe world’s largest chipmaker. They make the heart and guts of your computer.This year they focused on the next generation of computing which has beenwidely recognised as the Internet of Things.

The idea isthat more than 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet. This spansfrom wearable devices, to sensors in your geyser and your wall in your home toshare data between machines to make our lives easier. But there are challengesin managing the massive amounts of data that will be generated. Intel estimatesthat by 2020 we be generating 35 Zettabytes of data. They launched theirtiniest computer to dat. It is called Edison and this computer is the size of aSIM card. At the show this year one the most fascinating stand was one calledthe Makers, which basically encourages anyone to dabble in programing andcreating their own array of the Internet of Things. It has become so easy andaffordable for anyone to create something of their own in their homes that willmake life easier for them. One example was someone who created a small projectusing sensors linked to their alarm clock. When the alarm clock goes off, theshower will start 5 minutes later, the coffee machine will begin brewing coffee30 minutes later, automating your daily schedule to make life easier.

During thesame week I was in San Francisco has an event where they launched new devices.

Theylaunched the iPhone 6 which has a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 6 Plus whichhas a 5.5-inch display. Both phones are bigger than the current model but thinnerthan the 5s. The new phones have rounder edges, a faster processor and anupdated camera. There is also an updated chip called the M8 as well as abarometer, which is linked to monitor health and sport apps more accurately.

Apple alsoannounced Apple Pay. This will allow you to store your credit cards on yourphone and consumers will simply just have to wave their phones near a receiverat a checkout counter when paying for things without having to take out yourwallet.

Apple CEOTim Cook also announced the Apple Watch calling it the most personal deviceApple has ever launched. The watch, which works together with your iPhone,comes in various different styles. There are many apps that will allow you totrack your fitness while you exercise, you can use it to view your messages. Ituses a tiny digital crown on the side to navigate and a touch screen forfunctionality. It goes on sale early in 2015 and pricing starts at $349.

Altech has launched the world’s first fully converged home gateway console offering the latest in movie entertainment, TV series, sports and business news, internetaccess, and wireless smart home solutions.

Smart entertainment with over 700 hours of premium entertainment, series andsports content, allowing you to watch what you want, when you want offeringinstant play and no data costs.

Smart TV services like internet access, Android apps, creation of a Wi-Fihotspot in your home, ability to access your content using a USB and being ableto stream this content to up to 5 devices using DNLS family members can enjoytheir favourite content through their various personal devices withoutinterrupting anyone else’s viewing

Smart home services to connect your home through your TV with Node smartaccessories such as Smart Plugs for all your electrical device and wirelesscameras and sensors for surveillance, VoIP phone for internet calls andrecharge services for airtime, data and electricity.

VIDI is thefirst South African streaming service to offer both a monthly subscription option and/or an instant rental option across one platform. There is noprogramme scheduling but rather instant access to thousands of hours ofentertainment. Available across multi devices, viewers have two options:Unlimited Subscription to a library of movies and award-winning TV series foronly R149 per month. Sign up is easy with the first month on subscriptionoffered as a trial period. Viewers don’t require a dish or a decoder and theycan cancel their subscription anytime as there are no contracts. Viewersalso have the option to Instantly Rent the latest releases just off the circuitfor R27 and a selection of premier library titles from as little as R15. TheInstant Rental Service offers a mix of 72 of the latest blockbusters just offthe cinema circuit as well as select library titles, with new titles beingadded every month, ranging from R15 - R27 a title.



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