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Can Bitcoin Be Stable Long Term?

Is it possible for BitCoin to remain stable for a long period of time?

There are arguments on both sides of the case,  but one thing is for sure that the Bitcoin is currently worth over $580 as of the time of this post.

For something that was once available 6x+ lower than that, it has sure gained a lot of traction over the last few years.

There are even ATMs for Bitcoins now along with a whole bunch of other services ranging from Wallets to being accepted on websites such as NewEgg.com.

There will eventually be 21 million total Bitcoins, and that is probably a good thing that there is a cap. That means that it will be rare, like Gold or something that there isn’t an infinite number of.

Bitcoins also have the advantage of not being tied down to a particular country or bank. The people, so to speak, keep track through the Black Chain.

There is even speculation from some prominent investors that one day the Bitcoin could hold a $10,000 value. It seems a bit outrageous, but don’t forget there was also a period of time where people thought the Internet was outrageous. Major public figures were baffled and confused as to what these “connected computers” were and how it all worked. They even thought it would crash and fail, just like people think Bitcoin’s may crash and fail.

 

Windows 8.1 Update Leaked

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New updates for the Windows Phone 8.1 have been leaked and we have all the details…

Now that Microsoft has merged with Nokia, people are expecting better and bigger things from Windows phones and with this apparent leak, it seems that interest is starting to build.

The new 8.1 is expected to have a larger 7 inch screen which is definitely bigger than other phablets on the market. The screen is set to be 1920×1080 pixels which is around the same as their smaller screened phones.

The phones are also set to come with a deeper integration of Cortana, Microsofts version of Siri.

The software will also be updated to come with support folders that will help organize apps by simply dropping and dragging them into tiles.

There will also be an interactive case which will support accessories. This will allow the phone to flip on and off in conjunction with the case. Notification may also be viewable from the case itself too.

The new Windows phone is due out in the fall.

Google Working on 5.9 inch Phablet

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Rumors have surfaced that Google is working on a new 5.9 inch smart phone.

Larger smartphones or phablets are becoming increasingly popular and it seems that Google is working on creating a huge 5.9 display.

Sources have stated that Google is working with Motorola on the phablet, which will also reportedly come with a fingerprint sensor and will run on the Android operating system.

The project has been nicknamed Shamu internally and will be one of the bigger smartphones on the market.

Currently, the biggest phablet available is Samsungs Galaxy Mega which is available in 6.3 inches. The average is around 5.3 to 5.7 inches.

Google is yet to comment on the rumors surrounding Shamu however, it is expected that the company will make an announcement by the end of the year.

It is most likely that Shamu will be released next year.

Facebooks Zuckerberg Richer than Google Co Founders

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Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has climbed above Google co-founders on Bloomberg’s billionaires list.

According to Bloomberg’s Billionaires list, Zuckerberg ranks 15th with a net worth of $33.3 billion.

Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin are currently in the 16th and 19th spots respectively.

Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates still retains his top of the list status however, Zuckerberg is growing much more rapidly.

“He’s just getting started,” stated CEO of Techonomy Media. “He’s going to become the richest person on the planet.”

Amazons founder, Jeff Bezos also ranked under Zuckerberg in 20th place.

Facebook had a much better second quarter than initially expected which is part of the reason why Zuckerberg ranked so highly.

The company added an estimated $1.6 billion to their fortune, making it of their best quarter yet.

“We had a good second quarter,” stated the Facebook CEO. “Our community has continued to grow and we see a lot of opportunity ahead as we connect the rest of the world.”

 

Bose Sues Beats for Patent Infringement

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Bose is suing Beats over multiple alleged patent infringements, just months after the company was acquired for billions by Apple.

Bose, who is one of the leading companies when it comes to sound technology, is suing Beats for infringements on their noise cancelling headphone technology.

Bose is also claiming that Beats infringed on 36 other patents and is demanding that the courts prevent Beats from selling the offending products.

Apple purchased Beats a few months ago for over $3 billion and while the tech giant is no stranger to patent lawsuits, this definitely is not welcome news for Apple who are also battling their own patent infringement case with Samsung.

Patent cases are definitely not out of the ordinary in Silicon Valley however they are tedious and long and often cost all companies involved a lot of money and wasted resources.

Beats is yet to issue a statement about the filing but the court is currently reviewing the documents submitted by Bose.

Larger Version of iPhone 6 Delayed?

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As Apple gets ready to release the iPhone 6, news has just surfaced that the larger version of the phone may be delayed. 

Apple has remained tight lipped (as usual) on the specifications of the new iPhone 6 however, many have speculated that both a 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch version is going to be released.

Smartphones that have a larger screen are becoming more and more popular but according to a recent report, Apple’s larger inch screen may be delayed until later in the year.

According to sources, the 4.7 inch device has just gone into mass production, but there is no word yet on the 5.5 inch device.

Another thing that is different about the screens, other than their size, is the fact that they will be much more resistant to scratches and falls due to the presence of sapphire.

The new phone is also expected to have improved battery life and a higher resolution screen.

In terms of design, sources have also speculated that the iPhone 6 will be thinner and lighter than previous models.

While we all continue to speculate, the new iPhone 6 is expected to be released in the coming months.

Why No One Wants the iPad Anymore

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Apple has managed to keep it’s #1 spot in tablet the industry however, its grip is loosening as second quarter figures reveal that sales are dropping. 

Total tablet shipments have declined by 1.5 percent in recent months and have been slower than the same time last year.

While Apple continues to hold the number one spot in the currently slow market, Samsung, Lenovo and Asus are slowly creeping up.

Apple has sold an estimated 13.3 million units which is around 9.3 percent less than last year. Currently, they hold a 26.9 percent market share which is down by 33 percent from last year.

In order to bring sales up, Apple has recently teamed up with former rival, IBM in order to make iPads more appealing to businesses.

Samsung is definitely Apple’s biggest threat as they sold 8. 5 million tablets, raising their markets share by 1.6 percent since last year.

Lenovo rose 64 percent this year with 2.4 million units sold and Asustek rose 13.1 percent with 2.3 million shipments.

While sales for Apple have declined, sales for tablets in general have been slow due to customers showing more interest in large screen smartphones or phablets.

Analysts are predicting that phablets are going to be come the hot trend of the next few years with the industry experiencing a growth of 60 percent since last year.

Apple is reportedly prepping for this market and has plans to release a bigger iPhone in the Fall.

 

Google Purchases Twitch for $1 Billion

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Google has purchases the game live-streaming firm, Twitch for $1 billion. 

Billion dollar acquisitions have become the latest thing in Silicon Valley as Google purchases the gaming firm, Twitch in the hopes of merging their technology with YouTube.

Twitch began in 2011 and was founded by Justin Kan and Emmett Shear. To date, the site has over 50 million active monthly users which results in around 13 billion minutes of video watched per month.

While Google’s YouTube is the number one online video platform with 6 billion hours watched per month and over 1 billion users, they are not live streamed.

Twitch also specifically caters to the gaming world and has partners including GameSpot, Joystiq and Destructoid.

Both companies have declined to comment regarding the merger but will discuss what is instore at the GamesBeat 2014 conference in September.

Google Celebrates Chromecasts First Birthday

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For it’s one year anniversary, Google has announced that owners of Chromecast have “cast” over 400 million times.

Chromecast, a streaming media stick that was released this time last year has managed to keep owners engaged with Google releasing some pretty impressive statistics.

Chromecast, which retails for an affordable $35 can stream content from your mobile devices and computer to your TV screen.

The device is extremely competitive when it comes to price, helping to draw in users. Many apps have also become Chromecast compatible which has definitely helped the user base and interaction grow.

In fact, more than 10,000 apps have been produced for Chromecast and this number is expected to grow.

Another way Google is celebrating Chromecasts 1st birthday is by offering Chromecast customers a free 90 day trial to their steaming music service, Play Music All Access.

This offer will be available through till September.

Smart Seatbelt Sensor Detects Drowsy Drivers

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As more smart technology is added to vehicles, the Biomechanics Institute (IBV) in Spain have developed a heart rate sensor that can detect when a driver is beginning to fall asleep.

The Heart and Respiration In-Car Embedded Non-Intrusive Sensors or Harken,  works by measuring the heart and sensory rate of the driver.

The sensor is located in the seatbelt and seat cover and is able to detect when a person is falling asleep. Upon detection, the sensor lets off an alarm that wakes the driver.

“When people go into a state of fatigue or drowsiness, modifications appear in their breathing and heart rate. Harken can monitor these variables and therefore warn the driver before the onset of symptoms of fatigue,” stated Jose Saolaz, IBV director of innovation.

Harken was funded by the European Union and  was designed using smart materials that “seamlessly integrate into the seat cover and the seat belt.”

The Signal Process Unit, which is where the data is stored, is located at the bottom of the seat and allows the signals to be processed in real time.

Harken is now being tested in real traffic conditions and if successful it will be available to the public in the coming years.