PSFK Future Of Wearable Tech – Summary Presentation

PSFK Future Of Wearable Tech – Summary Presentation.

This is an interesting market analysis for the wearable market. They segment this market into 5:

  1. Wristbands
  2. Jewelry
  3. Glasses
  4. Clothing
  5. Embedded

They give examples and trends for each one of the 5 segments. Now, some parts of it are quite worrying: the hugging clothes to replace parental hugging…. This is a tough one.

Update: Google posts DRM workaround for paid Android Wear apps | Ars Technica

Update: Google posts DRM workaround for paid Android Wear apps | Ars Technica.

Paid apps don’t work on smartwatches running Android WearCurrently, there’s no such thing as a “standalone Wear app.” Apps must be installed through a phone on the wearable device. 

Paid Android apps are encrypted, with the encryption key obtained from the Play Store and passed to the phone but not passed over to the watch.

Google says, “We’re working to make this easier for you in the future, and we apologize for the inconvenience.”

Panicking over Android’s factory reset is mostly unwarranted | Ars Technica

Panicking over Android’s factory reset is mostly unwarranted | Ars Technica.

Avast claims that selling an old Android phone exposes all your personal data—even after a factory reset.  By using forensics techniques Avast recovered the previous owner’s data from 20 wiped out used phones. Descriptions of the leftover data includes “family photos of children,” “photos of women in various stages of undress,” and “selfies of what appear to be the previous owner’s manhood” 🙂 🙂

There is a big difference between “deletion” and “secure erase.” “Secure erase,” means removing or obfuscating data past the point of practical recovery. Android has a built-in disk encryption feature.The real end game for data protection now is to physically destroy your storage.  In the enterprise, that’s done via a drive crusher.

So if you want to sell your Android phone and be relatively secure, encrypting it before you wipe it or crush it :-). What about organizing old Android phones crushing parties 🙂 ?

Raspberry Pi gets more Arduino-y with new open source modular hardware | Ars Technica

Raspberry Pi gets more Arduino-y with new open source modular hardware | Ars Technica.

The new version of the Raspberry is called the Raspberry Pi Compute Module and is the size of a laptop memory module.
The board is entirely open source. The Raspberry Pi itself is not open source hardware because based on Broadcom ARM processor (the BCM2835) for its computing, graphics processing, and memory.
But Broadcom did recently publish an open source version of its graphics driver code (under BSD license). This is the first semiconductor manufacturer to publish GPU drivers in an open source format. Imagination, any intention of doing so :-)?

“HummingBoard” looks like a Raspberry Pi but packs in more power | Ars Technica

SolidRun sells HummingBoard from $45 to $100. It is based on a 1GHz ARMv7 processor single- and dual-core i.MX 6 chips using the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture, and they range from 512MB to 1GB of memory.
Is it going to replace the #Raspberry-PI as it aims to? 

“HummingBoard” looks like a Raspberry Pi but packs in more power | Ars Technica.