Why Patent Reform in the United States Matters for Tech Companies

With a global audience for tech and internet products, it's easy to overlook the importance that one country can have on the development of future technologies, and their sales, but it's the United States' patent systems that are actually contributing to some of the hold back that we're facing in tech right now. It's not without notice, either. Legislators have been working throughout the past few decades to reform how patent laws work, how they extend, and what companies can do when facing internet patent lawsuit “trolls,” which exist solely to sue businesses that use…

45% Of the Earth’s Population Online in 2015

In some rather astounding numbers recently released, the internet was estimated to be used by 3.2 billion in 2015, compared to the 7.125 billion that are currently thought to be living. For the first time since the internet's inception, there are more people connected online-- either through home computers or through mobile devices like smartphones-- than have ever been connected through phones, or have received a television. It says a lot about the current state of the internet, and where it may be going next. Smartphones Play a Large Role 78 of 100 people in…

The “Internet of Things,” and Why It Matters

The “Internet of Things,” or IoT, isn't something new, or a science fiction concept. It may have, at one point, tickled the imagination of writers in the past century; the concept that objects will be connected through wireless means, and will be able to transmit information back and forth that will help devices to better serve us in different ways. Whether it's through information relaying that we can use to better our health, such as the recently popular “Fitbit” device, or it's through consumer mobile device applications that can allow users to manage home temperatures…

Internet Explorer Pushed over the “Edge”

Microsoft's move toward Windows 10 has gotten the attention of a lot of users and businesses alike since the beginning of 2015, with in-OS notifications of Windows 10's launch, incentives for users to switch, often for free, and a renewed interest in Windows for the mobile device market. With this push comes the news of Microsoft moving away from Internet Explorer. Once the standard browser of the internet, IE has tumbled quite far from its place of prominence, pushed away by stronger peers in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. Here are a few facts about the…

“Emotional Robot” Sells Out in 60 Seconds

Created by SoftBank Robotics, “Pepper” is a robot that is able to recognize different signs of emotions in users in react appropriately. A thousand models were made available in late June, and all of them sold out, at a price of roughly $1,600 USD. Consumer robotics is by no means a new interest in consumer technology, but Pepper is one of the first to use a complex system of cameras and sensors to try and assess a person's emotional states. In the race to bridge the gap between people and machines, Pepper could be a…

Japanese Institutions Tackle Internet Addiction Head On

With over 500,000 teenagers in the country of Japan believed to be addicted to the internet at varying degrees, Japan is just one of the many Asian nations which have decided to take firmer actions that could help to halt some of the more damaging aspects of internet and gaming addiction in the youth population. More recently, countries like South Korea have implemented limitations of internet usage and game time in people under the age of 18, including time restrictions and codes needed to log on. These regulations went into effect for both home users,…

How Self Driving Cars Will Change Everything

Companies like Uber and Lyft have already capitalized on the notion that not everyone needs a car, but everyone does need to go somewhere, at some point. With mobile technology and social networking values, these companies, and others, have begun the trend of sharing vehicles among users that are willing to carpool with strangers, and take them to where they need to go, all for a little extra cash at the end of the day. It hasn't always been a great success, and there have been numerous challenges from both questionable drivers and passengers and…

AT&T Misleads Mobile Customers, and Pays the Price

With the rise of mobile internet usage among the global population, it's become all the more important for companies that provide services to have clear terms and conditions for contracts. As carriers, these businesses may be responsible for connecting millions of users with the internet-- so in instances when they use misleading advertising, or otherwise hamper their service in such a way that it could be considered devalued for the consumer, it's often the task of government agencies to take them to task for it. That's exactly what's been happening to AT&T, in an issue…

Are Recent Security Concerns the Nail in Flash’s Coffin?

Adobe Flash's fast track toward becoming officially obsolete was rapidly sped up after two more security exploits were recently discovered in early July. A group of malware writers and distributors known as the “Hacking Team” had utilized the new exploits, which allowed them to drop spyware and other measures onto unsuspecting users. Some of the voices that chimed in after the exploit was discovered included prominent voices in computer engineering and security, including Alex Stamos, chief of security for Facebook.com. The most recent exploits even gave Mozilla the motivation to take more official action, via…