Withings has made some interesting products over the last few years. This is the company that unveiled the Internet connected scale with the ability to share your weight via social networks to help you meet your goals. The company has unveiled its latest product called the Smart Body Analyzer.
This week we had a chat with Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok about AllJoyn and the future of the company working in the open source universe to make the fully connected future possible - an Internet of Everything. He spoke specifically about small building blocks: connection points and features that have the best chance of ensuring the future is able to continue to connect with each new device of the day as one of the most essential elements in the AllJoyn platform. This approach allows the end user experience on a refrigerator or a washing machine, for example, to work through its whole lifespan - ten year or more, with devices we've not even dreamed of.
This week Qualcomm's CEO Dr. Paul E Jacobs let it be known that with AllJoyn technology and the company's dedication to open source development, their newly promised Internet of Everything would become a reality. This chat was had during the Mobile World Congress 2013 set of keynotes entitled Vertical Disruption and had Jacobs letting the world know that it wasn't a disruption he'd be talking about, it was a bit more positive angle on the whole situation. With the mobile universe advancing as it is today, Jacobs let it be known that wireless connectivity was in bloom, and AllJoyn was - and is - at the center of it all.
It would appear that Microsoft is aiming to pull in the masses of 20 or 30-somethings that started their web experience with a 1990's-themed advertisement for exactly the same browser the company wants them to now use again: Internet Explorer. This advertisement does, we must admit, strike more than one chord in the nostalgic banjoes in our heads, and like any good SuperBowl commercial, only gets to the product in the last few seconds of the video. That said, whether you're all about IE or you hate its guts, you're probably going to enjoy this advertisement thoroughly.
The FCC has unveiled its plan to open an unlicensed spectrum that it says will relieve a wireless internet traffic jam. The announcement came via the Federal Communications Commission's Chairman Julius Genachowski at CES earlier today. Reportedly, this move will not only make things faster at your local Starbucks, library, and anywhere else you'll find public wifi, but also in your home.
Nintendo's new Wii Mini has been made official, a compact refresh to the original Wii with a few drawbacks - such as no internet connectivity - to keep the price down. The new console, prematurely leaked in the past weeks, is Canada-only - at least initially - where it will be sold at CA$99.99 from December 7. Nintendo has trimmed out all online functionality among other things.
A couple weeks ago, we reported that Google was threatening to exclude French media sites from search results if it passed a law that would require search engines to pay for displaying links to French media sites. Google retorted that such a law would be harmful to the Internet, and that it would be forced to stop indexing French sites as a result. Now things have heated up, with Google being told to either pay up or strike a deal.
Telefonica Digital has unveiled a new plastic brick device designed to connect just about anything you can think of to the Internet. These plastic bricks are called Thinking Things and are described as a simple solution for connecting almost anything wirelessly to the Internet. Thinking Things is under development right now.
For the first time ever, a Forrester survey on Internet usage found that users report spending less time online than they did in 2011, nearly back to the average duration reported in 2009. According to Forrester, this data likely doesn't demonstrate a true drop in Internet usage, however, instead representing a change in the notion of what it means to be online. The information comes from a survey of 58,000 US adults.
Windows 8 will be getting a completely-redesigned version of Internet Explorer when the new operating system releases on October 26, and Microsoft has mentioned in the past that it plans to bring the same version to Windows 7 at some point. The company announced today that Internet Explorer 10 will be hitting Windows 7 in mid-November.