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Larry Page hints at future smartwatches, YouTube mobile use mounts

Larry Page hints at future smartwatches, YouTube mobile use mounts

In what will be CEO Larry Page’s last regular earnings call, Google laid out just how it performed in Q3 2013 and dropped a few hints about what we can look forward to from Mountain View.

Without reading too much into it, Page referenced a type of wearable tech many expect his company to jump into with the still-unconfirmed Google watch.

“People increasingly have more than one device,” he said in a spiel about our multi-screen world. “Screens are proliferating in the home as well as wearables screens like watches and Google Glass.”

That was that on the watch front, but this is the first time we’ve heard Page reference smartwatches during a recent earnings call, if any call. With rumors pointing to the debut of the Google watch, codenamed Google Gem, happening on October 31, Page’s words may be weightier than an up-on-the-times reference.

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Page, who will likely sit out most future earnings calls to focus on the demands of running Google, also referenced Google’s work towards building a unified user experience:

“We are closing in on our goal of a simple, beautiful and intuitive experience regardless of devices,” he said.

He’s also very excited about Chromecast and Chromebooks, by the way.

As for the figures, Google raked in a higher than expected $14.9 billion (about £9.22b, $15.4b) in revenue but was still knocked by the financial hemorrhage that is Motorola.

Revenue for the division went from $1.78 billion (about £1.1b, AU1.8b) in Q3 2012 to $1.18 billion (about £730m, AU$1.2b) this quarter. Motorola snagged an operating loss of $248 million (about £153m, AU$257m), more than the $192 million (about £118m, AU$199m) losses recorded in the same quarter last year.

Finally, for all you YouTubers, mobile now accounts for 40% of the video service’s traffic. Last year, mobile accounted for 25%.


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Larry Page hints at future smartwatch, YouTube mobile use mounts

Larry Page hints at future smartwatch, YouTube mobile use mounts

In what will be CEO Larry Page’s last regular earnings call, Google laid out just how it did in Q3 2013 plus dropped a few hints, as it’s wont to do, about what we can look forward to from Mountain View.

Without reading too much into it, Page referenced a type of wearable tech many expect his company to jump into with the still-unconfirmed Google watch.

“People increasingly have more than one device,” he said in a spiel about our multi-screen world. “Screens are proliferating in the home as well as wearables screens like watches and Google Glass.”

That was that on the watch front, but this is the first time we’ve heard Page reference smartwatches during a recent earnings call. With rumors pointing to the debut of the Google watch, codenamed Google Gem, happening on October 31, Page’s words may be weightier than an up-on-the-times reference.

The rest of the story

Page, who will likely sit out most future earnings calls to focus on the demands of running Google, also referenced Google’s work towards building a unified user experience:

“We are closing in on our goal of a simple, beautiful and intuitive experience regardless of devices,” he said.

He’s also very excited about Chromecast and Chromebooks, by the way.

As for the figures, Google raked in a higher than expected $14.9 billion (about £9.22b, $15.4b) in revenue though was still knocked by the financial hemorrhage that is Motorola. Revenue for the division went from $1.78 billion (about £1.1b, AU1.8b) in Q3 2012 to $1.18 billion (about £730m, AU$1.2b) this quarter. Motorola snagged an operating loss of $248 million (about £153m, AU$257m), more than the $192 million (about £118m, AU$199m) losses recorded in the same quarter last year.

Finally, for all you YouTubers, mobile now accounts for 40% of the video service’s traffic. Last year, mobile accounted for 25%.


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Sony delivers SmartWatch 2, waterproof Xperia smartphones to US

Sony delivers SmartWatch 2, waterproof Xperia smartphones to US

You’ve peeped the leaks, pored over the announcements, then read the reviews, and now it’s finally time for U.S. buyers to get their hands on the latest and greatest Android smartphones (plus a wearable!) from Sony.

Sony Mobile today announced U.S. availability for three of its highly anticipated gadgets, including the SmartWatch 2 and a pair of water-resistant Android smartphones sold unlocked and contract-free for use with AT&T or T-Mobile US.

First up is the SmartWatch 2, the manufacturer’s second stab at a wearable smart watch capable of being paired with an Android smartphone, complete with an app ecosystem of its very own.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 is now available from the Sony online store as well as other online retailers with a $199.95 retail price, and can also be purchased from “select Sony stores” nationwide.

Unlocked and unleashed

Should you also be in the market for a new unlocked smartphone to accompany your SmartWatch 2, Sony just so happens to have a pair of such devices also making their way to store shelves.

Priced at $649.99 (HSPA+) or $679.99 (LTE) and available in black, white or purple, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra features an absolutely mammoth 6.4-inch Full HD display in an ultra-slim form factor capable of warding off dust or water.

For buyers who can live with a mere five-inch display, the Sony Xperia Z1 is also now available in the same black, white or purple color schemes, priced at $669.99 for an HSPA+ only model.

All three models are now available to order from Sony’s U.S. store and select e-tailers, but only the LTE-equipped Z Ultra is in stock at this writing; the company has yet to announce any carrier partnerships.


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In Depth: Top 10 tech you’ll need to survive a zombie apocalypse

In Depth: Top 10 tech you'll need to survive a zombie apocalypse

Top 10 tech you’ll need to survive zombies

You’ve seen Night of the Living Dead, and maybe that sad excuse of a “zombie” movie with Brad Pitt. You’ve read Max Brooks. You’ve played Left 4 Dead. Heck, Robert Kirkman is probably your hero.

Thanks to pop culture, you’re a bona fide expert on zombies and post-apocalyptic earth, right? So the real question is: would you be ready to survive against an undead mob?

Probably not, considering most of the fictional people barely made it out alive (nothing personal, we’re not counting on ourselves either). But you might have a fighting chance after checking out our handy list of the top ten tech you’ll need to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Aside from the obvious – firearms, blunt objects, sharp objects, first aid kit, more weapons and so forth – you’ll need a lot of gear to help you stay alive in a world rife with hungry dead guys.

Tech is probably the last thing you’d think of packing, but just because the world’s in ruins doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of gadgetry, especially if each item is endlessly useful. Plus we love technology, so of course we’re going to hoard tech-y stuff against, well, the zombie hordes.

This list is definitely debatable so we want you to sound off below in the comments and tell us your top pieces of tech you’d use to survive an undead infestation.

1. Iridium Extreme

Iridium Extreme

There are a few things on our list that make more sense for the early days of the zombie plague when there’s still hope for rescue. The satellites should still be up and running meaning an Iridium Satellite phone would be pretty dang useful to call for help.

The Iridium is sturdier than your average Apple or Android device so you can chuck your iPhone 5S or HTC One out the window since there’s no way either one would survive an apocalypse.

You can drop the Iridium phone without worry, dunk it in water (to an extent like the Sony Xperia Z) and speak into a wind resistant mic, but the battery is alas, not solar. So dial with care and caution unless you thought ahead and have the next item on the list.

2. Eton FRX3

Eton FRX3

An Eton FRX3. What is this contraption you ask? Several things. Firstly, its a weather alert radio and just a plain normal radio. There probably won’t be a bunch of storm warnings, but you can at least tune in for news updates.

Secondly, it’s a portable charger that can charge your mobile device through a USB port – and if you’re wondering whether or not it takes batteries, the answer is yes – but you can also use the hand crank as a manual charger, or the sun for solar energt. Nifty!

Since a contingency plan is key in the event of a zombie attack, a shortwave radio wouldn’t hurt either as you make your way towards a safe location.

3. Griffin phone and tablet case

Griffin

OK, even though you’ll have a satellite phone, we’re thinking you’ll still have a hard time parting with your dinky smartphone or tablet – so the next best thing to do is protect those suckers with some heavy duty cases.

Griffin Technology provides ample durability with an aptly named case: the Survivor. The company even consulted with the Department of Defense’s military designs to make sure the cases perfectly hug your device in a zombie proof way.

Oh, and the cases are dust, shock, dirt and waterproof too, because you want your precious Apple/Android stuff to last through everything if you’ve kept it this long.

4. Olympus TG-2

Olympus TG-2

Yes, a camera is on our list. Why? To document your feats of heroism of course! Or to leave behind a record of your last days … either way, a good durable camera like the Olympus TG-2 oughta do the trick.

There’s a built-in GPS that records your location and landmark info on photos, and an electronic compass which could come in handy. And if you feel like doing a full-on recording, the TG-2 also has 1080p high-def movie mode so whoever finds your camera can see the bags under your eyes and your dirt-crusted face.

It’s also helpful that the camera is waterproof down to 50 feet, shockproof for drops from up to 6.6 feet, freeze-proof down to -10C (14F) and crushproof up to 22 pounds.

Basically, the Olympus TG-2 is a tough mother, and can withstand a lot. Just remember you’ll eventually run out of memory.

5. LightCap 300

LightCap 300

With water in short supply, you’ll need to pack up as much as you can carry and sip sparingly to make it last, which means you’ll need a canteen. But who needs a normal canteen when you’ve got a LightCap 300?

Not only does it hold your water, it can be used as a solar powered lantern. Like we said, we like our tech to serve more than one purpose and this does the trick nicely.

The LightCap can give off eight-hours of light with four LEDs on a full charge and has a daylight sensor to prevent accidental battery drain. It’s also only a liter but if you’re by a body of freshwater you can use the following item to make sure you’re safely stockpiled with water.

Top 10 tech you’ll need to survive 6-10

6. SteriPen

SteriPen

A water purifier is imperative and having a SteriPen could be the difference between life and death.

The SteriPen company has a decent sized collection of UV water purifying pens but the Freedom SteriPen looks like your best option.

In case you’re not sure how the pens work, UV light is used to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses living in the water, making it safe to drink.

The Freedom is lightweight, compact and features an internal, USB-rechargeable battery that allows you to power up from an outlet, or the more survival appropriate portable solar panel. Just remember that the pen only provides 8,000 treatments.

7. Casio Pathfinder Solar Powered Watch

Casio Pathfinder Solar Powered Watch

Who needs to know what time it is when you’re on the run, right? However, you can’t go wrong with the Casio Pathfinder Solar Powered Watch for those days when you feel the urge to reconnect with human patterns and pretend dinner is still at 7:00 pm.

On the practical side, it’s also worth noting that the Pathfinder is capable of being an altimeter, barometer, compass, thermometer, timer (and more) that’s all wrapped up in a nice waterproof package, making it a pretty sweet deal.

Plus there’s no need to worry about changing the batteries so it’s one less thing you’ll have to remember when raiding stores (or bodies) for supplies.

8. Night Vision goggles and binoculars

Night Owl Tactical Series Night Vision Goggles

It’s nighttime, the scariest time of all because you can’t see if that building is empty, or what’s lurking in that open field. Traveling during the day is best, but you might find yourself faced with nighttime excursions, and as always, it’s best to be prepared.

Flashlights are for the naive fools and draw too much attention. It’s debatable dead eyes can see light, but you’re trying to hide from hostile humans too. Get your hands on a pair of night vision goggles and you’ll get pass anything (if you’re stealthy enough).

Night Owl Tactical Series Night Vision Goggles is a mouthful that sounds a bit intense and looks like something out of a Tom Clancy video game, but hey, you’ll have the last laugh after sneaking around a bunch of zombies, right?

Having night vision binoculars would also be a lifesaver and good addition to your supplies. Bonus: you can use both of these pieces of tech in the day too.

9. PowerPot Thermoelectric Generator

PowerPot

Don’t think we’ve forgotten about food! Zombies want to eat you, but you’ve gotta eat too.

Non-perishables are your best bet in avoiding starvation, but you’re definitely going to find food that needs to be cooked – like whatever animal you just killed.

The PowerPot Thermoelectric Generator is simply perfect for this situation. Not only will it cook your food, it’s waterproof, fire-resistant, works any time in any weather condition – and it’s super portable.

On top of that, the PowerPot is capable of cooking and charging electronic devices, simultaneously! OK, so you’ll still need to put the pot over a heat source, but at least it has more use than a tin can.

10. Voltaic Array Solar Charger

Voltaic

You’re probably wondering how all your electronics are going to stay juiced up when you’re already busy worrying about finding a safe haven.

Well, the Voltaic Array Solar Charger takes care of two of your problems by providing decent backpack space for all your supplies on this list, and solar charging your tech. It’s not the biggest pack you can have, but mobility is essential and a huge bag would just weigh you down (though there are other options out there).

Besides, the additional ten watts of charging would help quite a lot. Though if you feel like a bigger pack is needed, the solar section pops off and can easily be attached to something else.

You’ll need a bit of time to charge up the panel itself but since you’ll be trekking outside all day, that shouldn’t be a problem.


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In Depth: Top 10 tech you’ll need to survive a zombie apocalypse

In Depth: Top 10 tech you'll need to survive a zombie apocalypse

Top 10 tech you’ll need to survive zombies

You’ve seen Night of the Living Dead, and maybe that sad excuse of a “zombie” movie with Brad Pitt. You’ve read Max Brooks. You’ve played Left 4 Dead. Heck, Robert Kirkman is probably your hero.

Thanks to pop culture, you’re a bona fide expert on zombies and post-apocalyptic earth, right? So the real question is: would you be ready to survive against an undead mob?

Probably not, considering most of the fictional people barely made it out alive (nothing personal, we’re not counting on ourselves either). But you might have a fighting chance after checking out our handy list of the top ten tech you’ll need to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Aside from the obvious – firearms, blunt objects, sharp objects, first aid kit, more weapons and so forth – you’ll need a lot of gear to help you stay alive in a world rife with hungry dead guys.

Tech is probably the last thing you’d think of packing, but just because the world’s in ruins doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of gadgetry, especially if each item is endlessly useful. Plus we love technology, so of course we’re going to hoard tech-y stuff against, well, the zombie hordes.

This list is definitely debatable so we want you to sound off below in the comments and tell us your top pieces of tech you’d use to survive an undead infestation.

1. Iridium Extreme

Iridium Extreme

There are a few things on our list that make more sense for the early days of the zombie plague when there’s still hope for rescue. The satellites should still be up and running meaning an Iridium Satellite phone would be pretty dang useful to call for help.

The Iridium is sturdier than your average Apple or Android device so you can chuck your iPhone 5S or HTC One out the window since there’s no way either one would survive an apocalypse.

You can drop the Iridium phone without worry, dunk it in water (to an extent like the Sony Xperia Z) and speak into a wind resistant mic, but the battery is alas, not solar. So dial with care and caution unless you thought ahead and have the next item on the list.

2. Eton FRX3

Eton FRX3

An Eton FRX3. What is this contraption you ask? Several things. Firstly, its a weather alert radio and just a plain normal radio. There probably won’t be a bunch of storm warnings, but you can at least tune in for news updates.

Secondly, it’s a portable charger that can charge your mobile device through a USB port – and if you’re wondering whether or not it takes batteries, the answer is yes – but you can also use the hand crank as a manual charger, or the sun for solar energt. Nifty!

Since a contingency plan is key in the event of a zombie attack, a shortwave radio wouldn’t hurt either as you make your way towards a safe location.

3. Griffin phone and tablet case

Griffin

OK, even though you’ll have a satellite phone, we’re thinking you’ll still have a hard time parting with your dinky smartphone or tablet – so the next best thing to do is protect those suckers with some heavy duty cases.

Griffin Technology provides ample durability with an aptly named case: the Survivor. The company even consulted with the Department of Defense’s military designs to make sure the cases perfectly hug your device in a zombie proof way.

Oh, and the cases are dust, shock, dirt and waterproof too, because you want your precious Apple/Android stuff to last through everything if you’ve kept it this long.

4. Olympus TG-2

Olympus TG-2

Yes, a camera is on our list. Why? To document your feats of heroism of course! Or to leave behind a record of your last days … either way, a good durable camera like the Olympus TG-2 oughta do the trick.

There’s a built-in GPS that records your location and landmark info on photos, and an electronic compass which could come in handy. And if you feel like doing a full-on recording, the TG-2 also has 1080p high-def movie mode so whoever finds your camera can see the bags under your eyes and your dirt-crusted face.

It’s also helpful that the camera is waterproof down to 50 feet, shockproof for drops from up to 6.6 feet, freeze-proof down to -10C (14F) and crushproof up to 22 pounds.

Basically, the Olympus TG-2 is a tough mother, and can withstand a lot. Just remember you’ll eventually run out of memory.

5. LightCap 300

LightCap 300

With water in short supply, you’ll need to pack up as much as you can carry and sip sparingly to make it last, which means you’ll need a canteen. But who needs a normal canteen when you’ve got a LightCap 300?

Not only does it hold your water, it can be used as a solar powered lantern. Like we said, we like our tech to serve more than one purpose and this does the trick nicely.

The LightCap can give off eight-hours of light with four LEDs on a full charge and has a daylight sensor to prevent accidental battery drain. It’s also only a liter but if you’re by a body of freshwater you can use the following item to make sure you’re safely stockpiled with water.

Top 10 tech you’ll need to survive 6-10

6. SteriPen

SteriPen

A water purifier is imperative and having a SteriPen could be the difference between life and death.

The SteriPen company has a decent sized collection of UV water purifying pens but the Freedom SteriPen looks like your best option.

In case you’re not sure how the pens work, UV light is used to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses living in the water, making it safe to drink.

The Freedom is lightweight, compact and features an internal, USB-rechargeable battery that allows you to power up from an outlet, or the more survival appropriate portable solar panel. Just remember that the pen only provides 8,000 treatments.

7. Casio Pathfinder Solar Powered Watch

Casio Pathfinder Solar Powered Watch

Who needs to know what time it is when you’re on the run, right? However, you can’t go wrong with the Casio Pathfinder Solar Powered Watch for those days when you feel the urge to reconnect with human patterns and pretend dinner is still at 7:00 pm.

On the practical side, it’s also worth noting that the Pathfinder is capable of being an altimeter, barometer, compass, thermometer, timer (and more) that’s all wrapped up in a nice waterproof package, making it a pretty sweet deal.

Plus there’s no need to worry about changing the batteries so it’s one less thing you’ll have to remember when raiding stores (or bodies) for supplies.

8. Night Vision goggles and binoculars

Night Owl Tactical Series Night Vision Goggles

It’s nighttime, the scariest time of all because you can’t see if that building is empty, or what’s lurking in that open field. Traveling during the day is best, but you might find yourself faced with nighttime excursions, and as always, it’s best to be prepared.

Flashlights are for the naive fools and draw too much attention. It’s debatable dead eyes can see light, but you’re trying to hide from hostile humans too. Get your hands on a pair of night vision goggles and you’ll get pass anything (if you’re stealthy enough).

Night Owl Tactical Series Night Vision Goggles is a mouthful that sounds a bit intense and looks like something out of a Tom Clancy video game, but hey, you’ll have the last laugh after sneaking around a bunch of zombies, right?

Having night vision binoculars would also be a lifesaver and good addition to your supplies. Bonus: you can use both of these pieces of tech in the day too.

9. PowerPot Thermoelectric Generator

PowerPot

Don’t think we’ve forgotten about food! Zombies want to eat you, but you’ve gotta eat too.

Non-perishables are your best bet in avoiding starvation, but you’re definitely going to find food that needs to be cooked – like whatever animal you just killed.

The PowerPot Thermoelectric Generator is simply perfect for this situation. Not only will it cook your food, it’s waterproof, fire-resistant, works any time in any weather condition – and it’s super portable.

On top of that, the PowerPot is capable of cooking and charging electronic devices, simultaneously! OK, so you’ll still need to put the pot over a heat source, but at least it has more use than a tin can.

10. Voltaic Array Solar Charger

Voltaic

You’re probably wondering how all your electronics are going to stay juiced up when you’re already busy worrying about finding a safe haven.

Well, the Voltaic Array Solar Charger takes care of two of your problems by providing decent backpack space for all your supplies on this list, and solar charging your tech. It’s not the biggest pack you can have, but mobility is essential and a huge bag would just weigh you down (though there are other options out there).

Besides, the additional ten watts of charging would help quite a lot. Though if you feel like a bigger pack is needed, the solar section pops off and can easily be attached to something else.

You’ll need a bit of time to charge up the panel itself but since you’ll be trekking outside all day, that shouldn’t be a problem.


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