Mobile, Wearable and Payment Roundup

September 11, 2014
So far in 2014, we have seen a surge of magnificent mobile devices, stylish wearable technology and digital payment services. At its media event Tuesday, Apple continued this trend and announced the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay. In addition to these new challengers, here is a quick roundup of mobile devices, wearable tech and payment services to keep an eye on.   Mobile Devices   Apple iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus Weight: 4.55 ounces/6.07 ounces Operating System: iOS 8 Display: 4.7-inch retina HD display/5.5-inch retina HD display Chips: A8 chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion coprocessor Camera: 8-megapixel iSight camera, autofocus with focus pixels...

2014 CE Hall of Fame: Dr. Levy Gerzberg

September 09, 2014
(1945- )Co-Founder, Zoran Corporation For most executives, retirement enables a dwindling dedication to high-maintenance activities. But in his semi-“retirement,” Dr. Levy Gerzberg swims from 60 to 90 minutes in open water several times a week, illustrating the passion and dedication he brought to the founding and building of Zoran, which became the pioneer and leading supplier of system on a chip (SoC) devices for digital cameras, DVD players, Dolby Digital sound processors, HDTV sets, HDTV converter set-top boxes, color printers and printer imaging software.   Levy Gerzberg was born near Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 24, 1945, to Nachum, who helped newcomers to Israel...

The Basics on Cloud Security

September 04, 2014
This week's privacy breach—resulting in the theft of private photos from a number of big-name celebrities—underscores the realities of our digital world. While there was technically no 'breach' of Apple's iCloud service, questionable authentication methods and social engineering appear to be the cause of one of the most famous data breaches in recent history. Storing private data in the cloud offers convenience but also has inherent security risks. Despite the risks involved, cloud storage is here to stay. Those choosing to store their data in the cloud should consider the hosts, their privacy policies and the best practices when it comes to authentication and...

ViXS Systems' Sally Daub

September 03, 2014
Sally Daub has always been an entrepreneur, finding creative ways to make money, such as starting a concert promotion business while at university in Canada. After university, she moved rapidly through more responsible corporate roles, culminating in co-founding ViXS Systems Inc., with three partners in 2001. Under her leadership as president and CEO, ViXS has grown from a small start-up to a leading provider of media processing solutions for the global pay television and consumer electronics industries that went public in 2013. ViXS has developed a large portfolio of semiconductor products and associated ...

Hyperlapse from Instagram

August 27, 2014
Instagram just announced Hyperlapse, an app that captures high-quality time lapse videos even while in motion. It features built-in stabilization technology, which allows the user to create handheld time lapses while moving and that have a cinematic, look, quality and feel. Smartphone users want things quick and easy, and this app does just that. By opening up the app, users can record video, choose a playback speed and upload the video to Instagram without any extra work. The stabilization technology works wonders and creates beautifully smooth video without high-tech equipment or a desktop computer. Check out the video below to see Hyperlapse in action. Hyperlapse from Instagram is...

2014 CE Hall of Fame: George Antheil

August 26, 2014
In a ridiculous case of truth being stranger than fiction, the origins of spread spectrum – the technology that makes it possible for millions of people to securely connect to wireless communications for voice and data including cordless phones, cellular, satellite and Bluetooth – includes player pianos, the Nazis, one of the world’s most beautiful women and an avant garde composer known as the “bad boy of music,” George Antheil.    Born to German immigrant parents in Trenton, NJ, on July 8, 1900, Antheil started taking piano lessons at the age six and, at age 16, started studying with a former student of Franz Liszt. When he was 19, Antheil...

Comigo’s Dov Moran

August 06, 2014
A passionate innovator, Dov Moran is the founder and chairman of M-Systems known for creating the world’s first flash drive (DiskOnChip) in 1995 and, in 1999, the first USB flash drive (DiskOnKey) for which he holds a patent. The company’s patents were sold for $1.6 billion to SanDisk in 2006. He also created modu, which made modular cellular devices selling that company’s patents to Google for $4.9 million; and, most recently, his startup Comigo launched in 2012, a comprehensive, multi-screen TV platform, which offers a revolutionary personal and social viewing experience and provides contextual VAS on top of the...

The Three Pillars

July 31, 2014
One of my favorite teachers once said to the class, “Anything in excess can be bad,” which by itself would have been profound, and probably forgotten, except the subject was Dolly Parton and it was a Catholic high school. Because of its humor-wrapped delivery, I still remember the advice, which underpins the three pillars of healthy living: fitness, balanced diet and sleep. Our bodies need all three, and in variety, to function properly. Health and fitness technology, and wearables in particular, have a role in keeping these three pillars upright and in proportion. We are in a period of rapid product innovation as designers search for the ideal intersection of human nature...

Dealing with the Unknown and Unknowable

July 24, 2014
Sitting on a plane a few years ago across from former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, I thanked him for his perceptive book, Known and Unknown. Although the book reflected his life and challenges as Secretary of Defense under two presidents (Ford and Bush), especially the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I told him I appreciated his refreshing willingness to confront, identify and admit that we all face unknowns. In the book, he laid it out: “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown...
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