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Weekly Techno Briefs

Category : IT industry
Once a week our intranet news channel editors provide a round up for Capgemini colleagues of the business IT news that drives and inspires us. We publish some of the highlights here:

Where will the Internet of Things (IoT) take us in 10 years, Google’s investment in driverless cars, a new drone, LG’s wearable fitness band, and why is the UN terminating the Terminator! Find out all this on our Weekly Techno Briefs.

Brave new IoT world
In less than 10 years, pretty much everything will be connected to the Internet, suggests a new report. So what if the Internet breaks? What if a massive solar flare, cyberwarfare, terrorist attacks or dictatorial governments render large chunks of it inoperable? "In reality, the Internet cannot fail," said tech analyst Jim McGregor. Yet even a partial collapse could be catastrophic. Wearable technology and other devices, objects and systems connected to the Internet will be fully pervasive in our society by 2025, according to a new report by Pew Recearch Centre, a not-for-profit organisation.

Steering driverless cars to market
The hype around driverless cars, or autonomous vehicles as they're also known, is increasing, with Google taking reporters for spins around the city of Mountain View, Calif. Figuring prominently in resulting news reports were the big red kill button between these cars' front seats; the emphasis on safety in their design; and yes, a few abrupt lane changes and one case of shuddering at a turn when a bus was close by. Still, there's no denying that the auto industry is gaga about autonomous vehicles.

LG enters fitness tech race
LG Electronics is dipping its toes into the burgeoning market of wearable fitness devices. The LG Lifeband Touch and the LG Heart Rate Earphones will be available to the public starting May 18. The devices are compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones.

The Lifeband Touch includes a 0.9-inch OLED touch display that offers a range of fitness data, aimed at enabling wearers to refine their workout schedules and objectives. It features a flexible wristband display and design, and it has two sensors, an altimeter and a triple-axis accelerometer that work in tandem to provide biometric data.

Parrot uncages new drone
Parrot has added a new model to its line of airborne drones: the Bebop. Demonstrated in San Francisco, the lightweight Bebop includes some snappy features, such as built-in image stabilisation, a 14-megapixel camera with a fish-eye lens, and support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Although a price hasn't been announced, the drone is expected to hit a sweet spot between US$500 and US$1,000.

Twitter introduces an 'I Can't Hear You' Button
Twitter has launched a new feature that allows users to mute others, giving people the power to silence fellow tweeters without having to unfollow them. The feature is designed to give users more control over what pops up in their daily feeds. If someone mutes a follower, the muted user's tweets and retweets won't show up in the muter's feed, and notifications about that user's activity will not appear.
Terminating the Terminator
In a move that could complicate the creation of any more Terminator movies, United Nations diplomats discussed last week international laws to govern, or simply ban, the use of killer robots. This was the first time that a UN meeting was devoted entirely to the topic, which makes sense given that the robots in question don't yet exist. That said, the UN wants to be proactive: "All too often, international law only responds to atrocities and suffering once it has happened" said Michael Moeller, the acting head of the UN's European headquarters in Geneva. Moeller implored the international community to take "preemptive action to ensure that the ultimate decision to end life remains firmly under human control."

The highlights from our Weekly Techno Briefs above do not necessarily represent the view of Capgemini Group.

About the author

Tom Barton
Tom Barton
Tom’s career in communications spans 20 years in the consulting, telecommunications and music industries. He joined Capgemini in 2005 and led the merging of PR, web communications and internal communications into one team. This recognised the convergence of channels and platforms that support an effective communications programme for external and internal audiences. Before joining Capgemini, Tom was global head of media relations at PA Consulting Group, marketing and communications director at his own record label, and had various internal and external communications roles at Cable & Wireless. He plays guitar, darts and cricket, and is still trying to do the Times crossword.

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