Digital Bytes

Your summary of the hottest, weirdest and most interesting byte sized digital news on the net

BREAKING NEWS!

iwatchAppleSmartwatch coming soon: report

Apple is likely to launch a computerised wristwatch this year that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Apple is planning multiple screen sizes for the device, which some people have dubbed the iWatch.  Source: The Age

IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK

Ffbusageacebook losing teens? Not so fast.

There’s a narrative that’s taken place that takes as accepted fact that Facebook’s once ironclad grip on the fickle teen market has slipped, as evidenced by the surge of other apps like Instagram and Whatsapp, which Facebook paid a combined $20 billion to acquire.

It’s undeniable Instagram and Whatsapp, among others like Snapchat, which Facebook also reportedly offered to buy, are surging. But it turns out Facebook’s core service is doing just fine with teens. New data from Forrester bears this out, showing that Facebook is still the default social network with teenagers.

Source: Digiday

IN AUSTRALIA

lightbulbBright idea: Australian Phil Bosua raises $US12m as he readies smart light switch

He reinvented the light bulb, plans to soon unveil a reinvented physical light switch, and now Australian entrepreneur Phil Bosua has caught the attention of one of Silicon Valley’s biggest venture capital firms.

On Monday, his start-up LIFX raised $US12 million ($12.7 million) in funds led by Sequoia Capital to turn his Wi-Fi connected smart switch idea into reality.  Source: The Age

DID YOU KNOW

nest-homeGoogle Makes Its Nest At The Center Of The Smart Home

Using Google Now, a homeowner will soon be able to talk to a Nest Learning Thermostat and complain about the heat. And that’s just the beginning.

Google is turning the Nest Learning Thermostat into the hub of smart homes. With the “Works with Nest” developer program, announced today, gadgets, cars and universal remotes will all work with the Thermostat, providing automated actions agnostic of the brand. Suddenly the smart home world is much smaller.  Source: TechCrunch

androidJapan’s Ron Burgandy is an Android

Japanese scientists have unveiled what they say is the world’s first news-reading android, eerily lifelike and possessing a sense of humour to match her perfect language skills.

The adolescent-looking “Kodomoroid” – an amalgamation of the Japanese word “kodomo” [child] and “android” – delivered news of an earthquake and an FBI raid to amazed reporters in Tokyo.  Source: The Age

OTHER COOL STUFF

1371203722_castleblack_002Explore Minecraft-Created Westeros on a Virtual-Reality Treadmill

Scaling the wall isn’t just for wildlings anymore.

The giant world of Westeros has already been created in Minecraft, but you can crank up the geek factor by actually walking through it.  Source: Mashable

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