Galoo Daily Trends 19.03.2013
Google climbs Mount Everest
The world’s biggest mountains are starting to come into view on Google Maps, including Mount Everest, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, and Mount Elbrus.
“While there’s nothing quite like standing on the mountain, with Google Maps you can instantly transport yourself to the top of these peaks and enjoy the sights without all of the avalanches, rock slides, crevasses, and dangers from altitude and weather that mountaineers face,” the company said in a blog post. (more at: cnet.com)
USA: More internet-connected devices than people
A digital milestone of sorts has been reached: the continuing addition of smartphones and tablets to U.S. households means there are now more than a half-billion home-based devices connected to the Internet, and the combination of smartphones and tablets now exceeds the “installed base of computers,” according to a research firm.
“Overall, the number of connected devices per U.S. Internet household has grown to 5.7, up from 5.3 devices three months ago,” says a new report from NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence. (more at: nbcnews.com)
41 months of jail time for hacking
A computer hacker has landed in jail for three years and five months after stealing data from iPads belonging to approximately 120,000 users.
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Apple’s iPad found itself the hacker’s target through infiltrating the AT&T network, Reuters reports. Not only were normal United States citizens affected, but New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Harvey Weinstein and TV news anchor Diane Sawyer also bore the brunt of the attack. (more at: zdnet.com)
Samsung vs Apple, again!
Samsung Electronics Co. is developing a wristwatch as Asia’s biggest technology company races against Apple Inc. to create a new industry of wearable devices that perform similar tasks as smartphones.
“We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said during an interview in Seoul. “We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.” (more at: washingtonpost.com)
Windows Phone 9 is near?
Microsoft has put an end date on its support for Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8.
The company’s support page lists both operating systems, and says that Windows Phone 7.8 will be supported through September 9, 2014, while Windows Phone 8 will receive support through July 8, 2014.
The difference is based on Microsoft’s life cycle start date and its decision to support platforms for 18 months. Microsoft pegs the Windows Phone 8 start date at December 14 and Windows Phone 7.8 at February 9. (more at: cnet.com)