Nest is a popular brand when it comes to smart appliances. The Nest Thermostat will be one of the top-rated products for home automation. This week Microsoft stepped into the game announcing that they had established a product of a partnership with Johnson Controls, maker of the first electric thermostat. Microsoft announced the news via a YouTube video, and while the physical device won't be available until later this year, from its looks and rendering it definitely looks like it comes with a translucent touchscreen display. The screen gives it a futuristic vibe, as if it were made by Stark Industries.
GLAS is powered by the Windows 10 IoT Core OS and comes with support for Cortana. This is the smart assistant developed in-house with Microsoft and is definitely the world's first thermostat shipped to the first hardware that comes with any kind of assistant. The thermostat's sensor detects indoor activity, so it's smart Latest Mailing Database enough to figure out if you're indoors or not. The sensor array is designed to make your home's power efficiency much like a bird's nest. The only difference here is the presence of Cortana and voice control, but it will still face competition from the likes of the Ecobee4's built-in Amazon's Alexa. Microsoft's release is a promotion for marketing this hardware product for enterprise and commercial environments. It's also worth mentioning that GLAS will be powered by Microsoft's Azure cloud service.
Google launches personalized stream of subscription news for iOS and Android
Since Google now launched with Jellybean, it has become a handy tool for people who like to keep their days organized. It's a one-stop location to get an insight into your day and a quick way to get through information at a glance such as traffic commutes, upcoming meetings and other calendar information. Google is really supercharging Now, Google. This week, the company announced a new iteration of Google Now. It's called a feed and as the name suggests it's a scrolling feed for Android and iOS related news. Google previewed its new entry in December, when it rolled out the feature to its Android app. Previously, the space below the search bar was reserved for Google now, the company's predictive search feature, which displays personalized weather, traffic, sports scores and other information.
Before that, the company used to use Google's current search bar to display information relevant to its users, such as their sports card or the space below their commute information. Now, As Feed seems to be a product of a reimagining. The main section under the search bar will be reserved for the relevant user card. So if you're an executive feed might include articles related to stock price movements, while a musician might say articles on new album releases..The search giant says it's been working on algorithmically improving products and prioritizing relevance. When you will perform a search in the application a subset of the results will be displayed along with subsequent options. News Sports and Entertainment is one of the categories that can be followed. Once then Google will work to bring you relevant content feeds. You can further customize each feed by tapping at the top 3 points of each card.
Amazon launches a Shoppable feed for Spark Prime customers
Despite their feet in multiple areas, Amazon still happens to be an e-commerce service, which is here to make your shopping experience better and easier. Since its inception Amazon has had a fairly recent equivalent of a website and app to meet your shopping needs, but we don't have any notable invitations in this space. This is until this week. Amazon this week was the spark that rolled out the shoppable feed of Prime customers.
Ahead of launch this week within the United States. The goal of the program is to move social activity around its products off Twitter and Facebook, etc., back to Amazon where it can translate into better growth metrics. In this way, Spark can be seen as a direct competitor to Pinterest which follows a similar model to diet products to users.
To start using Spark you first have to be a member of Prime and their mobile app features not available on desktop yet. Once the installation process is complete, which includes entering your details and preferences, you can enable notifications. Every product update Spark should notify you promptly. Now in your main feed, you'll be welcomed with a heavy feed of product ideas and catalog images. This is your feed, your shoppable feed. This is definitely a better way to shop in my opinion. Sparks will be rolled out globally so closely watch.
Alphabet launches Google Glass Enterprise Edition
Remember glass? The uber funky Google gizmo whose Brin used to be pretty public rock? Is this the discontinued $1500 worth of people under the explorer program? Well, the glass is back! And this time it's not aimed at consumers, instead, it's going to be a product for businesses. The main upgrades between the original Glass and Enterprise Edition are a better camera lens from the previous 5 bump with a pixel count of 8, better, longer battery life, faster Wi-Fi and a brand new processor, To speed things up, this also has an indicator light to notify others if you're recording them.