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Techie Whispers: Hair Clips That Calls for Help

Posted March 5, 2014 5:37 PM By Deirdre B Pride

Technology has done it again.

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The First Sign clip isfitted a standard-looking clip with an accelerometer, gyroscope and Bluetooth sensor that connects wirelessly to a smartphone.

It can detect punches, kicks, slaps or aggressive shakes and when violence is detected, the clip sounds an alarm.

This also triggers the phone to start taking cameras and a microphone to start recording the event to capture audio evidence.

To avoid the device going off accidentally, there is an automatic runner’s mode for people who wear it while jogging.

However, if there is a false alarm, the wearer has 15 seconds to deactivate the alarm.

The company is currently asking for funding on Indiegogo and hopes the device will be on the market within a year. An early bird deal on the clip, plus a range of three different covers costs $100.  A First Sign clip without monitoring features costs $50.

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Comcast Corporation ()() and Time Warner Cable () today announced that their Boards of Directors have approved a definitive agreement for Time Warner Cable to merge with Comcast. The agreement is a friendly, stock-for-stock transaction in which Comcast will acquire 100 percent of Time Warner Cable’s 284.9 million shares outstanding for shares of CMCSA amounting to approximately $45.2 billion in equity value. Each Time Warner Cable share will be exchanged for 2.875 shares of CMCSA, equal to Time Warner Cable shareholders owning approximately 23 percent of Comcast’s common stock, with a value to Time Warner Cable shareholders of approximately $158.82 per share based on the last closing price of Comcast shares. The transaction will generate approximately $1.5 billion in operating efficiencies and will be accretive to Comcast’s free cash flow per share while preserving balance sheet strength. The merger will also be tax free to Time Warner Cable shareholders.

This transaction will create a leading technology and innovation company, differentiated by its ability to deliver ground-breaking products on a superior network while leveraging a national platform to create operating efficiencies and economies of scale.

“The combination of Time Warner Cable and Comcast creates an exciting opportunity for our company, for our customers, and for our shareholders,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Corporation. “In addition to creating a world-class company, this is a compelling financial and strategic transaction for our shareholders. Also, it is our intention to expand our buyback program by an additional $10 billion at the close of the transaction. We believe there are meaningful operational efficiencies and the adjusted purchase multiple is approximately 6.7x Operating Cash Flow. This transaction will be accretive and will yield many synergies and benefits in the years ahead. Rob Marcus and his team have created a pure-play cable company that, combined with Comcast, has the foundation for future growth. We are looking forward to working with his team as we bring our companies together to deliver the most innovative products and services and a superior customer experience within the highly competitive and dynamic marketplace in which we operate.”

“This combination creates a company that delivers maximum value for our shareholders, enormous opportunities for our employees and a superior experience for our customers,” said Robert D. Marcus, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable. “Comcast and Time Warner Cable have been the leaders in all of the industry’s most important innovations of the last 25 years and this merger will accelerate the pace of that innovation. Brian Roberts, Neil Smit, Michael Angelakis and the Comcast management team have built an industry-leading platform and innovative products and services, and we’re excited to be part of delivering all of the possibilities of cable’s superior broadband networks to more American consumers.”

The new cable company, which will be led by President and CEO Neil Smit, will generate multiple pro-consumer and pro-competitive benefits, including an accelerated deployment of existing and new innovative products and services for millions of customers. Comcast’s subscribers today have access to the most comprehensive video experience, including the cloud-based X1 Entertainment Operating System, plus 50,000 video on demand choices on television, 300,000 plus streaming choices on XfinityTV.com, Xfinity TV mobile apps that offer 35 live streaming channels plus the ability to download to watch offline later, and the newly launched X1 cloud DVR. Comcast is also a technology leader in broadband and has increased Internet speeds 12 times in the past 12 years across its entire footprint.

Time Warner Cable owns cable systems located in key geographic areas, including New York City, Southern California, Texas, the Carolinas, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Time Warner Cable will combine its unique products and services with Comcast’s, including StartOver, which allows customers to restart a live program in progress to the beginning, and LookBack, which allows customers to watch programs up to three days after they air live, all without a DVR. Time Warner Cable also has been a leader in the deployment of community Wi-Fi, and will combine its more than 30,000 hotspots, primarily in Los Angeles and New York City, and its in-home management system, IntelligentHome, with Comcast’s offerings.

Through this merger, more American consumers will benefit from technological innovations, including a superior video experience, higher broadband speeds, and the fastest in-home Wi-Fi. The transaction also will generate significant cost savings and other efficiencies. American businesses will benefit from a broader platform, and the Company will be better able to offer advanced services like high-performance point-to-point and multi-point Ethernet services and cloud-based managed services to enterprises. Additionally, the transaction will combine complementary advertising platforms and channels and allow Comcast to offer broader and more valuable packages to national advertisers.

Through the merger, Comcast will acquire Time Warner Cable’s approximately 11 million managed subscribers. In order to reduce competitive concerns, Comcast is prepared to divest systems serving approximately 3 million managed subscribers. As such, Comcast will, through the acquisition and management of Time Warner Cable systems, net approximately 8 million managed subscribers in this transaction. This will bring Comcast’s managed subscriber total to approximately 30 million. Following the transaction, Comcast’s share of managed subscribers will remain below 30 percent of the total number of MVPD subscribers in the U.S. and will be essentially equivalent to Comcast Cable’s subscriber share after its completion of both the 2002 AT&T Broadband transaction and the 2006 Adelphia transaction.

The companies said the merger agreement between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is subject to shareholder approval at both companies and regulatory review and other customary conditions and is expected to close by the end of 2014.

J.P. Morgan, Paul J. Taubman, and Barclays Plc acted as financial advisors to Comcast and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP are its legal advisors. Morgan Stanley, Allen & Company, Citigroup and Centerview Partners are financial advisors to Time Warner Cable and its Board of Directors, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP are legal advisors.

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Beats by Dr Dre and Graff Diamonds teamed up to create special headphones for the players featuring in this weekend’s Super Bowl.

Rich People Ish: Beats by Dre Gifts Broncos and Seahawks Diamond Encrusted Headphones

The diamond-encrusted Beats Pro headphones have been gifted to the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, with their teams emblem.

Marketing chief, Omar Johnson gives the details:

“This is the biggest game, on the biggest stage, being played in one of the world’s most famous and beloved cities.
We collaborated with premiere jeweller Graff Diamonds to create a headphone that would be precious enough to commemorate that moment, something that these athletes would not only want to wear but could also warrant a place in their trophy cases.”

Each pair are valued at $250,000  and also comes packed in its own commemorative case.

Mouth Almighty,  Richard Sherman, who is  a proud endorser tweeted:

“Got a little gift for all my teammates from me and … Stay tuned to see what it is! .”

Super Bowl XLVIII will go down at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday (February 2).

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Techie Whispers: Hold Your Baby Before it’s Born

Posted January 20, 2014 5:13 AM By Deirdre B Pride

Techie Whispers: Hold Your Baby Before it’s Born


Wait, it’s not your actual baby silly.  It’s a virtual 3D image of your bundle of joy. You have to admit,  it’s definitely better than a photo.

A company based in California  uses 3D or 4D sonograms to create a doll that resembles your baby while they are still safe in mom’s tummy.

Their spiel:

“Our ultimate goal is to bring a smile to the faces of parents, grandparents, and other family members as they recall the day that they met their little one,” . This product will become a treasured family heirloom.”

The concept is the brainchild of a couple who are the parents of two little girls, ages 3 and 1. Their idea is still in the planning stages.  The couple needs to raise $15,000 to purchase a Stratasys U-Print SE Plus (3D Printer).  If they don’t get the funds the project wont move forward.  I just hope they have patented their idea as their own.  Lazy and unimaginative people would to steal this idea in a heartbeat, but I digress.

The couple is asking for small donations to make their well thought out plan a reality.  They have set up a site to help in the process.  If the full amount isn’t raised,they will not collect the donated funds. The also offer really great perks for each contributor.

  • Donate $1: We will keep you informed of our progress and community contributions.
  • Donate $25: Receive your choice of (1) your money is being pooled with the donations of others in order to contribute a 3D Baby to a military family (for every one that you help donate, we will donate a 3D Baby to another family) or (2) a 3D figurine of our 3D Babies mascot.
  • Donate $50 or $100: Receive a gift certificate for either $75 or $150 towards the purchase of your own 3D Baby.
  • Donate more: Receive 25% off of the purchase of a 3D Baby per the perk description.
As you can already tell, I think it’s a great idea.  The only thing I would change is the shine the figurines have.  I think a matte finish is more realistic.  Check them out for yourself:

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I wish them the best in their wonderful endeavor.

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Techie Whispers: Samsung Ordered to Pay Apple 290 Million for COPYING iPhone and iPad Features

A jury ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple $290 million for copying vital iPhone and iPad features on 13 of Samsung older devices, which infringed on Apples patents.

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The previous jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion, but the  ordered the new trial and threw out $450 million in damages.  The judge determined that the jury miscalculated the amount that Samsung owed Apple.  Samsung is expected to appeal this verdict just as they did the previous one.  A  third trial is scheduled for March on the claim that Samsung’s newest devices  also copied Apple’s technology.

Don’t you hate when people copy your conceptual ideas?


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Techie Whispers: Beats by Dre to Launch Wireless Headphones

Posted November 12, 2013 10:19 AM By Deirdre B Pride
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Techie Whispers: Beats by Dre Launches Wireless Headphones and Pill XL Portable Speakers

Beats by Dre today announced that it will be expanding its wireless products with the launch of the brand new Beats Studio Wireless headphones and the new Beats Pill and Beats Pill XL portable wireless speakers.

Beats president Luke Wood says:

“These products incorporate everything that the Beats brand has come to represent- premium audio and unmatched aesthetic sensibility with the added benefit of freedom from the wires. I think for most people the idea of wireless technology still seems complicated. We are significantly lowering the barrier to entry with these new wireless products by making them incredibly intuitive and easy to use without compromising great sound.”

Introducing The New Studio Wireless Headphones

This summer Beats launched the completely redesigned and reimagined Studio headphone bringing a truly elevated standard of quality, design, innovation and superior audio to the Beats product line. Today Beats is taking it yet another step further. The new Studio Wireless offers the same features and functionality including Adaptive Noise Cancellation, a rechargeable battery, and re-engineered sound via the Beats Acoustic Engine, all without the cord. Take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume right from the “b” button and volume buttons on the ear cup. The Bluetooth connection allows for up to 12 hours of music listening or up to 20 hours when plugged into an audio device.

The new Beats Studio Wireless retails for $379.95 and will be widely available beginning December 2013 at and authorized Beats retailers.

Introducing The New Pill and the New Pill XL

The new Beats Pill XL is larger than the original Pill but still extremely lightweight with a built-in handle for extra portability. Pill XL is also Bluetooth and NFC-enabled for quick and easy pairing to other Pills and Bluetooth devices, and is optimized for phone calls. But it’s the brand new features and functionality that make this speaker an absolute must have, including the ability to amplify or stereo your music, accessory charging and more:

  • Tap to Amplify - Sync two Pill XLs by tapping them together to play the same song.
  • Tap to Stereo - Tap two Pill XLs together twice to make one the left channel and the other the right channel for a truly premium stereo sound.
  • Easy to Pair – All “tap to” functionality is built in and works without any attachments or apps.
  • Power management tools - Pill XL has a rechargeable, 15-hour, lithium-ion battery and a 5-light LED battery fuel gauge that indicates how much charge is left. To save power, Pill XL automatically shuts off after ten minutes of no signal detection.
  • Charge out –Charge your phone with extra juice from the Pill XL.

The next generation Beats Pill will come standard with the same new features and functionality as Pill XL built in and will retail for $199.95. The new Beats Pill XL retails for $299.95 and will be widely available beginning December 2013 at and authorized Beats retailers.

Additionally, today Beats is announcing a new line of Pill product accessories including life-size Pill characters made popular by the company’s critically acclaimed as well as new protective Pill sleeves and bicycle mounts that enable even more portability for the on-the-go listener.

Additionally, Beats reaches consumers through strategic product partnerships that include Chrysler Group automobiles, Hewlett Packard computers and monitors, and HTC smartphones.

Led by Co-Founder & CEO Jimmy Iovine, Co-Founder Dr. Dre, and President Luke Wood, Beats Electronics is based in Santa Monica, CA.

SOURCE Beats Electronics LLC

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Is the Monopoly Over: Paypal Has a Competitor Named Square Cash

Posted October 18, 2013 8:24 AM By Deirdre B Pride
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Techie Whispers: The Monopoly is Over – Paypal Has a Competitor Named Square Cash

Welp, Paypal’s reign of monopolizing the pay by e-mail realm is over.  A new company named Square Cash has entered the building.  They even had the audacity to make things easier.  How does all this work you ask?  Well my fellow Whisperers, it goes a little something like this:

1.  To send money, draft an email with the recipient’s address in the ‘To’ field.

2.  Enter ‘cash@square.com’ in the ‘Cc’ field.

3.  Type the payment amount in the subject line and add a note in the email body to inform the recipient of what the payment is for.

4.  Click send. Square Cash  lets their users send up to $250 a week to any email address, and any email provider.

A. To receive money, recipients have to ‘Redeem’ the payment before the money is wired to their account.

This requires recipients to also sync a card with Square Cash to received funds, yet this only needs to be done once.

Check out the screen shot:

Sqaure Cash  This makes me go hmmmm  (why does this say 450 is being sent when the limit is $250 per week?)

Their is no need to sign up and manage an account each time.  If a user hasn’t sent or received Square Cash before they will be prompted to link a debit card.

Once added, the cash will be sent automatically and an email or text message will be sent to confirm the transaction.  Once the email is sent, the payment is made automatically and users get an email receipt each time they send money.

Square was founded in 2009 by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.  Oh the timing twitter has….  The founders of Instagram are about to go bat ish crazy.  The good folks at Twitter  must have said eff it, let’s show these copy cats how to really parlay ish…..bish.

I know you have to be worried about it safety and I am too.  They feel that they have taken the proper measures to insure that these transactions are safe.  Hence their statement:

‘To protect Square Cash senders and recipients, payment information submitted by our customers is encrypted and submitted to our servers securely, regardless of whether you’re using a public or private WiFi connection or a data service on your phone.

They say they conform with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS).  Square Cash ‘verifies each Square Cash email to make sure it comes from a legitimate sender’ and monitors activity to check for any suspicious or fraudulent behavior on an account.

And what would a they be without email alerts? Users can link a mobile phone number to their account to get text receipts.  If a payment is sent by mistake it can be cancelled, as long as the payment hasn’t been redeemed.

Someone asked what if someone used your email account to fraudulently send money?  How does a thing like that happen?  Who forces money on someone fraudulently?  Don’t worry, I’ll wait.  At any case, they urged you to make sure your email address is secure to it’s maximum ability.

A person would have to have the capabilty to get into your email address to make anything happen.  Oh, there are also Android and iOS Square Cash apps available too.  So what are you thinking Whisperer’s?

Their website is still under development, but it does exist.  I think they are going to need a lot of people to help convince them of this new technological move.  No word on what they charge for each transaction either.


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