Items tagged with Ubi

Kickstarter is proving to be the place to go if you have an Android concept in need of funding. Exhibit A is Ouya, a $99 Android console that blew by its original goal of raising $950,000 in funds and ended up with nearly $8.6 million instead, and now we're seeing similar excitement for Ubi (Exhibit B, if you will), a ubiquitous Android PC that is always on and responds to voice commands. Ubi's developers only sought to raise $36,000 to pay the bills, lower costs, and pay for safety certifications, and with 26 days still to go, the project has more than doubled its funding goal with over $81,000... Read more...
Ubisoft has done very well adapting novelist and screenwriter Tom Clancy's output to video game software. Clancy's Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six series are Ubisoft's centerpiece titles. Ubisoft went all the way recently and bought the intellectual property rights to Tom Clancy's name. The immediate result was a 12% goose to Ubisoft's share price. “The Tom Clancy brand is recognised around the world for offering exciting video games, films and books. Capitalising on the strong franchises that we’ve built over the past 10 years, we will take the Tom Clancy game brand to the next level of the global... Read more...
Why would Silicon Valley, which birthed the idea of the cubicle, be moving away from it?  Even Intel, which is often credited with the idea, is rethinking it.Cubicles can prompt odd behavior, people who have studied them said. It is hard to see if colleagues are busy, so some cube-dwellers will send emails to a neighbor about a simple question that could have been answered more easily in a conversation. Some technology companies never adopted cubes. Microsoft Corp., for example, promotes quiet and concentration by giving most workers offices with doors. That is costly. Chris Hood, a manager... Read more...
Careerbuilder.com conducted a survey of IT workers, and according to the results, more than half of IT workers are sleeping on the job. And when they are awake, nearly half might be preparing to sleep around, too, admitting at least kissing their co-worker. That's if they're sober, which isn't all the time. Ah, multitasking. Look on the bright side, Human Resource people: at least they're not sleeping on the job as much as government workers report they do.Across all professions surveyed, 45 percent admitted to having fallen asleep on the job. And nearly two-thirds of government workers -- 64 percent... Read more...
The world of doing your word processing on the 'net is officially here, no doubt about it. But how do developers make the programs that people are using these days? While the traditional CD or DVD based (or even large download) software is often written with some variant of the tried and true C programming language, this approach may not be the most suitable to bringing web-based applications to life. So what did Buzzword developer, Virtual Ubiquity, chose? Flash of course. Adobe themselves have been expanding into web-based apps, and it so it would seem very likely that future versions of... Read more...
Over the past couple of weeks, a company names D-Wave Systems made some news after announcing that they had developed what was supposedly the world's first commercial quantum computer.  And now D-Wave's claims have come under fire because they've failed to submit their findings for peer review. This story on CNN Tech discusses some of the finer details of the situation. "Quantum computing is such an elusive goal that even the company claiming to have the "world's first commercial quantum computer" acknowledged it isn't entirely sure the machine is performing true quantum calculations.... Read more...