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NEC makes hearable tech prototype for 'safer authentication'
"NEC is aiming to commercialize hearable platform services that combine individual authentication, indoor positioning & acoustic AR by 2018."
IDC: Wearables aren’t dead - market grows 16.9 percent in fourth quarter
While many may think the wearables market is a dwindling one, it is actually quite healthy - a change of focus has been put down as the cause.
Connected toys and wearables for Christmas? Could be a cyber security risk
As long as a device can be connected to the web or other devices and isn’t secured, it can be accessed stealthily and used to a criminal’s advantage.
Consumers 'bored' of smartwatches and fitness trackers
“To offer a compelling enough value proposition, the uses for wearable devices need to be distinct from what smartphones typically provide."
Fitbit still on top in wearables market, Apple's 'aging lineup' sees decline
"Simplicity is a driving factor and this is well reflected in the top vendor list as four out of five offer a simple, dedicated fitness device."
New survey ‘disappointing’ for Fitbit as Kiwis vote on their favourite electronics
Apple and Samsung remain on top, while LG, Panasonic, Sony and The Warehouse's Veon proving popular with Kiwi consumers.
2017 and beyond: What it looks like for IT
"Last year, we said digital changes were coming fast. This year the acceleration continues and may have wide-ranging impact on people and technology."
Is Fitbit’s Charge 2 its best tracker to date?
I highly recommend it for those looking to get more out of their fitness trackers, but don't to step into the world of a smart watch just yet.
NZ wearables shipments declining & Kiwis are 'over the hype', says IDC
New research from IDC suggests that there's a disconnect between the growing wearables market and Kiwi consumers who may already be over the hype.
Hands-on review: Xiaomi Mi Band 2 - advanced tech for peanuts
With the million and one wearables out there, why does the Mi Band 2 make so much sense, one that I’m happy to say is my smartwatch of choice?
Fitbit’s dominance in wearables market remains unchallenged, Apple suffers decline
Fitbit’s dominance over the global market remains unchallenged, as the company’s name becomes synonymous with fitness bands.
Is Australian demand for enterprise applications wavering?
Mobile is in the top three technology priorities for discretionary spending by CIOs in Australia in 2016.
Five technologies ready to disrupt your business
Personal technologies are set to have a major impact on every business across the globe, according to Gartner.
Wearables' steady growth will reach 213.6 million shipments by 2020
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker forecasts continued growth in wearables: 213.6 million unit shipments by 2020.
The world of wearables: Users want panic buttons and location trackers
The most desired wearables right now are the Panic/SOS button, smart watch and the location tracker, an Ericsson ConsumerLab report says.
The smartwatch shoot-out: Which one should you choose?
With every smartphone maker and their dog launching a smartwatch, many are scratching their heads, wondering which to buy.
Wearables in the classroom - it's all the rage
"Wearables are becoming commonplace in our everyday life, and are now being heartily adopted by schools around the world."
Fitbit still dominates growing wearables market
The International Data Corporation releases data from Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker showing a 67.2% increase in wearables shipments.
Wearables a security risk, says Centrify
"The presence of wearables in the enterprise poses a growing concern for IT security."
Dip in Aussie smartphone sales expected to reverse this year
Australian smartphone sales were down one million units last year, but Telsyte says its a temporary dip which will reverse this year.
Mind your fitness tracker: Wearables the latest attack target
Connected fitness bands, watches and wearables are becoming popular in consumer and enterprise markets; the opportunity for hackers is big business.
Wearable devices to surpass 200 million
IDC says worldwide shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach 110 million by the end of 2016.
Kiwi schools ditch the textbooks, take up sports wearables
“It’s incredibly exciting to see how this technology makes learning hugely relevant to the next generation."
Unmanaged wearables pose threat to the enterprise
“Wearables are deceptively private. However, hackers don’t need to take physical possession of a device in order to exploit a hole in security."