Here’s the top tech news and stories of the day.
- Apple has attempted to break into the e-education scene, to little success - but this Gizmodo article discusses how Amazon most likely has them already beaten. Amazon has 200,000 eTextbooks already on Kindle, and is only adding to the portfolio. Via Gizmodo, more here.
- Smart TV is seeing 15% growth, but slow in North America - A study from NPD DisplaySearch is showing there is growth in adoption of smart TVs, but it is limited in North America at only around 20% adoption. While I think connected devices have a great place in the living room, up-charging for the capability on TVs leaves the consumer in the lurch in the long run, while devices like Roku, GoogleTV and AppleTV all provide clear upgrade paths and a unified ecosystem. Via TechCrunch, more here.
- The iTwin SecureBox linkes with Dropbox to encrypt sensitve files - Dropbox has had some major complaints with security, and iTwin is here to “save the day.” The compact device offers encryption by splitting a dongle into multiple PCs or Macs. Via TechCrunch, more here.
- Google Releases some information on their data centers - the cloak and dagger security surrounding Google’s data centers has been erased, and a more open data center awaits. Google is unleashing a global campaign inviting you into their data centers (Google Street View tours included). Via GigaOM, more here.
- Aereo Network TV Streaming (which we mentioned a while ago) has added support for all major web browsers - the service, which provides network TV over the internet (for a minimal cost) to New Yorkers has upgraded their support. It has approximately 20 channels, and they are all streamed in HD. Via TechCrunch, more here.
- Google’s Dart structured programming celebrates 1 year - The language has been updated with a bevy of new options and a stable SDK. Via Engadget, more here.
- Google has added Drive and Calendar to Google search experience - the search king, Google, is increasing the search capabilities of the web search in Google. Not only do your web searches return Gmail results, but also the other two. Google is increasing the capabilities of their ecosystem by improving the interconnectivity of the offerings. Via TechCrunch, more here.