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When Intel announced its development of a "Smart Bracelet" and other digital lifestyle products at January's CES, there were many reasons to be impressed. In a way, it seemed kind of odd that Intel took as long as it did to make such a reveal, but the fact that it was going to be bringing its own products and... Read more...
Technology is pretty amazing when you take a moment to stop and truly appreciate how far things have come. Back when our folks were kids, they were filming silent, choppy videos on Super 8. And today? There are a number of mobile apps available to shoot hiqh-quality video -- with sound! -- on your smartphone. One of... Read more...
"4K" has been quite a strong buzzword this past year, and things are only bound to heat up as displays capable of handling the resolution continue to drop in price. But let's face it: While the extra pixels are nice in principle, the amount of GPU horsepower required to deliver smooth gameplay at that resolution is... Read more...
With wireless carriers now engaged in a price war of sorts -- it's more a data war, really -- it's getting a bit difficult to keep track of things. For example, just a couple of weeks ago T-Mobile was advertising is Framily plan. And now? After offering to quadruple data for Simple Starter customers for $5 per month... Read more...
Bold. That’s the word that comes to mind when we consider Amazon’s Fire Phone. In a world where precious little has happened in the smartphone space over the past few years, at least in terms of groundbreaking innovation, Amazon’s entrance provides all the spark you need to sit up and pay attention. So what’s Amazon,... Read more...
As of today, the Spotify app for Windows Phone offers free music streaming. Android and iOS users have been enjoying free music from the streaming service for months, but Windows Phone users have been impatiently waiting – first for a Spotify app, and then for a Spotify app that included the service’s popular free music feature.... Read more...
Tensions are high between the Chinese government and Microsoft right now, with the former banning the latter's Windows 8 software for government use. Taking it a step further, China is said to be building its own operating system, which it hopes to have ready by October. On top of all that, China's been investigating... Read more...
Have you ever watched a dog at play? They're in their own little world where chasing a chipmunk across the yard is every bit as important as that TPS report you've been tasked to write. And that hole Fido's been digging? He's not sure where it leads, he only knows it must be dug. Ah, the life of a dog -- rather than... Read more...
LG's been on a bit of a roll latel. Hot on the heels of introducing the G3 Beat and G Vista, and teasing a round-faced Android Wear smartwatch to compete with the Moto 360, the South Korean electronics maker today announced yet another new device, the LG G3 Stylus. Similar in design to the original LG G3 (but not in... Read more...
We're early on in the smartwatch revolution, and the first editions are proof of that. While Dick Tracy was onto something, the idea of a rectangular smartwatch in 2014 just feels a little... square. With Motorola's 360 watch securing most of the oohs and ahhs at Google I/O this year, it was just a matter of time... Read more...
If you use social media at all these days, you've undoubtedly noticed the rampant proliferation of viral headlines. From advertising "Local woman loses 55 lbs of belly fat using one weird trick," to Upworthy's self-righteous spewing twaddle "This man found 3,654 war orphans, 62 kittens, and Jesus at Arby's -- You... Read more...
Giving robots knowledge isn't some newfangled ability - it's been around for a good while. Letting a robot learn for itself; well, that's a little more modern. With IBM's Watson, we saw a supercomputer that could scour the Internet to beef up its own knowledge, and the result was undoubtedly impressive. But knowledge... Read more...
By now, it's pretty obvious that companies like Uber and Lyft offer a compelling service, one that taxi companies all over seem to be kicking themselves for not having thought of first. But despite the fact that these services offer a nice benefit to customers, they're fighting an uphill battle legally. Many, like... Read more...
Back in May, rumors surfaced that Google might purchase video game broadcasting service Twitch for $1 billion. Then, in July, Venturebeat claimed that its sources had confirmed that the deal between had been sealed. However, that confirmation may not have been accurate. It appears that Amazon is looking to snatch... Read more...
The wireless price wars have begun. Sprint fired off the first shot when it rolled out new Family and Individual plans last week, and now T-Mobile, the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier and former acquisition target of Sprint, is firing back with a deal of its own -- for $5 extra per month, Simple Starter... Read more...
After Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion back in February of this year, the popular messaging service has gone on to surpass 600 million monthly active users, company founder and Chief Executive Officer Jan Koum announced in a Twitter post today. At the time of acquisition, WhatsApp was nearing half a billion... Read more...
Those clunky fitness wristbands and watches are about to get some competition from a shirt that tracks much of the data, courtesy of Ralph Lauren. The luxury clothing designer is debuting the Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirt at the US Open today, where it is the official outfitter. The shirt uses technology from OMsignal... Read more...
Grab your tin hat: your cellphone might be giving away your location to spy agencies and sophisticated gangs even as you read this. The Washington Post is reporting that certain companies are selling technology that gives governments and criminals tracking capabilities similar to what the NSA is believed to have... Read more...
The idea of a modular smartphone is still an intriguing one. Imagine being able to swap out components in your smartphone to upgrade it rather than buying a completely new phone. If you don't know by now, Google has been working on Project Ara and, despite some hurdles such as the company selling off its Motorola... Read more...
Google's reasonably priced ($35) Chromecast dongle has been a surprising success in the streaming market, in part because of its low price tag. There's not a ton of competition in the streaming dongle space either, though it appears Microsoft will soon throw its weight around with a Miracast dongle that appears in the... Read more...
It's too late to lay claim to the first 4K television, however LG Electronics just announced the world's first OLED TV with a 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840x2160). That OLED qualifier makes all the difference in the world, and according to LG, the use of OLED in today's Ultra HD displays will prove a "game changer" in... Read more...
The sly folks at Microsoft decided to snip $100 off the price of its Surface 2 tablets, bringing down the cost of entry to the Windows 8.1 RT tablet to $349 for the 32GB model. If you need more storage, the 64GB version is now priced at $449, and the 64GB with 4G LTE (on AT&T) baked in now goes for $579. What's... Read more...
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