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4K Monitors Fall Below $500

November 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
4K Monitors Fall Below $500

Prices for 4K monitors have fallen below $500, bringing them within the reach of cost-conscious buyers looking to replace 1080p displays. The prices have been falling steadily from $700 or more earlier this year. 4K monitors are available from Samsung, Sharp, Dell, Asus, Acer, Monoprice and small vendors. 4K gives a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, or four times deeper than conventional 1080p resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Dell is selling its 28 Ultra HD P2815Q monitor for $449.99, down from... 

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Government Officials Warns Consumers To Secure Their Web Cams

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Government Officials Warns Consumers To Secure Their Web Cams

Government officials in the U.S. and the UK are warning consumers to secure their webcams after websites that broadcast the contents of those cameras have sprung up online. One of the better-known sites, Insecam, appeared to have gone offline after the warnings, but at least one site that publishes similar content was still available. The websites show footage from security cameras used by businesses and in people’s homes, including CCTV networks that secure buildings and even cameras built... 

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Nokia Launches N1 Tablet

November 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nokia Launches N1 Tablet

Finland’s Nokia unveiled a new brand-licensed tablet computer which is designed to rival Apple’s iPad Mini, just six months after the company sold its underperforming phones and devices business to Microsoft for over $7 billion. Nokia, a name which was once synonymous with mobile phones until first Apple and then Samsung Electronics eclipsed the Finnish company with the advent of smart phones, said the manufacturing, distribution and sales of the new N1 tablet, will be handled under... 

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Intel Goes Upscale With New MICA Bracelets

November 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel Goes Upscale With New MICA Bracelets

Soon to be released bracelets with technology from Intel Corp and design cues from fashion brand Opening Ceremony will connect the wearer with Facebook, Google and Yelp via an AT&Tdata plan,no smartphone necessary. Called My Intelligent Communication Accessory, or MICA, the snakeskin bracelets are aimed at fashion-conscious women and are an attempt by the two companies to stand out in a growing field of often-clunky smartwatches and fitness brands that have yet to catch on widely with consumers. “We... 

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Has Google Glass Reached The End Of The Line?

November 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Has Google Glass Reached The End Of The Line?

After two years of showing up at high-profile events wearing Google Glass, the gadget that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy technology, Google co-founder Sergey Brin arrived recently to a Silicon Valley event noticeably bare-faced. He’d left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product — he recently wore his pair to the beach. But Brin’s timing is not propitious, coming... 

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Vudu Joins Disney Cloud Movie Service

November 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Vudu Joins Disney Cloud Movie Service

Walt Disney Co’s cloud-based movie storage service will allow customers to add purchases from Vudu, an online store operated by Wal-Mart Stores Inc, a Disney official announced on Friday. Films bought on Vudu will be integrated with the Disney Movies Anywhere service starting on Tuesday, Jamie Voris, Disney Studios’ chief technology officer, said at an event where the company highlighted mobile initiatives. Disney is building the service as studios try to steer movie fans to digital... 

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Sony Announces PlayStation Vue Roll Out Plans

November 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Announces PlayStation Vue Roll Out Plans

Sony Network Entertainment International LLC, a unit of Sony Corp of America, rolled out a new cloud-based TV service, PlayStation Vue, expected to be commercially launched during the first quarter of 2015. The web-based television service allows users to access live TV and on-demand content without a cable or satellite service, the company said. The service offers catch-up and on-demand TV. It makes the past three days of popular programming available without the need to schedule recordings, the... 

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Office For iPad Tops Downloaded Apps List

November 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Office For iPad Tops Downloaded Apps List

Microsoft’s Office for iPad apps surged in download popularity last week, topping the App Store’s U.S. chart the day after the Redmond, Wash. firm handed consumers more functionality free of charge. On Friday, Microsoft’s Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPad were ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, on the App Store free download list. Two days earlier, those same apps were ranked Nos. 14, 39 and 44 in the U.S., according to AppAnnie, a company that tracks app store market... 

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Panasonic Considering A Push Into Home Appliances

November 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Panasonic Considering A Push Into Home Appliances

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp is mulling over M&A deals to bolster its presence in the European home appliance market, its chief executive said on Monday, as it shifts its focus to growth following years of restructuring. “We need a partner who understands the European market in the white goods segment,” CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga, credited with leading the company’s turnaround since his appointment in 2012, told Reuters in an interview. Panasonic returned to a positive... 

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Will Google’s Smartglasses Be A Hit?

November 7, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Will Google’s Smartglasses Be A Hit?

A new report by Juniper Research found that shipments and adoption of smart glasses were slower than expected due to fewer ending up in the market. The report, Smart Glasses: Consumer, Enterprise and Healthcare Strategies and Forecasts 2014-2019, estimated that shipments were unlikely to exceed 10 million per annum until 2018. Juniper Research expects sales to be buoyed slightly by fresh releases by several key players in 2015-2016, including Samsung, Recon Instruments and the Microsoft-owned Osterhout... 

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Jawbone Unveils Latest Fitness Trackers

November 6, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Jawbone Unveils Latest Fitness Trackers

Wearable device maker Jawbone launched a set of new fitness trackers called “UP Move” and “UP3″ that track details of workouts, hours slept and heart rate. Up Move, which comes with an LED display to view the number of steps and time taken, will be available at $50, and UP3 will be available at $180, the San Francisco-based company said. UP3, a wrist band equipped with sensors on the strap, keeps track of the physical activity and heart rate as well as provides recommendations... 

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Is ATT & Verizon Selling Your Information?

November 5, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is ATT & Verizon Selling Your Information?

Verizon appears to be collecting personal data on its clients and selling it to advertisers. Wired and Forbes have claimed that the two largest mobile phone carriers in the United States, Verizon and AT&T, are adding the tracking number to their subscribers’ Internet activity, even when users opt out Howver the data can be used by any site to build a dossier about a person’s behaviour on mobile devices including which apps they use, what sites they visit and for how long. MoPub,... 

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Amazon Tops Apple In Tablet Satisfaction Survey

November 4, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Tops Apple In Tablet Satisfaction Survey

A mere five months after Apple snatched J.D. Power’s tablet satisfaction award away from Samsung, it has lost it to up-and-coming Amazon. Apple’s iPad finished in second place in the latest satisfaction survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, with a score of 824 out of a possible 1,000. For the first time, Amazon took first place, scoring 827. Samsung came in at 821 for third, while Asus and Acer filled out the first five, but those stragglers’ scores were under the category... 

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After Privacy Concerns,Adobe E-reader Software Now Collect Less Data

November 4, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
After Privacy Concerns,Adobe E-reader Software Now Collect Less Data

Tests on the latest version of Adobe System’s e-reader software reveals the company is now collecting less data following a privacy-related row last month, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Digital Editions version 4.0.1 appears to only collect data on e-books that have DRM (Digital Rights Management), wrote Cooper Quintin, a staff technologist with the EFF. DRM places restrictions on how content can be used with the intent of thwarting piracy. Adobe was criticized in early... 

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Are Tablet Sells Picking Up In The U.S.?

November 3, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are Tablet Sells Picking Up In The U.S.?

According to Techeye, IDC said that the worldwide tablet market grew by 11.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014 and shipments totalled 53.8 million units. Sales were boosted by the “back to school” season and the fact that Americans wanted to them. It is not clear where this boost is happening. Apple is still the leader in tablets, but is continuing to see a decline in its sales. It shipped 12.3 million units in the third quarter, while Samsung shipped 9.9 million units and despite being second... 

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