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Kuddle, Microsoft To Launch Child Safe Tablet

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Kuddle, Microsoft To Launch Child Safe Tablet

Kuddle, a Norwegian photo-sharing app created for children, plans to roll out a child safe tablet with Microsoft on Dec 1, and expects to sign funding deals with several venture capital firms within weeks, its chief executive said on Monday. The Oslo-based company said it was on track to reach its goal of one million users by year-end and plans to soon raise another $5 million of fresh funds on top of the nearly $6 million it has already raised. “We are working with Microsoft on several... 

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Sony PlayStation TV Will Arrive At Stores On October 14th

September 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony PlayStation TV Will Arrive At Stores On October 14th

Sony Corp said PlayStation TV set-top box, which allows users to access movies and TV episodes from the PlayStation store, will arrive at retail locations in the United States and Canada on Oct. 14. The price for a standalone PlayStation TV (PS TV) is $99.99, the company wrote in a blog. For $139.99, customers can get a wireless controller, an 8 GB memory card and “The Lego Movie” videogame along with the PS TV. Around 700 games will be available to PS TV users, including “Metal... 

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IEEE Pushing For Standards For Internet of Things

September 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
IEEE Pushing For Standards For Internet of Things

The IEEE is untertaking a rather ambitious effort to put in place a overarching architecture for the Internet of Things, spanning a multitude of industries and technologies. IEEE P2413, which the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers officially started work on in July, would form a framework for interoperability among connected devices and related applications in home automation, industrial systems, telematics and all other sectors that are expected to use IoT in the coming years. While... 

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HTC To Make the Next Google Nexus Tablet

September 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
HTC To Make the Next Google Nexus Tablet

Google Inc has chosen HTC Corp to develop and deliver its upcoming 9-inch Nexus tablet, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Google had been mulling HTC as a potential Nexus tablet partner since last year and HTC engineers have been flying to the Googleplex in Mountain View in recent months to work on the project, the report said. Google’s decision to pick HTC reflects its long-term strategy of building a broad base of partners from device to device to prevent... 

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Sony Launches SDK For SmartEyeglass

September 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Launches SDK For SmartEyeglass

Sony has rolled out an SDK (software development kit) for its SmartEyeglass head-mounted display, another step toward challenging Google Glass. The glasses can connect to Android smartphones via Bluetooth and project green monochrome text or basic graphics across a field within the lenses. Sony said it will begin sales of the eyewear to developers by March 31, the end of its fiscal year. They will be sold in Japan, the U.S. and some European countries. The Developer Preview SDK includes an emulator,... 

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Amazon Expands Kindle Lineup, Increases Pricing

September 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Expands Kindle Lineup, Increases Pricing

Amazon.com Inc continued its push into hardware with the debut of six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 e-reader called the Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever touch-screen tablet. The No. 1 U.S. online retailer also revamped its basic Kindle e-reader to include a touch screen. It will cost $79, about 15 percent more than the current basic model. Other new devices unveiled on Wednesday are a $99 Kindle Fire HD tablet, which includes a smaller, six-inch screen as well as a tablet... 

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Stanford University Develops Ant-sized Radios

September 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Stanford University Develops Ant-sized Radios

Scientists at Stanford University have assembled ant-sized radios that could one day help track patients’ temperatures, turn on coffee makers in the morning and prevent forgery. A Stanford engineering team has built a radio, equipped with sensors, computational units and antennas one-tenth the size of Wi-Fi antennas, that is able to gain all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna. No batteries are required. These radios, which are... 

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4K Television Sales Finally Picking Up Steam

September 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
4K Television Sales Finally Picking Up Steam

Approximately 14 million ultra-high definition (UHD) 4K2K television sets have been shipped worldwide in 2014, penetrating 6-7% of the overall TV market, according to WitsView, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based market intelligence firm TrendForce. Chinese vendors, including Skyworth, Changhong and Hisense, have the highest shipment rates. The six largest Chinese brands, which also include Konka, TCL and Haier, will achieve a 13-15% penetration rate in the UHD TV market this year, the firm projects. The... 

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Western Digital’s My Passport Goes Wireless

September 9, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Western Digital’s My Passport Goes Wireless

Western Digital has announced the latest addition to its My Passport series of portable external hard drives. The My Passport Wireless, as the name suggests, is WD’s entry in the current crop of WiFi Direct attached storage devices. Available in capacities of 500GB, 1TB and 2TB, the My Passport Wireless drive can sit directly on a WiFi network or act as a pass-through device, linking up to eight devices regardless of type and operating system. One touch syncing with Dropbox, Onedrive and Google... 

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Wireless Charging For PCs, Tablets Expected Next Year

September 8, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Wireless Charging For PCs, Tablets Expected Next Year

Wireless charging will reach PCs in 2015, and laptops will be able to recharge when placed on tables, pads or surfaces supporting power delivery, according to an Intel executive. In other words, laptop users won’t have to carry power bricks, said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s PC Client Group. Skaugen spoke during a webcast keynote Friday at the IFA trade show in Berlin. In a few years, wireless charging will be common in PCs, much like wireless communications... 

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Intel’s Core M Chip Headed To 20 Windows Tablets And Hybrids

September 8, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel’s Core M Chip Headed To 20 Windows Tablets And Hybrids

Intel’s new Core M chips — which bring PC-like performance to slim design tablets — will initially be in many Windows 8.1 tablets, but no Android devices are yet on the radar. The chips will be in five to seven detachable tablets and hybrids by year end, and the number of devices could balloon to 20 next year, said Andy Cummins, mobile platform marketing manager at Intel. Core M chips, announced at the IFA trade show in Berlin on Friday, are the first based on the new Broadwell... 

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Acer Launching Two New Low Cost 8-inch Tablets

September 5, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Acer Launching Two New Low Cost 8-inch Tablets

Acer’s latest low-cost 8-inch tablets will come to market in both Android and Windows flavors. The Iconia Tab 8 W runs Windows on an Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor. It offers 8 hours of battery life, weighs 370 grams and is 9.75 millimeters thick. The 8-inch screen has a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels. For the $149 price tag, Acer includes a one-year subscription to the Personal version of Office 365, which includes access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. Android fans... 

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Lenovo Adds More Features To It’s $199 Tablet

September 4, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Lenovo Adds More Features To It’s $199 Tablet

Lenovo has decided to upgrade the features in low-cost Android tablets with the Tab S8 tablet, which will start selling this month for $199. The tablet, which runs on Google’s Android 4.4 OS, has Intel’s quad-core Atom chip, code-named Bay Trail. The chip is capable of running PC-class applications and rendering high-definition video. The 8-inch S8 offers 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, which is also on Google’s 7-inch Nexus 7. The S8 is priced lower than the Nexus 7, which sells... 

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Smartwatches To Take Center Stage At IFA

September 3, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Smartwatches To Take Center Stage At IFA

Smartwatches will take center stage at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with LG Electronics, Motorola, Samsung and Sony all keen to demonstrate that their new products are what consumers want. Samsung Electronics and LG announced their upcoming smartwatches, the Gear S and G Watch R, last week in advance of the show. Samsung’s Gear S is a 3G smartwatch that doesn’t need a smartphone to function. It’s powered by an unspecified dual-core 1GHz processor and has a curved 2-inch Super AMOLED... 

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Tablet Sales Still Up, But Growth Slowing

September 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Tablet Sales Still Up, But Growth Slowing

Tablet sales worldwide will continue to grow this year, but not at the pace previously expected, according to a recently released forecast. After four years of double- and triple-digit growth, worldwide tablet shipments this year will grow by just 6.5% over last year, according to IDC. The research firm had previously forecast 12.1% growth. The tablet market is maturing and long-term trends are becoming clearer, said Jean Philippe Bouchard, research director for tablets. More money is being spent... 

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