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Google Fiber Expanding South

January 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Fiber Expanding South

Google Fiber is expanding to the metro areas of Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., reaching 18 cities in those areas. The fiber optic cable service, with speeds of 1Gbps, is already active in the Kansas City area, as well as Provo, Utah, and Austin, Texas. Google has been working with city leaders in the new areas for the past year, “and now the really hard work begins,” said Dennis Kish, vice president of Google Fiber in a blog posting. He also said Google continues... 

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Microsoft Unveils Hologram Visor

January 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Unveils Hologram Visor

Microsoft Corp surprised the tech world with the unveiling of a prototype hologram visor that can bring the Minecraft video game, Skype calls and even the landscape of Mars to three-dimensional life. The veteran tech pioneer, which long ago lost the mantle of the world’s most inventive company, is making a bold play to regain that title in the face of stiff competition from Google Inc and Apple Inc. Virtual or enhanced reality is the next frontier in computing interaction, with Facebook Inc... 

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Will 2015 Be The Year Of 4K?

January 15, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Will 2015 Be The Year Of 4K?

We had a few dozen meetings at CES 2015 with many interesting people and close friends over the last week and we came to a conclusion that 4K and Virtual Reality will play a big role in 2015 and the future of computer graphics. The GPU industry is making huge steps forward to make higher resolution gaming more popular. The reason behind is rather simple, as 4K has four times the pixel count of 1080p and needs four times the GPU power to deliver superior image quality gets better. The GPU industry... 

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Apple Granted Patent For Wearable Cameras

January 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Granted Patent For Wearable Cameras

Apple Inc has been issued a patent for a wearable camera that could possibly challenge action cameras made by GoPro Inc. The patent, which cites specific weaknesses in GoPro’s cameras, includes details about a camera system that can be mounted on bike helmets or scuba masks, Apple said in an application filed with the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office. Shares of GoPro, whose cameras can be mounted on helmets, surf boards, bikes and dog harnesses, fell as much as 15 percent. Apple’s newly... 

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Survey Reveals Workers Ready For Wearables

January 13, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Survey Reveals Workers Ready For Wearables

Employees are eager to integrate wearable devices into their daily routines but aren’t convinced the technology will make their jobs easier. They also want employers to cover the costs, according to a survey from IT staffing firm Modis. “The utility of them in the workplace is probably what’s causing the hesitation to want to dip into their own pocket and actually pay for them,” said Bobby Knight, senior vice president of strategic sales and delivery at Modis, which conducted... 

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Micron Debuts Consumer Oriented SSDs

January 8, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Micron Debuts Consumer Oriented SSDs

Micron’s consumer subsidiary brands Crucial and Lexar have been pitching their stalls for 2015 with a number of CES 2015 announcements. Two consumer solid state drives (SSD) top the bill. The Crucial MX200 has read/write speeds of 555MB/s and 500MB/s, and 100k/87k individual operations per second. It features the company’s new Dynamic Write Acceleration to further speed up write and transfer, and has endurance of five times the average SSD. Accompanying it, the Crucial BX100 is, relatively... 

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Mozilla To Offer Firefox OS For Wearables

January 8, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Mozilla To Offer Firefox OS For Wearables

Mozilla is working on offering a version of the Firefox OS for wearables, and one of the top priorities is to break down barriers among smartwatches, smart glasses and other body-hugging devices based on Apple’s and Google’s operating systems. The Firefox OS is already being used in low-cost smartphones, and will be used in 4K TVs released by Panasonic in 2015. Mozilla now wants to expand the OS to a wider range of devices, including wearables and home appliances, said Joe Cheng, manager... 

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Samsung Finally Enters Solid-state External Drive Business

January 7, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Finally Enters Solid-state External Drive Business

Samsung is finally expanding its product line to include external solid-state drives with a new line of Portable SSD T1 products. The lightweight drives have capacities of up to 1TB and are small enough to fit in your pocket. They’re significantly more expensive than magnetic hard drives, though, which come in capacities of up to 6TB. Samsung’s 250GB external SSD is priced at $179.99, a 500GB drive is $299.99, and a 1TB drive is $599.99. By comparison, a 1TB magnetic drive can be acquired... 

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Customers Suing Apple Over Device Storage Space

January 6, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Customers Suing Apple Over Device Storage Space

Two Florida men have filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly misrepresenting the amount of storage room available to owners of 16GB iPhones and iPads. The two, Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara, accused Apple of “unfair, unlawful, and fraudulent business acts or practices,” including false advertising, and asked a California federal judge to designate the lawsuit as a class action so that others can participate. n the complaint filed Dec. 29, Orshan’s and Endara’s lawyers... 

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Intel Invests In Vuzix To Speed Up Smart Glasses Launch

January 5, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel Invests In Vuzix To Speed Up Smart Glasses Launch

Vuzix Corporation confirmed on Friday that Intel Corp has invested $24.8 million in the company to speed up the launch of Internet-connected eyewear. Intel bought preferred stock that is convertible into common shares equivalent to 30 percent of Vuzix, Vuzix said in a press release. Rochester, New York-based Vuzix develops computerized, Internet-connected glasses and other video eyewear aimed at consumers, businesses and entertainment. Intel officials were not immediately available for comment. Intel,... 

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Samsung Says New Smart TVs Will Run On Tizen OS

January 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Says New Smart TVs Will Run On Tizen OS

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has announced that all its new smart television products launched in 2015 will be powered by the Tizen operating system, marking a fresh effort by the company to increase the usage of the software platform. Smart TVs offer additional software and connectivity functions, such as video streaming and web browsing capabilities. Samsung demonstrated TV sets powered by Tizen at developer conferences last year. “We are focusing our efforts on Tizen right now,” Kim... 

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Autonomous, Connected Cars To Be Hot Topics At CES

December 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Autonomous, Connected Cars To Be Hot Topics At CES

Cars that can park themselves, cycle helmets that can communicate to avoid collisions and the looming show down between Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto will all be hot topics at International CES in January. The Las Vegas trade show will offer a mixture of cars and accessories coming out next year, and others that are still years away from being ready. The latter category includes BMW’s self-parking car, which will be demonstrated to journalists in a Las Vegas parking... 

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Demand For 4K TVs Appear To Be Growing?

December 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Demand For 4K TVs Appear To Be Growing?

Demand for ultra-high definition (UDH or 4K) television sets is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 72% thru 2018. Demand for high resolution TVs was limited in 2013 and stayed relatively flat this year, with some analysts projecting no growth at all. However, the panels are getting cheaper and shipments are expected to pick up fast. FutureSource Consulting found that growth remains slow in Europe, but there’s movement in other parts of the world. “4K adoption is forecast to grow... 

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Will The Apple iWatch Be A Dud?

December 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Will The Apple iWatch Be  A Dud?

It appears that Apple waited too long and relied too much on the press to keep interest in its iWatch vaporware product going. New research has showing that interest in the device has been falling faster than a free fall team of parachuting elephants who have forgotten to pack the key ingredient of their act. The Tame Apple press is beside itself with worry as Apple does not like failure and it might not invite them to one of its press launches again unless people get enthusiastic about the watch... 

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Texas Instruments Has Unique Enegery Idea For IoT

December 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Texas Instruments Has Unique Enegery Idea For IoT

The Internet of Things is can’t operate without plugs and/or batteries. But it’s possible to build a sensor network that uses harvested energy that comes from changes in temperature, vibrations, wind and light, as Texas Instruments (TI) will demonstrate at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The idea of harvesting power has a long history and there are many applications of it today. However, big solar panels or large sensors that can capture energy from vibrations, heat and light... 

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