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Google Launches Free Streaming Music Service

June 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Launches Free Streaming Music Service

Google Inc has unveiled a free version of its music streaming service, as it sought to upstage the debut of Apple Inc’s rival service next week. Google Play Music has offered a $9.99 per month subscription service for two years but Tuesday’s launch is the first free version of the streaming service. It is available online and will be available on Android and iOS by the end of the week, Elias Roman, Google product manager, said. Apple said earlier this month it would launch a music... 

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Google Seeking Testers For Jump Virtual Reality Video Camera

June 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Seeking Testers For Jump Virtual Reality Video Camera

If you’re an aspiring virtual reality content producer, Google is looking to give you a chance to test the Jump camera system it developed for recording video to be used in VR environments. Individuals that are interested in trying their hand at capturing 360-degree video with Jump can fill out a form Google posted on Monday that asks basic biographical questions as well as details on how they would use the system. Google didn’t say how many “select creators” it would chose,... 

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SoftBank’s Personal Robot With Emotions Already Sold Out

June 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
SoftBank’s Personal Robot With Emotions Already Sold Out

Any lingering doubt about whether people were excited to get their own personal robot has been removed. SoftBank Robotics Corp., an international company based in Japan, put 1,000 personal robots, priced at $1,600, on sale last Saturday. Within one minute, they were sold out. Customers also must pay a $120 per month cloud connection fee and and monthly insurance of $80. It was the first time that SoftBank had allowed people to put in orders for the robot, dubbed Pepper. There has been high interest... 

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Apple Watch Expected To Dominate Smartwatch Market

June 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Watch Expected To Dominate Smartwatch Market

The Apple Watch is expected to capture nearly two-thirds of the smartwatch market for all of 2015, according to a new forecast from market research firm IDC. IDC had said two weeks ago that Apple will ship to retailers about 21 million Apple Watches in 2015. That’s in the mid-range of other analyst forecasts of 15 million to 30 million for the new device. Then last week IDC said that all smartwatches and a small number of other smart wearables will total 33.1 million shipments in 2015, putting... 

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Apple Discontinues Sales Of Original iPad Mini

June 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Discontinues Sales Of Original iPad Mini

Apple has quietly discontinued offering the original iPad Mini, the 7.9-in. tablet that debuted in 2012. The smaller sibling to the 9.7-in. iPad no longer appears on Apple’s online store, a fact first reported by 9to5Mac.com on Friday. The iPad Mini had been superseded by a pair of follow-ups, including the iPad Mini 2 in 2013 and the iPad Mini 3 last year. Both of those tablets, while sporting the same-sized screen as the original, boasted so-called “Retina” high-resolution displays. Apple... 

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New Alcatel-Lucent Modem To Bring Superfast Internet To Copper

June 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
New Alcatel-Lucent Modem To Bring Superfast Internet To Copper

Alcatel-Lucent and chipmaker Sckipio Technologies are introducing modem technology that will help make speeds of hundreds of megabit per second over copper cables a reality. The technology that makes it possible is called g.Fast. Step by step, chipmakers and equipment manufacturers are getting it ready for large-scale commercial services that are expected to arrive next year. After getting the network equipment to work, vendors are increasingly focusing on the modems. Alcatel-Lucent has launched... 

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Is The iWatch Living Up To The Hype?

June 18, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is The iWatch Living Up To The Hype?

In a sign that the end is near for the iWatch, the New York Times has admitted that it is rubbish. For those that came in late, the New York Times has a long history of writing pro-Apple stories and has been a key ally in promoting all of Jobs’ Mob’s products to its readers. The fact that the New York Times which reviewed the watch and called it “bliss” has changed its mind is showing how much the product is slipping. Vanessa Friedman told the world that after a few months... 

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Jawbone Sues Fitbit Again

June 12, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Jawbone Sues Fitbit Again

Jawbone has filed another lawsuit against Fitbit in less than two weeks, alleging its activity tracking products infringe several of Jawbone’s patents. The new suit, filed Wednesday in San Francisco by Jawbone parent company AliphCom, seeks unspecified damages and an injunction to block the sale of Fitbit devices such as the Flex, Charge and Surge bands. Late last month, Jawbone filed another lawsuit, accusing Fitbit of poaching its employees and stealing trade secrets. Fitbit has said it has... 

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Apple Music Being Reviewed For Potential Antitrust Violations

June 11, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Music Being Reviewed For Potential Antitrust Violations

The attorneys general of New York and Connecticut are investigating Apple Inc’s negotiations with record labels to find signs of potential antitrust violations. The attorneys general want to know whether music labels colluded or were pressured into favoring Apple’s paid music subscription service, which was released on Monday. Apple launched Apple Music on Monday, a $9.99-a-month streaming music service that will likely alter the dynamics of how consumers listen to music as the music... 

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Sony Banking On Strong Demand For Its Sensors

June 10, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Banking On Strong Demand For Its Sensors

Sony Corp is anticipating that its sensor sales will grow by 20 percent this fiscal year amid strong demand from Apple Inc, even as it aims to diversify its client base to prevent volatility. Tomoyuki Suzuki, head of Sony’s device solutions business including sensors, said he expected sensor sales to grow by about 100 billion yen ($804 million) to 550 billion in the year to March. That would be slightly slower than the 40 percent rise in the previous year, but Suzuki said demand was so strong... 

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Acer Shifts Focus To IoT

June 8, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Acer Shifts Focus To IoT

Acer is still churning out PCs, but the Taiwanese vendor is far more bullish about the Internet of Things (IoT), a market the company doesn’t want to miss out on. Acer held a news conference not for a new consumer product, but to promote an upcoming miniature PC that will be sold to developers. The PC, called the aBeing One, will arrive in the third quarter, and is aimed at developers working in the IoT area. It’s designed to connect to smart home and wearable products, and act as a hub... 

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Is The Apple Watch Working Properly?

June 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Is The Apple Watch Working Properly?

Apple has said that a suspected Apple Watch bug, which has seen the smartwatch taking sporadic heart rate readings, is an intentional feature. At launch, Apple said that the Watch will monitor a users’ heart rate every 10 minutes, but it looks like it has since changed its mind. With the release of Watch OS 1.0.1, users took to Apple’s support forums to complain about the wearable’s heart rate sensor has been acting wacky since the software was updated. However, Apple has come out... 

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Google, Levi Collaborate On ‘Smart’ Clothing

June 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google, Levi Collaborate On ‘Smart’ Clothing

Google executives have a vision that one day soon your jacket, shirt, pants — even your socks — might control your phone, tablet or even the lights in your house. Ivan Poupyrev, Google’s technical program lead, received wild applause at a morning session at Google I/O today when he talked about Project Jacquard. The project isn’t about a new smartphone or tablet or even a giant humanoid robot. It’s about smart textiles that could change the way we connect and communicate... 

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Apple Jumps Into Augmented-reality With Metaio Acquisition

June 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Jumps Into Augmented-reality With Metaio Acquisition

Apple Inc has purchase Metaio, a German company whose technology combine real-world imagery and computer-generated elements into moving video presentations, according to a corporate filing. The terms were not disclosed. Metaio’s previous investors included Westcott LLC, the investment vehicle of entrepreneur Carl Westcott, the founder of floral delivery firm 1-800-Flowers, and Atlantic Bridge, a Silicon Valley-based growth equity technology fund. A document filed with a Munich court showed... 

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Android Looking To Push Deeper Into The Home

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Android Looking To Push Deeper Into The Home

Android, already the most widely used operating system in smartphones, may find its way into refrigerators, door locks and all manner of other “smart” appliances around the home. The OS will be in the spotlight at Google’s massive I/O conference in San Francisco later this week. As well as pushing into home appliances, it could also be extended to play a deeper role in virtual reality, allowing Android developers to build apps for smartphones or VR headsets. Google hasn’t... 

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