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Report Reveals Hi-tech Vehicle Systems Are Rarely Used By Owners

August 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Report Reveals Hi-tech Vehicle Systems Are Rarely Used By Owners

Although car makers are spending billions of dollars to install cutting-edge technologies in vehicles, a new report shows many owners don’t use them. According to J.D. Power’s 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, 20% of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of 33 of the latest technology features. The 2015 DrIVE Report measures driver experiences with in-vehicle technology features during the first 90 days of ownership. The five features owners most commonly report... 

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Best Buy To Sell Apple Watch In All Stores By September

August 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Best Buy To Sell Apple Watch In All Stores By September

Best Buy will offer the Apple Watch in all of its 1,050 retail locations by the end of September, responding to strong consumer demand for the wearable. By Sept. 4, the Apple Watch will be available in 900 Best Buy stores, and it will appear in the retailer’s remaining locations by the end of the month, CEO Hubert Joly said. Best Buy began selling the wearable in 100 stores as well as online on Aug. 7. The company had planned to expand availability to 200 additional stores by the Christmas... 

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LG To Unveil Upgraded G Pad Tablet

August 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
LG To Unveil Upgraded G Pad Tablet

Even if the tablet market is in stuck in a rut, vendors aren’t giving up on the product category. LG Electronics will debut the best model of its G Pad tablet series at the IFA trade show in Berlin next week. LG’s latest tablet, the G Pad II 10.1, is more powerful and has a better screen than its predecessor,  but it also has a slightly smaller battery. A quad-core 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor powers the G Pad II and its 10.1-inch screen has a 1200 x 1920 pixel resolution. That’s... 

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Are 4K TV’s Finally Taking Off?

August 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are 4K TV’s Finally Taking Off?

Worldwide Ultra HD (4K) LCD TV panel shipment volume grew 60.8 per cent sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, reaching around 9.2 million units despite the fact there is very little content out there. Beancounters at MIC have added up the numbers and divided by their shoe size and worked out that Korean vendors’ shipment share rose to 61 per cent from 54 per cent. They have seen shipment volume growing 80 per cent sequentially. Samsung Display had the highest sequential growth at 105... 

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Swatch To Beef Up Its Smartwatch Offerings

August 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Swatch To Beef Up Its Smartwatch Offerings

Swatch is making plans to add to its new smartwatch range, the Swiss watchmaker’s chief executive stated in a recent newspaper interview. The Biel, Switzerland-based company is competing with Apple and other watchmakers in the budding smartwatch market. “Our product is called Touch Zero One and that gives enough room for Zero Five, Zero Nine,” Nick Hayek was quoted as saying by Switzerland’s Tages-Anzeiger newspaper. “The Touch Zero One is not the end of the progression.” Hayek... 

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Google Unveils New Wi-Fi Router For Home

August 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Unveils New Wi-Fi Router For Home

Google Inc has unveiled a Wi-Fi router, the latest move in the company’s efforts to get ready for the connected home and draw more users to its services. The cylinder-shaped router, named OnHub, can be pre-ordered for $199.99 at online retailers including the Google Store, Amazon.com Incand Walmart.com. The router comes with in-built antennas that will scan the airwaves to spot the fastest connection, Google said in a blog post. With the router, users will be able to prioritize a device... 

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Ready For Mind Controlled Movies?

August 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ready For Mind Controlled Movies?

Watching a movie, until now, has largely been a passive experience. But what if the person watching could influence what happens on-screen via their brainwaves? An experimental short-film called ‘Scanners’ aims to create a platform that bridges the gap between digital arts and neuroscience. Using a wireless brain scanner that reads both muscular and brainwave data, the system allows the user to manipulate the film’s structure. Creator Richard Ramchurn said the audience can subconsciously... 

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LG Display To Focus On Next-Generatin OLED Screens

August 18, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
LG Display To Focus On Next-Generatin OLED Screens

South Korea’s LG Display Co Ltd s announced on Monday it would focus investment on organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, betting on the next-generation technology to steer it clear of price wars and ahead of the competition. Through 2018, LG Display plans to put at least 10 trillion won ($8.47 billion) primarily into OLED displays for large products such as TVs, and flexible screens for smartphones and wearables. It will seek to expand OLED applications to signage and automobiles, and... 

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Are Smartwatches A Security Risk?

August 17, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are Smartwatches A Security Risk?

That smartphone you might be using may not be as secure as you thought, according to security research. The doomsday prophet here is Trend Micro, which said that big name providers are not taking your arm armory seriously. We’ve heard HP wax lyrical on this as well. Trend Micro apparently took its study seriously, and measured the preventative efforts on hardware including the Apple Watch, Motorola 360, LG G Watch, Sony Smartwatch, Samsung Gear Live, Asus Zen Watch and the Pebble. Devices... 

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Apple TV Live Service Delayed By Another Year

August 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple TV Live Service Delayed By Another Year

Apple Inc will push back rolling out its live TV service to at least next year, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans. The company had planned to introduce the service, which is delivered over the Internet, this year. Discussions with broadcasters such as CBS Corp and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc to license programming are progressing slowly, and lack of content has led Apple to scrap plans to announce the service at a Sept. 9 event, Bloomberg said. Apple... 

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Verizon Gearing Up For Super-fast 10Gbps Broadband

August 14, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Verizon Gearing Up For Super-fast 10Gbps Broadband

Verizon engineers recently completed lab and field tests of a new fiber optic network capable of 10Gbps, or 10 times the speed of Google Fiber and some other currently-available networks. A popular Verizon FIOS service now offering 75Mbps speeds can transfer a two-hour HD movie in 17 minutes; the new 10Gbps network can transfer the same movie in just 8 seconds, according to Shweta Jain, a FIOS engineer at Verizon. She spoke in a Verizon video to announce the successful testing. Verizon hasn’t... 

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Japanese Engineer Develops ‘Car in a Bag’

August 10, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Japanese Engineer Develops ‘Car in a Bag’

A Japanese engineer has put together a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack that he says is the world’s first ‘car in a bag’. Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered “WalkCar” transporter, which is the size of a laptop and resembles a skateboard more than a car. The slender WalkCar is made from aluminum and weighs between two and three kilograms (4.4 to 6.6 pounds), depending... 

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German Carmakers Team Up To Buy Nokia’s HERE

August 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
German Carmakers Team Up To Buy Nokia’s HERE

German auto makers BMW, Audi and Mercedes, will pay around 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) to acquire Nokia’s maps business, beating out high-tech rivals for location services seen as key to the future of self-driving cars. Germany’s three premium carmakers joined forces and will hold equal stakes in the business, known as HERE, clubbing together to keep the assets from falling into the hands of Internet rivals in Silicon Valley or China. The deal has an enterprise value of 2.8 billion... 

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Nokia Unveils Virtual Reality Camera

July 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nokia Unveils Virtual Reality Camera

Finland’s Nokia, once the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, has debuted a spherical camera designed for making 3D movies and games that can be watched and played with virtual reality headsets. The device, showcased at an event in Los Angeles, takes video and audio in 360 degrees with eight sensors and microphones, and is the first from Nokia’s digital media solutions business — one of its new focuses for future growth. Nokia is going through restructuring after... 

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Samsung To Sell Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Smartphones

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung To Sell Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Smartphones

Samsung Electronics wants to unclutter your home with a monitor that can wirelessly charge smartphones and other mobile devices. The SE370 monitor will come in 23.6-inch and 27-inch formats and is the industry’s first to have an integrated wireless charging station, the South Korean manufacturer said Monday. But your phone will have to support the Qi wireless charging standard, which was developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and is supported by makers such as Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC... 

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