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Google Fiber To Be Free For Some

February 5, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Fiber To Be Free For Some

Google Fiber has announced free gigabit Internet service to residents of selected public housing projects connected to its fiber optic service in U.S. cities. The program debuted at West Bluff, an affordable housing community in Kansas City, Mo., where 100 homes have been connected to Google Fiber. Across the Kansas City area, Google is now working with affordable housing providers to connect as many as nine properties that could reach more than 1,300 local families. Google described the program... 

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Cisco Commits To IoT With Jasper Technologies Acquisition

February 5, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Cisco Commits To IoT With Jasper Technologies Acquisition

Cisco Systems Inc announced that it will acquire Technologies Inc, a startup that connects devices like cars and medical devices to the Internet, for $1.4 billion in cash and equity awards, its largest acquisition since 2013. Legacy technology companies like Cisco have been trying to find paths for growth while new technology developments, such as the rise of cloud computing, threaten their core businesses. The emerging field dubbed Internet of Things, offers Cisco, known for networking equipment,... 

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Fitness Trackers Leaking User Data, Study Finds

February 4, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Fitness Trackers Leaking User Data, Study Finds

Some of the more popular sports wearables don’t just let you track your fitness, they also allow you to be tracked. That’s what Canadian researchers found when they studied fitness-tracking devices from eight manufacturers, along with their companion mobile apps. All the devices studied except for the Apple Watch transmitted a persistent, unique Bluetooth identifier, allowing them to be tracked by the beacons increasingly being used by retail stores and shopping malls to recognize and... 

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Harvard Study Refutes Arguments Against Encrypted Devices

February 2, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Harvard Study Refutes Arguments Against Encrypted Devices

A new study from Harvard largely debunks claims that wider use of encryption by indivduals will hamper investigations into terrorism and crime. The study predicts that the continued expansion of Internet-connected devices — such as smart TVs and vehicles, IP video cameras and more — will offer fresh opportunities for tracking targets. “Law enforcement or intelligence agencies may start to seek orders compelling Samsung, Google, Mattel, Nest or vendors of other networked devices... 

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Samsung Announces Global Launch Of Gear S2 Classic Smartwatches

January 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Announces Global Launch Of Gear S2 Classic Smartwatches

Samsung has announced the global launch of its Gear S2 Classic New Edition smartwatches, which first appeared at CES 2016 with 18K rose gold and platinum finishes. The New Edition rose gold version incorporates gold plating atop stainless steel, not solid gold, according to Samsung. That distinction would explain a price of 480€ (about $520 US), as seen as available for pre-order on the DutchCool Blue retail website. Samsung hasn’t listed official pricing or availability by countries other... 

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Sony Pivots Towards IoT With Altair Acquisition

January 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Pivots Towards IoT With Altair Acquisition

Sony has signed a deal to purchase chip company Altair Semiconductor for $212 million in a bid to strengthen its offering for the Internet of Things market. Altair, based in Israel, is a developer of modem chip technology and software relating to the LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G cellular standard for mobile phones and data terminals. Sony aims to combine Altair’s work with its sensing technologies such as GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and image sensors to develop new cellular-connected,... 

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Toshiba To Shed Part Of Chip Business

January 26, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Toshiba To Shed Part Of Chip Business

Japan’s Toshiba Corp plans to shed part of its chip business as it attempts to recover from a $1.3 billion accounting scandal. The electronics conglomerate has started accepting bids, with early interest shown by the Development Bank of Japan Inc, said the sources, who declined to be identified because they are not authorized to talk to the media. The state-owned bank has already invested in Seiko Holdings Corp’s semiconductor operations. The sale would exclude Toshiba’s mainstay... 

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Feds Says Chryslers Security Flaw Made Vehicles Hackable

January 13, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Feds Says Chryslers Security Flaw Made Vehicles Hackable

U.S. federal automobile safety regulators have determined that only infotainment centers from Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) had a security flaw that could allow hackers to take control of Jeeps and several other model cars and trucks. Last summer, Fiat-Chrysler recalled 1.4 million Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram vehicles that had the security flaw. After a five-month investigation into cyberhacking vulnerabilities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said only FCA vehicles,... 

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Tesla Putting New Controls Around Auto Pilot Feature

January 12, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Tesla Putting New Controls Around Auto Pilot Feature

Tesla Motors hass announced that it will be updating the Autopilot driving systems in Model S sedans to put new limits on its hands-free operation, which has been both praised for its innovation while criticized for having been launched too early. The function will now be restricted on residential roads or roads without a center divider, meaning the car cannot drive faster than the speed limit maximum plus five miles (8 km) per hour. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the car will now reduce its... 

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Nearly 200,000 Drones Registered With FAA

January 8, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nearly 200,000 Drones Registered With FAA

Nearly 200,000 drones have been registered in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s new drone registration database. “We’re very encouraged by the numbers,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta at CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday, as he announced the precise total, as of that morning, of 181,061. The number represents a big jump on the initial 45,000 registrations when the system went live on December 21, but falls well short of preholiday industry estimates of several hundred... 

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Ford Adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto To Sync 3

January 5, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ford Adding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto To Sync 3

Ford is bumping up the number of smartphone functions that can be controlled from car interfaces by adding support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and introducing more apps for its Sync in-vehicle connectivity system. Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto have been designed for users to be able to continue to use their phones to access information and make calls from the vehicle’s native interface while driving, by connecting the phone to the car. The car company is adding these... 

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Will Ultra HD Blu-ray Debut This Week?

January 5, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Will Ultra HD Blu-ray Debut This Week?

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc format will finally have its big debut at Consumer Electronics Show 2016 which will kick off in Las Vegas during first days of the new year. In the early 70s and continuing into the 1980s, many children and parents growing up in the era of economic upheaval and the early dawning of globalization remember a time when Video Home Cassette (VHS) tapes rapidly became a common household item for their ease of use as a television recording and playback method. This time was... 

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Mark Zuckerberg Turns Focus To Building AI Assistant

January 5, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Mark Zuckerberg Turns Focus To Building AI Assistant

Mark Zuckerberg intends on building an artificially intelligent assistant in 2016 to help run his home and assist him at work, the Facebook Inc  founder and chief executive said on Sunday. Zuckerberg, who commits to a new personal challenge every year, revealed his plan in a Facebook post. “You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man,” Zuckerberg wrote, referring to an artificially intelligent butler who appears in the Marvel comic books and movies. Zuckerberg will start the... 

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Google, Ford Said To Be Teaming Up On Self-driving Cars

December 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google, Ford Said To Be Teaming Up On Self-driving Cars

Google is said to be having discussions with automaker Ford Motor Co  to help build the Internet search company’s autonomous cars, Automotive News reported, citing a person with knowledge of the project. The contract manufacturing deal, if finalized, is expected to come during the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas during the first week of January, Automotive News said. A Google spokesman told Automotive News that the company would not comment on speculation, although... 

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Toshiba Struggles Continues, Slashing 7,000 Jobs

December 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Toshiba Struggles Continues, Slashing 7,000 Jobs

Japan’s Toshiba Corp announced it will cut nearly 7,000 consumer electronics jobs after a $1.3 billion accounting scandal, in an overhaul that will streamline the sprawling conglomerate into a company focused on chips and nuclear energy. Toshiba also said it would sell its television manufacturing plant in Indonesia, and that eventual job cuts spanning the entire PC-to-nuclear company could be over 10,000 including previously announced cuts and those seeking voluntary early retirement. Due... 

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