Subscribe to:

Subscribe to :: TheGuruReview.net ::

Consumer Electronics

Banner

Microsoft Acquires N-Trig For $30M

May 5, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Acquires N-Trig For $30M

Microsoft now owns the technology firm that provided the stylus and touch display interface technology for its Surface Pro 3. Microsoft has confirmed that it has acquired Israel-based N-Trig for $30 million. Microsoft already had a 6% minority stake in N-Trig, but apparently had been in negotiations to acquire the company for months. In February, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper said N-Trig was valued at less than $10 million, while Calcalist — which originally broke the story of Microsoft’s... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

Apple Confirms Tattoo Interference Problems With iWatch

May 4, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Confirms Tattoo Interference Problems With iWatch

Dark tattoos may interfere with the Apple Watch’s ability to montor and report a person’s heart rate, Apple confirmed on the device’s product support page. “Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings,” Apple said. Some watch functions require direct contact with the skin... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

A Resurgent Sony Sees Big Rise In Profits

May 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
A Resurgent Sony Sees Big Rise In Profits

Japanese consumer electronics maker Sony Corp expects operating profit to more than quadruple this year, as strong sales of camera sensors and cost reductions anchor a much needed turnaround after years of losses on TVs and mobile phones. Sony said on Thursday it estimates operating profit will jump in the year ending March 2016 to 320 billion yen ($2.7 billion). For the previous fiscal year, operating profit was 68.5 billion, in line with an April 22 forecast. This year’s earnings would... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

White House Unveils Free E-books Program

May 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
White House Unveils Free E-books Program

President Barack Obama has announced a plan to give low-income children access to 10,000 e-books. Working with publishers and libraries, the White House sees the modest plan as part of a strategy to address inner city problems by increasing educational opportunities for kids – woes brought into focus with recent riots in nearby Baltimore. “If we’re serious about living up to what our country is about, then we have to consider what we can do to provide opportunities in every community,... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

Best Buy Changes Course, Decides To Accept Apple Pay

April 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Best Buy Changes Course, Decides To Accept Apple Pay

Best Buy said its customers could start using Apple Pay from Monday to shop using its app through the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, thus appearing to break ranks with a group of leading U.S. merchants who are backing an alternative payment system. “The acceptance of Apple Pay in the Best Buy app is the latest enhancement for our mobile platform,” the giant retailer said in a statement on Monday. Best Buy stores in the U.S. will start accepting Apple Pay later this year, it added. Apple... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

Google Glass Gets Makeover By Luxottica

April 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Glass Gets Makeover By Luxottica

Luxottica, the Italian eyewear designer that owns Ray-Ban and Oakley, is working with Google to create a new version of Glass, according it its CEO. The disclosure is a further indication that Google Glass, which is still being sold to business, will be revived at some point as a product for consumers. Luxottica is working with Google on a second version of Glass, and the online giant is also rethinking how a future model might look, Massimo Vian, one of Luxottica’s two CEOs, told shareholders... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

Samsung Tease Of A New Gear Smartwatch

April 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Tease Of A New Gear Smartwatch

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd dropped hints that there may be a new version of its Gear smartwatch on Friday, the same day that rival Apple Inc’s long-awaited wearable devices went on sale. The South Korean tech giant’s official blog post showed images of smartwatch with a round face – which would be a first for Samsung – and naming several partners, including Baidu Inc, Yelp Inc and CNN. Samsung also said it would release a wearable software development kit for third-party developers... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

Some Apple Watches To Arrive Ahead Of Schedule

April 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Some Apple Watches To Arrive Ahead Of Schedule

Some Apple Watch buyers who were told that they would have to wait until June to receive their new gadgets will get them sooner, according to a statement made by Apple. When online pre-orders for Apple’s first smartwatch started on April 10, many customers were surprised to see delivery times as far out as June instead of on April 24, when the devices officially go on sale. On Wednesday, Apple notified some buyers that they would not have to wait so long after all. “Our team is working... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

BlackBerry To Offer Security Function For IoT

April 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
BlackBerry To Offer Security Function For IoT

BlackBerry Ltd announced that it will be offering a new certificate service that will help bring the security level it offers on smartphones to a slew of devices from cars to smart meters. Certicom, a subsidiary of BlackBerry and an industry pioneer in elliptic curve cryptography, announced a new offering that it contends will secure millions of devices, expected to be part of the growing Internet of Things (IoT) sphere. The company said it has already won a contract in Britain to issue certificates... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

IKEA Launches Wireless Charging Furniture Collection

April 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
IKEA Launches Wireless Charging Furniture Collection

IKEA has rolled out its Wireless Charging collection of furniture, which has built-in Qi-enabled wireless chargers for compatible mobile phones. In addition to offering bedside tables, floor- and table lamps, desks and simple charging pads, IKEA is also selling a DIY kit that lets users embed wireless chargers into furniture of their choice. The furniture, and other items in IKEA’s wireless charging collection, ranges in price from $9.99 to $119. The Wireless Charging collection will be rolled... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

Jawbone, Amex Team Up On NFC Enabled Fitness Band

April 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Jawbone, Amex Team Up On NFC Enabled Fitness Band

Fitness-band maker Jawbone and charge card company American Express plan to give cardholders the ability to purchase goods using a future fitness band equipped with NFC, according to a report. Neither company would confirm the new product, said to be announced this week, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report said AmEx payments won’t be possible with the coming Jawbone UP3, but will appear on a future product. Apple Watch, which last Friday went on pre-order, will also support NFC payments.... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

U.S. Government Bans Intel From Selling Xeon Chips To China

April 14, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
U.S. Government Bans Intel From Selling Xeon Chips To China

U.S. government agencies have banned Intel from selling microprocessors for China’s supercomputers, over concerns about their use in nuclear tests. In February, four supercomputing institutions in China were placed on a U.S. government list that effectively prohibits them from receiving certain U.S. exports. The four institutions, which include China’s National University of Defense Technology, have been involved in building Tianhe-2, the world’s fastest supercomputer, and Tianhe-1A. The... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

Apple Seeking Exclusive Streaming Deals With Musicians

April 13, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Seeking Exclusive Streaming Deals With Musicians

Apple Inc has reached out to more than a dozen musicians, including British band Florence and the Machine, hoping to sign exclusive deals for some of their music to be streamed on Beats, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company is in talks with Florence and the Machine to give Apple limited streaming rights to a track from their album set to be released in June, Bloomberg said. Apple has also approached Taylor Swift and others about partnerships, the report said. Apple... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

Smartwatch Shipments Forecasted To Surge In 2015

April 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Smartwatch Shipments Forecasted To Surge In 2015

Smartwatch shipments will swell by an impressive 500% this year, fueled by the interest in the coming Apple Watch and its impact on other smartwatches already in the market, according to market research firm IDC. IDC also lowered its Apple Watch forecast to 15.9 million shipments in 2015, down from 22 million, a 28% reduction. That’s partly because more details have surfaced and the sales date of April 24 was later than IDC had previously expected, according to IDC analyst Ryan Reith in an... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)

Panasonic On The Hunt For Acquisition Targets

March 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Panasonic On The Hunt For Acquisition Targets

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp said it is gearing up to spend 1 trillion yen ($8.4 billion) on acquisitions over the next four years, bolstered by a stronger profit outlook for its automotive and housing technology businesses. Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said at a briefing on Thursday that Panasonic doesn’t have specific acquisition targets in mind for now. But he said the firm will spend around 200 billion yen on M&A in the fiscal year that kicks off in April alone, and pledged... 

Read More Leave a Comment (View Comments)
Page 1 of 49123451015202530...Last »