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Researchers Design Lithium-ion Batteries That Can Last A Lifetime

April 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Researchers Design Lithium-ion Batteries That Can Last A Lifetime

Researchers at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) said that’s they have discovered how to increase the tensile strength of nanowires that could be used to make lithium-ion batteries last virtually forever. Researchers have pursued using nanowires in batteries for years because the filaments, thousands of times thinner than a human hair, are highly conductive and have a large surface area for the storage and transfer of electrons. The problem they have encountered, however, is that... 

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Netflix International Subscriber Growth Slows

April 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Netflix International Subscriber Growth Slows

Streaming video service Netflix Inc forecast U.S. and international subscriptions would grow at a slower pace than Wall Street expected this quarter, causing its stock price to tumble by 8 percent earlier in the week. Netflix said it expected to add about 500,000 customers in the United States in the second quarter that ends in June, compared with Wall Street targets of 586,000, according to FactSet StreetAccount. The forecast includes a “modest impact” from the beginning of a price increase... 

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Hyundai Motor, Cisco To Team Up On Connected Car Technology

April 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Hyundai Motor, Cisco To Team Up On Connected Car Technology

Hyundai Motor announced on Tuesday that it will partner up with Cisco Systems to develop Internet-connected car technology, part of the automaker’s push to develop “high-performing computers on wheels”. Auto and tech firms are increasingly forming alliances to expand services that hook cars up to Internet, particularly as the race to develop self-driving cars heats up. Hyundai said Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun met Cisco Chief Executive Chuck Robbins in Seoul and agreed to co-develop... 

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Verizon Undertakes Amibitious Plan In Boston To Replace Copper Wiring

April 14, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Verizon Undertakes Amibitious Plan In Boston To Replace Copper Wiring

Verizon and the city of Boston jointly announced a $300 million fiber optic cable replacement of copper cable throughout the city over the next six years. The project will increase Internet speeds and help Boston, which has 650,000 residents, expand broadband as part of its priority to ensure every resident has Internet access, Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement on Tuesday. Business, schools, hospitals and libraries will also be connected. Smart city elements will be added as well, including a... 

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Hitachi Introduces Robot To Help You Shop

April 13, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Hitachi Introduces Robot To Help You Shop

SoftBank’s Pepper robot may still be the most popular bot, but a new humanoid device from Hitachi aims to be the in-store sales rep of the future. Called EMIEW3, the roughly 3-foot-tall unit can determine when customers need help and then approach them autonomously, Hitachi said on Friday. Using what it calls “remote brain” technology, the company developed the robot with customer service in mind for use in stores and other public venues. EMIEW3 is actually the latest iteration... 

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Jaguar Land Rover Launch InMotion Car-sharing Venture

April 12, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Jaguar Land Rover Launch InMotion Car-sharing Venture

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) launched a technology business  that will develop apps for services such as car-sharing, the latest automaker to explore ways of tapping demand for cheaper and greener ways of making short journeys. The InMotion venture will begin testing products including car-sharing in North America, Europe and Asia from next month before broader testing by the public. Automakers are trying to appeal to younger consumers in major global cities who are less likely to buy a car and have... 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Price Slashed By $319

April 5, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Price Slashed By $319

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, powered by Intel Core i5 processor, can now be had at a significant discount for a limited period of time. EBay has listed the brand new 128 GB Surface Pro 3 for just $679.99. Microsoft Store, on the other hand, is selling the same device for $999. This means, buyers can save a significant $319.01 with this deal. It is worth noting that even though this device got released in 2013, it runs on Windows 10 Pro out of the box. This discounted variant is now available in... 

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Microsoft Wants Windows 10, Cortana At Center Of Home Automation

April 4, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Wants Windows 10, Cortana At Center Of Home Automation

Microsoft’s long term goal is to make home automation a breeze in Windows 10, and the company featured several related Internet-of-things announcements at its ongoing Build conference. Windows 10 will work with a wider range of devices and appliances by integrating new Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) protocols, scheduled to be released in 2017. Additionally, Cortana will allow users to easily automate tasks using a Windows PC, mobile device, Xbox console or Raspberry Pi 3. Users will... 

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Foxconn To Acquire Majority Stake In Sharp Electronics

March 31, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Foxconn To Acquire Majority Stake In Sharp Electronics

Foxconn, the behind-the-scenes contractor that makes many Apple products, is moving up the manufacturing stack with an acquisition that will give it a global consumer brand. After years of negotiation, it has finally sealed its on-again, off-again deal to buy troubled Japanese components and consumer electronics vendor Sharp. Foxconn Technology Group will pay ¥389 billion (US$3.43 billion) for a 66% stake in Sharp, the two companies said Wednesday. The deal gives Taiwan-based Foxconn access... 

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Ubuntu’s First Tablet Goes On Sale

March 31, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ubuntu’s First Tablet Goes On Sale

The first Ubuntu-based convergence tablet has finally arrived. Ubuntu-maker Canonical and BQ, an electronics maker based in Spain, opened the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition for preorder today, with global shipping prices starting at €259.90 (about $291). The devices are slated to start shipping in early April. The new tablet features Canonical’s Ubuntu OS version 15.04, Vivid Vervet, and is supposed to feature a Continuum-style PC-tablet convergence feature. In other words, if you plug this... 

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Google Potentially Working On Rival To Amazon’s Echo

March 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Potentially Working On Rival To Amazon’s Echo

Wanting to take advantage of the positive reception surrounding the Amazon Echo, Google is reportedly building its own smart home device. Google is quietly working on a competitor to the Amazon Echo, a wireless speaker controlled by voice command, according to a report in The Information. Google has not replied to a request for comment. The Echo, which has proven to be a popular and well-reviewed product for Amazon, plays music and podcasts, sets alarms and to-do lists, and offers weather and... 

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Samsung Developing New OS Specifically For IoT

March 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Developing New OS Specifically For IoT

Samsung is working on a new operating system for the Internet of Things, looking to make a bigger role for itself in the millions of smart home appliances, wearables and industrial equipment that are coming online. The OS, which will be open source and hasn’t yet been named, will help devices to execute simple tasks quickly without human intervention. For example, the software could instruct a door lock to open and the lights to come on as a person approaches their home. More details are due... 

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Researchers Uncover Cryptography Flaw In Apple’s iMessage

March 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Researchers Uncover Cryptography Flaw In Apple’s iMessage

Apple’s iMessage system has a cryptography flaw that allowed researchers to decrypt a photo stored in iCloud, according to a story by The Washington Post. The researchers, led by cryptography expert Matthew D. Green of Johns Hopkins University, wrote software that mimicked an Apple server and then targeted an encrypted photo stored on iCloud when it was sent as a link in a message, the publication reported. They were able to obtain the decryption key by repeatedly guessing each of its 64... 

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FTC Warns Smartphone App Developers About Audio Monitoring

March 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
FTC Warns Smartphone App Developers About Audio Monitoring

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has sent warning letters to 12 smartphone app developers for allegedly violating users’ privacy by embedding audio monitoring software within their products. The software, from an Indian company called SilverPush, allows apps to use the smartphone’s microphone to listen to nearby television audio in an effort to deliver more targeted advertisements. SilverPush allows the apps to surreptitiously monitor the television viewing habits of people who downloaded... 

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Apple Signs Up For Google Cloud Services

March 18, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Signs Up For Google Cloud Services

Apple Inc recently began using Google’s cloud service while it simultaneously builds its own data centers to reduce its reliance on third-party service providers, technology news website Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with the deal. Apple currently also uses Amazon.com Inc’s and Microsoft Corp’s cloud services, but intends to end its reliance on all its rivals in the next few years, Re/code said. The iPhone maker is spending between $400 million and $600 million on Google’s... 

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