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AT&T To Offer Smartwatches This Year

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T To Offer Smartwatches This Year

Smartwatches for use on AT&T’s network will be out this year, so says one of the company’s executives. “I think you’ll see wide-area, high-bandwidth [smart]watches this year at some point,” said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices at AT&T, in an interview. The company has a group working in Austin, Texas, on thousands of wearable-device prototypes, and is also looking at certifying third-party devices for use on its network, Lurie said. “A majority... 

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Intel Looks To Android To Boost Tablet Business

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel Looks To Android To Boost Tablet Business

Its becoming more obvious lately that Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to make a dent in the tablet market, and with Windows struggling on those devices, Android is where it’s at. Intel hopes to see its processors used in 40 million tablets this year, and 80% to 90% of those will be running Google’s Android OS, CEO Brian Krzanich said on Tuesday. “Our mix of OSes reflects pretty much what you see in the marketplace,” Krzanich... 

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Google Glass One Day Sale Proves Successful

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Glass One Day Sale Proves Successful

Google’s one-day sale of Google Glass appears to have been a success with all units sold out, a blog post by the technology titan suggests. “All spots in the Explorer Program have been claimed for now, but if you missed it this time, don’t worry,” the Google Glass team wrote on its blog on Wednesday. “We’ll be trying new ways to expand the Explorer program in the future.” Google did not respond to a request for more information, but an earlier post about... 

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Lenovo Says More Low-priced Android Tablets Coming In May

April 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Lenovo Says More Low-priced Android Tablets Coming In May

More lower priced Android tablets ranging from $129 to $249 are coming from Lenovo. The new Tab A-series tablets, which will ship next month, have screen sizes ranging from 7-10 inches and are designed for Web surfing and home entertainment, Lenovo said. Other than screen sizes and weight, the tablets have mostly identical features. The cheapest tablet in the lineup is the Tab A7-50, which weighs 320 grams and starts at $129. The TAB A8 weighs 360 grams and is priced starting at $179. The Tab A10... 

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Microsoft Announces Give Away Of Windows For Tablets, Phones

April 4, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft Announces Give Away Of Windows For Tablets, Phones

Microsoft Corp announced plans to give away its Windows operating system to makers of smartphones and small tablets for consumers as it seeks to make more of an impact on those fast-growing markets and counter the massive success of Google Inc’s free Android platform. Microsoft’s, plans which were unveiled at its annual developers conference in San Francisco, is an attempt to broaden the small user base of mobile versions of Windows, in the hope that more customers will end up using Microsoft’s... 

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Some Philips Smart TVs are Vulnerable To Hacking

March 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Some Philips Smart TVs are Vulnerable To Hacking

The latest firmware in some Philips smart TV models opens an insecure Miracast wireless network, giving potential hackers located in the signal range to control the TV remotely and perform unauthorized actions. Researchers from Malta-based vulnerability research firm ReVuln recently published a video demonstration of what attackers can do after they connect to the insecure wireless networks of the affected Philips TVs. The potential attacks include: accessing the TV’s configuration files;... 

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Amazon Shoots Down Rumors Of Free TV Service

March 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon Shoots Down Rumors Of Free TV Service

Amazon.com Inc has no plan to provide a free streaming TV service, a spokeswoman said on Friday after a report that the online retailer might enter the streaming arena to challenge Netflix and Hulu. Speculation about Amazon’s plans for its TV service, including the possibility that it could launch its own streaming device, has increased ahead of a news conference in New York next week. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the online retailer was considering a free, add-supported... 

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Intel Acquires Health Band Maker Basis Science

March 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel Acquires Health Band Maker Basis Science

In another sign of the mainstream growth of wearable devices, Intel has purchased high-end health tracker maker Basis Science. The San Francisco-based startup developed the Basis band, hailed as an advanced health-tracking wristband. Intel did not disclose the terms of the deal, but said the trackers will still be sold and supported through existing channels. The chip maker said its strategy is to create wearable reference devices, SoCs (systems on a chip) and other technology platforms “ready... 

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Apple, Comcast Discuss Possible Streaming TV Deal

March 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple, Comcast Discuss Possible Streaming TV Deal

Apple Inc is having discussions with Comcast Corp to enter into a deal for a streaming-television service that would allow Appleset-top boxes to bypass congestion on the web, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The discussions are in early stages and there are a lot of hurdles to be crossed before a definitive agreement could be reached, the Journal said. Apple, which wants its TV service’s traffic to be separated from public internet traffic over the... 

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Apple Says Good bye To iPad 2, Hello To iPad 4

March 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Says Good bye To iPad 2, Hello To iPad 4

Apple Inc said it would offer an iPad 4 tablet to replace the mid-range iPad 2 at the same price and the company also debuted a cheaper, lower capacity version of its plastic-backed iPhone 5C in Australia, China and some European countries. The iPad 4 is available at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + cellular model at the four major U.S. carriers – AT&T Inc, Sprint Corp, T-Mobile US Inc and Verizon Communications Inc. The fourth-generation iPad, which has a 9.7-inch... 

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Microsoft’s Office For iPad Said To Announced Soon

March 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Microsoft’s Office For iPad Said To Announced Soon

Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Satya Nadella may announce an iPad version of the company’s Office software suite on March 27, a source familiar with the event has stated, and use his first big press appearance to launch the company’s most profitable product in a version compatible with Apple Inc’s popular tablet. Nadella, who replaced longtime CEO Steve Ballmer earlier this year, will address the media and industry executives in San Francisco on March 27. Investors for years have... 

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Google Gearing Up To Release SDK For Wearable Devices

March 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Gearing Up To Release SDK For Wearable Devices

Google is gearing up to release a software development kit that will aid developers in building apps for wearable computers on the Android platform. Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president of product management, told an audience at the SXSW conference on Sunday that Google will release an SDK for wearable tech in the next few weeks. The SDK should make it easier for third parties to build wearable devices, including computerized eyeglasses, smartwatches or even smart bracelets, to run... 

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Sony Shows Off SmartEyeglass Prototype

March 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Shows Off SmartEyeglass Prototype

With Google Glass dominating the wearable computer industry, Sony doesn’t want to get left too far behind. The Japanese company showed off its SmartEyeglass prototype at the Wearables DevCon conference just outside San Francisco, where it was trying to drum up interest among developers, who will need to build applications for the device. Like Google Glass, SmartEyeglass displays information instantly in front of a users eyes. Unlike Glass, which has a small prism display, Sony’s prototype... 

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Samsung Debuts Milk, New Free Music Service

March 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Debuts Milk, New Free Music Service

Samsung has high hopes for its new Milk streaming service. The radio service, announced last Friday, is available for free, with no ads, and users don’t need a log in to use the service, said Daren Tsui, vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions. The Milk application is available through the Google Play store, and will initially work with Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The company is, however, thinking about expanding its use to competing mobile devices, Tsui said. The... 

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Verizon Exploring Online Video Service Offering

March 6, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Verizon Exploring Online Video Service Offering

Verizon Communications is engaged in discussions with content providers to deliver web-based TV services to mobile platforms, chief executive Lowell McAdam, said at an investor conference earlier in the week. Just recently, Dish Network Corp and Walt Disney Co announced a landmark deal that will allow the No. 2 satellite TV provider to deliver Disney-owned network content online, outside of a traditional TV subscription. Verizon’s goal “is to work with the content providers,” said McAdam... 

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