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Android Looking To Push Deeper Into The Home

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Android Looking To Push Deeper Into The Home

Android, already the most widely used operating system in smartphones, may find its way into refrigerators, door locks and all manner of other “smart” appliances around the home. The OS will be in the spotlight at Google’s massive I/O conference in San Francisco later this week. As well as pushing into home appliances, it could also be extended to play a deeper role in virtual reality, allowing Android developers to build apps for smartphones or VR headsets. Google hasn’t... 

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Huawei Jumps Into IoT With New Operating System

May 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Huawei Jumps Into IoT With New Operating System

China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, known for its telecom equipment, became the latest tech giant to present its own take on the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), centered on an operating system designed to allow household and business appliances to communicate with each other online. At an event in Beijing, Huawei executives showcased its “Agile IoT” architecture, including an operating system called LiteOS to control basic devices. This marks the firm’s most significant... 

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AT&T To Offer Exclusive Content For Connected Cars

May 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T To Offer Exclusive Content For Connected Cars

AT&T Inc is preparing to bring connected car users exclusive content such as videos and games that can be streamed onto personal mobile devices later this year, AT&T’s senior vice president of emerging devices Chris Penrose said. “It’s no different than being able to hook onto a Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere and get access to content you already subscribe to and get unique content that you could only get in the back of the vehicle,” Penrose said. AT&T has signed up eight... 

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Fujitsu To Debut Wearable Tags For IoT

May 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Fujitsu To Debut Wearable Tags For IoT

Fujitsu has designed stamp-sized wearable sensor tags that can tell whether users have changed their location or posture, fallen down or are experiencing body temperature changes. The tags transmit data via Bluetooth Low Energy and can be worn as wristbands or location badges on lapels or breast pockets. They could be used by people including hospital patients and infrastructure workers to relay data to supervisors. The tags can also be attached to objects such as shopping carts or walkers for the... 

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AT&T To Offer Its First Branded Tablet

May 13, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T To Offer Its First Branded Tablet

AT&T is gearing up to offer its first branded tablet, even though global shipments of the devices are beginning to wane. The Trek HD tablet will be available from the company as of Tuesday for as low as $49.99 with a two-year mobile contract. Buyers can also choose to pay a total sum of $200 over 20 months. AT&T already offers a host of tablets from companies including Apple, Samsung, LG, Asus and others. The Trek HD would be its cheapest model outside of the refurbished LG G Pad 7.0, refurbished Samsung... 

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Are Smartwatches Causing Accidents?

May 7, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are Smartwatches Causing Accidents?

Apple’s latest nice looking over priced junkware is getting it into a spot of legal bother. A lawsuit filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Apple (but also Samsung, Google, and Microsoft) demands that the companies bankroll a billion dollar programme to educate drivers about the dangers of using smartwatches while driving. The Coalition Against Distracted Driving(CADD)’a Stephen Joseph filed the complaint on April 18. Joseph is “acting in this case in the public interest”... 

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GE Partners With Qualcomm, Apple In LED Lights Venture

May 6, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
GE Partners With Qualcomm, Apple In LED Lights Venture

General Electric Co announced partnerning up with Qualcomm Inc and Apple Inc as it uses digital technology and the growing appetite for data to reinvigorate its 130-year-old lighting business. With chipmaker Qualcomm, GE is offering retailers a way to connect with shoppers’ smartphones through technology embedded in LED light bulbs, the company said. One use of the “indoor positioning” technology could be to transmit customized coupons to shoppers depending on their store... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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,... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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