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Bose Headphones Accused Of Spying On Users

April 21, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Bose Headphones Accused Of Spying On Users

Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone owners by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling such data without permission, a lawsuit charged. The complaint filed by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Bose’s “wholesale disregard” for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple Inc or Google Play stores to their smartphones. “People... 

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Facebook Is A Hub For Augmented Reality, Says Mark Zuckerberg

April 20, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Facebook Is A Hub For Augmented Reality, Says Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Inc is wants to capitalize off of the technology known as augmented reality, a mix of the real and digital worlds best known from the hit smartphone game Pokemon Go, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said. Speaking at F8, the company’s annual conference for software developers, Zuckerberg said Facebook was an obvious hub for businesses to reach people and experiment with augmented reality, although he did not suggest the company was planning to make similar games itself. Pokemon Go,... 

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Roomba Maker Sues Rivals Over Robotic Vacuum Patent

April 19, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Roomba Maker Sues Rivals Over Robotic Vacuum Patent

IRobot, the maker of the popular Roomba robotic vacuum, has filed a slew of lawsuits alleging that its rivals including The Hoover Co and Black & Decker Corp have been using its patented technology without permission. Bedford, Massachusetts-based iRobot filed lawsuits in federal court in Boston against Hoover, Black & Decker, Bobsweep Inc and Bissell Homecare Inc. IRobot said they infringe on several of its patents covering the idea of an autonomous floor-cleaning robot. “iRobot will... 

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Foxconn, Apple May Team Up For Toshiba’s Memory Business

April 17, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Foxconn, Apple May Team Up For Toshiba’s Memory Business

Apple could be mulling over joining forces with its China-based supplier Foxconn to acquire a major stake in Toshiba’s semiconductor unit. In January, Toshiba officially announced it would seek to sell a portion of its flash memory business, including the SSD business of the Storage & Electronic Device Solutions Division, to a not-yet-named buyer. The Nikkei Asian Review has reported that Toshiba may sell a 20% stake in the memory business for between $1.77 billion and $2.65 billion,... 

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Are Smart TVs Vulnerable To Wireless Hacking?

April 11, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are Smart TVs Vulnerable To Wireless Hacking?

A security hole in smart TVs which allows a hacker to take over devices using rogue DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting — Terrestrial) signals, get root access on the smart TV has worried a Swiss cyber security expert. Rafael Scheel, a security researcher working for Swiss cyber security consulting company Oneconsult, said the attack is unique and much more dangerous than previous smart TV hacks. It is nasty because the attacker can execute it from a remote location, without user interaction,... 

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PC, Mobile Device Prices Expected To Rise This Year

April 10, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
PC, Mobile Device Prices Expected To Rise This Year

If you plan to purchase a new PC or mobile device this year, you’ll likely spend more cash than in previous years. Prices are trending upwards, and expensive devices are in demand. On average, the price of PCs and phones will go up by 2 percent this year, Gartner said in a research report released on Thursday. The calculations are based on U.S. dollars and average market sizes. Breaking down those numbers, PC prices are expected to go up 1.4 percent this year, while mobile phone prices will... 

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Facebook’s Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Unit Named In Patent Lawsuit

April 10, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Facebook’s Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Unit Named In Patent Lawsuit

Facebook Inc’s virtual reality unit Oculus VR has been hit with a lawsuit alleging it incorporated without authorization a smaller competitor’s patented technology into its Rift headset. Techno View IP Inc, a Newport Beach, California-based technology licensing firm, filed suit against Facebook and Oculus for infringing a 3D imaging patent owned by the VR headset maker ImmersiON-VRelia. According to the complaint filed in federal court in Delaware, ImmersiON-VRelia, which has offices... 

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Amazon To Refund Parents Over Kid’s In-app Purchases

April 6, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon To Refund Parents Over Kid’s In-app Purchases

Parents with children who racked up bills, sometimes huge, through in-app purchases will receive some or all of that money back. Amazon could have to refund more than $70 million to affected consumers, according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The FTC and Amazon have agreed to end their legal battle over whether the U.S. company unlawfully charged its customers for the purchases. A year ago, a court found that Amazon had. The company’s app store can be downloaded to Android devices... 

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Apple To Drop Imagination Technologies, Takes GPU Design In-house

April 4, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple To Drop Imagination Technologies, Takes GPU Design In-house

Apple will soon discontinue using intellectual property from Imagination Technologies Group for graphics processing units for its iPhone and other devices, as it is developing a separate, independent graphics design for its products, the chip technology company said Monday. But the U.K. company is not giving up without a fight as it doubts Apple can develop a brand new GPU without infringing Imagination’s intellectual property. Apple held an 8.5 percent share of the issued share capital of Imagination... 

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Google Calendar Makes Its Debut On the iPad

March 31, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Calendar Makes Its Debut On the iPad

Google’s Calendar app is finally making a long-awaited arrival on a new device: Apple’s iPad. You read that right: Until Wednesday, the tech titan hadn’t optimized its marquee calendar application to run on Apple’s tablets. The app provides users with a view of their calendars that are shared with them through Google’s service. In addition, they get a handful of features Apple’s native calendar app doesn’t have, like the ability to more easily find time and space for a meeting with... 

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Apple Acquires DeskConnect, Makers Of Workflow Automation App

March 24, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Acquires DeskConnect, Makers Of Workflow Automation App

Apple has purchased the Workflow automation app, which gives iOS users the ability to trigger a sequence of tasks across apps with a single act. A spokesman for Apple confirmed that the company acquired DeskConnect, the developer of the app, and the Workflow app, but did not provide further details. Workflow, developed for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, allows users to drag and drop combinations of actions to create workflows that interact with the apps and content on the device. It won an... 

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Q1 2017 Tablet Shipment Continue To Drop

March 23, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Q1 2017 Tablet Shipment Continue To Drop

It is no hidden secret that worldwide tablet shipments have progressively begun a decline over the past three years, since the industry began experiencing year-over-year slumps to the present number of 39.6 million units in Q4 2016. Once again, for the second time in a year, the overall tablet market is expected to drop to under 40 million units in the first quarter of 2017, with an expected shipment rate of 39.03 million units. While shipment forecasts are subject to variability depending on the... 

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Samsung Reveals More Details About Personal Digital Assistant ‘Bixby’

March 22, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Reveals More Details About Personal Digital Assistant ‘Bixby’

Samsung has revealed that Bixby, an intelligent voice assistant, will run on the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone scheduled to be announced March 29 in New York. Bixby will be activated using a special physical button on the side of the phone, differentiating it from some other assistants that rely on a trigger word, like “Alexa” or “Siri.” Samsung also said Bixby will eventually work on millions of Samsung-made devices, potentially including TVs and washing machines. The S8... 

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ZapGo Offers Safer Alternative To Lithium-ion Batteries

March 17, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
ZapGo Offers Safer Alternative To Lithium-ion Batteries

New non-flammable, quick-charging batteries unveiled by private startup ZapGo Ltd. could begin showing up in popular smartphones in the next two years. ZapGo’s carbon-ion batteries promise to be a safe replacement for the billions of lithium-ion batteries already used in smartphones, electric scooters, vehicles and industrial devices. Lithium-ion batteries in several products, including the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone, have been banned on many airline flights because they can overheat,... 

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Nest GoesTwo-Factor Authentication

March 17, 2017 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Nest GoesTwo-Factor Authentication

Palo Alto-based startup Nest Labs, which introduced its first Nest Learning Thermostat in 2011 along with a range of other home automation devices, prior to being acquired by Google, has just announced that it is introducing two-factor authentication for additional security to prevent customer security footage from getting stolen by thieves. Two-factor can be enabled through “Account Security” menu option Two-factor authentication is a login method where a person is only granted access after... 

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