We're in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you.
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor...
The introduction of any new technology is almost always fraught with quirks and rough edges....
The wireless charging space is undergoing some consolidation today with an announcement that The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have signed an agreement aimed at establishing global interoperability of the two standards.
SanDisk on Tuesday annoucned a new dual-USB drive that it says is designed to transfer and backup content between mobile devices and computers. According to a press release, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is designed for Android smartphones and tablets and allows users to move content such as photos and videos from their mobile devices.
Sony said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television and other businesses. Some 3,500 of the job losses will be overseas and 1,500 in Japan. That comes on top of the 10,000 jobs cuts Sony announced over the previous year.
Google is adding prescription frames and new styles of detachable sunglasses to its computerized, Internet-connected goggles known as Glass. The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year.
While Beats appears to have done a good job with its new streaming music service (see below for hands-on impressions), it’s the company's tie-up with AT&T that could make it a contender out of the gate. That's saying something considering wireless operators' poor track record when it comes to content.
American Eagle Outfitters and Shopkick today announced plans to launch shopBeacon in 100 of American Eagle Outfitters' top-performing stores across the country. According to a press release, Shopkick's shop Beacon is the first Apple iBeacon-based presence signal for retailers.
If you love your iPhone but would prefer a physical keyboard, Typo could be for you. But you might want to order soon. BlackBerry, the company that made physical typing on mobile devices an addictive craze, is suing Typo Products LLC, accusing it of copying its world-famous keyboard.
Qualcomm Monday announced commercial availablity of its AllPlay technology, which it hopes will help enable wireless media streaming on more devices throughout the home. The AllPlay media platform was developed by the Qualcomm Connected Experiences division and features Atheros wireless technologies.
Sony is delving further into the wearable computing market with SmartBand, a waterproof wristband that tracks everything from daily physical activities and nightly sleep patterns to how much you've socialized with friends. The sensor-packed band has no display and interacts wirelessly...
AT&T today announced a partnership with General Motors to get LTE inside the company’s line of Chevrolet vehicles. Chevrolet says it will offer the “OnStar LTE” option will first be available in the Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt lines. They will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV.
Will 2014 be remembered as the year wearable computing took off? Upstart entrepreneurs and major manufacturers such as Samsung, Qualcomm and Sony certainly hope so. Gadgets that you snap, buckle or fasten to your body are already marketed to fitness freaks obsessed with tracking every possible metric their bodies produce.
The mobile wallet: It's not there yet, it's not there yet, it's not there yet. Let me repeat: The mobile wallet is NOT THERE YET, and NFC is not going to save it. In fact, let me go a bit further and say that the mobile wallet may never arrive in any meaningful way, at least as it’s being conceived right now.
In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year!
Chalk it up to a recent reading of Dave Eggers' satirical novel The Circle, but I'm skeptical of Google Glass for more than reasons of style. I can hear the cries of Luddite as I write this, but I'm wondering to what extent we really want to live in a world where EVERYTHING can potentially be recorded.
A patent filing shows Samsung Electronics Co. is working on a device it calls sports glasses in a possible response to Google's Internet-connected eyewear. A design patent filing at the Korean Intellectual Property Office shows a Samsung design for smartphone-connected glasses that can display information from the handset.
The world of digital content grows exponentially every day. SanDisk helps companies and consumers capture, share, preserve and access that content from the data center all the way to the digital camera. That adds up to more than two million flash memory products produced at our world-class manufacturing facilities on a daily basis. Check out SanDisk's message for the future.
In the rapidly evolving networked society, everyone, everything and everywhere will be connected in real time. Smart connected devices, broadband networks and cloud-based services will further drive networking among consumers, enterprises and within society in general.
Smartphones and cars concoct a toxic coupling in the collective conscious. In many regards with good reason—no one would argue in favor of texting while driving. But in a lot of ways, the car and the connected device form a symbiotic relationship. Without a connected device along for the ride, a car is about as “dumb” as can be.
In terms of external hardware, there isn’t a whole lot a tablet needs to be a success. The iPad restarted the whole tablet market and brought along for the ride only a headphone jack, microphone, volume rocker and connector port. That sparse packaging—still pretty much the formula for all tablets—has led to a svelte form factor standard almost across the board.
A new gadget lets you watch TV on your phone or tablet without a blocky attachment. Audiovox's "mobiletv" gizmo allows you to pick up free TV signals and watch them on Apple and Android mobile devices without eating into your cellular data plan.
Nest Labs, makers of the smartphone-controlled Nest thermostat, today announced a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. The company promises that the new detector, called Nest Protect, will do more than "just sound a shrill alarm when there’s danger in your home."
Google's Project Glass has perplexed, excited and angered on the consumer front. Now, major verticals are looking to make use of the headsets. Check out this proof of concept from Philips Healthcare that shows just exactly how surgeons might use Google Glass in the operating room.
Google Glass could be moving into the operating room, offering surgeons a heads-up display with patient vital signs and other information. Royal Philips and Accenture today announced the creation of a proof-of-concept demonstration that uses a Google Glass...
The Bluetooth SIG and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) announced a partnership today that aims to produce smart wireless charging stations. As a first step, the Bluetooth SIG has issued what a Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) to the A4WP for adoption in its baseline system specification (BSS).
It didn't take long to see how a computerized wristwatch might help manage my digital life — or to see how Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch falls short. First, the potential: Smartwatches are supposed to offer quick access to many of the things you normally do on your phone...
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