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Review: Connecting the Home for the Holidays

December 18, 2014 9:54 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what?                   

'Beacons' of Light: New Tech Shows Up in Time for Holiday Shopping

December 4, 2014 9:26 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

From American...

Connected Devices for the Athlete

December 2, 2014 9:11 am | by Ron Harris, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

High-level gear...

Deck the Halls: Apps and Accessories to Simplify Holiday Entertaining

November 26, 2014 8:14 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

If you're expecting guests over the next couple months, look no further for an assistant than...

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Smartwatches to Put Dent in Fitness Tracker Market

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a new report from Gartner, by 2015 50 Percent of people in the market for smart wristband will choose...                            

Samsung Adds Developer Tools for Health, Home, VR

November 12, 2014 4:13 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

At the company’s developer conference Wednesday, Won-Pyo Hong, president of Samsung’s Media Solution Center, began the conversation...                       

OtterBox Taps Lindgren as New CEO

November 10, 2014 11:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone case maker OtterBox is replacing its CEO following the global expansion of the...                                      

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FitBit Launches Trio of New Wearables

October 27, 2014 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a post on the company's website, the Surge includes eight sensors total and features...                                 

Cook Congratulates Employees on Long Line of New Products

October 21, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

To be sure, Apple has manged to roll out quite a few new products this year. Check out our coverage of all of them here...                        

Apple Pay Coming Oct. 20, WatchKit for Developers Coming Next Month

October 16, 2014 1:21 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook today announced that Apple Pay, the company’s new mobile payment system, will come out...                                                                                             

HTC Poses with New 'Desire EYE' Smartphone and 'RE' Camera

October 8, 2014 5:28 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC is getting into the camera business. The smartphone maker today rolled out a new handheld persicope-shaped...                                                                                           

Apple Confirms Oct. 16 Media Event

October 8, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple will also likely run down the next iteration of its desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite. Other products that could be included in the presentation could include Apple TV, Apple Pay and more about Homekit. 

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Apple Watch Holds Modest Appeal for Core Demographic

October 8, 2014 9:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Apple Watch may have only limited appeal for a core subset of Apple's customer base, namely teens. According to a Piper Jaffray survey that polled 7,500 teens across 48 states, just...                                                          

Talking to Siri While Driving Could Be Dangerous

October 8, 2014 9:15 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Voice-activated systems were graded on a distraction scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing no distraction and 5 comparable to doing complex math problems and word memorization.                                                                  

Review: iPhone 6 Prompts New Batch of Nifty Accessories

October 3, 2014 2:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

With the launch of every new iPhone comes an onslaught of cases and accessories. The iPhone 6 is no exception. Here's a few of the standouts we've seen hit the market over the past couple weeks.                                                                  

AT&T, Mojio Seek to Connect Even 'Dumb' Cars

September 23, 2014 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Mojio solution is a cellular device that plugs into any car’s onboard diagnostic port, which then connects to AT&T's network. The device will allow car owners to locate their vehicle, or monitor and diagnose their car from their iOS or Android smartphone.

Apple Watch Steals Show at iPhone 6 Launch Event

September 9, 2014 3:08 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While the iPhone's new camera remains at 8 megapixels, Apple has always excelled at upgrading its sensor, which it has done again with these latest models. When shooting in burst mode, Apple has built in software that can detect smiles and blinks and the recommend the best shot. 

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Smartphones, Apps Lending Intelligence to Cars

September 9, 2014 10:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Technology being honed by French auto parts maker Valeo uses a dozen ultrasonic sound-wave sensors, 360-degree cameras and a laser scanner to safely park within a few centimeters of other vehicles. Then, when you're done with dinner or a business meeting, the car will return to you after another swipe of the thumb.

Industry, Consumers Await Today's iPhone Announcement

September 9, 2014 10:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is likely to provide the first peek at its wearable device at an event set to begin at 10 a.m. PDT in the same Silicon Valley auditorium where Apple's late co-founder, Steve Jobs, unveiled the industry-shifting Mac computer 25 years ago.

Annual IFA Show Showcases Lots of Mobile Phones, Watches

September 4, 2014 10:01 am | by Frank Jordans, Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung and other electronics companies, including Asustek, Sony and other, used the IFA trade show in Berlin to showcase their holiday lineups. New smartphones, computerized wristwatches and a virtual-reality headset were among the gadgets announced Wednesday.

Jawbone Proves Power of Wearable Data with Quake Insights

August 25, 2014 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to information from Jawbone, about 90 percent of its users were asleep when the quake hit and the closer users were to Napa the more likely they were to wake up. Around half of the users in San Francisco woke up, but almost no one did 100 miles away from the epicenter in Modesto. 

Fitbit Denies Claims It Sells Personal Data

August 25, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The San Francisco-based fitness wearables company spelled out its privacy policy on its website after Schumer warned of a potential "privacy nightmare" relating to concerns that the makers of fitness monitoring devices could sell users' data to advertisers.

Philips, Accenture Push Wearables Concept to Healthcare Space

August 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

When a wearable display and the Emotiv Insight Brainware, which scans EEG brainwaves, are connected to a tablet, users can issue brain commands to control Philips products, which include Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service, a Smart TV and the Philips Hue lighting system. The tablet also allows control of these products using eye and voice commands. 

EU Regulators Approve Apple's $3B Beats Deal

July 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said Monday the transaction does not threaten competition because the firms' combined European market share in both fields will be low while facing strong competitors. The takeover of Beats Electronics and Beats Music announced in May for $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock is the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history.

LoopPay Mobile Wallet Provider Secures Investment from Visa

July 24, 2014 10:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

LoopPay invented something called Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology which leverages existing point-of-sale infrastructure to receive contactless payments from mobile devices of all kinds with no hardware changes required by merchants. 

Google Goes Altruistic with New Glass Initiative

July 9, 2014 10:41 am | by Brett Zognker, Associated Press | News | Comments

After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers. Classroom Champions of Jacksonville, Florida, will use the glasses to create first-person educational videos by Paralympic athletes for high-need schools.

Google Glass Could Offer Sports Fans First-Person Perspective

June 30, 2014 10:28 am | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | Articles | Comments

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. You have a ticket in the very top row for an NBA playoff game, and a courtside seat. The referees are reviewing a big play in the final seconds, and you are right there in front of them.

Report: Apple's 'iWatch' Coming This Fall

June 23, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has been under pressure to release new products, as investors question whether the company that popularized the smartphone and the tablet computer is still able to innovate following the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. CEO Tim Cook has hinted at new products coming this year, but the company hasn't provided details.

The Tyranny of Apple’s New Headphone Scheme

June 6, 2014 11:03 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

If the leak about the Lightning Connector headphones is true, and you're an iPhone user, get ready to eventually buy more expensive adaptors along with the additional Lightning Connector cords you've bought since the spec was switched from the 30-pin we'd all come to know and...well, know. 

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