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Maybe it's a sign of the Fast Food era that we live in where everyone is too busy to slow down, but in the wake of Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs, a maker of modern day digital thermostats and smoke alarms, investors flocked to gobble up stock of a company trading under the name "NEST," sending shares... Read more...
HTC may have seen better days, but that doesn't mean the handset maker is ready to throw in the white towel. Quite the opposite, rumor has it there are plans to launch a second generation HTC One device in a couple of months. It will feature a larger display than the current HTC One's 4.7-inch panel and also sport an... Read more...
If ever you were concerned that you may not yet be living in the future, allow Google to assuage those fears. The company's famed X division -- the one where all of the super secret projects develop -- has just announced a new smart contact lens initiative. Yes, a contact lens from Google. Interestingly enough, the... Read more...
Short of taking yourself off the grid or becoming a technological hermit, living a truly private life is proving nigh impossible. Sending a private message online is not necessarily private, secrets whispered through Skype might not be as secret as you think, and everything else you do is susceptible government... Read more...
Sony's Xperia family just keeps growing. The latest additions include a new Xperia E1 smartphone intended to mesh leading audio technologies with expertise in display, design, and performance, and a pair of large screen Xperia T2 Ultra handsets, one of which boasts dual SIM ports. One thing all three devices have in... Read more...
Google's ongoing efforts to infiltrate your homes with different types of digital gadgets continues with the acquisition of Nest Labs, a maker of modern day digital thermostats and smoke alarms. Not for the faint of wallet, Google agreed to pay $3.2 billion cash for Nest Labs, which was founded by Tony Fadell, the... Read more...
Perhaps if you hold out long enough, Motorola might start giving away its Moto X smartphone, no strings attached. In the meantime, the latest promotion intended to drum up interest in the first smartphone built in the U.S. is the bundling of Google's Chromecast dongle at no additional charge when you purchase a Moto X... Read more...
Privacy advocates take note, Google is rolling out a new feature to Gmail that allows your Google+ connections to email you even if you've never shared with the sender your email address. The assumption on Google's part is that you're familiar enough with your Google+ contacts to exchange emails, and by implementing... Read more...
A couple of years ago, low-cost laptop announcements usually revolved around the latest netbook release. These days the attention falls squarely on Chromebooks, and the newest player to jump on the bandwagon is Toshiba. Making a splash into the category, Toshiba's first Chromebook is a 13.3-inch model with a 1366x768... Read more...
If you're looking to get the kids a low-cost Android tablet, your options are quickly opening up. Just ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Polaroid today unveiled its Q Series of sleek and affordable tablets running Android 4.4 KitKat, all of which are also powered by a quad-core processing... Read more...
We can say with 100 percent certainty that there's no way in Hades Samsung is going to suddenly discontinue its super popular Galaxy S line of smartphones. That means you can bank on there being a Galaxy S5 at some point, but what we don't know are the details surrounding the next Galaxy S release, though Samsung Vice... Read more...
There will be lots of exciting products and technologies being shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month (stay tuned -- we'll have lots of coverage), some of which is spilling out to the media ahead of time. Such is the case with YouTube, which announced plans to showcase 4K ultra... Read more...
Google apparently feels it's done all it can do with Bump, a picture sharing app for smartphones it acquired three and a half months ago for between $30-$60 million, and will slam the door shut on the service at the end of the month. Bump's chief and co-founder David Lieb announced the news in a blog post, saying that his team will shift focus... Read more...
Maybe 2014 will be the year of affordable, off-contract smartphones. If not, it won't be for a lack of trying from Motorola, which just announced that its unlocked Moto X (see our review) is now $399.99 going forward. Anyone and everyone can snag an off-contract Moto X for the newly reduced price, regardless of wireless carrier and whether... Read more...
Microsoft said its goal in updating OneNote for Android devices was to allow users to get more things done in less time. Towards that end, the latest version of OneNote for Android now includes an "Add to OneNote" feature, which allows users to add important things from any application on their Android device. "Just look for the Share button... Read more...
The war in mobile is being fought on many different battlegrounds, even your wrist, assuming the whole smart watch movement gains any traction. However, one of the most important battlegrounds could be your car. In response to an initiative launched this past summer by Apple to integrate iPhones and other iOS devices... Read more...
ASUS is teasing us. The company posted a couple of teaser videos hinting at new products that it will unveil at CES 2014 in early January, and although the videos reveal very little, they do provide some telling hints. In the first video, the Statue of Liberty is holding up two fingers and ends up holding two tablets... Read more...
The Chromebook is a relatively new platform, and it’s taken time for sales to pick up. A slow start makes sense, as Google’s newest operating system can be confusing for many to understand. It’s based around the Chrome web browser and thus requires an Internet connection for the vast majority of its functionality, and low... Read more...
Google would be foolish not to release another Nexus 7 tablet in 2014, so let's go ahead and assume the Mountain View company will keep the good times rolling with yet another winning product sometime next year. That still gives us plenty to speculate about, such as whether or not ASUS will once again build the device for Google, and what... Read more...
How desperate are OEMs to make lemonade out of the Windows 8.1 RT lemon? They’re going to be pushing something called a “PC Plus” initiative at CES this year, which in a nutshell is simply the ability for Windows tablets and laptops to run Android apps or dual-boot Windows and Android. According... Read more...
Talk about closing out the year with a bang. The CyanogenMod team has plenty of reason to celebrate going into 2014, not the least of which is notching over 10 million downloads of its installer software to date, according to the CyanogenMod stats page. The most popular version so far is the Nightly-10.1 build -- it's... Read more...
One advantage Microsoft has over the competition in the mobile space is that it owns a number of products and services it can integrate into its Windows Phone platform. Microsoft has done this before and it's doing it again, this time by giving every single Windows Phone user an extra 20GB of free SkyDrive storage for... Read more...
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