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August 29, 2014
Huawei can claim it beat Apple to the punch with its sapphire-display smartphone, but until Apple slaps sapphire glass onto an iPhone, iWatch or iSomething, it won't draw collective sighs of wonder. Speaking of sighs of wonder, that's how I responded to the hat with a radio and headphones sewn in that I got as a boyhood gift. The Archos Music Beany looks like it could be almost as cool. [More...]

Peach OSI Is Fresh and Juicy
August 29, 2014
Peach OSI is a new Linux distro that stands apart from the crowd. Its first stable version was just released in June -- yet it displays more performance traits and sophistication than many Linux distros that have been searching for an audience for years. In the crowded Linux distro field, it is very rare to find a newcomer that is not like any of the others. [More...]

August 29, 2014
Rumor has it that when Apple reveals its much-hyped iPhone 6 on Sept. 9, one of the features it will be trumpeting -- finally -- is near field communication. The NFC tech will enable mobile payments, Wired reported, citing sources "familiar with the matter." Wow. If this is true, it could be the catalyst that propels mobile payments into the mainstream. [More...]

August 28, 2014
It's not clear which gender will identify more with the Samsung Gear S smartwatch, but its styling has got some analysts puzzling over the company's intentions. "Are they being gender-specific?" wondered Wayne Lam, a senior telecom electronics analyst at IHS. "The Samsung device looks almost feminine." It's likely Samsung -- and the guy wearing it in the product shot above -- would beg to differ. [More...]

August 28, 2014
Ralph Lauren's Polo Tech shirt may appeal only to a small niche demographic, but the technology it uses eventually could have much broader applications than tweaking an elite athlete's performance. "The key to Ralph Lauren's shirt ... will be to add more and more features -- for instance, monitoring blood pressure for at-risk users," suggested tech analyst Zeus Kerravala. [More...]

August 28, 2014
The recent data breach at Community Health Systems, in which Chinese hackers stole the personal information of 4.3 million patients, was another sign of a disturbing trend: Healthcare providers are coming under cyberattack at an alarming rate. "We've seen a 600 percent increase in attacks on the healthcare sector in the last 10 months," said Carl Leonard, senior manager at Websense Security Labs. [More...]

August 28, 2014
Instead of programming robots to do a specific set of tasks, the researchers developing Robo Brain want to give them the means to fish for information on their own, theoretically learning without limits. Robo Brain -- essentially a massive database in the cloud -- could have its Frankenstein side, though. The robot "could learn something undesirable," suggested tech analyst Jim McGregor. [More...]

August 27, 2014
While the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is working to establish itself as the perfect tweener device between tablet and laptop, one hot rumor suggests that Apple's answer for more working space on an iPad will come in the form of a bigger screen -- 12.9 inches of touch-sensitive glory. The rumor comes from Bloomberg, which vaguely cited "people with knowledge of the matter." [More...]

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