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The CES 2014 Hotties List
January 11, 2014
The Internet of Things, wearables, mobile devices and the next generation of automobiles were the standouts at CES 2014. "The Internet of Things will probably have the broadest impact, since it includes quickly evolving, increasingly intelligent and highly mobile technologies of every kind," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.
All Rumors 'Go' for the Widely Anticipated 'iPad Pro'
January 10, 2014
Rumors of a super-duper, amped-up, big-screen "iPad Pro" have been floating around at least as early as this summer, and that's before Apple surprised the tech community with its 64-bit A7 processors in September. Overall, most of the rumors seem to surround speculative predictions, where a financial analyst predicts a class of new product in an attempt to lend insight into how the market might shift.
More to See, Less to Hear at CES 2014
January 10, 2014
CES may have begun as the Consumer Electronics Show back in the late 1960s, but since then its producer, the Consumer Electronics Association, has changed the show's official name to International CES, in part to reflect its expansion beyond TVs, stereos and appliances. At 2014 International CES, now under way in Las Vegas, that shift couldn't be more clear.
New Case Lets iPhones See the Heat
January 09, 2014
Flir Systems this week unveiled an iPhone case with a difference. The Flir One lets consumers view heat signatures through a thermal imaging camera attachment to the phone. It works by focusing the camera's attention on a different part of the electromagnetic spectrum than human eyes can see using Flir's new Lepton camera core.
Kickstarter Funds Bumper Crop of Projects in 2013
January 09, 2014
Kickstarter on Wednesday released a breakdown of its successful 2013. Three million backers pledged $480 million to help finance 19,911 projects. The company saw plenty of repeat backers: 807,733 people pledged to more than one project; 81,090 backed more than 10; and 975 people donated to more than 100 campaigns. Funds came from 214 countries on all seven continents.
CES 2014: Wireless Digs Deeper Into Our Lives
January 09, 2014
International CES 2014 in under way in Las Vegas this week, surprising and delighting us with all the innovation on display. CES is a great place to see how wireless fundamentally changes and works its way deeper into the consumer electronics industry. That's been true year after year, and this one is no exception. I use CES as a barometer.
Sony Banks On Life Space UX to Regain Faded Glory
January 08, 2014
"A more robust entertainment delivery system will be a hallmark of Sony as we move into the future," Sony CEO Kaz Hirai said Tuesday in a keynote at CES. "We will be offering customers a single source of entertainment that is less complicated, more cost-effective and more accessible than ever before." Sony will be taking bold steps with its future consumer electronics products, Hirai pledged.
Pebble Goes Metallic
January 08, 2014
Pebble has unveiled new hardware and software designs, along with a wearable tech appstore. The Pebble smartwatch got its start last year with a successful Kickstarter campaign that resulted in sales of more than 300,000 devices worldwide. The company is kicking off 2014 with new products -- the Pebble Steel, new software and the appstore, all announced at CES in Las Vegas.
Nvidia's K1 Super Chip Lands in Farmer's Field
January 08, 2014
Nvidia this week announced the Tegra K1, a 192-core super chip that brings its Kepler architecture to the mobile space. Kepler is used in what Nvidia claims is the fastest GPU on the planet, its GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Because the K1 will support the latest PC-class gaming technologies, it will be able to run the Unreal Engine 4 game engine, allowing PC- and console-class game play.
With Graphite Electrodes, Heatworks Gets Water to Heat Itself
January 08, 2014
Traditional water heating equipment uses fuel as an energy source to heat a rod-like element in the water tank. The element then warms the water. If you've ever reheated a hot beverage by placing it in the microwave, you'll have an idea as to the alternatives. Microwave ovens heat liquids by moving molecules so that the molecules hit each other. This action creates heat.
CES 2014 Trends: The Weird and the Wonderful
January 07, 2014
Devices ranging from the sublime to the strange are debuting this week at International CES 2014. Products unveiled at the show suggest growing trends toward wearable health-tracking products and increased human-gadget interaction. There's a bed, for example, that tells owners how they slept the previous night and what they can do to sleep better in the future.
Intel Leaps Out of the Box
January 07, 2014
CEO Brian Krzanich laid out the road map for Intel's future in his first Consumer Electronics Show keynote as CEO. Krzanich, who took over the top job last May, focused on wearable technology -- including some products designed internally -- as well as dual operating system tech and Intel's McAfee security software. Among the products Krzanich displayed was a Bluetooth headset codenamed "Jarvis."
Canon's PowerShot N100 Puts the Photographer in the Picture
January 06, 2014
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. That seems to be what Canon is saying with its announcement Monday of a new PowerShot camera model, the N100, which includes several features popular on smartphones. For example, the shooter has front and rear cameras. A picture-in-picture effect can be created with the image from the rear-facing camera being incorporated automatically into the main image.
LG Bets on WebOS for New Smart TV Line
January 06, 2014
LG Electronics has revived the webOS operating system for its latest line of smart TVs, the company announced on Monday. In fact, LG will use webOS on more than 70 percent of its smart TV lineup this year, the company said. "The beauty of webOS is that it provides so much freedom and is so simple to use," said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the company's TV division.
Google-Led Coalition Aims to Drive Android Into Cars
January 06, 2014
In partnership with Nvidia and several automakers, Google on Monday announced the creation of the Open Automotive Alliance, an effort designed to further its push into the automobile industry. Audi, General Motors, Honda and Hyundai are among the effort's partners on the automotive side. The alliance will create a common platform members can use to create Android-enabled vehicles.
Eye-Controlled Gaming May Be Closer Than It Appears
January 04, 2014
One of the biggest bugbears for gamers has long been the need to use a joystick to both track a target and control the motion of their avatar or weapons, but at International CES 2014 next week, Tobii Technology will demonstrate a new solution. Tobii has teamed up with SteelSeries, the companies announced Friday, to produce what they claim will be the first mass-market eye tracking peripheral for gamers.
4 Unsettling Prospects for 2014
December 30, 2013
As we're getting ready for the big New Year's Day hangover, I'm reminded of the Chinese curse, "May you be born in interesting times," because 2014 is likely to be a very interesting year. I expect the Democrats will be trying to distance themselves from their failed Affordable Care Act, while Republicans will be doing their best to avoid actually reading it before attacking.
Was 2013 the Run-Up to Nineteen Eighty-Four?
December 23, 2013
It is time to look back on 2013 and consider what we've learned about technology and human nature. Both Apple and Dell were massively changed, and Google went from a company that wanted our private information to one that wanted our jobs. The U.S. government decided, through the NSA, that laws don't apply to it. Those who brought this to our attention got big punishments.
Japanese Robot Shoots Breeze With Astronaut
December 20, 2013
A humanoid robot named "Kirobo" has had a chat with a Japanese astronaut on the ISS. The robot, also from Japan, is designed to process questions and construct answers from its vocabulary bank, as opposed to regurgitating preprogrammed responses. Asked if he could handle zero-gravity conditions, the robot replied, "I'm used to it now, no problem at all."
Plasma's Fade to Black
December 20, 2013
As the 2013 International CES approached a year ago, it was clear that a showdown between OLED and 4K -- or UltraHD -- was brewing in the TV display market. A year later, that showdown is fully under way, but with a notable twist. Specifically, Panasonic's announcement in late October that it would exit the plasma display panel market in the coming months took many by surprise.

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