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Tiny Bluetooth Speaker Piggybacks on Your Smartphone

January 7, 2013 5:28 am | Comments

There's no shortage of Bluetooth speakers at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, but we're quite taken with the tiny-sized Pulse speaker and Rewind earbuds from Felt Audio. The Pulse speaker ($99) piggybacks onto an iPhone case for easy carrying and can be plucked off and clipped onto something nearby.

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The Self-Driving, Ultra-Connected Car of the Future

January 7, 2013 5:22 am | Comments

What will the car of the future look like? Will it drive itself and communicate with other vehicles in order to avoid traffic accidents? Will it be loaded with advanced sensors and have greatly reduced emissions compared to today's cars? In the infographic below, the folks from InsuranceQuotes try to imagine the car of tomorrow, taking these and other likely possibilities into account.

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The Tech World Gets Behind Wireless Charging for Real

January 7, 2013 5:16 am | Comments

Charging your mobile device wirelessly via a chip embedded into a Starbucks table or resting it on a surface inside your car could become more commonplace in the next year or so, thanks to the latest backing of a larger effort to make wireless charging more a part of everyday life. It was announced on Monday at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that 30 companies across the smartphone ecosystem are joining the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) organization, which consists of government leaders and major companies such as Starbucks, AT&T and Google working to get rid of cable-based charging plugs and embrace wireless power.

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Peer 150 Years Into the Future of Tech and Science

January 4, 2013 5:18 am | Comments

A lot can change in a year, but how much can change in a century and a half? A BBC Future infographic theorizes on a few logical advancements that could come about as civilization marches toward the year 2150. No matter how much you keep up with technology, it's challenging to predict its impact past a few years down the road.

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8 Tech Resolutions for the New Year

January 4, 2013 5:15 am | Comments

At the beginning of a new year, we prepare -- or hope -- to become our better selves. Resolutions often focus on our diets and health, or balancing our families and careers, but you might want to consider adding some tech-focused resolutions to your New Year's to-do list. Completing tasks like digitizing your photos and cleaning out your inbox will go a long way to make you more organized in 2013.

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'World's Smallest' 3D Sensor Is Ready to Go Anywhere

January 4, 2013 5:13 am | Comments

When we look back at this year's CES, we may remember it as the year of the sensor. Wearable and embeddable sensor technology will be everywhere, and right there at the heart of at least some of it will be PrimeSense. The Israeli-based company created the 3D environmental mapping tech behind Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox 360 and, at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, PrimeSense will unveil what it calls the "World's Smallest" 3D sensor: the Capri.

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Germanium Transistors Are Four Times Faster Than Today’s

January 4, 2013 5:11 am | Comments

It might look like something out of Tron, but you're actually looking at a new type of transistor made out of germanium —which is four times faster than those currently in use. The new transistor , developed at MIT, is what scientists refer to as a p-type device: an electronic component which relies on holes —voids in a material's atomic structure—for current to flow.

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The Cloudy Horizon for 2013: 10 Predictions

January 4, 2013 5:04 am | Comments

What’s ahead in cloud computing for 2013? It’s a big topic, and many industry executives and pundits have offered their predictions about how cloud will evolve in the year ahead. Here’s our roundup of 10 the cloud predictions we think will be worth watching in 2013. 1. Cloud Will Blur Boundaries of Facilities and Operations Many data center services providers have entered the cloud arena.

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Teens Without Internet Are 'Educationally Disadvantaged'

January 4, 2013 4:54 am | Comments

The Internet has received more than its share of criticism from parents who condemn it as unsafe or addictive. But it's starting to seem more likely that not having the Internet is the worse option. A new study by Oxford University's department of education has shown that teenagers without web access are actually at a serious disadvantage educationally and socially.

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Gingerbread Still Dominates Android Landscape, Jelly Bean Reaches 10 Percent Share

January 4, 2013 4:37 am | Comments

The latest report from Android Developers is out, and, lo and behold, Android is still a very fragmented platform. Android 2.3 or Gingerbread is present on 47.6% of devices -- down from 55.8% in October 2012 but still very dominant. Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich is powering 29.1% of devices, and the latest and greatest Android, 4.

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5 Big Trends You'll See at CES 2013

January 4, 2013 4:32 am | Comments

Despite its uncertain future, the annual CES is always the year's first taste of the new technologies that will define it. With hundreds of companies peddling thousands of products, it's easy to get lost in the noise of pre-show chatter, but out of the chaos, various patterns are emerging, and some will grow to become bona fide "trends.

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Can CES Survive the Mobile Revolution?

January 3, 2013 4:52 am | Comments

I'm in CES prep mode: Crawling through hundreds of emails, making last-minute appointments, trying to ferret out interested bits of gee-whiz information from tight-lipped tech companies. On the surface, it's a rerun of the past nine years of my life. Deep down, however, I know that CES 2013 is different, and not necessarily in a good way.

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The Future Is Now: What We Imagined for 2013 - 10 Years Ago

January 2, 2013 6:40 am | Comments

Predicting the future is hard, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. We’re Wired, after all. Ten years ago, we boldly declared that we’d be living with phones on our wrists, data-driven goggles on our eyes and gadgets that would safety-test our food for us . Turns out, a lot of the things Sonia Zjawinski conceptualized in our “ Living in 2013 ” feature way back in 2003 were remarkably close to what we’ve seen.

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Microsoft Is Fast Turning Into A Sideshow

January 2, 2013 5:43 am | Comments

So, now it’s clear: Windows 8 did not blow the doors off during the holiday.  In context, this tepid launch is just one of a litany of failures fast relegating Microsoft to the status of incidental spectacle in the information technology business. If Windows 8 is Exhibit A, Exhibit B is Windows Phone 8.

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Google Glass Project In Flux

January 2, 2013 5:42 am | Comments

Despite news that show Google’s Project Glass project is still in flux, one investor and researcher is making his own. Rod Furlan reports at the IEEE Spectrum site how he decided to make his own Google Glass prototype. Project Glass Update with Babak Parviz Furlan’s post follows on the heels of an interview that IEEE Spectrum had with the Project Glass leader, Babak Parviz.

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