Legend has it that late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once dreamt of an iCar . That dream will be one step closer to reality in early 2013 when General Motors introduces Apple’s chatty voice assistant Siri into several of its car models. The feature will be available to iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 owners, and Siri will be working through these cars’ standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system.
The craziness of Black Friday has passed and it’s time for Cyber Monday to begin with several awesome offers from Best Buy. Many stores kicked off their online deals a day early this year following record-high Black Friday sales with many shoppers sticking to online retail to avoid customer stampedes at megastores .
University of Granada researchers have developed a revolutionary data storage device in collaboration with the CEA-LETI lab at Grenoble (France), an institution of the Campus of International Excellence CEI BioTic . The researchers have designed one of the most advanced data storage devices in the world.
Scientists at Imperial College London have developed a system to quickly detect trace amounts of chemicals like pollutants, explosives or illegal drugs. The team of scientists, all from the Department of Chemistry at Imperial, say this technology opens the way to develop devices that are compact, reusable and easy to assemble, and could have a range of uses including detecting illegal drugs, explosives, pollutants in rivers or nerve gases released into the air.
Microsoft will release the next iteration of its WP7 mobile platform, Windows Phone 7.8 , next Wednesday or Nov. 28, WMPoweruser reports citing unnamed sources. The report doesn’t offer many more details, except for a few tidbits we already know: the update will bring WP7 devices a new start screen, Bing-based lock screen and the ability to keep Wi-Fi alive on Nokia devices in suspend mode.
Studies have shown again and again that mobile-phone networks help economies grow. And it’s not just because people need to be employed to build the networks and sell the phones. By increasing the flow of information, mobile phones improve productivity and efficiency, and open up new markets and new kinds of business all across the economy .
It’s happened to all of us. We’re working on our computer and sipping coffee on a particularly tough Monday morning. Then the unthinkable happens: The mug somehow slips out of our hand and spills coffee all over the keyboard. If this happens to you more often than not, or if you know somebody who’s particularly clumsy around keyboards and drinks, then this Logitech Washable keyboard is the perfect gift for the holiday season.
A ‘privacy notice’ that’s been virally spreading on Facebook , supposedly protecting one’s personal details and data from unauthorized copying, is fake. The notice started spreading a few days after Facebook posted its new privacy guidelines , announcing it would let users comment on proposed changes to its governing documents, but not vote.
Monnit Corporation a cutting edge provider of wireless sensing technology, today announced an agreement with M2M Data Corporation, a leading provider of remote asset monitoring and management services to the oil and gas, water/wastewater, power generation, and heavy equipment industries. Under the agreement, M2M Data Corp will offer Monnit’s wireless sensing solutions to their customers, allowing them to easily expand the functionality of their existing M2M (Machine-to-Machine) systems.
I get it. Portable navigation devices (PNDs) are a bit archaic at this point. In a world where every smartphone and tablet has some sort of GPS receiver built into it and most cars offer some sort of navigation option, buying a standalone GPS navigator seems both superfluous and archaic. Yet, the PND market is far from dead.
In the past year, augmented reality (AR) has moved beyond a sci-fi novelty to a credible marketing tool for brands and retailers. While part of a niche industry, AR applications are being championed by tech players like Google and Nokia , and a host of mobile app developers have launched AR apps for the growing number of smartphones and portable computing devices.
Urban regions enjoy density. It’s what makes for serendipity — running into someone you know in a crowd of strangers is all the more meaningful. It can also make certain infrastructures more efficient. The vast number of people cycling in and out of subways, coffee shops and freeway lanes is the grounds for an amazing data set, if those people will agree to contribute to apps such as Foursquare or Waze .
For all the incredible things our phones and tablets do, everybody wants to spend at least a little time kicking back on the couch in front of a big screen. Some of us want to spend a lot of time doing that. In either case, it’s important to have an HDTV that delivers the experience you want — whether that’s 8 hours a day or 8 hours a year.
Black Friday is not quite upon us, but online Amazon has been offering deals all week. If you want to keep track of special offers from the web retailer you can sign up for the “Daily Deals” email, check out the “Gold Box” for “Lightning Deals” and the “Deal of the Day,” or follow @amazondeals on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.
Parents, get ready to hit up the Apple Store during the holidays if you want to keep your kids happy. Nearly half of kids between the ages of 6-12 are interested in getting an iPad in the next six months, making it by far the most-wanted device for this age group of the holiday season for the third consecutive year, according to a new Nielsen survey of 3,000 kids in the U.