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That Flat Screen TV May Cost More Than You Think

January 9, 2013 4:23 am | Comments

Running your electronics can get pricey. You already know about Vampire energy and how simply having your TV or DVR plugged in can cost you money. But do you have any idea how much it actually costs to run those devices? A new gadget being shown at the International CES – MeterPlug — will not only tell you how much your new flat screen TV costs to run, it will send the data to your smartphone via Bluetooth .


Microsoft Officially Ditching Messenger, Switching Users to Skype in March

January 9, 2013 4:11 am | Comments

Windows Live Messenger will officially retire this March, Microsoft announced Tuesday in a mass email to the chat service's users. On March 15, all users will be switched over to Skype , which the software giant acquired for $8.5 billion in October 2011 . "We are retiring the existing Messenger service globally .


Silence Annoying Electronics With This Battery Gadget

January 9, 2013 4:07 am | Comments

Ever have the fire alarm battery start to annoyingly chirp in the middle of the night? Or how about a kids' toy randomly make noises throughout the day? A new concept allows you to turn off AA-batteries remotely via your iPhone or iPad to silence your things when needed. Called the Tethercell , AA-batteries fit snugly in this small case, which features a computer chip on the back.


Apple Will Roll Out Cheap iPhone in 2013

January 8, 2013 6:26 am | Comments

Apple will release a cheap iPhone in the second half of 2013, according to a report from  DigiTimes . The media outlet cites unnamed supply-chain sources. It isn’t the first time this report has surfaced. Speculation has been rampant for months that Apple would soon roll out a low-cost iPhone aimed primarily at the emerging markets.


The Clinical Connectivity Gap: Leveraging Technology to Save Lives

January 8, 2013 6:22 am | Comments

Medical-related communication in the hospital, at least when done poorly, can be deadly. The Institute of Medicine estimates that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical mistakes they experience during hospitalizations. A common cause frequently cited  is communications systems that break down and don’t support the highly qualified and dedicated hospital caregivers as effectively and efficiently as needed.


Answer Calls in the Shower With Sony's Flagship Android Phone

January 8, 2013 6:19 am | Comments

You don't have to worry about Sony 's newest flagship smartphone getting wet in a rainstorm. Called the Xperia Z, the Android handset is both dust and water resistant — IP55 and IP57, specifically — and can survive the rain or even an accidental swim in your local pool. In addition to its durable design — the phone used tempered glass on its front and back as well as an anti-shatter film — the Xperia Z is also packing a punch under the hood.


This Pillow Has Built-in Speakers For Listening in Bed

January 8, 2013 6:10 am | Comments

A new pillow from Brookstone is looking to revolutionize how you watch TV in bed. At first glance it may look like an ordinary pillow, but inside this memory foam pillow is a set of speakers you can use to listen to music while you're on your way to dreamland. The pillow connects using a wireless transmitter.


iTwin Connect Lets You Browse Restricted Sites From Your Work PC

January 8, 2013 6:04 am | by A new gadget by iTwin makes web browsing on public computers and networks private, and makes it possible to browse restricted websites while traveling, or on computers with limited access. | Comments

The iTwin Connect is a tiny USB device made up of two identical halves. To use the Connect, you detach one end and plug it into your home or office PC, and then carry the other, the "key," around with you for browsing on the go. When you're ready to browse, plug the key into another computer to create a secure VPN (virtual personal network) tunnel to the home or office computer where the other end is connected.


Google Rolls Out Biggest Free Wi-Fi Network in New York City

January 8, 2013 6:02 am | Comments

Google , in an expansion of its role as an Internet Service Provider, introduced Tuesday New York City's biggest contiguous free public Wi-Fi network in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Google's choice of location for the giant network is no surprise: Chelsea is home to Google's New York headquarters, meaning employees out at lunch breaks or area meetings will be able to remain productive even while out of the office.


Qualcomm Launches Flagship Snapdragon 800 Processor

January 8, 2013 6:00 am | Comments

Qualcomm used its first CES keynote to launch its new flagship mobile processor, the Snapdragon 800. Designed for the demands of high-end smartphones and tablets, the new chip boasts 75% better performance than Qualcomm's previous top-of-the-line chip, the Snapdragon S4. Qualcomm created the 800 to deliver the best mobile experience possible while still maintaining good battery life.


Personal Weather Station Monitors Conditions, Reports to Smartphone

January 8, 2013 5:58 am | Comments

Netatmo's Urban Weather station debuted in August for iOS devices, and has now added support for Android devices as well. An update announced at CES, Android users can now use their phone or tablets along with the Urban Weather Station to receive real-time notifications on the air quality and weather conditions specific to their home or office.


Holiday Sales Decline Shows Nook Losing Its Niche

January 7, 2013 11:09 am | Comments

Barnes & Noble posted a decline in retail sales in the holiday season as the largest U.S. bookstore chain's efforts to take on Apple's iPad with tablet-style Nooks fell flat with shoppers. Sales from stores and the website sank 11 percent to $1.2 billion, the New York-based company said Thursday.


CES 2013: More Gadgets Mind-Meld With Smartphones

January 7, 2013 6:13 am | Comments

LG Electronics' ultra-high definition TV on show at CES 2013 with "4K" resolution, or 8 million pixels, costing $19,999 Here at CES 2013, hundreds of consumer electronics companies are getting ready to show off shiny gadgets to more than 200,000 spectators, but a sizeable chunk of companies that have made the trip to Las Vegas probably won’t be around in a few years time.


Era Of Wearable Computers May Begin To Dawn In 2013

January 7, 2013 6:11 am | Comments

2013 could be the year that consumers get used to the idea of wearable (and drivable) computers. Rumors, analyst predictions and fanciful design studies of wrist computers from Apple and Google abound. Car companies are integrating Apple Siri  and Google Maps into their upcoming models.


Nvidia Launches Tegra 4 Mobile Quad-Core Chip

January 7, 2013 5:54 am | Comments

Nvidia , the company that makes the mobile processors in many Android devices including the Google Nexus 7 tablet, today officially launched its next mobile chip, the Tegra 4. The quad-core Tegra 4 is said to have six times the processing power of its predecessor, the Tegra 3. To show just how powerful the chip is, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang demonstrated how a Tegra 4-powered devices could take photos with high dynamic range (HDR) in essentially real time, with no discernible delay between the multiple shots required to assemble the composite pics.



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