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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.


PaperTab Is a Tablet as Thin and Flexible as Paper

January 7, 2013 5:52 am | Comments

Are tablets of today too fat and clunky for you? Meet PaperTab, a 10.7-inch tablet that's almost as thin — and flexible — as a sheet of paper. Developed by Plastic Logic, PaperTab has a flexible touchscreen that lets users send files and emails and navigate through pages of documents using hand gestures.


Meet HAPIfork, the Smart Fork That Helps You Lose Weight

January 7, 2013 5:36 am | by What if your fork could tell you when you were eating too fast? That's the idea behind HAPIfork, a fork designed to help you lose weight by making you eat slower. | Comments

HAPIfork works by monitoring the exact time you start and end your meal, the amount of servings you take per minute, and how long you take to eat each serving. The fork measures the intervals between bringing the fork from your plate to your mouth and back again, and then sends a gentle vibration your way when you're eating too fast.


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.


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.


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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