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Sony Sells Its Madison Ave. Headquarters for $1.1 Billion

January 18, 2013 1:10 am | by CNET | Comments

Sony announced today that it is selling its U.S. headquarters building located on Madison Avenue in New York City to a real estate consortium headed by The Chetrit Group. The sale price for the 37-story building is $1.1 billion. "Given the opportunities and challenges in the current economic and real estate landscape, selling 550 Madison now...

Bump On The Road For Driverless Cars Isn't Technology, It's You

January 17, 2013 5:38 pm | by NPR | Comments

New technology is getting us closer and closer to the point where cars will drive themselves. Automakers are testing and refining systems that will make this happen. But our love for control may keep us from riding in these cars anytime soon....

Inflatable Earbuds Aim for Apple Debut

January 17, 2013 2:15 pm | by TechNewsDaily | Comments

An earpiece that inflates like a tiny airbag inside human ears can create the perfect fit for any music-listening experience or hearing aid. The futuristic twist on earbuds could even arrive in Apple stores sometime in the near future. The inflatable earpieces represent the newest invention of Stephen Ambrose, a pioneer in audio technology and founder of Asius Technologies. His technolo...


Lenovo Joins Chrome OS Party with Laptop for Schools

January 17, 2013 12:32 pm | by CNET | Comments

Google got a big new ally in its Chrome OS push today: Lenovo, the No. 2 PC maker. Although Lenovo is a notable ally, it's only really a foot in the door for Google. Lenovo's new ThinkPad X131e Chromebook is only geared for schools. Presumably it could lead to greater things for Google if the device gets a good reception, but this shouldn't be confused...

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 May Pop Up in February

January 17, 2013 12:02 pm | by CNET | Comments

Samsung Electronics may add another member to its already large family of tablets. The company is set to unveil the Galaxy Note 8.0, possibly next month at the Mobile World Congress conference, according to self-described "fansite" SamMobile, which did not cite sources for the information. Among the mobile device vendors, Samsung has been one of...

Ex-Nokia CEO to Join Swedish TV Box Software Firm

January 17, 2013 10:37 am | by Reuters | Comments

The former chief of struggling Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia Oyj is to make a comeback to the tech sector as chairman of a Swedish company selling standard software for pay-TV boxes. Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo is to become chairman of privately owned Zenterio, formed from a division sold by Nokia a decade ago where many former Nokia people still work.

How the Tesla Electric Car Actually Works

January 17, 2013 10:33 am | by Sam Laird | Comments

The Tesla Model S has been hailed as both a must-have big boy toy for the well-moneyed as well a harbinger of environmentally friendly transportation tech. So well-regarded are Tesla's electric cars, in fact, that the Model S was voted the

AT&T Allows More FaceTime; Except for Unlimited Customers

January 16, 2013 8:51 pm | by Emily Price | Comments

AT&T is allowing more iOS users to place FaceTime calls over its network for no additional charge. Previously only available for customers with Mobile Share plans and those using an LTE device on a tiered plan, now AT&T customers with non-LTE tiered plans can also make FaceTime calls over AT&T’s network for no additional charge.


Sharp in Talks to Sell Chinese TV Plant to Lenovo

January 16, 2013 8:30 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Sharp Corp may sell its Chinese TV assembly plant to Lenovo Group as the cash-strapped Japanese TV maker looks to sell assets to bolster its finances, sources said. Sharp is in talks with Lenovo about selling the LCD TV assembly plant in Nanking and also about tying up with the Chinese company in its other subsidiaries there, two industry sources familiar with the discussion told Reuters.

The iPhone 6 Won't Wow: 6 Reasons Why

January 16, 2013 6:24 pm | by CNET | Comments

Demand for the iPhone 5 is slumping and Crave's Eric Mack isn't surprised. He's hoping Apple's next big leap will impress, but he isn't holding his breath. Originally posted at Crave... Apple's getting hammered by analysts and investors as I write this, and I've been trying to resist the urge to say "told ya so."

Twitter to Open Office in Social Network-crazed Brazil

January 16, 2013 2:15 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Without even setting foot in Brazil, Twitter attracted 40 million subscribers in this social network-obsessed nation. Now the U.S. company is planning to open an office in Sao Paulo to cash in on that growth in a bustling market where rival Facebook has already set up shop.

RIM Receives Approval from Visa for Mobile Payment Solution

January 16, 2013 1:28 pm | by RIM | Comments

Research In Motion (RIM) announced that its Secure Element Manager (SEM) solution for NFC (Near Field Communication) mobile payments has been approved by Visa. RIM’s SEM is the backend solution for carriers that can securely manage credentials on SIM (subscriber identity module) cards installed in all types of NFC-capable mobile devices.

7 Ways Mobile Apps Are Driving Revenue for Businesses

January 16, 2013 12:08 pm | by Ryan Matzner | Comments

From leveraging specific features like GPS all the way down to the mere fact that people are walking around with Internet-connected computers in their pockets, smartphones open a whole new world of opportunities for marketers at businesses from large and small. The following are some key ways businesses are getting an extra boost via mobile apps.

Apple Offers Installment Payments to Customers in China

January 16, 2013 11:15 am | by CNET | Comments

Apple is trying to make it easier for customers in China to pay for its products. The company has posted to its Chinese Web site a new installment plan, allowing customers who pay 300 yuan (about $48) or more for an Apple product to pay in installments.

Wireless Audio Tech for Outdoor Enthusiasts

January 16, 2013 9:44 am | by ESPN | Comments

Skateboarders, skiers, cyclists and snowboarders are all united by their use of helmets. And those helmet-wearers are further united in knowing that their headgear is not only clunky, but also manages to separate them from their phones and MP3s. Until now.


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