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This Android-Based Smart Watch Looks Like an iPod Nano

January 10, 2013 7:11 am | Comments

Pebble got a ton of attention for its smart watch at CES this year. It wasn’t the only smart watch company, however, to have a major announcement. Originally announced at last year’s CES, Italian-based I’m watch announced the next iteration its smart watch. Reminiscent of the iPod nano watches you may have seen walking around, the I’m watch consists of a bulky square watch face with an even bulkier strap attached.

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Samsung Reveals Powerful Exynos 5 Octa 8-Core Processor for Smartphones

January 10, 2013 7:03 am | Comments

Samsung unveiled at the 2013 International CES on Wednesday its latest processor for smartphones, the Exynos 5 Octa. The company says this new processor delivers twice the performance of its predecessor, Samsung's Exynos 4 Quad. This means new phones from Samsung are going to be noticeably faster.

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Major U.S. Cellphone Carriers to Support BlackBerry 10, Report Says

January 10, 2013 4:21 am | Comments

In a hopeful sign for embattled telecom company Research in Motion , three top U.S. wireless carriers said they would support BlackBerry 10 products. RIM's newest mobile operating system is slated to launch alongside two smartphones on Jan. 30 , and the company's comeback depends on the success of BlackBerry 10.

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Could Cross-platform Voice Recognition Become A Reality With Project Wintermute?

January 9, 2013 4:50 am | Comments

Companies like Apple and Google are positioning voice recognition services as personal assistants, but any information shared with them is tied to the specific platforms. Nuance is trying to change that Project Wintermute, a platform agnostic voice recognition service that lives in the cloud. The Next Web took a look at Nuance’s new service in action, with Wintermute intelligently saving search queries and context across platforms.

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Design Report Addresses Leak Testing for Flexible Manufacturing

January 9, 2013 4:38 am | Comments

When it comes to leak testing, modern manufacturing requires flexible and fail safe systems, which is the topic of a new design report from InterTech Development Company. Automotive, industrial and medical applications are renowned for the use of flexible automation such as robots and machine vision for improved time-to-market and quality; however, some parts just cannot ship without leak testing.

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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 .

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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