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 .
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 , 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 , 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.
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.