Maryanne Culhane

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Google's Android Experiments show what your devices can do

Google has Chrome Experiments to showcase what's possible in its web browser, so it stands to reason that there should be an equivalent for Android, doesn't it? Sure enough, the folks in Mountain View have launched an Android Experiments gallery that demonstrates what Google-powered mobile and …

Android News

Are the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge overpriced?

If you’re thinking of buying a new smartphone, chances are the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have crossed your mind. Arguably Samsung’s best ever smartphones, the new devices are packed full of features but as the saying goes – everything comes at a price – and this has never been truer than …

Tesla's new gigafactory will highlight the 2 biggest labor trends in America

Tesla will build the batteries for its electric cars there, and while the factory is still years from being operational, a report in the Reno Gazette-Journal on Sunday discusses the impact the factory is already having on the region's economy.<p>Specifically, Tesla is amplifying the two biggest labor …

Windows 10 gets serious about biometric log-ins with face, iris and fingerprint scans

Passwords are so old-school. Microsoft seems to think so at least, with the annoncement of a new sign-in system for Windows 10 called Windows Hello.<p>Hello lets you sign in by scanning your face, iris or fingerprint instead of an old-school password or PIN system.<p>If your device already has a …

Samsung Galaxy S6: Questions That Need Answers Before Considering

I attended the Samsung Electronics product launch event in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress (MWC). It was a huge launch, intended to win the global audience over with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Samsung had a lot riding on a successful launch as they have lost significant market …

Gear & Gadgets

Is LinkedIn Poised To Be The Next Media Giant?

When LinkedIn introduced Pulse, providing commentary from a hand-chosen set of thought leaders, they made a major impact. Paired with the long-form publishing platform they launched last year, LinkedIn is significantly changing the media landscape.<p><b>First, the statistics</b><p>LinkedIn has 330+ million …

Thought Leadership

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer successor demonstrated in leaked video

Microsoft first revealed its Internet Explorer successor at the company’s Windows 10 event in January. While the software maker revealed features like Cortana integration, inking support, and a new rendering engine, we haven’t seen the browser in action outside of Redmond. <i>WinBeta</i>, a Microsoft …

Putting Sensors In City Buildings Could Make Their Walls Talk

Giving structure to a city's infrastructure<p>Trying to get a building to tell you how it’s feeling is, well, like talking to a brick wall. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Researchers with the GENESI project want to make it so walls can talk back, by creating various sensors to fit inside …

So long, transistor: How the 'memristor' could revolutionize electronics

<b>(CNN) —</b> In 1971, a physicist conceptualized the existence of a fourth fundamental element in the electronic circuit, besides the three that were already in use at the time.<p>His name was Leon Chua and he believed -- for reasons of symmetry -- that an extra component could one day be constructed to …

Ericsson Sues Apple Over Patent Infringement

Ericsson is filing seven lawsuits in a Texas court against Apple for infringing 41 patents. The wireless networking company also wants the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to block sales of Apple products in the country.<p>While some of the patents in question relate to 2G, 3G and 4G LTE …

Here is Amazon's audacious plan to go way beyond drones

Amazon has filed for patents on a system that would use truck-based 3D printers to quickly deliver customers’ bespoke orders, the Wall Street <i>Journal</i> …

Tesla’s gigafactory will make batteries in 2016 for Model S & X

Image copyright Tesla.Tesla is moving incredibly fast on getting its massive battery factory built. According to the company’s recent annual filing, …

The Apple Watch Could Start Your Car

With the final details about pricing and launch dates expected at Apple’s March 9 event, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared another feature being built into the watch; it could potentially replace your car keys.<p>Cook told The Telegraph that the watch was designed to replace your car keys and the key fobs …

SIM card maker Gemalto investigates spy agencies' hack attack

When word of a savvy hack conducted by agents of two intelligence agencies against SIM maker Gemalto broke yesterday, company representatives seemed to be caught completely off-guard. Now, with egg on its face and a security backlash in the offing, Gemalto's publicly pledging to look into <i>The</i> …

Surveillance