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Haier's new Apple MFi-certified smart air conditioner is quite the head-turner (pictures)

At CES 2014, Haier introduced the Tianzun smart air conditioner.<p>Updated:January 13, 2014 Caption:Colin McDonaldPhoto:Colin West McDonald/CNET<p>They're about 5 feet tall and come in a variety of colors.<p>Updated:January 13, 2014 Caption:Colin McDonaldPhoto:Colin West McDonald/CNET<p>The unconventional …

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24 hours at CES

CES, it's a thing. A big thing. For us here at Engadget, it's kind of a big deal. For you, the gadget-loving public, it's a chance to see what the year in tech will look like. But enough about you already... what about poor old us? There's so much you don't get to see: the work, the constant scrums …

Are iPads and tablets bad for young children?

Four small preschool children are sitting in a semi-circle around their teacher, in a large, bright room in a Georgian house in Bath. The nursery belongs to the Snapdragons chain, one of the first in the UK to offer iPads to its children soon after the tablet was launched in April 2010. The shelves …

European Civil Liberties Committee Votes To Ask Snowden To Contribute To Its NSA Surveillance Inquiry

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will be invited to contribute to a European Parliamentary committee’s ongoing inquiry into the U.S. NSA surveillance program.<p>The European Parliamentary Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee voted to ask Snowden to contribute to its inquiry via …

The $50 smartwatch will be here by the summer, says Archos

Photo: engadget.com<p>When a whole new category of technology arrives, you can usually rely on tech-heads to get excited about them even if the mass-market doesn’t. So far, though, smartwatches don’t seem to have made as much headway as many expected. When a confirmed gadget addict like me is left …

Gigabyte fits a gaming powerhouse inside an inch-thick laptop

For most people, gaming laptops are the modern equivalent of the old beige box. You might have or want one, but it's not something you'd bring up in polite conversation. Portability has always played a secondary role to fitting the most power inside that laptop's dimensions, which together with …

Apple and Samsung CEOs to attend mediation session ahead of March court date

Apple(s aapl) and Samsung are heading back to court in March for another round of battle in their ongoing smartphone patent trial. But Apple CEO Tim …

Lenovo to launch multiple Chromebooks this summer

Lenovo is reportedly planning to release a set of new Chromebooks this year. Jay Parker, president for Lenovo's North American operations, told CNET at CES that "multiple Chromebook models" would see release by summer 2014, at various price points and configurations.<p>The Chinese company — which …

Why You Should Test Your Mobile App With Drunk People

In the Cocktails and Customization study, they asked Samantha, a 21-year-old pharmacist, to visit three separate websites that offer customization …

The existential threat to bitcoin its boosters said was impossible is now at hand

A doomsday scenario that has long been dismissed by bitcoin’s biggest boosters is now a clear and present danger. At 3am ET this morning, a single bitcoin mining collective known as Ghash.io reached 45% of the computing power of all global bitcoin miners, just six points short of the 51% that would …

Don't Kill Off Your Website -- Use It As The Hub For Your Social Media Presence

<b>#6 of “10 More Don’ts Of Corporate Social Media”</b><p><i>Co-authored with Ian Anderson</i><p>The questions plaguing many corporate leaders these days about social media include: How can we take best advantage of this continually-changing platform for business, sales, and reputation enhancement?How do we choose …

U.S. Mac Sales Grow 28.5% in Holiday Quarter, PC Market Suffers Worst Decline Ever [Updated]

Apple saw its U.S. PC marketshare rise from 9.9 percent to 13.7 percent in the holiday quarter year-over-year, according to data just released from Gartner. The 28.5 percent rise shows a substantial increase in Mac sales, largely at the expense of HP and Toshiba.<p>Dell and Lenovo are the only other …

Closing Windows: Microsoft and its platforms are nowhere to be found at CES

For over a decade, Microsoft was the dominant presence at CES. But since pulling out of the show in 2013, the company has faded almost completely from view this year: the biggest Microsoft story at CES 2014 is that first-choice CEO candidate Alan Mulally has declined the job.<p>Since it’s not at the …

PC industry sees yet another record drop: Lenovo only vendor growing as Apple loses 6%

The global PC industry is an awful place to be, with record drops in the past seven quarters and an overall slump of 5.6 percent in 2013, according to the latest numbers from IDC today.<p>Unless you’re Lenovo.<p>The former hardware division of IBM grew a comparatively huge nine percent in unit shipments …

Wearable technology set to take the workplace by storm

Like the PC, mobile phone and tablet, wearable technology is poised to change how organizations collect, access and use information. The first three …

Pirate Bay plans new 'anti-censorship' browser

The Pirate Bay's own PirateBrowser web browser has been downloaded more than 2.5m times since its launch in August 2013, but the filesharing site is already working on a successor.<p>PirateBrowser was designed to help people access The Pirate Bay and other torrent services even if they were blocked by …