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What weird tech trends from CES 2014 mean to the average person

The Consumer Electronics Show is an annual lovefest between inventors and the gadgetry enthusiasts who love them. For the rest of us, this means we hear a lot about tech trends that sound too ridiculous to take seriously. The Internet of Things? Made up. Wearable technology? Too expensive. Brain …

Workers riot at Samsung factory site

Workers at a Samsung factory construction site in Vietnam have clashed violently with local police, underscoring the sometimes extreme cost of …

How Scared Should You Be of a Cyberwar?

Everything you need to know about the future of warfare.<p>Multiple justices of the U.S. Supreme Court—the people who will ultimately decide where the law stands on cyber-military issues—do not even use computers. P.W. Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and …

Ripoff nation: How Verizon and AT&T stacked the deck against cellphone users

Heads they win. Tails you lose<p>If you live in America, there’s a good chance you’ve not been overjoyed by your wireless plan. Simply by using a device essential to your daily life, you have been screwed. Let us count the ways.<p>If you overestimate how many voice minutes, text messages and data usage …

We should be worrying about Google’s assimilation and consolidation, and here’s why

Advertisement<p>25 Comments<p>Credit: Paramount<p>Google(s goog) has caused quite the stir with its announcement of new integration between Gmail and its …

Apple Wins Another Legal Battle with Google's Motorola Unit Involving Push Notifications

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today issued a decision (PDF) upholding a previous ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that Apple did not infringe upon a patent held by Google's Motorola unit. The ITC had ruled in Apple's favor last May, but Google/Motorola appealed …

Apple's iBeacon Technology Brings New Possibilities for Location-Based Gaming

Apple's iBeacons have a lot of potential for inclusion in location-based games, according to The Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia, who spoke to <i>Re/code</i> in an interview. Currently, iOS game developers who want to incorporate location into gameplay are limited to determining location via Apple's internal …

China Tech Makes A Splash At CES In Vegas

One thing for sure about this year’s Consumer Electronic Show – China tech was there, and big-time, among the latest and greatest wireless gadgets, self-driving cars, 3-D printing machines and wearable tech devices. The China presence at the show was one more demonstration that Chinese tech is …

Why Apple Is Losing Ground To The Samsung Brand

Samsung is gaining fast on Apple in terms of brand affection – but we seem reluctant to admit it.<p>In Interbrand’s 2013 brand index, a benchmark measure of brand value, Apple came out on top, ending a 13 year run by Coca Cola. The signs are though that Samsung, which has been investing heavily in …

Everything You Need To Know About Samsung's Galaxy S5

In addition to the hints Samsung's executive vice president Lee Young Hee gave to Bloomberg in an interview, there are a handful of other rumors and bits of informed speculation about what the phone will be able to do.<p>Here's what we know so far.<p>Or, at least, that's what Hee called the device in his …

Price war in U.S. mobile market raises fear of profit hemorrhage | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Year’s rivalry among U.S. mobile operators has Wall Street worried that the industry’s profits could seriously decline.<p>Signage for a T-Mobile store is pictured in downtown Los Angeles, California August 31, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser<p>After months of aggressive moves by …

We Pick the 10 Best Gadgets at CES | WIRED

Of all the consumer electronics (and other products of varying origin) we saw at CES 2014, these are our picks for the most interesting, the most …