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Assistive hearing is the next big thing for wireless earbuds

The number of companies that sell true wireless earbuds has exploded in the last year. B&O, Bose, Sony and Samsung all joined the craze Bragi started back in 2014. Thanks to a bill signed into law last year, some hearing aids and assistive audio devices will be available over-the-counter without …

Headphones

PSA: Google’s art selfie feature is US only for now

Google’s Arts & Culture app has been around for about a year and half. But it’s taken an art selfie feature to generate a bit of viral interest in the app — with a steady stream of delighted/outraged tweets bubbling up over the weekend as users assessed the results of their fine art doppelgänger. …

Google

New app Zeamo helps users find and access gyms on the fly

For travelers on the go and people with hectic schedules, it’s often next to impossible to find a gym. You’d be lucky to find a working treadmill and …

Fitness

Tag Heuer made a smaller modular smartwatch

Those of us with smaller wrists may have noticed that most of the connected smartwatches out there are, well, kind of huge. Tag Heuer's Connected Modular 45, for example, was a lovely device with a 45mm case diameter, perfect for larger wrists but lousy for everyone else. The company has now …

Watches

Google Duo allows you to call people who don’t have the app

Duo is Google's video calling app, and it looks like the tech giant wants to spread the word about it. According to <i>Android Police</i>, Duo users can now call people who don't have the app installed and who haven't registered with the service. It works like any other Duo communication, except that at …

Google

Apple servers currently signing older iOS updates, users able to downgrade from iOS 11

Apple is currently signing iOS 10 version updates for many devices including iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models as shown by IPSW.me. Whilst the upgrade servers remain in this state, users are able to downgrade from iOS 11 by restoring their firmware to iOS 10.2 and 10.3.<p>It is not clear why …

iOS

Ford connects Waze through its infotainment system

Latest update connects SYNC with the popular traffic app<p>Ford made a slew of announcements this week at CES for connected cities and cloud-based transportation services, but their partnership with Waze may have the most impact on drivers right now.<p>The automaker said Wednesday that the traffic app …

Transportation

The 10 best laptops of CES 2018

CES is always a big show for laptops, as every manufacturer rolls out some new-and-improved version of their mobile workstations, and there’s usually …

Laptops

USB about to get better at charging laptops and phones fast

New technology will let phones closely control any USB charger. Also at CES: Authentication helps block USB chargers from frying your laptop.<p>USB is getting more power -- the kind that's measured in watts and that's useful for charging phones and laptops -- and the companies behind it are trying to …

Gear & Gadgets

This smartwatch runs off your body heat

Notifications and fitness tracking without ever needing to charge your watch<p>Matrix Industries announced the original PowerWatch back in 2016 with an intriguing, if somewhat hard-to-believe claim: a watch that used a proprietary thermoelectric energy converter to power the timepiece exclusively from …

Wearable Tech

SanDisk's tiny 1TB USB-C stick is the perfect smartphone upgrade

There's a kind of weird pleasure to be derived from the ever-shrinking size of data storage. Sandisk's latest prototype at CES 2018 continues the company's tradition of space-crunching, with a one-terabyte USB-C dongle for your next laptop, tablet or Android phone. And, well, what else can I say? …

Gear & Gadgets

Libratone’s new wireless earbuds automatically adapt their noise cancellation based on the sounds around you

Libratone has been around for almost ten years, but for the longest time, the company was mostly known for its Bluetooth speakers. With the launch of the Pixel 2, Google chose Libratone as one of its first “Made for Google” headset partners, which gave the company’s headset lineup a bit of a boost. …

Headphones

The Dell XPS 13 just became the most anticipated laptop of CES 2018

The Dell XPS 13 has been the best laptop on the market for a while now. Its bezel-game was ahead of the curve, and it even offered low-end …

Laptops

Acer adds three thin, powerful laptops to its lineup

Like most PC makers, Acer is no stranger to new hardware, with pretty regular reveals happening all year long. At CES this year, then, the hardware manufacturer is showing off the latest additions to its lineup with the Acer Swift 7, Swift 7 Black Edition and Acer Spin 3 laptops. Each is super thin …

Laptops

HP updates its Chromebook lineup with 11- and 14-inch models

HP is adding two Chromebooks to its lineup, which are essentially refreshed versions of its Chromebook 11 G5 that debuted in June 2016. While both new models feature the same processor, storage and memory options, they differ in size: The Chromebook 14 G5 has a 14-inch screen, while the Chromebook …

Laptops

Neutrogena and FitSkin’s new tools examine your skin with the help of an iPhone

With so many skin care products on the market, it can be tough to figure out which one is right for your skin type. In an effort to make that process …

Skin Care

‘Smart’ sunglasses from Vuzix work with Android and iOS, will debut at CES

Vuzix will unveil its latest headset supporting augmented reality (AR) during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. As a producer of …

Augmented Reality

Samsung’s Notebook 7 Spin refresh sneaks out ahead of CES

Another pre-CES announcement out of Samsung’s PC department less than a week ahead of the show. This time it’s a refresh to the Notebook 7 Spin, a convertible tablet with a 360-degree 13-inch display. It’s a update to last year’s well-received model that garnered solid reviews for packing a decent …

Samsung

App revenue climbed 35 percent to $60 billion in 2017

Global app revenue climbed 35 percent in 2017 to reach nearly $60 billion, according to a new report today from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, which measured paid apps, subscriptions, and in-app purchases across both Apple’s App Store and Google Play. However, Apple is the one pulling n the …

Markets

Apple says Meltdown and Spectre flaws affect ‘all Mac systems and iOS devices,’ but not for long

Apple isn’t immune to Meltdown and Spectre, the major bugs in basic computing architecture that were announced yesterday to widespread amazement and horror. In an announcement, the company said that “all Mac systems and iOS devices are affected,” which sounds right, but that mitigations are either …

Mac App Store

Microsoft releases updates to protect Surface devices against Meltdown and Spectre

Microsoft just released several updates aimed at helping protect Surface devices from the two security vulnerabilities exposed by CPU bugs. The two bugs, nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre, affect almost every device made in the past 20 years, including AMD, ARM, and Intel systems and …

Microsoft

AT&T will launch real mobile 5G in 12 cities this year

Now that the industry has settled on a spec for 5G, carriers are racing to use it -- and AT&T hopes to be one of the first. It just unveiled plans to launch spec-based mobile 5G (not the fixed-in-place kind) to everyday consumers in 12 cities by late 2018. It's not specific about where those …

Mobile Technology

Best Magnetic Car Mounts for Samsung Galaxy Phones 2018

Yeah! Magnets!<p>It's pretty much illegal anywhere you go to hold onto your phone while you drive, so your best bet is to get a great car mount. But …

Gear & Gadgets

The best 17-inch laptops you can buy

17-inch laptops are about as big as they come (except for the insane Predator 21X, of course) — and they aren’t exactly in vogue right now. You won’t …

Laptops

Apple buys app development service Buddybuild

Apple continues to ramp up its efforts to court developers by making it easier to create and iterate their apps for its platforms. The iPhone giant has now acquired Buddybuild, a Vancouver-based app tools startup that describes itself as “mobile iteration platform” focused on continuous integration …

Startups

Consumers dropped $200 million on apps on Christmas, up 12 percent from last year

Consumers spent $196 million on apps, in-app purchases and subscriptions on Christmas Day 2017 across the App Store and Google Play, according to new data from Sensor Tower. The report, while excluding Android revenue in China, represents a 12.3 percent increase over last year’s spending of …

App Store

Kenwood will be one of the first to offer wireless Android Auto

Google talked about wireless Android Auto back in spring 2016, but there hasn't exactly been widespread adoption. You still have to assume that you'll need a USB cable when you hit the road. That's about to change: JVCKenwood has casually teased plans to unveil a high-end head end unit with …

Android Auto

The Verge 2017 tech report card: Streaming music

If 2016 was the year that streaming music became a necessity, 2017 is the year streaming music showed its clout. This couldn’t have been showcased any more clearly than at the Grammys, where Chance the Rapper won best new artist, best rap album, and best rap performance — an honor only made …

RIAA

The Most Popular Google Android and Apple iOS Apps of 2017

Which mobile app did people download the most in 2017? Which Android app? Which iOS app?<p>Glad you asked. Both Google (which makes Android) and Apple …

Trends