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Teenagers say goodbye to Facebook and hello to messenger apps

Facebook made a startling admission in its earnings announcement this month: it was seeing a "decrease in daily users, specifically among teens". In other words, teenagers are still on Facebook; they're just not using it as much as they did. It was a landmark statement, since teens are the …

Bluetooth portable conference speakerphone smackdown: Philips WeCall vs. Logitech P710e

<i>Update: Check out the Harman Kardon Esquire</i> which we reviewed in December 2014<p>As we begin to rely on our mobile devices for more and more of our business needs, I found myself needing a “portable Polycom” which would allow me to make quality speakerphone calls from my Mac or iPhone. Sure, the …

How the cost of cell phone surveillance can change legal privacy protections

The monetary cost to law enforcement to track people has taken a nosedive following the broad adoption of cell phones, putting a dollar figure to the practice. Or to be more precise, a cents figure.<p>Tracking a suspect using their cell phone's Global Positioning System (GPS) costs around 1/1000th of …

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Wearable tech: Get your apps together

We only have four limbs, one head, two eyes, two ears, and so much patience. Wearable tech, the buzzword that keeps accelerating and gathering storm clouds all throughout this year's CES, carries the whiff of promise, of future, of something new. That's why companies are pursuing it, really: in an …

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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 …

The best wearables of CES 2014

Contributors:<p>Share Tweet<p><b>Share</b> The best wearables of CES 2014<p>share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email<p>Wearable technology is in the midst of a transitional period, moving from fanciful, off-the-wall ideas to more refined products for the real world. CES 2014 provides a snapshot on how far …

GameStop Plunges After Sony Unveils PlayStation Now Streaming Service

The video game world shook on Tuesday afternoon after Sony announced (along with a new Internet-based television service in the US) a streaming service called PlayStation Now at the Consumer Electronics Show. Video game retailer GameStop shares sank immediately following the news, as gamers …

Big box retailers make a big bet on the connected home at CES

The smart home isn’t mainstream yet, but two platforms sold by big box retailers have lined up some new features and gadgets that might drive more …

CubeSensors Brings Health And Comfort Monitoring To The Whole Home

In the future, your home will know you just as well as your smartphone does. The era of the connected smart home is upon us, and that all starts with sensors.<p>CubeSensors, a competitor in our CES 2014 Hardware Battlefield, is looking to help you track the health and comfort levels in your home the …

CES 2014: Why wearable technology is the new dress code

If you laid all the wristbands, smartwatches and head-mountable cameras at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) end to end, they would probably run the length of the Las Vegas strip, where the show is in full swing.<p>But what the firms showing off "wearable" technologies this year would …

Intel dreams up a smart bowl that will charge gadgets

Now this would be cool: a wireless charging bowl.<p>If you're anything like me, you have a specific place where you drop your keys and phone at the end of the day. What if the bowl you dropped them into charged them up for you? Intel has plans for just that. Sneaked in among the several new …

4 Trends for TVs in 2014

According to every TV manufacturer we listened to yesterday, 2014 promises be the year for Ultra High Definition (UHD) TVs, also called 4K TV. UHD …

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 …

Polaroid C3 Cube Camera With 120 Degree Wide Angle Lens

At CES 2014 this week Polaroid has unveiled a new addition to their range of cameras with the launch of the tiny Polaroid C3 camera which is small …

For cameras and camcorders, CES 2014 brings more Wi-Fi, wearables, 4K, fewer models

LAS VEGAS -- More Wi-Fi, more NFC, wearables, and fewer traditional cameras and camcorders. That pretty much sums up CES 2014 for digital imaging and video.<p>If you own a smartphone and haven't picked up a regular camera in a long time because of it, you're probably not surprised that CES didn't have …

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How Netflix won CES

<i>Additional reporting by Nathan Ingraham</i><p>The television industry has been holding its breath. Just a few years after TV manufacturers banked on 3D to drive another round of TV purchases, they’ve found themselves having to change direction, using 4K as the latest carrot to entice consumers. But there …