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Samsung announces availability for 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro and new Tab Pro tablets

Samsung introduced its new line of Galaxy tablets back at CES, but it’s getting around to availability and pricing information only now. The new line …

SocialRadar shows you who is nearby, how you know them, and what you have in common

SocialRadar is trying to give humans the power of dolphins.<p>That is to say, enable us to figure out who is around using a form of radar.<p>SocialRadar released its iPhone app today that presents real-time information about people in your social network that are nearby. It was founded by Blackboard …

Telenav Buys Skobbler For $24M To Power An OpenStreetMap Challenge To Google Maps

Last summer we heard that German startup Skobbler was being courted as an acquisition target, in the wake of Google’s purchase of Waze. Today Skobbler has achieved that exit — albeit not Waze-sized — selling to Telenav, maker of the Scout navigation app, in a deal worth just shy of $24 million.<p>The …

Making sense of the latest Apple TV rumors

The Apple TV rumor mill is firing up again.<p>This week, Apple's living room box has been the subject to a host of new rumors (largely from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman), including updated hardware, gaming, an app store, and even cable box integration. There's even new talk of the mythical Apple …

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Here’s why smart devices without Wi-Fi face an uphill battle in the home

More than 9 in 10 consumers surveyed are likely to add smart products to their home or lifestyle with one key stipulation: They have to work on the …

Invisible intelligence: how tiny sensors could connect everything we own

The Kolibree toothbrush knows more about your mouth than you ever wanted to know. It monitors how you brush your teeth and lets you know if you're doing it wrong (yes, you can fail at brushing your teeth). Even your dentist can’t monitor your oral hygiene on a daily basis, and that’s exactly why …

CES 2014: Apple's Competition in the Smart Watch Arena

CES 2014 has seen the introduction of a slew of new smart watches, spurred on by the popularity of early offerings like the Pebble and the ongoing rumors about Apple's prospective smart watch, the iWatch.<p>Major companies like Qualcomm, Sony, and Samsung have developed smart watches, as have a …

CES 2014: Dell Introduces $699 28-Inch 4K Display – Launches January 23

- Jan 8, 2014<p>Dell teased an “under $1,000” 28-inch 4K monitor last month, and today at CES 2014, Dell came through. And the display carries a very …

CES 2014: Air Conditioner Debuts as First Smart Appliance 'MFi Licensed' for iOS Compatibility

Chinese appliance manufacturer Haier today announced that it has become the first such company to be accepted into Apple's MFi licensing program to certify compatibility with iOS devices. Haier's Tianzun cabinet air conditioning unit is the first appliance to carry the MFi designation, with …

CES 2014: FLIR Systems Debuts 'FLIR ONE' Thermal Camera Case for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5

FLIR Systems showed off its FLIR ONE thermal imaging camera case for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 at CES 2014, allowing users to display heat signatures from live humans, animals, and environmental sources up to 100 feet away. In addition to its infrared capabilities, the FLIR ONE houses a …

CES 2014: Haier announces first smart appliance with Apple’s MFi certification

Announced at CES this week in Las Vegas, Chinese electronic and appliance manufacturer Haier is notably the first in its industry to pick up Apple’s MFi certification for one of its products. Haier’s Tianzun air conditioner (<i>press release)</i> is the first smart appliance to pick up Apple’s Made for …

At the CES of 1970, Piracy Was a Selling Point

Behold, a tape that would allow "your kid to pirate music off the air and sell it to his friends."<p>In 1970, New York City played host to the fourth Consumer Electronics Show. The gathering featured some 200 manufacturers displaying an array of gadgets that is quaint by today's standards, but must …

#CESlive: Sensor Jacket turns your smartphone into a tricorder

Sensor Jacket, a new product that was developed by Dr. Jacob Fraden, is essentially a case for your smartphone that not only provides protection but …

Best password manager apps for Mac

Easily remembered, broadly repeated passwords are for suckers. Writing them down to type back in, or copy/pasting them each time is not only a …

Chinese villagers build £1.3 million 'money wall'

Chinese media says the village in the country's southwest became rich after locals invested in pig farms, cherry growing and hydroelectric energy<p>Rural farmers from southwest <b>China</b> have become instant celebrities at home after building a £1.3 million "money wall" in their village with rectangular …

Google poised to shake up airline ticket biz, Ryanair CEO says

Could Google's next project be to revolutionize the way people buy their airline tickets?<p>That's what Michael O'Leary, chief executive of discount airline Ryanair, said in an interview with the Independent.<p>O'Leary said he is working with Google on a plan to change how consumers buy their airline …

Google Said To Take On Kayak, Skyscanner And Others With Its Own Airfare Comparison Tool

Google is reportedly working on an airfare comparison site, according to Ryanair founder Michael O’Leary speaking to the Sunday Independent. O’Leary was much more candid about Google’s upcoming plans than the search giant itself is ever likely to be, describing Mountain View’s intent to build a …

One Weird Trick to Fix Farms Forever

Monopolistic Utilities Know Renewable Energy Will Cut Their Profits, So They Stall It

<b>MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT</b><p>There's one overhwelming dirigible-size reason for-profit (and often monopolistic) utility companies -- …

Selling Solar: Why Does It Cost $3K to Win a PV Customer in the US?

Why is it so difficult to win a residential solar customer in the U.S.?<p>Why does it cost 49 cents per watt to acquire a customer in the U.S. while it …

7 Trends in Home Energy in 2013 and What They Mean for 2014

When Nest Labs' $129 smoke detector -- which can talk to the Nest learning thermostat -- is touted as a cheap gift suggestion in holiday gift guides, …

Utilities Feeling Rooftop Solar Heat Start Fighting Back

If you wonder why America’s utilities are rattled by the explosive growth in rooftop solar -- and are pushing back -- William Walker has a story for …

Choose the Right Charger and Power Your Gadgets Properly

You accidentally left your micro USB charger back at the hotel... 500 miles away. Now it's time to buy a new one. You pick up a cheapie from your …

Goophone Note 3 review: the clone wars

Following my time with the Goophone 5C I knew that Goophone’s aren’t just devices that look similar to their real counterparts, they are replicas and the Goophone N3 is no exception. Built as a clone of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the N3 is the same size and shape as the Note 3 and it even has its …

Holiday app sales: the big roundup [Updated]

The 2013 holiday season is in full swing and Christmas is just around the corner! This means plenty of sales and special deals can be found nearly everywhere you look — including the Play Store!<p>Right now there are numerous Android apps on sale such as major productivity apps and even games from …

12.2-inch Note Pro, two Galaxy Tab Pro tablets rumored for early 2014

Render showing the expected dimensions of the Note Pro<p>Samsung has been very successful at providing multiple size options in the smartphone market, and it looks that the Korean giant is marching on the same strategy in its tablet business.<p>Rumors emerged in the last weeks about four new Samsung …

iOS 7 Untethered Jailbreak Now Available

A team of iOS programmers called Evasi0n have jailbroken that latest iPhone/iPod/iPad operating system, iOS 7.0.4. Jailbreaking allows uses to install home-brew software and run unapproved apps from the Cydia software repository.<p>The jailbreak takes “5 minutes” and works on Windows and OS X. Users …