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Ericsson seeks US iPad, iPhone ban as it sues Apple over patents

Image copyright Derek Hatfield/Shutterstock.Last month Apple and Ericsson went to war over the fees Ericsson is trying to charge Apple for the use of …

Ericsson

Samsung makes a big play for electric cars by nabbing a battery pack firm

Samsung wants to ensure it's as integral to the electric car world as it is to the mobile arena. The Korean electronics giant is acquiring Magna International's battery pack arm, Magna Steyr, which will fit nicely inside of Samsung SDI, its component division. SDI has already scored a major deal …

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

Apps

Verizon is laying down 400 tiny cells in SF to boost LTE capacity

Image copyright Shutterstock/Gang Liu.In the coming months, workers and visitors along San Francisco’s major tech corridors may notice some very big …

Telecoms

The 'Internet of Things' will be the world's most massive device market and save companies billions of dollars

The Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to grow significantly, as consumers, businesses, and governments recognize the benefit of connecting inert devices to the internet.<p>In this report from BI Intelligence, we examine what has driven growth in the Internet of Things and how various sectors of …

Internet of Things

In another brilliant move, IBM just budgeted $1 billion to take down EMC

This is important and interesting for a whole bunch of reasons — and shows that CEO Ginni Rometty has her competitive game on.<p>She's got a plan to move her massive 400,000-ish strong workforce from shrinking businesses and towards growth areas, even though it's painful, with a number of quiet …

EMC
War

Why deep learning is at least inspired by biology, if not the brain

Image copyright Shutterstock / Max Krasnov.As deep learning continues gathering steam among researchers, entrepreneurs and the press, there’s a …

Artificial Intelligence

Take a closer look at Microsoft's Office for Android Tablet apps (pictures)

Microsoft Office

Apps

Eero thinks its tiny box can fix all your WiFi issues

While many of the devices we use every day depend on WiFi -- everything from our smartphones to our TVs -- most home WiFi networks are still woefully slow compared to their wired alternatives. Enter Eero, a small San Francisco startup that aims to bring home WiFi into the future. How? By combining …

Future 5G speeds could be just about anything

As I have written about a number of times, companies are seemingly trying to one-up each other with ridiculous 5G technology claims without any idea what 5G means since it has not even been defined yet.<p>Essentially, companies are doing today what they did years ago with 4G speeds. They use the term …

Autonomous Cars

Leatherman Tread bracelet is the first truly useful 'wearable'

You might not understand how truly useful and indispensable a Leatherman, or any multitool for that matter, is unless you've carried one for a while. Obviously, Leatherman President Ben Rivera is quite fond of his, but it caused a bit of a problem when he tried to pass through the gates at …

Vodafone boss says customers 'don't care' about 4G speeds

The head of Vodafone in the UK has said that reliability and not speed is the most important issue for 4G networks. Jeroen Hoencamp claimed that high …

Customers

Kalt turns your iPhone into a precise, non-contact thermometer

Robogaia Industries is using Kickstarter to seek funding for a product called Kalt, an infrared sensor that plugs into an iPhone’s headphone jack and turns the smartphone into a precise, non-contact thermometer. The Cleveland-based company is looking to raise $10,000 over the next three weeks to …

Elon Musk is trying to bring the Internet to space

The SpaceX CEO wants to build a satellite network high above Earth that would speed up the Internet and bring access to underserved communities. And he'll use the profits to help colonize Mars.<p>Elon Musk, the man who's determined to move our civilization to Mars, will also tackle creating an …

Space Travel

New York governor wants statewide 100Mbps internet by 2019

With a $1 billion plan, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hopes to have every New Yorker hooked up to high-speed internet by 2019. The administration is billing it as the largest state investment in universal broadband in the country. Just how fast are we talking, here? In most cases, the program …

Best of CES 2015 Awards, Startup: AmpStrip

With so many companies offering wearable devices at this year's CES, perhaps it's apt that the best startup we saw at CES 2015 was a company that was taking a different approach to the fitness tracker. AmpStrip is a health wearable that stays out of the way: a Band-Aid style strip that's waterproof …

UK's 5G could make video holograms a reality

Futuristic 5G networks with speeds of 50 Gbit/s could be up and running in the UK by 2020, with holographic video one of many applications for the …

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Xiaomi's new phone wants to be an iPhone killer

Xiaomi revealed a slate of new products in Beijing on Thursday, including a flagship smartphone that the Chinese company said would rival Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.<p>The company showed off four major new products to thousands of cheering fans. Top billing was given to the Mi Note, which features a 5.7" …

Mobile Technology

Fund this: Kraftwerk mobile charger puts a power plant in your pocket

It may look like a typical battery pack, but this little fuel cell can recharge an iPhone up to 11 times. There's just one problem.<p>With most mobile chargers, you're lucky to be able to recharge your phone two or three times before the charger itself needs recharging. And to do that, you need to …

Batteries

Skydio Makes Drones Smart So Pilots Can Be Dumb With $3M From Andreessen

“In five years, the notion of a drone crashing will be a weird, foreign thing” says Adam Bry, co-founder of drone auto-pilot startup Skydio and founding member of Google’s Project Wing drone delivery project. Skydio connects a drone’s cameras to its flight computer so it can avoid obstacles and …

Drones

The World's Hottest Smartphone Company Just Unveiled A Dirt Cheap Roku Competitor The Size Of A Phone Charger

The Mi Box Mini runs on Android and supports Dolby DTS audio and 1080p output to TVs, which means you'll be able to stream in full HD. It comes with its own Bluetooth remote and is available in a ton of different color options including red, orange, purple, blue, and yellow.<p>It's much smaller than …

Mobile Technology

ZEROHOUR RELIC XR, for all your portable charger in a tactical flashlight needs

Another nifty idea that graced the floors of CES last week, was a convenient, multi-purpose portable charger built into the form of a tactical flashlight. The ZEROHOUR RELIC XR is well on its way to graduating from idea to store shelves with its ongoing Kickstarter campaign.<p>Amy Truong and Aaron Son …

Gear & Gadgets

Delsey's luggage weighs itself, charges phones, knows the weather

CES was flooded with a bunch of "internet of things" for the home, but frequent travelers will likely appreciate this connected luggage better. Leading luggage maker Delsey has been working on a connected suitcase called Pluggage for the past two years and has recently tested a working prototype, …

80% Of All Online Adults Now Own A Smartphone, Less Than 10% Use Wearables

If people are looking to Apple and its new smartwatch to kickstart wider consumer interest in wearable computing gadgets, the maker of the iPhone will have a lot of work ahead of it. New research out from the GlobalWebIndex indicates that in a survey of 170,000 adult internet users across 32 …

Mobile

Xiaomi Is Going To Launch Its Hot New Smartphone On Thursday

China's largest smartphone maker is teasing the event on its Facebook page. An event invitation reads:"Come join Mi for #MiLaunch115 as we unveil our new flagship device right here with live updates direct from the product launch event in Beijing."<p>MI, Xiaomi's more accessible name for its brand, …

Mobile Technology

Facebook Acquires QuickFire Networks, A ‘Pied Piper’ For Video

Facebook has a acquired QuickFire Networks, a TC Disrupt 2014 Battlefield contestant that built a custom hardware and software platform for reducing video file sizes and upload times. The Wall Street Journal got the news earlier today, with confirmation later arriving on QuickFire’s …

Wall Street

Leoht's tech handbag will charge your gadgets and help you find them

Leoht's "tech" handbag is one of those things you won't necessarily need, but may really (really) want. As you might have guessed, it's a purse for modern times. The bag's simple, black leather exterior is stylish, but it's what's on the inside that's interesting. The tote hides a built-in (6,000 …

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This is your future smart home — and no, it doesn't look like 'The Jetsons'

LAS VEGAS — In just a few years, you'll awake in the morning to the sound of your alarm, and the hidden sensors in the room will know you're getting …