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By Jeanette Delaplane | News, tips, apps, etc

What Will Be Hot At 2015 CES? Self-driving Cars, Connected Homes, And Yes, Really Cool TVs

What will be big this year at CES? As I get ready for my annual return to the Consumer Electronics Show, I asked my experts this question. Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies and long time tech industry analyst joined Tom Martin, CEO of NextScreen, parent company of AVGuide.com and …

Consumer Tech

iOS 8 uses peer-to-peer connections for AirPlay to Apple TV, no longer needs a network

iOS 8 uses peer-to-peer technology to stream video to Apple TV, as described by Apple on a page highlighting enterprise features.<p>Today, AirPlay requires both devices connect to the same WiFi network before they can communicate.<p>With iOS 8, the network is cut out completely and the iOS device …

Pioneer demos Apple CarPlay solutions for older cars set to launch in 'a few weeks'

With Pioneer set to update its existing NEX car infotainment systems with support for CarPlay in the coming weeks, the company has been offering …

Future iPhones could take ‘super-resolution’ pics without needing extra megapixels

For many users, the quality and accessibility of the iPhone camera means that it is the only camera we need on a regular basis. It may be about to get a whole lot better, too, according to a patent application published by Apple on Thursday — describing a new “super-resolution” mode.<p>What makes the …

​Sprint is ready to throttle its unlimited data plans, but only in 'congested' areas

It was a big promise: unlimited data, without quotes, throttling or restrictions. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has repeatedly defended the company's pledge to offer a true unlimited plan, but now the company is quietly eating its words. Customers on Sprint, Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile have all …

Infographic: Smartphone Theft in America

According to Lookout, a mobile security firm, one in 10 Americans have been victim of smartphone theft. Of those victims, 68 percent would be willing to put themselves in danger to retrieve their phones. Why? Most said it was because of the data on those phones -- the photos, contact numbers, email …

Security

Meet The First Electric Mercedes To Come To The U.S.–Powered By Tesla | Fast Company

I took a spin in the new Mercedes EV, which has the body of a B-Class (a popular car in Europe) and a drivetrain built by Tesla. It’s not a thrilling ride like the Tesla Model S, which is a more expensive car ($69,900 vs. $41,450). The B-Class is, however, a luxury Mercedes vehicle, and it feels …

‘Disappointing’ iPad Sales Make Apple Number 1 in Worldwide PC Sales

Here’s another way to look at the ‘disappointing’ 16 million iPads sold in the first quarter of 2014. In the latest Canalys report on the PC market in Q1 of this year, Apple comes out as the Number 1 vendor again – and the iPad is by far and away the biggest factor in earning that position.<p>Apple’s …

Researcher: iOS 7 no longer encrypting email attachments - (May 03)

Now AAPL Stock: 147.51 ( 0 )<p>Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit<p>Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit …

iPad is crushing all its Android rivals combined in web traffic

Forget about a close run race — the iPad is absolutely obliterating Android tablets when it comes to web traffic stats.<p>The data, which comes from Chitika Insights, looks at the distribution of Web usage across leading tablet devices for early April 2014.<p>Based on a sampling of tens of millions of …

New iOS 7.1 Code Indicates That Siri Could be on Her Way to The Apple TV

Code found within the iOS 7.1 SDK suggests that Siri may be headed to the Apple TV sometime in the future. Siri is likely destined for a future …

More People Now Own Cellphones Than Ever Had Landlines

It’s amazing to think that there are nearly as many cellphone subscriptions (6.8 billion) as there are people living on Earth (7 billion), according …

“Brightest Flashlight” Android app disclosed location of 50 million people, but FTC imposes no fine

Advertisement<p>50 Comments<p>Even judging by the low standards of creepy data-mining apps, “Brightest Flashlight” did something pretty egregious. The free …

End of Windows XP support fails to lift figures for declining PC market

IDC and Gartner says global PC market slump continues as market enters eighth quarter of year-on-year decline<p>The personal computer market shrank for the eighth quarter in a row in the first three months of the year, despite commercial buyers upgrading machines to escape the end of support for …

Microsoft Windows

Updated: Micro $299 3D Printer Passes $2M On Kickstarter In 3 Days

<b>Update:</b> The consumer-focused, low-cost Micro 3D printer that’s currently raising money on Kickstarter to get its prototype to market, has pushed passed the $2 million mark in pledged crowdfunds — just three days after the campaign kicked off.<p>At the time of writing, the Micro is pushing north of …

Startups

Apple launches iPhone trade-in program in German retail stores, offers big savings on new iPhones

In August of last year, Apple launched a trade-in program that allowed iPhone customers to turn in their old iPhones in exchange for a discount on a new device. The program has expanded to several countries since it launched last year. Starting today the company now extends the offer to German …

iPhone 6 production could start as early as May

Reuters points to May as the birthday month of the new iPhone's display, and a patent for Apple's oleophobic coating on sapphire is revealed.

Apple

Survey: iMac is the “Most Desirable” Desktop Computer in the US

The iMac, according to a report by analysts Park Associates, is the most desirable desktop in the US.<p>That’s not much of a surprise given the …

Apple's iPhone 5c 'failure flop' outsold Blackberry, Windows Phone and every Android flagship in Q4

Editorial<p>From the constant harping about the supposed "failure" of Apple's iPhone 5c, you'd think the phone is selling poorly. The reality is that …

iOS 8 Could Simplify Notification Center, Add Better App-To-App Data Sharing, Ditch Game Center App

A new report from 9to5Mac details a number of small tweaks we could see in the upcoming iOS 8 release from Apple. As always, the blog stipulates that these are merely things that are in development or have been worked on, and won’t necessarily see introduction in iOS 8, but they could significantly …

Apps

Mozilla Cancels Firefox For Metro, Cites Fewer Than 1,000 Daily Active Users

Mozilla today announced that it will halt development of its Firefox for Windows 8 Metro browser after about a year-and-a-half of development.<p>According to Mozilla’s Firefox VP Jonathan Nightingale, the organization has never seen more than 1,000 active daily users for the Metro app, so in order to …

Software

The Ring Input Device Puts Gesture Control And Home Automation On Your Finger

There was once a rumor that Apple would actually use a ring device for input to an Apple television. Neither of those gadgets exist yet, of course, but Ring is a Kickstarter project trying to fund a finger-based wearable that could enable the kind of controls envisioned in that Apple flight of …

Automation

Is Microsoft Working on a Free Version of Windows 8.1?

Windows 8 (later 8.1) has struggled to capture the interest of PC owners, but now Microsoft appears ready to make them an offer they can't refuse: a free upgrade. The company may be working on a version of Windows 8.1, which currently starts at $119.99, that costs very little or nothing to …

Apple Two-Step Verification Continues Its International Rollout

Apple began rolling out its two-step verification system for your Apple ID last year, adding an extra layer of protection for users. Now it is making the security feature available in more countries — including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Spain.<p>The concept of the two-step …

Google announces Project Tango, a smartphone that can map the world around it

Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called Project Tango, and it's ready to get the phone into developers' hands to see what the technology is capable of. Google says that the phone will learn the …

Augmented Reality