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Cover for Android brings contextual awareness to your lockscreen

Many manufacturer skins and 3rd party lockscreen replacements already make it easy to add shortcuts to your favorite apps right on your lock screen, but what if you are looking for something <i>smarter</i>? That’s exactly what the start-up Cover promises to do with its newly launched, invite-only …

Apps

Escape Game Shown Off For Google Glass, But Games On Your Face Seem To Have Limited Appeal

A new game for Google Glass claiming to be “the first Google Glass game” (it’s not, Battleship clone got demoed earlier this month) offers a look at what kind of things might be possible for developers building these kinds of experiences on Google’s unique wearable platform. In a word, it looks …

Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra used in cover-based shooter

Oculus Rift developer forum user Teddy0K, has developed a first-person cover-based shooter demo using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and the Razer Hydra motion controller.<p>As demonstrated in the video above, a Hydra wand is attached to the user's chest while the Hydra joystick is used as …

Xbox One Vs. PS4 Launch Title Line-Up

<i>Both the Xbox One and PS4 have a lot of exclusives in the works. Here are the ones coming during the systems’ launch.</i><p>Both the Xbox One from Microsoft and PlayStation 4 from Sony have a number of exclusive games you won’t be able to get anywhere else.<p>Both consoles have even more content that will …

10 Common Startup Ideas That Haven't Broken Through... Yet

Just because you have a great idea doesn’t mean your startup will succeed, and there’s a simple reason for this: concepts don’t make companies.<p>Startups depend on everything from the capabilities of their founders to the depth of their pockets. But, just because an idea hasn’t taken off doesn’t mean …

Sorry, iPad Mini Fans--Reviewers Say Google Has The Better Tablet Than Apple

<i>*Update: Upon reflecting on the reasonable comment of a reader, I changed the headline to say reviewers say Google has the “better” tablet, not the “hotter” tablet. In contrast to a year ago, when Google’s new Nexus 7 got attention for its smaller form factor and sold out (admittedly on an</i> …

How We're All Going To Be Using Wearable Technology

It would be stretching a point to say that traditional tattoos are wearable technology, but in some ways there are, and the same case could be made for mobile phones. They're permanently with many of us; we 'wear' them in the same way that some of us 'wear' tattoos that were etched onto our skin by …

Google Glass re-imagined as fashionable pair of frames

Google Glassis a nifty piece of tech, but to some designers its dorky cyborg look is not the most attractive.<p>Among them is Sourcebits, a San Francisco design and development firm that recently picked up a couple of Google Glass devices and was not impressed by the design.<p>"We thought it was too …

A Week With The Sync Burn, A Battery-Powered Fitness Band

Fitness bands are a dime a dozen these days. Everyone has one, it seems, from audio manufacturers like Jawbone to upstarts like Fitbit and Basis. Now the EB Sports Group, a company that makes fitness devices under a number of brands including Everlast and Men’s Health. I’ve historically been wary …

'Inside' vs. 'outside' headphones: What's the difference?

The Velodyne vPulse is one of the best pair of $99 headphones I've ever listened to on the NYC subway, but it's not one I use at home or in any quiet space. Why's that?<p>The vPulse's overly generous bass turns me off at home, but it sounds perfectly balanced on trains, buses, cars, or planes. What …

Consumer Tech

Your Body Is The Computer

The last few years have presented an unprecedented shift in the computing world as PCs are being replaced with mobile devices. But now that a large portion of the market has already shifted, what comes after it? Last week, we looked at how the giants of tech are going after TV screens. This week, …

Analyst: Samsung phones dominate as iPhone declines

A third of phones sold are Samsung phones. New figures saw the Galaxy S4 and its ilk continue to dominate the mobile world, as the iPhone's slice of …

LG G2 will arrive on all four major US carriers, says analyst

There was a time when just about every handset released seemed to be a ‘carrier exclusive’ in the United States. Luckily this is starting to change.<p>The Moto X is said to arrive on all major carriers, the HTC One is slowly making its way to Verizon and already exists on several other U.S. networks, …

Trying on a Glass-alike: Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses emerge in near-final form

Google Glass may be the only big wearable eyepiece in town, but most people can't even get their hands on one. For the rest, maybe the Vuzix M100 can be an interesting alternative. Or, maybe, Vuzix can even offer aspects Glass doesn't.<p>I've seen the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses before, at CES 2013 in …

Wearable Tech

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware comparisons: More meaningless than ever

The truth is that Sony's RAM requirements should come as no surprise.<p>If you wanted to play games on a less memory-intensive OS, you'd be a PC gamer.

PlayStation

Google Asks Glass Developers To Start Working On Android-Based Apps Ahead Of Glass Development Kit Launch

It looks like Google is about to unleash a new wave of more powerful applications for Google Glass. Currently, Glass developers can only build apps that are essentially web-based services that talk to the user’s hardware through a set of relatively limited APIs. At its I/O developer conference …

Why health care needs Apple

Apple has a huge opportunity to innovate in digital health.<p>The Silicon Valley technology giant has yet to confirm any new health and fitness gadgets — including its hotly anticipated “iWatch.” If you were hoping yesterday’s Apple earnings report would mention ‘wearables’, you were bound to be …

Samsung unlikely to pull away from Google at October developer event

The Galaxy maker can't get rid of Google Play — yet<p>Samsung has announced its "first ever, large scale, multi-day developer event" for late October, a sign that the global electronics giant is aiming to move from a mere hardware maker — subject in many ways to the whims of the platforms it supports …

Xbox One controller rumble makes Forza 5 players better drivers, Turn 10 says

The added haptic feedback features in the Xbox One controller are helping players become better drivers in <i>Forza Motorsport 5</i>, said Turn 10 Studios creative director Dan Greenawalt today. Speaking at a San Diego Comic-Con panel focused on Xbox One, Greenawalt said the next-gen controller better …

Apple Ramping Up For Stylish iWatch, Curved Casing Could Be Liquidmetal

Reports this week indicate that Apple is building a substantial team of veterans from multiple industries to build a stylish, multi-functional iWatch. The timing of the hires points to a late 2014 release, according to an analyst report and a story in the <i>Financial Times</i>. Far from being a bad sign …

Canalys: Over 5 million smartwatch units shipping next year

Smartwatch sales are expected to soar next year, as more tech companies launch their respective models.<p>Research firm Canalys expects smartphone sales to increase by 900% next year compared to estimated shipments for 2013, with over 5 million units to be moved in 2014.<p>That’s certainly an interesting …

Will technology ever deliver a perfect speaker or headphone?

It's got to be the No. 1 audiophile fantasy: someday we'll have a breakthrough that allows speakers to perfectly reproduce sound. Once the engineers find a new way of moving air -- presumably a more accurate method than a vibrating cone, dome, or flat diaphragm -- the heavens will part and we'll …

Audiophile

After Mobile: Smarter TVs

This week, Microsoft took a $900 million charge against its Surface effort, showing that the idea of merging PCs and tablets has not resonated with consumers. At the same time, growth in mobile phones and tablets is still increasing while PC sales are dwindling. The PC has now moved to a work tool; …

Apple TV's future growing less ambitious with new Time Warner app, say reports

As we’ve heard for the past month, Apple and Time Warner Cable are close to inking a deal that would bring a TWC app to the Apple TV’s homescreen — for the first time bringing live TV broadcasts to the device. But some recent reports are bringing things into sharper focus, giving us some more …

Sony reportedly close to releasing a high-end camera attachment for smartphones

According to <i>Sony Alpha Rumors</i>, Sony is planning a "lens camera" accessory for mobile devices. The lens camera features the same 1-Inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor and f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens as the Sony RX100 II. <i>Sony Alpha Rumors</i> cites "two trusted sources" confirming the lens-camera-hybrid will …

Socialmatic camera priced at $300, channels Sting for marketing tagline

Polaroid's second chance has a price, and it's $299. At that amount though, it's hard to tell how much the novelty of instant-printing is worth in comparison to less kitschy and more capable options. What's more, Socialmatic is confirmed to ship with Android. Just imagine what a sepia-tinged <i>faded</i> …

Oculus CEO: 'we’re a lot more excited about where mobile's going'

While the Oculus Rift has captured the attention of the gaming world, its maker doesn't see consoles as its "focus" right now. Instead, the company is looking at developments in the smartphone industry in order to get the best out of its virtual reality headset. Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe told <i>Edge</i>: …