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MusicCast is Yamaha's answer to Apple Airplay and Google Cast

There's no shortage of WiFi-networked speakers for consumers, but Yamaha wants to bring its own solution and products to the market. Enter MusicCast, the audio manufacturer's version of Google Cast or Apple Airplay, which lets you use an app to wirelessly play music across multiple devices in a …

Intel and Google want your phone to see in 3D

Intel's RealSense camera tech can sense and scan three-dimensional objects, while Google's Project Tango sensors are adept at motion tracking and 3D-mapping. It just makes sense for the two to come together, which is exactly what was announced today at Intel's Developer Forum. The two have …

Augmented Reality

Google gives the world a peek at its secret servers

Google has given everyone a rare look inside its server rooms and detailed how keeps up with the massive growth of its search business. In a blog post, Google Fellow Amin Vadat said that the company's current network, Jupiter, can deliver a petabit per second of total throughput. That means each of …

Selling

Amazon's Echo will soon control SmartThings devices

Just in time for the release of SmartThings new home automation hub next month, it looks like the Samsung-owned smart home platform is getting Amazon Echo integration soon, according to a (now unpublished) blog post. Echo can already control other smart home platforms with your voice, like WeMo and …

Smart Homes

ASUS makes a ZenFone 2 with a whopping 256GB of storage

Smartphones with more than 128GB of storage are still extremely rare, but they just became a little more accessible... if you live in Brazil, at least. ASUS has unveiled a Deluxe Special Edition of the ZenFone 2 that includes a cavernous 256GB of storage. You won't be hunting for a microSD card any …

Mobile Technology

D-Link Powerline AV2 2000 Gigabit Starter Kit (DHP-701AV)

<b>Pros</b><p>Excellent performance. Easy to set up. Relatively small form factor.<p><b>Cons</b><p>Pricey. No pass-through outlet.<p><b>Bottom Line</b><p>The D-Link Powerline AV2 2000 …

Inside the Apple Watch: Technical Teardown

Contributed by Jim Morrison and Daniel Yang @Chipworks A few days ago, Apple sent us our tracking number indicating that our shipment would arrive …

What If HomeKit Fails?

Like most, I generally assume everything Apple does will be a winner.<p>How could I not? Their track record is amazing, and from the iPhone to iPad, MacBook Air to the app store, the company has, without a doubt, the highest batting average in the entire business world, let alone that of tech.<p>But not …

Home Automation

UK traffic diverted through Ukraine

On the heels of the BGP leak yesterday that briefly impaired Google services around the world, comes another routing incident that impacted some …

New nonstop 3D printing process takes only minutes instead of hours

With a bit of UV and oxygen, solid objects emerge from a shallow liquid bath.<p>3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has the potential to …

All four major browsers take a stomping at Pwn2Own hacking competition

Security defenses keep getting better, but so too do hackers' exploits.<p>The annual Pwn2Own hacking competition wrapped up its 2015 event in Vancouver …

Audi’s diesel-electric prologue avant concept is ready to woo the crowd in Geneva

Audi has fully detailed the prologue avant concept that will greet the public for the first time at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.<p>Penned by Marc …

Los Angeles

Hold on to your kids: Audi may be planning an RS variant of the Q7 SUV

Audi’s Q7 SUV lost a lot of weight for 2016, 716 pounds in fact, but now it’s time to bulk back up.<p>The German brand has confirmed to Top Gear that a …

Top Gear

Nest gobbles up Revolv for the engineers, not the hub

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Nest has acquired Revolv, the company that made a $300 smart home hub packed with radios that aimed to bring all your existing …

Gartner’s 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps the Journey to Digital Business: Determine the amount of change

Gartner’s 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps the Journey to Digital Business.<p>The journey to digital business is the key theme of Gartner, …

Cree's New Smart Bulb Syncs With iOS, Android

Install Cree's new 60-watt replacement bulb and control it from your Android or iOS device.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

Google posts Windows 8.1 vulnerability before Microsoft can patch it

Google's Project Zero tracks vulnerabilities in software systems and reports them to vendors "in as close to real-time as possible" -- a noble cause, no? But what happens if said vendor then fails to push a fix within the 90-day window? Microsoft just found out: Google will go ahead and publish the …

Information Security

Why Chinese tech giants could surprise you at CES 2015

The spotlight doesn't often fall on the lesser-known Chinese-speaking (both mainland and Taiwanese) companies that set up booth space each January at CES. But if you do pay close attention to their yearly reveals, you'll often find some of the show's more interesting gadgets. Brands like ASUS and …

Consumer Tech

Devialet’s Hi-Tech “Phantom” Implosion Stereo Sounds Better Than Speakers 20X Its Size

You need a big sub-woofer for big bass, right? Wrong. After 10 years of research, French acoustic engineers as Devialet just unveiled a giant step forward in audio that’s just one foot long. The Phantom is a petite, spherical, all-in-one amplifier and speaker that delivers what audiophiles think …

B&W T7 vs B&O A2: Battle of the Bluetooth blue bloods

Bluetooth audio has come a long way since its inauspicious beginnings, rooted in those flashy earpieces lawyers and Wall Street tycoons used to sport …

Audiophile

Reuters: Next Android Version Will Reportedly be Car-Ready

The next version of Android might be ready for your car right out of the gate.<p>Reuters reports that vehicles will appear in 2015 that will be stand-alone Android devices thanks to the next version of operating system. The vehicles won’t even need to be plugged into an Android phone according to …

Worm exploits nasty Shellshock bug to commandeer network storage systems

Compromised systems carry out click fraud, patched to prevent further attacks.<p>Criminal hackers are actively exploiting the critical shellshock …

BMW's i8 Is Where Every Supercar Manufacturer Needs to Go

Hybrid electric coupes are fashioned for efficiency—with fangs<p>It wasn't that long ago that every major sports car manufacturer scoffed at the idea of inserting hybrid-electric powertrains into their track-tuned road-rockets. They reasoned electric motors simply don't light anybody's fire. Even if …

Is the 911’s reign as king over? Maserati’s Porsche-punching Alfieri coupe coming in 2016

Maserati will take aim at the Jaguar F-Type and the Porsche 911 when it introduces a brand new coupe called Alfieri in 2016.<p>Named after one of the …

Auto Shows

Tag Heuer to unveil its first smartwatch at CES 2015

By Nathan George<p>Luxury watch brands are beginning to join the smartwatch race, with Tag Heuer kicking things off.<p>According to Business Insider …

Moto 360 Smartwatch Review: The Best Might Not Be Enough

Early this year when Google first announced Android Wear, it teased us with the Moto 360. It was by far the best-looking smartwatch we'd ever seen. …

Smartwatches

Android Apps Finally Arrive on Google's Chrome OS

Delivering on Sundar Pichai's promise at Google's I/O conference in June, Android apps are beginning to make appearances on Google's Chrome OS. The …

Google

new Volvo XC90

Volvo Cars teams up with Bowers & Wilkins to create an exceptional audio system for the all-new Volvo XC90<p><b>New system is one of the top audio systems</b> …

The best soundbars and soundbases: improve your TV sound in 2018

One unfortunate side effect of 4K TVs now being about the thickness of a pencil is that they can often feel a bit short of volume, with dialogue …