09 January 2013

Nvidia previews own Tegra 4 gaming device

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Nvidia previews own gaming device, shows off Tegra 4
By Noel Randewich. LAS VEGAS | Mon Jan 7, 2013 7:01pm EST. LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Nvidia offered a sneak preview of a hand-held gaming device, powered by its latest "Tegra 4" processor, that it hopes will help it go up against Sony Corp, Microsoft ...

Broadcom chip ushers in H.265 and UltraHD video
The H.265 video standard, aka HEVC or MPEG-5, squeezes more pixels over a network connection to support new high-resolution 4K TVs. Broadcom's chip supports both and is due to arrive in volume next year. Stephen Shankland. by Stephen Shankland ...

Best Buy, Wal-Mart bring disc-to-digital conversion home
By Dhanya Skariachan. NEW YORK | Mon Jan 7, 2013 4:00pm EST. NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retailers Best Buy Co Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc are enhancing their video streaming services to let customers convert previously purchased physical DVDs into ...

Poll shows support for separating the two northern runways at LAX
Los Angeles Times
A controversial proposal to separate the two northern runways at Los Angeles International Airport is strongly supported by likely voters in Los Angeles and the City Council district that contains LAX, according to a new public opinion poll. The survey released ...

AT&T sold 10m smartphones in Q4, beats 2011 record
Summary: The cellular giant sells a record number of smartphones during the lucrative fourth quarter, powered by increased demand in Android and Apple devices. Zack Whittaker. By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines | January 8, 2013 -- 13:50 GMT ...

New 27-inch iMacs won't ship until next month
Apple's latest estimate points to a wait time of three to four weeks, meaning new buyers will have to hang on until February. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. January 8, 2013 5:51 AM PST Follow @lancewhit. (Credit: Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET) ...

Lexus unveils car that anticipates road danger
It can spot a potential problem 500 feet away and tell the difference between a red and green light. It can anticipate a corner even before the driver turns the steering wheel. It's designed to prevent a crash but can also make it easier to survive a collision even ...

CES news barely nudges tech stocks
Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs speaks during the keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show. (Photo: Julie Jacobson, AP). Tags. 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. Monday was a busy day for the International Consumer Electronics Show, as several ...

How long will Twitter allow users like AP to sell their own ads?
The Associated Press is running sponsored tweets as part of a deal with Samsung during the Consumer Electronics Show. While this is allowed under Twitter's rules, it also clearly threatens the network's future as an advertising medium. How long will it allow ...


3D Systems' Outsized Machine Does Multicolor Prints as Big as Your Head
3D Systems, the industrial 3-D printing giant, is expanding its desktop line of printers with the oversized, multicolor-printing CubeX printers. The printers, announced today at CES, promise an oversized print platform that can output objects up to 10.8″ x ...


Trakdot Luggage Tracker is LoJack for your checked baggage
Digital Trends
If you're someone who worries about airlines misplacing your luggage on long journeys, a new device might make your life a little more stress-free. Once packed with the rest of your luggage, the Trakdot Luggage Tracker will tell your phone exactly where it is ...

Philips unveils sound bar with wireless detachable speakers for true 5.1 sound ...
Phillips has unveiled what it claims to be the world's first sound bar with detachable side speakers for true 5.1 surround sound at CES 2013. The speaker system is called the Philips Fidelio Soundbar HTL9100. The sound bar features detachable wireless side...


Apple Developing Low-Cost iPhone for Emerging Markets in 2013
The Mac Observer
A new year brings a new batch of low-cost iPhone rumors. News Tuesday from DigiTimes claims that Apple will introduce a low-cost iPhone for emerging markets in the second half of 2013, according to sources in the supply chain. News of a low-cost iPhone ...

The Mac Observer

Monster MVP Carbon headset hands-on
Today at CES, Monster announced a partnership with EA Sports and revealed the MVP Carbon headset. We ended up getting our hands on the new product at Monster's booth at Pepcom, and got a close up look of the new design. The headset features 5.1...


With Fitbit Flex You Never Stop Monitoring Your Fitness
Fitbit has moved past the clip-on fitness tracker. At CES 2013 the company announced its Fitbit Flex — a wearable wristband with Bluetooth 4.0 that keeps track of your workouts and sleep cycle. The slim wristband will track your steps, distance, calories ...

Pantech Announces Discover: 4.8-inch Android Smartphone
Tom's Hardware Guide
The 4.8-inch 720p HD display is accompanied by a 12.6-megapixel camera, as well as 4G LTE compatibility. It's powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Other features include NFC (near-field communication) and ...

Shutterfly buys ThisLife in an attempt to create the perfect photo service
Launched in 2010, ThisLife is a service you can use to upload, organize, and share images online. With the purchase, Shutterfly is attempting to create an end-to-end solution for users hoping to not only store their photos but to print them out as well. Of course ...


America's 11th largest tech company (It's Apple's iPad)
Fortune (blog)
iPad-mini-black FORTUNE -- Just how lucrative has Apple's iPad become? Let's put it this way: if the tablet were spun off into a standalone business, it would be the 11th largest U.S. tech company. According to a recent report from Bernstein Research analyst ...

Fortune (blog)

Sling Launches Second Screen And Media Syncing Capabilities With New ...
It's been about five years since Echostar acquired Sling Media, but the company — which revolutionized place-shifting technology that allows users to stream live TV anywhere, on PCs, mobile devices, and tablets — continues to innovate. The latest ...

Milky Way May Contain 100 Billion Planets
Scientific American
Milky Way May Contain 100 Billion Planets. Based on exoplanet observations made using the Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers estimate that our galaxy's ratio of stars-to-planets is at least one-to-one.  ...

Time Warner providing 300 channels for Roku
Business First of Columbus
Time Warner Cable will provide 300 channels to Roku in a partnership with the online video streaming company- Time Warner Cable Inc. will supply online video streaming ...

For NASA, not flying into space means it has too much space
Houston Chronicle (blog)
A science blog with Eric Berger. For NASA, not flying into space means it has too much space. Tuesday, January 8, 2013.  Just before Christmas I had an opportunity to visit with Ellen Ochoa in her corner office ...

Houston Chronicle (blog)

Targus Touch Pen Enables Touch Input on Non-Touchscreen Laptops
With the Touch Pen for Windows 8, Targus has found a way to welcome old laptops to the touchscreen party. The pen enables touch input on Windows 8 laptops that don't have touchscreens. Users must clip a small receiver to the side of the laptop, then ...

Windows 8 sales: Intel confirms hurry-up-and-wait scenario
Summary: The fourth-generation Intel Core processor was developed specifically for ultrabooks and promises big advances in the second half of 2013. Apologies to anyone who has already bought a Windows 8 ultrabook. Larry Dignan. By Larry Dignan for ...


40 Billion Apps Served...And My Wife Still Can't Find The Right Fitness App
MediaPost Communications
Typically, Apple was not especially visible this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as rivals like Samsung and a host of smartphone and tablet makers nudged each other for space on the streams of tech blog reporting. But the company shot ...

Asus Qube arrives at CES with cube interface
Mobile Magazine
Thanks to various leaks, today's announcement of the Asus Qube Google TV device might not have been the surprise they were looking for, but the home-media system is interesting nonetheless. Earlier this week it was thought that the Asus Qube could join...

Mobile Magazine

“Emergency Phone” charges from single AA battery
Las Vegas, NV (WTVR) – Among the high tech TV's, video game systems and tablet computers being unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a decidedly low-tech gadget is gaining a lot of attention. The newest version of the ...

Samsung's Smart Cameras Enable One-Step Sharing
Cameras aren't as simple as "point and click" anymore, according to Samsung's updated Smart Cameras with integrated WiFi, touch-type, and editing tools. Smart Camera 2.0 will run on Samsung's new WB250F/WB200F (14.2 MP, 18x zoom), WB800F (16.3 ...

CES 2013 video: Sony combines high-end TV tech in a 4K OLED TV
ConsumerReports.org (blog)
At CES this week, some companies are showing both OLED and Ultra HD TVs. Sony, though, upped the ante at its CES press conference by combining both technologies in a prototype 56-inch 4K OLED TV. Sony, which shipped an 84-inch 4K TV late last ...

Library of Congress digs into 170 billion tweets
(CNN) -- An effort by the Library of Congress to archive Twitter posts has amassed more than 170 billion tweets, which the library is now seeking to make available to researchers and other interested parties. Created in 1800, the Library of Congress serves as ...

Xperia Z: The smartphone you can take into the shower
In addition to a battery 'stamina mode', which Sony claims will double battery life, and 'one-touch' connectivity that links to the phone to a hifi, say, with one tap, the Xperia Z is also water resistant and dust-proof. The water resistance means that the phone, ...


Will Smart Fork Stop Stupid Eating?
HAPILABS(LAS VEGAS) -- At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a company is betting its new fork will be the latest weapon in the battle of the bulge. HAPILABS' HAPIfork is designed to monitor a user's meal times and eating habits, vibrating ...

AT&T Launching Its Own $5/Month Streaming Subscription Service
/FILM (blog)
The already crowded field of streaming services will have to make room for one more. AT&T announced at CES this week that it too would be diving into the fray with AT&T U-verse Screen Pack, an digital on-demand option that will allow subscribers to stream ...

Sony's bullish on camcorders
LAS VEGAS--If the company's CES announcements are anything to go by, Sony doesn't seem to have gotten the message that camcorders are dying. While Canon has cut back its consumer and midrange line to about four products, Sony has introduced 10 ...

The First Shift: Fiat 500e electric car scores best-in-class ratings
National Post
Fiat 500e most electric-efficient car you can buy As a way to compare electric vehicles against gas-fueled car, the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come up with its Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPGe) rating system, which figures how...

National Post

Qualcomm's New Wireless Technology Can Fill Crucial Need
PC Magazine
Can Qualcomm Atheros' StreamBoost be a Wi-Fi performance savior or is it just more hype? Samara Lynn By Samara Lynn. January 7, 2013 09:53am EST; Comments. Google 0; Share 0; Tweet 0; Submit 0; Share 0; Pin It 0; Email Print. 802.11ac Wi-Fi ...

Google's Schmidt Kicks Off Trip to North Korea
PC Magazine
Eric Schmidt's controversial trip to North Korea began today, with the Google executive chairman receiving a private tour of the Asian nation with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson and Schmidt are on a "private humanitarian mission" in ...

244 million years ago, monsters ruled the seas where Nevada now sits
By Alan Boyle. Follow @b0yle. A fossil skeleton found in central Nevada's desert years ago has been identified as belonging to a 30-foot-long sea monster that ruled beneath the waves 244 million years ago. The ferociousness of the creature's teeth suggests ...


Exclusive: US nuclear lab removes Chinese tech over security fears
By Steve Stecklow. LONDON | Mon Jan 7, 2013 3:32pm EST. LONDON (Reuters) - A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contained some Chinese-made network switches and replaced at least two components ...

CES 2013: Ford Adding Rhapsody Music Service to 1 Million Cars
PC Magazine
Ford Motor Co. has teamed up with Rhapsody to bring the on-demand music service to more than 1 million Ford and Lincoln vehicles, the companies announced today. The service, introduced at CES in Las Vegas, is now available in cars and trucks ...

Consumer Reports Is No Fan Of iPhone 5
Over the last several months, I have been arguing the case that the long-term risks in Apple stock are rising. I have advanced two main arguments. First, competitors have caught up with Apple for all practical purposes. Second, Apple is failing to innovate at ...

Mars rover gives its first brushoff
NBCNews.com (blog)
By Alan Boyle. Follow @b0yle. NASA's Curiosity rover used the wire-bristle brush on the end of its 7-foot-long robotic arm for the first time over the weekend, to sweep the dust off a patch of rock wide enough to put a soda can on. Sunday's use of the motorized ...

Bacteria tweaked to make fuel from sunlight
The cyanobacteria are naturally capable of photosynthesis, meaning they have an inherent ability to fix carbon from carbon dioxide into useful hydrocarbons. By adding new chemical pathways the chemists at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis)...


Supreme Court lets embryonic stem cell research go forward
NBCNews.com (blog)
By M. Alex Johnson, NBC News. The Supreme Court refused to step into the emotionally charged debate over embryonic stem cell research Monday, declining to hear a case that sought to stop government funding on ethical grounds.

Bone Conduction Headphones By Panasonic Bring Sound To Your Skull
Huffington Post
LAS VEGAS (AP) — People who don't want to disturb sleeping family members could use a new product from Panasonic that doesn't need speakers or even your own ears: wireless bone-conduction headphones. The headphones connect to a TV via the ...

Star Trek Was a Lie: Space Travel Actually Sucks, Say Scientists
Hurtling through the vast expanse of outers space on a mission to Mars seems exciting, until you try the real-time simulator. Ask the six would-be cosmonauts who spent a full 17 months cooped up in Mars500, a low-tech simulation built on an industrial ...

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