Gadgets

  • Verizon to extend phone-upgrade waiting period
    Gty-4_3_r536_c534 2013-04-15 04:35:21 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Wireless, the country's largest cellphone carrier, on Friday said that it is extending the time it takes to earn a subsidized phone upgrade from 20 months on contract to 24 months. The move will save Ver...
  • TV stations feel 'squeezed' by airwave auction
    11c8a334e0e12c74f0e8cc3358682f85 2013-04-14 04:22:32 UTC
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — As the federal government tries to encourage companies like AT&T and Verizon to create bigger, faster mobile networks, TV broadcasters are feeling like the farmers of yesteryear who were asked to sell their land t...
  • Hawaii land board approves Thirty Meter Telescope
    Telescope_304 2013-04-13 16:28:30 UTC
    HONOLULU (AP) — A plan by California and Canadian universities to build the world's largest telescope at the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano won approval from the state Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday. The de...
  • RIM seeks probe into report on BlackBerry returns
    Blackberry-aadcd1dc59f5162a 2013-04-13 05:05:56 UTC
    TORONTO (AP) — The maker of the BlackBerry said Friday that it wants U.S. and Canadian regulators to investigate a "false and misleading" report by a financial analyst that claims the company's new smartphone is being returned in ...
  • Broadcasters display mobile TV dongles at NAB Show
    Dongle 2013-04-11 02:03:48 UTC
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The key weapon in TV broadcasters' fight with Internet video upstart Aereo is something inelegantly known as a dongle. The miniature TV antenna picks up free, mobile broadcast signals. It attaches to iPhone and...
  • PC sales plunge as Windows 8 flops
    00bd01e0165dac0c2e0f6a7067000f99 2013-04-10 23:41:41 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The ailing personal computer market is getting weaker, and it's starting to look like it will never fully recover as a new generation of mobile devices reshapes the way people use technology. The latest evid...
  • Virtual reality, goggles and all, attempts return
    1979812_h_425_pd_1_w_620 2013-03-29 16:34:59 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's back. The virtual reality headset, the gizmo that was supposed to seamlessly transport wearers to three-dimensional virtual worlds, has made a remarkable return at this year's Game Developers Conference,...
  • RIM sells 1M BlackBerry 10s, surprise 4Q profit
    8163956 2013-03-28 16:53:46 UTC
    TORONTO (AP) — Research In Motion Ltd. said Thursday that it sold about 1 million phones running its new BlackBerry 10 system. It also surprised Wall Street by returning to profitability in the most recent quarter. The earnings pr...
  • AT&T to take orders for Galaxy S 4 on April 16
    130313_samsung_galaxy_s4_lg 2013-03-28 16:33:54 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says it will start taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, the season's most eagerly awaited smartphone, on April 16 for $250. The amount is $50 above the usual introductory price for high-end smartp...
  • Google picks 8,000 winners of 'Glass' contest
    45fd72a3471f450a2d0f6a70670019c0 2013-03-27 05:02:24 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has picked out 8,000 people who will be given a chance to don a pair of Internet-connected glasses and make a fashion statement likely to be envied by gadget-loving geeks around the world. The pool ...
  • Indie sensibilities embraced at gaming conference
    D36e3d1c27852a0a2d0f6a7067008e41 2013-03-26 19:45:03 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a time of transition for the video game industry. With last year's launch of the Wii U, the impending arrival of the PlayStation 4 and the likelihood of a new Xbox on the horizon, the next generation of ...
  • T-Mobile to start offering iPhone 5 on April 12
    0445109b465c420a2d0f6a706700363c 2013-03-26 19:41:03 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA on Tuesday said it will start offering the iPhone 5 on April 12, filling what its CEO said was "a huge void" in its phone lineup. T-Mobile, the fourth-largest of the national U.S. phone companies, h...
  • Apple buys WiFi-location startup
    Diaalnews 2013-03-25 20:47:20 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has bought WiFiSLAM, a startup that has been developing a way to use WiFi hotspots to help smartphones navigate large indoor spaces, like stores, airports and conference centers. The purchase is part of Apple's eff...
  • HP develops glasses-free 3-D for mobile devices
    Iphone-3d 2013-03-22 04:47:35 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers at Hewlett-Packard Co. have developed a way to put glasses-free 3-D video on mobile devices with a viewing angle so wide that viewers can see an object more fully just by tilting the screen. Glasses-free 3-D...
  • BlackBerry CEO says iPhone is outdated
    51ea057bc744d2092c0f6a70670078bb 2013-03-22 04:42:01 UTC
    TORONTO (AP) — Apple's iPhone is outdated, according to the chief executive of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion Ltd. Thorsten Heins made the comment Thursday on the eve of the much-delayed launch of the new touchscreen Black...
  • 6 Megapixel the best compromise between pixel count and sensitivity for Consumer cameras
    Kompromiss 2013-03-15 11:34:37 UTC
    The best compromise for a compact camera is a sensor with 6 million pixels or better a sensor with a pixel size of >3µm. A digital camera with 12 million pixels is better than one with 6 million. ‘That is correct’ is what you would probably say...
  • Samsung refreshes iPhone-challenging Galaxy line
    Diaalnews 2013-03-15 04:20:15 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung Electronics is ratcheting up its rivalry with Apple with its new Galaxy S 4 smartphone, which has a larger, sharper screen than its predecessor, the best-selling S III. Samsung trumpeted the much-anticipated phone'...
  • Apple CEO required to testify in NY e-books case
    Diaalnews 2013-03-13 23:20:01 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook has been ordered to testify in a New York court case the Justice Department brought against the company over the pricing of e-books for consumers. Federal Judge Denise Cote on Wednesday granted a government...
  • Digital memories fade in death; protect yourself
    Url-7 2013-03-03 01:30:59 UTC
    Estate planning attorney James Lamm who writes the blog "Digital Passing" advises people to plan ahead for their virtual afterlives. Your best bet is to make sure valuable memories and intellectual property are stored somewhere besides a social me...
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    Diaalnews 2013-03-01 22:11:56 UTC
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday erased nearly half of the $1 billion in damages that a jury decided that Samsung Electronics should pay Apple in a high-profile trial over the smartphone and tablet computer patents. U.S. Distri...
  • Wireless connections creep into everyday things
    5f40367101c1af072a0f6a706700c4b3 2013-02-27 09:21:35 UTC
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A car that tells your insurance company how you're driving. A bathroom scale that lets you chart your weight on the Web. And a meter that warns your air conditioner when electricity gets more expensive. Welcome to ...
  • SD college tests fingerprint purchasing technology
    Fb9d88e1678438062a0f6a706700e583 2013-02-25 23:07:57 UTC
    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Futurists have long proclaimed the coming of a cashless society, where dollar bills and plastic cards are replaced by fingerprint and retina scanners smart enough to distinguish a living, breathing account holder fr...
  • Games likely to follow Pentagon on women in combat
    785a0deedcfb3803280f6a7067002ba7 2013-02-01 22:02:27 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lara Croft. Samus Aran. Jill Valentine. Chell. In the realm of video games, it's not difficult to identify tough-as-nails women who uncover ancient treasures, blast away aliens, battle zombies and outwit malicious rob...
  • Apple updates iPhone, iPad software
    Diaalnews 2013-01-29 07:28:46 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has released a software update for iPhones and iPads that speeds up data downloads on some major overseas telecom networks and a handful of small U.S. carriers. Apple says iOS version 6.1 adds the ability to access the "...
  • Can Apple maintain its shine?
    Diaalnews 2013-01-23 07:11:43 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — For many investors, Apple's best days are behind it. Competitors are catching up, they believe, and the latest iPhone is stumbling. The company's doubters have backed their conviction with billions of dollars. Last week,...