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    Amazon appears determined to keep experimenting with unusual Echo devices. Bloomberg sources say Amazon is crafting a large, wall-mounted Echo touchscreen device that would serve as a smart home “command center” for everything from lights through to video chats and the family calendar. It would compete against the home automation panels you’ve seen for ages, not to mention wall-mounted iPads...
    After parting ways with OnePlus, Carl Pei has revealed that his new startup, Nothing, will unveil a pair of wireless earphones sometime this summer. It will be the first device from the London-based firm, with more set to arrive later in 2021, according to Bloomberg. The company is being backed by Alphabet’s venture capital division, GV (formerly Google Ventures), which...
    Netflix is launching a global test today on Android devices that will allow subscribers to set a timer for their viewing period. The new feature lets people choose between four timer settings: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or end of whatever people are watching. After the episode or film ends, the Netflix app will stop. This should, in...
    Plans for factory workers to wear social distancing 'dog collars' that go off like an alarm if people stand too close to each other have caused an outcry in France.  Worn around the neck or tied around the waist, the 'badges' would make a loud 85-decibel sound and possibly vibrate or light up if the two-metre distance is not observed....
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Southern California will continue to see summer-like conditions on Sunday before cooler temperatures and a chance of rain and snow moves in.Los Angeles and Orange counties can expect sunny conditions with a high of about 85 Sunday, but temperatures will drop beginning Monday.There will be several chances for rain throughout the week, starting Tuesday.The valleys and...
    Both of the new Dragonfly laptops also feature new tools like on-lap detection, Intrusion Detection, which will alert you if your device has been opened or compromised, and dynamic audio that optimizes sound depending on whether you’re listening to music or on a conference call. They can be configured with 4G or 5G connectivity and have Tile trackers integrated into...
    Windows 10X was supposed to be Microsoft’s dual-screen OS, powering devices from a slew of major manufacturers. But that plan changed last year when the company revealed it was going to be focusing on single screen devices. You know, normal laptops and tablets. So what is Windows 10X really going to be now? Apparently, a lot like Microsoft’s take on...
    Samsung Electronics presented this Thursday three Galaxy S21 smartphones, upgraded earphones, and a device to track physical items, in what represents its bet to compete with the current and future range of Apple devices. The new flagship phones from the South Korean company are $ 200 cheaper than last year’s lineup overall: the price of the Galaxy S21 starts at...
    After years of waiting, it looks like Microsoft now has a true answer to Chrome OS. A new and near-final version of Windows 10X has leaked, and it offers a first look at the changes Microsoft has made to the upcoming operating system to get it ready for laptops. Windows 10X first started off life as a variant of Windows...
    (CNN)Samsung is set to update its Galaxy smartphone line about a month ahead of its typical launch schedule.The company, which typically updates new Galaxy S phones in February, is hosting a press conference on Thursday to show off new 5G-capable flagship devices and Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds that may better compete with Apple AirPods. If the product leaks are to...
    Last January Google quietly did away with the existing Guest Mode feature, which allows people not on your Wi-Fi network to connect with a Chromecast or smart speaker by entering a four-digit PIN, from its Home and Nest devices on account that some people and pets could hear the ultrasonic frequencies the two devices use to pair. Today, in the...
    TCL hinted that rollable devices were coming, but it’s now clear one of them might be particularly ambitious. The company has unveiled a concept tablet built around a 17-inch rollable, printed OLED display — you even pull it open like you’re unfurling a scroll. While the on-screen images clearly don’t reflect what you’d get in a shipping product, TCL envisions...
    Samsung seems to be close to launching a new Tile-like device for tracking lost items. The tracker, likely called the Galaxy SmartTag, has been leaking out over the past month, and there’s some speculation it could be announced alongside the Galaxy S21 later in January. The Galaxy SmartTag would use Bluetooth to connect with nearby devices and broadcast its location,...
    Amazon is launching a new group video or audio calling feature for Echo devices today, just in time for the holidays. Originally announced back in September, group calling will allow up to seven participants to join an audio or video call on supported Echo devices like the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show. Echo owners will be able to create...
    The software that runs on Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices is set to undergo a significant overhaul in the coming weeks, and the rollout of the “new Fire TV experience” begins today on some devices. After the update is installed, you’ll have access to new features like multiuser support (with personalized recommendations and watch lists for each profile) and a...
    Logitech Harmony 665 Kris Naudus / News Brig The cheapest remote Logitech currently offers is the Harmony 665, a $60 device that the company claims can control up to 10 devices. There’s a 1.5-inch color LCD screen toward the top, which automatically turns on when you pick up the remote. On the screen you can toggle between controlling individual...
    You already own a pair of snow boots and and a durable winter coat. While that might seem like enough, the reality is to really survive winter you’ll want a few extra essentials on hand. Heated ice scrapers and storm-proof covers, for instance, can help get rid of snow and ice buildup on your car windshield and save you from...
    The Workouts tile offers shortcuts to recent workouts and displays metrics while you’re exercising. Weather gets a new look that Google says is “easier on the eyes” and shows the usual forecast information. Breathe, meanwhile, lets you launch guided breathing sessions more quickly and tells you how your heart rate changed between the start and end of each session. ...
    Buy ViewSonic 1440p monitor at Amazon – $279 Buy ViewSonic 1440p monitor at Walmart – $259 Logitech K480 multi-device keyboard Will Lipman Photography Drafting an email using only your tablet’s keyboard isn’t the most comfortable experience. A Bluetooth keyboard can make typing on a tablet (or even a smartphone) less of a headache. Logitech’s K480 multi-device keyboard is an oldie...
    Music can be said to be the universal language: while our tastes in tunes may differ, there are few people who don’t have their own favorite songs to listen to. New technologies have increased the quality of that music — however, we can’t all afford the types of speakers and headphones that offer the most superior sound. But if...
    Following Microsoft’s move to acquire ZeniMax Media — the parent company of Bethesda Game Studios, id Software and Arkane Studios — there was concern that Bethesda’s popular intellectual properties could become Xbox console exclusives going forward. However, Xbox head Phil Spencer maintained in an interview published on Thursday that the purchase wasn’t made in an effort to take titles away...
    Sony has released a new version of its Imaging Edge Webcam software for Macs, which allows you to directly plug in a recent Sony camera to use as a high-quality webcam for Zoom or Skype calls on your computer. The company had already released a version of the software for Windows back in August, but the new release means...
    For the first time, Apple’s Apple TV app is making its way to Android TV. Sony has announced that, as of today, the app will begin rolling out in the United States to the company’s new X900H series of 4K HDR TVs via a software update. This might push along efforts to sideload the app onto other Android TV devices...
    The Navigation screen lets you create shortcuts for favorite locations, or if you ask Alexa to find someplace new, Auto Mode will display a simplified results list with only the most relevant info. The Communicate screen will make it easier to place calls or send an announcement to Alexa devices, and the Play screen will give you simple controls over...
    Governor Jared Polis's September 8 press conference about COVID-19 was dominated by discussion of a deal to allow a limited number of fans to attend the September 27 game between the Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — a contest that turned out to be agonizing on every level. Nearly lost amid the pigskin talk was a subject that...
    All of the Echo devices can also help little ones become bookworms with a new Reading Sidekick feature, which will follow along as they read, take turns and provide feedback. Amazon will soon start testing that with Kids+ subscribers. And to make Alexa even more child-friendly (which I’m sure will irk plenty of privacy concerned parents), the voice assistant will...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Students at one North Texas high school spent Friday picking up devices after the entire school was forced into virtual learning due to positive COVID-19 tests. Fossil Ridge High School in Keller ISD transitioned to virtual learning only this week after positive tests forced hundreds of students and over two dozen teachers into quarantine. This caused...
    DUMAOS has been a mainstay of Netgear routers for a while now, allowing gamers access to Quality of Service (QoS) features like allocating bandwidth by device so that their PC or console can take priority when traffic is heavy or their connection experiences hiccups. DUMAOS 3.0 takes the level of control further by allowing users to not just choose devices,...
    By Katie Paul SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is about five to 10 years away from being able to bring to market "true" augmented reality glasses, its chief scientist told Reuters, as the company released plans to launch a first generation product next year. The world's biggest social media company announced on Wednesday that it was partnering with Ray-Ban...
    How many engineers does it take to change a lightbulb? Depends on whether or not that lightbulb is connected to Wi-Fi. Lightbulbs, along with refrigerators, coffee makers, microwave ovens, baby monitors, security cameras, speakers, televisions, and thermostats have, in the past few decades, transformed from ordinary objects into conduits for the future. Embedded with sensors that see, hear, and...
    Android 11 just launched this week for Pixel devices and phones from OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Realme, and now Google has detailed its counterpart designed for low-powered devices: Android 11 (Go edition). One of the biggest new features is that Android 11 (Go edition) is supposed to work on devices with 2GB of RAM or less — a bump up...
    Since I still have to go through the entire notifications list instead of dealing with just the alerts near the top, the new section headers actually add to the amount of scrolling and swiping I have to do.  Google placing conversations near the top is nice in theory, but it leaves out people I interact with on apps like Twitter,...
    Amazon wants to make it easier to have a smart home without actually owning a home. Today, the company is unveiling its “Alexa for Residential” program that lets property managers add Alexa-enabled devices and experiences to rental properties.  Landlords and property managers can install Alexa devices, pre-fill info like device name, address and Wi-Fi network, pre-enable Alexa skills and set...
    5G is available on more than 80 commercial networks in 35 countries. “Our Snapdragon 4-series is expected to address regions that currently have approximately 3.5 billion smartphone users combined,” said Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon. As we’ve noted before, smartphones that use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8-series chipsets, like the OnePlus 8 and Galaxy S20 series, typically cost upwards of $700. The 5G-capable...
    In the mind of Elon Musk, the world’s thorniest problems become shockingly, wonderfully simple. Traffic in LA got you down? Here, take a ride on this underground super-luge. Carbon emissions are stinking up the planet? Fix it with a fleet of electric cars—and while we’re at it, let’s make them drive themselves. Need a backup planet to call home? Mars...
    Outside of Samsung devices, where Flipboard offers an ad-free version of the platform for $3 per month, Flipboard TV is free to access. You’ll see pre-roll ads as you queue new videos to watch. At the moment, Flipboard plans to keep the ad-free version of Flipboard TV exclusive to Samsung devices. Flipboard Once you’ve updated Flipboard, you’ll see native videos...
    Elon Musk has said that his secretive neurotech firm Neuralink will demonstrate a working “device,” presumably a brain-machine interface, at 6PM ET on Friday. Musk has spoken repeatedly about his belief that BMI devices are needed to help humans keep up with AI by supplementing our brainpower, but right now, his goal is much simpler: to create an implantable device...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – With many schools back in session, some parents are scrambling to get their kids the devices they need amid a nationwide shortage of Chromebooks and laptops. Ian Sherr, editor at large at CNET News, says pretty much every laptop you want to buy right now is hard to get a hold of. “The supply chain where...
    iRobot has been moving towards making its devices more convenient over the past few years: the Roomba i7+ added a self-cleaning bin, while the s9+ added more intelligence to work alongside the company’s Bravaa Jet m6 mop. The only problem? They cost significantly more than previous models: the i7+ originally started at $949 (now it’s down to around $700 on sale), while the...
    The once-respected BlackBerry brand has been licensed yet again by a company hoping to use a familiar name to make a dent in the competitive Android phone market. This time, it’s a new Texas startup named OnwardMobility that’s taking the reins, promising to release a 5G BlackBerry device with Android and a physical QWERTY keyboard in 2021. Little else...
    As disputes between Amazon and WarnerMedia over HBO Max continue, WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar is putting pressure on the tech giant to make an agreement by the holidays. In a long interview with Bloomberg, one of several Kilar did following a massive reorganization at WarnerMedia last week, Kilar spoke about Amazon’s business model. He argued that the company’s issues...
    As violent clashes continue between law enforcement and protesters in Portland and around the country, debate is swirling around how police can cut back on lethal force. Some companies are stepping up to offer new high-tech tools like remote handcuffs for police to use instead of the more dangerous options like pepper spray, rubber bullets and flash grenades. Human rights...
    Amazon unveiled its six-wheel delivery robot, Scout, in January 2019, but has only been slowly expanding its field tests. After launching in a single neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington and then adding a larger site in Irvine, California last August, Scout is now undergoing trials in Atlanta, Georgia and Franklin, Tennessee, Amazon announced today. It’s unclear how many robots are...
    David NieldA minute ago•Filed to:getting connectedgetting connectedTVmacOSwindows8515Photo: Andrew Mantarro ( (Fair Use) Maybe you’ve got friends coming over to watch a movie, or you need your family to watch this one really great YouTube video. Or maybe you’ve just got a slideshow of photos to show off to no one at all because some of us are still stuck at home...
    If a streaming service launches, but it’s not available on Roku or Fire TV, does it really launch at all? Technically, yes — but not for a large percentage of the United States streaming market that uses Roku and Amazon Fire TV products to stream their entertainment. Backroom negotiations between media conglomerates and tech giants have kept some of the...
    Xiaomi has launched several new products at an event today, including an Android TV-powered portable streaming device called the Mi TV Stick. You can plug it into any screen to access your favorite streaming services — just take note that the device itself is only capable of streaming media up to 1080p in resolution, making it direct competitor to affordable...
    Photo credit: JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images, from the November 6, 2014 exhibit by Niki de Saint Phalle at the Grand Palais in Paris. As we’re all stuck at home during this pandemic, technology that allows us new ways to amuse ourselves and communicate with each other has become more important than ever, and Google has been working on several...
    A new contender has entered the streaming wars. Peacock, the new streaming service from NBCUniversal, launched on Wednesday, July 15 with a slate of classic shows and movies, currently running NBC series, and original programming exclusive to Peacock. This isn’t NBCUniversal’s first attempt to carve out a space in the streaming landscape, however. Early deals with Hulu in 2006 made...
    SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Ever since the pandemic began, scientists have been trying to get a handle on preventing the spread of the disease. It looks like a 12-year-old kid may have beaten them to it. Mizan Rupan-Tompkins. (CBS) These days, people are looking for ways to keep from touching the same objects as everyone else. As a little...
    Google has long struggled with getting device manufacturers to update older devices to the latest version of Android, but the company announced today that it’s starting to see some success, with Android 10 seeing the fastest adoption rates of any version of Android. According to Google, Android 10 was installed on 100 million devices five months after its launch in...
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