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IoT groups are like an orchestra tuning up: The music starts in 2016

Multiple industry groups formed in 2014, and there will probably be just as many a year from now


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Free geek gift! Download the 'Conversational Geek' e-book

With this easy-to-read overview of geekdom, anyone can get up to speed fast and become conversational in geek

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The 10 greatest and goofiest gadgets of 2014

We look back at the tech products that were released for sale to the general public in 2014, and picked out the ones that left an impression

LG readies WebOS TVs with better performance, 4K content

Users will be able to watch 4K movies and TV series from Netflix and Amazon

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Think different: 5 cool geek gift ideas

Good for the holidays or any time of year, these off-the-beaten-path items will stand out

No, you can't buy a cloud at Best Buy

Cloud computing is confusing enough, without personal NAS providers muddying the waters

Intel gives Google Glass a needed boost

Move to supply chips for Glass counters reports that Google is shelving its prototype wearable

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Home automation is a solution in search of a problem

The best-known part of the Internet of things is full of dubious products and notions

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The InfoWorld 2014 geek gadget gift guide

While others dream of sugarplums, here are a dozen gadgets that the true geek is hoping to see under the Christmas tree this year

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Microsoft enters smartwatch market with $200 Microsoft Band

Band isn't Microsoft exclusive: apps will allow it to work with Apple iPhones, Android, and Windows Phones

Cisco, Acer, others join Intel-backed IoT standards group

The Open Interconnect Consortium is the latest IoT body to boast about its progress, gaining 27 new members

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Former iPhone manager: Apple will struggle to analyze watch data

Former iPhone engineer Andy Grignon questions whether Apple will be able to derive much value out of the upcoming glut of information

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Apple needs a smarter argument to sell Apple Pay

People will need a lot of convincing before they’ll use their smartphones to pay at retail. Security and widespread adoption -- not convenience -- will be keys

Apple Watch under scrutiny for privacy by Connecticut attorney general

Attorney General George Jepsen is particularly concerned about the protection of health information collected by the new wearable device

Wi-Fi group acts to simplify peer-to-peer video, printing, and other tasks

The Wi-Fi Alliance has defined standard ways to carry out common uses of Wi-Fi Direct

A wireless router may someday charge your mobile devices

Energous has developed a WiFi-style wireless charging device that sends power to anything within a 30-foot radius

Does Apple have a breakout product in its smartwatch?

Wearables need an iPhone-style breakthrough, but it's not clear whether the Apple Watch is it

9 nightmare sci-fi virtual realities that are closer than you think

Emerging technologies in virtual and artificial reality blur the line between science and fiction

5 things the Apple Watch can and can't do

There's fitness tracking and shopping tools, but no built-in GPS or Wi-Fi

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