Consumer Electronics - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2032 en Forget Google Glass! Get these 10 cool gadgets instead http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/149325/forget-google-glass-get-these-10-cool-gadgets-instead-240817?source=rss_consumer_electronics <!--paging_filter-->There are many other ways to spend $1,500 -- some useful, some off-the-wall<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There are many other ways to spend $1,500 -- some useful, some off-the-wall </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> networkworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.networkworld.com/slideshow/148636 </div> </div> </div> Consumer Electronics Computer Hardware Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 240817 at http://www.infoworld.com Google's DIY Project Ara won't fly in the real world http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/googles-diy-project-ara-wont-fly-in-the-real-world-240676?source=rss_consumer_electronics <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/ProjectAra-Phonebloks.png" alt="Google's DIY Project Ara won't fly in the real world" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>If you're old enough to have danced to Devo, you also likely remember the build-your-own-PC phenomenon that geeks like me were into, spending many weekends at parts emporia like Fry's Electronics to get that hard drive, this power sup</p> Computer Hardware Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology Google Android Consumer Electronics Smartphones Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 240676 at http://www.infoworld.com With Google Glass, the doctor can see you now http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/google-glass-the-doctor-can-see-you-now-240695?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>As an emergency room physician rushes to a patient, he glances at a QR code by the door to the patient's room and immediately can see the man's medical history and the nurse's notes.</p> <p>The information, which the the doctor can see without ever looking away from the patient, may help save the patient's life, and was accessed on <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247515/Google_looks_to_push_Glass_into_the_enterprise" target="_blank">Google Glass</a>.</p> Mobile Technology Google Google Glass Consumer Electronics Mobile Technology Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:51:33 +0000 admin 240695 at http://www.infoworld.com Glass all gone after one-day sale, Google says http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/glass-all-gone-after-one-day-sale-google-says-240601?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>Google's one-day sale of Google Glass seems to have been a success with all units sold out, a blog post by the search giant suggests.</p> <p>"All spots in the Explorer Program have been claimed for now, but if you missed it this time, don't worry," the Google Glass team wrote on its <a href="https://plus.google.com/111626127367496192147/posts/1bMeQZsvF8G" target="_blank">blog</a> on Wednesday. "We'll be trying new ways to expand the Explorer program in the future."</p> Mobile Technology Google Google Glass Consumer Electronics Mobile Technology Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:29:23 +0000 admin 240601 at http://www.infoworld.com Google Glass gets KitKat support, leaves out video calls http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/google-glass-gets-kitkat-support-leaves-out-video-calls-240493?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>Google Glass is getting a big software update to coincide with its one-day sale on Tuesday, but video calling is one feature that's been put on hold.</p> <p>The Internet-enabled headset will get KitKat, the newest version of the Android operating system for mobile devices, allowing longer battery life and easier updates, according to Google.</p> Mobile Technology Google Google Glass Consumer Electronics Mobile Technology Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:22:19 +0000 admin 240493 at http://www.infoworld.com Google Glass to go on sale for one day next week http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/google-glass-go-sale-one-day-next-week-240326?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>If you've been waiting impatiently to get a pair of Google Glass, mark your calendar and grab your checkbook.</p> <p>Google announced late Thursday that it will sell prototypes of the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247152/Google_moves_to_bust_Glass_myths_" target="_blank">wearable computers</a> for one day next week in an effort to expand its cadre of early testers, known as <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9237932/Google_chooses_thousands_as_Glass_Explorers_" target="_blank">Explorers</a>.</p> Mobile Technology Google Google Glass Consumer Electronics Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:26:15 +0000 admin 240326 at http://www.infoworld.com 6 ways the Internet of things will transform enterprise security http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/6-ways-the-internet-of-things-will-transform-enterprise-security-239999?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>Most enterprise security organizations are unlikely to have a spamming refrigerator on top of their list of things to worry about. But news earlier this year that an Internet-connected fridge was co-opted into a botnet that sent spam to tens of thousands of Internet users is sure to have piqued the interest of at least a few.</p> <p>If nothing, the incident showed how even a benign consumer appliance could pose a danger to enterprises if connected to the Internet without proper security protections.</p> Security Internet of things Consumer Electronics Security Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 239999 at http://www.infoworld.com Google envisions Glass in businesses http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/google-envisions-glass-in-businesses-240137?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>Google wants to put its Glass headmounted computer system to work.</p> <p>The company is looking to partner with enterprise software developers and businesses as part of a push to get Glass into the hands of companies who could use it in their operations.</p> Application Development Mobile Technology Google Google Glass Consumer Electronics Mobile Development Mobile Technology Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:39:03 +0000 admin 240137 at http://www.infoworld.com 10 pivotal tech shifts the experts didn't see coming http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/147529/10-pivotal-tech-shifts-the-experts-didnt-see-coming-239906?source=rss_consumer_electronics <!--paging_filter-->Sometimes you assume that a technology has reached its pinnacle, but usually you're wrong<div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-dek"> <div class="field-label">Dek:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sometimes you assume that a technology has reached its pinnacle, but usually you&#039;re wrong </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-external-source"> <div class="field-label">External Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> itworld.com </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-slideshow-url-redirect"> <div class="field-label">Redirect Unpublished Slideshow to:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.itworld.com/slideshow/146520 </div> </div> </div> Consumer Electronics Data Center Sat, 05 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 239906 at http://www.infoworld.com 'Hi, my name is Mark, and I'm a Silicon Valley shopaholic' http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/hi-my-name-mark-and-im-silicon-valley-shopaholic-239181?source=rss_consumer_electronics <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/cash_case.jpg" alt="'Hi, my name is Mark, and I'm a Silicon Valley shopaholic'" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Ireneusz Skorupa</p> Facebook Cringely Consumer Electronics M&A Social Networking Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 239181 at http://www.infoworld.com Intel acquires health band maker Basis Science http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/intel-acquires-health-band-maker-basis-science-239120?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>In another sign of the mainstream growth of wearable devices, Intel has acquired high-end health tracker maker Basis Science.</p> <p>The San Francisco-based startup produces the Basis band, billed as an advanced health-tracking wristband.</p> The Industry Standard Intel Consumer Electronics M&A Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:11:59 +0000 admin 239120 at http://www.infoworld.com Google Glass may get more stylish with help from Oakley and Ray-Ban http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/google-glass-may-get-more-stylish-help-oakley-and-ray-ban-239024?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>Google is looking to reach a wider audience for Glass with some design help from Oakley and Ray-Ban.</p> <p>Google announced Monday that it has partnered with the Luxottica Group, an Italian company that owns Ray-Ban, Oakley and other brands. Luxottica will help design, manufacture and distribute frames for Google Glass.</p> Computer Hardware Google Google Glass Consumer Electronics Mobile Technology Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:20:37 +0000 admin 239024 at http://www.infoworld.com Corruption, distortion, control: Comcast's real-life 'House of Cards' http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/corruption-distortion-control-comcasts-real-life-house-of-cards-238904?source=rss_consumer_electronics <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/four_aces.jpg" alt="Corruption, distortion, control: Comcast's real-life 'House of Cards'" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Networking The Industry Standard Cringely Internet Consumer Electronics Net Neutrality Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:15:53 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 238904 at http://www.infoworld.com 12 pros and cons of a cellular smartwatch http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/12-pros-and-cons-of-cellular-smartwatch-238861?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>Samsung is reportedly working on a variant of its Gear 2 smartwatch that works over cellular networks and doesn't require a Bluetooth or other connection to a smartphone.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140318001136" target="_blank">Korea Herald reported</a> this week that Samsung and wireless carrier SK Telecom of South Korea are working together on the project, according to unnamed sources. Initially, the new device would be sold in South Korea but could eventually be sold globally.</p> Mobile Technology Samsung Consumer Electronics Mobile Technology Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:36:26 +0000 admin 238861 at http://www.infoworld.com Google kicks off Android Wear for wearable devices http://www.infoworld.com/t/consumer-electronics/google-kicks-android-wear-wearable-devices-238636?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>Google has kicked off an effort to bring Android to wearable devices, reminding everyone that the OS is not just for tablets and smartphones.</p> <p>Google announced Android Wear, which the company characterized as a "a project that extends Android to wearables," in a Tuesday <a href="http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2014/03/sharing-whats-up-our-sleeve-android.html" target="_blank">blog post</a> by Google's Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome, and Apps.</p> Android Consumer Electronics Mobile Technology Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:47:32 +0000 admin 238636 at http://www.infoworld.com Samsung announces Tizen SDK to boost app ecosystem for Gear 2 smartwatches http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/samsung-announces-tizen-sdk-boost-app-ecosystem-gear-2-smartwatches-238560?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>Add another smartwatch family to the list of wearables with its own open SDK. Samsung wants to supercharge software development for the <a href="http://www.techhive.com/article/2100337/samsungs-new-gear-watches-add-features-but-only-one-has-a-camera.html" target="_blank">Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo</a>, and on Monday it announced that the&nbsp;Tizen Software Development Kit for Wearables is <a href="https://developer.tizen.org/" target="_blank">available for download</a>.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Samsung Tizen Consumer Electronics Mobile Apps Mobile Development Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:55:12 +0000 admin 238560 at http://www.infoworld.com Sad, sexy, or self-sufficient, your robot overlords await http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/sad-sexy-or-self-sufficient-your-robot-overlords-await-238438?source=rss_consumer_electronics <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 395px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/robot_toy.jpg" alt="Sad, sexy, or self-sufficient, your robot overlords await" width="243" height="385" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Big Data Computer Hardware Security Internet of things Big Data Cringely Consumer Electronics Internet Privacy Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:48:26 +0000 Robert X. Cringely 238438 at http://www.infoworld.com 'Dad, we want toys, let's go to the Apple Store' http://www.infoworld.com/t/consumer-electronics/dad-we-want-toys-lets-go-the-apple-store-238098?source=rss_consumer_electronics <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/apple_store.jpg" alt="'Dad, we want toys, let's go to the Apple Store'" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: Philipp Klinger</p></em></div> Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Apple Consumer Electronics iPad iPhone MacBooks Consumerization of IT Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 238098 at http://www.infoworld.com Video: Watch out, Google Glass -- Sony SmartEyeglass wants developers too http://www.infoworld.com/t/consumer-electronics/video-watch-out-google-glass-sony-smarteyeglass-wants-developers-too-238097?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>Sony isn't about to let Google hog the smart eyewear market all to itself. At the Wearables DevCon conference, it showed off a prototype of its own computer-enhanced glasses, called SmartEyeglasses, that work with an Android smartphone via Bluetooth.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Google Glass Consumer Electronics Mobile Technology Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:51:27 +0000 InfoTube 238097 at http://www.infoworld.com Google's Android boss announces SDK specifically geared toward wearables http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/googles-android-boss-announces-sdk-specifically-geared-toward-wearables-238051?source=rss_consumer_electronics <p>Google wants to provide a framework for wearables the same way it has for smartphones and tablets. During a talk at South by Southwest on Sunday, Android head Sundar Pichai said an Android SDK for wearables is coming down the pipeline in two weeks, and will give&nbsp;developers the tools they need to make Android-based smartwatches and fitness trackers.</p> <p>Pichai said Google thinks of wearables in terms of sensors that need to communicate to be helpful for users.&nbsp;"We want to build an API so these sensors can work together," he said.</p> Application Development Computer Hardware Google Android Consumer Electronics Development Tools Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:58:02 +0000 admin 238051 at http://www.infoworld.com