As the Galaxy S5 enters officialdom, Samsung is the biggest smartphone maker in the world -- presiding over an indomitable gadget kingdom. But how did a company best known for Blu-ray players and TVs become the all-eclipsing superpower it is today? In this special episode of Adventures in Tech, we explain the Galaxy strategy, and tell the story of how Samsung forged its Galactic gadget empire. Press play now.
Why bother twisting real, plastic arms when you can play twisting games on an iPhone?
What's the point of unpacking a board game when you can alleviate boredom instantly on an iPad?
Kids, you see, don't need the hassle. They just want instant gratification. Yes, they're little adults.
A study performed by child-education specialists the Michael Cohen Group, suggests that touch screens have overtaken all other forms of playful delight for kids.
Xbox One owners will soon be able to buy a Media Remote to handle the entertainment on their consoles.
Slated to arrive in early March, the Xbox One Media Remote will let console users direct the playback of Blu-ray discs as well as streaming video, Microsoft said on Thursday. Dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons will offer access to TV shows and movies listed on the Xbox One's program guide.
Xbox One users will also be able to use the Media Remote on their TVs to control the power and volume through Kinect, which can talk directly to your TV … Read more
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It smells like cigars in here, which makes sense because I'm in a cigar bar called Imbibe in the trendy Nob Hill neighborhood of Albuquerque. I'm not here for rye whiskey or a smoke, though. I'm here to buy some bitcoin.
The Lamassu bitcoin kiosk sits prominently on a counter, not far from the door. It's being promoted as the first publicly available US bitcoin vending machine. If it's not the first, it's definitely one of the first. Eric Stromberg, owner of Enchanted Bitcoins, the kiosk operator, stands beside it with an Asus Netbook at the ready.… Read more
A new update for the Xbox One didn't quite go smoothly.
Many Xbox One users who downloaded the latest update say their screens now go black when they press the Xbox Button on their controllers. A number of them commenting on both the Xbox One support forums and Reddit's Xbox thread report that the audio remains alive even as all screen activity goes dark. Some have responded to the bug by unplugging and replugging their consoles, while others were able to recover by holding down the power button to reset the machine.
In response to a tweet from … Read more
If wearing Google Glass on your face isn't a big enough salute to technology, you might want to take a look at Nokia's bizarre, new skirt. It's made from 80 of its Lumia 1520 and 1020 smartphones. I popped along to London Fashion Week, where the skirt was given its catwalk debut.… Read more
Research firm The NPD Group released new data on Thursday showing that hardware sales were up 17 percent to $241 million in January compared to the same time last year. However, since January 2013 was five weeks and January 2014 was four weeks -- normalized sales of gaming hardware shows a 47 percent increase. And, PlayStation led these sales.
"PS4 led overall hardware sales this month, followed by the Xbox One,&… Read more
For the Sochi Olympics, NBC will plow head first into streaming nearly every moment of the games over the Internet, but still stops short of giving everything to everyone.
The broadcast network NBC and its partners -- distributors like cable and satellite providers and tech companies like Adobe and iStreamPlanet -- have embraced the concept of bringing as much as they can online. What we're getting this year: nearly every moment of competition and more curated video on the Web; easier sign-on and more pay-TV providers on board to let their customers watch online; and more supported devices and … Read more
As the Winter Olympics get under way today, one of the main narratives emerging from Sochi, Russia so far is that of gross incompetence, unfinished construction projects, widespread computer hacking, and a general sense that corruption has been the biggest winner.
Yet, with thousands of Olympic athletes and tens of thousands of spectators arriving in Sochi, the show must still go on. The opening ceremonies are tonight, and soon, skiers, skaters, lugers, and so many others will be competing for precious gold as millions of people around the world watch. Behind it all is a massive technology infrastructure, years in … Read more
Xbox One users can expect two major updates to hit their consoles over the coming weeks.
Revealed by Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten in a blog on Wednesday, the first update will launch on February 11 with several fixes and features. Whitten promises improvements to the Kinect's voice recognition so it can better respond to your commands. Unspecified stability and product updates are also part of the package, as are behind-the-scenes enhancements for developers.
More specifically, Xbox One users will be able to view and manage their storage space, choose the order in which certain content loads, and … Read more