Like other smartwatches on the market, Toq doesn't have the full functionality of a smartphone or tablet. Rather, it syncs with users' smartphones, allowing them to quickly scan through texts, phone calls, and other alerts, such as calendar and WhatsApp notifications, without taking their phones out of their bags. It runs on Qualcomm's operating system and uses the company's low-power mirasol display. For now, Toq will only work with Android, but Qualcomm is considering extending the connectivity to … Read more
Consumer electronics show IFA kicks off in Berlin this week, and Samsung is making a play to dominate the show with not just one, but two press conferences. This first one is called "Unpacked 2013 Episode 2" (the first episode happened in London in June). It is widely expected that the company will use it to take the covers off a smartwatch called the Galaxy Gear, and a new version of the Galaxy Note.Follow CNET's live stream and live blog on Wednesday.
CNET will be in Berlin with an up-to-the-second live blog featuring a live stream, … Read more
Microsoft announced big news for itself on Tuesday. Not only is it acquiring Finnish phone maker Nokia's device and services division, but as part of the deal it's also building a massive global data center in Finland.
According to Microsoft, the company is investing more than $250 million in capital and operation of the data center, which is intended to serve the company's European customers.
Microsoft has another European data center in Ireland and is also expanding in other regions around the world such as Australia and Southeast Asia, according to Data Center Knowledge.
Amazon has officially announced its second-generation Paperwhite after the company mistakenly released details earlier today.
Eagle-eyed spotters over at a Croatia-based forum noticed that Amazon had posted an image to its site on Tuesday promoting a new Kindle Paperwhite. That image included a picture of the device, along with a laundry list of improvements customers can expect when the device is expected to be made available later this month.
Although the image was taken down, Amazon on Tuesday announced that the device is real, and all of the details included in that leak are accurate. The new Paperwhite will come … Read more
ATLANTA -- Over Labor Day weekend, Georgia hosted one of the premiere geek conventions around, known as Dragon Con.
The event, now in its 26th year, stretched over five convention-size hotels in downtown Atlanta and brought in more than 50,000 people to celebrate every walk of geek culture, from video games to comic books, anime, and more. There were countless discussion panels, plus vendors, art, and cosplay, lots and lots of cosplay. … Read more
Samsung's entry into the smartwatch wars is getting shown off a little earlier than the company intended.
Venture Beat on Sunday posted photos of what it says is a prototype of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch that was sent to developers. The photos are actually stills from an "internal promotional marketing video" that was created by an independent team working with Samsung, according to Venture Beat.
The photos show off the purported smartwatch's OLED display running what appears to be a handful of different apps.
Along with the photos, Venture Beat detailed some specs of the … Read more
Aio has three plans to choose from, and they all include unlimited talk, text, and data. The service costs $40 to $70 a month, depending on the plan. New subscribers can get a free month of service if they sign up before September 29.
The announcement comes less than a week after smaller rival T-Mobile filed a lawsuit in federal … Read more
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be a Jelly Bean-powered device with a 2.5-inch OLED display with a 320x320-pixel resolution, if reports by AmongTech prove true.
In addition, the Gear could come in two different storage capacities: 6GB and 8GB options. Other specifications in the concept device include a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4-megapixel camera capable of 720p video recording, and 1GB RAM, with a battery life up to 10 hours.
The Gear's hardware and software details allegedly come from an anonymous Samsung warehouse worker, days ahead of the watch's debut. One thing we can be … Read more
Intellectual Ventures announced on Thursday that a company it helped grow and that has received investment from Bill Gates, among others, is going out on its own.
Evolv Technologies has been spun off from Intellectual Ventures and is now under the leadership of security industry veteran Mike Ellenbogen. The move comes after Evolv raised $11.8 million in a funding round led by Microsoft founder Gates, Lux Capital, and other investors.
Evolv Technologies aims to commercialize imaging and detection technology for airports. More specifically, the company is focused on detecting so-called "metamaterials" -- materials that have properties not … Read more
What if you could listen to music on a headset without putting anything into or over your ear canal?
It sounds counter-intuitive, but here's a concept that frees your ears to pick up ambient noise while you groove to your favorite tunes.