Microsoft's SkyDrive won't be around much longer -- at least, not by that name.
SkyDrive, the software company's cloud-based storage service, will soon be called OneDrive, Microsoft General Manager for Consumer Apps and Services Ryan Gavin announced Monday.
The move comes several months after a British court ruled that Microsoft's use of the SkyDrive name was infringing on a trademark owned by British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) Group's Sky trademark. Rather than continue to battle it out in court, Microsoft decided it was time to change the service's name.
Gavin acknowledged that the BSkyB dispute … Read more
She vowed to fight. Now she has glassed the opposition.
Cecila Abadie, the software developer who was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer and cited for wearing Google's society-threatening goggles, has been cleared of being a menace to society.
The day of the desktop hard drive would appear to be over -- at least for terabyte-size drives. Now, for about the same money, you can get a smaller, USB-powered model that's just as fast and way more travel-friendly.
To wit: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Newegg has the Toshiba Canvio Connect 1TB portable hard drive for $59.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code EMCPWWP25 at checkout. (If you're not already a signed-in Newegg newsletter subscriber, you'll need to be.)
That's a full $40 off the regular price of this drive, … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Following the demise of its plasma division last year, Panasonic has expressed its enthusiasm for the potential of LCD technology via its prototype Studio Master Drive 4K LED TV.
At CES 2014, Panasonic offered attendees a look at its latest prototype -- a local-dimming 4K LED TV -- that it claimed delivered pictures as good as last year's amazing ZT60 plasma. In order to validate this claim, the company exhibited the TV in darkness side-by-side with the ZT60 as well as last year's 4K TV, the WT600.
While the demo scenes from the animated movie &… Read more
Technology is sneaking into sports in all sorts of interesting ways. We've already seen an electronic basketball and a football helmet with concussion sensors. Now it's time for tennis to get its turn with the Babolat Play Pure Drive connected tennis racket.
The only clue that you're not playing with a regular racket is the LED light at the bottom of the handle. Otherwise, it has the same specs and feel of a normal Babolat Pure Drive racket. Sensors tucked into the handle measure power, impact location, number of strokes, spin, and type of stroke. It's charged via USB and lasts for up to six hours, which should get you through all but the most epic of tennis matches.… Read more
If you were going to affix a tiny camera in an airplane bathroom, wouldn't you remember to take it down again?
Before, you know, someone found it.
It seems, though, that an unknown person -- for an unknown reason -- taped a camera inside an airplane bathroom on Sunday and left it there.
When it was discovered, the American Airlines 767 plane, which was en route from San Francisco to New York, was diverted to Kansas City, as no one at the time could identify the device. It was feared to be a bomb.… Read more
LAS VEGAS -- AT&T is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to its drive to turn cars into smartphones.
The Dallas-based telecommunications company on Monday unveiled AT&T Drive, a platform that allows automakers to add connected services such as in-car entertainment systems, over-the-air diagnostic systems, and other cellular-enabled features.
In addition, AT&T will open the 5,000-square-foot Drive Studio, where automakers can bring in vehicles and test out services and components. The company told CNET that it has invested several millions of dollars on the construction of the facility.
It'… Read more
LAS VEGAS -- My first few times driving a car with adaptive cruise control, I nervously kept my foot hovering over the brake as I approached traffic ahead. Riding in Audi's A7, fitted with a test version of its Piloted Driving feature, was like that, but more so.
As Audi's autonomous driving technology is still under development, I wasn't in the driver's seat. I watched as a brave Audi staffer pushed a button, then took his hands off the wheel. The car used its forward-looking radars and laser to "see" traffic ahead, a windshield-mounted … Read more
Editor's note: In this two-part piece of speculative fiction, Crave's Eric Mack envisions life in a world in which a number of emerging technologies and concepts that grabbed attention in 2013 have gone mainstream. Part one begins 10 (if you're an optimist) or maybe 20 years in the future, on the day a major scientific discovery is set to be announced.