Posts Tagged ‘Tech’

Despite No-Shows, CES Still Dominates Tech Scene

January 6th, 2013
Over the years, some of the most successful home-electronics products -- the compact disc, satellite TV, DVD, high-definition TV -- have launched at the four-day extravaganza known as the International Consumer Electronics Show.

And while this year's CES in Las Vegas, already the largest trade show in the U.S., is expected to draw a near-record 150,000 attendees, plenty of attention will be paid to what -- and who -- is not in attendance.

Some of the most-popular electronics products in recent memory -- Android smartphones, Apple iPhones and iPads,'s Kindles -- have hit the market without using CES as a launching pad. Apple has rarely been an official participant and will again be absent, although iPad- and iPhone-related products will be abundant.

This will be the first annual gathering without Microsoft playing a major role in nearly two decades. The software giant, which released its Windows 8 operating system in the fall, will not have a booth, nor will CEO Steve Ballmer be a keynote speaker -- something the company has done since then-CEO Bill Gates' first CES keynote in 1998. In the keynote slot this year is Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, a signal of the importance that mobile technology plays at the show.

On hand, but not making any major announcements -- with a single meeting room each and no booth -- are Amazon and Google, two more companies behind many of the most-successful gadgets brought to market in recent years. Not registered: Facebook.

Still, many of those companies will have representatives participating in panel discussions and meetings -- and scouting the competition. Microsoft, for example, is sponsoring the show's innovations design and engineering showcase.

Despite some high-profile holdouts, the show goes on.

"A lot of manufacturers like Samsung and Philips and Panasonic will relax, and they won't have to be in Microsoft's shadow for...

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Tech achievement Oscar goes to Canadian software developers

January 4th, 2013

Two software developers from Canada are among the first Academy Award winners of the year.

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10 Canadian tech companies to watch in 2013

January 4th, 2013

After Canadian technology firms had a breakout year in 2012, CBC News asked four Canadian tech CEOs to choose the companies to watch in 2013.

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What will you buy next: Tablet, phablet, laptop, or convertible?

January 4th, 2013
You know you've been eyeballing the latest and greatest screen-powered tech. The question is, what will you buy, and why? [Read more]

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Sony files patent for tech to block used games

January 3rd, 2013
Technology giant submits application for "Electronic Content Processing System" that would tie individual game discs to one user account. [Read more]

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Watch CNET’s ‘The British Are Coming’ panel at CES

January 3rd, 2013
Tune in at 2 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday January 8 for a discussion with three British tech players about what's happening on the technology scene in the U.K. [Read more]

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BuQu Tech Unveils Magnetyze Magnetic Charging System

January 3rd, 2013
CAMARILLO, Calif., January 3, 2013 -- Fans of the popular Android platform and the top-selling Samsung Galaxy S® III smartphone can share a charge with Apple iPhone enthusiasts beginning at the end of January with BuQuTech's launch of the first in a family of Magnetyze? magnetic charging accessories for Android.

BuQu Tech will display the new charging system at the company's MGM Grand suite throughout 2013 International CES in Las Vegas and at the ShowStoppers press event, January 8, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Wynn Hotel/Lafite Ballroom (table A47).

Magnetyze by BuQu Tech applies patent-pending magnetics technology to keep smartphones charged, synchronized and ready to "grab and go." Using the Magnetyze charging system, consumers can do away with the constant need to attach and detach cumbersome cables every time the phone needs to be charged. When the Magnetyze by BuQu Tech magnetic charging system for the Samsung Galaxy S® III is available in late January, Magnetyze will become the first charging platform to enable Android and iPhone users to share a charger. And when it's time to upgrade to a new smartphone, only the Magnetyze protective cover or back plate needs to be replaced. The desk stand, magnetic charging cable and other Magnetyze-branded accessories will continue to work with any available Magnetyze smartphone case ? Android or iPhone.

"Magnetyze is the ideal solution for families who use both the Android and iPhone platform, because every phone equipped with a Magnetyze sleeve is instantly compatible with every Magnetyze accessory, regardless of which platform they use," said Ophir Marish, CEO, BuQu Tech, which introduced the Magnetyze family to Apple iPhone 4/4S users in Q4 of 2012. "Now, both iPhone and Android users can upgrade their smartphones without the...

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GS News – Sony patents tech to block used games

January 3rd, 2013
Technology giant submits application for "Electronic Content Processing System" that would tie individual game discs to one user account.

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Tech News 2012: Apple Dominates, Google Ripples

January 1st, 2013
Apple dominated tech news in 2012. Ho hum. Whether it was the maiden voyage of CEO Tim Cook in the post-Steve Jobs era, new products, the absence of non-Apple products (see Google Maps) or a worldwide legal scrum, America remain riveted on Apple.

How long it lasts remains a parlor game in Silicon Valley, as the company continues to cart out the latest iteration of iPhone and iPad while its stock sinks into the low-$500 range. (The rest of techdom should have such concerns.)

While Apple was a headline grabber, so were its chief rivals, Google, and Microsoft.

What created ripples this year:

Tim Cook's first year as Apple CEO, post-Steve Jobs. Cook was No. 3 in Time magazine's person-of-the-year vote (President Obama won) in his first full year as CEO.

Cook's year was punctuated by: a mea culpa about labor practices at Chinese factories pumping out Apple products; a smackdown in federal court with nemesis Samsung over patents; new iPhones and iPads; and charges of tax dodging by Apple.

Cook ended the year with introspective interviews in Bloomberg Businessweek and on NBC.

iPhone 5 launch. Each iPhone that's come out since Apple's smartphone first appeared in 2007 has been greeted with enormous hype and anticipation, perhaps none more than the iPhone 5, as many were expecting it months earlier, when Apple instead unveiled the iPhone 4S.

Though it might have arrived later than some rumors suggested, the iPhone 5 ($199 and up, with a two-year contract) kept Apple in front of the smartphone pack despite spirited competition from Samsung and others. Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5s the first weekend the device went on sale in September; it sold 2 million in the first weekend it went on sale in China in December.

Apple-Samsung tilt in court. Patent tussles between mobile rivals Apple and Samsung reached a...

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Mobile Trends for the New Year in Tech

January 1st, 2013
Mobile trends in 2013 will revolve around the fact that more and more people are using their phones as computing devices, Noah Kravitz said.

Kravitz, a national mobile expert, has been covering the mobile industry for seven years and recently founded the new consumer buyer's guide He's also partnered with U.S. Cellular to provide his mobile predictions for the year.

Phones are now like walking computers in your pocket, Kravitz told the Tulsa World last week.

But Kravitz said he sees many more technological advances in the future.

"We're like maybe at the top of the second inning of a baseball game," he said. There's still a long way to go.

Below are some of his predictions for the mobile trends of 2013.


The expansion of 4G LTE will continue next year, with more parts of the country, and the world, getting access to the super-fast wireless network.

"4G LTE is a pretty big leap from 3G," Kravitz said. The network's fast speed will put "productivity in your pocket."

Streaming music and movies, uploading photos, and browsing Web sites and social networks will become much faster for smartphone and tablet users who have access to 4G LTE.

Bigger Phones

Kravitz said he's also seeing a trend toward bigger phone screens and a shift in people's attitude toward them.

"When the first giant-sized phones came out, the 4-inch-plus screens, people -- myself included -- were a little skeptical, and now it feels like people are really embracing them," he said.

The shift in attitude reinforces the idea that people "use the phone as a computer more than anything else," Kravitz said.

People want to be able to check their email and watch videos on their phones, and they want to do so on bigger screens.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II, which has a 5.5-inch screen, has already sold 3 million units in three...

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