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Toshiba sensor to sharpen smartphone photos

Toshiba has developed an image sensor for smartphones and tablets that should deliver better image resolution for smartphones....


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Drivers want their cars to get to know them better

More than 80% of drivers under 35 think their in-vehicle technology is lacking and not intuitive to their needs, a new survey revealed....

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As smartphone screen sizes max out, stylish designs expected at IFA

New smartphones expected to bow at the IFA show in Berlin next week will likely show that makers are taking a step back from larger screen sizes and emphasizing better design....

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Tablets sales will grow just 6.5% this year

Tablet shipments worldwide will continue to grow this year, but not as quickly as earlier expected....

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Samsung Gear S watch sports 3G, LG G Watch R gets curvy

Makers focus on connectivity and design appeal...

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Surface Pro 3 isn't overheating but still needs a software fix

An update will be released soon that will fix a problem that causes a temperature gauge to be displayed when rebooting...

LG to sell first OLED 4K TV -- for $11K

LG has announced plans to release the industry's first OLED TVs in 77-in. and 65-in. screen sizes. But they won't be cheap....

Amazon reportedly scoops up video gamer site Twitch for $1B

Amazon is about to buy Twitch, a video game live-streaming service, according to reports....

Google gets patent to make Glass look like ordinary specs

Google appears to be redesigning Glass to make the wearable computer look less nerdy and more like ordinary eyeglasses....

Even rivals are waiting for Apple to get into wearables

There may be big expectations for the wearables market, but the reality is that until someone transforms the category -- Apple's the usual suspect -- it won't break out of a very small constituency....

17 ways to hate Microsoft Outlook 2013 less

Few software products draw such universal -- and deserved -- scorn as Outlook 2013. Here’s how to tame the beast....

Hero hacks: 14 Raspberry Pi projects primed for IT

VoIP PBXes, NTP servers, Web-controlled power strips -- hack together one of these handy, cheap solutions for the server closet and beyond....

China paving the way for big Xbox One sales

China has approved the sale of 5 million Xbox One units, opening the way for Microsoft to make a big splash in the country's emerging console sector....

YouTube music might be a win for other Google services

A tricked-out version of YouTube offering exclusive content might prove lucrative bait for Google to lure some of its users deeper into its digital video and music services....

Microsoft offers custom Windows OS to all first-gen Intel Galileo owners

Microsoft is encouraging more hardware hackers to develop Windows-based smart devices and appliances with expanded availability of a preview OS to all owners of Intel's Galileo board....

The trouble with trolls (and how to beat them)

A vulnerable person. A sociopath or two on social media tormenting that person without consequence. That's trolling in a nutshell. Mike Elgan explains what you can do about it. ...

With SmartThings buy, is Samsung embracing an open Internet of Things?

In acquiring SmartThings, Samsung is gaining a philosophy, platform and development community for the Internet of Things. It may also be betting that open standards -- open platforms -- will be the key to winning this market....

Biometric headphones measure a wearer's heart rate

Ever wonder what your heart rate is when you're running while listening to music?...

Samsung buys SmartThings in ambitious push to connect your home

Samsung has agreed to buy SmartThings, a two-year-old startup that makes software to connect household objects and let them be controlled from afar via smartphone....

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