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While Apple has yet to bring native wireless charging to its lineup of iOS mobile devices, vendors at International CES were out in force this week claiming to have the first chargers for the iPhone 5, iPhone 4 and 4S models.

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Automakers show off in-vehicle Wi-Fi, new smartphone interfaces
Ahead of the big New York Auto Show, several car companies today displayed in-vehicle infotainment systems that connect to smartphones to use mobile apps, music playlists, calling features and calendars.

How to build the perfect smartwatch
Most of the features of the perfect smartwatch exist today, but not all in the same product. (Insider; registration required)

The fuss over Samsung's Magazine UX is all about fragmentation
Samsung announced Tuesday that its four newest Android KitKat tablets will include the somewhat controversial Magazine UX, a customizable user interface designed by Samsung, not Google.

As wearable devices hit the market, apps are sure to follow
If there's to be an explosion of wearable devices and smartwatches in 2014, as analysts forecast, the bigger question becomes when more apps will emerge that work with such devices.

Sweet! Your next Hershey's Kiss may be 3D printed
3D Systems has signed a multi-year agreement with The Hershey Company to develop opportunities for using 3D printing technology in creating edible foods.

Three big trends converge at CES
Lifelogging and lifestreaming got a boost from wearable computing and the quantified self at International CES this week. Welcome to the future.

Intel to scrap McAfee name, give away mobile security tools
Intel plans to ditch the venerable McAfee brand for its security products and services, and offer free mobile security software to customers running Android, iOS and other OSes on their smartphones and tablets.

At CES, tablets get bigger screens, dual OSes and even car access
Tablets are getting bigger screens, moving into cars, and dual-booting Windows and Android at this year's International CES show as tech vendors give a glimpse into the gadget's future.

This robotic camera can take the ultimate video selfie
Chris Boyle was surfing with friends in the Dominican Republic a few years ago when came up with the idea for the Soloshot, a robotic camera that tracks your every more from about a mile away.

Innovation in wearable tech could come from do-it-yourselfers
Vendors showed many wearable devices at the International CES expo, but the next big thing may just come from an enthusiast's garage.

Wireless chargers invade furniture, cars
Along with the Wireless Power Consortium, the Alliance for Wireless Power has announced several of its members will be selling charging devices for furniture and cars.

3D printer prices drop, food printers arrive at CES
The number of 3D printer vendors rose from five last year to more than 20 this year, and prices for their machines have come down dramatically.

Of Internet-connected Crock-pots, cars, smartwatches
The oft-used phrase, 'Internet of Things' is one emerging tech jargon abstraction that average users are still noodling over in order to better understand and appreciate it.

It's time to examine rules on data collection and privacy, U.S. commerce secretary says
The International CES might never have seen so many connected devices in its history. Never mind phones and tablets, everything from cooking pots to cars and fitness bands now connect to the Internet and broadcast information.

Windows Phone 8.0 is upgradeable, Microsoft says
The next version of Windows Phone, expected to launch in the spring, will be backwards compatible to Windows Phone 8.0, contrary to some earlier reports from industry sources, a Microsoft official told Computerworld today.

Prices of 4K monitors fall to under $800
Prices of 4K monitors have fallen to under US$800, finally coming within the reach of users who didn't want to spend thousands on displays.

Intel plans to bring speedy DDR4 DRAM to computers in Q3
Intel will add support for DDR4 memory to its high-end computers in the third quarter, sources familiar with the company's plans said.

The Traveling Nerds brought a drone to CES -- here's the video
With more than 2 million net square feet of exhibit space, this year's CES is bigger than ever. It's easy to feel overwhelmed, knowing there's always some exhibits you haven't seen. Unless, of course, you can get a drone's eye view with a flying camera.

Pixeom talks up its palm-sized cloud in a box
If it's not the NSA or Google it's someone else. These days it seems there's always somebody scanning your data, looking to make a profit or to learn something about you. What if you could set up your own social network or e-commerce site that didn't require putting your information in someone else's data center?

BlackBerry CEO Chen has a plan to win back enterprise customers
Recently installed BlackBerry CEO John Chen is on a mission to restore the ailing company to financial health, largely by restoring faith in BlackBerry among corporate CIOs and other traditional enterprise customers.

Intel trumpets Android+Windows as 'more choice'
Intel confirmed that it will provide processors to personal computer and tablet makers that support both Windows 8.1 and Android, the two operating systems from fierce rivals Microsoft and Google.

Vendors demo wireless charging for iPhones
Wireless charging vendors made several announcements around their first sleeves for iPhone charging as well as upgrades allowing mobile devices to be charged through solid objects.

With Sprint's new plan, friends and neighbors can be your 'framily'
Sprint will let friends, neighbors or any other group join up for savings on monthly bills under the Sprint Framily Plan, announced Tuesday.

Here's what your UHD-TV will look like
TV sales are picking up as consumers begin to replace their first flat-screen HDTVs, but don't expect a significant surge in sales of UHD-TVs this year.

Toshiba shows off shape-shifting 5-in-1 concept PC
Convertible laptops are already becoming commonplace in the market, but Toshiba is taking the idea to the extreme with a concept PC that can physically change into five different modes.

Yahoo buys 'smart home screen' company Aviate
Yahoo has acquired Aviate, a startup that developed a technology to organize the home screen of the user's Android device based on what the user is doing.

Sony plans 4K short-throw laser projector
Sony will launch a laser projector that can turn your living room wall into a giant, 147-inch 4K display with ultra high definition.

Sony's streaming service not intended to kill cable, CEO says
Sony's new streaming video service, due to launch in the U.S. later this year, isn't intended as a direct competitor to cable television, CEO Kaz Hirai said Tuesday.

Audi and GM are putting LTE in new cars
Car makers such as Audi and GM are integrating LTE wireless technology in their new models, offering customers faster access to the Internet but not much choice since they have both signed deals with AT&T.

Smartwatches arrive before their time
Smartwatches and other wearable computing devices are getting plenty of buzz at International CES this year, but it remains to be seen if, and when, the gadgets will achieve broader consumer interest.

Hands-on with the ZTE Grand S II, a voice-activated phone
With all the smartphones on the market, Chinese company ZTE is hoping to set its phones apart by bringing voice-assistant technology to its newest flagship device, the Grand S II.

Intel chief opens CES with parade of wearables
Intel's CEO, battling to keep the company relevant as computing moves beyond the PC, introduced a new line of wearable computers Monday night, including a connected smartwatch and a pair of earbuds with a built-in heart monitor.

Sony expands 4K TV range with 9 new models
Sony added nine more models in three series to its 4K TV range at the International CES show on Monday, promising cheaper offerings but not specifying prices.

Intel's smallest computer to power wearable devices
Intel hopes a new mini-computer the size of an SD card will drive growth for it in the wearables market.

Driverless shuttle aimed at campuses, inner cities
A driverless shuttle vehicle unveiled at CES can carry up to 10 people, learning any new route with a single trip and responding to rider stops when requested.

Samsung offers new Android tablets and curved UHD TV
Samsung introduced a 105-inch, curved-screen, Ultra High Definition TV at a pre-International CES news event, but the new product was upstaged when movie director Michael Bay walked offstage because of a problem with a teleprompter.

Roku beats Apple to the TV market
While Apple has called its Apple TV set-top box a "hobby," rival Roku has teamed up with two manufacturers to build its popular video streaming service directly into TVs. Columnist Ryan Faas weighs in on the consequences.

By 2018, cars will be self-aware
As car telematics systems become connected to the Internet, cars will become one more device on consumer mobile data plans. But connecting to the cloud also means vehicles will be aware of everything around them.

Asus' PC convertible can switch between Windows and Android in 5 seconds
PC maker Asus is taking the Windows-Android hybrid concept to another level with a convertible laptop that can switch between the two OSes with the click of an on-screen button.

AT&T lets companies sponsor subscribers' mobile data
AT&T will let media companies and other partners cover the cost of delivering some data over the carrier's mobile network, letting subscribers click on videos and other content without worrying about their monthly data caps.

OEMs, Intel making big mistake with two-headed, dual-OS devices
OEMs and Intel risk damaging both the Android and Windows ecosystems if they go through with plans to sell devices able to run software from both worlds, an analyst argued today.

AT&T expands smart car role
AT&T, making sure that auto makers don't get all the credit for the smart cars of the future, called attention to AT&T's wireless network that will connect cars to powerful apps, content and data on distant servers.

Sharp shows off Q+, billed as highest-res full HD TV available
Resolution fanatics hoping that 4K TVs will become cheaper got some welcome news from Sharp on Monday when it unveiled its Aquos 4K Ultra HD, with 60- and 70-inch versions priced at USD$4,999.99 and $5,999.99, respectively.

D-Link and Netgear extend wireless range of 802.11ac networks
D-Link and Netgear have both announced so-called range extenders to improve the coverage of Wi-Fi networks based on the 802.11ac specification.

Google, auto companies to bring Android to cars
Google has teamed up with several auto manufacturers with the goal of bringing Android to cars by the end of this year.

Harman's Signal Doctor to cure compressed music, restore original sound
Harman International introduced a new software kit for home and in-car entertainment systems that automatically discovers compressed music files and restores them to their original audio quality.

Making wearable devices gets easier with Freescale's Warp development kit
Freescale Semiconductor wants users to develop and test their own wearable devices with a mini-computer.

Consumer tech spending will see small contraction in 2014
Lower average selling prices for millions of new smartphones and tablets will help keep the global market for technology in 2014 at 1% below the levels of last year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.

Nvidia's 192-core Tegra K1 brings console graphics to mobile
Nvidia showed its new Tegra K1 graphics processor, which packs 192 GPU cores onto a single chip and promises to bring console-class graphics to smartphones and tablets.

Smartphone gadgets lets you control Crock-Pot, check for sunburn
Ever wanted to control your Crock-Pot with a phone?

HP sees future of laptops in Pro X2 410 hybrid
Hewlett-Packard believes the future of laptops lies in the form of "converged" devices like the Pro X2 410 hybrid, which is a tablet bundled with a detachable keyboard.

Chevy's 2015 Corvette Stingray to get telemetry recorder
Chevrolet will offer owners of its new 2015 Corvette Stingray a high-tech system that's a cross between a dash-cam and a flight data recorder.

New types of RAM could revolutionize your PC
New chips that blur the line between computer memory and storage are starting to move beyond niche applications and could change how we use PCs, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Samsung Smart Home aims to control TVs, refrigerators with a single app
Samsung is making a play for the "connected home" with a new service that will let people control things as varied as their refrigerator, TV and heating system via a single smartphone app.

Lenovo's shape-shifting laptops, tablets get a facelift
Lower pricing hasn't stopped Lenovo from adding a gaggle of new features and innovations to its latest hybrid laptops and tablets.

Lenovo drops 4K monitor prices with $799 ThinkVision Pro2840m
Lenovo wants to bring 4K to the masses with the aggressively priced $799 ThinkVision 2840m monitor.

LG's curved 4K OLED TVs coming to CES
A 77-inch television with a curved screen and resolution four times better than today's high-definition TV will be a centerpiece of LG Electronics' product line-up at next week's International CES in Las Vegas.

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Acer's $1,100 Android all-in-one shows stunning visuals
Acer's going beyond conventional high-definition with its latest all-in-one PC, which at a list price of US$1,099.99, is one of the most expensive Android devices available.

MediaTek to demo chipsets for LTE, wearables and 4K TVs at CES
MediaTek is planning to show off its latest chipsets for LTE smartphones with wireless charging, wearables and 4K TVs at the International CES trade show in Las Vegas next week.

Gadgets that can hear, track and watch to dominate CES
Wearable gadgets and "smart" devices that can see, track motion and record activities will be out in abundance at this year's International CES trade show.

Microsoft to face computer makers' rebellion at CES
Microsoft will face a rebellion of long-time partners at next month's CES when OEMs introduce Windows PCs that can also run Android mobile apps.

Start-up Humavox unveils wireless charging via radio frequency
Humavox this week unveiled Eterna, a new platform that uses RF signals to wirelessly power the Internet of Things, especially medical and wearable devices such as hearing aids, smart watches and augmented-reality glasses.

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CES 2014: When is a smartwatch dumb?

CES 2014 saw a wave of so-called "smartwatches" making an appearance on the tech world stage, but not one of these things are really smart and none will define this category.

T-Mobile comes as a Wrecking Ball to CES 2014

John Legere will always love you.

If you're clawing, chaining your heart in vain at your current cellular carrier, T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS) suggests you jump, never asking why.

Will you fall under CEO John Legere's spell?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers just walk away. Not to mention: FAIL! She gets the words to Wrecking Ball wrong...

SmartThings & Revolv: The best contenders for smart home seamless automation

When it comes to smart homes, does it really matter how smart the devices are if you need 20 different apps to control 20 smart devices? With a plethora of supported protocols and devices, and one app to rule them all, Revolve and SmartThings are real contenders to bring you the Jetson's house of future . . . today.

Hands on: The first things you notice about Sony's Xperia Z1S

Sony's Xperia Z1S has high-end hardware in a distinctive waterproof design -- and it's coming soon to a store near you. Here are some initial impressions after a day with the device.

Android at CES: 5 things you should know about now

The Consumer Electronics Show is filled with hype-heavy noise -- so what do you really need to know? Here are the five most significant takeaways for Android fans so far.

CES 2014: Apple, Google wanna pimp your ride

Regular readers will know I've told you what's coming when it comes to connected devices and the chance to put smarts inside your ride, but this year will be the year Apple and Google try to put their digital keys in your lock.

Hallelujah! Samsung is finally ditching the old Android Menu button

It's been a slow and drawn out death, but Samsung is finally letting go of the old Android Menu button and moving its products closer to modern-day Android standards. 

Will we embrace biometrics to replace passwords? FIDO authentication at CES 2014

Dozens of new personal tech products at CES 2014 use biometrics to scan fingerprints, palm prints and irises, utilize facial recognition, eye tracking, and voice recognition for FIDO authentication; that means they were “designed with a core focus on privacy;” all “biometric and/or personally identifiable information (PII) stays local on the user's device and is not shared to the cloud or over the network.” Will 2014 finally be the year we embrace biometric solutions to replace passwords?

CES 2014 preview roundup: Daft Technologic Punks in Vegas (baby)

What will happen in Vegas? And will it stay there?
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, there's something for everyone. Connected, simplified, biometric gadgets are in focus in today's roundup. But beware plunging prices, as emerging markets... well... emerge. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers sample the wares in sin city. Your humble blogwatcher wrote it, cut it, pasted it, saved it -- curating these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

All aboard Google's VP9 bus to free 4K UHD

Free codec to allow more detailed cat videos.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is gushing over all the hardware vendors who've pledged support for its new VP9 video codec. It's royalty-free and claimed to be just as good as the new, encumbered H.265 "high efficiency video codec" standard -- i.e., they're both about twice as efficient as today's widely-used H.264 codecs. And Google will add VP9 to YouTube, Real Soon Now, along with some 4K videos.

Apple iBeacon tech lights up CES 2014

It's the same every year at CES: Apple doesn't appear at the event but its shadow looms large. This year's a little different, because the Apple championed iBeacon  will be part of the show.