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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.

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.

Calif. court calls for company reimbursements for BYOD phones

In what could be a decisive blow to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) mega trend, the California Court of Appeal ruled late last week that companies must reimburse employees for work-related use of personal cellphones, as described in the National Law Review.

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.

AT&T beats other carriers on customer purchase satisfaction

AT&T topped all four national carriers for the third time in a row for customer purchase satisfaction in-store, on the phone or on the Web, according to market research firm J.D. Power.

Telegram not dead STOP Alive, evolving in Japan STOP

Throughout Japan, an army of workers stands ready to ensure important messages are delivered as quickly as possible. But they don't work in data centers maintaining email servers. They deliver telegrams.

Microsoft chooses home automation startups for accelerator program

Microsoft has chosen 10 home automation startups that it will support in various ways through an accelerator program, in the hopes of helping them develop their technologies and products.

Samsung pins its hopes on Galaxy Alpha's metal frame

Samsung launched its new Galaxy Alpha with a metal frame in a bid to boost sales after the plastic design of its smartphones was blamed for the company's recent struggles.

Energy harvested from body, environment could power wearables, IOT devices

Low-power wearables may soon bid adieu to batteries and start drawing energy generated by body heat and movement, and ambient energy from the environment.

Google Fit preview sets stage for fitness apps on Android

Want to measure heart rate or weight? Google can help you.

Google's YouTube buys Directr video app and makes it free

Google's YouTube division has bought the Directr movie-making app for smartphones and will offer it free.

Researchers promote battery-free Wi-Fi technology

The coming Internet of things (IoT) revolution may not run on batteries, but on power plucked from the air, according to researchers at the University of Washington.

HP to test wearables market by working with partners

Hewlett-Packard's initial approach to the wearables market will be through partnerships, rather than developing products entirely in-house.

IoT will become multitrillion-dollar market by 2020

Companies have embarked on a gradual but massive adoption of "Internet of things" (IoT) technology, investing in sensors to collect data, which is then wirelessly sent for further analysis or alerts, according to a survey.

Panasonic to help Tesla build battery 'Gigafactory'

Panasonic has agreed to help set up the factory that Tesla Motors plans to build for making batteries for Tesla and other electric cars.

Vision-correcting display nixes your need for eyeglasses

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are working on computer screens that would adjust their images to accommodate individual user's visual needs. Think of it as a display that wears the glasses so users don't have to.