Consumer Electronics

FCC to End Cable Companies’ Monopoly of Set-Top Boxes

Cable Monopoly of Set-Top Boxes Poised to End?

Of all the “smart” things we have these days – cellphones, homes, the Smart Grid, utility meters – there’s one big area that hasn’t fully joined the party. Our televisions. Sure… we have “smart TVs” – but the technology around them is still pretty dumb. You know the problem: You’ve got one remote for the...

Tech Trends to Look for 2016: Part Two

Five (More) Tech Predictions for 2016

Last Thursday, I stuck my neck on the block and issued five tech predictions for 2016. To recap, we discussed how the incredible pace of innovation looks set to continue this year… how virtual reality is poised for a defining year… which tech giant will acquire Twitter… how Nikola Tesla’s dream from the 1800s is...

Tech Trends to Look Out for in 2016

Five Tech Predictions for 2016

In summing up the fortunes of the tech sector in 2015, The Verge’s Walt Mossberg pulls no punches. The “next big thing” didn’t show up. There wasn’t a single tech device or service that “captivated and remade the lives of the masses,” he says. He’s right. So will  one show up in 2016? Doubtful. Think...

Blackphone Smartphone Protects Against Cyber Attacks

Encrypted Smartphone Protects Against Cyber Attacks

It all started with Edward Snowden’s revelations… People began worrying about who might be spying on them. As my colleague Greg Miller discussed, cyber attacks have put everyone – from governments and corporations to individuals – on high alert. It seems the need for digital security has never been higher. Perhaps that’s why a secretive...

Streaming TV: Winners and Losers From Almighty Media Battle

Who’ll Win America’s Streaming TV Battle?

If you’re a Star Trek fan, CBS just made your day. It announced that it’s bringing back a Star Trek television series. But there’s a catch… In a sign of the changing times in the TV industry, the only way to see the new series will be to subscribe to CBS All Access – the...

Fitbit: The Odds Are Stacked Against This One-Hit Wonder

Fitbit: The World’s Most Dangerous Tech Stock?

“My Sharona” by The Knack. “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors. “Groove Is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite. In the music industry, we call them “one-hit wonders.” The artist notches a big winner, then disappears. In the technology sector, such a fate often befalls tech companies, too. Only we call them “one-product wonders.” They design items...

WalkCar: The Portable Car That Fits in Your Bag

WalkCar: The Portable “Car in a Bag”

When you hear of a product described as a “car in a bag,” you can’t help but be intrigued. That was my reaction when I saw the latest invention from Japan. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I see some of the cool modes of transportation shown in films and on television shows,...

Smartwatch Market: Can Anyone Challenge the Apple Watch?

Smartwatch War: Can Anyone Challenge Apple?

As my colleague Louis Basenese mentioned on Wednesday, Apple’s (AAPL) product launch event last week contained the usual buzz and hype over new gadgets. But one thing was conspicuously absent from CEO Tim Cook’s two-hour presentation: Despite the Apple Watch being the first product mentioned, and getting all kinds of functionality and fashion updates, Cook...

iSkin: "Electronic Skin" That Can Control Your Mobile Devices

The “Wearable Skin” That Controls Your Phone

This just might be the ultimate in wearable technology. If you thought this rapidly growing industry was all about fitness bands and awkward-looking headsets, think again. At the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, researchers are working on the iSkin wearable patch. Equipped with touch sensors and worn on the skin, the silicone patches are thin,...

Apple to Allow iPhone Financing: Guarantees Profits

Why Apple Is a No-Brainer Investment Right Now

Two new iPhones – the 6s and 6s Plus… A larger tablet – the iPad Pro… A new Apple TV… Updated software for the Apple Watch. All products that Apple (AAPL) revealed in its latest highly anticipated launch event last week. And all products that were either leaked or rumored weeks ago. My colleague, Greg...