Gadgets

  • California leaders push for smartphone kill switch
    O-smartphone-kill-switch-facebook 2014-02-09 07:10:56 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Legislation unveiled Friday in California would require smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" to render them inoperable if lost or stolen — a move that could be the first of its kind in the country. State Sen. Mark Leno, San Francisco District Attorn...

  • Samsung, Google sign patent agreement
    Google-samsung-diaalnews.com 2014-01-27 18:35:43 UTC
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the two tech giants. Seoul-based Samsung said Monday...

  • Nvidia promotes new chip with crop circle
    3d891bced9df1f00480f6a7067009784 2014-01-06 09:19:03 UTC
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 310-foot "crop circle" in a California barley field that mystified locals this week was explained Sunday: it was a publicity stunt by Nvidia Corp., a maker of chips for PCs and smartphones. The crop circle near Chualar, Calif., contained a stylized image of a computer chip a...

  • Japan robot chats with astronaut on space station
    94830debbbac6e2a460f6a706700c00e 2013-12-20 07:37:21 UTC
    TOKYO (AP) — The first humanoid robot in space made small talk with a Japanese astronaut and said it had no problem with zero-gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the robot's developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in J...

  • SKorea court: Apple didn't violate Samsung patents
    8565cd66c45dae29450f6a7067004124 2013-12-12 06:12:17 UTC
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets. A Seoul Central Distr...

  • Small company helps Twitter make money
    D3aeb09232e07628440f6a7067003f27 2013-11-29 09:04:11 UTC
    DENVER (AP) — Twitter just issued its IPO but a lingering question is how the popular worldwide microblog company will turn a profit. One Colorado-based company thinks it has found one way to help Twitter, and itself, make money. Wayin has partnered up with the Denver Broncos to project tweete...

  • Samsung says it owes Apple $52 million
    Apple_became_the_first__1_trillion_publicly_listed_us_company 2013-11-14 06:14:32 UTC
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — How much does Samsung Electronics owe Apple for copying vital features of the iPhone and iPad? Apple says $380 million. Samsung counters with $52 million. It's possible a jury presiding over a patent trial in a San Jose courtroom will find somewhere in between. Th...

  • New version of iPad Mini now available
    E0b77d9a28ffee26420f6a7067008c55 2013-11-13 07:40:17 UTC
    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple began selling a new iPad Mini on Tuesday without the usual fanfare. Apple usually announces the availability date in advance, allowing loyal customers to line up at stores overnight to be among the first to buy one. This time, Apple quietly issued a news release ...

  • Biometrics researchers see world without passwords
    F347dbf32593de26420f6a7067004442 2013-11-12 09:03:14 UTC
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — You may never need to memorize another password. That's the goal of researchers at Purdue University's International Center for Biometrics Research. Stephen Elliott is the director of international biometric research at Purdue University in Indiana. He says iris and...

  • Testimony to begin in Apple-Samsung patent trial
    _71003938_71003937 2013-11-13 07:43:46 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The billion dollar patent fight between the world's two biggest smartphone makers is resuming in a Silicon Valley courtroom. Lawyers for rivals Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. were scheduled to deliver opening statements Wednesday in a San Jose courtroom in a trial ...

  • Metamorphosing beast center-stage in Sony game
    Ecfbe0342e511e25420f6a706700a55b 2013-11-04 07:02:58 UTC
    TOKYO (AP) — Knack was created to be the perfect beast to show off the spectacularly vamped up visual powers of the PlayStation 4 game console. The hero of the game, which is also called "Knack," is made up of 5,000 parts that cluster together and hang in the air to shape its ever-metamorphosing ...

  • Apple unveils new Macs, iPad ahead of holidays
    5470a4369f28f223400f6a7067009f58 2013-10-22 22:03:18 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple Inc. is refreshing its iPad lineup and slashing the price of its Mac computers ahead of the holiday shopping season, as it faces an eroding tablet market share and growing competition from rival gadget makers. Apple unveiled a new, thinner, lighter tablet called the ...

  • New iPads likely at Apple event next week
    Ipad-diaalnews.com 2013-10-16 04:58:05 UTC
    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is holding an event in San Francisco next week to announce new products — likely updated iPads. The company announced its most recent iPads around this time last year. The announcement included a smaller version, called the Mini, for the first time. New iPads ...

  • Strap on your computer, wearable tech taking off
    C7c327cd15a7f7213e0f6a7067001149 2013-10-02 06:07:17 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The digital domain is creeping off our desktops and onto our bodies, from music players that match your tunes to your heart beat, to mood sweaters that change color depending on your emotional state — blue for calm, red for angry. There are vacuum shoes that clean the floor w...

  • Icahn wants Apple to spend $150B buying its stock
    Diaalnews.com-carl_icahn-apple_ceo_tim_cook 2013-10-01 18:49:10 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Activist investor Carl Icahn is pressuring Apple to spend $150 billion buying back its own stock, a target that would more than double the amount that the company's board authorized in a previous attempt to placate frustrated shareholders. Icahn took to the Internet and th...

  • Christmas in summer? Gadget makers reveal lineups
    518743468e57061e3d0f6a7067003998 2013-09-11 19:28:01 UTC
    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — It's still officially summer, yet major electronic companies have already announced a slew of holiday gift ideas: iPhones of different colors, video game players and a new category of wristwatches designed to mimic the functionality of smartphones. Much of the early at...

  • Apple introduces 2 new iPhone models
    Bd0b85dc8d68021e3d0f6a70670017dc 2013-09-10 20:43:18 UTC
    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time since introducing the device that changed cellphones forever, Apple will offer two distinct versions of the latest iPhones — a cheaper one made of plastic and another that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" and reads your fingerprint. Appl...

  • SKorea mobile network touted as world's fastest
    Url 2013-06-27 05:55:06 UTC
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's largest mobile operator is this week launching what it says is the world's fastest wireless network. SK Telecom Co. said Wednesday that the LTE-Advanced network can download data at speeds twice as fast as LTE networks and 10 times faster than third gene...

  • Chinese supercomputer named as world's fastes
    U47p5029t2d599921f26dt20130617174300 2013-06-18 04:49:58 UTC
    t BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese university has built the world's fastest supercomputer, almost doubling the speed of the U.S. machine that previously claimed the top spot and underlining China's rise as a science and technology powerhouse. The semiannual TOP500 listing of the world's fastest supe...

  • Obama to take advantage of advances in wireless
    President-obama-uses-apple-ipad-for-daily-briefings 2013-06-15 17:23:15 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama is taking advantage of advances in the wireless industry to help create jobs. Obama issued a presidential memorandum Friday directing federal agencies to be more efficient in their use of radio spectrum and to make more capacity ava...

  • Google begins launching Internet-beaming balloons
    C5c4d89e0a04cb14340f6a70670092b4 2013-06-15 16:28:04 UTC
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant, jellyfish-shaped balloons with the lofty goal of getting the entire planet online. Eighteen months in the works, the top-secret project was announced Saturday in New Zeala...

  • APPLE EVENT: New software, MacBooks, music
    9b14477b728f6113340f6a7067007c8a 2013-06-11 04:40:16 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple announced a digital radio service, new MacBook Air laptops and updates to its operating systems for Mac and mobile devices Monday. The announcements came at the company's annual conference for software developers in San Francisco. Among the highlights: Apple...

  • AT&T extends wait for new phone to 2 years
    Att-logo 2013-06-10 18:00:07 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is extending from 20 months to 24 months the time it takes for customers on contract-based plans to earn a fully subsidized upgrade to a new phone. The move announced Sunday follows an identical one by Verizon Wireless in April. AT&T Inc.'s new policy applies to any ...

  • AT&T launches push-to-talk service for iPhone
    Screen-shot-2013-04-29-at-4-07-56-pm 2013-06-10 17:51:00 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T Inc. on Monday said it's adding a walkie-talkie-like application to the iPhone for its corporate customers, replicating a hallmark feature of the Nextel network, which is being shut down this summer. A push-to-talk feature is available on some non-Nextel phones from Sp...

  • Studio to comb N.M. landfill for bad Atari games
    Et-game-screenshot-620x350_620x350 2013-06-09 17:52:43 UTC
    ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city commission agreed to allow a Canadian studio to search a landfill where old, terrible Atari games are rumored to be buried. Alamogordo commissioners decided last week that they will allow Fuel Industries to search the landfill for games, according to...