consumer electronics

  • Penn researcher: "We see a future where 'consumer electronics' become 'consumer photonics'"

    Posted September 15, 2012 - 7:05 am

    University of Pennsylvania researchers are touting their creation of an all-optical switch that uses nanowires to transmit and process information using light pulses rather than electricity.
  • Georgia Tech's automated road repair system, fills in pesky cracks

    Posted June 30, 2012 - 7:45 am

    Repaving roads with fresh tarmac is an expensive, time-consuming task that's always inconvenient to any driver who has come upon a blocked off highway lane. Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) believe that they can extend the lifespan of a road's pavement by simply repairing cracks as they appear using an automated system.
  • These firefly-inspired lights don't need electricity

    Posted June 23, 2012 - 7:09 am

    Fireflies are one of nature's few creatures that can create their own light using an organic chemical reaction. But a group of scientists from Syracuse University may have unlocked the secret of the firefly's bioluminescence to create a lighting system that does not require batteries or electricity.
  • Sony shows power outlets that can control electricity by user, device, or source

    Posted February 14, 2012 - 7:55 am

    Sony is developing electric wall sockets and plugs that can control power consumption by appliance, user or original power source.
  • Top stories of 2011: The year in technology

    Posted December 13, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    In 2011, the increasingly mobile and socially networked world of technology became more intertwined than ever with politics and the law. Patent wars shaped competition in tablets and smartphones, hacktivists attacked a widening array of political and corporate targets, repressive regimes unplugged citizens from the Internet, and the U.S. government moved to block the giant merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. With the passing of Steve Jobs, the world lost a technology icon who redefined the computer, entertainment and consumer electronics industries. These are the IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 technology stories of the year:
  • Apple now rivals Exxon-Mobil as world's most valuable public company

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    Technology companies are becoming more valuable, challenging the energy and banking sectors for overall market value.
  • The early adopter's guide to 3D

    Posted January 28, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    We're already in the second generation of in-home 3D, but you're forgiven if you feel nervous about making the plunge just yet. Spending $2000 or so on a 3D TV set, a few pairs of glasses, and a 3D-capable camera or camcorder still seems like a risky proposition at this point, as some key questions remain.
  • No IT budget? Workers bring their own tech

    Posted January 11, 2011 - 10:48 pm

    If your business faces spiralling IT costs, how about this for a plan: Get employees to purchase their own equipment. No, this isn't a federal government initiative, but it is becoming increasingly popular around the country.
  • Extended Warranties on Gadgets: When to Pay, When to Pass

    Posted October 6, 2010 - 11:13 am

    When my iPhone died an unexpected death after about 15 months of use, I held my breath and called Apple. No worries, they said, your extended warranty is still in force. An hour later I was at an Apple store where my new phone was waiting for me and I felt pretty good. After all, my AppleCare policy cost $69; a new phone was about $200, so I came out $140 ahead. Not a bad return on my investment.
  • Google, Apple, Boxee: The war for the living room is about real estate, not cost

    Posted August 13, 2010 - 7:58 am

    With all the inexpensive TV add-on devices headed our way (Google TV, the Boxee Box, iTV, etc) our most precious resource is going to be space, not cash. Where are we going to put it, and where are we going to plug it in?
  • Sneaky Fees: Hidden Charges Add Up for Tech Users

    Posted April 5, 2010 - 3:41 pm

    Regulatory fees. Handling fees. Convenience fees. Whatever vendors call them, more of these small charges continue to pile up on mobile phone and broadband bills, as well as on everyday online purchases. It's adding up to aggravation for many customers.
  • Geekiest Toys at the American International Toy Fair!

    Posted February 17, 2010 - 10:49 pm

    With an increasing number of products integrating electronic, robotic, and online elements, this year's American International Toy Fair was a veritable playground for geeks.
  • Five sites for smart consumers

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    Favorite online sources for consumer information and advocacy.
  • Can the channel survive in a world of Selfsumers?

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 3:00 pm

    Thanks to the Internet, smartphones, social networking sites and other multimedia tools being so readily available, end-users in the consumer space have now evolved to become what PricewaterhouseCoopers calls Selfsumers. And in order for the channel to keep pace, partners will need to adapt to this new type of purchaser, says the company's David Jacobson, director of emerging technologies in Canada.
  • Digital lit: How technology is changing what we read

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 1:32 pm

    Aya Karpinska had a story to tell. She could hear the words and envision how the tale would unfold. All she needed, she says, was the right iPhone app.
  • Cisco to shift resources to consumer push

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:44 pm

    Cisco Systems will shift resources into new product areas next year, including making a major push into homes, Chairman and CEO John Chambers said Tuesday.
  • Review

    Cell phone GPS app smackdown

    Posted October 29, 2008 - 10:38 am

    Traveling a lot, and feeling lost? You don't have to remain directionless--and you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on a dedicated GPS navigation device, either. AT&T Wireless, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless all have their own navigation applications for their GPS-enabled phones.
  • Sneaky fees: 7 new ways you're paying more

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 8:43 pm

    It's no secret that the faltering economy is taking its toll on the tech world. You may not have noticed, though, how often your wallet has been hit with sneaky fees as a result. We've identified seven recently introduced surcharges on tech-related products--add-ons that vendors aren't exactly trumpeting. Ready to see where companies are hiding the new fees?
  • Geek gadgets

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 3:25 pm

    A gadget grab bag of some cool, useful, and goofy gadgets. All are 100 percent geek-approved.
  • Konica Minolta shows prototype communicator headset

    Posted September 30, 2008 - 8:31 pm

    Walk along the halls of the Ceatec electronics show in Japan and you're likely to see all manner of gadgets and gizmos, but few sights might startle you more than Ichiro Kasai.
  • Shop for deals long before Black Friday

    Posted September 9, 2008 - 10:16 am

    You probably don't have time to scour all the deal sites every day, so get on one or more good mailing lists for deals. And sign up now, not the day before Thanksgiving. Let the holiday bargain hunting begin!
  • Five hacks for your entertainment gadgets

    Posted September 4, 2008 - 11:16 am

    These five hacks will let you take greater control over your entertainment experience. Not satisfied with the puny hard drive in your TiVo or Xbox 360? We'll tell you how to upgrade your device's storage on the cheap. Tired of sitting through commercials with your lousy Comcast cable box? We have the code that lets you skip right past them. We'll show you how to play DVD movies and iTunes purchases on any media player, too.
  • Olympic tech's winners and losers

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 12:26 pm

    The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games has ended, the flame extinguished, and while the medal count is now final, a few awards have yet to be given out: those for the winners and losers when it came to technology at the games.
  • Top 10: Hacker spoof, VMware goof

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 3:04 pm

    With all eyes turned to the Olympics in Beijing this week -- what with all the swimming records being blown away -- IT news eased into its usual August slow period. Hackers switched from duping people with CNN news alerts as a lure to sending out millions of messages with fake MSNBC links in them. U.K. hacker Gary McKinnon got to stay in England a little longer as he continues to fight extradition to the U.S. And more news started to pop up regarding the IT angle on the U.S. presidential race as Democrats and Republicans prepared for party conventions.
  • Olympics: so far, so good, so what?

    Posted August 14, 2008 - 4:05 pm

    The Olympics is, after all, about technology, right? IT and all that stuff? Hardware, software? At least I think that's what it's all about. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the XXIX Olympics (BOCOG) said that this was a "High-tech Olympics," so I guess it must be. They also said it was going to be a "Green Olympics," although frankly Beijing always looks kind of gray.
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