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The Future of the Connected Car
February 26, 2011

Most of us who watched Knight Rider as a kid expected that by 2011 we would be driving sleek, self-aware cars like KITT — cars that would take us seamlessly from A to B while cracking witty one-liners. Though that future has not yet come to pass, things are starting to get exciting in the in-car technology space. Connected cars are hitting the consumer market in a price bracket that makes them a realistic option for many. One prediction sees “near saturation” in the U.S. market in as little as four years’ time. “In terms of connected

Getting Heavy with a Wi-Fi Fridge
February 24, 2011

Samsung's Wi-Fi fridge looks to be its own force.

Like planets around a star, the refrigerator is the central focal point in the kitchen. It's hard to escape its influence; massive and enticing, it draws us in with the mysteries it holds. Like what's for dinner. Luckily we can now look beyond for answers. The secrets of the stars may be unreachable for the moment, but as for what to do with that pound of ground beef, we need look no further than the refrigerator door. Set to be available in early summer, the Samsung LCD Refrigerator

4G LTE Won't Destroy GPS; Will LightSquared?
February 24, 2011

Calm down. Contrary to some hyperbolic headlines, the 4G networks run by Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, MetroPCS and T-Mobile won't have any effect on GPS signals. And brand-new 4G provider LightSquared, who GPS manufacturer Garmin complains may indeed interfere with location-based services, doesn't want to. "We not only have to have a robust wireless broadband network, we have to have a robust GPS network. They both have to work," LightSquared executive vice president Jeff Carlisle said. LightSquared owns a satellite communications network but wants to get into the more popular and profitable land-based cellular business.

Finally, Truly Smart Cars Arrive for the Digital Age
February 23, 2011

We've lived in the age of Internet-enabled information and entertainment for more than a decade and a half now. But you sure can't tell that from the state of car electronics: Even now, the devices built into many dashboards remind me as much of the push-button cassette deck on my first car — an extremely used 1982 Jetta — as they do an iPhone or any other 21st-century gizmo.

Why have automobiles been such underachievers, digitally speaking? It's not in the industry's nature to adopt the rapid-fire product cycles

Gary Shapiro: Innovation, Failure and Corporate Culture
February 23, 2011

Innovation is a key corporate and national strategy. Everyone talks about innovation – but how many companies have a culture and structure encouraging innovation? As I discuss in my new book, The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream, great innovation drives the most successful companies, from old-line companies that innovate their turnaround, such as Ford, to new generation companies that innovate to lead entirely new categories, such as Google.