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This in-ear fitness tracker can play music and track your body temperature
January 3, 2017 at 1:13 pm

For professional athletes (and overly-zealous amateurs), measuring your core body temperature or CBT can offer useful information about workout performance and recovery from injury. Usually, though, tracking this bit of diagnostic data can be a bit tricky, relying on intrusive methods like ingestible pills. Bodytrak, a UK startup, has a neater solution: a wearable gadget…

Lenovo has made an Amazon Echo lookalike, but with better speakers
January 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Lenovo, the world’s largest PC maker, is getting into "smart" speakers. The company just unveiled the Lenovo Smart Assistant, a tall, tubular speaker that has Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa built in. Lenovo says it worked directly with Amazon to integrate Amazon’s Alexa Voice Services, which are expected to show up in a wide variety of…

Dish’s Airtv Player Might Be the Best Streaming Box for Cord Cutters Yet
January 3, 2017 at 1:11 pm

In December, details of Dish’s rumored AirTV Player leaked, revealing that the device had been redesigned as an Android TV-powered streaming media player with an extra twist in the form of support for over-the-air (OTA) TV. Now Dish has officially unveiled the device at CES and it looks like it could be one of the…

Official Intel 7th-gen Kaby Lake Review: One big change makes up for smaller ones
January 3, 2017 at 1:09 pm

ntel’s Tuesday rollout of 7th-generation Kaby Lake CPU for desktops has met a dubious fanfare of leaked reviews that dismiss the new chip as one huge Core i Yawn. Kaby Lake seems to offer barely any movement forward and when overclocked, apparently gets to nuclear-fusion levels of heat output. But it's too early to write…

10 tech trends that will rule Consumer Electronics Show 2017
January 3, 2017 at 1:07 pm

The first tech event of 2017 is also the year's biggest: CES arrives the first week of January, and like a tardy Santa Claus, it bestows the world with the gift of new consumer tech of every kind — phones, cars, TVs, drones, VR — you name it. Looked at another way, CES tends to…

MIT study says 3,000 ride-sharing cars could replace every cab in New York City
January 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm

All 13,000 taxis in New York City could be replaced by a fleet of 3,000 ride-sharing cars if used exclusively for carpooling, according to research published today by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Instead of hailing taxis, passengers that use ride-sharing services for carpooling may lead to reduced traffic congestion, pollution, and…

Where to Find the Celebrities Attending CES 2017
December 30, 2016 at 2:03 pm

Celebrities will be all over CES 2017. Among those who will be in attendance: The NBA, NHL, and MLB Commissioners, Nick Offerman, Joe Montana, Shaq, Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, and more.

Google Tango on Lenovo's Phab 2 Pro: A Work in Progress
December 29, 2016 at 12:06 pm

There’s a lot going on with the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro smartphone, a dizzying array of things to consider. The first is that it’s massive, barely qualifying as a phone, with a 6.4-inch display and hard, chamfered edges that make it feel like a weaponized phablet. The second thing to consider is that this a…

Samsung Galaxy S7 Owners Say Camera Glass Shatters Unexpectedly
December 29, 2016 at 12:05 pm

When you purchase a brand-new smartphone you don’t expect to wake up days later to a broken camera lens. Yet, that’s exactly what Consumerist reader Sean says happened to his new Samsung Galaxy S7, and he’s apparently not alone, as Samsung’s own forums are filled with similar stories. Sean tells Consumerist that he purchased a…

Google’s Pixel copied more than just the iPhone’s design
December 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Some people like to dance around it, but let’s all just stop pretending for a moment, if we can. Google’s Pixel smartphone is practically a carbon copy of Apple’s iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7. Take an iPhone, slap a big weird glass plate on the back, move the home button from beneath the…

Samsung Unveils Quantum Dot Curved Monitors
December 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm

The jury is still out on the benefits of curved TVs. Whenever I see them on display in a store, it's impossible to view the screen without picking up some reflections because, you know, it's curved! But monitors are a different beast. We sit much closer to them, and light sources can be more easily…

Amazon drones, meet your mothership
December 29, 2016 at 11:58 am

This isn't what I imagined from Amazon's cloud-based technology. In recently discovered patent images, Amazon drafted a plan to have an airship 45,000 feet above the Earth, storing a fleet of drones and packages to deliver. Amazon said these unmanned aerial vehicles would take "little to no power" to transport goods to consumers' doorsteps if…

Toshiba Falls by Record as Ratings Cut on Looming Writedown
December 29, 2016 at 11:47 am

Toshiba Corp. plunged by the most on record in intraday trade after the company’s credit ratings were cut following an announcement it may write down billions of dollars of an acquisition made by U.S. unit Westinghouse Electric. The shares fell as much as 26 percent, the most since 1974, according to available data, to 232…

Round Room CEO Makes Some Wireless Tech Predictions for 2017
December 29, 2016 at 9:54 am

We depend on technology to give us rides, deliver our food, help us meet new people and even find us a place to stay for the night. We’ve seen a lot of advancements and innovation in the consumer tech space in 2016, but be prepared for even more exciting advancements in 2017.

Linksys WRT3200ACM Review
December 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm

In 2002, Linksys rolled out the original WRT54G, a seemingly humble router. It set the standard for ease of use and router versatility, while also offering strong performance. It also opened a new world to tinkerers and enthusiasts, who found loading custom software on the device unlocked its possibilities. Linksys has continued to embrace that…