Microsoft's ambition to take over your living room was more evident than ever at its new hardware event Tuesday in New York where the company demoed "wearable holograms" made possible by its HoloLens augmented reality setup. The brief demo showed how any living room can transform to an alien battlefield with the headset.
Microsoft may have launched the second world war of computing on Tuesday with the unveiling of a powerful new Surface Pro 4 tablet and Surface Book, two new convertible devices that make us feel like we're back in the 1990s world where Mac vs. PC was the only conflict of note.
In the ever-expanding galaxy of Bluetooth speakers, portability and price are often the priority at the expense of style and sound, but the Fluance Fi50 is a slick, wood-frame speaker that succeeds in flipping that script. We took one home for a few weeks to test it out.
Google introduced the Pixel C tablet, its apparent answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Apple's iPad Pro, at an event in San Francisco Tuesday morning. The slate will run Android Marshmallow rather than Chrome OS, works with an optional magnetic Bluetooth keyboard and is cheaper than its leading competitors.
On Tuesday, Google announced that it has sold over 20 million Chromecasts the past few years and now hopes to sell more by launching an improved second generation HDMI streaming dongle alongside a streaming audio-only version. The company introduced the new Chromecast and the Chromecast Audio at its big media event alongside new Nexus phones and a new Pixel convertible tablet.
The crowdfunded drone explosion continues with the FLYBi, a
quadcopter designed to put you in the "cockpit," sort of. It aims to
fulfill the promise of earlier concepts like Oculus FPV that merge virtual reality tech with drones to provide a first-person view of the flight.
If you're into the quantified self movement or just very serious about your fitness tracking, there's now a complete running ensemble for you. Sensoria, the company that gave us smart fitness socks a few years ago, now offers a full smart running system providing audio and visual feedback on your workout in real time.
Apple kicked off its anticipated media event in San Francisco today with some interesting updates to the Apple Watch. A few new styles, a bunch of new band options and an update to the Watch OS are among the latest tweaks to the company's first wearable.
We usually talk about seeing "5G," the next big jump in mobile data speeds, coming online around 2020 or later. But Verizon Wireless says it's ready to start testing its next generation network in 2016.
Some day soon your obsolete gadgets could be as compostable as banana peels and spent coffee grounds. Researchers from the Young Investigator Network at Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) in Germany are developing printed electronics from natural and compostable materials that could help make a dent in the millions of tons of electronic waste piling up worldwide each year.