Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Mobile Technology

The NVC case has its own infrared camera and LEDs

We're now well within the midst of a gold rush, when it comes to smartphone cases that "do things." Recent examples include models that shoot pepper spray, serve as health monitors, and double as game controllers. The Raspberry Pi-based NVC (Night Vision Camera) case, however, has its own trick up its sleeve – it lets the iPhone 6 see in the dark.  Read More

The default home screen on the Nexus 9

Android 5.0 Lollipop has finally begun to arrive on millions of devices worldwide, in addition to the new Nexus devices that also began shipping this month. With this upgrade, Android takes a big step to become a more mature mobile operating system, as does the entire mobile world with it.  Read More

Windows 8.1 has well and truly arrived in the budget tablet space, with prices starting as...

Windows 8.1’s tile UI makes it better suited to touchscreen input than other desktop operating systems, and by now we’re used to seeing hybrid systems, like Microsoft’s own Surface 3 Pro, that offer both tablet and notebook functionality. Over the last six months we’ve seen the OS expand into a new category – the budget tablet. These devices combine functionality and low prices, and can serve as alternatives to the wealth of wallet-friendly Android tablets available this Christmas.  Read More

Plan V, by Sydney-based Flintu

Smartphones are more powerful than ever, but they still have an annoying tendency to run out of juice just when you need them most. The Kickstarter-backed Plan V could get you out of such a fix, as it's a small and light keyring-based device that can be used to charge your smartphone from a 9-volt battery.  Read More

Amazon's Fire Phone is now available for $199 unlocked and contract-free

Amazon isn't exactly setting the world on fire with its Fire Phone. We didn't think the "gimmicky and overpriced phone" was worth picking up in our review, and the company is doing away with the second part of that issue now, as it has dropped the off-contract price to US$199.  Read More

The Helios Bluetooth solar-powered headphones use a photovoltaic panel to draw on power fr...

We first came across the idea of solar-powered Bluetooth headphones back in 2009. Five years later, the proliferation of Bluetooth LE and the capability of today's solar cells has given London-based startup Exod the tools needed to turn the concept into reality. With its Helios headphones, the company is dangling the prospect of a dangle-free listening experience in front of mobile music lovers.  Read More

Flic is a small, wireless button that can be assigned to trigger any internet-connected ac...

If you're constantly doing the same thing on your phone and you wish there was just a button you could press instead, then you're in luck. Flic is a wireless button that you can set up to do a range of tasks. Examples include controlling lights, snoozing a phone alarm, playing music and triggering photos.  Read More

ImageTech aims to make printing from a smartphone or tablet possible on legacy printers, w...

Having a printer that can accept documents from a smartphone or tablet is great, but unfortunately, there are still a lot of legacy printers out there that can't print without wires. That's the problem that ImageTech is aiming to solve with its printWiFi and printUSB devices.  Read More

Gorilla Glass 4 is optimized to survive being dropped on the road or sidewalk

While it's nice to have a smartphone with glass that won't break when jabbed or flexed, what most of us really need is glass that can survive being dropped. Corning's just-announced Gorilla Glass 4 is claimed to excel at just that.  Read More

Gizmag compares 12 of the best smartphones you can buy during the 2014 holidays

We've seen so many great smartphones this year, it isn't easy to pick just one. Let Gizmag try to help with your decision, as we compare the features and specs of some of the best smartphones of 2014.  Read More

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