Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

CES 2014

Local luminaries fire up the now solar-powered Las Vegas sign

Last week, the world's attention was focused on Las Vegas thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show. With that backdrop of bleeding-edge technology, the city's iconic welcome sign received a little technological makeover of its own.  Read More

The Mimo Baby Monitor includes onesies stuffed with sensors, a docking station and a smart...

The Mimo Baby Monitor puts anxious parents at ease by providing them with a constant stream of data about their little sweetheart. The sensors embedded in an infant bodysuite, called the Kimono, monitor the baby’s respiration. The data is passed on to a small turtle-shaped gizmo, nested in the Kimono, which in turn measures skin temperature, body position and the activity pattern. All this information is then relayed via low-power bluetooth to a Wi-Fi enabled docking station so that parents can access all the details via their smartphones.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

When the original Samsung Galaxy Camera was released, it was very different to anything else on the market. It boasted 3G/4G connectivity and ran Android, at a time when most cameras lacked Wi-Fi. So, while at CES 2014, we were keen to get out hands on its successor, the Galaxy Camera 2, and see how the latest smart compact compares.  Read More

The Transformer Book Duet is a large tablet with a  docking station that adds a 1 TB hard ...

Perhaps the hottest item of many on display at Intel's huge booth at CES 2014 was a relatively non-descript convertible laptop from Asus. The unique selling point for this touchscreen system, dubbed the Transformer Book Duet, is that it not only runs Windows 8.1 but can also switch over to an Android 4.2.2 mode with just a few clicks or taps.  Read More

Aura connects to an Android phone via NFC

Lenovo strongly believes that table PCs deserve a place in our lives, and the company thinks we can't do any better than its new 27-inch Horizon 2 touchscreen, which I had the opportunity to try out at CES 2014 in Las Vegas.  Read More

The Vizio 50-inch 4K television provides a high-quality photo-like image (Photo: Vizio)

4K televisions have undergone tremendous progress this last year, as has been clearly demonstrated at the CES 2014 show. Both Polaroid and Vizio introduced 50-inch 4K televisions with an MSRP of US$999.99. But what kind of user can really use a 4K TV today? High-power computer users, that's who.  Read More

Sony's new HDR-AS100V – it's white!

Sony is now offering a deluxe version of its Action Cam, which we spied on the floor of CES this week. Among the new features are high-speed shooting modes, a splash-proof body and of course, a nifty white finish.  Read More

Coming soon?

Samsung is working with iris-scanning security technology and could include such an eye scanner in the next iteration of its Android flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, according to what a company executive said in an interview at CES 2014 this week.  Read More

Matterform will launch its new 3D scanner in February

Matterform will launch its long-awaiting 3D scanner in February. According to Matterform, the scanner is the first affordable and high-resolution device of its kind.  Read More

A rigid shell prevents much actual flexing

The new LG G Flex is billed as the "world's first curved, flexible smartphone," but once you get your hands on one it becomes clear right away that only half of that line is really true for practical purposes. It is a beautiful, sleek and powerful phone with an elegant curve to it, and yes, it does have a flexible display, but that display has been set in a rigid case that prevents it from actually flexing.  Read More

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