Awaiting you in this episode:
Self-driving cars are coming It won't happen in one step, but it will probably happen during the introduction and improvement of a dozen or so technologies that might be in your car already.
3D gesture technology We are on the cusp of moving from the 2D gestures of touch screens to 3D gestures that happen the way humans have always communicated.
What's next for mobile platforms? If you're waiting to see who will shape up to be the third major mobile platform, you might want to change your viewpoint to if there … Read more
So many complex minds claim that they can solve the alleged budget crisis.
One report, though, may have an insight which many have overlooked.
It seems that America isn't much good at math. You know, the adding, subtracting, and multiplying thing? We're terrible.
You might think, though, that dividing is still a strength. No, it is not. At least if you believe the latest report (PDF) from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. (Thank you, Quartz, for discovering this gem.)… Read more
According to the paper, some of those possible targets have included Unity Technologies, a San Francisco-based gaming platform developer; Green Throttle Games, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company that makes game controllers and software that connects mobile devices to televisions; Israeli mobile search engine Everything.me; Israeli video-chat app maker Rounds; and location-sharing app Glympse of Seattle, Wash.
It's not clear from the report whether Samsung is still looking at any of the companies aside from Glympse. In … Read more
I tested the $300 Panasonic NN-SD997S with inverter technology against three other countertop microwaves: the $290 Sharp Convection Grill R-820JS, the $279 Whirlpool WMC50522AS, and the $219 Amana AMC2166AS. As the most expensive of the four models, it was the microwave to beat.
To test it, I popped popcorn, baked potatoes, heated lasagna and macaroni-and-cheese frozen dinners, reheated pizza, defrosted chicken, boiled water, cooked burgers, and made omelets -- all in this microwave. It also means I endured a lot of taste tests (with varying levels of deliciousness) to deliver you a comprehensive review. You're welcome.
For the most … Read more
Ready for a random confession? I'm addicted to Zumba.
I admit this embarrassing fact to help build the case for workout trends that may be written off as fitness fads. I'm well aware that I look ridiculous trying to duplicate my Zumba instructor's fancy footwork and complicated cumbia steps. Still, I show up at every class because it's fun, and more importantly, it doesn't bore me. I can't say the same for putting in time on the treadmill, which is why I was interested in trying Fitwall.
This new workout has its fair share … Read more
As the world becomes more digitized, smartphones, smart watches, and smart cars have begun to hit the market -- and smart guns are no exception.
High-tech weapons, gun-centric apps, and tech-infused optical shooting scopes are popping up not only at hunting and gun shows but also at consumer-focused electronics shows. Earlier this year, one of the world's most high-tech long-range shooting rifles, Tracking Point's XS1, went on sale. And it has competition.
While many of these firearms and apps are geared toward perfecting a shot or feeding the shooter ballistics information, some new inventions are focused on making … Read more
One of the biggest challenges when traveling to new places is not looking like a clueless tourist while you're there. The Triposo travel belt on Indiegogo is raising funds to help make intrepid explorers look less lost when they're walking around.
The belt works by connecting with a cable to the headphone jack on your smartphone. Open up the Triposo travel guide app, select a destination, and choose the "buzz me there" option. The app communicates with the belt, which then vibrates at different spots to tell you to go straight, turn back, turn left, or turn right. … Read more
Want to know what a typical MRI scanner sounds like? Go to this YouTube video and turn up the volume pretty much as loud as you can and you'll get an idea. At 110 decibels, which is roughly the noise level of a rock show (I know, depends on which one) and right at the average human pain threshold, MRI scanners are pretty much daring you to keep your cool.
So GE Healthcare has been developing a new technology called Silent Scan that dramatically reduces the noise level. (Scroll down to get an idea of the difference.) The company reports this week that the tech is now commercially available and is also being more widely used in clinical settings worldwide.… Read more
Welcome to the first episode of a new video series called The Next Big Thing. Inspired by the supersession of the same name CNET has been presenting at the Consumer Electronics Show for the better part of a decade, this show will attempt to sort out what's really coming in consumer electronics, digital media, and online services -- and what's just a distraction. It's CNET from 10,000 feet, a view we've never really offered our entire Web audience before.
Awaiting you in this episode:
- Times have changed when it comes to smartphones and tablets. … Read more