The list of corny Microsoft vids is long, and the competition is fierce, but here's a selection of some of the more cringe-worthy moments, courtesy of Messrs. Gates and Ballmer. The first is one of today's now-infamous "… 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
Sound visionary and founder of Dolby Laboratories Ray Dolby died Thursday at his home in San Francisco. He was 80.
The company said that Dolby had been living with Alzheimer's disease in recent years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia in July.
Dolby is credited with revolutionizing how people experience sound with his multitude of audio technology inventions. Besides his pioneering work in noise reduction, Dolby also invented surround sound. He held more than 50 US patents.
Amazon is expected to announce a next-generation Kindle Fire HD at some point soon. And when it does, that device might look notably different than its predecessor.
Boy Genius Report on Wednesday published images of what it claims, is the next-generation Kindle Fire HD. The images show a completely redesigned slate featuring hard edges and newly styled buttons. The images show only the 7-inch Kindle Fire model, but according to BGR's sources, an 8.9-inch model that's in the works will come with a similar design.
The allegedly new Kindle Fire HD comes with speakers at the top … Read more
"Had a few drinks, went straight home."
If you get any of these texts -- and if they're a little longer in coming than usual -- it's very possible that your Chosen One is lying.
No, I don't want to break up your relationship. Well, not unless you need my help. But I've been poring over research from Brigham Young University that tries to discover whether lying texters have a behavior pattern.
You might think that you can spot a liar very easily.
Tom Meservy, … Read more
Samsung has had a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to mobile. It's the world's biggest handset vendor, but Samsung is forever compared to Apple and often found to be lacking in one way or the other. Either it's the plasticky feel of its devices or the hard-knocks lesson that its features, like eye scrolling, don't always run as smoothly as expected. Most of all, it's the perception … Read more
Your future smartwatch may have some company from the Ring Clock, an Indiegogo project that's gearing up to create a unique finger-worn timepiece made from stainless steel and LEDs. When you rotate the ring, the time is displayed.
The Ring Clock is still somewhat in concept form, though the production timeline calls for a prototype to be finished by the end of this year, if the fixed-funding campaign reaches its $287,500 goal. If all goes according to plan, production would begin by the spring of 2014.… Read more
Although the e-commerce space is set to see strong sales in the US this year, a large portion of that success will be due to smartphones and tablets.
Total e-commerce spending this holiday shopping season is expected to rise by 15 percent to $61.8 billion, new data from research firm eMarketer shows. Shoppers on smartphones and tablets will account for 16 percent of all purchases made through e-commerce sites. In 2011 and 2012, mobile's contribution to sales stood at 7 percent and 11 percent, respectively.
Perhaps more importantly to e-commerce sites, eMarketer expects mobile shoppers to accelerate their … Read more
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk plans to prove that traveling across the country with one of his company's electric cars isn't as challenging as some might think.
Musk took to his Twitter account on Wednesday to announce that he has finalized a family road trip that will take him from Los Angeles to New York City. According to Musk, he plans to complete the trip in six days and travel 3,200 miles in his Tesla Model S. During the trip, he'll spend just nine hours charging.
"At 1.5 hours per day, we will only … Read more
Like other smartwatches on the market, Toq doesn't have the full functionality of a smartphone or tablet. Rather, it syncs with users' smartphones, allowing them to quickly scan through texts, phone calls, and other alerts, such as calendar and WhatsApp notifications, without taking their phones out of their bags. It runs on Qualcomm's operating system and uses the company's low-power mirasol display. For now, Toq will only work with Android, but Qualcomm is considering extending the connectivity to … Read more