January 7, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS -- When it comes to CES, most people think of small portable devices and other electronic gadgets. But this year the hottest new gadget at the giant consumer electronics show may well be the car. Automakers are embracing smartphone and mobile computing technologies, and looking into ways to safely integrate our digital lives into our driving experiences. The big news from nine of the big automotive firms appearing at the show is a plan to make new vehicles a little more like the smartphone with a big push toward “an industry standard” for connected cars and “in-vehicle mobile app ecosystems.” Many of the car companies showcasing at CES say they have opened up their in-car systems to encourage outside developers to create apps that add functionality to their cars - similar to the way apps let users do so much with smartphones.
January 6, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS -- The 2014 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show kicked off Sunday night with Unveiled, the introductory event for the electronics convention. Numerous companies showed off their latest gadgets and software. To help you sort through them, here are our top five most eye-catching devices from Unveiled. 1) There were gadgets of all sizes at Sunday night's event. From Orbotix came Sphero 2B , a smartphone-controlled, two-wheeled toy said to travel 14 feet per second and leap three to four feet in the air. 2)
January 5, 2014 |
Check out all the latest electronic gadgets being previewed Sunday, ahead of the official kick off of CES on Tuesday, when 150,000 industry attendees are expected to invade Las Vegas for the nation's biggest consumer electronics show. Reporters from around the world -- including a team from the Los Angeles Times -- are already on the scene for two days of previews and news conferences that will include a look at what's hot and what's not. ...
January 2, 2014 |
The year has barely started, but it's never too early to make a wish list for the kinds of gadgets that we want to see in 2014. Tech companies gave their users a lot to look forward to in 2014, from wearable devices to new smartphone technologies. So here is our list of the top 10 tech gadgets we want to see in 2014. 10. Amazon media player Google entered the world of digital media players in 2013 with the $35 Chromecast, a credible rival to the Apple TV and Roku's many devices.
December 25, 2013 |
There's a good chance you woke up with a new smartphone or tablet this Christmas morning, but as Microsoft can tell you, no one wants to use a device with no apps. If you've got a new gadget, you need to load it up with the best apps, that way the device can actually improve your life and not just bust your loved ones' wallets. Last year, 328 million apps were downloaded on Christmas , and this year, the number is expected to be even higher. So what apps should you download? Every user has different needs so no one has the same apps, but the apps below are must-have for most users.
December 17, 2013 |
Christmas is just about a week away, so if you need a last-minute tech gift idea, here are a few. Join us at 10 a.m. as the Times' Stacey Leasca and I open up a few tech gadgets and discuss a few cool devices you can give as presents. If you don't want to spend too much Looking for a gift that won't bust the bank? Go with Google Chromecast. The nifty little device lets users play movies, songs and TV shows from their smartphones on their HD TVs. That means Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO and other content providers.