October 21, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - With the tap of a finger, Christian Gastón Palmaz can use his iPad to remotely control one of the most sophisticated winemaking operations in Napa Valley. The apps Palmaz and his information technology staff created for the iPad tablet enable them to monitor and adjust the temperature in large tanks lined with sensors to more precisely control fermentation. With the iPad at its heart, the system has replaced a labor-intensive process that required a winemaker to constantly draw and test samples and then manually adjust the temperature.
October 17, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc.'s quarterly results topped Wall Street expectations as the technology giant continued to grow its mobile advertising business, propelling its shares into record territory. The company keeps minting money despite investors' worries that its search advertising business will take a tumble as consumers spend more time on mobile devices, on which ads are cheaper and less effective than on desktop computers. As with competitors Facebook Inc. and Yahoo Inc., Google has come under pressure from investors as more consumers access the Internet from smartphones and tablets.
September 20, 2013 |
Louis C.K. railed against smartphones on Thursday's “Conan,” arguing that our mobile devices are getting in the way of our capacity to feel emotion and empathy. Sure, we may text our friends more than we may ever have called them in the pre-smartphone era, but are we really connecting? Or have we evolved into a culture that uses smartphones to prevent us from feeling? For all of the possibilities that smartphones open up, like pretty spectacular medical advancements and Amber text alerts , there is the flipside reality, one that shows the destructive cultural impact of mobile devices.
August 21, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- He's the brains behind Google Earth, Maps and Street View. Now John Hanke is searching for new ways to connect people to the world around them. He runs Niantic Labs, essentially a tiny startup inside Google. Google Chief Executive Larry Page greenlighted Niantic's mission to re-imagine the physical world with augmented reality. So far it has produced two mobile apps. Field Trip is like a real-time guide book that digitally annotates the world. Your phone buzzes to deliver helpful information about your surroundings, pointing you to a cool new restaurant or a city landmark.
August 5, 2013 |
Samsung has invited the press to its next major phone event, where the company could announce the next version of the Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid. The South Korean tech giant sent out invitations for Sept. 4 at the IFA annual consumer electronics show in Berlin, where Samsung has announced the past two versions of the Galaxy Note. As a clue for what is likely to be announced, the invitation reads "Note the date. " PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on Samsung is calling the event "Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2. " Earlier this year, the company unveiled the Galaxy S 4 at episode 1 of the event.
August 3, 2013 |
The market is inundated with newfangled stands for smart phones, many of them device-specific. How sweet it is to find a simple, compact stand that works with all models - and without clamps, plug-in ports or messy adhesives. The sleek universal NanoTek Stand from Bracketron has a slim curved aluminum profile with micro-suction foam pads that grip the back of the phone (vertically or horizontally) as well as at the desk top. An assertive tug yanks the stand from the desk and phone with no sticky residue.