September 15, 2013No Comments

How my body rejected activity trackers and the ‘quantified self’

Earlier this year, I set out on a grand journey. I tested several activity trackers all at once, to decide which was the best in accuracy and in motivating me to lose a few pounds. Today, they sit unused on my desk. And I weigh pretty much the same. What happened? For one, perhaps no [...]

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September 13, 2013No Comments

Haswell signs up four new Chromebooks

A new line of Chromebooks is coming soon powered by Intel’s battery-sipping, high-speed Haswell chips. Google and Intel announced the models from Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Asus, and Toshiba at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday. Because of their Haswell-based internals, these new Chromebooks are expected to have a battery life in the range [...]

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September 5, 2013No Comments

Galaxy Gear smartwatch apps keep you fit, social, in-the-know

Samsung has packed some interesting ammo for its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, including some big-name apps to help lure consumers to its device. The watch debuted with 70 applications, and while Samsung only highlighted a few during its launch demo, the apps — from companies like Evernote, Path, and even eBay — could prove a [...]

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September 4, 2013No Comments

What If Microsoft Had Bought BlackBerry In 2009 Instead?

The big tech story this week — until another iPhone part leaks, that is — will be Microsoft’s $7+ billion acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business. I actually like this deal. As Apple and Samsung have proven in recent years, one way to a profit in the smartphone industry is to sell expensive hardware at significant [...]

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September 1, 2013No Comments

Apple ups its odds of gaining on Samsung in China

Apple has bigger designs on the biggest smartphone market in the world. New iPhones could help Apple catch up with Samsung in China — Samsung is now the single largest smartphone player in that market — if two likely scenarios happen. First, Apple announces a lower-cost iPhone, rumored to be the 5C. That would provide [...]

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