"When Gabby walked in, everyone was surprised and amazed, and a quietness descended on the room," recollected Pitkow, noting that Conway called for a moment of silence. &… Read more
Three years. That's all it took for Google to go from its first branded hardware product -- the Nexus One -- to dominating the list of most desired hardware.
The Google Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 ranking first and fifth, respectively, on the CNET 100, our groundbreaking new monthly leaderboard of gadgets. Alongside the Apple iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy S4, and Panasonic ST60 plasma TV, the two Google devices are the only two from the same manufacturer in the Top 5 products on the list:
Google Nexus 5 Apple iPad Air Samsung Galaxy S4 Panasonic ST60 plasma TV … Read more
As the end of the year closes in, the Car Tech staff takes a look back at the cars we have reviewed, challenged with the task of determining the best tech cars available. As the preliminary stage in coming up with the Tech Car of the Year for 2013, we picked out five nominees from a year's worth of reviews. For a car to qualify as a Tech Car of the Year nominee, we had to have given it a full review, with plenty of drive time and exploration of cabin tech features.
One trend that stood out for us this year was autonomous driving. No production car currently allows fully autonomous driving, but many come with driver assistance features leading in that direction. We also looked to connected tech in the cabin, a big consideration in previous years, and general excellence in cabin electronics. Drive systems, from the engine bay to transmission and suspension, also came under consideration.
Check out our list of nominees and editors' comments, place a vote for your favorite, and discuss the cars in our comments section. Our CNET jury will place their votes, and we will announce the winner on December 18. We will also be announcing the Car Tech 10, a set of 10 other awards for notable achievements in the automotive space. … Read more
In a coup d'etat, Twitter trampled all other tech companies and took the top spot in Glassdoor's 50 best places to work list for a tech business.
It beat out Facebook, Google, and Apple; and, to pour salt in its competitor's wounds, this was the first year the social network even made the top 50 list. Bain & Company took the No. 1 spot in the overall rankings.
Company review site Glassdoor annually compiles the 50 best places to work list based on comments from employees in dozens of companies. This year, more than half a million … Read more
The world of wearable tech often feels like a desert of novelties, kept irrigated by investment capital. That impression doesn't lessen when you hear about the Nex Band: conceived by the Montreal-based company Mighty Cast and announced today, it aims to be a high-end fashion accessory that also plans to be a "console on the wrist."
What does that mean, exactly? Based on Mighty Cast's pitch, the Bluetooth Nex band will work with a variety of add-on collectible Mod charms that pulse in their own patterns, based on individual information feeds. Some charms may involve gaming, … Read more
Uh oh. Is this Bubble 2.0?
One might be forgiven for thinking so, in light of recent developments in the tech-blog realm.
For on Friday, you see, TechCrunch posted a lament about the glut of knockoff messaging apps that are hoping to be the next Snapchat.
And then -- bam -- Saturday morning The New York Times' Bits blog posted a lament about the glut of knockoff startups that are hoping to be the next Uber or Airbnb (or Uber-meets-Airbnb).
And then -- wham -- Saturday afternoon yours truly knocked off this lament about the glut of laments about … Read more
Credit card limit feeling a little more restrictive than usual this week? You're not alone. This week kicked off with the 2013 iteration of Cyber Monday, a day many expected to be bigger than ever. Sure enough, it was. Americans spent $1.75 billion dollars on that one day, an 18 percent increase over 2012's already massive figure. That's good, because it's looking like Black Friday sales may have been down a near-equivalent $1.7 billion. Yes, Virginia, online shopping really is a thing.
PlayStation 4 sales strong
Sony released its own cadre of big numbers, … Read more
It all started as a joke. For April Fools' Day 2012, ThinkGeek unveiled the Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie, a nonexistent product that allowed the wearer to cast spells with LED lights and sound effects. Enough customers expressed a deep desire to own the real deal to spur the company into making it an actual garment.
The $120 hoodie is kitted out with a speaker box, 32 multicolored LEDs, and an accelerometer. The whole thing is powered by six AA batteries. Those electronic bits are removable for washing.… Read more
The iPhone 4 is the best iPhone ever. Ever. In the latest episode of Adventures in Tech, we explain why Apple's fourth mobile is the best it's built.
Hit play now to hear our reasoning.
Fours of nature The Retina display. The lightning-fast A4 chip. A stunning new design. And a front-facing camera for taking questionable selfies. The hardware alone is enough to put the iPhone 4 leagues ahead of its rivals, both past and present. But there are plenty of other reasons to crown this 3.5-inch marvel king of the iPhones.… Read more