If you've started building out a smart home, chances are you're already familiar with app and controller hub fatigue. If your smart lock, your connected LED bulbs, and your smart thermostat all come from different manufacturers, that means each has an app of some kind, and they likely don't talk with one another. Revolv Inc.'s Revolv Smart Home Solution wants to help.
Neurio Home Intelligence is a technology that helps you understand your energy usage and automate your home appliances. It's like a Belkin WeMo Insight Switch for your entire home. It started as a university project, and led to the creation of Vancouver-based startup Energy Aware Technology Inc. Then the team took their concept to Kickstarter, launching a campaign on October 16. The funding period doesn't end until November 15, but backers have already pledged well over its original $95,000 (CAD) goal. So, with over $125,000 pledged thus far, I don't think we've heard the … Read more
The $25 Lepai LP2020+ integrated stereo amplifier plays exactly the same notes as a $42,000 D'Agostino Momentum amplifier. Exactly. The rhythms, melodies, and harmonies are all the same. Granted, the Momentum is considerably more powerful, so it can play louder, the bass will be more potent, the treble is clearer, and the stereo sound stage takes on an almost three-dimensional quality, but the notes, they're no different.
For me, the real difference between the two amps is how they translate music into sound. The emotional connection to the music is stronger through the D'Agostino Momentum; it'… Read more
Japan Display Inc. is gearing up production for the next version of the iPhone, according to IHS iSuppli.
"JDI is focusing on [production] volumes for the next iPhone launch. So capacity is consumed by smartphone production right now leaving little room for other [production] applications," Vinita Jakhanwal, director of mobile and emerging displays at IHS iSuppli, told CNET.
Japan Display Inc. (JDI), formed in April 2012, is a merger of the small and medium-size display businesses of Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba.
The company has been a major supplier to Apple for its iPhone 5 displays and this is … Read more
Production of displays for the expected high-resolution version of the iPad Mini is at levels similar to last year's launch of the first-generation iPad Mini, IHS iSuppli told CNET.
"Based [what] we are seeing in the [production] pipeline...The volumes are similar to the iPad Mini that we saw in Q4 of last year," said Vinita Jakhanwal, director of mobile and emerging displays at IHS iSuppli, referring to display production.
The first-gen iPad Mini was launched last November.
The rumored Retina version of the iPad Mini is expected to use a 7.9-inch panel with a resolution … Read more
It's hard to imagine a more disastrous scenario than dropping a cool $1,300 on a Chromebook Pixel only to end up scratching its glorious 239ppi touch-screen display.
Sure, the Pixel is equipped with Gorilla Glass, but the manufacturer of that resilient touch-screen invention, Corning, thought the glass could be even better. That's why the upstate New York company has come out with Gorilla Glass NBT, a specially designed solution for touch-enabled notebooks that aims to protect these higher-end devices from the dangers of everyday use.
Standard Gorilla Glass, the type designed back in 2007 especially for the … Read more
The new Nexus 7 may offer a sneak preview of the Retina display on a rumored update to the iPad Mini.
Google's 7-inch tablet's 1,920x1,200 display is not unlike what is expected to appear on the iPad Mini Retina, Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch told CNET.
In short, the Nexus 7 boasts a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch -- one the highest yet for a tablet. That's almost exactly the same density of the 2,048x1,536 display expected to appear on the 7.9-inch iPad Mini Retina.
And Shim says … Read more
Get ready to see more smartphones sporting a spectacular OLED screen.
Japan Display -- a joint venture consisting of Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi's manufacturing muscle -- revealed the development of a 5.2-inch OLED smartphone screen featuring 1,080p resolution and an ultra-sharp 423 pixels per inch (ppi). … Read more
Despite the move to tiny portable music systems, some of us still long for the good old days of extremely noticeable boomboxes. You can indulge your nostalgia by dressing your iPhone up to look like one, or you could strap some wearable speakers to your feet.
The Sneaker Speaker from New York design group Ray Kingston Inc. wraps a set of speakers over the top of the shoe. Information about both the product and the designer is pretty sketchy so far.… Read more
Skype's got ads, Vizio's got PCs, and we got issues (a whole Newsstand full of 'em):
Time Inc. has had a change of heart with Apple and will now begin selling magazine subscriptions through iPad's Newsstand app. Previous apps for Time Inc. magazines, like Sports Illustrated, only allowed for one issue to be purchased at a time. It also gave print subscribers free access.
Last year, Time Inc. opposed how Apple handled subscriptions, such as taking a 30 percent cut of sales and not releasing data on subscribers. But since then, Apple has lets readers opt-in to … Read more