Incandescents have enjoyed a good century as the light bulb of choice, but times are changing. So too are efficiency standards, which are set to jump to a new, even higher threshold starting January 1st. Once that happens, it'll be time to bid adieu to 60- and 40-watt incandescents. Don't be too quick to mourn, though. Recent advancements in LED technology have brought prices down on these highly efficient, long-lasting bulbs even faster than anticipated, with some creeping down below the $10 mark. What's more, there's an increasing number of choices when it comes to color … Read more
AT&T has joined Verizon Communications in publishing a report that details how many surveillance requests it gets from law enforcement.
The company announced Friday that it will begin publishing a semiannual report offering details of requests it has received from law enforcement. This comes one day after Verizon announced a similar plan. AT&T and Verizon have each come under pressure from shareholders to disclose to their customers how many requests they get a year.
These reports will include information about the total number of law-enforcement data requests they receive from governments in criminal cases including the … Read more
Sprint and Dish are teaming up on a project to deliver wireless broadband to areas that may otherwise be out of the loop.
Announced on Tuesday, the joint venture would lead to a rollout of fixed wireless broadband to Corpus Christi, Texas, around the middle of 2014. The service would at first be available only in a limited number of sections around the city. But the plan is to expand to other markets in the future, Sprint said.
To enable the high-speed access in a customer's home, Dish will install an outdoor router or indoor equipment to send the … Read more
Would you buy a computer with no case or monitor or tangled cables to deal with? Apple has proposed such a system in a newly-awarded patent.
Granted on Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent called "Computer systems and methods with projected display" describes a "desk-free" computer that would dispense with a case, monitor, and wired cables. Instead, the entire package would be housed in a projection system that would include all the necessary components and display the image on a wall or other surface.
Similar to an all-in-one PC, Apple's projection … Read more
A long time ago, I decried Bluetooth as a useless technology. Short-range wireless? What good could that possibly be? Turns out Bluetooth proved its awesomeness once smartphones and tablets arrived on the scene, as it allowed for audio to stream wirelessly from those devices to compatible speakers.
Ah, but what if you have a speaker dock, home stereo, or car radio that lacks built-in Bluetooth? No awesomeness for you. [Cue audience: "Awwwwww."]
Thankfully, you can add Bluetooth to nearly any audio device; all you need is a receiver. Like this one: For the next few days, and while … Read more
It appears the i's have been dotted and the t's have been crossed for a new policy that will now let consumers unlock their cell phones more easily.
The Federal Communications Commission has reached an agreement with the five major US wireless carriers that requires the carriers to disclose how and when cell phones on their networks can be unlocked, according to Reuters.
"CTIA and these companies share the goal of ensuring that America's wireless consumers continue to benefit from the world-leading range of competitive devices and offerings they currently enjoy, and believe that these voluntary … Read more
Meet the new wireless charging technology, same as the old wireless charging technology.
It's called Rezence (pronounced like "reh-zence"), and it is the new brand for the Alliance 4 Wireless Power (A4WP), a group of high-profile technology companies -- which counts Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm, and Intel as key members -- pitching a next-generation form of wireless charging.
In fact, it hopes Rezence becomes as well known as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Wireless charging, which allows you to place a phone or other device on a pad to recharge its battery, is found in select tech products and stores, … Read more
Private-equity firm Centerbridge Partners will buy LightSquared out of a bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday afternoon.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Journal says the tentative deal calls for Centerbridge to pay $3.3 billion for the wireless company, which had planned to build a nationwide wireless broadband network using wireless spectrum that had originally been allocated for satellite use. As part of the deal, the private equity firm will also assume about $1.7 billion in liabilities, the Journal said.
Charlie Ergen, founder of the satellite TV provider, Dish Network, has already offered about $2 billion … Read more
One size doesn't fit all when it comes to wearable technology, said James Park, CEO and co-founder of fitness tracking wearable technology FitBit.
Speaking at the LeWeb conference in Paris on Wednesday, Park said that there is no single killer device in wearable technology. He implied that there is still plenty of room for devices such as Google Glass, Pebble's smartwatch, and its own lasted product, the Fitbit Force, a fitness sensor that doubles as a watch.
"Google Glass and other wearables like smartwatches are great," he said. "But for wearables, no one size fits … Read more
What a year T-Mobile has had.
Speaking at an investor conference in New York Wednesday, Chief Operating Officer Jim Alling, who has been with the company since 2009, looked back on 2013 year with a sense of pride and maybe even some wonderment in all that the company has accomplished in the past year.
"What a difference a year makes," he said. "This time last year, I don't think anyone anticipated what was coming. The biggest story is our customer turnaround. We went from losing 2 million customers last year to gaining customers again."
He … Read more