Technology

Windows 8.1 app updates: Facebook, Netflix, and more

The new and improved Facebook app for Windows 8.1. (Credit: Facebook) The launch of Windows 8.1 has ushered in several updated applications, led by Facebook. The social network on Thursday released its official app for Windows 8.1. The application comes with many of the features users would expect, including the ability to see friend activity in the News Feed and ...

Read More »

PetChatz dispenses video, treats, scents on command

Who’s a good kitty? You are! You are! (Credit: PetChatz) Humans have long used technology to stay in touch with one other. It’s only natural to harness tech to stay in touch with our four-legged loved ones, as well. PetChatz is a system designed to help you interact with your pup or kitty, no matter how far away you are. ...

Read More »

T-Mobile rolls out new, wallet-friendly devices

T-Mobile dials up a trio of entry-level Androids for fall 2013. T-Mobile on Wednesday announced pricing and availability for a number of new products, including three smartphones and a mobile hotspot. Starting today, T-Mobile customers can purchase the entry-level Alcatel One Touch Evolve at T-Mobile stores and retail partners. Priced at $27.99 down with 24 monthly device payments of $3, ...

Read More »

The next company to release a smart watch: Adidas

The Adidas smartwatch is set to go on sale November 1, for $399. (Credit: Claudia Cruz/CNET) SAN FRANCISCO — The wrist is all the rage. On Wednesday at the Mobilize conference here, sports company Adidas announced a new smartwatch geared toward runners. The company expects the watch to be available starting November 1, for $399. Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, or ...

Read More »

Google goes all gooey to sell new Nexus 7

Not a dry eye in the kennel. (Credit: Google/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET) Google’s advertising these days is far more human than, say, Google itself. This is highly wily. The company has managed to take on much of the same warm emotions for which Apple has long been known. So in selling its new Nexus 7, Google has decided yet ...

Read More »

Alleged bank robbers' Google search: 'What happens if you rob bank?'

Two of the suspects. (Credit: NECN screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET) A bank robbery is like an IPO. You have to prepare carefully. You have to make sure you don’t leave traces of evidence that someone afterward might point to and say: “Aha!” I wonder, therefore, about the evidence that police say they collected after a bank robbery in Weymouth, Mass. ...

Read More »

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock now available for $300

After a slight delay from its expected release date in September 2012, Belkin’s Thunderbolt Express Dock is now available, at a price of $300. Such docking stations have become popular with the advent of Thunderbolt ports in Apple Macs. Like other Thunderbolt docks, the Express Dock has a number of different I/O ports to enhance your Mac‘s connectivity options, with ...

Read More »

Cheetah-Cub robot learns to walk from the animals

We know Boston Dynamics is keen on four-legged robots, even creating a cheetah of its very own. So is the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland; its Cheetah-Cub has been in development at the Biorobotics Laboratory since 2008. Teaching a quadruped robot to walk can be a tricky business, though. Something called a Central Pattern Generator (CPG) network is ...

Read More »

First-ever Web site is brought back to life

A quick history lesson for readers. In 1989, British physicist Tim Berners-Lee invented what would be called the “World Wide Web.” The first trials were held in December 1990 at the laboratories of CERN, the major research laboratory in Geneva that’s better known today as the home of the Large Hadron Collider. On April 30, 1993, CERN published a statement ...

Read More »

Canon 5D Mark III gets clean HDMI firmware update

Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III First announced in October 2012, version 1.2.1 of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III firmware will allow users to output a clean HDMI feed. One of the key disadvantages up until now for the Mark III has been the extra information that is output alongside the Live View image when using HDMI out, which made ...

Read More »