• Sony Projector Turns Surface Into Touchscreen
    Sony unveiled last year a concept projector product that allowed users to interact with any surface as if it was a touch screen. The prototype was buggy and difficult to use. But a year later, the Xperia Touch as it's now called, has been vastly improved and Sony is commercializing the product. In Spring, Sony will launch the Xperia Touch priced at 1,499 euros ($1,587) beginning in Japan and Europe and later coming to the U.S, the company announced on Monday at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.
  • NBA Launching Virtual Reality App
    As part of its 2017 All-Star Weekend festivities, the NBA is launching a virtual reality app for Google's Daydream platform. The main piece of NBA VR is a new series called House of Legends, which the league created in partnership with Digital Domain specifically for viewing in 360-degree video. It's a talk show hosted by former NBA players like Bruce Bowen, Chauncey Billups and Robert Horry, where they'll discuss stories from their careers, pop culture and things happening around the league. NBA VR will also feature other on-demand, 360-degree video content, including highlights and tours of teams' arenas.
  • No Breakthroughs Expected On Next Apple Phone
    When Apple Inc. launches its much-anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone this fall, it will offer an unwitting lesson in how much the smartphone industry it pioneered has matured. The new iPhone is expected to include new features such as high-resolution displays, wireless charging and 3-D sensors. Rather than representing major breakthroughs, however, most of the innovations have been available in competing phones for several years. Apple's relatively slow adoption of new features both reflects and reinforces the fact smartphone customers are holding onto their phones longer. Timothy Arcuri, an analyst at Cowen & Co, believes upwards of 40 percent of iPhones on …
  • What To Expect From Mobile World Congress
    The Mobile World Conference has kicked off in Barcelona, with thousands heading to the world's largest and most highly regarded mobile industry event. As all eyes turn to MWC, analyst firm Ovum has revealed what it thinks consumers can expect to see at the event in its report, MWC 2017. According to Ovum, a key theme, which recurs throughout the report, is the belief that MWC 2017 will mark a further shift in the evolution of the industry, towards a world where the internet is everywhere, every ‘thing’ is smart and machines are ever more intelligent.
  • GoPro Drone Smashes Through Apartment Window
    A GoPro drone crashed through a Manhattan woman’s 27th-floor window and landed just feet from her as she sat in her living room enjoying a quiet evening at home, police sources said Sunday. The 66-year-old resident was working on her computer inside the East River high-rise when the hobby craft smashed through the window at around 5:45 p.m., according to the sources. The 1-by-1-foot device — which has a 10-inch propeller and a camera — landed on the floor just 4 feet away from her, cops said.
  • Autonomous Cars May Require 2 Insurance Policies
    It sounds like the beginning of a bar room joke. Two self-driving cars are headed down the highway when the lead car decides to  speed up to avoid being rear-ended by the second. That car, in turn, slows down to avoid hitting the first. Then a third car suddenly comes between the two, prompting  the slower car to change lanes to avoid and accident. The problem: There are cars in the lanes on either side of it. What's an autonomous car to do? The answer is no joke.
  • Fitbit CEO Offers Turnaround Strategy
    After a year filled with tumbling sales, manufacturing problems, and a plunging stock price, Fitbit CEO James Park is ready to look ahead. Although Fitbit's sales of its eponymous fitness tracking gadgets hit a record of $2.2 billion in 2016, the fourth quarter was a world of hurt. Amid a glut of inventory and weakness in China, sales for the all-important holiday quarter dropped 19%, Fitbit finally confirmed on Wednesday, after two earlier warnings to Wall Street about problems in the quarter. (Back in November, the company shocked investors by projecting sales simply would …
  • Self-Driving Ubers Start Picking Up People In Arizona
    Uber pinned hopes on running its self-driving fleet in San Francisco but motored off to Arizona two months ago when that plan ran up against some local red tape. Now, just as Uber is dealing with an explosive report of sexual harassment within its engineering team, the company has officially rolled out its self-driving cars in the Grand Canyon state. Starting today, those in Tempe, Arizona can order up one of Uber’s self-driving Volvo XC90 SUV’s on the platform. Uber rolled out its pilot self-driving car program first in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then in San Francisco mid-December with 16 self-driving vehicles but ran into …
  • How Much Fitbit Paid For Smartwatch Startup Pebble
    Fitbit finally disclosed Wednesday that it paid $23 million to acquire assets from beleaguered smartwatch startup Pebble. The sale price was a secret until now, but it was listed in Fitbit's earnings release. When the deal was formally announced late last year, neither company would disclose how much the deal was worth, but estimates pegged it at less than $40 million.
  • Ford Taps VR To Re-Create Car Racing Through Paris
    In 1976, French director Claude Lelouch released a nine-minute film depicting a car racing through the streets of a sleeping Paris. C’était un Rendez-Vous gained popularity with car fans and saw releases in VHS and DVD formats over the years. Ford is offering its take on the classic, replacing the original Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 (which was dubbed with the sounds from a Ferrari 275GTB) with a Mustang and upgrading the footage to 360-degree views and virtual reality. Lelouch helped with the remake of his film, entitled Re-Rendez-Vous, to celebrate its 40th anniversary. This is not his first time working with the pony car — the protagonist of Lelouch’s …
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