Friday, December 16, 2011

Netgear goes after Roku with NeoTV

The Roku 2 XS is currently our pick for best media-streaming solution under $100, but today Netgear looks to stiffen the competition with NeoTV, the company's latest Internet-connected TV add-on for just $80.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Secret behind Microsoft iPad apps

Microsoft has tongues wagging over its rapid pace of releasing apps for the iPad. There are those who believe the folks from Redmond should only develop app versions for its own platforms, namely Windows and Windows Phone. Others believe Microsoft is simply being competitive by having apps on competing platforms in addition to its own. Microsoft is a software company, after all, and is just releasing as many versions of its products as possible.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Smart Thermostat

At Nest Labs, former Apple product engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers have molded their thermostat with many of the design and technology characteristics of Apple products like the iPod and iPhone. SmartPlanet's Sumi Das visits the startup to see what they've been up to and finds out what Fadell--who oversaw the design and production of the iPod--learned from Steve Jobs.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Ten gadgets that died in 2011

With the release of devices like the iPad 2, Kindle Fire, and countless powerful Android smartphones, 2011 was a big year for technology. But with the success of some comes the failure of others, and this year showed that not all devices had what it took to last forever. While some devices were phased out and others outright killed, they all share one quality: they are all dead. Welcome to the gadget graveyard of 2011.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Microsoft Gives Peek Inside Windows App Store

Besides revealing the approximate release date of the Windows 8 beta, Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled details about its forthcoming online store for selling Windows 8 Metro-style applications.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Are Windows 8 Tablet and Chip-Makers Teaming to Copy Apple Magic?

Unless Microsoft starts making its own processors and devices, it can't be an Apple-like company in control of everything. But it may get part-way there by asking chip-makers to team up with only one or two device-makers for Windows 8 tablets.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Finding and cleaning out your smartphone’s Carrier IQ poison

Isn’t it wonderful? It turns out that a spyware rootkit from a company called Carrier IQ is on hundreds of millions of Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Only Windows Phone-powered smartphones seems to have avoiding this program that reports on almost everything you do with your phone.