The days of rummaging for your cellphone may be over. Bluetooth-enabled timepieces now pull all your phone alerts right to your wrist. Eventually, these watches will communicate directly with the Web and serve as mobile hotspots on their own.
Smartphone makers, wireless carriers, and credit card companies have all proclaimed their love for near field communication over the last week. And we share their enthusiasm: NFC has a lot of exciting potential. Soon enough, we'll be able to make payments, unlock our houses, stop worrying about our cumbersome Wi-Fi passwords, and hop on the subway without a transit pass, all from our phones. Here's how.
BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet was announce way back in September, but this is the first time the press has been able to get their sweaty fingers all over it. I played with the 7-incher at BlackBerry's booth here at CES, and came away not just impressed, but amazed: This is a legitimate competitor to the iPad and Motorola Xoom, and deserves a serious look from everyone, not just BlackBerry's core corporate audience.
The BlackBerry tablet has been rumored for almost as long as Apple's iPad, but with considerably more dread: Can BlackBerry's aging (read: ancient) OS translate to the larger screen and greater power of a tablet? The answer, it turns out, is no. Thankfully, the BlackBerry tablet, to be called the PlayBook, opts to use an entirely new operating system, and it looks surprisingly great.
Even with the huge number of mobile apps already available, cellphone screens are always awaiting new ideas from innovative developers. If you have your own idea for the perfect app, whether for a wide audience or just your own use, you're in luck—you no longer need to be a deft programmer to produce it. There are now a number of app-generating tools on the Web that will enable you to bring your concept to life by clicking instead of coding.
By Kevin PurdyPosted 10.02.2009 at 11:32 am 2 Comments
You can. And now that Google has launched its Google Voice service (google.com/voice), it's free. At press time, the service was invitation-only, but when it becomes more widely available, here's how it will work: You get a new universal phone number with your choice of area code, along with a Web-based inbox to manage your voicemail, text messages and call history.
The world is about to get four billion more nurses. With the help of add-on apps and gadgets, cellphones can become medical helpers that track and transmit your vitals to physicians. These mobile aides will help catch diseases early, save ER visits, and cut health-care costs. And as future implants let phones trigger drug release, your favorite gadget may even save your life.
A universal remote control is only good if it is really, truly universal: something few companies have managed to do thus far. Unify4Life has. Its AVShadow, which launched today for $100, turns a Blackberry into a remote capable of controlling virtually every component of your home entertainment system. TiVos, Blu-Ray players, iPods and VCRs can be launched with a click. Place the minute, Bluetooth-equipped AVShadow next to your entertainment center, download the app and you're done.
Amidst this week's CES buzz, there’s one political question that keeps popping up on show-goers' lips: “Why should Obama have to give up his Blackberry?”
The president-elect will soon become the most tech-savvy commander-in-chief in American history, and the digital communication landscape has changed radically since Bush first entered the White House in 2000. Today, it’s almost unthinkable that any chief executive, corporate or political, should be required to use less technology than he or she did prior to taking office.
This week, as children across the land burden the laps of portly, temporary mall help to cast last minute wishes for footballs, tinker toys and Red Rider BB guns, I'll be sitting at my desk, fingers-crossed with a few holiday fancies of my own. I'd like to think I've been a well behaved boy this year, so in addition to old standbys like world peace, good will toward men and a substantial lottery win, I'm asking for these five tech-related gifts—as infuriatingly unlikely as they may be.