Electronics

A Primer on Educational Tech: 5 Terms Parents Need to Understand

A Primer on Educational Tech: 5 Terms Parents Need to Understand

This back-to-school season, students more than ever are arriving to classrooms equipped with digital devices and learning tools. Apps, videos and other online resources that can be accessed from iPads, Androids devices, Chromebooks and the like are profoundly impacting the learning process. While many elementary, middle ...

OpenSignal Details Android Fragmentation: 18,769 Distinct Devices

OpenSignal Details Android Fragmentation: 18,769 Distinct Devices

This seemingly random assortment of colorful rectangles, reminiscent of a terrible paint swatch accident, actually represents the state of Android fragmentation in 2014. OpenSignal, a website dedicated to mapping all things mobile, pulled together this data and saw 18,769 distinct devices downloading its app on Android. And ...

‘David,’ A New 3D Printer, Saves You Money By Using Pellets Instead of Filament Spools

‘David,’ A New 3D Printer, Saves You Money By Using Pellets Instead of Filament Spools

If traditional printers use ink and toner cartridges, most commercial 3D printers use plastic filament spools to create the objects you want. These filaments, however, are typically made from plastic pellets, so an Ohio company called Sculptify thought: "Hey, why don't we make a 3D printer that uses pellets straight up?" ...

The Internet of Things’ Next Phase Aims to Improve Your Life

The Internet of Things’ Next Phase Aims to Improve Your Life

There has been a lot of talk in the venture capital industry about automating the home and leveraging Internet-enabled devices for various functions. The first wave of this was the use of the smartphone as a remote control to manage, for instance, a thermostat. The thermostat then begins to recognize user habits and adapt ...

Study: The Amazon Fire Phone’s Slow Launch is Due to AT&T Exclusivity

Study: The Amazon Fire Phone’s Slow Launch is Due to AT&T Exclusivity

Based on Amazon's selective PR history, the company isn't likely to reveal exact sales for its recent Fire Phone any time soon—unless the company's first-ever smartphone goes gangbusters. A recent study appears to put any hopes for a record-smashing debut in serious doubt. Rather than wait for the official word, online ...

Samsung Unveils its first Nook Tablet: the $179 Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Samsung Unveils its first Nook Tablet: the $179 Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Samsung is becoming Barnes & Noble's first partner to create a Nook-branded tablet today with the unveiling and release of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The name is a mouthful, but it basically means that the tablet is a rebranded version of Samsung's existing Galaxy Tab 4 tablet — part of its low-end line — that's now ...

Microsoft’s First Chromebook Competitor is a $199 HP Laptop

Microsoft’s First Chromebook Competitor is a $199 HP Laptop

Microsoft announced that it would be working with its partners to release ultra-low-cost Windows laptops just over a month ago, and now thanks to a leak from MobileGeeks, it looks like HP will release one of the first of these ultra-low-cost computers. The HP Stream 14 is a 14-inch, Windows 8.1 computer that is expected to ...

Study: Readers’ Recall on E-Readers is Lower Than With Books

Study: Readers’ Recall on E-Readers is Lower Than With Books

A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were "significantly" worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisation on the reading experience. The study, presented in Italy at a conference last month and ...

Roku TV, the TV With Roku Built Inside, is Now Available for Pre-Order

Roku TV, the TV With Roku Built Inside, is Now Available for Pre-Order

Many smart TV platforms are less than perfect, so you're almost always better off adding some kind of streaming device. Now Roku is cutting out the middleman completely, by releasing TVs with Roku baked right inside. Synergy! There are two OEMs making Roku TV, TCL and Hisense. The TCL sets go on sale on Tuesday via ...

Myo’s Gesture Controlled Armband Now Supports Google Glass (and Other Smartglasses, Too)

Myo’s Gesture Controlled Armband Now Supports Google Glass (and Other Smartglasses, Too)

Thalmic Labs has added support for smartglasses to its Myo gesture control armband. Supported headsets include Google Glass, Recon Jet and Epson Moverio. While wearing a heads-up display and an armband might seem inconvenient, the integration is intended for workplace environments like construction, healthcare, bike ...