Radar From The Future Can Catch Drivers Texting Behind The Wheel

Radar From The Future Can Catch Drivers Texting Behind The Wheel

Law enforcement officials may soon be getting a high-tech helping hand in their fight against distracted driving. A Virginia company is reportedly working on a radar gun that detects, not speeding, but text messaging. [More]

The End Is Nigh For Room Keys At Hilton-Operated Hotels

The End Is Nigh For Room Keys At Hilton-Operated Hotels

Arriving at the door of your hotel room after a long day of traveling only to find that the key doesn’t work can be a frustrating experience. But that could be a situation of the past for guests at Hilton Hotels now that the company plans to rollout an initiative that would do away with flimsy, magnetic strip keys. [More]

Humorist David Sedaris Acquires A Fitbit, Then A Debilitating Fitbit Addiction

Humorist David Sedaris Acquires A Fitbit, Then A Debilitating Fitbit Addiction

Sometimes new technology and an addictive personality don’t really mix. At least when humorist David Sedaris acquired a Fitbit Flex wristband, the end result was that he spent hours walking back roads in the English countryside, racking up tens of thousands of steps. [More]

A Hoodie That Sends Text Messages Is A Neat Idea, If You Don’t Think Too Much About It

A Hoodie That Sends Text Messages Is A Neat Idea, If You Don’t Think Too Much About It

Once upon a time, it was only a farfetched dream that our clothes could communicate messages to friends and family members. That concept might not be so foreign now that young inventors have created a prototype smart hoodie that sends preset messages with simple gestures. That sounds pretty cool, but are there practical uses for the product besides just saying “hi”? [More]

Can’t Decide Which Smartwatch To Buy? No Worries, Amazon’s Here To Help

Can’t Decide Which Smartwatch To Buy? No Worries, Amazon’s Here To Help

Wearables are all the rage. But are you too indecisive to actually choose which product best suits your needs, or lack the time to research the hundreds of different options available? Fear no more, technology-hungry consumer, because your knight in shining armor has arrived: Amazon. [More]

Nissan Touts First Self-Cleaning Car After Testing Water, Mud Resistant Paint

Nissan Touts First Self-Cleaning Car After Testing Water, Mud Resistant Paint

I think it’s safe to say that it’s been at least a year since I last washed my car. Not that it doesn’t need it; I just rarely drive and can’t seem to find the time to actually run it through a car wash. But if a new paint being tested at Nissan takes off, none of us would have to worry about washing our cars again. [More]

Walkmans Are Totally Ridiculous To Kids Who’ve Never Made An Awesome Mix Tape Before

Walkmans Are Totally Ridiculous To Kids Who’ve Never Made An Awesome Mix Tape Before

There are probably many remnants from our not-so-far-off past that sure, seem a bit archaic — remember when you had to rent a VCR from Blockbuster? — but because we lived through technology like cassette players and video stores, it’s just fun nostalgia. For kids who never had to hone their fast-forwarding skills to hit just the right song or labor over mix tapes though, something like a Walkman is downright weird. [More]

Google Play Changes Purchasing So Kids Can’t Go On In-Game Shopping Sprees

Google Play Changes Purchasing So Kids Can’t Go On In-Game Shopping Sprees

Many smartphone or tablet owners have done it, whether we have kids of our own or not: handed our devices over to a youngster that we’re tasked with entertaining. Now Android users can lock kids and other guests out of accessing their real wallets with in-game currency purchases. [More]

Bar’s Ban On Google Glass Won’t Stop Creeps From Secretly Recording Video

Bar’s Ban On Google Glass Won’t Stop Creeps From Secretly Recording Video

Customers’ concerns of being recorded while enjoying themselves has led a San Francisco bar to ban the use of Google Glass on its premises. But is a ban of the smart glasses really necessary? [More]

Wearable Fitness Gadgets: Long-Term Success Solution Or Short-Term Pick-Me-Up?

Wearable Fitness Gadgets: Long-Term Success Solution Or Short-Term Pick-Me-Up?

If your New Year’s resolution was to get healthy, then you’ve probably heard about popular health- and fitness-tracking technology, such as, Fuelband or FitBit. The gadgets monitor your activity and report progress toward goals, but are the devices actually effective long-term? [More]

Easy Access: Are Virtual Room Keys The Future Of Hotels?

Easy Access: Are Virtual Room Keys The Future Of Hotels?

Smartphones can do just about everything these days: handle your bank accounts, monitor your home for burglaries, and now unlock your hotel room. A chain of boutique hotels is hoping the use of virtual keys will be the next big thing in hotels. [More]

Smartphones Get More Advanced, But Most Americans Still Just Use Them For Pictures

Smartphones Get More Advanced, But Most Americans Still Just Use Them For Pictures

I’ll admit it, sometimes my phone gets the best of me. Apparently, I’m not alone. Smartphones are getting smarter, while we consumers are just getting more confused. [More]

Fisher-Price’s Apptivity Seat: Harmless And Educational Or Captive Brainwashing Device?

Fisher-Price’s Apptivity Seat: Harmless And Educational Or Captive Brainwashing Device?

We know consumers’ love for all things technology begins early, but what’s too early? The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood defines too early is when you hold your infant or toddler captive with an iPad dangling infront of his or her face. [More]

Walter Cronkite, sitting in the very orange living room of the future.

How Far Off Were The Predictions Of 1967’s Home Of The Future?

Faced with an amazing array of new technology, post-World War II America was obsessed with “the future” and how, within decades, we’d be living in geodesic colonies in the desert with self-sustaining farms. Not all of that has come true. [More]

Nexus 4 gravitational field

More Nexus 4 Phones Plummet To The Ground, Smash Themselves

Google is always innovating. They’ve brought us the beginnings of a consumer fiber network, smart glasses, driverless cars, and even bringing donkeys back to life. One little-known Google project is the Nexus 4 smartphone, which is unlocked, shiny, and comes with its own field of gravity that pulls it to the ground, violating all known laws of physics. Or so our readers tell us.

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Retail Managers: You’ll Get More Product Info From A Smartphone Than A Sales Associate

Times used to be, you had a question about a product and needed information about it, and you asked the sales associate at the store. But now it’s not just consumers who stay home to online shop who are finding the best information and prices about items they’re shopping for, even retail managers say customers in a store are better off turning to their smartphones to get info, rather than asking a sales associate for help. [More]

You can't buy this.

Sorry, You Can’t Buy Nexus Devices With Your $350 Google Play Store Credit

Michael’s plan seemed like a really great idea at the time he hatched it. He wanted to make sure that he would have the money for a Nexus 4 set aside, so he purchased $350 worth of credit for the Google Play store. The phone’s available for sale there, so this made perfect sense. Until the phone actually launched. When he could finally get through to place his order, he learned that Play Store credit specifically couldn’t be used on Nexus devices. Oh, no. [More]