The $39.99 iGrill Mini from iDevices is one clever thermometer probe. You can pair it to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth Smart and let it handle dinner while you enjoy some down time. As you lounge, you can track the doneness of your food from the free app and receive alerts when it reaches the desired temp. It really removes the guesswork and some of the effort from the grilling process, which I love. I highly recommend this meat probe to anyone who wants to cook something to temperature, but would rather avoid the periodic temperature checks that … Read more
After teasing us with suggestions that a smaller version of its flagship Android smartphone was on the way, LG officially announced Wednesday that the G2 Mini would be unveiled in a matter of days at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Although the handset maker had posted an image to its Facebook page of a G2 accompanied by an identical but smaller smartphone, LG hadn't yet spilled the beans on the G2 Mini's specs. Until now.
The G2 Mini will feature a 4.7-inch screen with a 960x540-resolution, a little smaller and less flashy than its predecessor's … Read more
The Korean electronics giant said availability of KitKat varies by carrier and product, but updates will begin Tuesday and will continue through the coming months. The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 are among the devices that will now run Google's latest version of its mobile software.
New features of that operating system include a redesigned dialer that allows users to search for any number, even if it's not in their phone books. For example, users can start typing the … Read more
Apple may be getting closer to production of its A8 processor as news from Asia points to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the main supplier.
That report jibes with a source who CNET spoke to December. That person, who is familiar with TSMC's plans, said that Taiwanese contract chip manufacturer had already begun making Apple's A series processors. To date, Samsung has been the sole manufacturer of Apple's processors.
But TechNews takes this a step further, claiming that TSMC … Read more
With iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Apple introduced a new feature called iCloud Keychain. The feature aims to help keep your online accounts more secure, and at the same time speed up the amount of time it takes you to enter your log-in credentials on certain sites.
In an effort to help you keep accounts secure, Apple helps create account passwords when you're setting up a new account or changing a current account password in Safari. The password is saved to your iCloud account, retrievable by another Apple device with iCloud Keychain enabled.
Should you need the password … Read more
In a break from our usual programming, Nick and I went on something of a road trip in the old Mini JCW hatchback. It's a truly great car -- fun, fast and good looking -- but is it suitable for a 1,000 mile drive in less than 24 hours? We found out.
Forget about teasing the new devices it will reveal at Mobile World Congress in just a couple of weeks; LG just used Facebook to confirm its introduction of the LG G2 Mini at the Barcelona mobile show.
A Facebook post published Wednesday morning depicts a grid image of a miniaturized shoe, a starfish, and a cupcake alongside their full-size counterparts, ending with a smaller version of a phone that's recognizably the LG G2, with its rear-panel controls.
If the hint weren't enough, the image caption invites fans to "Experience the MINI. Mobile World Congress. 2014-02-24."
LG … Read more
Samsung is aiming to be more stylish with the latest twist on its Galaxy S4 phones.
The new Black Edition of the S4 and its S4 Mini counterpart come with a faux-leather textured back cover and bezel. Riffing on the same theme, the power adapter, data cable, and headphones are black as is the product packaging itself.
Buyers of the new versions will also find a suite of eight new wallpaper designs for the home and lock screens as well as several exclusive ringtones.
The black editions first popped up on Samsung's Russian Web site late last month.
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Apple risks falling behind in display tech in 2014, DisplayMate Technologies said in a research note.
Echoing an earlier note, DisplayMate Technologies Raymond Soneira said this week that "Apple has recently given up the lead in displays -- now Amazon, Google, LG, and Samsung are launching products with the best and most innovative displays."
He cited the example of an emerging LCD technology called Quantum Dots that Amazon has tapped for the Kindle Fire HDX 7 (now $199 at Amazon).
"Quantum Dots are going to revolutionize and reenergize LCDs for the next 5+ years," he wrote. &… Read more