BARCELONA, Spain -- Acer plans to follow up last year's underwhelming Liquid E2 with a smartphone that has a touch more pizzazz. Tagged the Liquid E3, this updated Android handset made its debut at MWC 2014 and features a host of modern upgrades. These include quad-core processing, a big 4.7-inch screen, and a sharp 13-megapixel camera. Priced at a mid-range 199 euros, the Liquid E3 isn't unreasonably expensive either. That said, with heavy hitters such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, and even the HTC One’s successor all poised to become realities, the E3 … Read more
The scenario is all too typical -- you're walking down the street puffing on an e-cigarette, just wishing you could use the little metal nicotine stick to make a phone call... How handy would that be?
Well, dreams can come true.
A company called Supersmoker has come up with an e-cigarette it claims is the world's first to double as a Bluetooth headset and device that streams MP3s from a smartphone. That's right, a musical cell phone cigarette.
"Never seen before! An electronic cigarette with Bluetooth functionality," the company writes on its Web site. "… Read more
While online shopping can make buying the latest gear easier, there are some downsides -- like not being able to try on clothes.
eBay appears to be all too aware of this issue, especially when it comes to item returns. In an effort to make it easier for shoppers and to cut down on returns, the e-commerce giant announced on Wednesday that it acquired 3D virtual clothing try-on company PhiSix.
PhiSix is a computer graphics company that creates 3D models of jeans, button-up shirts, dresses, and other clothing from photos, pattern files, and other sources. These models simulate how a … Read more
Cruising down the freeway in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet, I took the opportunity to contemplate the meaning of luxury. The car afforded me plenty of time to ponder, as its adaptive cruise control handled the pedal work and its steering-assist system helped maintain its position in the lane.
Looking at the design and materials surrounding me in the cabin, I noted the significant use of real metal for the vents, buttons, and even some of the speaker grilles. A bright little analog clock sat in the center of the stack, a cue that spoke of tradition. Further evoking tradition … Read more
If you're the parent of a young reader, you know that kids can chew through books faster than a dog chews through tennis shoes. (I'm speaking figuratively, of course -- unless your kids are teething.)
That's awesome, though indulging this wonderful love of reading can get expensive. Too bad there's no "Netflix for e-books," no way to pay a small monthly fee for all the children's books your children can read.
A few weeks ago, China's Yutu ("Jade Rabbit") moon rover looked to be in pretty dire straits. The prognosis wasn't good after a "mechanical control abnormality" prevented the rover from working. Now, state news agency ECNS is reporting the rover "could not be restored to full function."
The Chang'e-3 lunar probe's successful soft landing on the moon on December 14 was a major point of pride for China's space program. Only the United States and the former Soviet Union had previously achieved the feat. The rover was supposed to carry out a three-month mission to study the surface geology of the moon and examine natural resources.… Read more
China's e-commerce giant Alibaba will soon enter the US with an online-shopping site, according to a new report.
Alibaba, through subsidiaries Vendio and Auctiva, will launch an e-retail site known as 11 Main, the company told Reuters on Tuesday. According to the report, the marketplace will feature technology items, jewelry, and fashion goods. The sellers will be "hand-picked shop owners," the company told Reuters.
The news that Alibaba will come to the US on the back of 11 Main could be important for sites like Amazon and eBay. A huge company with serious retail cache, Alibaba could … Read more
It's no secret that Apple has been unhappy with the court-appointed antitrust monitor watching over its shoulder -- but, it appears the company is going to have to get used to it for the time being.
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Apple's motion on Monday to put the court-appointed monitor's duties on hold while it seeks a more expansive appeal to remove him completely. In other words, monitor Michael Bromwich may continue to keep tabs on Apple's antitrust compliance policies for e-books.
"We are pleased with the court's decision,&… Read more
The Flappy Bird flap may have peaked over the weekend when the developer of the super-addictive smartphone game yanked the top free app from both Google Play and Apple's App Store. But it seems some people may be willing to pay to keep that silly little bird soaring -- although not nearly as much as you may have read elsewhere.
Just hours after it disappeared from the major online stores, used phones with Flappy Bird installed on them hit eBay, and you may have read that some of them appear to be fetching serious cash, as high as $100,000 in one auction.… Read more