Gadgets

You Can Have A Totally Unique Xbox One

If you had to guess how many hours you’ve spent customizing your Xbox One account, you might not be able to come up with an exact number. You just know you’ve spent a lot of time tweaking your gamertag, agonizing over your specific alias, avatar, and overall persona until you’re happy with the identity that you and other gamers see ... Read More »

Security Systems at Work in Shopping Complexes

With the rise in disposable income, the purchasing power of the people is growing. This phenomenon is quite visible with the rise of multiplexes and shopping complexes across several cities around the country. These are the places, where an enormous number of people gather for shopping and meeting with others. Therefore, any security breach in these areas can cause harm ... Read More »

Siri-Like Voice Commands Coming to More Apps and Devices, Says Nuance

Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now, and Microsoft’s Cortana are doing a reasonably great job at making our lives easier. They remind us about our meetings, help us know about the weather, and tell how bad the traffic is outside. But they still cannot make all the tasks “hands-free” just yet, and their areas of expertise reside largely to the mobile ... Read More »

Quikr Adds Support For 7 Indian Languages

Online classifieds website Quikr has announced support for seven Indian languages on its website. With this, users can now browse, search, post ads, and interact in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati, and Marathi, the company said, in addition to English. Quikr is working towards making its platform more inclusive, said Anurag Saran, Chief Product Officer, adding that the feature ... Read More »

A Deluxe Dock, a Crafty Computer, and a T-rific Tablet Stand

Welcome to another edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that files dispatches from the road on the week’s best, brightest and most compelling gadget announcements. On the highway this week are a smartphone alarm clock dock, a new form of personal computer, and an adjustable tablet stand. As always, these are not reviews, and the ratings relate only ... Read More »

Why Dell-EMC Won’t Follow in HP-Compaq’s Footsteps

Why do some big mergers succeed while others fail? This seems to be a common question, and some of the research I’ve read about the Dell-EMC merger tries to connect it to the HP-Compaq merger, which apparently cost Carly Fiorina her job. I covered the HP-Compaq merger at length, and I was not a fan. I actually spoke to Compaq’s ... Read More »

Apple Fans to Get Their Hands on New Apple TV This Week

Apple on Monday opened up advanced orders for the next generation of Apple TV, as promised. The set-top boxes are expected to hit homes between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3. It’s offering two versions of the Apple TV. A 32-GB version is priced at US$149 and a 64-GB model is $50 more. The features most likely to stand out are ... Read More »

Apple TV Reviews: Kinda Buggy, Kinda Great

The latest version of Apple’s streaming media set-top box, expected to hit U.S. retail stores on Friday, has gathered a bundle of mixed early reviews. Some reviewers saw great potential in the US$149 diminutive black box designed to pump movies, TV shows, games and apps from the Internet to a television set. Others found plenty to criticize. “Functionally, it’s the ... Read More »

Google Migrates Project Loon to Indonesia

Project Loon, part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, on Wednesday announced that it has signed agreements with three mobile network operators in Indonesia — Indosat, Telkomse, and XL Axiata — to begin tests of its balloon-powered Internet service in 2016. Only about one in three of Indonesia’s 250 million residents is connected to the Internet. Project Loon will transmit signals ... Read More »

Titanic Tablets, Eminent Earphones, and Wee Win 10 PCs

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that looks at the best, brightest and tiredest of the week’s gadget announcements while, for this edition at least, taking things a little easy in California’s wine country. On the grapevine this week are an enormous Android tablet, a celebrity-branded headphone line, a portable Windows 10 PC, and a wearable smartphone music ... Read More »