- How Bluetooth 4.1 and BLE Will Drive New Innovation
Bluetooth 4.1 and its revolutionary low-energy function (BLE) will find its way into fitness gadgets, medical devices, connected home, retail stores, and more—Tim Bajarin at PCMag
- Is 2014 the Year of the Connected Home?
Claire Cain Miller writes at the New York Times Bits blog about the future of connected home devices
- Smart TVs, smart fridges, smart washing machines? Disaster waiting to happen
If you believe what the likes of LG and Samsung have been promoting this week at CES, everything will soon be smart. We’ll be able to send messages to our washing machines, run apps on our fridges, and have TVs as powerful as computers. It may be too late to resist this movement, with smart TVs already firmly entrenched in the mid-to-high end market, but resist it we should. That’s because the “Internet of things” stands a really good chance of turning into the “Internet of unmaintained, insecure, and dangerously hackable things.”—Peter Bright at Ars Technica
- Big PC makers aim Android at the heart of Microsoft
Android has long dominated Windows on mobile devices, but now PC makers are doing the previously unthinkable: Aiming it straight at traditional PCs, the heart of Microsoft’s core business. Will Microsoft be able to survive this latest assault on Windows?—Preston Gralla at ComputerWorld
- Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook
Chromebooks are Google’s take on the laptop. They run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. If you can do everything in your browser with web-based services and online storage, you can switch to a Chromebook—Chris Hoffman at MakeUseOf
- Intel: Inside, Upon, Within, Around
At the New York Times Bits blog, Quentin Hardy describes how Intel is branching out to smart devices, consumer electronics, and more
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