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'Leap Motion' is still a work in progress

SAN FRANCISCO - Imagine being able to control your computer and manipulate on-screen objects not with a mouse, keyboard or even your voice, but with a wave of your hand.

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
AT&T, Microsoft, Apple listen to users, improve pain points

AT&T, Microsoft, Apple listen to users, improve pain points

It's hard for a company that's improved a pilloried product to announce to the world, "Hey, we stink less than we used to." So, Apple, AT&T and Microsoft, I'm here to do it for you.

July 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Office Mobile for iPhone wasn't worth the wait

Office Mobile for iPhone wasn't worth the wait

Microsoft's long-anticipated Office Mobile app for Apple's iOS operating system turns out to be a total nonevent.

June 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Waterproof Xperia tablet makes a splash for Sony

Waterproof Xperia tablet makes a splash for Sony

Once on the cutting edge of consumer electronics, Sony lost its mojo years ago. But every so often, it still comes up with something that reminds you of what it was, and maybe could be again.

June 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Tech gift ideas for gadget-loving dads and grads

Along with Christmas and back-to-school, the Father's Day/commencement season is prime time for gadget shopping. Here are a few suggestions that may appeal to the dad or grad on your list:

June 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

New Flex joins step counters

The main drawback to Fitbit's wearable activity monitors may be how unobtrusive they are. To hear users tell it, their trackers have taken more unplanned trips through the washing machine than a crumpled dollar bill.

May 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Mitac's SmartGPS a bridge to future apps, even cloud

Mitac's SmartGPS a bridge to future apps, even cloud

Makers of portable Global Positioning System devices are caught in a squeeze.

May 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Larklife annoys as it encourages

The first Lark wristband aimed to measure and improve the quality of your sleep. Now the company has introduced a new fitness-tracking band, called Larklife, that aims to do the same for your waking hours, too.

January 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Ultra TVs, digital fork make for a techapalooza

Ultra TVs, digital fork make for a techapalooza

"Never mistake a clear view for a short distance" is my favorite line about technology. It's especially true at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the annual techapalooza where the world's manufacturers gather to pitch their newest wares.

January 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface

Is Microsoft's new Surface your next iPad, or is it your next personal computer?

October 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
IPhone 5 pretty great

IPhone 5 pretty great

The launch of a new iPhone long ago passed from mere product introduction into the realm of cultural phenomena. Still, underneath all the hype, the iPhone 5 really is just a new smartphone. A terrific new smartphone.

September 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

New Fire HD better than original

I wasn't a big fan of the original Kindle Fire, the bargain-priced 7-inch color tablet Amazon.com introduced late last year. It was sluggish and cumbersome, redeemed mostly by its easy access to the world of Amazon content.

September 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

New life for old iPads

Here are three things you can do with an old iPad: pass it along to a family member, sell it on eBay or convert it into a great-sounding portable entertainment system - by spending more than it may have originally cost.

August 25, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Smart headphones

The most noteworthy thing about Parrot's new Zik over-the-ear stereo headphones isn't the sound. It's that these babies are stuffed with more technology than an F-15.

August 12, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bing reorganizes social-search components in challenge to Google

Maybe I just need better friends, but I can't shake the feeling that "social search" isn't all it's cracked up to be.

May 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Galaxy Tab, new Nook a threat to Kindle

Galaxy Tab, new Nook a threat to Kindle

Success breeds competition, a lesson Apple knows well from its iPhones and iPads. Now Amazon.com is learning it from two new devices that take dead aim at its Kindle tablet-and-e-reader business.

April 28, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Scanning is wireless with Doxie Go

Scanning is wireless with Doxie Go

For most of us, the paperless life remains just a dream. We're awash in memos, documents, photos.

April 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Tablet P: Overpriced, underthought

Tablet P: Overpriced, underthought

In technology, there's a fine line between innovation and eccentricity. Sony's new Tablet P boldly approaches the line, and then stomps all over it.

April 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Apple TV a good choice - for now

Apple TV a good choice - for now

All but lost amid the hoopla of its latest iPad, Apple also released a new version of Apple TV, the $99 streaming-video set-top box that the late Steve Jobs used to call "a hobby."

March 31, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Game-changing Lytro camera changes focus after you shoot

Game-changing Lytro camera changes focus after you shoot

It's the photographer's nightmare. You've taken the perfect photo of your daughter holding a ball. But you focused on the wrong thing. The ball is sharp, the girl blurry.

March 04, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Next steps for your new tablet: phone, remote control, more

Next steps for your new tablet: phone, remote control, more

It's a few weeks since Christmas, and the novelty of that new iPad or Android tablet may be wearing off. You've already watched a Netflix movie, played "Angry Birds" and maybe even downloaded an e-book or two from Amazon.com or Apple's iBooks. What next?

January 30, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Iconia 6120 Touchbook: a cool failure

You've never seen a personal computer quite like this one.

April 10, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Jawbone's new Era headset has many goodies

If I could, I'd completely banish buttons from wireless headsets. Nothing makes me feel clumsier than trying to answer or redial a call on a 2-inch piece of plastic with my fat fingers.

February 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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