Jan 16, 2015

Impact of social media on stress is complicated, study says

Using digital technologies doesn’t directly cause stress, but social media can increase awareness of problems facing friends and family, and this stress is “contagious,” researchers said on Thursday. A report by the Pew Research Center and Rutgers University researchers concluded that the stress facing ...

China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with iPhone-like device

Jan 16, 2015

China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with iPhone-like device

Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple’s iPhone. The Chinese manufacturer known for ultralow-priced handsets on Thursday unveiled a new model that Chairman Jun Lei said is comparable to Apple’s iPhone 6 but thinner, lighter and much cheaper. The ...

Firms chase how to use mountain of health data

Jan 12, 2015

Firms chase how to use mountain of health data

It’s not just about how many steps you’ve taken or how many calories you’ve burned in a day. Wearable fitness trackers and health monitors are becoming more commonplace and diverse, but just what do you do with all of that data? “We have a ...

Consumer tech show shines spotlight on gadgets for healthy living

Jan 9, 2015

Consumer tech show shines spotlight on gadgets for healthy living

From bracelets that measure body fat to robots that coach children through chemotherapy, the International CES electronics trade show brimmed with gadgets promising prescriptions for healthier lives. Innovations on display by companies such as California-based Neurosky and Melomind of Paris involved measuring brain activity ...

Jan 8, 2015

Don't sound the death knell for the PC just yet

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A year ago, pundits were declaring the personal computer dead. Smartphones and tablets were cannibalizing sales, and the once revolutionary PC seemed unnecessary — and boring. Sure, a smartphone is great for checking emails, snapping photos and playing games. Tablets are perfect for watching ...

China takes the lead in fast-growing drone market

| Jan 8, 2015

China takes the lead in fast-growing drone market

An amateur photographer in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, drew crowds when he used a drone minihelicopter made by China’s DJI Technology Co. to capture images of historic church steeples and other sights. “I get some amazing photos with it,” said Scott Richardson, a voice teacher ...

Dec 19, 2014

Google planning built-in Android system for cars

Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that will be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. The move is a major step up from Google’s ...