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TCL's 50-inch 4K UHD TV

Time to toss that HDTV? 4K UHD TVs become affordable

Chinese TV maker TCL announced that the first affordable 50-inch 4K HDTV is expected this fall in the United States.


Power to the people: AT&T sets up free mobile-charging stations in NYC

AT&T Tuesday announced a pilot project of solar-powered charging stations across all five of New York City's boroughs where the public can charge phones, tablets, and other devices for free.


Intel nudges closer to offering streaming media service

Intel wants to create a virtual cable service that would bundle TV channels for subscribers. But cable providers are expected to put up a fight.

Hands-free tech still poses high risk for drivers

A study from AAA finds that even hands-free technology, like Apple's iOS in-car displays, still poses a relatively high level of driver distraction.


Cameras, sensor tags used to monitor caregivers to prevent infection

A Long Island hospital uses motion sensors to activate remote cameras that track when nurses and doctors enter an intensive care room.

Western Digital releases its first 1.5TB mobile drive

HGST has announced its highest capacity 9.5mm-high mobile drive, a 1.5TB, three-platter model that is being targeted at the "prosumer" market.

western digital hybrid SSD

Western Digital ships hybrid drive sporting SanDisk memory

Western Digital has released more information on its first hybrid solid-state drive, revealing that it worked with SanDisk to create the 500GB drive.

When cars talk, this is what they'll tell each other

Researchers are developing machine-to-machine (M2M) communication technology that allows cars to exchange data with each other, meaning vehicles will soon know what the cars all around you are doing on the highway.

Seagate unleashes first consumer SSD

Seagate Technology today announced its new portfolio of flash-memory devices, taking the wraps off its first consumer SSD and its next generation of enterprise models.

Samsung builds chips to supercharge your smartphone

Samsung began production of the industry's first ultra-high-speed, 4Gbit, LPDDR3 mobile memory, which it says has performance levels comparable to the standard DRAM used in personal computers.

Next-gen USB SuperSpeed to eliminate power cords

USB SuperSpeed will move from 5Gbps bandwidth to 10Gbps in the coming year, but it's also leaping from 10 watts to 100 watts for charging, which could power monitors and even HDTVs.

Most companies approve of personal devices at work, survey says

Sixty-four percent of companies polled either allow or mandate the use of employee-owned devices.

Project stores 3D images of world historic sites in limestone mine

The nonprofit organization CyArk creates 3D digital images of the world's historic sites, but stores them on disk drives dropped each week into a bank security box. As the data is expected to grow to two petabytes over the next five years, the group chose a new archival strategy that includes stashing tape drives in a limestone mine storage facility owned by Iron Mountain.

Samsung uses Qi wireless charging for Galaxy S4, but sees A4WP as the future

While Samsung's latest smartphone, the Galaxy S4, uses the Qi standard for wireless charging, the company will continue to push the Alliance for Wireless Power's specification as the future standard for mobile devices.

The computing muscle that DreamWorks needs to create 'The Croods'

"The Croods" is the most sophisticated 3D film to date from DreamWorks, having taken 15 million more compute hours to render and 250TB of storage to make