You don't drive an electric car. It drives you, from charging station to charging station, as you plan your trips around maintaining the battery. The early infrastructure has a lot more building to do.
The cloud's the thing for Webroot's SecureAnywhere suites, which aim to stay nimble by living online and analyzing files on the fly. All suites protect against viruses, malware, and phishing. Two higher-end versions add iOS/Android support and system optimization tools.
Now that smartphones and tablets are essential equipment for businesses of all sizes, HP is giving part of its huge installed base a chance to keep up with its 1200w Mobile Print Accessory. It plugs into a printer's USB port and enables NFC connections with mobile devices for direct printing.
Communications chipmaker Broadcom announced an 802.11ac/5G chip that will let cars sync better with mobile devices, and stream audio and video from those devices to multiple in-car displays. But don't get too excited: Cars that will use the chip have yet to be announced, and their longer development cycle means it could take a while to see such well-connected cars in dealerships near you.
What happens in your car no longer stays in your car. The Zubie Key tracks your driving history and can also alert you to car problems. Its reports are very useful, but devices like this also spell the end of driving as a symbol of freedom or escape.
The antivirus and security company refreshes its core consumer products with an upgraded anti-malware engine and improved scanning performance.
Watch out, traditional software: The new Chrome apps can work offline and store locally, and they cross platforms with ease.
The Brother MFC-J870DW is affordably priced, and it comes with a long list of features. Its performance is just average, however, so it’s a buy for quantity rather than quality.
The C710-2457 is inexpensive and could knock around a family room or a kid's backpack with little budgetary trauma, but it's otherwise unremarkable and does little to promote the Chrome-centric lifestyle.
In workshops and hackathons across the country, automakers court developers to help innovate on car apps.
It's all here: New chips, great phones, innovative hardware. And the year's far from over yet.
Offline? Sure. Local? Yes. Chrome packaged apps bring many gifts for users and developers. We explore them via UberConference, an early arrival in the Web Store.
Samsung announced today two small-office color-laser products that will have near-field communication built-in for printing from mobile devices.
The Brother HL-3170CDW color laser-class (LED) printer offers good speed and adequate print quality for an inexpensive purchase price, plus, its toner costs are reasonable. However, users seeking better output quality should look at a business inkjet.
Brother's MFC-J870dw looks like any other mid-priced color inkjet multifunction, but it has a hidden, unique feature: near-field connectivity, for touch-and-go printing with NFC-equipped mobile devices.