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I took a power drill to an iPhone at CES

Drilling iPhone with Amzer ShatterProof screen protector

Take that, iPhone.


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Amanda Kooser/CNET)

LAS VEGAS–I love power tools. I also love smartphones. Finally, my two passions came together on the show floor of
CES 2013. Amzer makes the ShatterProof line of screen protectors for electronic devices. They invited me over to go nuts on an iPhone protected with this thin urethane film.

The available objects of destruction were a power drill and sander. There would have been a hammer, but it had been stolen from the booth. I felt like I was building a set of cabinets rather than testing out a tech item.


iPhone survives the drill

Not a scratch on the iPhone screen. (Click to enlarge.)


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Amanda Kooser/CNET)

Shatterproof is .2 millimeter thick and sticks on with the help of an included wedge. It has already been through a battery of ASTM tests to prove its tear strength and hardness. Now, it was my turn.

I ran the drill tip over the top, reveling in the sensation of going all “This Old House” on an expensive piece of technology. I sanded it up, leaving light buzz marks across the surface. Then the protector came off and all was quiet down below. The phone’s screen was unsullied.

Amzer says the ShatterProof screen protectors can dissipate energy and self-heal. With enough effort, I left the protector scratched, but still functional. I expect it would hold up just fine to the usual bumps and spills an iPhone takes.

The screen protectors are available for a variety of devices ranging from full-body
iPhone 5 protection for $59.95 to a front protector for the
Nexus 7 for the same price.

I don’t recommend taking a power tool to your smartphone under any circumstances, but if you ever get the urge, the ShatterProof could help your poor device survive the ordeal.

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I took a power drill to an iPhone at CES

Drilling iPhone with Amzer ShatterProof screen protector

Take that, iPhone.


(Credit:
Amanda Kooser/CNET)

LAS VEGAS–I love power tools. I also love smartphones. Finally, my two passions came together on the show floor of
CES 2013. Amzer makes the ShatterProof line of screen protectors for electronic devices. They invited me over to go nuts on an iPhone protected with this thin urethane film.

The available objects of destruction were a power drill and sander. There would have been a hammer, but it had been stolen from the booth. I felt like I was building a set of cabinets rather than testing out a tech item.


iPhone survives the drill

Not a scratch on the iPhone screen. (Click to enlarge.)


(Credit:
Amanda Kooser/CNET)

Shatterproof is .2 millimeter thick and sticks on with the help of an included wedge. It has already been through a battery of ASTM tests to prove its tear strength and hardness. Now, it was my turn.

I ran the drill tip over the top, reveling in the sensation of going all “This Old House” on an expensive piece of technology. I sanded it up, leaving light buzz marks across the surface. Then the protector came off and all was quiet down below. The phone’s screen was unsullied.

Amzer says the ShatterProof screen protectors can dissipate energy and self-heal. With enough effort, I left the protector scratched, but still functional. I expect it would hold up just fine to the usual bumps and spills an iPhone takes.

The screen protectors are available for a variety of devices ranging from full-body
iPhone 5 protection for $59.95 to a front protector for the
Nexus 7 for the same price.

I don’t recommend taking a power tool to your smartphone under any circumstances, but if you ever get the urge, the ShatterProof could help your poor device survive the ordeal.

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Live from the Engadget CES Stage: an interview with WiGig’s Ali Sadri

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WiGig has some big news to share last week, when it announced that it would be merging with the WiFi Alliance. We’ll be discussing the marriage with the organization’s President and Chairman, Ali Sadri, and what it means for the future of both organizations.

Check out our full CES 2013 stage schedule here!

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/10/wigi-interview/

CES to humans: Be happy, but first be very paranoid


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Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

LAS VEGAS–Don’t believe the image makers.

They tell you that pictures are all, that a thousand words won’t make up for one visual.

Yet what hurts us most? The pictures people take of us? Or the words they say to us?

So while exhibitors at
CES try to inflame you with their glamor and their allure it’s worth focusing for a moment on what they’re actually saying.

What kind of world do they want us to live in? What kind of people do they really think we are?

The folks at Ezio, for example, think we’re boring. “Make life interesting,” they implore. If we don’t buy their sweetly tasteful “Refined TechWear” (Translation: peculiar metal necklaces, watches, and bracelets that are Bluetooth-enabled. Or something.), we’re just dull.

Troubled that I might, after all, be inadequate, I was struck by Samsung telling me that I was terrible at relationships. Especially, it seems, the relationship I’m having with my fridge.

“Discover more of the refrigerator you love,” were the company’s words.

The message seemed simple: “When you’re in love, you’re a complacent schmuck. Look at the way you’ve neglected your lover, the fridge. You should be ashamed.”

I am. I hadn’t been aware that I even loved my fridge. And now I’m being told that not only do I have a deep thing for it, but I’ve also been neglecting it.

Hit the road. Stay connected. Don’t relax.
Talking of neglected lovers, there are companies that decided to criticize my driving.

Kenwood insisted: “Live Connected. Drive Connected.”

But once I get into my
car, I rather like the idea that I won’t be connected. I rather like the idea that no one will pester me and I can relax. Just me, my twisted thoughts, and the road.

Kenwood is telling me I am a retrograde fool for looking at it like that. It’s almost as if society will punish me for such thinking.

Audiovox is also questioning my relationship with my car. It’s imploring me to “Get On-Board with the Future of Vehicle Management!”

Apparently, I should be thinking about the state of my car all the time. I should have a plug-in that “monitors, manages, and maintains” my vehicle.

But isn’t the fact that I put it in for a regular service enough? Apparently not. I am not on board. I ought to be thinking about the state of my car’s innards every day. I am uncaring toward my machines.

Worse, my car is apparently antisocial. For here is the Toyota-Lexus continuum telling me: “Does Your Car TALK To Other Cars. We’re Envisioning That Future.”

But why should my car want to talk to other cars? I know that’s probably something the Googlies have put into their heads, but my car has always seemed quite content to pootle around on its own.

My car has never suggested that the world would be better if the car suddenly appeared on some Facebook for cars and offered other cars a status update as it was sitting in traffic.

Still, I was feeling an increasing shame. The gaps in my life — and even in my car’s life — are vast and require urgent treatment.

You are not good enough
Panasonic wants to sooth me, though. I think. This company is promising to “engineer a better world for me.”

But when it says “a better world,” it means that it wants to change my business, my TV, my car, and my home. It even wants to affect my community.

Is nothing in my world good enough? Can’t Panasonic just start with my TV and we’ll see how it goes? Apparently not. This is an all-or-nothing promise to alter my inadequacies.

Which left me quietly grumbling: “How does Panasonic know about my inadequacies?”

Reeling from all this, I see some words from a brand called M-Edge: “We fit you.” You do what? Why? I see that one of its products is called “Alter Ego.” I walk more quickly.

I go to what seems like safe ground. Audio companies are there merely to offer me an uplifting experience. They just want me to be happy. But there’s Diamond telling me to “Hear The Music.”

I want this to have the same tone as “Smell The Flowers.” Instead, what I’m feeling is that all this time I’ve been listening to music, I simply haven’t been hearing it. I’ve been, in essence, delusional.

I turn a corner and there’s Sony telling me: “Be Moved.” I can’t decide whether Japan’s former great is imploring me or ordering me. Then I look at slightly chilling ads it has plastered all over the Conference Center.

They seem to tell me that in my immediate future I will begin to feel things at the very touch of a button. I will have a choice, for example, between anxiety, relief, tension, and elation. Or between happiness, sorrow, and awe.

The ads tell me I am supposed to choose “elation” and “awe.”

What conclusion do I reach? That happiness is not enough. If I don’t feel extremes, then I’m not worthy of being a true modern human.

Keep up, you fool. Keep up.
I know you’ll tell me that this is just advertising. That’s what advertising does. It makes us feel inadequate so that we buy products in order to believe that we will be better people.

And yet all these messages in one place serve to tell me that for all the shininess and glitz, the tech world doesn’t think much of humanity’s progress. Humanity needs to buck up, or else.

If you don’t want to have split screen on your TV and surf the web on it while you’re watching baseball, you’re not really human any more.

If you don’t want to put your child on a potty with an iPad attached, then you really shouldn’t be a parent.

And then the words come at me, phrase after phrase after pithy phrase, telling me to move my mind more quickly into the light.

MakerBot, for example, is simply telling me that it is “Leading the Next Industrial Revolution.” And you know the strain the last one put on people. Roku is ordering me to make my “TV Streaming Smart.” Because currently it’s dumb and therefore I am too.

Just as I resolve to try and get with the program — indeed to get with the reprogramming of my life — I am back at Kenwood’s booth.

There I see a promise that finally drives me out of the Convention Center.

Kenwood insists it will create “Excitement and Peace of Mind.”

So I’m supposed to be feeling excited, awed, elated, while at the same time bathing in peace of mind? How do I do that? How does anyone do that?

I cannot cope anymore. I run as fast as I can. I have be at one with my fridge.


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ZTE, European carrier teaming up on a Firefox OS phone for 2013

Firefox OS mystery phone

As much as we’ve heard about Firefox OS, there hasn’t been a lot of talk about actual devices. We can put at least one major manufacturer on the list, however. ZTE’s US chief Cheng Lixin tells Bloomberg that his company is working with an unspecified European carrier to ship a Mozilla-friendly phone sometime in 2013. It’s a modest beginning, but Cheng notes that the OS could cross the Atlantic and reach the US this year if ZTE decides the platform is viable enough for the trip. Just what that that European phone involves is another matter — it’s unlikely that the mystery device we saw at CES represents ZTE’s future hardware. Between this and TCL’s commitment earlier this week, though, it’s evident that Mozilla’s platform is becoming a tangible reality.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/10/zte-and-european-carrier-teaming-up-on-a-firefox-os-phone-for-2013/

Samsung shows off whopping 110-inch TV

The 110-inch Samsung 4K TV dwarfs the 85-inch UN85S9 in the background

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Ty Pendlebury/CBS interactive)

LAS VEGAS–While claims of “world’s biggest” have been quite liberally applied to many products at CES 2013, here is a product that is truly big: Samsung’s 110-inch 4K television.

The TV dwarfs the UN85S9 announced earlier this week, but at this stage it is only a prototype. It shares the same design elements, though, with the tilt-back easel design and relatively slim bezel. I’m not sure what it is about 110 inches — there are a lot of products that are the same size this year–maybe it’s the biggest size that will fit in a delivery van. Or something more arcane like the metric length of Henry’s the VIII’s forearm.

As a prototype it misses out on features like an upgraded smart TV suite and all of the other Samsung goodies announced this year.

The Samsung UN85S9 will be coming online in 2013, but don’t expect to see the 110-incher for a while.

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