Will HTC’s Path Parallel That of BlackBerry?

HTC product

Over the past few years, the number of smartphone owners has grown worldwide. Companies like Samsung and Apple have taken advantage of the market's willingness to buy, pumping out newer models and expanding upon the core line. Other companies, namely Microsoft and BlackBerry, have put forth their best efforts to maintain their slice and stay relevant. HTC has received much praise and acclaim for the HTC One smartphone, though the company hasn't been able to compete in the high-end market. To … [Read more...]

Barnes and Noble Stocks in Tailspin

Barnes & Noble stock tailspin

As great a year it has been for many tech companies, others have been struggling for survival. Barnes & Noble has suffered from multiple aspects - the decline of brick and mortar book stores and competition in the eBook reader and tablet market. Though arch-rival Amazon has done well to sustain the pressure on Barnes & Noble, the company's history of missteps may ultimately lead to demise. Barnes & Noble's most recent quarterly earnings report shows their digital books and device … [Read more...]

Hardcore Gamers Cushion Blows to Battered Sales

Hardcore Gamers on PC Sales

PC shipments suffered their greatest decline ever in Q1 2013, suffering a 13.9% loss from Q1 2012. The new touch capabilities and form factors of Windows 8 laptops had intended to capture consumer interest. Instead, the controversy surrounding the omission of the Start Menu Button, as well as the high costs associated with touch computing, made PCs less attractive than tablets and other mobile devices to hardcore gamers. To be fair, Microsoft should shoulder only part of the blame. PC … [Read more...]

Smartphones Increasingly Vulnerable, Biometrics Offer Next-Level Protection

Biometric fingerprint

Over 7 million smartphones were damaged beyond repair, lost or stolen and never to be seen again, last year. With the widespread adoption of mobile usage, hackers and thieves are growing increasingly interested in acquiring these data-packed electronic devices. More than 100 million American adults own smartphones, yet less than 40 percent of them use any form of security whatsoever. Screen locks, remote data-wiping apps, or smartphone-locating apps are either ignored or are just an … [Read more...]

Today’s Cloud Computing Offers Productivity and Risk

Computers

Cloud computing has experienced significant activity increases from both individuals and businesses alike. The advancement of smartphone and tablet devices have steered consumers towards household connectivity and data sharing. No longer are photos, music, and video files scattered among different PCs, laptops, or external data drives.   Popular services such as Dropbox, Box, and SugarSync offer users their own personal space in the "cloud" to store and access files from anywhere. … [Read more...]

3D Printing on the Rise, Ready to Change Life and Business

3D technology

Even though 3D printing has been around for awhile, the recent increases in attention and popularity have been immense. This new-found surge can be attributed to the lowered cost of 3D printing, making it far more accessible and affordable to the masses. Kickstarter, a website that crowd-funds and launches products, has successfully funded a number of affordable 3D printers just this year alone. 3D printing is the process of creating a three-dimensional structure or shape that can be held in … [Read more...]

New Technology on 2014 Ford Police Interceptor to Protect Police

Police Interceptor

Ford is offering a new piece of technology on its 2014 Ford Police Interceptor sedan and sport utility vehicles designed to protect law enforcement officials. The new surveillance mode technology uses Ford’s already existent drive-assistant technology to help protect police officers.  Using a combination of Ford’s backup camera, cross-traffic detection sensors, and reverse park assist, the car can sound a chime alerting the officer, roll-up the driver’s window, and lock the doors if it … [Read more...]

Bitcoin Matures as the Government Takes Notice

Bitcoin currency

Once again Bitcoin is experiencing growth. Though this time it may be for good and without a bubble burst, like the one experienced late 2011. Many recent events indicate that this “virtual currency” is well on its way to becoming a legitimate currency, both to the delight and chagrin of members of the Bitcoin community. It's a decentralized virtual currency, created by CPU-intensive cryptographic calculations. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer (P2P) technology to operate and has no central … [Read more...]

City of Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, Judge Says No

Motor City bankrupt

On Thursday, the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in federal court. With an estimated $18 billion in debt, the city of Detroit is the largest municipality ever to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history as the city continues its long bleeding of residents and tax revenue. Kevyn Orr, Detroit Emergency Manager appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder in March has been tasked with realigning Detroit’s debts and correcting its financial situation. They have agreed that … [Read more...]

2014 V6 Pickup Trucks Compete in Fierce Market

2014 RAM V6 pickup truck

Along with summer in many parts of the country, the pickup truck market is getting hotter than ever. Truck makers, spurned on by the improvements in the economy, are looking to secure V6 truck sales for 2014. Chrysler’s RAM 1500 Diesel and Ford’s F-150 Tremor are ready to compete against GM’s Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Chrysler recently confirmed the 2014 RAM 1500 Diesel, officially dubbed the EcoDiesel, to join the pickup’s summer lineup as a 3-liter turbodiesel V6. This release will make … [Read more...]