#CESCrunch

  • Chromebooks Could Soon Be Unlocked Automatically When Your Smartphone Is Near

    Chromebooks Could Soon Be Unlocked Automatically When Your Smartphone Is Near

    Passwords, geez those things suck. You may not need them to login to your computer in the future, and Chromebooks might be the first PC device to offer that feature natively, according to some hints found in the developer preview channel of Chrome OS by Android Police (via 9to5Google). Early code included in the latest build suggests there will one day be a way to unlock your Chromebook just… Read More

  • Nest Gives Google A Head Start On The Future Of Hardware

    Nest Gives Google A Head Start On The Future Of Hardware

    CES may be finished for another year, but one of the biggest themes of the show — that anything (cars, watches, mirrors, tables and more) is fair game as ‘hardware’ — is just taking off. And today’s news of Google buying Nest for $3.2 billion underscores how Google wants to be the player at the front and center of that. Read More

  • Robin Labs Builds A Rear-View Mirror Personal Assistant For New Strategic Investor Pioneer

    Robin Labs Builds A Rear-View Mirror Personal Assistant For New Strategic Investor Pioneer

    Robin Labs — maker of the eponynous personal assistant app — has been in the news of late because of a leaked video that shows a mobile app personal assistant customized to run on Yahoo services. While that app and their association remain the subject of “ongoing conversations,” Robin Labs has come to CES in Las Vegas with other news: it’s raised funding from… Read More

  • Twitter CEO Says He Has No Idea How Many Users Opt Out Of Ads

    Twitter CEO Says He Has No Idea How Many Users Opt Out Of Ads

    Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter, says that it’s easy enough for consumers to opt out of tailored ads on Twitter, but he does not know how many actually go through the process of doing so. “You can opt out of tailored ads and content,” he told an audience today. But asked how many percentage-wise have done so, he would not say: “I do not know how many people have opted… Read More

  • Gartner: 2.5B PCs, Tablets And Mobiles Will Be Shipped In 2014, 1.1B Of Them On Android

    Gartner: 2.5B PCs, Tablets And Mobiles Will Be Shipped In 2014, 1.1B Of Them On Android

    As the worlds of communication and technology increasingly become mobile-first, the traditional desktop PC continues to go the way of the dodo bird. The analysts at Gartner are today publishing their annual devices forecast, and they project 2014 to be another banner year for mobile — and its biggest player, Android. There will be 2.5 billion PCs, tablets and mobile handsets shipped… Read More

  • Panasonic Teams Up With Mozilla For Firefox OS-Powered Smart TVs & Open Standards Push

    Panasonic Teams Up With Mozilla For Firefox OS-Powered Smart TVs & Open Standards Push

    Hours after LG unveiled its webOS-powered smart TV interface at CES, Panasonic has spilled the beans on its own mobile-inspired TV plans — announcing a partnership with Mozilla to use the latter’s Firefox OS (FFOS) and open Web standards ethos to open up the living room’s primary screen. Firefox OS can currently be found cooling its heels on some low-end phone hardware… Read More

  • SighES

    SighES

    Here we go. Another year, another CES. And, as I said before, this is going to be a weird one. Nothing – and I mean nothing – has leaked out of the deep mountain hordes of Sony, LG, and Samsung and there is no overarching concept or topic that everyone is pushing. It’s as if the big guys are now just going through the motions. And they are. Read More