Xiaomi, a quickly growing Chinese smartphone company, announced its first LTE handset and a fitness band at a glitzy event in Beijing. Read more »
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My $1,449 Chromebook Pixel just got a little more useful and so did the $299 Acer Chromebook C720P. The latest Stable channel software update adds support for pinch-to-zoom in Chrome OS. That means any touchscreen Chromebook now has the feature. Previously, pinch-to-zoom was available on developer and beta channels, but the user had to enable the feature in a hidden setting. Now, it’s on by default and makes the overall browsing experience a little better. This function, along with the recent addition of handwriting recognition could make for a nice Chrome OS tablet, particularly if it came with a docking keyboard, no?
GE’s got a new idea for how to make a key part for a lower cost fuel cell, and its using a new business model to launch it commercially. Read more »
University of Maryland researchers used a laser to create tubes of air that resemble fiber optic cables, negating the need for laying traditional infrastructure. They are working on increasing the range they can send a signal to 150 feet. Read more »
Nvidia’s new tablet can output console-level graphics, thanks to its 192-core Tegra K1 chip. But it also represents a solid tablet option for non-gamers. Read more »
When the AWS #cloudfather speaks, everyone listens. At the way-past-sold-out AWS NYC Summit, Amazon’s CTO Werner Volgels put a new spotlight on logs and log file management. If Amazon is interested in aggregating logs to extract insights and solve operational issues, you should be interested too. Read more »
Apple is asking suppliers for a record first production of its new iPhone, says the WSJ. While last year’s initial production run of iPhone 5s and 5c phones was in the 50 to 60 million range, Apple wants nearly 80 million bigger iPhones. Read more »
Faced with a stubborn activist investor group, EMC CEO and Chairman Joe Tucci may have a big fight on his hands. Read more »
The San Francisco startup says it is building a community and a data-driven service to help IT pros find the products they need — along with reviews, discussions and support forums to inform their choice. Read more »