These Printed Circuits Could Connect Any Object For Just a Few Cents

When we think about the connected world, we think about hardware—from Twine to Nest—that connects our household appliances to the web for a pretty penny. But according to Quartz, one firm is pioneering an alternative that's cheap, easy to make, and embeddable in nearly any product. » 7/01/14 6:30pm 7/01/14 6:30pm

This Sticker Adds Four Customizable Buttons To Your Android Device

Most Android devices don't have a physical home button like the iPhone or iPad, and while it reduces manufacturing costs and is one less thing to break, sometimes it's nice to have that tactile feedback. So the Dimple goes above and beyond the call of duty with a set of four easy-to-install buttons that can be… » 4/29/14 10:00am 4/29/14 10:00am

This NFC-Powered Bonus E-Ink Display for Your Phone Needs No Batteries

No matter what you're doing at a computer, two displays are always better than one, and that could soon be true for your mobile devices as well. Prototypes of dual-display smartphones have already been demonstrated, but researchers have now revealed a wireless second display for your mobile devices that magically… » 8/20/13 10:06am 8/20/13 10:06am

This NFC-Enabled Ring Stores Your Personal Data On Your Fingertips

Have you ever wanted to wave your hand to unlock a door or transfer your contact information by simply touching a phone? How about keeping all of your top secret passwords at arm's length, literally? Well, with this Kickstarter-funded near field communication-enabled ring, all that could soon be possible. » 7/23/13 2:45pm 7/23/13 2:45pm

Creative's Airwave HD Adds NFC So You Just Tap To Tether Your Tunes

No one has yet to unseat Jawbone's Jambox from the Bluetooth speaker throne, but the king of the heap is starting to show its age, leaving room for feature-packed competitors to challenge its reign. Creative hopes its updated Airwave HD might be in line for the throne by offering the citizens NFC capabilities so it's… » 5/15/13 1:00pm 5/15/13 1:00pm

We're This Much Closer to Replacing Our Wallets With Phones

It sounds boring, but one of the most important frontiers in technology right now is how mobile can make paying for stuff easier. And while this year's Mobile World Congress might have been a little lacking in four-star hardware, there were some serious steps taken towards replacing your wallet with your smartphone. » 2/27/13 12:00pm 2/27/13 12:00pm

LG's 2013 Speaker Lineup Sounds Pretty Sweet No Matter How You Listen

Not everybody has the available floor space or audiophilic conviction for 9.1 surround sound—sometimes just a sound bar or even headphones may suffice. With the wall of sound-producing devices that LG just unveiled, finding a system to match your situation should be a cinch—even if it is 9.1 surround. » 12/25/12 3:00am 12/25/12 3:00am

There's a New Google Wallet on the Way

Google Wallet is getting an overhaul, and Google has started accepting requests for invites to the new incarnation of its mobile payment platform. While there aren't any details about what exactly will be new about the upcoming wallet, the invite process asks you whether you're using Android, iOS, or "other devices,"… » 10/22/12 5:06pm 10/22/12 5:06pm

Thanks to RFID, You'll Never Lose a Sock Again

Pushing war and world hunger to the back of the line, the next important issue that technology is tackling is mismatched and missing socks. A company called Blacksocks has developed what it's claiming are the world's first smart socks that make them virtually impossible to mis-match, and incredibly easy to find in a… » 9/24/12 6:20pm 9/24/12 6:20pm