This Cheap Little Circuit Could Double Data Speed on Your Next Phone

Wireless technology is already amazing. It's any data you could ever want through the air. But some exciting innovations are hiding on the horizon. This cheap little circuit that allows a wireless antenna to send and receive data at the same time is one of them. It stands to double the rate at which your phone… » 11/24/14 2:30pm Today 2:30pm

Parrot Zik 2.0 Hands-On: The World's Most Advanced Headphones? Maybe.

The first time I tried the Parrot Zik headphones, my jaw dropped. The world around me disappeared. I felt like I was right there in the sound studio with the artist. So you can imagine my excitement to try the updated Zik 2.0. If you don't mind paying $400 for headphones, you should be excited too. » 11/03/14 8:00am 11/03/14 8:00am

Moto Hint Review: ​The First Bluetooth Headset I Wasn't Ashamed to Wear

Bluetooth earpieces have always stuck out. I mean they've literally stuck out of your ear. Perhaps they're not as much of a fashion faux pas as Google Glass, but there's definitely a stigma about them. To combat the cyborg look, some wearable manufacturers are building smartwatches, but Motorola also has a backup… » 10/13/14 2:48pm 10/13/14 2:48pm

LTE Direct Will Let Your Phone Get Alerts With No Towers in Sight

Picture this. You walk into the subway but you don't lose service. Instead, your phone lights up with useful alerts—the train is delayed, a nearby kiosk is running a sale, your friend is standing on the other end of the platform. Meanwhile, there's not a cell tower within 500 yards. This is the world powered by the… » 9/30/14 11:10am 9/30/14 11:10am

Chromecast's New Slingbox App Puts Your Entire TV Lineup in Your Pocket

What if you could bring your entire TV to a friend's house, all your channels and DVR programs intact? That's more or less what the Slingbox app for Chromecast lets you do today. With a Slingbox hooked up to your home theater plus the SlingPlayer app for iOS and Android devices you could already take your content on… » 9/17/14 3:45pm 9/17/14 3:45pm

Moto Hint Hands-On: Is This the First Non-Dorky Bluetooth Headset?

While the Moto 360 was unquestionably the wearable of today, Motorola quietly showed off a little something else. Something very little, in fact. The Moto Hint is a teeny-tiny Bluetooth headset, and it's the first I've seen that isn't actively stupid-looking. But it's not just for making calls—this is the new way to… » 9/05/14 3:15am 9/05/14 3:15am

U-Boats, Spies, and White Magic: The Invention of Wireless Cryptography

The wireless telegraph station in Sayville, New York was one of the most powerful in the world. Constructed by the German company Telefunken in 1912, it served as a transatlantic relay point for diplomatic messages and business communications. It was a beacon among amateur wireless enthusiasts around the United… » 7/11/14 3:43pm 7/11/14 3:43pm

Report: Google Wants to Become a Wireless Carrier

Google bosses are dreaming about adding wireless service to the search giant's menu of offerings. A couple of unnamed sources "who have discussed the matter with Google" told Amir Efrati at The Information that it would roll out the service in the same areas where Google Fiber is offered. In other words, Google wants… » 4/03/14 11:56am 4/03/14 11:56am

Why Locating 911 Calls Is So Hard—And How To Make It Better

You've heard the cautionary tales about dialing 911 on your cell phone. A call about missing children in Illinois gets routed to Canada. A stroke victim in New York is only located after a grueling eight-hour search. Locating 911 calls in 2014 is a byzantine process that involves generating a fake phone number—but a… » 4/02/14 10:00am 4/02/14 10:00am

New Gesture-Recognition Tech Lets You Control Your Phone in Your Pocket

Wouldn't it be cool if you could skip to the next track without taking your phone out of your pocket—or without touching anything at all? Or if you could adjust the thermostat with the flick of a wrist? You may soon be able to thanks to new gesture-recognition technology. It doesn't even require batteries! » 2/28/14 1:00pm 2/28/14 1:00pm