Imagine a slim, lightweight notebook computer with a capable 11.6-inch screen and full-size keyboard, complete with a Microsoft Office-like apps suite for $249, a fraction of what you would pay for a PC or Mac notebook. It’s the Acer C720/ZHN Chromebook.
The Basis Carbon Steel Edition fitness tracker is one of the latest wearable wrist devices that promise to monitor our activities and motivate us to be more fit. It’s part of a category called wearable technology that’s been generating a huge amount of interest, if not yet huge sales, and one that market analysts predict will become explosive.
Who can resist software that helps you organize and work more efficiently? While many apps claim to do this, these three really deliver on their promise.
Bluetooth cellphone headsets were once a fast-growing category with dozens of models, each claiming to magically eliminate background and wind noise, and sound as good as a normal call. The truth was that even the best of them failed to work flawlessly.
Steelcase of Grand Rapids, Mich., is no stranger to innovation; it was a major investor in one of Silicon Valley’s most notable design companies, IDEO, in 1996. The two companies worked together for 10 years to create chairs and office workspaces, including the famous Leap chair.
Review sites offer a tremendous benefit to us as consumers. Whether it’s a restaurant, an electrician or a product, learning from others’ experiences helps us make a better choice. But it also has created a potential for abuse. Anyone can post an opinion, even those with ulterior motives.
There have been big changes over the past few months affecting the country’s two most widely read and influential consumer tech columnists, Walt Mossberg and David Pogue, each institutions at their respective newspapers, The Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
I attended last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and found it to be one of the best in years. It’s the annual industry get-together where everyone asks each other, “See anything really cool?” There was a diversity of new hardware products, many from small companies that showed lots of innovation.
When I reviewed the Chevy Volt as it first came out in 2011, I imagined it might be a vehicle I could consider owning, assuming it lived up to expectations. That was a big "if," considering GM was in deep financial trouble and had a checkered past supporting its other initiatives (Saab, Saturn, etc.).
2013 was in many ways a watershed year for consumer tech hardware. A “perfect storm” of events is resulting in an abundance of new hardware gadgets that will continue in 2014. What’s the reason?
As 2013 comes to an end, it’s time for some predictions about what we can expect in consumer tech in 2014.
As consumers have become more interested in where their food comes from and how it’s grown or raised, this same curiosity has extended to coffee, its quality and origins, leading to the emergence of specialty coffee roasters.
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Phil Baker is an expert in new product development and market development for large and small companies. He has held senior product development and marketing positions with Apple, Polaroid, Seiko, Proxima, ...About the author