Microsoft to kill the Messenger and migrate users to Skype in March
This week Microsoft sent out a mass e-mail to all 100,000,000+ users of its Messenger instant messaging application. The mass e-mail was sent out to let users know that as of March 15, 2013 Messenger would no longer be available. Microsoft will be migrating all Messenger users over to Skype on March 15. This migration has been brewing since Microsoft purchase Skype in May of 2011 for a whopping $8.5 billion. After the March 15 deadline, messenger will only continue to work in mainland China. T...
Ustream And Teradek Release VidiU To Stream Live Events From Any Camera
Live video streaming platform Ustream announces with Teradek a new portable HDMI streaming device for $699. Just like Livestream’s Broadcaster, it is easy to use and compatible with a wide range of cameras, as long as they have an HDMI output. “We’ve been in the live streaming business for more than 2 years now, and have probably sold more encoders than anyone else,” Nicol Verheem, CEO of Teradek, told me. “Over this timeframe, we have learned what customers want an...
Toshiba unveils L9300 series 4K TVs at CES
Toshiba has announced a new series of 4K Ultra HD TVs at CES this week. The new TV series is the L9300 range and promises four times the resolution of full HD TVs on the market today. The new TV line is powered by the proprietary Toshiba CEVO 4K Quad+Dual Core Processor. Toshiba says that the L9300 series TVs deliver the highest quality Ultra HD image processing available. The processor inside the TVs is also able to use Resolution Restoration to restore clean and very near ultra HD image qual...
Panasonic shows off 56-inch 4K2K UHD OLED panel using all-printing construction
Panasonic is showing off a new 4K2K OLED panel for TVs measuring 56-inches at CES 2013. The panel has a native resolution of 3840 x 2160. Panasonic says that it is the world’s largest OLED panel produced through the RGB all-printing method. I That method of production is a printing method where OLED materials are applied to the substrate through printing technique to form a electroluminescent layer. Panasonic says that due to the simplicity of the production process it expects that the te...
SoundMatters Dash 7 portable Bluetooth speaker hands-on
The past few days we’ve seen countless little Bluetooth speakers, JAMBOX look alikes, and various speakers but the new SoundMatters Dash 7 packs a powerful punch for such a small speaker. First mentioned earlier this year their ultra portable Bluetooth speaker was on display here at CES 2013 for ShowStoppers so we snagged a few photos. The speaker boasts pristine omnidirectional sound for such a small device. It’s also bundled with an angled stand for directional listening. The s...
McGraw-Hill & Kno Offer A Peek Into The Future Of Textbooks: They’re Dynamic, Vocal, Adaptive & Bring Stats To Studying
For many startups, creating the educational platform (and learning experience) of the future began with reinventing the presentation, distribution — really, the essence — of educational content. And what is the most familiar package for that content? The good ole textbook, in all its rigid and bulky glory. As such, startups like Kno, Inkling and Boundless have been helping to make textbooks and learning content digital, interactive and personalized. Of course, generally speaking, the...
Iran cyberattacked US banks according to government officials
Late last year, multiple US banks were attacked online by what was believed to be a hacker group. Now government officials are saying it was actually the work of Iran, possibly in response to cyberattacks it has suffered from the US. This was determined when an investigation revealed that the method used to attack the banks was too sophisticated to be the work a fringe group. Recently, several banks across the nation have been hit with attacks that harmed them to various degrees for ten or so ...
Leaks in the Google antitrust probe brings the FTC under scrutiny
Google has been in the news in increasing frequency over the last six or so months concerning an FTC antitrust probe into its business practices. Most of the information that surfaced about the case came from sources identified only by their claim to be familiar with the situation. Now the FTC is under scrutiny from Congress over the amount of information that leaked to the media. United States Representative Darrel Issa is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. On...
Apple’s Tim Cook is in China on iPhone business
China is Apple‘s fastest growing iPhone and iPad market, with the company recently opening several retail stores in the nation. In December, Chinese consumers bought in excess of 2 million iPhone 5 handsets within three days of its launch there. Now the company’s CEO Tim Cook has taken his second trip to the nation, where he is presently in talks with both partners and government officials. Earlier today, the Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei met with Cook. T...
Lifeproof introduces Life Jacket, various mounts for iPhone 5 case
Lifeproof’s iPhone 5 case has been on the market for around a month now, so by now, a number of people are keeping their shiny new iDevice safe behind the company’s handy little barrier. Here at ShowStoppers 2013, however, the company is revealing a number of new accessories for its iPhone 5 case, with the offerings ranging from strange to practical. For instance, how do you feel about making your iPhone 5 a little more buoyant? With the Life Jacket accessory, your iPhone 5 will ac...
VivoPlay from Evado Filip hands-on
Here at Showstoppers 2013 during CES 2013, Evado Filip is showing off its new device called VivoPlay. The device has one very important goal: keep your children safe without suffocating them. Parents can link the VivoPlay to a companion iOS or Android app, keeping tabs on their child while letting them still be a kid. There are a number of potentially life-saving features Evado Filip is focusing on with the VivoPlay. The first of the features is location, with the device being able to keep an...
OtterBox Defender with iON Intelligence hands-on
OtterBox is here at ShowStoppers at CES 2013, and they’re just unveiling some new, updated iPhone cases. The Defender series is the company’s most popular product, and they just revealed an updated version that comes with an extra battery, as well as an accompanying mobile app that provides a user interface for monitoring the extra battery. The case provides the same great protection that the Defender series has always provided, but this updated version, which OtterBox is still cal...
TomTom releases HD Traffic 6.0 update, pinpoints cities with the most traffic congestion
TomTom has rolled out the 6.0 version update for its HD Traffic, which provides drivers will real-time traffic information. The update was released for customers in the United States, and includes in excess of 76 million more live data sources. Likewise, the company used the data gathered by its service to determine the 10 cities in the US with the most traffic congestion, with Los Angeles coming out on top. TomTom HD Traffic works by collecting live anonymous data from drivers, allowing the s...
The Zivix Jamstik Is An Absolutely Amazing Portable MIDI Guitar For Beginners And Pros
The surprisingly small and light Jamstik is, in short, one of the coolest things I’ve seen at CES Today. It is a MIDI guitar that is actually a musical controller. By playing and plucking the strings you can play music using synthesized sounds and it recognizes chords, notes, and nuances including bends and hammers. “The end result is fast, accurate and cost effective to make,” said Chad Koehler, Zivix VP. The device connects to a PC or tablet and you can play it just like a ...
We can see right through Samsung’s latest advertising
If CES is all about grabbing eyeballs, then Samsung’s transparent display cases could be the perfect promotional accessory: drop your new product in the box, load up a video, and see people queue up to gawp. First announced last August, as part of Samsung’s push into atypical screen aspect ratios, the cases are intended to show off the company’s efforts in transparent screens. The concept is pretty straightforward. The product sits in a lightbox, with glass sides and an illum...
Kickstarter achieves nearly $320 million in pledges in 2012
Kickstarter saw a lot of action in 2012, and there were a ton of funded projects that ended up being a huge hit, the Pebble smartwatch and the OUYA game console just to name a few. Today, the online start-up service released some crazy statistics and figures of 2012, the main number being almost $320 million in pledges during those 12 months. In total, 2,241,475 people pledged $319,786,629, resulting in 18,109 successfully-funded projects. This means that backers pledged $606.76 per minute on ...
ZTE Grand S LTE hands-on
There are naturally a ton of smartphones on display here at CES 2013, but we couldn’t come to the show and not pay a visit to ZTE – especially when the company has its new Grand S phablet on the show floor. The Grand S LTE has been getting people excited ever since it was revealed last year, and even though it’s no Galaxy Note II, it definitely worthy of all the attention its been getting. That’s thanks to the phone’s excellent screen. At 5-inches in size and disp...
Thought Samsung’s 85-inch Ultra HD TV was huge? Wait ’til you see the 110-incher…
Samsung’s Ultra HD TV reveal at CES yesterday was certainly impressive, but the company only brought out its “smallest” set to show on stage – there’s a 110-inch behemoth waiting in the wings. Having joked that the larger model – which sits at the top of a three set line-up, with a 95-incher in-between – wouldn’t fit through the doors of the conference hall where it held its opening presentation, Samsung saved the largest Ultra HD for an eye-searin...
TechCrunch Gadgets Live Is Happening Today At 1PM PST/4PM EST
It’s day one at CES and we’re already churning away at our live video stream from the show floor and, for those looking for a nice recap, our daily Gadgets Live webcasts. At 1pm PST/4PM EST we’ll sit down and talk about what we’ve seen so far – the winners, the losers, and the mayhem. The best part? We’ll be interviewing Matt Rogers from Nest (and giving away a Nest thermostat and you at home can win!) and we’ll also be sitting down with the folks from T...
Hands-On With Ubuntu Phone: A Refreshing Change For Mobile, With A Few Early Quirks
Ubuntu’s mobile OS was one of the most interesting recent announcements in mobile tech, and at CES 2013 we finally got a chance to go hands-on and receive a thorough demo of the OS in its admittedly early current stage. Despite the fact that even a developer launch of Canonical’s Ubuntu Mobile is still likely a few months off, it’s already looking like a strong contender, and potentially one that could shake up a market that has had relatively few big earth-quaking changes ove...