In this first full week of 2014, tech headlines came fast and furiously out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, and beyond.
All Tech Considered posts about CES
TV makers, studios and streaming companies are all getting behind 4K TVs, which offer higher resolutions than even high-definition TVs. Some say it could worry Hollywood and lead to even less risk-taking in movies, but the technology still has significant hurdles to overcome.
KQEDWearable technology is often said to look dorky. "Stylish" and "fashionable" are not words anyone would associate with devices like Google Glass or smart watches. But companies are now working to embed technology into clothing so that it's unobtrusive or even attractive.
A fork and spoon with built-in sensors can measure how long your meals last. Computers and sensors are being built into just about everything these days — a trend on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And lots of companies are working on getting your TV to play nicely with your smartphone.
More than 3,100 companies flocked to the Consumer Electronics Show to hawk their wares this year, and the show's host estimates that 20,000 products are launched there. Many of the small companies founded for the show won't be back next year, but their hustle is infectious and some become huge.
Computer chips and technology are invading all sorts of previously dumb devices. Phones are now smart. Cars are becoming connected computers on wheels. Call it the computerization of everything. But how we interact with these machines is bound to evolve.
Both Nokia and Microsoft have been left behind in the race to capture a piece of the fast-growing smartphone pie. Now Nokia, with Microsoft's help, is trying to force its way back into the North American smartphone market, announcing a new 4G phone for AT&T.