Microsoft has had few blockbuster successes in recent years. On Tuesday, when the tech giant is scheduled to introduce its new Xbox, it will be targeting more than just hard-core gamers. Analysts say Microsoft will also be aiming to make its console the center of entertainment in your living room.
Gadgets & Apps
It seems not a day goes by when a new smartphone or tablet isn't announced or leaked. And once people have those devices, their hunger grows for apps to show them off. Have a look at some of the more intriguing hardware and software coming down the electronic pike.
The new Google Maps features tailor-made results based on users' habits and search histories. The features were made possible by the revisions Google made to its privacy policies last year, a change that removed most of the barriers between its various services.
From privacy concerns to technology saturation, Google's new technology has had its fair share of criticism — and it's not even on sale yet. The company wants to change those negative perceptions of its wearable computer before it goes on sale to the public.
This is a big moment for the deaf, many of whom haven't been to the movies in a long time. The new glasses display closed captions just for the wearer, and they're headed for 6,000 screens across the country.
TURNBitstrips is a popular website and Facebook app that has teens and others making their own cartoons. Using templates they can modify, users can tell stories or jokes online and share them with friends. And the app is catching on in several foreign markets, including Mexico and Portugal.
Fred Armisen demonstrated Google Glass, the all-the-rage wearable computer, on Saturday Night Live. Let's just say Armisen, as Weekend Update tech correspondent Randall Meeks, found a few flaws in the device.
Google Glass — the glasses with a computer, Internet and camera built in — is only the latest version of wearable technology. Off Book, a Web video series from PBS, explorers the future, from "smart" fabrics in clothing to devices that help measure your sleep patterns.
The high-tech glasses aren't yet available to the public. But a select group of test customers have received the gadgets after charming Google with their ideas for how to use them. NPR's Steve Henn takes a look at what Google Glass might offer users of the future.
Television networks are up in arms. The new company Aereo is charging a monthly fee to provide a high-definition feed of the basic over-the-air channels, and the stations aren't seeing a penny of it. But CEO Chet Kanojia thinks he's figured out a legal loophole.
Now that Facebook is following Apple, Microsoft and Google into the mobile device business, others must surely be on the way. Imagine what a LinkedIn phone, a Yahoo phone or even an NPR phone might do for you.
BioShock Infinite uses a mix of history and fantasy to create a world dominated by a racist fundamentalist Christian cult. The latest installment in the video game series drew praise from critics as proof that games could be more than just computer graphics. Can the genre really reach the heights of great art?
KUOWThere's a trend in the startup world toward combining business and smartphone apps with altruistic goals. From human trafficking to helping farmers in Uganda, experts say, there's a market for doing social good with technology.
While the quality of TVs and technology seems to be at an all-time high, the devices we use to access the living room screen are as confusing as ever. But tablets and apps offer hope of simplifying the process of finding shows to watch — and even interacting with other viewers.
Google's yet-to-be-released wearable computer sounds amazing, like something out of science fiction. But not everyone is in awe, and some groups, and even one lawmaker, say the technology raises concerns that need to be addressed.
WNYC is asking "armchair scientists, lovers of nature and DIY makers" for their help to predict this year's cicada emergence in the Northeast. The bugs have been underground for the past 17 years.