Welcome, dear readers! We're getting back into the swing of things after a busy few of weeks, including a couple of holidays, a Consumer Electronics Show, and even a North American International Auto Show. Busy times, but now it's time to dig back in to this week in tech news to make sure you have all the knowledge required to rule the watercooler -- virtual or otherwise.
If you want your Kickstarter to succeed, it appears there are some definite do's and don'ts when it comes to phrasing. According to a new study by Tanushree Mitra and Eric Gilbert of Georgia Tech's School of Interactive Computing, the language you use can be pretty indicative of whether or not you'll get your funding.
The pair analyzed more than 45,000 Kickstarter campaigns launched since June 2012, 51.53 percent of which were successful. Controlling for categories (some of which are more successful than others; you're more likely to have a successful campaign in design than fashion, for example); the presence of video; funding goals; social media; and pledge levels, they were able to compile a dictionary of more than 100 phrases that they say can more or less accurately predict success or failure. … Read more
You just try to be a deaf NFL fullback.
You think you won't have to put up with prejudice, jokes, ignorance, and rejection? You think there won't be days when you'll feel so alone, when you'll feel like you'll never make it?
Derrick Coleman was diagnosed with a genetic hearing impairment when he was 3. He is legally deaf.
He fought through high school in California and through UCLA to follow what his body and soul told him he should be doing: playing football.
Naturally, after college, he was undrafted. Well, NFL teams are known … Read more
Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, who appeared on "60 Minutes" earlier this month to discuss the state of the clean tech industry, sharply criticized the broadcast segment today for making what he said were "numerous errors."
The "Cleantech Crash" segment, reported by correspondent Lesley Stahl, aired on the network on January 5 and featured an interview with Khosla as well as a tour of one of his portfolio companies. However, in an open letter addressed to "60 Minutes" and CBS (the parent company of CNET), Khosla accused the program of failing to perform … Read more
IBM takes the US patent crown again for 2013, but Qualcomm debuted in the top 10 and Google nudged out Apple as they cracked the top 20.
According to data from IFI Claims Patent Services, IBM had a record 6,809 patents and has been the top dog for the last 21 years. Samsung was No. 2 and Canon was No. 3.
Qualcomm had a 62 percent jump in patents awarded in 2013 compared to 2012 and landed in the No. 9 spot. Microsoft was No. 5.
Among the top 10 rankings there were three US companies, four Japanese companies … Read more
At this year's CES, I didn't just wander through halls of half-baked Bluetooth-pinging little wearable things and write about them: I also wore them. Which ones? I kept it simple. Because, really, there aren't that many useful pieces of wearable tech in the world right now. And even the ones I wore weren't all that necessary. I was just curious what they would do for me. And once a fellow editor asked if I'd track my activity throughout CES, I grabbed what I had on my desk and charged up.
Fitness trackers: Fitbit Force, Nike+ … Read more
This week, we paid a visit to Audi's Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) in northern California. Rather, it paid a visit to us, bringing along its Audi Urban Intelligence Assist demo vehicle to San Francisco and taking me for a spin.
The Audi Urban Intelligence Assist (AUIA) vehicle is, essentially, an Audi A6 3.0T that has been outfitted as a test bed for a variety of technologies being developed by Audi ERL and its partners at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at San Diego, and the Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies at USC. During … Read more
We only have four limbs, one head, two eyes, two ears, and so much patience. Wearable tech, the buzzword that keeps accelerating and gathering storm clouds all throughout this year's CES, carries the whiff of promise, of future, of something new. That's why companies are pursuing it, really: in an industry where most major electronics categories are becoming commodified, wearable tech is experimental. It's new. It's something to talk about, and to stop and see. But in the real world, people can only afford so many gadgets, and don't have the time to learn to … Read more
CES 2014 could have been called "The Wearables, Appliances, Cars, and Bendable TVs Show." Like "the cloud" a few years ago, "wearable tech" was an unavoidable catchphrase, a show floor fever dream, a vague future strategy that nearly every company seemed to toss into their press conference. But what really happened at the show in wearables?
When you boil it down, wearable tech as of January 2014 falls into three categories: Notifiiers, Trackers, and Glasses. The notifiers are any devices showing off information from the world around you (Pebble Steel, and also gadgets like … Read more