Miscellaneous

Canon reveals EOS M2, its second-gen mirrorless camera

Canon announced the EOS M2 on Tuesday in China and Japan, updating the autofocus system that was the chief weakness of the company's its first-generation, high-end "mirrorless" compact camera.

The EOS M2 includes Hybrid CMOS AF II, an updated autofocus system that Canon said is faster than the M's system. It also gets Wi-Fi support, but the sensor is still an 18-megapixel model that tops out at ISO 12,800, or 25,600 if you enable its higher-noise expanded range.

But if you're outside Asia, restrain your enthusiasm for buying one. "At this time, … Read more

Huawei reportedly decides to abandon the US market

It's no secret that Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei and the US government aren't exactly best friends -- for the past couple of years, the US has accused Huawei of cyberespionage on behalf of the Chinese military.

It appears this spat may now have escalated into a full-fledged falling-out.

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei told French news site Les Echos last week that he no longer wanted to stay in the US market.

"If Huawei gets in the middle of US-China relations," and causes problems, "it's not worth it," Ren reportedly said, according to … Read more

Nvidia Shield, Qualcomm Toq: Carrying a torch for consumers

Months before the first iPod was announced by Apple, another company -- one that has much to do with the performance of today's Macs -- announced its own digital music player.

Intel's Pocket Concert won praise for its audio quality but wasn't much to look at. The silver-and-blue MP3 player, along with Intel's other consumer products -- a digital microscope and unreleased Web tablet -- failed to get much traction. Intel exited the consumer market with the realization that the best course of action was to stick to its silicon knitting and avoid efforts that required … Read more

Wave fingers, make faces: The future of computing at Intel

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- If the next big wave in devices turns out to be gestures and eye tracking, Intel wants to be ready.

Intel is the king of PCs, but it hasn't always been ahead of evolving innovations. Its processors power more than 80 percent of the world's computers and the vast majority of its servers, but Intel has made little headway in smartphones and tablets. To spur interest in PCs again, as well as persuade more mobile device makers to use its chips, Intel has devoted significant resources and efforts to something it calls "perceptual … Read more

Zombie apps, car door handles, and... what CNET's crew is thankful for

CNET Senior Writer Stephen Shankland is so attached to his SLR, he has a callous around his neck where the camera strap goes. "Just about every day, I thank my lucky stars for my Canon EOS 5D Mark III," he says.

It goes without saying that loved ones, health, employment, and other big-ticket blessings top the CNET gang's gratitude lists this, and every, Thanksgiving. But this year, we also wanted to take a moment to give thanks for the tech we're grateful for. We do spend a lot of time here thinking about the stuff, after all. … Read more

SD Card: Too bad this format won the flash-card wars

I like the low cost of SD Cards. I like the fact that slots for the memory card format are built into many computers nowadays. I like that the digital camera industry has mostly settled on a single format instead of the gaggle of incompatible options from years past. I like that you can buy an SD Card all over the world if you're on vacation and you want to take more photos.

It's too bad I don't like the SD Card format itself.

My beef comes down to one primary problem: I don't think the … Read more

Hunt ghosts with Snooperscope smartphone night vision lens

Maybe you want to check out whatever it was that just went bump in the night. Or maybe you just want to see things in the dark. Here's a handy scope that goes nearly anywhere.

Snooperscope is a wireless night vision device that uses your smartphone or other mobile device as a display.

Part of a Kickstarter campaign, it can attach to your iPhone, Android phone, or tablet, as well as anything from a tripod to a helmet, bike, or wall. … Read more

See the very first (surprisingly handsome) selfie... from 1839

Many Americans have probably just become familiar with the term "selfie" in the past year or two, thanks to the rise of services like Instagram as ideal tools for feeding our vanity and narcissism. Indeed, the word has taken on such cultural velocity in recent months that the Oxford English Dictionaries saw fit to declare the often cringe-inducing pair of syllables its "word of the year."

It's believed that the first use of the word can be traced back to an Australian online forum post in 2002, but the art of taking one's own self-portrait is nearly as old as photography itself. … Read more

Restaurant offers 50 percent discount for turning off phone

Look your lover in the face. Tell him or her why they're the best, most gorgeous, most intelligent, inspiring person you've ever met.

Then dig into your mackerel or your malloreddus.

That's how a romantic meal should go. Instead, these days, the obligatory phones lie on the table like needy puppies. Within moments, the lovers' eyes are buried in them, as if this were a table for one.

One restaurateur in Israel has decided that, rather than ban cell phones, he will offer an incentive so great that it makes your average Black Friday bargain seem like … Read more

Putting the Southwest Airlines gate-to-gate Wi-Fi to the test

When I flew to Las Vegas on Southwest Airlines on Tuesday, I had to do the same old routine of turning off my electronic devices. But for my return trip on Thursday, life was dramatically different. Southwest changed to allow devices to remain on, as a new Federal Aviation Administration rule allows. It also became the first airline to allow "gate to gate" Wi-Fi. For me, it was the perfect opportunity to put that promise to the test.

Could I really connect while I was on the ground, before leaving my departure gate and maintain my Internet connection … Read more