Apple wins patent on goggles with hat tip to Oculus Rift

Apple has won a patent that's awfully different from anything the company is selling right now.

Apple on Wednesday was awarded a patent on what is essentially goggles, but might be given a more tech-friendly description as a head-mounted display. The device is worn on a person's face and allows him or her to view everything from video games to movies to television shows. It's designed to work with mobile devices, like the iPhone, as well as an Apple TV, according to Patently Apple, which earlier obtained a copy of the patent award.

Head-mounted displays are nothing … Read more

AT&T delivers GigaPower fiber network to Austin

AT&T has fired a shot over the Google Fiber bow.

The carrier on Wednesday announced that it has launched its U-verse with "GigaPower" all-fiber network in Austin, Texas. Access to the network starts at $70 per month, and it will feature initial Internet speeds of up to 300 megabit per second. AT&T said it will up speeds to one Gigabit per second "when available in 2014," at no extra cost.

Fiber connectivity is becoming an increasingly competitive space. AT&T announced its plans to bring GigaPower to Austin just months after … Read more

HDMI vs. DisplayPort vs. DVI vs. VGA: Which connection to choose?

With televisions, HDMI is the most common connector. But if you want to connect a computer to your TV (or you've got a new computer monitor), the options tend to be HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and sometimes old-school VGA.

Each connection has its pros and cons, and perhaps the best cable to use with your display is more than just "what it came with."

Here are the differences.… Read more

Apple wins patent for curved touch-screen design

Apple seems to have its eye on the curved display market, at least as evidenced by a newly awarded patent.

Granted Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent dubbed simply "Curved touch sensor" outlines a technical process to achieve higher-quality curved displays. Current sensor displays are typically very thin, so thin that their components can sometimes be damaged during the fabrication process. Apple has a way around that.

The patent suggests placing a thin film over a flexible substrate while the substrate is flat. This new pattern is then joined to a flexible substrate. A … Read more

2014 Honda Civic hits the lot with built-in Siri

iPhone owners who pick up a 2014 Honda Civic will be able to chat with Siri without taking their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road.

Siri will be a key ingredient of Honda's new Display Audio in-car technology when the Civic goes on sale Wednesday, the automaker has announced. Drivers with Bluetooth-connected iPhones will be able to activate Siri by holding down a Talk button on the steering wheel, eliminating the need to tap on or hold the phone.

People behind the wheel can perform a variety of tasks via Siri, such as listening to … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and boy do we have a lot of tech awesomeness to be thankful for this week. Hot on the heels of the PS4 release, Microsoft has just launched the Xbox One. It might have the higher price tag, but does it matter? We get our mitts on the shiny new gaming console and offer up some of our highs and lows. We also checked out the world's first (deeply) curved display smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Round. Crazy, gimmicky, or brilliant? We'll let you decide for yourselves.

You know what else we're … Read more

Best Buy offers $75 gift card to iPad buyers

iPad buyers looking to buy the fourth-generation model can score a $75 gift card through Best Buy.

The Best Buy page lists the deal as good for the iPad with Retina Display, which refers to the model released in November 2012. The offer applies to all variations of the fourth-generation iPad and is available both online and at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile retail stores.

And for smartphone buyers, Best Buy is offering the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S3 for free with a two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Wireless. That deal is good for both new … Read more

Is Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display problem serious?

Apple got a shellacking by Amazon's tablet in the latest display shoot-out by DisplayMate, but is this a sign of larger problems at Apple?

DisplayMate Technologies had little good to say about the iPad Mini with Retina Display in a research note on Monday.

Apple failed to deliver an adequate color range -- referred to as color gamut -- on one of its highest profile and most anticipated products, the Mini Retina, according to Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate.

"[It] is incredibly disappointing because it produces noticeably subdued image colors. In fact, it's almost identical to the … Read more

iPad Mini's Retina Display finishes last in small-screen review

Apple's iPad Mini with Retina Display can't match Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX or the Google Nexus 7 in overall display quality, according to screen tester DisplayMate.

DisplayMate on Tuesday published its findings on the picture quality of the iPad Mini with Retina Display, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX, and Google's Nexus 7. While both Amazon and Google scored high marks in the study, Apple's tablet "comes in with a distant third-place finish."

"Apple was once the leader in mobile displays, unfortunately it has fallen way behind in both Tablets and Smartphones," … Read more

Getting edgy: Samsung phone to get wraparound display?

Samsung reportedly plans to unveil a Galaxy smartphone with a three-sided wraparound display next year.

Citing information from "two people familiar with the plans," Bloomberg said Friday that the display would wrap around the edges of the phone, allowing people to read messages from an angle. Each of the three sides would also function independently. From the description, it sounds as if you'd be able to view your normal front display and then see a small amount of additional information wrapped around on the right and left sides of the phone.… Read more