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‘Smart’ potty or dumb idea? Wacky gadgets at CES

The iPotty for iPad potty training device is see on display at the Consumer Electronics Show, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Las Vegas. No app is available to go with the trainer, but the idea is to keep the child on the toilet for as long as necessary by keeping them digitally entertained. AP/Julie Jacobson

Some of the weirdest gadgets at the International CES (Consumer Electronics Association) show are designed to solve problems you never knew you had. Are you eating too fast? A digital fork will let you know. Is your toddler having trouble sitting still on the potty? Let the iPotty come to the rescue. Are you bored driving to work in a four-wheeled vehicle? Climb inside a 1,600-pound mechanical spider for your morning commute.

Posted: January 10th, 2013 in Gadgets,Latest Technology Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Smart TVs get smarter, by just a little bit

A show attendee looks at Sony's 4K Ultra HD TV at the Sony booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

In the not-so-distant future, couch potatoes will be waving, pointing, swiping and tapping to make their TVs react, kind of like what Tom Cruise did in the 2002 movie “Minority Report.” That’s the vision of TV manufacturers as they show off “smart TVs.”

Posted: January 9th, 2013 in Gadgets,Headlines,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Protest exposes Silicon Valley-Hollywood rivalry

Demonstrators protest in front of the building housing the New York offices of U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kristen Gilliband, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. January 18 is a date that will live in ignorance, as Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of its English-language articles, joining other sites in a protest of pending U.S. legislation aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

In a move that heightens the growing tension between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, Wikipedia and other websites went dark Wednesday in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted movies and TV programs.

Posted: January 19th, 2012 in Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

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