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'Crazy Eddie,' King of 'Insane' Prices, Dead at 68

Eddie Antar rose to success with his electronics retail chain, ended up in prison

(Newser) - If you came of age in the New York tri-state area in the '70s and '80s, it was hard to escape the "Crazy Eddie" ads that touted one of the region's most well-known electronics retailers. But there won't be any more Christmases in August for... More »

New Headphones Claim to Produce Runner's High

Too good to be true? The science is still out

(Newser) - A new company that's betting there's a big market out there for folks who'd like to, say, enjoy a runner's high without having to, well, run are about to unleash a new device that could very well induce a dopamine high. Florida-based Nervana, a wearable tech... More »

Fancy New TV Selling for a Whopping $133K

And it'll be years before there's anything to watch on it

(Newser) - Great news for anyone in the market for a prohibitively expensive, largely useless status symbol: Sharp is releasing the first commercially available 8K TV next month. The BBC reports the 85-inch set—which comes with a $133,000 price tag—has a resolution 16 times better than a regular HD... More »

Apple Watch Is Doomed to Fail

It's a Newton, not an iPod, Mark Wilson says

(Newser) - With Apple set to announce new details on the Apple Watch , including a release date, Mark Wilson at Fast Company says he has the courage to say what a lot of people are thinking: The watch is going to be a big flop. The device has more in common with... More »

RadioShack Files for Chapter 11

Electronics store had tried to stave off bankruptcy

(Newser) - Struggling electronics retailer RadioShack has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and says it will sell up to 2,400 stores. The Fort Worth, Texas company said today that it was also having discussions to sell all of its remaining assets . RadioShack Corp. introduced one of the first mass-market personal... More »

Android Wear: More Wearable Wearable Tech?

New OS set to open up smartwatch market

(Newser) - Wearable technology looks set to take a big leap forward with Google's new Android Wear system, a version of its mobile operating system designed specifically for wearable devices. Analysts say the move opens the door for a lot of wearable devices like smartwatches that, unlike Google Glass, the general... More »

The iPod Is Kaput

Sales way down this holiday season: Sean Hollister

(Newser) - This holiday season, Apple sold 6 million iPods—a 52% decline over the year before, and a paltry number compared to the 51 million iPhones and 26 million iPads it unloaded. Apple brought in $57.6 billion in revenue last quarter, of which iPod sales contributed only $973 million. Other... More »

More Foxconn Woes: Huge Fight Breaks Out

Images show men carrying pipes; unconfirmed deaths reported

(Newser) - Foxconn may not be in the news like it once was , but not for lack of woes, it seems. The company revealed that a major fight erupted Thursday at a Foxconn campus in eastern China, and the firm says 11 people were injured. The fighting reportedly started as workers drank... More »

Check Your Pulse for Your New Password

Wristband lets you log on with heartbeat

(Newser) - Keep forgetting your password? A Canadian startup says it can give you a password that you won't lose for the rest of your life. The firm's "Nymi" wristband checks your heartbeat—which is as unique as your fingerprints—and uses it to unlock everything from computer accounts... More »

Cook: New Apple Game-Changers Are on Deck

He hints at a move into wearable electronics

(Newser) - Apple hasn't been having such a great year but CEO Tim Cook says the company will continue to come up with new innovations—in the field of consumer electronics, not tax-dodging . Speaking at the All Things Digital conference, Cook says Apple will release "several more game-changers" and signaled... More »

Tablets May Soon Be Allowed During Takeoff, Landing

Industry group preparing report on in-flight devices

(Newser) - You may not have to switch off that iPad during takeoff much longer. Last year, the FAA established an industry group to look into the effects of in-flight gadget use; by the end of 2013, officials are hoping to announce a more easygoing approach to electronic devices like e-readers. Instead... More »

Tomorrow: National Day of Unplugging

Time to turn off the smartphones—and everything else

(Newser) - Feeling the stress of being plugged in and available 24 hours a day, every day? Tomorrow is an opportunity to take a break from all that. Starting at sundown today—in accordance with the Jewish Sabbath—thousands of Americans are set to shut down their gadgets (yes, all of them)... More »

Here's Samsung's 'Ultra HD' TV for ... $20K

It's a 'statement piece,' says company

(Newser) - Samsung has revealed a TV to make your HDTV look old-hat. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the tech giant is displaying its 85-inch Ultra HD TV, which analysts expect will run you a mere $20,000 when it ships later this year. Ultra HD—likely the future... More »

Foxconn Finally Improves Conditions

Audit finds progress at electronics giant

(Newser) - Life has become less stressful for the million or so people employed by electronics giant Foxconn, an audit from the Fair Labor Association has found. The company, which suffered a spate of suicides at its plant in southern China, has complied with most of the recommendations made after Apple opened... More »

BlackBerry Maker Posts Huge Loss, Delays New Phone

RIM slashing 5K jobs as 'death spiral' continues

(Newser) - BlackBerry maker Research In Motion's freefall is continuing. The Canadian company's shares plunged 15% after it posted a $518 million third-quarter loss and announced that its new BlackBerry 10 smartphone had been delayed until next year, reports the Wall Street Journal . The company says it is cutting 5,... More »

Google Now Selling Prototype Glasses

Skydiving Google workers show off new technology

(Newser) - Google's new computerized glasses are now on sale—but only to developers attending Google's I/O conference this week. The San Francisco conference was treated to a stunning demonstration of the technology yesterday, when Google employees wearing the Internet-connected glasses skydived from a blimp above the conference building, using... More »

Hey Kids: This Summer, Ditch the Gadgets

Yale professor warns against becoming a 'click-vegetable'

(Newser) - The Internet and iPads and smartphones are great for adults—but we need to take a hard look at what they're doing to our kids, warns a computer science professor at Yale. It may be tempting to let them sit down with an iPad come June, but such technology... More »

Amazon Soars as Kindle Fire Grabs Market Share

Sales of digital products pay off tablet investment

(Newser) - Selling Kindle Fires turns out to have been a very profitable way for Amazon to lose money. The no-frills tablet computer—which sells for slightly less than it costs to make —has now captured more than half of the Android tablet market, with rival tablets from Samsung and Motorola... More »

Sony to Cut 10K Jobs

New CEO Kazuo Hirai reportedly trying to cut costs amidst weak TV sales

(Newser) - Sony will cut about 10,000 jobs worldwide over the next year as it tries to return to profit, Japanese news reports said today. The decision to slash 6% of its work force comes as it struggles with weak TV sales and swelling losses. New CEO Kazuo Hirai may announce... More »

iPad First Day Sales to Top 1M

Wait time now up to three weeks

(Newser) - More than a million eager pairs of hands will be gripping the third version of the iPad on its launch day this Thursday, analysts predict. Some 300,000 models of the first iPad were sold on its first day in 2010, and while Apple didn't release launch-day figures for... More »

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