iOS app helps parents predict kid’s clothing sizes

I have a pair of kids (and boy are they cute!) and the requisite expenses associated with things like food and clothing. I’m quickly realizing that while food prices are definitely rising, the price of clothing can kill your budget even quicker.  A recent conversation with my five-year-old daughter went something like this: Her “Daddy,… Read more →

Cloud builds on SOA: ‘there are very few new ideas in the world’

For the past two years, State Street Corporation has been overhauling and streamlining its business, building its technology capability on a set of enterprise shared services and shared platforms. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Chris Perretta, CIO of State Street Corporation, about these changes, which are being presented to the world as a… Read more →

Spy gadgets for the home [photos]

 The Wireless Teddy Cam Manchester Surveillance’s Wireless Teddy Cam, fit for keeping an eye on your kids or useful if you have concerns over a babysitter, is fitted with a color camera and transmitter which relays audio and visual data to a transceiver. The accompanying receiver needs to be hidden no further than 50 meters… Read more →

The merger of cellular and Wi-Fi: The wireless network’s future

In the near-future, end-users will have a seamless Wi-Fi/cellular wireless network experience. Las Vegas – Today we talk about 801.11ac, 4G, and LTE Advanced, but what users really want is just fast, reliable wireless networking that works everywhere. According to the experts, we’re going to give it to them… eventually. In a CES panel entitled… Read more →

Windows Phone users: You’ve got Google Maps access

Windows Phone users began noticing on January 9 that they could access the Google Maps Web site using Internet Explorer.   Windows Phone users’ lack of access to the Google site came to light late last week. Google officials said that they had “always” disabled access to the Google Maps site for Windows Phone users…. Read more →

C.E.S. 2013: Driving Directions With a Human Touch

One of the problems facing GPS makers is how to make maps that drivers can use while paying attention to the road rather than the screen. One answer was audible directions, but as it happens, telling people to turn left at Third Avenue isn’t much better – people lose sight of the road when they strain to read street signs…. Read more →

Today’s Scuttlebot: Steve Ballmer’s N.B.A. Plans and Why the C.E.S. Matters

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. See more here. Deal Would Move N.B.A.’s Kings to Seattle Yahoo! Sports | Steve Ballmer, the chief executive of Microsoft, is leading a move to buy the N.B.A.’s Sacramento Kings, rename them the Sonics, and return… Read more →

Windows Phone users: You’ve got Google Maps access

Windows Phone users began noticing on January 9 that they could access the Google Maps Web site using Internet Explorer.   Windows Phone users’ lack of access to the Google site came to light late last week. Google officials said that they had “always” disabled access to the Google Maps site for Windows Phone users…. Read more →

Crowdfunding rewrites the rules of solar financing

Crowdfunding Web sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have proven incredibly effective in uncovering financial backers for new technologies or businesses that might not otherwise gotten off the ground. The model could also rewrite the rules for funding clean energy projects, particularly rooftop solar installations. Exhibit A: one pioneer of this concept, Solar Mosaic, raised more… Read more →

NSTIC set to fire up more identity pilots

The nearly two-year-old, government-facilitated effort to create an identity layer for the internet in the next few weeks will set in motion a new round of pilot program projects and funding. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) pilots are meant to cultivate ideas that will anchor an online “identity ecosystem” to be… Read more →

Panasonic’s Blu-ray RAID archive

Like Jason Perlow, I’m passing on CES this year – and I’m already in Las Vegas, an easy 4 hour drive from my home in the mountains of northern Arizona. But I am at Storage Visions, an excellent pre-CES conference on storage for consumers and consumer services. I’ve seen several cool things that I’ll be… Read more →

HP makes its software pitch, defends Autonomy technology

HP CEO Meg Whitman pitched the company’s software wares as the glue that powers the cloud and a “new style of IT” and defended the underlying technology behind Autonomy write-downs be damned. The challenge for HP is that its software assets reside in the background and are decidedly more lowkey than what rivals provide. In… Read more →