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July 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Video: Amazon Fire phone’s kitchen smackdown

A signature feature of Amazon’s new Fire phone is Firefly, an app that identifies products, music and TV shows and makes it easy to order them from the company.

It worked well with pop music but stumbled when I tried scanning a few common products in my kitchen. Perhaps it will get better after the phone goes on sale and people start feeding Firefly more data about products they’re scanning.

Here’s a video of the test:

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Comments | Topics: amazon, E-commerce, fire phone

April 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Comcast expands digital adapter plan, time for new approach?

April Fool’s isn’t a one-day event for Comcast customers, especially those who subscribe to the company’s most-basic cable-TV service.

Over the past three months, those customers in Washington have been surprised to turn on their sets and discover that their high-definition TVs and cable service had stopped working.

A high-def digital adapter at Comcast's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

A high-def digital adapter at Comcast’s booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

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Comments | Topics: Comcast, digital adapter, Digital TV

March 14, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Samsung unveils Galaxy S4, can it reclaim lead?

Whether the S4 can maintain or accelerate Samsung’s growth remains to be seen. Earlier glimpses of the phone through various leaks showed a curved design similar to the S3, with gee-whiz features such as the tracking of users’ eyes to do things like pause video playback when users turn away.

Samsung is launching the phone at a much-hyped event in New York, which is webcast here.

Samsung mobile communications president, JK Shin, started by listing the S4′s highlight features.

They include:

GALAXY S 4 Product Image (6)

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Comments | Topics: Android, Apple, gadgets and products

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