The downside of complete reliance on computer gadgetry is a fundamental ignorance of what technology is. Smart machines are simply the pumps that deliver the water of knowledge -- not knowledge itself

In this age of endless digital gadgets, entertainment has become unavoidable. I have seen this coming as headline news on flat-screen TVs increasingly interrupts my boredom in hotel elevators and in other formerly humdrum places. Now this invasion is coming after our children

It's one of the biggest mysteries these days: More people worldwide own Android smartphones and tablets, yet iOS devices often drive the lion's share of Web traffic from handheld devices

Mozilla's new Firefox OS will have to battle the already established mobile players. Will Firefox OS and its free-and-open approach offer any advantages? We consider the prospects


  • Smartphones and tablets are fast becoming popular for people who love to watch movies. According to Nielsen, smartphone and tablet users watched 9 percent and 20 percent more

  • Google's Project Glass will certainly innovate the way people use the Internet once it's offered to the public. Along with its functionality, Project Glass is also aiming to be very stylish

  • With struggling global PC sales, computer manufacturer HP is shifting its focus to tablets. Chief executive officer Meg Whitman believes that HP still has what it takes to undergo innovation

  • Imagine shopping for clothes online and being able to run your hand across the screen on your computer or smartphone to feel the fabrics. That kind of simulation technology could be available within the next five years

  • It's official-- there are more devices to connect you to the internet in America than Americans

  • Here's a look at the best technology for moms from this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

  • CES 2013 is happening right now in Las Vegas. There`s a lot to see, nearly 2 million square feet of gadgets. Rich DeMuro has more in today's tech report

  • Winners of CNET's Best of CES awards include the Razer Edge gaming tablet, the YotaPhone sporting an e-ink back screen, and the CubeX high-end 3D printer

  • Watches get smart at the Consumer Electronics Show, with devices like the Pebble Watch, Basis Band and Martian Passport Watch

  • Ultrabook devices extend and enhance the practical applications of smartphones and tablets by combining portability with the technology that's typically associated with high-performance laptops

  • Thinking of buying a tablet? The iPad isn't the only candidate. Here are the top five tablets to consider.

  • Getting video on phones doesn't make headlines anymore, but the companies delivering it are getting more sophisticated and offering an amazing array of both live and stored content. Here's how they stack up

  • Are you still using your smart phone just for texting friends and updating your Facebook status? Start putting it to work for you by downloading apps that can help you make the most of your jam-packed life. We've found five of the most practical -- and free! -- mobile apps out there, all tested and recommended by busy women

  • While the iPad can prove to be a welcome distraction thanks to the bevy of games and creative apps available, several top business schools are measuring their effectiveness as teaching tools, not toys. And they're pleased with the early results

  • If you have an iPhone or Android, you no doubt appreciate why they're called smartphones. While a lot of health and medical apps provide little more than an alternative to pen and paper for note taking, an increasing number are harnessing the phones' computing power, cameras, audio and video capabilities, motion sensors, and GPS systems to create new ways to help you manage your health

  • Apple is set to dive headfirst into the education marketplace with the introduction of iBooks 2 for the iPad, which textbook manufacturers say will result in the 'reinvention the textbook'

  • A flurry of research both affirms and denies the connection between cancer and cell phones. Here's how to stay safe until scientists reach a consensus

  • Matt Ployhar takes a look at the future of the slate form factor and its potential impact on everything from console gaming to Windows 8

  • It's easy to covet a tablet, with its sleek design, portability and fast performance. But is all that enough to replace a laptop? Here's the pros and cons of tablet devices

  • 3-D televisions will almost certainly be a living-room staple in the not-too-distant future. Market research firm DisplaySearch is forecasting that the U.S. 3-D TV market will grow from 2 percent of all flat-panel TVs shipped in 2010 to 41 percent by 2014. So suck it up: Eventually, 3-D will be coming to a couch near you, and you need to be armed with the facts

  • Now you can look cool in a set of high-tech, stylish shades that come with a built-in virtual home theater. Sunglass-style video eyewear lets you test your gaming skills or watch your favorite movies -- even in 3-D -- whether you're sitting at home, lounging in a hotel lobby or ordering a cocktail at 30,000 feet

  • We studied the hundreds of HDTV flat-panel television sets that plastered walls at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and have distilled a quick guide to today's key options

  • If the '90s were the Internet era, maybe the '00s were the mobile decade. Technology packed ever more power into ever smaller devices, putting portable electronics at the leading edge of innovation this decade. With freedom of movement in mind, here are the top tech innovations of 2000-2009 ...

  • Despite tough times, electronics makers appear to be determined to deliver a touch of luxury this holiday season. They're bucking a history of dreary beige-and-black boxes with devices that look stylish -- even beautiful. Here are 10 of the best-looking devices for holiday gift-giving ...

  • Workplace iPads could become as common as workplace smartphones, but don't ditch your PC just yet

  • Hey, early adopter! Here's how to recoup some of your investment when the latest technology becomes yesterday's news

  • A consumer will make a decision to purchase a new tech product and no sooner than the item is out, a newer, better, faster version of the product is released. And while it's impossible to figure out exactly when to make a purchase, here are strategies you can use

  • For non-techies as well as Apple shareholders is the existence, not the particulars, of the upgrade that matters

  • Mobile devices and computing have come a long way. But where will they go next?

  • There are more gizmos and gadgets than people in the United States, according to the latest report of industry group CTIA

  • Still squinting to figure out whether that's Leighton Meester or Minka Kelly on your screen? It's time to check out the new crop of movie phones. We pick our favorites

  • At first glance, Apple's recently upgraded MacBook Air looks no different than the model launched last September. It's what's under the hood that's garnering the most attention.

  • It's difficult to look around and not see the profound impact that new technologies have had on our culture

  • Whether you're a tech-blue techie or technophobe, heed our experts' tricks and you'll save money on all your gadgets

  • While some people may be cutting back on lattes, an increasing number are spending more on a variety of wired (or unwired) high-tech gadgets. Here are 10 gadgets and services people may want to consider

  • TiVo was the first to popularize the convenience of recording TV to digital files. TiVo is still around, and in its first decade it slowly added features. But now TiVo is facing a growing list of competitors that have spurred a golden age of innovation. Today's recorders are more powerful, easier to use, and rapidly adding new capabilities

  • Cellphones that can also track a caller's whereabouts once seemed at the leading edge of GPS. Now all sorts of devices can chart travels as chips that get location data continue to get smaller and cheaper. From still cameras to fitness watches, a new assortment of gadgets knows where they are, which can also translate into speed and distance readings. Here are our favorite GPS gadgets

  • Carrying a real book is at risk of looking old-fashioned, especially with the upcoming rush of digital E-readers. Several dozen models descended on the Consumer Electronics Show, where a large corner of one hall was dedicated to the electronic readers. To help find the proper fit, we've identified five E-readers that illustrate key distinctions

  • Apple has announced its latest -- and what some say -- greatest creation yet. The iPad is the biggest news since the launch of the iPhone. The iPad is going to be aggressively priced so Apple can get as many iPads into as many hands as quickly as possible. Most of the news reported was positive, but there are still some unanswered questions. Here's a look at what the iPad has to offer ...

  • Looking to upgrade your phone? Not yet sure which model to plunk down your hard-earned cash for? Worry not: We've made this easy guide to clear up the confusion. Here are your best choices in various categories

  • There's no better time than now to upgrade your gear. Here are the top five portable tech gadgets I recommend checking out to enjoy on your summer travels

  • Thanks to the success of Apple's iPad, tablets are taking the market by storm. Tech expert Marc Saltzman guides you through the new offerings

  • While home-moviemaking has been possible in one shape or another for the last 70 years, the cameras were often expensive, klutzy and fragile. But it has come a long way since your uncle's Grand Canyon slides. Here's how home-filmmaking has been upgraded since then

  • From wireless communicators to personal satellite tracking, the super-tech stuff we saw on the big and small screens are now largely a part of our everyday lives. Here's a run-down of just a few that have gone from outrageous to obvious, and from 'No way!' to everyday technology

  • Most of us already own at least one digital camera that takes pretty good pictures. So camera makers find themselves scrambling for new reasons to sell us cameras. All the choices make the process of shopping for a digital camera very difficult. Here's tips for buying a digital camera ...