Batten down the hatches

From rides to bicycles to homes, the sharing economy has burst onto the scene as a way for people to make money via the so-called side hustle.

Tuning in older generations to tech

Senior citizens’ disinterest in technology, which often is prompted by their apprehension about it, prevents them from benefiting from advanced devices and services.

Eyes on the road

When a search of the internet uncovers numerous reviews of a new product category, it’s a good indication that the category has advanced from its niche beginnings to where several manufacturers have joined the game.

Nokia back from the dead?

Nokia returned to the smartphone market in December 2016 under new leadership from Finnish company HMD Global.

MacBook Air: A touching story

In January 2017, optical-sensors specialist Neonode revealed that it updated its AirBar device to function with Apple’s MacBook Air notebook computer, which will allow for touch-screen and gesture-based operation.

Smartphone features stagnate in 2017

Although we can expect Apple and Samsung to release the next versions of their smartphones like clockwork in the spring and fall of 2017, experts tell us that we shouldn’t look for companies to add any game-changing features for another 2–3 years.

HIV test on USB drive

Researchers at Imperial College London, who worked with DNA Electronics, developed a chip that fits on the end of a USB flash drive for a test to determine the level of HIV that’s in the blood of a person who is receiving treatment.

Wireless charge at a distance

Energous is “very close” to introducing its breakthrough in wireless charging, according to Steve Rizzone, who is the company’s president and CEO.

Is AirGig a lot of hot air?

Rural areas across the United States soon might receive stronger and faster wireless service from AT&T, but details are scant on how exactly that would transpire.

Self-driving wheelchairs

The concept of a powered wheelchair that incorporates robotics or smart/autonomous operation has been pursued for years. Among the most recent efforts is a model that would split its control between the user and the robotic elements of the wheelchair.

It’s Alfie, not Siri

Consumers who want help in store aisles might be interested in Alfie, which is Kenmore’s so-called intelligent shopper.

Music to their furry ears?

For pet owners who like to travel, bringing your furry friend along for the adventure might get a little easier. PetSmart announced in August 2016 that it will roll out an “innovative music solution” to its 1,450 PetsHotel sites to soothe anxious pet guests.

More kitchen connections

You can expect your kitchen to become more connected as more manufacturers introduce large kitchen appliances that are priced in the premium range, one experts tells Consumers Digest.

Echo reverberates

Many products will integrate the voice technology that’s in Amazon’s Echo smart speaker, says Jessica Ekholm of market-research company Gartner.

Self-cleaning toilet

At $695, the ActiClean self-cleaning toilet from American Standard is priced right in the middle of midrange and premium models that we identified as Best Buy recommendations.