Monitoring Home: Dropcam and Nest Unite Under the Google Banner

Alison K. Lanier We’re one step closer to the smart home. Nest, a smart thermometer which functions by learning its owners’ habits—when they’re away from home, when they’re active or inactive— has been hugely successful as the thinking, energy-saving eyes inside the home. By learning residents’ behavior, the thermostat automatically adjusts to suit the needs [&hellip

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Cruise: the Self-Driving Tool for the Car You Already Own

Alison K. Lanier It might look a bit like an ordinary Audi with a Wii sensor on its head, but it might be the most affordable and practical self-driving car to arrive on the scene. The name behind the tech is Cruise, and it comes from a new startup that transforms existing cars into self-driving [&hellip

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The New Office: Make it a Garden

Many companies are tearing down cubicles and introducing a new view of the office work space. The office is being redesigned as a place for thinking and collaborating, rather than the historic place where employees are expected to keep their “noses to the grindstone.” Today’s millenials in the workforce value flexibility in scheduling and flourish [&hellip

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Build it Yourself: Google Moves into Modular Cell Phones

Alison K. Lanier Google is making steps forward with its highly-anticipated Project Ara, according to CNET. The project promises to be a personalized, self-styled phone for each user through various modular additions. The customer would be able to select module components for their brand new phone and then bring those modules together to create a [&hellip

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Paging Dr. Smartphone: How Medical Apps are Revolutionizing Health Care

Bobby Miller Smartphones can let us take pictures, record videos, browse the Internet, play games and so much more thanks to the endless ocean of apps that grows deeper and broader every day. Thanks to everything smartphones can do, some people feel like they can’t live without them. Someday, that could literally be the case, [&hellip

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External Memory and Emulation: Smartphone Life Hacks

Chris Price Your touch-screen phone is a lot smarter than you’d think. In the age of ever increasing innovation and unending technological updating, it’s fairly easy to buy the latest gadget without realizing why it’s superior to the out-of-date version. The mere assertion by manufacturers that “this one is better,” is often enough for consumers [&hellip

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Samsung Squashes Rumors with New, Stand-Alone Smartwatch

Alison K. Lanier Last week saw a small squall of speculative reporting around Samsung’s new smartwatch, the successor to the Gear 2. Samsung responded to the wave of speculative articles from CNET, among others, by announcing the smartwatch—the Gear S—ahead of its expected debut at IFA 2014. The device features, according to TechCrunch’s press release, [&hellip

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Little Inventions That Made a Big Impact

In today’s fast-paced world, we tend to take things for granted. Products and devices that would have been magical not so long ago are commonplace and even expected. Sometimes, however, it’s good to ask ourselves where did this thing that I live with and use every day come from and how did such a small [&hellip

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California Legalizes Bitcoin

Alison K. Lanier Bitcoin does not have a smooth history interacting with other, more longstanding forms of currency. This includes, for instance, the official currency of the United States. The California Department of Financial Institutions, which lord over, according to CNET, the state’s financial institutions, did not take too kindly to bitcoin insinuating itself as [&hellip

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Upgrading 3-D: Imax’s Advanced New Camera

Alison K. Lanier Blockbusters set a higher and higher bar for visually convincing spectacles, particularly for sci-fi movies like “Star Trek” or the continuous line of “Transformers” movies. The pure scope and unreality of larger-than-life thrills strains credulity and budgets. Imax is embracing the challenge. The newest Transformers movie is the first major feature to [&hellip

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