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The Philips Hue Tap Proves An Elegant Accessory For Connected Smart Lights

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philips-hue-tap The Philips Hue system provides lighting that you can control with your smartphone, and automate with location gating and time-based alarms. But for all its fancy magic, I still find myself using physical lightswitches to turn my Hue system on and off, in larger part because often it takes more steps to unlock my iPhone, find the Hue app, open it and select the “All off” or… Read More

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July 30th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Microsoft flashes its ‘Halo 2′ remake and Atari documentary at Comic-Con

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What do Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the Atari landfill-dig have to do with comic books? Not much, really, but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft isn’t at this year’s San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) trotting them out to those in attendance. Let’s…
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July 26th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Samsung Pre-Trolls The iPhone 6 With New Ad

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Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.16.26 AM Samsung can’t resist throwing shade at Apple – even with devices that don’t actually exist yet. The Korean smartphone maker has a new video on its official YouTube account that digs into the Mac maker about rumors that it’ll ship an iPhone 6 with a bigger display this fall. Samsung’s conceit: We’ve had that all along! And so you have Samsung, and therein… Read More

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July 22nd, 2014 at 11:06 am

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Google finally agrees to fix Chrome bug that drains Windows laptop batteries

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Chrome may be the browser of choice for around 35 percent of the world’s internet users, but it’s not without its flaws. A report by Forbes has highlighted that the browser won’t return to an idle state if it’s not being used, demanding significantly…
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July 18th, 2014 at 7:06 am

Google’s augmented reality turf war, ‘Ingress,’ arrives on iOS

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Google’s Niantic Labs grew the potential audience for Ingress in a big way late last year, when it put out the finished Android version of its augmented reality game. Today, the studio is taking the next (if fairly obvious) step toward grabbing more…
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July 14th, 2014 at 3:07 am

North Korea’s vision of the future looks like classic sci-fi

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When a country is essentially cut off from the rest of the world, peculiar things can happen. In Cuba, the half-century-plus trade-embargo means antique Chevy Bel Airs roam the streets like pigeons, and apparently North Korea’s communist ideology…
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July 9th, 2014 at 11:09 pm

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Google Now Is The Killer App For Android Wear

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IMG_0322 Google’s I/O keynote may have been a bit of a jumble of different product announcements — many of which won’t be available until later this year — but Android Wear was what most people in the audience wanted to hear about. While there is plenty of Android in Google’s smartwatch operating system and while developers will be able to develop apps specifically for… Read More

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July 5th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

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Kudoso Is A Router That Rewards Your Kids With Facebook Time For Studying, Doing Chores

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kudoso American children spend five to seven hours per day staring at screens, TV and otherwise, according to data published by the National Institutes of Health. This leads to increased risks of weight gain and obesity, anxiety, depression, and inability to sleep, studies have found. But parental controls – and really, a better understanding of how to manage children’s screen time… Read More

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July 1st, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Brits Using Google Glass Warned To Heed Data Protection Law

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glass A few days after Google’s wearable goggles went on sale in the UK, the national data protection watchdog has warned Glass users they need to be careful to comply with existing data protection legislation. Read More

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June 27th, 2014 at 11:14 am

Tell Me Dave Lets You Train A Robot To Respond To Complex Commands

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Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 11.56.26 AM Sudo make me a sandwich, anyone? A new research project by a computer science team at Cornell University is using human volunteers to train robots to perform tasks. How is it unique? They’re showing robots how to infer actions based on very complex, human comments. Instead of having to say “move arm left 5 inches” they are hoping that, one day, robots will respond to… Read More

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June 23rd, 2014 at 7:06 am