Colin Parsons

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Posture.io Is A Low Cost Hack To Stop Slouching At The Desk

If you saw someone pushing an office chair through New York’s financial district this weekend chances are it was this guy: developer Joe Heenan, who’s just shown off a neat hardware hack aimed at improving office workers’ posture here at the Disrupt NY Hackathon. He says he eventually convinced an …

The Secret Psychology of Facebook

<i>The post first appeared on Buffer.</i><p>Whenever I hop onto Facebook to do something specific—find a link I saved for later or see what’s happening on Buffer’s Facebook page, perhaps—something strange happens.<p>Despite my best intentions to stay on track and accomplish my goal, I get sucked in. Suddenly …

Social Media

How to calibrate Apple Watch to improve accuracy of calorie, distance, & other fitness data

Apple takes user submitted data for age, height, gender and weight to help it calculate the different data points it provides for workouts and activities, but there is also a way to calibrate Apple Watch to improve the accuracy of the data.<p>By initiating the calibration process, you can get more …

Smartwatches

Parents use Apple Watch to share newborn’s heartbeat with family

Some might write off Apple Watch’s ability to share your heartbeat as gimmicky, but these new parents have found a truly heartwarming use for it— to share their newborn’s heartbeat with family that weren’t able to make the occasion in person.<p><i>“Our first child was born and we used an Apple Watch</i> …

Smartwatches

Solar-powered grill cooks your food no matter the weather

However much you may like grilling food on a warm day, you probably don't like dealing with gas tanks or other typical grill hassles... and most solar cookers won't help much if it's overcast outside. The upcoming GoSun Grill might be a smarter way to handle those backyard shindigs, however. It can …

Your free Android apps talk to thousands of ad sites

If you've used ad-sponsored Android apps, you've probably wondered where those ads are coming from, and whether or not there's anything to be worried about. According to French researchers, you have a reason to be cautious. They've found a way to automatically scan Android apps for connections to …

You buy the TV, Google ‘upgrades’ its software and then YouTube doesn’t work …

Google has upgraded its software meaning that many people can no longer watch YouTube on their ‘smart TV’ and set-top box. What can you do?<p>Did you buy a smart TV or set-top box or tablet any time before January 2013? Do you watch YouTube on it, perhaps through an app? Bad news: Google has shut down …

Uber drivers face having their cars seized in Brussels

Today, Uber drivers are "at risk of having their cars confiscated" in Brussels after the city's police tribunal determined that the ride sharing app is a taxi service and therefore is obligated to abide by the same rules as cabbies, according to a Bloomberg report.<p>Uber argues that it is a …

Autonomous Vehicle

Review: Apple Watch as a design piece

Precision. That’s the word that immediately came to mind the minute I picked up my Apple Watch for the first time. Something about this device felt different, on an almost subconscious level, from any other Apple product I’ve used before. Perhaps I was just caught up in the moment. After all, the …

Smartwatches

How Snapchat Made QR Codes Cool Again

QR codes have been a laughing-stock for years now. The gangly square bar codes were slapped on posters and magazine pages, and heralded as an easy way to open URLs or bonus content.<p>Instead they became a frustrating symbol of over-engineering.<p>You often needed a special QR code reader app which might …

Boxing

9 Rules for Creating Killer Product Videos

<i>This post first appeared on Vimeo.</i><p>Whether you’re selling a product or service, the ubiquitous product video can be the make-or-break moment for your potential customers. A truly great product video both informs and inspires viewers to give you their attention (and their wallets).<p>At Vimeo, we’ve …

Marketing

Tim Cook wears a unique Apple Watch that nobody else can buy

Apple CEO Tim Cook wears his Apple Watch everywhere (even in the shower). But if you look closely at photos of his watch, you can see that it's a totally unique model that is not available to the public.<p>Take a look at the photo of Cook holding an Apple Watch at the top of this article. Notice …

Smartwatches

All the things Wired got hilariously wrong in its legendary 1997 story on how to 'save' Apple

Founder Steve Jobs had just rejoined after being kicked out years earlier — but wasn't in a position of any real authority. Microsoft was easily dominating the PC industry, and Apple's long-term prospects were looking bleak. The article was one of the best-read stories in tech at the time and came …

John Sculley

Accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps, faster charging

One of the first companies to announce plans to make a battery strap for Apple Watch— allowing you to charge the device while on the go while continuing to wear it— has confirmed plans to tap into Apple Watch’s hidden port to charge the device and offer faster charging.<p>Apple utilizes a magnetic, …

Smartwatches

Galaxy S6 Edge Review: Four Weeks Later, Is Samsung's Curved Smartphone A Success?

I’ve been carrying the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for a month now and that has given me enough time to really get to grips with the South Korean smartphone. As it becomes widely available around the world, how practical is the S6 Edge, how does the curved screen work in practice, and could I live with …

Gear & Gadgets

Meet the man responsible for Google's billion-dollar acquisitions

On its top ten acquisitions alone, it has spent more than $24.5 billion dollars.<p>That's a lot of money, but Google has learned how to make the most of those purchases. Time Magazine recently wrote that the company had "perfected" the Silicon Valley acquisition, in part because its so good at …

Andy Rubin

Woz: We've made machines too important

Technically Incorrect: Speaking in Massachusetts, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says humans lost to the machines 200 years ago and that putting computers in a classroom doesn't make kids smarter.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I am …

This Tech Keeps You Safe From Hackers

From Edward Snowden to Anthem Healthcare, data security has been a hot-button topic the past couple of years. But between politics and personal data, …

Watch the incredible first test flight of Jeff Bezos's mysterious new rocket

Blue Origin, the commercial spaceflight company founded by Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, just tested its first suborbital rocket and the results were pretty impressive.<p>Just like SpaceX's Elon Musk, Bezos is trying to develop reusable rockets. Rockets that could be used over and over again would …

Space Travel

Fortune.com

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Apple Watch Sport may cost less than $85 in components

Tim Cook told investors on Monday to not even try to guess how much Apple’s supply chain costs are, but that’s not stopping some analysts from trying to determine the cost of Apple Watch components<p>IHS Technology toredown the 38mm Apple Watch Sport this week, and according to the firm’s estimates, …

Smartwatches

Dufl, A Service That Packs And Ships Your Suitcase, Is A Traveler’s Dream

The absolute worst part of traveling, whether it’s for business or for pleasure, is packing and unpacking a suitcase. The work it takes to pack a bag is negligible, but having a clean inventory of clothes each time you pack takes far more planning.<p>Dufl, a service that launches today, is looking to …

NASA’s Messenger spacecraft crashes into Mercury

Messenger, NASA’s Mercury-orbiting spacecraft, reached the end of its historic 11-year mission Thursday when it crashed into the little planet closest to the sun.<p>The spacecraft, which was out of fuel, slipped out of orbit and slammed into Mercury at 3:26 p.m. ET, according to mission controllers at …

Astronomy

Glide into one of the best iPad publishing tools around

Glide helped Jim Dalrymple reboot <i>The Loop</i> into a gorgeous digital magazine way back in October 2013; we’re excited to see how much progress the Glide publishing app, invented by Chris Harris, has made during the time between then and now.<p>We’re not the only ones, either: With 15 days left to go on …

Apps

China's New Minesweeping Robot Has An Explosive Surprise

'Rocket Robot' fights fire with fire<p>Chinese combat engineers have a new mine clearing robot that's going to accompany troops onto the battlefield. While many other nations have built mine sweeping robots, such as the U.S.'s Panther (an unmanned M60 tank chassis with chainlink flails), this new …

Here's our first close-up look at Microsoft's holographic computer glasses

Our correspondents Julie Bort and Matt Weinberger are both at Microsoft's BUILD Conference in San Francisco this week, and they're finally getting their much-awaited demonstration of HoloLens, the company's futuristic computer glasses that superimpose holograms on the world around you.<p>Microsoft is …

Augmented Reality

How Pebble’s CEO Plans To Win The SmartWatch Wars

Eric Migicovsky's not afraid of Apple<p>Long before Apple dove into the smartwatch business this spring, a little company called Pebble made a big splash--and set a $10-million Kickstarter record--by debuting an intelligent timepiece that provides emails, texts, and music controls. Pebble Time, its …

Survival Horror Augmented Reality Game Night Terrors Maps Your House

Ghosts jumping out of my bathroom? No thank you.<p>If you’ve ever wanted to use your home as the setting of a survival horror game, then Night Terrors …

Sleep Disorders