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What Reviewers Are Saying About Apple HomePod

Apple’s Internet-connected HomePod speaker goes on sale Feb. 9, and the reviews are now pouring in.<p>The tech giant announced the HomePod speaker last …

Smart Homes
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Google’s 3 Secrets To Designing Perfect Conversations

First of all, try to be human.<p>We’ve all been frustrated when talking to a computer. Maybe it can’t understand what you’re saying. Maybe it hears you, but doesn’t understand what you mean. Or maybe it’s just a tedious chat with a cloying personality with whom you’d never choose to associate in real …

Artificial Intelligence

Alphabet’s CFO says Home and Nest are different entities

Whether it seems intuitive or not, the two hardware units are staying separate.<p>Alphabet has two smart home systems: Google Home and separate Alphabet subsidiary Nest. And it’s going to stay that way, said Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat at the <b>Code Conference</b> Wednesday in Rancho Palos Verdes, …

Google Home

The One Thing You Never Knew About Your Google Home

Back in the day, the only home speaker we cared about was the one we saw on Disney's <i>Smart House</i>. Because, duh: Everything we came to learn about Pat …

Google Assistant

Smart home technology: How to build the perfect high-tech home

The smart home of your dreams isn’t hard to build, as long as you approach it in the right way<p>A Wi-Fi kettle. Try that again in your best Peter Kay …

Samsung challenges Google with Connect Home Wi-Fi mesh

Samsung announced on Thursday a competitor to Google Wi-Fi, which is able to cover up to 7,500 square feet and also act as a SmartThings hub.<p>Much like the lauded Google Wi-Fi, the Samsung Connect Home creates a mesh WiFi network that extends the network’s coverage area, similar to a wireless …

Home Automation

ASP.NET Routing

ASP.NET routing enables you to use URLs that do not have to map to specific files in a Web site. Because the URL does not have to map to a file, you …

The expanding role of design in creating an end-to-end customer experience

Lines between products, services, and user environments are blurring. The ability to craft an integrated customer experience will open enormous …

Customer Experience

Experts Weigh in on AI and the Singularity

AI Visionaries<p>Artificial intelligence (AI) is progressing so fast that there are new developments in the field almost every week. The tendrils of AI …

Supersets will take your fitness to the next level with CultFit Home Workout

It’s the fourth and final week of our CultFit Home Workout. Congratulations if you have made it this far. (If you missed it, it’s still not to late to start with Week 1).<p>For this easy home workout, all you need is your iPhone and some everyday objects you’ll find around your home or office (plus …

Top 10 Free Alternatives to Expensive Software

Unless you have a company buying licenses for you, tools like Photoshop, Pro Tools, Maya, or even Windows can be a serious bite out of your wallet. …

Software

A Gentle Morning Yoga Workout For Your Abs

A morning yoga workout is a great way to set a healthy tone for your day. Because let's face it: Waking up and HIIT-ing hard with an intense training …

Yoga

How to Break Your Procrastination Habit and Get Real Work Done

Do you ever wake up in the morning and say, “Today, I am going to spend the day in reactive mode — running around putting out fires, constantly …

Procrastination

11 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

TED Talks

Hawaii’s mysterious water bears

Haleakalā is considered the richest place on Earth for tiny, nearly indestructible tardigrades. Biologist Sam Gon III found 31 distinct species in just 50 sq miles.<p>Perhaps you’ve heard of the mysterious, microscopic animals that can survive being crushed, frozen, boiled and subjected to the vacuum …

Nature

Agile Means More Prototypes, Fewer Meetings, Even in Government

Federal agencies appear to be warming up to agile development, a project management process that breaks large projects into smaller "sprints."<p>The …

Project Management

Rio Olympics: Kevin Durant leads Team USA men's basketball to 15th gold medal

The United States is still the best in the world when it comes to basketball<p>Kevin Durant did it again. Just like in 2012, Durant led the United …

Microsoft will release new Windows 10 builds right after the Anniversary Update drops

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update may be rolling out next week, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft is resting on its laurels.<p>While it took a while after Windows 10’s first release for Microsoft’s beta-testing Insider program to continue, this time the company says it’s planning on getting new builds …

4 essential home office productivity hacks

The home office is a blessing and a curse.<p>I love working from home as much as the next person — free snacks, zero commute, awesome lunch options in the area. Sometimes I stroll through the park on the way back from lunch, just because I can.<p>Coworking spaces and trendy startup offices offer a …

This Woman Tried Kim Kardashian's Duct Tape Cleavage Trick

"I gave myself an inadvertent breast wax..."<p>Brave writer Joanna Della-Ragione did the inevitable after Kim Kardashian revealed she uses tape (the gaffer variety, specifically) to achieve her red carpet cleavage: She tried it herself, on her 32E breasts. "Having studied Kim's technique, I deduced …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Facebook's "Free Basics" internet service has been shut down in Egypt.</b> Over 3 million people had been using the cheap internet service in the country.<p><b>2. Microsoft wants to build a slimmed-down version of the Xbox.</b> It considered the idea back in 2013 but didn't proceed with it.<p><b>3. Gaming platform</b> …

Taxes

7 tech trends that will rule CES 2016

A New Year means a new start, and that goes double for the tech world, since the first week of January is when International CES takes place. The …

Virtual Reality

Most anticipated tech of 2016: August to December edition

Smart Homes

Google Photos’ new shared albums aren’t designed for a social world

You can't like them<p>Google is tired of Apple getting all the glory when it comes to photo sharing. Today, the company introduced a feature in its Google Photos app that’s designed to compete with Apple’s popular iCloud Photo Sharing. It's available for iOS, Android and the web. That cross-platform …

Google Photos

Khloé Kardashian Reveals the Inspiration Behind Her 1920s Party Look

"No one can do it like she did."<p>Everyone in attendance at Kris Jenner's extravagant Great Gatsby-themed party arrived in their best 1920s fashion. The mom-ager's #SexySixty birthday bash was a sea of sparkling gowns, fur stoles and feather boas—but it was Khloé's sultry look that stood out as …

Leaked Comcast memo reportedly admits data caps aren't about improving network performance

Public relations would also prefer that you stop calling it a data cap<p>Comcast is unleashing its PR machine to try to manage the controversy around its home broadband data caps. After recently expanding its "trial" 300GB monthly data cap in several cities around the Southeastern US, it looks like …

Internet

Google takes part in $100 million funding round for secure messaging startup Symphony

Reports surfaced last week suggesting that Google was in talks to invest in secure messaging startup Symphony, and a new report out Monday morning (via Re/code) suggests that the company is about to announce $100 million in funding raised in a recent round from several investors including — as was …