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The first products for Google’s new smart home platform are being announced

Google wants to be the thread that ties together the smart home world, and we're starting to see what that could look like today. At CES this morning, companies are announcing their first plans to use Google's new Internet of Things platform and language, Brillo and Weave, which were announced last …

Home Automation

Forget resolutions—use these nerdy lifehacks to make life a little better in a lot of ways

It’s New Year’s. You want to set goals, and achieve them. But, realistically, you’re probably not going to. Researchers find that anywhere from 40% to 8% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions successfully stick to them.<p>The problem is that people often aim to completely overhaul their lives, …

Nutrition

9 technologies to watch in 2016

Technology advances not so much when it exhibits innovation, but when it becomes truly practical for everyday people. 2015 saw a lot of that as voice …

Artificial Intelligence

5 Things That Will Disappear In 5 Years

Tom Gonser Contributor<p>Tom Gonser is the chief strategy officer of DocuSign.<p>Just five years ago the world was a very different place. In 2010, the iPad had just made its debut, Kickstarter was introducing a new form of venture capitalism that would change the face of fundraising and Square was …

Remote Controls

A huge change is happening at Intel that no one's talking about

But with a shrinking PC market, Intel has been exploring new ways to grow its business, making headway into other areas like chips for data centers and connected devices.<p>In order to accelerate this shift, Intel has also been making a huge change in its culture that's starting to show up more …

Internet of Things

Apple’s 2015, exciting future tech, and our Force Awakens deep dive, on The CultCast

This week on <i>The CultCast</i>: Why 2015 was one of Apple’s best (and worst!) years ever; what Apple needs to improve in 2016; and future tech that could change the world. Plus, stick around for our deep dive into <i>The Force Awakens,</i> our in-depth review of the magic, delight and heartbreak of J.J. Abrams’ …

Reality check: Your computer is most likely too weak to run VR headsets

Just 13 million PCs worldwide this year will have the graphics processing power necessary to render VR images properly, Nvidia warns.<p>If you had your heart set on experiencing some of the adventures promised by virtual reality, you may have to shell out some more money before you begin your …

Virtual Reality

Biggest technology trends to watch for at CES 2016 in Las Vegas

The world's biggest consumer technology show runs this week in Las Vegas. Formally called CES 2016 (the folks who run the convention don't call it the Consumer Electronics Show any more), 3,600 exhibitors are expected to attend. Here are the biggest trends to watch for this year:<p><b>Does the C in CES</b> …

Virtual Reality

Critical Steve Jobs documentary The Man in the Machine airs on CNN tonight at 9PM ET

Did you miss <i>Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine</i> when it hit theaters earlier this year? Well, if you have a cable subscription, you can catch the controversial documentary on CNN tonight at 9PM ET.<p>The documentary is centered around a series of interviews director Alex Gibney carried out with those …

Steve Jobs

iPhone 7 Plus Said to Have 256GB Option and Larger 3,100 mAh Battery

Apple's next-generation iPhone 7 Plus may feature a 256GB storage option and larger 3,100 mAh battery as two differentiating features over the smaller iPhone 7, according to Chinese website <i>MyDrivers</i> [Google Translate].<p>The report does not specify if the iPhone 7 Plus will still have 16GB base …

Latest Samsung Galaxy S7 leak suggests flagship will come in sizes up to 5.7 inches

It's widely expected that Samsung will unveil its Galaxy S7 this February during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and that means that the rumors are starting to stream in. A photo posted online purportedly shows the full specifications for one of the handful of variants that Samsung appears to …

Electronics Industry

LG puts the Super in new Ultra High Definition LCD TVs

In advance of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LG announced its best non-OLED TVs for 2016, namely three series dubbed "Super UHD."<p>With a name like Super Ultra High Definition, you might think LG's latest TVs are actually the best the company will offer in 2016.<p>You'd be wrong. The …

Televisions

Warner Bros. will release 35 4K Blu-ray movies this year in glorious HDR

Since 4K is quickly becoming the industry standard for home entertainment, content is finally starting to catch up. Warner Bros. recently announced that it has plans to release 35 4K Blu-ray movies by the end of 2016. Its initial launch features four titles, including <i>Mad Max: Fury Road</i> and <i>The Lego</i> …

Televisions

Samsung Goes After Sonos With A New Wireless Soundbar System

Wireless whole-home audio is a tough nut to crack. Only a few folks – primarily Sonos – have cracked it but Samsung is hot on the whole-home kick with the HW-K950, a Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar that includes three forward-facing and two upward speakers. The HW-K950 can connect to subwoofers and …

Audiophile

LG will show off its paper-thin, rollable OLED panel at CES

In 2014, LG announced that it built an 18-inch OLED panel that rolls up just like a newspaper. Now, it's ready to show off its ultra-thin beauty to the public CES. It's just one of many concepts that LG hopes will show off what it can do with OLED these days. Back when it was first announced, LG …

Televisions
Tesla

CES 2016: MyCaptR app 3D-scans homes using an iPad

A start-up is developing an app that can 3D-scan a room in about three minutes.<p>MyCaptR can then be used to decide how best to remodel a home or office before calling in the builders and buying new furniture.<p>It will be demonstrated this week by Levels3D at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.<p>The company …

CES

Half of Americans will have smart-home tech by end of 2016

About 45 percent of all Americans will either own smart-home technology or invest in it by the end of 2016, according to a survey by real estate brokerage firm Coldwell Banker.<p>Coldwell Banker polled more than 4,000 Americans in advance of the 2016 International CES, the big tech trade show taking …

Werner Herzog takes on the Web with newest documentary

Werner Herzog, creator of 2005’s Grizzly Man and 2011’s Into the Abyss – a documentary examining capital punishment through the eyes of two men on death row – casts his cinematic gaze over the Web with the release of his new documentary.<p>Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World is a collection …

Samsung Galaxy S7 will be water resistant and have microSD slot, report says

Samsung may be bringing a few popular features back with its latest pair of flagships.<p>The Korean company's upcoming Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be …

Google Paid $380 Million for Diane Greene's Startup

Alphabet (GOOG), the parent company of Google, paid $380 million to acquire stealthy startup Bebop, according to a regulatory disclosure on Monday …

Regulation

Alarm.com adds Apple TV and Amazon Echo support

Alarm.com announced on Monday that its turnkey security suite now works with both the Apple TV and the Amazon Echo. The Apple TV integration will allow users to remotely access video feeds from alarm.com-compatible cameras directly through the company's on-screen app. Users will also be able to …

Here Are the 20 Most-Edited Wikipedia Pages of 2015

"Deaths in 2015" and "Geospatial Summary of the High Peaks/Summits of the Juneau Icefield" won big this year.<p>Yesterday, Wikipedia released its list of the most-edited Wikipedia articles of 2015, compiled by Wikimedia Foundation's Aaron Halfaker, who also released a similar list last year.<p>This list …

Geospatial Analysis

Show Off Your Snapchat Stories Forever On Slinger

Ephemerality be damned. Some art deserves to live longer than 24 hours. So rather than just squirrel away your saved Snapchat Stories, you can upload them to Slinger. It’s a new app aiming to be the permanent home for vertical videos. And thanks to its Popular page and the ability to Like videos, …

Social Media

The Pirate Bay is down: Error 522, connection timed out

The Pirate Bay is down again; the site couldn’t even get through the first week of 2016 without an outage. As always, the cause of the downtime is unknown, and the default message (Error 522 — Connection timed out) isn’t very helpful.<p>The Pirate Bay, one of the most popular torrent sites on the …

Is Amazon Crashing Or Getting Ready To Climb Higher?

There was a meltdown in the market on Monday and one retailer in particular suffered a big loss. Amazon shares sank more than 5% after it was downgraded by brokerage firm Monness Crespi Hardt & Co.<p>Is Amazon in trouble? Hardly.<p>Did everyone suddenly stop shopping at Amazon? Not by a long shot. By …

eCommerce

Gold Nexus 6P now available in the U.S. from Google Store and Best Buy

LAS VEGAS — Google's premium Nexus 6P now comes in luxurious goooooold!<p>As previously reported, and made official at CES on Tuesday, Google is …

Android News

D-Link's Smart Alarm Detector will text you when your house is on fire

Smart alerts for your smart home<p>D-Link has announced a new device that sends alerts to your smartphone whenever your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector goes off at home. The DCH-S165 mydlink Smart Alarm Detector, announced this week, doesn't actually detect smoke or carbon monoxide itself, but …

Home Automation

Snapchat is figuring out a move into ad tech

The ephemeral photo and video messaging platform is in discussions with ad tech companies and advertising agencies about opening up an API (application programming interface,) which would see it significantly ramp up its ad sales business.<p>One agency executive with "direct knowledge of the plans" …

Advertising

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Snapchat is preparing to move into ad tech for the first time.</b> One agency executive with "direct knowledge of the plans" told Digiday: "Snapchat's ambition going into 2016 is to have many more opportunities for e-commerce on the platform and other stuff that is more about building audiences."<p><b>2.</b> …

Mark Zuckerberg