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Fitbit Force adding caller ID feature next month

The Fitbit Force is about to become a little bit smarter than your typical fitness tracker. This February, an update to Fitbit's software will allow the band to notify iPhone owners of incoming calls, vibrating to alert them and displaying the caller's name right on its tiny display. You might not …

Meet Revolv, The Missing Link To The Modern Smart Home

Automated homes are nothing new. For decades, people have toiled over connecting household object to intranets and servers in a desperate attempt to simplify lives. But the work rarely justified the results. Then came the so-called Internet of Things. Nest, Sonos, Hue, Yale Locks; all these …

Dear Google, What’s Wrong With You?

Dear Google: What’s wrong?<p>I ask because last weekend, while in San Francisco, I asked Google Maps for “hot chocolate mission” — and was promptly directed to an ARCO station in Fremont, 40 miles away. Similarly, last month I searched for “coffee” while in the Embarcadero Center, one of the denser …

Meet YouTube’s Michael Bay

You can get a lot of people to watch your video on YouTube. But that doesn’t mean you’ll make a lot of money.<p>So what do you do if you’re one of …

Zimmermann’s Law: PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder Phil Zimmermann on the surveillance society

Phil Zimmermann might be a technologist, but he tends to get philosophical when it comes to the issues of privacy and security and how they intersect …

Holder seeks limits on mandatory minimum sentencing

Attorney general says the nation must be "smarter on crime."<p>WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder will call Monday for major changes in the federal criminal justice system, including doing away with some mandatory-minimum sentencing policies that have condemned scores of non-violent offenders …

Goodbye Ugly Forums! Moot Is A Flexible And Modern Platform For Online Discussion (And It’s Free)

Moot, a startup offering a new take on commenting and forums, is launching today after three and a half years of development with the goal of bringing these key pieces of Internet discussion into the modern era. Unlike many of the options for online discussion that exist today, Moot is designed to …

Odd looking Asus GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini video card debuts

Asus has rolled out an interesting new video card that is specifically designed to offer gaming and multimedia performance in a small form factor …

Computer Hardware

The Dash Car Dongle Wants To Make You A Better Driver By Syncing With Your iPhone

This embed is invalid<p>I love my tiny little Mazda, but I’ll be honest — I still don’t completely understand how it <i>works</i>. That’s never really bothered me before (I’d much rather geek out over a phone or something) but a Kickstarter project from a small team in Boston has me itching to pay more …

China’s internet is better than yours

A new paper shines some light on the “next generation internet” China is building—and it’s far ahead of anything any other country has at the moment. The improvements aren’t just superficial faster broadband fluff either. They are deeply important changes to the very backbone of the system.<p>The …

Internet

The Overly-Attached Girlfriend Explains How To Become A Viral Internet Star By Age 21

<b>Click for sound.</b><p>Laina is only 21, but she has a knack for making content go viral.<p>While on a leave of absence from school, she posted her first-ever YouTube video. It was in response to a Justin Bieber contest. Bieber asked fans to turn lyrics for his hit song "Boyfriend" into "Girlfriend." Laina, …

Viral

Google’s Mobile Game Ingress Finds a Passionate Following

Sometimes, Google seems like a wanton withholder of things that are good and useful (see: Google Reader). Sometimes, the company seems to be chasing …

Pokémon

Architects are starting to 3D print houses—but without a house-sized printer

A couple of months ago, Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars announced that he was building a curvy, loopy and for some reason, largely see-through building, to be made with the help of Enrico Dini’s D-Shape 3D printer. The project would cost up to 5 million euros ($6.4 million) and be completed in …

3D Printing

NASA remotely controls Athlete rover with Leap Motion: 'let's bring a billion human beings into a holodeck'

"You are the space invaders"<p>"Just for you guys today we're going to do something special, something that's never been done before" said Victor Luo, NASA human interface engineer. "We're going to drive this robot, on stage at GDC, with a Leap Motion device."<p>In an unexpected demonstration at the 2013 …

Hey Geeks, Remember Being Picked On and Feel a Little Empathy, Says Reddit Founder

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is trying to use his power as a leader of the broader Internet community (if there is such a thing) to call for …

Internet

How one journalist cracked 8,000 passwords in 24 hours

In the name of journalism, Ars Technica's Nate Anderson trained himself to crack passwords. In a detailed longform piece, Anderson describes his journey into the world of script kiddies, using a program called Hashcat to crack a list of passwords left circulating online after an earlier leak. It's …

Once and for all: Tech is not a meritocracy

I’ve had it with meritocracy.<p>Not because it’s not a wonderful concept. Of course it is.<p>My problem is with the belief many people seem to hold that the world (or some part of it) is already a meritocracy, or even that it’s an achievable and realistic ideal, rather than a platonic one. This mythology …

Venture Capital