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This pint-size $168 audio system packs a wallop

Dayton Audio's $30 per pair B652 speaker has long been one of my favorite budget speakers, so now I'm pleased to report Dayton's new DTA-2.1BT integrated amplifier is also a honey. Firstly because it sounds nice, secondly because its all-metal chassis is so darned small -- just 1.4 by 5.25 by 5.2 …

Samsung is putting SmartThings hubs in its 2016 HDTVs

All the smart TVs in Samsung's 2016 lineup can connect to its SmartThings platform, the company has revealed. Even better, it equipped all the flagship TVs, which it calls SUHDs, within next year's product list with the IoT hub technology it snapped up in 2014. In other words, those SUHDs can …

Hackey could make controlling your smart home as simple as turning a key

<i>(By Masaru Ikeda, The Bridge) –</i> Tokyo-based Cerevo, the Japanese startup behind a variety of smart consumer electronics devices, unveiled a smart key switch called Hackey on Wednesday. The product is available for 9,980 yen (about $82) on their website. In conjunction with the announcement, the …

The Cloud-Connected Car Drives IoT Monetization

The car is well on its way to becoming the most sophisticated mobile device in the Internet of Things (IoT), or, to use a phrase that’s more to the point, the Monetization of Things™ (MoT). Linked to the cloud by way of wireless technologies, smart chips, onboard computers and mobile apps, …

Internet of Things

BlaBlaCar Is Raising $160 Million From Insight, Valuing Ride-Sharing Startup At $1.2 Billion

A little more than a year after announcing a $100 million mega-round, we’re hearing from multiple sources that long-distance ride-sharing platform BlaBlaCar is in the process of raising another round with Insight Venture Partners. TechCrunch has learned that the French startup is raising $160 …

Venture Capital

Meet Flare, a fresh DIY home security contender

You'll find a ton of features packed into BuddyGuard's disc-shaped DIY security device.<p>Berlin-based BuddyGuard is finishing up a Kickstarter campaign for Flare, its new all-in-one DIY security device that looks like it's part smoke detector, part UFO. With just over a day remaining and more than …

Google is trying to solve the smart home's biggest problem

And get inside all your devices while it's at it<p>The promise of the smart home is a world of appliances that anticipate your needs and do exactly what you want them to at the touch of a button, but that vision devolves into chaos when none of those devices can actually talk to each other. That's …

Meet the SVR Glass headset, a cheaper Galaxy Gear VR

SHANGHAI -- When it comes to Chinese products, most people expect to find cheap knock-offs and designs that look remarkably similar to branded ones. So it should be no surprise to most that the SVR Glass virtual reality headset from Chinese company SnailVR would look like the more expensive Samsung …

This smartwatch doubles as a wearable wireless storage

ReVault looks just like any ordinary smartwatch, but its main feature's quite different from others in the category: it has wireless local storage you can access like a private cloud. According to its Indiegogo page, the storage is accessible from your phones, tablets or laptops using an app (like …

New Wood And Crystal Clear 3D Printing Filament Unveiled By Fillamentum

3D printing filament manufacture Fillamentum and creator of the awesome Timberfill wood filament, has launched two new additions to its range in the …

Autonomous cars will destroy millions of jobs and reshape the US economy by 2025

Most people—experts included—seem to think that the transition to driverless vehicles will come slowly over the coming few decades, and that large hurdles exist for widespread adoption. I believe that this is significant underestimation.<p>Autonomous cars will be commonplace by 2025 and have a near …

Autonomous Cars

Airbnb: Let us pay hotel taxes in New York

One common complaint lawmakers have against Airbnb is that the company doesn't always collect taxes on the short-term rentals it promotes. Airbnb says it would be happy to do that -- but it's not always legal.<p>Airbnb sent a letter Wednesday to all 213 members of the New York State Legislature, …

New York State

Huawei wants more freedom to customize Android Wear

The smartwatch market is filling up with unique hardware designs to suit your tastes, but many of them share identical software features, as they are running Google’s Android Wear OS. Huawei recently joined the smartwatch market with its announcement at MWC 2015, but the company is apparently …

Carbon3D printer is super speedy thanks to light and oxygen

3D printing startup Carbon3D has demonstrated a new approach to fabricating commercial-quality objects from resin using oxygen and light.<p>On stage at …

Fortune.com

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Connect Tiny Devices To The Internet With Spark's Electron

For $3 a month, you can get a whole megabyte of data!<p>Tiny computers like Arduino and Raspberry Pi have helped jumpstart the Internet of Things by making it easy to bring connectivity to virtually anything. But while short-range networking via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth is readily accessible, …

What will happen to the smart home hub?

Last week’s acquisition of UK-based smart home platform provider AlertMe capped off a smart-home acquisition spree that includes Nest picking up …

Set-Top Boxes

Building A Smart House? Don't Forget This Futuristic Bathroom Gear

If you’re turning your house into a super-smart WiFi-controlled palace, it can be easy to overlook that most sacred of spaces: The bathroom. Fortunately, there is plenty of high-tech—even futuristic—gear out there for this oft-neglected room. Here are four devices that use futuristic features to …

Barbershops

The 'Internet of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

For more than two years, BI Intelligence has closely tracked the growth of the IoT. Specifically, we've analyzed how the IoT ecosystem enables entities (i.e. consumers, businesses, and governments) to connect to, and control, their IoT devices in 16 environments, including manufacturing, the …

This drivable car was 3D printed in 44 hours

At the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, Local Motors 3D printed a plastic car called the Strati.<p>Local Motors printed the car's chassis and body all in one piece, and also printed the fenders separately. The first phase of the process took just 44 hours.<p>Then the non-printed …

This Company Wants To Be The Lego Of The Internet

NEW YORK -- Joachim Horn’s refrigerator is probably smarter than yours. Sensors inside of it tell him how much remains of particular foods, so he knows what recipes he can make with what he has at home.<p>Horn was able to upgrade his fridge thanks to SAM Labs, the company he founded in 2013. The …

What you need to know about the smart home revolution

Smart Home technology is rapidly developing, with devices like Amazon Echo and Nest showing the potential for a fully-integrated smart home.<p>However, …

Salient Eye: Turn your spare Android smartphone into a free home security camera system

Salient Eye aims to disrupt the home security market by giving users a purpose for their old Android smartphones<p>Startup Salient Eye has developed an …

British Gas buys AlertMe, the company behind its Hive thermostat

Although there's an abundance of companies now offering smart thermostats, it's British Gas' Hive product that holds the top spot in the UK. The controller, which has now been installed in over 150,000 homes, relies on automation algorithms and mobile apps to keep people warm, all with a little …

Meet the savvy next generation of app-builders

Gallery: Meet the savvy next generation of app-builders<p>Gallery: Meet the savvy next generation of app-builders<p>+ 2<p>+ 1<p>The apps market might be a tough …

Apps

Internet of all the things: Tiny sensors track easily misplaced objects

The Find My Phone feature for the iPhone is a godsend for those prone to losing their mobile device, but non-web connected items like wallets and …

What tech news happened in Eastern Europe this month?

The year 2015 is off for a relatively slow start in the Eastern European tech scene, but there was still enough news in January to navigate through.<p>To make things easier, we’ve put together the most important headlines of the month in a handy round-up.<p>If you think that something is missing, or …

Eastern Europe

Is The Internet of Things IPv6 Ready?

When we read about the Internet of Things (IoT) we see where people are breathlessly expounding the virtues and perils of the latest marketing terminology. To be fair there are a lot of great opportunities that present themselves as a result of all of the hyper-connectivity that comes with the …

Internet of Things

Apple 'Excited' About HomeKit Partners Despite Slow Rollout

It's been more than six months since Apple first introduced HomeKit at its June 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, but HomeKit-compatible products have yet to hit store shelves and may not do so until this spring, almost a year after Apple first detailed its home automation system.<p>HomeKit's …