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Super cheap Smart Home kit brings automation to the masses

If you're wondering when home automation might tip into the Walmart-level mainstream, here's a sign: Archos' Smart Home starter kit is now on sale. Along with two cameras, two movement tags and two weather tags, they're throwing in a controlling tablet, all for $250 -- or $25 each for the cameras …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

How To Prove That Light Can Be Converted Into Matter

A decades-old hypothesis gets closer to solidity.<p>In 1934, two American physicists theorized that if one could make two photons collide, the collision would produce two positron-electron pairs—and thus convert light into matter. If proven in a lab, the process would be a pure demonstration of …

Google plans fleet of driverless cars — with no steering wheel or brakes

Report: Amazon Is Working On A New Kind Of Computer Chip

Now Amazon is apparently trying to create its own home-grown computer server chips, according to job postings, new hires and some unnamed sources unearthed by Stacey Higginbotham at Gigaom.<p>That means it could be looking for a faster, cheaper, lower-power alternative to Intel's chips. It would …

Apple iWatch Already in Production, Report Says

The long-rumored wearable computer from Apple, affectionately known as the iWatch, has reportedly gone into production.<p>Reports of the highly …

Want Success? Surround Yourself With People Who Challenge Your Thinking

Are you feeling uninspired and stuck? Perhaps it's the people around you. Here are five ways to get people to challenge and inspire you to success.<p>It's nice to have people around who support you and are of like mind. Agreeable people boost your confidence and allow a certain level of relaxation. …

Microsoft Now Accepts Universal Windows Apps As Its Insta-OEM Kit For Windows Phone Goes Live

Starting today developers can now link Windows Store and Windows Phone applications to create the already-announced “universal” applications that Microsoft announced recently at its Build developer conference.<p>Microsoft is working to unite development for its two core Windows platforms, …

Google Glass KitKat update lands ahead of tomorrow's big sale, removes video calling

Still need a push to drop $1,500 on Google's Glass headset when they go on sale to all US residents tomorrow? After skipping a couple of months, the team behind it is pushing a big software update later this week that lets it run the freshest version of Android and adds a bunch of new features. …

Expert Advice for Parenting in the Digital Age

When Fisher Price introduced its iPad Baby Bouncy Seat late last year, many parents (and concerned citizens like myself) wondered, have we gone too far? But not long before companies were dangling iPads above babies' heads, parents were creating twitter handles for their newborns and 10-year-olds …

Apple Documents Provide A Huge Hint About Larger iPhone

The documents, via Recode, show off Apple's possible planning for 2014, and sees a vulnerable company outright say that "customers want what we don't have." That being phones with larger screens. The same document also mentions Apple's complete lack of cheap smartphone hardware; many expected the …

Chile hits the start button on innovation

Every three weeks Montreal-native Simon Papineau hops on an 11-hour flight to Santiago to nurture one of his two startup ventures. The constant travel is exhausting but necessary for the founder and president of crowdsourcing software testing businesses in Canada and Chile. "We are growing fast. …

Apple May Reintroduce Discontinued iPad 4 Alongside 8 GB iPhone 5c Tomorrow

Apple may have plans to reintroduce the discontinued fourth-generation iPad alongside the 8 GB iPhone 5c tomorrow, giving customers a lower-cost iPad option with better specs than the existing iPad 2.<p>A source that spoke with 9to5Mac has indicated that shipments of the fourth-generation iPad with …

Physicists, Generals And CEOs Agree: Ditch The PowerPoint

About six months ago, a group of physicists in the U.S. working on the Large Hadron Collider addressed a problem they've been having for a while: Whenever they had meetings, everyone stuck to the prepared slides and couldn't really answer questions that weren't immediately relevant to what was on …

Neil Young's music player for audiophiles reaches Kickstarter on March 15th

We now know how Neil Young plans to make his dreams of high-quality digital music come true: crowdfunding. The artist's company PonoMusic is launching a Kickstarter campaign on March 15th that will let you reserve the PonoPlayer, Young's long-teased, audiophile-grade portable jukebox. The 128GB …

IBM bets its future on cloud, data, and a little bit of hardware

To lead IBM to greener pastures, the tech giant is banking on data, the cloud and “systems of engagement” for real-time communication.<p>That’s what Big Blue said in the 2013 annual report it released to investors this morning.<p>“The modern demands of Big Data, cloud and mobile require …

Ahead Of Build, Tastes Of Microsoft’s Coming Platform Changes

Microsoft’s Build developer conference kicks off in a month, making it not surprising that we’re seeing increasing leaks and noise regarding platform changes the company is working on that may be unveiled at the shindig.<p>Over the past few days, the Windows Phone app emulator has caused chatter due …

9 Things Changing on the New SAT

The College Board announced some radical changes to the SAT on Wednesday. Starting in 2016, the college entrance exam will take on a whole new format …

Humans, drone ships are coming to take your jobs

Rolls Royce is moving toward a world where a single tap on a smartphone could set a massive cargo ship in motion half a world away.<p>As reported by …

Microsoft experimenting with free version of Windows 8.1

Microsoft is currently experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1 that could boost the number of people using the operating system. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell <i>The Verge</i> that the company is building "Windows 8.1 with Bing," a version that will bundle key Microsoft apps and …

Google's Project Ara could go on sale next year for $50

Google's Project Ara modular smartphones could arrive early next year for as low as $50, reports <i>Time</i>. The company's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group — which is developing the project to make smartphones composed of small, swappable pieces of hardware — reportedly plans to finish a …

Google aims for a basic $50 modular phone next year, dishes more on Project Ara

Surprisingly, Google doesn’t see its ambitious Project Ara modular smartphone as something just for geeks.<p>In a lengthy profile by Time’s Harry McCracken, Google shined a light on its plans for Ara. And while the company still doesn’t seem sure if modular smartphones will be a hit, it’s certainly …

How Khan Academy is using design to pave the way for the future of education

Every morning Khan Academy’s lead designer, Jason Rosoff, spends the first 15 minutes of his day reading over the constant flow of new feedback from …

Sony Looks To The Past To Move Forward

The PlayStation. The Walkman. The Trinitron. The transistor radio. All icons in Sony’s storied history from an era when the Japanese giants still roamed the earth. The Sony of today is not like the Sony of yesterday. For every memorable blockbuster, there’s an infamous flub: The late embrace of …

Panasonic reverses its fortunes amid electric vehicle boom

Not every struggling company story has to have a depressing ending. Though its troubles are far from over yet, Panasonic has just announced 73.7 billion yen ($730 million) in net earnings for Q3. That's up 20 percent over last year, a disastrous period that saw nearly $10 billion in full-year …

The networked car is no longer just an idea; it will be mandated in future vehicles

For the last two years, automakers and the U.S. Department of Transportation have been investigating the idea of cars talking to once another, …