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Torque, Microsoft’s Alternative To “OK Google,” Now Works On Android Smartphones

Microsoft this morning has released an app for Android smartphone users called Torque that allows you to shake your phone in order to perform a voice search, similar to Google’s “OK Google.” The difference is that instead of waking up the app with a standard keyword command, it’s the shaking motion …

Kontakt.io Begins Pre-Orders for WiFi-Enabled Cloud Beacon

Beacons have the potential to radically change how we interact with physical stores, and Kontakt.io believes it has the best products to lead the charge. The company today unveiled its latest device called the Cloud Beacon, which comes with a crucial new feature: Wi-Fi connectivity.<p>Most …

The Week in Review: Marijuana Goes Mainstream

In recent years, American social policy became a very sticky subject. Issues ranging from gay marriage to gun ownership are hotly politicized, and …

Swash is made to "refresh" dry-clean-only clothes

There's always that point with dry-clean-only clothing, where you wonder if you can get away with wearing it one more time before it needs to be …

Housekeeping

This Big Tobacco Merger Would Unite 2 Major E-Cig Brands

Two of the three biggest tobacco companies, Reynolds American and Lorillard, sent shockwaves through the financial world Friday when they announced …

Public Health

Walmart Dropping iPhone 5S And 5C Prices Today

Walmart is dropping the price of both of Apple’s current iPhone models in the U.S. from today, the company will be selling the iPhone 5S and the …

Mobile Technology

The Best Way to Cook Bacon (for Dad)

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Why you should bake your bacon.</i><p>No, we're not trying to deprive you of one of life's greatest pleasures: cooking bacon in a hot cast iron skillet, …

Kitchens

Intel loses court challenge against $1.4 billion EU fine | Reuters

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Intel lost on Thursday its challenge against a record 1.06 billion euro ($1.44 billion) European Union fine handed down five years ago, as Europe’s second highest court said regulators did not act too harshly.<p>An employee walks past an Intel logo during the 2014 …

Designing a Recurring Revenue Model Will Help Attract Capital

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago.</i><p>One of the first things that a venture capitalist looks for in assessing an investment opportunity is the revenue model of the business. More specifically, …

Associated Press News

Sleep Under the Stars with the Cosmos Bed

Ever wish you could sleep under the night sky from the comfort of your own bedroom? The Cosmos Bed design by Natalia Rumyantseva adds a canopy of …

Ark Portable Wireless Charger

A 5200mAh battery that lets you charge on the go without a cable. Like other induction chargers, it sends power through an internal patch or a case …

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 …

Samsung Is Looking For Some Good Wearable Developers

At Samsung’s MWC Developer Day today, the company introduced several software development kits with the hope of luring developers to its platforms. Among the kits were several aimed at the company’s just-announced wearables including the Gear 2 and Gear Fit. Samsung needs 3rd party developers to …

Google Smartwatch Unveiling To Take Place In March 2014?

It is being reported today that the Google smartwatch which has been rumoured to be in development for some time maybe unveiled together with a …

Use This App to Fight Parking Tickets

Nothing ruins the memory of a good night out like waking up to find a sheet of paper slapped under your windshield wiper. First you’re outraged and …

Apps

Google's Smart Watch Will Launch In June

Like with the Nexus line of smartphones, LG will be taking care of the hardware details of the watch while Google designs the software. The watch will debut at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco.<p>Previous reports about Google's smart watch have hinted that it will be integrated with Google Now …

Smartwatches

In less than a decade, phone memory cards have grown from 128MB to 128GB

Emerging in 2005 out of the need for a memory card small enough to fit inside a mobile phone, microSD cards have rapidly matured to their current status of global ubiquity and adoption. This year's Mobile World Congress marks a significant milestone in their growth, with SanDisk introducing the …

SanDisk Packs 128GB Into A MicroSD Card

My fellow nerds, our long horrendous nightmare is over. We will soon no longer have to slum with 64GB microSD cards. SanDisk will soon start selling 128GB Ultra microSDXC cards — a capacity double that of today’s cards.<p>Today, at Mobile World Congress, SanDisk announced the tiny card that packs a …

Report: LG developing a smartwatch for Google, possibly around Google Now

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Get ready for a new Nexus device – on your wrist. According to the Wall Street Journal, LG’s head of mobile Jong-seok Park told …

Samsung’s new Gear 2 smartwatches are basically an apology for the Galaxy Gear

Only six months after Samsung released its failed Galaxy Gear smartwatch, with all the faux fanfare of a product that was supposed to change the world, the company announced its new smartwatches in the lowliest of ways: with a press release.<p>Samsung officially announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo …

Supersonic Plane Will Have Livestream Of The Outdoors Instead Of Windows

Actual, transparent windows would be too difficult to install on a Mach 1.8 plane.<p>A supersonic passenger jet would be exposed to such extreme forces, it would just be easier for the plane not to have windows. That's why the makers of one proposed Mach 1.8 passenger jet—due out in 2018—have decided …

Xbox One Media Remote arrives as a Kinect alternative in March

Microsoft is making its Xbox One Media Remote official today. After details emerged briefly on Amazon last week, today’s expected announcement confirms the Media Remote will be available in early March for Xbox One owners. The Media Remote will allow Xbox One users to navigate, launch, and control …

CodeCombat: Learn to code through dungeon crawling

Browser game CodeCombat teaches you how to code in Javascript by having you input the commands to play a game.<p>Looking at a bunch of code for the …

Thousands play Pokemon on Twitch simultaneously

<b>Tens of thousands of people are simultaneously playing an online version of video game Pokemon in what its creator calls a social experiment.</b><p>They are all trying to control one character in the game at the same time, using social gaming video site Twitch.<p>Twitch is a website that lets users broadcast …

Pokémon

Bill Nye Scolds GOP Congresswoman on Global Warming

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” told Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee to stop questioning the facts behind climate change on Sunday …

Stay fit: Jawbone Up24 and Nike+ FuelBand SE review

There was a time in my life when I recorded every piece of food I ate and every step I took. I kept a meal and exercise journal — an actual journal — before I had one on my computer. Once online tools like LoseIt! and MyFitnessPal became popular, I tried a slew of those. I’ve had too many …

French Startups Can Now Raise Up To $1.4 Million In Crowdfunding And Syndicates In France

The crowdfunding rules in France will become startup-friendlier in the coming months. The government announced today that companies will be able to raise up to $1.4 million (€1 million) per Kickstarter-like crowdfunding campaign. The same limit will apply to equity crowdfunding (also known as …

A Motorcycle Helmet For The Digital World

The P-1's head-up display is a live GPS.<p>At a time when screens are being integrated into everything, Skully engineers saw an opportunity to upgrade something that’s remained largely unchanged for decades: the motorcycle helmet. The P-1 is the first helmet with a digital head-up display. The …

Gear & Gadgets