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GitHub For Beginners: Don't Get Scared, Get Started

It’s 2013, and there’s no way around it: you need to learn how to use GitHub.<p>Why? Because it’s a social network that has completely changed the way we work. Having started as a developer’s collaborative platform, GitHub is now the largest online storage space of collaborative works that exists in …

Spanish Startup Offers a Low-End Take on High-Tech Glasses

Santiago Ambit loves the idea of adding technology to eyeglasses, but not the notion of having to walk around looking like something out of a science …

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Adidas announces new smartwatch for runners, available on November 1st for $399

Just a day after Nike launched the Fuelband SE, Adidas' head of interactive, Paul Gaudio, has just announced a new smartwatch at GigaOm's Mobilized conference in San Francisco. Primarily aimed at runners, he said that it'll have GPS and will not only measure speed and distance but also provide …

Facebook Aims to Court Teens With More Public Posting Options

Flickr/Ei Katsumata<p>The adage should be familiar by now: Teens may have a Facebook profile, but they sure don’t think it’s cool anymore.<p>In a move on …

Social Media

Guardian Uses Bluetooth Low Energy Tech To Keep Your Child Safe

Despite the best efforts of vigilant parents, small children are like magicians with their ability to slip away unnoticed. BeLuvv, a startup in Taiwan, has created Guardian, a small wearable device that can be combined with a smartphone app to track your kid’s movements and prevent them from going …

Bend it like … Samsung? Galaxy Round is first curved-display smartphone

Samsung revealed a curved-display smartphone early Wednesday, the first of its kind. Though its name, the Galaxy Round, may suggest something closer to a half cylinder, this smartphone is gently curved, just enough to cup in your hand, and to sit up ever so slightly when it's on a table and you …

Phones

Could Fitness Be The Killer App For Google Glass? Race Yourself Crowd Funds £100K For GlassFit App

With Google Glass yet-to-launch publicly, the jury is still out on what will be the wearable computer’s killer apps. With its hands-free operation, pedestrian navigation and points-of-interest seem an obvious use-case. But perhaps exercise could be another. That’s certainly the opinion of …

Disney's latest research could let you feel a jellyfish on your iPad

Disney Research, responsible for futuristic feedback systems like an earlobe speaker and a touch sensor that can work on water, is working on a new way to let people feel what's on their screens. The group will soon release a paper describing how to turn geometric figures on a touchscreen into …

Want to learn Arabic? Klingon? Duolingo turns to the crowd to create new language classes

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>For the past two years, startup Duolingo has helped people learn new languages while crowdsourcing translations of real-world …

Language

Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into its new life extension company, Calico

Defeating death is going to take some big bucks<p>In September of this year, Google announced its newest project, Calico, which promised to take on the illness known as aging which effects us as human beings.<p>It was one of the company's classic moonshots, but unlike driverless cars or wearable …

Aging

Making Learning Visible

Clear and simple visibility into learning<p>Hapara helps schools make the shift to digital learning by making it easier to view and manage learner work …

Big Shot self-assembly digital camera kit finally shipping to curious kids

​<p>While we were growing up, you had to take things apart to find out how they broke worked. Big Shot camera sets about things the other way around, coming in kit form to help kids learn exactly what goes into making a camera tick. It's been in the prototype stage long enough for its initial audience …

Google wins patent on predetermined unlocking patterns

The company's technology allows for users to swipe their fingers around a display, and based on that, have the device perform an action.<p>Google has won a patent on a new way to unlock a device and access applications.<p>The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Google a patent on …

Protag Elite Is A Rechargeable Bluetooth Card That Keeps Tabs On Your Valuables

After Tile raised $2.6 million in its crowdfunding campaign for a Bluetooth Low Energy-powered tagging tech for tracking valuable items, it was only a matter of time before others jumped aboard the bandwagon. Now to be fair to Innova Technology, they were in this game already — with their first-gen …

If school isn’t teaching your kid to code, this program will (for a fee)

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>If you want your child to have an early start on becoming the next Zuckerberg or Gates, it’s pretty clear that (for now, at …

Programming Languages

With Tynker’s New Service, Kids Can Learn To Code At Home

Mountain View-based Tynker, a startup focused on teaching children of all ages the basics of learning how to code, is now expanding its service beyond schools with today’s debut of Tynker for Home. This new system is similar to the platform targeting teacher and classrooms which launched earlier …

Never lose your keys again with HTC Fetch

How many times did you wish you could just call your keys or wallet the way you would when you misplaced your phone? Well, you can do just that with HTC Fetch, a little Bluetooth-enabled tag that just went up for preorder on the site of UK-based retailer Clove.<p>So, how does the aptly named Fetch …

Gear & Gadgets

With Shine, Misfit Says It Has Made a Wearable You’ll Actually Want to Wear

This week, a small, round, metal device will go on sale in the Apple Store. It has little lights on it. You snap it into a wristband or necklace, or …

Wearable Tech

The Newest Epidemic Among College Kids: 'Sleep Texting' Syndrome

Mittens, to protect herself from her phone. To render her fingers unable to send those unconscious messages that are as embarrassing as they are senseless.<p>Yup: She's a sleep texter.<p>"It's a phenomenon occurring with the younger generation," says Elizabeth Dowdell, a nursing professor at Villanova …

Text Messaging

Google intros Android Device Manager to help you find that missing handset

Frequently lose your phone? Yeah, join the club. Don't worry, Google's got a fix. Android Device Manager will be available later this month for phones with 2.2 or later, letting you ring your phone at maximum volume when you can't find it, even if the handset has been silenced. Should that fail, …

Facebook testing 'On This Day' turn-back-the-clock feature

Want to know what your friends were doing exactly one year ago? A new Facebook feature has that answer.<p>The social media giant is testing out "On This Day," a feature that shows users items they and their friends shared “from a year ago today,” according to a Facebook spokeswoman.<p>Mashable says the …

Sean Parker

Google brings ‘Find my iPhone’-like service to Android

Forgetful and unlucky Android phone and tablet owners will be happy to hear that their lost or stolen devices will now be trackable with a free service much like Apple's "Find my iPhone."<p>The Android Device Manager, announced by Google in a blog post Friday, will let you quickly locate your phone or …

Apps

Developed By Literacy Experts, Learn With Homer Launches On The iPad To Change How Kids Learn To Read

Stephanie Dua spent the last ten years pushing for educational reform, first as the CEO of the Fund for Public Schools under former Chancellor of New York’s Department of Education, Joel Klein, and Caroline Kennedy, before becoming senior advisor to David Coleman at Student Achievement Partners …

Voxy gets $8.5M for its English-language learning apps

Voxy is helping people all around the world learn English. It’s an ambitious goal, so the company today raised $8.5 million in financing to market its tools in emerging markets.<p>Two-and-a-half million people currently use Voxy to improve their English language skills. Voxy’s web and mobile apps …

Xbox One will continually record the last five minutes of gameplay

The new Xbox One might not be eavesdropping on your private conversations, but it will be automatically recording your play. To be precise, the Xbox One will record the last five minutes of any game you're playing, to let you show off feats of virtual skill after the fact. We'd previously heard …

Lost-and-Found Bluetooth Accessory 'Tile' Passes $1 Million in Pre-Orders

Tile is a Bluetooth Low Energy device that connects to the iPhone to assist users in finding lost items like keys, wallets, computers and more. The company is offering Tiles for $19 each via a Kickstarter-like preordering process.<p>The company has more than 18,500 backers and just passed $1 million …

For First Time, Astronomers Read Exoplanet's Color

Astronomers have determined that an alien planet is blue like Earth.<p><b>A giant gaseous planet that's orbiting a star 63 light-years away is a deep cobalt blue that's reminiscent of Earth's color as seen from space, scientists say, marking the first time an exoplanet's true color has been …