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HandBrake, the ultimate video format converter, finally out of beta after 13 years

It’s common practice for apps to launch first in beta-test format for a few weeks or months, to allow early users to provide feedback before the official release. Video conversion utility HandBrake must, though, have set a new record: after 13 years in beta, the app has finally officially launched …

The Leading Information Source for the Custom Electronics Installer

Sonos IPO filing shows first profit in at least three years ... and other highlights from the Nasdaq: SONO S-1 form, like the company's "commitment …

ICYMI: Model your home automation on Mark Zuckerberg's

Like Christmas for people who are into IoT.<p>Today on In Case You Missed It: It's our holiday episode and what better way to celebrate than with Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla, their baby and mop dog? The Zuck is taking people inside his home for a look at the home automation system he programmed …

Mark Zuckerberg

45% Of Marketers Plan To Increase Paid Social Budgets In 2017, Supporting Search

Can paid social campaigns generate more brand searches on Google, Bing and across retail Web sites? Some insiders who are managing paid social and …

Spotify's Global VP Shares His Proven Growth Formula

Spotify has grown twice as fast as Apple Music and turned free streaming music into more than a $10 billion dollar valuation. Here is Spotify's proven formula for growth.<p>When Apple launched iTunes, the music industry took a hit. CD sales plummeted as consumers were given the opportunity to purchase …

Sling TV accidentally reveals its set-top box for cord cutters

The AirTV Player melds over the air broadcasts, Sling TV and even Netflix.<p>The Sling TV team has inadvertently spilled the beans on its previously leaked media hub for cord cutters. <i>Zatz Not Funny</i> discovered a briefly available landing website for the AirTV Player, and it's clearer than ever that …

$2.6B contract awarded for Sandia National Labs management

A subsidiary of Honeywell International has won a contract worth $2.6 billion to manage the sprawling New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories weapons and research laboratory that specializes in national security, nuclear weapons and other projects deemed vital for the U.S., federal officials …

These dolls are spying on your kids, consumer groups say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Can that new doll or toy robot you bought as a Christmas gift for your child spy on your family?<p>A group of consumer watchdogs say that a pair of items made by Genesis Toys records conversations, and the watchdogs alleges that they upload the recordings to Nuance Communications, a voice …

Discounts, advertising spur brisk Apple Watch sales

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Watch sales appear to have rebounded for the holidays from mid-year doldrums on a redesign, price cuts and strong promotions, but analysts say long-term demand has yet to be proven.<p>The Watch is Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) first new product under Chief Executive Officer Tim …

Google Home Review: Compared to Amazon Echo

The new Google Home pits Google against Amazon’s popular Amazon Echo and Alexa. Home listens for a keyword, just like Amazon Echo, and then answers …

SnapAV Acquires Visualint, Rising Star in Video Analytics for Surveillance & Smart Home

SnapAV has acquired Visualint, maker of surveillance cameras and DVR/NVRs with video analytics for more intelligent security monitoring. For the past …

Analytics

Female Entrepreneurship Is on the Rise (Infographic)

Women are becoming business owners at higher rates -- but there's still a ways to go.<p>Women are founding companies at a historic rate, with more than 9 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. today.<p>Over the past 15 years, these women-owned firms have grown at a rate 1.5 times other small …

Women Entrepreneurs

The Yi M1 is a gorgeous mirrorless camera at a rock-bottom price

Before I get into this review, I want to get one thing straight. <i>I am not a photographer.</i><p>I didn’t study photography at school. I haven’t done any classes. I don’t have a side-gig shooting weddings and bar mitzvahs. I have a relatively decent Nikon DSLR which I primarily use for product review photos …

Swann upgrades its DIY security offering with new home alert systems lineup

Swann — a leading home security company — announced a brand-new lineup of do-it-yourself security solutions today, fit for both a residential home or …

Home Security

Are Your Vendors, Partners and Other Business Allies Putting Your Organization at Risk?

<i>Qualys SAQ Automates the Process of Assessing Your Third Parties’ Security Posture</i><p>How compliant are vendors and other third parties with information …

A Keurig for tortillas, self-driving ovens and other cooking gadgets headed to your kitchen

What will the kitchen of the future look like? In a word, crowded.<p>Tech startups, large appliance manufacturers, chefs and foodies gathered in Seattle last week for the Smart Kitchen Summit to display and discuss the technology that's supposed to make cooking easier and food taste better.<p>Large …

This amazing animated GIF demonstrates the magic of tech innovation

It’s easy to take the modern-day wonderland we live in for granted. With desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones now more prevalent than ever, …

GIF Animations

Robots will steal 6% of US jobs by 2021, report suggests

Robots will replace six percent of all US jobs by 2021, a new report claims. If this proves even remotely accurate, we’ve got some thinking to do.<p>The report, by Forrester’s Brian Hopkins, talks about upcoming changes that business leaders should look out for, and automation is chief among them. The …

Customer Service

Retailers May Have Found A Smart Home Category That Works: Smart Kitchen

Over the past few years, the smart home has been one of the most simultaneously tantalizing and frustrating categories in retail. Holding as much promise to reinvent our daily lives as any emerging technology, the most visible category of the “Internet of Things” has, by and large, proven itself a …

More than half the people in the world live in the sphere of influence

Back in 2013, a meme circulated quickly off of a Reddit post that showed the incredible population density of the southeast corner of Asia.<p>You may have seen it: the satellite map showed, quite simply, that "more people live inside this circle, than outside of it".<p>THE POPULATION EPICENTER<p>We are in …

Amazon's Toy Is About to Become a Game Changer

Image source: Amazon.com.<p><b>Amazon.com</b>(NASDAQ: AMZN)is reportedly about to take its voice-activated digital assistant to the next level. <i>The Information</i> is hearing that Amazon Echo and the Alexa voice-activated platform may soon give app developers the ability to push notifications out to users.<p>It's a …

10 Home Automation Gadgets For a Connected Life

There are numerous tasks you juggle with every day. Be it at home or at work, you definitely need some help with those many tasks. Whether it’s about …

Here are the best devices to pair with your Amazon Echo

Amazon's smart speakers -- the Echo, the Tap, and the Echo Dot -- are home to Alexa, its virtual voice assistant. She's a capable helper. Ask her to stream music, give you the weather forecast, or tell you a joke, and she'll happily comply.<p>She can also control a growing number of smart home gadgets …

IoT’s killer app is home security

I live in San Francisco, and I have a raccoon problem.<p>If you’re a Bay Area local, chances are you’ve had a run-in with these not-so-small four-legged monsters. When I moved into my house, raccoons would run wild in my front yard almost every night, tipping over trash cans and scaring my dog. Being …

Sense Absorbs $14M to Monitor Appliances, Power Home Automation

The arrival of the truly smart home—with a legion of Internet-connected appliances and other devices automatically handling tasks while communicating …

The smart home gap: An opportunity for sellers

Many buyers want their homes to be outfitted with smart technology, but most homes don’t have it, according to a consumer survey from The Demand …

The US smart home market has been struggling — here's how and why the market will take off

At its current state, we believe the smart home market is stuck in the 'chasm' of the technology adoption curve, in which it is struggling to surpass the early-adopter phase and move to the mass-market phase of adoption.<p>There are many barriers preventing mass-market smart home adoption: high device …

Proxy raises $1.6 million to kill the card key, and make the internet of things more accessible

A startup called Proxy has raised $1.6 million in seed funding to help people use internet-enabled devices of every kind without all the annoying login processes and standalone apps for each separate device.<p>Proxy’s cofounders Denis Mars and Simon Ratner said they were inspired to create their …

Tidy with Technology: 6 Gadgets to Keep Your Home Clean and Comfy

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. …

Your home in 2025: Smarter, connected and more climate friendly - Science News - ABC News

Our homes are set to be revolutionised by the application of renewable energy and smart gadgets.<p>From the solar panels on your roof to the electric …