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Parrot MiniDrones get US pricing, August release date

In case you missed it back at CES 2014, Parrot unveiled a new MiniDrone line to go along with its larger AR.Drone models such as the upcoming BeBop .<p>The Rolling Spider (pictured above) and Jumping Sumo (seen below) are the first two in the line and will be available by the end of August.<p>A …

Google set to launch a health-tracking platform called Google Fit

Not to be left behind by Apple, Google could soon launch its own health-tracking platform for mobile devices. <i>Forbes</i> reports that the search giant is working on a new service, tentatively called Google Fit, which will pull in data from third-party fitness wearables and health apps and combine them …

Here's How to Stop Facebook From Snooping in Your Web History

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, Facebook announced it was expanding its evil empire adding targeted advertising based on …

When net neutrality backfires: Chile just killed free access to Wikipedia and Facebook

Net neutrality is a sore subject in the United States. Proponents argue that allowing big companies to pay for faster data transfers to their customers would disadvantage start-up business that cannot afford such payments. They also say consumers could be forced to pay more for access to …

Net Neutrality

You can’t drive a Google car off a cliff. Other than that, they’re fantastic

I am trying to imagine a remake of <i>Thelma and Louise</i>, set some time in the near future. Seated in their car on the rim of the Grand Canyon, surrounded by police, with their only choices prison or freedom by annihilation, Thelma turns to Louise in the seat next to her and says, "Just go."<p>"I can't …

The iPhone 6 Had Better Be Amazing And Cheap, Because Apple Is Losing The War To Android

And if that is the case, can a mobile device that serves such a small minority of the planet stay relevant in the years to come? To put it in its bluntest terms, what is the point of launching the new Candy Crush Saga on a platform that hardly anyone — in a global sense — uses?<p>The question is not …

Tim Cook

Samsung's Occulus Headset Sounds Like a Modern Day View-Master

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Samsung is making a virtual reality headset with the help of Oculus Rift. According to a report from …

Elon Musk says he lost a multi-billion-dollar contract when SpaceX didn’t hire a public official

<i>This item has been updated.</i><p>Elon Musk isn’t afraid to shake things up, and he did so again with accusations that US defense contracts awarded to a competitor were the product of corruption.<p>SpaceX, Musk’s orbital transport firm, has been competing for a major contract to put US Air Force satellites …

Space Travel

Tado unveils Cooling system for smartening up air conditioning systems

Want to stick some smarts into your old non-connected air conditioning system rather than buying some fancy-pants new unit? Tado, the German Nest(s …

ZTE Is Selling The $99 Open C Firefox Phone Exclusively On Ebay

If you’re into open source, unlocked phones that cost less than a month of phone service, take note. Manufacturer ZTE is selling their first Firefox OS phone on Ebay for a piddly $99, a price that should make it a great choice for folks looking for a solid phone with a solid pedigree and an …

A regional jet nearly collided with a drone earlier this year

A remotely piloted drone nearly collided with a commercial airplane on March 22nd of this year, according to a new report in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The flight was a 50-seat regional jet operated by American Airlines, which encountered the drone roughly 2300 feet above Tallahassee Regional Airport …

Snapchat Secretly Bought a Company to Support Its Version of FaceTime

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Snapchat added some killer new features last week: text messaging and their take on FaceTime video …

Honda Is Designing Houses, Because Cars And Homes Will All Be Part Of The Smart Grid

You can see as much from a prototype smart home recently opened by Honda in California. It features an enormous 9.5-kilowatt solar array, a …

University of California

Facebook's New Push Into Apps Is Genius Because It Exploits The Secrecy Of Apple And Google

Everything he announced has one thing in common: It takes full advantage of the secrecy surrounding the way Apple's App Store and the Google Play store on Android rank and feature apps, which are the goldmine for app developers.<p>Zuckerberg is literally going to start monetizing their lack of …

Apps

This Week In BI Intelligence: eBay's Payment App Is Blowing Up On College Campuses

<i>This week's payments roundup comes from Payments Insider, the daily briefing delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence members.</i><p><b>'VOYEURISM' HELPS VENMO ADD USERS</b><p>Why? Venmo includes a social network-style news feed that shows transactions to and from a user's Facebook …

In-App Purchases

Playing Dirty In The Messaging Wars

Last February, an app called Secrets started going viral. The app was a competitor to the similarly-named “Secret” and allowed users to publish incognito messages that others in their contacts list or in the near vicinity could read. While Secret had started growing its users base a month earlier …

Most Americans Do Not Want Google-ish Glasses, Drones, Or Lab-Grown Meat

Pew found that 63% of Americans would see personal and commercial drones flying in U.S. airspace as a bad idea. More than half think that Google …

Google Glass

Google Will Be Better Off Minus Google+

Google+ as we know it appears to be finished. Vic Gundotra, the executive in charge, is leaving the company, and TechCrunch says big changes are afoot. The three-year-old social network is being redefined — demoted? — from a product to a platform, and Google will stop trying to infuse it into all …

Latest anti-tech protest targets Uber by blocking cars in Seattle

Uber's aggressive policies — and its outspoken CEO, Travis Kalanick — makes it an easy company to hate unless you're a fan of convenient, expensive taxi rides. And now the company's made itself a target of small groups of protesters who identify as The Counterforce.<p>In a new Wordpress blog dedicated …

Home Security and The Internet of Everything | The Network | The Network

Anyone who has suffered a break-in knows just how awful it feels. Even in cases where the damage and financial loss are minimal, the feeling of violation and fear caused by a theft can be overwhelming. The good news is that mobile technology is making home security easier and better than ever …

Cisco Systems

Bring your own Internet of Things: The hottest new business trend?

While technology can certainly make life a lot easier, it also has the potential to create a lot of complications. Nowhere is this truer than in the …

The Need for a New IT Model: Fast IT and the Convergence of Mobility and Cloud for IoE

<b>Guess what? Convergence is happening again, and it’s happening at a faster pace with more profound implications than I have never seen before.</b><p>Those of us who’ve been in the industry a long time have seen convergence happen over the years across various technologies and areas of IT. This time, we’re …

Apple Working On New Environmental Sensors For Mobile Devices

Apple potentially wants your next iPhone (or maybe an iWatch) to be able to detect humidity, atmospheric pressure and temperature data according to a couple of new patents spotted by AppleInsider today. One of the patents describes a sensor package that could detect temperature, pressure, humidity …

2311!

IP Video Surveillance is one of the most important applications for companies today since real time video surveillance and analytics can be used not only to protect the business, people and assets, but it can also be used as the eyes, ears and memory of the business to improve decision making and …

Video Surveillance

Samsung and Iberia team up to put boarding passes on smartwatches

You wouldn't instantly associate Iberia with cutting-edge technology, but the Spanish airline is a paragon of modernity. The Madrid-based business already lets you print your own luggage tags, and now it's teamed up with Samsung to bring boarding passes to your smartwatch. A forthcoming update to …

The gadgets that changed your life

When we asked you to tell us which gadgets changed your life, our goal was to arrive at a simple list of important devices. Instead, we learned how some of the products we talk about on Engadget every day make such a profound impact on your life.<p>Remember when Facebook bought Oculus VR a few weeks …

Nest Team Descends On Nike Town To Recruit Fuel Band Engineers

Nest, the connected device company that was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion, apparently needs all the hardware engineers it can get. As the core hardware group within Google, Nest will be spearheading the development of new hardware products.<p>That could mean phones, or tablets, or… wearables?<p>So …

An Easy Interface for the Internet of Things - MIT Technology Review

With the advent of the Internet of things, potentially billions of devices will report data about themselves, making it possible to create new …

What the Galaxy Gear taught Samsung about smartwatches

With countless (well, a lot of) Gear 2 watch straps and just under eight wearables -- a mix of Gear 2s, Gear 2 Neos and Gear Fits -- on the table in front of us during our interview with Samsung designers, the impression is that the company taking its wearables <i>very</i> seriously. There were just six …