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Amazon reveals its 2015 Black Friday deals

Get a sneak peek at Amazon's Black Friday sales, which includes hundreds of items, daily deals and local 2-hour delivery.<p>Why bother going outside on Black Friday when you can shop at home in your pajamas on Amazon? The online retail giant is giving us a sneak peak at its Black Friday deals …

Amazon Fire TV

Why the DIY smart home revolution won't work

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is seemingly everywhere – from home improvement to healthcare. The DIY Network is an entire television channel devoted to projects you can do yourself. When a simple search can find pages of Pinterest projects for every room in your house and day of the year, the allure and …

Smart Homes

First Click: Don't confuse smart devices with a smart home

Waiting on a complete smart home solution that just works out of the box is like waiting for Godot: he’s not arriving today but surely tomorrow.<p>It was four years and four days ago that Google announced Android@Home with the intent of extending Android into household objects. Google’s announcement …

Meet Hello Alfred, A Single Portal For Your Home Service Needs

Alfred has had a busy year. In the six months since winning our Disrupt Battlefield SF in September, the company has raised $12 million+, set up shop in NYC, and tripled the number of employees on the team. And at Disrupt NY last week, Alfred announced that it would be introducing a new service …

How Google's Nest Will Make Residential Solar 'Smarter' - Forbes

Nest, best known for its fancy-looking “learning thermostat,” has dabbled in the energy business. For starters, its thermostat can save you a hundred or so dollars a year by more efficiently heating or cooling your home based on your schedule. Also, Nest has established partnerships with utilities …

Solar Power

Does Your Whole Home Need Antivirus Now?

Bitdefender Box has the right idea about smart-home security, but it still needs work<p>Lots of people spend money on a home security system. So why are we leaving more and more of our digital property defenseless?<p>If you’re diligent, you’ve kept the bad guys at bay by running antivirus software on a …

Defenseless

Home Automation System Seed Labs Launches Silvair Control To Make Your Lightbulbs Smart

As our homes becoming increasingly wired (or unwired) it’s important for our teakettles to talk to our fridges and, potentially, for both to gang up on our vacuums. But how? They can now use something called the Silvair Control from Seed Labs.<p>We last met up with Seed Labs last November when they …

This Smart Knob Will Set the Stove Temperature for You

Meld monitors temperature and sets your stove for you.<p>Hearing the phrase "smart knob" might make you feel like the internet of things has finally gone too far. But honestly, this sounds pretty cool. Called simply the Meld, it's designed to let you adjust your stovetop to just the right temperature …

Amazon Prime's Getting High Dynamic Range Content Soon

Amazon’s announced that it’ll be adding High Dynamic Range (HDR) content to Prime later this year. Customers in the US, UK and Germany will be able to watch the movies and TV shows taking advantage of the technology.<p>HDR is designed to bring greater contrast to the screen with more detailed shadows …

Televisions

Here's how much you have to buy to make Amazon Prime worth it

Amazon increased the price of its annual Prime subscription to $99 in March 2014. Amazon offers many services to its Prime members, including free 2-day shipping, unlimited streaming of Amazon Prime Instant Video, and access to the Kindle Lending Library. We considered the actual value of these …

Amazon's web services are smart enough to make predictions

You no longer have to run a tech giant (or work in a lab) to take advantage of learning computers. Amazon has launched a machine learning feature for Web Services that lets any developer use this computer intelligence to make predictions. Instead of having to sift through data yourself and spend …

Why a startup called Nutanix is making VMware absolutely crazy

An ugly, very public, and somewhat entertaining squabble between a hot startup, Nutanix, and the tech incumbent it challenges, VMware, has taken a new twist, Business Insider has learned.<p>At stake is a big up-and-coming $77 billion market that VMware desperately needs.<p>Here’s what we’re hearing:<p><b>1.</b> …

Virtualization

Bring Your Own Slurpee Cup Day a Big Social Media Win for 7-Eleven

Probably also a good day for dentists and doctors treating impaired glucose conditions.<p>In a promotion perfect for social media fun, 7-Eleven on Saturday allowed customers to fill just about any vessel with a Slurpee for just $1.49.<p>The only limit was that it had to somehow fit in a cardboard cut-out …

Are the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge overpriced?

If you’re thinking of buying a new smartphone, chances are the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have crossed your mind. Arguably Samsung’s best ever smartphones, the new devices are packed full of features but as the saying goes – everything comes at a price – and this has never been truer than …

Phones

Thousands could launch Sony-style cyberattack, says ex-hacker

Ninety percent of companies are vulnerable to a crippling hack, experts tell "60 Minutes."<p>The chances of another company suffering the devastating effects of a cyberattack like the one perpetrated on Sony last year are not as remote as we would like to believe, security researchers say.<p>Given the …

Cybersecurity

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Music streaming service Spotify is close to raising $400 million at an $8.4 billion valuation.</b> The funding is expected to come from sources including Goldman Sachs and Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund.<p><b>2. Apple is in talks with Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine about its new music</b> …

Now you can build your own DIY smartphone using Raspberry Pi

Walking into a store or going online to buy a smartphone is, like, so totally 2014. Why not just build your own?<p>Developer Tyler Spadgenske has been tinkering away at a basic DIY smartphone that runs on Raspberry Pi for more than a year now, and he’s posted an updated set of directions over at …

Raspberry Pi

Vizio's latest 4K TVs start at $600

Vizio has already developed a reputation for offering decent 4K TVs on the cheap, and it's cementing that image now that it's rolling out its 2015 line of Ultra HD screens. The company's new M-Series sets (above) tout full LED backlighting, speedy 802.11ac WiFi and a six-core processor starting at …

LG G4 leaked photos reveal 6 beautiful leather casing options

LG has been teasing its new G4 flagship smartphone at full force for quite some time, but it appears the company accidentally leaked a microsite with …

Amazon adds IMDb-fueled X-Ray for Movies to Fire TV

Amazon's X-Ray for Movies and TV Shows feature is great when you're trying to figure out the name of the actor on your screen. Today that feature is hitting Amazon Instant Video on the Fire TV, which is frankly where it should have been since the set-top box's launch. The IMDb-powered X-Ray feature …

This smart knob upgrades your stove with automatic temperature controls

From old-fashioned slow cookers to newfangled sous vide machines, there seems to be a never ending array of appliances aimed to take the guesswork out of cooking. But they're often limited in functionality -- you can't really deep fry something in a sous vide machine, for example -- and they take …

Sesame is one of the cheapest smart locks you can buy

There’s no getting around the fact that Kickstarter projects are a gamble. You can spend $100 on something like the Pebble just as easily as you can on something that was supposed to be a watch, but comes delivered late and resembles a potato.<p>That gamble, and the chance to come out on the other end …

Monica Lewinsky, sadistic robots and secret billionaires: what I learned at TED 2015

The first thing I scribbled in my notebook, as I stood in the lobby of the leviathan Vancouver Convention Center (leviathan not just in mass – the building itself evokes a breaching, algae-crusted humpback) and watched the sea of innovators and billionaires and idea-spreaders part and flow around …

Human Rights

Google's Nexus Player is Coming to the UK This Week

If you’ve been tempted by Chromecast but need the gadgets connected to your TV to do a little bit more – good news! Google’s Nexus Player, its first Android TV device, is launching in the UK on March 26.<p>The black puck’s biggest advantage over the Chromecast is that it’s a dedicated set-top box so …

Android TV

Your Smartphone Could be Tracking You Every 3 Minutes, Study Says

Smartphone apps regularly collect large amounts of data on users’ locations, sometimes as often as every three minutes, new research …

Amazon Prime Music Takes On Pandora With Addition Of “Prime Stations” On iOS

Prime Music, Amazon’s free music streaming service for Prime members, has been upgraded on mobile today with a new feature that will see the service better competing with similar offerings like Pandora or iTunes Radio, for example. The company has now introduced “Prime Stations” for users of its …

Turn text into tasks with Chrome extension Todoed

With Todoed, you can create to-do list items by simply highlighting and right-clicking on text in Chrome.<p>If your workday has you spending large amounts of time working and collaborating online, then Chrome extension Todoed can help you stay on task. Or, more accurately stated, create tasks. With …

Google

Fitbit Adds Cycling and Multi-Device Support to the Surge

Fitbit’s Surge is the company’s most advanced fitness tracker, but has notably lacked proper support for cyclists. It turns out a lot of people ride bikes, so that’s changing next month.<p>The Surge will now measure distance, duration, average speed, heart rate and calorie stats tuned for biking and …

Wearable Tech