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5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …

Stanford Researchers: It Is Trivially Easy to Match Metadata to Real People

True, the telephony metadata that the NSA collects does not include customer names, but it's really no trouble to figure them out.<p>In defending the NSA's telephony metadata collection efforts, government officials have repeatedly resorted to one seemingly significant detail: This is <i>just</i> …

How the parties trick you into handing over personal information

You receive an official-looking envelope in the mail containing an application form for a postal vote. You fill it out and use the reply-paid …

Meet The Woman Who Only Ate Starbucks Food For An Entire Year

Even on Thanksgiving and her birthday.<p>She went on:

Most anticipated tech of 2014 (pictures)

As August winds to a close, so do the summer tech doldrums. Manufacturers are ramping up for the big fourth-quarter buying season, and that means new products galore. Expect an avalanche of announcements in the first half of September alone, with the IFA show in Berlin followed by an Apple event, …

Criminals pilfer ATMs with malware infected USB drives

Robbing ATMs is nothing new. There's the everlasting stick-em-up, the bogus card scheme, ATM phishing, and more. But, it appears new ways are being invented to pull off successful cash machine heists.<p>It was recently revealed that thieves were able to access loads of ATM money by injecting machines …

HP's 'Earth Insights' Is A Great Example Of How Big Data Can Change The World

Big data refers to collecting vast amounts of data in all shapes and sizes from tweets to images and analyzing it to come up with fresh insights.<p>Time again we heard about big data projects and startups using the tech to help salespeople close deals or help companies target their ads better. Those …

Switched On: The 2013 Switchies, Part One

<i>Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.</i><p>It's that special time of year between holiday sales and the pre-CES hype cycle that presents an opportunity to consider some of the most innovative devices of the year. Switched On is proud to present the 2013 …

Plex website relaunches as Plex.tv, one-stop home for all of its media streaming abilities

Plex has grown rapidly over the last few years and its increased focus as a cloud service for your pictures, videos and music has resulted in a relaunching of the main website. Now hosted at Plex.tv, it ropes in the four disparate sections of the previous website, bringing features like Plex Pass …

More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

Sharks in Western Australia are now tweeting out where they are — in a way.<p>Government researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals are. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a …