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9to5Mac Holiday Gift Guide: Some of the hottest tech products of the moment, at all prices

For many people on your gift list, you probably knew right away the sort of thing you wanted to get them, and at best needed a little help narrowing it down to a specific model. Hopefully one of our gift guides focusing on specific areas like entertainment, photography or audio will have helped.<p>But …

Belkin’s WeMo lineup now includes $30 smart LED bulbs

Belkin brought home automation to the masses years ago with its WeMo lineup of app-connected switches and plugs. Today, the WeMo ecosystem is expanding to include Smart LED bulbs.<p>Just like standard LED bulbs, WeMo bulbs last longer (up to 23 years) and consume less energy (only 10 watts) than their …

Meta 1 Augmented Reality Glasses Are Dragging Us Into A VR Future

Meta — which recently presented at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 — today began to ship the final version of its Meta 1 Developer Kit (which includes the AR glasses). The 1,500 members of the company’s Pioneer Developer Program will be the lucky (and patient) recipients of the glasses and the …

Seek Thermal turns your iPhone into a thermographic camera

There’s no shortage of camera accessories for the iPhone these days with interchangeable mount lenses and countless apps for mastering smartphone photography, and now you can buy Seek Thermal’s smartphone attachment to transform your iPhone into an actual thermographic camera. Seek Thermal is a …

Ring is the Wi-Fi enabled doorbell that lets you answer the door even when you’re not home

In 2012, we saw the promise of a Wi-Fi connected home monitoring system in Doorbot. The promise fell short and left a few unhappy first generation adopters. However, the company rebranded and today the product is <i>Ring.</i><p>The Ring Video Doorbell was built from the ground up to provide consumers with …

CES 2015: Moshi launches chic new AirPlay speaker Spatia

Although Apple’s AirPlay wireless speaker technology has pretty much faded out of public view, there are still companies producing new designs to support the standard. Moshi today announced Spatia, a particularly attractive design combining respectable speakers, amplifiers, and fancy external …

Netgear’s Arlo home security camera is waterproof and completely cord free

Home automation is a big deal. Apple jumped in with HomeKit, Google snatched up Nest/Dropcam, and it seems like every other tech company is making a pass at it.<p>Not to be left out in the cold, Netgear is looking to dig in deeper with its Arlo home security system. But unlike most of its rivals, Arlo …

The Samsung portable SSD T1 is smaller than a business card and up to 100 times faster than a traditional HDD

Monday at <b>CES-2015</b>, Samsung unveiled the ultra small portable SSD T1. It has the powerful performance of an internal solid-state drive, a pretty cool looking shell, and it’s only about the size of a business card. Weighing only an ounce, you can fit it in your wallet or shirt pocket and you’re good …

Dyson’s new Cinetic vacuums have filter systems that never need to be cleaned or replaced

Dyson is already considered to be a leader in innovative home products with its line of hot + cool fans and upright/stick bagless vacuums. After approximately $12 million dollars in development, the company is now ready to reveal its latest premium Cinetic vacuum…<p>While visually similar to already …

Misfit introduces Bolt, its smart light bulb w/ sleep tracking device integration

We saw Misfit introduce a unique, luxury version of its Shine fitness and sleep tracking wearable with Swarovski at CES yesterday, and today Misfit is launching Bolt—its first smart bulb. Misfit describes Bolt as ” a wirelessly connected color-changing light bulb that lets users personalize their …

The June Oven has better specs than the new MacBook and was designed by former Apple and Path engineers

What do you get when a group of engineers with Apple, Digg, and Path on their resumes hunker down in a kitchen for months on end? Evidently, a smart oven that has double the processing power of the latest MacBook and a near Retina display. The June Oven literally aims to cook your food for you with …

Home: Cuisinart Belgian Waffle Maker $51 (Reg. $60+), more

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>The recent <b>$15 off</b> $100 purchases sale over on eBay has yielded some very notable deals, and today is your last chance to …

Parrot details new drones with upgraded specs for land, water and air

Today we are getting a first look at Parrot’s new addition to its family of MiniDrone offerings. All told, the French manufacturer will be releasing 13 different variations that cover a wide variety of different activities.<p>Head below for full details and videos.<p>First is an updated model of the …

VuPoint wand-style portable color scanner in black (refurb) $30 shipped (Reg. $48 new)

Today only, Woot is offering the factory refurbished VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner (PDS ST415 WM) in black for <b>$24.99 plus $5</b> flat rate shipping on your entire order. That’s $60 under the original listing, $20 below the average selling price from a trusted retailer, $18 below …

Belkin is set to take on Philips Hue with its new WeMo smart home LED bundles

Belkin’s WeMo ecosystem has partnered with OSRAM SYLVANIA to expand its line-up of Wi-Fi connected lighting products. All told, three new bundles have been released today that focus on different areas of the home. With Apple’s HomeKit on the way and competitors beefing up their own offerings, now …

This Bike Navigation System Tells You Where To Go Without Causing An Accident

Navigating while riding a bike isn’t easy. Even with a map in hand, it’s a struggle to look at the route and the road at the same time. Often, riders need to stop or risk putting themselves and others in danger.<p>That’s why Piet Morgan wanted to develop the Hammerhead, a navigation system that points …

The History of Flat Design: Efficiency, Minimalism, Trendiness

It seems as though any time you hear about Web design these days, you can’t help but come across the term “flat design.” While the flat Web design trend has been emerging in recent years, it seemed to have exploded in popularity thanks to large companies and organizations changing their design …

LinkedIn: Evolution of a Publishing Platform

For you, I, and probably many others, LinkedIn is a bit of an odd beast. We all no doubt have a profile on the ‘social network for professionals’, but how often we actually log in and check what’s going on is another matter altogether.<p>Founded in 2003, LinkedIn garnered somewhere in the region of …

Check out some more of the best pitches in our 30-second video pitch contest

VentureBeat’s 30-second pitch contest, Win30s, is back for another year. And we’ve extended the deadline, so there’s still time to enter for a shot at $100,000 in prizes and investment and of course, eternal glory and immortal awesomeness.<p>Our too-amazing-for-its-own-good VentureBeat-Buzzstarter …

Infographic: A Concise Compendium of Don Draper’s Creative Advice

How to say this without any spoilers? Um, things are going less than 100% perfect for Don Draper, as of the end of <i>Mad Men</i>‘s sixth season. Of course, it wasn’t always this way. At the peak of his powers, the advertising dynamo played by Jon Hamm was a hard-drinking, constantly adulterous, …

4 Things We Learned From This Rare Interview With Apple Design God Jonathan Ive

Great design is a demonstration against thoughtlessness and carelessness, says the legendary iPhone designer in an interview with the Sunday Times.<p>Apple’s rock star designer Jony Ive has given the <i>Sunday Times (subscription required)</i> a rare interview, talking about his partnership with Steve Jobs, …

Product Design

A New App That Lets You Take Apart Websites and Rebuild Them At Will

With Kimono, you can recombine existing web apps to create your own in about five minutes–no coding skills required.<p>You used to have to be a programmer just to use computers at all. Graphical user interfaces changed all that. But what if you want to build software? Increasingly, you don’t have to …

Apps

The cold, hard reality of startup sales and marketing to the enterprise

There is a lot of attention on “lean startups” and “scaling big” with minimal marketing and sales efforts.<p>These are great stories and I love reading about the breakout, viral success of a hot startup. But that doesn’t reflect what the majority of startups experience, and it’s even less frequent for …

Tell All App Secret Adds Social Sharing And Nearby Gossip

Secret is hoping to grow bigger and capitalize on SXSW with two new features. Share lets you post any Secret you see to Twitter, Facebook, SMS, or email. Nearby lets you opt in to seeing Secrets shared by people nearby, which could create an ad hoc community of users at SXSW. The two could draw …

Secrets, Lies And Startup Leaks: Mitigating Tech Company Paranoia In An Age Of Constant Crisis

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Vanessa Camones is founder and CEO of</i> <i>theMix agency</i><i>, a full-service marketing and communications boutique.</i><p>It’s been an interesting few weeks for Silicon Valley insiders. Secret, the anonymous messaging app, has caused several communication crises for some prominent tech companies, and …

How To Build Habits In A Multi-Device World

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>This excerpt is authored by Nir Eyal and appears in Michal Levin’s new book, Designing Multi-Device Experiences.</i> <i>Nir Eyal is also the author of Hooked: A Guide to Building Habit Forming Products and blogs at NirAndFar.com.</i><p>Allow me to take liberties with a philosophical question …

Shh. Secret Raises $10M At A $50M Valuation

The buzzy new app Secret — which lets people post messages to their circles of contacts without attribution — has closed a $10 million round of funding at a $50 million post-money valuation, TechCrunch has learned from two sources close to the situation. The funding was led by Google Ventures, with …

How Secret May Uncover A New Secret To Mobile Growth

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a</i> TechCrunch <i>columnist, and an investor. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil</i><p>Greetings from a rainy (but always fun) Austin, TX. As is the case leading up to every SXSW, many wonder what will be the breakout app. As …

Bill Nye Sees An Intimate Connection Between Startups And Science

While at South by Southwest Interactive, I had a chance to (briefly) interview one of my childhood heroes, Bill Nye the Science Guy.<p>Nye was about to evaluate inventions at an event for Quirky, a startup that helps turn inventions into commercial products, but I also asked him what he thought of the …