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A huge team of Apple veterans is now making smart accessories for your car

Pearl is trying to upgrade older automobiles with connected hardware<p>For a while now there have been rumors that Apple is working on a car. The company still hasn't publicly acknowledged this project, but a startup coming out of stealth today provides a nice taste of how a car might look and feel if …

Autonomous Cars

Computer Simulation Lets You Create Your Own Traffic Jam

It's way more fun than sitting in one<p>Sitting in traffic is miserable. It's bad enough when the car congestion is caused by construction or crashes, but it's a far worse feeling to get through a stop and go traffic blockage and find that there was no discernible reason for the slowdown.<p>Why do these …

Traffic

Apple May Have Killed Your Mac’s Ethernet, Here’s the Fix

Some Mac users who use wired network connections got an unwelcome surprise recently when Apple accidentally disabled their built-in Ethernet port. In …

Apple Watch screen savers for Mac

The watch faces on the Apple Watch are somewhat of an art form in themselves; beautifully crafted watch faces were created in collaboration with some …

This simple plug-in device makes your dumb smoke detector smart

If you’ve ever lived through a house fire, you know how devastating it can be. The fear of fire leaves many homeowners anxious, especially when they are away from home. The Leeo Smart Alert is here to save the day.<p>The Leeo Smart Alert is essentially a nightlight but it does so much more than blaze …

Presence security camera keeps an eye outside your door

Consumer electronics company Netatmo has made a camera that is easily overlooked as it keeps a lookout outside your door.<p>The outdoor surveillance camera Netatmo named Presence uses an algorithm to detect whether something in its view is a person, car or animal. It then immediately sends a …

Smart Homes

9to5Mac Holiday Gift Guide: Zac’s picks to unlock hidden iPhone features

The iPhone is an amazing device. It fits in a pocket, yet it’s an incredibly powerful computer that connects us to the world, entertains us wherever we go, and captures quality photos and videos.<p>However, some of the iPhone’s tricks are hidden until you connect it to specific accessories. Did you …

Home Automation

There’s a Smart Home Device for Closing Your Blinds

Easily installed to existing windows, <b>AXIS Gear</b> allows you to control or automate your window shades with your iPhone. The Indiegogo project is looking to fundraise the manufacturing of its product. You can set scheduling to open the morning blinds and lower them at sunset. Control your curtains …

Home Automation

Apple Makes More Dev Kits for New Apple TV Available

Late Friday night, Apple emailed developers to tell them that more developer kits for the new Apple TV are now available. The email, which <i>MacRumors</i> has obtained a copy of, says that more developer kits are being made available due to "overwhelming demand."<p>Due to overwhelming demand, we’ve made more …

Smart TV

The new Apple TV will be free to (some) developers

In what appears to be a first, Apple is providing free hardware for software developers.<p>Monday could be the lucky day for a limited number of developers who signed up for the Apple TV Developer Kit.<p>Not only will they get the new hardware six weeks in advance of it going on sale, they’ll get it for …

Smart TV

Porn site sponsoring free Google Cardboard headsets - get yours now (US only)

Sometimes I don’t know if porn revolves around the internet or if the internet revolves around porn. What we do know is us smartphone users seem to love this form of entertainment, and as tech enthusiasts we are glad to have the pornography industry being so involved technology. Not only for the …

Virtual Reality

Five gadgets that will transform your dumb car into a smart car

In fact, most new vehicles look more like smartphones on the inside than cars.<p>But the smarter automobiles get, the more expensive they become. And not everybody can afford to shell out thousands of dollars just to get a tech update in the car.<p>Fortunately, there's another way to bring your car into …

Defenders Unite Against Cyber Threats In Healthcare

The screenshot above is courtesy of Norse ‒ a cyber intelligence company that uses their global sensor network to track cyber threats around the world ‒ in real time (online here). Warning ‒ this global view can be a tad mesmerizing if you haven’t seen it.<p>There’s no audio, but it’s easy to imagine …

Cybersecurity

Swifty Teaches You to Code in Swift on Your iPhone or iPad

iOS: If you want to create an iOS app or a Mac app, Apple would like you to use their new programming language, Swift. For those new to coding, …

How to make a bootable OS X USB

MIT's light-up robot garden teaches you how to code

If you're teaching kids how to code, what do you do to show that software makes an impact in the real world? MIT has a clever idea: a robot garden. The project lets you control a grid of Arduino-linked "plants" through programming that makes them blossom and light up in pretty (and occasionally …

Juggling too many remotes? Try this touch screen

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — How many remotes does it take to watch television, stream Netflix or record your favorite show on DVR?<p>The Ray Super Remote wants …

Touchscreens

Ask: How to Uninstall Mac Apps

Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. In this edition of Ask, we'll let you know the best way to completely get rid of apps …

Apps

Hands on: Henge Docks’ Horizontal Dock for MacBook is one of the best in the business (Video)

I’ve been looking for a serious MacBook dock setup for quite some time, but really have been disappointed in the current offerings. Henge Docks displayed its Horizontal Dock as a prototype last year, but it’s now available to order and I’m pretty excited about it…<p>If you’re not familiar with Henge …

MacBook Pro

Chinese Company Hyperdon Sold Fake Apple Watches at CES

While Apple is rumored to be aiming for March as the launch month for the Apple Watch, Chinese company Hyperdon was at CES selling fake versions of the new Apple product called Smart Watch, according to <i>Mashable</i>.<p>The watch's screen only displays when it's turned on, and many of its icons are blatant …

Smartwatches

Invoxia’s smart magnet turns your fridge into a speaker you can doodle on

Smart fridges aren’t exactly a new phenomenon at the Consumer Electronics Show, but French company Invoxia is trying something a little different this year. The Triby is essentially a wireless speaker that acts as a smart fridge magnet thanks to its 2.9-inch E Ink display. Invoxia is using the …

Android News

Got an iPad and this app? You’ve got a second Mac screen

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Credit: via Duet Display<p>Ever since the iPad first came out, people have wanted to use their Apple tablets as a second …

Apple Stores now sell these iPhone app-enabled Christmas lights in time for the holidays

Over the last week or two Apple Stores started stocking these new app-enabled Christmas lights from Lumenplay both online and in retail stores. Similar to other app-controlled lighting systems, Lumenplay comes as string lights perfect for Christmas trees or outdoor decorations as we move into the …

Intercom | AirPlay Bluetooth

$4.99 was 3.99<p>Intercom lets you broadcast your voice to any AirPlay or Bluetooth audio destination on your network or paired to your device. Just …

Golden Apple Giveaway - Win a Gold iPad Air 2 and a Gold iPhone 6

As we all know by now, gold is best! Now here’s your chance to be the gold standard user on your block by winning a gold iPad Air 2, <i>and</i> a gold iPhone …

With Laplock, You Get A Text Message When Somebody Unplugs Your Laptop

Fresh off the hackathon dungeon, Laplock is a nifty little app developed at our TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in London. Martin Saint-Macary and Ivan Maeder worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours to build an easy-to-use software lock for your Mac. Here’s how it works.<p>At heart, Laplock is a menubar …

Brightup Is A Smart Home Lighting System That Works With Your Existing Bulbs And Lamps

Smart home lighting is a growing field, with entrants including Philips and LIFX, but one other new contender has a different approach that might appeal more to some. The Brightup system consists of plug socket hardware and in-wall dimmers, connected to and controlled by a central hub via Z-Wave RF …

Scentee's smelly smartphone notifications are now available worldwide

If you were crestfallen when you heard that Scentee's fragrance-emitting smartphone add-on would be hard to get outside of Japan, you can relax -- it's now available worldwide through the company's site. The perfume plug-in sells for $35 by itself (plus a whopping $30 in shipping), while scent …

Opera’s Former CEO Launches Vivaldi, A New Community Site And Email Service

After Jon von Tetzchner left Opera in 2011, things went quiet around the company’s former CEO and Opera itself quickly went into a different direction under its new leadership. As part of that change, the company decided to shut down its My Opera community by March 1, 2014.<p>My Opera launched in 2001 …

How To 3-D Print Your Own Invisibility Cloak

Now you see it...<p>The invisibility cloak Harry Potter brandishes against dark lords and nosy professors is now a reality—at least in microwave light. Duke University engineer Yaroslav Urzhumov has designed a plastic disk that makes a small object placed in its hollow center invisible to frequencies …