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D-TWELVE: Beautiful LED lamp made of customizable dodecahedron modules

If you’re looking to light up your room with a beautiful LED lamp, the customizable D-TWELVE light may be just what you’re looking for. Recently …

GCHQ open-sources its spy software

GCHQ has open-sourced its first project on GitHub, a mass-scale graph database called Gaffer that’s written in Java.<p>This move has prompted a whole load of soul-searching in the hacker community as individuals debate whether they should use it or not.<p>Some have applauded the agency for opening up its …

Surveillance

Google's Project Sunroof can assess homes in more states

Solar panels are a huge investment, so something like Project Sunroof that can tell you if they're a good fit for your location is extremely useful. The good news is, the initiative is expanding to more locations across the US. Now, if you have a house in <i>select</i> metro areas in Arizona, California, …

Solar Power

This app lets you draw digital connections between physical objects

'A digital screwdriver that allows you to manipulate how things behave'<p>Whether we like it or not, more and more of the world's objects are coming online. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC standards are all being used make everything from your car to your smoke alarm digitally connected. The problem is, how …

Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs

Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster that broadband internet.<p>Velmini—a tech company in Tallinn, Estonia—is the first to test visible …

Wi-Fi

T-Mobile wants to put a mini LTE tower in your home

T-Mobile has done a fair amount to get LTE into every nook and cranny of its coverage map, but that doesn't matter much if there's still a cellular dead zone in your home or office. You might not have that issue from now on, though. The Magenta network is launching a 4G LTE CellSpot that promises …

T-Mobile

5 cases to watch as Supreme Court term begins

Judges may take up cases on abortion and immigration.<p>After a year in which liberals scored impressive, high-profile Supreme Court victories, conservatives could be in line for wins on some of this term's most contentious issues, as the justices consider cases that could gut public sector labor …

University of California

Real-time sleep data powers new website about dreamers

Live data from snoozers equipped with sleep sensors triggers an innovative new website meant to highlight the power of dreams to spur social change.<p>It could easily be said of the Internet, especially when referring to its early days, that it's powered by dreamers. A new website called The Never …

A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy thinks a lot about "self" — not necessarily <i>himself</i>, but the role the brain plays in our notions of self and existence.<p>In his new book, <i>The Man Who Wasn't There,</i> Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves and how those perceptions can be distorted …

Consciousness

LED cloud lights

The battery-powered LED cloud is handmade in Australia and projects a moon and stars on the ceiling above.<p>(<i>via Red Ferret</i>)

Harvested Energy Will Shape the Internet of Things and Smart Cities | The Network | The Network

The Internet of Things is expected to incorporate billions of devices in the future. That's a lot—far too many to all run on battery energy alone. For this reason, the harvesting of energy, or deriving energy from external sources, is growing in importance and being done with more ingenuity every …

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 …

Sling TV’s Service For Cord Cutters Will Offer HBO Starting This Month

Sling TV, Dish’s new over-the-top service designed for cord cutters, announced today that it will become the first Internet service to offer video-on-demand content from HBO starting this month, just in time for the “Games of Thrones” premiere. The HBO content will be available as an optional …

26 MORE tech skills worth a $100,000+ salary

But the hot tech one year is not the next.<p>Job site Dice.com recently published its 2015 Salary Survey, which named the highest-paying tech skills right now.<p>And many skills pay more than $110,000, as we recently reported. But there are plenty more skills that can net you a six-figure salary.<p>Of …

Here’s a real button for the Internet of things

With the Internet of things, lots of secret conversations will be going on between your appliances, your car, your computer, and other devices.<p>But today do-it-yourself kit maker Spark.io is poking a hole into that web of hidden communications — and adding a button.<p>It’s a real, physical peripheral …

Blog - SDA Lighting

#WorldofLight, Announcements, Our Brands<p>SDA Welcomes Selux To The World of Light<p>Selux is one of those architectural lighting brands that, for many, …

MOMA's Rechargeable LED Bulb Flashlight Offers Three Hours of Emergency Light

MoMA’s Bulb Flashlight has a built-in rechargeable battery that allows it to double as a regular bulb and an emergency flashlight. The $45 LED bulb …

Developers Look To Create Transparency With Microsoft Kinect V2

At NUI Central‘s Kinect for Windows Hackathon, a projector on the ceiling creates an image of sand and shrubbery on the ground. The terrain is supposed to be Afghanistan. After walking around on the small projected space expecting nothing to happen, a boom and a white flash hit my senses. I stepped …

Get those software patents fast: take advantage of special U.S. patent programs

Obtaining a patent has traditionally been a long process, which is particularly burdensome for software patents. But it doesn’t have to be that way.<p>As of March 2014, the average time between filing of a patent application and having that application examined by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office …

7 Things You Should Do Before Launching a Beacon Program

<i>Sam Gaddis is the Chief Innovation Officer at Mutual Mobile.</i><p>The buzz around beacons is substantial. Up to now it has been predominantly contained to retail, with brands salivating over the prospect of being able to reach their customers long before they make their way to the sales counter, but a …

Beyond the Grocery Smart Cart, the iBeacon Beckons

Despite e-commerce’s surge, some 90 percent of what people buy still comes out of brick-and-mortar stores. And when it comes to consumer-packaged …

TV Is About To Enjoy Its Biggest Renaissance in 50 Years

<i>Ernesto Schmitt is a serial entrepreneur in media and tech. He is presently co-founder & CEO of Beamly, the TV social network backed by Comcast, NBCUniversal, Viacom and BSkyB.</i><p>These are uncomfortable days for network television executives.<p>After decades of reliably scheduling when audiences are to …

Heard it through the grape vine: Personal wine assistant app gets sparkling update

Like Scarlett Johansson’s phone number, wine is something I’d like to know a bit more about. It’s good to hear, then, that popular wine assistant app Hello Vino (great name!) has just been given a sparkling update in time for spring.<p>The update adds support for a massive 140,000 store and restaurant …

Empathy for the User: Experience Design Secrets from an Expert

<i>Jo Plumridge is a UK-based photographer, writer and lecturer. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been adapted with permission.</i><p>User experience (UX) designers are among the unsung heroes of the digital world. They make the tools, sites and apps we use simple, …

Luminous ceilings and carpets will become commonplace, says lead designer at Philips

<b>Movie:</b> chief design officer for Philips Lighting Rogier van der Heide explains how advances in LED technology are enabling lighting to be integrated …

Design For Emotion: The Next Big Challenge For Consumer Technology?

<b>@giorodriguez Will consumer technology ultimately help or abandon human beings? Don’t we have a choice in the matter?</b><p><b>[A five-part series on the use of emotion in consumer technology product and service development. For a podcast series on the general topic of "design for emotion," go here].</b><p>In the …