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Google Talk is dead, Hangouts is the new Slack, Project Fi users are screwed and everyone hates Allo

Google seems to understand that it needs to pare its messenger story down to a few apps that cover everyone's needs (so it's easier for people to …

Google Docs

Google Hangouts API gets hung out to dry

Draw with your face? Conference call ping pong? Not any more. Google today quietly revealed that it will shut down the Hangouts API, preventing new apps from being built and shutting off existing apps on April 25th. There was no blog post about this, just an updated FAQ and email notification to …

Google cut its 2015 tax bill by $3.6 billion using the infamous Dutch Sandwich loophole

Google has sheltered as much as $58.3 billion in overseas profits<p>Google was able to shave $3.6 billion from its 2015 tax bill by relying on an elaborate system of loopholes known as the “Double Irish" and “Dutch Sandwich,” according to a report from <i>Bloomberg</i> today. The loopholes — infamous among US …

Here’s all the hidden differences between the new MacBook Pros

I know what you’re thinking: you can tell pretty easily which MacBook Pro you have, depending on whether it has a fancy-ass touchscreen instead of …

This heart-healthy smart scale delivers what your fitness apps are missing

<i>This post is brought to you by Withings, maker of the Body Cardio smart scale.</i><p>One of the great promises of the mobile and wearables revolution was that we’d all get unprecedented insights into our personal health. Apple even built a Health app into its mobile operating system. And what icon did …

Apps

Particle raises $10.4 million to grow its IoT development platform

Internet of things (IoT) startup Particle has raised $10.4 million in a Series A funding round from Root Ventures, O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures (OATV), and Rincon Venture Partners.<p>Founded out of San Francisco in 2011, Particle — not to be confused with the web app firm of the same name that was …

Startups

This impressive tool uses big data to predict your future

Internet users leave combined data trail of over 2.5 billion gigabytes a day. That’s a staggering amount of information, and it’s information that can tell us a lot about our futures.<p>Predictive World is a tool combining big data, demographic information and personalized data to give a creepily …

Google offers new collaboration tools for app designers

Google has released a slew of tools that designers and developers can use to build app interfaces. While they appear to be tied to the company’s Material Design language, which it launched in 2014, it looks like you’ll be able to use them regardless of what design principles you choose to …

Material Design

Why Google is retooling search to put mobile first

Google is getting ready to make some major changes to search.<p>The company is in the process of creating a new index for mobile devices, which will …

Chrome's December update will be less of a memory hog

Google has spent a while reducing Chrome's sometimes notorious demands on your system, but it knows that its web browser still needs some work. Accordingly, the upcoming Chrome 55 will include an upgraded JavaScript engine that significantly reduces the memory footprint. Given that many modern …

Animoto gives businesses an easy way to create social videos

Animoto is launching a new product for businesses that want to post their own marketing videos for Facebook and other social networks — but don’t necessarily have the team or the skills needed to create something slick.<p>The company already offers products that automatically assemble your photos and …

A smart lock to keep people out of *that* drawer

The Smart Cube will turn a drawer or cabinet into a retrofitted safe.<p>Startup Smart Armor Tech is bringing the connected lock indoors. Instead of a standard deadbolt, the company has announced what it calls the Smart Cube -- a two-piece device that can lock indoor enclosures. Think of it like a …

Facebook updates Notes in move to get you blogging again

Facebook's Notes feature was an early addition to the social networking site, though over the years it's received little attention from developers, and for most users has simply slipped from view.<p>In recent days, however, it seems the company has blown the dust off the blogging feature and given it …

Tech titans warn MovieTube suit could revive Stop Online Piracy Act

The Stop Online Piracy Act died in 2012. But now some of the largest technology companies in Silicon Valley are growing concerned that major movie studios are trying to bring it back.<p>Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Yahoo on Monday filed a brief with the US District Court of the Southern …

Branto allows you to monitor your home, control your smart appliances and more

Branto has been in the making since late 2011. While we were geeking out over dual-core processors, these guys were already thinking about making what seems to be one of the most full-featured smart home products in existence. Branto really does it all, and now you can put your name to one of these …

Smart Homes

U.S. businesses lobby Obama on China tech protectionism concerns

BEIJING (Reuters) - American business groups are lobbying U.S. President Barack Obama to press Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on technology protectionism concerns during Xi’s upcoming U.S. visit, according to a letter addressed to Obama seen by Reuters.<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives to the …

Tinder has major public meltdown on Twitter after critical Vanity Fair article

Dating app's social media account embarks on lengthy tirade after it is accused of encouraging short-term relationships<p>Don't mess with Tinder. That was the message from the dating app after it was criticised for encouraging a shift towards short-term, unstable relationships.<p>The company's official …

Relationships

August Smart Lock app update turns Apple Watch into a door key

Owners of an Apple Watch just got another tool to make life easier: a digital door key on their wrists.<p>The functionality comes via the August Smart …

Tiny sensor tells you when your favorite places are crowded

You probably aren't a fan of showing up at the coffee shop right when there's a large line, or at the gym when there are no free machines. Wouldn't it be nice if you could find out how busy a place is at any given moment, without resorting to estimates? The new Density sensor might help. The tiny …

UC Berkeley

trakkies. a multifunctional microcomputer for your things.

As seen on:<p>In their busy lives people forget things all the time, and forgetting things is the number 1 cause of loss. Wouldn't it be great if your …

Google Drive can stop others from grabbing your files

Google Drive is built around collaboration. And that's great! However, you probably don't want to give collaborators unfettered access to <i>everything</i> -- what if someone makes off with a sensitive report? Thankfully, you can put your foot down as of today. Google has added rights management to Drive …

This security system tricks burglars into thinking someone’s home washing dishes

You don’t have to live in a rough neighborhood to justify owning a home security system, especially when it’s incredibly efficient. This is what …

Sony Bluetooth Speaker Lightbulb

There have been a few options for getting audio out of a standard light socket before—a few even also had a light source—but none of them really …

Light Bulbs

Miito Deconstructs The Kettle To Save Energy

Europeans love little better than a nice cup of tea. Which means an awful lot of water is being boiled daily — only a portion of which is actually necessary, given most people aren’t fastidious enough to boil only the quantity of liquid they actually need to fill their cup or teapot.<p>Part of this …

Smart thermometer is ready to track your kid's fever all day long

You no longer have to disturb your kid's sleep just to see if that fever is getting any better. Months after its CES debut, Blue Spark's TempTraq thermometer is available for a fairly reasonable $25. The Bluetooth patch keeps tabs on a child's temperature in relative comfort for a full 24 hours, …

iOS Apps

Tado's Smart AC Control wants to make your old air conditioner smarter

One of the cooler (pun intended) features of the Smart AC Control is that it can automatically adjust the temperature based on your location. For …

Five great WiFi thermostats to make your home smarter

We've gathered up five of our favorite WiFi thermostats that are available right now. Between being aware of our location, learning our daily habits, …