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An Energy Saving Air Vent In The Cloud Designed By A 13-Year-Old

Father and daughter team Gabi and Shani Zuniga put their heads together with neighbor and long-time friend Danny Eizips to create Ventix, a home heating and cooling device controlled by the cloud.<p>Think of it like Nest, but one step into the future. While the Nest thermostat controls your entire …

Home Depot wants every connected gadget it sells to be Wink compatible

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>With over 2,000 stores, and $79.38 billion in revenue from the last twelve months, Home Depot has the potential to be a giant …

Which Apps Are Eating Your Battery? Normal Will Tell You.

Somewhere, somehow, maybe less than a year after I got the latest version of my iPhone, its battery would mysteriously deplete in about half a day.<p>I wasn’t really sure why. But now I can find out.<p>There’s a new app called ‘Normal’ out from a pair of Stanford Ph.Ds in computer science named Adam …

Kickstarter of The Week: SETA Tablet Stand for iPad

You may remember the SETA iPhone stand from last year. The ingenious little stand held your iPhone at just the right angle, while allowing it to …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

You may be missing out on some of the iPhone's most powerful features.<p><b>1. Take Siri to School</b>Tired of Siri pronouncing things wrong? Next time she screws something up, tell her "That's not how you pronounce X," and then pronounce it for her. She'll give it another try, and offer you a few options …

Archos' awkward answer to home automation

Hackers target grocery chains for customers' credit card info

You know why you should always keep a close eye on your credit card activity? Because hackers can target any kind of establishment, whether they're huge corporations, mom-and-pop shops or, in this case, grocery chains. American chains SuperValu and Albertsons have just revealed that digital …

Windowless Airplane Will Give Passengers High-Res Panoramic Views

You don’t need a window for these views. Paris-based design company Technicon Design recently won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet Concept. …

DK2, the second wave of Oculus Rift developer kits, to ship in October

It was been a bit of a wait for expectant Oculus Rift developers to get their hands on their dev kits, and it appears there’s another couple month wait available. Oculus has made available for per-order the DK2, short for Developer Kit 2, which is expected to ship in October.<p>The release comes …

Ready Player One

VizeraLabs reupholsters furniture with the power of light

Looking for the perfect chaise longue? That's no easy feat even on the best days, but the process is made even trickier since stores rarely seem to have their full collections on display. That's precisely the problem a San Francisco startup called VizeraLabs is trying to tackle, and its team has …

The Backed Pack: A wireless home security system, an emotional bot, and bedtime tracking

<i>Each week, our friends at Backerjack bring us updates on some of the most successful gadget crowdfunding campaigns.</i><p>Blink<p>Blink is a truly wireless home security system, it doesn’t even require a cable for power. Blink starts with the Sync Module, which all of the Blink units report to and transmit …

Rocket Internet's Dafiti and the Future of LatAm E-Commerce

<b>Malte Huffmann:</b> I definitely do. All of the underlying fundamentals are pointing this way. Internet penetration in Latin American countries is rising, as the access to broadband internet is growing about 16 percent to 18 percent per year.<p>In Brazil, in the first half of 2014, 5,06 million new …

Kevin Rose gets antsy at Google Ventures, launches another thing

Kevin Rose is scaling back his time investing as a Google Ventures partner to launch a new startup called North Technologies.<p>North Technologies will deal with the consumer Internet sector. It’s plan is to launch a new product once per quarter, Rose said in an interview with Re/code. He also said …

Google buys Instagram-analyzing mobile app startup Jetpac

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Google has purchased Jetpac, a startup that launched in 2012 and analyzes Instagram photos to build what it calls City Guides …

FreshGrade takes in $4.3M to get more teachers to take schoolwork digital

Education software firm FreshGrade just took $4.3 million in seed funding to help teachers manage student work from the cloud.<p>FreshGrade is the brain child of Lane Merrifield, Steve Wandler, and Mark Payne. Merrifield previously founded Club Penguin, a multiplayer gaming platform for kids that …

Three Trends That Will Make A Difference In Mobile Payments

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Alberto Jimenez is director of mobile payments at IBM. Jimenez was most recently Director of Global Mobile Solutions at Citigroup.</i><p>In the summer of 2008, I was in Paris delivering a mobile payments presentation to the CEO of a French bank. At the end of the meeting, he asked me when we …

Google Buys City-Guide App Maker JetPac

"We'll be removing Jetpac's apps from the App Store in the coming days, and ending support for them on 9/15," stated a posting on JetPac's homepage.<p>San Francisco-based JetPac has created a mobile application that uses pictures from various social networking sites to create city guides.<p>Earlier this …

Apps

An App That Tracks Water Use In Real Time, So Californians Can Save In The Drought

Partnering with utility companies, Dropcountr is letting residents know for the first time how much water they are actually wasting.<p>Three years into California’s worst drought in half a millennium, most of the state’s residents still aren’t saving water. Water usage actually ticked slightly upward …

iOS 7.1.2 released with iBeacon improvements, small bug fixes

Today Apple released iOS 7.1.2, a small update that includes several bug fixes, including enhanced “iBeacon connectivity and stability.” The update is available through Software Update on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running iOS 7.<p>Here are the changes in the update, as noted by Apple:<p>– Improves …

Salesforce Mobile Reports And Dashboards Provide In-depth Knowledge On The Fly

Salesforce.com today announced a new mobile reports and dashboards tool that runs on their mobile Salesforce1 platform. The goal of the product is to give salespeople access to information on the go, presented to them in a customized fashion to meet the unique needs of each individual …

Skype 5.2 for iPhone brings back missing voice message support

Skype rolled out a major redesign from the ground up to its iPhone app last month with feature improvements like in-app banner notifications and greatly improved message statuses across versions of the software, but regular Skype users were quick to note that the update initially lacked support for …

Ingress invades iOS: Google's augmented reality game hits iPhone

Google reaches across the aisle to Apple's platform with its hit game, which sees you running around real-world locations claiming them for your team.<p>Ingress, Google's innovative augmented reality game, has launched on Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, having previously only been available for …

Augmented Reality

Review: Wiper encrypted messaging/calling app with neat erase feature (and iOS 8 update details)

Yes, another secure and ephemeral messaging app. There’s Wickr, Snapchat, Confide, so what makes Wiper Messenger different? I’ve had the chance to play around with the new free chatting app on iOS, and it seems to act as a fusion of WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Wickr. The app prompts you for your email …

PayPal takes a page from Passbook, adds virtual loyalty cards to iOS app

PayPal has updated its iOS app with support for loyalty cards from a long list of selected retailers. The app allows you to select one of the supported companies from the list and scan the barcode on your loyalty or discount card, then saves the data in a digital wallet. The update puts PayPal in …

Passible: A Sweet Password Manager for iOS

A quick peruse through the App Store reveals no shortage of password management apps, indicative perhaps of people’s desire to not, well, lose their passwords.<p>Passible is the latest service to throw its hat into the ring courtesy of ClearSkyApps – an Israeli development firm with perhaps more of a …

Starbucks app will soon let you pre-order your overpriced Frappuccino

Imagine a world in which you order your Starbucks drink of choice from your iPhone, pay for it instantly, and then pick it up from a smiling employee minutes later.<p>That dream will soon be a reality. Starbucks is bringing the ability to place pickup orders in its mobile app later this year.<p>You’ve …

Language Learning App Lingua.ly Lands for iPhone

Lingua.ly‘s language learning mobile app is now available to download for the iPhone, following its release on Android back in April this year and its launch on the Web just a few weeks back.<p>The company said that in the month following its Android launch, the app attracted more than 100,000 …

This app will guide you to parking — and may get you a ticket, too

SAN FRANCISCO — A parking app that reliably helps find open spots in this congested city was coded on a turn-of-the-century tugboat in Sausalito.<p>The <i>Terrapin</i> served David LaBua as a coding den for VoicePark, a free app that uses sensors to monitor parking spots. It’s the only one we’ve tested to …

The Best Chat Apps for Your Smartphone

<b>Updated: August 1, 2014</b><p>We’ve known for sometime that SMS is becoming passe for many smartphone owners worldwide.<p>Sure, people still use it, but there are a slew of apps that go way beyond it, offering easy multimedia functions, group chats, video calls, gaming and much more. Beyond being SMS …