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The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Computer Science

14 books every modern gentleman should read

Being a modern gentleman is about more than just knowing what to wear or what to put in your bathroom. It's also about being informed about the world around you.<p>We asked our friends at Amazon Books to put together a list of essential books every man should read, ranging from fiction to …

Books

AT&T brings back unlimited data plans for its DirecTV and U-verse subscribers

$100 for a single line, $40 extra for additional smartphones or tablets<p>AT&T is bringing back unlimited data. The number-two wireless carrier discontinued its original unlimited plans years ago, but it's resuscitating the all-you-can-eat option as a cross-promotion with its DirecTV and U-verse …

Televisions

Securifi’s Almond 3 Is A Router And Smart Home Hub In A Nifty Single Box

Securifi just announced the Almond 3, a brand new touchscreen wireless router that wants to become the central part of your smart home. The Almond 3 will be released in the coming months for $120.<p>At heart, Securifi’s new device remains a wireless router. You plug it to your modem and it will create …

Wi-Fi

SmartThings, Samsung's smart home business, has a new hub and revenue stream

SmartThings, the smart home company Samsung bought last summer, has launched its second generation home automation hub and a new services model it …

Home Automation

AT&T offers DirecTV customers $500 to change phone service

Now that AT&T has finalized its acquisition of DirecTV, the carrier isn't wasting any time trying to bring in new wireless customers. Today, AT&T announced a promotion for people who are already subscribed to the satellite television provider, which includes up to $500 in bill credit. It's simple: …

Man Says He Drove Across USA in 27 Hours in Web Hoax

A supposed new record set in a souped-up sedan, and without getting pulled over<p><b>Update</b>: As has become obvious from the grainy, Photoshopped pictures, Alex Roy and Greg Ledet expended much effort fabricating this story about the record run – about as niche an April Fools' Day prank as there can …

Social Robot Jibo Fueled for Mass Production With $25.3 Million

Social robot startup and Indiegogo sensation Jibo Inc. has raised $25.3 million in a venture round to take its pint-size, voice-activated home companion to the masses.

Dow Jones

Belkin Unveils New WeMo Sensors at CES 2015

Belkin gave us a look at its new WeMo sensors unveiled at CES 2015. Adding to its growing array of home automation products, Belkin introduced a …

Branto Smart Home Automation And Security System (video)

If you are looking to add a little more functionality to your home automation and its security systems you might be interested in a new Kickstarter …

Branto Smart Home Hub with Full Remote Presence

The Branto lets you have a full remote presence in your house, so you can see or hear what is happening even if you’re not at home. If you like the …

Another Reactor Closes, Punctuating New Reality for U.S. Nuclear Power

As Vermont Yankee shuts down, the U.S. has yet to address industry issues that span decades.<p><b>As another nuclear power plant closed this week, the United States faced a dwindling fleet of aging reactors, few new projects, and the challenge of safely mothballing radioactive fuel for decades.</b><p>Almost all …

America’s Big Bet On Natural Gas And Big Short On Coal

<i>This post originally appeared on OilPrice.com</i><p>America is betting the kitchen sink on natural gas. No matter which estimate you look at — the U.S. …

Natural Gas

How likely is Michigan to land Ravens head coach John Harbaugh?

Could the Wolverines be looking elsewhere in the Harbaugh family tree?<p>Michigan football still technically has a head coach, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from churning out names to replace Brady Hoke. Former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh, currently the (unsettled) head coach of the San …

iPhone Slow? What's Up with iOS 8 Performance

Why is the iPhone Slow? Is Apple sabotaging my old iPhone so I’ll buy a new iPhone 6?<p>These are two questions I’ve heard repeatedly in the last 24 …

This Brilliant Washing Machine Is a Roadmap for the Internet of Things

There couldn't be a more perfect example of our absurd obsession with the internet of things than the connected washing machine. Nothing so concisely …

Finally, Someone Is Disrupting The Towel

Showering is great, I’m a big fan. But drying off? Laaaaammmmmeeee. All that towelling, it’s enough to make you need another shower, am I right? New York-based startup The Body Dryer realizes this, and they’ve created a device to help you skip the towel and get dry a better way.<p>The Body Dryer dries …

Hands-on: Family Guy’s first mobile game captures its irreverent hilarity as you rebuild Quahog

At a pre-launch event last night, we got a brief demo of the upcoming Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff mobile game from TinyCo and Fox Digital Entertainment. The game’s scheduled for release on iOS and Android on April 10.<p>At its core, The Quest for Stuff resembles The Simpsons: Tapped Out, another …

Watch Happy Gilmore reimagined as an 8-bit brawler

No one ever tried a video game adaptation of Adam Sandler's golf comedy <i>Happy Gilmore</i>, but if they did, what would it look like? YouTube's 8-Bit Cinema imagines something straight out of <i>River City Ransom</i>.<p>Yes, it includes beating up an alligator. And beating up the clown. And being beaten up by Bob …

Grand Theft Auto Online launches October 1st with MMO-like elements (video)

For some, <i>Grand Theft Auto 4</i>'s multiplayer mode was a promise unfulfilled -- it had the open environment of a massively multiplayer online game, but none of the genre's persistent content. Rockstar is making amends by unveiling <i>Grand Theft Auto Online</i>, an independent counterpart to <i>GTA5</i> with a few MMO …

Remember the blackout of 2003? 10 years later, Michigan's grid is more secure, utilities say

comments<p>On Aug. 14, 2003, a massive outage cut power to 50 million people in eight states and part of …