Keyvan Irvani

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5 hot Raspberry Pi projects for Mac geeks

The credit-card-size Raspberry Pi has taken the tech world by storm. Thousands of geeky kids and adults use the tiny, low-cost computer boards to learn about coding and create fun projects like motion detectors, birdhouses that tweet when birds are present, and mini weather stations.<p>You, too, can …

Mystery rock suddenly appears near Mars rover, puzzling scientists

A "jelly doughnut-sized" rock has appeared in front of the Opportunity rover on Mars, and scientists can't figure out where it came from, <i>Discovery News</i> reports. The discovery was revealed by Mars Exploration Rover lead scientist Steve Squyres in a "10 years of roving Mars" keynote at NASA's Jet …

Ivee Sleek is a voice assistant that controls your connected home via WiFi

By this point, most of us are accustomed to being able to talk to our laptops and phones to get them to do what we want (some of the time, at least). Now, Ivee Sleek is here to give you the same control over all those WiFi-equipped lightbulbs, thermostats and door locks we've been seeing lately. …

Netflix to stream House of Cards season 2 in 4K

It's been the elephant in the room in every conversation about 4K so far. Very nice in theory, but what are you supposed to watch on it? Content, as …

Qualcomm Toq review: a brief glimpse at the future of smartwatches

The perfect smartwatch is deceptively simple: give it a great, always-on, glanceable display. Make it last for days on a charge. And for goodness’ sake, make it <i>look good</i> — it’s on your wrist all day, after all. You can’t hide it in your pocket like you do a phone.<p>No one’s yet figured it out and …

5 Surprising Principles For Designing Smartwatches

Soon, wearable technology will be as common as the iPhone. An expert in ergonomics shows the best way to design for the small screen.<p>Five years ago, I coined the phrase “Ergonomics of Interaction Design,” to explain how physical ergonomic principles could be applied to the design of user …

Publishers, Stop Crying Over Spilled Ink

I’m waiting for all the headlines about what a great time it is to be in the media business. After all, in a single minute, viewers on YouTube watch 100 hours of video — a 233% increase since last year. The number of devices people use to “consume content” — the anodyne catchall term we use to …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

Motorola Moto G review: how good can a $179 smartphone be?

The Moto X represented a sizable step forward for Motorola. A comfortable, fresh, customizable design married with tasteful and useful software features, it’s the polar opposite of the aggressively styled and skinned Droids Motorola and Verizon have produced. Now, Motorola is back with the Moto G, …

Could flying cars soon be a reality?

A patent by Chinese engineers reveals their plans to build a flying car; plus a new system that promises to reduce the amount of unpacking you need to do at airport security<p><b>Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads</b><p>Flying cars have been on our wish list as a future form of transport for decades. …

Demolition Man: why does Fab's CEO keep building big companies that suddenly implode?

If you ask employees when they started to notice that something was wrong at Fab, they will usually mention the bike locks. The bright orange locks appeared suddenly, affixed to the office doors of senior executives. “This was a company that prided itself on openness,” says one former staffer. “You …

Kano kit offers an easier way to make a low-cost Raspberry Pi computer

Raspberry Pi provides an inexpensive way for aspiring computer scientists to start hacking, but its bare-bones offering can be intimidating to a newcomer. Kano is a forthcoming open-source computer kit designed to make coding as easy as assembling Legos. A Kickstarter for the project has attracted …

Europe approves 3G and LTE networks for in-flight use

After announcing yesterday that smartphones, tablets, and e-readers can finally be used during takeoff and landing within Europe, the European Commission (EC) is today giving airlines permission to deploy 3G and LTE networks on their planes. Until now, certain airlines have allowed passengers, with …

Pebble adds iOS 7 Notification Center support, partners with Foursquare and Yelp

SDK 2.0 could open the floodgates for smartwatch app development<p>The Pebble might be our favorite smartwatch at the moment, but it's still a hassle to use. Setting up notifications is a pain, particularly on iOS, and there's just not a lot the Pebble can do. Thankfully, it looks like all of that is …

This Emulator Runs Windows 1.01 in Your Browser.

If you’re fascinated by old school computing and how it has progressed, then this emulator that runs Windows 1 in your browser will give you plenty of joy.<p>Programs available via this demo of Windows 1.01 — which was originally released in 1985 — include Notes, Clock, Reversi, Paint and more.<p>The …

14 Robotics Breakthroughs From the Past Decade

Robots — is there anything we're more fascinated by and terrified of at the same time?<p>Everyone knows that robots are cool, but the technology has …

Fragments of time: the wild, messy state of smartwatches

As Samsung's Galaxy Gear commercial illustrates, the desire for a truly smart wrist-worn device is as old as the electronics industry itself. We've lusted after smart watches for so long that we've melded the two words into one utopian noun: a <i>smartwatch</i>. 2013 has been an undeniably good year for …

Sony’s New Mirrorless Cameras Are the First to Get Full-Frame Sensors

Author: Tim Moynihan. Tim Moynihan Gear<p>Date of Publication: 10.16.13.<p>Time of Publication: 2:00 am. 2:00 am<p><i>All images courtesy Sony</i><p><i>All images courtesy</i> …

Aviate: an always-changing, intelligent home screen for Android

What if Google Now was made of the icons on your home screen?<p>"We want to connect people to personalized information at the moment it’s useful," reads the mission statement of Aviate, a replacement launcher for Android available today in private beta. It sounds almost exactly like the tagline of …

How Seven Cities Designed Surprisingly Great Websites

The government has been shut down for over a week, as have plenty of federally funded websites. Which makes me appreciate a good civic website even …

Urban Design

Watch: MIT’s Self-Assembling Robots Offer Whiffs of Optimus Prime

Author: Kyle VanHemert. Kyle VanHemert Design<p>Date of Publication: 10.09.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p><i>Photo: M. Scott Brauer</i><p><i>Photo: M. Scott</i> …

Fire drill: can Tony Fadell and Nest build a better smoke detector?

More than anything, I’m surprised it’s a square.<p>A square <i>with rounded corners</i>, Nest CEO Tony Fadell corrects me. Then the man responsible for the iPod and the Nest thermostat beams at me and delivers the line for his newest product. “Safety,” he says, “shouldn’t be annoying.”<p>He hits the large …

Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military

The technology in <i>Iron Man</i> is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.<p>Each suit …

A camera for your cameraphone: Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 review

Celebrity sightings are a rite of passage in New York City, and there are famous people everywhere. Yet in all my time here, the best I’d done was the empty Gotham PD cars strewn all over Wall Street between <i>Dark Knight</i> takes. But in the last two weeks, my luck changed.<p>First I saw Paul Rudd, walking …

Math matters: how big data is building the future of everything

To speed up innovation, scientists are sequencing 'the materials genome'<p>New materials lead to new innovations. Gorilla Glass is a big selling point for smartphones. Kevlar saves lives and has worked its way into consumer products. Lithium-ion batteries have enabled a host of energy-storage …

Dear Airlines: This Is What Your Boarding Passes Should Look Like

Author: Kyle VanHemert. Kyle VanHemert Design<p>Date of Publication: 09.25.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Designer Adam Glynn-Finnegan's vision …

B tested patterns for higher conversion rates and growth

Try Being Direct instead of indecisive.<p>You can send your message with uncertainty trembling in your voice, or you can say it with confidence. If …