Kenneth Marritt

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Astronauts will grow their own food (or weed?) for the first time ever

NASA is sending a really cool garden to the International Space Station on April 14, on board the SpaceX Dragon. For the first time in history, …

Mobile phone payments system to be launched by banking industry

<b>The banking industry's new mobile phone payments system will be launched later this year.</b><p>The system will be called called Paym - pronounced Pay Em.<p>It will make it easier for people to transfer money to other bank accounts using mobile phone apps.<p>The key feature is that once users have registered …

Banking

Android for wearables coming, says Google software boss

<b>Google is branching out in the wearable technology market, with the release of a software development kit.</b><p>It would allow developers to create wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers using the Android operating system.<p>Google's senior vice-president of Android, Chrome and apps …

Wearable Tech

'Internet of things' to get £45m funding boost

<b>The UK government will spend an extra £45m on developing so-called "internet of things" technology, David Cameron has announced.</b><p>The pledge more than doubles the funds available to UK technology firms working on everyday devices that can communicate over the internet.<p>The prime minister was speaking …

PayPal to Waive Braintree Fees for Startups

At SXSW today, PayPal announced improvements to its Startup Blueprint program, adding 15 new partners and an additional offer to waive fees for payments processed on Braintree.<p>Startup Blueprint launched last October as an initiative to help startups focus on growth during their early stages.<p>The 15 …

With BMW's First Electric Car, No More 'Text Me When You Get There'

AUSTIN, Texas — I have news for you: Electric cars <i>can</i> do donuts. In a recent test drive inside BMW's new i3 electric car, we tested this theory in a …

How these social robots are helping autistic kids

At the Duck’s Nest preschool in Oakland, Calif., a fluffy blue robot asks a group of toddlers, “I want to be your friend. Will you please be my friend?”<p>Robotics experts are testing this low-cost and affable robot, called Romibo, at schools across the country. According to its creator, Aubrey Shick, …

A plain English guide to how natural language processing will transform computing

Buzz phrases such as “artificial intelligence,” “machine learning” and “natural language processing” are becoming increasingly commonplace within the …

AirPNP lets you rent your bathroom to drunken strangers

Even if you don’t have a spare room to rent out, there’s another way you can profit from your dwelling. Just sign up for AirPNP and let drunken …

Mardi Gras

This robot is teaching college kids how to code robotics apps (exclusive)

Robots: they build your Teslas, assemble your iPhones, and now they teach your college kids.<p>The Baxter Robot, created by Rethink Robotics, teaches undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, the principles of using and coding for robots — the same kinds of robots that will be …

Rolls-Royce Rolls Out Design for Unmanned Cargo Ships

Rolls-Royce is looking to join the likes of Amazon's drones in the sky and Google's driver-less cars on the roads by sailing the seas with …

Women In Technology: A Brightening Outlook?

There are both significant obstacles and emerging opportunities for women who want to work in the technology industry, whether in a regular post or rising to become chief information officer.<p>This is the verdict of several high-profile figures within the technology industry, speaking as …

Ukraine, Turkey and Russia crises pose banking challenge

Violent political unrest in Ukraine has presented banks and international investors with a dilemma<p>Political turbulence in the Ukraine, Russia and …

Stock Markets

75% of AT&T customers now own smartphones and they’re buying a lot more data

You would think AT&T(s t) is getting close to smartphone saturation. As of the end of the third quarter, three out of every four of its contract …

How New Relic plans to do much, much more with all that app data

New Relic has big plans for all the data it collects about application performance. On Thursday, it announced a new version of New Relic for Mobile …

The FTC is set to investigate rules for the internet of things

Next month the Federal Trade Commission will meet to discuss how it plans to regulate the internet of things, and how connected devices share …

Weightless sets pricing, Q1 timeframe for its first internet-of-things chips

In the wireless industry, there’s usually a long wait between a technology standard getting finalized and the emergence of its first devices and …

UK police seize 3D printer and printed “gun” components (that aren’t really)

<i>Correction: As commenter “Nuno Gato” has noted below, the printed parts seized by the police appear to be spare parts for 3D printers. The story was</i> …

And now for an existential question about robots

My morning chuckle came from this irritated post over at BusinessWeek, where Drake Bennett complains that everything automated isn’t a robot. His …

Show me the money: Advertising and the internet of things

As we connect more devices to the internet and invest in wearables that have limited screen space or no screen space at all, big brands accustomed to …

Jason Hoffman has landed: At Ericsson

When Jason Hoffman, the CTO of Joyent, stepped down from that company in September, we wondered what he’d be up to. Now we know: He’s joining …

Vint Cerf will headline the FTC’s internet of things workshop

Vint Cerf, oftentimes credited as the father of the internet, will be the keynote speaker at the Federal Trade Commission‘s upcoming workshop on the …

Samsung wants your TV to talk to your fridge

Samsung took a first step towards connecting the living room to the internet of things Monday with the introduction of its new Smart TV SDK, which …

Check out this connected water sensor that makes its own power

Here’s a nifty project running on Dragon Innovation’s crowd funding platform. Driblet, a Wi-Fi connected water sensor that recharges its battery …

Trains, planes and miners are all part of Cisco’s internet of things vision

Cisco(s csco) is laying out its internet of things strategy this week with the creation of a dedicated business unit and a discussion of its strategy …

A tale of two internets of things: Connectivity will invade your home and office in different ways

The hype over the internet of things has reached big data levels, as has the idealism. It’s not enough that major corporate conglomerates are …

Huge potential for IoT, ubiquitous connections — but how to foot the bill?

Before the world can reap the true benefits of the internet of things — a collection of billions of connected devices which could contribute tens of …

Bluetooth 4, the internet of things, and low power communcations

Ever since Bluetooth 4 rolled out in the iPhone 4S in October of 2011, I’ve wondered whether the low energy iteration of the network technology could …

T-Mobile’s new love of MVNOs helps drive its subscriber growth

T-Mobile US(s tmus) credits its new Un-carrier strategy of quick upgrades, cheap plans and free tablet data to its recent stellar subscriber growth, …

Nest CEO: New-school hardware startups still carry old-school baggage

The new connected appliance and hardware startups emerging out of Silicon Valley are very different beasts than big software ventures that grew up …