Kristian Toole

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5 Robots from Solid that'll make our lives easier

The Solid conference in San Francisco is a two-day hardware event showcasing what’s new and exciting in the world of tangible items. After years of worshiping at the feet of software, hardware development is making a come back.<p>Some of the reasons that hardware development is on the upswing is the …

Shape-changing wings inspire more efficient aircraft designs

We tend to think of aeronautical engineering as having left the birds standing still sometime around the First World War, but since jet fighters …

Glassholes accused of hurting restaurant's ratings

Though Google didn't itself invent the word "Glasshole," it has embraced it.<p>It has pleaded with its own Google Glass Explorers not to behave in rude ways. It's not that being rude never gets you anywhere. It's that, in this case, being rude while wearing Glass is bad for the brand image.<p>Yet some of …

Yelp Reviews: A Weapon Against Food Poisoning?

The clams were always amazing: succulent, sweet, salty embodiments of the sea’s abundance. <i>Fruits de mer,</i> truly<i>.</i><p>The Reagan National Airport’s outpost of a well-known Boston seafood establishment was my regular, celebratory last-stop for six years after grant review panel work for our nation’s …

Bookmate takes $3M to bring social-reading love into Turkey, Scandinavia, and Latin America

Reading e-books should be a very social experience — like many other things in life. People should be able to share their reading notes, their reading progress, and their bookmarks with their friends. It should be like a virtual reading group where people can move through books together, discussing …

Giants behaving badly: Google, Facebook and Amazon show us the downside of monopolies and black-box algorithms

The internet is a wondrous thing — a limitless universe of content and products and information, all of which can be summoned up from the comfort of …

3 Brands That Are Driving The Future of Social-Mobile Shopping

<i>Franklin Morris is a Senior Writer for Rackspace Digital, the digital marketing infrastructure specialists.</i><p>Think about the last time you made a purchase—whether a new pair of shoes or a flat screen TV. Did you buy from your smartphone or your laptop? Did you engage in social-mobile shopping by …

Learn To Build Apps With 88% Off The Complete iOS 7 Development Course

We know many readers are interested in learning to code. So, we partnered with StackSocial to offer TNW readers a special deal on one a great iOS 7 development course. In this iOS bootcamp, you’ll gain the skills needed to build your own iPhone & iPad applications for iOS 7. Normally $499, TNW …

Campaign promises: How PS4 and Xbox One compare to the original visions

Sony and Microsoft have both made a lot of promises to us over the last year about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Some they’ve kept — others have yet to materialize.<p>It makes sense that the hardware companies would want to promise the world. After all, it’s difficult to get people to spend $400 or …

3 Misconceptions About Crowdfunding

<i>Thijs Suijten and Menno Luiten are the co-founder and developer for Famatic.</i><p>Every startup needs money. How to get that initial investment is where there is a choice: find a suitable investor, bootstrap, or use the power of the crowd to get that ball rolling.<p>We loved the idea of the latter; not only …

From pixels to polygons: 2D characters get three-dimensional

With video game visuals looking more photo-realistic with each new generation, it’s hard to believe characters used to resemble flat, squared waffles not long ago.<p>Let’s travel back in time a few decades to see what your favorite heroes — plus an evil pig-man and a six-time NBA champion — looked …

GeekWire Radio: This 15-year-old iPhone stethoscope inventor is just getting started

It’s been a big month for Suman Mulumudi, 15-year-old inventor of the Steth IO smartphone-enabled stethoscope — with an appearance on The Tonight …

Are virtual desktops the new battleground for cloud providers?

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is as old as virtualization technology. VMware announced VDI alliance way back in 2006. While IaaS, PaaS and …

EdTech experts and startup founders discuss tech's profound impact on education (video)

The intersection between technology and education today will likely have a profound impact on our future.<p>At the Internet Week New York festival earlier this week, I had a chance to sit down with education experts working on implementing EdTech in schools, as well as startup founders dealing with …

Hands-on with the Muse brain sensing headband — the most important wearable of 2014 (exclusive)

I got my hands on an early version of Interaxon’s brainwave reading headband, the Muse, and I think this could be the most important wearable of the year.<p>And that’s saying a lot, considering I’ve seen 2014’s entire lineup for health tech at the Consumer Electronic Show as well as a few undisclosed …

A forgotten Belgian genius dreamed up the internet over 100 years ago

Though we're pretty sure that time travelers don't exist, people were working on hypertext -- used by web browsers to retrieve connected information -- long before computers. It even predates the ideas of a certain Vannevar Bush, the man generally acknowledged as having laid the groundwork for …

5 Can't-Miss Apps: Next Music Discovery and More

5 Can't-Miss Apps<p>Retro for Instagram<p>Next — Social Music Discovery<p>Notifyr<p>PumpUp<p>Scout GPS, Maps, Voice Navigation & Traffic<p>Between Microsoft unveiling …

Apple Now Preventing Updates and Reinstallation of Refunded Apps

Michael Simmons of Flexibits noted earlier today that the App Store no longer allows customers to reinstall or update refunded App Store apps.<p>An error message now notifies users when they try:<p><b>Update Unavailable with This Apple ID</b>This update is not available for this Apple ID either because it was …

Inside the Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Intel keeps things humming

The Surface Pro 3 is a snapshot of state-of-the-art Intel technology as much as it is a Microsoft tour de force.<p>On Tuesday, Microsoft's Panos Panay, general manager of the Surface team, had a lot to say about all the work it did with Intel to make the Surface Pro 3 -- which runs the full version of …

A Wind Turbine Inside A Floating Blimp Can Bring Power Anywhere

Floating a turbine at 1,000 feet has its advantages. Wind speeds are two-to-three times higher than nearer to land, and more consistent, Rein says. …

Third Time Lucky For Microsoft As Surface Pro 3 Launches With An Eye On Enterprise Laptops

If the classic rule of thumb is to be believed, Microsoft’s latest Surface hardware will be a winning move. If it takes three iterations to get everything right, then today’s reveal of the Surface Pro 3 will lead to success for Redmond.<p>To be fair, all the signs are there. The Surface Pro 3 is …

The Promise, Progress And Pain Of Collaboration Software

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jason Green is a founder and general partner at Emergence Capital Partners. He was an early investor in Yammer and Success Factors, and he currently sits on the boards of ServiceMax, Replicon, Cotap, Lotame, Xad, Digital Airstrike, and Box (observer).</i><p>Truly effective enterprise …

Amazon Keeps Fighting Big Publishers But Authors Pay The Price

It’s Amazon’s world and we’re just living in it. As the company continues to flex its muscle against big publishers – this time against Hachette – the average author could be excused for feeling a bit of schadenfreude. Publishers have run the show for a long time and their efforts at cultural …

Apple looking to ban sale of Samsung products

Apple is looking to ban the sale of Samsung gadgets yet again.<p>The company filed papers Friday related to the patent-infringement trial that was brought to a close in California early this month. In a mixed verdict, the jury found that Samsung had violated three of Apple's patents and that Apple had …

U.S. may act to keep Chinese hackers out of Def Con hacker event

DENVER/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Washington is considering using visa restrictions to prevent Chinese nationals from attending popular summer hacking conferences in Las Vegas as part of a broader effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage, a senior administration official said Saturday.<p>A man types on a …

Citi: These 10 Technologies Will Utterly Transform The World

It's a brand-new list from the one did they did last year.<p>"For the most part, when people think about disruptive innovation, technology is the first thing that comes to mind — smartphones, flat-screen TVs, MP3 players — things that have come on the market that have totally replaced products that we …

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm from Segway inventor gets FDA approval

Nearly eight years ago, DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, set out to find a better solution for amputees than the metal hooks still widely used today. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its approval to one of the projects that came from that effort: a …

Prepare For Takeoff: Where Drones Will Make The Next Big Impact

When Amazon founder Jeff Bezos told Charlie Rose on <i>60 Minutes</i> that he’d like to see drones delivering packages to customers, people assumed that unmanned aircraft were already taxiing on a runway somewhere.<p>But by the time drones start dropping Prime purchases on our doorsteps (if that happens at …

The Disappearing Paper: Why Cash Is A Dying Payment Method

<i>Jon Norris is a freelance content specialist who splits his time between the U.S. and the U.K. This post was originally published on the TransferWise blog.</i><p>A cashless society has been a talking point for futurists for years, but for one reason or another, has never quite been within our grasp. Now, …