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How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

Is Philanthropy Bad for Democracy?

Progressives are hypersensitive to way the big money in politics perpetuates advantage and inequality, but seem blind to the dangers posed by largely unaccountable donors.<p>Though this is not the way I would usually describe my career, one way of looking at it is that I spent my first 20 working …

Where Do The Most Generous Online Donors Live? Charting U.S. Digital Giving

Last year, online giving to charity rose 13.5%, outpacing more modest growth across the philanthropic sector for traditional donations. While that doesn’t mean the overall pie is growing for charitable support – philanthropy as a percentage of U.S. GDP has been relatively steady for more than 40 …

The Day the Marines Met Their Robotic Mule

Popular Mechanics watches the first time a squad of Marines uses the LS3, a robot built to deploy with the Corps.<p>Last week a handful of Marines from the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment, including Beedle, came across country from Camp Pendleton, Calif. to Fort Devens, Mass. After attending training …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

Machine Learning

Man gets bionic hand with sense of touch nine years after accident

A man who lost his left hand in a fireworks accident has described how he could feel things that he had not been able to feel for more than nine years after testing a bionic replacement with a sense of touch.<p>Dennis Sorensen, from Denmark, felt the shape and texture of objects during a month's trial …

Toyota unveils FV2 concept car that will read your emotions

In the run-up to this month’s Tokyo Motor Show, Japanese carmakers are unveiling their visions for the next generation of transport. For Toyota, that translates to the FV2, a single-occupancy concept car that can read your voice and facial expressions — and maybe even bond with you.<p>The FV2 appears …

Under Armour Acquires MapMyFitness With Big Plans For Wearable Fitness

Under Armour is entering the increasingly crowded fitness-tracker market with its $150 million acquisition of MapMyFitness, a GPS-based social fitness tracking app that maps your routes, tracks your workouts, and logs your meals.<p>With the acquisition, the athletic wear manufacturer also acquires new …

How Jawbone's New Bracelet Heralds the Future of Predictive Wearables

Every night, millions of people around the world have to grapple with the same difficult decision. Maybe you're one of them. It's getting late 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 …

Finally, an app that makes Google Glass seem like a good idea

In the early days of smartphones, apps that layered data over the real world—”augmented reality” apps—were all the rage. Point your phone’s camera at the street and the screen would show nearby restaurants and bars. Aim at a building to learn about its history. Or view a magazine through an …

Tablets Are Becoming A Favorite Shopping Tool, And They're Used Totally Differently From Smartphones

Retailers haven't paid much attention to the nuances of tablet-based retail behavior, however, due to the devices lower penetration rate. But if they continue ignoring the tablet opportunity — as many have been — they risk missing out on sales on a channel that is quickly eclipsing smartphones.<p>In a …

eCommerce

What the World Would Look Like If You Could Actually See Wi-Fi Signals

Everybody loves Wi-Fi. Fast why fy, free wee fee, everywhere wireless. But what if we could actually see the Wi-Fi signals we use everyday? What if …

Smarty Ring Gives You Instant Alerts Right On Your Finger

Do you check your mobile phone every 5 minutes? Some people do that you know, it’s a habit too hard to break. First thing you do in the morning is …

Why Wearable Tech Will Be as Big as the Smartphone

Google Glass was just the beginning. A new generation of wearable tech is coming—and it will transform the way you experience the world. Ian …

Nielsen: Users embracing smartphone apps while ditching traditional web services

'Tis the season for year-end lists and summaries galore, and Nielsen is no exception to this rule. The company has just released its list of the top 10 web brands, online video brands and smartphone apps, and its findings reveal a growing trend that may not come as a surprise to anyone: More people …

5 Great Innovations to Admire

Here are some favorite finds from 2013 that are worth a closer look.<p>I like it when things just work. You know what I mean--no putzing around, no fiddle-faddle, no compromises, no excuses--things that just do what it says on the tin.<p>Here are my personal top five new discoveries this year that make …

I Can’t Believe I’m Saying This, But T-Mobile Is Awesome

I’ve spent the last week back in my wintry homeland in Canada, and here the scales have fallen from my eyes, and I have seen the light, and I have a message for all of you who live in America, a message of the utmost importance, inscribed in fire on the sacred stone of the Internet. And that …

Facebook’s Cutesy Annual Report To Partners Reveals First Country-By-Country Mobile Stats

TechCrunch has obtained never before published metrics showing Facebook’s international growth. Facebook sent some partners a playfully illustrated eMagazine called The Annual, but I’ve acquired a copy from a source and the stats inside are serious business. The report divulges user counts for some …

Eric Schmidt makes 2014 predictions, says mobile has won

While he’s not busy writing instructions on how to lead a tech company or guides for switching from iPhone to Android, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has taken some time out to provide Bloomberg TV with his predictions for 2014. Schmidt has a history of bold public statements, but his predictions for …

This Crazy App Turns A Magazine Into An Interior Design Tool

Using a magazine for scale, this App lets you virtually design a room, then buy the furniture.<p>A few months ago, Ikea released an unbelievable app. When you placed the company’s catalog anywhere in your home, it could appear as one of a few different pieces of furniture on your iPad screen. In a …

Ford is upgrading 3.4M older vehicles to run connected-car apps

In November, Ford Motor Company(s f) hit a critical milestone: its 10 millionth Sync-enabled vehicle rolled off the assembly line. But that doesn’t …

Sensoria brings fitness tracking to socks

Sensoria is bringing fitness tracking to garments other than bracelets and pedometers with its new line of smart socks.<p>The new Sensoria Fitness Socks help track your fitness thanks to the special sensors stitched into each sock. They’re able to track you number of steps, speed, calories burned, …

Fitness Technology

The 6 Most Important Tech Bombshells Coming This Year

After years of meteoric gains fueled by category-busting product launches like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, Apple’s revenue growth has slowed. Apple’s …

Grocery stores use Apple's iBeacon to remind you what you're shopping for

Many of us will occasionally forget to pick up important ingredients when visiting the grocery store, but that absent-mindedness may not be a problem for much longer. A handful of Giant Eagle and Safeway locations are now using a new marketing service, InMarket's Mobile to Mortar, that relies on …

AT&T’s “Smartphone On Four Wheels”

Drive Studio plans a wave of innovations aimed at getting drivers to give up more control.<p>As part of its next wave of <i>Knight Rider</i>-like automotive system advancements, AT&T is opening Drive Studio, a 5,200-square-foot garage and workshop in Atlanta. It’s where the communications giant plans to pair …

The 5 Most Interesting Things at CES Unveiled 2014

The first major press event at this year's CES showcased a ton of new health and wellness gadgets, gaming gear, headphones and music, home automation, and lots of other weird stuff.<p>The first major press event at this year's CES showcased a ton of new health and wellness gadgets, gaming gear, …

How The Business World Will Make Wearables Mainstream

Enterprises, from health insurance companies to law enforcement agencies, are expected to drive the expansion of the wearable technology market by 2020, a new report from Forrester Research says.<p>Google Glass has been featured in so many news stories that it’s easy to forget, there are still only a …

Health Care

CubeSensors Brings Health And Comfort Monitoring To The Whole Home

In the future, your home will know you just as well as your smartphone does. The era of the connected smart home is upon us, and that all starts with sensors.<p>CubeSensors, a competitor in our CES 2014 Hardware Battlefield, is looking to help you track the health and comfort levels in your home the …

This is not the year of wearables but the year the hype dies, says Evernote CEO

This has been a big week for smartwatches, especially here on Quartz. So far we’ve already published four pieces on the putative next big thing. Much of that was linked to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the industry’s annual jamboree for new products, during which smartwatch pioneers Pebble …

Wearable Tech