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Germany’s Nest competitor Tado raises $17.1M to grow its smart home climate-control products globally

European Nest competitor Tado has raised $17.1 million to help grow its home climate-control business and “accelerate product innovations” and global expansion.<p>Some notable names participated in the round, including Siemens’ venture capital unit and Statkraft Ventures, the investment arm of one of …

Startups

This Range Rover Is Remote-Controlled by a Smartphone

An experimental app lets you drive this Range Rover via your smartphone's touchscreen, and live out your James Bond dreams.<p>Jaguar Land Rover is showing off a prototype Range Rover Sport that can be remote-controlled via smartphone. Your James Bond fantasies are one step closer to reality.<p>The …

The most important new features coming to your iPhone that Apple didn't tell you about

Big changes include an improved version of Siri, an iPad split-screen mode, and new Maps features.<p>But there are tons of tidbits Apple didn't mention. Now that developers with early access to the trial version have played with it, here are some other key features.<p><i>(These are based on the iOS 9 beta</i> …

Apps

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Samsung rips off an Apple ad to show us how the S6 edge is made

Wondering how Samsung makes the Galaxy S6 edge’s curved glass display? Wonder no more, because the South Korean company reveals all in a brand new S6 …

Samsung

Accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps, faster charging

One of the first companies to announce plans to make a battery strap for Apple Watch— allowing you to charge the device while on the go while continuing to wear it— has confirmed plans to tap into Apple Watch’s hidden port to charge the device and offer faster charging.<p>Apple utilizes a magnetic, …

Smartwatches

Tesla Launches an Online Marketplace to Sell Used Model S

Want to own a Tesla electric vehicle but can’t afford to buy a brand new one? With Tesla Motors’ new online marketplace for used cars, now you might be able to.<p>The company quietly launched the Tesla Motors Certified Pre-Owned program last week, listing a slew of previously-loved Model S’s for sale. …

Tesla

Samsung and Samsonite are working on smart luggage

There have been more than a few efforts at smart luggage, but this is one you're likely going to notice. Samsung and Samsonite (appropriately enough) are teaming up to develop smart bags that will likely be easier to buy and more accessible. They should include include loads of location and mobile …

Google's plan to build a futuristic domed campus may lose out to LinkedIn as tech real estate race heats up

The two tech giants, along with five other parties, all submitted plans to develop 5.8 million square feet in North Bayshore. The problem is that the city of Mountain View only has 2.2 million square feet of new development to allocate.<p>In a surprise turn last week, it looks like it might be part of …

Real Estate

NASA's 10-Engine Electric Plane Takes Off and Lands Like a Helicopter

NASA researchers took a rather unique prototype aircraft for a spin last week: Greased Lightning, a 10-engine electric plane with rotating wings that allow it to take off and land like a helicopter. Vertical take-off and landing aircraft, or VTOL, are not a new idea, but this particular …

Aviation

How third-party bands are allowed to work with Apple Watch

One of the biggest questions surrounding the Apple Watch has been what kind of accessories will be allowed to work with the device. Several third-party companies have already started advertising their own bands and cases, but Apple has yet to introduce any kind of formal guidelines.<p>Until now.<p>Like …

Smartwatches

Smartwatch gaming: now be a secret agent with your Apple Watch

<b>Cynical times</b><p>The Apple Watch has faced a wealth of cynicism, not least from those who consider the wearable device an ill fit for gaming. Of course, people were cynical about games on mobile phones, and then there was <i>Angry Birds</i>.<p><b>However</b><p>One outfit willing to consider the watch’s potential is Bossa …

Apple Pay is a joy to use, even if it doesn’t always work

It's faster than monkeying around with plastic or cash, and I love the idea of being able to leave home without a wallet. While I don't own an Apple Watch, I hear it makes Apple Pay even easier.<p>Apple Pay is more fun than alternate methods. You get to see the phone analyze your fingerprint (in a …

Apple Pay

Samsung unveils two new SD and microSD cards that will transfer files faster

Samsung has just announced two new SD and microSD cards that will allow for faster transferring of files.<p>The first of the two is the PRO Plus lineup, which has higher read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 90 MB/s, respectively. This model comes in 32 and 64GB variants, which Samsung says the …

Phind Is Shazam For Location — Snap A Photo, Pull In All The Info, Book Stuff

You find yourself traveling abroad or in a strange city and need to work out where you are and what’s around you. What do we all do? It’s a familiar process. You take out your smartphone and open multiple apps: Foursquare, Yelp, Maps, Wikipedia, Trip Advisor, etc. The list goes on. After perusing …

PopSlate: When a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign Is Just the Beginning

After a successful Indiegogo campaign, startup's founders spent another two years bringing their product to market.<p>Inventors Yashar Behzadi and Greg Moon won over investors with their idea for a smartphone case that would act as a second screen — displaying images and useful information at a glance.<p>…

Boeing has patented a 'Star Wars'-style force field

It might sound futuristic — and it is. The patent isn't about stopping bullets or lasers or anything like that, though. Instead, it detects explosions near a vehicle, and then quickly heats up the air or water between the vehicle and the blast. The heat creates a plasma shield that is more dense …

Patents

The two women behind the viral dress want to turn it into something positive for girls

Sarah Weichel and Caitlin McNeill, the two women behind the dress photo that rocked the Internet on Thursday, have a plan to turn their fifteen seconds of viral fame into a win for young girls.<p>Weichel reached out to Business Insider late Friday and announced the pair have teamed up to sell “Team …

BMW finally embraces touchscreens, adds gesture control

LAS VEGAS -- Luxury German automakers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have favored indirect control interfaces rather than touchscreens for their in-car infotainment systems. At CES 2015, BMW showed it was ready to break from the pack with a touchscreen and gesture control for its iDrive infotainment …

Bang & Olufsen created a stylish tablet with touch-sensitive wooden controls

The front of the tablet has a metal face and looks like a large, sideways iPod. It has a wheel on the right and a large display on the left. You can use the display to browse music that you've stored in the cloud or put on a radio station, but B&O doesn't think that you'll always — or even …

Watch Bill Gates Test A New Machine That Turns Poop Into Clean Water

According to Gates, at least 2 billion people worldwide don't have access to adequate sanitation, with human waste often polluting the water supply and remaining untreated.<p>The "Omniprocessor" aims to help with this problem. Its development is led by Seattle-based engineering firm Janicki …

Bill Gates

Why 2015 Will Be One Second Longer Than 2014

How will you spend it?<p>You won't get an extra full day added to your year until February 29, 2016. But this year we at least get to have a leap second.<p>The reason is that Earth's rotation isn't a perfect 24 hours thanks to some fluctuations from tidal effects and changes under the surface that …

Bang & Olufsen's wooden touch interface music player is like magic

LAS VEGAS — The old Sci-Fi quote goes "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" (thanks, Arthur C. Clarke) and, along …

Here's the Dream Yacht Designed for Steve Jobs

The 256-foot yacht Venus was designed by the famed Philippe Starck.<p>What, you thought it'd be black like a cheap PC?<p>This gleaming white yacht is the <i>Venus</i>, imagined by French designer Philippe Starck for Apple's Steve Jobs. The tech titan died before the yacht could be completed. <i>Venus</i> now owned by …

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Microsoft Can Now Turn Any Space Into The Holodeck

Prepare yourself. This is the craziest interactive demo you’ll see all year.<p>Last year, Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom–which used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel. Called RoomAlive, this new system can turn every surface in a …

A Look at the Apple 'Skankphone'

Everyone’s heard about how hard Apple worked to keep the original iPhone a secret. Last year, Fast Co Design wrote a great look into Apple’s paranoia about someone leaking the device before the big unveil:<p>For the majority of people involved in Purple [The iPhone project], including most of Ive’s ID …

At Pebble Beach, Aston Martin Debuts Real Life Gran Turismo DP-100

This week at Pebble Beach Aston Martin debuted the real-life version of its Gran Turismo supercar, the 800-horsepower DP-100.<p>This was a particularly exciting turn of events because while this V12 coupe concept will never make it to production, it does foreshadow many design- and performance cues …

TouchPico Projector Turns Any Wall Into a Touchscreen

Handheld projectors are nothing new, but TouchPico from TouchJet offers a new twist that could be useful: the ability to turn any flat surface into …

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