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Logitech just invented a wireless mouse that's faster than wired ones

Logitech's new wireless G900 Chaos Spectrum is impressively designed and highly customizable, but at $150 is strictly for hardcore enthusiasts.<p>It takes something special to get me excited about a new mouse, but this week I saw a wireless gaming mouse that impressed the hell out of me.<p>For whatever …

Nikola Labs Launches iPhone 6 Case Which Harvests Electricity From The Air

Nikola Tesla pioneered the transmission of electricity over wires. Heinrich Hertz proved it could be transmitted wirelessly. But we still use 19th centre technology to power 21st century devices.<p>Nikola Labs — which pitched today on stage after being selected by TechCrunch editorial team and the …

Game of Thrones season 5: This is why episodes 1 to 4 leaked

Game of Thrones fans were sent into paroxysms at the weekend when episodes 1 to 4 of season 5 leaked shortly before the first's broadcast.<p>They almost …

Apple’s latest acquisition could revolutionize iPhone camera

Apple is looking to ramp up its camera technology with the acquisition of Israeli company LinX.<p>The two companies reached a deal that will see Apple paying about $20 million for the startup, but if the company’s multi-aperture cameras are actually as stunning as advertised, future iPhones could gain …

Mobile Devices

Make iOS Calendar look the way you want

Oh, that pesky list view in your iOS Calendar app. It sure likes to go missing in various iOS updates, doesn’t it, like in iOS 7 when it just, sort of, disappeared.<p>It’s not totally gone now in iOS 8.3, but there is a new way to access it along with a new layout. There are also some funky ways to …

iOS

The Secret to Delicious Tofu (Really!) in 3 Steps

When cooked properly, carnivores can even learn to love tofu<p>Poor tofu: After a bad experience, many people vow to never taste the fermented soy protein again--a shame because the nutritious ingredient can be especially handy in the kitchen when trying to whip up easy meals that don't center around …

Recipes

Tired of Your Dumb Home? Here are the Top 10 Benefits of Home Automation!

Are you tired of your dumb home? Don't worry, you can easily increase your home's intelligence with home automation! A full home automation system allows for you to control everything from your lights to the locks on your doors, but many may be scared to invest the time and money into this sort of …

Ex-Apple Programmer Crowdfunds ‘Internet Of Things’ Maker Kit

QuickTime architect, ex-Apple programmer, and former trusted Steve Jobs lieutenant Peter Hoddie has launched a new Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.<p>Called Kinoma Create, the project aims to create a JavaScript-powered Internet of Things construction kit, aimed at professional product designers, as …

Internet of Things

This Fabulous iPad-Controlled Mansion Can Be Yours For Only $22 Million

Apple Fanboy One Percenters (if such a thing exists) looking for new real estate might be tempted to scoop up the open condo next to Tim Cook, but if you’re looking for something more high-tech, with a bigger price tag, this iPad-controlled mansion in Newport Beach, California just came on the …

Ugh: Smart energy devices have a major problem with user experience

Whoever has experimented with some of the early energy dashboards and connected thermostats knows some of these companies have just not been thinking …

How To Mine Bitcoins

Mining bitcoins – a process that helps manage bitcoin transactions as well as create new “wealth” – is the new Beanie Babies. Luckily for us, however, bitcoins seem to be going up in value and should maintain their value over time, unlike your mint condition Tiny the stuffed Chihuahua.<p>But how do …

Man, Machine And How They Relate To APIs

The interactions between humans and machines creates a new set of relationships that we are just beginning to understand. We are becoming more machine-like, which changes the way we co-exist with each other. Data, once impeded, now flows in countless ways between people, machines and the infinite …

Amazon’s drone - 'moonshot' thinking that sets US technology industry apart

The "moonshot" projects being pursued by mainstream companies to ensure they retain their most creative staff<p>Imagine ordering a television or your groceries online and having them delivered to you by an unmanned aircraft. Even Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos admitted it sounds “like science …

iGrow: a helmet that cures baldness (and plays music) Sometimes a gadget comes along that leaves you baffled at how such a thing can actually exist. They are either incredibly good, or shockingly bad. It’s hard to know which category iGrow fits into, since it looks like something that would be laughed out of the Dragon’s Den studio, yet promises boldly to solve a problem that blights the lives of millions of men. Paul Davies takes a look... http://fw.to/EIrP2NL

Robox is a Robot in a box that's 'not just a 3D printer'

Toward the end of the C Enterprise's Kickstarter pitch, one employee explains the genesis of the product's name, "it's a robot in a box." And thus the name Robox was born. The product's probably more accurately described as a 3D printer trapped in what appears to be a toaster oven -- though there …

Nest's mobile app gets a full makeover, Protect smoke detector support

Since Nest's hardware and app go together like birds of a feather, new mobile software was inevitable after it launched the Nest Protect smoke detector. However, the startup darling has also taken the opportunity to completely revamp its app, mostly to make it easier to see all the important …

DIWire attempts to fill the gaps left by 3D printers (hands-on)

It brought solar-powered smartphone chargers to the streets of NYC, now Pensa, a Brooklyn-based design firm, is taking on desktop prototyping. Its latest invention, DIWire, is a compact CNC wire bender. A machine designed solely to bend wire clearly has its limitations, but DIWire was actually born …

Motorola reveals ambitious plan to build modular smartphones

Motorola has unveiled Project Ara, an open-source initiative for modular smartphones with the goal to "do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software." The company plans to create an ecosystem that can support third-party hardware development for individual phone components — in …

Why Apple Will Enter the Home Automation Market

For years, home automation has been the exclusive province of the very rich or extremely technical.<p>Companies you’ve probably never heard of, such as AMX, Control4, Crestron, Elan, HomeLogic, Colorado vNet, Vantage and Zenpanion have provided the platforms and many of the fundamental products, while …

Home Automation

Bang & Olufsen promises 'second-to-none' experience from new wireless speaker technology

Wireless speakers still aren't usually the first choice of those primarily concerned with sound quality, but high-end manufacturer Bang & Olufsen is setting out to change that perception with its latest offering. Announced at the CEDIA conference this week, the company's new wireless speaker …

Nest unveils web app developer program, teams up with Control4

Despite its internet connection, Nest's Learning Thermostat has been a closed device so far -- you've had to rely on Nest for new features and software. The company is opening up its platform with the announcement of a developer program. Programmers will soon get to build web apps that link the …

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First grid-scale compressed air battery now operational

Compressed air batteries have long promised truly clean energy storage, but they haven't scaled large enough in recent years to be viable companions to renewable power sources. That changes now that SustainX has switched on the first modern air battery large enough to join an electrical grid. The …

HDBaseT 2.0 spec makes the all-in-one home theater cable better, cheaper

We haven't checked on the HDBaseT Alliance in a few years, but now its 5-in-1 Ethernet cable spec is getting a second revision. HDBaseT already crams virtually any HD source and signal -- and power! -- into one connection, and 2.0's biggest addition to the mix is USB 2.0 support. Manufacturers can …

Smart glass may mean it is curtains for window blinds

A 'smart' window that can block out sunlight or heat at the flick of a switch may make blinds and curtains redundant.<p>Scientists have created a material that can selectively block out visible light or heat when an electric voltage is applied across it.<p>By mixing the tiny crystals of the material with …

Researchers invent wireless Morse code for the internet of things

One of the biggest challenges for the internet of things is batteries. As in, to communicate, sensors need them. That might be fine when you have one …

How to learn to stop worrying and love machine learning

By implementing algorithms that are able to learn from the data that they explore, machine learning technologies already outperform traditional …

The Pirate Bay: BitTorrent site sails to its 10th birthday

<b>This Saturday fans of The Pirate Bay file-sharing site are set to celebrate its 10th anniversary at a party in Stockholm sponsored by an energy drinks maker.</b><p>The event - and the service's very survival - is an irritant to rights holders who have used the courts in the UK, Ireland, Malaysia and …

Marvell co-founder Weili Dai: Chromecast is a game changer

Marvell’s (S MRVL) co-founder and president Weili Dai has been talking about the connected lifestyle for some time. Now, there’s finally a device …

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