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Kickstarting your Z-Wave smart home: The best hubs, switches, sensors and more

With the wide range of smart home platforms currently on the market, opting to center your home’s automation around Z-Wave may not be your first thought. But adopting Z-Wave over alternatives like HomeKit and Alexa has some serious perks that are worth considering for anyone contemplating a more …

Home Automation

Indian-Americans are incredible spellers—but not because of a special gene or tiger parenting

Last week, Karthik Nemmani from Texas won America’s fiercely competitive Scripps National Spelling Bee, capping it with “koinonia,” a word many are unlikely to have ever heard. The 14-year-old was the 18th Indian-American to have won the annual competition in the last 20 years—a trend that’s …

Film Festivals

3DFS’s technology for electricity could double the efficiency of the power grid - Vox

An “operating system” for power could double the efficiency of the grid.<p>A great deal of the electricity in the United States goes to waste.<p>Much is lost in the initial generation of electricity. And much is lost through the use of inefficient devices, like incandescent light bulbs that heat up a …

Engineering

Buying an electric car? Texas wants to pay you

After a three-year absence, Texas is again offering rebates for the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.<p>Cars or trucks running on compressed …

Electric Vehicles

River Bank is the stackable battery for everything you power, everywhere you go

A giant 200Wh battery for laptops, Qi-compatible phones, power tools, and your car that’s safe to take on planes<p>EcoFlow is back with a new battery solution that gets around pesky FAA limits through its new stackable design. The River Bank starts with a 99Wh main module featuring four Quick Charge …

Elon Musk Cut the Gordian Knot of Corporate Spending

With a single stroke of genius, Musk solved one of the world's most intractable management problems.<p>Elon Musk keeps hitting it out of the ballpark... not as a technology guru but as a people-savvy manager. Last month, Musk gave the world's best productivity advice in a single, short sentence and …

Here are all the EVs on sale in America and how far they'll go

Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa …

Smart Homes

Man eats world's hottest chilli pepper – and ends up in hospital

A man who took part in a chilli pepper eating contest ended up with more than he bargained for when he took on the hottest pepper in the world.<p>After eating a Carolina Reaper pepper, the 34-year-old started dry heaving before developing a pain in his neck that turned into a series of thunderclap …

Food

What is the ‘Soap Opera Effect’ in TV and how to turn it off

You just bought a new TV, set it up, and excitedly fired it up for the first time. But suddenly, disappointment. The picture looks funny. Sitcoms and …

Tutorials

You've been using Excel wrong all along (and that's OK)

Microsoft doesn't mind if you stop using Excel for the wrong things, as it's been building replacements to compete with the tools trying to replace …

How to make iPhone texts and iMessages appear across all your Apple devices

Tips<p>One of the advantages of Apple's iMessage system is the ability to see and respond to iPhone texts across multiple Apple devices. AppleInsider …

iMessage

If You Can’t Lose Fat With This Sprint Workout You Should Probably Just Quit Everything

When people talk about sprinting, they typically discuss their glory days – being part of a high school team or how fast they ran the 40-yard sprint …

Pitching tech that makes the data warehouse obsolete, Incorta raises $10 million

Big data. Everyone has it. And no one has a way to organize, store, and access it in the most cost-effective manner.<p>Well, GV (the former Google Ventures) is leading a $10 million round into Incorta, an analytics platform that purports to make the modern data warehouse a thing of the past.<p>That new …

Weight Gain and Aging: An explanation and solution

First we grow longer. Then we grow wider. People assume that weight gain is just another unavoidable insult in the aging process. They’re wrong.<p>Such thinking characterizes many of our notions about “normal” aging. Other casualties in this category include your bone, balance, muscle and marbles. …

How Amadeus is using MongoDB to keep the world moving

Over 124 airlines in more than 190 countries rely on Amadeus systems to manage their travel reservations. Here's how it's done.<p>When you take a flight …

Databases

The 1 exercise to help with lower back pain

If you're not familiar with foam rolling, or myofascial release, it might be the solution for all of your aches and pains. Myofascial release is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue (surrounding your muscles) …

Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook-Linux hybrid

Common scenario: You buy a new laptop, thinking you'll sell, donate or hand down the old one... but it never happens. Maybe you don't want to deal with the hassles of Craigslist or Ebay, not to mention wiping all your data, reinstalling Windows and so on.<p>Whatever the case, now it's just taking up …

Linux

How To Get Ripped Abs…After 40 (pg 3)

#3 - Wake Up Your Metabolism!<p>Your metabolism works around the clock 24/7 to keep your body functioning optimally and it requires fuel to keep running.<p>…

SpaceX's Saturday rocket launch is a big freaking deal

It's make or break time for SpaceX.<p>The Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company is planning to launch a clutch of communications satellites to orbit …

Space Travel

Kaggle Python Tutorial on Machine Learning

Getting Started with Python<p>In this chapter we will go trough the essential steps that you will need to take before beginning to build predictive …

A filmmaker installed security software on a decoy phone to spy on smartphone thieves

Steal my phone, find my phone<p>Ever reached into your pocket to find your phone had been snatched? Dutch film student and former iPhone owner Anthony van der Meer experienced that awful feeling first-hand while having lunch in Amsterdam. Unsatisfied with the response from the Amsterdam police, who …

I Tried to Power Three Electric Vehicles With Solar Panels

Powering three modern electric vehicles with my home's solar array and an extension cord. Can the sun be your endless fuel pump?<p>Toward the end of last year, I bought a solar array: 24 LG panels up on my roof paired with Enphase microinverters, transforming sunlight into 7.4 kilowatts of …

Electric Vehicles

The 5 best ways men over 40 can gain muscle

Lift less for more gains<p>“You simply can't abuse your body now like you could in your 20s,” says Matthews. For making the most of your effort, he …

Learn Machine Learning - Intro to Machine Learning

Intersect 2018 Conference: Early Bird tickets now available! Amazing speakers, world-class hiring partners, and more!<p>Free Course<p>Intro to Machine …

Machine Learning

25 Best Open Source Alternatives For Expensive Applications In 2018

Why we are still fond of <b>expensive applications</b> like Microsoft Windows, Adobe, Autodesk etc. when there are a lot of <b>open source alternatives</b> to …

Here's why you can't see all twelve black dots in this optical illusion

Now you see them, now you don’t<p>Optical illusions have a way of breaking the internet, and the latest visual trick looks like it’s well on its way. On Sunday afternoon, game developer Will Kerslake tweeted a picture of intersecting gray lines on a white background. Twelve black dots blink in and out …

LG put Windows 10 on a fridge

Samsung unveiled a smart fridge with a giant 1080p touchscreen attached to it earlier this year at CES. Not to be outdone, LG is at IFA today in Berlin with its own smart fridge, except it goes one step further. While Samsung opted for Tizen in its own fridge, LG has gone for Windows 10. That means …

Teradata ports Aster analytics to Hadoop

Teradata has at long last decoupled Aster analytics from the underlying database. It reflects the fact that columnar databases alone won't …