Michelle Rauth

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Automatic Do-Not-Disturb Measures Your Brainwaves to Know When You're Busy

Italian-born neuroscientist Ruggero Scorcioni has developed a new technology that will help you get stuff done by deflecting phone calls or other …

With Plan B Ruling, Judge Signs Off On Years Of Advocacy

A federal judge ordered Friday what women's groups have failed to accomplish politically for a dozen years. He ruled that Plan B, the most commonly used morning-after birth control pill, be sold without a prescription or other restrictions to women of all ages.<p>Federal District Court Judge Edward …

Bitcoin will prosper — until governments or banks decide to crush it overnight

Every currency created since the advent of money 2,700 years ago has fit nicely into one of two classifications: Either it was a <i>representative</i> money …

The Cable Industry is Imploding: What Providers Must Do to Stay Alive

Cable is dying of a slow, drawn out death.<p>It’s not at the hands of Netflix, nor at the hands of fiber optic technology. It’s not even at the hands of the Internet. Cable is strangling itself with its own wires.<p>Before we get to cable’s end, let’s start at its beginning. Cable companies thrive …

Here’s why 2014 will be the year of the ‘Internet of things’

Consumers have been snapping up connected fitness gadgets such as the Fitbit and the Jawbone this year.<p>Next year, we’ll see this kind of ubiquitous sensor technology extend to the enterprise as part of the “Internet of things,” according to an analyst at Frost & Sullivan.<p>In fact, machines will …

The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

Doctor On Demand App Gives $40 Medical Consultations From the Comfort of Your Smartphone

Today, it’s becoming expected that a smartphone should be able to do anything and everything useful, well beyond the gimmick of a few years ago, …

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

Scientists Turn To The Crowd In Quest For New Antibiotics

Could you dig up the next antibiotic in your backyard? Two scientists would like you and, if they're lucky, millions of other people to give it a try.<p>The researchers hope that lots of do-it-yourself scientists around the world can come up with the next big idea for much-needed drugs.<p>There are …

18 Vintage Tech Ads Prove How Far We've Come

Computer advertisements didn't always feature silhouetted dancers rocking to indie music. Back when the tech was awkward and slow -- so were the ads.<p>"BRB, about to get banished from Eden."<p>"Honey, save some food. With how much this Apple computer costs, we won’t be able to afford to eat for a while."<p>…

The Google hackers trying to make passwords obsolete

Remembering strings of letters and numbers could become a thing of the past – Google wants us to access devices and websites via watches and parts of our bodies.<p>We may not have to remember a string of passwords to access devices, websites and mobile apps for much longer. Logging in will be seen as …

Why the future of the light bulb is flat

Philips launched a dimmable, LED lightbulb Monday with a completely different shape. Instead of a round bulb-shape, this lightbulb is a relatively …

Here’s the one thing someone needs to invent before the internet of things can take off

<i>Part III in a series.</i><p>As Quartz has already reported, the Internet of Things is already here, and in the not too distant future it will replace the web. Many enabling technologies have arrived which will make the internet of things ubiquitous, and thanks to smartphones, the public is finally ready …

Internet of Things

Shapeways and KeyMe partner to 3D print and ship your house keys

If you've ever been that person locked out of your house or apartment, you might have another option that'll get your door open. KeyMe, a small lock-and-key startup, is partnering with the 3D printing company Shapeways to let customers 3D print their keys from the KeyMe iOS app and have them …

No More Woof reads dog brainwaves, translates to speech

Dug from "Up" may be closer to reality than you think. The animated dog's translation collar is pretty close to what the No More Woof project is trying to achieve. The brainwave-reading dog-wearable gadget is powered by Raspberry Pi. Sensors detect EEG brainwave patterns, which are then translated …

Bionym’s Vision For A Future Where Secure Account Holders Are Their Own Credentials

Toronto-based Bionym turned heads with its concept for wearable hardware that authenticates a user based on their heartwave signature, which could turn the whole world of digital security on its head. It’s a key tied to your person in a very intimate sense, meaning it can’t really be stolen or lost …

Apple Strikes Long-Awaited Deal With China Mobile, With iPhone 5s and 5c to Hit Stores on January 17

After years of talks, Apple confirmed on Sunday that it has at long last reached a deal with China Mobile to officially carry the iPhone.China Mobile …

A Social Network For Insurance That Cuts Costs And Reduces Fraud

That’s fine for most situations–but anonymity arguably leads to higher costs. If you don’t know (and have empathy for) other people in the pool, …

Insurance Industry

Scientists exploring computers that can learn and adapt

For six or seven decades, computers have been based on processing electronic 1s and 0s.<p>Now, computer scientists are breaking out of that paradigm in strange new directions, as they seek new ways to tackle problems that digital computers can’t easily solve.<p>One approach is quantum computing, in which …

Nearly A Thousand Classic Video Games Are Free And Legal To Play Online

As the intellectual property protections on old games expired, the Internet Archive swooped in to make them freely playable online in your browser. The site is currently host to a trove of games from such classic consoles as the Atari, the ColecoVision, and even an oddball system we'd never heard …

Intellectual Property

Wearable technology set to take the workplace by storm

Like the PC, mobile phone and tablet, wearable technology is poised to change how organizations collect, access and use information. The first three …

One of Uber's core crew said to launch on-demand doctors

With the US government's botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, it appears some techie types are thinking about how to startup-ify doctor visits for the country's upper class.<p>Oscar Salazar, one of Uber's core crew who helped build the early prototype, is reportedly creating a new company that will send …

Hate Parking Tickets? Fixed Fights Them In Court For You

Up to 50 percent of parking tickets are dismissed when fought in court, but it takes knowledge and time to do it. New app Fixed will do it for you. Take a photo of your ticket, Fixed contests it, and if it’s dismissed, you pay Fixed 25 percent of the ticket price. If Fixed loses, you pay it …

Bitcoin Breaks Out, You Can Now Pay The IRS In Cryptocurrency

As bitcoin moves away from being known only to the tech cognoscenti and becomes a real viable currency that is adopted broadly, more organizations arise that look to leverage all this attention and add something of value to bitcoin holders. SnapCard is a San Mateo-based startup with the stated aim …

PGP creator’s new ‘Blackphone’ is a secure Android phone that may protect you from the NSA

It was only a matter of time until someone developed a smartphone entirely focused on security.<p>Phil Zimmermann, best known among techies as the creator of the email encryption tool PGP, announced his latest security effort today: Blackphone, a smartphone powered by a custom secure version of …

Apple Patents Mobile Payments Method With Secure Element For Protecting Account Info

Apple has filed for a new patent related to mobile payments that might provide more insight into how they’re thinking about implementing that kind of tech with the USPTO, AppleInsider notes. The patent is for an entire “touchless” phone-based payment system, which resembles existing ones in many …