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Sony’s SmartBand Activity Tracker Is Now Available In The US For $99

Announced eons ago at CES 2014, the waterproof Sony SmartBand is finally available in the U.S. It’s $99 from Sony’s online store and offers a feature set slightly more loaded than that of the Jawbone UP24 and FitBit Flex but only those on Android should apply.<p>Sony has said from the start that the …

Fleksy Third-Party Keyboard Is Already On iOS 8 In Beta

Fleksy wasted no time in getting its third-party software keyboard onto iOS 8, after Apple announced it would be supporting outside input software system-wide. The startup is also accepting beta tester applications now, so if you’re running the pre-release build of Apple’s mobile OS, you can apply …

What do Intel Z97-based motherboards mean for PCs now, and in the future?

Unless you’re an avid desktop enthusiast, you may have missed the recent announcement about Intel’s latest 9 Series chipsets. After all, most …

This map shows you how far you can go in 10 minutes

Commuting is often, no, regularly, hell. And now there's a map to prove it. Enter a city into the Isoscope map, and it will show how far a two, four, six, eight and ten-minute drive will take you, specific to the day of the week -- and to a prescribed hour of awful, awful rush-hour traffic. You can …

Google helps out cyclists by adding elevation data to Maps bike routes

Google has quietly begun adding elevation data for bike routes listed on Google Maps. <i>TechCrunch</i> first spotted the new elevation profiles, and the company has since confirmed it's taking new steps to offer cyclists a better preview of bike routes and trails. It'll certainly be a welcome improvement …

'Firenado' Captured in Wild Instagram Photo

Meet the dust devil's more dangerous cousin. A Missouri woman captured a picture of the above pillar of fire as she was driving down a road in the …

This Simple Device Harvests Sunshine And Beams It Down To Dark City Streets

A skyscraper building boom is blocking out more and more natural light in cities around the world. Engineers have designed a solution to pull sunlight down to where the people are.<p>As cities run out of buildable space, they keep getting taller: A record number of skyscrapers are planned in London, …

This Gadget Makes Gallons of Drinking Water Out of Air

Water is in the air nearly everywhere on earth, even in the most parched desert. But that doesn’t help much when you’re thirsty because most of that …

Water

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Stand aside wristbands. The latest wave of stick-on circuits could make cheap, flexible electronics mainstream.<p>About a year ago, University of Illinois researcher John Rogers revealed a pretty amazing creation: a circuit that, rather than living on an inflexible board, could stick to and move with …

Nanotech

Microsoft unveils Windows in the car, battles Apple CarPlay

Microsoft has been powering a lot of different car entertainment systems over the years. Ford, Kia, BMW, Nissan, and Fiat have all used special versions of Windows to create their own interfaces and systems, but Microsoft is also focusing on its own "Metro" user interface for its Windows in the car …

Turn any inkjet printer into a circuit printer with this DIY kit

Circuits–the wires that carry electricity from point A to point B in an electronic device–are becoming more and more low-tech. Scientists are wiring …

Airtame wireless screen-mirroring dongle shipping in October for $99

Airtame, the Danish startup that received our Best of CES 2014 award for its awesome wireless video dongle, has confirmed that it will be shipping its first lot to its beta users this month in July. Better yet, the device has since been upgraded from a single-core Freescale chip to a dual-core …

CloudGOO’s New App Turns All Your Cloud Storage Accounts Into One Big, Combined Drive

CloudGOO, a newly launched Android application with something of a silly name, offers a way for you to smush together all your cloud-based file storage accounts to form one big cloud drive in the sky. That is, the app aggregates your cloud drive accounts into one mobile interface, then uses that …

Microview Shrinks Arduino Into A Teeny, Weenie OLED Module

Do you desire a teeny, tiny, little Arduino board with OLED display? You bet you do! Microview is a new “chip-sized” Arduino on Kickstarter that costs $45. What can it do? All kinds of stuff!<p>You basically get a micro controller and a lot of inputs and you can drive the display via software, …

Turkey’s Twitter ban backfires: Tweets up 138%, VPN usage up, topic trends

After banning Twitter last night, the actions of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have failed spectacularly.<p>Immediately following Turkey’s ban, Twitter issued an SMS workaround. Then, “#TwitterisblockedinTurkey” became a globally trending topic on Twitter. Into the night, usage of …

DDoS attack is launched from 162,000 WordPress sites

With some old-fashioned trickery, hackers were able to get more than 162,000 legitimate WordPress-powered Web sites to mount a distributed-denial-of-service attack against another Web site, security researchers said Monday.<p>Security firm Sucuri said hackers leveraged a well-known flaw in WordPress …

Cybersecurity

iBetterCharge puts iPhone & iPad battery notifications on your Mac

A nice, new utility called iBetterCharge brings those 20% and 10% battery warnings from your iPhone or iPad onto your Mac. Rather than picking up your phone before heading out the door only to realize your battery is almost dead, the app will remind you to plug in with warnings that pop up as …

New Concepts Imagine the iWatch as a Lifestyle Device, Traditional Timepiece

While earlier iWatch concepts were inspired by the wearable's health-tracking features, a new set of renderings from Argentine design student Tomas Moyano imagines the iWatch as a device that'll produce "a further and deeper interaction between human beings and technology."<p>Moyano pictures a …

The Defense Department’s data strategy: Huge, massive and distributed

Ely Kahn has spent more than a decade working in the national security world, including stints at the Transportation Safety Administration, …

Testing out Loop’s programmable credit card

Boston payments startup Loop on Wednesday has released its interesting take on the digital wallet to consumers, selling a programmable fob and a …

Google bought SlickLogin, the startup that wants to replace passwords with sounds

Google bought SlickLogin, an Israel-based startup that develops alternatives to passwords, including a sound-based authentication technology.<p>Founded by three security experts that used to work for the Israeli military, SlickLogin is a small and young company – the startup launched its service in …

US Department of Transportation will require car-to-car communications systems to prevent crashes

The connected car got a major push from the federal government today, as the Department of Transportation announced plans for a regulatory proposal that would require vehicle-to-vehicle communication devices in a future year. The proposal comes after a yearlong pilot program by the National Highway …

BlueShark: where the US Navy dreams up the battleship interfaces of tomorrow

Incipio & AT&T finally launch NFC-enabled Cashwrap iPhone case for ISIS payments

A little over a year ago at CES 2013, we first got a look at a new case from Incipio that would allow iPhone users to take advantage of the NFC-based ISIS mobile wallet service that rolled out back in October 2012 for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile customers. While ISIS is usually restricted to NFC …

What you need to know about the court decision that just struck down net neutrality

The principle behind the phrase “net neutrality” is that internet service providers of all kinds should treat data flowing over the open internet …

Stylish screensaver recreates the iOS 7 lock screen experience on your Mac

Want to bring iOS and OS X even closer together than they already are? Christian Heudens has recreated the iOS 7 lock screen to your Mac as a free downloadable screensaver. The thin fonts look great on a Retina Display. It’s a neat way to give your Mac a bit of individuality and make your …

Grocery stores push coupons to iPhones with iBeacons

Late last year, Apple outfitted 254 of its US stores with small, low-power Bluetooth transmitters. Called iBeacons, the transmitters work in tandem with iPhones running iOS 7 and the Apple Store's dedicated app to provide users with very precise location information and guides to getting the most …

Onewheel is a self-balancing single-wheeled electric skateboard (video)

If the idea of combining a Segway, a skateboard and a unicycle sounds like your idea of fun, you might want to check out the Onewheel. It uses gyros, accelerometers, proprietary algorithms and a single rubber tire to give its passengers a smooth, self-balancing ride that supposedly mimics surfing …