Nishith Dhawan

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How this vertical farm can grow millions of crops without soil or sunshine

The largest indoor vertical farm in the world can produce up to two million pounds of leafy greens every year.<p>The technology allows crops to be grown …

Aquaponics

Anybody can learn to code, but Apple’s Swift Playgrounds make them want to

There were tears during Apple’s developer conference this year. Not so much that members of the audience risked dehydration, but people were …

Computer Science

A clever trick to find out what users really think of your app

When Ami Ben David wanted to find out what users liked and disliked about his ‘WhatsApp for businesses‘ app Xros, he used a smart trick – he pretended to be a bot.<p>In a world where many people are used to engaging with Slack’s automated ‘Slackbot,’ he created ‘Xrosbot’ – a ‘personal assistant’ that …

Apps

'I was losing $1 million a day, every day for 18 months': Meet Chris Anderson, the man behind TED talks

In 1998 Chris Anderson, a British entrepreneur who had made – and was about to lose – a fortune in the dotcom boom of the 1990s, attended a conference in the coastal town of Monterey in California.<p>Called TED – for technology, entertainment and design – the conference, an annual event, had been …

This Could Be Apple's Secret Apple Watch Strategy

In Apple CEO Tim Cook’s words, the Apple Watch is “incredibly beautiful.” But some are saying it’s “incredibly unnecessary.”<p>Apple followers haven’t …

How Gartner's Magic Quadrant Helps With IT Purchase Decisions

When the Gartner Magic Quadrant report began in the early 1990s, it provided businesses a simple way to visualize vendor stability and capability. In the years since the first report, it has grown into a powerful market indicator with an industry of consultants and analysts all its own. Today, GMQ …

The rock star who helped invent Amazon Web Services joined a company called Pivotal — here's why

Black most recently worked at Microsoft, where he helped build Office 365, its answer to Google Apps, and prior to that founded a startup called Boundary, which monitored computer networks. Wired first reported the news last week.<p>Black becomes the third such cloud pioneer to join Pivotal recently, …

6 Ways To Use Psychology To Boost App Engagement

<i>This post originally appeared on Sinch.</i><p>Everyone is different and so are your users and customers.<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet”CNBC liked TNW Conference that muchFIND OUT WHY<p>More and more apps are starting to use psychology in their attempt to boost app engagement and …

AT&T is putting a price on privacy. That is outrageous

Poor customers should not have to choose between being spied on and forking over money<p>Imagine if the postal service started offering discount shipping in exchange for permission to scan every letter you receive and then target you with junk mail based on the contents of your personal mail.<p>One of …

Privacy

Believe the hype: Monument Valley for iPad is worthy of the accolades (even if you don’t like puzzle games)

Believe the hype: stop what you’re doing, go to the App Store, and download <b>Monument Valley</b> right now. I promise you’ll be serenely happy you did. Yes, I know I’m late to the party, but I did not expect to like it: my tastes run more to racing games and shoot-em-ups. Puzzles? Please, I have enough …

Alice In Wonderland

7 Basic Tips for a Speedier Mac

A sluggish Mac is annoying. What good does it do to have the latest and greatest if it is going to run slow. There are some things that even …

Why the Apple Pay War is doomed

Apple’s mission to replace your wallet with Apple Pay began just last week with support from more than 200,000 stores in the United States, but some merchants have already launched a war against the new payment platform.<p>Over the weekend, CVS and Rite Aid stores blocked Apple Pay access at their …

In B2B e-commerce, Alibaba has solved the one problem Amazon can't

In 2000, analysts predicted a massive chunk of the world’s business-to-business commerce market would come online, resulting in trillions of dollars …

Facebook Messenger Is Getting Slammed By Tons Of Negative Reviews Right Now

In just a few days since the big split, Facebook Messenger has soared to the No. 1 spot in the iOS App Store — but it also has an overwhelming number of one-star ratings. Nearly 94% of those who rated the app gave it just one star. The Google Play store works a bit differently, as Mashable's …

Forget Marketshare, Apple Users Still Doing Most of the Buying

Android may have a larger marketshare, but recent reports from Custora <i></i>show that Apple fans are using their devices for online shopping at a monopolistic rate. As much as 80 percent of tablet-based shopping is done on an iPad. Considering iPads start at $300 and Android tablets can be purchased for …

Race to the bottom: how are Google and OEMs going to cope with commoditization?

The average selling price (ASP) of smartphones is falling and they are growing increasingly similar. It’s much quicker to point to the minor differences between the latest releases than it is to list all they have in common. The platforms have never been more alike, the result of years of borrowing …

Apple’s next hardware will move beyond phones and tablets

If the Apple software announcements earlier this week seemed mild or even dull to some, it's because Apple's big news always comes in hardware. Though CEO Tim Cook's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote didn't hint at what new devices are coming, what seems clear is that Apple is looking to grow …

As Apple opens up with iOS 8, Google needs to give Android users a reason to stay

All of a sudden, Android is no longer the only flexible mobile operating system on the market.<p>With iOS 8, announced at Apple’s WWDC keynote on Monday, the iPhone maker has made great strides towards opening up its platform. Now your apps can actually exchange data with each other. Third-party apps …

How To Properly Shoot Landscape Night Photographs

Shooting landscapes during the night can make for a stunning photo. Our eyes can see the night sky in great sensitivity – we can look at the stars …

The other thing Holland has legalized: carrier-free SIM cards

When it comes to tolerating things that other countries deem illegal, Holland's got previous experience, but this time the nation has approved something that doesn't just benefit glaucoma sufferers. The country has ratified the use of blank SIM cards that aren't tied to a carrier, and can instead …

Here Are 24 Countries Where Windows Phone Outsells The iPhone (And Why It Does)

Statistics may say Windows 8 is a flop but, contrary to popular opinion, Windows Phone is far from down and out in the battle for our mobile affections. In fact in many parts of the world sales are rocketing past the iPhone.<p>This month Microsoft broke these areas down country by country and …

Apple tops Samsung as world's largest chip buyer in 2013

Apple handily outspent Samsung to become the world's largest buyer of chips in 2013, though Samsung's spending surged last year.<p>In a repeat performance of 2012, Apple and Samsung were the top semiconductor spenders in 2013 among original equipment manufacturers (OEM) creating more than $1 billion …

IHS

500 Startups-Backed Evoz To Power British Telecom’s Home And Connected Devices Offering

Given that Google just acquired connected device maker Nest for $3.2 billion, I’m sure plenty of others have now realised that this is the best evidence yet that the smart device space – especially in homes – is really starting to take off. So while plenty have speculated about this next wave …

PhoneDog | The Leader in Mobile Phone News and Reviews

Buckle Up: Apple’s Next 3 Years Will Be Insane

In the past three years, Apple has dared to be dull.<p>During Apple’s best years, between 2007 and 2010, Apple introduced the first iPhone and the first iPad, two world-changing products that now define the company (and bring in most of its revenue). These products, along with their touch interfaces …

More M7 details: data storage, battery life, Android motion coprocessor adoption

When the iPhone 5s launched with the M7 motion coprocessor on September 20, Azumio’s ARGUS fitness app was updated that same day with M7 compatibility. I’ve been an ARGUS user for quite awhile, as it syncs with my LifeTrak and can also independently track steps in the background throughout the day …

Payments Startup MobiKwik Launches Mobile Wallet As India’s Central Bank Acts To End Country’s Cash Dependence

In a move that could ease paper money’s stranglehold over the Indian economy and society, Mobikwik is releasing a mobile wallet for the country’s burgeoning smartphone-class to digitally buy goods directly from merchants. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is empowering payment companies to facilitate …

iBeacon briefing: What is it, and what can we expect from it?

With Apple’s iBeacon technology starting to see some real-world applications, we thought this would be a good time to take a brief look at what it is and what we might expect from it in future …<p>The one-sentence summary is that you can think of iBeacon as like GPS for indoor locations, your phone …