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Google Research project turns 64 years of music into a rock rainbow

Google has compiled the last 64 years of musical history in a large, rainbow-colored chart for both education and the hope that you might buy some of it on the company's store. Today Google's Research group put out a new project called Music Timeline that tracks the popularity of musical genres …

Einstein’s Camera

How one renegade photographer is hacking the concept of time<p><b>Adam Magyar is a</b> computer geek, a college dropout, a self-taught photographer, a …

Albert Einstein

Thanks for the Sun colour-changing lamps by Arnout Meijer

<b>Cologne 2014:</b> the colour temperature of this series of LED lamps by Rotterdam designer Arnout Meijer can be adjusted to create different moods …

5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …

Cobra announces CES lineup of mobile Bluetooth speakers and portable chargers

Mobile and navigation accessories manufacturer Cobra Electronics announced a bevy of new products today, which it plans to demo next week during CES 2014 in Las Vegas.<p>Two of the devices include the Cobra AirWave Mini and AirWave Box (pictured above). Unlike the original AirWave, which we saw at …

Gear & Gadgets

10 Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

After you’ve finished working off your New Year’s Eve hangover, it’s time to get started on your resolutions. You let your goals slide in 2013 …

Nest reportedly raising a massive new round, could value it over $2B

How much money is there in smart thermostats and smoke alarms? Try more than $2 billion.<p>Nest, the smart home gadget startup, is reportedly in the midst of raising a huge round of funding — between $150 million and $200 million — reports Re/Code (the site founded by the AllThingsD team). That range …

NameTag releases first face recognition app for Google Glass, recognizes 450K sex offenders

Sex offender? Gotcha. Ego-driven international music superstar? Got you too. Nameless nobody? This new technology on Google Glass might just have you too.<p>Especially if you have a criminal record.<p>The new technology isn’t coming from Google, or from Facebook — although it is powered by their …

Nextdoor Talks Growth, Now Being Used In One In Six Neighborhoods In The US

Nextdoor, the fast-growing startup that has been compared to a Facebook for your neighborhood, has revealed some new numbers today in a TCTV interview with co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia and Greylock partner and Nextdoor investor Josh Elman. As Tolia tells us, Nextdoor just launched its 25,000th …

ResolutionTube nets $1.5M for fixing field support with augmented reality

ResolutionTube, a startup trying to bring the promise of augmented reality to support technicians in the field, has raised a $1.5 million seed round …

This t-shirt will tell your phone how healthy you are

Last month, Quartz wrote about Scanadu Scout, a nifty little device that can measure your vital signs—temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and more—simply through contact with your skin. The catch was that you have to hold it up your forehead to get a reading. Stephane Marceau, founder of the …

Wearable Tech

Popular cable smart home platform iControl opens up

Good news for folks who have a home automation system from a cable provider that uses the iControl system, the platform is opening up to more devices …

A potentially disruptive electronics startup you should know about: Transphorm

Companies that work on the building blocks of electronics don’t really get the kind of attention as ones that, say, build social networks, or make …

3D printing leader 3D Systems buys Xerox team to expand R&D efforts

More than 100 Xerox(s xrx) engineers and contractors will help 3D Systems increase its research and development spending by 75 to 100 percent over …

Smart socks give runners data most fitness trackers don't

We live in an age of smart. We talk on smartphones, ride smart bikes, chill beer in smart refrigerators. And soon we'll be wearing smart socks. At least that's what Redmond, Wash., startup Heapsylon hopes.<p>"The vision for the company is that the garment, whatever we wear, is going to eventually turn …

Wearable Tech

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 …

Google reportedly testing smart thermostats in 'EnergySense' program

Google called it quits on a smart thermostat two years ago, but it looks like the company couldn't resist circling back to the idea. According to two of <i>The Information's</i> sources and a document reviewed by the outlet, Mountain View has been conducting a trial of Internet-connected thermostats to …

From Oppo to OnePlus: a new company wants to build the next great smartphone

When Oppo vice president Pete Lau resigned last month, the timing was almost puzzling. Lau had just helped to bring CyanogenMod onto the company's new handset, the N1, finally pairing Oppo's high-end specs and sleek design with software that could create what enthusiasts might see as the perfect …

Candy Crush is Most Download iPhone App in 2013

Apple has revealed its top apps for 2013, which sees cult game Candy Crush Saga — from developer King.com — sitting pretty on top of the pile as the most downloaded iPhone app in the US, USA Today reports.<p>The best of 2013 page (which is not available in all countries worldwide) details the top free …

The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone and Internet communications, but for most of us it’s only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are …

How Flipboard Keeps You Glued To The Page

The new Flipboard app, released this week, looks similar to previous iterations. And for good reason.<p>Several years ago, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue was searching for the company’s soul. He and cofounder Evan Doll had been playing with the idea of a magazine app for the age of the iPad, but they hadn’t …