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9 Buzz-Worthy Smart Home Innovations Coming Out of CES 2016

The world's premier tech expo dazzled attendees with high-tech home appliances and devices that ran the gambit from delightful to disruptive.


Here's How Big the Gig Economy Really Is

Hint: it’s big.

Whether you call it the freelance, sharing, or gig economy, one thing has become clear over the past several years—the way we work is changing.

Time, a sister publication to Fortune, teamed up with strategic communications and global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller and the …


Hands-on with Peach, a new iOS-only social network that feels a lot like Slack

There’s a new app that everyone’s talking about today, and it’s from the founder of Vine, Dom Hofmann.

It’s a social network called Peach, and it feels like a weird blend of Tumblr, Slack, and even Telegram. The service, currently trending on Twitter, is only available on iOS devices and bills …


December’s self-driving car report from Google details rain encounters, zero new accidents

Google has been releasing monthly reports about its self-driving car program for quite some time now, and now December’s report has hit the interwebs. This report was delayed due to the holidays (they usually hit around the 1st of the month), and it also just so happens to be one of the most …

How to trick read receipts in WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger

Social apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger make it easy to communicate, but they also make it easy to tell when someone is ignoring you. Thanks …


Here Are The First Connected Home Devices For Apple’s HomeKit

Apple’s HomeKit is finally starting to roll out to actual consumers, via the first crop of HomeKit-enabled accessories from third-party manufacturers. This means you’ll soon be able to get your hands on a range of products for the connected home that work with Siri on your iOS device, and that …


Apple TV Confirmed as Central Hub for Remotely Controlling HomeKit-Enabled Accessories

Apple has added a new support document on its website (via iFun.de) that confirms the third-generation Apple TV or later can be used to control HomeKit-enabled accessories when you are away from home using an iOS device.

After signing in with the same Apple ID on an iOS device and Apple TV, users can …

11 perspectives on the future of brick-and-mortar retail stores

Last week, we asked readers for their predictions on what role they think brick-and-mortar stores will play in the future. We received many great …

Brick and Mortar

What Exactly Is Amazon's Smart Home Strategy?

If you were hoping for a straightforward, ‘here’s our smart home’ announcement from Amazon, you’re out of luck.

And unlike others in the space, Amazon’s efforts so far can’t really be summed up easily in a sentence or two. Instead, they’ve put together what appears to be a hodgepodge of random …


Lowe's: The Home Improvement Retailer Of The Future

In other blogs I’ve looked at how cutting-edge companies like Amazon and Apple are getting closer to their customers by using consumer data to take the friction out of the purchasing process. That’s why you may be surprised that one of today’s leading lights in the retail space is actually a home …

The Future

Home Automation System Seed Labs Launches Silvair Control To Make Your Lightbulbs Smart

As our homes becoming increasingly wired (or unwired) it’s important for our teakettles to talk to our fridges and, potentially, for both to gang up on our vacuums. But how? They can now use something called the Silvair Control from Seed Labs.

We last met up with Seed Labs last November when they …

Domestic Technology

Philips’ Hue Go promises a portable bowl of light, and it delivers

With summer rapidly approaching, Philips is introducing a new mood lamp that will work inside and out. The Hue Go is a semi-spherical bowl of colorful light that features a battery to make it portable around a home. You can connect it to the supplied cord or use the light for around three hours …

Google Unveils a Stick That Turns Any Display Into a PC

If you plug the stick into an LCD display or a TV, you can run the sort of software you typically run on a personal computer.The post Google Unveils …


Flipboard Launches Private Magazines For Groups

Flipboard, an online and mobile service that allows readers to explore content from around the web in a beautiful magazine-style layout as well as create topical, mobile magazines of their own, is today expanding its curation abilities with the debut of “Private Group Magazines.” As the name …

Personalized News

Amazon wants to help you find a plumber

The company expanding from goods to services.

Amazon is taking aim at dominating yet another area of your life: household services.

The Seattle-based e-commerce company on Monday launched Amazon Home Services, a new platform helping customers find help with a variety of local services. Some of the …


Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

Amazon’s Angie’s List competitor, called “Amazon Local Services,” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch. The site, which previously featured only a limited number of service offerings in a handful of …


Google To Build Robotic Surgery Assistance Platform With Johnson & Johnson

Google and Johnson & Johnson have announced that the will team up to develop an advanced, robot-assisted surgery platform. The team effort will involve “capabilities, intellectual property and expertise” from both companies, and will involve Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, maker of medial …

Johnson & Johnson

August Raises $38 Million To Expand Smart Lock Retail Availability

Smart Lock purveyor August has raised another $38 million in funding, bringing the company’s tally up to $50 million, the company’s co-founder Jason Johnson told TechCrunch. August’s Smart Lock attempts to reinvent the front door and rid the world of physical keys by relegating that duty to a …

Apple Store

Apple and Beats Developing Streaming Music Service to Rival Spotify

In what would be the biggest change to its music strategy in years, Apple is pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify.

Almost a year after agreeing to pay $3 billion for Beats, the …

Uber For Kids: Shuddle Raises $10 Million To Replace Mom's Minivan

In an age of “Uber for X” startups, it was inevitable that we’d start to see ride hailing services splinter into more specialized use cases.

Running to the head of that line is Shuddle, a new Uber-like service that arranges car rides for busy families. The app, launched officially last October, …


Facebook just bought a startup that can find every product for sale online

Facebook has bought shopping search engine The Find.

We first spotted the news in a tweet before the company announced the acquisition in a post on its website.

TheFind bills itself as "the only way to search the entire shoppable web." Its proprietary search engine lets you type in something you're …


Ikea: 7 Predictions For What Your Home Will Look Like In 2020

From silicon furniture to the death of storage, Marcus Engman of Ikea Sweden talks to us about the near-future of your home.

There's a good chance that Marcus Engman is directly responsible for at least one piece of furniture in your house—and if you're a millennial, maybe all of it. As head of …


7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are on sale for free right now

Looking to expand the capabilities of your precious iPhone or iPad? We help you each and every weekday with a new list of paid iOS apps that are on …

How Apple wants to transform medical research with the iPhone

Researchers have been putting up fliers around college campuses and city centers to get people to participate in medical studies for decades. But the methods for obtaining this type of quantitative data has always been a challenge and has been largely unchanged.

But now Apple is involved.

As a part …


Now anybody can use Robinhood, the no-fee trading app backed by Snoop Dogg and Marc Andreessen

It's sleek. It's easy to use. It's designed to give first time, small-scale investors a leg up on Wall Street hotshots.

And after months of waiting, it's now open to anyone who wants to join.

Robinhood, a zero-commission brokerage app for iPhone that launched in December to a 700,000-person waitlist, …

Snoop Dogg

These 4 Challenges Could Keep Smartwatches From Succeeding

Most of the gadget-buying public has yet to feel, use, or touch a smartwatch. And I may be taking a leap here, but I’m going to assume that, were you to ask these folks their thoughts on the nascent category, most of them have gotten by just fine without one, thank you very much.

Of course, this …


80% Of All Online Adults Now Own A Smartphone, Less Than 10% Use Wearables

If people are looking to Apple and its new smartwatch to kickstart wider consumer interest in wearable computing gadgets, the maker of the iPhone will have a lot of work ahead of it. New research out from the GlobalWebIndex indicates that in a survey of 170,000 adult internet users across 32 …


Turn Your Old iPhone Into A New, Braun-Inspired Radio

In a new body, a used-up iPhone becomes a brand-new radio.

Your old iPhone might not run the latest apps or hold a charge all day, but it’s still an amazing little machine, capable of upgrading almost any appliance in your home, if only there was a way to make that happen.

The iReadyO radio ($83), a …

Apple News

YouTube Kids app comes out to play

As expected, Google unveils its kid-friendly YouTube app, but it's out already on both Android and Apple's iOS.

Google on Monday unveiled its new …


11 Google apps you probably didn't know existed | VentureBeat | Business

Google introduced a brand new standalone app called YouTube Kids today, initially available in the U.S. only, which is its first product “built from the ground up with little ones in mind,” according to the Internet giant.

From Maps and Gmail to Translate and YouTube, Google already offers a myriad …