By Daniel Phan | Stories on digital innovation, the retail industry, and tech tips to get you in the digital mindset. Follow Dan on Twitter @DanielPhanMpls
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 …INSTEON
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 …Apple TV
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
At first glance, Amazon doesn't appear to have a smart home strategy, until you realize they have may have the shrewdest one of all.Amazon
Lowe's seems like an unlikely candidate for a descriptor like "innovative retailer," but the truth is that the DIY stalwart is right there with some of the other industry giants who are incorporating e-commerce and tech-enabled stores to create a true omnichannel experience. For investors, this …Home Improvement
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
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 …Apple Store
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 …Google
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
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
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 …Amazon
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 …Google
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
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 …
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.Kids
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 …Facebook
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 …IKEA
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 …iPad Apps
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 …iPhone
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, …Marc Andreessen
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 …Watches
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 …iPhone
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 …iPhone
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 …YouTube
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 …Google
IFTTT is taking its automating superpowers to a whole new level.
The company expanded its automation platform in a big way on Thursday with three new standalone apps and a rebranded flagship app.
IFTTT, which stands for "if this, then that" (pronounced like "gift" without the "g"), allows users to …Software
YouTube’s first video may have been uploaded on 23 April 2005, but the website’s domain name was registered on 14 February. Hence the 10th birthday milestone this past weekend at a time when Google’s online video service is more popular than ever.
From zero to one billion viewers in a decade is some …YouTube
As the technology becomes more and more commonplace, here's a look at what kind of impact it might have.
Printed pastries with individually tailored nutrient levels. Ravioli that assemble themselves. Wedding cake toppers that are exact, tiny, renditions of the happy couple. It's all possible thanks …Cooking
Finding good apps on Apple’s App Store is tricky when the place is teeming with 1.4 million apps. Apple does a good job of curating “featured” apps on the front page of its store, but run a search for something like “health” or “games” and the stream of results is endless and confusing.
If only …Pinterest