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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

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 …

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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 …

Wearable Tech

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 …

iPhone

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 …

YouTube

11 Google apps you probably didn’t know existed

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 rebrands with 3 new apps that make your life easier with one touch

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 is 10 years old, but what will it look like in 2025?

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

The Major Impact 3-D Printing Could Have on Tech--and Cooking

TECHNOLOGY

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 …

Food

Pinterest, Apple Team Up To Promote 'App Pins'

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 …

Software

5 can't-miss apps: Paper, SwiftKey, uHealth and more

With news swirling around Twitter's most recent earnings and CEO Dick Costolo's comments about taking on trolls, you may have overlooked some of this week's best new apps.

Luckily, each weekend, we round up our favorite new and updated apps, so you won't miss out.

This week's list includes SwiftKey's …

Software

Why Alibaba's Tea Delivery Test Is Not The Future Of Drone Delivery

Two Decembers ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos made a bet with the crew of 60 Minutes after luring its correspondent Charlie Rose to his company’s offices with an exclusive.

“If you can guess what it is … I will give you half my fortune.”

The exclusive, as we now know, turned out to be Amazon’s proposed …

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How to share your saved images on Snapchat

Snapchatters rejoice! It is possible to send an image from your Camera Roll in Snapchat.

With the ephemeral messaging app's Chat functionality, you can send photos and screenshots to your friends directly from your smartphone's photo gallery.

Learn how to send a saved image on Snapchat with our …

Snapchat

Is Keeping Things Simple the Wearable Industry’s Way Forward?

Humans have a natural characteristic of living inside their own head and think that the way it works in their head is similar to how it works in …

Project HoloLens: Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

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It’s the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of …

Hotel chain utilizes modern tech to transform the check in experience

Loyalty rewards program debuts new technology: the first-ever keyless room entry

Imagine the typical check-in process of your holiday vacation: after …

Hotels

Five habits for executives to become more digital

Need to catch up to the digital revolution? Here’s our cheat sheet for the C-suite. A McKinsey & Company article.

Digital Revolution

BMW gives you what you've always wanted: automated parking via smartwatch

BMW Smartwatch activates the fully-automated Remote Valet Parking Assistant. The system recognizes the structural features of the car park and …

What If Nike Sold Oranges And Apple Sold iMilk?

The art of Peddy Mergui reimagines fashionable brands as they would exist in the grocery store.

Could Ferrari ever be successful in the pasta aisle? And would Jonathan Ive's penchant for stark packaging work in the dairy aisle?

In the work of Israel-based designer Peddy Mergui, the design language of …

What works with Nest at CES.

A car charging station that lets you know when energy prices are high.

A washer and dryer that automatically run on a quieter mode when you’re home.

A …

This Will Be the Top Business Skill of the Next 5 Years

Storytelling has been the buzzword off and on since advertising became a thing. It's always coming out of the buzzword pile because, at the end of …

Style On Demand: How StyleSeat CEO Simplified The Search For A Stylist

Melody McCloskey knew that consumers could no longer book style appointments in traditional ways—developing a mobile app for securing a stylist became a new business opportunity.

As a successful mobile entrepreneur, I'm sure you rely on your device(s) to navigate through your day. Tell us about your …

Google Video

What's in and what's out for 2015

Grab an ice bucket and load up the podcast machine -- it's the end of the year and we're in a list-makin’ mood.

Stephen Hawking on Innovation and the Future

INNOVATE

The famed physicist discussed his views on artificial intelligence and the internet. Here are some key takeaways.

World-renowned scientist and author Stephen Hawking had much to say on the future of tech in an interview with the BBC on Tuesday.

Hawking, whose motor neuron disease, ALS, was …

Stephen Hawking

Uber Is Worth More Than American Airlines and Twitter

MONEY

After its latest round of funding, the startup with humble beginnings has a $40 billion valuation.

Uber raised $1.2 billion in its latest round of funding from venture capitalists, a sign investors were little fazed by the ride-hailing app's recent spate of bad publicity over privacy violations …

Valuation

5 Keys to Building a World-Class Internship Program

As a summer intern with an east coast consultancy, I worked 80 hours a week scrubbing data for an econometric model of longwall mining. It was as terrible as it sounds. I had the classic intern experience -- a constant flood of tedious, low-value work.

Here at Vivint, we decided to build an …

Car Hackers Might Be the Next Threat to Your Security

SECURITY

As cars become more like "rolling computers," automakers are seeking ways to keep them secure.

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.

Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that--given time--they would be able to pop the trunk and start the …

Security

This Holiday Season Reveals Big Changes in Retail

A lot about holiday shopping has changed. Black Friday now starts on Thursday. Phones are now wallets. And free shipping is now a cost of entry.

These changes only scratch the surface of the new retail reality this holiday season. Substantive developments are fundamentally changing the very nature …

The 8 Best Podcasts For Business-Savvy Listeners

Need some inspiration as you wind down 2014? Put these podcasts in your ears already.

A new year inspires many business professionals and entrepreneurs to step up their game, either by learning new strategies, setting bigger goals for the year ahead, or making sure they are staying relevant in their …

Podcasting

Oh, How The Fab Have Fallen

The e-retailer, valued at $1 billion just over a year ago, is in talks to sell for $15 million.

The story of Fab can be summed up in one word: pivot.

The company launched in 2010 as a social network for gay men. In 2011 it pivoted to a furniture and design e-retailer valued at $1 billion just over a …

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