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MIT engineers have invented a JARVIS-style home automation system

The home automation systems of tomorrow won’t look anything like they do right now. In the future, you wont have to whip out your smartphone and fire …

So why did Jeff Bezos pre-announce plans for drone-based delivery now?

We live in a shock-and-awe media landscape. Jeff Bezos, the mastermind behind Amazon, did precisely that when he shared plans for a drone-based …

On Smartphone-Optimized Sites, Black Friday Sales Up 187%, Thanksgiving Sales Up 258% Over Last Year

Mobile’s portion of online shopping continues to grow – this Black Friday, for example, smartphones drove a quarter of all online traffic, and 7.2% of all online sales, according to IBM Benchmark data. But the traffic and sales growth among retailers who have optimized their sites for mobile is, …

Shopkick and Macy's Team Up for First Retail-Based iBeacons

Shopping app <i>Shopkick</i> has teamed up with Macy's to deliver the first retail-based iBeacons, allowing customers to find location-specific deals, discounts, and recommendations in the <i>Shopkick</i> app while in a participating Macy's store, located in Herald Square, New York and Union Square, San …

A Phone Charging Device For The Next Billion Turns Heat Into Power

The Voto uses cookstoves, a handheld fuel cell, and simple biomass fuels to power lights and devices in areas where electricity is scarce.<p>Billions of people in the developing world are using mobile phones, and a growing portion of them are connecting to the Internet for the time through them. But …

Instagram reportedly adding private messages to compete with Snapchat

Slowly but surely, Instagram's been adding features over the last few years — videos, web profiles, and an app for Windows Phone have been among the biggest additions to the app as of late. Now, according to a report from <i>GigaOm</i><i>,</i> the company is planning its next major feature: private messaging. …