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White House clears small, commercial drones for takeoff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and countless other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday, after years of struggling to write rules that would both protect public safety and free the benefits of a …

Drones

How do you depict ordinary life in an ordinary country? Another week (and thousands of YouTube videos) in Uruguay

How do you depict what it is to live at a specific moment in a specific place? Two Uruguayan artists have the recipe, and it involves many, many YouTube videos. <b>Stephanie Nolen</b> reports<p>Christmas Day back in 2012 was horribly hot in the Uruguayan capital. Filmmaker Agustin Ferrando was hunkered inside …

Announcing the Message Analyzer 1.1 Release!

We’ve been working hard and are proud to announce Message Analyzer 1.1. The list of new features are summarized below, but it’s impossible to list …

Desktop Pick-&-Place Machine

Would you be interested in having your own pick-and-place machine that can assemble your boards -- and possibly even reflow them -- while fitting in …

How a new HTML element will make the Web faster | Ars Technica

Today, the average size of a webpage is 1.7MB—1MB from images—but change is afoot.<p>The Web is going to get faster in the very near future. And sadly, …

Samsung has acquired SmartThings for a reported $200M

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: SmartThings<p>Samsung has acquired SmartThings, a home hub platform that allows users to program their very own smart …

Researchers pack more signal into ultra low-power Wi-Fi gadgets

What if a dead phone could send text messages? What if smartwatches could send WiFi signals without using up all their battery power? That's the idea behind backscatter wireless devices, which reflect ambient wireless signals instead of generating the signals from scratch. That's a lot easier on …

The Second Shoe Drops – Now We Have the Samsung V-NAND Flash | Siliconica

<i>By Dick James, Senior Technology Analyst, Chipworks</i><p>Two weeks ago, we posted about the TSMC 20nm product that we had in-house; now after waiting for a …

John McAfee: Google drives humans to 'least common denominator'

Speaking at Defcon, the notorious security expert lambastes what he sees as Google's destruction of privacy.<p>In recent times, privacy has been sacrificed on the altars of narcissism, laziness, and the joy of something-for-nothing. Some may wonder whether all our public exposure has a darker …

Moon

BMW Vs. Tesla: A Real Live Innovator’s Dilemma

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Peter Yared is the Founder & CTO of Sapho and was formerly the CTO/CIO of CBS Interactive.</i><p>Jill Lepore genereated quite a fracas in Silicon Valley with her New Yorker article that questions disruptive innovation and posits that large incumbent companies often survive and subsume …

Turn Your Old Cell Phones into DIY Environmental Listening Devices to Stop Illegal Logging

Topher White has created a device that turns old cellphones into a rainforest monitoring system, using sensitive microphones and the dirt-cheap mobile plans available overseas, while the whole rig is powered by a simple solar array for long-term independent operation. He’s effectively used the …

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Seventeen Percent of Developers Worldwide Now Targeting Internet of Things - New Evans Data Survey shows | Press Release

SANTA CRUZ, CA. July 22, 2014, In a recent global survey of software developers, 17.1% said they were working on applications for connected devices …

Virtual keyboard on a smartwatch? Minuum makes that possible

Minuum is a virtual keyboard developed by Whirlscape, specifically designed to be highly compact, yet as useable as a full-sized on-screen keyboards. …

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Microsoft stock rises on talk of layoffs, reduced focus on devices

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Microsoft<p>Microsoft(s msft) stock hit a pretty healthy high of $42.47 Tuesday morning, fueled by a positive research …

If Samsung buys SmartThings, it’s a win for both

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: (c) 2013 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com<p>Samsung is in talks to purchase SmartThings, the smart home startup that has …

Power arm band for wearables harvests body heat

(Phys.org) —A group of Korean researchers have turned their focus on supplying a reliable, efficient power source for wearables. Professor Byung Jin …

Why You Should Set Goals So Simple They're Laughable | Inc.com

In some ways, high-achievers are the worst at behavior change.<p>This is according to full-time productivity consultant and coach Tiago Forte. The reason for this, Forte said, is that high-performers approach new goals in the same ambitious way that they've tackled other challenges.<p>"We perform well …

Productivity

Rise of the 'inner-net': meet the most connected man on the planet

Fitness trackers, vibrating GPS insoles and a searchable archive of your entire life. Oliver Wainwright meets the man who’s made ‘data-assisted living’ an artform<p>• Wearable technology: meet the world’s most connected human – video<p>Keeping track of your emails and staying on top of your calendar …

Google plans to expand Chromecast in 2014

Look out for an open SDK, international expansion and new devices from Google's Chromecast system over the coming year.<p>The search giant is planning …