Sam Matel

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Best PS4 Black Friday 2015 Game and Bundle Deals

This year's biggest Black Friday PS4 gaming deals are finally in. To save you the trouble of having to find them out yourself, we've compiled them all for you. As of writing, these are the lowest prices we've found so far. If you find a better deal, let us know in the comments below!<p>PS4 …

Toys "R" Us

Ten Apple Watch Apps You Won't Want to Live Without

Day-to-day life can be stressful, and we need all the technological help we can get to stay on top of it. To promote calmness and convenience, I've …

How to Automate Your Home With These 8 Devices

Here are some of the great technologies that I've seen in the past couple months to make your home life easier.<p>Ever since moving to Silicon Valley I've gotten into the Internet of things. I've been pitched almost every device known to man and get to see some of the best innovations that the world …

18 Life-Changing Apps For The Apple Watch

Let's get this out of the way: Setting up a new Apple Watch is time-consuming and a little overwhelming. And, when you go to load it with fresh apps, …

10 Uncommon Habits of Extraordinarily Productive People

Do what everyone else does and you get the results they get. Here are ways to be different -- and achieve differently.<p>Whatever your definition of success (each person's definition of "success" is and should be different), one thing is true for everyone: Success means getting things done.<p>Highly …

The 15 Apple Watch apps you need to download first, according to Apple

The Apple Watch App Store houses more than 3,000 apps, but Apple has narrowed it down to a few apps that it views as top-notch. BuzzFeed News published the list just as the Apple Watch App Store opened for the first time.<p>Many of the apps are popular social media apps we already use on our phones, …

Joseph Nye just delivered the most complete, cogent analysis of the Russian 'threat' we've heard this year

The context — before you listen to the clip — is that Europe feels as if it is in thrall to Russia: Troops from Russia are meddling in Ukraine; Putin is threatening to cut off gas supplies to the West; and the other European countries have imposed sanctions on Russia in an attempt to get Putin to …

Russia

Why You Should Be Concerned About The New 'Smart Guns' (Whether You Love Or Hate Guns)

Smartguns, which just entered the market, are firearms equipped with small embedded computers that are supposed to enhance safety by preventing anyone other than authorized parties from firing the weapons, and, in some cases, by ensuring that the guns only fire when aimed at inanimate targets.<p>I do …

Pwnie Express turns the Nexus 5 into a powerful white hat hacking tool

Part of the magic of Android is the flexibility of the platform when it comes to customization and modding. With a little ingenuity, you can transform your Android-powered devices into just about anything — including a sweet hacking tool.<p>That’s exactly what Pwnie Express did to the Nexus 5, which …

Android News

Samsung claims a graphene breakthough — which may be huge for future wearables

Get to know the name “graphene,” as it’s primed to be one of the most important materials for the technology industry over the next few years.<p>The ultra-thin material is around 200 times stronger than steel — and most importantly, it’s flexible, unlike the fragile silicon we rely on today. Graphene …

Here are the American colleges—and majors—with the highest ROI

A Bachelor of Science from Harvey Mudd College, the small California science and engineering school, is the most valuable college degree in America.<p>Stanford’s computer science program pays off more than any single major in the country.<p>For the best dollar-for-dollar investment, nothing beats the …

College & University

Why Apple can’t match Google’s all-seeing new smartwatches

Apple is a fantastic hardware company. And when the rumored iWatch (probably) arrives, it will no doubt be a thing of beauty. But there’s good reason to think that the key to a successful smartwatch won’t be its hardware, but its operating system.<p>Apple’s genius is in creating personal computing …

Smartwatches

Pocket Drone Ends Its Crowdfunding Campaign Just Shy Of $1 Million In Pledges

The AirDroids Pocket Drone is a soaring success. Keep reading for more bad puns.<p>The Hardware Battlefield contestant’s Kickstarter campaign just ended with the company raking in over 2,000 preorders for the Pocket Drone. The campaign ended with $929,212 in pledges, becoming the most popular drone …

The Google Smartwatch Is Real, And It’s Coming Soon (But Maybe Not Too Soon)

Google’s long-rumored smartwatch is real, and still “officially” expected to begin shipping in mid to late March. However, many members of the smartwatch team inside Google believe that date will either be pushed back to June, or the watch will end up shipping incomplete with a smaller feature set …

The Techno-Militarization Of America

Remember last year? Edward Snowden! NSA! Shock! Horror! Dismay!<p>Looking back I’m amazed we all seemed so surprised. Over the last decade, pretty much every arm of American authority invoked “homeland security” as an excuse to acquire boatloads of new technology, and used it to help expand their …

The NSA Can Apparently Access Offline Computers Using Radio Waves

The NSA has come under a fair bit of criticism over the last couple of months, and now new leaked documents have revealed that the NSA were able to …

Gear & Gadgets

Let’s talk about robots: Google’s Nest acquisition brings AI to the smart home

In the hours after Google announced its agreement to purchase Nest Labs for $3.2 billion, the companies involved in the smart home sector saw their …

CES 2014 Proves That Wearables Are Still A Work In Progress

Before this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, I issued a challenge: I wanted makers of wearable tech to prove to me that the time had come for this category of gadgets. What I was seeking was irrefutable proof there was wearable technology out there demonstrating enough clear and immediate benefit …

The existential threat to bitcoin its boosters said was impossible is now at hand

A doomsday scenario that has long been dismissed by bitcoin’s biggest boosters is now a clear and present danger. At 3am ET this morning, a single bitcoin mining collective known as Ghash.io reached 45% of the computing power of all global bitcoin miners, just six points short of the 51% that would …

Bitcoin

PlayStation Now will require a DualShock controller for TVs, tablets, and phones

PlayStation Now could be the future of gaming, but you're going to need a proprietary controller to play. Though Sony has announced that the streaming game service will come to tablets and smartphones — perhaps even non-Sony devices — the company doesn't plan to let you use a touchscreen. To play …

Nuance's future of gadgets that listen to you is fun, but frustrating

It used to be a strange idea to talk to an inanimate object, something companies like Google and Apple are making normal. Gone is the pain of pecking away at screens and digging through pages of menus, which has been replaced by simple voice commands.<p>But you can't mention those two tech giants …

Mercedes Adds Pebble Smartwatch to Its Roster of Integrated Wearables

While we're still waiting for the day when we can finally ditch our car keys, Mercedes-Benz is inching closer to incorporating wearable tech into its …

Your Jetsons-Style Smart Home Starts With These Bluetooth Plugs

If you did the holidays right and spent the better part of the last two weeks parked in front of the television, you probably saw AT&T's new "smart …