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Groundbreaking self-destructing battery dissolves in water when its job is done

When it comes to the environment, batteries are a big problem. Even rechargeable batteries eventually reach the end of their lifespan, and all too …

Building A Smart Home From Scratch

Over on Wareable, for the last 20 weeks I’ve been documenting my experience with building a smart home from scratch. I bought a run-down house and, when it was being renovated and decorated, I also took the opportunity to seamlessly install as much smart tech as possible, while at the same time …

As UX meets IoT, the need for screens will go away

Goodbye pretty little apps? The fusion of user experience and the Internet of Things will change the way we interact with computers.<p>There are two …

Find Innovation Where You Least Expect It

On the evening of April 14, 1912, the <i>RMS Titanic</i> collided with an iceberg in the north Atlantic and sunk two hours and 40 minutes later. Of its 2,200 passengers and crew, only 705 survived, plucked out of 16 lifeboats by the <i>Carpathia.</i> Imagine how many more might have lived if crew members had …

What Work Will Look Like In 2025

The experts weigh in on the future of work a decade from now.<p>Anyone who grew up with the notion that we’d all have jet packs and robot housekeepers by 2015 knows that predicting the future is a risky business. But as technology continues to develop and various trends, demographic shifts, and other …

Mary Meeker's 2015 Internet Trends (Slides)

In the 20 years since the Netscape IPO, 39 percent of the world's population came online, up from .06 percent.<p>Two decades after 1995, the year of the Netscape IPO, the Internet population has exploded in size, it’s much more mobile, and it’s increasingly driven by user-created content and flexible …

Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition of Minecraft makes total sense now

And if I came away with one thing, it's this:<p>Microsoft's purchase last year of Mojang, the video game studio that makes the wildly popular Minecraft, might just have been the best $2.5 billion the company has ever spent.<p>During a staged demo at Microsoft Build this week, two Microsoft employees …

What everyone's getting wrong about Google's Project Fi: Saving money isn't the point

If you only pay attention to pricing, there’s not much reason to care about Project Fi, the new wireless service that Google unveiled this week.<p>Price comparisons to traditional wireless carriers have shown Project Fi isn’t necessarily any cheaper. Because Google doesn’t charge overage fees, and it …

Best of CES 2015 Awards, Software: Sling TV

Sling TV won many accolades at CES this year, and deservedly so. Not only did it walk home with awards for the Best of the Best and Best Home Theater categories, it won one for Best Software too. Not only is the service a game-changer for cord-cutters, the software itself is great - it's intuitive, …

Genius wants to be like Wikipedia, but for the entire internet

A noticeable tremor went through the U.S. media establishment on Monday, when well-respected <i>New Yorker</i> music critic Sasha Frere-Jones announced that …

Why Is Amazon Flailing?

With the disastrous release of Kindle Fire Phone and the utterly ignorable Echo, it seems Amazon has lost its way.<p>At the root of the issue is Amazon's confusion as to what it is. It seems that Amazon sees itself (or desperately wants to be) a product company that does logistics exceedingly well. …

Morgan Stanley Analysts Tried Out Uber And Couldn't Believe How Good It Was

We haven't seen such a glowing note to investors in a long time. Taxis and car rental companies are going to die, the Morgan Stanley team suspects:<p>Now that Morgan Stanley allows employees to submit Uber and UberX journeys as reimbursable expenses, we may never use a traditional car service or …

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Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Artyom Astafurov is the chief innovation officer at DataArt and co-founder of DeviceHive.</i><p>To anyone who is tuned into the tech world, it should not come as earth shattering news that machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the Internet of Things have hit a major convergence point in …

Google's short film examines the science of voice recognition

People used to think it's harder to make computers play chess (or Jeopardy) and do mathematics than it is to make them understand human language. Turns out the opposite is true -- yes, engineers have made great advancements in voice recognition (Siri and Google voice commands are perfect examples), …

The 13 Worst Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

But there are mistakes that slow you down and ones that can stop you dead in your tracks. A recent discussion on Quora focused on the unavoidable mistakes that new entrepreneurs often make. There were many good suggests from businesspeople who chimed in. Here are 13 that were particularly …

Thinking Like A Computer Will Help You With Any Tough Choice

Nobel-prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman realized how true this was while working as a psychological evaluator for the Israeli Defense Forces in the 1950s, when he saw that an extensive test for officer candidates boiled down to intuitive judgments that were close to worthless and that, due …

If You Think Big Data’s Big Now, Just Wait

We’ve been hearing a great deal about the power of Big Data over the last couple of years. The hype says that as we gather more data, we will be able to get better answers to business problems, but the data levels we have seen so far could pale in comparison to what happens when we start adding …

Meet the Bots That Knew Ebola Was Coming

A computer program run by epidemiologists in Boston had already alerted key agencies of the U.S. government about West Africa’s Ebola outbreak four …

An Investment Banker Made This Epic Presentation On The Future Of TV

He built this presentation after talking to people in the digital media business as well as people in the traditional "linear" television industry.<p>Kawaja's investment banking work focuses on digital media, with expertise is in the ad tech industry. (To get a sense of how connected he is in the ad …

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' And That Could Be A Problem

These are the words of Louis Del Monte, physicist, entrepreneur, and author of "The Artificial Intelligence Revolution." Del Monte spoke to us over the phone about his thoughts surrounding artificial intelligence and the singularity, an indeterminate point in the future when machine intelligence …

New water-based organic battery is cheap, rechargeable and eco-friendly

Lithium-ion batteries have made portable, rechargeable electronics commonplace. Unfortunately, they do have some glaring drawbacks, including heat …

Study claims Silk Road reduced drug-related violence

The dark web may have a silver lining, according to a pair of academics: A new class of geekier, less violent drug dealers.<p>A law professor and a …

Here’s how Apple’s smart home program will work

Apple’s(s aapl) move into the smart home isn’t actually the grand experience I had hoped for. Instead, it is a much simpler program that will …

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

KPCB Internet trends 2014

The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report includes:<p>1. Key Internet trends showing slowing Internet user growth but strong smartphone, tablet and mobile data traffic growth as well as rapid growth in mobile advertising.<p>2. Emerging positive efficiency trends in education and …

Mobile Apps Are Killing The Free Web, Handing A Censored Duopoly to Google And Apple

The Web as we know it is being replaced, slowly but surely, by mobile apps. And access to those apps is controlled by just two companies: Apple and Google.<p>They take a 30% cut of download revenue from any successful app. It's basically a tax on new media, Dixon says.<p>Dixon is a venture capitalist who …

The 'Internet Of Things' Will Be Bigger Than The Smartphone, Tablet, And PC Markets Combined

In the consumer space, many products and services have already crossed over into the IoT, including kitchen and home appliances, lighting and heating products, and insurance company-issued car monitoring devices that allow motorists to pay insurance only for the amount of driving they do.<p><i>Here are</i> …

Facebook Has Become The New Yahoo, And It's Obvious Mark Zuckerberg Knows It

Sunday, we reported a piece of news that indicates this may be true.<p>This winter, Facebook halted the rollout of a beautiful redesign.<p>The reason: The company realized that while the redesign looked great on new computers with big, sharp screens, it was hard to use on older computers with small, …

The era of Facebook is an anomaly

danah boyd’s SXSW keynote is sold out. When it’s over, a dozen fans rush the stage.<p>These fans aren’t young groupies hoping to get a closer glimpse at their favorite rock star, but full-grown adults hoping to hear one more word from boyd. She’s one of the world’s sharpest authorities on how teens …