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How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things

Google Wants To Build The Ultimate Personal Assistant

Google Search is changing rapidly. Given the company’s love of small, rapid-fire updates, its sometimes hard to keep track of where the company is going, but earlier this month, at the LeWeb conference in Paris, Google Engineering Director Scott Huffman presented a pretty compelling overview of the …

The 5 Best Reasons For Buying The Xbox One Instead Of A PS4

<i>It’s November, and that means that next-gen consoles are finally on their way. Both consoles have their strengths and weaknesses, and both consoles are going to appeal to different kinds of gamers. In that spirit, I’m running a mini-series on whether you should by the Xbox One, the PS4, or neither.</i> …

Android 4.4 KitKat review: designed by Google, for Google

In 2011, Google introduced Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," which took some of the design direction it had begun on tablets and moved it to phones. In the intervening two years, we've only seen "point" updates for the platform: some subtle refinements and a few big new features, but never a big …

Microsoft Giving Unity To Indie Developers For Free

There’s a small arms race going on between Xbox One and PS4 in fostering indie games development, which means that both gamers and developers are unequivocally winning. Microsoft just announced that the add-on for powerful game creation tool Unity will be free to any developers registered in the …

ClearStory’s next-gen analytics platform is finally available; here’s a visual tour

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>ClearStory Data has been teasing prospective users since it launched in March 2012, promising a next-generation analytics …

Microsoft flaunts Xbox One’s multitasking dashboard

Microsoft showed off the Xbox One's swappable voice-activated features in a new teaser video.<p>It's getting down to the wire for Sony and Microsoft as the two tech companies make the final preparations for the launch of the next-generation PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles. Not wanting …

Xbox

Meet the Exec Crafting Google’s Vision for the Future of Shopping (Maybe This Time It’ll Work!)

Like many of its peers, Google has its own take on what the future of digitally-enabled commerce should look like.<p>In fact, it has had a lot of takes …

Cloud Cannon's CMS for Web Designers Goes Freemium

Content management platform Cloud Cannon is unveiling a new freemium pricing structure in its pursuit to become “the go-to platform” for simple website creation. The company hopes that that this will encourage designers to use its service earlier in the creation phase. The service will be free if …

Xbox One Kinect shrinks minimum distance requirement to 4.6 feet

Microsoft said it improved Kinect on the Xbox One, and now a leaked setup manual indicates how little space it requires to operate. The PDF NeoGAF spotted notes that a minimum 1.4 meters (just over 4.5-feet) between the user and Microsoft's new do-all sensor is all that's required. For those of us …

The Ducati 1199 Panigale TerraCorsa is an off-road superbike

The ultimate dual sport.<p>Portland Ducati dealer MotoCorsa has officially earned a spot on my list of personal heroes. Behold the crew's latest creation: the Ducati 1199 Panigale TerraCorsa. If you think sullying a Panigale with a set of off road tires, 1098 wheels, some paint, and a few suspension …

Jamaican athletes could be excluded from Olympics

• Wada seeking audit of Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission • 'The current position is unacceptable'<p>Jamaican athletes such as Usain Bolt could face exclusion from the Olympics after the world anti-doping chief John Fahey warned the nation's drug testers they must prove quickly they are meeting …

Google is testing Google Drive presentation support for Chromecast

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>Google (s GOOG) is apparently testing the ability to cast presentations directly from Google Drive to …

Microsoft Tests Eyewear to Rival Google Glass

Microsoft Corp. is testing prototypes for Web-connected eyewear similar to the Google Glass device, people familiar with the matter said, potentially …

Google Glass

Microsoft drops ‘RT’ moniker from original Surface, hides desktop mode on new RT tablets

Microsoft is altering its Surface RT name to just Surface today. After dropping the RT moniker for its Surface 2 tablet, the software maker is removing the RT branding on the Surface entirely. New product pages for Surface no longer mention Surface RT at all, just as the new Surface 2 and Surface 2 …

Wearable-Tech Fatigue and the New Fitbit Force

I had almost given up on all activity-tracking wristbands until I tried the new Fitbit Force.<p>You see, over the past year and a half I’ve tried a …

Fitness Technology

DICE: Making Star Wars: Battlefront 'Is Scary'

"You can only screw up, right?"<p>DICE Executive Producer Patrick Bach has spoken about how the studio got tasked with Star Wars: Battlefront and the …

Gmail Gets Refreshed Log-in Page

Google has quietly rolled out a new design for Gmail’s main log-in page on the Web.<p>Chances are, you may not have noticed this given that, well, you probably remain logged-in to Gmail for the most part. But the good folks at Zinx observed this refresh earlier today, and we’re seeing a few whispers …

Google Tests Prompting Gmail Users to Sign Into Chrome

Google has started testing a new “Sign in to Chrome” prompt that shows up when users of the company’s browser sign into Gmail. Google has confirmed this is a test, but wouldn’t go into any details. A Google spokesperson instead gave TNW a boilerplate statement: “We’re always experimenting with new …

San Francisco wants to make disasters more social

SF72 website touted as "San Francisco's hub for emergency preparedness"<p>The city of San Francisco this week launched a social network designed to help citizens prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters. The website, called SF72, allows users to create emergency plans, stock up on supplies, and, …

Twitter could fix its ‘direct message’ woes with a new WhatsApp-like messenger app

Twitter direct messages, or DMs, are broken. But the soon-to-IPO network of the now just might fix that with a new dedicated messaging app, a la Facebook Messenger.<p>The person-to-person private messaging part of Twitter doesn’t appear on the home screen. It doesn’t appear on the “Connect” tab, …

Jenova Chen planning journeys to new emotions

"We are not just making games. We are making memories that are treasured for whole lifetimes."<p>Jenova Chen, thatgamecompany co-founder and creator of <i>Journey</i> was at the Gaming Insiders conference in San Francisco today to talk about emotion, and how he has spent his career finding new ways for gamers …

DICE details Battlefield 4 improvements from beta

Feedback from the Battlefield 4 beta will provide the final version of the upcoming first-person shooter with numerous tweaks, balance chances, and performance improvements, developer DICE has said.<p>In a post addressing the updates the game will receive between now and its launch at the end of the …

Ammunition

Maker Camp presents Macabre Masks and Makeup! Join MAKE magazine for this special Maker Camp Halloween Edition Hangout-on-Air. Dax Tran-Caffee (http://blogs.exploratorium.edu/tinkering/tag/dax/), champion of amazing cardboard creations, shows us how he creates scary masks and headdresses with this readily available material; Klaire De Lys, Youtube makeup superstar, specializes in hardcore gore when the occasion calls for it--checkout her photo gallery (if you have the stomach for it!); Joseph …

Pinterest Appeals To Publishers With New Article Pins, Pushes To Become A Bookmarking & “Read It Later” Service

Only days after announcing the launch of ads, social networking site Pinterest is now making an appeal to publishers. The company is today rolling out an updated “article” pin type, which is designed to expand Pinterest’s reach beyond those pinning photographs or product images linking to …

Xiaomi has beat Apple in China, but can it win over the rest of the world?

<i>Quartz begins a series today profiling companies around the world experiencing explosive growth.</i><p>Lei Jun walks on to the stage like a young Steve Jobs. It’s September in Beijing and the founder of one of China’s scrappiest smartphone brands, Xiaomi, is about to unveil its flagship Mi-3 phone. This …

Mobile

Young People Say Technology Is Often Dehumanizing But Makes Life Easier

NEW YORK, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Millennials are tech-savvy young adults who grew up with smartphones and iPads, but many think technology makes people less human, according to a poll released on Thursday.<p>The survey of 12,000 people aged 18 and older in eight countries, commissioned by Intel …

Twitter Plans to Revamp Its Private Messaging Product

Twitter’s entire premise is based on publicness. “Join the conversation in the global town square!” the company likes to say.<p>But, over the past year, …

Messaging

Oyster's Netflix-like ebook subscription service now available for all iPad and iPhone users

Oyster, a startup offering all-you-can-read ebook subscriptions, launched earlier this month as an invite-only service — but it's now available for all iPad and iPhone users, <i>GigaOm</i> reports. For $9.95 a month, subscribers receive unlimited access to a library of more than 100,000 book titles. While …

IBM Revenues Down $1 Billion For Third Quarter As Hardware Sales Falter With Popularity Of The Cloud

IBM has reported its third-quarter revenues were $23.72 billion compared to $24.74 billion this time last year. The revenues were down due to the company’s underperforming hardware division, which is taking a hit with the growing popularity of cloud services. Revenues for the nine-month period …