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Almost everyone is creative around the same time every day

There’s some basic information about ourselves that we rarely, if ever, act on: When are we sharpest or dimmest—or happiest, or flattest—throughout the day? Or, for nocturnal types, the night?<p>Although we may know our patterns well enough to answer that question, most of us schedule events—or get …

Creativity

By 2020, 30% of search is voice-conducted. Here’s what that means for your business.

Bought an Amazon Echo last Christmas? You were not the only one.<p>According to a statement released by Amazon, “millions” of Echo Dots — the manufacturer’s smart home devices featuring voice assistant Alexa — were sold during the holidays, making it the best-selling item on their website.<p>Indeed, …

SEO

How to upgrade an iPod for 2018 with flash memory and a new battery

Bring back the iPod with some style<p>Apple’s iPod is probably the pinnacle of personal audio devices. Sure, Android and iOS phones can play music with their fancy streaming services and gigabytes of storage, but nothing beats the elegant style, refined design, and tactile click wheel of a classic …

Gear & Gadgets

Microsoft’s HoloLens is now available to rent

Microsoft has spent much of the past couple of years arguing its vision of an augmented reality future with the HoloLens. Now, it’s realizing that for potential buyers of the company’s enterprise-focused Commercial Suite edition, there’s some desire to try it out before they break out the corporate …

Augmented Reality

American history podcasts are having a moment

With podcasts enjoying a surge in revenue and VC investment and collectively surpassing 65 million monthly listeners for the first time, VentureBeat’s Paul Sawers makes a good case for why 2017 was the year of the podcast. A closer look at the shows unveiled in the past few months reveals a trend …

BMW and Mercedes-Benz will also try out subscription plans for new cars

Pilot programs are set to start this year in US, following other luxury auto brands<p>Not to be left out by rivals, BMW and Mercedes-Benz appear to be joining the world of automotive subscription models that cover all of the fees required with car ownership or leasing under one payment.<p>Both BMW and …

Detroit Auto Show

Facebook is trying to prove it's not a media company by dropping the guillotine on a bunch of media companies

Despite all the reports of fake news, fake Russian ads, and the overall abuse of its platform, Facebook has repeatedly refused to admit it's a media company.<p>Yes, it distributes content. Yes, it runs ads against that content. And yes, it even produces its own shows and other media. But Facebook …

Media Industry

India has 600 million young people – and they’re set to change our world

This new generation is motivated: it combines the cultural values of the traditional Asian family with the life goals of the American teenager<p>An illuminating and sometimes alarming book, Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing the World, is published this month. About 600 million people, more than …

Internal Revenue Service

Who Owns Urban Mobility Data?

Policymakers need it; private transportation companies have it. Here’s one way to broker a solution.<p>How, exactly, should policymakers respond to the rapid rise of new private mobility services such as ride-hailing, dockless shared bicycles, and microtransit? As I argued here several months ago, in …

The best tech of CES 2018

Best Tech of CES 2018<p>Best Tech of CES 2018<p>The new year may start on Jan. 1, but for the tech world it doesn't really begin until CES, the world's …

Gear & Gadgets

Fenix AR helmet rises from the ashes of Skully at CES

The new Skully Technologies will honor backers from the failed Skully Incorporated crowdfunding campaign.<p>If the name Skully Technologies sounds familiar to you, you may remember an ill-fated Indiegogo campaign in 2016. That's when Skully Incorporated raised nearly $2.5 million dollars in preorders …

Augmented Reality

Google and Others Are Building AI Systems That Doubt Themselves - MIT Technology Review

The most powerful approach in AI, deep learning, is gaining a new capability: a sense of uncertainty.<p>Researchers at Uber and Google are working on …

Machine Learning

TVs of CES 2018

Televisions

Meet the robots of CES 2018

Robotics

Fitbit could add glucose monitors to future health-monitoring devices

Fitbit just invested over $6 million in a company called Sano that's working on a coin-sized patch that monitors blood sugar, <i>CNBC</i> reports. The wearables-maker already incorporates other glucose-tracking devices' data into its Ionic smartwatch, but this investment suggests that the company might be …

Wearable Tech

6 gadgets NOT to buy in 2018

Smart luggage is one of the most popular gadgets on the market today — but soon consumers may find themselves in a bind if they try to travel with it.<p>…

Televisions

7 tech trends that will rule CES 2018

With the new year comes new tech, and it's not a gradual process. The world's biggest tech show, CES, kicks off before the first week of 2018 is …

Health Care

Americans are falling in love with their iconic brands again

It's hard to find two companies more synonymous with America than Walmart and McDonald's. Both have become symbols of American capitalism while expanding their presence enormously across the country.<p>And, as the modern retail climate continues to evolve, both companies have adopted a new way of …

McDonald's

Amazon releases Alexa developer kit for wearable devices

Wearable devices and headphones will be able to access Alexa thanks to a new developer tool kit for OEMs.<p>Amazon on Friday introduced the Alexa Mobile …

Smart Homes

Speak, shower and shave: Kohler brings smarts to your bathroom

Kohler wants to put Amazon's Alexa in your bathroom mirror and bring your toilet, your tub and your shower online.<p>To see the future of your bathroom, you'll need to head 60 miles north of Milwaukee. There, in the Rockwell-quaint company town of Kohler, just outside of Sheboygan, you'll find the …

Smart Homes

‘Smart’ sunglasses from Vuzix work with Android and iOS, will debut at CES

Vuzix will unveil its latest headset supporting augmented reality (AR) during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. As a producer of …

Google Glass

Vobot is bringing a wake-up light with Alexa to CES 2018

Last year at CES, Vobot introduced the world’s first smart clock that with Alexa built-in. Now, the company plans to unveil the Vabot Halo at this years show. It’s an upgraded version of the original Alexa based alarm clock, but now has a host of other features including sunrise simulation and more.<p>…

CES 2018: Tech preview of the show's coolest new products

<b>All aboard the (self-driving) bus - next stop, CES: Las Vegas' annual gigantic tech fest.</b><p>About 4,000 companies - many of them start-ups - are arriving in town this weekend. Over the coming days, they will reveal new products, secure orders and hopefully provide a taste of the future at the trade …

Virtual Reality

Why CES Might Not Be So Boring This Year

UX may be the star of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.<p>Your run-of-the-mill 4K television is a remarkable totem to human progress. The display is made from 8 million separate pixels, each rendered in 1 of 1,024 different colors, each firing 30 times or more a second. These images are …

Gear & Gadgets

First Amazon Alexa-Enabled Digital Glasses to Debut at CES

The first augmented-reality glasses with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be shown next week at CES in Las Vegas -- manufactured by a 75-employee …

Augmented Reality

Starry Internet’s beaming broadband tech hits LA and DC this month, with more cities coming soon

Starry’s mostly been pretty quiet since coming out of stealth roughly this time two years ago. The Boston-based startup has been busy raising funds and running limited testing in its hometown. Starry Internet is still firmly in beta mode, mind, but later this month, it’s going to expand that …

San Francisco

Linkkle is a super simple tool for all your social media links

Decisions, decisions. Do you link to your Instagram profile on your Twitter feed or your Facebook page? Or maybe you want to showcase your Github, LinkedIn and Pinterest pages but there’s only one URL field which means you have to choose.<p>Linkkle is a newly launched, free to use tool that aims to …

Web Design

CES 2018: Here's What to Expect From Tech's Biggest Show

The countdown to the year’s biggest technology event is on. And when CES kicks off in January, some of the top tech we’ll see next year will be on …

Televisions

The buzz before CES 2018

The big consumer electronics show kicks off on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas. Here's a rundown of trends to watch for at CES 2018.

Las Vegas

Five of the Coolest-Looking VR and AR Headsets, Apps, and More Coming in 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Let’s face it: it’s going to be a while before most of us get headsets that can virtually transport us to new realities, mix digital images with the …

Virtual Reality