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12 Of The Best Ideas From CES 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show is a boring affair, but if you look closely enough, it offers a taste of tomorrow. Behold, the future!<p>I’ve been to the Consumer Electronics Show more times than I’d like to admit. And while it’s considered a showcase of technology to come in the next year, it’s a …

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Articles about get organized inspiring office designs on Dwell.com - Dwell

One of the most devastating crises to hit Japan in over 60 years, the March earthquake and tsunami left the country shocked,...<p>Are you planning to remodel your bedroom? Check out these beautiful designs and get inspired.<p>Want to ensure your bedroom is more organised and relaxed - these tips are here …

Make it beautiful: how the fashion industry is giving tech a hand

Blurring the lines between gadgets and jewelry<p>For the fashion-conscious, wearable gadgets are currently <i>not</i> wearable. But at CES 2014, fashion moguls and global tech authorities are finally chatting about how to fix that problem. Design as a function isn't a new idea, but the fashion industry thinks …

Uber CEO firm on surge pricing, regardless of the consequences

Why Nintendo doesn’t stand a chance in China

Nintendo’s stock has soared on news that China is moving to end its 14-year-old ban on foreign-made video-game consoles. But don’t believe the hype. Nintendo doesn’t have what the country’s gamers are looking for these days.<p>The ban on consoles was originally put in place for fear that the …

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The Eye Tribe Says It’s Shipping Its First $99 Eye-Tracking Units, Raises Another $1M

The Eye Tribe, which took the stage today at TechCrunch’s CES Hardware Battlefield, is developing hardware that allows users to control technology with the motion of their eyes.<p>In fact, co-founder and CEO Sune Alstrop Johansen told me that the company has started shipping its first units and …

Owlet Infant Health Tracker Takes The Wearable Revolution Into The Crib

No one is more concerned with health than the mother of an infant, and with the rising availability of wrist-worn fitness tracking devices, it only makes sense that a baby-sized health tracker would pop up.<p>Meet Owlet, one of our hardware battlefield companies.<p>Owlet is an ankle-worn health tracking …

Official 'Star Wars' canon can now include Expanded Universe stories

The <i>Star Wars</i> franchise is changing. Yesterday, Leland Chee, the curator of the <i>Star Wars</i> canon, started tweeting that the existing canon hierarchy would be leveled off, giving the Expanded Universe of novels, video games, comic books, and characters the same standing as the original movies going …

More Hot Stuff from CES in Pictures

Hell Freezes Over in Linux Land as Red Hat Makes Nice With Its Clone

Hell has frozen over in the world of Linux, the open source operating system that runs so many of the machines that underpin today's online …

The Complete List: All the New Netflix and Hulu Releases

It's an all too familiar situation: You went to the grocery store to make sure that your fridge was stocked for this snowstorm, but now you're stuck …

Study predicts 54 million autonomous cars in 2035

A study by analyst firm IHS predicts milestones for autonomous cars entering the market, with global sales of 230,000 in 2025 and 11.8 million in 2035.<p>By 2035, the study predicts, 54 million autonomous cars will be in use.<p>IHS breaks down autonomous cars into five levels. Level 3 cars include …

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Corning is now ready to make 3D Gorilla Glass for wearable devices

Corning's Gorilla Glass is useful for protecting the (mostly) flat screens of smartphones, but it's not a great fit for the curvy world of wearables. The company is prepared to change with the times, though, as it just announced that it can manufacture 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass. Its newly available …

Why This Startup Chose The Midwest Over Silicon Valley

A new app on the market claims to helps shoppers shop and spend smarter. Wisely combines the social search functions of sites like Yelp and Foursquare with an easy personal finance tracker, all in one app.<p>Wisely founders Mike Vichich and Tyler Felous met at the global consulting firm Accenture, …

Hands-On With Coin, The Electronic Credit Card That Hopes To Declutter Your Wallet

There are a number of startups seeking to make our financial lives better, whether it be Simple helping users set budgets and goals or BillGuard to make them aware of fraudulent charges that show up on their credit cards. Then there’s Coin, which wants to create a sort of “one card to rule them …

Why Microsoft didn't ditch the Xbox One's disc drive

Microsoft considered creating a version of the Xbox One without a disc drive, head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer told the Official Xbox Magazine U.K.<p>Microsoft was still discussing the alternate version of the next-gen console as recently as mid-2013.<p>"Obviously, after the announcement and E3, …

[Updated] Gaming PC Form Factors Continue To Shrink With Velocity Micro's SmallBlock

<i>UPDATE: I’ve received a detailed email from Velocity Micro CEO Randall Copeland explaining the differences between SmallBlock and the Lian-Li Q27, of which there are many. “First and foremost,” Copeland says, “the Q27 is sold as a bare chassis, and is not designed to be populated with the weight of</i> …

Sensoria is bringing fitness tracking to socks March 15th

Happy 2014! If you had any doubt that the future was here, just check out these socks. It's hard to imagine we've lived through a time in which undergarments with sensors weren't the norm, isn't it? Fear not, because Sensoria's fitness tracking sport socks are set to start shipping March 15th. The …

CBS and NBC to stream NFL playoff coverage for free

CBS and NBC are making it easy for football fans to follow along this postseason by streaming their NFL playoff coverage online for free. Following the precedent set in 2012, NBC will be offering both of its wild card match-ups this Saturday, while for the first time CBS will be streaming all four …

Developer: Tomb Raider Is A 'Historically Important' Game For Women In The Sexist Game Industry

But it looks like many in the "male-dominated" industry, especially the journalists, still aren't getting the message, according to game developer Brianna Wu.<p>Wu is head of development at Giant Spacekat (GSK), which is perhaps the only full-time game development studio whose employees are all women, …

Apple details impressive Mac Pro environmental improvements over previous generation

Apple today released a new environmental impact report on its Apple and the Environment webpage detailing improvements in the newly launched Mac Pro’s environmental performance. In the report, Apple notes the new Mac Pro meets ENERGY STAR® Version 6.0 standards and gets a Gold rating from EPEAT, …

Google targets big brand advertisers with 'game-changing' technology

Ever since marketing pioneer John Wanamaker quipped that half of all the money he spent on advertising was wasted, but he didn't know which half, businesses have been striving to make their advertising spending accountable.<p>That was in the late 19th century: the department-store king could never …

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What Nest's Funding Means for Hardware Startups

The smart home appliance maker is now valued at more than $2 billion, another indicator that hardware is hot.<p>Nest Labs, the Palo Alto, California-based smart home device startup, is about to raise $150 million in funding at a valuation of $2 billion, according to the tech news site ReCode.<p>Who knew …

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My New Years Resolutions: Simple Enough to Stick to, Helpful Enough to be Beneficial

New Year’s resolutions can be very bittersweet. Everybody loves the sweet sensation of starting off a new year fresh, cleaned of your bad habits and …

Captain Scott's hut - a picture from the past

First published on Thu 2 Jan 2014 08.00 EST

Netflix To Lose Over 90 Key Titles To Licensing Issues January First

The popular streaming service Netflix has had a very good year, with record profits, leaps in new users, and people adapting to binge-watching their favorite shows. The company’s video streaming service is even testing new lower-priced tiers aimed as individual consumers as threats from competitors …

These Apps Will Help You Make 2014 Less Filthy

This year, several notable apps that connect users with house cleaners have launched or gained traction. These include Homejoy, Exec and laundry service Prim. There are a lot of benefits to hiring a professional cleaning service but, unfortunately, I live outside the area covered by these apps. …

Social media is not a zero-sum game and Facebook isn’t going anywhere so get used to it

This has been a particularly rich year for internet hoaxes, but no less rich for the hoax’s less malicious but equally damaging cousin: the inaccurate report that goes viral on social media before the accurate version has a chance to catch up. And so it’s apt that this year’s last “oh, that’s not …

Social Media