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SmartThings nets $12.5M to own the smart home

SmartThings has raised $12.5 million in a Series A round of funding from Greylock Partners and Highland Capital Partners, bringing investment in the …

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

This Cube Can Capture Any Color

Now the ability to “paint with all the colors of the wind” doesn’t solely belong to Disney's Pocahontas.<p>Developed by three university friends, The …

Ivee Sleek is a voice assistant that controls your connected home via WiFi

By this point, most of us are accustomed to being able to talk to our laptops and phones to get them to do what we want (some of the time, at least). Now, Ivee Sleek is here to give you the same control over all those WiFi-equipped lightbulbs, thermostats and door locks we've been seeing lately. …

The 'likes' and 'dislikes' of Facebook investing (infographic)

Since Facebook’s blockbuster $16 billion IPO in 2012, the social network has seen its share of highs and lows.<p>The company had an impressive $2 billion in revenue in the third quarter of 2013, beating analyst expectations of $1.91 billion. It’s gained nearly a half billion monthly active users on …

Apple's iBeacon Technology Brings New Possibilities for Location-Based Gaming

Apple's iBeacons have a lot of potential for inclusion in location-based games, according to The Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia, who spoke to <i>Re/code</i> in an interview. Currently, iOS game developers who want to incorporate location into gameplay are limited to determining location via Apple's internal …

2013: The Year You Wore I.T. Well

Wearable computing still sounds pretty futuristic, but something amazing happened this year: A lot of wearable tech went on sale for real.<p>My first computer was portable: A tiny Sinclair ZX-81 the size of a small hardcover book. Well, I say portable…the unit was tiny and you’d have to carry the …

Tegra Note 7 gets updated with Android 4.3 and camera enhancements

A few things were missing from NVIDIA's Tegra Note 7 when it launched a month and a half ago, but the company promised that users would get a timely update that filled in some of the holes. That refresh, which includes Android 4.3 and a handful of other enhancements, is coming out to the $200 Tegra …

RANKED: The 11 Best New Logos In Tech

In tech, a tiny app logo is often the first and only exposure millions of users will have to your company. Think how they look scrolling by in Google Play or the App Store.<p>And then there is Apple. Its early multicolored logo set the tone for how people felt about the company: it was whimsical and …

Christmas tech support in just 9 seconds: Amazon boasts its Kindle Fire ‘Mayday’ button was a huge success

Forget spending hours on the phone with tech support.<p>On Christmas Day, Amazon proved that its new “Mayday” feature, which instantly connects Kindle Fire HDX owners with an Amazon customer service representatives via video chat, more than lives up to its promises. Amazon said that Mayday help …

Google tries to protect partners, Nexus devices from Rockstar

Google is looking for an early victory against Rockstar, a patent troll company that’s suing several companies invested in the Android ecosystem.<p>Rockstar is a shell company created by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, and other companies that purchased the patent portfolio of the now-defunct Canadian …

Microsoft executive charged with insider trading

US authorities say Microsoft executive and his friend used confidential information on the tech giant's investment in bookseller Barnes & Noble to make money<p>US authorities have charged a Microsoft executive and his friend and business partner with insider trading, saying they used confidential …

Android 'started over' the day the iPhone was announced

Apple's boast that the iPhone changed everything about the mobile industry has received some support from one of Android's original software architects. Chris DeSalvo, who worked alongside Andy Rubin at Danger before joining Google to build its mobile OS, says that the iPhone's announcement forced …

Facebook’s New “Donate Now” Button Makes Impulsive Giving Easier Than Ever

Inspired by a successful partnership with the Red Cross after Typhoon Haiyan, Facebook is now making it possible for vetted charities to solicit donations on the social network.<p>Computers and cell phones have made it far too easy to spend large sums of money without actually thinking about it. When …

The iPhone 5c’s Weaker Than Expected Sales May be the Holdup in Apple/China Mobile Talks

- Dec 20, 2013<p>“Weak sales” of Apple’s iPhone 5c may be the issue holding up the finalization of a deal between Apple and the world’s largest wireless …

New Chrome Web Store rules demand extensions 'have a single purpose'

Google wants to keep Chrome speedy, easy to use, and stable, and the company is focusing on reigning in extensions to do so. The company is putting new restrictions in place mandating that all extensions "must have a single purpose that is narrow and easy-to-understand," according to a blog post …

Hide your phone, hide your tablet, ’cause 1 out of 13 of you will have something stolen this month

Oh, it’s all peppermint mochas and seasonal ice rinks and Yankee Candle outlets — until someone steals the iPad mini you <i>just got</i> from Meemaw and giddily opened on the 22nd.<p>Serves you right, you Santa-hating glutton.<p>But seriously, it’s not just you. Around 8 percent of people report gadget theft …

Nest Protect review: a smoke detector for the smartphone generation

Back in 2011, Nest did the impossible: It made thermostats sexy. Apple veterans Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers applied their iPod-designing expertise to the largely utilitarian world of home-climate control, creating the Learning Thermostat, an appliance aimed squarely at the gadget-obsessed citizens …

Google Shopping Express brings same-day delivery to Play store and other retailers

Need a Chromecast, fast? Just in time for the holidays, Google(s goog) has launched Google Shopping Express, a same-day delivery service for products …

Relive the first tech bubble with Monopoly: The .com Edition

In November 2000, Hasbro released Monopoly: The .com Edition. The board game came just in time for Christmas—and the dot-com bubble bursting. By the end of that year, the Nasdaq had lost more than half its peak value.<p>Not to jinx the current boom in Silicon Valley, but now seemed like a good time to …

Stock Markets

New Moto X ad lets you change the color on a printed page

Motorola has gone to great lengths to market its flagship<p>Moto Xsmartphone as not the most powerful device, but one that a user can tailor to his or her tastes down to the color of the camera ring. To take that customizability message even further, the company infused a low-tech environment with a …

'PKPKT' is a Bluetooth iPhone game for kleptomaniacs

<i>PKPKT</i> (pronounced "pickpocket") is a new iPhone game that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to simulate digital pickpocketing. Each player starts with $1,000 dollars in fake money, and can make more money by stealing from nearby <i>PKPT</i> users even if the app isn't open, thanks to the technical wizardry …

Gorgeous Robox 3D printer hopes it can do for 3D printing what the iMac did for personal computing

In 1999, my elementary school got every single kid to love computer class with a single move: It replaced a fleet of Macintosh Classic IIs with iMac …

LG will revive WebOS on a smart TV at CES

WebOS lives! Don’t get too excited though, there’s no new Pre or TouchPad to drool over, it’s just a TV.<p>At CES next month LG will unvei its first smart TV that’s powered by WebOS. You may recall that LG bought the patents and rights to WebOS from HP a while back, after HP decided to kill the …

Google Play Music for iOS Gets 'I'm Feeling Lucky' Radio and More

The recently launched iOS version of Google Play Music has received an update bringing it up to par with its Android and browser-based counterparts and giving it an iOS 7-flavored visual refresh.<p>The (excellent) I’m Feeling Lucky Radio feature is now in place, offering up a selection of music you’ll …

Microsoft gifts 20GB of extra SkyDrive storage to Windows Phone users for a year

Microsoft is distributing some holiday cheer to Windows Phone owners today with an email inviting them to activate a bonus 20GB of SkyDrive storage. The bump in cloud storage will be active for a year and users are given until the end of January to claim their slice of it. SkyDrive has grown …

Windows Phone 8 and the Mac: Surprisingly compatible

Whether you got a special deal during the holidays, received a hand-me-down, or your employer requires you to use a Windows phone, Mac users might be …

iOS 7 Jailbreak Released, Enables Tethering, Alternative Apps And Bitcoin

iOS jailbreakers woke up to an early Christmas present this morning as the hacking group evad3rs released the first version of evasi0n7, the first jailbreak for iOS 7. This is not a present, however, for the faint of heart, as it has not been thoroughly tested. Jay Freeman’s (aka saurik), the …

Smartphone smackdown: the best (and worst) of 2013 – video review

It's the end of 2013 and there have been a lot of smartphones released this year, from the likes of Blackberry, Sony, Motorola, HTC, Apple and Google. But which ones are the dogs and which ones are the winners? Charles Arthur and Samuel Gibbs try and test the best – and the worst. They also cast …

Bazaart's New iOS App is 'Photoshop-Meets-Instagram'

Photosharing apps are popular, Photoshop is popular, why not bring them together? That’s the idea behind Bazaart, an iOS app that hits version 2.0 today.<p>The app makes it easy to combine and edit photographs and other images that can be pulled in from your camera roll and social networks, and from …