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  • Let family track you in traffic with Google Maps creator’s app PlaceUs

    23 July 2014, 4:04 pm by: Chris Burns

    A new app from one of the chief creators of Google Maps, Sam Liang Ph.D, is appearing this week to allow your family to track you at all times. Contextual awareness is key to the existence of "PlaceUs," an app which allows you to tell your family you’re…
  • Fire Phone’s problem is Amazon made shopping too easy

    23 July 2014, 4:02 pm by: Chris Davies

    Amazon can't be too pleased with the first batch of Fire Phone reviews. The smartphone's more outlandish technology works, certainly - Dynamic Perspective tracks your face; Firefly snaps and searches for your products - but the takeaway nonetheless has been…
  • Sync brings wearable utility to the whole family

    23 July 2014, 3:41 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Wearables are al the rage, but their aim is often a bit myopic. some focus on fitness tracking, others notifications. Some simply measure steps taken, while others are there to track your entire life. Sync, currently being funded in IndieGoGo, is not only…
  • Rumor: Apple has two Fall events scheduled for iPhone 6, iWatch

    23 July 2014, 3:02 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Another day, another iPhone rumor popping up. This time, folks “briefed on plans” say Apple has two fall announcements to discuss a bevy or things. From desktop to your wrist, Apple has a lot to talk about — so much so, they need two days to do so. These…
  • That HTC Smartwatch? It’s a designer’s flight of fancy

    23 July 2014, 2:39 pm by: Chris Davies

    The eagle-eyed were ecstatic: HTC had shared a video of its design studios and there, lurking in plain (if pixely) sight, seemed to be the much-rumored HTC smartwatch, right there on a designer's desk. It was enough to reignite speculation about an HTC-made…
  • AirFrame+ review: the car mount that can handle any phone

    23 July 2014, 2:12 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Android devices (and probably the iPhone, too) are getting larger, and that’s not a trend that will cease any time soon. Finding a mount for your car that can accommodate your girthy smartphone may not be easy. So many still cater to smaller phones, but an…
  • 4K iMac or Thunderbolt Display tipped for Yosemite debut

    23 July 2014, 1:58 pm by: Chris Davies

    Apple's desktop Mac line may finally be getting the Retina update OS X users have been hoping for, with chatter of a 4K model headed to stores around October. Although Retina display technology is already offered on the MacBook Pro and across Apple's iPhone…
  • ASUS RT-AC87 router can handle your Gigabit Internet with ease

    23 July 2014, 1:28 pm by: Nate Swanner

    ASUS is at it again, producing great routers for your home or office. This time they’ve unleashed the RT-AC87, which was first shown off at CES this year. Using a 4x4 MU-MIMO chipset, the RT-AC87 will handle anything you throw at it, even Google Fiber-esque…
  • HTC One Remix is officially Verizon’s (M8) mini release

    23 July 2014, 1:08 pm by: Chris Burns

    This week the folks at Verizon have officially unveiled the HTC One Mini 2, known on this carrier as the HTC One Remix. This is essentially the same device as we saw in our HTC One mini 2 review from earlier this year save the data connection and the apps.…
  • littleBits cloudBit released: connecting all objects to the web, IFTTT included

    23 July 2014, 12:51 pm by: Chris Burns

    The device and device collection known as littleBits cloudBit offers to connect every electronic object you own to the web. Better than that, these devices allow you to make things - everything from a Remote Pet Feeder to your own web-controlled camera. These…
  • Duolingo Test Center now live, ready to certify your tongue

    23 July 2014, 12:25 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Duolingo today announced their Test Center feature is going live. The app, available now for Android and the web (in September for iOS), will now let users take an administered language test right from their mobile device. There isn’t a proctored test other…
  • Skype for Fire Phone lands with face-tracking graphics

    23 July 2014, 12:03 pm by: Chris Davies

    Microsoft isn't letting any grass grow under Amazon's Fire Phone, pushing out a version of Skype for the face-tracking smartphone in time for its public release. The new app, already available in Amazon's Appstore, has been tweaked to take advantage of the…
  • Star Wars Battlefront release “close to” Star Wars 7

    23 July 2014, 11:48 am by: Chris Burns

    EA Games will be releasing Star Wars Battlefront next year - it’s almost, but not quite assured. This week EA Studios EVP Patrick Soderlund has spoken up about the game, speaking specifically to how it’ll be released and on how it will relate to Star Wars…
  • Nissan Note NISMO makes compact crazy

    23 July 2014, 11:22 am by: Chris Davies

    This is not your mother-in-law's Nissan Note. In fact, the meaty body-kit, tuned engine, and splashes of red trim can only mean one thing: Nissan's NISMO tuning team has got its hands on the diminutive hatchback, and massaged some extra driving pleasure from…
  • Motorola’s digital tattoo made real

    23 July 2014, 10:56 am by: Chris Burns

    This week the digital tattoo - temporary tattoo, that is to say - has been made a real product by the folks at Motorola, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, and VivaLnk Inc. This is not the firs time we’ve heard of such a product - Motorola…
  • Sense sleep tracker analyzes room for smarter rest

    23 July 2014, 10:38 am by: Chris Davies

    A new sleep-tracking gadget which aims to do for the bedroom what wearables like Fitbit and Jawbone have done for exercise claims it can wake you more naturally without a frustrating wristband, figuring out sleep cycles but also taking into account the state…
  • Lowe’s Iris smart home system now locks out your cat

    23 July 2014, 10:04 am by: Chris Davies

    Lowe's Iris plug-and-play smart home system is getting bigger, with a new range of add-ons that can control garage doors, allow pets in and out of the home, and more. Iris now gets four new devices to play with, all hooking up wirelessly to the central hub,…
  • Google Maps photo sphere Views becomes more social

    23 July 2014, 9:06 am by: JC Torres

    Not everyone who knows about Google Maps might be aware that a lounge for Photo Spheres exists within it. But for those that are hooked on viewing the collection available on Google Maps Views, Google just announced a treat for them. It has placed +1 buttons…
  • OS X Yosemite Preview (Public Beta)

    23 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Chris Davies

    Apple’s Mac platform has had a great year. At a time when traditional PC consumption is shrinking, more people are diving into OS X, and the next big upgrade is Yosemite 10.10. Revamping the interface, eroding the barriers between iPhone, iPad, and your…
  • Apple’s OS X Yosemite public beta opens July 24th

    23 July 2014, 9:00 am by: Chris Davies

    Apple promised a public beta for OS X Yosemite, and now it's delivering on that, with the work-in-progress software set to launch for eager early-adopters from Thursday, July 24th. The pre-release software won't require an Apple developer account in order to…
  • Destiny on PS3: unsurprisingly less gorgeous

    23 July 2014, 7:51 am by: JC Torres

    It's time to play spot the difference again! Destiny started its public beta phase last week and, naturally, current gen console gamers have jumped in on the action, both in real life and in-game. However, last gen owners weren't exactly left out of the fun,…
  • 2015 Toyota Sienna includes “megaphone” feature: shouting no longer necessary

    23 July 2014, 7:49 am by: Brittany Hillen

    The longer one's vehicle is (and, perhaps, the more kids it is filled with), the louder the driver has to shout to get a message to those in the back. Toyota has targeted this issue with its 2015 Sienna, including a megaphone-like feature that lets the driver…
  • Defender is a camera-toting connected can of pepper spray

    23 July 2014, 6:07 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Defender has taken connected technology in a different direction than many startups, electing to incorporate it into what is essentially a canister of pepper spray. The device is bid as a connected personal defense system, and has recently been successfully…
  • Adding a HUD to your car: three options

    23 July 2014, 5:46 am by: Brittany Hillen

    A head-up display (HUD) enables drivers to see all the details they need while driving without any hassle or risk of distraction (not to mention giving one's car the snazzy sci-fi feel of having data projected onto the windshield). Your car may not have…
  • Lumia 530 arrives with an unbelievable price tag

    23 July 2014, 5:43 am by: JC Torres

    Just over the weekend, we gave you our in-depth review of the Lumia 635, poised to be a follow up to the best among the cheapest Lumia 520. Little did we know that Nokia, or rather Microsoft, had a surprise in store today: an actual Lumia 520 successor. The…
  • Star Wars Episode 7 leak reveals Gwendoline Christie’s role

    23 July 2014, 5:17 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Early last month, it was revealed that Gwendoline Christie has joined the cast of Star Wars Episode 7, and according to the latest from the rumor mill, she has a big part to play in the upcoming movie. Needless to say, there are (possible) spoilers ahead, so…
  • Ptolemaic Watch brings a tiny solar system to your wrist

    22 July 2014, 11:44 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    There's a watch to match every style, even if your style skews towards being a bit quaint and colorful. The Ptolemaic Watch from The Philosopher's Guild harbors a color solar system for a watch face, with the hour and minute hands serving as the moon and sun.…
  • Star Wars Death Star rug gives your decor a fandom flair

    22 July 2014, 10:52 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    If you've been eyeing The Fowndry's Star Wars X-Wing knife block for your kitchen, a Canadian rug design company has rolled out a similar product for your entertainment room: the Death Star rug, a limited edition floor cover appealing to your inner Imperial…
  • Uber and Google bring WiFi to cars in Philadelphia

    22 July 2014, 9:51 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Uber has revealed its newest offering for its business customers: in-car wireless Internet, courtesy of Google. The catch is that the service is only coming to Philadelphia, and it will only be available starting today up through Labor Day. The service --…
  • Amazon Fire Phone review: The shopper’s smartphone

    22 July 2014, 9:00 pm by: Chris Davies

    When Amazon wades into a new segment, competitors take note, and few devices have been so nervously anticipated as the Fire Phone. Amazon's first smartphone doesn't just put Prime in your pocket, it also pushes the limits of UI, with its quartet of Dynamic…

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