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  • Mercedes-Benz just made $780m from Tesla

    22 October 2014, 11:13 am by: Chris Davies

    Mercedes-Benz has sold off its remaining stake in motor industry disrupter Tesla, pocketing around $780m in the process, but insisting that it won't stop the two companies from collaborating on new and existing electric car projects. The German firm had…
  • Your internet is about to be rated like a TV show

    22 October 2014, 10:55 am by: Chris Burns

    This week the folks at Adobe and Nielsen have made clear their intent to rate the internet. These ratings won’t necessarily be used the same way movie ratings are - you probably won’t be banned from seeing an R-rated website if you’re under-age any more…
  • Can “The Like Machine” take Facebook’s rating success in-store?

    22 October 2014, 10:31 am by: Chris Davies

    The excitement of the retail experience has never quite pushed us to shouting "yes!" in the aisles, but we might be tempted to hit a Facebook-style "Like" button if there was something which particularly caught our eye. That's what The Like Machine is hoping…
  • Now Barnes & Noble has a 10.1-inch Samsung Nook tablet

    22 October 2014, 9:50 am by: Chris Davies

    Samsung's latest Nook-branded iteration on its Android tablet line-up has been announced, with Barnes & Noble putting the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 up for sale in-store. Following the existing 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, released back in August, the new version has…
  • Kidizoom Smartwatch: a durable wearable for kids

    22 October 2014, 7:30 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Camera. Smartphone. Tablet. Smartwatch. If you have it, your kid no doubt wants to use it, and that presents a problem, as kids aren't always gentle when handling delicate devices. That's where kid-centric alternatives come in, such as the various tablets…
  • RogerVoice subtitles phone calls for the hard-of-hearing

    22 October 2014, 7:10 am by: JC Torres

    These days, speech recognition is a lot about Siri versus Google Now versus Cortana, but that is definitely not the only use case for the technology. We often take for granted what we are able to use our smartphones for because we are physically capable of…
  • DARPA turns its attention to atom-wide brain sensors

    22 October 2014, 6:50 am by: Brittany Hillen

    DARPA, known half-jokingly as the Department of Mad Scientists, has again turned its attention to the human brain, this time hoping to expand our insight into it and its structure through the use of incredibly tiny (read: atom-sized) graphene sensors. It…
  • Bowers & Wilkins gets into wireless with T7 Bluetooth speaker

    22 October 2014, 6:30 am by: JC Torres

    Audiophiles and purists might bemoan the trend, but almost anyone and everyone in the audio industry is making a Bluetooth speaker one way or another. The latest to join that bandwagon is Bowers & Wilkins, well-known for their high-end loudspeakers and audio…
  • Avi-on Bluetooth light switch sticks to any wall

    22 October 2014, 6:10 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Imagine deciding you would like a light switch at some specific place in your home where no switch exists, and being able to add it simply by sticking a switch to the wall like a giant Bluetooth-toting sticker, no cutting or wiring necessary. Such is the…
  • Olloclip announced 4-in-1 Photo Lens for iPhone 6, 6 Plus

    22 October 2014, 5:50 am by: JC Torres

    Proving that it is indeed worthy of this year's CEA Innovation Entrepreneur Award, Olloclip has unveiled the much awaited add-on for the new generation of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones. This accessory gives users access to four popular and highly…
  • Kuna connected home security system is hidden in a porch light

    22 October 2014, 5:30 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Keeping one's home safe has largely transitioned away from reliance on traditional home security companies and towards utilizing the devices and services we already have, namely smartphones and a home WiFi network. Numerous connected devices designed for home…
  • Microsoft finally settles on “Microsoft Lumia” name

    22 October 2014, 5:10 am by: JC Torres

    One chapter of Microsoft's, and Nokia's, mobile history is finally drawing to a close. After a bit of guessing and speculation on what Microsoft plans to do to unify its mobile branding, Nokia's, or rather Microsoft's, French Facebook page gave an unambiguous…
  • ShutterBOT transforms Android devices into a DSLR remote

    22 October 2014, 4:50 am by: Brittany Hillen

    Many have forsaken their digital cameras in favor of the camera on their smartphone, but the exception is largely the professional and dedicated hobbyists among us. Most DSLR cameras can be used with a remote, which often has to be picked up separately from…
  • Samsung teases Android Lollipop for the Galaxy Note 4

    22 October 2014, 4:30 am by: JC Torres

    Samsung has finally spoken up about Android 5.0. Or rather, in this case, it's more like a whisper. But we'll take anything over the silence it has been observing for almost a week now. Over at its Twitter account, the Korean OEM is actually advertising the…
  • Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9860 arrives with Action Center

    21 October 2014, 10:34 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    The Windows 10 Technical Preview became available on October 1st, and now following closely after it is the first update build, Build 9860. Microsoft's Gabe Aul introduced the new build today, saying that updates will sometimes be frequent and sometimes be…
  • Apple Maps Connect ushers in listings portal for businesses

    21 October 2014, 9:31 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Apple has rolled out a new do-it-yourself listings portal for small businesses called Apple Maps Connect. Through it, business owners or select others working on their behalf can list a company on Apple Maps whenever they'd like, doing so with an instant…
  • iPad Air 2 Review – Apple builds a new flagship

    21 October 2014, 9:01 pm by: Chris Davies

    Apple is bullish on tablets and, for all it may be the slimmest and lightest of its breed, the iPad Air 2 is undeniably its new heavyweight champion. Dropping weight and bulk while simultaneously gaining power, the iPad Air 2 also dips into the best-selling…
  • iPad mini 3 Review – Refinement not Revolution

    21 October 2014, 9:01 pm by: Chris Davies

    For many tablet fans, Apple's second-generation iPad mini hit the sweet spot. Keeping the bag- and hand-friendly design of the original iPad mini, but adding a Retina display, it replaced standalone ereaders and held the phablet fort until the iPhone 6 Plus…
  • Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

    21 October 2014, 8:54 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Some people take their DIY projects very seriously, as was apparently the case with a duo in Florida who crashed in their Maverick flying car. The Maverick is a homemade machine (it isn't clear whether the passengers bought it or made it), and surprisingly…
  • Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

    21 October 2014, 8:18 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    How often do you download a song without previewing it first? If it is an artist you're fond of, the odds are likely high, as you figure it's something you'll want in your collection. We have to assume that is the reason behind what happened in Canada…
  • Apple, GT Advanced officially part ways

    21 October 2014, 7:44 pm by: Nate Swanner

    After a protracted relationship that churned out no physical product from their famed Arizona facility, GT Advanced and Apple have parted ways. The separation is said to be amicable, and comes on the heels of GT’s bankruptcy and subsequent bashing of their…
  • Dish Network and Turner squabble, channels go dark

    21 October 2014, 7:36 pm by: Brittany Hillen

    Contract disputes are a common thing, and we've seen them span all varieties of companies: Amazon has had its share of battles this year, for example, and we've seen television watchers suffer as a result of soured negotiations. That latter issue has again…
  • Yahoo earnings: 17% of revenue is from mobile ads

    21 October 2014, 6:45 pm by: Nate Swanner

    When Marissa Mayer took over at Yahoo, the company was in a tailspin. At first blush, her shopping spree after assuming control didn’t seem to help. Spending big cash on properties like Tumblr seemed like they may do more harm than good. Now, with Yahoo’s…
  • iPad Air 2 benchmarks blow away iPhone 6, iPad Air

    21 October 2014, 6:13 pm by: Nate Swanner

    When the iPad Air 2 came out, much of the energy circulated around whether or not you should upgrade. The device had some nice new tweaks, but was it enough to permit spending a few hundred more bucks? The original iPad Air seemed just fine at the time, and…
  • Shia LaBeouf music video tells tale of “actual cannibal”

    21 October 2014, 6:00 pm by: Chris Burns

    We’ve reached peak Shia LaBeouf, and the actor superstar himself isn’t even directly involved. His name is involved, and indeed it does appear that the artist Rob Cantor does truly believe that he is speaking about Shia LeBeouf, but Shia is not actually in…
  • Yelp teams with Hipmunk for in-app hotel reservations

    21 October 2014, 5:10 pm by: Nate Swanner

    AirBNB sounds (and is) really awesome, but they have a unique set of problems. In some states, listing a room or home on the service means you’ll have to jump through bureaucratic hoops and bust through the red tape. Many are turned off by that, leaving…
  • iCloud attacks were real: Apple comments

    21 October 2014, 4:28 pm by: Chris Burns

    This week it was reported that Apple’s iCloud servers were under attack by China - as it turns out that’s not entirely true. Apple has made clear in a statement that there were indeed "intermittent organized network attacks" this week, but that they were…
  • Tesla unable to sell direct to customers in Michigan

    21 October 2014, 4:26 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Tesla has been dealt a major blow in their quest to sell direct to customers. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is set to sign legislation that will make it impossible for auto manufacturers to sell direct to customers. Tesla has long-held the position that it’s…
  • Apple Pay loyalty program coming this year, uses iAds

    21 October 2014, 3:44 pm by: Nate Swanner

    Making its home in Passbook, Apple Pay credit cards might sit next to your loyalty cards from some establishments. A new loyalty program specific to Apple Pay may arrive later this year, just in time for the holiday shopping rush. The new program won’t be…
  • The new Google Music Listen Now experience

    21 October 2014, 3:36 pm by: Chris Burns

    This afternoon we’ve been taking a look and a listen at the next generation in Google Music’s subscription service in Listen Now. This morning Google integrated Songza finesse to their musical library collection, allowing professional songsmiths to create…

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