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Samsung Buys SmartThings for a Reported $200 Million

David Smothers August 15, 2014

In another signal that consumers’ homes are the new battleground for tech colossuses, Samsung announced on Thursday that it was buying Internet of Things startup SmartThings for a reported $200 million. Re/code reported the figure, which was attributed to anonymous sources. SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson confirmed the acquisition in a blog post, but didn’t describe… Continue Reading »

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Can Wearable Technology Put a Dent in Parkinson’s Disease?

David Smothers August 13, 2014

Wearable technology has clear applications for healthcare, but it’s just one tool. To really find better treatments and cures for disease, the data from the wearable needs to reach beyond a single patient and become part of an aggregate, which medical researchers all over the world can access and analyze. In other words, it needs… Continue Reading »

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Apple Pulls Weed-Growing App After It Dominates Download Charts

David Smothers May 22, 2014

Apple has pulled the popular iOS game called Weed Firm from the Apple App Store, after it climbed to the top of the download charts. The app lets users sell and grow virtual marijuana. The game, which is intended for adults, puts you in the shoes of botany student Ted Growing, who manages a weed-growing… Continue Reading »

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Codecademy Takes Its Free Coding Lessons Worldwide

David Smothers May 22, 2014

Codecademy, the free online learning platform that teaches users to code, is going global. Since its launch in 2011, more than 24 million users have completed more than 100 million exercises on the Codecademy platform. But even though 70% of all those users are from outside the United States, the lessons themselves have always been… Continue Reading »

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What Facebook Might Look Like Using Oculus Rift

David Smothers March 31, 2014

When Facebook bought Oculus VR last week for $2 billion, many wondered if and how the social network could integrate the virtual reality experience into the social networking site. Now, a concept video by Chaotic Moon Studios shows what an Oculus Rift-powered Facebook experience might look like. Although the headset is largely designed for gaming… Continue Reading »

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Why the Moto 360 Smartwatch Will Kill Google Glass

David Smothers March 21, 2014

In November of 2013, I became a Google Glass Explorer. Part of this endeavor involved forking over $1,500 and tax for a technology device that was still in beta. The hardware was beyond prototype, but not in the mass production scale that would be necessary for worldwide distribution. Just a few years ago, smart watches… Continue Reading »

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Apple Prepping Sensors That Predict Heart Attacks, Report Says

David Smothers February 17, 2014

We now know that Apple held closed-door talks with Tesla, a meeting of two innovative companies that hints at a number of possibilities. But buried in that same report from the San Francisco Chronicle is the news that Apple may also be preparing to release a heart-attack prediction device. According to the report, Apple is… Continue Reading »

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Bids Tearful Farewell

David Smothers October 3, 2013

After 33 years of entertaining Microsoft fans and critics alike with his onstage antics, company CEO Steve Ballmer is finally stepping down. While Ballmer isn’t due to officially leave Microsoft for months, his farewell to staffers has been captured in a video that reveals the passion and love he seems to have for the Redmond,… Continue Reading »

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Add Audio to Your iPhone Pics With SpeakingPhoto

David Smothers April 29, 2013

A picture’s worth a thousand words, but sometimes our pictures — no matter how fabulous they are — still need a few words of explanation to go along with them. Enter SpeakingPhoto, a new iPhone app that lets you add sound to any photo, allowing you tell a story along with the image before you… Continue Reading »

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Music Group Says Myspace Is Using Songs Without Permission

David Smothers January 21, 2013

The new Myspace is now open to all, shifting the aging social network’s focus toward building connections between musicians and fans. With an updated design and the star power of Justin Timberlake (one of the company’s backers), the site has garnered a lot of attention. Now it has its first official complaint. Merlin, an U.K.-based agency that represents many… Continue Reading »

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