• Motorola’s New $25 Dongle Helps You Find Your Lost Keys, Unlocks Your Phone

    Motorola’s New $25 Dongle Helps You Find Your Lost Keys, Unlocks Your Phone

    I don’t know what’s going on at Motorola lately, but I dig it. Between launching a Bluetooth headset that looks like something straight out of Her and making temporary tattoos that can unlock your phone, they’ve been getting all sorts of experimental as of late. Their latest random one-off project: a key fob that let you use your keys to find your phone, and vice… Read More

  • Researchers Train Computers To Make Up Magic Tricks

    Researchers Train Computers To Make Up Magic Tricks

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic but what if the technology actually creates magic? A group of researchers at the Queen Mary University of London have trained a computer to create magic tricks using puzzle pieces and cards that are reproducible by humans. This isn’t HAL sawing a woman in half, however. The tricks are very basic mathematical… Read More

  • Logitech’s New AnyAngle iPad Case Gives It A Surface-Style Kickstand

    Logitech’s New AnyAngle iPad Case Gives It A Surface-Style Kickstand

    Logitech is slowly but surely turning the iPad into a Microsoft Surface – which is good news for those who envy some of the Windows device’s productivity features, but not its software or overall form factor. The new Logitech Keys-To-Go feels a lot like the keyboard included in the Microsoft Type Cover, and now there’s a stand/case called the AnyAngle that essentially mimics… Read More

  • How China Is Disrupting The Mobile And CE Markets

    How China Is Disrupting The Mobile And CE Markets

    Anyone in the tech industry has heard of Xiaomi and OnePlus by now. And if you have been in a media black hole, here is a quick education on these Chinese smartphone companies: Xiaomi has surpassed both Apple and Samsung as the number one smartphone in China, and OnePlus this month announced U.S. pre-orders for its ultra-low-cost, high quality smartphone OnePlus One, which is winning rave reviews. Read More

  • Square Register, Sans Payments And Hardware, Now Works Globally On Android And iOS

    Square Register, Sans Payments And Hardware, Now Works Globally On Android And iOS

    Last week, when Square started pre-orders for new chip-based card-reading hardware to upgrade its older mag-stripe readers, we noted that it seemed only a matter of time before the company would finally turn on more international services, where the newer chip-based system reigns supreme. Now it looks like that’s just what Square has quietly started to do. Updated Square Register… Read More

  • Yahoo Will Soon Become The Default Search Engine In Firefox

    Yahoo Will Soon Become The Default Search Engine In Firefox

    Starting in December, Firefox will use Yahoo as its default search engine in the United States on mobile and desktop. As a part of this five-year deal, Yahoo will also launch a new search experience for Firefox users in the U.S., which should go live at the same time Firefox makes the switch away from Google. The new search experience will feature “a clean, modern and immersive design… Read More

  • Salesforce Slips On Weak Guidance, Despite Beating On Both Revenue And Profit In Its FQ3

    Salesforce Slips On Weak Guidance, Despite Beating On Both Revenue And Profit In Its FQ3

    In its fiscal 2015 third quarter, Salesforce reported revenue of $1.383 billion, non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.14, a GAAP net loss of $38.92 million, and a GAAP loss per share of $0.06. Analysts had expected $0.13 in adjusted profit on revenue of $1.371 billion. The percentage of its revenue that came from recurring, subscription sources — a key metric for any SaaS business… Read More

  • Nest’s CEO Calls Its Tech The “Conscious Home” Because “It’s Not Smarter Than You”

    Nest’s CEO Calls Its Tech The “Conscious Home” Because “It’s Not Smarter Than You”

    The leader of the “smart home” industry doesn’t want to call it that any more. Nest CEO Tony Fadell says his company uses the term “Conscious Home” because its connected thermostat and smoke alarm create a two-way relationship with users where both help and teach each other. “We call it the conscious home. Smart is overused. It’s not smarter than… Read More

  • YouTube Adds Netflix Content Chief And Ad Exchange Architect To VP Ranks

    YouTube Adds Netflix Content Chief And Ad Exchange Architect To VP Ranks

    YouTube is continuing the spate of recent executive-level hires begun under CEO Susan Wojcicki with two new additions to the top-level team today, according to sources familiar with the matter and confirmed by YouTube. The new hires include Netflix VP of Content Acquisition Kelly Merryman, who takes on the VP of Content Partnerships role at YouTube; and Eyal Manor, who was most recently in… Read More

  • Sproutkin Ditches Its “Netflix For Kids’ Books” Service, Moves Into Digital Subscriptions

    Sproutkin Ditches Its “Netflix For Kids’ Books” Service, Moves Into Digital Subscriptions

    Parents weren’t interested in a “Netflix for Children’s Books” service, apparently. A company called Sproutkin, which launched in spring of 2013 offering shipments of just under a dozen books which parents paid for on a monthly basis but could return at any time for a new batch. The idea was that, in their younger years, kids quickly outgrew their books, and this would… Read More

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