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Tesla Motors makes beautiful, quality electric automobiles. Don’t just take it from us; Consumer Reports rated the Tesla Model S the “best overall” car in its 2014 Top Picks report (which includes all non-electric cars as well). Yet, despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk’...
Virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR doesn’t just want to get its products on your head, it wants them in your hands as well. The headset maker has been quietly preparing motion controllers — devices that let you drive the action and manipulate objects in games with hand and b...
By now you’re likely aware that the US Supreme Court decided Aereo’s service was a violation of copyright law, labeling it a cable system. The outfit then sought to carry on the same statutory license cable companies pay broadcasters royalties to stream content from local s...
Facebook is try out letting you pay for ecommerce purchases from other businesses without leaving its site or app. For now it won’t be charging the few small and medium-sized businesses in the US to test this new Buy button on their News Feed Pages posts and ads. When I asked if Facebo...
On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy descended upon the New York and New Jersey coastlines. Among the storm’s many casualties were some of the area’s cellphone towers, leaving millions of residents stripped of both electrical power and their usual cell phone service. “I was thinking, ‘I...
Is Yahoo, which will reap billions from an early investment in Alibaba when the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public this summer, going to pursue an often-rumored merger with AOL? Matchmakers have speculated about the possibility of a merger between Yahoo and AOL for the last couple of...
Voice control is easy to find in cars, but it’s not always intuitive. You often have to use specific syntax, which might be hard to remember when you’re barreling down the highway. GM may have a smarter approach in store, though. The Wall Street Journal understands that the...
Snappay? Snapchat may try to monetize by processing peer-to-peer payments, money transfers, or online payments, according to two trademarks it filed earlier this week. Owned by Snapchat and filed on July 11th by an attorney at Cooley, which is known to be Snapchat’s law firm, the trade...
Fit Smart, a new fitness tracker from Adidas, is taking a different approach to the Quantified Self. Instead of measuring all of your activity 24/7, Fit Smart is only worn when you’re exercising or doing something physical that you want to quantify – think of it more like a personal tr...
If you think getting your next job is tough, try selling a movie idea. Since studios are seeing many more ideas than your potential next employer sees candidates, the Hollywood Pitch has been honed to generate an immediate desire to purchase. If you are intrigued with this concept, her...
After years of complaints, Google has finally dropped the real-name restrictions on its Google+ network. The company apologized for the “unnecessarily difficult experiences” the rules had created. When Google+ first launched, Google required that users sign up with their real identitie...
Late Tuesday night, Tesla Motors confirmed that a third-generation car called the Model III will be coming in 2017.  The car will cost a mere $35,000, according to a report, half the price of the popular Model S.  The pricing will position the vehicle to compete with the BMW 3-series. ...
Satu Niemelä and Erasmus van Niekerk, the husband and wife team behind the Onni baby monitor, knew what they wanted out of a baby monitor. Instead of a cheap black-and-white camera they wanted full-color HD video. And instead of looking like a CCTV camera from the Island of Misfit Toys...
Visa wants you to know it gets that the future is about more than just plastic. The company on Tuesday took the wraps off Visa Checkout, its latest effort to make itself relevant in a world of digital payments. Checkout is designed to allow consumers to pay from mobile devices and PCs ...
Google Wallet’s latest update includes several new features, including a way to easily harass your friends to pay you back. You can bug your friends (by sending what Google calls a “friendly nudge” but what most people will call a “UGH I KNOW”) to pay you ...
Uber’s aggressive global expansion has taken the $18 billion-valued private car company into well over 100 cities worldwide, many of which are about to experience a taste of the future when its ice cream delivery service goes global this Friday. The company says that the summertime ini...
Leicestershire Police will be the first force in the UK to conduct a six month trial of new facial recognition technology that promises to help identify individuals in just a few seconds. Called NeoFace, the system can compare any digital image (like CCTV or footage from body-worn came...
Airbnb on Wednesday announced a massive redesign to its website and mobile apps that is designed to make it easier for users to find the information that they need while also making listings on its platform more appealing. The company also introduced a new, modern logo that will replac...
Forget “OK, Glass.” What if you could take a picture with your mind? That’s the goal behind MindRDR, an app that was just released for Google Glass. MindRDR syncs with Google Glass and a separate piece of head-mounted hardware to create a “communication loop.” The app then looks for an...
Apple and International Business Machines will work together to create business software for iPhone and iPad users, setting aside a three-decade-old rivalry to cater to an increasingly mobile workforce. IBM’s staff will sell Apple devices to its business customers, and the two companie...
I pay Verizon FiOS about $163 a month for internet and TV service. I’ve been a Netflix customer for close to six years now. Yet even with my financial loyalty to both of these companies, I can’t watch a movie on Netflix while I eat dinner. Thanks, net neutrality! Okay, to be fair, I ca...
The US Secret Service is warning hotel operators to be on the lookout for malware that steals passwords and other sensitive data from guests using PCs in business centers, according to a published report. The non-public advisory was issued on last Thursday, KrebsOnSecurity reporter Bri...
Breathalyzer maker BACtrack on Tuesday announced the BACtrack Vio, a $49.99 alcohol testing unit that fits on a keychain and feeds the results over Bluetooth to your iPhone or Android smartphone. BACtrack has been making breathalyzers for years, but it didn’t release its first smartpho...
It’s sort of hard to remember now, but Netflix, the streaming video service, used to be Netflix, the DVD-by-mail service. And in fact, Netflix is still a DVD-by-mail service for 6.7 million people. But that number used to be twice as big. And after a violent and unsuccessful attempt to...
While Steam’s year-long experiment with selling unfinished games through its “Early Access” program has had its share of issues, it’s hard to understate the impact it has had on the way PC games are developed, marketed, and sold, with games like Day Z and Rust b...
Google announced on Tuesday that it is launching Project Zero, an internal team of security specialists tasked with finding vulnerabilities in third-party software — not to exploit them, but to alert the developers and avoid the next Heartbleed. The Heartbleed bug put the whole softwar...
Samsung, ARM, Nest and four other companies have gotten together to build a new radio standard for the smart home. Dubbed Thread, it is a low-power, mesh network protocol that also supports IPv6. The standard is built on the existing radio hardware used by ZigBee devices (802.15.4), wh...
With Glass and Android Wear, Google has already invested a lot of time and resources into developing the next-generation of wearables, but it’s another of its eye-focused projects that has on Tuesday received its first major boost. The search giant’s secret Google[x] team h...
Why walk to work — or even bike — when you can get there with smart electric skates? ACTON recently launched a Kickstarter for RocketSkates, the world’s first smart electric skates. Each skate has two hub motors controlled by an on-board microprocessor, and the skates are able to commu...
We’re entering a new age of artificial intelligence. Drawing on the work of a clever cadre of academic researchers, the biggest names in tech—including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple—are embracing a more powerful form of AI known as “deep learning,” using it to improve everythi...
Samsung is planning to launch a new, high-end smartphone next month that will be designed to take on the iPhone 6, according to reports out of Korea. Over the weekend, Korean publication ETNews reported that Samsung is working on a device known as the Galaxy Alpha that it plans to laun...
From mobile phones and tablets to laptops and desktops, today’s consumers are using an ever-increasing number of devices to access the Web, search for information, make purchases and more. In fact, for the first time in U.S. history, consumers now use smartphone and tablet apps more th...
The latest update to iOS “smart calendar” app Mynd added improvements for free users and the option to upgrade to “Mynd Premium” through an in-app purchase. Mynd, which helps you manage your day and learn how you spent your time (and who you met), delivers a cal...
If you’re a mobile professional, Moguls Mobile probably has a product to suit your needs. Recently launched by Daymond John, the CEO and founder of FUBU, Moguls Mobile is answering the needs of today’s business travelers. The company’s first product line features eigh...
Microsoft is aiming straight for Google’s Chromebooks this holiday season. At the company’s partner conference today, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner revealed that HP is planning to release a $199 laptop running Windows for the holidays. Turner didn’t provide specifications for HP’s “...
The long-rumored Apple iWatch might actually be quite a success in its first year on store shelves, data from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty shows. Apple will price the iWatch at $300 and sell between 30 million and 60 million units in its first year on store shelves, Huberty wrot...
Verizon Internet customers who want to watch Netflix at high quality and without interruption just can’t catch a break. While Comcast subscribers saw near-immediate speed improvements after Netflix paid for a direct connection to the Comcast network, Netflix performance on Verizo...
For almost two years, Ars has advised readers to use a software-based password manager to ease the password fatigue that comes from choosing and securing dozens of hard-to-guess passcodes that are unique to each site or service. A research paper scheduled to be presented at a security ...
Imagine if this email popped up at work: “Recent College Grad Who Needs Your Advice” How would you feel? Honored? Important? Let’s go with both. Most of us relish the chance to help from a position of authority — even if we’re swamped with stuff to do. That’s why the smartest networkin...
It’s been 10 weeks since Verizon and Netflix struck a deal in which Netflix will pay the ISP for a direct connection to its network. Yet customers are still complaining about bad performance. The reason is that Verizon and Netflix haven’t set up enough connections to make much of a dif...