Earlier this year, Honda introduced its Smart Home, a home on the University of California Davis West Village campus that, among other things, produces more energy than it consumes. Interest in the Smart Home has been high, and due to that demand, Honda has announced that its Smart Home is now open source.
The safety of ridesharing services has been called into question by some, and alongside those concerns have come a couple stories of rides-gone-wrong with Uber, arguably the most popular amongst such services. The latest is a tale nearly stranger than fiction, involving a kidnapping and high-speed chase.
With the rise of Android Wear comes its integration into the wider Android experience. The latest Google Camera update has tossed a remote functionality into the mix for wearables running Google's newest platform, allowing the smartwatches to function as a remote shutter for your smartphone camera, among other things.
Writers, visionaries, scientists: they've all predicted what the future would be like, some ending up fairly accurate in their estimations, others widely off mark. While we hear a near-constant stream of ideas from many sources, it's not often the insular nation of North Korea is one of them.
The task of learning a language has never been simple, despite efforts to make it so. Hundreds of programs, methods, and pseudoscience applications have cropped up over the course of spoken existence aiming to simplify the acquisition of the skill, but few have succeeded. MIT Media Lab's founder Nicholas Negroponte is confident that will change in the future, however, and how he anticipates we'll acquire new languages is very unique.
Many of us update to new smartphones fairly frequently, and many elect to sell their old phone on eBay or elsewhere, doing a quick factory reset beforehand. To demonstrate that such a method isn't adequate enough to protect your privacy, security company Avast bought 20 used phones and set out to see how much data it could harvest from them.
A new entrant in the connected home market is E-Vents, a device from Circle Design Technology that lets users control the air flow in their home from the comfort of their smartphone. The device has been put on Kickstarter for funding, and promises to, among other things, lower one's electric bill.