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Vivint Sky hands-on: The Smart Home starts learning

Vivint Sky hands-on: The Smart Home starts learning

Upstarts like Apple may be plowing into the smart home segment, but security and automation stalwart Vivint isn’t taking that lying down, launching a new system called Vivint Sky. Centered around a new, 7-inch color touchscreen and a cloud system of Vivint’s own creation, Vivint Sky promises not only centralized control in the home and remote smartphone apps, but learning algorithms that automatically pick up on the users’ own patterns.

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Blurred Lines: Melding Mac and iOS into one Apple life

Blurred Lines: Melding Mac and iOS into one Apple life

There’s more to breaking down the barriers between desktop and mobile than making the UIs on an iPhone and a MacBook look alike, and Apple used its WWDC 2014 opening keynote to hint at how. Continuity came up several times during the presentation, on both the OS X and the iOS sides, explaining how later this year our Macs and iPhones will work together to transfer tasks as you move between them. Yet the potential for Continuity goes far further than just giving you a bigger keyboard to finish your email on.

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Narrative Clip wearable camera adds option for life-logging coy

Narrative Clip wearable camera adds option for life-logging coy

Life-logging wearable company Narrative had a tricky journey from Kickstarter to shipping success, but now the order books have been thrown open to anybody wanting to clip a whole-day-recording camera to their lapel. For those unfamiliar, the iPod nano-scale Clip takes a photo every thirty seconds, and then uploads them to a cloud server where the best of the images are surfaced in the companion iOS and Android apps; now, there's also a cheaper option for those unsure if life-logging is for them.

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Two ways you’re wasting your smartphone

Two ways you’re wasting your smartphone

A smartphone in the pocket is a tool in many ways, covering bases in academics, entertainment, science, and more. At the core, a smartphone is a means of communication: voice calls and text-based communication, both of which represent a very small percentage of what the average smartphone can do. Despite continuous increases in technology, many continue to use their smartphone in the same manner, upgrade after upgrade, and the end result is always the same: a device that is going to waste to some degree, at least in relation to its potential. How does one waste their smartphone?

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Giant camera isn’t a joke, it’s The Dreamy Cafe

Giant camera isn’t a joke, it’s The Dreamy Cafe

At first glance you might think this giant red and black Rolleiflex camera sitting next to this small cottage is a April Fools prank. It's no prank this giant camera is real. It's not really a camera; rather this is a building that looks like a camera on the outside. Judging by the decor on the inside, the café owners really like cameras and photography.

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