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The latest gadgets, games and toys, not to mention the generally cool stuff we do outside of work.

Analytics-Driven Cities: Hype, or the Future?

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Can you make a city smarter? Despite the hype attached to so-called “Big Data,” many cities haven’t yet rushed to embrace the idea of analyzing massive data sets to holistically improve city services. But change on that front could be underway, with Minneapolis, Minn., and Montpellier, France, working with IBM on analytics platforms capable of boosting efficiencies in transportation, water management and emergency services. Click here to find analytics jobs. Minneapolis is using cloud-based pattern discovery to better track metrics… continue…

What We Could See at Apple’s WWDC

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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is scheduled to take place June 2-6 in San Francisco, and whatever the company unveils on stage is likely to send tech punditry into its usual froth of speculation and angst. For developers and programmers who work regularly with either iOS or Mac OS X, though, the conference serves a much more practical purpose, offering a preview of whatever Apple has in its pipeline. So what’s Apple likely to show off this year? Click… continue…

Apple Eyeing iPhone as ‘Smart Home’ Controller

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  As tech companies rush to capitalize on the so-called “Internet of Things,” many have taken an interest in the idea of a “smart home,” in which most appliances and devices are connected to the Web and each other. A new rumor suggests that Apple is planning to make the iPhone into a control for the connected home. Imagine tapping a button on your screen to control your security system, or your washer. In theory, the iPhone could signal various… continue…

Too Tired to Walk the Dog? Use a Drone.

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Need to walk your dog? Feeling reluctant to go outside yourself? Use a drone to walk your pooch. Videographer Jeff Myers recently documented how he uses his AR drone to remotely walk his golden retriever around his neighborhood. For its part, the dog seems relatively unconcerned by the fact that its leash is clipped to an unmanned aerial vehicle. But Mashable, which posted the video, also makes a vital point about the experiment: Without a mechanical limb of some sort,… continue…

Google’s Self-Driving Cars: Perfect Safety Record?

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Google’s self-driving cars have spent the past year cruising the roads of Mountain View, California. Google engineers use the data from those drives to make the cars’ onboard computers more sophisticated. But how good are the cars’ driving records? Pretty flawless, according to the local cops. “We have not cited any Google self-driving cars,” Sergeant Saul Jaeger, the press information officer at the Mountain View Police Department, told The Atlantic. He also claimed that no special understanding about the cars… continue…

Google: Ads Coming to the Internet of Things

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Google’s bottom line depends on advertisements, and its all-consuming quest for revenue might one day drive it to serve up ads on everything from car dashboards to thermostats, according to a letter the company submitted last year to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). “We expect the definition of ‘mobile’ to continue to evolve as more and more ‘smart’ devices gain traction in the market,” reads an excerpt from the letter, which was originally submitted to the SEC in December… continue…

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3: Third Time’s the Charm?

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Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Pro 3, its third attempt at a sleek laptop-tablet hybrid. Despite a well-funded marketing campaign, the first generation of Surface devices (an ARM-based version hit store shelves in late 2012, followed by its x86-based cousin in early 2013) proved a famous failure, selling in such miniscule quantities that Microsoft took a $900 million write-down on the remaining units. In the wake of that debacle, tech pundits wondered whether Microsoft should abandon its attempts to remake… continue…

4 Buzzwords Ripe for Elimination

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Words start out with good intentions and narrow definitions. When lots of people begin using a particular word or phrase connoting a movement or process, it gains “buzz,” and soon becomes fashionable for use in seemingly every other sentence. At the same time, its definition becomes increasingly amorphous; what previously had momentum or excitement soon becomes something of a joke, filler for PowerPoint decks and unimaginative seminars. Every buzzword goes through this cycle; here are four recent ones that should… continue…

Google Glass Finally on Sale in the U.S.

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Have $1,500 handy? Interested in strapping a computer to your face? The Google Glass Explorer program is now open to the public. Google unveiled the Explorer program last year, but actually obtaining a Google Glass unit required an invite (as well as that $1,500). This April, Google opened up the program a little more with a one-day sale, and customers quickly snatched up the limited number of units available. While Google added new features to Glass—including the ability to snap… continue…

Watch This 8-Bit Version of Game of Thrones

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Well, it had to happen. Someone finally figured out that Game of Thrones and Super Mario go together like… Well, I’m not sure what. But YouTube user NicksplosionFX had a vision, and he wasn’t afraid to execute. To all you Game of Thrones fans out there, you may never watch the show in the same way again. Related Stories This Hysterical Video About BuzzFeed Is Right On Target An Ale That Celebrates Pac-Man’s Legacy A Hilarious Video of a Business… continue…