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Ford Will Add Wireless Charging To New Cars

The auto industry is charged up about wireless charging. Led by Toyota, which first offered wireless charging in the 2013 Toyota Avalon, American auto giants Fiat-Chrysler and General Motors currently include wireless charging as an option in more than a dozen vehicle models. Audi will launch its first car with [...] → Read More

Topher White: Repurposing Cellphones to Defend the Rain Forest

His networks of solar-powered phones can detect the sounds of illegal logging → Read More

Turn Your Classic Car (Or Clunker) Into A Connected Car In Three Minutes Or Less

Forget everything you’ve heard about smart cars. For automakers, 2015 is all about the connected car. Cars with online maps, streaming music and streaming video. Cars that respond when you say things like “call my mother,” and “find me the nearest gas station.” Cars that let you search Google and [...] → Read More

Marriott Hotels Woos Millennials With Mobile Apps And Wireless Charging

What does it take to win over the millennial traveller? It’s a question that is preoccupying hotel brands like Marriott as America’s largest generation prepares to hit its peak spending years. The good news for hotel owners is that adults born after 1982 are an altogether different type of customer [...] → Read More

Google Now Scores Higher Than Siri And Cortana On Massive Knowledge Quiz. An AI Breakthrough? Not So Fast.

Apple's famous artificial intelligence agent is eating humble pie today. Ask Siri "Who is smarter, Siri or Google Now?" and Siri obligingly links to an article about a recent 3,086-question challenge that ranked Google Now as the top scorer. Unfortunately for Siri, the quiz had some built-in biases. Designed by the [...] → Read More

Twitter Sues U.S. Government For Right To Tell Users That Online Surveillance Isn't That Bad

Twitter filed a lawsuit today defending the principles of free speech. That’s a laudatory act, but it’s unlikely to win the Internet company much support among people who would like to see more transparency around—and more limits on—government surveillance. "Presumably, many would want US Govt to win this - & Twitter [...] → Read More

How Starbucks, Apple, General Motors and AT&T Are Preparing The World For Wireless Energy

If you visited a Starbucks in Boston or Silicon Valley during the last year or so, you may have noticed black circles embedded in the coffee bars and tables. You may have even glimpsed an early adopter with a special cellphone case charging an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy simply [...] → Read More

Who Wants To Unplug The NSA? Not Arizona's State Agencies

Revelations last spring that the National Security Agency secretly gathered information on the communications of millions of Americans have led to a groundswell of legislation aimed at reining in government surveillance. But the response of state agencies in Arizona, one of the states where a popular anti-spying bill is furthest [...] → Read More

A Blackmailer Acquires Popular Twitter Handle, Commits A Near-Perfect Crime

Updated January 29 at 3:52 p.m. with comment from GoDaddy appended at end of post Naoki Hiroshima, a developer of social apps like Echofon and Cocoyon, was used to people trying to steal his rare Twitter username, @N. He regularly received password reset instructions from people who were trying to gain [...] → Read More

That Annoying Sound You Hear May Be One Startup's Billion Dollar Opportunity

From the thrum of heating and ventilation units to the thump of home theaters, the noise of fellow humans at work and play is increasingly hard to escape. Even in remote areas, such as the wilderness around California's Lake Tahoe, the drone of hot tubs, speed boats and distant road [...] → Read More

Israeli Startup Mines Data To Solve Global Water Crisis

U.S. intelligence services agree: A major global water crisis is less than ten years away. Some time in the second decade of second millennium, countries important to the United States will start to suffer shortages and other water-related problems leading to instability and potentially failed states. Within the next 30 years, [...] → Read More

Israeli Companies Double After IPOs

Disclosure: I have no position in any of the stocks mentioned in this post and no plans to initiate positions in the next 72 hours. It may not have been love at first sight, but by the end of the year Israeli companies that IPOed earlier in 2013 were being heavily [...] → Read More

Wix IPO Fizzles -- What It Means For Twitter

The initial public offering of Wix, a company focused on Internet publishing, fell flat on Wednesday, a sign that investors may be growing less enthusiastic about companies with high growth potential but scant profits. The Tel Aviv-based company sold 7.7 million shares at $16.50 to institutional investors and some individuals, but [...] → Read More

Google Gets in Your Face

Google Glass offers a slightly augmented version of reality → Read More