Apple officially brings Beats into the fold

A smidge over two months after Apple announced its plan to nab Dr. Dre’s headphone and music streaming interests, the folks in Cupertino have officially welcomed Beats to the family. The US government didn’t seem to take issue with the purchase,…

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See how Tesla intends to Supercharge the world

Is the thought that you might end up running out of juice in the middle of nowhere keeping you from buying an electric vehicle? Tesla wants to assuage those fears (in hopes that you’ll get one of its EVs, of course) by laying out its plans to build a…

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Hilton Hotels get Tech Savvy Upgrade

10010-1994-140728-Hilton_Digital-2-lHotel tech is about to get a whole lot more relevant as Hilton has announced an aggressive overhaul of its entire tech infrastructure. To the casual consumer, this will mean guests can use their mobile devices as room keys along with choosing rooms from plan maps, checking-in remotely and much more. The service will be integrated to the company’s Hilton Honors iOS app at more than 4,000 properties by the end of 2014.

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Elon Musk tells Stephen Colbert his wild plans for cars, jetpacks, and wireless charging

Last night, Stephen Colbert’s guest on The Colbert Report was Elon Musk. And, after Musk dodged the question about his inevitable slide into supervillainy, he talked a bit about the future of Tesla, SpaceX, his plan to go to Mars, and a few ideas that are somehow even more ambitious.

Musk told Colbert that he and SpaceX are focused on reusability for space flights: building a rocket that can take off, land, refuel, and take off again is incredibly important. He also says that he’ll be sending people to space in two years. He talked about Tesla’s desire to personalize your car, and told Colbert that he named his Old Faithful. But the most interesting part of the interview came when Musk asked Colbert what he wanted to see in the future….

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The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR

Back in June, Google revealed Cardboard: an open-source attempt at mobile virtual reality. Heck, even the “hardware” is open source –here are instructions to make your own, right now!

But the concept is more than a low-tech solution to mobile VR….

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NVIDIA Follows Up Shield Handheld with New Shield Tablet

tablet-controller-pair-1280NVIDIA has taken its hardware lineup to the next logical level with its announcement of the new Shield Tablet. With 8″ of diagonal screen space and the powerful new Tegra K1 processor, the Shield tablet addresses the only real issue I had with the original Shield handheld. While streaming PC titles (either from cloud or from your own PC) to a handheld device is great in theory, PC games, with all of their contextual menus and small text, simply don’t translate well to a 5″ screen–regardless of how beautiful it is. With the Shield Tablet, NVIDIA gets to pack in a ton of technology (including larger speakers, thank you very much!), while at the same time giving its users enough real estate to work with without inducing eye strain. As always, NVIDIA gives its customers a ton of extras, meaning that along with the included DirectStylus 2 (as well as the first GPU-accelerated 3D painting app that’s bundled with it), you’ll still get NVIDIA Gamestream, the GRID Cloud Beta and ShadowPlay…all great features that owners of the original Shield enjoyed; you’ll also be able to enjoy Console Mode, which allows you to stream the action to your big screen television in glorious 1080p.

The most surprising part of the package is the price…with the 16GB Wi-Fi model selling for just $299; there’s also a 32GB model with Wi-Fi and LTE, but no price has been announced yet–though we’re thinking $399 sounds about right (NVIDIA is also offering accessories for the tablet, with a wireless controller announced for $59, and a cover/stand which retails for $39). We’re pretty excited to get our hands on the new Shield Tablet and take it for a test drive…but with no official release date announced, we may have to wait a while; in the meantime, you can click here to learn more on NVIDIA’s official site.

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Google’s Nest Labs Paves the Way for Standard In Smart Home Automation

Google-buys-Nest-Labs-750x400Google’s plan for the Nest smart thermostat may go beyond just the thermostat and smoke detector. The company’s Nest Labls unveiled an industry group designed to encourage makers of “smart” devices to lock in their services to a new standard for network communications. The attempt is to lead the way and pave the path for how household devices speak to eachother in homes, cars, and other avenues you can think of.  The new group includes Samsung, ARM Holdings, Freescale Semiconductor and Silicon Labs and is called the Thread Group. In June, Nest said it partnered with Mercedes-Benz, Whirlpool Corp and lightbulb maker LIFX to integrate their products with its thermostats and smoke detectors.

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You can get LG’s flagship G3 on Verizon next week for $99 on contract

Historically, Verizon’s not often the first carrier in the US to announce availability for a new phone. In the case of LG’s latest flagship smartphone, the G3, it’s actually the last. But good things come to those who wait — and are willing to sign…

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Dropcam takes another step towards home security with custom alert zones

For the past nine months, Dropcam’s had a feature that can watch what’s going on in front of its lens, and alert you to certain types of activity. The only problem was that those alerts depended on Dropcam’s computer imaging technologies getting it right, which wasn’t always the case. Today the company’s taken a step to give people manual control of the areas its cameras see with custom activity zones. Users draw these out on Dropcam’s web interface, give them a name, then set up whether or not they want alerts for those regions. When something happens within that specific area, you get an alert — but only then.

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Apple revamps iTunes Extras, adding it to Apple TV now and iOS 8 in the fall

Apple’s iTunes Extras feature has always been extremely limited, but that’s just changed. Previously, only desktop users of iTunes could view extras that came with movies purchased from Apple, things like production stills and deleted scenes. Now, as part of iTunes 11.3 — which went out today — along with a push to Apple TV users running the 6.2 version of the software (which was released last week), iTunes Extras will show up alongside any purchased HD films. Apple is also opening it up for movie studios to add additional content at any time, and for free.

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