Heavy Internet use leads to school burnout in teens

Teens As if you didn’t need more proof that your darn kids need to get off the computer and into the back yard, researchers at the University of Helsinki and Department of Psychology have found that excessive Internet use — essentially bordering on addiction — leads to school burnout in teens. There isn’t much detail on the definition of excessive use (you’ll know it… Read More

Teens As if you didn’t need more proof that your darn kids need to get off the computer and into the back yard, researchers at the University of Helsinki and Department of Psychology have found that excessive Internet use — essentially bordering on addiction — leads to school burnout in teens. There isn’t much detail on the definition of excessive use (you’ll know it… Read More

Google quietly discontinues the Nexus Player

nexus-player The Nexus Player may have been the best TV media player no one ever bought. Google and Asus introduced the Nexus Player back in November 2014. It was one of the first Android TV devices, and a more-than-capable device. And yet, despite Google’s weight behind this device, it hasn’t been a mainstream success, especially when you compare it with the Chromecast. Read More

nexus-player The Nexus Player may have been the best TV media player no one ever bought. Google and Asus introduced the Nexus Player back in November 2014. It was one of the first Android TV devices, and a more-than-capable device. And yet, despite Google’s weight behind this device, it hasn’t been a mainstream success, especially when you compare it with the Chromecast. Read More

Smart suitcase maker Bluesmart unveils luxury Black Edition

 Bluesmart, the makers of smart luggage with GPS and charging capabilities, has today introduced the latest in its line of luggage: the Black Edition. The Black Edition puts design top of mind, adding higher-value materials and more attention to d…

20160503-Bluesmart31534 Bluesmart, the makers of smart luggage with GPS and charging capabilities, has today introduced the latest in its line of luggage: the Black Edition. The Black Edition puts design top of mind, adding higher-value materials and more attention to detail to the already-smart suitcases so it looks and feels like a luxury item. The Black Edition is completely redesigned from earlier models, with… Read More

eero inks $50 million funding deal with Menlo’s Opportunity Fund, plans to sell products at Best Buy

 Just months after finally shipping its product to consumers, smart wireless routing system eero has pulled in a new $50 million in growth funding from Menlo Ventures, as the first investment from the Menlo Opportunity Fund.
Existing investors Fir…

eero Just months after finally shipping its product to consumers, smart wireless routing system eero has pulled in a new $50 million in growth funding from Menlo Ventures, as the first investment from the Menlo Opportunity Fund.
Existing investors First Round Capital, Shasta Ventures, Red Point Ventures, and Playground Global also added to this round. Read More

Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

MIT-Solar-Thermal-1_0 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read More

MIT-Solar-Thermal-1_0 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read More

E Ink brings rich color to ePaper, but not to e-readers

Pencils E Ink, maker of the ePaper displays found in many e-readers (maddening to have three different e prefixes in one sentence, but it’s unavoidable), announced a brand new type of reflective display that can show a huge range of colors — but the tech is only going to be deployed as signage for now. Read More

Pencils E Ink, maker of the ePaper displays found in many e-readers (maddening to have three different e prefixes in one sentence, but it’s unavoidable), announced a brand new type of reflective display that can show a huge range of colors — but the tech is only going to be deployed as signage for now. Read More

Apple prepping Siri SDK and Echo-like home assistant gadget

shutterstock apple Apple is preparing an SDK that would allow developers much greater access to Siri — and the improved assistant will power a stationary hub device like Amazon’s Echo. A report from The Information tallies with what we’ve heard over the last few weeks; expect an announcement, if not the device itself, at WWDC in June. Read More

shutterstock apple Apple is preparing an SDK that would allow developers much greater access to Siri — and the improved assistant will power a stationary hub device like Amazon’s Echo. A report from The Information tallies with what we’ve heard over the last few weeks; expect an announcement, if not the device itself, at WWDC in June. Read More

Gulülu turns drinking water into a game for kids

Gululu 2 Through the power of smart sensors and the magic of the cloud, parched children is on its way to become a thing of the past — at least, if the Gulülu team have anything to say in the matter. The company’s bottle, launching on Kickstarter today, is the newest, most high-tech weapon in the battle to get their kids to imbibe enough liquids throughout the day. Read More

Gululu 2 Through the power of smart sensors and the magic of the cloud, parched children is on its way to become a thing of the past — at least, if the Gulülu team have anything to say in the matter. The company’s bottle, launching on Kickstarter today, is the newest, most high-tech weapon in the battle to get their kids to imbibe enough liquids throughout the day. Read More