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Facebook’s Parce Minces Things, Not Words

Two short years ago when Facebook was in a buying frenzy acquiring any new software service with a pulse, it purchased Parse for the paltry sum of $85 million. This was an historic move as this mobile app development platform has now officially entered the Facebook into a race for the goose that lays the golden eggs, namely the Internet of Things (IoT).

Thanko Air Bath Pillow Smartphone Holder Lets You Facebook While Bathing

An essential for any respectable smartphone user. Thanko's latest invention lets you rest your arms in the bathwater by cradling your smartphone for you - and doubles as a pillow in or out of the bath for good measure.

10+ Gadget Gifts For Older Dads And Grandpas

There are so many new gadgets out this year that Dads and Grandpas would love. They cover the gamut from low tech to high tech, while all being user-intuitive. In looking for the best gift ideas out there for older dads and grandpas, I searched for gadgets that are not the usual boring ideas. My picks are for some of the most effective and best rated gadgets on the market. Perfect for Father's Day and just in time to use this summer!

 

7 Best Fresh Water Pet Fountains Keep Cats And Dogs From Dehydration

Fresh running water does have great appeal, even to pets.  Take cats, for example: it's the rare one who will even drink from a bowl of "stagnant" water.  And when you think about it, cats have it right... who wants to drink out of a bowl or a glass of water that's been sitting there for half a day or so?  Perhaps that's why the latest trend in pet drinking is not the 'pet bowl,' it's the 'pet fountain,' where water flows constantly, or on demand. There are many fresh water fountains on the market, but I thought these 7 stood out as the best in terms of quality and design:

 

CogniToys Has Made The World's Smartest Dino Using IBM Watson

Kids ask a lot of questions. They want to know why and how. And just when you think you have satisfied their curiosity, they come up with another question. As a parent, this is both thrilling and exacerbating. We want our children to be excited about learning, but sometimes we don’t have the answers or—let’s be honest—the time to figure out what owls eat, where they live, and how fast they can fly; all questions my daughter asked in the span of 10 seconds. But CogniToys are speech enabled, internet connected toys which have both the time and age-appropriate answers to feed and fuel our children’s desire to learn.

Killer Apps For Apple iWatch Need To Be Disruptive, Not iPhone Clones

The much anticipated April 24th launch of the Apple’s Watch (which I prefer to call "iWatch" no matter how it's marketed) has got developers scrambling to create a killer app that will not only give credence to the need for an iWatch, but will distinguish the development team as the coolest kids on the digital block.

Acooo Mechanical Keyboard Has Upgradeable Android PC Built-In

The backlit, Cherry MX switch-toting OneBoard Pro+ keyboard from Acooo is more than it might seem. Hiding inside is a relatively powerful computer running Android, which can apparently be upgraded using a clever slot-in module setup.

MIT’s Social Network For Wearing Your Heart On Sleeve & Elsewhere

Over the course of the last year, social networking has definitely been evolving. With start-ups such as Tsu and A+ launching innovative monetization models, which pay their users for their content — and major players like Facebook and Twitter adding videos to their playbill, as they attempt to capitalize on the lucrative YouTube market - the playing field has certainly changed.

Want A New Mode Of Transportation? Try Rollkers

There are many people around who still remember the old roller skates that you would strap onto your shoes and then try to skate around the neighborhood. Fast forward a few decades, take the design into the 21st century, and add a small battery-powered motor to each one, and you get the next generation of skates. The creator, Paul Chavand, has named them Rollkers.

Hardware That Saves Space With Style: The Sink With Towel Bar

Half-baths, as in 2.5 baths, should really be classified as closets.  The size makes them a really tight squeeze, often requiring a "wide stance" so your knees don't rub the sink when you sit on the toilet! If you are looking for a  sink and hardware that makes use of every inch of space, try looking at these great options.