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Internet Of Things & Rise Of The Machines: Obsolescence Without A Plan?

What's that buzz . . . tell me what's happening? While the Internet of Thing's clarion call has awakened the early adopters, many of us still have it on snooze alarm. We may have seen bits and pieces of it, like those that have popped up as apps on our mobile devices. Perhaps we've recently purchased a Smart TV -- or have recently been intrigued by Nest's Thermostat [after Google plopped down a hefty $3.2 billion to acquire it].

PetChatz Lets You Bond With Your Pet While Away

Pet parents will soon have another way to communicate with their dogs and cats while they're at work or out of town.  PetChatz, which will ship in just a few months, is now pre-selling its Greet & Treat Videophone - imagine Skype that delivers treats and scents!

Google Diversifies From Androids Phones To Android Armies

Over the last ten years, Google's foray into the smartphone market has established its Android phones as a viable competitor to Apple's iPhones. However, in the years to come, mobile revenues will be more or less chump change in comparison to the returns Google will be able to derive from robots and artificial intelligence.

Pretty Soon, You Might Be Playing Video Games At Job Interviews

So it turns out all that time spent playing video games might not be useless as everyone's been telling you. Accodring to MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson, video games are gaining a new niche: as hiring tools for employers. Turns out games can serve as valuable tools for career placement. Who knew?

Confide, The Grownup Version Of Snapchat For Governor Christie's Inner Circle

What comes to mind when one talks about disappearing text messaging? You know, the "now you see it, now you don't" type of communique that might have saved the career of one "what was he thinking" politician with the unfortunate name of Weiner.

Have Diabetes? Save Your Eyes With New Smart Lenses

Diabetes affects 1 in 19 people, that's 26 million people in the US, and patients need to be in constant control of their blood sugar levels, otherwise they risk damage to their eyes, kidneys or heart. Methods to measure blood glucose are painful (finger pricking and Ditto or Glooko), or invasive (constant glucose monitors, CGMs). Hopefully they will soon be replaced by Google's Smart Lens.

5 Fun Things You Can Do In 5 Minutes

Durr is a new type of watch that messes with your perception of time. It buzzes every 5 minutes, so you can feel how time passes differently depending on your situation. Use it in the following scenarios and see how long 5 minutes really is.

This Mini Industrial Robot Arm Will Make Your Desk Feel Like A Factory

Hey there, folks! How would you feel about having your own personal robot arm? Inspired by the industrial-strength ABB PalletPack robot arm, the uArm adds a factory-esque feel to your office desktop, perfect for the motion-impaired (or the especially lazy).

7 Interactive Cat Toys For Nocturnal Cat Play - So You Can Sleep

Does your cat wake up in the middle of the night and want to play? Naturally; that's when cats in the wild do their best hunting.  But if you want to get your sleep, the jingle bells and scrunchy stuff are out.  What's a cat owner to do?  Try a few of these interactive cat toys designed especially for owners who prefer to sleep while their cats play.

Stay Warm This Winter With A Geothermal Heat Pump For Your Home

Geothermal heat pumps are a cost- and energy-efficient way to stay warm during the long, cold months of winter. They have been around since the late 1940s, but as the technology gets better and the prices continue to fall, they have recently become more popular for home use. Today, about 80,000 geothermal heat pumps are installed per year in the United States.  Here's how geothermal heat pumps work -- and how you can get one for your home.