Spanish Startup Offers a Low-End Take on High-Tech Glasses

Santiago Ambit loves the idea of adding technology to eyeglasses, but not the notion of having to walk around looking like something out of a science fiction movie. The Spanish entrepreneur wants to take a modest amount of technology to handle things like basic remote control and notifications and put it into a package small … Continue reading

Apple Takes Home Three Brand of the Year Awards

Here’s an achievement certain to be trotted out at Apple’s next big media event. Harris Interactive on Thursday declared the company the top U.S. brand across a trio of consumer electronics categories – the only three in which it’s rated. According to Harris Interactive’s 2013 EquiTrend survey, which polls some 38,000 U.S. consumers about their … Continue reading

Yet Another Way to Get a Super-Cheap Web TV Box

What’s that? You say you’re intrigued by the notion of a Web TV box, but $35 for a Google Chromecast is too rich for your blood? Here you go – if you live in the U.K.: Satellite TV service BSkyB has rolled out a Web TV box for 9.99. That works out to about $15, … Continue reading

U.S. Weather Computers Are a Little More Super Today Than Yesterday

If it seems, over the course of the next few weeks, that weather predictions are a little more accurate, then it’s probably not your imagination. It’s just that the computers that the U.S. Federal Government uses to predict the weather have gotten a lot smarter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the parent agency of … Continue reading

L.A. Unified School District Wants iPads for All 640,000 Students

Back in June, the Los Angeles Unified School District awarded Apple a $30 million contract to provide its students with iPads. Under its terms, the company will supply about 31,000 iPads to 47 LAUSD schools, each preloaded with a bunch of educational software. But evidently that’s just the first phase of the program. According to … Continue reading

Mark Zuckerberg to Speak on Immigration Issues at S.F. Film Premiere

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to deliver an address on immigration issues in early August, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, the first time he has spoken publicly on the matter. The speech will include the San Francisco premiere of a new film, “Documented,” which chronicles the struggles of undocumented immigrants entering the United States. … Continue reading

Google Suggests Web-TV Thingies You Can Buy Instead of Google’s Sold-Out Chromecast

Google has not only sold out of Netflix giveaways to bundle with its Chromecast device, but it doesn’t have any Chromecasts to sell right now, period. If you place an order on Google’s site, you’ll be told there is a two- to three-week wait before one will ship. As a helpful AllThingsD reader points out, … Continue reading

Orchestra To-Do, the Predecessor to Mailbox, Will Be Shut Down

Orchestra, the to-do list app that never took off but helped inspire its creators to make Mailbox, the innovative mobile email client now owned by Dropbox, is going away. It will effectively stop working September 6, the company said in an email to users today.

IGT Not Deterred by Zynga Scrapping Real-Money Gambling Plans

In its Q2 earnings report earlier this week, Zynga said it has abandoned its plans to pursue real-money gambling in the U.S. But Nevada-based IGT, which makes both physical and virtual casino games, said its plans are unaffected. “What Zynga’s finding out is that breaking into real-currency wagers is a difficult thing,” said executive VP … Continue reading

Barnaby Jack, Famous Hacker, Dies

Barnaby Jack, the hacker known for making an ATM literally spit out cash, died Thursday, days before he was set to show how to disable a pacemaker from 30 feet away at Black Hat, the large annual hacker conference. He was 36 years old. Jack was the director of embedded security research at security firm … Continue reading

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