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My Mom As Seen Through My Eyes. A Son's Gratitude

Karthik Rajan | Posted 02.10.2017 | Parents
Karthik Rajan

She neatly folded her art and tucked them away. After her wedding, my dad's dad took one look at them, saw the artist in her and took the time to frame those paintings. When you rang the bell at his house, through the grilled gate, you could see her painting in the living room.

Amazon's Got A Few New Tricks To Make Your Home 'Smarter'

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 03.03.2016 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon Inc on Thursday introduced two new gadgets similar to its voice-controlled Echo speaker, which can be used to check t...

Nest's Tony Fadell: The New Steve Jobs?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 02.26.2016 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

This week, I met the "legendary" Tony Fadell at SVForum's Visionary Salon in Palo Alto. Fadell has been called "the father of the iPod."

Do We Really Want Empires of Connected Things?

Philip N. Howard | Posted 08.06.2016 | Technology
Philip N. Howard

The technologists and venture capitalists who go to events like CES love comparing the current internet of things to the Wild West: lots of people doing crazy, creative things on the frontiers of computer science and engineering. The comparison is a good one, but one that makes the case for FCC guidance.

Most Delicious? Oreos Versus Tracking Cookies

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.07.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

You would think that cookies and technology together would make the most awesome partners since chocolate and peanut butter, right? If only...say it ain't so!

Europe Declares War on Google!

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.24.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Word leaked out on Friday in Brussels that The European Parliament is going to call for the break-up of Google. That must be a tough pill to swallow for Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Different Type of Nesting

Kate Byrne | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Byrne

What's gotten me through the past 10 years -- besides sheer tenacity -- is a number of friends who have shown equal or greater tenacity in putting up ...

Watching the iWatch and the Battle for the Smart Home

Beverly Macy | Posted 11.10.2014 | Technology
Beverly Macy

Big news yesterday as Apple shows the world how it's done. The results? A (free) U2 album on iTunes; a larger screen; paving the way for mobile payments; and, of course, the long-awaited iWatch.

Yardwork Just Got A Lot Easier (And Less Expensive) Thanks To Backyard Automation

The Huffington Post | Samantha Toscano | Posted 07.14.2014 | HuffPost Home

As thrilling as it may be to tear yourself away from the air conditioning to water plants on a sweltering summer day, there's a new gadget in town tha...

Google Is Crafting Another Route Into Your Home

Reuters | Posted 08.20.2014 | Technology

(Reuters) - Dropcam, the home-monitoring camera startup, will be bought by Google Inc's Nest Labs for about $555 million in cash, a technology news we...

Your Nest Smoke Detector Could Have A Dangerous Glitch

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 04.04.2014 | Technology

Nest has identified a glitch in its smoke detectors and has temporarily stopped sales of the Nest Protect smoke alarm, CEO Tony Fadell said in a note ...

Is Narrative the New Design? Silicon Valley's Innovation Cycle

Peter Gardett | Posted 05.06.2014 | Technology
Peter Gardett

Silicon Valley in the broadest sense has wrought changes in industrial management, investment and innovation since the beginning of computerization, but the pace has accelerated markedly as mobile, cloud computing and data analytics have become cheaper and more widespread.

Why Google Can Not Run the World: Wisdom = Data + Experience

George Bradt | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
George Bradt

Google's purchase of Nest moves it one step further into the Internet of Things and a completely connected world. There's no doubt that data-driven de...

Google and Apple

Walter Isaacson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Technology
Walter Isaacson

Innovation is wonderful, but on its own it's not the holy grail. Other things matter just as much in creating a great company or product, most notably execution and focus. Apple excels at these things. That's why I use an iPhone and iPad. Innovation without execution produces footnotes to history, such as the Xerox Alto and Star.

Why Antitrust Authorities Should Block Google's Takeover of Nest's 'Smart Home' Business

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Nathan Newman

The antitrust problem with Google taking over Nest is not that it will give Nest an unfair advantage in dominating the home appliance sector; it's that it will give Google more data to reinforce its existing search advertising dominance.

Nest Responds To Privacy Concerns After Google Sale

Reuters | Alexei Oreskovic and Poornima Gupta | Posted 03.16.2014 | Technology

By Alexei Oreskovic and Poornima Gupta SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc took its biggest step to go deeper into consumers' homes, a...

Google Buys Nest For $3.2 Billion

The Huffington Post | Dino Grandoni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

Google is getting in the thermostat game. The company announced on Monday that it purchased Nest, the maker of high-tech thermostats and smoke detecto...

The Emotionally Intelligent Smart Home

Robin Raskin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Robin Raskin

Your smart home wants to understand you better. While earlier home-automation systems focused on boosting energy efficiency and convenience, today's versions go further, learning about your behavior and adapting themselves to your needs.

Lego Thinking: Key to Futureproofing?

Marc Stoiber | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Marc Stoiber

The key to futureproofing is creating a brand that fulfills your customer's higher order needs. Things like meaning, authenticity, self-fulfillment an...

Why Invest in Women?

Amy Schoenberger | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Amy Schoenberger

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgWomen in developing countries are finally starting to dream big. At young ages, they can dream of being entrepreneurs, politicians, business owners, community leaders.

Forget Microloans, Nonprofit Helps Women Microbarter To Avoid Debt

Posted 01.24.2013 | Impact

By Andri Antoniades, TakePart When most people think of philanthropy, they think of charity. But one nonprofit aimed at helping artisans in develop...

Google Wants To Invest More Money In Other Companies

Reuters | Posted 08.25.2015 | Technology

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google will increase the cash it allocates to its venture-capital arm to up to $300 million ...

Bianca Bosker

Why You Should Get Excited About An Apple-Like Thermostat (Again) | Bianca Bosker | Posted 10.02.2012 | Technology

Maxime Veron, head of product marketing for thermostat maker Nest, is sitting across from me at our office’s kitchen table. As we talk, he deftly at...

A Bar That Looks Like A Nest

Foodiggity | Posted 09.18.2012 | Home

High above the city of Nantes in western France, is perhaps one of the most interesting and thematic sky bars in the world.

What If Apple Designed Thermostats?

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 04.18.2012 | Small Business

The Nest Learning Thermostat wants to change mundane temperature-control devices the way the iPod changed portable music players. We all know the t...