Silicon Valley Meets Central Valley

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In various guises, information technology is taking over agriculture One way to view farming is as a branch of matrix algebra. A farmer must constantly juggle a set of variables, such as the weather, his soil’s moisture levels and nutrient content, competition to his crops from weeds, threats to their health from pests and diseases, […]

Samsung’s art-inspired Frame TV

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TV, which looks like a piece of artwork when not in use, will be available for purchase this Sunday, the company said in an announcement. It comes in two sizes along with a handful of optional, interchangeable bezels. The TV is not Samsung’s first attempt at trying to make your TV less TV-like — its […]

Google reveals Google Home

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Google I/O 2016: Search giant reveals latest products, including Google Home, Android N and virtual reality technologies Google is going to unveil its plan to take over your house and your phone – and then your reality. Google has held its biggest event of the year, showing off everything that it’s going to release through […]

Google Chirp Vs. Amazon Echo

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According to insiders, Google is working on a competitor to the Amazon Echo, the smart speaker that has proved to be a sleeper hit for Amazon. The device, which will resemble an OnHub router, has not been officially named yet but is internally known as the Chirp. It has long been suspected that Google was […]

Tips for Cooking Delicious Meals With Samsung Chef Collection Oven

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Some might argue that an artist is only as good as his tools. If that is true, then Samsung is helping turn every day home cooks into culinary master chefs with its Chef Collection of kitchen appliances. One of the most advanced sets of kitchen appliances on the market, each piece is as technologically advanced […]

Elon Musk addresses criticism, says Tesla Powerwall home battery getting power boost

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company is doubling the power output of its new home battery system while it tries to settle some confusion about the use of the system. Tesla is responding to criticism of its Powerwall home battery system after it was announced on April 30. “We did get obviously a fair […]

Tesla home battery: Worth the cost? Depends where you live

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When will a Tesla home battery pay for itself? The answer depends on where you live — and how you use it. If you live in the South and already own solar panels, it could take you just under three years to make up the cost of the $3,000 Tesla Powerwall battery. But if you […]

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils home battery system

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Tesla has unveiled a suite of new energy products, including a wall-mounted battery that will be sold for use in consumers’ homes. Tesla is calling the rechargeable lithium-ion battery the “Powerwall.” As the name suggests, the unit is designed to be mounted on a wall, and connected to the local power grid. It will be […]

HBO NOW Premiering in April

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HBO Subscription Available Directly to Apple Customers for the First Time Ever SAN FRANCISCO—March 9, 2015—Apple® and HBO today announced HBO NOW is premiering next month, making an HBO subscription available directly to Apple customers for the first time ever. iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Apple TV® users can purchase HBO NOW directly in-app as […]

Why Samsung could dominate Apple and Google in the smart home

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Samsung could have a leg up on Apple and Google in the home thanks to its existing line of appliances and recent acquisitions. Last week, Samsung acquired start-up SmartThings, and this week, it acquired air conditioner distributor Quietside. Those acquisitions follow Google’s Nest buy, which adds smart thermostat technology, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to […]

Smart home tech is great. But how much does it save you?

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Smart home technology is convenient, state-of-the-art and undeniably great. But does it help where it really matters—in consumers’ pocket? The growing market ranges from Wi-Fi thermometers to automated kitchen appliances and air conditioners. Yet a central question remains: Do these bells and whistles—and the technology that helps them run—actually help consumers save money at a […]

Turn your old iPhone into a home security system for free

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Plenty of studies have shown that iPhone users upgrade their handsets more often than other smartphone users. But what should you do with that old iPhone once you have upgraded to a new one? There are plenty of good options out there, and some of the most common ones include selling your old phone using […]