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Is Swarm the De-Gamification of Foursquare?

Foursquare's new Swarm app launched unceremoniously last week as it went live in Google Play and the App Store, signaling what may be a cooling-down of people's infatuation with gamification. The Swarm app focuses on social contact, letting users check into locations—as with the original app—but also lets...
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Tesla Open Sources Patents to Advance Electric Vehicle Tech

Tesla Motors on Thursday announced that it will not file any lawsuits against companies that wants to use its patented technology for electric vehicles. "Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case," Tesla CEO...
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Ringly Smart Ring Sends Phone Alerts to Your Finger

If you're worried about missing notifications from your phone while walking around town, you can now link them to a ring on your finger. Ringly is the latest fashion gadget, and it links important notifications from a smartphone via Bluetooth to a ring worn on the finger. There...
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Honeywell Finally Has a Thermostat That Can Compete With Nest

Google's Nest thermostat may be the darling of the smart-home revolution, but Honeywell just launched a competitor with promises of being even smarter. Honeywell introduced the Lyric thermostat ($279) on Tuesday, the first smart thermostat on the market that uses geofencing technology within the device itself. There's a healthy...
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