BitLock – a keyless bike lock connects to your phone via Bluetooth

BitLock

BitLock, a keyless bike lock, is a U-lock that can be opened electronically by an iPhone or Android app. With that electronic aspect comes other features, such as a GPS tracker and a fitness tracker that can record miles biked, calories burned, and CO2 emissions avoided. Whoever has admin-like status can grant or revoke access to the lock. Making things even simpler, it all connects via Bluetooth, so you don’t even need to have your phone out to open it: proximity works just as well.

 

 

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OpenRemote – software that ties the Internet of Things together

OpenRemote is an open-source Internet of Things platform.

If you were to buy several Internet-connected home gadgets—say, a “smart” thermostat, “smart” door lock, and “smart” window blinds—you would likely have to control each one with a separate app, meaning it exists on its own. But, that’s not how Elier Ramirez does it. In his home, an iPad app controls his lights, ceiling fans, and TV and stereo. Pressing a single button within the app can shut off all his lights and gadgets when he leaves.

 

 

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Brewbot: a smartphone controlled brewing system for homebrewers

Brewbot

A delicious and rewarding hobby is brewing beer at home.  It is also a complex and time-consuming hobby. If your beer is going to come out right you will need the right amount of hops, barley, yeast, and water.  They must be combined and heated at very specific times and temperatures. Homebrewers taking on a new batch of golden brew must dedicate an entire day to its creation — not including bottling. But a handy new robot, developed in Northern Ireland, is putting an end to all that lost time.

 

 

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Nike+ now has over 18 million members tracking their exercise

NikeFuel allows fitness enthusiasts to compare their performance and daily routines across multiple disciplines.

Nike+, Nike’s online platform for tracking personal exercise logged with a FuelBand, SportWatch or Nike+ fitness app, now has over 18 million members worldwide.

 

 

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70% of developers are dissatisfied with app marketing and advertising

Mobile developers are unhappy with app marketing and advertising.

Over 70 percent of developers are dissatisfied with their current options for app marketing and advertising. That’s the results of a survey by Papaya Mobile, which offers the AppFlood service for promoting mobile games and apps. The survey shows that the majority of developers don’t have a clear idea of the benefits of mobile marketing channels. In particular, they don’t trust ad network providers.

 

 

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Reinventing the News – What Will that Look Like?

Circa

There has been a lot of talk in media circles about how the “story” needs to be disrupted, so that news can be rendered in a way that makes more sense for a real-time, digital and mobile age — but so far all we have is more listicles and slideshows, or streams of headlines that mimic a wire service. About the only company that is really trying hard to disrupt the idea of a news story from the inside out is Circa, the news startup co-founded (and funded) by Cheezburger founder Ben Huh, and it is doing so by thinking about news the way programmers think about code, or scientists think about atoms. (Video)

 

 

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The RoboRoach: Control a living cockroach with your smartphone

RoboRoach

The minds behind Backyard Brains, a neurological education and outreach company, are bringing the first commercially available cyborgs to the general public. They landed on Kickstarter Monday, and they’re wooing support from Internet backers worldwide. (Videos)

 

 

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Burrito Bomber – world’s first airborne Mexican food delivery system

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Everyone deserves a burrito when they want it and so that dream has become a reality. Darwin Aerospace is proud to introduce: Burrito Bomber — truly the world’s first airborne Mexican food delivery system.

 

 

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Why mobile apps get rejected from the Apple app store

There are nine surprising reasons an app might get rejected from the Apple app store.

To keep the app ecosystem healthy, the Apple App Store review process is designed to protect users from low quality or hostile apps.  It works for the most part.  Sometimes an app rejection might not be for the reason you might expect.  Sometimes it can force developers to rush to push back their launch date or maybe even redevelop key features.

 

 

 

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