Apple Stores will begin selling the first HomeKit-connected thermostat today
Apple's smart home platform is gaining another member: the Ecobee3 smart thermostat, the first connected thermostat to work with HomeKit. The Ecobee3 goes on sale today through Apple Stores across North America. It costs $249 and is essentially an alternative to Nest's thermostat: it detects a home's temperature and whether anyone is actually around and then adjusts heating and cooling accordingly, with the goal of saving homeowners some money.
It's game on in Aberford, where 1950s housewives save the world from zombies
Women of the 1950s go head to head against zombies in Aberford -- a melee brawler game under development that delves deep into the social issues of post-war suburbia.
Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg joins board of SurveyMonkey
By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is taking a seat on the board of SurveyMonkey, the online polling company that was run by her late husband, Dave Goldberg. SurveyMonkey, a privately held company valued at $2 billion, also appointed to its board David Ebersman, the chief executive officer of behavioral health company Lyra Health and the former chief financial officer of Facebook.
Samsung Electronics profit guidance suggests costly S6 miss
By Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday guided for weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings, as a supply shortage plagued its latest smartphone launch and tepid demand from key markets likely undercut sales. The guidance suggests that Samsung, while on a gradual recovery path, will struggle to replicate the explosive growth it recorded at the turn of the decade as smartphone competition intensifies and demand softens in China and Europe. Operating profit for the second quarter likely fell 4 percent from a year earlier to 6.9 trillion won ($6.13 billion), Samsung said in a filing, its best profit in four quarters but also the seventh straight period of annual decline.
Watch the Mars Opportunity rover run an 11-year marathon in this time-lapse
The Mars Curiosity rover has received much press for its dramatic landing and for unearthing evidence of water that it's easy to forget that another rover still roams the red planet. Now, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released an epic time-lapse video that chronicles the entire trip, from when Opportunity landed in late January of 2004 to when the rover passed the 26.2-mile mark in April of this year. The images on the left were taken from the hazard-avoidance camera, or hazcam, and a map on the right shows Opportunity's twisted path.
Samsung expects seventh straight profit decline in second quarter
Smartphone giant expects second-quarter operating profit to decline 4 percent and miss analysts' expectations.
Bulletproof reports solid FY15 earnings outlook
Cloud services provider Bulletproof has announced that as it completes the integration of recently acquired Pantha Corp, the company expects solid results for the 2015 financial year.
Twitter wants to know your birthday so it can shower you with balloons and ads
Twitter wants to know when your birthday is, so it can shower you with animated balloons (yay!), and better target you with ads (boo!). The social network today introduced the option for users to set their birthdate in its settings menu and have it appear on their profile. Twitter says the new feature will allow people to celebrate your birthday more effectively, sending you all-important #HBD tweets to commemorate the anniversary of your existence, but its introduction also has a less altruistic side — it will help the social network work out which ads it thinks you want to see.
Virtual mobile network Helio is back from the dead
Remember Helio, the MVNO that operated on Sprint's network back in 2006? For reasons unclear, Ubi Telecom, a mobile company that focuses on Korean-speaking Americans, is betting that Helio can make a successful comeback. The zombie carrier will operate on Sprint's network, just like before, and will also have a roaming agreement with Verizon Wireless.
China economic uncertainty a potential risk for U.S. chipmakers
By Mari Saito SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tumbling markets and economic uncertainty in China pose a risk to major chipmakers such as Qualcomm Inc that derive a big portion of their sales from the world's second-largest economy. Consumer electronics giant Apple Inc could also be vulnerable - 17 percent of the company's overall revenue last fiscal year came from China, and in the most recent quarter it sold more iPhones in the country than in the United States for the first time. "When you have waning demand hitting at the same time (as the stock market uncertainty), it just makes that industry that much more difficult," said Christopher Rolland, a senior equity analyst at FBR Capital Markets & Co. Beijing took steps during the weekend to revive shares following a 30 percent slide in its stock market since mid-June, which raised investors' concerns about the stability of the Chinese economy.