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Obama touts technology as the answer to America’s ills in State of the Union

Patrick Kulp, Mashable

From teaching kids to code to expanding access the open Internet, the tech industry played a prominent role in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. One of the key questions Obama centered his speech around: “How do we make technology work for us, and not against us  —  especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change?

Sony put the guts of a smartphone into this lightbulb

Nick Statt, The Verge

The company’s newest appliance, the Multifunctional Light, performs an absurd amount of functions you’d never expect — and maybe don’t even want — out of an overhead fixture. (But don’t expect whoever named it to win any creativity awards.) It can communicate with other appliances like air conditioning units and thermostats with data from its humidity sensors, talk to your TV using infrared to turn it on when its motion sensors detect you’re in the room, and act as a household intercom system equipped with speakers and a microphone. It even has a microSD card slot for some completely inexplicable reason. All of these functions can be controlled via a smartphone app when you’re inside or away from your home.

 

Ask Siri to beatbox for you right now. Seriously, do it.

Stan Schroeder, Mashable 

Apple’s possibly-sentient personal assistant Siri can do a lot of things, but did you know she can beatbox? It’s simple to try, provided you have an iPhone or an iPad: Just ask “Siri, can you beatbox for me?”

Skype Brings Group Video Calls To Mobile Devices

Sarah Perez, Tech Crunch 

In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Skype announced today the launch of free group video calling on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 mobile devices. The feature has been available for a couple of years on the desktop, for both Mac and PC, but had yet to make its way to mobile.

 

The best fitness bands, trackers and apps

Eileen Brown, ZD Net

Do you want some help to reach your 2016 New Year fitness goals? Try these wearables and fitness apps to help you with your motivation and improve your health and wellbeing.

Self-driving cars take another step forward with Google report

Colin Barker, ZD Net

The day when a car can be trusted to drive safely all by itself has moved another cautious step closer with the publication of a report on experiments by Google and others with self-driving cars.

Human-Sized Autonomous Drone

Kyle Nofuente, Tech Times

The Ehang 184 isn’t your typical consumer drone. For one, it’s huge compared to most drones we see getting stuck in neighborhood trees – it would tear straight through one. Second, the size of the Ehang is as it is because it can carry a payload of one human being.

Instagram may soon show you more details while searching

Stan Schroeder, Mashable

Photographer Anthony Quintano noted on Twitter that searching for someone in Instagram’s “People” search tab on your phone will now immediately show you which users follow you, and vice versa.

Earbuds will let Coachella attendees experience the festival in a brand new way

Christina Warren, Mashable

The idea is that the earbuds — which are kind of like high-tech hearing aids — can be used to modify the sounds in your physical environment. This can mean eliminating background sounds, raising the bass, adjusting reverb or creating other sonic experiences.

You can now kick off a Skype Call from Slack

Sarah Perez, Tech Crunch

The company announced group calling on mobile, integration with Outlook mobile, and today it’s rolling out to Slack, too. Available now in preview mode (meaning a beta release), the new Slack integration allows team members using Slack’s real-time communication software a way to quickly start either a voice or video call from within the Slack application.

 

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