In Depth: Your house is getting smarter – and your phone is the brain

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Smartphones are nice and feature-stocked these days, but we know what the phone buying hoardes are like: everyone wishes they did more. Sure, you can tweet from them, but we want them to be able to cook us dinner and take the robot vacuum for a walk.

The good news is that’s a future which may be closer than you think.

We’re already on our way there, as phones are gradually connecting us more to other devices. For example many smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One, now have infrared blasters, which can be used to control televisions, set top boxes and even air conditioners, removing the need for a separate remote.

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Make It Real: Inflatable Car Seat by Volvo

Inflatable Car Seat by Volvo Make It Real: Inflatable Car Seat by Volvo

Kids are awesome. Going places with them in tow is often not as awesome, due to the fact that you have to make sure you’ve packed the car seat and lugging that thing around isn’t exactly easy or the most convenient thing to do. Cue this inflatable car seat concept by Volvo and you’ve got happy parents all over the world…except it’s still a concept at this point, so it’s not quite as “real” as everyone’s hoping it would be.

As its name implies, the car seat is inflatable. That means it’s all flat and compact when it’s not in use, and can easily fit into a bag.

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Shakespeare Insult Wallet

Shakespeare Insult Wallet Shakespeare Insult Wallet

Thou has not so much brain as ear wax. Well, there’s something to make you re-think spending your hard-earned money on some useless bauble. The Shakespeare Insult Wallet might make you laugh, it might make you cry, and it might even give you a new appreciation for the Bard, but I seriously doubt it will have much effect on your spending habits. Of course, I could be wrong. Being called a tedious fool by a wallet has to have an impact on one’s ego sooner or later.

Made of durable Tyvek, this wallet features a picture of William Shakespeare on the exterior and a seemingly endless litany of Old World cutdowns on the interior. Foot-licker? Those might be fighting words unless spoken with a smile.

The wallet gives voice to seven different insults each time you open it, with a silent mode available in case your bruised ego needs a break.

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WhatsApp active user-base crosses the 500 million mark

Many times we have witnessed that an acquisition of a company ending up being detrimental for its growth, but that’s sure not the case with WhatsApp which was acquired by Facebook a couple of months back for $ 19 billion in cash and stock options. In a blog post today, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum announced that the popular messaging app has crossed the 500 million mark for its total active users. The Facebook-owned app had 450 million active users before the social network giant snapped it up. “In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day,” wrote Jan Koum in the blog. “We could go on, but for now, it’s more important that we get back to work — because here at WhatsApp, we’re just getting started.”

Facebook has set the goal to reach 1 billion active users for the messaging app and it’s good to that the company is moving in the right direction. It acquired WhatsApp as part of a mission to connect the developing world and reach billions of people. WhatsApp was started by Jan Koum and Brian Acton in February 2009.

Best Deals on Lenovo Yoga 2, Titanfall, Crucial SSD and More

Welcome back to the latest edition of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu today, we have a great deal on the 13.3” Lenovo Yoga 2 “multi-mode” Ultrabook, the 23″ HP ENVY Recline 23-k110 TouchSmart AIO PC, a Toshiba Encore 8″ 32GB Windows 8 Tablet, Titanfall (for multiple platforms) and more. Full details below:

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The OnePlus One is the only Android phone you should really care about right now

 The OnePlus One is the only Android phone you should really care about right now

OnePlus on Wednesday finally unveiled its first Android handset, the highly anticipated CyanogenMod-based OnePlus One. Considering the phone’s specs and affordable price, the One is the only Android phone you should really consider buying right now. The device will be even cheaper than customers expect, retailing for either $ 299/€269 (the 16GB version) or $ 349/€299 (the 64GB version), and should be available in the near future in 16 markets.

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