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Innovations: January, 2014

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 01/31/2014

5 beautiful photos from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is constantly capturing remarkable images.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:46 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Space

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 01/31/2014

The wearable device that could text you when your loved one has a seizure

Watching her daughter suffer 15,000 seizures was motivation for Barbara Kroner to develop a detection device.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:13 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 01/30/2014

One day a drone might throw you a life preserver

An Iranian incubator is testing a drone that races to drowning victims and drop a life preserver.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:44 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 01/30/2014

There’s a giant robot directing traffic in Congo

A hulking, solar-powered robot tells cars and pedestrians where to go in Congo.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:12 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 01/30/2014

The rise and fall (and rise) of the billion-dollar social network

The Facebooks and Twitters can grow remarkably fast, but potentially shrink just as quickly.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:39 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Does working in a call center have to be so miserable?

Employees don’t last long at cell centers. This company thinks it can change that.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:04 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 01/28/2014

What Tupac and Turkey’s prime minister have in common

Holograms emerge as a way for leaders and musicians -- dead or alive -- to address supporters.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:44 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 01/28/2014

The case for how big companies can be disruptive

A report argues that large organization are increasingly embracing the digital revolution.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:43 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 01/28/2014

How the smartest tech companies plan to autocomplete our lives

It’s not just limited to Web search, now companies are beginning to anticipate the needs of customers.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:34 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Enough is enough, Silicon Valley must end its elitism and arrogance

Tom Perkins’s controversial remarks ignited a firestorm, proving that the tech industry’s arrogance must end.

By Vivek Wadhwa  |  10:59 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 01/27/2014

On Ezra Klein, and rethinking the news story-encyclopedia schism

Ezra Klein attempts to tear down the wall between news stories and reference articles.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:19 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 01/24/2014

How Twitter accounts are the new food truck

Before throwing your weight behind a business, test the waters in a smart and small way.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:44 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social Media, Technology

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 01/23/2014

The potential of sensors on your joints that relay real-time information

N.C. State researchers are working on sensors to track medical conditions and improve your health.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:58 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 01/23/2014

The 100-year evolution of Noxzema packaging, in one GIF

Its container has dramatically changed in 100 years in response to costs and environmental concerns.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:34 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Google Glass and wearables are the new home-field advantage

The potential of wearable technology to alter sports is shown by the Sacramento Kings.

By Dominic Basulto  |  07:56 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/22/2014

One day an elevator might ask — Are you getting on?

Microsoft researchers have built an elevator that guesses whether an approaching person wants to get on.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/22/2014

T-Mobile is trying its hand at banking

The company offers a way for consumers without traditional bank accounts to store money and pay bills.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/21/2014

8 attempts to make shoveling snow easier and more fun

Shoveling snow doesn’t have to hurt. Here’s a look at efforts to make the experience better.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:06 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Don’t touch my Internet (unless you want a riot)

As Turks protest for Internet freedoms, Americans yawn at troubling attacks on net neutrality.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/20/2014

Humin: The app that uses context to enable better human connections

App provides helpful information about your contacts at relevant times to foster better ties.

By Matt McFarland  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Why we don’t all really need smartphones

Don’t pay big bucks for a smartphone when all you need is a phone that makes calls and takes photos.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:39 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Using 3-D printing to address the need for prosthetics in Uganda

A professor works to address the shortage of prosthetic limbs through the power of 3-D printing.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:12 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 07:24 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Friday brings discussion of Chris Christie and the merits of changing the Redskins name.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:24 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Elon Musk’s five insights into solar energy

Elon Musk has built SolarCity into a company that’s poised for tremendous growth.

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:11 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Step 1 to receiving money on Kickstarter: Give back.

A study finds that potential donors respond well to offers of gifts, and things that won’t last.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:41 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Thursday brings chatter about Jon Stewart, same-sex marriage and incandescent lightbulbs.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:53 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Ohio State marching band enjoys spotlight of Apple ad

The university’s standout marching band enjoys a surreal experience.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:37 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Wednesday’s version includes chatter about Obamacare, same-sex marriage and the ACC.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:03 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 01/14/2014

7 reasons why Google is the most fascinating company in the world

Google’s acquisition of Nest underscores its grand goal of reinventing the world.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:22 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 01/14/2014

What if Chris Christie had a Snapchat for Gmail?

The rise of the erasable Internet will have big implications for politicians with things to hide.

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:01 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Social Media, Technology

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 01/14/2014

A thousand of these tiny windmills might power your phone

Researchers have filed a patent for a windmill that’s so small, 1,000 could fit on a cell phone.

By Max Ehrenfreund  |  08:20 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Tuesday’s edition brings more talk of Chris Christie plus George Carlin and Washington Capitals.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:12 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 01/13/2014

The amazing power of MEMS, in two GIFs

Two impressive GIFs demonstrate the power of this unheralded technology to improve our lives.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:32 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/13/2014

The unstoppable rise of brevity and abbreviations

In an era flooded with information, it’s increasingly tough to resonate without being concise.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the weekend

Monday’s edition brings talk of Robert Gates’s book, the Weather Channel and Pulp Fiction.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:35 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Real talk about the innovation vacuum in televisions

Manufacturers deliver new gimmicks, but don’t address the areas of the experience that need improvment.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:53 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Friday brings more talk of Chris Christie plus chatter about new Redskins Coach Jay Gruden.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:26 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Audi introduces new concept car at CES (VIDEO)

VIDEO | Audi’s Sport Quattro Laserlight has distinctive headlamps and lightweight materials.

By Sandi Moynihan  |  01:27 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Toyota showcases hydrogen car at CES (VIDEO)

PostTV’s Zoeann Murphy got up-close as Toyota demonstrated its fuel cell-powered sedan at CES.

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:34 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CES2014, Technology

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/09/2014

T-Mobile’s John Legere brilliantly transforms into a rebel CEO

T-Mobile’s John Legere abandoned traditional CEO behavior en route to shaking up an industry.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:38 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Meet the newest role models for female innovators

Sasheer Zamata and Janet Yellen will inspire women as they show how hard work can break the glass ceiling.

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:02 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 01/09/2014

The epic oddness of CES, captured in eight photos

Eight photos that capture the unique culture and experience of the massive trade show.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:42 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CES2014, Technology

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Thursday’s conversations are dominated by jokes about Chris Christie’s bridge troubles.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:33 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Virtual-reality gaming: Here’s what’s new. (Video)

We try out the latest gadgets from Oculus VR and Virtuix at CES.

By Matt McFarland  |  01:40 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CES2014, Technology

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 01/08/2014

The electric race car is here, can it succeed?

FIVE IDEAS | The people that brought you Formula One will launch electric car races.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:25 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Wednesday’s edition features talk of the polar vortex, climate change and the Washington Redskins.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:31 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 01/07/2014

10 bold predictions for 2014

Google Glass, drones and virtual reality will be big. Plus Bill Gates will keep changing the world.

By Dominic Basulto  |  10:17 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014

How iBeacons could change the world forever

New technology that tracks phones within inches will create groundbreaking chances for everyone.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CES2014

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Samsung dreams up where the next screen might appear

A Samsung video explores where video screens might appear in the future.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:44 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Tuesday brings more talk of the polar vortex, plus Liz Cheney ending her Wyoming Senate bid.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:39 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 01/06/2014

This library without books is a hit with readers

FIVE IDEAS | A Texas library has been a success despite not having physical books.

By Matt McFarland  |  09:35 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner, Technology

Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the weekend

Monday’s edition includes talk of a polar vortex, life as a teacher and unions’ effect on U.S. businesses.

By Matt McFarland  |  07:54 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 01/03/2014

How planes can pull double duty as weather stations

Weather sensors attached to planes is helping revolutionize how forecasts are made.

By Matt McFarland  |  10:10 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Is Colorado about to get a Rocky Mountain innovation high?

Legal marijuana opens the door for new businesses, a strong creative class and more tourism.

By Dominic Basulto  |  08:38 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Five of the most-liked Washington Post comments from the last 24 hours

Snow and Snowden are the talk of D.C. as winter weather arrives amid talk of clemency for Edward Snowden.

By Matt McFarland  |  08:08 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Editor's Corner

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 01/02/2014

Neuromorphics: The first big tech buzzword of 2014

Brainlike computers will be hot in 2014 as tech companies throw their weight behind the potential.

By Dominic Basulto  |  09:16 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 01/02/2014

How the United States is reinventing itself yet again

America is on the cusp of a dramatic revival, propelled by amazing technological advances.

By Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever  |  08:12 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology

 

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