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Panasonic Ora brings together the smart home of the future

Panasonic Ora Smart Home

If you've been an early adopter of smart home technology, you've probably recognized just how cumbersome it all can be. As cool and futuristic as the devices themselves are, it gets old having to jump in and out of multiple apps in order to turn on your smart lights, lock your smart lock-equipped door, set your security system, manage your thermostat, etc. In fact, the average home has over 100 devices that can potentially connect to the Internet, as I learned when Panasonic told me about its Ora technology that looks to power the smart home of the future.

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Bleeding Edge TV 525: Toyota on the Future of Car Multimedia

Ever wonder about what the cars of the near future will offer in terms of entertainment? There's a balance between entertainment and safety, and in this episode Andru Edwards chats with Toyota's Ken Parkman about new features coming soon to the Entune App Suite, a feature of Entune Premium Audio that allows you to access some of the most popular smartphone apps right from the car dashboard.

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Ciara Names Son Future Zahir Wilburn

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Celebrity Babies, Photos, Features,

Ciara's son Future Zahir WilburnCiara has named her son Future Zahir Wilburn.

The "Goodies" singer gave birth to her first child with partner, Future Sr., this morning, and they have decided to name the tot after him. Alongside a picture of the newborn's arm, she posted on Twitter, "FUTURE ZAHIR WILBURN 9lbs 10oz May 19 2014."

Producer and rapper Future Sr. - who was born Nayvadius D. Wilburn - added on his own Twitter page, "Baby FUTURE."

Future Sr. got his name when he was growing up in Atlanta and members of the musical collective The Dungeon Family started to call him The Future.

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Ciara Expecting a Baby Boy?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Pregnancies, Rumors,

CiaraCiara is expecting a baby boy.

The "Goodies" singer is due to give birth to her first child with her fiance Future next month and the 30-year-old rapper may have let slip the sex of the unborn tot.

During an interview with Tim Westwood TV, he said, "The baby's listening to music already now. [Ciara] sent me a video while I was over here with the headphones on her stomach. She's like, 'The baby just listened to 'Turn on the Lights,' the version with me and you.' I said, 'You gotta play the 'Anytime' for him, the new one you did. Let him hear that, see how he kicks.' She played it and he started kicking crazy."

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old star has remained tight-lipped about whether she is carrying and boy or a girl over the past four months, but recently admitted the gender didn't initially match her "preference" when she found out. "I did have a preference before I found out what it was. I had a preference at first and when I was told what it was, I felt it's going to be what it's supposed to be," she said previously.


Ciara Surprised by Sex of Her Baby

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Pregnancies,

CiaraCiara was surprised when she found out the sex of her baby.

The "Body Party" singer is pregnant with her first child but, despite remaining tight-lipped about whether she is carrying and boy or a girl, she admits the gender didn't initially match her "preference."

"I did have a preference before I found out what it was. I had a preference at first and when I was told what it was, I felt it's going to be what it's supposed to be," she said.

However, Ciara, 28, insists her fiance Future - whom she got engaged to in October last year - was pleased when the sex of their child was revealed. "It was definitely different [to what I thought] and my fiance got what he wanted. I'm excited," she added.

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OutKast Set to Reunite at Coachella

OutKastOutKast is set to reunite at Coachella 2014.

Producer Rico Wade has confirmed Andre 3000 and Big Boi will be gracing the stage at this year's festival after a seven-year hiatus. Rico told music website Stereogum that he wants his cousin, rapper Future, to join the pair at their reunion in California in April.

"As we bide our time in the lobby, he [Rico] affably spills the beans about unreleased Andre 3000 solo songs from a decade ago and his hopes to score Future a cameo during OutKast's reunion sets at Coachella. Eventually he pulls out his iPhone and plays me a Future/Andre collaboration he produced called 'Benz Bitch' that's earmarked for Honest [Future's next LP]. It's yet another side of Future and one rarely heard: brainy, libidinous space-age funk mined from Stankonia's dankest caverns, an homage to his Dungeon Family roots," the article reads.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Announcement Trailer

Was it going to be Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 or Call of Duty: Ascension? Some weren’t sure what game was next. Rumors have been floating around for the past few weeks about the game, and now those rumors can be laid to rest. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been announced, and, man, does it look awesome.

Set in the year 2029, we find ourselves looking at an aged man tied to a chair, talking about the technology of the time. Warfare has turned its back on using soldiers, and has embraced newer, unmanned robotic technology. Everything from war planes, to walking tanks, to helicopter jets. Somehow, the enemy takes control of the drones and begins attacking the United States (and probably various other worldwide targets.) The result is a man vs. machine extravaganza. Check out the full trailer below.

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Three-cylinder BMW 3 Series to hit the streets in a couple of years

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Corporate News, Transportation,

A while back we hit you with a list of the top ten technologies to look out for in automobiles, and now we’re here to let you know that one of the items on that list is ready to be brought to market. BMW has long been the reigning champ in luxury compacts and it may soon be adding new bragging rights to its list.

We included the three-cylinder motor on our list due to the economy boost that the motors promise. Aside from luxury, BMW wants to add fuel economy to its 3 Series lineup. At the heart of most three-cylinder cars lies a hybrid motor to aid in power. BMW, however, is taking a different approach. Unlike its i8, which sport a hybrid combo, the company aims to provide relatively the same power and fun that the current 3 Series provides. The three-cylindered motors are expected to hit the streets within the next two to three years.

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BMW looking to use smart fabric to bring deep user customization to cars

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Science, Transportation,

BMW Smart Fabric

As automotive technology is advancing, things that we found novel are becoming a thing of the past. Remember when the first iPhone came out? People flocked to the phone like moths to a light initially. Now, iPhones are about as common as shoes, having lost their novel appeal.

Now apply the same analogy to automobiles. When automakers incorporated navigation systems into vehicles, everyone wanted one. Heck, even hip hop artists were rapping about it in their music. So the question remains to ask is ‘What technology will excite the new car buyer?’ BMW may have found the answer for the next big thing. Smart fabric is what they’re conceptually attempting to bring into cars. Not familiar with smart fabric? Let's break it down after the jump.

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Top 10 technologies that will change the automotive game

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Science, Transportation,

top 10 automotive technologies

The internal combustion engine saved the horse in the 1900s, and hybrid cars were supposed to save the automobile in the 2000s (nice try, Prius.) Now there’s a new savior in town--well, actually, there are a few.

Though the hybrid was a great start, it was only a gateway drug of an idea for gear-heads everywhere. We’ve all walked out into our driveway ready to get doing, only to stumble upon a flat tire. You can kiss that problem goodbye thanks to Goodyear. Thinking that your engine isn’t as efficient as it should be? You’re probably right, but technology mirroring NASA will solve that worry for you. Oh, and forget about getting a bigger motor, because you should instead be focusing on the 1-liter powerhouses. As technology improves, our automotive life will too. To get the full story, click on through to get a look at Car and Driver's 10 Most Promising Auto Technologies of the Future.


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