Despite my fondness for (and previous career in) computer troubleshooting, I find myself at sea when it comes to dealing with my car. But fortunately pretty much every car has a computer in it these days, and that onboard system can provide a first step to diagnosing a problem—all you need is the right tool.
The company that turned every smartphone into a potential credit card payment terminal is taking a step into the future. Square's now taking pre-orders for the newest version of its credit-card reader, which plugs into the headphone jack on a smartphone or tablet; the $29 dongle now works with the EMV standard that's soon to become the de facto way we pay with credit cards.
We've all been in that catch-22 where we're just too tired to roll out of bed to brew that hot beverage that will wake us up enough to get out of bed. Fortunately, technology's here to help: Belkin has teamed up with Mr. Coffee to create a Wi-Fi-enabled coffee maker that you can control from your smartphone—which, presumably, is never more than an arm's length away.
Small, homemade bombs are an ever-present threat in America’s wars. Commonly known as Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, these bombs are easily made by insurgents, hidden along patrolled roads, and surprisingly deadly. In the early years of the Iraq war, the Department of Defense commissioned a serious bomb-proof vehicle program and borrowed lessons from submarine warfare to protect troops against these bombs. There’s another, lower-cost way for America to fight IEDs: Dogs.
Time to clear off some room on your wrist, because there's yet another fitness band on the way. While the Jawbone UP3 might seem to occupy the same niche as the Fitbit or Microsoft's newly announced Band, the UP3's goal is focused less on providing the same raw data that many fitness trackers already offer and more on turning that data into qualitative ways to improve your life.