Can hybrid wings help San Francisco’s ferries capture the wind? Detours episode 3 debuts tomorrow

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Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America’s problems in new and unconventional ways. Check in for new dispatches every Wednesday.

San Francisco’s ferries serve over 7 million commuters a year, but they’re extremely inefficient when it comes to energy use. Wind+Wing is testing an alternative technology: the company’s wing can be attached to boats to create a hybrid system that has the potential to radically reduce fuel use.

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Nest now works with Crestron and other popular home automation systems

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Nest Labs announced today that Control4, Crestron, Dropcam, Remote Technologies Incorporated, and Universal Remote Control are now compatible with its line of products. The “Works with Nest” developer program facilitating the integration was announced in 2013, along with the company’s partnership with Control4. “Professional installers are a key market partner for Nest and we’re committed to enabling our products to connect with the home automation systems they trust and install every day,” said Nest founder Matt Rogers.

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The man who launched the Dreamcast reflects on its 15 year anniversary

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Millions of people will sign on to their video game console of choice today to play Destiny, the much anticipated online-multiplayer video game from the creators of the Halo franchise. But the rise of online gaming, the astronomical success specifically of multiplayer shooters, even the construction of Xbox Live, the home of the Halo games, are all indebted to the Sega Dreamcast. The doomed console paved the way for online gaming with a 56K gaming and a handful of atypical accessories, like a broadband adapter and mouse and keyboard.

Former president of Sega of America and current Chief Operating Officer at Electronic Arts took a moment to remember his experience launching the Dreamcast 15 years ago today, on September 9, 1999….

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Nest Finally Works With Control4, Crestron, RTI And URC Home Automation Systems

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nest-home Today, at CEDIA EXPO 2014, Nest made the day of every home automator installers and retailers everywhere: Nest finally works with the major players in home automation, Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) and Universal Remote Control (URC). These are the pricey advanced home automation systems that, up until now, did not officially support the popular Nest Learning… Read More

Live From Apple’s iPhone Event In Cupertino

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IMG_3775 Apple is holding an event today in Cupertino that kicks off at 10 AM PT, and we’re already here at the Flint Center holding it down. Next to the theater is the giant cube-like white mystery building that Apple has constructed on the site specifically for this show, whose purpose is yet to be revealed. We’ll be posting photos and updates (with Matthew Panzarino on the keyboard… Read More

Agile outside of software

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Later this week I’m doing a presentation at Agile On The Beach entitled: “Agile outside of software development”. (I resisted the temptation to call it “Agile Beyond Software”). The presentation will attempt to answer a question which is often asked at, and around, Agile On The Beach: “Is Agile only for Software Development?”
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iPhone 6 announcement: start time, live blog, and streaming for Apple’s event

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Apple’s September 9th event has been described as historic before it’s even started. To match the great hype, the Cupertino company has booked a larger venue than usual and supplemented its capacity with a mysterious three-story structure. The elaborate buildup is for the launch of a new iPhone (or two), plus there’s the widely anticipated announcement of a long-rumored iWatch and the tantalizing “wish we could say more” tagline from Apple itself.

The iPhone 6 is expected to come in two variants: a 4.7-inch model that would feature a sapphire glass display and a larger 5.5-inch version that may end up being released a few months after the first. Multiple iPhone 6 dummies and even one functional device have leaked onto the web,…

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Watch The Verge Live today after Apple’s iPhone 6 / iWatch event!

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It’s Apple day — inarguably its biggest one since the iPad reveal in 2010 (if not bigger than that). Follow along with our live blog of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iWatch event starting at 1PM ET / 10AM PT. After all is said and done, when Tim Cook and co. walk off stage and everyone on site is running to the demo booths, join Ross Miller and Chris Ziegler live from our New York studio for all a relevant / irreverent breakdown of all the biggest news, the latest video reports from San Francisco as they come in, and a conversation with our reporters-on-the-scene.

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iPhone is like the Predator

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The iPhone is a destroyer of worlds. Over the years, it’s been speculated Apple’s smartphone has “killed” numerous industries (while simultaneously being hunted). This year, the iPhone 6 will reportedly topple financial institutions as we know it. A few years before that? Compact cameras and standalone GPS navigators. Before that? Love. As you get ready for today’s major event, here’s a look back at what the iPhone has reportedly tried to “kill” over the years.

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Jawbone opens its fitness tracking to Android Wear, Pebble, and the iWatch

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The Up24 is our favorite fitness wearable, not so much because of its design or ergonomics, but because of Jawbone’s excellent software — it does the best job of converting the data collected by the wristband’s sensors into useful and stimulating information for the user. Now Jawbone’s decided to be more inclusive and will accept such data from competitors like Fitbit and other mobile platforms, including Google’s Android Wear, the Pebble smartwatch, and Apple’s HealthKit. The latter preempts Apple’s widely anticipated announcement of an iWatch. Windows Phone is also about to get its own long-awaited Jawbone app.

In all cases, what’s on offer is the chance to continue using Jawbone’s great software with a much wider range of hardware….

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