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Gadgets that monitor your sleeping habits aren't new, but a new prototype by the startup Hello tracks your snoozing patterns and the environment around you — and you don't have to wear anything while you're in bed.
A small sensor-filled ball called the Sense is picking up huge traction on Kickstarter. In less than 48 hours, it has brought in more than four times its goal of $100,000.
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The Sense sits on your nightstand and factors in how you're sleeping with your surroundings, such as noise in the bedroom, light, temperature, humidity and particles in the air that could provoke allergies. It tells you when your room is too bright, too warm and when conditions are just right, glowing green for a few seconds to let you know when you're good to go Read more...More about Crowdfunding, Internet Of Things, Wearables, Kickstarter, and Tech
Faced with one of the state's worst droughts on record, some Californians have taken extreme measures to force their neighbors to use less water: publicly shaming them on social media, using the hashtag #DroughtShaming
The trend does not have the backing of water authorities, however. State officials told Mashable they would much rather residents anonymously report each other to their local water board.
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Last week, the California Water Resources Control Board announced an unprecedented emergency regulation to crack down on excessive outdoor water use: For at least the next 270 days, residents would be subject to $500-per-day fines for washing down driveways and sidewalks, watering lawns and other landscapes, or turning on outdoor fountains (unless the water is recirculated) Read more...More about Twitter, Us World, Us, and California Drought
What exactly does Facebook have up its sleeve?
An ad for a new app called Bolt mysteriously appeared on Instagram on Wednesday. Android users reported seeing a new banner-style app-install ad on on the service, according to TechCrunch, which featured a "one tap photo messaging" app called Bolt.
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The ad included what appeared to be an install button similar to the app-install ads from your Facebook News Feed
The button was a dead link, however, and the ads were removed shortly after they appeared, according to The Verge. "We don’t have anything to share right now," an Instagram spokesperson told Mashable. Read more...More about Facebook, Bolt, Instagram, Social Media, and Apps Software