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May 2, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
UC Berkeley student Derek Low has created what might be the most awesomely automated dorm room in America. He calls the room "BRAD," which stands for "Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dormroom" and he's programmed it to do everything from waking him up in the morning to turning out the lights for him at night. That includes an instant party mode -- with laser lights, strobe lights, dance music and even a fog machine -- whenever he hits a wireless emergency party button. When a different mood is required, he can tell the room to go into "romantic mode," and the shades will close, the lights will dim, a disco ball starts to shine and some classic Elton John will automatically start playing.
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May 2, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
UC Berkeley student Derek Low has created what might be the most awesomely automated dorm room in America. He calls the room "BRAD," which stands for "Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dormroom" and he's programmed it to do everything from waking him up in the morning to turning out the lights for him at night. That includes an instant party mode -- with laser lights, strobe lights, dance music and even a fog machine -- whenever he hits a wireless emergency party button. When a different mood is required, he can tell the room to go into "romantic mode," and the shades will close, the lights will dim, a disco ball starts to shine and some classic Elton John will automatically start playing.
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BUSINESS
May 2, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Pick-up artists -- you've got your own app now. Neil Strauss, author of the best-selling books on the modern art of seduction -- "The Game" and "Rules of the Game" -- has launched A Better Man, an app that turns hitting on women into a secret-agent-style, real-time-playable adventure. "By purchasing this app, you're accepting a challenge. A challenge that will take you on a journey," the creators of the app write on iTunes. "You will receive missions. As you move through the missions, you will require more and more skills.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2012 | By David Sarno
Yelp Inc.'s first quarter as a public company was, if nothing to yelp home about, not worth a bad review either. The online business review website brought in $27.4 million in revenue during the quarter, a 66% jump from $16.5 million during the same quarter last year. Yelp's 2012 projected revenue also beat analysts' expectations, with the company predicting it will make $128 million to $132 million -- higher than the $124.4-million average from...
BUSINESS
May 4, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Skype and video iChat are great, but traditional video conferencing tools are so two-dimensional. Just imagine if you could talk to a friend or colleague in holographic 3-D. Well, you may soon be able to. Researchers at Queen's University have created a life-sized, 3-D video conferencing pod that allows users to see the person they are talking to in 360-degree holographic-like clarity. They call it the TeleHuman. But before images of Princess Leia telling Obi-Wan Kenobi that he is her only hope start dancing in your head, know that the 3-D holographic image only works if you have what looks like a giant cylindrical floor lamp made of acrylic that can display the life-sized 3-D holographic image in your home or office.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details
Are you addicted to checking your work email? Do you check it first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed? Do you check it on work breaks and even on vacations?  Well, here's a piece of advice: Stop. According to a new study by researchers at UC Irvine , people who check their work email regularly exhibit higher states of stress, and less focus, than workers who continue to do their jobs while being cut off from email entirely. The study examined the heart rate of workers at a suburban office outside of Boston.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
You've heard of apps that help you lose weight, and apps that help you exercise, but on Wednesday author and pick-up artist extraordinaire Neil Strauss launched A Better Man -- an app that helps awkward dudes pick up girls. You might consider A Better Man a virtual coach that helps you learn the art of hitting on women by giving you real-life assignments and encouraging you to interact with strangers, no matter how uncomfortable it feels. The core of the app is a series of timed missions that begin at Level 1, and get incrementally harder as you advance.
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