In AT&T’s Smart Living Room, iPad and TV Are the Same

Last Updated Nov 22, 2010 12:33 PM EST High up inside a windowless telecom building in New York, AT&T (ATT) showed off some of its most promising lab fodder last week: namely, the company's vision for the "smart" living room. iPad or TV? The system was rough around the edges -- the iPad app doing the searching was a hacky Web view -- but the hardware and software were all stock pieces, indicating that AT&T is capable of this technology today. Who Cares about TV on an iPad? For years consumers have been promised frictionless multimedia experiences on all their electronics, but here, in the waning weeks of 2010, that promise is yet unfulfilled. But technologies like AT&T's are mere steps from the market place, and there is a quiet ground-swell of "connected devices" coming with it.Other smart devices are coming Cambridge Consultants, the wireless research and development company that invented Bluetooth, is hard at work building smart medical devices that work just like AT&T's cloud TV. Just this month the company announced a small transmitter called "Minder" (pictured at right) that collects data from other smart medical devices (like this smart inhaler) and transmits it to the cloud using a 3G radio. There, the patient's data can be accessed by physicians or hospitals to measure a patient's compliance, or their reactions to a new course of treatment. So what do smart TV and smart medical devices have to do with each other? Nothing -- and that's the point. In this "Internet of things," as it has been called, devices sporting their own wireless connections (via cell phone SIM cards) don't have to be "taught" to talk to each other. There is no setup process whereby you add these things to your home WiFi network, or punch in an IP address so they can talk. Right now, setting up a device (say, a new printer) is not too much of a hassle. But in a house where the printer, TV, computers, dishwasher, HVAC system, lighting and hybrid car are all talking to Continue Reading

Mary Beth Smart also learned a lot from Alabama

ATLANTA The Georgia Bulldogs were only 3 minutes, 29 seconds into their Rose Bowl matchup with Oklahoma when the Sooners scored on a 13-yard Baker Mayfield pass. Next thing Mary Beth Smart knows, Andrew is crying. Andrew, 5, is the youngest child of Mary Beth Smart and her husband, Georgia coach Kirby Smart. He’s towheaded like the Smarts’ older children, twins Julia and Weston. There are two things Andrew loves more than just about anything: his daddy and the Georgia Bulldogs. Mary Beth and the children are, of course, at all of Georgia’s games. There have been a lot of them this year, 14 in all, and each one of them more significant than the last. None will be more meaningful than the one the Bulldogs about to play Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the national championship against Alabama. All still young, the Smart children are starting to understand the gravity, even little Andrew. So, when he saw the Sooners zip down the field and score without much resistance, he was concerned, as was Bulldog Nation, of course. “I was like, ‘It’s all right, dude. There’s three minutes off the clock. We’re fine,’” Mary Beth said, chuckling. And they were fine. It just took 67 minutes, two overtimes and a lot of drama in between to be fine. “The kids are starting to realize what a really big deal it is, not only for Kirby and for the team, but for Dawg Nation,” Mary Beth said. “They’re starting to get it, what a big deal this is.” This is the side of college football we don’t see: the coaches’ wives and the mothers and the children who live and die with each play. There is a lot of glory involved in the game, and coaches these days certainly are richly rewarded for their time and effort. But there’s also a lot of stress, and it’s felt by the whole family. It’s a high-stakes sport that keeps these men away from home more than not Continue Reading

Tricked out with Tech: Bathroom features that take smart living to a whole new level

Bathroom features that take smart living to a whole new level (Family Features) No luxurious home upgrade is complete without the enhancements of modern technology. High-tech and intelligent devices lend ease to everyday activities and enrich your ability to enjoy the comforts of home. With new products joining this category at an exponential pace, there’s a way to boost the smart function of every room, even the bathroom. Climate controls Environmental elements like lighting and temperature are among the first signals your brain processes when you enter a new space. Aligning those nuances with your comfort and preferences is the ultimate expression of personalization. Motion or voice control sensors make it possible to bring lights to life with next to no effort, while a smart thermostat with differentiated climate zones can adjust to meet your needs throughout the day, perhaps kicking up a few degrees to prevent a chill when you emerge from a steamy shower. Uncommon commodes There truly is no limit to the home features that can work harder, faster and smarter – even when it comes to the toilet. If the notion of an intelligent toilet seems extreme to your senses, you may not be alone. “When Americans hear the word bidet, most have an outdated picture in their minds of a standalone fixture, but in fact, the functionality is now built into a toilet or attachable seats, and they are simple to use. Once you try one, you won’t be able to live without it,” said Shane Allis, marketing director of Kohler Sanitary Products. “From intelligent toilets to cleansing seats that attach to existing toilets, modern day bidets are for consumers who are looking for an upgrade to their toilet routine.” In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Kohler, about two-thirds of Americans would choose a toilet that would give them a cleaner, fresher feeling, and 3 in 5 think washing with water would give them a cleaner feel than toilet Continue Reading

University of Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart lists Virginia home for $1.5 million

By Rebecca Salinas, / San Antonio Express-News Published 11:27 am, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-32', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 32', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Courtesy, Trulia Image 1of/32 CaptionClose Image 1 of 32 Newly hired University of Texas Continue Reading

Bill’s street smarts: From Boulevard of Death to Queens Boulevard 2.0

The Daily News dubbed the 16 lanes of relentless traffic bisecting Queens the Boulevard of Death. Now Mayor de Blasio wants to make Queens Blvd. a showpiece of his Vision Zero agenda to curb traffic fatalities. Bring on Queens Blvd. 2.0. On the blueprint: Wider crosswalks. More generous medians to encourage pedestrians to pause mid-cross rather than try to beat a flashing don’t-walk light. Bike lanes that are safely buffered from motor traffic. Bike lanes on Queens Blvd.! Even cycling maven Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan didn’t dare. Queens Blvd. has come a long way since 1993, when 17 pedestrians lost their lives in a single year. After The News documented the grim tally of 55 more fatalities in the seven years following, the Giuliani administration installed fencing, extended sidewalks and tweaked traffic lights. The death toll fell to 14 pedestrians in the past six years — better but still not good enough. Let’s hope that the $100-million plan unveiled by de Blasio and Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg does accomplish the vision of zero. Continue Reading

Homeless woman allegedly takes children, ages 3 and 5, from Florida park to teach them how to steal, ‘live on the street’

A street-smart homeless woman made a downright dumb move. The Florida woman was charged with kidnapping after she allegedly tried to teach two children how to steal and "live on the street." Crystal Kinder, 32, took the kids, ages 3 and 5, from a Lakeland park to a motel that doubles as a halfway house a half mile away on Monday, the Orlando Sentinel reported. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS ON FACEBOOK. CLICK HERE TO "LIKE." "She lured them," Kemesha Moultrie, the mother of the oldest girl, told Bay News 9. "She offered my baby some juice," Moultrie added. "She offered them McDonald's and by them being kids they said yes." Kinder saw the unsupervised cousins at Parker Street Park and wanted to teach them a life lesson, police said. Relative Keith Campbell tracked the kids down and called police. "I said, 'You must be crazy, you're insane if you think you can just take people's kids from the park and take them for a walk,' " Campbell told Bay News 9. Kinder told cops she wanted to show the youngsters how to "live on the street." Now Kinder has a new home; she is being held at Polk County Jail on $30,000 bond. Follow on Twitter @jmolinet Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Escape from New Yorkers is not a smart idea for Bill de Blasio

Chastened by criticism that he had spent more time visiting faraway states than he had on Staten Island, Mayor de Blasio ventured on Thursday to the pretty, forgotten borough where had earlier dropped a groundhog. There, the mayor was confronted after a press conference by 49-year-old Chris Altieri, who was not shy about expressing his displeasure with a speed camera as well as with property taxes. This was doubly news because, unlike past mayors, de Blasio has studiously avoided publicly interacting with his constituents. Ed Koch famously joined the walking crowds on the Brooklyn Bridge during a subway strike and took questions with his cabinet at some 15 town hall-style meetings per year around the city. Rudy Giuliani appeared at similar forums roughly once a month and hosted a radio show in which he heard directly from constituents (remember ferret man?). The supposedly removed Michael Bloomberg took questions from citizens at live open forums, as well as on his own weekly radio call-ins. But de Blasio, who says he meets folks all the time, seems phobic to the healthy give-and-take in full view. Call it the unjustified fear of frying. Get over it, mayor. You held your own against Altieri, right? “You want the revenue,” Altieri barked, suggesting that a speed camera was illegally placed not to protect lives but to fill the city’s coffers. “Can you really look me in the eye and say we don’t want to save people’s lives,” de Blasio responded, defending a central tactic in his Vision Zero quest to reduce traffic fatalities. No, the mayor didn’t come close to matching the pugnacious eloquence of his hero Fiorello LaGuardia, but for de Blasio it was a start. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Smart’ bikini tells you when to reapply more sunscreen

The newest "smart" object is hitting the beach in time for the northern hemisphere's summer: a bikini that says when it's time to apply more sunscreen. The made-to-measure invention comes from France — the country that invented the bikini — but with a price tag that might make even the well-tanned beach amazon blanch: $167. For that price, though, the wearer will get a two-piece swimsuit with a small detachable ultraviolet sensor that, through a smartphone or tablet, sends a "sunscreen alert" when the user's skin needs more protective cream. The detector is calibrated to the wearer's skin type and how much of a tan she wants to get. And there's even a "Valentine" function that sends the message to a boyfriend's smartphone so he knows when to apply the cream to his girlfriend's skin. "The idea came to me right away, on a day when I saw someone get sunburnt on a beach," the Frenchwoman behind the smart bikinis, Marie Spinali, told AFP. 'Not a gimmick' She started her company, Spinali Design, last month in the eastern French town of Mulhouse where she lives, and sells the bikinis through her website. "There are flowerpots that give an alert when plants need watering, so I thought it was time to invent something to warn when the sun is too strong," she said. "It's not a gimmick," she added, explaining that often when people think to add more sunscreen, it's too late and they already have sunburn. Doctor Claudine Blanchet-Bardon of France's National Association of Dermatologists said the device was "interesting, because anything that warns people against UV exposure is good." But she qualified that by saying that having the sensor attached to a bikini "doesn't send the right message — the best protection against the sun is to not get too much exposure and to stay covered with clothes." French journalist Thomas Remilleret of, commented Continue Reading

A PAD WITH THE ‘X FACTOR’: Now you can live like Simon Cowell for just $11M

This apartment sure has the 'X Factor.' A four-bedroom pad at the same tony Park Ave. building where music mogul Simon Cowell's been playing house with his baby mama Lauren Silverman has come on the market for $10.96 million, the Daily News has learned. The property, at 1055 Park Ave., which is listed by Albert Benalloul and David Benmen of up and coming brokerage RLTY NYC, has direct elevator access, dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, views all the way up Park Ave., a smart home technology system and a fitness center. Silverman moved into the plush building in 2013 when she was pregnant with the couple's first son Eric - much to the chagrin of fellow residents, who worried about paparazzi being stationed outside the luxe building, which has just five units. Her asking rent? A cool $26,000 a month, according to reports. But residents needn't worry. The couple has reportedly inked an $11 million deal for a new home on nearby E. 78th St., which is still under construction. Better move quickly if you want to be their short-term neighbor. Continue Reading

MLB would be ‘smart’ to uphold Pete Rose ban, says ex-commissioner Fay Vincent

When Pete Rose does eventually meet with Rob Manfred to discuss lifting the all-time hit king’s permanent ban, the current baseball commissioner would be “smart” to maintain the status quo on Charlie Hustle’s situation, according to Fay Vincent, one of Manfred’s predecessors. “I keep saying that this baseball issue has nothing to do with Pete Rose. It has to do with whether baseball wants to keep a deterrent in place,” Vincent told the Daily News Monday. “Rose is one of the few who made a mistake of gambling on the game, and there is no reason to change that deterrent. I think it is very unlikely Manfred will lift the ban. If baseball is smart, it will leave everything the way it is.” Everything with Rose has been the same since Aug. 24, 1989 when then MLB commissioner Bart Giamatti placed Rose on the permanent ineligible list for betting on baseball games, including ones involving Cincinnati, which Rose was managing at the time. Vincent was the deputy commissioner under Giamatti, then succeeded Giamatti following his death only weeks after the decision on Rose. But while Vincent and Bud Selig ignored Rose’s requests for a hearing to address the lifetime ban, Manfred said earlier this year that he had received a formal appeal from Rose, and that he was “prepared to deal with that request on its merits.” A source close to Rose said that a date has not been finalized for the meeting between Manfred and the three-time World Series champ and former NL MVP. Rose, 74, just signed a deal to be a Fox Sports baseball studio analyst this season, and he is expected to work 25 games. The sanctions of his lifetime ban include Rose not being permitted in credentialed areas of major league stadiums, and he will work in Fox’s Los Angeles studios. Rose makes a living signing autographs at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. “I don’t think the Fox deal affects how Manfred Continue Reading