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Apple and Google both want in on the connected car market, but current automotive industry leaders are leery about giving them a share of the existing pie. Both companies have been promoting autonomous driving technology for over two years.

It’s time to go house hunting. Where do you begin? How do you find what’s available, what the area is like, which schools are nearby? Well, there’s an app for that! Many apps, actually, but we’ve narrowed them down to the best apps that actually make home buying easier.

InVisage Technologies Inc., the camera sensor company, announced the release of “Prix”, a short film shot entirely with InVisage’s QuantumFilm smartphone camera sensor. The film captures a stunning level of detail despite dynamic lighting environments and shooting fast-moving subjects outdoors. This quality is made possible thanks to InVisage’s QuantumFilm, a quantum dot camera sensor technology.

Despite the growing competition, Philips Hue light bulbs are still the kings of all smart, Wi-Fi enabled light bulbs. These color-changing wonders will literally transform your home, and all you need to do is screw in a light bulb.
IMAGE 2 AppsPart of the success of Hue lies in Philips’ early decision to provide a Software Development Kit (SDK), meaning there are now over 200 third-party iOS, Android, and even a few Windows Phone, apps that control your lighting in ways you never dreamed possible.

Its that time of the week folks! Get your day started with your weekly dose of tech news in 60sec. This is episode 3 of the TechZulu Tech Wrap. Produced by PodShare’s Elvina Beck and Kera Package for July 13-19, 2015.

If you keep a smartphone or tablet long enough, it loses resale value to the point that it may eventually end up sitting in a drawer somewhere, gathering dust (try selling an iPhone 3 on Craigslist these days…). Technology advances so quickly that within a couple years, many of these devices are pretty much useless for their original purpose.

Following up on our first week impressions of Meerkat, we jumped in the water with Periscope (the official Twitter app) to see what the secret hype was all about. With competition innovating fast, is Periscope the Meerkat killer at launch?

Radiolab, and former Groupon founder and CEO, and now Detour founder, Andrew Mason have been in town collaborating on an immersive Austin audio walking tour that will debut at SXSW 2015. The Detour app that launched last month takes the team’s expert storytelling skills and translates them into reality through voices, music, and ambiance.

Like every great startup, Meerkat exploded out of nowhere to catch the imagination of mobile video technofiles worldwide. Adoption is still rising as Miami concerts, Tech Talks and Blog Posts get Meerkatted. We took Meerkat for a spin to see what the hype is all about and if its ease-of-use twitter integration is really a live streaming game changer.

We all want to make things easier. That’s what the Internet does. And apparently, that’s what mobile applications do better – just ask the fast-growing number of app users. This is the consequence of the switch from desktop and laptops to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. A recent study by Nielsen showed that an average American adult spend some 34 hours per month using mobile internet on smartphones compared to 27 hours via personal computer. Of that smartphone internet time, mobile apps take up 86% of usage and only 14% access time via the mobile web.