What We’re Reading: May 25-29

Facebook Messenger is Following You, Priciest home in America, How many Apple watches does your pet own?, IKEA is building a smart home system

dictionaryFacebook Messenger is the single most popular app in the entire iTunes store. Millions of people now use it on their phones instead of SMS, which means that millions of people have been letting Facebook tap their exact locations whenever they chat. Who needs the NSA?

Nile Niami is preparing to build a $500 million dollar house in Los Angeles, beating out a $147 million dollar sale price for a house.  The spec house will have four pools, 74,000 square feet of living space in the main house, a casino, and a 30-car garage.  I’m speechless. . .

For most people, the ultra-expensive gold Apple Watch, retailing for $10,000 (£8,000) and upwards, is an unobtainable dream. But if you’re the son of China’s richest man, it’s no big deal to buy two. For your dog. Surely this dog only needs one Apple watch, correct?

Typing will never be the same… Lenovo just unveiled a smartphone that doubles as a laser projector.

The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system is almost here. Get ready for split-screen views, transit routes and lowkey shade delivered via iMessage

Merriam-Webster announced on Tuesday 1,700 new additions to their dictionary — and you’ll never guess the words that were added.

Sophisticated criminals used an online service run by the IRS to access personal tax information from more than 100,000 taxpayers, part of an elaborate scheme to steal identities and claim fraudulent tax refunds.

Walking or riding a bike to work is often seen as a way to save money or get some exercise. However, it might also have another benefit: it could make you happier with your commute.

The Swedish flatpack furniture empire is developing an entire smart home system, and it looks futuristic and awesome and, you guessed it, cheap.

And, something we missed last week…  The Internet of Things can now control your sprinkler to save water. Your smartphone can control this sprinkler by Rachio.  You can check for rain, set up an intermittent watering pattern and changes the watering pattern by season, cutting water usage by 30%.

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