Popular white noise machines may be too loud for babies

It's no secret that parents of babies -- especially after the nights of interrupted sleep begin to add up -- go to great lengths to get their kids to sleep as many hours straight as possible. From dark rooms and swaddles to pacifiers and fans, any trick deemed safe is on the table.

Unfortunately, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics, one popular tool may not be as safe as previously assumed: the steady hum of white noise machines.

Researchers at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto say that after testing 14 popular sleep machines, they … Read more

Capture every moment with wearable cameras

CNET Update keeps track of it all:

In this episode of Update:

- Sony's Lifelog wearable camera could track your life. But for now, Sony is just pushing its Smartband and Lifelog app.

- Snap a photo from every minute of your life with the Narrative Clip. (CNET is putting this wearable camera to the test, so stay tuned for a review.)

- Track your dog's activity and sleep patterns with the Whistle, a wireless coin-like device that attaches to a collar.

- There can be more uses for a fitness tracker than gathering health data. Engineers at … Read more

The 404 1,424: Where we say 'Good Night' to you (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Check out The Sleep Doctor's new app, Good Night.

- Follow Dr. Michael Breus on Twitter!

- Check out The Insomnia Blog and get the newsletter!… Read more

The 404 at CES 2014: Where your kids are gonna love it (podcast)

LAS VEGAS -- Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Christopher Lloyd arrives at CES in iconic time machine.

- Cutting board + iPad holder: What could possibly go wrong?

- Corning's bacteria-banishing antimicrobial smartphone glass appears at CES 2014.

- Antimicrobial NueVue case for iPhone, iPad kills phone germs dead (hands-on).

- Sleep Number x12 bed with sleep monitor, snore-stopper.… Read more

Sleep Number x12 bed with sleep monitor, snore-stopper

LAS VEGAS -- Sleep monitoring has turned into a popular digital activity. You buy a piece of hardware or load up an app and snooze with your iPhone tucked in with you. Or you can drop just under $8,000 and pick up the new Sleep Number x12 bed instead. You'll get sleep monitoring and whole lot more tech crammed under the covers.

The x12 has the dual-air adjustable mattress system that made the company famous, but then it goes off the high-tech deep end with all sorts of extra goodies. It integrates sleep-monitoring technology from Bam Labs that is much like Santa Claus. It knows when you're asleep. It knows when you're awake. It knows your heart and breathing rates. It can capture data from two different people and sends it all to an iOS app that gives you a sleeping score along with the details of each night's rest (or unrest).… Read more

Withings Aura aims to track your sleep and improve it, too

The world of wearable tech has birthed a lot of wrist-worn devices with sleep trackers, with limited amounts of actual sensory input. Instead of joining the fray, Withings has opted for another direction at CES 2014: a smart device that lives near your bed.

Withings Aura Active Sleep System is completely dedicated to sleep: it leaves the wristband behind, and uses a combination of an under-the-mattress sensor and bedside clock device to both monitor and improve sleep patterns.

The under-the-mattress sensor pad measures motion, including heart rate, breathing, and body movement. The bedside device senses noise pollution, lighting, and room … Read more

Review: Easily adjust your sleep delay settings with Sleep No More for Mac

Sleep No More for Mac allows users to specify the amount of time that passes before their Mac goes to sleep. This is nothing that you can't accomplish with Apple's Energy Saver preferences, but it's quite handy to be able to easily control this setting from the menu bar.

Clicking on Sleep No More's menu bar icon reveals an attractive dial-style interface that's divided into ten-minute increments; users can adjust the delay from ten minutes up to one day. Just select the time you want and then click the Postpone Sleep Mode button. As promised, … Read more

The 404 1359: Where we pillow talk with The Sleep Doctor (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Check out Dr. Breus' site for more information on sleep health.

- Follow The Sleep Doctor on Twitter!

- Try out one of Dr. Breus' new pillows!

- Be sure to keep listening to find out how you can win one of The Sleep Doctor's products!… Read more

Review: Sleep Talk Recorder is an audio recorder bogged down by issues

Sleep Talk Recorder is designed to record you as you sleep so you can listen back and hear what you were saying. The idea is enticing, but the execution here is messy in a number of ways and can lead to issues, either during recording or before and afterwards. From an overabundance of ads to a convoluted menu screen and interface, there are better options if you really want to record yourself while sleeping.

The core functionality of Sleep Talk Recorder is actually very straightforward. Tap the record button and it will start recording. During our tests it did not … Read more

Lawsuit over faulty iPhone 4 power button gets tossed

A lawsuit seeking class action over alleged defects in the design of Apple's iPhone 4 and 4S has been dismissed.

That suit, filed against both Apple and AT&T back in May, accused Apple of designing a faulty power button on the iPhone 4 and 4S that would stop functioning after extended use, and could be hazardous as a result. The complaint also alleged that Apple knew about the issue, which would typically occur after the company's warranty expired, but not before a two-year mobile carrier contract was up.

In a ruling on Wednesday, US District Judge … Read more