Apple introduced two new iPhones Tuesday at an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., and here’s how the action unfolded. Read more »
As someone who loves connected devices, I love the concept of smart watches and what the future will bring. What I don’t much care about are the current implementations including the much ballyhooed Samsung Galaxy Gear. Here are my mostly non-tech reasons. Read more »
Open source router software, different encryption tools, legislative, judicial and media pressure are all necessary to pushback on backdoors access to technology and networks that help with surveillance state, says PGP inventor Phil Zimmermann in a conversation. He has a thoughtful take on recent encryption revelations. Read more »
Instagram says it has 150 million users and it signed up about 50 million users in past six months. The company is benefitting from the sharp increase in smartphone penetration, especially overseas where Android juggernaut has caught full momentum. Nearly 60% of its users are overseas. Read more »
Wi-Fi is becoming a critical part of carrier — phone and cable companies – plans. A new report forecasts a big boom ahead for carrier Wi-Fi hotspots and Wi-Fi networks, which is especially good for all of us addicted to the internet. Read more »
I’m happy to announce that Tom Krazit is our new Executive Editor. With more than a decade in the tech media industry, Tom has the experience needed to take our group to the next level. Read more »
Yahoo wasn’t innovating with the old logo. And it isn’t innovating with the new logo, announced today. I am pretty ambivalent about the logo. What do you guys think?
Whisper, a Los Angeles-based secret sharing/anonymity social social platform today announced that it had raised $21 million in new funds from a group of venture capitalists led by Sequoia Capital general partner Roelof Botha, who in the past had backed YouTube and Tumblr. GigaOM had first reported the news of Whisper’s funding in July 2013. At that time, we reported that company was raising about $15 million in its Series B round of funding. A report in Techcrunch puts their valuation at between $75 million and $100 million. In our earlier report, our sources put Whisper’s valuation at $100 million.
Sony today announced a new US-only 4K video download service, Video Unlimited 4K. Sony also introduced two new 4K television models. It is all part of the company’s big bet on 4K technology as a way to stage a big comeback. Read more »
It is September and that means new iPhone(s). But what else does Apple have up its sleeve? A report from a global shipping intelligence platform company suggests that a new Apple TV might be headed our way. I say, about time. Read more »
The future of hardware is a tight symbiosis of hardware, software and connectivity and content as a service. Whether it is apps, books, movies or anything else — the more you engage with a platform, the more likely it will beat rivals. Amazon is a good example. Read more »
Microsoft is paying about $7.2 billion for Nokia’s devices business and patent licenses in a last ditch gamble to take on Google, Apple and a wide variety of smartphone players who have surged ahead and threaten to gnaw at its core PC business. Read more »
Hungry for more details about Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch? Don’t be surprised when the actual product introduced Wednesday looks different from images circulating on Sunday. Read more »
It is just like the story of boy who cried wolf! After many false alarms and many news reports later, it seems Verizon will end up acquiring the 45 percent stake Vodafone holds in their joint-venture, Verizon Wireless. The total cost – about $130 billion. Read more »
Hugh Laurie, Mindy Kaling, bullshit jobs, the magical powers of metadata, and the story of Punjabi Sikh-Mexican American community fading into history, what past locations can tell us about where we will be in the future and good death? All in the mix this week! Read more »
Skype turned 10 years old today. After disrupting the telecommunications industry, Skype is facing an uncertain future and increased competition. It is increasingly being assimilated into Microsoft and its enterprise communications business. Will the brand last another 10 years? I am not so sure. Read more »
Bret Taylor, formerly chief technology officer of Facebook recently unveiled Quip, a company that he cofounded with Kevin Gibbs. It makes a new kind of a collaborative word processor for the tablet generation. Today, the company announced that Quip will now work in 5 more languages in addition to English: German, French, Spanish, Italian & simplified Chinese.
Twitter wants to go public and in order to do so, it needs to grow really fast – both in terms of revenues and users. And in order to do so, it needs to cut ties with the past and look at the normals. Read more »
If history has taught us anything, then the line between patterns and fallacies is nearly invisible. In a place where we talk about inventing the future, the patterns (or fallacies) of the past can prove to be counterproductive and create unnecessary biases. Read more »
Facebook might have been a slow starter on mobile, but aggressive growth in mobile usage has helped the company boost its share of the mobile advertising pie, and in the process it has become the second largest digital ad platform — behind Google. Read more »
Shopify, a Ottawa, Canada-based e-commerce platform provider is jumping into the bitterly contested point of sale business and is taking on Square, GroupOn and its more traditional competitors. The move is a smart for the 65,000-seller strong online platform to ward off looming competition. Read more »
Just as movies were different from Broadway and television shows were different from feature films, every form of online media is also different. Network speeds and availability of the network along with the size of the screen define story telling and viewing experience. Read more »
Instagram has come up with a nifty hack that uses data from phones sensors to automagically straighten photos — which in turn means, you will get more likes and your followers will enjoy the photos more. Just don’t ask me why! Read more »
AT&T, which lost 61,000 broadband customers during the second quarter of 2013 is launching a faster version of its U-verse service to stem losses and fight off competition from cable companies. It should make residents of 40 new markets reasonably happy…. I think! Read more »
Canva, Sydney-based startup today launched its graphics design platform that will make it dead simple for anyone to design beautiful web pages and create flyers and party invitations. It is member of a slowly growing list of creative SaaS companies. Read more »
Etsy is one of the quiet successes of the modern Internet. A artisan’s haven (and heaven), it is a global market place that is unique in its mission. It is time to meet Chad Dickerson, its unassuming leader, whose outlook on business is simply human. Read more »
Yahoo’s stock has been on a tear and its chief executive has graced the cover of BusinessWeek and the pages of Vogue. Its product re-launches have gotten Bieberesque attention. Yahoo loyalists are celebrating. I think they are wrong; here is why. Read more »
Facebook is launching an upgrade to its Facebook Login that makes it easier to use mobile applications. The Facebook Login is a nice way for the social giant to wedge its way between app-developers, users and platform owners. Read more »
Taking a cue from Twitter and embedded tweets, Facebook says it will allow folks to embed blog posts from Facebook on blogs and other websites. It is a way for the company to extend its footprint across the web and at the same time try and steal conversational attention from Twitter. Facebook is largely a walled phenomenon and often lives outside of the open web. These embeddable posts also include hash tags, another Twitter innovation Facebook is trying to appropriate.
Facebook Mark Zuckerberg is a big draw for television networks — his name assures viewers and that is why these days no one really asks him questions that need answers. CNN’s latest exclusive interview is yet another example. Read more »
Vine, which was acquired by Twitter almost a year ago, has hit 40 million users. The company announced this milestone via a tweet earlier today. I was initially skeptic when Vine launched in January this year, but the app (which allows you to make six second videos) has genuinely emerged as a new kind of video art form and has even created its own set of Vine video stars.
We've said this before and we'll say it again: this community – now more than 40 million of you – is amazing. Thank you for inspiring us.—
Vine (@vineapp) August 20, 2013
From the land of Abba and Spotify comes theQ, a lifetyle product startup that has come out with theQ Camera, which is dead simple to use, has built in 3G connectivity and allows you to post directly to your social networks. Read more »
Samsung plans to announce a new smartwatch on September 4. Our sources confirm the launch date (in Berlin and New York) and offer up a closer look at the hardware and software in the new gizmo. Read more »
LinkedIn today announced its plans to woo teenagers and get universities to interact with them directly in an effort to recruit future members and become even more central to the huge careers marketplace. Read more »
Digg is trying to make a comeback of sorts – one that involves marrying social signals with high-quality and calm reading experience. And while it is still early days, the new Digg plan seems to be working. Up next – an Android app that can turbocharge its efforts. Read more »
Nomads, death of used book stores, clothing factories in American South, Time Warner and CBS fight, music discovery (or not), making love like a movie star and fighting cancer are some of the stories on the weekend reading menu this week. Read more »
If there was any doubt about Google and its dominant reach on the web, then the five minute outage that took down all Google properties including GMail and YouTube on late Friday proved it for once and for all. Go Squared, which keeps track of web traffic, on its website noted that “the number of page views coming into GoSquared’s real-time tracking — around a 40% drop.” According to Deepfield, an Ann Arbor, MI based networking company, Google (not including its other properties) now accounts for nearly 25 percent of internet traffic on an average. “I’d say the overall impact was modest since the outage mainly seemed to impact lower bandwidth (but arguably more critical) services like gmail,” said Craig Labovitz, founder of Deepfield and added, “Specifically, the large volumes of Youtube traffic originating from distributed Google Edge Caches (GGC) do not appear to have been impacted in the same way.”
Raffi Krikorian, Twitter’s Vice President of Platform Engineering, shared in a blog post Friday how the company went from essentially a patchwork infrastructure to one that could handle almost 143,000 tweets per second, a new record set last week. Twitter did this by blending its homegrown and open source technologies. What a marvelous read for the weekend.
The growing popularity of video streaming and the emergence of more and more connected devices means that our need for bandwidth is going to grow. No wonder we are seeing a booming demand for 100G optical gear with 200G & 400G upgrades to follow. Read more »
Cisco entered the data center business in 2009 and four years later, that has turned into a $2 billion a year business and there are no signs of a slowdown. Looks like Cisco built the right products at the right time. Read more »