Qualcomm, facing some headwinds in its business, is looking to trim some fat, sources tell us. The company cut some VP level executives and many others in order to rein in expenses. Some details… Read more »
Pinterest on Wednesday announced Place Pins, a new variation of its core product that allows folks to pin and create boards for places they like or want to visit. Pinterest’s diversification comes close on the heels of a massive round of funding at nosebleed valuations. Read more »
Parts of the Lotus team’s F1 cars are printed using a 3D printer, and each car has more than 300 sensors generating 25 MB of data. Read more »
Rackspace just made auto scaling generally available for its public cloud. Auto scale, as the name implies, ramps cloud capacity up and down as needed. Some might be surprised that this is the first time Rackspace made this important feature generally available — Amazon Web Services has had it for a few years.
Paper circuits have been growing more common. A new Kickstarter campaign hawks a product that lets students and hobbyists draw them with a pen. Read more »
Bitcoin suffers two big problems when it comes to consumer adoption: retailers are unfamiliar with it, and shoppers have no incentive to spend it. A rewards program by gift card site Gyft shows how this could change. Read more »
Intel is getting ready to sell its yet-to-be-launched OnCue TV service, and Verizon is emerging as the most likely buyer. Read more »
We already dump a lot of mobile data traffic onto our home and office Wi-Fi networks, but in the next few years we’ll be tapping Wi-Fi in a lot more places thanks to new carrier networks. Read more »
Can a dollar buy a useful to-do list? Here are two apps worth trying out. Read more »
Google posted a little update on its Fiber blog noting that it’s wiring Austin for fiber over the next few months, and reminding residents to get out and ask their neighbors to sign up for the fiber service in order to get access in their neighborhood. Google notes that while it doesn’t have a date, the sign up process will take place next year. Meanwhile AT&T has already announced four neighborhoods where it will deploy fiber at 300 Mbps speeds beginning in December.
Good news for everyone lining up to get an Xbox One: Microsoft’s new game console will have a YouTube app available at launch, after all. YouTube announced the app on its blog Wednesday, explaining that it will make use of both voice and gesture control, and showing that it’s otherwise pretty much the same as any other recent connected TV app implementations of YouTube. Earlier this week, it briefly looked like neither the Xbox One nor Sony’s PS4 would have a YouTube app at launch, but it appears that Microsoft got the job done just in time. In other words: Sony, the ball is in your court.
The Xbox One is about to be released, but what will you be getting when you open that box? Read more »
If you bought a Galaxy Note 3, Samsung will give you $50 in credit to Google Play. Read more »
Silicon Valley startup Kateeva is showing off its first equipment to produce large-format OLED panels, which it hopes will help make OLED TVs cheaper and popular one day. Read more »
The Lumia 1520 is the best Windows Phone yet – as long as you can wrap your hands around it. Read more »
Google’s Wallet Card can be ordered but it won’t help you carry less cards. It’s more like a pre-paid debit card that uses your Google Wallet account balance to pay for things. It’s free, however, Coin’s $50 universal card may be better. Read more »
As people throw more connected devices into their homes, home modems and gateways need a box with more networking oomph. Qualcomm is building the silicon for that box. Read more »
Springpad is still tiny compared to Evernote but it’s growing. The company is hoping its new pre-formatted notebooks optimized for specific tasks will give it an additional boost over the holidays. Read more »
Want to safely explore Middle Earth from the comfort of your phone or tablet? You’ll avoid dragons and get a taste of new web technologies at the same time: Google’s latest Chrome Experiment showcases off new web technologies for mobile devices. Read more »
Applied Graphene Materials hopes to scale up its production of the super strong and conductive material. But no one knows what kind of market will greet it in the coming years. Read more »
HBO Nordic isn’t getting much love in Sweden, where a recent survey found Netflix more than ten times as popular. Read more »
Instagram arrives on Windows Phone this afternoon – but you can’t use it to take photos or upload video. Read more »
The city of San Francisco revealed 11 finalists today for its entrepreneurship-in-residence program, which will pair startups with major public sector problems. Three to five winners will be announced early next year. The city received nearly 200 applications for the program.
The finalists are: Birdi, Compology, Arrive Labs, Beyond Lucid Technologies, BuildingEye, Indoo.rs, Leventis Labs, MobilePD, Mozio, Regroup and Synthicity.
Brookhaven National Lab is chasing a piece of history — recreating Tennis for Two, regarded as one of the oldest video games. Read more »
Ford revealed today that it has hit a critical milestone in the connected car world: the automaker has produced 10 million Sync-equipped vehicles since launching the technology just six years ago. Calling every Sync vehicle connected is a bit of stretch, since in its most basic form it’s essentially a voice command and control system. But Ford has been adding features to Sync over the years, allowing it to integrate with apps on those smartphones. Sync is also becoming standard across most of Ford’s vehicle lines. Since January of 2012, Sync has arrived in 6 million cars.
Hundreds of Amazon partners came to the desert to bask in the reflected glow of the cloud giant. Publicly, they love AWS; privately they worry that it’ll end up eating their lunch. Read more »
Instead of melted plastic, resin printers rely on a pool of liquid that can be cured quickly by a laser. Read more »
Does Google Glass need another input method? The team behind Remotte thinks so: It’s looking to raise $70,000 on Kickstarter for the connected device. Even if you don’t have Glass, this could be a handy little remote control. Read more »
Google is stepping up its media game with the launch of Newsstand, a Flipboard-style reading app for Android that also supports subscription walls for newspapers and magazines and replaces its existing Currents reader Read more »
Did Twitter really leave a billion dollars on the table? Or was it smart? Why did Chegg crash and what makes Zulily IPO so hot? Those answers plus more pointers abut the direction that IPO markets might take in next few months. Read more »
Mobile presents a major challenge to marketers: how to recognize and reach audiences programmatically with support for sophisticated targeting and measurement models while adhering to consumer privacy practices. Here we delve into how mobile RTB — enabled by a new approach to device identification — meets this challenge. Read more »
Mobile retail app developer Shopkick is selling iBeacon devices to businesses that will let them track and interact with customers as they move throughout their stores. Macy’s is its first trial partner. Read more »
Want a cargo-carrying electric scooter with a retro feel? There’s one on Kickstarter right now via Lit Motors, but it’ll cost you. Read more »
Instagram started experimenting with advertising recently. It is only following what its members have already started doing – embedding commercial messages into instagrams they share. It might pose an interesting challenge for the photo network. Read more »
Meet a mobile app series that’s like Rosetta Stone meets LOLcats: CatAcademy. Read more »
In a high-profile patent trial, Samsung suggested that remarks by Apple about the decline of the American TV industry were a subtle dig against Asian companies. Read more »
It’s game on for iOS 7 hardware controllers: Logitech launched its entry with the PowerShell + Battery controller for $99. The accessory has an internal battery so it can recharge your iOS 7 device, but it lacks joystick controls, opting for a D-Pad instead. Read more »
New tweaks to Qualcomm’s silicon designs have produced not only a mobile processor capable of supporting Ultra HD, but also a baseband chip that can tap into the world’s fastest networks. Read more »
LG’s Smart TVs may be reporting a tad too much information back to the company’s servers, according to a detailed and convincing post by British blogger “DoctorBeet”. Apparently in the name of targeted advertising, it appears some of the sets are monitoring not only what channels are being watched (even when told not to), but also details of files stored on external hard drives hooked up to the TV. And here comes the really dumb bit: they’re sending that data back to LG’s servers sans encryption. I’m awaiting comment from LG.
It looks like Tier 3 and its investors got a pretty rich payday when they sold the company to CenturyLink. A Bloomberg report puts the purchase price at $200 million for the 7-year-old, 60-person company. Tier 3 would not comment on the report. Tier 3 investors include Intel Capital, Madrona Venture Group and Ignition Capital.