SolarCity ticks off its many accomplishments in 2013 — including a pioneering move to sell notes backed by its solar projects — while it faces tougher competition from rivals who also are beefing up their financing and installation services. Read more »
So far if you want a connected kitchen your primary option is a Bluetooth-enabled food scale. Adaptics launches with Drop, a new entrant into the category with a slight twist. Read more »
Samsung’s latest devices are a bit more refined than usual, but that doesn’t make them any less exciting. Read more »
Only a small percentage of the population needs the Cozy connected radiator cover, which makes it an interesting test case for building niche products and crowdfunding a business. Read more »
Facebook email, a service you probably never used, is going to the app graveyard today. Read more »
After months of not really enjoying Google Glass with corrective vision glasses I ordered Glass frames from Google. The verdict? Much better but there are a few restrictions on the corrective lenses that had me devise a complicated solution. Read more »
RunKeeper tracked what its users were up to in Sochi during the Olympics and found they ran the equivalent of about 78 marathons. It’s an interesting nugget, but part of a much larger picture about learning how, when and where people exercise. Read more »
Media data specialist Rovi is acquiring Andover, Mass.-based semantic technologies startup Veveo for $62 million in cash, with an option to pay an additional $7 million down the line if certain milestones are met, Rovi announced after the close of the markets Monday. Rovi is best known for its TV guides and entertainment data services, which the company supplies to Dish, Charter, Microsoft and others. The Veveo acquisition could help to make these guides more accessible, thanks to semantic search and natural-language recognition developed by the startup. For more on how data transforms media, also check out our Structure Data conference in New York next month.
Website performance and security startup CloudFlare has acquired an anti-malware startup called StopTheHacker. The deal makes the popular CloudFlare that much more useful and also gives the company a new business to take advantage of the global infrastructure it’s building out. CEO Matthew Prince recently suggested it would get into the anti-malware space because it often has spare computing capacity that could be put to work scanning networks rather than sitting idle. Although it plans to integrate the two services more tightly, CloudFlare says it will continue operating and investing in the StopTheHacker service.
Fan favorite Dropbox has raised $350 million with the option to go to $450 million if needs dictate, according to a recent SEC filing. Read more »
Looking for a “lite” smartwatch with health tracking features? Samsung’s Gear Fit might fit the bill and your wrist. The curved-screen wearable can track your health and exercise and still get notifications from a smartphone. Read more »
Check out some leaked pictures and more details about QPlay, the new TV adapter built by the co-founders of TiVo. QPlay is set to launch any day now. Read more »
Samsung’s new flagship smartphone is only slightly larger than its predecessor, but it packs a much bigger punch. Read more »
In what had to be the strangest event at Mobile World Congress, EU digital chief Neelie Kroes expounded on the need for 5G technologies that no one has actually defined yet. Read more »
Uber remains the top dog in the rising transportation app market, but its surge pricing model — which places a multiplier on rates when traffic is high — has drawn ire from many users. But CEO Travis Kalanick said at the 2014 LAUNCH Festival today that the company is making the process more “humane” by adding push notifications to users when surge pricing ends, according to The Next Web. The notifications, which will roll out to iPhone users next week and Android users in the near future, may keep users from obsessively refreshing the app to get a better price, but it doesn’t solve the problem of enraging users when they need rides the most.
At Mobile World Congress Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg argued that carriers need to start subsidizing baseline mobile data services in the developing world to encourage people to use the internet. Read more »
Comcast’s recent deal with Netflix re-ignited a debate on net neutrality and how best to implement it, with venture investor Marc Andreessen arguing that competition is what will solve the problem, not more regulations Read more »
Appearing on CNBC Monday morning, Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam said his company has been discussing some type of peering agreement with Netflix for over a year, and he believes some type of agreement could be reached. This isn’t surprising given that Verizon users have also been complaining about their video streaming service and that Comcast and Netflix just announced their own interconnection agreement. While ISPs will tout this as a win for the industry, there are plenty of competitive issues that should give people who care about the internet pause.
A company called Carrier IQ is trying to help mobile carriers serve their customers better by using machine learning algorithms to diagnose problems with their smartphone, such as poor battery performance or call quality. A smart use of the technology would be for carriers to get proactive in helping customers resolve their problems before they get annoyed enough to call customer service or, in an increasingly non-contractual industry, just go elsewhere without letting a carrier know they’re leaving. The holy grail of big data, after all, is to actually be able to be proactive.
With no flagship follow-up to the HTC One expected until March 25, HTC introduced its first new Desire handset for the mid-range market. It launches next month in China but HTC hasn’t announced the price yet. Read more »
Consumer data issues are suddenly hot as the White House is taking the discussion to the public while, meanwhile, the New York Times is urging it to do more on this “Second Front in the Privacy Wars.” Read more »
Southern Stars knew how to build a CubeSat. But getting it to space and communicating with it once it was there turned out to be more difficult than expected. Read more »
Power your enterprise with data-driven insight by making the most of big data and data science. This requires you to think big and differently. But not in the ways you may assume. Asking the wrong questions will limit the capabilities of your data. Read more »
The old Samsung Chromebook is getting long in the tooth and it appears a successor is coming soon. Actually, make that two successors according to a company taking pre-orders early. Read more »
Good news for privacy fans: the Blackphone is pretty decently-priced if you take into account the extensive bundled security services, and Deutsche Telekom is making a real effort to put privacy-enhancing tools in its users’ hands. Read more »
SanDisk’s latest microSD is big enough that you’ll probably never have to worry about storage on your smartphone or tablet ever again. Read more »
ZTE’s latest smartphones are a study in contrast, from a 6-inch Android-powered “phablet” to a 3.5-inch phone that runs on Firefox OS. Read more »
Since it doesn’t yet own Nokia’s handset business, Microsoft couldn’t squash the Android-powered Nokia X phone. Should it do so when it can? There are definitely pros and cons, but I’m leaning towards the idea of Microsoft keeping the phone for a number of reasons. Read more »
IBM has acquired cloud-based database startup Cloudant. It’s a smart move in terms of getting a foothold in the cloud database space, but it also seemingly forces IBM to embrace cloud providers and technologies outside its current umbrella. Read more »
Netflix makes one of the most-used apps for smart TVs and connected devices. Here’s an inside look at the work that went into the app’s most recent relaunch. Read more »
BlueKai acquisition brings Oracle a data trove on consumers on- and off-line habits which will become part of Oracle’s Marketing Cloud. Read more »
In court cases, the “gotcha” evidence used to turn up in filing cabinets or computers. Today, it’s more likely to be found on mobile devices, which preserve copies of texts and emails that many users believe to be deleted. Read more »
According to reports, LG is working on a smartwatch for Google that could be ready in time for an introduction at the I/O conference in June. Read more »
iRobot’s latest cleaning robot left my floors nice and shiny, but it doesn’t have some of the Roomba’s best features. Read more »
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Facebook’s latest acquisition, WhatsApp, will roll out voice calling to all users sometime during the second quarter of this year. Read more »
A report surfaced on Monday suggesting that Ford may consider using BlackBerry’s QNX software over Microsoft Sync in vehicles. Such a deal would be a boon to BlackBerry, as the connected car market is just revving up. Read more »
Internet TV provider Aereo is forging ahead with its expansion even as the fate of its service lies in the balance. The Supreme Court will hear if the service is legal less than three months from now. Read more »
The majority of the world is still on 2G networks and using feature phones. Internet.org’s new joint innovation lab aims to give developers the means to design their apps with those limitations in mind. Read more »
China’s Sina, proprietor of the highly popular Weibo, is reportedly preparing to float the microblogging platform as a spinoff on the New York Stock Exchange. According to a Financial Times piece on Monday, Weibo may be worth over $4 billion at the moment, and Sina has hired Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse to manage the flotation. Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant that has an 18 percent stake in Weibo, is apparently also planning an IPO, and the country’s Tencent, which produces the WeChat app that rivals both WhatsApp and Weibo, is also doing well for itself at the moment.