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Kickstarter was hacked earlier this week, the crowdfunding site informed users on Saturday. While the company says the hackers didn’t gain access to credit card numbers and only two users were affected, it advised all users to change their passwords. Read more »
The co-founders of Opower tell us about the top 5 trends they’re watching when it comes to utilities. Read more »
Exponential increases in internet usage from consumers, enterprise, research and education strain our current broadband infrastructure. We ignore these demands at our economic peril. Read more »
It didn’t take long for the Hadoop market to become a juggernaut, and it won’t take long for it to undergo some significant technological changes. Cloudera co-founder and chief strategy officer Mike Olson came on the Structure Show podcast to break it down. Read more »
As more and more families enter into the Apple lifestyle, managing multiple iTunes accounts can have its advantages and disadvantages. Knowing account boundaries and how to manage multiple accounts is becoming household task to master. Read more »
In the movie Her, a man has a romantic relationship with his intuitive, artificial-intelligence-powered operating system. Although some of the technology in the film is merely years away, we’ll likely be able to reap the benefits without risking having our hearts broken by an OS. Read more »
Samsung may have fewer surprises when it launches the Galaxy S5 this month. Or will it be multiple Galaxy S5 models? Android apps on Windows may happen later while now people are debating if Android is open. Hint: It is. Read more »
This week on menu: Madame Sex, Money Ball comes to Basketball, Kiev Crisis, Software Backdoors and Bounty Hunters, Mexican Drug Cartels and their supply chain is open for business, Click Fraud and of course, Endless Love. Read more »
Chuck Hull of 3D Systems invented the first-ever 3D printer in the early 1980s. The first thing he printed? A tiny cup that could serve as an eye wash, according to a CNN interview. The printer worked similarly to its descendants today: a laser seals together particles of material to build an object layer by layer.
Dayframe’s newly-updated Android app is the best way yet to cast personal photos and other imagery to the TV screen. Read more »
Kevin Spacey is back to conquer Washington DC, and what better way to match his ambition than watching the entire second season in one day, binge-viewing style? Read more »
iPhone owners say Siri couldn’t answer questions like “When is St. Patrick’s Day?” but a judge ruled this was not enough to ground a lawsuit against Apple. Read more »
Sociologist Zeynep Tufekci argues that we aren’t living in either Orwell’s 1984 or Bentham’s Panopticon, and that the same tools that allow governments and companies to surveil us — often with our permission — also give ordinary citizens substantial power Read more »
Companies can apply lean startup methods to their innovation and product-development process if they’re careful to avoid some of its pitfalls. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Pinterest mobile for iOS and Android both received updates today — the most noteworthy of which is the ability to view GIFs on both iPhone and Android smartphones. According to the company’s engineering blog, the feature allows users to pin GIFs directly, which will show up in feeds with a small play button. GIFs can then be played via mobile, shared and repinned across platforms. The iPad version was also updated, including support for place pins.
In developing markets, businesses and NGOs often can’t communicate with their customers and clients through email, the web or social networking. But they can communicate with SMS. Read more »
Could data and connected devices make personal trainers obsolete? Fitness equipment and quantified self gear is coming on the market armed with algorithms that know if your crunches are correct and how effective your squats are. Read more »
Sharing on social media doesn’t actually mean a user has read a piece of content, The Verge reports, citing findings from real-time analytics site Chartbeat. Chartbeat says its data shows no correlation between sharing and reading — fair reasoning behind Upworthy’s decision to value an engagement metric called “Attention Minutes” over both pageviews and shares. But all is not completely lost: data from Upworthy shows that likelihood of sharing is best if a user reads an article or watches a video all the way to the end.
The ballparks are the first two of more than 20 that will use Apple’s iBeacon technology by opening day of the 2014 season. Read more »
Collecting student data digitally isn’t solely something for massive open online courses. Even university professors and their students can benefit from transforming the lecture experience into one designed to go anywhere and collect data all along the way. Read more »
Office for iPad is still nowhere to be seen and recent comments from Microsoft’s marketing chief make it sound like that’s not going to change. ZDNet says otherwise and expects Office for iPad in the first half of this year. Read more »
Want to upgrade your phone at any time? T-Mobile is changing its Jump program so you can do just that, although there’s a bit of catch: The company will only forgive half of the old phone’s original cost. Read more »
Just like a computer, your iPhone can slow down over time. Here are some tips to help get it running as good as new. Read more »
For $20 a month, startup pharmacy PillPack will deliver your drug prescriptions by mail. The service relies on a team of robots that dispense and inspect packets filled with patients’ daily doses. The packets are designed to make it simple for patients to keep track of if they have taken their pills.
Uber has hired Jeff Holden, until recently a vice president at Groupon, to become its chief product officer. We got to know ex-Amazonian Holden when he launched Pelago, makers of Whrrl. The app failed to get major traction because it was ahead of its time and was acquired by Groupon. Holden, however impressed us deeply then with his clear insights about the market. At Groupon too he continued that streak. It is a great hire for Uber, which could use direction and focus as it builds out the last-mile mobility infrastructure. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a more hyper-personal version of Uber come to market in the near future.
More and more people are connecting their TVs to the internet — and as a result, they may be starting to watch less traditional television. Read more »
The AliveCor monitor communicates with a companion app, which can connect patients with professionals for an ECG analysis within 24 hours. Read more »
Wi-Fi may seem like an established market, but there are still companies trying to improve on the decade -old technology. Aerohive is trying to propel itself further into enterprise Wi-Fi by going public. Read more »
In this Gigaom Research webinar, our panelists will discuss this new generation of scale-out SQL databases, where they are being deployed in the real world and where they fit alongside other technologies like NoSQL and in-memory databases. We will also discuss the transition to real-time analytics and how scale-out SQL databases address real-time use cases. Read more »
Oracle CEO and yachtsman Larry Ellison made a splash when he bought Lanaii (or 98 percent of it anyway) for a reported $500 million in 2012. Now the new Love Lanaii web site gives us a glimpse of what he’ll do with it. Plans include the Lanaii International Film Festival slated for next year — handy for a guy with two children in the movie biz. Also on tap: a “sustainable leadership retreat.”
AT&T is dropping the price of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch by $100 when bundled with a qualifying phone purchase. The watch is now $199 with a Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active and/or Galaxy Mega handset. AT&T is also letting customers “complete” the bundle if they already purchased one of these phones but didn’t add a Galaxy Gear at time of purchase. At AT&T-owned retail stores, a salesperson can verify the prior phone purchase and you can walk out with a Galaxy Gear smartwatch for $199.
The company has made public the full text of proposals it hopes will settle its European antitrust case — which, contrary to what many people seem to think, has not already been settled. Read more »
Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps says that a decade of mega-merger deals approved by the communications regulator helped destroy independent journalism and local media, and he is sorry for the role he played in making that happen Read more »
The company is reportedly planning a pair of Chromebooks although no details are yet available. If any company takes a chance on a Chrome OS tablet or 2-in-1 hybrid, Asus is a good bet thanks to its Transformer line of notebooks. Read more »
A Michigan delivery company had to call off its beta test to deliver bouquets by drone after a warning from the FAA. Read more »
New York hip hop trio De La Soul is making its entire back catalog of music free to download. According to Rolling Stone, all the group’s albums will be free to download for a period of 25 hours, starting Friday at 8AM PT until Saturday at 9AM, from its official website. The group is doing this to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its classic debut 3 Feet High and Rising. And this is actually your best bet for a getting a digital copy of the group’s work, since many of the samples used in its music have prevented a number of albums from being sold through iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
On its last earnings call, IBM laid the groundwork for more layoffs, and now they’re here. As Big Blue tries to reinvent itself, heads are rolling. Read more »
Apple’s supplier responsibility report reveals an increased focus on a number of important issues last year, notably that it doesn’t use the metal tantalum, which is often procured from war-torn areas. Read more »
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