Stories for Jul. 11, 2014

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News that Chromecast now officially supports Android screen mirroring got a lot of people very excited this week — followed by disappointment by some who had to find out that their Android device isn’t officially supported yet. An unofficial, experimental hack just published on the XDA Developers Forum brings the functionality, which lets users beam anything happening on their phone or tablet screen to their Chromecast-equipped TV, to plenty of additional devices, including the Moto G, Moto X and the first-generation Nexus 7. However, devices have to be rooted in order to get this to work — and with anything of this nature, it’s not for the faint of heart.

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The Samsung Z, which will be the first smartphone to run Samsung’s homegrown Tizen operating system, has suffered another setback. The device was supposed to be launched first in Russia in conjunction, with a Tizen developer’s conference taking place in Moscow. However, no device has been launched, and Samsung told the Wall Street Journal that “the smartphone will appear on the Russian market later, when we can offer our users a [sic] fullest portfolio of applications.” Earlier this year, a device running Tizen was supposed be released in Japan, but the launch was canned after carriers pulled out.

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Encrypted communications outfit Silent Circle, which has telco distribution deals for its secure voice app and $30 million funding in the bank, has introduced the ability to call out to regular phone numbers while maintaining a modicum of security. The “Out-Circle” feature lets users make calls to 79 countries that are encrypted between the device and Silent Circle’s servers, then sent out to the normal phone network. That means calls are secure in the country where the caller is, even if they’re not on the recipient’s side – useful in certain circumstances, and certainly more secure than Skype. Plans start at $12.95 for 100 minutes.

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Syapse, a startup trying to build something akin to Google’s Knowledge Graph for medical data, has raised a $10 million series B round of venture capital from Safeguard Scientific and existing investor Social+Capital Partnership. We covered Syapse when it launched in January 2013, promising to help doctors make sense of the myriad data sources and data points associated with medical tests, from how a sample was extracted to the method used for analyzing it.

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