Google has requested that retailers stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 due “a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to overheating.” Read more »
SoundCloud celebrated its fifth birthday Wednesday, and the Berlin-based startup marked the occasion by revealing an interesting usage data point: SoundCloud users now upload twelve hours of audio every minute, according to a blog post penned by the company’s CEO Alex Ljung. That’s impressive, but also shows that audio still isn’t as ubiquitous as video on the web. To compare, YouTube surpassed 13 hours of video uploads per minute a little more than two years after its launch. Nowadays, people upload more than 100 hours of video per minute to the service.
Can you live a happy “Google” life in iOS? Now more than ever, the answer is yes. For that reason, and because I get a superset of content options in iOS not found on other platforms, I sold the Nexus 7 for an iPad Air. Read more »
Today’s lunch read from the Wall Street Journal dropped a big bombshell, stating that Snapchat turned down a Facebook proposal for an acquisition — to the tune of $3 billion. That figure, which is three times higher than what the social media giant paid for Instagram, was shooed away because, according to “sources,” Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel won’t consider investment or acquisition until early 2014. Of course, these closed-door deals have not (and likely will not) be confirmed by either party, but it does give a glimpse into the lengths Facebook will go to stay young and fresh for teens — or Snapchat’s desire to be seen as valuable.
Motorola’s global Moto G costs less than $200, but has a similar look and feel to phones that cost twice a much. Read more »
Square is leveling the playing field for merchants who take their credit cards over the phone rather than swipe them with Reader. Instead of waiting a month to get paid, they’ll only wait 1-2 days. Read more »
The major pay TV operators have lost a total of 113,000 customers during their last quarter, according to new numbers from independent research firm MoffettNathanson, by the way of the Los Angeles Times. Time Warner Cable took the biggest hit, losing more than 300,000 subscribers thanks to its retransmission fight with CBS. Most of those were absorbed by DISH, DirecTV and At&T, but some decided to cut the cord entirely. It’s worth noting that Craig Moffet long questioned whether cord cutting even existed. This week, his research note said that “the pay-TV industry has reported its worst 12-month stretch ever.”
Amazon Web Services announced a new service called Amazon WorkSpaces during its re:invent conference on Wednesday. If it can deliver VDI and gain traction where others have not, it could be a big boon for the company. Read more »
So just who is making all those API calls to your Amazon Web Services and what are those calls doing? Amazon’s new CloudTrail aims to corral that for you. Read more »
Dropbox today announced a new version that allows seamless switching and co-existence between work and personal dropbox accounts. The new version of the software puts lot of control in the hands of administrators who can keep a tight control on file sharing related activities. Read more »
Arnold Schwarzenegger is not the only fan of YouTube Capture: The app is now used for a third of all YouTube uploads from iOS devices. That’s why YouTube added some updates. Read more »
Wind power is an increasingly realistic option for the next-generation of data centers built by Internet giants that want to move away from fossil fuel power. Read more »
You may be familiar with the “https” prefix that tells you your connection is secure. Well, get ready to see a lot more of it — standards-makers have decided that HTTP version 2 will only work with such web addresses. Read more »
After raising $41 million in debt financing to produce a “smarter” Foursquare with a more robust ad platform, Foursquare has a casualty of its dramatic change: Head of Product Alex Rainert announced via his blog that he is leaving the company. AllThingsD reports that the longtime employee will not be replaced. Instead, CEO Dennis Crowley has split up Rainert’s work between Ad Product exec Noah Weiss and Marketing VP Jon Steinback. Rainert assures the departure won’t shake up the product, which continues to expand this month to more iOS users.
Shake things up. Do business differently. Be non-consensus. Running and leading a business takes hard work and perseverance. In this ebook, three successful entrepreneurs sat down with Salesforce.com for one-on-one interviews to share their stories and insights. Learn their secrets to business growth. Read more »
Quirky has raised $79 million in funding with $30 million coming from GE. The two companies are expanding their partnership to bring connected devices into the home and now selling them at Home Depot. Read more »
Sprint’s no longer interested in bidding on a block of airwaves that would double the capacity of its LTE network. Instead its looking for greener pastures in which to build its future 4G bandwidth. Read more »
Machine learning startup Ayasdi has teamed up with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as well as the Texas Medical Center, to help advance data analysis in a variety of complex fields. Read more »
For a place that prides itself on disrupting tradition, Silicon Valley is still using a pretty traditional method for compensating startup hires and employees with stock. Here’s another idea. Read more »
There have been a handful of bad news items concerning Bitcoin in the last week, but the market is not treating the news as a judgment on the basic value of the currency, which popped past $300 on Friday and keeps heading upwards. Read more »
It just got a little bit easier to put custom ROM software on certain Android phones: The CyanogenMod (CM) installer app is now available in the Google Play Store. Only certain devices are currently supported and you’ll need a Windows PC (for now) to complete the process, but the app will root your Android device if needed and install the CM ROM. Without this “one touch” install, the process is a bit arcane, requiring the Android SDK, specific terminal commands and various downloads. CyanogenMod raised $7 million earlier this year to turn the custom ROM effort into a full-fledged company. Oppo also sells an edition of its N1 phone with CM preinstalled.
Motorola takes on the world with Moto G, an Android phone styled after the Moto X and costing as little as $179 without contract. The target audience is the 500 million who will spend up to $200 for a handset in the next year. Read more »
Motorola on Wednesday announced that it is readying an update to Android 4.4 KitKat for the Moto X. It will be released in the coming weeks. Read more »
Google, Microsoft and others are fighting to lift gag orders that prevent them from disclosing the number of surveillance requests they receive — but the FBI won’t even show them the legal arguments they are using to oppose the request. Read more »
Jawbone’s UP24 wristband uses Bluetooth to wirelessly sync with your mobile device. And the Up app for iOS has been updated, making the fitness tracker more powerful than ever. Read more »
Shapeways plans to double the 3D printers operating at its New York factory by January. While the industry is changing fast, CEO Peter Weijmarshausen is looking forward with excitement. Read more »
The maker of Atoms connected toys has raised $2.1 million from former Apple executives and Bono. Up next is a ship date for its products that well before the holiday. Read more »
The company is a go-to resource for people who don’t own a 3D printer or are looking for a higher-quality print. Here’s a look at the process each order goes through as it is turned into a physical object. Read more »
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo admitted that the carrier’s network quality has been compromised in some areas due to 4G LTE traffic, but a fix is on the way by the end of the year. Read more »
This webinar session will evaluate the opportunities and challenges associated with analyzing human-generated data. It will examine early adopters in risk management and governance and evaluate the potential impact of these analytics in other use cases and industries. Join us on Nov. 19. Read more »
This year has seen many product refreshes for Apple (a aapl) — including the super high-end Mac Pro — but the Apple TV system has been suspiciously absent from the proceedings. But it’s coming soon, if an analyst report spotlighted by 9to5Mac is on target. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that in 2014, Apple TV will use an A7 chip, but that the long-term goal is a set-top box in 2015 or 2016. Both products are reasonably predictable — the A7 upgrade is an easy one to make, and Apple already has patents for a set-top box in place — so it’s worth keeping in mind.
Chromebooks aren’t for everyone, but if you’re going to decide if they fit your needs, at least base the decision on facts. Some detractors are simply ill-informed so we educate them in this week’s podcast. And Instagram fans will love our extension of the week! Read more »
“The forces of unification are stronger” than those trying to fragment the internet, the former Microsoft chief said in Berlin on Wednesday. Read more »
Jolla wants developers to write native apps for its Sailfish OS, but it looks like the platform’s initial boost will need to come from its compatibility with Android. Read more »
A lot of money is going into trying to disrupt the stock photography market – something investors hope will be possible through advances in the quality of smartphone cameras. This year in Europe alone we’ve already seen funding for Finland’s Scoopshot ($1.2 million), Germany’s EyeEm ($6 million) and Sweden’s Foap ($1.5 million).
Now Scoopshot has (sorry) scooped up more: a $3.9 million Series A round led by Conor Venture Partners and Finnish Industry Investment. The cash will help Scoopshot establish sales teams in the U.S. and U.K. The firm also said on Wednesday that it now has over 60 publishers using its on-demand photography service, including News Corp Australia and the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
Postgres will take its position alongside MySQL, SQL Server and Oracle as a top tier database in AWS’ Relational Database Service, sources said. Read more »
A raft of AWS partners used day one of the AWS re:Invent show to blast out new products and services. Read more »
Netflix is bringing a completely revamped UI to smart TVs and connected devices – and it moved away from Webkit and HTML5 to bring the same features to less powerful devices. Read more »
Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared some insight about why his car is safe, the need to colonize Mars, and the shyness that made it too hard to ask for a job at Netscape. Read more »
Next-gen, low cost power grid batteries are emerging to help make the power grid more efficient, cleaner and more resilient. Eos Energy is the latest startup to begin the move to crank up manufacturing. Read more »