The race to the basement in mobile plan pricing continues with new contestant UppWireless. The MVNO is offering plans as cheap as $15 a month for 1 GB of data and unlimited VoIP calling. Read more »
What if a programmer could write privacy policies into an application that would be enforced throughout the lifetime and workflow of that application? That’s what Jeeves aims to do. Read more »
After much speculation Opower is planning on finally going public, according to a report. Read more »
Oppo will announce its next flagship smartphone, the Find 7, on March 19. Two versions are expected to appear, one of which is said to sport a “2K” display. Read more »
An updated KitKat version of Android is now rolling out to Moto X handsets on T-Mobile’s network. According to the release notes, Moto X phones get Android 4.4.2 along with some small fixes specific to the device. Also included are improved printing capabilities over Wi-Fi networks for photos and Google Docs. Although Lenovo recently purchased Motorola from Google for $2.91 billion, my hope is that the new parent company learns a lesson from Motorola on how to expedite Android software updates to customers as it has become a key differentiation point for the Moto X and Moto G phones.
The European Parliament is finalizing its report on the NSA surveillance program, and the parliament’s Green faction had proposed an amendment that would give leaker Edward Snowden a guarantee of safety from rendition to the U.S. or prosecution by EU member states, should he choose to leave Russia and come to the EU. However, on Wednesday the parliament’s civil liberties committee will reportedly ditch the amendment, following opposition from both the conservative and socialist blocs. Indeed, the report will apparently not include any demands relating specifically to Snowden’s protection, though it will call for generalized whistleblower protection.
As Microsoft gets closer to releasing Windows Phone 8.1 it’s sharing information with app developers. The newest software shows more unification across the company’s desktop and mobile platforms and improved ways to navigate on a Windows Phone. Read more »
Ebook subscription service Oyster has added about 100 titles from Disney and is breaking out a separate children’s section. But most of those books are text-based, not illustrated. Read more »
The company’s mid-range Desire 8 “phablet” looks lovely, based on a purported press shot. Read more »
Companies using Cloudyn’s multicloud tools for comparing usage costs and assessing porting feasibility from one vendor to another are now well-equipped to not only take control of their entire cloud deployment but also efficiently move workloads to the cloud best suited for them. Read more »
A Bitcoin ATM in Vancouver has put Canada on the map as a virtual currency hotbed. That role is now under threat as the country’s finance minister said Canada would give regulators more resources to watch virtual currency. Read more »
Did you delete Flappy Birds too soon? You can get it back right in your Chrome browser for agonizing fun at any time. On this week’s podcast we also review the latest new features in Chrome OS and review pricing details for the Chromebase. Read more »
Sprint has been promising a monster of a 4G network for years, but it’s failed to deliver. CEO Dan Hesse says that Sprint still maintains its mobile broadband ambitions, it’s just taking longer to realize them. Read more »
Inexpensive, simple water cleaning tech could enable industries to reuse water over and over for manufacturing, mining and chemical creation. Startup Axine says it has something new. Read more »
Global debates about internet governance are set to heat up in the coming years, so the European Union has set out its standpoint, with true globalization and human rights being non-negotiable principles. Read more »
A decade after it was started in Lithuania, GetJar, one of the earliest app stores has been acquired by a Chinese company specializing in Android apps that wants to cash in on the need for smarter app discovery. Read more »
Researchers demonstrated that the robot, which is maneuvered by a set of magnets, could push around soft materials like gel and stiff materials like chips. Read more »
A robotics startup called Neurala has received a patent (No. 8,648,867) for a GPU-based system designed to run artificial neural network models. The patent covers the physical architecture of the system, which Neurala calls an “accelerator,” as well as aspects of data processing and user experience. It’s not clear whether the patent, which dates back to 2006, will affect others artificial intelligence efforts currently underway. Neurala’s business revolves around providing computer vision and navigation intelligence for robots, but GPUs are the computers of choice for many deep learning projects.
Many EU app developers are missing a big potential opportunity to help companies outsource app work. The report driving this post was underwritten by the European Commission. Read more »
Radiohead’s PolyFauna app places you in an ever-evolving world soundtracked by clips from the song “Bloom.” Read more »
A report from Recode says that SaaS platform Lithium is in the final stages of acquiring Klout Read more »
Steve Vassallo and Trae Vassallo are among some of the more well-known cleantech and digital energy investors. Thing is, they’re married, are raising three kids, and also work at two different venture capital firms that sometimes compete on deals. Trae works for Kleiner Perkins and Steve for Foundation Capital. This is what it’s like to compete on a deal with your spouse:
“[W]e still laugh about competing over Opower; we had a sneaking suspicion that we were both engaged, based on the mystery trips back East.”
We now have a date for the most closely watched court case in the TV and entertainment industry. A recusal increases the chance of a tie (and a win for Aereo). Read more »
Netflix is the latest company to acknowledge that it’s researching new approaches to artificial intelligence that could help improve its products. Although it hasn’t said where it might apply deep learning models, the company has plenty of image and text data to learn from. Read more »
An attack on the Bitcoin eco-system is spreading as hackers try to exploit services that have not protected themselves against a vulnerability known as transaction malleability. Read more »
AeroFS, Accellion, Egnyte queue up IT friendly alternatives to Dropbox, while Boxcryptor, nCrypted Cloud camp seeks to make it more it more secure and palatable to the C-suite. Read more »
New York-based video platform provider Kaltura has raised another $47 million in funding from SAP Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, Commonfund Capital, and Brazil-based Gera Ventures. Existing investors .406 Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment and Silicon Valley Bank are also back for more. Kaltura wants to use the money for further international expansion, and has raised a total of $115 million to date.
Robots are delivering the next generation of assembly lines and manufacturing, and it’s coming out of Silicon Valley. Read more »
A leaked design render might offer up a first glimpse Samsung’s Galaxy S5 handset. Read more »
Two to four satellites will be released each day to cut down on confusion and ensure they are spaced out nicely around the Earth. Read more »
The staff of the Libération newspaper in France are protesting plans by the paper’s shareholder group to turn the media entity into a kind of social and cultural hub, but by doing so they could be ensuring the paper’s doom rather than preventing it. Read more »
Square’s point-of-sale terminal is moving onto the deli counters and coffee bars in several Whole Foods Markets around the country, allowing customers pay for quick items without waiting in a checkout line. Read more »
Pause puts the play button in the music mag: The new iPad magazine from the makers of Shuffler.fm combines the best in music writing with music and videos. Read more »
Gigaom Research analysts and our sponsor Canonical discuss the tips and tricks for successfully deploying OpenStack for the enterprise in our next live webinar. Join us on Feb. 20. Read more »
There’s little surprise left to the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone although there’s been a question about the screen resolution. Based on a purported image of the phone’s box, it will likely be an eye-popping 2560 x 1440 screen. Read more »
MapR is continuing along its path to Hadoop glory with new support for the YARN resource manager and a direct integration with the HP Vertica analytic database. In such a competitive space, every little edge matters. Read more »
Board members of the Bitcoin Foundation are facing scandal and even jail time. The currency’s supporters, who deserve better, should look at other governance models — including those used by companies and central banks. Read more »
Live streaming-focused crowdfunding startup Laffster rebranded as Cogo Tuesday to offer artists across genres a way to reach their super fans. Read more »
The addition of Singapore facility brings Digital Ocean’s data center total to six worldwide. Read more »
If you’re jonesing for a phone that can run either Android or Firefox OS without voiding the guarantee, you don’t have to wait much longer. The plucky Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone said on Tuesday that it will start selling its Intel Atom-based Revolution handset through its online store from 20 February at a cost of €239 ($326) excluding tax, though it’s offering the device at a slightly discounted €222 for a limited period of time. We now also know the built-in storage capacity: 4GB (thankfully there’s also a microSD slot). One reminder: branding issues mean Geeksphone has to call Firefox OS “Boot2Gecko”, which is Mozilla’s old codename for the operating system.