People who bought the more expensive LTE version of the Chromebook Pixel were promised at least two free years of 4G data. Now Verizon is canning that program a year early and Google is offering refunds. Read more »
The day before Google’s annual developer conference, Google Glass is getting a lot of improvements. First, although Glass receives subtle hardware tweaks from time to time, its Google Plus page has announced a bump to 2GB of RAM and a slightly bigger battery, among “several [other] hardware updates.” Second, there are 12 new Glassware apps available for download, including Shazam, Duolingo, and other big names. A complete list is here. There’s also a general software update that brings a viewfinder to the device’s camera function. Google’s I/O conference may be the largest collection of Glass Explorers ever assembled, but we’re not expecting a ton of Glass announcements. However, there are three Glass-centered sessions scheduled for Thursday.
Jason Kilar was looking to reinvent the magazine publishing model online. Now, he’s doing online video instead. Read more »
Whisper may get lumped in with Secret and other trendy anonymous-sharing apps, but the editorial team behind the service — led by former Gawker writer Neetzan Zimmerman — is doing some interesting things with it from a journalistic perspective, and that bears watching Read more »
Analytics startup DataHero hopes it can build “a BI layer over SaaS” and is opening up its cloud service in order to prove it. Users of the free version can now combine data from popular SaaS apps without a trial-period limitation. Read more »
Twilio and Google hope that their portable call centers will provide an alternative to the traditional call center. The fully loaded Chromebooks come with a headset and 7,500 Twilio minutes per month. Read more »
Minuum is developing a keyboard for the round-faced Moto 360, which is expected to be one of three Android Wear devices announced later this week at Google I/O. Read more »
Just about a year ago today, Penguin and Random House merged to create the world’s largest book publisher. And HarperCollins announced in May that it’s acquiring Harlequin. Now the season of consolidation continues: The large independent publisher Perseus is being sold off in an unusual three-way deal, Publishers Lunch reported Tuesday, with Hachette Book Group acquiring Perseus Book Group’s publishing imprints and Ingram taking its distribution business. PL notes that the acquisition will bring Hachette’s annual revenues to around $700 million.
The German Publishers and Booksellers Association has asked the country’s antitrust authorities to investigate Amazon’s shipping delays on Bonnier titles. Read more »
CIOs can create and sustain the leadership role and functional IT department needed to foster innovation and execute on visionary change. Such a transformation can be substantially completed within two years. Read more at Gigaom Research »
NASA is launching a new challenge, hosted on Amazon Web Services, that gives the public access to a trove of earth sciences data and computational resources in the name of discovering new uses for all that information. Read more »
SunPower gives a sneak peek of a battery pilot project it’s been working on in California. Batteries and solar panels could transform the edge of the power grid in some places in the world. Read more »
Google’s Chromecast streaming stick just got a bunch of new apps: Digital music service Deezer gave its paying subscribers access to casting through its mobile apps. Video workout service Dailyburn added Chromecast support to its website, iOS and Android apps, and PBS Kids added Chromecast support to its mobile apps as well. Earlier on Tuesday, video discovery app Stevie announced its own Chromecast integration.
Misfit is bringing an activity tracking app to the Pebble smartwatch, marking a partnership between two of the wearable accessory startups to watch. Misfit also announced it intends to license its sensor algorithms to third-party developers. Read more »
Samsung and its outside law firm will have to pay for an embarrassing incident involving lawyers who disclosed a confidential document. Read more »
A report released Tuesday by Forrester, which surveyed more than 4,500 people between the ages of 12 and 17, says that Facebook doesn’t have the “teen problem” stemming from a study in 2013 that suggested youth were leaving the network in droves. According to the brief, more than three quarters of teens still use Facebook at least once per month — double the usage numbers of Snapchat, Tumblr, or Pinterest — and 28 percent say they use it “all the time.” While the study doesn’t track how teens see the popularity of Facebook among their peers, the usage levels suggest that teens aren’t abandoning it en masse.
Dell, Cloudera and Intel are working together on an appliance designed to speed the performance of Hadoop environments by moving a lot more data into a shared memory space. Key to the performance improvement is Apache Spark, the in-memory data-processing framework that’s now included in Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution. At this point, it seems like Hadoop vendors are going to sell their wares regardless where they run, so a deal like this really helps Dell make the case that hardware matters in big data environments. The companies claim it’s the first in a family of “Dell Engineered Systems for Cloudera Enterprise.”
Enterprise IT organizations are evaluating new technologies and delivery models to keep pace with business today. The CIO who prudently manages risk and opportunity can have a major impact on his or her business, but doing so means taking new approaches to infrastructure design. Read more »
Joyent believes that hybrid clouds are the way of the future and a way in which the company can compete against big cloud service providers like Amazon. Read more »
Stevie, which is unlike any other video curation app, just added Chromecast support to its mobile apps. Read more »
This year’s Google I/O developer event is about to take place. Surely we’ll see Android Wear watches debut but will there be any other hardware? It’s not likely; this year is more about software interface changes and shared experiences in Android and Chrome. Read more »
The committee that determines who gets an official Senate press pass has denied one to SCOTUSblog because it says the site’s journalism involves a conflict of interest — but the press gallery is ignoring how journalism has changed, in this case for the better Read more »
ABC News is bringing the content of its iPad app to the Apple TV — and has a heart for cord cutters. Read more »
Aerospike, a NoSQL startup that has garnered a fair number of advertising industry customers thanks to its in-memory technology, has raised $20 million in a series C round and is open sourcing its database under the same license used by MongoDB. Read more »
Withings’ new fitness tracker looks like a fancy wristwatch, but it’s packing Bluetooth, an accelerometer and integration with Withings Health Mate. Read more »
FireChat, an anonymous messaging app that functions without an internet connection, works on both Android and iOS but not between them. A new version of the app, however, breaks down that barrier. Read more »
Loop’s ChargeCase fits over an iPhone 5 or 5s but otherwise works exactly like it’s fob. You press a button and the case emits a magnetic field that emulates the data stripe on your credit card. Read more »
The bring-your-own-app (BYOA) revolution is surging. Employees using their own sync & share apps put your data at risk. Take back control with a secure sync, share and store solution that gives you the security you need and the productivity features users demand. Read more »
The Norwegian browser vendor now has pole position on the Linux-based handsets Microsoft is selling in emerging markets and beyond. Read more »
In the wake of Quirky spinning off Wink and Nest announcing its developer program, we talk to a 60-year-old company that’s working with both Nest and Apple’s HomeKit about how it chooses its partners. Read more »
The data analytics company has a product to help users of VMware environments keep track of all their virtual infrastructure and discover performance issues. Read more »
Nest is opening up its API for developers at long last starting with integrations from Chamberlain, LIFX, Whirlpool and more. Check out its ideas and see where it needs to go. Read more »
Online marketplace Etsy, which has made its name in selling handmade goods from independent vendors, announced on Monday that it acquired A Little Market — an ecommerce shop based in France that also focuses on handmade goods. The Wall Street Journal reported that the acquisition is the largest from Etsy to date, although the terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The company says that A Little Market will continue to function independently, providing domestic goods in France. The company has been on a bit of a buying spree, as it acquired technology ecommerce company Grand St. in April of this year.
Sprint’s Spark network in Chicago has sprouted a lot more antennas. Sprint is testing a new technology called 8T8R that promises to make Sprint’s network more resilient and create more capacity. Read more »
Player FM is the latest Android app that is adding in-app indexing, allowing Google to show app content within its search results. Read more »
Both digital publishers and advertisers are trying to come up with a more accurate way of measuring the value of a reader than just raw pageviews or uniques. Upworthy says its “attention minutes” metric is better, and it has opened up the code for anyone to use Read more »
The complexity of the cloud-migration process is a big part of why enterprises are hesitant about cloud adoption, despite being sold the benefits. Many words are written about why cloud migration should be considered, but few address the question how to migrate to the cloud. Read more »
Verizon promised 100 MB of free LTE service with the $1,449 Chromebook Pixel last year and now the deal is over as some are finding out the hard way. What was originally advertised as a two-year deal abruptly ends after just 12 months. Read more »
Today’s mobility management services market is wide, varied, and confusing. For businesses wanting to employ a strategy here, what matters most is finding a clearly defined strategy, the right partners, and a host of other interdependent aspects. Read more at Gigaom Research »
San Francisco has just banned apps that let you sell your parking spot. This is not a question of regulators versus the sharing economy. Read more »