While it’s just an average ride sharing app, the value in Trees for Cars lies in its compelling story. Read more »
Instead of just complaining about patent trolls, what if companies and their fans came together to fight them? A crowd-funding campaign proposes just this, though the effort looks like a long shot. Read more »
Here are five relatively inexpensive gift ideas for iPhone or iPad users on your holiday shopping list. Read more »
Android Device Manager, Google’s answer to Find My iPhone, is now available to download from Google Play. Introduced back in August but only available on the Web until now, you can install the app on any device running Android 2.3 or later. The software lets you locate a missing device on a map, make a phone ring to help you find it, and remotely lock or erase a device if necessary. Google is still just playing catch up with this one, but better late than never.
After spending time with both the Fitbit Force and Jawbone UP24, I’ve compared their features side by side to see which one is worth your activity tracking dollars. Read more »
Evenly, a maker of a bill-splitting app, is Square’s second acqui-hire in as many weeks. Evenly is shutting down its app and taking up residence on Square’s seller initiatives development team. Read more »
Following its app launcher and Chrome App support for Windows earlier this year, Google announced support for Mac devices on Wednesday. On a Mac OS X computer with the Chrome browser installed, users can search the Chrome App store online for apps that run both online or off. The company has made a push for its Chrome Apps of late, trying to boost engagement for Google services both on mobile devices and desktops alike through its Chrome browser.
YouTube’s ad revenue is set to hit $5.6 billion this year, according to an eMarketer report relayed by the Financial Times. The same report estimates that the service’s net revenue after paying its partners is close to $2 billion, which would be significantly more than the $1.65 billion that Google paid for YouTube in 2006. YouTube now gets about 20 percent of all U.S. online video ad money.
Calling it “built from the ground up”, the newest version of Google Sheets adds speed, new features and one very important function: The ability to work offline, just like all other Chrome Apps. Read more »
Though there are millions of truck drivers with smartphones, most of them live in a pen, paper and fax machine world when it comes to managing their driving records. KeepTruckin aims to change that. Read more »
A London designer and researcher has prototyped shoes that repair themselves overnight. How? They’re made of protocells, which are non-living molecules that can be added together to create materials that respond to stimuli like pressure or light. The protocells are 3D printed to fit the wearer’s foot perfectly and puff up to create extra cushioning when needed.
Bloomberg TV launched live and on-demand video on Apple TV Wednesday, and now wants to bring its service to other smart TV platforms. Read more »
Two shiny new Google data centers are now chugging away in Singapore and Taiwan — but not, as reported, in Hong Kong. Google touted the Taiwan site, located three hours from Taipei in Changhua County, as a model of energy efficiency, using a nighttime cooling and thermal energy storage system.
Beer is not only one of the world’s oldest drinks, it’s also one of the most social. Untapped, a social network for beer enthusiasts, uses MongoDB and ObjectRocket to take the celebration global. Read more »
Mark Zuckerberg and the man in charge of Facebook’s newsfeed want it to become like a newspaper, and highlight more “high quality” content — but what if that’s not what users actually want to see? Will they rebel against Facebook as content gatekeeper? Read more »
A Nokia-built Android phone might actually help Microsoft. It could reduce costs but the bigger benefit is this: Every such phone built on the platform is one less phone for Google to earn ad money or gather user data. Read more »
The Orange Chef has raised $1.2 million in seed funding led by Google Ventures and Spark Labs. The company makes a kitchen scale that communicates with your iPad and a wealth of web nutritional data. Read more »
The app search outfit has taken its Contextual App Advertising system out of private beta, promising the most accurate contextual placement for ads. Read more »
Music service Spotify is now offering free music on iOS and Android mobile devices. The company announced the news on Wednesday, saying that listeners could shuffle music based on a favorite artist or could tune into self-created playlists or the playlists of other friends on Spotify. Previously, the company offered music in its mobile and web apps for a fee; it will still do so as the new free music service is ad-supported. Customers can still pay for Spotify Premium for an ad-free experience.
In an effort to compete with Android, Microsoft is reportedly considering the idea to offer Windows Phone and Windows RT for free. Read more »
JetBlue may have waited to bring its inflight Wi-Fi service online, but it wanted to get it right. Today FlyFi goes live, promising customers real broadband connectivity in their plane seats. Read more »
Even a super-easy-to-use file sync-and-share product needs some help sometimes, so the new Box Consulting Group is born. Read more »
The new Asus PadFone mini is a 4.3-inch phone that docks into a 7-inch tablet. Even better, it looks like the PadFone line will finally be making its way to the US in 2014. Read more »
A group of Stanford machine learning students has created a new service for analyzing and classifying passages of text. But the highlight is an easy-to-use feature for classifying whether tweets are positive, negative or neutral in tone. Read more »
A video shows off the benefits of cross-platform, multi-device Chrome Apps, but will developers bite? We also learned a bit from our Chrome OS tablet experiment and find a must-have Chrome extension for folks that open dozens of tabs in Chrome. Read more »
The EU’s General Court has dismissed Cisco’s challenge against the European Commission’s approval of Microsoft’s Skype takeover. But it did so mostly because Microsoft is no longer the market-dominating powerhouse it once was. Read more »
Enterprise file-share vendor will use the cash to bolster sales and marketing in regions outside Northern California and to triple R&D staff in Eastern Europe. Read more »
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson believes that wireless carriers can no longer afford to subsidize the cell phone upgrade cycle. Read more »
Hasn’t Dell seen the latest Microsoft showing how Surface is great for students? Apparently not, because the company announced its Dell Chromebook 11 specifically for the education market. And it’s not stopping there. Read more »
AT&T plans to charge $70 a month for its gigabit service in Austin if users agree to let AT&T track their searches. This is a relatively new model for an ISP, although it has been tried elsewhere. Read more »
As smartphones finally begin to boom in Japan, so does the cash spent on apps. According to App Annie, the country has overtaken the U.S. as the top grossing country in overall app spending in both the iTunes App Store and Google Play this year. Japan’s combined iOS and Android monthly app revenue has more than tripled year-over-year, thanks to a boom in smartphone penetration. It’s also a market dominated by domestic app developers, like GungHo Games and Line. But, most importantly, Japan isn’t finished growing — making it a ripe market for app sales in the years to come.
The famously sturdy machines are assembled in Brooklyn, where a stable of printers crank out plastic parts to build the new generation. Read more »
The wealth of insights traveling across mobile networks represents the key to mobile marketing success. As operators become more sophisticated at unlocking insights, they stand to take a central role in the advertising value chain by offering services that enable marketers to create more tailored, relevant data-led campaigns. Read more »
Facebook’s proprietary metric, People Talking About This, might get a boost for media companies seeking detailed sentiment about their content. Read more »
Nokia may be working on an Android device as a successor to its low-end Asha efforts, but for new owner Microsoft the project risks consumer confusion and further entrenchment of an Android-first mentality among developers. Read more »
Rabb.it wants to launch its OS X-only video chat app on publishers’ websites, with a little help from WebRTC. Read more »
Improving enterprise communication starts with mobile devices and applications with benefits that span the organization. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Privacy advocates have always been down on cookies, but news that the NSA and GCHQ tap into their power highlights the dangers that are inherent to today’s online advertising systems. Read more »
Rdio launched its music subscription service in 20 additional countries late Monday, bringing the total number of countries Rdio is available in now to 51. The new markets include 13 Latin American countries, Israel, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and a few smaller countries in Europe. The expansion could give Rdio a chance to leapfrog Spotify in some of these markets: The bigger competitor is thus far only available in 28 countries.
HP launches a pair of new CloudSystems hardware-software bundles, this time with Cloud OS, its special take on OpenStack. Read more »