Sonos is giving its mobile controller apps a much-needed overhaul, starting with the Android app. More support for third-party apps could also be on its way. Read more »
Now that every company is essentially a software company, it’s time to start asking our software new questions. Read more »
Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella will unveil the long-awaited iPad version of the Office productivity suite next week in San Francisco, sources confirm. Read more »
After teasing Mac users with an iOS version, Microsoft has finally released OneNote for Mac OS X. The wait was worth it. Read more »
Amid various reports of slow iPhone 5c sales, Apple released a lower-priced 8 GB version of the handset. Will it boost sales by attracting more customers who might otherwise find cheaper Android or Windows Phones? Read more »
Databricks, the company behind the commercialization of the Apache Spark data-processing framework, is certifying third-party software to run on the platform. Spark is gaining popularity as a faster, easier alternative to MapReduce in Hadoop environments. Read more »
After seven years, d.light is starting to have a sizable impact on the lives of rural villagers in India and Africa. Read more »
The wording of the proposal, included in a wider package of telecoms legislation, is vague enough to let ISPs favor certain content providers on their “open internet” offerings. Read more »
The deal gives Yandex an office in Israel that will handle much of its geolocation work that doesn’t require constant mobile tracking. Read more »
I love cooking, and I love connected devices, so this week I chat with the CEO of The Orange Chef Co. about bringing the internet of things into the kitchen. Read more »
Once again, you’ll be able to watch all 67 March Madness games live online, or on your iPad, iPhone or Android device. But roughly two-thirds of the games will require authentication. Check out our guide for all the details. Read more »
Monday was a rough day for ridesharing companies in Seattle, as Geekwire reports that the city council voted to approve a cap on ridesharing programs. The council voted unanimously to limit the number of cars allowed on Seattle roads to 150 per company, separating the regulations of a “transportation network company” from the longstanding Seattle taxi and for-hire service. The ordinance is expected to go into effect 30 days after Seattle mayor Ed Murray signs it (he has no veto power as the vote was unanimous). It’s a crushing blow to ridesharing companies that have set up shop in Seattle and see it as a key to the Pacific Northwest.
BitTorrent-based video streaming app Popcorn Time may be the media darling of the moment, but it doesn’t account for a whole lot of P2P traffic — at least not yet. Popcorn Time usage makes up for less than 1 percent of torrent downloads in March, according to Variety, which tapped German P2P analytics company Excipio for the data. Popcorn Time offers users the ability to stream videos directly as opposed to having to download them first to their hard drives. The app first surfaced in early March, got briefly shut down by its own developers soon after, and resurfaced only days later on different servers.
Former New York Times blogger Nate Silver launched his new data-driven site FiveThirtyEight on Monday morning, but can he find a broad enough — and deep enough — market for the kind of number-oriented explanatory journalism he wants to focus on? Read more »
AT&T is phasing out its “it’s not complicated” ad campaign in favor of new commercials that show just how complicated its network can be. Read more »
The wearables race is on and Samsung is trying to pull ahead before Google releases tools for Android developers. Samsung’s Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo run on Tizen and now have an SDK of their own, along with 100 app partners. Read more »
Whoever said there’s no such thing as bad press didn’t envisage the nightmare scenario Github is facing right now. Read more »
It’s a big year for big data. In the past few months, we’ve written a plethora of stories around the topic and condensed them for your big data pleasure. Here’s our big data roundup. Read more »
Facebook is putting its interest in curation to work, as its alternative mobile app Facebook Paper will partner with the TED brand and curate the “Ideas” vertical during the TED 2014 conference in Vancouver this week. According to an email from Facebook, the partnership will bring exclusive content surrounding the TED talks, as well as news and insights related to the talks and conference, to Facebook Paper. This is also the first branded partnership for the app since its launch a few months ago.
NewSQL database player sees big opportunity from a new generation of Internet of Things-enabled applications and will use this money to attack it. Read more »
Google is having some Monday troubles, as Hangouts, Google Talk and Drive are down for many users. Read more »
Google is looking beyond Android to boost in-app gaming engagement: The company announced multi-player support for games on Android and iOS at the Game Developers Conference on Monday. Will developers take advantage of the new service? Read more »
Twilio is opening up a public beta for a low-latency VoIP network, which route calls more directly over the internet. The end result will be more natural, higher-quality voice conversations. Read more »
Comcast added almost half of all new broadband subscribers in 2013, followed distantly by Verizon. While cable companies are still grabbing most new subscribers, telcos are gaining a bit of ground thanks to fiber deployments. Read more »
Pocket Casts just added Chromecast support to the Android version of its podcast app, making it easier to cast audio and video shows to the TV. Read more »
Pivotal continues to integrate and enhance technologies bought by its parent companies to expand its big-data-for-the-enterprise vision. Read more »
Apps and services like Secret and Whisper have re-ignited the debate over the value of anonymous or pseudonymous behavior online, but despite the prevalence of trolls and bullying the benefits of anonymity arguably outweigh the disadvantages Read more »
The smart home market is nascent and evolving quickly with many variables, making it confusing and complex for consumers. Here are some important things to know before investing in your smart home. Read more »
Apple is expected to launch an 8GB model of its iPhone 5c handset as early as tomorrow, based on a Monday report from Engadget. The site has an alleged document from O2 Germany suggesting the entry-level edition will cost 60 Euros less than the current 16 GB iPhone 5c. Engadget also has an image depicting an 8GB version of the phone. If true, the move could support expectations that its iPhone 5c hasn’t been selling well and the company is looking to boost sales by making the phone more accessible to those with tighter budgets.
Microsoft’s Surface 2 get a bit more useful thanks to an integrated LTE radio for AT&T’s network. Expect to pay a $130 premium over the Wi-Fi edition when the device goes on sale tomorrow. Read more »
We knew a Samsung-made Windows Phone was coming and a new leaked image backs up the claim. As expected, the phone looks like a re-purposed Galaxy S4 for use on Verizon’s LTE network in the U.S. Read more »
Most desktop printers rely on spools of plastic filament as their “ink.” But to encourage a new generation of beautiful printers that work seamlessly, one prominent member of the 3D printing community says we need to rethink spool design. Read more »
Data science is hard, but focusing on these three things can help your company or organization unlock the value of its data. Read more »
Information about Apple’s new Healthbook app for iOS sheds light on what types of quantified self data you may be able to track on an iPhone. Some of that information, however, will have to come from external sensors and devices; perhaps an Apple smart watch? Read more »
Globalstar maybe known for satellite phones today, but if it gets its way it could be supplying private Wi-Fi connections to consumers all over the country using its own boutique broadband spectrum. Read more »
Cities today are rushing ahead with deals to bring gigabit networks to their constituents, but they should heed the lessons from their experience with municipal Wi-Fi almost a decade ago. Read more »
The Asteroid Data Hunter Challenge begins today. It seeks improved algorithms that will help the space agency spot more asteroids. Read more »
EMerge Americas Techweek, 2014’s hottest tech event to launch May 1-7 in Miami, helping fuel the tech corridor to Latin America. EMerge Americas Techweek promises to be a unique experience for influencers, entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, executives, community leaders and world brands. Read more »
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is taking his first-ever trip to China, where he will meet with Shanghai officials including members of the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. That group was set up last year to trial more liberal market measures. Twitter has been banned in China since 2009, but Reuters said officials denied reports that internet restrictions (including blocking Twitter) will be loosened. Costolo has no plans to visit Beijing.
Machine learning startup Wise.io, whose founders are University of California, Berkeley, astrophysicists, has raised a $2.5 million series A round of of venture capital. The company claims its software, which was built to analyze telescope imagery, can simplify the process of predicting customer behavior. Read more »