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 »
Intel on Monday announced a new brawny HPC processor and a family of network fabric components that incorporates silicon photonics technology. The new chip, the next-generation of the Xeon Phi family, comes with up to 16 gigabytes of high-performance memory and more than 60 computing cores. The fabric lineup, called Omni Scale will include PCIe adapters, switches and software, as well as director switches that replace electrical transceivers with silicon photonics for improved speed and fewer cables. Intel is promising better performance and greater efficiency with the new tech — something it might need considering the introduction of ARM-plus-GPU-based chips into the HPC market that Intel presently dominates.
Stop feeling so guilty about piling on the gadgets. Technology gains are leading to more energy-efficient gadgets. Read more »
At an event in Chicago, Sprint announced the nationwide rollout of its HD voice network as well as new social networking and fitness apps centered around the Galaxy S5 Sport. Read more »
The Respect Network’s creators claim to have found “a scalable business model for privacy on the internet.” You’ll need to pay to get in during the early days, but the concept may actually be sustainable. Read more »
Amazon released a document outlining the way to develop apps to fit in with Amazon’s 3D design language, and it reveals the primary gestures used to control the Fire Phone. Read more »
At an event in Chicago on Monday, Sprint and Samsung announced a new high-end handset, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport. Unfortunately, this handset is basically identical to the standard Galaxy S5 with a 2.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 2GB of RAM and a 5.1-inch 1080p AMOLED display. Like the Galaxy S5 Active, it’s got a bit of rubber trim and physical buttons along the bottom. There’s no new fitness hardware, but there are a number of included fitness apps under a banner called Sprint Fit Live. Sprint Fit, which will be included on all Sprint Android phones later this year, includes a year-long subscription to Under Armour’s MapMyFitness app, a few workout-specific Spotify playlists, and a couple fitness wallpapers.
In an effort to make the News Feed more relevant, Facebook is making videos more relevant to users’ interests. Read more »
Netflix is getting ready to strike a partnership in Germany — but in neighboring Austria, it could soon get a new competitor. Read more »
Companies often now rely on mobile-device management systems as a key element in their protection strategy. But they also need deep and broad visibility across mobile devices combined with the capability to detect security incidents, and most important, the ability to resolve them in a proactive fashion before major damage is done. Read more at Gigaom Research »
The deal was funded by Andreessen Horowitz, and is the VC firm’s second largest investment to date. Read more »
Gawker wants to add more staff and boost its traffic so that it can try to catch up to its nemesis BuzzFeed, but its ambitious Kinja commenting and community-engagement platform is having some growing pains, according to editorial director Joel Johnson Read more »
Following earlier news that Glass with Diane von Furstenberg frames is now available, Google announced that Google Glass is available outside of the U.S. for the first time. Glass fans in the U.K. can now purchase the wearable display online for a cost of 1,000 pounds (US $1,701.34). Google isn’t calling this a consumer launch, even though the offer is good for any U.K. resident over the age of 18. Instead, the company is expanding the beta and all buyers will be part of the Glass Explorer program to help provide feedback to Google.
Got Office? Microsoft just boosted your OneDrive cloud storage to a whopping terabyte of data. It’s a smart strategy to help keep Office more attractive than other online productivity suites that offer less free storage. At least, for now. Read more »
Oracle said it will pay $68 per share for Micros Systems, a company that makes cash register software for the retail and hospitality industry. The deal is valued at about $5.3 billion, or at $4.6 billion when taking into account Micros’s cash. The deal gets Oracle deeper into the retail market where its rival SAP is fairly strong, and is the biggest acquisition for Oracle since buying Sun Microsystems in 2010 for $7.4 billion. The Micro deal is expected to close in the second half of this year.
Quirky will launch Wink, its connected home brand, as a separate company. But the real test of Wink’s success in the market will depend on awesome software and a distribution channel that educates consumers. Read more »
Eden Rock’s self-optimizing network (SON) technology recognizes where the demand is highest and the coverage is most sketchy in the mobile network. It can then start growing and shrinking cells to fix those problems. Read more »
Announced last month, the new Diane von Furstenberg frames for Google Glass are now available. Google announced the news early on Monday morning through its Glass Explorer Google+ page. While you can purchase the frames and shades directly from Google, anyone can purchase Glass and the frames online at Net-A-Porter, with the bundle costing $1,800. That’s an expansion from the Google-only sales of the wearable computer. Will Google get many takers at this price? It’s not likely but at least those who do opt-in for Glass will look a bit more fashionable with the DVF frames.
The first Chromebook running on Intel’s battery-friendly BayTrail processor is here and an initial review shows outstanding run-time: Up to 12 hours on a charge. There’s a bit of a performance hit as a result but the C200 looks like a solid choice at $249. Read more »
Details on HTC’s Nexus 9 tablet leaked out this past weekend, tipping a device with an 8.9-inch screen and a 64-bit NVIDIA processor. Read more »
Sequoia Capital has led a $12 million investment into LIFX, the makers of a Wi-Fi capable LED light bulb that competes with Philips Hue. Read more »