“The forces of unification are stronger” than those trying to fragment the internet, the former Microsoft chief said in Berlin on Wednesday. Read more »
Jolla wants developers to write native apps for its Sailfish OS, but it looks like the platform’s initial boost will need to come from its compatibility with Android. Read more »
A lot of money is going into trying to disrupt the stock photography market – something investors hope will be possible through advances in the quality of smartphone cameras. This year in Europe alone we’ve already seen funding for Finland’s Scoopshot ($1.2 million), Germany’s EyeEm ($6 million) and Sweden’s Foap ($1.5 million).
Now Scoopshot has (sorry) scooped up more: a $3.9 million Series A round led by Conor Venture Partners and Finnish Industry Investment. The cash will help Scoopshot establish sales teams in the U.S. and U.K. The firm also said on Wednesday that it now has over 60 publishers using its on-demand photography service, including News Corp Australia and the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
Postgres will take its position alongside MySQL, SQL Server and Oracle as a top tier database in AWS’ Relational Database Service, sources said. Read more »
A raft of AWS partners used day one of the AWS re:Invent show to blast out new products and services. Read more »
Netflix is bringing a completely revamped UI to smart TVs and connected devices – and it moved away from Webkit and HTML5 to bring the same features to less powerful devices. Read more »
Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared some insight about why his car is safe, the need to colonize Mars, and the shyness that made it too hard to ask for a job at Netscape. Read more »
Next-gen, low cost power grid batteries are emerging to help make the power grid more efficient, cleaner and more resilient. Eos Energy is the latest startup to begin the move to crank up manufacturing. Read more »
PAL Robotics‘ new bipedal robot REEM-C looks like a cross between a crash test dummy and your worst humanoid robot nightmare. But it is an excellent walker, which has researchers excited to get their hands on it. Check out REEM-C’s cautious steps in the video below. Don’t miss the dramatic pan out at the end.
Metal printers aren’t ready to enter the average home, but a new printer on Indiegogo offers a workaround at a fairly affordable price. Read more »
Google is getting ready to search all your apps. Publishers could benefit, but Samsung may not be too happy about the move. Read more »
After testing the connected collar tag on my two dogs, I’m convinced Whistle has created something special. Whistle provides useful and engrossing data on a dog’s daily activity, and it’s only going to get better. Read more »
This is the last post we’ll publish from paidContent as we move our media coverage under one Gigaom umbrella and a new Media channel. Read more »
When it comes to secure online communication you can choose to secure the message, protect the identity of the messenger or both. These techniques for iOS and OS X devices will help ensure that your message gets to its intended recipient, and only that recipient. Read more »
Move over, cat videos: More than a third of all YouTube view time can be attributed to videos that are 20 minutes or longer. Read more »
Chromebook owners shouldn’t have to worry much longer if an app will work on their device: Google unveiled Portable Native Client, which lets developers code once in C or C++ and then compile the app for Chrome on x86, ARM or MIPS hardware. Read more »
Twitter has released a new feature for power-users: Custom Timelines. Read more »
Anyone can sing a song in the shower, but can they also post the lyrics on a website? In the case of commercial sites, publishers are saying no, and they have copyright law on their side. Read more »
Airbnb unveiled a variety of important upgrades to its service that makes the experience of hosting a guest on Airbnb better. Read more »
And they said it couldn’t happen: Microsoft is nixing the stack ranking system by which it has promoted and fired employees for years. Read more »
Hulu is looking to partner with pay TV operators to offer Hulu Plus as a bundle or add-on to a pay TV subscription, reports the Wall Street Journal. Talks with operators like Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox are still in early stages, according to the paper, but Hulu hopes to eventually have its service included on set-top boxes and become a kind of one-stop-shop for the industry’s authenticated catch-up TV offerings.
ESPN and Disney channel shows are coming to Roku – but to watch it, you’re going to need a pay TV subscription with the right TV provider. Read more »
Like BuzzFeed, Vice Media often gets dismissed as a joke, or something not worth paying attention to — but it is hiring hundreds of journalists, and is part of the future of media whether traditional journalists like it or not Read more »
Microsoft is doing something super interesting and experimental: using fuel cells to create self-powered racks in data centers. Microsoft, which is now testing the tech, says such a set up could make data centers more efficient, minimizing energy distribution losses and reducing dependence on the power grid.
Amazon Web Services is now offering up free access to three NASA datasets from the NASA Earth Exchange project about the world’s weather, geology and vegetation. The cloud is a natural place to house large datasets that many people or institutions might want to analyze without requiring everyone to download, store and analyze the data locally. Scientific data has proven particularly appealing early, with numerous cloud providers already hosting various datasets, often in the fields of genomics and biology.
Earlier this week, we saw alleged screenshots of the Google Play app store running on a BlackBerry 10 handset. That brought hope to current BlackBerry owners, with the potential for hundreds of thousands of new apps. Unfortunately, it’s not happening. Speaking to CNet on Tuesday, a BlackBerry representative dismissed the rumor, saying the company had no plans to support Google Play on its devices. That’s too bad. It would have been nice to see Google Play support on BlackBerry phones; they do have a runtime environment that can use Android apps, but the process to install such apps right now is cumbersome.
Now with big backing from Dropbox and Evernote funder Sequoia Capital — and with VC legend Michael Moritz on the 6Wunderkinder board — task-management app Wunderlist should soon become more lightweight and stable, and more widely available. Read more »
MakerBot is bringing a 3D printer to every classroom — with some help from the public and Donors Choose. Read more »
Enterprise IT must rethink capacity management, SLAs and their ability to stay ahead of issues to survive in virtualized and cloud-based environments. AppFirst collects data from every process, thread, socket, registry and file operation. With this unparalleled visibility, AppOps teams are armed to manage distributed applications. Read more »
In a bid to bridge the NoSQL-SQL gap, FoundationDB bought Akiban earlier this year. Now it’s got fresh funding to backstop its current users and seek new customers. Read more »
IBM’s Steve Mills has been with the company for decades, and during that time has seen lots of technologies and trends come and go. Here are his thoughts on how the company approaches selling software in a changing IT world. Read more »
Google Glass is great for capturing photos, searching the web and sending messages. Might it be a good music player too? We’ll find out soon as Google is adding Play Music support along with a stereo headphone option for Glass. Read more »
This survey from State Street and the Economist Intelligence Unit is a pretty good look at the opportunities and challenges of using data in the financial services industry. Many respondents noted the challenge of integrating lots of data sources, which is understandable and probably only going to get harder. It seems there’s a lot of promise in new services/data sources such as Dataminr and Premise Data, but they also represent a pretty big divergence from tradition.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone app canon continues to play catch up to Android and iOS with the release of Vine on Tuesday. The popular video sharing app should function much the same as its counterparts, allowing you to create and share looping six-second video clips. Exclusive to Windows Phone is the ability to pin Vine accounts to your home screen. You can also apply any of your camera’s Windows Phone “lenses” to video captured with the app.
Reports of only 500,000 Moto X sales don’t tell the whole story, given that there are also three Moto Droid Ultra phones. Chitika’s mobile ad data indicates that Motorola is nearly even with HTC when it comes to web browsing on phones. Read more »
SmartThings, the connected hub and sensor company that wants to be the brains (and some of the brawn) behind your smart home, has raised $12.5 million. It will need it. Read more »
Scanadu wants to put the resources of a doctor’s office in the palm of your hand, and has raised $10.5 million to do so. It’s also beginning FDA trials for its Scanadu Scout diagnostic device. Read more »
If you’re looking to get a 16GB black Nexus 5 directly from Google, you’re out of luck. Google Play shows the phone is currently out of stock. Read more »
The “tech trial of the century” took place last year between Apple and Samsung — and resulted in a $1.05 billion verdict for Apple. On Tuesday, the two companies are going back at it. Read more »
While everyone’s narrowly focused on earnings, accidents and stock prices for Tesla, the bigger picture is much larger. Read more »