Going “all in” with Google’s online services does not mean that Android is the only option for your tablet. The following will show just how much attention Google has given to to Apple’s own iPad. Read more »
You can now play more music if your Android supports microSD cards. Moto is taking a do-over on its Moto X Cyber Monday sale. And much ado was made about Chrome apps for Android; something that was demonstrated back in May. Read more »
What’s on menu this weekend? How about Paul Walker, future of work in age of anxiety, rise and fall of demand media, the Made in USA premium and why we need bubbles. Plus much more. Read more »
At less than $1,000, the printer competes with a new wave of relatively affordable 3D printers. Its big plus is that it can print objects up to a foot tall. Read more »
Given the enormous complexity of the planned incentive auction, the FCC would have been crazy to try to pull it off in 2014. Chairman Tom Wheeler gave himself a year’s more wiggle room to get it right. Read more »
Google is reportedly working on a Nexus-branded TV set-top box. But how much of this is really about wooing consumers? Read more »
The New York Times has a new online tool and Twitter feed that analyzes every fourth down in every game and gives its analysis in real time. Fans, commentators and even bosses have yet another means by which to second guess coaches’ decisions. Read more »
Bitcoin watchers say the virtual currency could displace Western Union as a way to transfer money from place to place. Here’s what Western Union says about that. Read more »
A display makes all the difference in the world for the Fitbit Force. For most people, this is the activity tracker to get. Read more »
SaltStack wants you to use its config tool to deploy cloud applications easily and Google wants more applications to run in its cloud. Hence a partnership is born. Read more »
Yahoo has snapped up the team behind concert live streaming platform Evntlive. Read more »
Microsoft introduced its 2-in-1 products nearly 14 months ago. The device type didn’t fit my needs then but I recently took another look, buying an Asus Transformer T100. It’s still hard to make a hybrid laptop / tablet due to requirements at odds with each other. Read more »
Get your swiping finger in shape this weekend because this weeks game is all about action. EPOCH.2 is a first rate action shooter that you will not want to miss. Read more »
Circuit Stickers light up, sense and even twinkle when placed on conductive material. Read more »
Hisense is the latest to drop the Google TV brand for its new generation of Android-based TV devices. The company announced this week that it is building a new TV set dubbed the H6 SMART TV that features “the latest Google services for TV powered by Android 4.2.2″ (hat tip to Engadget). The H6 will come in 40-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch, and Hisense is also building a new set-top-box dubbed the Pulse PRO, which will replace the Hisense Pulse Google TT box. We reported first in October that Google was phasing out the Google TV brand as it merges the platform with Android.
3D printing and laser cutting offer a fun way to create a high-quality board and pieces. I’ll use 3D scanning to further customize the pieces. Read more »
It’s a return to true independence for YouTube-born The Young Turks, which right from the beginning of its day-long livestream supporting its close-to-ending Indiegogo campaign, focused on hard news laced with big opinions. Read more »
The Supreme Court says it will return to the thorny issue of when software-related “inventions” are eligible for review under patent law. Read more »
Digital currency was used to buy an electric car. Wired notes that someone bought a Tesla Model S with bitcoins, via an independent dealer (not directly from Tesla). We’re livin’ in the future folks.
Check out these hot next-gen space suits designed by a rocket scientist from MIT. Read more »
Benchmark, a leading VC firm that has backed several successful startups like Instagram, Snapchat, Uber and Yelp — has recently raised $425 million for a new fund, according to Fortune. The details in an SEC filing reveal that the new money does come with some changes: firm co-founders Kevin Harvey and Bruce Dunlevie are no longer listed as general partners, and there is a chance a new general partner will join the team. Still, it’s another milestone for one of Silicon Valley’s most successful VCs, and the new money will help support the firm’s kingmaking abilities for the immediate future.
If collaboration favorite Box is going to grow into its ambitions, it has to do more than just raise lots of venture capital. It also must build a more intelligent product, which is something dLoop co-founder Divya Jain will now focus her energy on doing. Read more »
Buyer beware when it comes private cloud. In this nascent market, the only metric that matters is actual customer adoption and we’re still very early in that game, said Gartner Research Director Alessandro Perilli. And, before you buy private cloud or in Gartner parlance, a cloud management platform, look under the covers. Most private clouds now are actually pieces of many management tools often acquired and spackled together. “A way to measure how mature a CMP is consists of evaluating how well its management modules integrate with each other,” he wrote.
In this Gigaom Research webinar, the panelists will examine the necessary steps to build a comprehensive EMM strategy that grows with the business. They will also discuss the future of mobility management, current approaches in the marketplace and strategies for extending unified management to mobile devices and applications. Read more »
A new mobile app from researchers at ETH Zurich can create super-detailed 3-D scans of physical objects by tapping into the phone’s GPU and motion sensors. I’ve seen a number of these apps, but none have shown such detail. Check the video and see. Read more »
It looks like Razer is planning to get in on the iPhone gaming action, according to a leak of its purported game controller. Read more »
Mozilla’s holiday game contest puts the emphasis on HTML5 development. Read more »
The DMCA, a law intended to protect creative expression on the internet while protecting content owners, is under strain — but it’s still the best system we’ve got. Read more »
Google may control a large chunk of the mobile advertising market, but it is still trying to understand how to improve its performance, so it has funded a startup called YieldMo that specializes in mobile ads Read more »
Google and HP have been quiet since the Chromebook 11 was pulled from shelves due to overheating power supply issues. Now, a replacement charger has appeared on the Google Play store for $19.99. Will existing owners get it for free? Read more »
According to a report from the Associated Press, Apple is set to switch on iBeacons throughout its 254 US stores on Friday. Read more »
This week’s podcast breaks down the challenges Amazon Prime Air drones face and what Apple might want to do with a massive Twitter firehouse. Plus, a little advice for new media folks still trying to figure out their business model. Read more »
Citing customer requests, HP is dropping support for base-level Amazon EC2 APIs from its public cloud. I’m guessing it won’t do the same for its private cloud offerings. Read more »
Nanotechnology, the study and application of extremely small things, is having a big impact. Recent discoveries of new forms of carbon will revolutionize the way we engineer new technologies, impacting areas of next-generation energy storage, high-performance electronics and multifunctional materials. Read more »
According to a series of reports, Spotify is set to unveil a new ad-supported service that lets users stream music to their mobile devices for free. Read more »
The electronics firms, along with others, were the targets of unannounced inspections earlier this week. Details are scarce, but the nascent investigation relates to suspected restrictions placed on online sales. Read more »
After the FDA posted a cease-and-desist, 23andMe has removed healh-related genetic testing from its services. Read more »
Former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch has invested in a company called Neurence through his Invoke Capital fund. Based in Cambridge, the firm was itself formed by former employees of Autonomy’s Aurasma augmented-reality (AR) division after HP bought Autonomy. Neurence has a new iPhone AR app called Taggar, which lets users overlay their own photos, videos and stickers on top of real-world objects, for viewing by other users when they hold their phone up in front of the object. Invoke’s previous investment, in September, was a Cambridge security firm called Darktrace.
Can’t live without a good QWERTY keyboard but still want to use an iPhone? Neither can Ryan Seacrest who backed the Typo iPhone Keyboard, a $99 slide-on accessory with backlit keys that uses Bluetooth to communicate with your iPhone 5 or 5s. Read more »
Box nets an impressive $100 million from an array of international telcos and other companies to boost its already-planned global expansion. Read more »