Venture investor Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz and others say they are concerned that the increasing use of mobile apps means less investment in the open web, and that this could have a negative effect on innovation. But is that true? Read more »
Lyve Minds, the personal media startup founded by former Apple exec Tim Bucher, is opening up pre-orders for its Lyve Home device on April 22nd, according to a newsletter sent out to subscribers Tuesday. Lyve Home, which helps to back up photos and synchronize them across your devices, will sell for $300, and the company just previewed some of its functionality in a stylish new YouTube video. Lyve Minds was previously known as Black Pearl Systems, and Bucher told me all about his plans at CES.
Clips featuring Elmo, Abby and Grover are available on plenty of sites online, but Sesame Go does offer paying users access to a few exclusives. Read more »
E-Plus is offering up a cheap prepaid SIM-card plan that exempts WhatsApp traffic from its data plan, effectively creating a mobile service that leans primarily on over-the-top messaging for communication. Read more »
Flextronics spin-off hopes to bring old-world but critical supply chain management into the new era with — what else? — an app. Read more »
Gathering, tracking and analyzing customer metrics can be a challenge. Many of today’s tools only give a one-dimensional view of customer website interactions. Learn how SurveyMonkey, the world’s largest survey company, uses Splunk to gather business intelligence and in-depth metrics tracking well beyond typical analytics solutions. Read more »
MongoDB has released version 2.6 of its eponymous NoSQL database, complete with some significant new capabilities around monitoring and management, search, indexing, performance and pipelines. The company (formerly known as 10gen) pretty clearly has the most widely used NoSQL database — especially among web developers — so now the push is to make it more palatable for large enterprises and other users who’ll actually pay for it. MongoDB looks like the one NoSQL startup poised for an IPO at some point, and a more-mature product could help shore up revenue to get investors excited.
Wondering if the new Android Wear smartwatches will cost an arm and a leg? It doesn’t appear so based on the U.K. price of £180 for LG’s G Watch. The company confirmed the cost to Pocket Lint, saying it would be available in July. This bodes well for other Android Wear devices as I’d anticipate the Moto 360 to cost about the same, although it could have a premium price due to the unique circular touchscreen. Regardless, the ability to bring voice-activated Google Now features to your wrist won’t likely cost more than the smartphone you’ll pair them with.
Twitter has unveiled its new profile layout, which focuses on photos and video while pushing lower-value text to the background. Read more »
Apple Maps may be getting a little better at finding what you want thanks to a recent new hire. The company gained Benoit Dupin, former VP of Amazon’s A9 search team. Read more »
Comcast kicked off the federal regulatory review of it’s merger with Time Warner Cable. Regulators should view this deal through eyes that recognize how IP has changed communications, not through the old paradigm. Read more »
In a major victory for privacy advocates, the European Court of Justice has ruled that the EU’s data retention policies for phone and internet companies are too broad. Read more »
The Formula E race is cool, fun and focused on clean energy transportation tech, but it could also help deliver technology breakthroughs. Read more »
With Google’s new Glass at Work program, look for apps to help businesses and enterprises. Perhaps Glass is a better fit for these organizations; there are certainly good consumer uses but Android Wear will help with those. Read more »
In a few days the Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives in stores and the hands of those who pre-ordered. Early reviews are generally positive but not everyone thinks this is a must-have upgrade. Read more »
No more lost planes? ADS-B offers much more accurate tracking of airplanes compared to radar — yes, even over water. It awaits certification but has already been mandated for use in the U.S. by 2020. Read more »
There aren’t a lot of companies seeking to get into the chip design business nowadays, but Ineda Systems is bucking that trend with a new architecture aimed at wearables and the data center. Read more »
Wattpad has raised a financing round of $46 million from a group led by Canadian pension fund OMERS that the collaborative-writing platform says will help it expand its global community of writers and readers and add more support Read more »
Bridging the protocols and different data formats spoken by our connected devices is going to take a lot of integration, or maybe just some pattern recognition software and contextual analysis. Read more »
For greater agility — and to meet the demanding needs of analytics and business intelligence consumers — cloud computing helps organizations tap into a technology delivery model that offers sophisticated platforms and solutions and reduces corporate capital expenditures. Read more »
I can talk to my house, but it doesn’t yet know what I’m saying. Plus, we chat with a well-funded, 8-year-old company that wants to package the internet of things as a service. Read more »
There are many companies trying to solve problems with the internet of things, but few of them have over $100 million in funding when they are only eight years old. Read more »
The SPARK Competition challenged teams to create a chemistry kit suited to the modern day. The winning design crams a whole kit onto a single computer chip. Read more »
The change coincides with the reveal of the Vision+, which improves on DJI’s existing Phantom Vision quadcopter. Read more »
The owner of notorious file-locker site Megaupload is fight an extradition battle with the U.S. Now, Hollywood studios are piling on. Read more »
Sporting goods company Wilson is working with a Finnish startup called SportIQ to create a basketball that uses sensors and artificial intelligence to determine how far the ball traveled and whether the shot was made. It’s not the first application of sensors and algorithms into sports gear — we already have them in football helmets, soccer balls and basketball nets, for example — but the Wilson basketball is pretty unique in that it seems to target individual consumers, meaning anyone with the ball, a hoop and a web connection can start quantifying their game.
Google hasn’t given up on bringing Android to the living room, and it has been working on a very different way to develop and publish apps on TVs. Read more »
This weekend, Uber’s New York City Twitter account teased a special announcement for Tuesday, and now the company has shed some light: it will offer a courier service called UberRUSH in Manhattan. Uber General Manager Josh Mohrer told CNBC that Uber users can use the app to deliver packages within an hour, like an on-demand courier service. It’s not the first time the startup has dabbled in delivery — it’s served everything from Christmas trees to kittens in a variety of cities — but it could be the beginning a move to open up the service to benefit bikers as well as drivers.
Cryptex’s card is the first bitcoin-to-cash ATM card that also works as a debit card on the Discover network. Read more »
In time for the National Association of Broadcasters 2014 event, Livestream’s latest app turns Google Glass into a news camera. With Livestream for Glass, you can broadcast live video and respond to viewers chat questions. Read more »
Accurately predicting where entertainment’s heading might be impossible, but trends and patterns are definitely emerging. The biggest one to arise: The power of fandom in driving the popularity of content. Read more »
After product pages appeared last week, Samsung today opened up U.S. pre-orders for both of its Chromebook 2 devices. Expect a wait, however as they won’t ship for at least 14 business days. Read more »
Teradata announced a new set of features and products on Monday that should improve its position as a go-to analytics vendor even in an age of Hadoop. But as open sources technologies evolve, Teradata might face a challenge to attract new users. Read more »
Vox, the new explanatory journalism site from former Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, launched on Sunday and it does many things well — including a design based on information “cards” that looks good on a mobile device. But it faces some significant challenges Read more »
The Micro is tiny both in size and price, and its creators are pitching it as a friendly, consumer-oriented 3D printer. Read more »
Android lockscreen developers Cover have announced an acquisition by Twitter. Read more »
The ranks of mid-tier regional mobile carriers are shrinking. Cincinnati Bell is exiting the mobile business to focus on its wireline operations. The result: more spectrum for Verizon and fewer carrier choices in Cincinnati. Read more »
Internal Apple documents show that the company knows it is missing big sales opportunities from both cheaper phones and larger-screened handsets as well. That puts the 4.7-inch iPhone reports in a different light, making the upsize a strong possibility in 2014. Read more »
Bitcoin will one day be subject to global treaties and central bank interventions, predicts Jeremy Allaire, one of the virtual currencies’ biggest backers. Read more »
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