This is an interesting (and pretty funny) post from MailChimp data scientist John Foreman about analyzing email addresses. For example, Gmail and Hotmail are similar in terms of number and age of users (although possibly for different reasons), as well as preferred browser. AOL and Comcast email users, on the other hand, are older and interested in way different things than Gmail users. Oh, and a surprising number of people still use the AOL browser.
Pandora pushed for a law to equal the playing field when it comes to the rates that different types of radio service must pay to license content, but it came up short. The outcome could hurt the service when its current contracts expire in 2015. Read more »
Want a project board that lets you build Bluetooth Low Energy into a variety of places? The LightBlue Cortado project by Punch Designs is just the ticket. Read more »
HP which has bought its way into many markets in the past, will forge its own, independent path in 3D printing, said CEO Meg Whitman. Read more »
It has taken three years, but according to at least one recent report, sources close to the U.S. Department of Justice have admitted that they can’t charge WikiLeaks for publishing documents without charging the New York Times Read more »
Wirelessly charging an iPhone usually means you need some bulky case accessory. The iQi adds it without the bulk and lets you choose your own case or cover. How does it work? Quite well as you can see in this video demonstration. Read more »
New Synergy Research numbers show AWS still leads the combined field in IaaS/PaaS sectors in the third quarter despite increased action by rivals. Read more »
Acer continues to round out its Chromebook C720 lineup, announcing on Tuesday its new touchscreen model for $299. That’s a far lower price than the other touchscreen Chromebook currently available: Google’s Chromebook Pixel starts at $1,299. Of course, you don’t get the Pixel experience with the C720: It uses an 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 resolution screen, for example. Acer says the new C720 touchscreen model runs on the same Intel Celeron as the other C720 devices, meaning it should offer similar battery life of around 7.5 hours. The device, available in early December from Best Buy and Acer directly includes 32 GB of internal flash storage and 2 GB of memory.
Five-year-old Spanish startup Optimitive has raised a $1.9 million Series A round from European venture capital fund GGM Venture Capital to boost sales of its artificial intelligence software. The company, which came out of the Surge Accelerator in Houston, can help refineries, manufacturers, power generators and industries that are heavy energy users, make their processes more efficient in real time.
For a limited time, when you buy a Nexus 7 from Google Play online, you’ll get a $25 credit to the Google Play app store. Read more »
Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter may get all the attention these days, but Google TV is still around as well — and it just got a small boost from French telco SFR, which is now offering an Android-based TV set-top box to its DSL subscribers. The device offers users access to Google Play, YouTube and Chrome, and combines those apps with live broadcast TV. This is the second such operator partnership for Google, which has been selling Android-powered set-top boxes to LG U+ customers in South Korea for some time. And it’s one more example of Google slowly moving away from the Google TV moniker, something we first reported in October.
Aereo’s would-be rival filed an unusual lawsuit in Chicago that hurts the streaming TV service’s plans to expand to other parts of the country, and could provide new ammunition to broadcasters, which are asking the Supreme Court to stop Aereo. Read more »
You should now have an easier time searching for the apps you want in Apple’s App Store, according to a report that its search engine has been refined. Read more »
MIT Media Lab researchers have come up with a camera that they say can make better medical images and help us avoid car crashes. The $500 “nanocamera” builds on “Time of Flight” technology that calculates object location by how long it takes a light signal to reflect off a surface and return. What the MIT researchers brought to the table is a way to prevent rain or fog from affecting camera performance, said MIT grad student Achuta Kadambi. And that could really help in the aforementioned collision-avoidance scenario.
BBM Channels is becoming available to all users with a handset running BB5 or higher today, with an update to the Android and iOS apps to follow in the coming months. Read more »
BitTorrent Inc. has teamed up with VICE Media, and the first result of this collaboration is a behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of Lady Gaga’s latest music video. Read more »
WhatsApp and a handful of other over-the-top communications apps — including BBM — are cementing their dominance in social messaging across the world. People still love Facebook Messenger, just not as much as they used to. Read more »
In tandem with Monday’s rollout of KitKat for the HTC One Google Play edition, Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 Play edition is also getting the software. Google shared the news late Monday evening on its Android Google+ page. With Android 4.4 being the largest upgrade since the sale of Google Play edition phones, the quick release of the software shows a sort of “pecking order” for Android upgrades. Obviously the Nexus phones, which aren’t carrier controlled, get the software first, quickly followed by the Google Play phones, which are largely a pure Android experience. One notable exception is Google’s own Motorola phones; Android updates for the Moto X began last week.
In the wake of CenturyLink’s buyout of Tier 3 and IBM’s SoftLayer buy — inquiring minds want to know what the future holds for Joyent. Read more »
Add another tablet-optimized app to the list for Android. DoubleTwist, the excellent music player with AirPlay support, has a new look and new features that make it better on tablets. Read more »
NSFW Corp. founder Paul Carr admits he is mostly to blame for his company’s inability to raise the funds necessary to keep going, but also says the site pioneered some features that are worth exploring Read more »
You can order an unlocked Moto G today starting at $179. The phone starts shipping next week. Read more »
Others have long been able to build controls for the popular WeMo line of connected outlets, switches and motion sensors, but Belkin is considering a change to that unfettered access. Read more »
Apple has been awarded a patent for a “Digital camera including refocusable imaging mode adaptor,” which sounds a lot like a Lytro-style camera that lets you refocus photos after you’ve taken them. Read more »
Android cameras are set to get a lot better, starting with the Nexus 5, thanks to a new API. Read more »
Every business cares about the performance of their web and mobile applications but few more than OpenTable. The online restaurant reservations service is constantly finding new ways to speed up its applications to get the edge on its biggest competitor: the phone. Read more »
The New York Times has published further details of an NSA operation that involves spying on the fiberoptic cables running between the data centers of companies such as Google and Yahoo. The piece highlights the role played by Level 3, the company that runs such cables for Google and Yahoo. Level 3 has already been identified as one of the telecommunications firms working with the UK’s NSA partner, GCHQ. These fiber connections are crucial to the affair, as they may provide a way for the NSA and GCHQ to effectively tap into major web firms’ systems without their cooperation.
If you liked Docker before you may love it now that it supports more Linux variants — no futzing necessary! Read more »
The third-party hardware unit has some impressive specs, and an even more impressive price tag. Read more »
The online ad industry is still bedeviled by botnets. And since no one is cleaning up the problem, advertisers are likely to respond by moving their ads to Facebook and Google, where they can be sure a real person will see them. Read more »
Weigh in with your thoughts on the future of the wearable computing market. Read more »
There’s a battle of the bike locks going on — melding physical security with smartphone smarts and sharing-economy potential, Lock8 and Bitlock offer different takes on the same idea. And Lock8 just got an extra boost through funding from Horizon Ventures and Otto Capital. Read more »
Newegg’s use of industry-standard online encryption techniques infringed on an obscure modem patent, a Texas jury found. However, the e-commerce outfit has promised to appeal, which has worked out well for it in the past. Read more »
How will children play when the first toy they often get is an iPhone or an iPad. We discuss the future of connected toys on this week’s podcast. Read more »
“The Day of the Doctor,” a special episode celebrating 50 years of “Doctor Who,” took over the world on Saturday thanks to its fans — but said fans had plenty of encouragement, thanks to BBC Worldwide. Read more »
The smart home gets another boost as startup Revolv raises a $4 million round. The money will help the company serve the customers who ordered its device when it launched earlier this month. Read more »
Many months after it was expected, Fisker Automotive finally filed for bankruptcy, and in doing so revealed some more unusual names on its creditor list. Read more »
What if you could ditch cable, but keep the ability to record shows on a DVR? Tablo wants to make that a reality with a new DVR for cord cutters. Read more »
Harman’s Aha streaming radio service will soon carry location-based ads, which, thanks to Placecast’s geofencing technology, know when you’re driving near an advertiser’s store. Read more »
A Japanese project aimed at creating a computer system smart enough to pass the University of Tokyo entrance exam scored above average on a recent test run of sample math questions, highlighting some its progress as well as some problems. Read more »