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 »
Looking for a job in tech? Each week we highlight some of the most interesting positions posted to Gigaom’s job board. Check out the latest tech gigs at leading companies across the country. Read more »
Fast Company published a lengthy and detailed article on the downfall of electric car infrastructure startup Better Place. The piece is filled with insights like “Shai math,” which employees and investors called the funky math that founder and former CEO Shai Agassi employed in running the business and in interviews with the media (like us!). It’s a tale of supremely chugging one’s own Kool-Aid. I did one of the last public interviews with Agassi in early 2013 on Better Place.
Qualcomm is bringing 64-bit computing to high-end devices but not until the first half of 2015. The newest Snapdragons also support LTE-Advanced and 4k displays, making them potential silicon choices for tablets and even some laptops next year. Read more »
HTC’s new flagship phone, the HTC One M8, may be launching just in time. The company continues to struggle financially, posting another quarterly loss on Monday according to Bloomberg. For the first quarter of the year, the Tawian-based HTC reported a loss of was NT$1.88 billion (US $62M), which follows a small after-tax profit of NT$0.31 million in the prior quarter based on a net operating loss of NT$42.9 billion. HTC looks to have a potential hit in the new HTC One M8 but the prior model also gained positive reviews.
Shopify is overhauling the rate structure on its new in-store payments platform, eliminating per-swipe fees on credit card transactions. Read more »
The Spanish e-voting management company will use the new cash to boost R&D, strategic investments. Read more »
Like the full enterprise-grade Projectplace package, ToDo is based around the idea of Kanban boards and cards. It’s free, though there are paid tiers that give more functionality and storage. Read more »
In our next analyst webinar, our panel addresses the security challenges businesses face as they expose more data to mobile devices. Join Gigaom Research and our sponsor CloudMine on April 17. Read more »
Thin is in, as always, but recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces. Read more »
Optimizing the combos of little organisms that live on plants could help feed the booming population of the future. Read more »
When it comes to getting high speed broadband in rural areas or underserved communities, fiber-to-the-home may not be the answer. Several companies are trying to develop high speed wireless options that make the grade. Read more »
The week in cloud: Microsoft stresses Azure’s openness to outside products — but that philosophy doesn’t extend to Office for iPad’s storage choices. Read more »
For a deeper dive into the topics and technologies covered on Gigaom, check out the latest in-depth analysis from Gigaom Research. Popular reports this week examine the future of early markets such as bitcoin and additive manufacturing. Read more »
In a recent interview, David Byttow, CEO and co-founder at Secret, shared his insights about the company and anonymity. Read more »
Google has quietly been working on touch capabilities in Chrome OS, such as the on-screen keyboard, but we haven’t seen much hardware take advantage of it. The time may be near for a Chrome tablet or other Chrome OS form factors. Read more »
Google is reportedly preparing for the launch of a new set-top box dubbed Android TV. Efforts to establish Android in the living room have been a long time coming. Read more »
We’re about to see a major shift in voice technology. Think wearables, encryption, Facebook-like streams and customized acoustic profiles. Read more »
Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly came on the Structure Show this week to talk about why the company entered into a deep partnership with Intel, just how much cash it raised and when it might go public. Read more »
Nothing can compare to the fresh start that comes with erasing and restoring your iOS device back to its original configuration. But before you start reinstalling all of your old apps again, consider some alternatives first. Read more »
New innovative UIs can be a little tricky to commercialize. Read more »
The Moto G is turning into the little budget engine that could, helping Motorola grab 6 percent market share in the U.K. Intel is wisely thinking of 64-bit Android to better compete against ARM chips while the HTC One M8 impresses at first blush. Read more »
Zebras, bucks, deer, chimpanzees and cows — it is the Animal Planet edition of what to read this weekend. And they are all thought-provoking stories. Happy reading! Read more »
Slime mold has proven it can design highway networks, but computer scientist Andrew Adamatzky thinks its next step might be in the world of computing. Read more »
Amazon introduced Dash, a scanner and recorder that automatically links to products found on Amazon Fresh. Read more »
Citus Data, a startup focused on turning PostgreSQL into a scale-out analytic engine, has developed a developed a columnar data store for the popular open source database. The company is open sourcing its extension for single-node environments, although it’s offering a distributed version as part of its CitusDB software. Citus already supported interactive SQL queries over Postgres (on which its technology is based), Hadoop and MongoDB, but columnar stores are faster for certain types of queries. Also, the compression features of the ORC file format that CitusDB uses can cut disk space by more than half.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Twitter is unveiling 15 new ad units, along with an expanded analytics platform for brands. Read more »