Eclipse Breast Health Technologies, which launched an Indiegogo campaign on Tuesday, wants to digitize the breast self-exam with a handheld, at-home device. Read more »
In 1998, Congress agreed to grant another 20 years of copyright protection to every film, book and song in the land. Now, the laws are under review once again — and legal scholars are starting a pool on whether there another extension will take place. Read more »
Netflix is quickly transforming itself into a next-generation pay TV network: The company just inked a deal with the Weinstein Company to get access to movies before other TV outlets. Read more »
It only took two months since Google bought Waze to bring the social, crowdsourced driving data to Google Maps. A new version of Maps for iOS and Android gains driving information while Waze gets Street View and satellite imagery. Read more »
NextFuels wants to make fuel from palm oil production wastes, and it hopes an ongoing environmental problem plaguing the palm oil business will make its business plan attractive to investors. Read more »
Quirky is a product development firm that has helped bring a variety of devices from napkin sketch to the real world. It has created a partnership with GE to bring connected devices to the world. Read more »
Cleversafe, a Chicago-based provider of object-storage systems for housing massive amounts of data, has raised a $55 million series D round led by New Enterprise Associates. Apart from traditional storage workloads, Cleversafe has also made a name for itself as a replacement for HDFS in Hadoop environments. According to Crunchbase, the company has now raised $91.4 million since 2007.
Price comparison apps have been around for as long as we’ve had smartphones. But a similar, new app for Google Glass removes the need to take out the handset: Just “look” at a barcode to get price information and Amazon product reviews. Read more »
Drawing on the iPad is possible with a stylus, but Apple’s tablet doesn’t support pressure sensitivity. Wacom has a new $99 stylus to fix that problem: The new Intuos Creative Stylus measures the pressure you put on it and supports up to 2,048 levels. Swipe the stylus lightly on an iPad to get a thin line; pressing the pen harder on the screen creates thicker lines. The Bluetooth 4.0 accessory is a clever way to add a hardware feature to a tablet without actually adding anything to the tablet.
Sync your Mailbox iOS app with your Dropbox account (to do this, go to “Settings” in the Mailbox app and tap “Dropbox”) and you’ll immediately get 1 free GB of extra storage space in your Dropbox account, The Next Web found. I tried it, and it works. Dropbox acquired Mailbox in March (Mailbox Co-Founder Gentry Underwood will be speaking at our RoadMap conference).
From the land of Abba and Spotify comes theQ, a lifetyle product startup that has come out with theQ Camera, which is dead simple to use, has built in 3G connectivity and allows you to post directly to your social networks. Read more »
AT&T customers hoping to get their new Moto X handset engraved won’t be able to do so at launch time. Motorola is putting that customization option on hold while it improves the engraving quality. Read more »
Researchers at PARC, home of the laser printer, are working on printing sensors that could flutter about on the surface of Mars to collect environmental data. Read more »
While companies are starting to realize that cloud architects are vital to a well-designed cloud strategy and architecture, the problem is finding education programs that develop the design expertise that cloud architects require to ensure a smooth transition from physical to cloud to ITaaS environments. Read more »
If you could print every article on Wikipedia and bind them into books, how big would the collection be? Using a simple calculation, an article on the website (updated this month) shows that the English Wikipedia alone would have 1908 volumes of text only — no pictures. While the 4.3 million articles would occupy 10 library stacks, it’s not a major increase from 1907 volumes in 2010. The completion of just a single book in two years indicates that Wikipedia has already catalogued most of our communal knowledge.
Barnes & Noble delivered another bad earnings report on Tuesday. Nook revenues plunged 20.2 percent, and revenue across the business was down 8.5 percent overall. Chairman Leonard Riggio is also abandoning his plan to buy up Barnes & Noble’s retail stores and take them private. Read more »
Hitachi Data Systems, which has already contributed code to OpenStack, is now officially a corporate sponsor of the open source cloud effort. Read more »
The 50-year-old weight loss stalwart is under attack from new, free fitness apps, but a Chicago startup may offer some clues on how it could fight back. Read more »
Providers in OnApp’s cloud federation who also run SolidFire’s new all-SSD storage systems can now use the OnApp control panel to set guaranteed IOPS levels for high-performance customers. Read more »
Electronic health records startup Modernizing Medicine has raised another $14 million to bring its software to new specialties. Read more »
Pamela “PJ” Jones, the proprietor of Groklaw, is shutting down operations in the wake of the Lavabit secure email service closure. Groklaw, which was originally set up to cover the long-running SCO v. Novell trial but went on to facilitate discussions around all sorts of open-source and patent issues, relied partly on anonymous user tips. Jones said email could no longer be trusted, and said she was personally trying to get off the internet as much as possible.
The details, which appear to be genuine, do not include passwords. They do include OAuth tokens, though, so Twitter users should probably revoke and re-establish access to connected third-party apps. Read more »
With its new lineup of devices, TiVo is finally catching up to the age of streaming: Not only is TiVo adding out-of-home streaming, but the devices will also finally have good-looking apps for YouTube, Netflix and Co. Read more »
Snapette, a 500 Startups-backed mobile shopping app, has been acquired by price comparison site PriceGrabber. Read more »
The detention of a journalist’s partner and seizure of his electronics, combined with the British government’s threats towards the Guardian for its reporting, make the case that we need something like WikiLeaks more than ever. Read more »
A recent New York Times article casts some doubt on the economic impact of big data. Here’s why I think we haven’t seen anything yet when it comes to big data and the global economy. Read more »
Ad network Widespace is debuting Nuance’s first interactive voice ads on two Swedish mobile apps. Instead of just passively viewing advertising on your phone, you can now ask an ad a question and receive an answer. Read more »
One of the most important moments in Bitcoin’s history came in May when Homeland Security seized an account tied to the biggest Bitcoin exchange. Now, we know how much the feds confiscated. Read more »
YouTube is unveiling a fresh new mobile look on Android, complete with playlist compatibility and better broadcasting features. Read more »
Rumors that Apple is making a golden iPhone could provide a way to entice current users to upgrade and Asian buyers to take the plunge. Read more »
Internet retailer Overstock.com says it will permanently match Amazon’s prices on print books. Read more »
Oppo’s new smartphone, the R819, gives you the option to download a stock Android ROM if you don’t want to use the customized version preloaded. Read more »
NFC isn’t just for digital wallets and device pairing: The wireless tech can also provide a small bit of power to E Ink displays, making it a good option for getting data on a small second screen. Read more »
Medical appointment booking startup ZocDoc last week rolled out an online guide to the new health insurance exchanges, including grades for health plans. Now it explains how it arrived at those grades. Read more »
Samsung plans to announce a new smartwatch on September 4. Our sources confirm the launch date (in Berlin and New York) and offer up a closer look at the hardware and software in the new gizmo. Read more »
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has asked its assembler to begin shipping two new iPhone models in early September. Read more »
The Scan-to-Print web app uses a depth camera to create digital models that are compatible with 3D printers. Read more »
Amazon’s home page went down Tuesday. There’s no word on the cause, but this is the second big site outage in the last few days, given Google’s outage on Friday. Read more »
Fenway Park is many things. Charming. Convenient. Cramped. Ancient. A true challenge for IT pros needing to inject modern-day tech into a century-old building. Read more »
After a year of hype, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson is abandoning his latest project, 0x10c. But the game may be saved in the hands of fans. Read more »