When the Moto X becomes available, AT&T customers will be able to order their own custom handset online, choosing colors, wallpaper, engraved messages and more. What’s the process like? Watch as I take it through a spin and order a handset. Read more »
The new owners of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper group have invested in a hyperlocal news-aggregation startup called Aggrego, which founder Tim Landon says is trying to create a better model for local journalism. Read more »
Todd Papaioannou is joining big data-focused venture capital firm Data Collective as a entrepreneur in residence. Papaioannou was most recently co-founder and CEO of Continuuity, and as has held executives roles at companies including Yahoo and Teradata. Read more »
A new study shows the who, what and when of iPhone and iPad usage. Singles are far more likely to spend the majority of their time on the iPhone, while moms rank tops among iPad usage. Read more »
E Ink Holdings, the leading provider of e-ink screens to companies like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, just had its worst quarter in four years. But the company says it sees growth in the e-reader market outside the United States. Read more »
There’s a high demand for designer entrepreneurs and not enough supply of them, says Wired. One of the problems? Just plain awareness and lack of exposure. Designers haven’t traditionally seen entrepreneurialism as an option. We’ll highlight designer founders at our RoadMap conference in November in San Francisco.
Alleged images of a Nokia-built Windows RT tablet have leaked online. Now could be the perfect time for Nokia to join the RT army: Other hardware partners abandoned the platform just as it’s starting to improve. Read more »
This account pokes holes in IBM’s cloud computing revenue story. About half of IBM’s current cloud revenue is tied to hardware — often hardware used to run a customer or partner cloud — according to InformationWeek, which cites IBM documents provided by a former employee. The SEC is looking into how IBM calculates cloud revenue.
Want a fantastical machine that will convert regular money into Bitcoins? A startup just opened up pre-orders for its Bitcoin Machine. And, well, best to consult an attorney before operating. Read more »
Canonical’s hybrid mobile-PC concept device has overtaken the Pebble smartwatch’s $10.27 million haul to become the biggest crowdfunding pledge recipient. The Edge campaign will probably still fail, but at least Canonical’s idea has received validation. Read more »
Securing the cloud is like trying to secure a long border — one that’s porous and has many potential weak links. When it comes to the cloud, startup SecludIT tries to patch one of those weak spots. Read more »
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden hint at the scale of human and system errors in the NSA’s surveillance apparatus, that have lead to many Americans’ phone calls and emails being intercepted. Read more »
New calculations document some of the one-atom-thick carbon form’s unusual properties. But while scientists have synthesized single strands of carbyne, they haven’t figured out how to make it into a sheet of material. Read more »
When a PhD student charted his Macbook Air’s battery for its first year of life, the level of decay he saw surprised him. Read more »
Does Verizon want to buy a Canadian mobile operator or does it want Canadian spectrum? Possibly both. The Globe and Mail is reporting that Verizon has sidelined any potential deal to acquire either Wind Mobile or Mobilicity. Instead Verizon is weighing whether to participate in the upcoming Canadian 700 MHz auctions. After the auctions, Verizon could pick up negotiations with Wind or Mobilicity once again.
Aereo won’t say how many subscribers it has gained from CBS going dark on Time Warner Cable, but there’s data showing that interest in Aereo is definitely up. Read more »
Meet Mike Coletta, a ham radio hobbyist. He’s been using signals given off by the space fence to track near-Earth objects like satellites and space debris. Read more »
The S3 Sportback is the first production car with LTE integrated into the dash — though SIM card is not included. Next spring, the U.S. will get its first 4G car, the Audi A3. Read more »
If you plan to buy health insurance through the new exchanges – or even if you’re just choosing a plan through your employer – a new resource from ZocDoc could help you out. Using its data on doctor appointment availability and other factors, it grades the carriers on how easy it is to get an appointment, the accuracy of their doctor directories and customer service.
Nokia’s highly anticipated Amber update is beginning to roll out for all Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8. It includes camera and browser improvements, and enables your phone’s FM radio. Read more »
A monthly look at where health tech investors are putting their money. Read more »
A number of companies including Apple, Intel, Sony and Google have reportedly been trying to secure rights to build an online pay TV offering, and now we’ve got news about the first brokered deal. Sony struck a preliminary agreement to stream Viacom’s TV stations online as part of its still-unannounced TV service, the Wall Street Journal is reporting today. Expect more of those deals to become public over the coming months.
It’s not quite the same as the “Star Trek” style of moving something from point A to point B, but quantum teleportation could have big applications for communication, computing and security. Read more »
NASA announced today that it will no longer attempt to repair the Kepler spacecraft so it can continue its mission to spot Earth-like planets. A critical piece of equipment failed in May, bringing an end to Kepler’s more than four years of peering into the universe. A team will now look into other missions the spacecraft could complete in its current state.
Amazon has compiled a list of the funniest fake customer reviews for products like Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon and BIC Cristal for Her Ball Pen. Customers can also nominate the product reviews that they think are funniest. And Amazon links to Maria Popova’s “Modern Masterpieces of Comedic Genius: The Art of the Humorous Amazon Review.” (via Me and My Kindle)
The spat between Google and Microsoft may be about more than just a YouTube app for Windows Phone. Google is now alleging that Microsoft’s mobile browser technology makes it impossible to develop modern HTML5 apps. Read more »
In order to extend its life, BetaWorks has given its smash hit Dots a few new platforms and a new new modes for play. Read more »
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has sold off its $38 million stake in newspaper publisher Gannett Company and purchased $23 million worth of shares in the Dish Network, according to SEC filings. CNN Money notes that Berkshire Hathaway remains the largest outside shareholder in the Washington Post, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently acquired for $250 million.
According to figures from comScore, web traffic at Quartz — the business site launched last year by Atlantic Media — has grown so rapidly that the site now has more unique visitors per month than The Economist and almost as many as the Financial Times, at 2 million. The Economist disputes those figures, saying its unique visitors are actually closer to 4 million a month, but Quartz’s growth is still impressive for a new publication.
PRISM disclosures have prompted demand for more data encryption in the cloud. Google has apparently heard the call. Read more »
Sprint is offering an exclusive red HTC One that comes preloaded with NextRadio, an interactive FM radio app that sips data and battery life. Read more »
According to a note at the Washington Post, the newspaper’s website has been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army — a group of anonymous hackers who support Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and who recently hijacked the Twitter accounts of the New York Post and the company SocialFlow, as well as those belonging to Thomson Reuters and the Financial Times. The newspaper says it is working to resolve the issue.
Almost anything you want to know about how Netflix is scaling its streaming API to support a growing number of users. devices and geographies. No matter how many times I read (or write) about it, I’m still impressed by what Netflix is able to do using an entirely cloud-based infrastructure.
Cisco entered the data center business in 2009 and four years later, that has turned into a $2 billion a year business and there are no signs of a slowdown. Looks like Cisco built the right products at the right time. Read more »
Reuven Cohen, who founded Enomaly an early IaaS player, is now aboard at Citrix, where he will push that company’s cloud agenda. Read more »
This week’s topics: Can VMware make a dent in cloud? What’s all this we keep hearing about Yarn? Plus, a chat with Paul Santinelli. Read more »
Basho is the maker of Riak, the open-source distributed database, and Riak CS, highly available and fault-tolerant cloud storage software. With the recent release of Riak CS 1.4, we wanted to highlight some key benefits of Riak CS deployment. Read more »
Verizon’s sign-up page for the LG G2 claims the phone will feature exclusive wireless charging capabilities and shows a slightly different design on the back of the phone. Read more »
AT&T is putting something in the coffee at its retail store and call centers. For the second time in two weeks, AT&T has run away with the top scores in a J.D. Power consumer poll. Read more »
The video streaming revolution is going to gain even more momentum in coming years, with Parks Associates projecting that there will be 300 million streaming devices in U.S. homes by 2017. That sounds like good news for Roku and Netflix, don’t you think? Read more »