Strava’s running and cycling apps are no more. Sorta. The company merged the two together for iOS and Android, bringing new features at the same time in a huge app update. Read more »
Got a Chromecast streaming stick? Then you can now cast media from Plex, even without paying for a PlexPass subscription. Plex also added automatic personal media uploads to its iOS app. Read more »
Google Drive is cheaper than ever — 100GB is now $1.99 per month, down from $4.99. The move comes a few weeks after Microsoft started giving away more space on OneDrive. Read more »
Soft robots can bump into people and obstacles without creating serious damage, which means they can travel faster and more efficiently. Read more »
The fourth quarter was the turning point in which the U.S. mobile industry started making more money off of data than from voice. Read more »
Recipe search engine Yummly wants to be more than just a research tool. With its new iPad app it hopes to become a digital kitchen assistant. Read more »
Here’s a bit of advice on cleantech investing from a partner at Generation, a London-based firm founded by Al Gore and David Blood. Read more »
Bring your iOS device or laptop on an upcoming United Airlines flight and you may have free access to 150 movies and 200 television programs over Wi-Fi. The airline launches the new entertainment option next month. Read more »
Netflix is getting three new original kids shows from DreamWorks Animation, and all of them are based on existing characters. Maybe this will make up for Dora disappearing a year ago? Read more »
Facebook is pulling the trigger on its video ad unit, which it began testing back in December. Read more »
A local man used his drone to capture striking footage of the Harlem explosion, showing both the benefits and the problems of casual drone use. The FAA meanwhile is scrambling to keep up. Read more »
Adam Wray steps in as CEO and Dave McCrory as CTO for the company behind the Riak database. Read more »
Ticketing and event startup Eventbrite may be getting ready for a big year:
Fortune reports the company just raised $60 million in new funding, with participation from Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price, at a $1 billion valuation. Eventbrite, which is rumored to be a likely candidate for a 2014 IPO, confirmed that a round of funding was raised, but declined to give specifics. The money will reportedly go toward expansion and product development.
WhatsApp is challenging a security report claiming weakness in its Android app, calling the threat “overstated” and the report inaccurate. Read more »
The world is increasingly expecting good design, as everything from platforms to products incorporates this thinking. This philosophy should extend to your company’s communication. Good design reflects your company brand, helping you deliver information in an effective and engaging manner. Read more »
After a long wait, I won’t have to use separate apps to control my Nest thermostat and my smart home; neither will you if you have an Insteon system as the heart of your house. Insteon announced compatibility with the Nest on Thursday saying that if you have an Insteon hub, you can add a Nest to the list of remote-controlled devices. You’ll also need the Insteon app for iOS or Android of course, but once you have it, you can control your Nest along with your lights, doors and other smart objects in a single app.
Premise, the company trying to reinvent macroeconomic indicators in developing countries, has raised an $11 million series B round led by Social+Capital along with Google Ventures, Harrison Metal, Andreessen Horowitz and Bowery Capital. As we explained when the company launched in October, it uses smartphone-armed agents around the world who snap strategic photos that Premise then analyzes to determine the economic health of a region. Co-founder and CEO David Soloff is speaking at our Structure Data conference next week in New York, where the company will also receive a Structure Data Editor’s Choice award.
Wearing headphones on your bike? That’s not the safest way to enjoy music or hear training data on your ride. Instead, consider Allo, a new Kickstarter that puts a speaker in an iPhone case and mounts to your bicycle. Read more »
A SWAT team of tech superstars within the General Services Administration takes on the knotty problem of government IT. Read more »
Tired of your T-Mobile phone status changing for 4G to E? Hang in there: The company is planning to rollout a 4G LTE upgrade everywhere it currently offers 2G service by the middle of 2015. Read more »
Two Indian handset makers will reportedly not pay a fee to Microsoft for licensing Windows Phone. Is this the first change of a bigger strategy for Microsoft? Perhaps, and it may not be a bad idea. Read more »
Companies positioned to take advantage of big data are reaping substantial benefits. Are you ready to do the same? Read these quick tips for success with big data to help you determine moves you should make in 2014 to harness the power of big data. Read more »
Game developers can now use hefty AWS graphical processing and fast streaming to put the grunt work in Amazon’s cloud and the result on users’ devices. Read more »
Amazon is raising the price of Prime by $20, to $99 per year. If your membership renews on or after April 17, you’ll be paying the new price. Read more »
A technological spin-off from the Occupy movement, Loomio is crowdfunding a system to help groups of all sizes make decisions. The team is starting small, but it has political transformation in its sights. Read more »
Private data brokers, which compile everything from our sex habits to our license plate license location, are a growing cause of concern. Read more »
Travel website Hipmunk is known for its minimalist UI — which turns flight searches into organizable, tabbed windows — but its interface is getting more useful to those who search for travel both at home and on the go. On Wednesday, the company announced “Hipmunk Anywhere,” a cross-platform feature that allows users to start their search on a computer or mobile device, and pick it up on another device. The feature requires users to log in, but cross-platform coverage not only means that users can start searching on one platform and finish on another, but they can actively track long-term searches via tabs.
Liberty Global, the largest cable company outside China and a voracious acquirer of European cable firms, is reportedly planning to launch a more mobile assault on the continent. Liberty SVP Manuel Kohnstamm told Bloomberg that John Malone’s company wants to create a “pan-European” mobile network based on mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deals — in other words, it will resell actual network operators’ connectivity on a country-to-country basis, with the same unified billing system and back-end that supports Liberty’s fixed-line efforts. This “deep MVNO” network will begin in the U.K., the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria. Kohnstamm also said Liberty was still looking out for likely acquisition targets.
SaaS applications may be easy to deploy, but integrating them with each other — or with their on-premises cousins — is the tough job MuleSoft is attacking. Read more »
On this weeks’ Structure Show Ramona Pierson talks about how her 100 surrogate grandparents influenced how Declara helps us learn better. Read more »
Vivint has found another use of 802.11ac. Instead of putting it in customers’ homes to connect their laptops and smartphones to the home network, it’s putting it on rooftops as their primary connection to the internet. Read more »
Cheap batteries could unleash a bloom of services. Panasonic wants to recruit tomorrow’s talent to help open that market up. Read more »
Developing this kind of communication will help future astronauts make the transition to deep space exploration. The SPHERE robots’ abilities will be boosted later this year when NASA integrates them with Google’s Project Tango phones. Read more »
There’s still meaning in the Valley — it’s just a little under the radar. Read more »
Forget about how much data a disk can store or whether companies will use Hadoop. The questions for big data going forward are how they’ll use Hadoop, how intelligent our systems can actually become and how we’ll keep them in check. Read more »
With more TVs, tablets, phones, laptops and set-top boxes sucking down home Wi-Fi in every room of the house, I bought a great wireless range extender from Amped Wireless last year. Now, the company has a better model with 802.11ac and dual-band support. Read more »
Google added a new Orders feature to its Google Wallet software for Android and iOS on Wednesday. The updated app will now track orders that were paid for through Wallet, providing online tracking status notifications on delivery and a history of all prior orders. Android Central notes that package tracking through Wallet was already available through the web version, so the new features have migrated down to mobile devices. Personally, I use Slice on Android and iOS for online package tracking but I’d consider using the new Orders feature in Wallet if I made all payments through Google’s software.
It took a lot of work to get developers and IT ops people to collaborate. The next step: getting them to factor in security at the beginning of the process. Read more »
The idea of “fair use” provides a critical exception to copyright law for artists, journalists and others. Increasingly, courts are asking if the new use is “transformative” – does this make sense? Read more »
The latest documents to come out of the Snowden leak suggest the NSA is gaining access to network routers and people’s computers a lot more than previously thought. Read more »