To paraphrase Radiohead, today’s Apple event was all about its products being: Thinner. Happier. More productive. We gather the gang to discuss on the iPad goodness and more. Read more »
A set of updates to Windows Azure include new backup services, an SDK, and a preview Hyper-V recovery manager. Read more »
Shoppers are walking around with little homing devices in their pockets, better known as smartphones. Retailers like Nordstrom love the idea of using the phones to track your movement as you walk up and down their aisles as your activity provides valuable shopping data and a chance to offer coupons. But some people, including Sen. Al Franken, are less impressed with this idea and don’t want to be followed. Now, there is a proposed solution from the industry in the form of a code of conduct: participating companies say they will post a sign in stores to alert shoppers to the tracking and also provide a way for shoppers to opt out. Forbes has more details, including the helpful tip that you can avoid much of this in the first place by turning off your WiFi and Bluetooth.
Apple likes to let new radio technologies mature, so it’s hardly a shock that the newest Wi-Fi tech didn’t make its way into the iPad. But we’ll have to wait longer to see large-scale 802.11ac adoption in mobile. Read more »
After Apple introduced new iPads, I got some hands-on time with the devices. Color me impressed with both: The iPad Mini got a retina display but won’t break the bank at $399 while the iPad Air is slimmer and lighter at $499. Read more »
Chromecast may soon be able to run presentations straight from Google Drive, which is great news for teachers and company meetings. Read more »
A patent troll is using patents from 1998 owned by the Shoah Foundation and USC to sue a wide rang of companies; the latest targets include the New York Times. The troll appears to claim that it owns a method for digital libraries. Read more »
Here’s a rundown of our coverage from this morning’s Apple iPad event. Read more »
Foundry Group managing director Brad Feld says that instead of bringing in more tech talent to fix the ailing HealthCare.gov, the government should take the site offline and launch it again with new leadership. Read more »
Thanks to Telespree’s technology, FreedomPop is tracking VoIP traffic within its data stream. That not only allows FreedomPop to charge separately for communications services, but opens the door to much more sophisticated features in the future. Read more »
Apple on Tuesday announced the next generation of its popular iPad mini tablet, complete with an even sharper retina display than the new iPad Air. Read more »
The iPad Air is slimmer and trimmer than previous iPads, and shares a more similar overall design to the iPad mini. According to Apple, “Once you hold one in your hand you will understand what a tremendous advancement this is.” Read more »
National makerspace TechShop will begin constructing a Washington, D.C., location this fall, with plans to open it in the first quarter of 2014. It will be the seventh TechShop location. For a monthly fee, members will have access to the space’s standard classes and $1 million worth of equipment. The new location is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
For $2,295, Type A Machines’ newest printer provides a huge build volume and a sturdier aluminum frame. Read more »
Apple has announced that today is the day OS X 10.9 Mavericks debuts — for free. Read more »
Everyone’s been focused on iPad news, but Apple also highlighted some other accomplishments at its press event Tuesday. Check out these key numbers. Read more »
San Francisco-based BetterDoctor wants to learn from its users to help pair them with the doctors that best meet their needs and preferences. Read more »
Apple’s fall iPad event kicks off at 10am PT, and we’ll cover it live here. Sure, the big iPads will get a refresh, but what about the iPad mini or a keyboard accessory for the iPad line? Read more »
Streamy launched in 2007 and officially closed in 2010, but the social news reader application is back in a stripped-down version — not to make its founders boatloads of money on its own, but to prove the capabilities of their new Hadoop application platform. Read more »
Being first to market and having a great product continues to help Apple’s iPad. According to one ad network, the iPad accounts for more than four-fifths of all web traffic in the U.S. and Canada. Read more »
Big publishers like Time and USA Today are posting “stories” on their web sites that are really ads. Taboola, a company responsible for distributing those ads, is promising more transparency by better labeling the paid-for stories. Read more »
People are accustomed to Amazon’s prices going down. Changes made this week and over the summer, however, are a reminder that in some cases, Amazon’s prices go up. Read more »
Sales intelligence startup Infer is racking up customers and transactions for its software that analyzes thousands of data points in order to score potential leads on the likelihood they’ll convert. For some customers, the scores have become instrumental metrics. Read more »
The company’s virtual controllers can now run natively in Amazon EC2 and Windows Azure, and its on-prem hardware adds a flash option. Read more »
As our devices multiply and our home broadband (and mobile) connections get faster the middle mile and backhaul networks have to keep up. That’s why Comcast’s test of a 1-terabit-per-second network matters. Read more »
E-commerce giant eBay plans to increase its footprint in local commerce by expanding its on-demand delivery service eBay Now to 25 cities by the end of 2014 and acquiring startup Shutl. Read more »
Windows Phone photographers, rejoice. Instagram is finally set to arrive on Microsoft’s mobile operating system in the coming weeks. Read more »
Startup Happify launches out of beta to apply the lessons of “positive psychology” through online and mobile games and exercises. Read more »
IaaS? Check. PaaS? Check. Now big data? Check. Savvis fills in its cloud services portfolio with new big data services. Read more »
Google Glass might not be the only big name in connected eyewear if Microsoft has anything to say about. Redmond is reportedly testing prototypes for a Google Glass competitor, according to the Wall Street Journal. Details are scarce, but I’m inclined to believe this is true. After all, Microsoft was late to the game with Windows Phone, which has cost it valuable market share. Wearable tech is becoming increasingly popular, and the only major competitor in the eyewear space right now is Google, which gives Microsoft a chance to get in on the ground floor.
Amazon and MGM announced a deal Tuesday to make more MGM movies, as well as the History Channel hit Vikings, available for streaming on Prime Instant Video. Previously, Vikings had been available exclusively through Amazon’s European streaming service Lovefilm. It’s not available for streaming on Netflix. Movies included in the deal: Fargo, Platoon and Hoosiers (can also all be streamed on Netflix); Annie Hall and Hotel Rwanda (not available for streaming on Netflix).
Threat Stack said Cloud Sight will monitor cloud servers, send alerts about anomalies, and speed up forensics. Read more »
Fastly is launching a new streaming media content delivery service. The CDN startup is taking its expertise in small files to handle a large portion of video streams, especially to mobile devices. Read more »
The food experiment-turned-real product Soylent has raised a $1.5 million seed round from Andreessen Horowitz, Lerer Ventures and Alexis Ohanian. Read more »
Nokia just announced the 6-inch Lumia 1520. If you want the first Windows Phone “phablet” when it hits the US, you’ll have to get it exclusively through AT&T. Read more »
Upgrading your network in a high-pressure environment isn’t easy. But finding the fastest way to deploy ethernet fabrics just got easier. Brocade® VCS® fabrics can be deployed five times faster than any other network on the market. See how. Read more »
Ahead of the release of the One Max, HTC is the subject of a Bloomberg report that the company is allegedly planning an Android-based smartwatch for 2014. There are scant few details on the project — only that it will be able to “take pictures” — but it’s not altogether unlikely that the Taiwanese company would want to get into the watch space. HTC has fallen on tough times recently, posting its first-ever quarterly loss and selling back shares in Beats, Inc. With Samsung cannibalizing the company’s smartphone sales, not trying its hand on a smartwatch could add insult to injury — and admit defeat.
Update: EMC alleges that a former salesman took proprietary customer info with him to flash storage rival Pure Storage. Read more »
Cooladata has raised a $7.4 million series A round from Greylock IL and Carmel Ventures. The company has developed an interesting behavioral analytics service that’s powered by Google’s various cloud services. Read more »
During the heyday of industrial and manufacturing economy, what mattered was the brand. Today, what matters is the complete experience, one that hides technology, infrastructure and complexity and in the process creates a bond between us and the product. Read more »