Thanks to a new audio stack, Voxeet offers “3DHD” sound with wideband audio codecs for improved conference call clarity. The updated app makes it easy to schedule calls and switch between devices while talking to the group. Read more »
Legal issues forced Microsoft to rename SkyDrive, which it’s now officially pushing worldwide as OneDrive with some new features and, yes, free stuff. Read more »
Full-blown crowdfunding — which allows anybody to buy shares in any company on the internet — has attracted hype, but it’s still not here. There are good reasons for that. Read more »
Are you sure you’re using the right mobile phone carrier? Glove for Android is a free app that helps you answer that question by analyzing your usage patterns for three days and comparing them to a crowdsourced database of network information. Read more »
Windows desktop, meet the cloud. And what runs in the cloud generally runs on a Chromebook. Tune in to this week’s Chrome Show podcast to hear more about Windows on Chromebooks and new Chromecast apps in the works. Read more »
Anti-government protests took a deadly turn in Ukraine’s capital Kiev Tuesday, and live streamers were on scene as the situation went out of control. Read more »
My Face Privacy, made by the Israeli software developer CallingID, gives users a way to keep on top of the privacy settings of services like Facebook and LinkedIn, and now Google+ too. There really shouldn’t be a market for this, but there is. Read more »
Yandex.Kit, for which there are already two takers, includes rivals to Google Maps, Play Store, Chrome and more. Read more »
The company, which sells Google Apps-rivalling software to telcos and hosting outfits (and offers it all free to the open source crowd), has unveiled OX Drive and a new communications app based on WebRTC technology. Read more »
When a cloud customer even casually mentions the possibility of moving some loads on-site, all hell can break loose, as we saw on Tuesday. Read more »
Critics argue that anonymity of the kind offered by apps like Secret and in blog comments creates an environment for bad behavior, but 4chan founder Chris “Moot” Poole says anonymity has value because it encourages honesty and empowers creativity Read more »
A security startup called Elastica came out of stealth mode on Tuesday, and brought with it $6.3 million in venture capital from the Mayfield Fund. Elastica tries to protect corporate data scattered across the dozens of cloud services companies might be using and, like so many other security startups, is touting its use of data science techniques to accomplish its goal. Elastica does have an impressive pedigree, though, both with the Ph.Ds. on its founding team and with advisers including Rayid Ghani (Obama for America, Edgeflip), Tom Reilly (ArcSight, Cloudera), M.C. Srivas (MapR) and Ion Stoica (UC Berkeley, Conviva, Databricks).
Researchers implanted electrodes in a master monkey’s brain and an unconscious avatar monkey’s spine, allowing the master to move a joystick with the avatar’s hand. Read more »
Connecting your home may seem daunting, but is there enough value in connecting a lamp or a coffee maker to make smart outlets an entry point to the internet of things for mainstream consumers? Read more »
USA Today says that Samsung is ditching Android in favor of Tizen for the next Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Read more »
Sony is launching the PS4 in Japan this week, and the company hopes that video gamers there will also try out its music service. Read more »
Intel has launched its latest top-of-the-line chips for servers. These are the bruisers that make up the silicon in high performance computing and super fast financial transactions. The Xeon E7v2 class of chips features up to 15 cores, a massive amount of in-memory data capacity to make processing large amounts of data on chip possible, and performance that’s twice the average of the previous generation of chips. These processors hold a few surprises, as the Register details in its in-depth exploration of the silicon and the business case.
After weeks of voting, we’re pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Structure Data Readers’ Choice awards. The eight winners represent some of the most innovative and promising startups that launched in 2013 and have made better data analysis their mission. Read more »
The Magic Kingdom will use the mobile industry’s latest network sorcery. AT&T is installing tiny base stations throughout Disney World and Disney Land to boost mobile voice and data capacity throughout the theme parks. Read more »
The nitty gritty details on how the deep internet works may not entice a lot of people, but those details — including submarine cables, fiber backhaul and governmental policies to encourage competition — all determine demand for bandwidth and its cost. Read more »
An MIT study claims that Twitter can be used to predict major social events, thanks to heavy activity from specific communities. Read more »
Graham Younger joins Box after previous stints at SAP’s SuccessFactors unit, IBM and Tibco — all big-time enterprise software vendors. Read more »
A better way to organize Chrome apps is in the works and you can see what it looks like now. Dragging and dropping one app on top of another creates a folder inside the Chrome app launcher. Read more »
The latest Galaxy S5 leak further suggests the phone will come packing a 16-megapixel camera. Read more »
Opera is getting ready to release its mobile data compression app Max to a wider audience: The browser maker opened up preregistration for a beta test of the Android app Tuesday, promising that the app will help users to get the most out of their data […] Read more »
Chinese auto parts giant Wanxiang has won a bid for electric car maker Fisker for $149 million, and a judge has approved it. Will they restart production of the Karma and make the Atlantic soon? Read more »
Analytics startup BeyondCore has raised $9 million for its technology that can analyze complex data sets and automatically highlight the strongest correlations. It’s a promising capability assuming companies are willing to open up analytics across the organization. Read more »
Why should iOS and Android devices have all the Chromecast fun? Windows Phone owners can check out Tube Cast, a bare-bones app to stream YouTube videos to a Chromecast that shows potential. Read more »
Many critics were eager to write Upworthy’s obituary based on recent traffic statistics that seemed to show the site was suffering due to a change in Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm, but that doesn’t appear to be the case Read more »
Got an older Samsung smartphone or tablet? You still might get Android KitKat 4.4.2 according to the company, which announced a full list of devices that will see the software update beginning today. Some are nearly two years old, which is surprising as many devices 18 months old or more typically don’t receive updates. Here’s the full list for the U.S. market: Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 zoom, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S III mini, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy Light, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Tab 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.
HTC’s new program promises the latest Android updates, free Google Drive storage and one-time screen replacement for its One line of smartphones. Read more »
AT&T has made good on its promise to publish a report showing how often government demands data about its customers. The report includes information about cell tower searches and once-secret NSA demands. Read more »
IBM and AT&T are teaming up to share and analyze smart city and utility data so municipalities can react to traffic incidences, energy demand and other potential problems in real time. Through the partnership AT&T will handle the sensor communications and tracking happening over the cellular network and IBM will bring its analytics platforms into play. The two companies are going to build out apps for cities, so right now there’s not a lot to see here except for the possibilities.
Although Windows Phone already has a solid software keyboard, improvements never hurt. Windows Phone 8.1 will reportedly bring a swipe keyboard to the platform according to this video of the leaked software. Read more »
The patent describes a headphone-based monitoring system that can detect metrics such as heart rate, perspiration and temperature. Read more »
Mirantis says it has support from many IT players — but not Red Hat — for its plan to open-source driver certifications for OpenStack. Read more »
The maker of a Bitcoin ATM machine says the devices will arrive in Seattle and Austin in February. But earlier such predictions have yet to materialize, possibly due to regulatory or business constraints. Read more »
This Gigaom Research webinar will evaluate the potential for flash in analytics-heavy environments and examine the most cost-effective, business-appropriate migration path toward flash. Join us on Feb. 26. Read more »
Irish game development and publishing company King, best known for creating freemium smash hit “Candy Crush Saga,” filed for an IPO Tuesday. The company, which hopes to raise $500 million, pulled in $1.9 billion in 2013 and says 78 percent of its total gross bookings last year came from Candy Crush Saga, which launched on mobile in November 2012. King’s revenues in 2012 were just $164 million. King says 70 percent of its gross bookings — which it defines as the total amount its users pay for virtual items and access to skill tournaments — are on mobile, and just 4 percent of users (roughly 12 million) regularly make in-game purchases.
The data-wranglers’ seed funding should help the U.K.’s SplashMaps, which makes fabric maps for outdoor enthusiasts using OpenStreetMap and other open data, go international. Read more »