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Zabosu Wants To Turn You Into A Remote-Controlled Human

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 08:55
 You guys remember the movie Avatar? Where our fearless protagonist would hop into a tanning booth-type machine and then suddenly his Avatar was running through Pandora, exploring a whole new world? There's currently a project on Kickstarter that looks to bring a similar experience to planet Earth. It's called Zabosu, and it's a technology that allows one human, sitting at home in front of… Read More
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AdRoll Raises $70M Led By Foundation As Ad Tech And Retargeting Hit The Big Time

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:33
 AdRoll, a pioneer of online advertising retargeting (the technology that pushes you ads for products that you have viewed online previously), is today announcing a major round of funding: $70 million, which AdRoll plans to use to capitalise on the current surge of interest in ad tech as a way of getting better return on dollars invested in digital marketing. The round is one of the biggest for… Read More
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FIO Is A Simple, Attractive Time Zone Tracker

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 02:48
 One of the things I love about working with people all around the world is that I feel like an international woman of mystery. Unfortunately, by "mystery" I mean time zones and my propensity for mixing them up. Missing phone appointments or calling people obscenely early in the morning is embarrassing, so I was happy to install FIO, a free Chrome extension that tracks time zones. Read More
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Supahands Offers Multilingual Virtual Assistants For Clients In Asia

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 01:09
 Southeast Asia is the second-largest outsourcing destination in the world, but a new company called Supahands wants to help locals by bringing virtual assistants to the region. Based in Malaysia and Singapore, the startup plans to expand to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangkok, and Australia. Read More
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Square And Google Were Not In Acquisition Talks

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 01:00
 The WSJ is reporting tonight that payments company Square was in acquisition talks with Google. We're hearing from multiple sources close to both companies that these talks did not in fact take place in any serious capacity. Read More
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What Games Are: Worrying About Indie Games

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 23:00
 It's been great times for indie games over the last few years, a true golden age compared to what went before. Yet I'm very worried that the great times are over and that - on multiple fronts - the forces of darkness are closing in. Are indie games about to go through a contraction, a difficult phase and a period of being disempowered once more? Read More
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President Obama Will Headline DNC Fundraiser Hosted By YC’s Sam Altman And Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 21:22
 This May 8th, Y Combinator’s Sam Altman and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will hold a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee headlined by President Obama. The fête will take place at Y Combinator’s offices in Mountain View. This is certainly not the first time technology types have dived into political waters, and it’s a sort of thing that we should expect to happen more… Read More
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Airbnb And NY Attorney General Prepare To Meet In Court This Week

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:07
 Last fall, the Attorney General filed a subpoena for thousands of records related to hosts in New York in an effort to identify bad actors and illegal activity on the platform. On Tuesday, Airbnb will finally have its day in court, as the first oral arguments related to a subpoena filed by the state's Attorney General are expected to be heard. Read More
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AI Experts On The Reality Behind The Sci-Fi Thriller “Transcendence”

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:00
 An ambitious blend of fact and fiction, “Transcendence” is Hollywood’s latest dystopian-edged take on the implications of artificial intelligence. Here are some examples of where the film displays some chops in computer vision, intelligent systems and brain imaging. Read More
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Cognoa’s App Will Evaluate Children’s Risk For Autism From Videos And Other Data

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 19:00
There are life-changing technologies that are being developed at the intersection of health evaluation and diagnosis. For example, Neurotrack has developed a cognitive test to predict and diagnose the onset of Alzheimer's Disease. And a new startup, Cognoa, is launching to help evaluate children's risk for Autism. Read More
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#Love: I’m Single, Therefore I Tinder

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 16:15
 In the game of Tinder, you win or you get bored and give up. That is pretty much standard operating procedure for anyone with a smartphone and a libido. But what if you're bad at Tinder? Naturally, I can't solve all your problems. But experts from across the country, as well as Tinder's own Sean Rad, have hooked us up with some solid advice. Read More
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Hands On With Facebook Nearby Friends [Video]: No More Checkins

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 15:16
 Facebook Nearby Friends is based around broadcasting how far you are from friends, not your exact coordinates, and that's why it could succeed where other location apps have failed. But while we might be comfortable sharing proximity, that doesn't mean we're comfortable doing it on Facebook. Read More
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In Digital Health, Does Nike Have A Path To Victory After Fuelband?

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 13:00
 This past week, conflicting reports about Nike leaked, suggesting either big changes or outright abandonment of its high-profile Fuelband line. For those focused on the intersection of digital health, wellness, mobile startups, and wearable technologies, a move by Nike, one of the world’s most iconic brands and visible companies, will be examined under the microscope. With the news swirling… Read More
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The Not-So-Secret Language Of The Misfit Shine

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:00
 Here's a random tidbit about the Misfit Shine, the activity tracking device from Misfit Wearables. I ran into CEO Sonny Vu about a week ago, and when he pulled a Misfit Shine out of his bag, he pointed out something that no one seems to have noticed. Or if they noticed it, they didn't say anything about it online. Read More
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The 3D Printing Landfill Of Opportunity

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:06
 There are lots of reasons to love 3D printing. It democratizes manufacturing, putting consumers in granular control of the things they own -- rather than requiring them to choose from a finite pre-made selection. However there's a flip-side to this freedom. The detritus that will inevitably be created simply because it's possible to print a physical object at the click of a button. Read More
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Who Gets Into Accelerators? Persistent Men With SaaS Apps, Says Study

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 05:43
 What kind of startups get into Accelerators? Well, according to new research, it’s startups with around 2-3 founders, most male, often SaaS platforms and ones who are persistent, applying for at least two programs. And on average, less than 4% of applicants ever make it in. Those are the findings of new research from F6S, a web portal which allows startups to apply for multiple accelerator… Read More
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Crowdfunded Gadgets That Talk To Your Home And Charge Your Phone With Wind Power

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 02:00
Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research, a technology, media and telecom advisory firm, and founder of Backerjack. He blogs at Techspressive. Each week, Backerjack shares three tech-related products seeking funding.  Talk to your home and have it listen and respond with ALYT Part of the smart-home dream has always been being able to talk with a place of residence… Read More
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Messaging Is A Winner-Take-Some Market

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 00:00
 If you are anything like me, you use multiple messaging apps on a daily or weekly basis – and you use them for more than just texting. My colleagues, friends and family all prefer different apps, and I use each app in a different way. I don't think messaging is a winner-take-all market globally. Read More
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The Dawn Of Cloud 2.0 And Why Google Started A Price War

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 21:00
 Google recently announced up to 85 percent reduction in pricing for its PaaS and BigQuery services. Soon after, AWS and Microsoft followed suit. Welcome to Cloud 2.0. Read More
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Why Your Favorite App Isn’t Business-Related And How It Can Be

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 16:00
 Think about your favorite app. Let me guess. It’s a consumer app -- something like Uber, Instagram or Pinterest. So what do we do to get business apps into that list of favorites? If we put the user experience first and incorporate utility, simplicity, engagement and emotion into our products, we can make work just as easy and delightful as posting a photo. Read More
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