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Watch Out Netflix, Amazon’s Fire TV Brings Robust Parental Controls To The Living Room

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:28
With today’s launch of Amazon’s Fire TV, the e-commerce giant’s first foray into the living room via a small, sleek set-top box offering both streaming media and gaming, the company will also cater to parents looking to better control what kind of programming their children can access and watch on TV. The feature, previously available only on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets,… Read More
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Here’s TechCrunch’s Review Of The Original Fire TV, The FyreTV Porn Streamer

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:22
Amazon's Fire TV is not the first box to be a hot streamer... if you know what I mean. A Florida-based company launched the original FyreTV video streamer in 2008 and a followup product in 2009. We reviewed it and concluded that it was an impressive device even if it was just for porn. Read More
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Popcorn Time Has Gone Dark. Again.

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:16
The saga continues. Popcorn Time, the so-called Netflix for pirated content, has vanished from its splashy website and GitHub home. The latest popular fork of open source project is gone, but the program is far from dead. Nothing ever totally disappears from the Internet. Popcorn Time is not an exception. The program can still be found on various websites and torrent aggregators. The latest… Read More
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ElasticBox Raises $9M Series A Round To Help Developers Deploy And Manage Apps For Any Cloud

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:00
ElasticBox, a startup that aims to make developing and deploying apps on any cloud infrastructure easier, today announced that it has raised a $9 million Series A round from Nexus Venture Partners and Intel Capital, with participation from previous investors Andreessen Horowitz and Sierra Ventures. The company previously raised a $3.4 million seed round. Read More
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With $1.9 Million In Funding, 3Gear Systems Is Building Gesture Control That Actually Works

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:00
3Gear Systems is one of the startups building gesture control technology, and it's soon coming to market with a tiny, camera-controlled device that can track your hands' movements and control our PC based on what they're doing. And it's raised $1.9 million in funding from investors that include K9 Ventures, Intel Capital, and CrunchFund to push that vision forward. Read More
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Emu, A Smarter Messaging App With A Built-In Assistant, Exits Beta

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:00
Emu, a new mobile messaging application exiting from beta today, is not just another text messaging alternative - it's a full-fledged mobile assistant, allowing you to schedule appointments, share your location, set reminders, get movie showtimes or buy tickets, reserve a table, and more, thanks to an artificial intelligence engine that understands the context of your messages in order to help… Read More
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Lyft Raises $250 Million From Coatue, Alibaba, And Third Point To Expand Internationally

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:00
Lyft has officially closed a huge, $250 million round of funding that it will use to aggressively expand its on-demand ride-sharing service in the U.S. and internationally. Read More
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Microsoft Announces Its Cortana Personal Assistant For Windows Phone 8.1, Powered By Bing

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:52
At its Build developer event in San Francisco today, Microsoft announced the launch of its oft-rumored voice-driven Cortana personal assistant. Cortana, which seems to have some of Siri's humor, gets its knowledge from Microsoft's Bing. It will be a built-in part of Windows Phone 8.1. Read More
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Amazon’s Fire TV Will Offer Gamers Many Ways To Play, And A $40 Dedicated Controller

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:50
Amazon has revealed its Fire TV streaming media home theater device, and it embraces gaming in a way that most of its competitors don’t. Amazon revealed that it’ll soon have thousands of titles available in its library, but these should expand beyond just casual titles, and will be playable using various types of input, depending on what kind of game you’re playing. The Fire… Read More
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Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 With New Action Center, Cortana, Start Screen Improvements

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:44
As expected, Microsoft debuted the Windows Phone 8.1 update, previously internally known as “blue,” this morning at its Build developer conference in San Francisco. The software will roll out to consumers over the next few months. For new devices, Windows Phone 8.1 will come pre-installed on new phones starting at the end of the month.   Windows Phone 8.1 is a set of updates to… Read More
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Canonical Shuts Down Cloud Storage Service Ubuntu One

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:36
Ubuntu creator Canonical just announced that it is shutting down its cloud storage service called Ubuntu One. Among the reasons cited, increased competition is an important one — maybe the service didn’t really take off as Canonical intended. “Additionally, the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly… Read More
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Amazon Officially Unveils Amazon Fire TV, A Tiny $99 Media Streaming Box Available Today

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:12
The ecommerce giant Amazon has delved even further into the hardware space with the launch of a long-rumored streaming media device called the Amazon Fire TV. It said that it has watched these devices sell on its platform for a long time now, so it knows what is and isn’t working for customers, hence its decision to try to do this better than anyone else out there, by “invent[ing] and… Read More
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Watch Microsoft’s Build 2014 Keynote Here

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:08
Microsoft is kicking off its Build developer conference today. This is the second year in a row Microsoft has hosted this event in San Francisco. Last year, all eyes were on Windows 8.1, and this year, we expect to hear more about the first major update to Windows 8.1, as well as more about Microsoft’s plans for Windows Phone. This being a developer conference, chances are Microsoft will… Read More
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Live Blog From Amazon’s Big Media Console Event

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:57
Amazon is amped up right now. The company has set up shop in New York's Meatpacking district to announce what we all expect is a media streaming device for TVs. Will it include gaming functionality? Will it be a dongle that competes with Chromecast? Will it come with a free Amazon Prime Instant Video subscription? Read More
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Winning AngelList

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:45
It’s a 500,000 person party, and you’re invited. It’s 24/7, no charge for entrance, and when you leave you could go home with a pile of cash instead of a creeping hangover. As Fred Wilson says, "If you’re working in tech and you’re trying to raise an angel round, you have to be on AngelList. You just have to be there.” Read More
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Print Your Own Offline Glass

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:04
Remember a few months ago when I talked about the Offline Glass, a clever hack by a Brazilian ad agency that ensures that you and your good friends will be focused on chatting and drinking rather than futzing with your cellphones? Well now you can 3D print your own glass on almost any printer. Read More
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Meet The Reversible USB Cable, Coming This Summer

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:44
Before Apple’s Lightning cable, I never even dreamed of a life where input/output cables could be reversible. Now, however, it’s hard to go back to standard and micro USB, because I got so lazy. Soon enough, however, USB is getting a new reversible standard called “Type-C” which is around the size of microUSB, and which replaces USB 3 cables entirely, on both sides. We now… Read More
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WhatsApp Experiences Second Major Outage Following Facebook Acquisition

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:32
Panic! Despair! Switch to Facebook Messenger!...Ah, I see what you did there, Facebook. Mobile messaging application WhatsApp is this morning experiencing its second major outage since Facebook bought the company in February for $19 billion. According to TechCrunch tipsters, reports on Twitter and DownDetector.com, the service has been experiencing issues for roughly an hour, at least in some… Read More
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Teardown Reveals Camera, Heart Rate Monitor And Fingerprint Sensor Innards

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:30
The Samsung Galaxy S5 won’t be officially on sale in the U.S. until next week, but already people have gotten their hands on early hardware and torn it apart to see what makes it tick. Chipworks (via 9to5Google) has disassembled one of Samsung’s new flagships, and it provides an interesting look at that fancy new 16MP camera, which shares elements in common with the HTC One’s… Read More
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Kim Kadlec Joins AOL As Head Of Relationship Management

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:20
AOL is announcing that Kim Kadlec, most recently worldwide vice president of Johnson & Johnson's global marketing group, is joining the company as head of relationship management. The newly-created position will involve building strategic distribution deals with large partners, with the aim of growing AOL's audience, the company says. Kadlec will report to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and AOL… Read More
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