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Chromecast To Get Slingbox Support ‘Soon’

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:46
Slingbox is coming to Chromecast and it could be the little streamer’s first killer app. According to a forum posting by a Slingbox employee, Slingbox is working on supporting Chromecast and the feature will launch “soon” according to the well-placed Dave Zatz. With support for a Slingbox, a Chromecast instantly becomes distinctly more useful. A Slingbox streams a video signal to… Read More
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Custom T-Shirt Design App Snaptee Launches Partnership Program

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:45
Snaptee, the iOS and Android app that lets users design and order their own custom T-shirts, has launched a new revenue-sharing program for photo-editing and design app developers. The startup's first beta partner is Manga Camera, a popular app that turns photos into comic book-like graphics. Read More
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Now Samsung Has Bluetooth LED Light Bulbs, Too

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:23
Not to be outdone by LG or Philips, Samsung just introduced its own Internet-connected LED light bulb product line. Aptly called the Smart Bulb, these bulbs, available in several different styles, rock Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users to directly control the units from a smartphone or tablet. Read More
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Apple Patents Smudge-Resistant Sapphire Coating, Suggesting Displays Are On The Way

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:11
Apple has filed for a patent (via AppleInsider) that adds further fuel to the fire around the possibility it will use sapphire glass for future device displays. The the new application describes how an oleophobic (oil-repelling) coating might be added to sapphire glass to make it smudge and fingerprint-resistant. So far, we’ve seen most of the evidence around Apple’s sapphire display… Read More
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AngelBlocks Turns Your Ordinary Stuff Into The Ingredients For A Comprehensive Smarthome

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 07:48
A new Kickstarter project plans to offer smart home features to a range of devices, for connecting small apartment buildings to entire enterprises and office buildings. The AngelBlocks gadgets are open source for easy modification, and communicate either 1,000 feet indoors or up to two miles outside, with battery life of just five years. There are different modules for different things, including… Read More
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Apple Files Transparent Texting Patent To Help People Who Walk And Text

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 06:57
Sometimes it's the little things that matter. Like being able to carry on texting without walking into a tree. Apple apparently thinks so anyway. A patent Cupertino filed back in September 2012 has just surfaced with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office -- that shows the company thinking up ways to help people keep walking and texting without bumping into stuff. Read More
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Yahoo Japan Buys Japanese Telco eAccess From Softbank For $3.2BN

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 05:23
Yahoo Japan is to buy Japanese telco eAccess from wireless provider Softbank in a deal worth $3.2 billion (324 billion yen), it said today. Softbank itself acquired eAccess back in October 2012, in a share swap deal valued at around $2.6 billion. Yahoo Japan is a joint venture between Yahoo and Softbank. Reuters notes that Softbank owns a stake of around 42.5% in Yahoo Japan. In recent years… Read More
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Devices Shipments To Grow 6.9% Globally This Year, Says Gartner, As PC Decline Softens

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 04:00
Analyst Gartner has just put out its latest worldwide devices forecast, predicting a growth rate of 6.9% for shipments of traditional PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones this year. That’s up on the 4.8% growth achieved last year. Collectively, 2.5 billion devices are expected to ship in 2014. Phones will make up 1.9 billion of that pie, a 4.9% increase on last year. Growth in phones… Read More
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LinkedIn Adds Trending Content List And A Score For Companies’ Content Marketing Efforts

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 03:00
LinkedIn is introducing some new tools for businesses hoping to attract a following with their LinkedIn content. First up, there's a content marketing score, which measures the total effectiveness of a businesses' LinkedIn content. It's calculated by taking the total number of unique LinkedIn members who engaged with a companies' Sponsored Updates, Company Pages, LinkedIn Groups, employee… Read More
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Lithium To Acquire Social Influence Scoring Site Klout For $200M

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:59
Social customer service company Lithium Technologies will announce on Thursday morning that it has acquired Klout for almost $200 million in cash and private stock, says Fortune. Read More
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Aereo Says A Win For Broadcasters Would Have “Chilling” Consequences To Cloud Computing

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:09
Aereo has today filed its response brief with the Supreme Court in a case that will make or break the streaming TV startup. So far, we're in the preliminary stages of this particular case, with the broadcasters filing their initial briefing in March, arguing that Aereo violates Copyrights by retransmitting broadcast signals as a "public performance." Read More
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Yo Instacart, Can I Get Some Shareable Grocery Lists?

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 22:09
I suck at grocery shopping, at least compared to some of my friends. One knows exactly what vegetables go into a killer get-the-hell-out-of-bed smoothie. A gymrat buddy can suggest a healthier alternative to every food. And my favorite drunk has the cocktail bar essentials memorized. Some of them already use grocery delivery service Instacart. Now I want them to be able to do the shopping for me. Read More
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Box Unveils First Standalone Product And New API Pricing At Inaugural Dev Conference

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 21:34
Today at its Box Dev developer event in north San Francisco, Box, a cloud file storage and enterprise collaboration company, announced a number of product changes, new pricing schemes, and some new code. Especially in light of its impending IPO, understanding what Box is up to matters. Let’s dig in. Pricing And Growth Financial quibbles aside, Box has grown quickly in terms of product usage.… Read More
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With Revenue Up 2.4X In The Past Two Months, Instacart Lands In NYC

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:48
Instacart, the grocery delivery service popular in Chicago, San Francisco and other locations, landed in New York City today. I spoke to Instacart this morning about the New York City addition, which it described as something of an evolution. Each city is unique in its makeup, design, weather and so forth, but it seems that New York City is more unique than other municipalities. To serve the… Read More
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Digital Ad Company CPXi Raises $30M In Its First Outside Funding

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:06
Digital media holding company CPXi is announcing that it has raised $30 million in new funding. Founded in 2000, CPXi apparently raised no outside capital before this. The current round was a mix of debt and equity, and the money comes from the Business Development Corporation of America. Read More
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