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The Jaquet Droz Signing Machine Signs Papers Mechanically So You Don’t Have To

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:32
High above a scorched Earth, in a sleek yacht tethered to the tip of the Terra Two spindle, Chancellor Herman Worthy was doing paperwork. His cleaner bots were all asleep and his assistant, a lithe android build to look like a long-dead 2000s era actress, was in her charging case. It was good to be alone. Read More
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Microsoft Paid Up To $150M To Buy Wearable Computing IP From The Osterhout Design Group

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:18
Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it had acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion, and it turns out that this isn't the only recent piece of M&A in the category of head-mounted wearable computing. Microsoft, we have discovered, has paid up to $150 million to buy IP assets related to augmented reality, head-borne computers, and related items from the Osterhout Design Group, a low-profile… Read More
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Twitter’s Sophomore Album: New Music Strategy To Focus On Conversations, Partnerships

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:16
Twitter has ditched its dedicated #Music app, the product of the acquisition of We Are Hunted, a social music discovery startup. But that doesn’t mean it’s dropping out of music altogether – the company has new plans for music tie-ins according to the Wall Street Journal, but it’s going to focus more on partnerships, conversations and supplementary content rather than on… Read More
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Songza Inks Deal With Weather Company To Integrate Rain Or Shine Into Your Music Playlists

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 09:00
Songza, the app that brings music to you instead of forcing you to hunt for it, today announced a deal with The Weather Company to integrate weather data into the app. As it stands now, Songza uses the day, time, device type, your location, and your past behavior to deliver you expertly curated, human-made music playlists to match your mood and activity. Today, for the first time, the app will… Read More
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Betaworks-Backed Tapestry Releases Update To Let You Build Stories In-App

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 08:50
Today Tapestry, the story-telling service out of betaworks, has released a big update to the mobile application, allowing users to create tapestries within the app for the first time ever. Originally, Tapestry was a web platform aimed at literary story-tellers. Instead of writing a bunch of text to be printed up on pages or converted quickly to an e-book, Tapestry offered authors a way to… Read More
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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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