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Samsung Said To Be Planning A SIM-Equipped Gear 2 Smartwatch

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:28
Samsung is in talks with SK Telecom to release a version of the Gear 2 which has its own SIM and can make calls without needing a smartphone connection, according to a new report from The Korea Herald. The variant of the Gear 2 would be exclusive to the Korean market for a while, but international expansion isn’t out of the question, according to the report. This wouldn’t be… Read More
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Global Mobile Ad Spend Jumped 105% In 2013, On Track For $31.5B In 2014 Led By Google, Says eMarketer

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:22
As more people turn away from PCs and turn to smartphones and tablets for their online fix, the market for mobile ads continues to shift, too. Figures out today from research firm eMarketer note that mobile ad revenues surged 105% in 2013 to bring in nearly $18 billion in sales. Read More
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Titanfall For Xbox 360 Pushed Back Again, Now Launching On April 8th

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:12
Sorry, Xbox 360 owners. EA hates you. Titanfall is delayed again. According to a blog post published this morning, the mech FPS is now launching on April 8 in North America, and beginning on April 11 in Europe. Read More
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Blue River Technology Takes In Another $10M For Its Agriculture Optimizing Robots

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:00
Blue River Technology, which uses robotics and computer vision to optimize agriculture by, for instance, determining which lettuces to thin out of a row and which to keep, has closed a $10 million Series A-1 funding round, led by Data Collective Venture Capital — topping up a $3.1 million Series A it raised back in 2012. Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors also joined the round as a… Read More
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Peer-To-Peer Car Rental Startup FlightCar Lands Some Senior Execs

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 09:00
Since launching at SFO last year, FlightCar has taken the Airbnb model for peer-to-peer lending and applied it to the airport car rentals. But, as one might imagine, that's a logistically intensive business -- which is why the company has hired a new COO and VP of marketing to help move things along. Read More
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Google’s Konami Code Easter Egg Unlocks ‘Cheat Mode’

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:44
The Konami Code strikes again. Go to a Google search bar and using voice, search for "Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right." And just like that, you'll have unlimited free Google searches. Of course this is tongue-in-cheek. It's just the latest hidden gem discovered within Google's tools. Read More
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Want More Privacy In Your App? Wickr Resells Its Encryption, Self-Destructing Tech To Other Apps

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:16
Wickr, one of the wave of messaging apps built on the idea of private, encrypted and self-destructing data, has vowed never to make money off its users -- with its app remaining free, and user data never getting sold on or accessed by others. But it is starting the process of making money regardless. Read More
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New Relic Goes Beyond Server Monitoring And Adds Software Analytics

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:00
New Relic, maker of server and application-monitoring tools for developers, today announced what is probably the company's biggest release since it launched in 2008. With New Relic Insights (formerly known under its codename Rubicon), the company is now using its platform to go beyond its traditional core features and is launching a real-time business analytics platform (or "software analytics,"… Read More
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Sulon Launches The Cortex Developer Kit To Start Building Holodeck Gaming Software

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 08:00
Virtual reality is bound to be a part of the future of gaming, and Toronto-based Sulon Technologies is debuting their own take on this exciting space at GDC in San Francisco. Their Cortex gaming platform is a fully immersive gaming experience, that turns any physical space into essentially a holodeck, using a spatial scanner, a processing unit, and a visor mount that plugs into any smartphone to… Read More
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Mobile Rewards Startup Kiip Partners With Digital Agency VivaKi

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 07:00
Kiip continues to build its relationships with the ad world, announcing today that it has partnered with VivaKi, the digital innovation arm of Publicis Groupe. The startup pitches its model, where brands can offer rewards at key moments in mobile games and other apps, as a new form of advertising. Kiip announced last year that Interpublic Groupe (which, like Publicis, is one of the four big ad… Read More
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Big Data Analytics Company Platfora Raises $38M

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 07:00
Platfora, a startup focused on bringing businesses intelligence from big data, has raised $38 million led by Tenaya Capital, which brings the company’s total financing to $65 million. Also participating in this round are Citi Ventures, Cisco Systems and Allegis Capital, as well as prior investors Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and In-Q-Tel. Read More
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Parchment Raises $10M To Accelerate Development Of Application Analytics Tools For Students

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 07:00
Parchment, a startup which has taken the offline, aging process of getting and sharing academic and other credentials online, today announced a $10 million round of follow-on funding, bringing its total investment to date to $45 million. The new round is led by The Raine Group, and includes the company’s previous investors, and will be used to bring on new talent and to build new product,… Read More
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Invenias, A Cloud Software Provider For Exec Recruitment, Tops Up Its Series A With Another $2M

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 05:39
Invenias, a U.K.-headquarted company that sells cloud software for the executive search and recruitment sector and has an interface that works within Microsoft Outlook, has topped up its funding with a $2 million expansion round from a prior investor. Last July Invenias closed a $1.5 million Series A round, from then-new investor MMC Ventures, plus a number of private investors, including Mark… Read More
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Hublo Is The Web Analytics Tool For The Rest Of Us

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 05:30
Meet Hublo, a recently launched analytics service that is easier to use than your average analytics tool. It works a lot like Mixpanel, KISSmetrics and others, but you don’t have to write a single line of code to make it work. “Hublo is the Mailchimp of analytics,” co-founder and CEO Cyril Gantzer told me. “We turn what was once a very technical field, into a user-friendly… Read More
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Medical Education Network Meducation Raises $1M Seed Round

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 05:00
The UK's Meducation, an online education network for medical students and practitioners, has raised $1 million in seed funding. Part of the round -- approx. $300,000 -- comes from the UK taxpayer-funded Technology Strategy Board, with the remaining being funded by unnamed private investors. Read More
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Google Takes The Chromecast Beyond The U.S. — To 11 Markets In Europe & Canada

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 04:52
Google's USB dongle, the Chromecast, which plugs into your TV so you can stream Google's browser/OS over your Wi-Fi network to the big screen to watch terrible quality YouTube clips on your HDTV, has launched in 11 more markets. Read More
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