Thursday, April 30, 2015

Microsoft bought 'Minecraft' because it's perfect for HoloLens

By Engadget:

Microsoft surprised many when it announced it had acquired Mojang, maker of the hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion. What could a company specializing in operating systems and business software possibly want with a sandbox game primarily enjoyed by c...

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After Exiting Markco Media, Mark Pearson Launches New London-Based VC Fund And Startup Studio

By TechCrunch:

Mark_logo1 And perhaps he has every reason to be. After selling Markco Media, the parent company of MyVoucherCodes, last year, the U.K entrepreneur and ‘secret millionaire” is poised to make his next bet in the form of a new startup studio and early-stage VC fund. “What excites me the most is I like to get quite hands-on and detailed and work with the companies I invest in,” he… Read More




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This is how absurd you look taking a call on your Apple Watch

By CNET:

Technically Incorrect: An encounter with a friend is interrupted by his Apple Watch going off. Oh, the silliness.

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'OK Google, Shazam this song'

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Siri started handling song queries when iOS 8 arrived, and now Google's voice commands recognize Shazam as a prompt to do the same on Android. That's right, Android devices now recognize the "Shazam" command, in addition to "recognize" or "name" for ...

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LinkedIn projects disappointing sales, profit; stock plunges

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Although first-quarter results beat expectations, the company warns of a weaker current quarter. The networking site for professionals may be investing faster than it can make up for it in sales.

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Apple Invites Developers To Test Its New “App Analytics” Service

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Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 4.16.14 PM Ahead of its annual WWDC developer conference in June, Apple has opened up beta access to a new mobile app analytics service aimed at iOS developers. Simply called “Apple’s App Analytics,” an announcement inviting developers to request early access to the service appeared today on the iTunes Connect developer portal. Those with an iTunes Connect account can also reach the… Read More




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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The former head of Intel's internet TV project winds up at Vevo

By Engadget:

Back in the day, there was a hope that OnCue, Intel's long-mooted internet TV service, would be the ultimate cord-cutter product, but a lack of support from both inside and outside the company killed it. It didn't take long after the project's assets...

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Jeremy Allaire’s Bitcoin Startup Circle Takes $50M From Goldman Sachs, IDG

By TechCrunch:

circle-landing Circle, the Bitcoin startup that veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire started, just raised $50 million from Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners. It’s another sign that the finance industry’s most powerful players are starting to take the crypto-currency and its ecosystem seriously. All of Circle’s existing investors including Breyer Capital, General Catalyst Partners,… Read More




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Wondrous women: comic book heroines girls will love

By CNET:

Buying comic books for boys is easy, but finding four-colour female role models can be a little trickier. This collection of comics features bad-ass ladies who take no guff.

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Gmail ditches a web view built to highlight ads

By Engadget:

Gmail on the web is getting a little more drab... and arguably, that's a good thing. Google has confirmed to Marketing Land that it's no longer testing a grid view in Gmail's promotions tab that showed you images rather than plain old text. It was me...

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Apple Watch delays may be due to faulty taptic engine

By CNET:

The Chinese-made component, which mimics the sensation of being tapped on the wrist, proved to be defective so Apple switched to a different supplier, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Microsoft Opens Outlook.com To Third-Party Add-Ins

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outlook_add_in Outlook.com, Microsoft’s web-based email and calendaring client, is now open to third-party developers who want to build tools on top of it. Using the Outlook API, developers can build what Microsoft calls “contextual experiences” for Outlook.com. This is clearly part of Microsoft’s overall effort to make the data that its users create in its productivity apps… Read More




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Behind the Scenes at HowStuffWorks - Video

By Tech Stuff:

I interview Matt Frederick about his job here at HowStuffWorks. Learn what goes into producing an episode of Stuff They Don't Want You To Know!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Movie streaming service Popcorn Time blocked by UK court

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Popcorn Time has painted a rather large target on its back with its movie-streaming service. Due to its questionable legality, movie studios have sought to block the service, but a shift to Bittorrent-based distribution has allowed it to continue ope...

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Enterprise Software Startup Icertis Raises $6M From Greycroft And Fidelity Growth

By TechCrunch:

enterprise software shutterstock Enterprise software maker Icertis has scored $6 million in series A funding led by Greycroft Partners and Fidelity Growth Partners India. Based in Pune, India and Bellevue, WA, Icertis will use the capital to expand and market its cloud-based contract management software. Read More




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Creator of the world's most difficult maze returns to the art

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More than three decades after creating a maze that took him seven years to finish, labyrinth master Kazuo Nomura returns with Papa's Maze 2.0.

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Silent Hills is canceled, and this survival horror fan is bummed

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Commentary: After rumors of Silent Hills' grisly death swirled on Sunday, Konami confirms that the video game starring Norman Reedus has been axed. CNET's Anthony Domanico is not happy.

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Livescribe 3 smartpen now sends your notes to Android devices

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Making good on its promise back in January, the Livescribe 3 smartpen now works with Android devices. A preview version of the requisite app is now available for download, ready to equip devices running KitKat and newer versions of Google's mobile OS...

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Periscope Saw Over 1 Million Sign-Ins During Its First 10 Days

By TechCrunch:

Periscope meets world Twitter today gave the first official news about the growth of its livestreaming video acquisition Periscope, with CEO Dick Costolo saying more than 1 million people signed in to Periscope in the first 10 days after its official launch on March 26th. The public is closely watching Periscope’s growth, as its in a heated battle with independent competitor Meerkat for the mobile… Read More




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