Eric Voorhees Faces $50,000 Fine Over Unauthorized Securities Sale
The serial entrepreneur is banned from engaging in securities offerings for five years, and must pay over $50,000.
Announcing Include, TechCrunch’s Diversity Partner Program | TechCrunch
Today we’re excited to announce TechCrunch Include, which is a program designed to help social enterprises (nonprofit and for profit) working to make tech a more inclusive place. The program offers a year’s worth of access to TechCrunch resources — financial as well as media and events. Our mission is to help these enterprises increase their effectiveness on a variety of fronts, including fundraising, volunteers, partnerships and media attention.
Online Tutoring Center InstaEDU Acquired By Chegg For $30 Million | TechCrunch
An acquisition like this makes sense for Chegg. The company started out as an online textbook reseller hub but now endeavors to own the whole student marketplace. While there are certainly some big competitors like Wyzant or Tutor Universe, InstaEDU is one of the few online tutoring service providers available regardless of location.
Sam Altman Names Y Combinator’s New “Board Of Overseers” | TechCrunch
The list includes Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky, Homejoy’s Adora Cheung, John and Patrick Collison of Stripe, Dropbox’s Drew Houston, longtime partner and co-founder at YC Jessica Livingston, Weebly founder and CEO David Rusenko, Kiko co-founder and Justin.TV CTO Emmett Shear, and Sam Altman himself.
7 Reasons why you shouldn't install iOS 8 beta
If you’ve a jailbroken device, then you should be aware that you will not only lose the jailbreak if you upgrade to iOS 8 beta, but you will be left with an unjailbreakable device for a long time. Hackers won’t release tools like evasi0n for beta versions of iOS software updates as Apple could fix the vulnerabilities used by the jailbreak tools in the final version. So you will only be able to jailbreak your device when hackers release a jailbreak for the public version of iOS 8. evasi0n7, the first jailbreak for iOS 7 was released at the end of last year, more than three months after iOS 7 was released to the public.
Intel Bets On Surface Pro 3-Like “2-In-1″ Devices | TechCrunch
Today at the Computex event in Taiwan, Intel unveiled a reference design ’2-in-1′ device, raising the profile of tablet-hybrids. The chip maker, increasingly betting on mobile in the face of a immiserated personal computer market, wants to grow its market share in the tablet industry.
Nexus Q replay: Motorola's $50 Moto Stream flings music wirelessly in your home
I like the idea of Heist Mode which connects multiple devices to the unique looking music streamer: It lets several people play DJ to spin tunes. Pairing devices to the Moto Stream can be done through simple NFC tapping to simplify the connection process. Motorola says that if your device supports Bluetooth Class 1, you can control the Moto Stream from up to 300 feet away. The device works with Android, Windows and iOS phones, tablets and laptops, so unlike the Nexus Q this isn’t an Android-only concert.
OS X Yosemite First Impressions: Apple's Biggest Desktop Move In Years
At the very least, OS X Yosemite is all about aesthetics. It manages to look both vastly different yet not entirely unfamiliar. Every button, font, and app icon looks different. To be more precise, the button and icon design has been "flattened" so that there are no false contours or shadows to make everything look like it's from the real world. The operating systems' font has been changed for the first time in forever, this time to a Helvetica variant that's a little easier on the eyes as you can see in the new calendar...
Hands On with Three of the Coolest Tricks in iOS 8
Of course, there's still plenty of beta-style kinks to work out, and we've only just begun to explore everything iOS 8 has to offer (we'll have a more in-depth look tomorrow). But for now, here's a GIF-look at three of our favorite new features coming to you in iOS 8.
Razer Junglecat: A Slide-Out iOS Controller You Might Actually Use
But the Junglecat's biggest advantage is that it's convenient. Like a camera, the best controller is the one you have with you. And in this compact case form, you can have a controller with you all the time without needing a whole other pocket to store it in. A controller that you don't have to remember to bring with you.
swift implementation of flappy bird. More at fullstackedu.com
Google Glass now available in 'chic' new designs
The range, made in collaboration with Google and called "DVF | Made for Glass," will be shown off by von Furstenberg at a presentation tomorrow. Many of the wearables sport von Furstenberg's DVF logo, and range in design from elegant and understated frames with clear prescription lenses, to gaudy pink-and-teal shades that wouldn't look out of place in Ke$ha's accessory drawer. Von Furstenberg detailed the new headsets in an interview with Elle magazine .
What the Winners of Apple's Design Awards Thought About WWDC
The choices were compelling, but what I really wanted to know was what the award-winning developers thought of Apple’s keynote and fire hose of announcements. So as the decorated developers milled about the stage, we asked a few of the award winners about their products and WWDC perceptions — where Apple delivered and where it disappointed.
Sony Unveils Xperia T3 Smartphone
The Xperia T3 also features a high-resolution 5.3 inch HD TriLuminos display, which Sony says offers “redder reds and bluer blues.” It also comes with an IPS display which helps you get a better view of your screen from any angle. Sony’s latest smartphone features 4G support, and is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, as well as a 2500 mAh battery. There is also a ‘Battery Stamina mode’ that is assumed to let you use your battery for longer.
Samsung Inks $500M Wireless Patent Deal With InterDigital | TechCrunch
“We are very happy to have resolved the licensing dispute with Samsung on mutually agreeable terms. This agreement with Samsung shows how our longstanding patent licensing framework and process can lead to effective, productive discussions and eventual resolution on fair and reasonable terms,” William J. Merritt, president and CEO of InterDigital said in a statement.
Microsoft reorgs its Office business to focus on four new investment areas | ZDNet
I rarely disagree with you Ms. Foley, but the statement that "Microsoft has tried repeatedly to make OneNote one of its signature products." is just not true. Until this latest push to energize Windows 8+ with an injection of OneNote, it has languished in the backwater at Microsoft. In fact, about 6-7 years ago I contacted Microsoft's development group (even wrote to the general comment box for Mr. Ballmer in a useless fit of immaturity) about really marketing OneNote as a killer management/note taking environment, and the development group thought I was seeking some kind of joint development project (as if I were the developer). After a few more exchanges, in which I extolled the virtues of OneNote 2007, I was basically told to wait and see their CRM updated service. In fact, they had little knowledge, if any, of OneNote. Just like the Courier and InkSeine projects, what could have been their killer note taking app was ignored by Microsoft. Here's hoping that the needs of the Surface team finally bring it to the forefront, if it's not too late.
Boot up: App Store bitcoins, open web death?, China v Android…
Android TV won't be another device, but rather a platform that manufacturers of TVs and set-top boxes can use to bring streaming services to the television. In that way, it is similar to Google TV, the platform the company unveiled at its 2010 Google I/O conference. But while Google TV was focused on marrying existing pay TV services with apps, Android TV will at least initially be all about online media services and Android-based video games.
Why startups need to focus on sales, not marketing by @foundersatwork - The Accelerators - WSJ
JESSICA LIVINGSTON : The most important thing an early-stage startup should know about marketing is rather counterintuitive: that you probably shouldn’t be doing anything you’d use the term “marketing” to describe. Sales and marketing are two ends of a continuum. At the sales end your outreach is narrow and deep. At the marketing end it is broad and shallow. And for an early stage startup, narrow and deep is what you want — not just in the way you appeal to users, but in the type of product you build. Which means the kind of marketing you should be doing should be indistinguishable from sales: you should be talking to a small number of users who are seriously interested in what you’re making, not a broad audience who are on the whole indifferent.
Apple Echoes Dropbox, WhatsApp, Others With Raft Of New Software Features
- A new native feature on the iOS keyboard called QuickType uses “language models” to predict words before they are typed, with an interface very similar to that of SwiftKey, a predictive keyboard app that has not been able to sell on Apple’s App Store because of the closed ecosystem for iOS. Ironically enough, now that Apple has the QuickType feature, it would allow iOS users to buy and install third-party keyboard apps.
- Within iMessage Apple revealed a push-to-talk, and push-to-video feature very similar to push-to-talk features announced by messaging service WhatsApp several months ago, and popularized by the messaging app Voxer.
The founders of keyboard app maker SwiftKey said they were “delighted Apple has decided to embrace the importance of opening its platform to third party keyboards.” Without mentioning Apple’s QuickType feature, Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock added: “Are we going to build SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS 8? Of course we are. We’ve already started.”
Apple targets the connected home with HomeKit - CNET
At WWDC in San Francisco, Apple introduces a software platform to make it easier to control home devices like lights or a thermostat using an iPhone or iPad.
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Cyber security break-ins a 'daily hazard while firms skimp on protection'
"There are more cybercriminals on the internet than ever before and their tools are increasingly sophisticated, but the weakest link in the chain is still the bit between the chair and keyboard – we need to patch the human," warned David Emm, a security researcher from the internet security firm Kaspersky Lab. "Cybercrime is as old as the internet, and that means we've had time to study it. We are now familiar with it and can often deal with it."
8 companies Apple is screwing over with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite
Skitch: Evernote’s Skitch for Mac enables users to insert shapes, sketches, and notes into documents to mark them up and get a point across—a handy collaboration tool. Guess what’s coming to the Mail app in OS X Yosemite? Yep: the ability to draw shapes and make annotations on pictures and documents right within Mail. Mail doesn’t take over all of Skitch’s features, but it does enable users to add shapes and arrows to images using a Multi-Touch trackpad, photograph their signature with a built-in camera, and fill out PDF forms without leaving Mail. Folks already using Skitch don’t need to change, but fewer Mac users will see a need for products like Skitch once Yosemite hits the streets.
What's Apple Really Up To? Keeping You in Apple World.
Finally, does it really matter that Apple is playing catch-up in some of the features ? I don' think so. I think both Android and iOS are very valid platforms and it is a matter of preference as most apps are available in both environments, most of the time with the same look and feel. I picked iOS because I feel it's a more polished experienced, compared to Android. Also, I can hardly feel a performance difference between my original ipad mini and my iphone 5S (I don't play games, where the different would be more noticeable), again that speaks a lot about the why I will stay with Apple, they make sure most of their older products will run their operating systems as smoothly as possible. My 2012 ipad miniW still performs very nicelly on 2014 operating system and with iOS8 supporting the ipad mini, I can rest assured that the hw will live well until late 2015 or even longer! Oh and I still have a 2010 original ipad that also runs fairly nicely on most new apps, even though it's running ios 5.
Apple policy update could allow bitcoin payments
The change may have come too late for Apple to capitalise on the bitcoin boom, however. Spurred on by the company's repeated rejections of bitcoin apps, a number of developers have built bitcoin wallets that work in a user's web browser, negating the need for Apple's approval entirely.
The Guardian at the gate
An hour with him is both unpleasant
in the exertions required to penetrate his lack of transparency and
fill the conversational void and, yet, at the same time, uplifting
and restorative. The vacuum that surrounds him somehow seems to
represent moral superiority and it draws you in. Six different
people of high rank at the paper have said to me, on different
occasions, the following words: "I would do anything for Alan."
These are not words you usually hear in a modern company; they are
not even credible. But they suggest the Guardian's sense
of purpose and the potency of its Kool-Aid. (I once sat next to
Rusbridger's wife at a Guardian dinner; she kept
referencing what seemed like a wholly different person, a normal,
fallible, workaday chap named "Al". Weird.)
Apple, Mayo partner on iOS health monitor
When Apple on Monday revealed plans to turn its iOS devices into health-information dashboards, it dropped a big health-industry name: Mayo Clinic.
Joystiq Streams: Turkeys will pay in Don't Starve Reign of Giants [UPDATE: We're live!]
That turkey is still out there. Oh, I know he's still out there. Gobbling. Laughing at me in the dark as I struggle to build a fire and actually feed myself on Day 3. To hell with you, turkey! We're coming back in there, giants or no giants, and we will not starve!
Joystiq's last stream of Don't Starve left a bit of a mark. Today will be different! We'll be streaming Klei Entertainment's recent expansion to Don't Starve , Reign of Giants, and it will be Alexander Sliwinski surviving out in the woods rather than Anthony John Agnello. Anthony will merely be hanging out in the safe, turkey-free chat. It's not just the Joystiq crew either! Klei Entertainment's own Seth Rosen will be on the line as well. We'll also be doling out Humble Bundle grab bags including Steam codes for Reign of Giants and a plethora of other goodies. It all goes down at 4PM EST right here on Joystiq and at Twitch.tv/Joystiq.
Joystiq Streams broadcasts every Tuesday and Thursday at 4PM EST right here and on the Joystiq Twitch channel .
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This clever socket adapter turns any light into a smart light
Along with all the requisite presets and scheduling functions we’ve come to expect from smart bulbs, Emberlight also has the ability to sense when you’re in a given room. By tracking the location of your phone, the lights can tell when you leave (or return to) the house, and can be programmed to turn on/off accordingly. You actually don’t even have to program it if you’d prefer not to. Over time, Emberlight will begin to learn your preferences and automatically activate them without any outside input.
Forza Horizon 2 arrives this fall for Xbox One, Xbox 360 [Update]
Forza Motorsport 5 is a cinematic automotive journey starring the world’s greatest cars and tracks. Built from the ground up to take advantage of Xbox One and the vast power of the cloud, no game better delivers the wide-eyed thrill of racing.
Top Car Designers Critique Google's Self-Driving Car
Sorry, but these guys are completely missing the mark. They are so encompassed in their own "old" world they don't realise that faster, sleaker, stronger doesn't apply here.
Google is at the forefront of a revolution here, and people are scared of change. They are scared of things they don't know, and particularly scared of things that might hurt them - such as a car that's driving autonomously.
So what do you do? Design a car that looks like sportscar, SUV, bigger bolder better stronger? certainly not. You design a car that doesn't look like anything on the market right now, that looks tiny, cute, and utterly harmless. I believe they are onto something big that the industry has yet to understand.
Google ups the ante on email encryption
The Mountain View giant’s new extension, still in alpha, for Gmail users promises better email encryption, something that some email providers are skimping on, according to new data provided by Google.
Google Hangouts go corporate with integration into business apps
Need customer support? Want to interview a potential hire or work with your far-flung team on a document? There’s a Hangout for that, says Google.
What – if anything – have we learned from C++? (Channel 9)
Themes: Social and technical factors. Resource management. Generic programming. The importance of being inefficient. The importance of syntax. How (not) to specify a language. Standardization and compatibility. And no, I don't plan to condemn C++ - it is still the best language around for a lot of things, and getting better. It just isn't anywhere near perfect (even of its kind) or the best at everything - and was never claimed to be.
What It Will Take for Apple to Win in Health and Home - Personal Tech News - WSJ
As noted in other posts, there are multiple vendors and app developers attacking various components of all this. I have a Kevo deadbolt on my door, an ADT home security app and and a Nest thermostat for my home. I have MyNetDiary, RunKeeper and others for my health and fitness. The point is that none of these share data. Where they do, they seem to want to lock me into a family of devices. Apple seems to have keyed in on the frustration: I don’t want to be locked into any single vendor for my hardware but I want the data and hardware control to be knit together in a seamless fashion.
The HTC One (E8): A Plastic Alternative to HTC's Flagship Phone
There's a 5-inch 1080p display up front, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 backed by 2GB of RAM under the hood, microSD expansion and all the Motion Launch gesture goodies that were so useful in the M8. 4G speeds are supported, and the BoomSound speakers are ready to bother those sitting at the back of the bus too. The 2,600mAh battery from the M8 returns also — which proved surprisingly capable in the flagship . Sadly the Duo Camera is replaced by a standard 13MP sensor, but that's not too bad; the infrared blaster is perhaps a bigger loss.
WatchESPN for iOS and Android Get Chromecast Support
The Google+ app for Android and iOS is also getting the same treatment; by pressing the cast button in the Photos section, you can easily stream all of your archived photos and videos. Finally, Crunchyroll has updated its app to support Chromecast – if you’re not familiar, it’s an on-demand streaming service that specializes in Japanese anime and Asian drama shows.
One Of Google’s Project Loon Balloons Crashed Into Power Lines In Washington State | TechCrunch
Google’s self-driving cars may have an almost impeccable safety record, but chances are the company won’t be touting those same numbers about Project Loon — its attempt to bring Internet access to remote areas with the help of balloons — anytime soon.
Google Launches Chrome Extension End-to-End for Encrypting Emails
Google today launched a new Chrome extension called End-to-End for sending and receiving emails securely. As its name implies, the security tool provides end-to-end encryption: data leaving your browser will be encrypted until the message’s intended recipient decrypts it, and encrypted messages sent to you will remain that way until you decrypt them in your browser.
Why Apple's HomeKit Could Make the Smart Home Mainstream
Announced at WWDC on Monday , HomeKit will enable home automation devices to pair with the iPhone so you can control all of your connected devices from your mobile device. The way I see it, this could turn the iPhone into a universal hub of sorts—one that truly brings the home automation industry into the mainstream.
Safari embraces HTML5 video with DRM, touts longer Netflix streaming
Netflix made a cameo appearance during Apple’s WWDC keynote Monday , with Apple SVP Craig Federighi telling the crowd that the company’s Safari browser is going to be able to play HD Netflix streams without the need to download any plugins in the newly-announced OS X Yosemite. That’s not only less complicated, but also saves up to two hours of battery life when run on a Macbook Air, according to Federighi.
Make Your Profile Stick Out to Employers by Making Some Posts Public
When you're looking for a new job, employers are going to check your social media accounts. If your account is private, they won't see much, but Caitlin Self of HackCollege suggests making any positive posts available to the public.
China Clamps Down on Google Services
The idea behind the approach — which the organization calls ‘collateral freedom’ — is that the Chinese government would need to block Amazon’s entire hosting business in order to make the mirrored Google search page unavailable in China. GreatFire believes that the government wouldn’t take such a bold step, and that this approach can help other websites and companies that have gone dark in China become available for internet users once again.
Chrome Releases Faster, More Stable 64-Bit Builds for Windows
Speed : 64-bit allows us to take advantage of the latest processor and compiler optimizations, a more modern instruction set, and a calling convention that allows more function parameters to be passed quickly by registers. As a result, speed is improved, especially in graphics and multimedia content, where we see an average 25% improvement in performance.
Apple unveils OSX Yosemite and Health kit in San Francisco - video
Apple unveils the next Mac system, known as Yosemite, and a new health dashboard with iOS 8 at the company's worldwide developers conference in San Francisco. Yosemite will make it easier for different Apple devices to work together, and OS 8 will have a built-in health-management tool to help people track their vital signs, diet and sleeping habits
Military Launches Computer v. Computer Hacking Contest - Digits - WSJ
If the Defense Department has its way, supercomputers in the future will be able to find and patch (or exploit) computer flaws on their own.
Secret Service urgently seeks sarcasm-detecting software - CNET
In a work order posted online, the service is looking for software that synthesizes social-media data and weeds out false positives and sarcasm. Oh, and it has to be IE8 compatible.
Kickstarter’s next campaign
When NBC Nightly News aired a segment last week about the revival of the public television show Reading Rainbow , the anchor didn’t pause to explain where the money came from. “Longtime host LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring it back,” correspondent Janet Shamlian gushed, as the camera showed numbers ticking up on the project’s funding page. “His goal was $1 million in 35 days. He had it in 11 hours.”
Instagram Lets You Make Filters More Subtle, Adds New Editing Options
The filter slider is a very nice touch, letting you apply much more subtle filters. You can also adjust brightness, contrast, warmth, saturation, highlights, shadows, sharpen, and vignette (which darkens the corners of your photo). After you take a photo, just tap the Wrench icon to bring up all your options.
Drones may be used to film movies - Telegraph
Neil Fried, senior vice president of the MPAA, said that the use of drones in
movie and television offers “an innovative and safer option for filming.
This new tool for storytellers will allow for creative and exciting aerial
shots, and is the latest in a myriad of new technologies being used by our
industry to further enhance the viewer experience.”
Yahoo Wins Another Apple Design Award For News Digest App | TechCrunch
Next up was Yahoo’s News Digest , which was introduced last year. This marks two years in a row that Yahoo has won an Apple Design Award, after its win for Yahoo Weather last year. There is some significance attached to this, as one of CEO Marisa Mayer’s primary goals at Yahoo was to acquire mobile talent to revamp the company’s app offerings on all platforms. Among Mayer’s moves was to bring in talent via hiring and acquisitions, as well as to unify mobile teams with the other engineers on Yahoo’s various apps in a ‘mobile first’ strategy. Another ADA win is a big kudo for Yahoo and Mayer’s strategy.