How Smartphones Are Increasingly Driving Our Cars
For developers pining after the biggest addressable market, smartphones are the biggest and best target, by far. But it's not a target to salivate over today: While there were 84 million new vehicles manufactured in 2012, a small minority of these are “app-enabled” models. According to ABI Research, there were fewer than 8 million OEM-installed connected car telematics systems in 2012.
Facebook And Twitter Changes Every Business Owner Needs To Know
Change has been afoot at Facebook and Twitter, but most users won’t have noticed these changes as of yet. In a series of blog posts over the past two weeks, both networks have made some pretty significant announcements that will impact business owners who use their platforms.
Twitter Says Native Ads Will Be Available To All MoPub Publishers Tomorrow | TechCrunch
This follows an announcement in December that MoPub will be testing native ads (namely, ads that are customized to resemble regular content, often appearing in an app’s content stream) with a limited set of partners. Today’s MoPub blog post quotes executives from a couple of those early partners, including Flipboard CTO Eric Feng. (That’s Flipboard in the images above.)
Withings Pulse O2 Fitness Tracker Monitors Your Blood Oxygen
Along with tracking your heart rate, the Pulse O2 keeps track of your fitness data in real time and makes sure you are getting enough oxygen to keep you from passing out. The device syncs to your Android or iOS smartphone throughout the day via Bluetooth Low Energy technology, and you'll need to check the corresponding app for a deeper dive on the data it collects about your day.
E. C. – The $357 Uber Ride
While many people's counter-arguments focused on ill weather and the fact you can take the NY subway for $2.50, I live Southern California where neither of these factors were an issue. This past Saturday, I booked Uber ( with no clear warning that surge pricing was in effect until I received the receipt ) to take us just 14 miles (it's actually 12 miles, but our driver took us the long way, of course). The trip cost an outrageous $357 .
It wasn't snowing ; it wasn't raining; it wasn't New Year's Eve. It just happened to be 7pm—not 9pm where most people are prime to go out nor 2am when bars are closing. There was absolutely no excuse whatsoever to be charged the surge price—not even their "supply and demand" cop-out justification, which falls short in this instance. On a clear night with near-perfect weather and at least 10 Uber vehicles within my proximity at the time of the reservation, there was plenty of "supply."
I e-mailed Uber support 4 times and still haven't received a response. Then I went on Uber support and noticed they marked my case as "solved," even though nobody had gotten in touch with me.
iPad sales won't grow unless device gets more 'Pro' features
Multiple analyst estimates predict that Apple will see a year-over-year fall in iPad sales in Q2 2014, with the decline ranging anywhere from 23% to 0.7%. So what’s the reason for this fall in sales? Former Apple exec Jean-Louis Gassée thinks that the simplicity of the iPad, and its lack of Pro features is restricting the iPad’s growth.
Meet The New CrunchBase | TechCrunch
The new CrunchBase is being launched after nearly a year of work and a drastic expansion of the team supporting it. While the site had grown to become one of the most comprehensive records of what’s happening in the tech world, over the years it started to show a little rust. Worse, the back end wasn’t always stable and it had a tough time keeping up with a rapidly changing tech ecosystem that required a more flexible architecture and data set.
Solar Walk for Android Guides You Through Our Solar System
With more than six million downloads already on iOS, Solar Walk looks set to gain a slew of new followers now that it’s on Android too. Meanwhile, you may also wish to check out Vito’s Star Walk app too.
Flickr Shows it Could Still Be the Best Photo-Sharing Platform
Since they arrived on the App Store and Google Play, I’ve connected with a bevy of people on Flickr that, until now, I had no idea were even using the platform. Likewise, I’ve picked up new followers; some of which I know from Facebook and others, presumably, have found me through their Twitter following list. It’s a simple but effective way for Yahoo to rebuild and reinvigorate the community on Flickr. With a flood of new people and photos to interact with, users are more likely to open the app on a regular basis and post new photos of their own.
Today's social-media object lesson: The NYPD tries for outreach and gets backlash
By now, the list of social-media failures has grown so long that it’s difficult to keep track, but there are some standouts — like Kenneth Cole and his Egypt tweets , or failed attempts at engagement by brands like McDonald’s and JP Morgan. Now we have another shining example of the genre, thanks to the New York Police Department, which decided to reach out to some of its fans and encourage them to share photos of themselves with members of the force. The result was a blizzard of anti-police sentiment attached to the #myNYPD hashtag .
Postbot: Easy WordPress Scheduling for Photos
If you’re a WordPress-using photo-blogger looking to save yourself some spadework, you might like this little tool developed by Automattic .
Man named in Newsweek's bitcoin 'scoop' thanks supporters
"I am not Satoshi Nakamoto," he said in the YouTube video. "My name is Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto and of course if I were the creator I would never use my real name. So from that point of view, I'm sure you guys would know, that Satoshi Nakamoto is not me. But Leah thinks so and Newsweek said so, but it's not true."
Man Explains Why He Prefers $50 3D-Printed Hand to $42,000 Prosthesis
Everybody's excited about the possibilities of 3D printing, but, for some people, the technology stands to improve their lives on a daily if not hourly basis. Jose Delgado, Jr., a 53-year-old man born without most of his left hand, is one of them. Thanks to 3D-printing, Jose got a new hand .
Apple will reportedly team up with Nike for a smartband accessory
It is being hinted that Nike’s software, which is the one seen on the FuelBand currently, could be used with this new accessory. Since Nike already makes the hardware and software responsible for the functioning of the FuelBand, it will be interesting to see Apple’s contribution to this new smartband.
Apple Opens OS X Beta Testing To All Users With New Seed Program | TechCrunch
Before today, you needed a developer account to help test Apple’s upcoming software releases before they hit the general user population. You didn’t need to actually develop anything, but it would still cost you $99 per year to partake, and technically it was still sort of against the rules. Today, Apple introduced its OS X Beta Seed Program to make pre-release Mac operating system software available to all who want to help try it out.
Microsoft Head Of Xbox: 'We Need To Do More'
Xbox One, Microsoft Microsoft just announced last week, has shipped five million units to retailers. Any other console generation, this would be great news. It’s crushing the historical performance of its predecessor, the Xbox 360. It’s still behind the Wii, albeit with a much higher price tag. But this is not any other console generation — this is 2014, and the Xbox One’s success is necessarily tempered by how badly it’s losing to the PS4, which just announced 7 million units sold through to customers. The console war has not been won yet. But it’s being won.
Nokia expects the sale of substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft to close on April 25, 2014 » Nokia – Press
It should be noted that Nokia and its business are exposed to various risks and uncertainties and certain statements herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, those regarding: A) the planned sale by Nokia of substantially all of Nokia's Devices & Services business, including Smart Devices and Mobile Phones (referred to below as "Sale of the D&S Business") pursuant to the Stock and Asset Purchase Agreement, dated as of September 2, 2013, between Nokia and Microsoft International Holdings B.V.(referred to below as the "Agreement"); B) the closing of the Sale of the D&S Business; C) expectations, plans or benefits related to or caused by the Sale of the D&S Business; D) expectations, plans or benefits related to Nokia's strategies, including plans for Nokia with respect to its continuing businesses that will not be divested in connection with the Sale of the D&S Business; E) expectations, plans or benefits related to changes in leadership and operational structure; F) expectations and targets regarding our operational priorities, financial performance or position, results of operations and use of proceeds from the Sale of the D&S Business; and G) statements preceded by "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "foresee," "sees," "target," "estimate," "designed," "aim", "plans," "intends," "focus," "will" or similar expressions.
Android finally outshines iOS in mobile ad traffic -- report - CNET
However, iOS was still the top global money maker last quarter, accounting for 52.2 percent of all mobile ad revenue, according to the report. Android took second place with a 33 percent share of revenue, though that was up from 26.7 percent a year ago.
Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt rumored to hit 40Gbps transfer speeds with new connector
In a purported presentation slide leaked to the Web on Monday, Intel outlines its next-generation Thunderbolt specification — "Alpine Ridge" — that will boast double the throughput of current Thunderbolt 2 interface, while bringing massive gains in power efficiency.
Travelwide: Large Format Film Camera Offers Image Splendor in a Compact Body
It may be low-tech, but it sure is cool. Photographers seeking the visual opulence of large format images, can now look forward to the Travelwide 4×5 Camera , a point and shoot-style film camera that promises pinpoint detail and huge tonal range. It will be available this summer.
Why Isn't Grid Autosport on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One? - IGN
“One of the unique things for us is we’ve got our own internal Ego technology," he says. "We built this one off the the same heritage of all the previous games have been built to this point. That means we’ve already got a ready-made engine that’s highly optimised for the current-gen hardware, but also PC can really benefit from that. If we moved that particular engine onto next-gen, it’s almost a port job and you’re not really doing a next-gen game. We’re building something that’s forced onto those consoles, that’s not naturally built for them."
Google Follows Facebook, Twitter With App-Install Ads
The search giant announced on Tuesday that it will let app developers target Google's mobile customers based on the apps they have already downloaded.
Apple interviewing for executive positions on its mobile payments team
According to the report, Apple has been meeting with applicants for two new positions that would focus on building a mobile payments system using credit cards stored in iTunes. These positions include a head of product and head of business development.
Does Google Glass Have An Optics Problem? And Does Google Care?
But limiting the scope of the test was important to getting the product right, and that’s precisely why Google charges $1500 for a unit, Sanders says. “The high price point isn’t just about the cost of the device. We want people who are going to be passionate about it.” Just giving it away to beta-testers wouldn’t have produced the same kind of self-selection effect, he says: “We wanted people who really wanted it.”
In Aereo's Supreme Court Hearing, Two Sides Appear Evenly Matched
The case hinges on the question of whether Aereo’s technology constitutes a “public performance” under copyright law. (A purchaser of copyrighted material has the right to a “private performance”–watching a movie at home, for example, but not a public one, i.e. displaying that movie in a theater to paying customers.) The company previously prevailed in the face of broadcasters’ lawsuit in both the Second Circuit Court and a New York District Court. A judge in Utah ruled against the company.
Why Aereo Matters
Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of the television networks versus Aereo, an innovative service that lets you stream broadcasts over the internet. How it's decided could define the future of television, and how we watch it.
An Easy Internet of Things Interface | MIT Technology Review
With the advent of the Internet of things, potentially billions of devices will report data about themselves, making it possible to create new applications in areas as diverse as factory optimization, car maintenance, or simply keeping track of your stuff online. But doing this today requires at least some degree of programming knowledge. Now Bug Labs, a New York City company, is trying to make it as easy to create an Internet of things application as it is to put a file into Dropbox.
Supreme Court: Aereo Case Could Affect All Internet Storage
Aereo works the same way as Cablevision's network DVR in that each subscriber has its own antenna and records its own copy of a program. In other words, rather than simply using a big antenna to stream to lots of users (which would be more efficient), Aereo maintains a 1:1 ratio between its antennas and its customers. Likewise, if two customers record the same program through Aereo's cloud DVR, two individual copies exist — even though it would be more efficient to just have one copy.
The Nest Thermostat Is Now Available Through Google Play | TechCrunch
Google’s latest toy is available for purchase on Google Play for $249. Starting today, conveniently to coincide with Earth Day, Google started selling Nest Learning Thermostat on its web store.
Aereo at the Supreme Court: a guide to the biggest TV case in 30 years (and where to learn more)
If Aereo wins, and, say, Comcast decides to copy Aereo, then yeah, they could conceivably purchase 23 million dime-sized antennas, one for each user, and make the local channels available for streaming instead of through the cable. But when you talk about Comcast’s user base, I would argue that about 40% aren’t going to be comfortable enough or tech-savvy enough to want to change their habits for watching their local content. They don’t want to switch from watching Discovery via their set-top box, then grab their computer/smartphone/tablet, or switch to the on-demand menu when it’s time for Jeopardy. At least, that’s assuming the currently-deployed Comcast set-top boxes can’t live-stream, which I’ve seen no evidence they can. But I guess Comcast could possibly procure 23 million tiny antennas AND develop and deploy 23 million new set-top boxes to deploy this technology.
Second Day Surge: Weibo Pops Another 15% Post-IPO
Weibo’s current market cap is over $4.5 billion, greater than its parent company Sina Corp. That’s still less than one-fifth the size of Twitter. The Silicon Valley microblogging site is trading at a richer multiple of about 27 times sales, while Weibo sits at about 14 times — closer to what Facebook and LinkedIn LinkedIn trade at.
After Cyberbullying Scandal, Anonymous Social App Yik Yak Raises $1.5 Million | TechCrunch
Today, the app has a presence at over 100 universities across the U.S., the company says, and is growing by 100 users per day. Co-founders Droll and Buffington declined to share user numbers, but noted that several of the campuses where Yik Yak is used are big schools with over 10,000 Yik Yak users. (On Google Play, the app is listed as having between 100,000 and 500,000 downloads. Combined with the iOS version, one can assume that the app has several hundred thousand users at least. The app is also generally ranked in the top 20-25 in the iTunes App Store.)
Aereo Is a Ridiculous Company
If you're new to ABC v. Aereo , SCOTUSBlog has a good explainer . Basically: Aereo has a warehouse with thousands of tiny antennas (pictured above) arranged in neat rows inside. When an Aereo subscriber opens the Aereo app, one of those antennas is assigned to her, and the shows it picks up (on ABC, NBC, CBS, et al.) are recorded and stored on a hard drive, where they can be either streamed live to a device of a user's choosing (with a slight delay) or played back at a later time. Each antenna makes only one copy of the shows it receives, and each Aereo user is watching what amounts to a private showing. But since it's being transmitted over the internet, and since thousands of copies of each show are being streamed at any given time, the broadcast networks consider it a public performance that entitles them to millions of dollars in re-transmission fees. The networks won initially, lost on appeal , and their case is now in front of the Supreme Court.
Lifeline, The Early-Stage Finnish VC Firm That Backed Supercell, Closes Another Fund | TechCrunch
“We think the chances of category leadership are pretty slim,” Koponen said. “If we discover the right kinds of games company, we would be super happy to invest. But while game companies can be really attractive and I can understand why the money is flowing there, it’s not our cup of tea.”
Inflated Tech Valuations Bloat The Entire Economy
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App Deals: Download Atomic+, The Descent, QuickFill for free
We have some great apps for you today that have gone free for a short duration on the App Store, including Atomic+, The Descent, Dolmus Driver, QuickFill and more.
Google Agreed to Pay Some of Samsung's Costs, Assume Some Liability in Latest Apple Case
While neither Google nor Samsung would get into specifics of what the two parties have ultimately agreed to in terms of liability, defense costs or responsibility for legal strategy, it is fair to say that Google is participating actively in at least some of the defense and that the two sides are collaborating closely. Samsung’s law firm Quinn Emanuel, has defended HTC, Google and Motorola in past cases.
HBO renews 'Silicon Valley' for second season
HBO just announced that Mike Judge's Silicon Valley has been renewed for a second season. The series — which is right now only three episodes into its eight-episode run — has garnered plenty of critical acclaim since its debut earlier this month, so it seems natural the network would want it to return. The new season will likely premiere next spring, but no firm date has been set.
Why Your Favorite Shows Keep Breaking the Internet
Here’s the point where everything starts to break down. Regardless of the extent to which streaming video providers upgrade and optimize their own infrastructure, they hit a kind of glass ceiling of performance when it comes time to pass the video back off to the ISP’s network. The video will only reach your TV screen as quickly as the ISP’s legacy network infrastructure will allow.
5 of The Biggest News Stories for April 22nd - IGN
Get ready for dragons to rule your world when Dragon Age: Inquisition hits retail this October! More release date details, a rental system for PlayStation Now, and new games are just some of the juicy news you'll hear about in today's Fix..
Report: Vice Journalist Captured in Eastern Ukraine
Update April 22, 2:45 p.m. ET : OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović called for the immediate release of the detained journalist. “I remain deeply concerned about the ongoing negative pattern in relation to journalists’ safety in Ukraine” Mijatović said. “I call on all those responsible to stop harassing and attacking journalists and let them do their job. Simon Ostrovsky should be released immediately.” A U.S. State Department spokesperson also reportedly mentioned a "range of reports about journalists that have been kidnapped and detained in Ukraine," and condemned the taking of hostages.
Titanfall is the $37 daily deal in Amazon's Gold Box today
Titanfall delivers fast-paced, near-future warfare that gives you the freedom to fight your way as both elite assault pilots and agile, heavy armored Titans. The Titanfall experience combines heart-pounding multiplayer action with heroic moments from traditional campaign mode
20 Signs Conan O’Brien Is The Technologist We Deserve And Need | TechCrunch
Furthermore, out of all the late night talk shows, “Conan” is the quickest to make fun of the latest tech trends, ranging from 3D printing and GoPro to bitcoin and ride-sharing apps like Lyft .
Microsoft Lync continues to grow in the market as a UC/IM/presence client, and its PBX feature set has now been on the market long enough for users to evaluate Lync as a voice solution as well. Over the last year, Microsoft has announced other Lync enhancements, including: Skype interoperability; clients for the major mobile OSs; and compatibility with room video systems.
See The Hypnotic Winners Of The Saatchi Gallery's Big GIF Contest
But we've seen a growing number of institutions acknowledge their artistic merit. That list now includes The Saatchi Gallery and Google+, which not only proclaimed the medium its own genre--"motion photography"--but launched a six-category competition to recognize artists pushing the genre forward. The contest, which the organizers called the first open entry, global competition drew over 4,000 entries and judges included luminaries Baz Luhrmann and Cindy Sherman. The winner is Brooklyn-based creative director Christina Rinaldi, whose window washer "almost transcends the GIF medium by turning the soapy water into brushstrokes," according to Sherman.
Exclusive: Leaked LG G3 screens show fresh UI, confirm ‘concierge’ service, and more
A new, modern UI for LG’s upcoming G3 has been revealed in three new screenshots, obtained by Digital Trends from a trusted industry source. The screens show flatter and brighter icons, a revamped weather widget with built-in suggestions, a much cleaner looking notifications screen, and circular icons (a new trend).
The Supreme Court Loves the Cloud. It's Not Sure About Aereo.
Unlike cable and satellite TV companies, Aereo doesn’t pay licensing fees for airing local TV shows. The company says that since it is only allowing consumers to remotely record, store and watch free over-the-air TV broadcasts, it doesn’t need to pay licensing fees to broadcasters. TV station owners disagree and argue that Aereo built a convoluted system designed to evade copyright laws. A lower federal court ruled in Aereo’s favor, which prompted broadcasters to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
Sparkling Sidewalks That Reduce The Need For Street Lighting
There's little need to be wary of a nighttime stroll though a park in Cambridge, England. During the day, particles in the surface of the path absorb UV light. In the evening, they release that energy again. The result is a beautiful effect that its creators call "Starpath."
Meet the Rugged Prospectors Still Panning for Gold in California | Raw File | WIRED
“When you’re talking about gold, no one wants to give away their exact location for fear others will come and take it,” she said. “There was a lot of suspicion among the prospectors as to how they would be covered—the news media at the time seemed to portray many gold prospectors as homeless vagabonds. Building up trust with people over time was often more difficult than government clearance would have been, I think.”