HTC Reports Slim $19.7M Profit For Q3 2014 As Its Rebuilding Efforts Continue
 Things are better for HTC these days, after the Taiwanese phone company eked out a slim $19.6 million (NT$0.6 billion) profit for the third quarter of 2014. That figure represents a drop
Sony Writes Off $1.5B From Its Mobile Division As It Cuts Smartphone Sales Target Again
 Sony replaced the head of its mobile division yesterday, and today its latest earnings report gave a clearer indication of why. Sony’s mobile unit increased its revenue in the last quarter
Samsung announces the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, its “slimmest smartphones to date”
 Samsung vowed to introduce more metallic devices when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it wasted no time doing so after announcing the Galaxy A5 and the
Novelty T-Shirt Maker Print Syndicate Raises $4.25M Series A
 Print Syndicate, an e-commerce store that sells printed T-shirts and other fashion and home decor goods, has raised $4.25 million in Series A funding led by Data
In The Best Conditions, iOS-Exclusive Vainglory Is A Top-Notch MOBA
 A few weeks back I drove down to the San Mateo headquarters of Super Evil Megacorp, the developer behind Vainglory, one of the prominent MOBAs built specifically for tablets (and, as we
Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator
 Andy Rubin, best known for his work on Android at Google, is leaving the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin will build an incubator for what
Meet Samantha, Ethan App’s Sister
 Samantha is a girl, living in New York City. She’s old enough to drink and experienced enough to give love advice. But other than that she prefers to keep it anonymous,
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Plantronics BackBeat Pro: Wireless headphones you'll actually want to use
Anyone whos ever been to a tech expo such as IFA, where Plantronics first showed its BackBeat Pros, knows that the headphone market is an extremely
Google reveals first functional Project Ara prototype (for real this time)
Googles Project Ara has reached an important milestoneA new video shows off the most advanced prototype of the modular smartphone yet— one that actually boots and
The creators of Google Inbox explain why it's the future of Gmail
Googles on a mission to reinvent email. Its weapon: Inbox, a standalone app that launched last week.Inbox aims to make email more useful with several new
Nextdoor's treat map shows you where to find candy on Halloween
Trick-or-treating may be the best part of Halloween — but not all neighborhoods are equal when it comes to candy distributionThats why Nextdoor, a social network
LG develops smartphone display with super-thin bezel
Does your phone lack screen real estate? That might seem like a strange question, given that smartphones seem to grow in size with each generation. But
Amazon in 2014: A look back
Its been quite the year for Amazon — and it was either good or bad, depending on who you ask.From an optimistic perspective, Amazon finally dipped
Apple reverses course: calculator widgets now allowed in App Store
Good news, iOS users: you can still access a calculator widget from Notification Center.The company on Thursday reversed a decision that would require PCalc — a
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October in Africa: All the tech news you shouldn’t miss from the past month
October saw serious developments in the e-commerce, digital music and video on demand (VoD) sectors in Africa, as well
All the tech news you shouldn’t miss from Eastern Europe: October
Another month has passed and brought scores of news and feature stories that are worth to be read by everyone who cares about
Samsung launches mid-range slimline A3 and A5 full metal unibody smartphones
Samsung has today announced two new mid-range smartphones that will go on sale in China and other markets from next month. The devices both
Hungary shelves internet tax plans following protests
The Hungarian government is shelving its plan to tax internet data transfer by the gigabyte, following protest rallies attended by thousands of concerned citizens in Budapest since last week, reports Reuters. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose ruling Fidesz party proposed
Use your Photoshop skills to solve a murder mystery this Halloween
Professor Photoheim has been murdered at his own annual Halloween Party, and it’s up to you to find out who’s responsible. Are your
Companies can now highlight important email information in Google’s Inbox app
Google just announced a new feature called Highlights in its email management app Inbox, to allow companies to make actionable items and
Lenka monochrome camera app upgrade adds controls to a lean interface
Lenka, the dedicated monochrome camera app for iPhone was updated today for iOS 8 and now includes additional shooting and editing controls. Developed by
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Sony Narrows Q2 Loss With Help from PS4
A sign that restructuring may be starting to work.
A Spooky Net Neutrality Story, Solving Murders With Photoshop and More #Mustreads
The mechanics of how Comcast throttles Internet speed, using Photoshop to solve a murder and more.
Google Robotics Head Andy Rubin Leaves Company, Kuffner Steps In
Andy Rubin, who headed Google’s robotics effort and was the creator of its Android system, has left the company to start his own incubator, according to a company spokesperson. James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google, will take over the
GoPro Beats Estimates on Robust Demand for Cameras
The big picture looks good.
Tim Cook: A Private Man Goes Public With a Purpose
Man on a mission.
Yahoo Hires Amazon Sales Head Re/code Said It Was Hiring to Run Sales
As Re/code reported earlier this week that it would, Yahoo has officially said it was hiring Amazon sales head Lisa Utzschneider to run sales in its key Americas market, reporting directly to CEO Marissa Mayer. In a move to pretend
The Crazy Math Behind Facebook’s $22 Billion WhatsApp Deal, Using a Flip Phone in 2014 and Mo(...)
Plus, Ubers running PR battles and T-Pains real voice.
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Hungary puts internet tax plans on ice following heavy protests
Prime minister Viktor Orban says Hungary will hold a national consultation on the matter from January, but for now the people have spoken.
Heiliger and Skok to exit North Bridge Venture Partners
Jonathan Heiliger and Michael Skok are both leaving the VC firm to pursue their own, separate, efforts.
Android founder Andy Rubin is leaving Google
Andy Rubin is leaving Google a little over a year and a half after he moved from Android to focus on Googles robotics efforts.
A reminder from Lockheed Martin that big data can be a slow process
While web companies are building massive-scale data warehouses on top of Hadoop and analyzing data in every manner under the sun, Lockheed Martin is trying to help its government systems embrace…
Birds (and dinosaurs) have a thing or two to teach running robots
Robots are generally programmed to keep a steady gait. But birds constantly speed up and slow down to accommodate obstacles. Copying their movement could help robots be safer and more efficient.
First Look finds the hard part isn’t the journalism, it’s reinventing how a newsroom works
The Intercept -- a magazine that is part of Pierre Omidyars First Look Media -- has written a piece about the departure of Matt Taibbi, who was supposed to be running…
More changes at Twitter as its head of product is replaced
The latest shift in Twitters management is the head of product. Will Twitters staff departures help fix its biggest problem?
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Lenovo Officially Welcomes Motorola To The Family
News hit the wire early Thursday morning that Lenovo has finally completed its purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google. The $2.9 billion acquisition lets the Beijing-based tech company—already a leading PC maker globally—stake its claim in the ground
OK, Google: Search Inside My Apps!
Soon Android users wont have to trifle with actually opening apps to dig up social photos, find restaurants or conduct other in-app searches. Googles mobile operating system wants to make easier work of that—by letting its built-in
Why Web Tools Like AngularJS Need To Keep Breaking Themselves
As the line between native and Web applications increasingly blurs, more developers are turning to Web application frameworks like AngularJS. AngularJS, developed and open sourced by Google, has been especially hot, whether measured by general interest, jobs,
Apple CEO Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"
Tim Cook is gay and proud of it, the Apple CEO revealed in a personal essay published Thursday by Bloomburg Businessweek. While hed been silent on the matter of his sexual orientation for years, the CEO said
BlackBerry Goes Back To The Future With Its "BlackBerry Classic"
To salvage its business, BlackBerrys exciting new strategy is to deliver a modern smartphone … circa 2006. It sounds like a joke, but the companys serious about its upcoming Blackberry Classic Q20, heading to the market in December.CEO John Chen
Nintendo Just Wants To Watch You Sleep
Game company Nintendo has developed a fatigue and sleep deprivation sensor (via GameSpot) that functions without ever touching your body. Instead, Nintendo chief executive Satoru Iwata says, the sensor can be placed on a nightstand to monitor you while you
Microsoft Unveils Health Platform And $199 Fitness Band
Apple’s got HealthKit. Google’s got Google Fit. Now Microsoft is is entering the fitness technology ring with the just announced Microsoft Health.The company describes Microsoft Health as a platform consisting of “a cloud service for consumers and
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Monsters and Thieves
Good artists copy; great artists steal.-Picasso A famous quote about creativity often attributed to Picasso. But what can we actually learn about creativity from studying thieves? And did Picasso even say it? Halloween is tomorrow. I
The Distance: Fantasy Costumes
Walk into any Halloween pop-up store right now and you’re likely to find the same assortment of merchandise: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes and “Frozen” princess dresses, plus old stand-bys like witch hats and vampire capes.You’ll find those items at
Basecamp Meetup: October 2014
Twice a year everyone who works at Basecamp comes to our Chicago office for a week to work and catch up with each other. Last week was our Fall meetup.Here’s what happened:Shaun had a BBQ at his house for out-of
If there was a buddy cop movie starring the Geico gecko and the Aflac duck, I’m pretty sure it would outperform “Edge of Tomorrow” at the box office.We love our anthropomorphized branding mascots. Shortly after Basecamp hatched its own such
Google made one of Android's jokes into something clever.
Face Unlock is one of those features that surprises you. “Wow, this is pretty cool.” But after the novelty wears off some things become apparent: it doesn’t work very well, it isn’t very secure (it can be fooled), and you
iPad Spinners
Last March the iPad team asked me to design some custom loading screen spinners for the Basecamp app. None of these have made it into the app yet, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the
Admire someone? Write them an email, you might be surprised
Last week I attended the Digital PM Summit in Austin (Basecamp was a proud sponsor of the event!). There were a lot of great speakers, but the one I really wanted to see was Mike Monteiro. I’ve admired Mike’s work
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Connecting the microcosmos and the macro world
Cheese from the Selfmade project.This is part of our investigation into synthetic biology and bioengineering. For more, download the new BioCoder Fall 2014 issue here.Good luck trying to jam Christina Agapakis into any kind
Four short links: 31 October 2014
Tangle — a JavaScript library for creating reactive documents from Bret Victor. (via Tom Armitage)The Internet Arcade — classic arcade games, emulated in the browser.Verb — a CAD library for the web a JavaScript library for creating and manipulating NURBS
From factory to data center: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast
Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes,SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed.The Industrial Revolution had a profound effect on manufacturing — will the industrial Internet’s effect be as significant? In this podcast episode,
Four short links: 30 October 2014
A Critique of the Balancing Metaphor in Privacy and Security — The arguments presented by this paper are built on two underlying assertions. The first is that the assessment of surveillance measures often entails a judgement of whether any loss
Experience design is shaping our future
Design aligns humans and technology, it aligns business and engineering, it aligns digital and physical, and it
Four short links: 29 October 2014
TweetNLP — CMU open source natural language parsing tools for making sense of tweets.Interview with Google X Life Science’s Head (Medium) — I will have been here two years this March. In nineteen months we have been able to hire
Big data’s big ideas
Looking back at the evolution of our
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Viggle Partnership with HitFix Extends Rewards Platform
This article is a company-provided press release and ProgrammableWeb cannot vouch for the accuracy of the statements within. If you have questions regarding the information below, please contact the company that issued the
Google Introduces Signed-In JavaScript Maps API
Google has introduced two new features to help connect the millions of sites using Google Maps APIs; a connected, signed-in JavaScript Maps API, and attributed save. The Google JavaScript Maps API now makes
YouTube WatchMe For Android Brings Live Broadcasting To Third Party Apps
YouTube has launched an open-source project called YouTube WatchMe for Android, which is available on GitHub. The reference app will make it possible for developers to easily integrate YouTube Live Streaming into Android
Progress Software Updates its Node.js Platform
This article is a company-provided press release and ProgrammableWeb cannot vouch for the accuracy of the statements within. If you have questions regarding the information below, please contact the company that issued the
Microsoft Band Will Support Android and Apple iOS
Microsoft isnt going to allow Apple and Google to control the mobile health market. Today, it announced Microsoft Health, its take on collecting and analyzing consumer health data. The Microsoft Health platform entails
IBM, Twitter Alliance Promises Improved Data Accessibility
IBM and Twitter announced a landmark alliance that promises to make Twitter data more accessible to both developers and end users alike beginning in the first quarter of 2015.
Diffbot Analyze API Enables Automatic Data Extraction
Imagine the possibilities when apps and programs can see the web the way humans do? Well, this is what Palo Alto-based startup, Diffbot, set out to achieve. Using a combination of crawling software,
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