Ambi Climate Wants To Make Summers In Asia More Bearable 
 Created by a Hong Kong startup, Ambi Climate is the latest entrant in the smart air conditioner market. The smartphone-controlled device is designed to work with split-unit air conditioners that have
A Microsoft Surface Revenue Bet
 After the introduction of the Surface Pro 3, I tweeted that I thought it would do pretty well in the market. I should have clarified that I
National Geographic Experiments With Storehouse
 Six months after its launch, award-winning iPad app Storehouse has formed a strong community of storytellers, including the likes of GQ Germany, RTÉ, and its most recent participant — National Geographic. Read
Airbnb Drops Homejoy From Cleaning Trial, Handybook Remains On In Three Test Markets
 Airbnb’s cleaning trial began in San Francisco, and over time expanded to New York and Los Angeles. Those were three markets that both Homejoy and Handybook operated in. Now, Handybook will handle
Microsoft Open Tech Brings Support For More Open-Source Projects To Azure
 At O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention in Portland, Ore., today, Microsoft’s Open Technologies subsidiary announced two new partnerships that bring support for more open source technologies to the Microsoft Azure platform. Developers
How Monsieur Shook Up Disrupt SF With Its Bartending Robot
 And we’re back with episode two of our Road To Disrupt video series, which shows the good, the bad, and the ugly moments startups go through when
Fly Or Die: LG G Watch
Like anything in this world, the LG G Watch has its pros and its cons. It’s LG’s first venture into smartwatch territory, meaning that the company is just now figuring out its design aesthetic in the space. That said, it
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Chromecast Hack Lets You Rickroll Your Neighbor's TV
One of the biggest draws of Googles Chromecast is how simple it is to set up and use. But the streaming dongle also comes with a
Verizon FiOS Uploads Are Finally Going to Get Faster
Verizon FiOS is increasing its upload speeds to match its download speedsThe update, which the telecom company announced Monday on its website, is free for current
Robot Wearable Adds 2 Fingers to Your Hand
Have you ever tried opening a jar with one hand? What about peeling a banana? You could use your teeth, but wouldnt an extra pair of
13 Things We Learned at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech Conference
ASPEN — For many in the tech world, its becoming an annual pilgrimage: more exclusive than SXSW, not quite as elite as Sun Valley, in a
This Two-Handed Controller Complements the Oculus Rift
While we may be months or years away from virtual reality headsets you can actually buy, it hasnt stopped creators from releasing new and different controller
An iPhone 6 Knockoff Is Going on Sale for $160
Goophone, the Chinese phone company known for its uncanny smartphone knockoffs, is back with its latest adaptationThe i6, an imitation of the still-unannounced iPhone 6, rolls
Latest Beta of iOS 8 Reveals Apple's New Tips App
Apple just revealed more details about the upcoming iOS 8.The Cupertino-based company rolled out the iOS 8 beta 4, which includes a new built-in app called
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Xiaomi announces its first wearable device, a $13 fitness band
Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer has joined the wearables fray as it unveiled today its very first wearable device, a fitness band for only CNY79
Xiaomi unveils its new flagship smartphone, the Mi 4, with a metal frame
After a series of leaks and teases, popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi finally took the wraps off its new flagship smartphone,
StarHub’s crowdfunding platform goes live, offering entrepreneurs in Asia new options
Singapore’s StarHub announced what it claimed is the world’s first telco-backed crowdfunding platform in April, and today its Crowdtivate service went live to
Apple’s latest TV ad is all about stickers
We don’t often write about tech companies’ TV ads, but when they are unique they are worth sharing. Apple’s latest ad spot literally just features stickers on Macbook Airs. It’s pretty clever and, in my opinion at least, effective too. What
WSJ: Apple ordering next-gen iPhones with 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens
It looks like the next iPhones will be larger than the current generation as Apple prepares to battle rival Samsung for your holiday shopping dollar. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has told its suppliers to deliver 70 million to
Twitch for Android adds support for offline profiles and chat
Video game streaming service Twitch has released version 3.0 of its Android app, adding new profile pages and chatrooms for broadcasters when they’re offline.
Yahoo to acquire mobile ad platform and analytics firm Flurry
Yahoo has purchased mobile ad platform Flurry. The deal helps bolster the company’s mobile ad
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The Internet, Then and Now … (Comic)
Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac & Snaggy.
Here’s How Many Subscribers Aereo Had Last Year
For the first time ever, the paused Web TV service tells the world how many customers it had.
Facebook’s Oculus Acquisition Closes
Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR, first announced in March, has officially closed. The two companies released a joint statement saying they were looking forward to “building the next computing platform and reimagining the way people communicate.” The deal included $400
Will Messaging Apps Be Gaming Hubs in the U.S.?
Can any one messaging app sway the app charts the way Line, WeChat and KakaoTalk do in Asia?
Exclusive: Yahoo Poised to Buy Mobile Analytics and Ad Platform Flurry
Yahoo is buying mobile analytics and ad platform company Flurry, according to sources close to the situation. The deal is expected to be announced later today, said those sources, with a price in the “hundreds of millions” for the San
Code/red: Uber’s Dark Night of the Seoul
Plus, mutated space beer has two heads.
Google’s New Business Head Joins Spotify Board, While Another Former Exec Becomes Special Advisor
Big guns from the search giant swoop in to help the popular online music service.
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Secondhand ebook store Tom Kabinet can stay online, Dutch court rules
In a significant upset for the European publishing industry, the Amsterdam district court has refused to order the closure of secondhand ebook store Tom Kabinet, saying EU law isnt clear enough on digital media resale rights to take that step.Secondhand
You are being tracked in the real world, so what should we do about it?
The internet of things is primarily about deriving value from data, but we need to have mroe conversations about how that data is shared. Today we talk to the CEO of Truste about IoT and privacy. You are being tracked
How to build a business-driven infrastructure for the software-defined enterprise
Solutions in the application performance management market is deriving meaningful intelligence directly from the apps they monitor, intelligence that businesses can turn into actionable results that better serve customers and improve business performance.How to build a business-driven infrastructure for the
Octoblu launches to make Skynet internet of things tools professional grade
Two former Bechtel executives have build code that links devices across protocols and platforms to let them communicate. They want to turn that code into a real business.Octoblu launches to make Skynet internet of things tools professional grade originally published
ParkWhiz raises $10M as more VC cash flows to parking spot-booking startups
Competing Chicago VCs are funding different parking reservation startups are they try to lock down the market for online spot bookings in different cities.ParkWhiz raises $10M as more VC cash flows to parking spot-booking startups originally published by Gigaom, ©
Stretching super-strong carbyne makes it useful for electronics
The atom-thick material, which scientists believe to be stronger than graphene, is notoriously difficult to make. A new paper out of Rice University gives one more reason to take an interest in it.Stretching super-strong carbyne makes it useful for electronics
Tesla stops production for close to 2 weeks to ready for Model X
Electric car maker Tesla Motors has temporarily idled production at its factory in Fremont, California, reports the San Jose Mercury News. It will use the almost two week downtime to increase production of its Model S sedan car, and to
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Yahoo Just Bought A Massive Trove Of Mobile Data With Its Flurry Deal
Yahoo just acquired Flurry Mobile, a leading analytics and advertising company whose services are widely used among app developers and publishers.The deal could be a big one for Yahoo. Flurry has long been considered a standout in the business of
An Ode To Jim Rockford's Answering Machine
No respectable obituary for actor James Garner is complete without a reference to the answering machine gag that opened each episode of the iconic actor’s equally iconic, tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek detective series, The Rockford Files, which ran from 1974 to 1980. Eulogizing
What Banana Republic's "Startup Guy" Collection Gets All Wrong
Bravo, Banana Republic! We hail your valiant effort to inject some fashion sense into Silicon Valley. And purely from a fashion perspective, your new collection The Startup Guy is pretty on point; the clothes are unquestionably nice.But
Here's What Teens Think It Takes To Work In Tech
It’s easy to get swept up in the media myths of the technology world. The good news is that a new generation readying themselves for careers in tech are looking past the stereotypes and embracing opportunity.On Friday, LinkedIn hosted an event
Facebook Save Lets You Bookmark For Later
Since youre not spending enough time on Facebook, you can now save things to read or view later ... on Facebook.On Monday, the company announced the Save feature, which allows users to bookmark things like links, photos or videos to
How Computer Code Has Changed Since Apollo 11 Landed On the Moon
The Apollo missions had technology no more complicated than a pocket calculator … everybody knows that. But hardly anybody talks about the computer code that helped send astronauts to the moon and back, which was equally as simple.Sunday, July 20
What Streaming Device Makers Should Learn From Qplay’s Demise
Qplay seemed like it everything it needed to succeed. The small TV streaming adapter had Mike Ramsay and Jim Barton, the founders of the TiVo DVR set-top box, driving it. So it had a well-respected leadership team, a unique selling point and
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Why we don't speak up at work
A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job.He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for
The Distance goes tiki
I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing
Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival
Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of
Talking with a UbiDuo
A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area.Most people come up, same hi, chat a bit, buy a book, shake hands,
Crossing Streams
When I switched to Android a few years ago, I promised myself this: I’d switch back the minute Apple added smart notifications, app data sharing, widgets, and a better keyboard to iOS.Apple’s WWDC keynote yesterday was exciting. Craig Federighi is
One-hit wonder
It’s incredibly hard to trace the success of any business, product, or project down to the skill of the founders. There’s plenty of correlation, but not much causation.That’s a scary thought to a lot of people: What if my success
What Jamis left behind... for us.
A few weeks ago, Jamis Buck, a programmer who had been with us for nine years, asked to meet with me and David. We grabbed a conference room, and I immediately felt something heavy in the air. Jamis told us
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Transparency and transformation at PayPal
Three years ago, PayPal was growing exponentially, staying profitable and was considered the most successful online payments company in the world. This should have been the recipe of a company that was attracting top talent across the globe, and keeping
Four short links: 21 July 2014
nupic (github) -GPL v3-licensed ode from Numenta, at last. See their patent position.Robocup — soccer robotics contest, condition of entry is that all codes are open sourced after the contest. (via The Economist)Security Data Science Paper Collection — machine learning,
A good nudge trumps a good prediction
Editor’s note: this is part of our investigation into analytic models and best practices for their selection, deployment, and evaluation.We all know that a working predictive model is a powerful business weapon. By translating data into insights and subsequent actions,
Four short links: 18 July 2014
Questions to Ask when Reviewing a Design (GDS) — GDS made stickers, but I might just put this in poster form on the wall. They missed, “can you make it pop?” though.Saturated — wonderfully unsubdued web palette for prototyping. Nobody
Designing real vegan cheese
I don’t think I will ever get tired of quoting Drew Endy’s “keep synthetic biology weird.” One of my favorite articles in the new issue of Biocoder is on the Real
Four short links: 17 July 2014
Misjudgements Will Drive Social Trials Underground (Nature) — 34 ethicists write to explain why they see Facebook’s mood-influence trials as not an egregious breach of either ethics or law. Notable: No one knows whether exposure to a stream of baby
Next-generation Web apps with full stack JavaScript
Since its introduction, JavaScript was often seen as a limited object-oriented language that had many “bad” parts. The situation today is almost the opposite.In competition with Java, C#, and Ruby, JavaScript
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How to Perform, Visualize Sentiment Analysis with the WebKnox Text Processing API
Sentiment analysis is a type of machine learning in which developers create a script that can read a block of text and analyze whether it is positive, neutral or negative. It is a
Today in APIs: Chain API Gives Fingerprint Authorization to iOS Bitcoin Apps
Authorization for iOS Bitcoin Apps now just a fingerprint away. Google launches a cloud monitoring API for its cloud platform. Plus: In-game equipment management API coming soon, and there is a women-only hackathon
New drchrono-AppVisit Product Integration Provides Greater Health Care Access for Patients
Drchrono, a leading electronic health record (EHR) platform provider, and AppMedicine, the company behind AppVisit, a cross-platform software solution that provides mobile communications to the health care industry, have just announced a product
New Appcelerator Release Targets Time-to-Market Mobile Bottleneck
Mobile cloud platform Appcelerator has launched a summer release of product enhancements aimed at speeding up enterprise mobile app development. Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator, spoke with ProgrammableWeb about how the new features
The Weclapp API Helps Keep Customers Happy
If it wasnt for the customer, nobody would be in business, and any successful company would know all too well that keeping them happy is key. For this reason, CRM (Customer Relationship management)
Graph Technology Provides Valuable Insights From Interconnected Data
The use of graph databases and the popularity of graph analysis have been rapidly growing in recent years. Technology companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter have built and now use their own proprietary graph databases. Google created a graph
The Internet of Things is about the Internet
With the amount of projects created in 2014 the year has been deemed the year of Internet of Things (IoT). From light bulbs to connected sensors the “things” have taken over and been hailed, but the wrong things are being
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