Hollywood Comes Back To Silicon Valley With A New SyFy Reality TV Show
 SyFy has greenlit a new, six-episode series that will follow teams of startups through the accelerator process in the Valley. The show, called The Bazillion Dollar Club*, is expected to
TC Droidcast Episode 28: Android Wear Weary, Go For GRID Gaming
 On this week’s Droidcast, Chris Velazco joins us from a bathroom, Kyle Russell contributes from New Hampshire, Greg Kumparak rises from his sick bed, and Darrell Etherington hosts from the permanent midnight
Grabyo Secures $2M From Celeb Sports Stars For Rights-Friendly Social Video
 Video-focused startup Grabyo, which has a second-screen offering and partners with TV broadcasters to allow TV viewers to legally share real-time clips of its content, has landed $2m in funding
Against Acceleration
 Startups should give up equity for only one of two reasons: work or cash. Read More
Pomplamoose Details The Cost Of Being A Indie Band
 In a surprising display of transparency, Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn aka Pomplamoose detailed what it took to run a 28-city tour of the US. The bottom line? The band made $135,983
Dropbox’s Mobile Apps Are Now Integrated With Microsoft Office
 Earlier this month, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership that would see Dropbox offer better support for Microsoft’s Office Suite, including the ability to edit Office docs from the Dropbox mobile app
Two Rallies
 Today Apple topped the $700 billion value market cap threshold during regular trading, a remarkable achievement. The company’s shares have since slipped some, but it’s impossible to deny the technology giant’s massive
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You can now edit Microsoft Office documents from within Dropbox
Dropbox just made good on its earlier promise of integrating its mobile apps with Microsoft OfficeThe cloud storage company updated its iOS (App Store link and
Watch out, Oculus: Apple is hiring a virtual reality developer
Its not exactly a surprise that Apple is reportedly working on projects related to virtual reality. But it is becoming increasingly obvious now that the Cupertino
What not to buy on Black Friday
Shopping advice is easy to come by. There’s always some site (guilty!) willing to tell you what to buy: “Get this tablet.” “Snap up that smartphone.”
Vine adds a feature so you'll never miss your favorite videos
Vine upgraded its app on Tuesday to include a favorite option, so you can make sure that you see any and all videos from your most
There is not actually a shortage of tech workers
Along with temporary deportation relief for millions, President Obamas executive action will increase the number of United States college graduates from abroad who can temporarily be
5 early Black Friday deals for gadget lovers
Having trouble waiting for Black Friday to get your hands on some new gadgets? Not to worry. There are already some cool electronics up for (relatively)
Mycestro hands on: An innovative wireless mouse, with compromises
When the finger-mounted 3D mouse called Mycestro blew through its Kickstarter funding goal last year, it seemed like the device might be a hit. The makers
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Ideal Gifts: Send your friends on a trip with the Timbuk2 Command backpack
In the Ideal Gifts series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for gifts to give this holiday season. I’m not
Facebook is no more a safe haven for terrorists than the post office
What’s an easier sell for politicians? Criticizing the security services for failing in their investigations or placing the blame for not stopping an atrocity
Your developers aren’t slow, your process is
Justin Jackson is a Product Marketing Manager at Sprintly. This post originally appeared on the Sprintly blog. “Why didn’t we ship last week?” As managers, it’s
You can get a human to spell check your email for $5 a month
A new service called eAngel brings human autocorrect to your Gmail outbox for just $5 a month. eAngel integrates by means of a
Typegenius online app shows designers the best font match
Most designers pride themselves on their ability to choose the font combinations they use in their projects, thank you — except for when they need
Mozilla shows off Firefox’s new search interface
Mozilla recently announced that it was partnering with Yahoo to provide the default search engine in Firefox going forward. Today, the company has detailed what the future
What next after the Jolla Tablet’s $1.2 million crowd-funding success? Maybe a smart watch
It took two days for the Jolla Tablet to break the $1 million mark on IndieGoGo and the campaign
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Toy “Review” Videos Are Weird and Popular. So Disney’s Maker Studios Is Signing Them Up.
They are (probably) not for us. But YouTube loves them.
Sony to Pay Refunds Over Misleading PlayStation Vita Ads After Settling FCC Charge
$25 in cash, or a $50 voucher for people who bought before June 2012.
Lyft Encourages Users to Share Their Commutes
A new carpool feature comes amid regulator and insurer skepticism.
Wireless Carriers’ Bidding Tops $36 Billion in FCC Auction For Airwaves
The battle to claim those precious bits of airwaves continues with the U.S. government already a winner.
Apple That Much Closer to Becoming a $1 Trillion Company
Apple’s market value topped $700 billion Tuesday morning, the first time any company in the U.S. has hit that mark. More tantalizingly, it’s that much closer to becoming a $1 trillion company, though it’ll likely be a while if that
“URL” Stands for…? New Pew Report Has Surprising Stats on America’s Tech Knowledge.
Bill Gates is well-known, but only 21 percent of American tech consumers recognize Sheryl Sandberg: The surprising results of Pews survey on Americans knowledge of technology.
Holiday Gift Guide: What to Buy a Boomer
Buying a tech gift for a Baby Boomer may seem daunting. Heres some help.
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Uber hit with lawsuit over use of credit scores in driver hiring
Poor Uber cant win. After criticism over driver-screening, the ride-sharing company tightened up its background checks -- and now a driver has filed a class action case saying the way Uber…
The global tablet market is slowing down, says IDC
Its been clear for a while that iPads and other tablets follow a much longer upgrade cycle than smartphones. A new report from IDC backs up this anecdotal trend with sales…
Sony Xperia Z4 specs leak, suggest modest improvements
The Sony Xperia Z3 was already a pretty good flagship phone. What would make it better? Just a few small things and several of them appear to be coming to the…
Spotify’s 2013 revenue was close to $1 billion
Spotify saw its revenue climb to €746.9 million in 2013, but its losses also grew.
Did social media make the situation in Ferguson better or worse?
Even though Twitter and other forms of social media help spread misinformation and falsehoods in the aftermath of events like the shooting in Ferguson, they also allow the truth to circulate…
Pinterest finishes flood of product redesigns with Android update
Pinterest is dusting off its products. After a desktop site redesign at the end of last month and an iOS redesign at the start of this month, next up is Android.
This car gadget links your smoking engine to the right mechanic
Mechanic Advisor is launching its own connected car device that plugs into your vehicles on-board diagnostic port and helps you interpret that scary check engine light when it starts blinking on…
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Beware: Your Supervisor Can Soon Read Your Slack Messages
Slack, the workplace communications tool for group chats, will introduce a new tier of service on January 1 called Slack Plus—and employees may not like it very much. Aimed at large companies, Plus brings in the one feature that
Sophisticated Malware Regin Linked To NSA, British Intelligence
When cybersecurity firm Symantec uncovered the sophisticated malware Regin over the weekend, its analysts reported that it was most likely created by a national intelligence agency. Now, new reports suggest that the malware was a tool of
Turns Out The Samsung Galaxy S5 Tanked Outside The U.S.
The bleeding in Samsung’s mobile business hasnt stopped, and not even its own flagship could stanch it. The Wall Street Journal reports that, despite its strong start and popularity in the United States, sales of the company’s Galaxy
"Big Data Ethics" Sound Great, But They Won't Stop The NSA—Or Facebook
It was worth a shot. At the recent Strata Conference in Barcelona, Hadoop founder Doug Cutting took to the stage to argue for a new era of Big Data ethics.It’s time for us to reflect as we enter this
Leaked FAA Proposal Forecasts Turbulence For Drone Rules
Federal guidelines for commercial-drone use may be even harsher than expected, the Wall Street Journal reports.The WSJ apparently got hold of the FAA’s drafted rules through anonymous sources. Among other restrictions, the prospective rules would require drone operators
8 Things Startups Should Consider Before Entering A Collaboration
Guest author Scott Gerber is founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council.Partnering with another company can be great for both parties involved—or it can end in disaster. Collaboration can be tempting for a quick sales fix, but do your due diligence
Meet Regin, Government-Created Spyware That's Been Active Since 2008
Symantec has uncovered yet another sophisticated, malware-based spying tool, dubbed “Regin,” apparently the latest spyware tool created by a national government agency.The companys research, published Sunday, identifies Regin—also known as Backdoor.Regin—as a Trojan virus that exhibits “a
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Basecamp Stickers
I really dug Apple’s Stickers commercial and the other day I thought, “Heck! We have stickers and laptops and dubstep!” So, why not make one of our own?I found the song and created a short waveform animation which I used
Sharing a first draft
Been working on some copy for the Basecamp site. I don’t know where it’s going to go yet – maybe on a new page, maybe it’ll replace something else, maybe we’ll even test it as the new home page.But I
Writing-first Design
A quick way to measure a designer’s maturity is to watch what they do at the beginning of a project. Inexperienced designers are often smitten by the allure of new tools and quick results, so they’ll jump in to Photoshop
A Glimpse of Artificial Intelligence
At 8:15 AM I called Safelite Auto Glass for a quote to fix a chip in my car’s windshield. I wasn’t expecting to get the work done today, but the customer service rep gave me a great deal. We scheduled
Art and Craft
Priceless cultural artifacts and works of art belong in a museum, as Indiana Jones taught us. But if the museum doesn’t have the space for that painting or Cross of Coronado, these pieces go to companies like The Icon Group.
PHOTO: A quick lesson on branding—via @gewqk.
A quick lesson on branding—via @gewqk.
PHOTO: Less works.
Less works.
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Copyrightability of Java APIs revisited
Editor’s note: this is a forthcoming article for the March 2015 issue of Communications of the ACM (CACM); it is published here with permission.For more than 20 years, the prevailing view has been that application program interfaces (APIs) are unprotectable
Four short links: 25 November 2014
Michael Ossman and the NSA Playlist — the guy who read the leaked descriptions of the NSA’s toolchest, built them, and open-sourced the designs. One device, dubbed TWILIGHTVEGETABLE, is a knock off of an NSA-built GSM cell phone that’s designed
Interaction and industrial design team up to serve the IoT
Industrial designers and interaction designers are joining forces to create the best services for Internet of Things (IoT). I sat down with Martin Charlier, a design strategist with a unique distinction of having both interaction and industrial design experience to
Four short links: 24 November 2014
How Magic Leap is Secretly Creating a New Alternate Reality (Gizmodo) — amazing piece of investigative tech journalism.Better All The Time (New Yorker) — What we’re seeing is, in part, the mainstreaming of excellent habits. Everyone works hard. Everyone is
Today’s designers are solving business problems
It’s no secret that design is playing a more prominent role within many organizations. Designers are becoming fundamentally linked to the development and success of products and services versus their more historical role polishing the appearance of those products and
Four short links: 21 November 2014
Wearable Power Assist Device Goes on Sale in Japan (WSJ, Paywall) — The Muscle Suit, which weighs 5.5 kilograms (12 pounds), can be worn knapsack-style and uses a mouthpiece as its control. Unlike other similar suits that rely on motors,
Signals from Strata + Hadoop World in Barcelona 2014
Experts from across the big data world are coming together this week for Strata + Hadoop World in Barcelona 2014. We’ve gathered insights from the event below.#IoTH: The Internet of Things and Humans“If we could start over with these capabilities
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Apple iAD API Released for Programmatic Advertising
Google Maps Offers Developer Access To Street View
Googles Street View and Photo Sphere viewing tools offer users a pretty cool way to get as up close and personal with a place as is digitally possible. Having a 360-degree perspective of
Embed Custom Timelines Using Lifestreams Open API Portal
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Outbrain Amplify API Opens Discovery Platform to Developers
Outbrain, a leading content discovery platform, has announced the launch of the new Outbrain Amplify API which allows company approved partners programmatic access to the Outbrain platform.
Whois Offering 500 Free API Lookups For New Accounts
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WaveMaker Adds API Designer to RAD Environment
WaveMaker today announced that it is including an API Designer within its namesake rapid application development environment. Aimed at both professional developers short of time and citizen developers lacking application development skills, WaveMaker provides
Yahoo's New Search API Pricing Compared to Google, Bing
On Nov. 20, new pricing went into effect for the Yahoo BOSS Search API, a suite of APIs and tools that can be used to build custom search engines driven by the Yahoo
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