GameAnalytics Scores $5.5M Series A, Hires Ex-Aol European MD As CEO
 GameAnalytics, a free analytics platform for games developers, has leveled-up its funding. The Copenhagen-headquartered startup, which also has a sales office in London and a development hub in Berlin, has closed a
Korean E-Book Platform Ridibooks Raises $8M Series B
 Ridibooks, which claims to be South Korea’s largest e-book vendor, announced that it has raised a $8 million Series B to improve its user experience and reach new customers. Investors include NeoPlux,
AnandTech Sells To Publisher Purch To Grow Its Tech And Hardware Reviews Site
 AnandTech, the brilliantly super techie blog founded by recent Apple hire Anand Shimpi, has left the independent media club* after announcing its sale to Purch, the publishing company behind fellow tech sites Tom’s
TeachPitch Helps Educators Around The World Share Learning Resources
 Creating lesson plans, learning about teaching methods, and finding new educational material are all part of a normal workday for teachers, but it can be difficult because most educators have extremely
Khosla Ventures Is Raising A Fresh $400 Million Fund For Seed Investments
 Mega VC firm Khosla Ventures is raising a new $400 million seed fund as it looks to enter the new year with some gusto. Read More
Santa’s Robotic Elf Sings A Merry Tune
 This holiday season it’s important to remember the true meaning of Christmas: the slow encroachment of robots upon human existence and the expectation of the enslavement of
Sony Pictures Employees Now Working In An Office “From Ten Years Ago”
 “We are stuck in 1992 over here,” she said. She requested anonymity but agreed to talk a bit about her day-to-day experience as a Sony Pictures Employee post-hack. She said things were
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This iPad case doubles as an extended battery and LTE hotspot
iPad cases are a dime a dozen these days, but a new Indiegogo project has a unique take on the market.The FiiV is a case for
LG to launch next version of WebOS for smart TVs at CES
WebOS is getting another update from LGThe company plans to launch the next version of its smart TV platform at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show.See also:
BMW is developing a car that can be parked via smartwatch
BMW is developing a remote-control valet parking system for cars that can be operated by a smartwatch.The sensor-filled BMW i3 car, which will be on display
You can now control the Nest thermostat with voice commands
Googles Nest thermostat owners just got a new hands-free perk: the ability to control the device by voice.This means the next time you want your home
14 budget-friendly image editors for small businesses
As a small-business owner, you may not have the budget to purchase industry leading software, however you still want to process images and photos for your
Facebook now auto-enhances photos posted from iPhones
Facebook is taking a page out of Google+s playbook, and is now automatically editing photos posted to the social network from mobile devices.Smartphones and apps have
Samsung says wearables will be the next 'power' trend in the workplace
Wearable technology will be to 2015 what shoulder pads were to the 1980s.In a new trends report (first spotted by The Verge), Samsung says the next
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Uber driver allegedly rapes passenger in Boston, company promises increased security
Only days after an Uber driver was accused of raping a female passenger in New Delhi, India, a similar case of sexual assault
Apple may be in trouble over iPhone sales tactics in Canada
Apple is being investigated in Canada to ascertain whether the company used its influence over the market to promote the sale of iPhones
Wikipedia reflects on 2014 in its first-ever annual video
After Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube chronicled the year gone by in videos, it’s now Wikipedia’s turn. The crowdsourced online encyclopedia takes you through major
Ultimate Universe playing cards fuse pixel art with Japanese mythology
Sure, they’re the same playing cards you
Bebo has been reincarnated as a crazy, hashtag-filled messaging app
In 2010, after AOL acquired Bebo but struggled to do anything with it against formidable rival Facebook, the company shut the social network’s doors. The
Hidely private photo app launches on Android
Lifetime Memori has announced that its Hidely mobile app, previously only on iOS, is now available for Android. Now, you can discretely share photos and shoot with the
Twitter’s transparency reports are now available in 10 languages
Since launching its first transparency report in 2012, it has been Twitter’s aim to ensure users from around the globe can access this information in a clear and straightforward way. Today, Twitter announced that the transparency reports will now be available
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Apple’s Holiday Product Red Campaign Raises $20 Million for AIDS Research
The company partnered with software developers who sold apps or exclusive items and donated the proceeds to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.
eBay’s Head of North America Business Exits
Christopher Payne, who had led key business for eBay, will leave by year end.
Major Theater Owners Expected to Pull Screening of Sony’s “The Interview”
Postponing release of $44 million film The Interview is sure to hurt Sonys bottom line.
BlackBerry Classic Launches Today Unlocked for $449
After months of teasing, BlackBerry today officially launched its new BlackBerry Classic model. The smartphone is styled after the popular BlackBerry Bold 9900 (Kim Kardashian West’s favorite, by the way), and features a physical keyboard, trackpad and a smaller design
Raine Group Adds Online Video Pioneer Mika Salmi as Adviser
Remember AtomFilms? Yeah, that guy.
Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar Pulls Back the Curtain on Vessel, His YouTube Rival
$3 a month to see YouTube stars videos before they show up on YouTube.
“The Interview” New York Premiere Canceled as Exhibitors Re-Evaluate Film’s Release
Even as the Department of Homeland Security said there was no credible intelligence of a plot against movie theaters, the Landmark Theater canceled Thursdays New York premiere and Carmike Cinemas dropped the film.
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UK carriers agree to boost coverage, avoiding national roaming
The British government has got the countrys four big mobile operators to agree to boost their coverage, to tackle so-called not-spots in rural areas. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone said Thursday…
The mis-measure of Netflix
In Netflixs subscription-based on-demand world, viewership is cumulative. Measuring it at any given point in time might give you a number, but that number has little correlation with the contents value…
Top tips for new app developers: Here’s what you need to know
Without a rational mobile product lifecycle plan in place, you are wasting time and money.
How I use iOS apps to manage my calendar and daily tasks
Last week, I looked at how I use my iPad to manage my notes. This week. I’m going to look at how I use iOS to manage my schedule and task items…
There’s more to media than posting links on Facebook and Twitter
The fact that Facebook and Twitter have come to dominate the way that news and information travels online has its downsides as well -- how do we reach potential readers who…
IBM bringing its skin-cancer computer vision system to hospitals
IBM says it has developed a machine learning system that identified images of skin cancer with better than 95 percent accuracy in experiments, and its now teaming up with doctors to…
IBM beefs up cloud worldwide with more data centers
Remember that data center land grab we keep talking about?  Its not letting up. This week its IBMs turn (again) to claim data center expansion to fuel its effort to offer…
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U.S. Intelligence Implicates North Korea In Sony Hack
Just as Sony Pictures canned the premiere of The Interview, the film that triggered its now-infamous cyber attack, U.S. intelligence sources told The New York Times Wednesday that North Korea was indeed “centrally involved” in the hack. North Korean
Hackers Take Down Another Media Target
On Wednesday, hackers claiming to be affiliated with the Syrian Electronic Army may have penetrated the website of the International Business Times, an online business-news publication.It does indeed appear that we have been hacked by the Syrian
Snapchat Is In The Empire Business, Leaked Sony Emails Reveal
Snapchat launched as an ephemeral photo-sharing app, but business correspondence brought to light by the recent Sony hack reveal the company has no plans of disappearing anytime soon. Along with information supporting reports that Snapchat did, indeed, turn
Tech Hiring Is Poised To Break Records In 2015
There has never been a better time to be in software, and the hiring trends prove it. According to Dice.coms semi-annual report, tech hiring is at unprecedented levels. For tech professionals, this means that now is the time to ask
BlackBerry Launches The Classic, Its Best Hope Yet For Salvation
BlackBerry has finally launched its new-old smartphone, the keyboard-bearing BlackBerry Classic.The phone, which has been available on pre-order for a month, offers users a rather unique proposition these days: a physical keyboard. The company earned its stripes
Facebook Will Enhance Your Photos For You
Facebook will auto-enhance newly uploaded photos beginning Tuesday, TechCrunch’s Josh Constine reports. See also: Facebook Is Going To Start Tracking You Even More CloselyIn the age of the smartphone, everyone carries a camera around wherever they go.
What Your Business Can Learn From Ello
Guest author Yoav Vilner is a co-founder of Ranky.It’s almost 2015, and it’s time everyone realized that users matter more than anything. Yes, more than the actual product and far more than the short-term revenue that app developers and
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The curse of compressing reality
When I’m not analyzing data, I like to make things from wood—furniture, cutting boards, etc. Making something physical after sitting at a computer all day is relaxing and rewarding, and I’m never short on gifts for family and friends.My woodworking
Stuck Again
In 1949, Earl Bakken and his brother-in-law Palmer Hermundslie started a medical device repair shop in Palmer's garage. It was a terrible place to work – freezing in the winter, stifling in the summer. We used a garden hose to
A Slice of Small Business Life
There was a time in America, if you can believe it, when you would order a pizza and it would arrive somewhat cold and soggy. A horrifying prospect! Ingrid Kosar was disenchanted with cold delivery pizza too, and she wanted
Shipping Basecamp for iOS 2.0
Almost 2 years ago I wrote about our approach to building our first in-house native application. This week, we shipped version 2.0 of Basecamp for iPhone, which now shares a codebase with Basecamp for iPad. I’m proud to say this
Basecamp the Infomercial
An ecosystem, fragmented
Fragmentation isn’t just Android’s problem anymore.Here’s the last 2 years worth of iOS and Android usage by operating system version for Basecamp, combining our native app usage and our mobile web views:Fragmentation is the
REWORK Stickers
In 2010, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson wrote a business book called REWORK. Since then REWORK has become a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon.com bestseller. It goes against what every other business book is about. On
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Business at web speed
Seven years ago, Steve Souders and Jesse Robbins came to the realization that they both
21st century communication with WebRTC
As the web platform continues to evolve, tools have emerged for connecting people and computers in new and interesting ways. Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) stands out as one of the most significant and disruptive of these emerging technologies, allowing developers
An ecosystem of connected devices
Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from our recent book Designing Multi-Device Experiences, by Michal Levin. This excerpt is included in our curated collection of chapters from the O’Reilly Design library. Download a free copy of the Experience Design ebook
Four short links: 17 December 2014
USB Armory — another Linux-on-a-stick, but this one has some nifty dimensions and security applications in mind.Who’s the Boss? — The Elf on the Shelf essentially teaches the child to accept an external form of non-familial surveillance in the home
Regulation and decentralization: Defending the blockchain
Editor’s note: our O’Reilly Radar Summit: Bitcoin & the Blockchain will take place on January 17, 2015, at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Andreas Antonopoulos, Vitalik Buterin, Naval Ravikant, and Bill Janeway are but a few of the confirmed speakers
Hardware is an elusive constraint on user experience
Editor’s note: this interview with Andrew “bunnie” Huang is an excerpt from our recent report, When Hardware Meets Software. The report looks into the new hardware movement, telling its story through the people who are building it. For more stories
Cheap sensors, fast networks, and distributed computing
Editor’s note: this is an excerpt from our new report Data: Emerging Trends and Technologies, by Alistair Croll. You can download the free report here.The trifecta of cheap sensors, fast networks, and distributing computing are changing how we work with
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Amazon Updates Maps API, Adds 3D Vectoring and Fluid Movement
Amazon recently released Amazon Maps API version 2.0. The mapping API has long enabled developers to add maps to their apps for Amazon’s Fire Tablets and the Fire Phone. The revised API takes
​Google Closes Freebase, Launches Knowlege Graph API
Google is shuttering Freebase, a community-curated database of well-known people, places, and things, and providing a tool that will enable its data to be imported into the Wikidata project. Originally started by a company
Sony To Launch Google Glass Competitor Along With An SDK
Twitter Digits API Now Supports Custom Theming
Migme's Developer Program Monetizes Emerging Markets
Migme, a social entertainment platform focused on emerging markets, has launched a developer program that gives developers access to the platforms functionality, as well as its growing user base. The APIs give full
Libscore Aims to Measure Popularity of JavaScript Libraries
Libscore, a brand new tool that explores the popularity of third-party JavaScript libraries, was just announced by the projects sponsors Stripe and DigitalOcean.
Sinch's New SMS API Reaches Over 100 Countries
Sinch, a cloud-based communications platform, has launched a new SMS API that enables apps to send SMS messages to users in over 100 countries. The SMS API adds to Sinch’s existing communications API
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