Yep, Apple Will Shut Down Beats Music App And Roll It Into iTunes
 Last month I reported that Apple would shut down Beats Music and likely add streaming music to iTunes. Apple denied, specifically, that Beats Music would be shut down. Shortly thereafter, ‘unnamed
The Queen’s First Tweet Is A Royal Mystery
 Think about your first tweet. Mine was sent from a desktop, but I’m sure plenty of people sent their first tweet from a smartphone. But before you can ever send
Amazon Quietly Launches A Functional App Store Within Its Main Android Application
 Until recently, if you wanted to install an application from Amazon’s own Appstore onto your Android device, you would have to install the Amazon Appstore app separately. And this is a bit
IBM Earnings Reflect Just How Difficult Transformation Really Is
 The news came out this week that IBM had another bad quarterly report card. Unfortunately for IBM it marked the 10th straight quarter of falling revenue, indicating that maybe something’s not quite
Socar, Korea’s Answer To Zipcar, Raises $18 Million But Isn’t Looking Overseas Just Yet
 South Korea is know for advanced technology and hardware companies like Samsung, LG and others. But startups? Certainly the country has produced few fledgling tech companies, though there are increasing signs that
Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer
 Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It’s called the J-deite Quarter and is four feet
Nintendo’s Extended Amiibo Video Is Weird And Long But Good
 Nintendo has a new online ad for its Amiibo ‘toys-to-life’ mobile figures, and the spot depicts the lengthy journey of one young player looking to upgrade his collectible character in order to
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Was the Amazon Fire Phone a Gross Miscalculation?
The Amazon Fire Phone is teetering on the edge of oblivion, and there are signs everywhere.I havent spotted a single Fire Phone in the wild since
LG's Next Smartphone Is Powered by an In-House Chip
LG announced an octa-core NUCLUN chip on Thursday, a mobile application processor built for “high performance and low energy consumption,” and next-gen LTE networks.See also: LG
MakerBot CEO: No New Hardware at CES
Jenny Lawton took a somewhat circuitous route to the helm of 3D printing leader MakerBotBefore joining the company as “Head of People” in 2011, Lawton spent
Animals Can Experience the Uncanny Valley
In 2009, researchers at Princeton University showed macaque monkeys three images of their species: a real photograph, an unrealistic computer rendering and a detailed digital caricature.The
Apple in 2014: A Year in Review
Its been quite the year of ups and downs for Apple: From the unveiling of the Apple Watch to the disastrous iOS 8.0.1 update; from the
Why Apple Pay Is the Most Secure Payment Platform on the Planet
When Apple Pay officially launched earlier this week with the release of iOS 8.1, many rushed to local participating retailers to be among the first to
Huge Android Wear Update Brings Offline Music Sync and GPS Support
If we had to choose our biggest qualm about wearables today, apart from battery life, it would be the fact that most of them are nearly
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Apple’s iTunes download sales have fallen sharply in 2014, reports the WSJ
Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics and the associated Beats Music subscription service may have raised eyebrows in some quarters, but the move makes all the more sense when you consider this report from the Wall Street Journal. Citing “people familiar
Amazon snuck an app store into its main Android app over a month ago
Amazon’s Appstore doesn’t have nearly the same popularity on Android as Google’s own offering does. Besides the fact that many
Flat design goes educational: How the learning community has embraced the latest Web design trend
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Tech conference bingo
Mention of the cloud – check! Mention of big data – yep. Someone wearing Google Glass – of course… Tech conferences are so predictable… Vooza – a video comic strip about the tech world regularly shares a new video with you
How the design team behind ‘Destiny’ built their immersive worlds
Alexander Huls is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Esquire and other publications. This post was
4 great TNW Deals for designers and developers
We’ve got a bunch of amazing offers for designers and developers, to ease your workflow, help you engage your customers and also learn to build apps for iOS 8 with Swift. Here’s what’s in store at TNW Deals: UltraEdit Flexible
5 steps to finding a winning brand name
Olga Steidl is the Growth manager at Linko. Earlier this year, we faced a surprise hurdle. Due to a conflicting trademark in the US and a
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Ben Bradlee Could Teach Us All a Thing or Two About Real Disruption
In his universe, nothing seemed off limits.
The People Who Make the Internet Safe for Use, Dropbox vs. San Francisco and More #Mustreads
The lives of social media content moderators, the story of gentrification in San Francisco as told by a soccer field and more.
Microsoft to Put Its Mark on Future Smartphones
Its now Microsoft Lumia devices, not Nokia Lumia devices, that represent a fragment of the market dominated by Android and iOS.
Paul Allen Ups His Funding to Fight Ebola to at Least $100 Million
“The Ebola virus is unlike any health crisis we have ever experienced and needs a response unlike anything we have ever seen,” the Microsoft co-founder said.
“Skinny Bundles” Are Supposed to Be Big for TV. But Comcast Says Sales Have Slowed.
Comcast may be okay with that.
Shuddle Is an Uber for Kids Driven by Childcare Pros
Shuddle, a new service for parents to arrange paid rides for their children, launches today.
Coursera Hires Disney and eBay Vet as First CMO
Seven months after online education company Coursera brought in former Yale president Rick Levin as CEO, it has hired Kurt Apen as its first chief marketing officer. Apen was most recently a vice president of marketing at Disney Interactive and
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Good news for Europeans: embedding YouTube videos is legal after all
Merely embedding a video doesnt constitute copyright infringement, Europes highest court ruled this week, as long as the video was already publicly available.
Google Inbox review: Are you ready for a better way to manage communications?
After using Gmail for nearly 10 years, the new Inbox app is the most radical change Ive seen yet. It works well if you buy into the task-centric approach but may…
Music streamer Deezer gets talkative with Stitcher buy
The French Spotify competitor Deezer, which recently launched in the U.S., has bought the on-demand internet radio and podcast service Stitcher. Theres no public price tag on the deal and, according…
Ello makes a bold promise for an ad-free social network, but omits key details
An anti-Facebook company is making big promises not to sell ads or user data -- but those promises will mean little until the company acts to be more transparent.
With Amazon, Google and Microsoft in the mix, can anyone else contend in public cloud?
Given their huge resources, its obvious who the Big Three companies are in public cloud. The question is, after them, who else can compete.
Why NFC in the iPad Air 2 is a big deal for small businesses
Apple stuck an NFC controller chip in the iPad Air 2, although its not used for anything at the moment.
Microsoft Lumia is the newest smartphone phone brand
Microsoft just reported it sold 9.3 million Nokia Lumia sales over the last three months. New phones, however, will be branded as Microsoft Lumia devices. The company will still use the…
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Apple Sent Porn To A Developer To Prove His App Could Be Used To Find Porn
Pornographic content is forbidden in the Apple App Store, but Apple seems to be OK with sending porn to developers who submit their apps for review, according to one who received an inappropriate pic. It turns out Apple
Ahhh! 5 Storytelling Apps That Will Scare You Silly
<em>Editors Note: This piece was originally published by our partners at <a href=http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Scary-Story-Apps-25681966>PopSugarTech</a>.</em>Halloween creeps closer! The house has been cobwebbed, the candy is out, and the costume is good to go . . .
Here's An Actual "Walking Simulator" For All You Smartphone Walkers
Editors note: This post was originally published by our partners at Kill Screen.The term walking simulator is often falsely applied to what I recognize, and appreciate, as exploration games. Proteus, Gone Home, and Dear Esther are most
With Bethany Mota, YouTube Is Doing More Than Dancing With The Stars
Six weeks into a fierce season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, YouTube’s fashion wunderkind Bethany Mota is still going strong. Paired onstage with pro favorite Derek Hough (as well as off-stage in romantic rumors), Mota is currently ranked No. 2 in the
The Fire Phone May Have Cratered, But It Hasn't Dented Amazon's Tech Delusions
If Jeff Bezos has taught us anything, it’s that anything Amazonian is big—including his companys e-commerce muscles, fodder for comedy and ambitions as a consumer gadgets company.Apparently, so are its flops, as well as the CEO and
Apple's TestFlight Launches—Now The Internet Hordes Can Test Your Apps
If you’re an iPhone app developer looking to have a horde of testers check out your wares before you launch, then here’s some good news: Apple launched its TestFlight Beta testing service on Thursday, which may take
Microsoft's Future Remains Cloudy—And That's A Very Good Thing
Increasingly, Microsoft is looking like a successful cloud-services company that also happens to sell software, a game console and some other devices.Of course, thats not apparent at first glance. In Microsofts latest earnings report, covering the July–September
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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
How Basecamp helped the Golddiggers get our act together
My relay team goes by the name “Alaska Golddiggers,” because race officials frown on us calling ourselves the more accurate “Team Shitshow.”For a group of otherwise competent women, we’ve managed to screw up a lot during our annual participation in
Finding Apps: a Personal Experience
This morning I needed an app, but I had no idea where to start. I knew what the app should do, but did it exist? Here’s my story.The ProblemWe received this in the mail this morning. It’s a ticket warning
Extra Drawings
For the last ten months at Basecamp I have been the guy that draws stuff. After making occasional contributions at 37signals over the years, they tapped me as the guy to make hand drawn images for
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Four short links: 24 October 2014
PaGMO — Parallel Global Multiobjective Optimizer a generalization of the island model paradigm working for global and local optimization algorithms. Its main parallelization approach makes use of multiple threads, but MPI is also implemented and can be mixed in with
Avoiding the tragedy of the anticommons
Editor’s note: this post originally appeared in BioCoder Fall 2014; it is published here with permission. Download a free copy of the new issue here.A few months ago, I singled out
Four short links: 23 October 2014
You Don’t Know JS — a series of diving deep into the core mechanisms of the JavaScript language.progressbar.js — responsive progress bar.Microsoft Garage — Microsoft software experiments, in public. This is awesome.Creating Empathy on Facebook (NY Times) — On Facebook,
BioCoder strikes again
The fifth issue of BioCoder is here! We’ve made it into our second year: this revolution is in full swing.Rather than talk about how great this issue is (though it is
Isomorphic JavaScript with LazoJS
When I started at @WalmartLabs I was placed on team that was tasked with creating a new web framework from scratch that could power large public facing web sites.I recently had
Four short links: 22 October 2014
Eight Docker Development Patterns (Vidar Hokstad) — patterns for creating repeatable builds that results in as-static-as-possible server environments.How to Make More Published Research True (PLOSmedicine) — overview of efforts, and research on those efforts, to raise the proportion of published
Commodity data analytics for health care
Analytics are expensive and labor intensive; we need them to be routine and ubiquitous. I complained earlier this year that analytics are hard for health care providers to muster because there’s a shortage of analysts and because every data-driven decision
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Concur Highlights Uber & Airbnb APIs at DevCon
Business travel API platform Concur is hosting the developer conference The Perfect Trip DevCon 2014 in San Francisco on Thursday. This is the second year that Concur — which was recently acquired by
Today in APIs: Qucit Offers Predictive Bikeshare Availability API
Qucit offers predictive bikeshare availability API for the town of Bordeaux. SAP HANA launches API and other cloud tools. Plus: LinguaSys launches natural language API portal for developers, and Code Chica to hold
Ziftr Provides Cryptocurrency API Implementation Advice
Will bitcoin become a prominent part of online retail? A growing number of companies believe so and are building cryptocurrency-enabled products and APIs to support retail applications.
Progress Software Acquires Telerik, Gains Developer Community Depth
As part of an effort to shore up both the front-end and back-end of its application development platforms, Progress Software will acquire Telerik for $262.5 million.
Crowdfunder.co.uk API Simplifies Crowdfunding Integration
When it comes to financing a new business, project or exciting venture, getting large sums of money from investors isnt always an option. Thats where crowdsourcing can become a viable option. Getting small
Today in APIs: Deeplink Launches API for Better Mobile App Interoperability
Deeplink launches tools to make it easier to jump between mobile apps. Khronos publishes new specification for mapping vision apps for front end processing. Plus: Gigaom to hold event on IoT and automotives,
Cognitive Scale Simplifies Development of Cognitive Computing Applications
Cognitive computing is defined by the development of new classes of applications that leverage advanced artificial intelligence to make better decisions. The challenge developers now face is finding ways to practically build those
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