First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround
 What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera
Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14
 Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm PT/4pm ET. Live FriendFeed chat during the show
PSA: Don’t Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now
 Heads up! In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over
Google Rolls Out An Invite System For Its New Email App, Inbox By Gmail
 Good news, you don’t have to scour eBay for an invite to Google’s new email application, Inbox. You just have to know someone who got in. Today, Google announced by way of
This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: iPads, Disrupt London, And iPads
 You might have heard that Apple released some new iPads last week. A lot of them. Plus, TechCrunch ventured across the pond for Disrupt London, where a number of incredible hardware startups
AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM’s Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&T
 The idea behind the Apple SIM that comes in the new iPads is most excellent: one sim, many carriers. Whenever you want to switch carriers, you’d just pop into settings and
The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build
 About once a week, if not more, I find myself typing these words or something similar on Facebook: “I just PM’d you, check your ‘Other’ inbox.” Or, “sorry, I’m on mobile, I
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8 Apps to Help You Get More Done in Less Time
Weve all heard of the illusory work/life balance that books, blogs and the busiest of professionals tell us is attainable — but actually achieving it doesnt
Nest's Smart Thermostat and Smoke Detector Just Got Smarter
Nest Labs, which Google recently acquired for $3.2 billion, opened its smart Nest thermostat and smoke detector to developers in June to make more products work
Hackers Are Exploiting Microsoft PowerPoint to Hijack Computers
Hackers are exploiting a security flaw in Microsoft Office by using PowerPoint to attack Windows users and gain control of computer systems.Microsoft, in a security advisory
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
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Lessons from David Ogilvy’s contrarian management advice
Gregory Ciotti is Help Scout‘s resident content marketer. He also gets nerdy about behavioral psychology at Sparring Mind. This post originally appeared on the Help Scout
Google’s Nest acquires home automation hub Revolv
Nest announced today that it has acquired Revolv, the maker of a hub device for controlling your smart home appliances. As part of the deal, the Revolv product is going away. Existing customers will continue to receive support, but the
Hands-on with Basepro, a laptop stand with a built-in hard drive
Using laptops for our daily work keeps us highly mobile, but it does so at the sacrifice of hard drive storage and ergonomics.
How 21 big tech companies got their names
The expression ‘what’s in a name’ – or the slightly more poetic ‘a rose by any other name’ – means, essentially, that a name doesn’t matter.
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
This post is brought to you by 99designs. Get a design youll love — guaranteed.
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Nest Acquires Home Automation Hub Revolv, But Will Stop Selling It
Whether or not people are buying smart-home hubs, there seems to be a market for the companies.
Google Exec Alan Eustace’s Stealthy Parachute Jump Breaks Altitude Record
The last person to break the world record for parachuting from the highest point in the stratosphere broadcast it live on the internet, and one of the sponsors turned it into a Super Bowl ad. But today’s record-breaker funded his
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.
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Don’t toss that old Android: Turn it into a Chromecast receiver!
With the right cable you can connect and Android device to an HDTV. Add in Cast Receiver software and your Android can act like a Chromecast for many different apps and…
This week in bitcoin: Why financial and legal experts are as critical as engineers to bitcoin(...)
If you want to build an economy around bitcoin, you cant leave out educating the professionals, argued David Berger of the Digital Currency Council.
Twitter’s new Fabric offering isn’t just a pitch for developers — the company’s future (...)
With the launch of the Fabric suite of tools, Twitter is betting the company on a plan to become a full-fledged mobile services provider for other apps and services -- but…
A conversation with the U.S. Energy Secretary on energy innovation and the Valley’s role
A year and a half after taking the lead at the Department of Energy, Ernie Moniz reflects on changes to the loan programs, and how the government and Silicon Valley can…
After divesting server and chip fab units, is IBM still too big to succeed?
HP is breaking itself up into PC-and-printer and enterprise units; eBay is splitting from PayPal. Should IBM follow suit?
On sponsored posts at Gigaom
A review of how sponsored posts are handled at Gigaom and why suggestions that they influence our editors are just plain wrong.
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.
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Why Open Source Is Becoming A Big Developer-Recruiting Tool
Most companies are just coming around to the idea that open source can help lower costs and boost innovation within their organizations. But Web companies like Netflix, Twitter and Facebook understand that open source can be more:
"Surveillance Self-Defense" Is A How-To Guide For Every Level Of Online Privacy
Whether youre a journalism student wanting to learn security tips not taught in college classrooms, or a pro at keeping communications secure, the Electronic Frontier Foundation wants to make your activities online even safer from prying eyes.The
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
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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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