Here’s A Sneak Peak At MotionSavvy’s UNI Sign Language Interpretation Device
 MotionSavvy, the San Francisco startup working on tech to help the deaf communicate, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to commercialize its first product, UNI. The UNI app works with Leap Motion technology
Amazon Fire Phone Flops
 Given that Amazon was tanking the price of the Fire Phone down to 99 cents two months after launch (leading to many a “Fire sale!” joke), this probably won’t come as
Amazon Tanks 10% After Reporting Larger Than Expected Third Quarter Loss
 Amazon reported lower than expected revenue in its third quarter, and a larger than expected loss. Analysts expected the company to lose $0.74 on revenue of $20.84 billion. Instead, Amazon lost $0.95  per
Australian Service Directory Site Oneflare Raises $876,000 For International Expansion
 Oneflare, a local services marketplace based in Sydney, Australia, has raised an additional $1 million AUD (about $876,000), bringing its total funding so far to $1.5 million AUD (about $1.3 million). Investors
Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54
 After gaining more than 1 percent in regular trading, Microsoft reported its fiscal first quarter (2015) earnings: Revenue totaled $23.20 billion in the period, leading to profits of $0.54 per share. The revenue
PlayStation 4 Update Coming On 10/28 Lets You Play Games With Friends Who Don’t Own A Copy
 Back in August, Sony started teasing a new feature they call “Share Play”. Though we’re still waiting to see just how well it works, the idea itself is wonderful: once enabled, you
Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Rift
 A researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Daniel Shafir, and his team want to do something incredible: they want to send a rover to the moon and then
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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
Japan Builds Real (and Awesome) Transformer Robot
Your dream of a sports car that transforms into a real robot just inched closer to realityBrave Robotics, Asratec Corp. and original Transformer creator Tomy Co.
One of the First Apple Computers Built by Steve Wozniak Sells for $905K
Someone dropped a lot of money on an Apple computer on Wednesday, and it has nothing to do with the fancy new 5K Retina iMac. In
Tumblr Bets on Video, Updates Its Player With New Features
Tumblr rolled out a series of improvements to its video player Thursday, including infinite looping and the ability to watch clips off to the side of
Ford's Upcoming Vehicles Will Automatically Brake to Avoid Collision
The Ford Motor Company is joining an ever-growing list of car companies adding automated-driving features to their vehicles.In a press release, Ford introduced on Thursday pre-collision
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Hands on: Pixelmator for iPad is a valuable tool for artists and photographers
Pixelmator has long been a favorite among artists and photographers seeking an alternative to the subscription-based Adobe Photoshop. Its appearance onstage at
Google Forms gets more features with an add-on store
Google Forms is one of of the most popular ways for people to create invite lists and surveys for free, but so far its toolset
How side projects saved our startup (and how to do them right)
Mikael Cho is the co-founder of Crew, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. This post originally appeared on
Apple unleashes TestFlight to all iOS developers and beta testers
The beta testing app TestFlight has been
Facebook and Yahoo team up to keep recycled email addresses from compromising other accounts
Remember when Yahoo released all those in-active email address? Yeah, that was kind of a mess because any accounts tied
10 startups you should meet at #TNWUSA
Over the past few weeks, we’ve interviewed close to a hundred startups. And the next few weeks will see us interview almost a hundred more. With a maximum
Facebook built a forum platform for your smartphone inside the new Rooms app
In the 1990s and early 2000s I was the member of a couple car forums. First Honda forums and then a
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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
Etsy Introduces Credit Card Reader to Go Beyond the Web
Etsy wants a cut at the craft sale.
OverDrive Review: A Free E-Book Lending Service That Requires Some Patience
Why pay for e-books when you can get them from free?
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Solidoodle delays its beginner-oriented 3D printer
The Solidoodle Press is the first machine from the startup thats meant to be simple to use. But now buyers will have to wait until at least December.
Pyne is an app that makes quizzing strangers bite-sized fun
A new app lets you ask strangers multiple choice questions. Although its not anonymous, using it feels more than a little bit like confession apps like Secret and Yik Yak.
Startup uses database tech from the NSA and Facebook to detect fraudsters
A startup called Argyle Data has released its fraud detection software thats built on the NSA-created Accumulo database and Facebook-created Presto SQL query engine, both of which have been proved to…
Responding to DVD subscription decline, Netflix closes call center
Remember those red envelopes? Fewer and fewer people use Netflix to get DVDs, which is why the company is now closing a call center in Oregon.
How to take mobile gestures to the next level: use pitch, yaw and “the claw”
To give our phones better touch, we actually dont need anything more than whats on the device according to Chris Harrison, a professor at Carnegie Mellon.
Judge says Aereo must shut for good as live TV, but service may survive as a cloud DVR
Broadcasters put the final nail in the coffin of Aereo as a live-streaming TV service on Thursday, but a judges ruling could open the door to it operating as a cloud-DVR…
Amazon Web Services, back on growth track
While Amazon corporate posted pretty dismal losses, at least sales of its cloud gear appear to be growing nicely, thank you.
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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
American Psycho: Christian Bale Is Steve Jobs, Obviously
Is that an iPhone 6 Plus, or are you just happy to see me? An actor famous for playing disturbed, difficult characters has been cast as the brilliant a––hole of big tech capitalism, Steve Jobs.Christian Bale, the Oscar-winning
Can We Please Stop Acting Like Public-Cloud Cost Comparisons Matter?
Bless the OpenStack crowd for taking the trouble to figure out the exact moment when it becomes cost effective to run your Amazon Web Services workload in a private cloud ($7,644/month, as Brandon Butler reports). If only
Apple's Glucose Glitch Is Another Sour Note For HealthKit
ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.Another week, another Apple Health glitch.This time, it involves one of the most promising aspects of Apples push into health tracking: blood-glucose monitoring. For people with diabetes,
Hey Microsoft, Tweeting Jokes About Raises Is A Bad Idea
Microsoft should probably not make jokes about raises, especially when tweeted using male-gendered pronouns.On Thursday, the company tweeted out an arguably funny joke, though in the context of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadellas advice to women about not asking for raises
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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
The joy (and a good dose of pain) of my first few months at Basecamp
A few months ago I started at Basecamp. It’s my dream job. I get to work with the people I’ve dreamed of working with, on the product I dreamed of working on. It didn’t come easy though, it took me
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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
Intoxicating machines
Cropped screenshot of Carvey. Source: the Carvey Kickstarter campaign.“Mr. Frankel, who started this program, began to suffer from the computer disease that anybody who works with computers now knows about,” Feynman later
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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
Giphy Launches Sticker API to Accommodate Transparent GIFs
Giphy, animated search engine for discovering and sharing GIF images, has expanded its API offering to included a Sticker API. The Sticker API extends the existing library of GIFs with images that use transparent
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