Videogram Offers Broadcasters New Ways To Engage Viewers Beyond Just YouTube
 Cinemacraft, the Japan-U.S. company that provides interactive online video technologies, has launched a series of news tools aimed at giving broadcasters and brands new ways to boost engagement on their clips, beyond
BlackBerry Goes Shopping Again, Buys Good Technology
 BlackBerry pulled a surprise move this morning when it announced that it’s purchasing mobile device management vendor, Good Technology for $425 million in cash. It signals that BlackBerry, which has lost
Hipster Barbie Shows Us How Plastic We All Really Are On Social Media
 “Could I be any more authentic?!”Socality Barbie is an Instagram account that primarily pokes fun at the social media app’s “community” culture, but it also offers a broader
WhatsApp Hits 900M Monthly Users, Edges Closer To An Actual Business Model
 It’s WhatsApp monthly active user number update time, folks. The Facebook-owned messaging service, which doesn’t yet have a business model, has now crossed 900 million MAUs, as CEO, co-founder and (now) Facebook
Baidu’s Student Q&A App Zuoyebang Lands Investment From Sequoia and Legend Capital
 Baidu, China’s largest search engine and an investor in Uber, is giving its Zuoyebang ‘after school’ service, which helps school students with their studies, wings of its own after it
Mozilla Drops First Public Preview Of Firefox For iOS
 Firefox is beginning to preview its iOS Firefox browser, rolling it out today for testing in New Zealand, according to a company blog post. The goal is for the company to gather data
Now Kids Can Build Their Own HD Display With The Kano Screen Kit
 Kano‘s crazy cool educational PC is about to get a bit more visual. Kano CEO Alex Klein tweeted out that the company has launched a pre-order for an HD display kit. Kano, which
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Apple patent envisions fuel cell battery that could power a smartphone for weeks
Quick, whats your No. 1 qualm about smartphones? Chances are, you said battery life. Most smartphones today, even high-end ones, barely last a day of heavy
Sony's smart home vision is a sci-fi nerd's dream
BERLIN — What does the smart home look like? Right now, its mostly smartphone-controlled light bulbs, speakers, cameras and other appliances. Its exciting stuff, but undeniably
XYZ Printing puts 3D scanning in the palm of your hand
BERLIN — XYZ Printing has made a name for itself creating 3D printers that can output edible goods, but now the company wants in on the
Roll with the Empire in Stormtrooper-inspired Uber cars
Yes, your childhood dreams are coming to life.In honor of Force Friday, the first day toys for the new Star Wars movie are available for purchase,
Parrot Zik 3 headphones get smartwatch upgrade
BERLIN — Parrots ultra-stylish Philippe Starck-designed Bluetooth headphones are getting a digital upgrade.The latest model, called Zik 3, looks very much like the last edition, but
What can I do to prevent my Android app from crashing?
In this Ask A Dev, Android engineer Kris Pena helps fellow Android developers lower their stress levels by teaching them the necessary precautions to take before
MashTalk: Reading too much into Google's new logo and recapping IFA
When is a logo change more than just a logo change?We set out to answer that very question as it pertains to Google on the latest
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Friday business roundup: Google updates logo, PayPal launches p2p service, exit Adobe Flash
The first week of September opens the month with an upturn in startup and tech activity – a more optimistic
Learn to code hardware with the Raspberry Pi Hacker Bundle
Schools around the world have adopted the Raspberry Pi as a tremendously effective platform for learning to code.
Pocket has been down for hours and people are starting to panic
The popular ‘read later’ platform Pocket has been down for 15 hours after what its engineers say
BlackBerry just bought a mobile security company for more money than you thought it had
BlackBerry isn’t doing so well these days, but it turns out it has more money than you might
Mozilla begins testing Firefox for iOS in New Zealand
Mozilla has begun rolling out the first public preview of its Firefox browser for iOS, starting with users in New Zealand. We first
Apple launches a new Twitter account to help you find great iOS games
Apple may not care much for desktop gaming, but with iOS, it’s created a solid platform for
How can technology better help humanity? Here are some ideas
When I wrote yesterday about the technology’s galling failure to address the biggest problems facing humanity – poverty, hunger, economic inequality, modern slavery
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Qualcomm Exploring Sale of Vuforia Augmented Reality Unit
The move comes as the San Diego-based company looks to cut $1.4 billion in costs and exit non-core businesses.
The Rebecca Minkoff Virtual Reality Headset Is Here
The fashion brand has filmed a runway show specifically for people to watch in a cardboard headset.
Here’s Daniel Radcliffe as One of the Creators of Grand Theft Auto (Video)
Harry, who are these new friends and what happened to Ron and Hermione?
Cruising the Carpool: Are Lyft Line and UberPool the New Tinder?
People are finding unexpected -- or premeditated -- romance in rideshare carpooling.
The Night I Went Speed Dating on UberPool and Lyft Line
To find someone youre attracted to who feels the same, you have to take a lot of rides.
Tastemade Graduates a Web Video Show to TV
The Grill Iron, a series of shorts about college football and barbeque that Tastemade ran last year, will be packaged into 30-minute shows for the TV network.
You Can Now Buy Star Wars’ Adorable BB-8 Droid
These are the droids youre looking for.
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Phil Libin steps down as Evernote CEO, taps Googler Chris O’Neill
Phil Libin -- the founder and long-time CEO of productivity company Evernote -- has stepped down as CEO, and former Google exec Chris Neill will be taking on the CEO job…
Welcome to the zero-cost operating system era
Microsoft has reversed earlier policies regarding the cost of upgrading to Windows 10, and will make it free to upgrade. Back in March I wrote Microsoft accepts the inevitable, takes first steps…
Homejoy calls it quits, Google scoops tech team
Deep pockets may be an essential element for competing effectively in the exploding on-demand economy. Today, the on-demand cleaning services company Homejoy announced it was closing shop on 31 July, after…
Handicapping On-Demand Market Sectors
The legality of the business model of certain on-demand service companies, like Uber and Homejoy, has led to a cultural debate about the relationship between on-demand workers and the services that…
BitTorrent partners with Onehub to scale up to enterprise file sync-and-share, building on new (...)
BitTorrent has been pushing hard to bring its Sync technology into the very competitive file sync-and-share marketplace (see BitTorrent releases Sync 2.0, and BitTorrent Sync 1.4 is released). The company has announced, today,…
Google takes first steps toward finer-grained access in Google Drive
Google Drive has provided a simple but powerful model for file sharing. The creator of a file can invite others to share it, as readers (read-only access), commenters (read and comment access)…
Microsoft is right: we need new ways to work, but is Gigjam the answer?
Microsoft has demoed a new technology, called Gigjam, an effort to change the way we think about getting work done in an increasingly mobile and connected world. At the Microsoft Worldwide…
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On-Demand Startups: How To Conquer One City At A Time
Guest author Pablo Orlando is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder and COO of Gone, an on-demand selling service that helps users rid unwanted items.New on-demand services are springing up everywhere and changing business in nearly every possible way. But
Facebook’s New Parse Tools Aim For Pro Internet Of Things Developers
Parse, Facebook’s mobile backend platform, has been going through a transformation of sorts—not least of which is a leadership change, sending founder and CEO to the unemployment line. But the work must go on, and so the group rolled out
Why Samsung Just Announced New SmartThings Devices And Deeper Integrations
Some of the biggest names in the global technology industry have been busy showing off their latest wares at the IFA show in Berlin this week. Among them was Samsung, and central to its moment in the spotlight was an
Your Connected Product Could Be Your Best Customer Engagement Tool
Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, futurist and author of X, What’s the Future of Business (WTF), Engage! and The End of Business As Usual.In a time when connectedness is part of everyday life and people have become online
Tech Makers: Stop Treating Tablets Like Smartphones
Guest author Liraz Margalit, PhD, is a web psychologist at ClickTale, a company that provides website optimization software and consulting.Smartphones and tablets both get us online, store our photos and keep track of our calendars. But they are not the
Today's Developer: Multilingual, Excited For The Future ... And Worried About Keeping Up
A new study from the Developer Insights Report reveals some fascinating characteristics about todays developers: Apparently, they tend to be fluent in a variety of languages, excited about the rush of innovation sweeping the tech scene and, at the same time,
It's Time For Deep Linking To Move Past The Plumbing
Guest author Matt Thomson is the chief product officer at Bitly.Weve heard a lot about deep links so far this year. from Google at I/O and Apple at WWDC. My employer, Bitly, threw its hat in the ring, too. But
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Growing our audience for The Distance
In late May, Jason and I decided to transition The Distance from monthly longform written stories to a podcast that would come out every two weeks. Jason also set an ambitious target for the podcast: Get to 6,000 listens on
Go at Basecamp
Basecamp is a Ruby company. All of our customer facing applications are written with Ruby on Rails, we use Ruby for our systems automation via Chef, we deploy via Ruby through Capistrano, and underneath most rocks you’ll find a Ruby
Something's coming 6
Can old world be more modern than new school?
I’ve got two machines on me.One’s strapped to my left wrist. The other lives in my pocket.The one on my wrist can tell me the time (precisely in 12 hour format, roughly in 24), the day of the week, the
Extra Drawings for The Distance
Last year I shared some extra drawings I made for the Basecamp marketing site that for a variety of reasons never went live or were seen by anyone outside of Basecamp. There have also been many drawings for The Distance
A chart a day keeps the data in play
Every working day for the last month or so I’ve posted a single “chart of the day” to our Basecamp account. They’re posted internally without much commentary—just enough to explain what the chart is about. The topics are wide ranging:
Grit is for cowboys
The cattle has to be round up. Complaining about the weather or going without sleep for 16 hours isn’t going to do it. So clench your teeth and get the work done. That’s the grit needed to be a cowboy.But
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Four short links: 4 September 2015
Lessig for President -- its time.Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming for Robotics? (PDF) -- interesting list of drivers, including wireless tech, battery efficiency, and worldwide data storage.How Oldschool Graphics Worked (YouTube) -- video series on how 80s computer graphics effects
Designing responsibly in the attention economy
Subscribe to the OReilly Design Podcast, our podcast exploring how experience design — and experience designers — are shaping business, the Internet of Things, and other domains.In this week’s Design Podcast
Managing complexity in distributed systems
Subscribe to the OReilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come.In this week’s episode, O’Reilly’s Mac Slocum talks to Astrid
4 trends in fintech startups
Request an invitation to Next:Money, O’Reilly’s conference focused on the fundamental transformation taking place in the finance industry.Fintech hackathons and competitions
Four short links: 3 September 2015
The Surprising Predictability of Android Lock Patterns (Ars Technica) -- people use the same type of strategy for remembering a pattern as a passwordPeer to Peer Markets (PDF) -- We discuss elements of market design that make this possible, including
A world of continous partial employment
Request an invitation to Next:Economy, our event aiming to shed light on the transformation in the nature of work now being driven
Four short links: 2 September 2015
There Are Only Two Hard Problems in Distributed Systems -- the best tweet ever. (via Tim Bray)Building LinkedIns New Engineering Bootcamp -- transmitting cultural and practical knowledge in a structured format.Soul-Searching in TV Land Over the Challenges of a New
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Daily API RoundUp: Hail, kintone, Coinmap, TalkWalker, Availity
Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.
Open PermID Provides Free Access to Thomson Reuters-Linked Data
Thomson Reuters, one of the world’s leading sources of intelligent information, has launched Open PermID, a set of APIs and tools that organizations can use to access Thomson Reuters’ massive core entity data set.
Amazon Announces Mock Integration Feature For API Gateway
Amazon has introduced a mock integration feature for the Amazon API Gateway. Mock integration enables developers to generate API responses from the gateway without backend integration. Accordingly, developers can test apps before app development is
TeleSign Launches Smart Verify to Improve User Verification
TeleSign, a mobile identity solutions company, today announced the launch of TeleSign Smart Verify, a new unified API that hopes to simplify end-u
AnyPresence Updates its Mobile Application Development Platform
Mobile application development platform and backend-as-a-service provider AnyPresence recently announced significant updates to its platform.According to AnyPresences CEO, Anirban Chakrabarti, The foundational capability for digital transformation is the ability to create APIs and microservices that
Daily API RoundUp: Contentful, Smoke Reports, Rickshaw, Ordoro
Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.
Google CSV Download Scripts Replaced by Search Analytics API
Less than a month after announcing its Search Analytics API, Google has now stated that its now time to gradually say goodbye to the old CSV download scripts for information on queries and rankings. Google will keep the
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