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Apple Launches A New Tumblr Site Promoting iTunes
 Apple has expanded its social media marketing efforts to include Tumblr once again, with the launch of a new iTunes Tumblr site which is currently promoting the
What The FAA Wants You To Know Before You Fly Your Drone
 I’m pretty sure there will be more drones sold this Christmas season than ever before. Having more drones in the air, though, also means there is a higher chance for things to
Social Cloud Storage Platform Hive.im Raises $500,000 In Seed Funding
 The cloud storage business is already crowded, with leading competitors including Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Box, and OneDrive. Hive.im, which just came out of beta, is one of the latest entrants in
Google Adds Song Lyrics To Top Of Search Results, Points Searchers To Google Play
 Google is now displaying music lyrics at the top of its search results pages when you search for “song name” plus “lyrics” on Google – a move that may reduce the number of
A Former Sony Pictures Exec Defends The Decision To Pull ‘The Interview’
 Late last week, TechCrunch had a chat with former Sony Pictures Chief Digital Strategy Officer Mitch Singer to discuss the motivations that likely went into Sony deciding to pull “The Interview”
Oracle Continues March To Cloud Buying Data As A Service Broker Datalogix
 Oracle added another piece to its growing cloud portfolio today, buying digital-marketing, Data as a Service broker Datalogix. The move not only gives Oracle another cloud tool, it’s one that’s aimed directly at
DockPhone Is The Phone Dialer Apple Forgot To Put In Yosemite
 By far the best new feature Apple added to OS X was the ability to make and take phone calls from a connected iPhone. Taking a call is magic but dialing a
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Amazon's ever-struggling Fire Phone gets a lukewarm update
Amazon isnt ready to turn its back on the Fire Phone just yet. It got a big update on Friday that adds a host of new
13 content delivery networks to speed up your website
Speeding up your website and content delivery should be near the top of your to-do list, with speed being a factor in ranking. A CDN (content
Drinking Jacket gets funded nine times over on Kickstarter
The makers of a hooded jacket with a range of accessories for the smart drinker, including a hidden flask pocket and a bottle-opener zipper, sought to
Facebook in 2015: Drones, messaging and virtual reality, oh my!
As Facebook has matured into a social media platform unrivaled in size and reach in recent years, the persistent question hanging over the company in 2014
Orkut, we hardly knew ye: 10 tech products we lost in 2014
Every year, the tech industry brings us unexpected surprises and long-predicted changes, and among those ups and downs are usually a few endings to some of
8 free wallpapers to zap your phone into the holiday spirit
Youve decked out your home with festive lights, decorations and a dead tree — now its time to get your phone into the holiday spirit.As a
4K video recording comes to Microsoft Lumia devices with Denim update
Microsoft has started rolling out its Denim software update for Lumia devices, bringing an improved camera and more abilities for Cortana, the voice assistant on Windows
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Google finally has a fully functional prototype of its self-driving car
Google’s got AI lovers a little gift for the holidays – it’s finished the first complete prototype of its self-driving vehicle. While the company unveiled the tentative design for the car back in May (though the technical research aspect has
How to become the content innovator in your organization
Brian Honigman is
The rise of disability tech
Something we don’t hear enough about is how technology is helping the lives of those with disabilities. From robots that can help you remember things, to
The limited edition Code Black Drone + HD Camera is back. 55% off on pre-order (available worldwide)
After selling out extremely quickly on its first two runs, the HD Code Black Drone is back in the TNW Deals store! Finished in stunning matte black, the Code Black Drone features beginner and expert flight modes so you can
Seldon wants to make life easier for data scientists, with a new open-source platform
It feels that these days we live our whole digital lives according mysterious algorithms that predict what we’ll want from apps and
Biz Stone’s Super now lets you share your garish image-based creations to other social networks
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s image-based social app Super has just received an update on iOS and Android, making it easier to share your random thoughts with the world. The latest version allows users to cross-post to Tumblr,Twitter and Instagram (with Facebook
Offline over the weekend? Read all the tech news you missed right here
With Christmas looming on the horizon like a big fat man in a red suit trying to stuff himself down a
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Someone Built Minecraft Creator Notch’s New Home in Minecraft
Because of course they did.
Uber Business Model Faces Legal Scrutiny in Taiwan, Chinese Mega City
Its quite vexing as theres no precedent for this kind of issue.
China Condemns Cyberattacks, but Says No Proof North Korea Hacked Sony
Remained mum on requests from the U.S. to help counter similar attacks.
Crayola, Daqri Partner to Make Kids’ Crayon Drawings 3-D
The crayon maker is trying to embrace the iPad-and-selfie generation.
Re/wind: Man, Things Are Not Looking Up For Sony, Bezos Gets Grilled and More
Plus, Evan Spiegel is sad. Very sad.
Capital Gains: Upfront Ventures Raises New Fund, SurveyMonkey Valued at $2 Billion and More
Vjeran Pavic Life under capitalism is really just a series of interactions involving wads of cash changing hands. Here’s some of what that looked like this week: Online questionnaire service and corporate software developer SurveyMonkey nabbed $250 million in funding
Re/code on TV: The Sony Saga Continues and Decoding the Uber Way
Were prettier than our written words let on.
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A huge floating solar farm to be built on a reservoir in Japan
Japan has been aggressively building solar projects -- close to 11 GW in two years -- in the wake of the decision to dismantle its nuclear plants following the Fukushima disaster…
Directv launches its Latino streaming service Yaveo
Directv soft-launched its Latino streaming service Yaveo Monday, offering three live TV feeds channels as well some 2700 hours of on-demand content for $7.99 per month. Yaveo operates completely separate from…
Google+ for iOS gains easy sharing, higher res for bigger iPhones
Google is finally taking advantage of a key iOS 8 feature that, ironically, works similarly in Android. After updating Google+ for iOS to version 4.8.0, youll have the option to add…
The fair use case to show The Interview if Sony will not
After Sony cravenly cancelled The Interview, people who had no interest in the comedy now want to see it -- mostly so they can stick it to North Korea, whose threats caused…
Project Ara will offer at least three chip choices, including a Tegra K1
Ahead of the second Project Ara developers conference in January, Paul Ermenko, project head, has shared a few more details about what to expect from Googles ambitious modular phone on his Google…
HP adds a 14-inch touchscreen model to its Chromebook lineup
HP launched a 14-inch Chromebook that uses an Nvidia chip back in September, and now its following up with an upgraded, higher-priced model, according to OMG Chrome. The HP Chromebook 14…
Outlook: Internet of things in 2015
The smart home, smart grid, IoT platforms, and industrial IoT applications are key sectors that will lead in innovation.
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Third-Party Snapchat Apps Have Vanished From The Windows Phone Store
Microsoft has removed a majority of third-party Snapchat applications from the Windows Phone store, one of the apps’ developers confirmed on Twitter. A big October hack on Snapchat attack leaked approximately 200,000 private photos; the image-sharing company
How The NORAD Santa Tracker Began
This piece was originally published by our partners at <a href=http://www.popsugar.com/tech/How-Santa-Tracker-Got-Started-36302452>PopSugarTech</a>.Every Christmas Eve, thousands of kids from around the world use NORAD to track Santas whereabouts. Since the 1950s, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense
Unleash Seth Rogen On North Korea ... Via BitTorrent!
Seth Rogen, The Interview, SonyNorth Korea goofed. By attacking and threatening Sony until it yanked its Seth Rogen film, The Interview, the nation-state turned a minor, hare-brained movie into a cause for freedom and anti-terrorism that everyone
Now You Can Add Stickers To Facebook Messenger Photos
Now you can festoon the photos you share in Facebook Messenger with stickers, the company announced Friday. See also: Facebook Makes Messenger MandatoryCalled Stickered For Messenger, the “lightweight” new feature will be available for Android beginning Friday
Big Companies Are Still Struggling To Buy A Big Data Clue
Data science remains the surest ticket to Big Salary nirvana. If only it paid equally large dividends for the companies paying those salaries. Part of the problem stems from getting enough qualified people into a market desperate
Twitch Plays Pokemon And The Year In Crowdplaying
Editors Note: This was originally published by our partners at Kill Screen as part of Kill Screens Year In Ideas series.  Twitch Plays Pokemon is one of those ideas that should never have really caught on the way it did.
The New Spambot-Free Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion
Youve got to clear out the crap in your life if you want to have room for prosperity. Thats just good feng shui! And look how well its worked out for Instagram.More than 18.9 million fake users vanished
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VIDEO: As one who is usually the loudest, especially…
As one who is usually the loudest, especially for lightning talks, Chris Powers’ message on silence is one you should to listen to.
The Sweater Song
It all started with an Ewok.That’s my two-year-old daughter on Halloween. To complete the effect, I decided to dress up like Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi (her jaunty Endor speeder outfit, not the metal bikini)
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
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Four short links: 22 December 2014
Manufacturers and Consumers (Matt Webb) — manufacturers never spoke to consumers before. They spoke with distributors and retailers. But now products are connected to the internet, manufacturers suddenly have a relationship with the consumer. And they literally don’t know what
Four short links: 19 December 2014
Distinguishing Cause and Effect using Observational Data — research paper evaluating effectiveness of the “additive noise” test, a nifty statistical trick to identify causal relationships from observational data. (via Slashdot)Clustering Bitcoin Accounts Using Heuristics (O’Reilly Radar) — In theory, a
Clustering bitcoin accounts using heuristics
Editor’s note: we’ll explore present and future applications of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies at our upcoming Radar Summit: Bitcoin & the Blockchain on Jan. 27, 2015, in San Francisco.A few data scientists are starting to play around with cryptocurrency data,
What you need to know for the hardware-software convergence
As I noted in “Physical and virtual are blurring together,” we now have hardware that acts like software, and software that’s capable of dealing with the complex subtleties of the physical world. So, what must the innovator, the creator, the
Four short links: 18 December 2014
Popular Chinese Android Smartphone Backdoored By Manufacturer — Coolpad is the third largest smartphone builder in China, and ranks sixth worldwide with 3.7 percent global market share. It trails only Lenovo and Xiaomi in China and is the leader of
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
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Inkmonk API Simplifies Merchandise Design, Production and Delivery
Inkmonk, a custom merchandise creation, management and delivery startup, has adopted an API strategy that could change the custom T-shirt and swag industry in a major way.
Socrata API Foundry V2 Extends Tailored Documentation
Socrata API Foundry have launched a new feature that will minimize the gap between the two tiers of their existing documentation output system.The API Foundry v1 took a clients dataset and created developer-ready
SurgeProtector Detects Uber Surges Before a Ride is Requested
In the midst of discussion around Ubers questionable business practices and data privacy concerns, an app called SurgeProtector aims to empower Uber users by letting them know if an area is experiencing surge
Salesforce Files Connect Brings File Sharing to the Enterprise
Software-as-a-service customer relationship management giant Salesforce.com has launched a new file-sharing product for the enterprise. According to the company, Salesforce Files Connect is the first product to bring CRM and enterprise file management together.
StrongLoop Announces Industry First GUI for API Life Cycle Management
StrongLoop has announced the general availability of StrongLoop Arc, the industrys first graphical user interface to manage the entire API life cycle in Node.js. Through a simple, visually pleasing user interface, users can develop, integrate,
Google Android M Extends Auto Platform to Vehicles
Google has a new vision for Android and automobiles. The idea, Reuters reports, is to bypass the need for a smartphone entirely and build Android right into cars. (Android Driveables, anyone?) Android M
Teleco.IO API Offers Asset Management For Telecom
This article is a company-provided press release and ProgrammableWeb cannot vouch for the accuracy of the statements within. If you have questions regarding the information below, please contact the company that issued the
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