Toyota Pledges $50M To Research AI For Autonomous Vehicles, Hires DARPA’s Dr. Gill Pratt
 Today, Toyota announced that it had hired Gill Pratt to drive its autonomous car research. Pratt is best known in this field for his work at DARPA and MIT, including starting the
Fly Or Die: Vapium Summit Weekender Edition
With Labor Day around the corner, and Labor Day weekend already underway, it makes sense for us to have a celebratory look at the Vapium Summit Weekender Edition. The botanical vaporizer, at $189, is different from others in that it
Apple TV’s Share Of Over-The-Top, Authenticated TV Viewing Is Growing
 Ahead of next week’s Apple event where the company is expected to debut new Apple TV hardware and software which may include support for an app store and a cable-replacing streaming TV
Former Prisoners Rethink Criminal Justice Through Entrepreneurship And Civic Technology
 “Reentry has to begin the moment you’re sentenced to prison. You’ve got to start planning to come home.” That’s the motif of Teresa Hodge, who co-founded Mission: Launch in 2012 with her
13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week
 This week, rumors swirled about the new Apple TV, Google changed its logo, Chrome killed Flash ads, and BB-8 scared our office dog. These are the stories to catch you
ThingThing Is An iOS Keyboard That Shortcuts App Switching
 Now that it’s been a year and change since Apple revealed it would be opening up access to the system wide keyboard in iOS we’re seeing some pretty interesting stuff going on
LinkedIn Open-Sources FeatureFu, A Toolkit For Building Machine Learning Models
 LinkedIn today announced that it is open-sourcing an internal tool called FeatureFu. The FeatureFu toolkit is meant to make it easier for developers to build their machine learning models around statistical
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Apple Music service isn't making us use the Music app
Despite a major redesign and an all-new streaming service, iPhone users did not use the default music app on their phones more in July, according to
A much-needed Chrome update will save more battery and memory
The Google Chrome browser has received a lot of flak for its sluggish, battery-draining performance, but it seems like Google may have a remedy.Google announced Chrome
Smart insole counts your steps and keeps your toes warm
BERLIN — Everyone is fixated on how far you walk or run and how many steps youve climbed, but who is worried about your feet and
Dyson brings ultraviolet humidifier and mite-sucking vacuum to the U.S.
BERLIN — Dyson has developed a pretty good strategy for selling you new gear: reveal some disgusting truths about your existing environment and solutions and then
You might mistake LG's 360-degree Bluetooth speaker for a bottle of milk
BERLIN — Bluetooth speakers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but LGs newest one will have you doing a double take.At LGs IFA booth,
LG's Rolly Keyboard that furls into a stick is pricey and no fun to type on
BERLIN — It seems I have an affinity for trying out keyboards that are hard to type on.Im a big fan of products that are compact
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
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This logo generator trolls Verizon pretty hard, and it’s wonderful
A lot has been said of the new Verizon logo. Some consider it brilliant, while others think the overblown hype surrounding it was
Hacker stole ‘security-sensitive’ data from Mozilla to target Firefox users
Firefox users were targeted via a browser exploit that was patched last month, after a hacker broke into Mozilla’s bug-tracking system ‘Bugzilla’ to steal data
Lara Croft GO takes Tomb Raider in a beautiful new direction
Lara Croft GO is a fresh take on the classic Tomb Raider franchise. Starring everyone’s favorite archaeologist, Lara Croft,
OnePlus 2 review: Great value, but an uninspiring phone
Sophomore efforts are hard for musicians and phone makers alike. Once you’ve set the bar fairly high, following up a splendid debut
Pottery Barn just ruined Force Friday with this $4K Millennium Falcon children’s bed
Star Wars fanatics will go out of their way to take part in
Meet the man searching for an A.I. that will solve everything
Elegized by so many science fiction writers, artificial intelligence has seen a procession of successes and breakthroughs over the last few decades. From
Google reportedly plans aggressive move back into China
Google left the Chinese market loudly five years ago, after refusing to censor its services at the request of the government. Now it’s planning an
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Uber to Unveil Big E-Commerce Delivery Program With Retailers in the Fall
If Uber wants to live up to its hype as the logistics network of the future, it will need to turn its delivery businesses into real businesses.
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.
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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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Parse Expands IoT SDKs to Include Atmel, Broadcom, Intel, and TI
Parse has announced the expansion of its line of IoT SDKs to include Atmel, Broadcom, Intel, and Texas Instruments (TI). The company announced the launch of Parse for IoT at the F8 Facebook developer
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.
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