Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution
 If a city knows what intersections are full of smog, it could add trees or change stop light schedules to improve the air its citizens breathe. Google Earth’s Outreach program that
The Only Metric That Matters For Content Marketing
 At Pixable, we — like almost every digital property — are in the eyeball game. We are one of thousands of media companies competing for attention, and, in our case, we seek
Legacy Republic Acquires Yarly To Build Up Its Workforce For Digitizing Family Photos
 Legacy Republic, which is building a freelance workforce to help families digitize their photos and videos, just acquired competitor Yarly. Digitization company YesVideo launched its Legacy Republic initiative last fall. Yarly,
White House Dismisses Petition For Edward Snowden’s Pardon
 It looks like whistleblower Edward Snowden might be renewing his lease at his Moscow apartment. Today, the White House responded to and dismissed a nearly two-year-old petition asking for the pardon of Edward Snowden, and cited that his
Verizon Will Resell HBO NOW To Broadband Customers And Its Mobile Video Service Subscribers
 HBO today announced its second deal with a pay TV provider, in this case Verizon*, to make its over-the-top streaming service HBO NOW available to broadband customers who don’t have a cable
Twitter Loses Two Employees Focused On Growth And Discovery
 Two Twitter employees announced their departures right before its second quarter earnings dropped today. The first, Christian Oestlien, was a VP of Product Management focused on growth. Oestlien came from Google and
A Week In, Casey Neistat’s New App Beme Has 1.1M Videos Shared
 Launched about a week ago, Beme is a new video sharing app built by viral filmmaker Casey Neistat, and Matt Hackett, former VP of Engineering at Tumblr and
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Google now shows you how to avoid lines at restaurants and coffee shops
You might want to check Google the next time you try to beat morning rush at the coffee shop.The company rolled out a new search feature
Nokia enters the virtual reality game with a 360-degree camera
Weeks ago, rumors began to surface that Nokia might have a virtual reality product in the works and on Tuesday, at a special event in Los
Windows 10 verdicts: What other reviewers say about the update
The Windows 10 update has been set loose on the world, and the reviews are rolling in.Available for free for one year starting July 29 for
Oculus premieres ‘Henry,’ a warm and fuzzy intro to virtual reality films
Oculus Rifts Story Studio team finally took the wraps off its new virtual reality film Henry on Tuesday at a special event in Beverley Hills, CaliforniaThe
Windows 10: Microsoft goes back to its roots with a worthy upgrade
Windows 10, Microsofts highly-anticipated upgrade, both looks ahead and harks back to the good old days.The system includes revamped versions of older features, like a redesigned
Windows 10 review: A needed upgrade with missing pieces
If you simultaneously take a step forward while stepping back, you might be accused of going nowhere. But that’s Windows 10 in a nutshell. Microsoft’s still-dominant operating
Hands on with the Moto X Style
Motorola announced a trio of new Android smartphones on Tuesday morning.After spending a few minutes to play with the Moto X Style (called the Moto X
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7 reasons you should make Microsoft Edge your default browser, and 1 reason you probably won’t
Launch day is upon us and Windows 10 will soon be in the hands of the masses.
Review: Windows 10 reimagines the OS with flexible and functional design
There’s an old adage about Microsoft Windows: the good versions skip a generation. Windows Vista was bad, Windows 7 was
Facebook is testing new tags for your profile page
Have you ever looked at your Facebook profile page and lamented that the one thing it was missing was
Watch these super-fast futuristic drones race like crazy
No, this is not a scene out of a ‘Star Wars’ movie: drone racing has just started getting really insane. The 2015 US National Drone
Facebook lets you text ‘1’ to wish a friend a Happy Birthday, so nothing is sacred anymore
When it comes to insincere friend gestures, a generic birthday wish
This is what happens when you bring a 4K camera to space
Here’s something you’ve always wondered about: How does an effervescent tablet dissolve in water under weightless conditions? What? This did not top your list
Jack Dorsey just took shots at Dick Costolo’s tenure as Twitter CEO
During today’s earnings call, Twitter made sure to note things were on the
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Nokia’s First Virtual Reality Product Is a High-End Camera
Here’s that once-secret virtual reality product from Nokia that Re/code’s Ina Fried reported on last week: It’s a high-end camera for filming in 360 degrees. The Ozo camera will be commercially available, but Nokia warns it won’t be cheap when
Startup Wants to Set Up Tech Stuff for Your Parents So You Don’t Have To
BuyYourParents lets adult children buy the gift of tech support for their parents.
Wi-Fi Startup Eero Says Amazon Will Sell Its Smart Routers; Preorders Delayed
Eero, a startup that promises a new take on the home wireless router, said its device won’t be ready until the fall. The company had promised a summer delivery for those who preordered the device, but a new partnership deal with
Yelp Shares Plunge 15 Percent on Surprise Loss, Guidance
Shares of Yelp, the online business review site, plunged about 15 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday after it reported a surprise second-quarter loss. Yelp reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of two cents a share, versus expectations of
Dropbox Hires Head of Product, Todd Jackson From Twitter
Jackson has the tech equivalent of an Ivy League degree, having done tours of duty at Google and Facebook.
Twitter Added Just Two Million New Core Users Last Quarter
Twitter reported earnings Tuesday afternoon.
Top Target Digital Exec Alan Wizemann Is Leaving
Wizemann started working with Target in late 2012 as a consultant, when he helped overhaul the team building the Cartwheel coupon app,
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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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The Best Place For Tech Startups: Still Silicon Valley…For Now
This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.There’s a new global ranking of startup ecosystems, with the top three spots all from
4 Tools To Help Startups Hack Their Growth
Guest author Yoav Vilner is a co-founder of Ranky. Startups in todays increasingly saturated market just cant overestimate the importance of business growth. Technology is a frenzied sector, and founders who want to make an impact often need to prove that
Want To Keep Customers? Integrate Tech With A Personal Touch
Its hard to do personalized customer service at scale. When youre using the technology to streamline the process and save your team time, the sense of personalization is easily lost.You need a strategy to get the best of both worlds—which
Windows 10 Suffers Last-Minute Control Panel Bug
With the supposedly polished release of Windows 10 coming in two days, Microsoft should be putting its finishing touches on the operating system. Instead, it’s scrambling to fix a bug in its latest update, sent out through its
Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo And Others Push For Accessibility Development
For all their rhetoric and idealism about changing the world, consumer-facing technologies have largely failed at least one major set of users: people with disabilities, a segment that represents roughly 1 in 5 people in the U.S.As the
How Startup Job Titles Got Into Such A Sad State
Guest author Tony Stubblebine is the CEO and founder of Coach.me, an online productivity community and app.I love the job title growth hacker. It’s an indictment of the entire field of marketing.How many marketers had to forget to do their
Can You Be The Next Uber? It's Easier Than You Think
Guest author Danny Boice is the CEO of Trustify, a service that allows anyone to hire a private investigator on demand.Uber is so successful that the name is now synonymous and interchangeable with on-demand marketplaces that overturn the status quo
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"Is it too early for me to start a pay-per-click campaign?"
A Redditor asks:My SaaS product is done. We have a customer who we reached out to locally. I’ve got a freelance writer (via Reddit!) who is working on creating an email course to educate and inform potential customers. Until that
A mountain of salt for the Apple Watch satisfaction numbers
We’ve talked a lot about the Apple Watch internally, and even thought a bit about how Basecamp might work on it. A number of Basecampers have gotten Apple Watches, and reviews have been mixed; some people returned their watch, others
How an idea comes together for me
First the idea hits.Then I think about it some more and it takes a direction.As I work through the direction, I’ll see another direction. Usually relatively similar, but different enough that it demands its
Cheesecake, the Chicago Way
The latest episode of The Distance visits Chicago institution Eli’s Cheesecake, which produces the equivalent of 20,000 cheesecakes a day. What goes into a Chicago-style cheesecake? How about a 1,500-pound Chicago-style cheesecake? Listen to the episode to find out. And
What are people reading on SvN lately?
div.post-content figure.tableau iframe { width: 960px;max-width: 960px; } Size of bubbles corresponds to share of total SvN web readership, January 2014 through June 2015.
Finding the voice of The Distance
We introduced The Distance podcast in February as a companion to our longform written stories about businesses that have stood the test of time. In just a few months, we’ve learned an incredible amount about creating audio narratives and had
Hitting our stride with Android
Over the past few months, our newly minted Android team (Jamie, Jay, and myself) has been hard at work on some shiny new Android stuff. And while we can’t share it yet (soon, I promise!), we’ve learned a lot about
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Four short links: 28 July 2015
Nurse at LinkedIn -- automating the responses to alerts.Moving Fast With High Code Quality (Quora) -- Lots of practical detail about how they combine speed with quality.John Horton Conway (The Guardian) -- These were two separate areas of study that
How trains are becoming data driven
Trains and public transport are, for many of us, a vital part of our daily lives. Large cities are particularly dependent on an efficient public transport system, and if disruption occurs,
Four short links: 27 July 2015
Large-scale Cluster Management at Google with Borg -- Googles Borg system is a cluster manager that runs hundreds of thousands of jobs, from many thousands of different applications, across a number of clusters each with up to tens of thousands
Big data, real-time access: How Apache Drill makes it easy
Register for the free webcast Easy, real-time access to data with Apache Drill, which will be held Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 10 a.m. PT. This panel discussion will explore the
Four short links: 24 July 2015
A New Artificial Compound Eye (Robohub) -- three hexagonal photodetectors arranged in a triangular shape, underneath a single lens. These photodetectors work together and combine perceived changes in structured light (optic flow), to present a 3D image that shows what
Avoid design pitfalls in the IoT: Keep the focus on people
Subscribe to the OReilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come.For this weeks Radar Podcast, I had the opportunity to
Designing at Nasdaq
Welcome to the inaugural episode of our newly launched OReilly Design Podcast. In this podcast episode, I chat with Aaron Irizarry. Irizarry is the director of UX for product design at
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CA API Developer Portal Now Features RAML and SOAP Support
CA Technologies, a provider of software for the application economy, has added RAML support to the latest release of the CA API Developer Portal. Interactive documentation and an API Explorer entry can now be
Daily API RoundUp: Microsoft Health, ACTIVE, Bugsnag
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.
Flowthings Looks to Help Cities Integrate Real-Time API Data
IoT agile platform Flowthings.io is building out a real-time data ingestion and complex event processing platform using REST APIs, Webhooks and WebSocket for data distribution.
NTT Communications Launches Cross-Browser Speech-Recognition API
NTT Communications, an information and communications technology solution provider, has announced the first free speech-recognition API compatible across browsers. NTT has made the API available on SkyWay, NTTs free platform for WebRTC technologies.
Salesforce Delivers on Salesforce1 Lightning Component Promise
Looking to make it a lot simpler developers to build applications, Salesforce today announced the general availability of Salesforce1 Lightning Components and App Builder tools, along with the formal opening of a marketplace through
3taps, Craigslist Settle Scraping Legal Battle
3taps, a “one-stop data shop for developers,” has ended its long-running legal battle with Craigslist over its scraping of Craigslist listings.
Daily API RoundUp: Amazon Machine Learning, Google Maps Android
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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