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Moscase Is Like Batman’s Utility Belt For Your iPhone
 The average phone case is basically a piece of plastic that protects your device when you drop it. But what if you could add modular features to your iPhone like a heart
On The War On General Purpose Computing
 The powers that be want to control your phones and your drones. And who can blame them? It was inevitable. Of course they’re upset that smartphones are making it hard to catch
How The Facebook Bubble Is Driving Online Startups Into The Arms Of Offline Advertising
 Facebook advertising played a big part in my startup’s rapid growth. So big in fact that in our first two years of operations, all other online advertising platforms combined did not provide
This DIY Raspberry Pi Laptop Is Perfect For Your Weekend Machinations
 My favorite DIY projects are ones that an idiot like myself can do in a few days. To wit, this Raspberry Pi laptop that lets you create a portable computer with keyboard
Ad Startup FameBit’s Long Tail Of Creators Grows To More Than 9K YouTubers
 We hear more and more about the big stars of YouTube, but what about the creators who haven’t quite reached superstar status? Well, if they’re looking to connect with advertisers, startup FameBit
15 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week
 This week’s tech headlines saw Etsy’s IPO, the Falcon 9 rocket launch, and an abundance of funding news. These are our best stories of the week (4/11-17). Read More
DIsney’s New 3D Printer Prototype Makes Huggable Things Out Of Fabric Instead Of Hard Plastic
 We’ve seen lots and lots of 3D printers over the last few years, and they almost all have one thing in common: the objects they print are hard* and mostly rigid.What if
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6 apps to light up your 4/20
The greenest of holidays is almost upon usRegardless of whether you plan on celebrating 4/20 with ice cream burritos or a trip to your local dispensary,
Satellite photo shows Tesla's secretive 'gigafactory' in the Nevada desert
Like any good Elon Musk project, theres a hint of magic to Teslas planned gigafactory — it is secretive, ambitious and definitely larger than lifeHidden away
Microsoft Surface 3 is an attractive lightweight
Im a fan of Microsofts Surface Pro 3, a no-compromise tablet-laptop hybrid. Its the right size, and has the battery life, power and portability for me
Scott Forstall, Apple's ex-iOS boss resurfaces...on Broadway?
For years, weve been trying to figure out where Scott Forstall, Apples former senior vice-president of iOS, had gone since leaving the company in 2012. Admittedly,
Microsoft unveils universal Office apps for Windows Phones and tablets
Those shiny new Microsoft Office apps are finally coming to Windows Phones and tablets.Microsoft revealed its new universal Office apps for Windows Phones and tablets Friday.
Can the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 survive boiling water?
Smartphone bend tests? Booooring.Its pretty common to see crazy YouTubers perform cringe-worthy drop tests, blend tests and even gun tests on new smartphones, but a boiling
LA's 'iPad for every student' program is a complete sh*tshow
Schools in Los Angeles broke ground back in 2013 when they kicked off a plan to put an iPad in the hands of every one of
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The most productive ways to waste your time
This post originally appeared on the Crew blog. You’re a responsible adult. Like most of us, you want to improve your personal and professional life and
The most popular TNW Deals this week – grab them while you can!
Lots of great e-learning and security deals this week, a solar charging battery, AND we’re giving away an Apple Watch of your choice. 94% off the Learn to Code 2015 Course Bundle Ready to begin coding your own apps from
A brief history on the origins of letters
This post originally appeared on the Fontyou blog, and has been
Twitter updates privacy policy for non-US accounts, moving jurisdiction to Ireland
Twitter has announced in a blog post that it is revising its privacy policy and terms of service, effective May 18th, for all
Coming soon to Photoshop: Enhanced 3D functionality
Once upon a time, Adobe Photoshop came in two versions: the standard version and an Extended version that threw in features for 3D modeling and composition. The company reasoned
Facebook wants to help your friends pronounce your name correctly
Do you have a strange, oft mispronounced name (like yours truly?) Then Facebook wants to help you out. A small number of Facebook users are noticing a prompt on their Facebook profiles, asking them how to pronounce their names. Yahoo
Lomo’Instant is the toy instant camera to please advanced photographers
Walk into any Urban Outfitters in America and you’ll see an array of candy-colored film cameras designed to give hipsters an easy introduction
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Find Out Just How Much of an Uber Fiend You Are
Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar has spent more than 31 days worth of time riding in an Uber.
WedPics Photo App Went From One Fake Wedding to Thousands of Real Ones
WedPics photo-sharing app will be at thousands of weddings this summer.
EU to Investigate Transparency of Internet Search Results
Are Google, Microsoft and Yahoo transparent enough in how they display search results? European regulators will investigate.
‘Unfriended’ Almost Says Something Profound About Tech
What the cyber-supernatural horror film does right, and where it could have said more.
Spiceworks Steals Away Twitter VP Amir Movafaghi to Prepare for IPO
Spiceworks, one of the biggest social networks youve never heard of, is one step closer to going public.
Microsoft Confirms Departure of European Xbox Executive Phil Harrison
Phil Harrison, a longtime Sony executive who joined Microsoft in 2012 to grow its European Xbox business, has left the company. Microsoft and Harrison confirmed the departure, first reported by GamesIndustry.biz in March, in a statement to that site.
Dutch Launch Criminal Investigation Into Uber
Police in Amsterdam have caught dozens of drivers offering illegal taxi services.
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Beyond Batch Hadoop: Operational and Real-Time
Buyers and practitioners in the data market have faced a gut-wrenching choice: work with big data and tolerate the latency of batch-mode processing, or work interactively with relatively small data sets…
All-Flash Arrays for Primary Storage: The time is now
Many times faster than legacy spinning disk arrays, All Flash Arrays (AFA) have been widely adopted for demanding use cases where consistent ultra-high performance storage is needed to service the most…
The future of security: from restrictive to cognitive
We are on the verge of a new era of smart connected things, generating a wealth of information about ourselves and our environment.  As technology advances, security threats are increasing in…
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Senior Writers from the editorial team will present their selections of the best and brightest big data startups with an award and the chance to talk about how they are changing…
What big data means to businesses and consumers
Of course web companies have embraced big data, but what about the worlds biggest financial institutions?
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How To Blur Your Search Tracks On Google
Like a lot of people, you may be vaguely uncomfortable with how much Google knows about you. It makes a great deal of money mining your search history in order to help various companies serve you targeted ads, and even
Pebble Smartstraps Are Coming—And Here's What They Might Do
One of the most intriguing—yet still underappreciated—elements of Pebbles latest flagship smartwatch, the Pebble Time, was the late-breaking announcement that the gadget will support smartstraps.Pebble TimeSmartstraps are basically hardware extensions to the smartwatch that can augment its
Google Is Turning Into An App-Discovery Engine
Google is finally getting deep into deep links. Starting this week, the search giant will add mobile-app links to its search results on Android phones. Specifically, the results will prompt Android users to install relevant apps that contain information related to
Thanks To Google's Mobilegeddon, Your Search Rank May Be Toast
Its not as if you havent been warned. Google has said for years it was going to get serious about mobile. Now, on April 21, it is.As it announced back in February, on April 21 Google will expand use of
Once A Virtual-Reality Joke, Google Cardboard Is Unfolding Into Something Real
Maybe big things really can come in ridiculous cardboard face-boxes. Google just made several announcements Thursday that aim to advance its popular Cardboard virtual reality viewer for manufacturers, app developers and end users. Cardboard, the curious corrugated VR unit Google launched
Speaker Profile: Circa's Matt Galligan On The Wearable Future Of News
Circa News CEO Matt Galligan. (Photo by Dave Morin)Wearable World Congress, ReadWrites signature annual conference in San Francisco on May 19-20, will feature the key players who are shaping wearable technology and the Internet of Things. This
The Fitness Tracker Is Finally Growing Up
Jawbone has announced two new fitness trackers to go alongside its existing flagship UP3 band, which is finally shipping this week after a production delay of several months. With more advanced sensor technology and a fledgling mobile payments system, they
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Constrained
For years I’ve chatted with smart, ambitious people and friends who want to start new projects or businesses. Often their visions are big. So they dream up equally big things their startups need: money, connections, resources. And that’s where they
Imagining Basecamp on Apple Watch
Over the last day or so I spent some time learning about the different Apple Watch components (notifications, glances, WatchKit app) and imagined how Basecamp might work on the upcoming device. Here’s what I came up with.Notifications are a given
Look and Feel and Feel
Designers often talk about the look and feel of a product, an app, an object, etc. These are good concepts to be talking about, but how the thing feels isn’t really the important feel. The important feel is how it
Our favorite stuff
A few weeks ago, via Know Your Company , we asked folks at Basecamp what brand-name items they couldn’t live without. (We have strong feelings about yogurt, and Chicagoans are extremely serious about their skin care regimens.) Here’s what everyone
The Coffee Test
Some of the folks at our Chicago office drink a lot of coffee and have been known to have strong opinions on the quality. So I decided to see if they actually preferred the taste of really good coffee over
Taking off the developer goggles
One of the very best things about working at Basecamp is “Everyone on support (EOS)”. That’s our policy where everyone on the team—no matter what their normal job is—spends one day per month as a customer support agent.Each time my
Reproducible research isn't just for academia
My wonderful coworkers here at Basecamp have discovered a surefire way to make my head explode. All you have to do is post a link in Campfire to a piece of flimsily sourced “data journalism” that’s hard to believe (like
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6 best practices for giving a product critique
Download a free copy of Designing for the Internet of Things, a curated collection of chapters from the O’Reilly Design library. This post is an excerpt from Discussing Design, by Adam
Four short links: 17 April 2015
Replicating SQLite using Raft Consensus -- clever, he used a consensus algorithm to build a distributed (replicated) SQLite.When Open Access is the Norm, How do Scientists Communicate? (PLOS) -- From interviews I’ve conducted with researchers and software developers who are
Experience design gives you the competitive edge
Subscribe to the OReilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come.This week on the Radar Podcast, OReillys Mary Treseler chats
Four short links: 16 April 2015
Deep Dive -- DeepDive is targeted to help user extract relations between entities from data and make inference about facts involving the entities. DeepDive can process structured, unstructured, clean, or noisy data and outputs the results into a database.From the
Zeta Architecture: Hexagon is the new circle
Data processing in the enterprise goes very swiftly from good enough to we need to be faster! as expectations grow. The Zeta Architecture is an enterprise architecture that enables simplified business
Four short links: 15 April 2015
Facebook Biometrics Cache (Business Insider) -- Facebook has been accused of violating the privacy of its users by collecting their facial data, according to a class-action lawsuit filed last week. This data-collection program led to its well-known automatic face-tagging service.
Rebooting a 1970s satellite with modern software and hardware
In the first episode of the Solid Podcast, we talked with Dennis Wingo, founder of Skycorp, in the former NASA McDonalds where hes been restoring the first images of the moon taken from space.After an hour of recounting his techno-archaeology
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Daily API RoundUp: Qualys, Riskified, ESPN SDKs
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.
Chrome 42 Adds push notifications, Kills Java and Silverlight Plugins
Google released Chrome 42 this week and it includes an exciting addition for developers, push notifications.
Top 10 Fitness APIs: Apple Health, Fitbit and Nike
We saw 2014 bring in an extraordinary rise in interest and popularity in fitness-related apps, with the market set to continue the mammoth growth into 2015 and beyond. According to Flurry, health and fitness apps grew by 62% in the first
Pingup API Enables CityGrid Media’s Real-Time Booking Capability
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 press release.
Google Search Extends Mobile App Visibility
In recent times, Android developers have faced an uphill battle to gain visibility among users who visit the Play Store. Because millions of applications are available on the Google Play Store, the challenge has been to get users to find
Older Versions Of Google's APIs To Go Up In Smoke On 4/20
Google is shutting down a number of deprecated APIs on April 20, including YouTube Data, OpenID, Webmaster Tools, Apps Admin, Documents List and ClientLogin. The service calls for these Google APIs will no longer
Dropbox Unveils API Version 2 Preview
Dropbox recently announced that it is prepping the release of Dropbox API v2.The second version of the popular file storage service contains a number of changes, including:
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