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Zendesk Partners With MailChimp and SurveyMonkey

Zendesk has partnered with two new companies in a move that will enable its customers to be more proactive in soliciting feedback from their users. On Tuesday, the customer service platform announced that it has joined up with SurveyMonkey and MailChimp to incorporate surveys and email campaigns …

Meet Revolv, The Missing Link To The Modern Smart Home

Automated homes are nothing new. For decades, people have toiled over connecting household object to intranets and servers in a desperate attempt to simplify lives. But the work rarely justified the results. Then came the so-called Internet of Things. Nest, Sonos, Hue, Yale Locks; all these …

A New Alliance Will Let “Internet Of Things” Devices Talk To Each Other

The Internet of Things has huge potential to shape the world we live in, but as more “smart” devices make their way into our homes, pockets, cars, and workplaces, what good are they if they can’t talk to one another?<p>The AllSeen Alliance is a new effort led by The Linux Foundation to bring about a …

Oracle Roundup: Mark Hurd On Leadership; Build Your Own Cloud

Planning to take some time off to celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, or New Year’s? (If you’re waiting on Hanukkah, you’re too late.) Don’t let 2013 lapse before you read through our curated collection of worthy links, guaranteed to raise your IT and management IQs.<p><b>What does it take to be a leader?</b> …

On Everybody's Shopping List This Year: The Internet Of Things

The forecasting pundits all seem to have zeroed in on one must-have IT gift for 2014, and that’s the Internet of Things. I have to admit to being somewhat puzzled by this, for a variety of reasons.<p>First of all, unless someone has slipped a sensor under our skins without our being aware of it, I’m …

Firefox 26 Arrives with Click to Play Java Plugins by Default

Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 26 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Additions include Click to Play turned on by default for all Java plugins, more seamless updates on Windows, and a new Home design for Android.<p>Firefox 26 has been released over on Firefox.com and all existing users …

Coursera releases iPhone app for MOOCs

Coursera has built a name for itself by providing MOOCs (massive open online courses) in a variety of subjects to practically any student willing to …

Wireless Beacon Startup Estimote Lands $3.1 Million, Hires GroupMe Vet Steve Cheney

Estimote, a Y Combinator graduate that makes wireless sensors — or beacons — that can be used to transmit information to nearby smartphones in …

Doctor On Demand App Gives $40 Medical Consultations From the Comfort of Your Smartphone

Today, it’s becoming expected that a smartphone should be able to do anything and everything useful, well beyond the gimmick of a few years ago, …

Startup FirstFuel revs up with funding for energy data analytics

FirstFuel Software, which uses data analytics to assess and reduce the energy consumption of commercial buildings, has raised another funding round …

AT&T chief: We can't keep doing big subsidies on phones

AT&T's top executive says the era of big subsidies for devices is coming to an end, as wireless operators can no longer afford to fund a constant smartphone upgrade cycle.<p>Speaking at an investor conference in New York City on Tuesday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that with smartphone …

Harlem will soon be home to the largest Wi-Fi network in the US

In his final weeks as New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg today announced that Harlem will soon be the home of the largest public Wi-Fi network in the US. The network will extend a whopping 95 blocks, and will provide free wireless internet to the neighborhood's 80,000 residents — and the crop …

Mysterious smart ring project gives smartwatches the finger

A high-tech ring that promises to replicate many of the features found in the latest crop of smartwatches, but without strapping a brick to your wrist, is now one step closer to reality. Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo last month, has blown past its funding goal to produce a ring …

NSA used location-tracking to tell agents if they were being tailed

On the heels of last week's phone-tracking revelations, <i>The Washington Post</i> has released a 24-page NSA white paper offering further detail into how the program is managed and used. The program ingests 5 billion records each day into its Hadoop-managed database, but from there, the data can be used …

Jesus, The Bible and Spiritual Wisdom

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Teachers complain Common Core-linked lessons little more than scripts to read

Some of the biggest critics of new lesson plans aligned with the national Common Core standards are the people charged with teaching them.<p>A growing number of teachers say the national standards, adopted by some 45 states, have combined with pressure to "teach to the test" to take all individuality …