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PieSync, The Belgium Startup That Syncs Contacts Across Cloud Apps, Raises $1.6M

Riding the coattails of a ‘small pieces, loosely joined’ approach to the enterprise, Belgium startup PieSync offers a platform that connects a plethora of cloud applications and syncs contacts stored in those apps two-way. That’s no mean feat considering the risk of data corruption or overwriting …

David Bowie's must-read books revealed

Books,David Bowie,Music,Fiction,Music,Exhibitions,Art and design,Culture,Jack Kerouac,Ian McEwan,Truman Capote,Sarah Waters,Anthony Burgess,Vladimir Nabokov,George Orwell,Orlando Figes,Bruce Chatwin,Michael Chabon,Rupert Thomson<p>Jack Kerouac, Spike Milligan and Sarah Waters among star's favourite …

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

Tesla's Powerwall by the Numbers

When Tesla Motors allowed other companies to use its patented technology and later announced the building of the Gigafactory, I had a feeling that …

Whatever Happened To PaaS?

In 2009 I discovered Google App Engine and fell in love. Its promise: any software developer could build web apps available to anyone, anywhere, 24/7, without having to worry about server configuration, or database setup, or OS versioning, or security patches, or load balancing, or scaling.</i> …

I Ate The Best Carrot Cake In The Entire World

On a Friday in January, I had the great pleasure and privilege of consuming The Best Carrot Cake In The Entire World. It was a good start to 2015, to say the least.<p>The cake was inconceivably moist. It wasn't too sweet, and it was full of texture. Never have I ever.<p>Ming Lim, the general manager of …

Solving L.A.’s Water Problems By Turning It Into A Giant Sponge

Right now, the city is set up to get water from formerly snow-filled mountains that are warming up.<p>“We’re not designed for rain in the west,” says …

UC Berkeley

Homes need better Wi-Fi. Is Eero the answer?

Bad Wi-Fi isn’t just a problem that forces people to move from a comfortable chair in search of a better connection so they can stream their favorite …

Wi-Fi

The first silicene transistors promise more powerful electronics

If electronics stalwart silicon and futuristic graphene had a child, it would be silicene. And silicene is growing up. A University of Texas-Austin …

Nanotech

LoopPay could be the secret weapon inside Samsung’s Galaxy S6

On March 1, Samsung will hold an event that will likely introduce us to its next flagship phone, the Galaxy S6. We’ve heard reports of the phone …

Apple Pay

Eero Is A Smart Wireless Routing System That Wants To Do For WiFi What Nest Did For Thermostats

Have you tried to purchase or install a wireless router lately? I have, and it is hell.<p>First you have to make sense out of dozens of available options available on sites like Amazon.com or at your local Best Buy, trying to parse various Wireless Gigabit speeds and ranges and how many of those …

Wi-Fi

Preventing Digital Memory Loss

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Kevin Skobac is a senior vice president for innovation, digital and social at SS+K and the co-founder of SS+K Labs, an in-house incubator of creative technologies.</i> <b></b><p>For many years we’ve been blissfully riding a personal digital media revolution. Better technology has solved more …

Jet Is The New Trendy E-commerce Site

If your wallet is still a little light after holiday shopping, Diapers.com founder Marc Lore has got you covered with the launch of Jet.com, a new site that’s managing to get people hyped up about spending money on the Internet (what year is it?).<p>According to Re/code’s Jason Del Rey, prices on the …

eCommerce

What It Means When Law Firms And Startups Give Away Legal Documents

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Daniel Doktori is an associate in the New York startup practice at WilmerHale, a law firm, and the co-founder of the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project.</i><p>Over the past five years, law firms in Silicon Valley, New York and Boston have put online – for free – the documents that startups …

Startups

Pre-orders begin on Lumia 638, Microsoft’s $132 4G phone for India

The latest Lumia phone in India is available for pre-orders exclusively though the region’s Amazon site. Microsoft is selling the Lumia 638 — a …

Here’s the strategy behind Airbnb’s mobile web redesign

Airbnb has redesigned its mobile web experience, bringing it into responsive union with its desktop website. The two applications will now work in …

Unbroken: what makes some people more resilient than others? | David Cox

The resilience of people like Louis Zamperini in the face of extraordinary trauma, as depicted in the film Unbroken, has lessons for psychiatrists treating post-traumatic stress disorder<p>“We hit the water nose down. The plane exploded. I felt like someone hit me in the forehead with a sledgehammer. …

What Artificial Intelligence Is Not

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Rob Smith is CEO of Pecabu.</i><p>Artificial Intelligence has been in the media a lot lately. So much so that it’s only a matter of time before it graduates to meaningless buzz word status like “big data” and “cloud.” Usually I would be a big supporter. Being in the AI space, any attention …

Services with Airbnb pricing data grow as the king stays quiet

Successful new companies generate new business opportunities, as other companies emerge in their wake to support them and find their own profits, and …

Here’s the problem with the way Uber vets drivers

After Uber was sued by San Francisco and Los Angeles Tuesday, there was a fair amount of confusion over the nature of background checks, one of the …

Startups Anonymous: "Can I give up now?" The Highs and Lows of Being a Founder

[<i>This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are</i> …

Researchers build pattern-recognition model that acts like a human

A trio of MIT researchers has developed a machine learning model that might help humans make better sense of big data by helping us make better sense …

Separating The Opportunities From The Obstacles In Open-Source Networking

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Mike Cohen is the director of product management for open-source, policy-based solutions at Cisco.</i><p>Open standards have driven the networking market since the earliest days of the Internet. While the use of open source for networking is a more recent phenomenon, it is no less important. …

Woz dispels one of the biggest myths about the early days of Apple

As far as early Apple lore goes, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak working furiously to build the first Apple I in Jobs’ tiny garage in California has to …

Google is funding “an artificial intelligence for data science”

Google is funding a project called Automatic Statistician that bills itself as “an artificial intelligence for data science,” it announced Tuesday. …

Google is working on an unsend feature for Inbox

Google engineers gave a few hints about where the new Gmail interface, Inbox, is headed in a Reddit AMA on Wednesday. One interesting upcoming …

So-called “dark social” traffic turns out to be mostly Facebook

Despite the fact that our ability to track and measure almost every aspect of user traffic has never been stronger, there has been a strange gap in …

Meet Plague: An app plumbing the depths of viral networking

We use the term viral to describe the way information spreads across the internet, but a new social communications app has taken that concept to its …