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The Past, Present and Future of Crowdfunding

If you’ve been following digital trends over the past few years, you’ll probably be aware of the hockey stick-growth of crowdfunding as a ‘thing’. It’s everywhere.<p>From smartwaches and ad campaigns, to mobile phones and Google Glass apps, seemingly every industry has taken to the Web’s myriad of …

IDrive Launches Long-Term Data Archival Service Via Shipped Hard Drives

Cloud storage and data backup service IDrive today announced the launch of a new long-term archival service that allows users to ship data to the company on physical drives.<p>IDrive Safe, as the company calls this feature, allows users to choose between plans to allow a single backup with up to 1TB …

Uber Slashes UberX Fares In 16 Markets To Make It The Cheapest Car Service Available Anywhere

Riding Uber just got a lot cheaper — at least for most customers using its low-cost UberX option. That’s because Uber has committed to slashing fares for its on-demand car service in a majority of U.S. cities where it’s available, in some cases by more than 20 percent.<p><b>Updated</b> <b>below with comment from</b> …

CloudApp, Droplr both updated with new design, features on Mac

Popular (and competing) cloud sharing services CloudApp and Droplr both announced big updates to their Mac apps this week with new features and designs.<p>CloudApp 2.0 (seen above) now features thumbnail previews, the ability to share links before an upload is complete, Notification Center support, …

Nook sales plummet for 2013 holidays

Barnes & Noble's Nook didn't have a very happy holidays. Over the nine week period from just before Halloween to just after Christmas, sales of Nooks and Nook accessories totaled only $88.7 million, a major drop of 66.7 percent from last year's sales, while overall Nook revenues were $125 million, …

Archos is working on a $50 smartwatch

Archos, the company better known for inexpensive tablets, is also looking to get into the market of similarly inexpensive smartwatches. At CES this …

Report suggests iPhone 6 could once again retain 8 MP camera, focus on improved optics

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone 4 in 2010, Apple began focusing heavily on the device’s camera as an area for continuous improvement and promotion. That device featured a 5 MP backside camera, and the next three models (iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s) featured an 8 MP iSight camera with …

Who needs fingerprints? Samsung could put an eye scanner in the Galaxy S5

The most interesting thing about Samsung’s next flagship phone could be how you unlock it.<p>Taking a page from the fingerprint reader-equipped iPhone 5S, Samsung is considering adding an eye scanner to the Galaxy S5. While the decision is far from final, adding the feature makes a lot of sense: The …

DataSift raises $42M. Maybe there’s something to this social data after all

DataSift, one of three company’s with full access to the full stream of Twitter data — along with Gnip and new Apple property Topsy — has raised a …

BMW and Mini connected cars now support Amazon Cloud Player

Almost a year after it rolled out to select Ford models, Amazon has finally secured itself another automotive partner for its cloud music service. The company today confirmed that its recently-updated Cloud Player iOS app can now connect to in-car dashboards in BMW and Mini Connected cars, letting …

Microsoft Updates Lync for Windows 8.1 App with Resizable Snap Mode

Microsoft updated its Lync enterprise-focused messaging and video conferencing app for Windows 8.1 today, introducing a few new tweaks and features that should improve the overall user experience.<p>Users can now “take control” of an app or screen that was originally shared by another caller during a …

Microsoft's Project Spark starts to glimmer

Microsoft's Project Spark, an ambitious attempt on the company's part to turn gamers into developers, is making its debut on Windows 8.1 on Tuesday.<p>The app, which will be available later today in the Windows Store, according to The Verge, will be in beta when it's launched. In order to actually …

Visualized: Inside the Vertu workshop, where phones are made by hand (video)

While not everyone's comfortable with splashing out on a fancy Vertu phone, there's no stopping us from appreciating the company's craftsmanship and engineering expertise since its Nokia days. We're talking about dealing with various luxurious materials -- pearl, ruby, sapphire, titanium, gold, …

Toshiba to buy OCZ's assets for $35 million, eyes solid-state supremacy

OCZ's memory technology won't fade into obscurity after all -- Toshiba has agreed to buy the ailing company's assets for $35 million through a bankruptcy auction. As long as the bid wins, Toshiba expects to acquire OCZ's solid-state drive businesses in January. The deal also supplies the financing …

Security and Compliance Best Practices for SaaS Companies

If you are a SaaS provider with your sights set on the enterprise market, you better be ready for a long list of requirements around security and …

SaaS

This ‘air modem’ could hack your PC or phone via sound waves — without any electronic connection

The one thing you’ve always been certain of is that a computer that’s not connected to a network, doesn’t munch data from any USB sticks, and doesn’t accept any kind of electronic connection requests is reasonably safe against hackers and crackers breaking into its electronic vaults.<p>Not so much, …

Intel Makes Another Acquisition: Hacker League, A Platform For Hackathons, Is Now A Part Of Mashery

Intel’s acquisition spree continues apace, with the latest being made to augment one of its other recent acquisitions. It is buying Hacker League, a popular platform for managing hackathons, which will be incorporated with the API management company Mashery (acquired April 2013). The terms of …

Huawei Pulls Back on Effort to Crack U.S. Carrier Equipment Market

After spending years trying to persuade U.S. regulators to ease their restrictions, China’s Huawei is acknowledging that the political climate …

Here's how you make the world's most expensive phone

Instagram Blocks Competitor Mobli From Its API

The relationship between Instagram and competitor Mobli, a photo- and video-sharing app out of Israel, has been a rocky one. Today Instagram blocked Mobli’s access to the Instagram API, effectively making users choose between the two. For the last 18 months, Mobli users could upload their Instagram …

In The Future, Your iPhone Password Could Be Your Face

If your fingerprint isn't secure enough for you, you might be able to use your face to unlock your iPhone someday.<p>Apple Insider reported Tuesday on a new Apple patent called "Personal computing device control using face detection and recognition." In other words, the technology would let you unlock …

How chess-playing computers changed real-world matches

Computers scored their first big chess win in 1997, when IBM's Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov in the duo's second meeting. Since then, humanity's computerized opponents have only gotten better.<p>According to an article by Guillermo Campitelli of Australia's Edith Cowan University and published in …

Twitter Considered Buying Topsy, Too — Here’s Why It Didn’t Happen

Apple just spent a bunch of money on social analytics company Topsy. And while everyone has good guesses on what Apple wants from Topsy, no one seems …

Amazon reviewers razz $40,000 Samsung TV

Amazon reviewers may never be able to top the epic community art project that evolved out of Tuscan Whole Milk, but they're sure putting in a good try with the feedback they're delivering on the Samsung's UN85S9 85-inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz 3D Smart LED TV. The massive $39,997.99 set comes with Amazon …

4K Ultra HD

Predicting Windows' future: One core, many versions

Recent remarks by a Microsoft exec who noted there won't be three different Windows variants in the future have set off a storm of speculation -- just about all of which is dead wrong.<p>Microsoft Executive Vice President Julie Larson-Green recently told attendees of a UBS technology conference that …

Windows Phone

Square Acquires NY-Based Viewfinder To Help With Seller Initiatives

Square has acquired Viewfinder, a company specializing in helping you “organize, share, and relive memories” with friends and loved ones. The move will see Viewfinder eventually shut down and focus on seller initiatives within the mobile payment processing company.<p>In a blog post, Square CTO Bob Lee …

UPS researching delivery drones that could compete with Amazon's Prime Air

Flying parcel-carriers are the next logical frontier for delivery companies<p>Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less. But the e-commerce giant isn’t the only company researching how to …