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Self-improvement startup Lift.do is now Coach.me, reflecting renewed focus on personal coaching

Sometimes startups have to go through name changes before they truly hit their stride. For Lift.do, the self-improvement and motivation app, that change comes today: it’s now known as Coach.me.<p>The new name reflects an updated focus and business model. While the ability to set personal goals and …

The global competition for mobile message supremacy

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Line<p>Smartphone users gravitate toward message apps that have regional popularity, downloading and hopping on apps their …

The Decline And Fall Of Flowtab, A Startup Story

It started with an idea: How can we get our drinks more quickly at the bar? Dreamed up at 2 a.m. in Coloft, a Los Angeles coworking space, future founder Mike Townsend doodled up an iPad application mockup that he called Apptini to answer the question.<p>Apptini, a portmanteau of application and …

Microsoft IllumiRoom, A System That Augments the Area Surrounding a TV Screen With Projected Visuals

IllumiRoom is a project being developed by Microsoft Research that “augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations …

This New Coffee Shop Is Staffed By Robots

Designed by Yves Behar, Briggo is a warm replacement for hospital coffee machines. But unlike your neighborhood Starbucks, there’s not a flesh-and-blood barista to be seen.<p>If you’ve ever been stuck at a hospital long enough to be tempted into one of those automated cups of coffee–you know, the ones …

Sosh's Data-Based Personal Concierge Points To Predictive Future

Startup Sosh is aiming to be a mobile “concierge” to help people find unique personalized things to do in a city. But it wants to do much more, predicting what you want to do and with which friends–and arrange the activities for you.<p>The Sosh app aggregates and analyzes a massive amount of data on …

Beddit, The Sleep Sensor You Tape To Your Bed, Looks To Build Cloud App With Indiegogo Stretch Goal

Smart pedometers are just the beginning. Sensors of all kinds are emerging to track the way we move, what we do at home and the way we sleep.<p>Last week, I wrote about a Helsinki-based company called Beddit that ran an Indiegogo campaign for a sleep sensor you attach to your bed. They say it is so …

Wearables That Promise To Make Us Smarter. What's Next?

Do you wonder how we measure brain activity? Our brains communicate through the cell sending tiny electric signals to each other and the more signals …

Fleet Management Startup Local Motion Raises $6 Million From Andreessen Horowitz, Adds Steven Sinofsky To Its Board

A new startup called Local Motion is providing the tools necessary for businesses to reduce waste and right-size their fleets of cars, which could save them significant money in the long term. To move forward, the startup has just taken $6 million in Series A financing from Andreessen Horowitz, and …

Now With 10M Users, Wanelo Adds Search And ‘Stories’ To Its Hot Social Shopping App

Today Wanelo, the online platform that lets people discover and share things they “want, need, and love,” issued an update to its iOS app that brings two handy new features, search and “stories,” to its mobile shopping experience.<p>In general, Wanelo has emerged as a powerful player in the social …

Is the mobile messaging space ripe for consolidation?

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Mobile messaging apps like WhatsApp has been on a tear lately, with Whatsapp growing its monthly active users from 200 million …

OverTask for Chrome Puts Productivity in New Tabs

We’ve already given you seven essential Chrome extensions to combat too-many-tabs syndrome, but we’ve just gotten wind of another one that you might like.<p>OverTask‘s basic premise is about productivity – it lets you create tasks directly from within a new tab in Chrome. The general thinking behind …

Google Ventures Puts $258M Into Uber, Its Largest Deal Ever

A certificate unearthed by AllThingsD today shows that Uber has closed $361.2 million in its latest round. It’s unknown why TPG, which picked up 775,092 shares, paid a lower per-share price than the other participants. The late-stage investor plunked down a total of $88.4 million in Uber. Existing …

Mobile map wars continue as Apple buys Embark

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>The location space is heating up, particularly between Apple(s aapl) and Google(s goog), with news of Apple buying Embark on …