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Meet The Reversible USB Cable, Coming This Summer

Before Apple’s Lightning cable, I never even dreamed of a life where input/output cables could be reversible. Now, however, it’s hard to go back to standard and micro USB, because I got so lazy. Soon enough, however, USB is getting a new reversible standard called “Type-C” which is around the size …

Netflix Will Shut Down Public API Support For Third-Party Developers On November 14

Netflix is getting a lot stingier with the way that third-party developers can use its content, announcing that it will stop supporting its public API by the end of the year. In a letter to API partners, Netflix VP of Edge Engineering Daniel Jacobson announced that it would retire the public API …

Twitter's working on a 'Whisper mode' to make conversations private

When sharing gossip on Twitter, there's always that moment when you have to boldly announce that the conversation will have to continue over DM. Sadly, as well as killing the mood, it means that group discussions get broken up in favor of individual messages behind the veil. It's a problem that …

Google Launches Chrome Remote Desktop On Android, Allowing Mobile Access To Your PC

Google this morning launched a mobile client application called “Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android” (whew!) which allows for remote access to your Mac or PC from your Android device, whether smartphone or tablet. The new app is an extension of Google’s previously launched Chrome Remote Desktop …

Kitestring, The App That Makes Sure You Get Home Safe

You don’t have to walk alone anymore. Rather than asking your mom, bestie, or significant other to stay on the phone with you while you walk down a sketchy street at night, you can use Kitestring. You punch in your emergency contacts, let it know when you’re somewhere dangerous, and Kitestring will …

Five Hard Things That Great VCs Do

Michael Driscoll Contributor<p>Mike Driscoll is the CEO of Metamarkets.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Engineering management may be the most unnatural act of all<p>In Ben Horowitz’s <i>The Hard Thing About Hard Things</i>, he recalls a conversation in 1999 where one of his investors asked coldly: “When are you …

Whistle, The ‘FitBit For Dogs’, Adds GPS Features To Make Sure You Never Lose Your Pet

The “Internet of Things” has made it easy to keep track of lots of things, from where you parked your car to where you left your phone. And now Whistle, the San Francisco startup that’s become known in recent months for its somewhat silly sounding (but apparently quite handy) “FitBit for dogs” …

Uber Confirms “Record Breaking” Fundraising, Interest In Driverless Ubers

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has just confirmed a “record breaking” valuation to Kara Swisher at the CODE Conference today. That financing, which could total more than $500 million, would be on top of the more than $300 million that the company has raised since being founded in 2010.<p>Investors …

A 3D Printed Cast That Can Heal Your Bones 40-80% Faster

It looks like something from the Borg (read, cool), but it’s actually a cast for healing bones.<p>The Osteoid, created by Turkish student Deniz Karasahin, incorporates 3D printing and ultrasonic tech to make healing a broken bone more bearable.<p>The idea of ultrasonic healing vibrations to heal bones …

Apple Patents An iPad Smart Cover That Can Display Push Notifications

Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that could show you notifications on your Smart Cover, even when your iPad’s screen is obscured by the protective accessory. The filing details both active Smart Cover notifications that would use built-in LEDs or electroluminescent displays, and passive …

The Vessyl Is A Smart Cup That Knows Your Body

Have you ever tried to lose weight, taking every precaution to cut down on red meat and cheese and bread and really get healthy, and yet still don’t lose a pound? Oftentimes, liquids are the culprit. They’re the most ignored source of calories, mostly because it’s hard to measure out the exact …