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FiveStars Launches Automated Coupon Delivery Service For Small Businesses

Culminating what the executive team at the automated customer rewards management service provider FiveStars calls three years of development work, the company is launching its latest feature — AutoPilot.<p>The new product FiveStars is selling automates the distribution of coupons and discounts based …

$8,800 for potato salad? Kickstarter campaign goes off the rails

The pitch was simple: give Zack Brown $10 and he will make potato salad. Thanks to internet donations, Brown now has more than $8,800 to achieve that dream.<p>Although Brown hasn’t chosen a recipe for the potato salad, more than 1,300 people have backed his online fundraising campaign since it …

Key fob phone alerts friends that you need help with the press of a button

You know how establishments have hidden emergency buttons to call the police? There's a new device called the ECHO Urgent Messenger that's something like that, except it's a tiny one-button emergency phone that you can attach to a keychain, so you can call for help whenever needed. According to the …

RetailNext, making brick-and-mortar a little more like e-commerce, raises $30M

RetailNext, a company that specializes in providing data analysis tools to real-world retailers, has raised a $30 million late-stage round of investment.<p>This is the company’s fourth round of funding, bringing its total capital raised to $59.4 million.<p>Nokia Growth Partners led the new round, which …

Spark Labs Raises $4.9 Million For An Internet Of Things OS

Spark Labs, the same folks who made this open-source Nest-like thermostat, has raised $4.9 million in Series A funding led by Lion Wells Capital, and with participation from O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, SOSventures, and Collaborative Fund, as well as a host of angel investors.<p>Spark Labs develops …

Taxi app will use Apple's iBeacon and your iPhone to broadcast coupons to nearby users

How would you feel being a walking advertisement? If you're wearing a T-shirt with a company's logo on it, that's one thing. But your phone — in your pocket? That's quite another, and it's just what taxi hailing company Taxi Magic is doing with its iOS app. A new version being released this …

Finding Balance Between Unconventional Tech Funding Routes

<i>Derek Schoettle is the CEO of Cloudant.</i><p>There seems to be a never-ending stream of news and opinion about startups’ shocking valuations, the latest multi-million dollar rounds of funding for companies yet to turn real profits, and the potential for another tech bubble. Just to name a few recent …

Smartphones changed the way people shop, but they won't kill local commerce (study)

A new study suggests that the explosive adoption of mobile devices will help, not hurt brick and mortar shops — challenging the fear that ecommerce firms like Amazon are a death knell to local commerce.<p>Commissioned by G/O Digital, a marketing firm owned by the Gannett media empire, the study …

Placed says it's tracking 200M locations daily for mobile marketers

These days, shoppers often learn about a product, retailer, restaurant, or offer from a mobile ad and then visit one of its locations in a mall or shopping center. But tracking that store visit back to the ad has been a challenge for advertisers.<p>Seattle-based Placed provides a platform that helps …

Misfit Moves Further Away From Hardware And Into Platform Territory With New Beddit Integration

The hardware wearable business is a tough gig, and today brings another reminder: Fitness and activity tracking startup Misfit has announced a new partnership with Beddit, a hardware maker that builds a smart sleep-monitoring system. The Beddit deal brings a co-branded device to Misfit’s lineup of …

Backyard Automation Finally Becomes Part Of The Smart Home Movement

As thrilling as it may be to tear yourself away from the air conditioning to water plants on a sweltering summer day, there's a new gadget in town that will keep you cool and your water bills low.<p>Droplet, a smart robot that connects to your hose and uses precision delivery to water your plants, is …

The GoGlove puts music control in the palm of your hand

When cousins Ben Harris and Eric Ely went skiing together, they would often listen to music as they carved their way down the mountain. But they found it troublesome to take control of the tunes or the volume using the standard in-line remote found on most smartphone headphone cords.<p>The tiny …

Restaurant Payments App Cover Raises $5.5 Million From Spark Capital

Cover wants to facilitate the process of paying your check at the end of the meal, removing friction and encouraging more restaurants to accept mobile payments. To get more restaurants — and users — signed up, the company just raised a $5.5 million Series A round of financing led by Spark …

8 Great Pieces Of Startup Advice From 4 Silicon Valley Stars Under 30

Twentysomethings have it pretty good in Silicon Valley. To the extent that age discrimination exists, it generally favors the young. It may be the one place in America where a 23-year-old can introduce himself as a CEO and no one bats an eye.<p>But being a young business leader in the technology …

Google to invest big in shopping delivery to go head-to-head with Amazon

Google is bulking up its shopping delivery service to go head-to-head with Amazon — but making sales is only half its goal.<p>The Internet giant …

Alibaba’s mapping company, AutoNavi, rolls out a gadget to accompany its navigation app

AutoNavi, the mapping company of Alibaba, launched a coin-sized gadget called Xiaomi (which means “young secretary”), today. Its core function is launch the AutoNavi navigation app in your smartphone with one click.<p>The gadget is also a tracker that will trigger an alarm whenever your smartphone …

Mobile advertising for millennials — how to do it right

The youngest millennials (age 18-24) rated their mobile phones as indispensable to their daily lives (96%), that’s higher than TV (54%), a car (80%), Internet access (88%) or their toothbrush (93%), according to a recent study from Bank of America on Trends in Consumer Mobility.<p>Millennials are more …

Mobile Accelerator Tandem Announces Four New Startups As It Prepares To Double In Size

Tandem, a Silicon Valley-based accelerator for mobile startups, is unveiling its latest group of companies.<p>The firm says this is its “largest startup class ever” — though that’s not quite as dramatic a change as you might think. In the past, Tandem has accepted three startups in each class. This …

Lollapalooza is launching a cashless payment system

Chicago's Lollapalooza Music Festival is launching a new cashless system, allowing attendees to buy food and drink with a personal RFID bracelet distributed on entrance. To pay a vendor, concertgoers will simply tap their bracelet against a vendor's point-of-sale system, wirelessly transmitting …

GE Announce $15 Connected LED Light Bulb

The “Internet of things,” the “Connected Home,” the “Smart Home,” whatever you want to call it, it’s just a fancy way of turning your stuff on and off with your smartphone. Now GE has introduced a cheaper way to stay on the couch and control your lights.<p>The low-cost connected Link lightbulb from GE …

Having raised an unexpected $4M, record-breaker Protonet ends crowdfunding drive (for now)

The Hamburg-based secure server firm Protonet made history earlier this month when it raised $1 million through crowdfunding in a mere 89 minutes, …

Want to build beacons into your business? Read this first

Apple’s iBeacons have set off a rush of excitement in the retail and advertising industry with promises of being able to pinpoint the consumer at the …

Researchers Discover Vulnerability in PayPal's Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is supposed to make online accounts more secure. That is, as long as it works. According to Duo Security, PayPal’s two-factor authentication is vulnerable to bypass, and likely has been for a couple years.<p>Duo Security researchers announced that they discovered a …

How Damian Mehers Amped Up Evernote's Smartwatch Game

The smartwatch age looms on the horizon. While a few wrist-worn wearables have already found some success in the market, it’s the long-awaited efforts by Google and Apple that have captured the imagination. Android Wear will be at Google’s I/O conference and, according to the latest reports, Apple …

Second Round Of R/GA Techstars IoT-Focused Accelerator Announced

Based on the actions of Google alone (not to mention other big players in the tech world), it’s incredibly clear that the home is likely one of the next platforms to likely be dominated by tech. That said, R/GA is announcing their second iteration of the R/GA accelerator powered by TechStars, …

Turn Your iPhone 5/5s Into a Credit Card With LoopPay’s ChargeCase

- Jun 24, 2014<p>If you hate carrying around a bunch of credit cards wherever you go, mobile payment startup LoopPay may have the solution for you. …

4 things you need to know about mobile ad attribution

Attribution, the process of figuring out if people are actually seeing your ads, is a key driver to success in mobile advertising.<p>While web-based cookies allow marketers to track performance on online channels such as online advertising, email marketing, and search engine marketing (SEM), mobile …

Lightbox Wants To Be Your Phone’s Other Lens

Say hey to a new wearable camera contending for your cash. The Ca7ch Lightbox boasts of being the smallest live-streaming wearable camera — at just 1.5 inches x 0.49 inches, and weighing in at a dainty 30 grams.<p>It also has an 8MP lens, with f2.4 aperture; records 1080p video; and has a burst mode …

MasterCard Brings iBeacons To Brooklyn’s Northside Festival

Beacons or iBeacons, as Apple calls them, are like GPS for precise indoor locations and are on the rise. Powered by Bluetooth signals, iBeacons turn …

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GitHub Opens Octicons Icon Font to All

Way back in 2012, social coding community GitHub launched its own icon font called Octicons, leveraging what it called at the time “CSS3 techniques like rounded corners, gradients, and @font-face across all pages of the site.”<p>This was designed to be as much about aesthetics for the emerging …