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Windows turns 30: a visual history

The PC revolution started off life 30 years ago this week. Microsoft launched its first version of Windows on November 20th, 1985, to succeed MS-DOS. It was a huge milestone that paved the way for the modern versions of Windows we use today. While Windows 10 doesn’t look anything like Windows 1.0, …

20 Product Prioritization Techniques: A Map and Guided Tour

<b>Prioritization is a top concern for most Product Managers</b>. It’s by far one of the most popular topics on PM blogs, Q&A sites and other online …

Product Management

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What Startups Can Learn From LearnVest’s $250 Million Acquisition

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Joe Polverari is chief strategy and development officer of Yodlee.</i><p>When LearnVest, one of the hottest startups in fintech, announced its acquisition by Northwestern Mutual, the $250 million deal raised some eyebrows. While this partnership may seem unlikely at first, it actually makes …

Chrome add-on helps you see the web if you're color-blind

The web isn't always a great a place to visit if you're color-blind -- in fact, you may not properly see the Chrome logo above. Thankfully, Google may have a way to fill in some of that missing picture. It recently released a Chrome extension, Color Enhancer, that tweaks the browser's colors to …

Inside LINE's Bangkok Office and The Effect of Its Messenger Culture

Japan-based messenger app LINE is one of the biggest apps in Asia, but many in the western markets may not know it as well in light of other heavyweights like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts and Skype.<p>LINE currently has more than 50 million users in Japan, followed by Thailand with 33 …

Apps

Max Levchin's Affirm Raises $275 Million to Make Loans

"There’s room for a product by young people for young people," said Levchin. "That’s what Silicon Valley’s good for, and that’s what we’re doing."<p>Having dabbled in online slideshows and fertility tracking, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin has swung fully back to his online money roots.<p>Affirm, the …

Apple and Microsoft’s visions for the future are delightfully different

One wants the device at the center of your life, the other wants to make the device irrelevant<p>Microsoft’s evolution over the past few years has brought it closer to Apple than ever before. Just like its old nemesis, the Windows company now sells its own phones and tablets, gives away OS updates for …

Microsoft Goes Freemium With Its Smartphone Software Strategy

Today’s simple question is this. ‘What’s Microsoft good at?’ Historically the answer is a simple one - Microsoft’s key strength has been software. When I look at Microsoft’s ongoing moves in the mobile space, I come back to the idea that CEO Satya Nadella has boiled down the essence of Redmond’s …

Windows 10

Here Are The Companies That Presented At Y Combinator Demo Day 1

It’s that time again! Today was Demo Day 1 (of 2) for Y Combinator’s Winter 2015 class — when investors and reporters get their first in-person look at many of the startups that YC has been incubating for the past few months.<p>Want to see what debuted? We’ll have a list of our favorites soon — but if …

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An illustrated history of the computer virus

Computer viruses have come a long way, starting as the practical jokes of computing's early days and ending up as modern military weapons. A site called Computer Virus Catalog is walking through the history one virus at a time, pairing each one with a fitting illustration. The list leans heavily on …

A tennis racquet wired to teach you how to swing better | Fortune.com

FORTUNE -- In 1990, when Eric Babolat was a college student in France, he remembers watching Sharon Stone play tennis with a hologram instructor in the movie <i>Total Recall</i> and thinking, “That’s the future of tennis.” This was not idle reflection. Babolat represents the fifth generation in a family …

Empathy for the User: Experience Design Secrets from an Expert

<i>Jo Plumridge is a UK-based photographer, writer and lecturer. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been adapted with permission.</i><p>User experience (UX) designers are among the unsung heroes of the digital world. They make the tools, sites and apps we use simple, …

Hyperlocal apps help residents fight crime

Early this year, a crime spree hit the usually quiet residential neighborhood of Grandview, northeast of downtown Phoenix, Arizona.<p>Over a period of three months, there were 25 home burglaries in the neighborhood, often carried out while residents were out for just a few hours. When police work …

Image Is Everything: Snapchat Tops WhatsApp As Biggest U.S. Messaging App By Volume

Snapchat may be getting a rap on the knuckles right now from regulators over how it handles user privacy, but the ephemeral messaging app is still a hot commodity. According to a report out today from network traffic specialist Sandvine, Snapchat is now the top third-party messaging app in North …

Don't call it a reading app: Instapaper grows up

"It's sort of like the Dropbox for web content"<p>Instapaper began as a solution to a single, simple problem: developer Marco Arment couldn't find anything to read on the train, so he built a website that stored links for him to come back to later. But over the last seven years it's evolved into a …

Found a Rare Free Parking Spot in Your Crowded City? Now You Can Sell It

It always feels good to get the close parking spot.<p>What if someone was willing to pay you $5 to sit in that coveted parking spot and hold it for them? Is it worth your time?<p>If so, this is the app for you.<p>The app opens up a market for the sale of free parking spots (Image source: MonkeyParking).<p>The …

What declining reach, rising click fraud, & skyrocketing prices mean for Facebook advertisers

Facebook has been taking a lot of flack the last few weeks — thanks in part to Ogilvy, which discovered that brands can now reach just 6 percent of fans organically, down from 12.05 percent in October.<p>According to Ogilvy’s report, Facebook sources have hinted that this number will approach zero in …

Could A $150 Robot Teach Braille Across India’s Slums?

To combat illiteracy among india’s visually impaired, two students create the world’s cheapest Braille display.<p>At $4,000 each, Braille displays are much too expensive to be of any use to the nearly 8 million visually impaired people living in India.<p>But thanks to a group of clever computer science …

Goodbye, TV Channels—And Hello, TV Apps

When I was a kid, my brother graciously taught me what a half-Nelson was. It was a lesson learned from our nightly wrestling matches over the remote control, which was essentially the scepter in our little game of thrones. I suppose that made our old tube TV the Lee family version of Westeros.<p>Part …

Intel Pays Up To $30M For A Personal Assistant Platform From Ginger Software

Apple has Siri, and now Intel has Ginger. The chipmaker has made one more acquisition to bolster its advanced computing and artificial intelligence holdings: it has purchased selected assets, and hired talent, from Israel’s Ginger Software in the area of natural language processing tools and …

The fight to save endangered ebooks

Libraries take on the tricky question of digital preservation<p>One night in 2011, the New York gallery Boo-Hooray hosted an exhibit of infamous B-movie director Ed Wood’s trash paperback novels. Woods wrote the books in mere days and sold them to pornographic publishers under a variety of pseudonyms. …

Samsung design: the good, the bad, and the ugly

It’s not easy to claim the top spot in the worldwide smartphone market. You can’t do it without offering consumers something compelling and that starts with great design. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung shipped 89 million units in the first three months of this year, for a commanding 31.2% …

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What does Apple stand to gain from Dr Dre's Beats headphones?

Apple is reported to be buying Dr Dre’s headphone brand Beats for $3.2bn, in a deal that would be the Cupertino-based company’s largest acquisition to date. But what does Beats offer Apple that the iPhone manufacturer can’t do itself?<p>Beats is one of the most high-profile brands in headphones. The …

The DeanBeat: If you blinked, you don’t know how big the mobile gaming industry has become

It feels like mobile gaming is changing so fast that we could use quarterly or maybe daily updates on the state of the industry. That’s why it was good to hang out at the Mobile Gaming USA event in San Francisco earlier this week, getting downloads from some of the industry’s top minds.<p>Some …

Curiator is a browsable and portable worldwide art gallery

I like looking at art, but I don’t always like going to galleries because my fellow patrons don’t usually appreciate my habit of giggling uncontrollably whenever I see pictures with naked butts in them.<p>And sometimes galleries are really far away, too. I probably should have just said that.<p>But …

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Epiclist's App Lets you Plan, Book, Share Travel Adventures

While the team is having a good time in Chile, it has also been hard at work. Shortly after its initial release in January, its app was featured in the US App Store, which helped boost downloads. It is now available in around 20 App Stores.<p>According to Reimgen, the nature of Epiclist’s audience …

Manilla, The Hearst-Backed Service For Managing Bills, Is Shutting Down On July 1

Account management startup Manilla says that it will be shutting down on July 1.<p>We received several tips about the shutdown today, then when I visited the site and tried to sign up, I was directed to this announcement, which says that the service will continue to operate as normal until June 30. …

As Mobile Roars Ahead, It’s Time To Finally Admit The Web Is Dying

While discussions about tech bubbles have been heated, few commentators seem to be targeting their invective at the real underlying bubble: the World Wide Web itself is crumbling. Like any outmoded technology, the Web is rapidly losing users as it fails to adapt to disruption from mobile apps and …