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Virgin Galactic Takes a Big Step Toward Space-Based Internet

Virgin Galactic, if all goes well, is going to help bring the Internet into space. On Wednesday, the company announced a massive contract with satellite company OneWeb to launch 39 satellites into space that will enable Internet access in the world’s most remote regions.<p>In a press release, the …

Space Travel

These headphones are packing a hidden pair of VR goggles

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Avegant<p>At first glance, the Glyph headphones from Redwood City-based startup Avegant look chunky, but there’s a good …

X.ai Raises $9.2M At A $40M Valuation For Its AI-Based Email Assistant Who Sets Up Meetings

Advances in artificial intelligence and big data are being used to tackle some of the biggest problems of our modern times, but a startup out of New York called x.ai is applying the same new tech to address some of the more mundane but no less persistent issues, too. The company, which is still in …

Artificial Intelligence

Alcatel Announces Budget-Minded Smartwatch, Pixi 3 Smartphones that Run Android, Firefox OS and Windows Phone

Alcatel has just announced a budget-minded smartphone that can run three different mobile OS’s at any given time and an Android Wear powered …

Mobile Technology

The Withings Activité Pop Is Probably The Best Overall Activity Tracker Yet

Withings has shored up the only major complaint I had with its Activité fitness and activity tracker/watch: The price. The French health accessory maker has revealed the Activité Pop, which is a version of its flagship Activité that costs only $149.95 rather than $450, and it goes on sale tomorrow, …

Wearable Tech

Montblanc Announces A Smart Bracelet For Your Fancy Watch

What did I tell you? In a last-ditch effort to save themselves, watchmakers are now turning to the band in order to ensure that timekeeping remains well in the realm of the mechanical.<p>The new band, part of the Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed collection, is a little metal screen that can receive …

Smartwatches

Google’s Project Ara $50 Modular Smartphone Could Change The Way We Buy Phones Starting Next Year

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Division just announced its first developer event for Project Ara, a modular smarpthone, yesterday, and a new follow-up profile by TIME indicates we could see the device come to market by next year, with a $50 price tag to start. The key phrase there is “to …

British spies recorded millions of webcam images off Yahoo video chat, report claims

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Yahoo(s yhoo) video chat users will be disturbed to learn that the British signals intelligence agency GCHQ may have collected …

Want Your Kickstarter Project To Succeed? Research Says These Phrases Could Help

What’s the difference between Kickstarter projects that fail and those that succeed? Georgia Tech researchers say it’s all in how the campaigns are phrased.<p>Last year, more than 3 million people pledged $480 million to Kickstarter projects, successfully funding 19,000 of them. Studying more than …

Crowd Funding

Apple’s App Store has best year ever in 2013; tops $10 billion in sales

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Apple<p>Apple(s aapl) doesn’t have a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show, but that hasn’t stopped it from putting …

As Airbnb scales, the traveler experience needs work

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Airbnb is one of the most disruptive breakout startups to come out of Silicon Valley over the past few years. It’s now hosted …

Apple buys Israeli 3D sensor outfit PrimeSense for a reported $350M

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Apple(s aapl) has bought an Israeli motion control company called PrimeSense, in a deal that’s been rumored for over 4 months …

It’s time to rethink startup equity

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / AnatolyM<p>Change is the only constant in life and this is especially true in Silicon Valley. We live in …

Mobile commerce now accounts for 23% of online sales: report

<b>Mobile commerce sales have doubled in the space of a year and now account for almost a quarter of total online sales, according to a new report.</b><p>It …

Apple buys Locationary, a startup building a Wikipedia for location

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Apple (s AAPL) has acquired a Canadian startup called Locationary, which uses crowdsourcing and game mechanics to create a …

How Do You Break Into iPhone App Store Top 50? Try 23K Free Daily Downloads, 950 Paid, Or $12K In Daily Revenue

An iPhone app needed 23,000 free downloads per day to reach spot number 50 in the top Free charts in the Apple App Store, says mobile app analytics firm Distimo, based on research performed during the month of May 2013 aimed at discovering what it takes to break into the App Store’s top Free, Paid, …

New iOS App Lets You Record What You Heard Five Minutes Ago

Have you ever wished that you could record something that already happened? Your kid’s first words. That perfectly timed comeback. The email address your boss told you to have those important documents sent to within the next 10 minutes. If only there was a way to record the important bits of your …

Snapchat Has A Patent That Could Help It Become The Defacto Camera App

While larger competitors struggle to differentiate themselves with different video lengths, Snapchat could use a different weapon to be the first camera app opened: speed. And unlike filters, this one will be more difficult to copy.<p>Snapchat has a patent, “Single mode visual media capture,” on its …

The Series A Round Is The New Series B Round

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jeff Jordan is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz and is on the boards of Airbnb, Belly, Fab, Circle, Crowdtilt, Lookout and Pinterest, as well as Wealthfront and Zoosk. Previously, Jeff was president and CEO of OpenTable, which he took public in 2009. Before OpenTable, Jeff was</i> …

So what if Apple copies your app? Get to work, like Sunrise did

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>The Apple iOS(s AAPL) app most badly in need of an upgrade was Calendar — and it’s getting one in iOS 7. And some of the …

Why designers make awesome entrepreneurs [video]

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>You can tell what drives the folks behind the Designer Fund by simply walking into their office space — it feels like a cross …

iOS Platform Of Choice For Shoppers, All But Biggest Companies Focus On iOS And Android

Apple retains the top spot when it comes for uses making actual purchases on their mobile devices, according to a new Forrester report. iOS shoppers are around 30 percent more likely to make a purchase on their device, and about 15 percent more likely to do product research on their smartphones and …

With wearable tech like Google Glass, human behavior is now a design problem

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: CBS Television<p>For all the attention we’ve given in the past year to wearable devices like Google Glass, Nike FuelBand …

iOS 7 Eliminates MAC Address As Tracking Option, Signaling Final Push Towards Apple’s Own Ad Identifier Technology

Apple has now taken another step to push app publishers to use its preferred ad tracking option, the Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA), with the debut of the iOS 7 beta. Confirming what many have suspected, Apple is eliminating an alternative option involving tracking by MAC addresses. This method …

Jack Dorsey, Mayors Bloomberg And Lee Will Co-Host Digital Summit On Sept 30th

This embed is invalid<p>Square CEO Jack Dorsey and the Mayors of New York City and San Francisco announced today that they will be collaborating on a digital technology summit, to be hosted on September 30th in the Big Apple. At a press conference at Square this afternoon, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee …

Microsoft and other U.S. firms disclose security flaws to spies before customers, report claims

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Blazej Lyjak<p>Imagine you’re a government customer of Microsoft(s msft)’s, in some country that isn’t …

The Battle To Be First App Opened

Competition is heating up in the on-demand transportation industry, but unlike other segments of the market, there’s no lock-in that keeps customers loyal to one service or another. Users looking for a way to get from one place to another seemingly only care about the cost, convenience and …

Asteroid-mining company launches $1M Kickstarter campaign for world’s first crowdfunded space telescope

When Planetary Resources first announced its plans to mine near-earth asteroids last year, the response was impressive. More than 3,500 people …

Deconstructing The Doomed Yahoo, Tumblr Romance

One is old, out of touch, and clueless when it comes to social media and Internet trends. The other is young, lightning-fast, crazy, pop culture-centric with a large dose of smut. What could go wrong?<p>Ah, Tumblr, home to a million fandoms, animated GIFs, and journeys of self-discovery by teenage …

Social Media

5 Principles of Convergence: How To Work Better At The Intersection Of Tech, Creativity, And Media

Convergence is both buzzword and marketing reality. Razorfish CEO Bob Lord outlines 5 ways creative companies can adapt to a converging world and create better brand experiences.<p>The word <i>convergence</i> has been picking up steam in the marketing world. It may even be the “big data” term of 2013. Yet, …