Aaron Barr

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MapBox Closes $10M Series A From Foundry Group To Build The Future Of Interactive, Mobile Maps

Cloud-based map platform startup MapBox, which gives developers tools to add interactive maps to their web and mobile offerings, clad in their own brand colours/designs — and counts foursquare, Uber, GitHub, Evernote and the FT among its 2,500+ paying subscribers — has just closed a $10 million …

Mobile Engagement Platform Appoxee Grabs $1.8 Million As It Heads To The U.S.

With mobile publishers moving away from paid apps and toward in-app purchases in order to monetize on mobile, there’s an increased need to generate more revenue out of existing install bases. That’s an area which mobile app engagement platform Appoxee has been focused on since its founding in early …

'Capo 3' Generates Guitar Tablature From Music in iTunes to Quickly Learn Songs

The Apple Design Award-winning <i>Capo</i> has long been an excellent app for those looking to learn and improve their guitar-playing abilities, but the new version adds a significant new feature to help learn individual songs.<p><i>Capo 3</i> can automatically detect chords and let's users create guitar tablature …

The 2020 network: How our communications infrastructure will evolve

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Ericsson<p>Let’s start with two basic questions: In the year 2020, what will the network look like? What are the …

ITU: 6.8B Mobile Subs By End Of 2013, Nearly As Many People As There Are On Earth; 2.7B Internet Connections

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN agency that oversees IT and communications development, today released its latest annual report charting how well we are doing as a planet in getting everyone connected. Mobile is the topline success story: the ITU projects that by the end of …

It’s Over For Paid Apps, With A Few Exceptions

Is it over for paid mobile apps? That’s the general thinking these days, as the App Stores fill up with “good enough” alternatives to paid apps, while major publishers game the charts with free offerings that make millions which can then be used for their ongoing user acquisition efforts. That’s …

Databricks raises $14M from Andreessen Horowitz, wants to take on MapReduce with Spark

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Dabarti CGI<p>A team of professors that has created the in-memory Spark and Shark platforms for analyzing …

Math matters: how big data is building the future of everything

To speed up innovation, scientists are sequencing 'the materials genome'<p>New materials lead to new innovations. Gorilla Glass is a big selling point for smartphones. Kevlar saves lives and has worked its way into consumer products. Lithium-ion batteries have enabled a host of energy-storage …

CloudBees Platform Now Connects To iOS Tool Chain For Enterprise Developers To Build And Test Apps

Developers are pushing to do more app development in the cloud, but IT has a history as a command and control environment that has focused on locking down infrastructure more than opening it up. CloudBees is a company that is offering a middle layer that connects the cloud and enterprise worlds so …

Startup Addy: Build a URL for your real-world location

By utilizing the URL as a universal and shareable address, this Stanford-backed startup wants to bypass poor city planning and help individuals and businesses find one another.<p>Growing up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Khaled Naim noticed something lacking in the city's infrastructure. Despite its …

Business Development

Facebook Quietly Rolls Out Its Mobile Payments “Autofill” Product

Facebook’s next payments experiment is making its public debut.<p>As <b>AllThingsD</b> previously reported, Facebook has been testing a feature with a handful …

Mobile Payments

Understanding Encryption: Here's The Key

We’ve grown inured to news about cyberthreats and electronic intrusions. But Edward Snowden has done more to disrupt our assumptions about online privacy and security in the past couple of months than any number of headlines about hackers.<p>The former National Security Agency contractor, now …

Rocket Fuel’s IPO May Boost Ad Tech

It was a bad summer for ad tech stocks. But things may be looking up.<p>Rocket Fuel, whose software helps marketers buy Web ads, begins trading today on …

Startups

How to manage ridiculous amounts of data and traffic without falling down

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Anna Gordon/GigaOM<p>We’ve wrapped up another Structure: Europe conference and, just like last year’s inaugural event, it …

Bugsnag, The Error-Reporting Platform Used By LinkedIn And Others, Raises $1.4M Seed Round

Crash detection and reporting are tough but important problems to solve, as companies look to increase the stability and reliability of their online and mobile applications. One newer startup taking on this challenge, Bugsnag, has already found traction in this space, having signed up a number of …

Samsung takes on Android malware with bundled enterprise antivirus

Lookout already dominates the field of Android antivirus apps, but it’s expected to get a big boost this week when Samsung announces that it will be bundling the software as part of its Knox security suite for enterprise on all of its new Android phones. A report in the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> says that …

Do you "hack" your Android device? Or do you prefer stock?

On this edition of the Friday Debate, we discuss what some, out of lack of a better term, call hacking Android devices. Rooting, flashing custom ROMS, and beyond. Most Android devices are supremely hackable, and that’s one of the reasons why so many people <i>love</i> Android. On the other hand, we Android …

Android News

How thin can bezels get?

Smartphone display sizes have been increasing steadily over the past several years, and it’s easy to see why. The display is the main way we interact with our smartphone, the deeply intimate, always connected device that we have with us at all times.<p>It’s telling that in 2013, smartphones with …

Phones

Some Nexus 7 (2013) units still have touchscreen issues after the JSS15Q update

The Nexus 7 (2013) tablet experienced some annoying bugs after its launch, including GPS issues and touchscreen problems, both acknowledged by Google and supposed to have been fixed by a recent software update.<p>However, it looks like the touchscreen issues are still there for some new Nexus 7 …

Android News

Unleashing the creativity of mobile apps, by taking care of the pesky backend

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Creating mobile apps is an art, say the execs at London-based backend-as-a-service (BaaS) startup Cloudbase.io, which wants to …

Skydog ships its Wi-Fi home router with mobile app control

PowerCloud Systems is fulfilling the promise from its Kickstarter campaign by shipping its Skydog Wi-Fi router to more than 1,000 of its crowdfunding supporters. That means the Skydog and its companion mobile app are shipping on time.<p>Skydog is a new home network router that you can control with …

It's Now Easier For Hackers To Crack Crazy-Complex Passwords

An update to a free online password-cracking program just made it easier for hackers to get their hands on more complex passwords.<p>When you sign up for an account on a website and create a password, that information is stored in a company database as "cryptographic hashes": strings of numbers and …

The cost of acquiring mobile app users soars to highest level in 2 years

In July, the cost of acquiring new loyal mobile app users in the U.S. rose to its highest level since 2011, according to data collected by mobile app marketer Fiksu.<p>That’s scary for indie app developers who don’t have the marketing budgets to promote their products like the big brands can. Since …

Tablet sales take a hit from lack of sizzle

IDC trims its forecast for tablet shipments in 2013 and says the pressure's on tablet makers to come through in the remaining months of the year.<p>There's nothing like a hot new device to goose tablet sales. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case lately.<p>That lack of sizzle has given market …

Wearable Tech

Initial Wave of Tablet Demand Looks to Be Slowing

Birthed with the launch of the iPad in 2010, the tablet market isn’t yet four years old, but already it’s nearing the early stages of maturity in …

North America

VMware treads fine line with partners as it attempts tricky cloud transformation

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>With great progress often comes great pain. When a tech giant wants to break into new arenas, it often breaks other things as …

Remote Work Collaboration Startup Sqwiggle Closes On $1.1M In AngelList’s First Syndicate Round

Working from the couch in sweatpants is awesome (in fact, I’m doing it right now), but there are certainly benefits to working with other people in the flesh. For example, if you can see that your coworker is at her desk, you don’t have to preface a quick question with, “You there?” Little things …

Aereo reportedly coming to Android in September

Aereo is heading to Android. The company that has ruffled feathers in the TV industry by letting consumers stream live, local programming without a cable subscription will launch an app for Google's mobile operating system in September. That's according to CEO Chet Kanojia, who spoke to <i>The</i> …

Pure Storage Raises $150M And Sets For Battle With The Storage Giants

Pure Storage has raised $150 million for its super-fast and feature-rich flash storage technology. The round was led by T. Rowe Price, Tiger Global Management and “other public market investors,” along with participation from previous investors Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, …