Alan McShane

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3D Hubs heads for the U.S. to help owners of 3D printers find paying projects

I bought a 3D printed gift on Shapeways recently. For a lightweight object that fits in the palm of my hand, it cost $6.50 in shipping. That’s …

Office Depot starts stocking 3D Systems printers online

Could 3D printing be the future of office supply stores? Staples, for one, has been dipping its toes in those rising waters, offering a limited selection of devices on its site. Office Depot's following suit, making the seemingly logical move of including the third dimension in its printing …

Researchers invent wireless Morse code for the internet of things

One of the biggest challenges for the internet of things is batteries. As in, to communicate, sensors need them. That might be fine when you have one …

Microsoft working on barcode-like ID tags for tracking 3D printed objects

The list of materials you can 3D print grows everyday. As the technology improves, researchers are working toward printing ever-more complex objects …

Messaging app Line passes 200 million users

Two-year-old messaging application Line said Tuesday that it now has more than 200 million registered users, which puts it alongside WhatsApp and Viber in the top tier of mobile messaging and VoIP services amassing massive audiences.<p>Japan-based Line launched in June 2011 and initially developed a …

Android, iOS pull even in smartphone ad traffic, but iOS still drives most ad revenue

For the second quarter of 2013, there was no outright winner of the most mobile ad impressions on smartphones: Android(s GOOG) smartphones and …

If you’ve ever wanted your phone and your PC to merge, this millionaire has a deal for you

Mark Shuttleworth, the South African-born, Isle of Man-based millionaire who was only the second person on earth to pay to have himself shot into space, has latched onto a vision that’s compelling in its simplicity, not its particulars: Shuttleworth contends that it’s time people stopped owning …

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3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents

Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann …

3D Printing

Why it's Hard for VCs to Say ‘No’

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Andrej Kiska is an associate at Prague-based Credo Ventures. Prior to Credo, Andrej worked at an early growth fund Benson Oak, the first backer of AVG Technologies</i><p>“VCs are arrogant. VCs are cowards. They speak about how they love to help entrepreneurs build successful companies, yet …

Three things you need to understand about 3D printing to talk about it intelligently

Several of the biggest brains in 3D printing joined Quartz for a discussion about the future of the technology at General Assembly in New York City on July 16. Here are the three most interesting things we learned.<p>1. Customization is effectively free with 3D printing<p>The upsides of 3D printing are …

Managing brand reputation in the age of Twitter

"Over the last 18 months we've invested heavily in social media", says Nik Pearson, manager of media relations for Toyota and Lexus in the UK. "We …

Homebrew Confirms $35M Fund Raised, Focuses On 'Bottom Up Economy'

Investment firm Homebrew has confirmed it raised $35 million for its seed stage venture fund. Run by ex-Googlers Hunter Walk and Satya Patel, it will use the funds to invest in products and platforms that serve the “Bottom Up Economy” and plans to do at most ten deals a year.<p>Earlier this month, CNN …

Cheers! Two Valley Product Pros Debut Homebrew, a Seed-Stage Venture Firm.

Hunter Walk (left) and Satya Patel of Homebrew<p>“Bottoms up!”<p>It’s a familiar adage to drinkers. And lately it’s likely the celebratory phrase of choice …

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Warm up your wrist: 5M smartwatch shipments expected in 2014

Smartwatches of some sort have been around for years without truly making a dent in the mainstream consumer market. That’s all about to change, …

Forrester: $2.1 Trillion Will Go Into IT Spend In 2013; Apps And The U.S. Lead The Charge

Forrester Research has now released its annual look at the state of IT spend globally, and the analysts project that there will be $2.06 trillion invested across software, hardware, and IT services by enterprises and governments in 2013. Within that, U.S. will be the biggest-spending country by a …

Global mobile advertising topped $8.9B & jumped 83% in 2012, thanks to a global smartphone boom

Wow, never thought those accidental clicks on ads on your smartphones are going to turn into a mega-billion dollars business! Jokes aside, the shift …

Brick-and-Mortar Rental Startup Storefront Raises $1.6 Million

Storefront, the short-term rental startup for small businesses looking for short-term retail spaces for rent, announced on Wednesday that it raised …

Startups

Disconnect, An Ex-Googler’s Social Enterprise/Privacy Startup, Raises $3.5M, Extends To More Browsers

As we continue to see more details brought to light in how the government requests and uses information about what we do on the web and on our mobile devices, an ex-Googler and a consumer rights attorney, who have dedicated themselves to helping users remain private, have raised some funding to do …

How mobile payments might be the global money-laundering machine criminals have dreamed about

Earlier this month, US prosecutors took down the global currency exchange Liberty Reserve and charged it with being the largest online money laundering operation in history, the “bank of choice for the criminal underworld.” More than a million customers used the Costa Rica-based company to wash …

Beating Up Cyber-Bullies: FireHost Takes Another $12 Million

Things are getting real for cloud hosting company FireHost. The firm just raised a $12 million D-Round of funding and intends to use that cash to seek new enterprise clients by acting as cloud security evangelists.<p>The company makes over $20 million per year serving a list of clients that includes …

Hey Silicon Valley, The British Are Coming (To Learn Your Startup Secrets)

Doing a startup in Europe is challenging for all sorts of reasons. But one key issue is cultural — even if the gritty realism of European entrepreneurs is ultimately tied to the relative difficulties of raising larger investment rounds in the region. The can-do attitude of Silicon Valley is …

Makerbot Updates Their Design Software And Firmware To Make 3D Printing Easier

Makerbot, besides making a darn nice printer, offers some amazing software for laying out and printing objects. Their product, Makerware, is free to download and use and supports some other 3D printers including the FlashForge. The new software adds some interesting features to the package …

Former WebEx President Joins RingCentral For The Office Move To The Cloud

RingCentral has hired David Berman, a former high-ranking executive from WebEx, a move that shows the market significance of a cloud-based approach to routing calls to different mobile devices similarly if they were extensions on a phone tree.<p>RingCentral is one of those companies that fits into new …

US mobile wallet users spent $500M in 2012 – nearly all of it at Starbucks

Smartphone owners in the U.S. bought $500 million worth of goods and services using mobile wallet apps in 2012, according to a new report by Berg …

IBM is upping its game in cloud computing—and so is everyone else

IBM today announced its biggest deal to date under its new CEO, Virginia Rometty, who took over last year. The company acquired cloud computing firm SoftLayer to help it compete with Amazon, the leader in public cloud services.<p>The question is whether the deal will help improve the overall business …

Google Will Soon Launch Google Web Designer, A Free HTML5 Development Tool For Creating Web Apps, Sites And Ads

Google will soon launch Google Web Designer, an HTML5 development tool for “creative professionals.” The service, Google says, will launch within “the coming months” and is meant to “empower creative professionals to create cutting-edge advertising as well as engaging web content like sites and …

Science Social Network ResearchGate Pulls Down $35M From Investors Including Bill Gates

While it might sound like a nifty idea to connect scientists around the world to share data and projects, it’s probably time to take ResearchGate …