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Ideo, Astro, And Whipsaw: What Every Startup Should Know About Design

For Highway1, a Silicon Valley design accelerator, pros at top consultancies mentored young entrepreneurs. Here’s their best advice.<p>At Highway1, a design accelerator based in San Francisco, startups have four months to transform a prototype into a market-ready product, develop a business plan, …

The Leica Q is a compact and stylish full-frame camera

Leica's been relatively quiet since Photokina 2014, where it revealed a full set of cameras for every different budget and taste. Today, though, the German manufacturer is stepping out of the shadows and introducing the Leica Q, a beautiful small camera with some powerful attributes. It features a …

Pentax's top DSLR uses image stabilization to reduce noise

Given the moribund DSLR market, Ricoh wasn't about to mess around with the follow-up to its popular Pentax flagship, the K-3. Sure enough, the K-3 II retains the weather-proof body, fast 8.3 fps shooting speed and high-quality 24.4-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor of the last model, while getting some …

Americans Are on the Fence About Open Data

They have mixed feelings on whether or not it will improve governance.<p>Several cities have rolled out creative ways of using open data in the past few years, and this week, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that they'd be helping 100 more to do the same. But what do Americans really think about …

Why Wall Street is pouring money into companies that want to eat its lunch

Known in short as fintech, these startups are changing the way people pay, lend, and invest, threatening the long-established and entrenched financial systems. In the past couple years, fintech has increased in notoriety among financiers and investors, most notably in London and New York.<p>From …

Goldman Sachs

The Numbers Show Startups Can’t Get Enough Of Calling Themselves The “Uber” For This, The “Airbnb” Of That

If you’ve been hearing startup companies throw around phrases like, “We’re the Uber of [insert industry that is not ride-hailing]!” or “Our service …

TAG Heuer teams with Google and Intel to take on the Apple Watch

The effort to blend traditional Swiss watchmaking with Silicon Valley technology continues with one of the biggest heavy hitters out of …

30-Year-Old Who Sold His Startup For $170 Million Just Wrote 1,284 Slides On How To Win Life

Clocking in at an insane 1,284 slides, the presentation includes such gems as:<p>"Important people like opening FedEx packages."<p>And:<p>"Let your inner child come out daily and silly dance."<p>Valleywag's Nitasha Tiku posted and mocked the slidedeck Wednesday and we've spotted some problems with it, too, but …

Self-improvement

A Year Later, $19 Billion For WhatsApp Doesn’t Sound So Crazy

Messaging is the center of mobile. Snapchat is raising at around a $20 billion valuation. And no one cares who owns apps. On February 19, 2014, we didn’t know any of these things for sure. So when Facebook announced it would pay $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp — an app most American pundits had …

Snapchat wants to change online news and save respected news brands from dying

In addition to discussing why his company wants to get into music, Spiegel talked about how other platforms, like Twitter, encourage poor news consumption and journalism tactics.<p>"The first [problem with feed based media is that] the fastest story wins and that means a lot of times, you make …

Evan Spiegel

Facebook Ups Its Own Influence With Patent to Identify Social Media's Most Effective Influencers

In the race to determine who the most effective social media influences are, Facebook just pulled far ahead of the competition. If you didn't know there was a race going on, now you do - and after 4 years of waiting for a patent, the tortoise is back in the lead! Facebook was recently granted a …

Card game about exploding kittens overtakes Ouya's Kickstarter record

The internet lovescats, so it just seems fitting that a Kickstarter campaign called <i>Exploding Kittens</i> has dethroned Ouya as the highest-funded project in the site's games category. It was created by Xbox game designers Elan Lee and Shane Small, but it's not a video game, if that's what you were …

This app concept is Tinder for binge-watchers

The "Tinder for X" trend continues unabated. Feel free to groan, but with a morbid sense of curiosity. Today, the app concept that wants to be the next new thing calls itself Binger, because if love isn't built on a foundation of drunken hookups you only <i>kind</i> of regret, then surely it's about …

Insider reveals why investors are going crazy about companies like Uber, Snapchat, and Pinterest

After the dotcom bust destroyed the paper profits of a generation of speculators, the regulatory ethos in the U.S. shifted from facilitating the free flow of capital to preventing the public from losing money. Specifically, regulators imposed so much red tape, cost, and scrutiny on public companies …

Venture Capital

This ‘Exploding Kittens’ Game Just Raised Almost $9 Million

A card game that features exploding kittens and wise goats has raised an astonishing $8.78 million on Kickstarter.<p>With 219,382 backers, “Exploding …

Kanye West is making a video game inspired by one of his songs

The game is shaped around West's single 'Only One'<p>Kanye West is getting closer to world domination by making a video game. West stopped by Power 105.1's <i>The Breakfast Club</i> yesterday to talk about his Adidas fashion line, his upcoming album, and Kim Kardashian. Near the very end of the interview, he …

Engineers have created a smartphone HIV test that costs $35 to make

Image copyright Samiksha Nayak for Columbia Engineering.Let’s be honest: Smartphones aren’t necessarily thought of as devices that help to slow the …

Engineering

A detailed examination of the Selfie Brush (iPhone 6 edition)

Historically, if you wanted someone to know what you looked like after you'd died, you hired a portrait artist to work for weeks recreating your face in agonizing detail. With the advent of video conferencing, however, the forward-facing camera went from technological oddity to vital necessity. It …

Mobile Photography

Three ex-Google engineers have created a Microsoft Surface clone

Naturally, it runs Android<p>Microsoft’s Surface tablet has inspired a few clones during its short history, but the latest rip off comes from three ex-Google engineers. Jeremy Zhou, David Ko, and Ben Luk used to work on products like Google Maps and search at the web giant, and formed Jide Technology …

Samsung Says Every Product It Sells Will Be Internet-Connected by 2017

LAS VEGAS — When Samsung Chief Executive B.K. Yoon looks at a smart fridge, he sees the future of consumer technology. But he knows no single company can make that connected-home dream happen alone. So Samsung is "prepared to play a leading role" in promoting a system that lets Internet-connected …

Internet of Things

Apple Watch Will Deliver ‘Hyper-Local’ Ads On Your Wrist

TapSense The mobile ad exchange TapSense on Monday announced the very first ad platform for the Apple Watch, which will include a software development kit to help app developers, marketers, brands and agencies deliver their ads and content on Apple's first wearable device for the wrist.<p>TapSense's …

Smartwatches

Sony 4K TV is slimmer than an iPhone

Sony has launched a ludicrously slim 4K television, which at 5mm (0.2 inches) thick, measures up as the world's thinnest LCD. Not only that, but it …

Is this peak sharing economy? Presenting the Airbnb for Airbnb

The startup industry has a shorthand by which new startups are described via comparisons to successful startups. "Uber, but for metadata." "Spotify, …

Samsung's new 360-degree speakers look like friendly robots

A week ahead of CES 2015, Samsung has given us a glimpse of two new pill-shaped speakers it'll show off at the event. The speakers, which resemble a sleek cross between Eve from <i>Wall-E</i> and a <i>Portal</i> turret, can project sound in a 360-degree radius. Samsung says the effect, made possible with the …

Hacker fakes German minister's fingerprints using photos of her hands

Jan Krissler used high resolution photos, including one from a government press office, to successfully recreate the fingerprints of Germany’s defence minister<p>It’s an old cliché of security researchers: fingerprints might appear more secure than passwords. But if your password gets stolen, you can …

The Payments Tipping Point Will Be In 2015

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Hill Ferguson is the chief product officer of PayPal.</i><p>Payments are finally cool. And the more than 1,500 payments startups on Angel List that believe they have cracked the code to solve a piece of the payments puzzle attest to this.<p>Given all the noise in the tech community this year …

United Airlines sues site that found loophole for cheap tickets

You know how it's often cheaper to fly from Chicago to Paris by booking a flight to Dubai, and then just getting off at the stopover, which happens to be Paris? Well, <i>you do now</i> thanks to a lawsuit from United Airlines and booking site Orbitz -- they're suing a site called Skiplagged, which arranges …

Apple's 'Communicating Stylus' for Capturing Digital Versions of Handwritten Notes Wins Patent

Apple today was awarded a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that concerns a new type of digital stylus that translates a user's handwritten note into a digital version when connected to a smartphone, tablet, or any "digital computing device" (via <i>Apple Insider</i>).<p>The patent also …

Chaos Computer Club claims it can reproduce fingerprints from people’s public photos

Chaos Computer Club, Europe’s largest association of hackers, claims it can reproduce your fingerprints from a couple of photos that show your fingers. At the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany, Jan Krissler, also known by his alias “Starbug,” explained how he copied the …