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The Always-On Auto Shazam

Today, Shazam is rolling out Auto Shazam, an upgrade that allows users to collect all songs they hear throughout the day- no more rush to pull phones from pockets or purses. The new feature can be turned on to identify all songs over a set course of time and shuts itself off when battery runs low. …

Spaceflight experts work on alternate vision for Mars trips

In this artist's conception, a Mars crew ferry has landed with its cargo at a landing site near a Mars base. A production plant in the background is producing hydrogen and oxygen from Martian water ice, for use as rocket fuel. Ferries would use the fuel to take off and return to low Mars orbit, to …

Space Exploration

'Fifty Shades' casting prompts fan protest

When the developers of Change.org began their petition-generating website, was their intended target Hollywood?<p>The website, which counts Amnesty International and the Humane Society as its higher-profile customers, has seen its users in the last two weeks protest Hollywood's casting decisions with …

Movies

6 Nine Inch Nails Videos That Are Basically Stefon Clubs From "SNL"

New York's hottest club is TRENT.

Star Trek

SoFi gets an additional $41M to keep students from falling into debt

A San Francisco-based startup known as SoFi is building technology to help college and grad students avoid falling into crippling debt.<p>It’s an ambitious goal, but SoFi is growing and raising money at a rapid rate.<p>After raising a huge $77 million fund in September 2012, SoFi today received an …

Calculating The Long-Term Value Of A Bitcoin

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Joshua Seims is an angel investor and entrepreneur based in San Francisco. He is currently building a company that provides secure storage of bitcoins. Follow him on Twitter @jseims.</i><p>A big question that’s debated in the Bitcoin community is “How much will Bitcoins be worth in the long …

Why The Data Problem Is A Good Thing For The Open Cloud Movement

Piston Cloud Co-Founder Joshua McKenty says the OpenStack customer ecosystem has four emerging market segments. On one side are the customers who hire consultants to build them a cloud. On the other side are the IBM customers who will always be IBM customers.<p>And in the middle are two classes of …

Bitcoin Is Sacrificing Its Soul To Survive

For the digital currency to survive, must it sacrifice its soul? Can it thrive if it does?<p>To be sure, there are important differences between bitcoin and Liberty Reserve. Where Liberty was effectively a black box for transactions, controlled by a single entity, bitcoins are traded on a peer-to-peer …

Tim Cook gives his views on collaboration at Duke’s Fuqua school (and 6 other videos)

We discussed Tim Cook’s speaking at Duke’s Fuqua Business school on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his MBA back in April. This weekend, Duke published insightful snippets of the remarks he made and they are incredibly insightful. Perhaps most interesting was Cook’s views on …

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings On Arrested Development, Managing Content Licenses, And Coming Back From The Qwikster Debacle

It has only been a few days since the release of Arrested Development on Netflix, but the fourth season of the series has already exceeded the company’s expectations. In an interview at the D11 conference, CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos talked about the company’s plans for …

Here's Why Facebook Wants To Spend $1 Billion On Waze, According To Industry Sources Who Are Smarter Than We Are

Waze makes a "social" mapping app for smartphones. It was founded in 2009, and it has been backed by investors that include Horizons Ventures Hong Kong and Kleiner Perkins.<p>Last July, when Waze hit 20 million users, this is how BI's Alyson Shontell described the service:<p>Waze relies on the community …

Tim Ferriss Shares How to Master Any Skill by Deconstructing It

Tim Ferriss, the guy behind The 4 Hour Work Week, The 4 Hour Body and The 4 Hour Chef, took the stage at TNW Conference in Amsterdam to discuss how you can master almost any skill through the process of deconstructing it.<p>In case you haven’t heard of Ferriss, he has essentially turned himself into a …

Back to School: Kanye West Stars in 45-Minute Fan-Made Documentary

Kanye West has recently been screaming about being a god at a New York City gala and jetsetting for an apparent Will Ferrell movie cameo, so it’s …

The Difference Between Growth Hacking and Marketing

Like most people who do marketing for startups, I have a love-hate relationship with the term “growth hacker.” On the one hand, it has allowed startup marketers to differentiate themselves from their counterparts in corporate America. On the other, it just sounds like one of those Silicon Valley …

SoundCloud & Klarna Founders On How To Achieve Growth In Europe

At last week’s The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam, Liam Boogar from TNW media partner Rude Baguette moderated a panel discussion on ‘Hyper Growth from Europe’ with a pair of Swedish entrepreneurs, SoundCloud co-founder Alex Ljung and Klarna co-founder Niklas Adalberth. You can find the video …

How smell might be the next big thing in advertising

Smell-O-Vision may be coming to a billboard near you<p>A team of Japanese researchers has been working on developing a new system, the "smelling screen," that releases scents into the air with directional accuracy. Augmenting our audio-visual experiences with odor isn't a new idea — theaters …

GadgetellSolutions Media

18Apr/18<p>As the owner of a retail business, you’ve probably dreamed about getting some extra help. Advertising a retail job for your store(s) can …

List-Worthy

Indie Developers Reveal the Secrets — And Drawbacks — To Funding Videogames on Kickstarter

Just over a year after the videogame Double Fine Adventure set records on Kickstarter, talk about the crowdfunding leader is in the air at GDC, the …

Social Media

Google is run by adolescents, says Evgeny Morozov

Evgeny Morozov, the author and critic battling 'the internet' itself, talks to Christopher Williams.<p>As an author known for his viciously mocking criticism of web culture, Evgeny Morozov recently found himself the unaccustomed target of ridicule for his own technological habits.<p>Promoting his …

Developers vs the industry: 15 ideas about the future of games

Earlier this month, the Bafta video game awards seemed to show an industry in rude health, with innovative indie titles sharing the honours with …

A purple-tinged glimpse of Apple history — the night in 1996 that Steve returned

A former Mac OS evangelist who happened to have an Apple Quicktake camera on him on the night Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1996 has posted some photos on his Flickr account.<p>He noted that Jobs wasn’t really dressed in purple: the poor quality of the camera made the black suit appear purple, which …