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“He’s kind of perfect for the job”: Obama hints at a future in VC, and Silicon Valley is salivating

In seven months, Barack Obama will leave the White House as president of the United States. He’s going to need a job. In an interview with Bloomberg on June 13, he hinted at the possibility of joining entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in Silicon Valley.<p>Obama said “had I not gone into politics, …

Can Google Build A Typeface To Support Every Written Language?

Google has taken on its fair share of ambitious projects — digitizing millions and millions of books, mapping the whole world, pioneering self-driving cars. It's a company that doesn't shy away from grand plans.<p>But one recent effort, despite its rather lofty scope, has escaped much notice. The …

SmartThings Wants To Eviscerate The Home Insurance Industry

Alex Hawkinson just wanted to give his house a voice. In February 2011 Hawkinson, an executive at technology startup ReachLocal, headed up with his family to their remote cabin in the Colorado Rockies only to find it soaked from the inside. Several months earlier the power had gone out and a pipe …

Chat Directly on Article Page With Point

Typically when you share an article with your friends it’s hard to continue the conversation unless they comment on Facebook or reply on Twitter. With the Point Chrome extension,you can take that conversation right into the article.<p>The Point Chrome extension, available for free, gives you the …

Tado Cooling Launches On Kickstarter To Make Your AC Smart

Internet of Things startup Tado has today unveiled its most ambitious product to-date. The German company and maker of the Tado smart thermostat, which competes with Google-owned Nest and others, has taken to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to launch the Tado Cooling, an Internet-connected device …

Storehouse, the iPad storytelling app from a former Apple designer, raises $7M

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Storehouse, an iPad(s AAPL) app that lets users create and share digital stories from photos, videos and text, has raised $7 …

Why Is Google Building A Robot Army?

In short: robotics world domination<p>Looking back, Google’s emergence as a robotics powerhouse seems obvious—and inevitable. First came the scattered hires of roboticists and the release of self-driving cars into Bay Area traffic. Then, the search giant reportedly bought two humanoid HUBO robots from …

Ex-Apple Programmer Crowdfunds ‘Internet Of Things’ Maker Kit

QuickTime architect, ex-Apple programmer, and former trusted Steve Jobs lieutenant Peter Hoddie has launched a new Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.<p>Called Kinoma Create, the project aims to create a JavaScript-powered Internet of Things construction kit, aimed at professional product designers, as …

Nest will be Google’s core hardware team, “big plans” and generous resources are on the table - report

Tony Fadell, showing off Nest<p><i>Image credit: LeWeb</i><p>Nest, the connected home company that Google bought for $3.2 billion, is said to become the company’s core hardware unit following the sale of Motorola to Lenovo.<p><i>TechCrunch</i> reports that Nest, led by industry veteran Tony Fadell, will work not only on …

Home Appliances

How Mobile Is Accelerating Hardware Innovation

Much ink has been spilt on the recent renaissance of hardware. The Pebble Smartwatch raised over $10m dollars in 30 days, more than 10 times its fundraising goal, Ouya launched a $99 game console, and Nest recently sold to Google for over $3.2bn. At Hipmob we work with a few companies on the …

SanDisk launches Wi-Fi enabled Flash storage

<b>SanDisk has launched two new wireless-enabled flash products for mobile users.</b><p>The two products in the SanDisk Connect range are the Wireless Flash …

Blowing Up: Tesla's Gigafactory Is Going To Revolutionize The Auto And Utility Industries

Very soon, Tesla is going to announce plans to build the world’s largest battery factory here in the United States. It desperately needs to get started on the project in order to have enough lithium-ion capacity to power its third-generation car that it hopes to sell for $35,000 just 3 years from …

Blippar Introduces Image Recognition And AR Advertising On Google Glass

Blippar has come a long way in a short time, bringing lightning-fast image recognition and augmented reality to mobile advertising. But today, the company steps away from smartphones and puts on the wearables hat.<p>The company has implemented image recognition technology into Google Glass, in what …

Hear the 'Super Mario Bros.' theme played on an ancient Chinese instrument

The <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> theme is possibly the most ubiquitous (and perhaps played-out) video game music around, but a young musician has found a way to make it interesting again — by performing it on an ancient Chinese instrument called the sheng. The instrument's natural tone fits perfectly with the</i> …

Inside DuckDuckGo, Google’s Tiniest, Fiercest Competitor

By John Paul Titlowlong Read<p>When Gabriel Weinberg launched a search engine in 2008, plenty of people thought he was insane. How could DuckDuckGo, a …

DuckDuckGo

Banking Startup Simple Acquired For $117M, Will Continue To Operate Separately

Banking startup Simple has been acquired, the company announced today. The acquiring company, BBVA, is a 150-year old financial services corporation that operates in a number of markets, and a leading player in the Spanish market, as well as one of the top 15 banks in the U.S. and a strategic …

The Right Way to Retinafy Your Websites

Making your website ready for Retina display doesn’t have to be a hassle. Whether you are building a new website or upgrading an existing one, this …

What is a Full Stack developer?

<b>Server, Network, and Hosting Environment.</b><p>This involves understanding what can break and why, taking no resource for granted.<br>• Appropriate use of the …

Using Node.js and Websockets to Build a Chat Service

Node.js and Websockets are the perfect combination to write very fast, lag free applications which can send data to a huge number of clients. So why …

Machine learning is way easier than it looks

It’s easy to believe that machine learning is hard. An arcane craft known only to a select few academics.<p>After all, you’re teaching machines that …

An Introduction To Full Stack JavaScript

I’ll introduce these components piece by piece. But first, a short note on how we got to where we are today.<p>Why I Use JavaScript<p>I’ve been a Web …

Google unveils smartphone with 3D sensors

<b>Google has unveiled a prototype smartphone with "customised hardware and software" that enables it to create 3D maps of a user's surroundings.</b><p>Sensors allow it to make more than 250,000 3D measurements every second and update its position in real time.<p>Google said potential applications may include …

Visa and MasterCard use Android KitKat to make mobile payments easier

Visa and MasterCard are trying to make mobile payments a lot more accessible today as they both announce support for a new way to pay over NFC. Both companies are beginning to allow their cards to be stored in the cloud for NFC payments, letting even more consumers check out at stores just by …

Is pCell the Holy Grail of wireless networking?

Serial entrepreneur Steve Perlman claims that his new patented technology can create the wireless network of our dreams.<p>His invention, pCell, theoretically delivers on the long-sought dream of ubiquitous, fast Internet, with the reliability and consistency previously only achievable through a wired …

Telecoms

Nuclear Fusion Just Got a Little Closer to Becoming a Reality

When physicists first split the atom in 1938, in the process known as nuclear fission, the feat led very quickly to the bombs that destroyed …

How Pandora’s 40 Engineers Nabbed 70 Million Monthly Users

The Pandora Prioritization System brought users to their company in droves. How can their approach apply to your company?<p>When it went public in 2011, over a decade after the company’s founding, Pandora employed fewer than 40 engineers. With this skeleton crew, the company built products for 70 …

Instaradio Debuts Android App, Aims To Be The SoundCloud For Amateur Live Audio Broadcasts

Toronto-based startup and Extreme Startups grad Instaradio is unveiling a brand new Android app this week, and is also updating its iOS application with a significant overhaul. The app provides instant live audio streaming broadcasts for users, via their smartphone device and using nothing more …

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …