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Head-To-Head Mobile Fantasy App Draft Raises $3.5 Million Led By Upfront Ventures

We all know that fantasy sports is a huge and growing business. But when it comes to fantasy sports on mobile, most apps are just companion experiences used by fantasy sports players to track how their teams are doing. A new fantasy sports app called Draft hopes to change that, and has raised $3.5 …

YouTube for Artists launches to help musicians grow their audience

Today video platform YouTube is launching YouTube Artists, a website featuring videos and promotional tools to help musicians identify and grow their audience.<p>In a blog post the company writes:<p>On a new YouTube for Artists site, you have a variety of powerful resources, everything you need to take …

8 emerging sectors in fintech that global investors should explore now

Today, because of the JOBS Act and other regulatory change occurring around the world, we’re seeing a renewed focus on innovation in the private capital markets. The technology now being created for accredited investor online platforms and related services is creating greater transaction flow, …

StarMaker Raises Series B Led by Raine Ventures

<b>Investors Include Crosscut Ventures, Three Bridges Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, iGlobe Partners, GREE International, Along with Individual Investors Allen DeBevoise of Machinima, Joe Perez of Tastemade</b><p>SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 11, 2015–<p>StarMaker, the leading digital-first music talent …

Google+ puts your social feed on a TV with Chromecast

Just when you think the Chromecast can't get any better, it does. So, with more and more services offering support for the diminutive (and very cheap) device, it's only natural for Google to make its own apps work better with it. To that end, Google+ on Android now lets you display photos from your …

There is more to mobile web development than just HTML, Javascript and CSS

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>There are three main technology choices to consider when building apps for smart devices; web, native, and hybrid.<p>Web apps are …

Facebook has released Mentions, an iOS app only for companies and celebrities

Facebook has released a new app, but it's only for celebrities. The company just announced an iOS app called Facebook Mentions, which can be accessed only by people with verified accounts. With Mentions, users can see a somewhat Twitter-like stream of posts that reference them, and they can find …

Connected TV Market Crosses 1B Devices As Google Pins Its Hopes On Android TV

A new report from Strategy Analytics puts the global market for connected TV devices at over 1 billion currently installed units, which include smart TVs, set-top boxes like the Apple TV, game consoles, connected Blu-ray players and more. The market is predicted to double in size between now and …

This Is Your Final Chance To Apply For The TC Pitch-Offs In Austin And Seattle

If you’re an entrepreneur in the Austin or Seattle areas, pay close attention.<p>You have exactly one weekend to complete your application to compete in the TC Pitch-Offs, where a few lucky startups will win a chance to attend Disrupt SF in September. Applications close on Monday, June 2, and your …

The 10 Hottest Apps Right Now

Foursquare, the superpopular location-based mobile app, announced that it was splitting its business into two separate mobile products.<p>And the popular game Dots is getting a sequel. Finally!<p>The App Store updates with new additions all the time, but these are the 10 apps that people are talking …

Twitter abandons one of humanity's most widely used fonts

The next time you visit Twitter.com things may look a little different, now that the site is rolling out a new font. After years of using Helvetica Neue, it's switching to the Gotham typeface. Already, design and typography fans are expressing dismay at the switch, although if you're still reading …

Facebook Isn’t Axing Auto-Shares From Other Apps, But Will Favor Explicitly Shared Stories In Feed

Facebook has no plans to discontinue “implicit sharing” from third-party apps, likely because the data is still very valuable, but today the company said it will be favoring explicitly shared stories in the feed over auto-shares. Facebook isn’t giving up on auto-sharing; it just doesn’t want to …

The virtual reality cameras are coming: 360Cam passes Kickstarter goal in a day

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Giroptic<p>The 360Cam, which hit its $150,000 goal on Kickstarter today, isn’t the first 360 degree camera to pop up on a …

Good news for Texas startups: LiveOak closes $109M fund

Texas is busting at the seams with new startups and a growing pool of tech talent. And today, those Texans have another firm to pitch when raising money.<p>Austin, Texas-based venture firm LiveOak Venture Partners closed a new $109 million investment fund today. The firm said the new fund makes sense …

Everything You Need To Know About Facebook’s New App Accelerator

By Luke Dormehl8 minute Read<p>At its recent F8 developer conference, Facebook announced FbStart, a new program designed to help app developers by …

A Tool For Building Beautiful Data Visualizations

Visage makes infographics easy, and they customize palettes for free.<p>If you’re an art director at a media outlet, odds are you have to assign and commission each data visualization you publish. That gets time-consuming, even when the graphic in question is nothing but a small pie chart running …

Bye-Bye Browsers: Why Facebook's New App Links Are a Big Deal

Facebook announced a slew of new programs and initiatives for developers at its F8 Conference, but the most exciting might just be App Links.<p>App …

Facebook's New Push Into Apps Is Genius Because It Exploits The Secrecy Of Apple And Google

Everything he announced has one thing in common: It takes full advantage of the secrecy surrounding the way Apple's App Store and the Google Play store on Android rank and feature apps, which are the goldmine for app developers.<p>Zuckerberg is literally going to start monetizing their lack of …

Skype Co-Founder Jaan Tallinn Backs Reversible Debugging Startup Undo Software

As software continues to eat the world, the tools to help make developers’ lives easier continue to mature. Case in point: Cambridge, UK-based Undo Software, which offers reversible debugging software for app development on Linux and Android. Long thought of as one of the holy grails of software …

A Multi-Factor Analysis Of Startups

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matt Oguz is managing director of Palo Alto Venture Science.</i><p>Every decision we make from what to wear to whom to hire requires a balance of multiple factors. Sometimes we decide quickly and other times with deliberate consideration. Either way, we do this every day. Picking what to …

How To Run Live User Testing, Part 3: The Debrief

<b>Editor’s Note</b>: <i>Brenden Mulligan is a co-founder and designer at Cluster, and previously created Onesheet, MorningPics, ArtistData, and others. This is the final part of a three-part series on how live user testing is run at Cluster in preparation for the next release of their iOS and Android …

NASA Published The Clearest Panorama Of The Milky Way Ever Created

NASA has released an interactive mosaic of infrared images of the Milky Way. It is the "clearest infrared panorama of our galactic home ever made," according to the voiceover in the video below.<p>The zoomable image is a composite of more than 2 million photos taken the by the Spitzer Space Telescope …

The Top 3 Social Messaging Apps Among Smartphone Users

Facebook paid a staggering $19 billion for WhatsApp. While it trails Facebook as a messaging app in the United States, WhatsApp dwarfs Facebook in …

Helvetica: one font to rule them all

One of the few places the Helvetica font has failed to infiltrate over the past half-century is the graveyard – Roman typefaces such as Perpetua or Bembo tend to work better on headstones. But perhaps now is the time to put it there. The recent death of Mike Parker, often labelled "the godfather of …

Waterlogue App Turns Your Photos Into Incredible Works Of Art

I'm never buying another piece of art again.<p>Why spend a ton of money on artwork when I could get some of the photos-turned-paintings that I made with the app Waterlogue printed? They're that gorgeous. Between the colors, the style and the textures, these photos really do look like watercolor …