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Who is best prepared to dominate mobile payments?

James Gill, CEO at GoSquared, discusses competition for mobile payments as Facebook and Apple move into the space<p>James Gill, CEO of analytics platform GoSquared believes <b>Facebook</b> is in a "great position" to enable money transactions happen more easily online.<p>He explained that their strength lies in …

Sprint aims to make all its devices unlockable by February

Starting next February, Sprint customers should be able to unlock any phone or tablet offered by the carrier.<p>In a recent update to its unlocking FAQ page, the carrier specifically states that "Sprint is working to ensure that all devices developed and launched on or after February 11, 2015 are …

Millennials are watching video on tablets and computers more than TVs

Apparently kids these days prefer to watch shows and movies on things other than a TV. According to a new study by Deloitte, 56 percent of "training millennials" (people ages 14-24) are tuning in to their favorite shows on computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming devices rather than a television. …

Artificial intelligence startup Vicarious collects $40 million from tech elites

It has been a big year for artificial intelligence. Google bought DeepMind in January for $400 million and, now, a group of tech elites and venture …

Pocket prototype for Android Wear smartwatches saves stories to bigger screens

Now that Google has a preview of the Android Wear smartwatch platform, the app makers and service providers will start to follow. Pocket is among the …

What If Your Phone Knew What You Wanted Before You Asked?

Tim Tuttle was already very familiar with this letdown. He had dedicated the first part of his career to artificial intelligence (AI)–earning a Ph.D. …

Artificial Intelligence

This Is How Google Can Dominate The Smartwatch Industry For Years To Come

This week’s announcement of Android Wear by Google has felt like a shot in the arm for the smartwatch industry. Short of Apple’s mythical iWatch appearing on a wrist near you, the entrance of Google into the wearable space with a clear focus on the smartwatch as a platform is the move that everyone …

How data is changing the game of basketball

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Fred Wilson On Bitcoin, Unbundling, Data Leakage And Health Care

During the 10th edition of the LeWeb conference in Paris today, New York-based investor Fred Wilson explained the “mega trends” that currently influence which companies he invests in.<p>Wilson stressed that he doesn’t so much look at technologies but at the trends that are influencing society in …

First Smartphones and Tablets with Leap Motion Gesture Control Due as Early as Q3 2014

Leap Motion, the smart 3D gesture control hardware and software company, has said that the first tablets or smartphones to use its touchless technology could arrive as early as Q3 next year.<p>Company CEO Michael Buckwald told TNW at a briefing in London today that the technical and hardware …

SmartThings Rolls Out A New iPhone App To Simplify Adding Your Home To The Internet Of Things

If you haven’t yet connected all the rooms and lights and doors in your house to the Internet of Things, SmartThings wants to make it easier for you to do so. With the latest version of its iPhone app, SmartThings is working to better educate consumers about all the things they can do with a …

Smartwatches, Google Glass And The Wearable Technology Chocolate Box

At $8 billion in 2013 revenues (projected), the wearable technology market is nascent but promising. By 2017, revenue from these new devices is projected to grow to $20 billion.<p>Numbers like that are just one of the reasons I get excited about new technologies, and I’ve been particularly excited …

How the Innovation Economy is Turning Makers Into Manufacturers

Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Wired, is the cofounder of 3D Robotics, which sells small UAVs. How did he make the jump from editor to entrepreneur? These are the three factors lowering the barriers of entry.<p><b>Four years ago, when I was a magazine</b> editor, I bought one of the first …

How Tesla batteries are powering an energy revolution

Those Tesla Motors lithium-ion battery packs aren’t just powering electric luxury sports sedans for the 1% any more.<p>They’ve started appearing in a small number of California homes to store electricity generated by rooftop solar panels, and beginning today SolarCity, the Silicon Valley solar …

SolarCity

Here are five cool startups from Taiwanese accelerator AppWorks’ latest batch

On November 16, just as the <i>Tech in Asia</i> team was in the thick of preparing for Startup Asia Jakarta 2013, our friends over at Taiwan’s AppWorks held …

How to switch from iPhone to Android – the Eric Schmidt guide

In a rare Google+ post, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt offered his followers a very detailed how-to guide on switching from iPhone to Android.<p>Schmidt said that many of his iPhone friends are moving to Android and reminded buyers that some of the most recent Android handsets out there including the …

What is Instagram’s next big thing? Messaging, perhaps

Instagram, known as a visual communication platform, is looking for way to expand its appeal to its community of 200 million (and growing) users. …

Learning To Code On The Street

It’s 7:33 AM. Leo is leaning over his laptop writing some practice lines of code while I sit nearby on leftover sandbags from Hurricane Sandy. It’s cold, but it is a great morning.<p>A little less than three months ago, Leo became an Internet icon when he declined my offer of $100 in cash in favor of …

No Cheap Shots With This $300 Bluetooth Basketball

Basketball season is under way. Time to sweep the hardwoods, lace up your sneakers, charge the ball, and fire up your smartphone.<p>Wait, <i>what</i>?<p>That was …

Sports Coaching

Google Wallet Creators Raise $7M From Eric Schmidt, Khosla To Bring Personalization And Analytics To In-Store Commerce

While Amazon has been at the forefront of providing a personalized experience in online commerce, in-store retailers are still behind in using data in compelling ways to make the purchasing and shopping experience better in physical retail. Index, the new personalization and analytics company from …

‘Contactless’ payment to reach 250M cards next year (U.S.A. is last, as usual)

Mobile payments via NFC from a digital wallet on a smartphone might be the sexiest area of payments right now, but the space that is actually seeing traction and adoption is contactless cards — which will hit 250 million in 2014.<p>The market leaders? Australia, Canada, Poland, the UK, and, of course, …

LoveRoom Lets You Share Your Home, And Bed, With Strangers

Sometimes the thrill of letting a perfect stranger stay your home just isn’t enough. That’s why an Airbnb with benefits has emerged called LoveRoom, which marries the idea of room/house-sharing with online dating.<p>Word has it that the startup began as a half-baked joke of sorts, and after getting …

This Prediction Algorithm Can Tell If Your Startup Will Fail

Instead of guessing, consulting, or offering advice based on years of experience, Growth Science is trying to take the disruption theory to a whole …

This startup’s tech verifies your identity by scanning your eye with your smartphone

Eye scanner identification systems are the stuff of spy movies, but EyeVerify is bringing them to the mainstream.<p>The startup took home the first prize at the Kauffman Foundations’s Get in the Ring startup clash yesterday, beating out hundreds of applicants for the award.<p>EyeVerify’s biometric …

A Phone Charging Device For The Next Billion Turns Heat Into Power

The Voto is an intuitive handheld device that could change that situation, and it uses a technology that has gained a reputation as too finicky and …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

How to Calculate The Equity Split Between Co-Founders in Startups

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago. You can follow George on Twitter at @georgedeeb and @RedRocketVC.</i><p>There are a lot of variables to go into calculating a fair equity split a startup team. These …

If Wearables Are Going to Grow Up, Games Might Point the Way

In tech circles, the buzz around wearable computing, already a multi-billion dollar market, has never been louder. No one wants to miss the boat if …

Wearable Tech

Samsung and Code Club Teach Kids to Code

Code Club, the UK-wide network of volunteers that teach kids how to program, has announced a partnership with Samsung to unearth the UK’s “grooviest young coder”.<p>In what will be the first in a series of events to mark the tie-up, the Robo-Boogie competition is striving to encourage primary-age …

I Bought an Apartment Specifically to Rent Out on AirBnB

<i>This is a guest post by Jon Wheatley of Need/Want that originally appeared on the company’s blog. Need/Want makes innovative products that solve problems like SmartBedding and Draft Notebooks.</i><p>In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on Airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the …