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Exclusive: Apple delays HomeKit launch

Apple fans awaiting the company’s home automation platform, HomeKit, may have to wait longer than expected for some of its features to appear on …

Home Automation

Leverage New Retail Technologies To Enhance The Omnichannel Experience

Creating Cross-Channel Synergy<p>The key purpose of retail technology is to create a more consistent and comfortable shopping experience across all …

eCommerce

I Am Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator. AMA

YC applications for the Summer 2015 batch are due in a week, so I thought I'd do an AMA to answer questions about applying to YC, how the program …

YCombinator

Pachyderm Wants To Be The Data Processing Tool For The Docker Generation

If you’ve collected a large amount of data that you want to analyze, the go-to method for years has been to follow a programming paradigm called MapReduce, typically using Apache’s Hadoop framework. It’s a tried and true process, but it isn’t simple: Hadoop, which is mostly written in Java, has a …

Ubiquitous Computing

Get realtime stock prices using Python and #raspberrypi #piday @Raspberry_Pi

article<p>https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/01/23/get-realtime-stock-prices-using-python-and-raspberrypi-piday-raspberry_pi/<p>From instructables user …

Decentralize All The Things!

They gave us a fully decentralized Internet and we used it to build web services–Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, iCloud–so massively centralized they verge on being quasi-medieval fiefdoms. Now we’re building the Internet of Someone Else’s Things, wherein every room of every home will contain devices …

Blockchain

The Five Most Disruptive Innovations At CES 2015

Once again, we scoured the edges of the 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show looking for what we call Big Bang Disruptors.<p>Those are the innovations that enter the market both better and cheaper than existing products or services, creating the greatest …

Internet of Things

Blood Work: Scientists Uncover Surprising New Tools to Rejuvenate the Brain

Scientists used to believe that our neurologic fate was sealed at birth with a single, lifetime allotment of brain cells.<p>The thinking went – not so …

Seldon Wants to Make Life Easier for Data Scientists

It feels that these days we live our whole digital lives according mysterious algorithms that predict what we’ll want from apps and websites. A new open-source product could help those building the products we use worry less about writing those algorithms in the first place.<p>As increasing numbers of …

Hashtack Combines Photos From Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Into One App

If you’ve seen a bright orange Volkswagen Type 2 labeled “Hashtack 2.0” recently, you’ve spotted Jeremy Greenfield who has been living and moving around the country in it for the past few months trying to raise awareness for his app and get investors to back him.<p>Hashtack, a startup that pitched at …

Lead Facebook researcher expresses regret over secret 2012 'mood' study

After the story broke Saturday that Facebook had experimented with the moods of 700,000 of its users, the lead researcher on the project, Facebook data scientist Adam Kramer, sent VentureBeat an email Sunday pointing to his statement on the affair.<p>The research, which Kramer says was completed in …

Facebook secretly experimented with the moods of 700,000 of its users

In an experiment it conducted earlier this year, Facebook injected the feeds of nearly 700,000 of its (unknowing) users with negative content to see if it would make the posts they wrote more negative.<p>The researchers believe that it did. The mood of the posts seen in the news feeds of the …

Facebook Manipulated User News Feeds To Create Emotional Responses

Facebook conducted a massive psychological experiment on 689,003 users, manipulating their news feeds to assess the effects on their emotions. The details of the experiment were published in an article entitled “Experimental Evidence Of Massive-Scale Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks” …

Why The New York Times and The Washington Post (and Mozilla) are building an audience engagement platform together

There’s no easy fix for comments, which is why Knight’s spending $4 million on software they hope can fit any newsroom’s needs: “It should be a bunch of parts that you can assemble and reassemble.”<p>Both excitement and skepticism surrounded Thursday’s announcement that Knight has invested $3.89 …

So you didn't get into Y Combinator, now what?

You applied or interviewed for Y Combinator's current batch but you didn't make the cut. What now, how do you take this, and where do you go from …

Good and Bad Procrastination

December 2005<p>The most impressive people I know are all terrible procrastinators. So could it be that procrastination isn't always bad?<p>Most people who …

Pocket's new premium service saves articles and websites forever

For $5 per month, Pocket Premium helps you save your favorite articles and webpages indefinitely, then search for them later.<p>Popular bookmarking tool Pocket today introduced Pocket Premium, a new paid service designed to help you save pieces of the Internet forever. It'll cost you $5 per month or …

Apps

Personal Data Organizer Mustbin Raises $1.5 Million More, Adds Secure Messaging

Mustbin, a personal data organizer that lets you snap photos of important documents – like financial statements, home and vehicle information, medical documents, and more – and store those securely in the cloud, has become one of the go-to apps on my iPhone’s homescreen since it launched out of …

What I've Learned from Hacker News

February 2009<p>Hacker News was two years old last week. Initially it was supposed to be a side project—an application to sharpen Arc on, and a place …

How Hacker News ranking algorithm works

Cognition & The Intrinsic User Experience

Over the past few years there's been a lot of discussion around whether an experience can be designed. But it seems like everyone's just getting hung …

How Flipboard Keeps You Glued To The Page

The new Flipboard app, released this week, looks similar to previous iterations. And for good reason.<p>Several years ago, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue was searching for the company’s soul. He and cofounder Evan Doll had been playing with the idea of a magazine app for the age of the iPad, but they hadn’t …

UI Design