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The best Chrome extensions to boost your productivity right now

Thanks to the emergence of Web-based tools and services, most of us work primarily in the browser these days, and that means it’s our main productivity center.<p>Google Chrome is far and away the most popular browser around and it supports a huge number of extensions, which are essentially plugins …

Productivity

A 60-Year-Old Technology Offers A Solution To A Modern Problem

Tape is the oldest computer storage medium still in use. It was first put to work on a UNIVAC computer in 1951. But although tape sales have been falling since 2008 and dropped by 14% in 2012, according to the Santa Clara Consulting Group, tape's decline has now gone into reverse: sales grew by 1% …

Particles

Cambridge's leading tech startups

We meet the founders and executives at 16 of the most exciting tech startups in Cambridge to find out what attracted them to the city and where they are heading<p>Jing Zhang (1), director of operations,<br>and Roger Coulston (2) CSO<br>Aqdot<p><b>Company launched: 2012</b><p><b>What it does</b> Aqdot has developed and patented …

The gentle art of cracking passwords

<b>On the internet, the most popular colour is blue, at least when it comes to passwords.</b><p>If you are wondering why, it is largely because so many popular websites and services (Facebook, Twitter and Google to name but three) use the colour in their logo. That has a subtle impact on the choices people …

Information Systems

Will 3D Sensing From PrimeSense Make Apple's Siri More Psychic?

How much more intelligent and perceptive could Siri be if it understood more than just what you told it? What if it understood where you were in your house? Or if you were out in public? What if it had some basic spatial awareness that could help narrow the context of what you are asking?<p>These are …

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Mall of the future? eBay's new storefronts can gather your data

The e-commerce site partners with brands and one of the world's largest shopping center companies to show consumers a new kind of mall, one that melds online with offline.<p>We're going to take this technology and the idea of using glass and move it out of the mall -- on the bus, train, at the …

eCommerce

Product Design Sprint: 5-Phase Step to Kick Off Your Next Project

<i>This post was originally published on the Thoughtbot blog.</i><p>A Product Design Sprint is a 5-phase exercise which uses design thinking to reduce the inherent risks in successfully bringing products to market. We’ve done six product design sprints so far and have made them a default part of our …

Android vs. iOS Development: Fight!

The eternal startup question “Android or iOS first?” grows ever thornier, with news that Android’s market share exceeds 80%. But never mind the managers and non-technical founders: what do <i>developers! developers!</i> think of that divide? Whoever makes life easier for them gains a sizable edge.<p>And by …

Tradecraft Launches A School For Teaching Non-Technical Skills To Tech Workers

For many companies in Silicon Valley, it’s fairly easy to find, train, and evaluate technical talent — for the most part, it’s easy to determine and quantify how well a person codes. But evaluating and training non-technical personnel is something many struggle with. To help change this, a new …

Now With 2M Users, CreativeLive Lands $21.5M Led By Social+Capital To Bring Free, Live Courses To The World’s Entrepreneurs

Beginning with the likes of Khan Academy and Coursera, over the last two years, a new kind of learning has begun to emerge on the Web, bringing with it the promise of affordable, quality education at scale. Looking to capitalize on this fast-growing opportunity in online learning, Chase Jarvis and …

It’s time to rethink startup equity

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / AnatolyM<p>Change is the only constant in life and this is especially true in Silicon Valley. We live in …

Sneakpeeq Goes On A Break As It Pivots Into An E-commerce Platform

Sneakpeeq has informed its customers that it will take a hiatus in order to improve its e-commerce experience by building out larger brand catalogs and achieving faster shipping times. Shoppers will have until August 31 to use up credits, coupons and gift cards.<p>We’ve reached out to the company for …

New Companies Are Redefining What It Means to “Share” Online

A Poshmark profile<p>Lately, I’ve heard a lot of chatter predicting the decline of Facebook as users want to be more selective about what they share …

Lingua.ly Transforms The Web Into A Language-Learning Opportunity

Learning a language with the help of texts that were specifically written for learners is one thing, but over time, that tends to get boring and once you venture out to read “real” texts, you quickly realize how artificial the texts for learners are. With Lingua.ly, a smart language-learning …

Hackermeter Wants To Kill Your Résumé And Replace It With A High Score

If you’re looking to hire a bad-ass programmer, fielding résumés can start to feel like an exercise in futility. They’re good for quickly filtering out folks who are clearly applying to <i>everything</i> — but when everyone in the industry has some crazy made-up senior ninja/rockstar/space cadet title, …

Ultra Mobile now offering free international calling alongside global SMS

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>When I profiled Ultra Mobile, a virtual operator serving foreign nationals living in the U.S., in June I was …

Microsoft launches Windows Phone web tool to let anyone create apps

Microsoft wants Windows Phone developers and apps, and it's launching a developer tool on Tuesday in its latest effort to secure apps for its ecosystem. A beta version of Windows Phone App Studio is now available, and it lets anyone create a Windows Phone app from the web without any knowledge of …

Tencent Rolls Out Long-Awaited Update to WeChat

Chinese Internet giant Tencent has rolled out an iOS update to its mobile messaging app Weixin (users outside of China get a version of the app known as WeChat), incorporating payment services, a game center and a sticker store, as the company seeks to add other services in a bid to monetize the …

YC-Backed Slidepay Tries To Be The “Android” Of Payments Against Square’s Apple-Like Tack

Back in February, I wrote about a startup called Cube that was trying to build a point-of-sale system for small and medium-sized businesses that would eventually give analytics about inventory.<p>Cube has since pivoted, and now they’re going after a completely different market under a new name, …

Distimo’s new App Trends gives free App Store and Google Play download and revenue trends for all apps

Downloads of Facebook’s app on Google Play in the U.S. are trending down over the past weeks, although the app is still the most-downloaded app on Android. But on iOS, Facebook has dropped from the 51st-most-downloaded app in mid-July to the 70th.<p>Those are just two of the stats are are now …

Social Tables Seating Arrangement Software Lands $1.6M Equity Round Led By Militello Capital

For every event space, there is a poor soul (or two) who work tirelessly to create seating arrangements and diagrams for each and every event that comes through that space. This ranges from hotels to conference centers and everything in between.<p>But Social Tables has been trying to change that, with …

Surf Air, The Air Travel Startup That’s Bridging The Tech Hubs Of L.A. And S.F.

There are a lot of factors that come into play when working to build a successful tech startup, and historically, a big one has been location — hence the continued focus on Silicon Valley as a major industry hub.<p>Now, location will probably always be important when it comes to building a tech …

10 Common Startup Ideas That Haven't Broken Through... Yet

Just because you have a great idea doesn’t mean your startup will succeed, and there’s a simple reason for this: concepts don’t make companies.<p>Startups depend on everything from the capabilities of their founders to the depth of their pockets. But, just because an idea hasn’t taken off doesn’t mean …

How Blippex handles the data behind its time-driven search engine

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Search for something on Blippex, a recently launched search engine, and the results you’ll find might be quite different from …

Online Fashion Marketplace JOOR Raises $15M In Series B Funding

JOOR, an online wholesale fashion marketplace, has raised $15 million in Series B funding, according to an SEC filing from today. The round was led by Canaan Partners and joined by Advance Publications and previous investors, including Battery Ventures, Lerer Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, …

Red Pitaya Lets You Measure All The Things

As a wannabe science nerd I’ve always been fascinated by oscilloscopes, wave generators, and sensors of all types. Sadly, because of my inability to add simple figures (even with a calculator) nobody ever let me play with their lab equipment. That’s about to change.<p>Red Pitaya is a Slovenian-born …

Southeast Asia: Where Companies Fill the Series A Gap?

Earlier today, Singapore-based online grocer Redmart closed a Series A round of more than $3 million to take its total investment to $4.6 million. That deal was significant not only because it was such a large amount for a company based in one (small) market, but also for a more interesting reason: …