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Apple is moving on from Intel because Intel isn’t moving anywhere

Apple’s abandonment of Intel chips is inevitable<p>A report from <i>Bloomberg</i> this week has made public something that should already have been apparent to tech industry observers: Apple is planning to replace Intel processors in Mac computers with its own chips starting sometime around 2020. The two …

Amazon Prime is on pace to become more popular than cable TV

Estimates show that nearly as many U.S. households subscribe to Prime as to pay TV.<p><i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>Within a couple of years, more U.S. households could be subscribers of Amazon Prime than cable or satellite TV, according to recent estimates of Amazon’s popular shipping and …

Take better screenshots in macOS with these hidden features

One of my favorite Mac features is the ease at which you can take and edit screenshots using Apple’s default tools. Using one of several keyboard shortcuts, I can take a screenshot of exactly what I want to capture, and edit it all (or not) in Preview.<p>Here are those keyboard shortcuts I was talking …

Meet the man responsible for Google's billion-dollar acquisitions

On its top ten acquisitions alone, it has spent more than $24.5 billion dollars.<p>That's a lot of money, but Google has learned how to make the most of those purchases. Time Magazine recently wrote that the company had "perfected" the Silicon Valley acquisition, in part because its so good at …

Apple was forced to nix key health features from its smartwatch -- report

The health-focused smartwatch that Apple initially envisioned is not the same one the company will unveil next month, according to a new report.<p>Apple's original concept for the Apple Watch was one that would track blood pressure, heart activity, stress levels and other functions, the Wall Street …

Applicaster scores $10.5M to make television shows more social

As its name suggests, Applicaster wants to make mobile apps a direct extension of the TV broadcast experience.<p>Today, the Tel Aviv-based company is announcing it has raised $10.5 million so it can do more to make the phrase “watching TV” mean you’re watching two screens.<p>“Entertainment is now served …

Skin patch turns friction into electricity to power wearables

Until we find that perfect technology to power wearables with our own bodies, scientists all over the world are going to keep developing possible candidates. A team from the National University of Singapore, for instance, has developed a flexible, postage-sized device that can convert static …

Xiaomi Buys 3% Of Chinese Games And Software Giant Kingsoft For $68M

Xiaomi became the world’s third largest smartphone company based on sales last year, but it also invested in a number of companies in 2014. Its early deals have largely been in hardware, but today it announced[PDF] plans to put money into games and software by buying 2.98 percent of Kingsoft for …

Air Purifiers

AstroPrint’s Cloud Platform Lets You Manage 3D Printing From Anywhere

500 Startups-backed AstroPrint has made a combination of cloud platform, local software and hardware to enable the management of 3D printing from any device that can connect to the web with a modern browser.<p>For those not aware, the actual process of 3D printing is about as interesting to watch in …

Cloud Computing

World's first 3D-printed car is born in Detroit

3D printers are everywhere and can be used to recreate almost anything, from buildings to airplanes and even human organs.<p>So it was only a question of time before the first 3D-printed came along. That’s what happened in Detroit, where the world’s first 3-D printed car was printed live at the annual …

Xiaomi made $56 million profit in 2013: filing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Privately owned Xiaomi Technology Ltd Co [XTC.UL] booked 347.5 million yuan ($56 million) in net profit last year, according to a regulatory filing that showed the world’s No.3 smartphone maker grappling razor-thin margins.<p>People stand near a logo of Xiaomi ahead of the …

Bionic eye: 3D printing merges contact lens and QLEDs

Princeton's LED 3D printer has taken the next step beyond printing quantum dot LEDs: it has managed to integrate them with a standard contact lens, creating a device that can project beams of coloured light.<p>It's not wearable yet: The lens itself is made of hard plastic, which is unsuitable to be …

Contact Lenses

Light-bending silicon strips are the key to super-fast computers

No, that's not a barcode you're looking at -- instead, it's the likely future of computing. Stanford University researchers have developed an optical link that uses silicon strips to bend light at right angles, which future processors will likely need to transmit data at super-fast speeds. The key, …

Ten Ways Big Data Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing

McKinsey & Company recently published How Big Data Can Improve Manufacturing which provides insightful analysis of how big data and advanced analytics can streamline biopharmaceutical, chemical and discrete manufacturing.<p>The article highlights how manufacturers in process-based industries are using …

How Qualcomm aims to be everywhere -- not just phones

Qualcomm already rules the mobile world -- now it wants to tackle all of the other gadgets in your life. But none of this should be a surprise if you've been paying attention. Its Snapdragon chips already power most high-end smartphones, so it makes sense for Qualcomm to leverage that experience …

Tech Trends Shaping The Future Of Medicine, Part 1

Enormous technological changes in medicine and healthcare are heading our way. These trends have a variety of stakeholders: patients, medical professionals, researchers, medical students, and consumers. They are important because of the impact they will likely have on all of us at one time or …

Xiaomi, The Chinese Smartphone Company That's Crushing Everyone, Is Earning A Lot More Money Than People Realize

Xiaomi is currently trying to raise $1 billion in funding, the Journal reports. As part of the fund raise, it has a document detailing its financial performance. The Journal saw that document, and it reports the following:<p>A table in the document showed that Xiaomi's net profit last year rose 84% to …

Android Phones

Akanda exits stealth and promises better routing in virtualized networks

Akanda, a San Francisco-based startup that aims to improve routing in a virtualized network, has come out of stealth and taken a seed-funding round …

Samsung invests in internet of things identity management platform Evrythng

Samsung and Evrythng, the U.K.-based outfit that is trying to build an identity management layer for the internet of things, have revealed a …

Nextbit unwraps products for creating ‘cloud-devices’

You start playing a game on your tablet, but then your ride shows up. Grabbing your smartphone, you continue playing the game where you left off.<p>That vision of a seamless transition between devices is being demonstrated by the startup Nextbit, which this afternoon premiered its Baton product.<p>Baton, …

ARM Announces an OS for the Internet of Things

ARM today announced mbed IoT Device Platform, a new operating system designed for microcontrollers in connected devices. As GigaOm notes, the new mbed OS replaces the fragmented proprietary software that developers have been running on ARM’s chips.<p>Partners will have free access to mbed OS later …

StoreDot grabs $42M for its bio-organic, ultrafast charging batteries

StoreDot, a company that uses bio-organic technology to make ultrafast charging batteries, has just raised $42 million in new funding.<p>StoreDot has discovered self-assembling nanodots from organic materials that can be used to make a new kind of batteries. The company first showed off its prototype …

HP Labs is working on a glass 3D printer

HP isn’t content to just 3D print in plastic. A job ad for a “robotics scientist for 3D printing” sounds normal enough until you dive into the text …

Say Ello to the anti-Facebook

Ello seems to have come out of nowhere.<p>The creators are designers and artists. Its CEO, Paul Budnitz, makes toys. There's no big marketing push and no obvious ties to Silicon Valley. These are not the typical building blocks of a hot new social network.<p>Yet, people are joining it in droves. In the …

Microlithography techniques give arrays the nanoscale edge | Deborah Rowe

A recent advance in nanotechnology could herald the widespread uptake of nanoelectrode arrays and the next generation of low-cost, high-performance nanoscale biosensing devices<p>An interdisciplinary research team from the Schools of Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh (in …

Vandrico Wants To Become The Wearables Platform For The Workplace

If you know about Vandrico, it’s probably because of the company’s cool wearables database we featured earlier this year. That was just a byproduct of Vandrico’s research, however. What the company is really about is bringing wearables into the workplace.<p>I first met Vandrico co-founders Kenna …

Accenture's 2014 CMO Insights Survey: Welcome to the Era of the Chief Marketing Technologist

Accenture’s latest survey of CMOs shows the growing dominance of digital technologies, and how marketing technologists are playing a key role in companies accomplishing their marketing and selling goals.<p>The future of marketing belongs to marketing technologists. Scott Brinker and Laura McCLellan’s …

Hardware Crowdfunding: Where The Venture Dollars Flow

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matt Witheiler is a General Partner at</i> <i>Flybridge Capital Partners</i><i>. You can follow him on his blog</i><i>.</i><p>$211,290. That was the magic number that the data suggested was the “success” threshold in hardware crowdfunding. The analysis also showed that people love 3D printers and that almost half …

How China's Mobile Ecosystem Is Different from the West

China is the world’s largest smartphone market, and with that comes a lot of interest in how mobile users behave. As one of the primary ways through which consumers access content, apps in particular are a key area of focus.<p>China’s app ecosystem is somewhat of a maze for people who aren’t familiar …

Predicting Amazon’s Secret Plans in Physical Retail

Amazon's new checkout system for physical retailers gives it a foothold in the brick-and-mortar world.<p>The recent launch of Amazon’s in-store credit card reader and checkout software was one of Jeff Bezos’s most deliberate acts to date to grab a slice of the 85 percent to 90 percent of total …