Darwin Engwer

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How two Valve engineers walked away with the company's augmented reality glasses

Three months ago, celebrated video game publisher Valve did something completely out of character: it fired up to 25 workers, in what one employee dubbed the "great cleansing." At the time, co-founder Gabe Newell quickly reassured gamers that the company wouldn't be canceling any projects, but it …

Ex-Valve team's augmented reality glasses blow past Kickstarter goal

Technical Illusions, a company founded by two ex-Valve engineers, has cause to celebrate. After just two days, the company's CastAR augmented reality glasses have met their $400,000 Kickstarter goal, leaving 29 days to raise additional funding. What's the big deal about CastAR that sets it apart …

Valve to reveal virtual reality prototype, big plans for Steam support

If the Steam Controller and Steam Machine don't have you convinced that Valve's serious about getting into the gaming hardware business, how about throwing in a virtual reality headset as well? The company's Steam Dev Days event, scheduled for mid-January in Seattle, includes the tantalizing …

Eric Schmidt’s VC Fund Backs Former Googlers’ Retail Tech Startup Index in $7 Million Round

Retail software startup Index, which aims to give retailers a better idea of who’s shopping in their stores and shoppers a more personalized …

‘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, …

Step back, haters: Firefox phone now has ‘thousands of apps’ and global growth

Firefox OS, the web-based mobile operating system from Mozilla, is making progress toward getting a robust app ecosystem up and running.<p>In a blog post today, team members revealed an interesting tidbit about the platform’s momentum.<p>“In just a few months since the Firefox Marketplace opened with the …

August secures $8M for its Yves Behar-designed smart lock

Your front door is about to get a lot smarter, prettier, and more-connected.<p>Back in May, home automation startup August announced the August smart lock, an inconspicuous but well-designed device developed in part by Jawbone’s Yves Behar. Bluetooth-enabled, the August smart lock lets owners send …

Musk stands behind Tesla Model S safety, modifies warranty to cover fire damage

Tesla's growing at home and abroad, as customer demand continues for it's Model S sedan -- even while the EV's gotten some negative publicity due to a few cars catching fire after being wrecked. So, to ensure that there is no "false perception about the safety of electric cars," Elon Musk has …

Meeting the known unknowns at the FTC’s internet of things workshop

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock/A-R-T<p>Hacked pacemakers. Connected homes that show when your kid is at home and what they are watching. …

Weemo Brings Its WebRTC-Powered Video Chat Solution To iOS, Android And PhoneGap Apps

Weemo, a service that offers a WebRTC-based real-time video chat platform for software vendors, service providers and developers, launched its new mobile SDK today that brings the company’s services to third-party vendors who want to use its WebRTC capabilities in iOS, Android and PhoneGap …

Kano Kickstarts A Pi-Based, DIY Kit Computer Designed To Make Learning To Code Child’s Play

In the late 1980s a select group of British teens were given (or saved up their pocket money to buy) a small, rubber-keyed home PC called the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. My brother was one of them. And that little box, with its blank canvas start screen that prompted you to try out a few lines of code …

Tyra Banks Invests In Locket, The App That Brings Ads And Other Content To Android Lockscreens

Locket, the Android application that puts ads and other content on your lockscreen, letting users earn small amounts of money every time they unlock their smartphone, has received an additional investment from Fierce Capital, LLC, the investment arm of The Tyra Banks Company. <i>Smize</i>, you guys, Tyra’s …

Moga Ace game controller for iPhone, iPod touch ready to order for $100

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Gizmodo<p>Thanks to iOS 7’s(s aapl) support for game controllers, this holiday season should offer a few choices that add …

You're About To See A Lot More Video, Images And Audio In Blog Comments

Ubiquitous blog-commenting system Disqus just announced a new, yet familiar, feature: the ability to embed video, audio and images into comments with a simple link.<p>Much the way Facebook and rival blog-commenting system LiveFyre do, Disqus will now embed media whenever users add a relevant URL in a …

Google releases 'sneak peek' of Glass app-development kit

Back at SXSW, Google announced the Glass Mirror API — the first step in allowing developers to build apps, or "Glassware" for its wearable computing device. Now, developers will have a whole new set of tools at their disposal: the long-awaited Glass Development Kit (GDK). At a Glass hackathon today …

First Alert sues Nest over smoke detector patents on voice alerts and vents

It's déjà vu in the home utilities world<p>As Nest prepares to ship its Protect smart smoke detector, it's been hit with a patent lawsuit from one of its competitors. BRK, which sells the First Alert line of smoke detectors to consumers, construction companies, and manufacturers, has asked a court to …

Skype Marketing Exec Steele Heads to Jive in Top Strategy and Marketing Role

Elisa Steele, who has recently had top marketing jobs at Skype and Yahoo, is joining Jive Software as its EVP of strategy and also as CMO.<p>Steele was …

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 …

Yahoo Increases Share Buyback Plan to $5 Billion and Announces Debt Deal

Yahoo’s board, which just met, has increased its share buyback authorization by $5 billion, a move which should keep its already Alibaba-lifted stock …

Ross Ulbricht's Family And Friends Offer To Pledge Over $1 Million In Bail For Alleged Silk Road Creator

Just a few months ago, the FBI claims, Ross Ulbricht held 144,000 bitcoins allegedly collected from his Web-based black market for drugs known as the Silk Road–nearly $100 million at today’s exchange rates. Today, his family and friends are promising to offer up their life savings and even the …

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 …

Todoist 2.1 for Android leverages Google Now for adding new reminders

As part of its effort to better leverage KitKat, version 2.1 of Todoist now uses the power of Google Now for adding new tasks to those lists of reminders. The update allows users to speak "OK Google" followed by "note to..." and the item to be completed. For example, you'd speak "note to make …

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer speaks about team building, product insight, and good design

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made an appearance at the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco today to have a fireside chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. During the hour-long conversation, Mayer spoke about her experience relating to teams, the impact of design on products, and how she helps empower …

SmartGlass for Xbox One arrives on Android and iOS

An early taste of Microsoft's next-gen gaming experience arrived today for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 users in the form of the Xbox One SmartGlass app, and now Android and iOS faithful can get their fill as well. There's not much you can do with the second screen app as the hardware it'll play …

Wouldn't It Be Nice To Have A 'Kill Switch' For Your Lost Or Stolen Phone? Carriers Don't Think So

Lawmakers in New York and San Francisco had an idea to remedy this, according to the New York Times. The proposal was software that would enable owners to disable their phones immediately from any location.<p>The program, led by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, was being developed …

The one problem with Dropbox’s $8 billion valuation: The service is too easy to leave

Recently I ran out of space on the consumer-focused cloud storage service Dropbox, which as of this morning is reportedly valued at $8 billion. Dropbox has been (cleverly) backing up all my photos every time I connect my phone to my laptop, encouraging me to fill up my allotted gigabytes and get me …

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

The Voto uses cookstoves, a handheld fuel cell, and simple biomass fuels to power lights and devices in areas where electricity is scarce.<p>Billions of people in the developing world are using mobile phones, and a growing portion of them are connecting to the Internet for the time through them. But …

Apple and Google criticised for inflating tablet storage costs

Apple and Google charge more than a 1,000 per cent markup for extra storage on some tablets<p>Apple and Google have been branded as 'outrageous' for charging more than a 1,000 per cent markup for extra storage on tablet PCs.<p>Tablet manufacturers can buy Flash storage at a market price of £5.95 for …

Grouper Launches in London

Two years after it first launched in New York, way back in September 2011, Grouper is finally arriving out of North America with its first European launch, in the UK capital London.<p>In terms of how it works, Grouper takes members and matches them up with someone from the opposite sex. Both parties …