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Eve V is like the Microsoft Surface Pro, but better

Designed with crowdsourced-input, the Eve V is a tablet that takes on the new Microsoft Surface Pro and wins.<p>Announced last year on Indiegogo, the Eve V from Finnish company Eve Tech will soon be shipping in a few weeks, but in limited batches.<p>That hasn't stopped the company from showing off its …

Exclusive: this is the Essential Phone

Another stab at making phones modular<p>The Essential Phone, brought to us by the person who created Android, is finally ready for the spotlight. It’s an incredibly audacious and ambitious project, with an outlandish screen and the beginnings of a modular ecosystem.<p>First, the Android phone basics: the …

A GIF guide to epigenetics, the little-understood partner to our DNA

Last year a study came out that made a bold, unsettling claim: The children of holocaust survivors contained fingerprints of their parents’ trauma in …

Obama Is Blaming Journalists for the Tone of the Presidential Race

President Barack Obama on Monday laid some of the blame for the tone of the presidential campaign on political journalism that has been pinched by …

SunEdison Is Now at a 'Substantial Risk' of Bankruptcy

U.S. solar company SunEdison (sune) is at “substantial risk” of bankruptcy, unit TerraForm Global said, sending SunEdison’s shares down more than 40% …

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

invi SMS Messenger<p>[Price: Free]<br>This week’s Android Apps Weekly show is brought to you by Invi SMS Messenger. This totally free messaging app comes with a variety of features including light, dark, nature, and pop themes along with various customizations including bubble colors, fonts, sounds, inbox …

Apps

Aussie startup that displays ads for lower phone bills launches in the U.S.

Almost nobody likes looking at ads, but they might be a little more acceptable if you were getting paid for it.<p>Australian startup Unlockd wants to …

Chinese auto start-ups are poised to disrupt the electric car market

Carmakers are very slow when it comes to electric cars. Volkswagen makes one solitary electric model, as does Mercedes. The Toyota Prius? That's a hybrid. There's extraordinarily little choice if you want an all-electric car — and there's even less if you want an affordable one that's well below …

Google Wallet for iOS can now send money to any contact using just a phone number

With the rise of contactless payment systems like Apple Pay and Android Pay, the Google Wallet app has needed to reinvent itself somewhat as a peer-to-peer payment system. With the latest update, it’s become a whole lot easier to send money to your friends, family and contacts.<p>From today, the …

Be an elephant or a rainbow, just hold tight in Goat Rider

Have you ever wanted to ride on a goat’s back? Okay well, maybe not. But, on the off-chance you have then today is your lucky day because Goat Rider …

Lyft is reportedly raising $500M at $4B valuation

The same day that U.S.-based ridesharing startup Lyft said it’s on track to hit $1 billion in gross annual revenue this year, the <i>New York Times</i> is reporting that the company is also in talks to raise $500 million in a fresh funding round that would leave it valued at around $4 billion.<p>That wouldn’t …

Venture Capital

Chinese nationals are buying multi-million dollar US homes using the country's most popular instant messaging app

Imagine selling a $14 million New York City apartment entirely through Twitter or SnapChat.<p>Emma Hao, an agent for luxury-home broker Douglas Elliman has done it.<p>Well...that's not <i>quite</i> true. Hao brokered the sale through WeChat, China's most popular instant messaging app. She does this a lot, and …

Real Estate

Facebook tests disappearing messages, like Snapchat

Facebook Messenger users in France can now send messages that self-destruct within an hour<p>Facebook is testing vanishing messages in its Messenger app, in a direct challenge to ephemeral messaging rival Snapchat.<p>"Starting today, we're conducting a small test in France of a feature that allows people …

You can now buy Snapchat lenses for just 99 cents

For those of you who missed the rainbow vomit Snapchat filter, it's your lucky day. You can now have it forever at a very small price.<p>On Friday, …

Social Media

Promise seen for wireless pacemakers that don't require surgery

Researchers are reporting encouraging results for a new generation of pacemakers — miniature, wireless ones that can be implanted through a leg vein without surgery.<p>In a study of 725 patients, one of these devices, made by Medtronic Inc., was successfully implanted 99% of the time, with a low rate …

Glenview fund executives are neighbors in new Manhattan luxury tower

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three employees of hedge fund firm Glenview Capital Management, including billionaire founder Larry Robbins, can expect to cross paths at home as well as work after spending more than $50 million on apartments in the same Manhattan luxury building.<p>Luxury building "The Charles" …

Real Estate

The creators of Crossy Road release Shooty Skies to the Play Store

If you were a fan of Crossy Road, the retro-style reimagining of Frogger with colorful playable characters and two scoops of wackiness, then you might be eager to know that the same guys who made that game have just put out the arcade shoot-em-up Shooty Skies.<p>It’s not technically the same company …

Google Play

How one startup connects farmers and restaurants in Japan to eliminate food waste

<i>(By Takeshi Hirano, The Bridge) –</i> Tokyo-based startup Planet Table launched an online food ordering platform called Send in August, aiming to connect food producers and restaurant chefs directly.<p>When crop, dairy and livestock farmers register their data into the platform, consumers such as …

Agriculture

Unsplash’s new API puts 30,000 free photos in your app

Since Unsplash launched over two years ago as a simple Tumblr blog that hosted a handful of free-to-use photos, the site has grown to host over 30,000 high-quality images and is widely regarded as one of the best free stock photo resources on the Web.<p>Crew, the company behind Unsplash, has now …

Apps

The Un-College That's Training $100,000 App Developers

<i>Our Ideas series is exploring how innovation happens in education.</i><p>As one of the biggest, most successful tech companies, Google can hire pretty much anyone it wants.<p>Accordingly, the company tends to favor Ph.D.s from Stanford and MIT. But, it has just partnered with a for-profit company called …

Slack launches group chats, turns private groups into private channels

Team messaging app Slack now lets users talk with as many as eight other colleagues in private direct messages.<p>Until now, users could use private groups to talk with one another. Now, in light of the launch of group DMs, Slack has made private groups into private channels.<p>“Private channels will be …

Ghana’s MEST Incubator To Launch Pan-African VC Fund, Expand Training Programs

Ghana’s MEST innovation space is making moves, gearing up to launch a Pan-African VC fund in 2015, while expanding its IT training program into Nigeria and Kenya.<p>Based in Accra, MEST (full name Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology) operates both as a tech institute and startup incubator. …

The best podcast app for iOS is now completely free

Overcast is widely considered to be the best podcast app on iOS, if not all mobile platforms. For many, its no-nonsense interface and slick features (such as cutting dead air and boosting voices) make Apple's official app seem crude. You've had to pay $5 to see everything it has to offer, though... …

Scottrade hackers had access to brokerage account numbers, company reveals

Hackers could have accessed brokerage account numbers for 4.6 million Scottrade Inc. clients during a breach, the company told MarketWatch on …

Brokerage

CurrencyFair’s new money exchange app offers lower rates than PayPal

Foreign exchange marketplace CurrencyFair has today announced the release of its new app for iOS and Android.<p>Already a popular exchange platform on the Web, the new app will provide users with the same level of functionality but with better value, ease of use and security, according to the …

Forex

Cloud-based smartphone hits $1M on Kickstarter -- double the original goal

The call of a cloud-based smartphone is proving irresistible for some.<p>Startup Nextbit, which reached its Kickstarter funding goal of $500,000 on its first day, said late Tuesday that it has now raised more than twice that amount. After hitting its original goal two weeks ago, the company had …

Uber appeals class-action status ruling in drivers' lawsuit

Uber on Tuesday requested an appeal to a federal judge's ruling that granted class-action status to a lawsuit challenging how the ride-hailing service classifies its drivers.<p>On September 1, US District Judge Edward Chen approved class-action status for that lawsuit, in which three drivers sued Uber …

Apperian Snares $12M As Mobile Applications Management Catches On

Apperian, a mobile applications management (MAM) firm from Boston, announced a $12 million round today led by Malaysia-based First Floor Capital.<p>Bessemer Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, North Bridge Venture Partners, Intel Capital and CommonAngels Ventures also participated. …

App Store

This Canadian University Offers a Class on the Business of Marijuana

Students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University can now sign up for a class with high stakes: the school in British Columbia is offering a course called …