Erik Jovcevski

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4 DARPA Projects That Could Be Bigger Than the Internet

Forty years ago, a group of re­search­ers with mil­it­ary money set out to test the wacky idea of mak­ing com­puters talk to one an­oth­er in a new …

Internet of Things

RIP Flash: Why HTML5 Will Finally Take Over Video and Web in 2014

<i>Erika Trautman is the CEO of Rapt Media.</i><p>Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, …

11 Android Apps to Make Notifications More Interesting

I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old Android notifications.<p>Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in …

How Amazon applied the Wall Street mindset to hi-tech

<b>Amazon is so much part of its customers' lives that it may be about to receive the ultimate accolade - becoming a verb. "If I want to know something, I'll google it. If I want to buy something, I'll amazon it," one of the company's fans told the BBC.</b><p>On average, every person in Britain spends just …

Jeff Bezos

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FORTUNE — The battle to control your living room is heating up, and today Amazon (AMZN) stepped up its efforts with Amazon Fire TV, a box for streaming video through a television set.<p>The battle over software performance and specs is a race to the bottom in terms of price. The ultimate winner will …

Facebook Bought Oculus VR To Create The Metaverse, Or Why Angry Kickstarter Backers Need To Chill

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling.</i><p>There are many people out there who take a pessimistic view of Facebook. To them, Mark Zuckerberg is a huckster, out to …

These Women Are Building The Software That Quietly Runs The World

When it comes to computer-related jobs, men outnumber women at a rate of about 4 to 1.<p>And when it comes to the open-source software industry, women are even harder to find. A recent study found that 1 out 10 open-source programmers are women (about 10%), and that's up from 2007, when only 2 out of …

Linus Torvalds

How An “Evil Router” Can Help You Build Wi-Fi Devices That Actually Work

“With our dial, and the way the lights respond to touch, we hope that we’re evoking some of that magic again,” he says. “At the same time, Beep is a …

Coin CEO Demos Virtual Wallet | Hands On

The Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Will Blow Your Mind

The Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset that is most definitely the future of gaming.<p>The device straps onto your head and completely immerses you inside a video game. It also has motion sensors so you can look around as if you were really inside the world.<p>But it's nearly impossible to explain. …

Virtual Reality

First Look At Sketchfab: A Youtube For 3D Files

Sketchfab is a web service to publish, share and embed interactive 3D models in real-time. Put simply, the site is part of a growing network of online 3D software to enable artistes, designers, and lay users to design 3D models that can, subsequently, be crafted into objects using a 3D printer. …

Top 10 Predictions for Technology in 2014

Microsoft may get its mojo back, smartphones will get cheap, and we’re about to enter the Year of Encryption. A look at what to expect in telecom and …

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air review

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air</b> has an excellent, uncompromising keyboard and solid build quality, and it packs flat.<p><b>The Bad</b> Lacks advanced case features like automatic Bluetooth pairing or multiple viewing angles; doesn't protect back of your iPad.<p><b>The Bottom Line</b> The …

Instagram is the 'best platform for brands' in 2013, beating out Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

Instagram is the best platform for brands, according to a new study that reviewed all brands on social with over 25 fans on each of four major social platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.<p>“With increases in fan/follower engagement nearly three times that of other networks studied, …

How To Delete E-Mail Attachments After You Send Them

“Have you ever seen Mission Impossible, the film? Do you remember in the beginning he gets his mission and then it blows up after a few seconds? We do exactly the same thing but with digital documents.”<p>This is how Clement Cazalot, the CEO and co-founder of docTrackr, gets to describe his company’s …

Why Advertisers Could Pay Your Entire Phone Bill By The End Of Next Year

But while the content devices we've used in the past — like television and radio — have all required people to listen to or look at copious amounts of advertising in order to use them, mobile screens have yet to see advertising at the scale you'd expect for a device that is now accounting for …

Mobile

Turntable.fm Shutting Down So Company Can Focus On Turntable Live Events Platform

Today, Turntable.fm has announced that it will shut down its ‘virtual dj’ product entirely to focus on its new Turntable Live platform, which attempts to replicate the ‘being there’ experience of live performances. TechCrunch broke the news of Turntable.fm’s live event pivot back in September, but …

Instagram May Be Launching A Private Messaging Feature Soon

Now, sources tell GigaOm that Instagram is getting ready to launch a new private messaging feature inside the visual content sharing platform, which will also include group messaging.<p>One of the most frustrating things about Instagram is the inability to contact a member privately; you have to say …

Messaging

Chefs Feed wants to become the hottest online hub for chefs and food lovers (exclusive)

When eating in restaurants, the ambiance matters, the service matters, your dining companions matter, but the single most important thing is the food.<p>Chefs Feed launched a web version of its food guide today, which features a tantalizing array of local dishes recommended by the city’s top chefs.<p>“We …

Canon's EOS C100 Cinema camera to get continuous autofocusing through $500 upgrade

Movie makers thrive on quick autofocusing for their action shots, so they'll be glad to hear that Canon will offer an upgrade to the EOS C100 video camera with that kind of performance in mind. The $500 transplant will give the C100 continuous autofocusing using a variant of the extra-fast Dual …

Shhh! Amazon Starts a Semi-Secret Digital Focus Group for Its Homegrown TV Shows and Movies.

Amazon, which is starting to make its own TV shows, has already made a splash by letting anyone on the Web watch its test programs and weigh in on …

Cloud Computing

Adtech startups who ignored the naysayers are now seeing big payoffs

Last week, a little-known French company called Criteo had a successful listing on NASDAQ. At last check the company was valued over $1.9B or about 9x net revenue. A nice multiple indeed! This comes on the heels of RocketFuel listing successfully last month and climbing to a valuation that …

Today’s Giant Media Event, Brought to You — And Owned — By Google

Remember when Google was a technology company that didn’t want to be in the media business?<p>Actually, that was always a stretch, since Google has been …

Music Industry

YouTube Live: a disastrous spectacle Google would like you to forget

This Sunday, November 3rd, the world will experience the first annual YouTube Music Awards, hosted by Jason Schwartzman and streamed live from New York City. Featuring huge music acts like Lady Gaga, Eminem, and the Arcade Fire, the event seems poised to take on MTV’s long-standing VMAs, with a few …

Internet

Google has missed the social era, again, with Google+

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>It’s not likely to become headline news, although this week Amir Efrati leaked some unsurprising dirt about why Google reports …

Social Media

TED Rebuilds Its Site For The Future Of Online Video

As with so many fast-growing organizations, TED’s website had lagged behind the evolving needs of its creators and users. That’s about to change.<p>The completely rebuilt TED.com is now accepting signups for its private beta at hello.ted.com, with its official launch early next year. Co.Design got a …

The 40 Must-Have Android Apps for the Power User

For the longest time, Android was an operating system that eschewed visual flair in favour of giving flexibility and power to the user, and since third party developers took their cues from the OS itself, their apps tended to be complex and unabashedly ugly.<p>Somewhere along the way, right around the …

Automated video editing app Magisto raises $13 million

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Magisto, the video app that lets you automatically edit your videos and photos, has raised $13 million Series C round of …

Now social-media experts can get what they deserve -- certified

Hootsuite is partnering with Syracuse University to offer something that so many social-media experts have craved: validation.<p>Whenever I see a social-media expert, I bow.<p>Little do they know I'm doing it in the hope they don't recognize me. Otherwise, they'll regale me with their latest homilies -- …