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Instabrand raises $2.5 million in venture funding

Instabrand, a Los Angeles start-up that helps strike deals between advertisers and individuals with large social media followings, announced Tuesday that it has raised $2.5 million in venture capital.<p>The investment is the latest sign that advertisers are looking to spend more money on campaigns in …

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8 Affordable Rental Chalets For Your Next Ski Vacation

Looking for a little bit of winter luxury?<p>These rental homes, all available on HomeAway, are perfect for anyone looking for a little bit of affordable winter luxury.

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Flip phones are hip again

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hipsters, rejoice. Next time you ride your fixed-gear bicycle to the the thrift store, where you find a vintage, grease-stained mechanic's shirt that matches your Rollie Fingers mustache and Grizzly Adams beard, there's an edgy, if technologically sub-optimal, way to tell your friends about …

World Cup skiing to try air bags

ROME -- Perhaps if Lindsey Vonn had a big cushy air bag to fall on when she tore two ligaments in her right knee she wouldn't have missed the Sochi …

Grad Student Invents Flying Ambulance Drone To Deliver Emergency Shocks

Drones have been used to kill people in war zones and to spy on people. Now a sharp young graduate student in the Netherlands has come up with an innovative new use for drones that could one day help save thousands of lives.<p>The American Heart Association estimates that about 360,000 people in the …

Inside Tinder's Hookup Factory

Entering Tinder's modest office building in Los Angeles, where signs on the first floor point to a Castaways Casting Office, it's not clear you're …

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How Stanford is using health data to predict heart failure, so doctors can help before it happens

SAN FRANCISCO — At the Stanford University Medical Center, electronic medical records (EMR) can do far more than just store information. They function as a starting point for systematically providing better care.<p>“Using an algorithm that we’ve devised we can determine which patients have heart …

Review: Two weeks with Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (Video)

What can I say about the iPhone 6 that you don’t know or haven’t already assumed? Not much, actually. It’s running iOS 8, has a great camera, thinner design, and a handful of features that make it different from last year’s iPhone.<p>This year, Apple has bumped up the display size and released two …

Wi-Fi hotspots turn New York subway musicians into a wireless orchestra

Wi-Fi in New York City Subway stations makes it easy to burn through your inbox during your commute, but did you know it can also be used to make some great music? Director Chris Shimojima paired eleven musicians in different subway stations with composer and conductor Ljova using the public Wi-Fi …

First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera …

OverDrive Review: A Free E-Book Lending Service That Requires Some Patience

Why pay for e-books when you can get them from free?<p>When you think of public libraries, what comes to mind? Maybe memories of the days you used to go there as a kid, or perhaps images of stacks and stacks of musty old books. Whatever the picture might be, I’m guessing that you don’t see the age-old …

This Chrome extension will brighten your day every time you open a new tab

If you use Google Chrome as your web browser, do yourself a favor and install this extension right now. Just do it:<p>Earth View from Google Maps<p>The extension, released earlier this month by Google, displays a beautiful satellite photograph from somewhere in the world every time you open a new tab. …

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Why You Shouldn't Get Your Hopes Up for the Self-Driving Car (California High-Speed Rail No. 14)

"Would you prefer a system where you can be instantly teleported from SF to LA? Of course. But that doesn't mean it's going to happen."<p>Over the weekend, in No. 13 from the <i>Ulysses</i>-scale saga* of California's plan to build a north-south High-Speed Rail (HSR) system, a reader from the Silicon Valley …

Classic Macs turned into modern furniture

The Apple Power Mac G5 was a classic computer of the early millennium, but for all of its strengths — besides its gorgeous design, it was the fastest Mac in Apple's lineup when it was released in 2003 — it didn't last: the G5 family was retired in 2006 for the Mac Pro. The rest is recent …

Hear the space age unfold on NASA's historic SoundCloud account

If you've ever wanted to cobble together a really wicked EDM track comprised mostly of sound bites from NASA's Mercury missions, well, now's your chance. Everyone's favorite beleaguered space agency has been posting a treasure trove of audio clips that span the space age to its SoundCloud account …

OS X Yosemite Review: An Equal Partner for iOS 8

Apple on Thursday released the latest version of its Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite, to the public.<p>With Yosemite, OS X not only gets a brand new …

Sequoia-Backed Behalf Buys Stuff For Small Businesses Looking To Grow

Between small loans needed to pay salaries in a pinch and those raised by entrepreneurs looking to open a new store in a franchise or move to a bigger office, small businesses often need a bit extra capital to expand.<p>Despite when small businesses have reliable income, lenders want to charge high …

The best iOS Reddit app relaunches under Reddit ownership

Alien Blue is now the official Reddit app<p>Reddit has let others do the heavy lifting for it on the mobile side for years, developing apps that often do more — and better — than its own client, which the company abandoned long ago. Arguably one of the best, and certainly the most popular, is Alien …

Nest CEO Tony Fadell On Why Jetsons-esque Connected Homes “Just Don’t Work”

Fadell on the future of smart homes, Google’s $3.2 billion acquisition of his company, and why the Nest Protect has “a motherly voice.”<p>Kicking off Fast Company’s Innovation By Design 2014 Conference, Fast Company Executive Editor Noah Robischon hosted an intimate chat with Nest CEO Tony Fadell. The …

August is a fancy lock that could make you ditch your keys

Advertisement<p>31 Comments<p>Credit: August<p><i>Updated: This story was updated at 4:50 to correct the story. The August lock doesn’t use Wi-Fi.</i><p>For most people …

Health tech: When does an app need regulating?

<b>There was a time - almost forgotten now - when your phone was something you simply made calls on.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of Business'Air' plastic and mushroom cushionsHealth tech start-ups go the long waySenegal's expats flock to buy ramsCoding for cannabis cashDublin dotcom - the Celtic …

Apple Loop: iPad Air 2 Will Launch on October 16, The Apple Tax Is A Myth, And iPhone Design Theft

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers the upcoming October 16th event and the potential new hardware, will Tim Cook kill the iPod Touch, OSX Yosemite’s public release, U2′s download numbers, Carl Icahn’s letter, iOS 8 encryption, the Apple Tax, …

15 Best Browser Extensions for Social Media Marketers

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>There are a few actions I perform over and over again as I work through my social media marketing plan. Do you know the feeling? You click on the same few buttons or type in the same URL.<p>And then, one day, someone shows you a browser extension that …

The Empire Reboots

Over the last decade, as the biggest force in tech history hurtled toward irrelevance (albeit lucratively), a few blamed Microsoft’ s woes on founder Bill Gates, while most pointed to his successor as C.E.O., Steve Ballmer. Bethany McLean charts the breakdown of their relationship, the growing …

These 3 Paragraphs Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Bill Gates

In the story, it has this description of Bill Gates, which is just about perfect:<p>[Steve] Ballmer might be a complicated character, but he has nothing on Gates, whose contradictions have long fascinated Microsoft-watchers. He is someone who has no problem humiliating individuals — he might not even …

An espresso machine in your backpack? Minipresso says yes

While there's something to be said -- a lot to be said, really -- for cowboy coffee, a fine espresso is a wonder unto itself. And the Minipresso looks like it's the solution to how to get espresso on the go that we never knew we needed: compact like a vacuum flask, yet able to deliver a freshly …

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Flic Lets You Manage Your iPhone Photo Collection

In the wake of iOS 8’s revision of its Photos organizing utility, several new apps have emerged that offer alternatives for accessing and managing your iPhone photo collection.<p>Flic, which debuts today from Lifehack Labs, focuses on an easier way to choose which photos to keep and delete. As its …

The Psychology Of Selling And Why You Will Spend More Money With Apple

You don’t get to be the world’s largest publicly traded company without understanding how to maximise income and revenue. With a market capitalisation of over $600 billion, Tim Cook and his team show no signs of stopping in the near future. Behind the success are a number of simple techniques …