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US mobile wallet users spent $500M in 2012 – nearly all of it at Starbucks

Smartphone owners in the U.S. bought $500 million worth of goods and services using mobile wallet apps in 2012, according to a new report by Berg …

Sunrise raises $2.2M to make waking up for work suck less

Getting out of bed in the morning can be painful and Sunrise is trying to improve that experience with good design. Today the startup that delivers a ‘smart’ and beautiful’ digest of your day announced closing a $2.2 million round of funding.<p>The founders of Sunrise are ex-Foursquare designers …

Google Will Soon Launch Google Web Designer, A Free HTML5 Development Tool For Creating Web Apps, Sites And Ads

Google will soon launch Google Web Designer, an HTML5 development tool for “creative professionals.” The service, Google says, will launch within “the coming months” and is meant to “empower creative professionals to create cutting-edge advertising as well as engaging web content like sites and …

NFC mobile payments disappoint while money transfers boom

Adoption of tap-and-pay technology on smartphones has been a disappointment and has slowed growth of the overall mobile-payments market. But bright spots still remain for companies looking to provide mobile money services to consumers around the world, according to a report from market research …

Bose Reveals SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker And QuietComfort 20 In-Ear Headphones With “Aware Mode”

Today Bose is announcing two new products to its lineup, with the introduction of the SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker and the QuietComfort 20 In-Ear headphones.<p>Both offer the same high-quality audio Bose prides itself on, and the company claims that the in-ear headphones in particular required …

Intel Capital creates $100M fund to invest in perceptual computing

Intel Capital has created a $100 million fund to finance perceptual computing projects, or those that use more senses to interact with computing devices. Perceptual computing includes gesture recognition using 3D depth cameras, which send signals into a room and measure the time it takes to bounce …

MOVABLE Raises $1.9 Million In Seed Funding, Now For An A-Round

Wrist-worn activity monitors abound these days, from Nike’s FuelBand to Jawbone’s UP system and Fitbit’s activity products. Newcomer to the space, MOVABLE, just got fueled up to compete, taking $1.9 million in seed funding.<p>The Cleveland, Ohio-based company’s MOVband operates by using a device that …

Need a doctor? Doximity and U.S. News are latest to help patients search for physicians

Doximity, a health startup often referred to as a “LinkedIn for doctors,” is taking its first step into consumer territory. On Tuesday, the San …

Goji's Smart Lock snaps pictures, welcomes you by name

Burglars of the future beware: the age of the smart lock is coming. There's no shortage of entries into the space these days -- in fact, it was just under a week ago that we spotted the lovely Yves Behar-designed August lock. Goji's (whoever heard of a company named after a fruit?) got a pretty …

A Tablet Good for Living Room, Bag and Water

In today’s tablet market, one device stands distinctly above all others: Apple’s iPad. With this tablet, Apple did what it always does and created an …

Google Glass monthly update improves photos with HDR, captions

Google has committed to pushing software updates to its Glass headset each month, and a post on Google+ reveals this month's tweaks are focusing on pictures. If you're a fan of using the device for POV shots, it should take better pictures by capturing a sequence of images for improved low-light …

SoFi gets an additional $41M to keep students from falling into debt

A San Francisco-based startup known as SoFi is building technology to help college and grad students avoid falling into crippling debt.<p>It’s an ambitious goal, but SoFi is growing and raising money at a rapid rate.<p>After raising a huge $77 million fund in September 2012, SoFi today received an …

Starbucks is reportedly dominating mobile payments in North America

Square, Google Wallet, Isis and plenty others are all working to grab the lion's share of the growing (but nascent) mobile payments market. But, so far, none of these options are as widely used in North America as Starbucks' simple mobile apps, according to new findings from the research firm Berg …

Americans have mixed feelings about wearable tech

Wearable technologies such as Google Glass — a tiny computer with a head mount — are still in their infancy, but already Americans have a love-hate relationship with them.<p>Some 82% of wearable technology users believe these devices have enhanced their lives, but with privacy concerns mounting, …

Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini, GT-S7272 reach the FCC

Well, that was fast. Samsung only just unveiled the Galaxy S 4 mini last week, and today the device is swinging through the FCC as the GT-i9195. Sadly, this particular version of the mini isn't likely to reach the US -- its LTE only works in South Korea and a handful of other distant countries. …

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Analyst Puts A Price Tag On Xbox One And PS4

Michael Pachter, the Wedbush Securities analyst who just loves making all sorts of predictions about videogames, is making a call about how much the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 are going to retail for. In a recent note to investors, he’s predicting that Microsoft‘s box will start at $399, and …