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Chrome on Android communicates with smart devices around you

Folks running Chrome on iOS have had a chance to tap into the Physical Web devices around them since last July, but Google's finally opened that functionality up to its own ecosystem. To that end, Chrome 49 on Android will support the objects (like parking meters, for instance). The first time you …

IMJ Launches $52M Fund Dedicated To Japanese Startups

IMJ, a venture capital firm based in Japan, is looking homeward with a new fund especially for Japanese startups. Called the IMJ Investment Partners Japan Fund, it has already raised 2 billion yen (about $52 million), and will continue to seek new capital for a potential total of 6 billion …

Startups

Unity now natively supports SteamVR for even better virtual graphics

The virtual reality space is heating up in a big way, and content creators are on their way to getting a big boost. At the keynote for the Vision VR/AR Summit today in Hollywood, California, game engine developer Unity announced that its tools now freely support SteamVR.<p>This is a big deal: Unity 5 …

Time Inc Acquires Viant, Owner Of Myspace And A Vast Ad Tech Network

It looks like Myspace is becoming a big-media property once again. Today during its quarterly earnings report, Time Inc announced that it has acquired Viant, a profitable company that has built a large ad tech business, but also owns other properties, including once-hot social networking site …

AdTech

Hackers could throw off our power grid by manipulating our AC units

Ingenuity isn't exactly a quality you want in hackers, unless of course, they're on your side. In a rather terrifying discovery, researchers have found an alarming vulnerability in our security system, and it's one that can be found in most American homes and offices -- the air conditioner.<p>Power …

Computer Hacking

DJ software veteran Serato launches iOS app to intelligently mix your music

DJs will be well familiar with the name Serato. It’s one of the — if not <i>the</i> — leading software products around for DJs that make the hop from vinyl to digital sets (and that’s most of them these days). But the company hasn’t had a huge presence on iOS devices outside of that world — save for its …

Einstein nailed it! Gravitational waves do exist

Scientists prove Einstein's theory after observing the collision of black holes.<p>Scientists just discovered Einstein's ripples in the fabric of spacetime.<p>A century ago, Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity changed human understanding of space and time. From a fixed speed of light to the …

Physics

Qualcomm's new 'gigabit' LTE modem is ludicrously fast, but Wi-Fi beware

We ask a lot of our phones today — video streaming, video calling, virtual reality — and we expect the network to keep up. The problem: There's only …

Microsoft apps now come with Android devices from 74 companies

If finding Microsoft apps on the Galaxy S6 caught you off-guard, you're in for a real surprise this year. Microsoft has announced that its apps are now bundled with current and future Android devices from 74 companies, including newcomer Acer as well as ASUS, LG, Samsung and Sony. That's a healthy …