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Everyone seems to hate the new Skype

Microsoft’s radical redesign of Skype isn’t going down well. While Android users have had access to the new Skype design for a month, the refresh only debuted on iPhone a couple of weeks ago. Ratings of the Skype app on Apple’s App Store have plummeted worldwide since the new Skype launched. In the …

33 startups to watch in 2017, according to VC investors

Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch the industry, guide the startups, hear their pitches, and invest in them?<p>So we reached out to a handful of top VCs and asked them which young or growth-stage startups will boom in 2017.<p>We asked them to particularly focus on …

Startups

This Indian IoT Product In China Shows How Factories Will Be Part Of The 4th Revolution

One of my fondest memories of growing up in a small town in India is making gashes in the bark of a tree on the way to school. The next day we would collect the gum which had seeped out. It was fun to use the natural gum to stick labels on our notebooks, even if it was messy.<p>Later I graduated to …

Internet of Things

How to check which URLs have been indexed by Google using Python

Google Search Console can help you determine which of your website pages are indexed, but what about identifying the ones that aren't? Columnist Paul …

PushDoctor, The U.K. Video-Based Doctor Service, Scores $8.2M Series A

PushDoctor, the U.K. ‘on-demand’ service that enables you to have a video consultation with a doctor, has raised $8.2 million in funding — money it plans to use to develop the data side of its offering to improve the way it integrates with other healthcare providers and to significantly bolster …

Digital Health

The Next Generation Of Connectivity Will Link Your Car To Your Home And The Outside World

“Connectivity” is the big buzzword these days among automakers looking to attract a new generation of younger and tech-savvy buyers by integrating smartphone functionality into their vehicles. To that end, many of today’s cars feature the ability to enable hands-free calling and digital song …

Here’s how you’ll browse Facebook in your car without running down pedestrians

Connected cars have a problem—most of the things that they are supposed to enable, like browsing Facebook while you roar down the autobahn—are illegal. And the ways they were supposed to enable this—for example, touch screens—are disliked by drivers, who still prefer good old-fashioned knobs. …

Eye Tracking

The Car Dashboard Is The Next Battleground For Big Tech Companies And Startups

Audi, one member of Google's alliance, has introduced a tablet for use within its cars that will also run on this new car OS.<p>Apple launched a similar initiative last year, "iOS In The Car." Honda is among the car manufacturers tweaking its dashboard "infotainment systems" to make them more iPhone …

Car Tech

Will connected cars cause more accidents?

With a deluge of apps coming to the car, it's time to start taking distracted driving as seriously as drunk driving<p>Morgan Webb, the gaming and tech personality, stood on a purple-lit stage between a Chevy Impala and a Corvette and raised her arms triumphantly. The candy-apple-red cars looked …

This marketing platform helped Samsung beat Apple … and predicts the future with 78% accuracy

Facebook wants to be the social layer for the web. Google wants to be the discovery layer, and PayPal wants to be the financial layer.<p>Networked Insights, however, wants to be the consumer intent layer.<p>In other words, a crystal ball — that works — for marketers.<p>Google knows a lot about the world, …

Five Reasons Not To Raise Venture Capital

Let’s just get this one out of the way.<p>1. You probably won’t get a fair hearing.<p>The seductive narrative of Silicon Valley stars a genius-hero who …

Venture Capital

Why voice is the next big internet wave

At first glance, few technologies feel as unsexy as voice. From a user’s perspective, little has changed since the days of Alexander Graham Bell. …

Entrepreneurship is Not Pretty. Are You Ready to Take the Plunge?

<i>Rahul Varshneya is the co-founder of</i> <i>Arkenea Technologies</i> <i>and a mobile strategy advisor. He can be contacted via Twitter</i> <i>@rahulvarshneya</i><i>.</i><p>Entrepreneurship is pretty darn tough.<p>Quitting your job to start a venture is like abandoning a sailing ship in the middle of the ocean looking for adventure, …

MIT builds intelligent programs for robots that could help with the smart home

Researchers at MIT have figured out how to make multiple robots talk to each other and collaborate in real time — a task equivalent to telling a …

Why the only thing better than big data is bigger data

For many businesses, big data is superfluous. Except, a recently-published paper on the mathematics of big data reveals, when it isn’t. It turns out there is a kind of data that, like black holes or evil wizards of Middle Earth, only becomes more powerful the larger it grows. What’s more, suggest …

Big Data

How Do Investors Value Pre-Revenue Companies?

<i>Answer by Leo Polovets, Partner at Susa Ventures, Early LinkedIn/Factual engineer, Ex-Googler, http://codingvc.com, on Quora,</i><p>Deciding how to value pre-revenue companies is <i>hard</i>. There are many signals to process, and even after you’ve taken all of them into account, the final estimate is as much art …

Lanyrd: from idea to exit - the story of our startup

I recently gave a talk at SmashingConf in Freiberg. I wanted to share the story of our startup Lanyrd and some lessons learned along the way. This …

How to pitch your company: Mark Cuban, fellow startup investors share their secrets

It is one of the most critical moments for any entrepreneur—standing before a group of investors, armed with an idea and a PowerPoint, taking a deep breath before launching into the reasons why your big idea should be their next big investment.<p>It is also where many business ideas meet their …

Apache Samza: LinkedIn's Real-time Stream Processing Framework | LinkedIn Engineering

We're excited to announce that we've open sourced Samza, LinkedIn's stream processing framework. It is now an incubator project with the Apache …

It's Not Big Data - It's Smart Data

At the end of the day, it's not about how much data you have, it's about how well you use it.<p>If you haven’t noticed, the term “Big Data” is all the …

Elon Musk shows off Iron Man-style rocket design with gestures and 3D printing (video)

In another confirmation that Elon Musk lives life differently from the rest of us, he's just posted a new SpaceX video that's straight out of a sci-fi movie. In it, he demonstrates designing parts for a rocket the company could use just with hand gestures using a Leap Motion controller. After that, …

Why the internet of things gives us a second chance to define digital trust and privacy

As we connect more things to the web and share more data, there hasn’t been a coherent effort to build trust and privacy into the internet of things. …

Bionym Launches Biometric Wristband Nymi That Unlocks Smart Things With Your Heart

Think fingerprints, iris scans and facial recognition is the future of passwords and security? Think again. Although much harder to crack than the …

Wearable Tech

Espruino Seeks Kickstarter Funding To Help Jump Start Its “JavaScript For Things” Effort

Arduino is great, but Arduino is also pretty hard to wrap your head around, especially for newbies. The Espruino is “world’s first JavaScript microcontroller for beginners or experts,” and has been offered up to hobbyists and enthusiasts for a couple of years now by Cambridge, UK-based Gordon …

Seven Sadly Common Mistakes When Forming A New Company

<i>Entrepreneurs face a smorgasbord of risk. Have they identified a real market need? (Strategic risk.) Are they executing effectively? (Operational risk.) Will they go broke wooing customers? (Financial risk.) Will their (likely) failure tarnish their image? (Reputational risk.) But there’s another</i> …

Implanted Device Controls Rheumatoid Arthritis - MIT Technology Review

In early human tests, SetPoint Medical has found that an electronic implant helped reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in six of eight …

Pain

Pixy Is A Colour-Sensitive Vision Sensor That Gives Your Bot An Object-Tracking Eye

This embed is invalid<p>Computer vision technology has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, enabling machines to get a whole lot better at processing visual data so they can pick out specific objects from background noise, <i>Terminator</i> style. However crunching all that real-time visual data can …