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Albert raises $2.5 million for its finance app that helps you save money

Everyone knows the basics of how to improve their financial health: put money into savings, track your spending, reduce your debt, look for ways to save on your monthly bills, and make smart investments. Where people struggle is translating that knowledge into specific actions you can take today. …

Personal Finance

Buying a smart lock might be a dumb investment

We’ve known for some time that the Internet of Things (IOT) was basically a connected dumpster fire. Time and time again, these connected devices have proven that, while convenient, they aren’t necessarily safe. In fact, many manufacturers have a rather apathetic view on security, which leads to a …

Pat Inc. chat technology is a step in the right direction

Chatbots don’t quite understand us yet.<p>We speak, and they process our commands. With a chatbot like Yahoo Weather, you ask about the forecast in Seattle, and the bot returns an answer. Natural Language Processing (NLP) can read what you say and interpret some meaning. You don’t want to know the …

App Powered Smart Home Automation Is Going To Change Indian Homes

Among several smart home powered companies popping up to take advantage of a burgeoning trend toward home automation in urban India, one Gujarat-based outfit believes they can provide something new through app-powered smart homes.<p>A number of factors have contributed to India’s move to embrace …

Now anyone can build features for Cola messenger

Cola, a messaging app that integrates apps into chats, is opening up its developer kit today to enable anyone to build new apps.<p>The updated version available today comes with 12 “bubbles” that are essentially applications that run inside the messaging app. Users can share weather and flight …

Scientists Are About to Turn on a System That Converts Atmospheric CO2 Into Fuel

This sucks in all the right ways.<p>Most of the strategies we hear about when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions involve figuring out ways to …

Hydroelectric Power

Meet Zenbo, the Asus robot that costs no more than a smartphone

Voice-controlled companion, whose touchscreen face shows its emotions, can entertain kids and control the lights<p>The Taiwanese electronics manufacture Asus has unveiled a home robot called Zenbo that can talk, control your home and provide assistance when needed – all for the cost of a top-end …

Robotics

12 Ways to Optimize Your Time Like a Pro

<i>Matthew Capala is an Internet entrepreneur, SEO strategist, speaker, and author. He is the founder of Alphametic, an organic growth accelerator, and SearchDecoder. Mathew is an Adj. Professor at NYU, and is the author of Amazon-bestselling book, “SEO Like I’m 5</i>.”<p>Every entrepreneur I know is …

Productivity

What No One Tells You About Being An Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur is all I've ever known. After a failed stint at college (it was too slow and all I wanted to do was get out there and make my own way), I started my first business at the age of 18. Back then I don't think I even really knew what an entrepreneur was. It certainly wasn't …

August Raises $38 Million To Expand Smart Lock Retail Availability

Smart Lock purveyor August has raised another $38 million in funding, bringing the company’s tally up to $50 million, the company’s co-founder Jason Johnson told TechCrunch. August’s Smart Lock attempts to reinvent the front door and rid the world of physical keys by relegating that duty to a …

Apple Store

Venture capitalists see big opportunities in a changing cybersecurity space

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — After this year’s many cyberattacks on both companies and governments, there’s a huge need for new thinking to fight cyberterror. So lots of venture capital money is flowing into the security space, and has been for some time now.<p>Perhaps the main shift in thinking is that …

Turning tables: How technology is shaking up restaurant reservations, and profits

It is not yet seven o'clock on a frigid Friday night, and there is already a lineup at Pizzeria Libretto. All the tables at the hip Neapolitan-style restaurant on Ossington Avenue in downtown Toronto are spoken for. Standing in small clusters, hopeful diners scan the room, eyeing other people's …

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Expert Tips: How to Drive Tech Innovation at Work

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This story appears in the December 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p><i>Q: What's the best way to drive tech innovation at my company?</i><p>A: U.S. businesses spend hundreds of billions of dollars per year on R&D in an effort to …

Innovation

The ultimate guide to pricing your company for a fundraise (Or, how much is too much?)

Your company’s valuation is probably <i>the</i> single most important number in your whole fundraising story.<p>Sure, you need to have some early traction, you need to have a product out there and a convincing enough team; but those are prerequisites. Don’t even go into a fundraising conversation if you don’t …

Mobility-as-a-service: Turning transportation into a software industry

It’s the future. You have just bought your first fully autonomous car and let it drive you to work this morning. It was a little scary at first, but you forgot about the lack of a driver quickly, and now you are at your office.<p>What is the car doing right now? Right, it is sitting in the parking …

WhatsApp might be working on a web client

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned mobile messaging app, might be landing on desktops in the near future.<p>While WhatsApp rose to popularity as a mobile messaging app that uses the smartphone’s SIM card to authenticate, and it’s stuck to mobile devices so far, that might be changing soon, according to an …

Boston Researcher Cynthia Breazeal Is Ready to Bring Robots Into the Home. Are You?

The MIT researcher has dedicated her career to building robots that can perceive and emulate emotion.<p>The MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group flanks the soaring atrium on the fourth floor of the Wiesner Building, a wall of metal panels along the southern edge of Cambridge, Mass.<p>The space looks …

The Death Of The Password Starts Today (Maybe)

Your voice (or fingerprint or iris) is your passport to the online world<p>Passwords are a pain. They're incredibly important for the security of our data, and yet they're hard to remember and keep track of. Plus, it seems like we constantly have to change them as the result of some new hack or …

Russia’s Crazy Panda hits 110M users for its social poker games and other titles

Here’s another entry from the giant game companies that Westerners have never heard of. Crazy Panda is announcing today that it has surpassed 110 million registered users for its entire game portfolio, which includes the flagship poker game World Poker Club.<p>But like other international game …

How to tell if an early stage company will succeed — in 1 meeting

I’ve worked with many early-stage companies — some have failed, while others have gone on to see enormous success. I’ve created a rubric over the years that I use to judge whether a company is on the right path or is marching towards failure. It takes far less time than you would think to make that …

Artificial intelligence: how clever do we want our machines to be?

From <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> to <i>Blade Runner</i> and <i>RoboCop</i> to <i>The Matrix</i>, how humans deal with the artifical intelligence they have created has proved a fertile dystopian territory for film-makers. More recently Spike Jonze’s <i>Her</i> and Alex Garland’s forthcoming <i>Ex Machina</i> explore what it might be like to have …

Why Eric Schmidt doesn’t know how Google works

Google is a great company — from its record $23 billion IPO in 2004 (at a time when Nasdaq was below 2000!) to its dominant mobile OS. My associates and I have such an admiration for Google that we built our latest web conferencing platform with Google’s technologies.<p>But we also know that Eric …

BuzzFeed Jumps Aboard The Messaging App Train, Starting With WeChat

BuzzFeed is a modern media empire that moves, or at least tries to move, with the times. The company was initially famous for its easily shareable stories and listicles, but these days it is more sophisticated than that, mixing Pulitzer Prize winning authors and serious journalism with the cats, …

Chat App Kik Raises $38M And Buys GIF Messenger Relay In First Acquisition Deal

Mobile messaging is the hot topic of the year for tech. Canada -based startup Kik, which has largely flown under the radar, is making a big move to win the race in the West after announcing a $38.3 million Series C funding round and its first acquisition.<p>The fresh influx of capital is led by …

Grandmother who uses World of Warcraft to cope with cancer became the heart of a new documentary

Terry Bolt started playing World of Warcraft with her sister at 60, shortly before she was due to retire. Two weeks after she left her job as a middle school teacher, doctors diagnosed her with an aggressive form of hormonal cancer and gave her six months — at most — to live.<p>That was four years …

Average age of mobile gamer drops seven years as kids and teens grab smartphones

New research shows just how prevalent mobile gaming is in modern life, with the average age of mobile gamers coming down markedly in the last year.<p>According to the 2014 Deconstructing Mobile & Tablet Gaming Report from EEDAR, there are 142 million mobile gamers in North America, up from 111 million …

Facebook gaming declines as fewer people use the social service on their desktop

Remember when Farmville seemed like the biggest thing in gaming? Those days feel longer and longer ago.<p>According to Eilers Research, Facebook gaming revenues were down 2 percent in the third quarter of 2014 when compared to the previous year. Eilers noted that this was the first time game revenues …

Bill Gates explains how he thinks about tech's biggest problem: inequality (in 4 quotes)

America is becoming a very unequal place, with the top 1 percent of earners controlling more than one-third of the wealth. As the increasingly powerful billionaires create software that automates middle-class jobs out of existence, the technology industry is struggling with how to deal with rising …