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Can Gowanus Survive Its Renaissance?

“Welcome to Venice Jerko.” The greeting is painted in three-foot-high letters on a brick wall along Brooklyn’s legendarily polluted Gowanus Canal, right across from the canal’s first luxury high-rise and its new waterfront promenade.<p>One recent sunny Sunday, a party of German seminary students and a …

Token is like the One Ring to rule them all, but it pays for stuff and protects your identity

Look out, Frodo — we might have a new "One Ring to rule them all."<p>Token, a new smart ring, promises to give its wearers a chance to make mobile …

14 innovations that improved the world in 2014

These aren't just gadgets that charge your devices faster or "groundbreaking" apps — they have potential for lasting impact. They can change the …

WhatsApp, Alibaba and the billion-dollar startups: are we in the midst of another tech bubble?

Among the things that lead normal, well-balanced people to conclude that the IT industry is crazy are the valuations at which internet companies are launched on the stock market and the prices these companies pay to acquire apparently minuscule start-ups. One thinks, for example, of the $104bn …

Small States: The jamstik wireless MIDI guitar controller for iPad, iPhone and Mac, $560 worth of giveaways

<b>Update (9/27):</b> Thanks for all of the entries into our Small States giveaway, @broni, @phillsea and @EGHSPrincipalRI are our winners and they have been contacted.<p><i>Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States.</i><p><b>Introduction</b><p>Founder Dan Sullivan started the …

'Snowboard' through the city streets with LEIF's electric freeboard

Add two inline skate wheels with 360-degree rotatable casters to the base of a skateboard and you've got a <i>Fast and Furious</i>-style drifting device known as a freeboard. Developed in the '90s, these boards are an off-season way to enjoy the smooth carving and extended slides of snowboarding when all …

10 Models To Follow On Instagram

The best models to follow on Instagram<p>Ever wondered what it's like to be one of the world's top models? Stop wondering—just follow them on Instagram. The genetic lottery-winners are all too quick to share behind-the-scenes pictures from shoots on glamorous locations, their antics with celebrity …

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Flappy Bird is Positive Omen for Asian Chat App Firms

The hype around Flappy Bird, that crazily addictive iOS and Android that surfaced out of nowhere, may be driving you insane whether you play it or not, but its success is great news for Asia’s mobile messaging firms. It may seem strange to draw parallels between a humbly created app and billion …

Google+ Hangouts for Business Just Got Real

When Google+ first debuted in summer 2011, the feature most lauded was its free, multi-person video conferences called Hangouts. Their usefulness in …

Cash-Based Payments Network PayNearMe Raises $20M Series E, Expands Via Family Dollar Partnership

Cash-based payments platform PayNearMe, which allows consumers to pay their rent, utility bills and loans, buy tickets online and more, is today expanding its footprint significantly in the U.S., thanks to a partnership with Family Dollar. The deal will allow consumers to use the service in the …

gTar iPhone Guitar Disappoints as an Educational Instrument

Learning to play the guitar is hard. Lessons are expensive and if you want to teach yourself, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Some will recommend music theory – the basic rules that govern all musical instruments – while others will tell you to just grab some tabs and begin strumming.<p>In June …

New breed of lenders use Facebook and Twitter data to judge borrowers

Companies and colleges regularly look to social media activity when deciding whether to hire or accept an applicant. Now, another sector is using the …

U.S. Mac Sales Grow 28.5% in Holiday Quarter, PC Market Suffers Worst Decline Ever [Updated]

Apple saw its U.S. PC marketshare rise from 9.9 percent to 13.7 percent in the holiday quarter year-over-year, according to data just released from Gartner. The 28.5 percent rise shows a substantial increase in Mac sales, largely at the expense of HP and Toshiba.<p>Dell and Lenovo are the only other …

GoPro to launch extreme sports channel on Xbox One and 360

GoPro is about to unleash its unique brand of action sport videos on Xbox Live for both the Xbox One and 360. We asked GoPro if it had further details on when the channels would be available, but apparently that date hasn't been confirmed yet. All we do know is that the channel will come to 360 …

Radius takes $13M to spot great leads and add salespeople of its own

Not that long ago, Salesforce stood proud in its quest to challenge old-school software companies in storing sales leads for businesses. Today, more and more startups are offering products that makes Salesforce’s core software stronger, and investors love the idea of backing such startups.<p>Today, …

Payments underdog Balanced challenges PayPal and Stripe with new pricing model (and momentum)

Balanced founder Jareau Wade wants people to know that Braintree and Stripe aren’t “the only payment games in town.”<p>This underdog of the online payments world grew by 757 percent in transaction volume and 784 percent in number of customers over the past year, according to Wade, and is now …

Meet ChoiceMap, A New App That Helps You Make Better Decisions

Making complicated decisions is an emotionally fraught process and (if you are like me) the whole thing can leave you feeling paralyzed. ChoiceMap is a new free iPhone app that helps you break down complex dilemmas into a list of priorities, rate them by how they will affect your life, and then …

Amazon Should Get Its Game On In Southeast Asia

There’s simply no excuse anymore. Amazon just doesn’t seem to care about Southeast Asia. Well, what else would explain the fact that it has yet to enter this particular market?<p>It speaks volumes about the demand for Amazon products — especially in Singapore where I live — when recently even Groupon …

Beyond Touch ID: Where mobile fingerprint scanners are headed

LAS VEGAS -- Apple isn't the only one looking to shove a fingerprint sensor onto its smartphone.<p>There will be several high-profile smartphones that will include fingerprint scanners, according to Michael Maia, vice president of sales for the biometric division of touchscreen and touch pad company …

EyeLock Myris is a USB eye scanner offering security that's unique to you

When it comes to unique passcodes, it doesn't get much more secure that an eye scan. Thanks to EyeLock's Myris, you'll be able to create super complex passwords that you won't have to remember -- using a USB-powered add-on to authenticate your identity instead. Myris is about the size of a makeup …

I’ve Seen The Future Of Health Tech And It’s Going To Improve Your Life In 2014

I just returned from the most exciting Consumer Electronics Show I’ve ever covered. Thanks to extraordinary demand for gadgets that make us healthier, stronger, and smarter, the technology industry is putting some serious brain power behind the next generation of wearable health devices. Over the …

Tech Trends for Southeast Asia in 2014

The New Year is here and, rather than spend time looking back on 2013 in Southeast Asia, I try to look forward.<p>Without wishing to repeat last year’s thoughts on Southeast Asia being the world’s most exciting place for tech (I still believe it and the argument is largely the same), here’s a look at …

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Elephanti Raises $4.5M To Help Shoppers Find Products In Nearby Stores

Elephanti, a startup that’s supposed to make it easier for physical stores to connect with shoppers online, is announcing that it has raised $4.5 million in seed funding from LMJ Holdings.<p>The basic selling point for consumers, according to founder and CEO Lalin Michael Jinasena, is avoiding …

Regulators Consider Watering Down Volcker Rule Even More

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. bank regulators said on Friday they would consider exempting certain complex securities from the so-called Volcker rule after community banks sued the agencies, warning of massive losses.<p>Four agencies said they were reviewing the exclusion collateralized debt obligations …

eBooks vs. Print: Actually a Nonissue

When I picked up the current <i>Scientific American</i> my eye was immediately drawn to the cover line, "Google Is Changing the Way You Think." Given the sensationalist tone that often accompanies explorations of how Internet use affects cognition (even Nicholas Carr's sedate 2007 discussion of the topic …

Hyperloop

Elon Musk unveiled his plans for the Hyperloop, a high-speed transportation system that could deliver passengers to their destination at speeds up to 800 miles per hour. Musk estimates the project will cost around $6 billion for a people-only version, and around $10 billion for a version where …

Here’s what to expect from augmented reality in 2014

Like mobile payments, augmented reality apps have so far been the type of thing that’s great in theory, less great in execution.<p>2013, however, might have turned that around. Or at least that’s what Ambarish Mitra, cofounder and CEO of augmented reality company Blippar, argues. With devices like …