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Meet our 5 Favorite Startups from Wayra's Spanish Demo Day

The second panel was moderated by investor Jeffrey Char from J-Seed Ventures, who asked founder of Culture Japan (and Jimmy Choo’s son) Danny Choo and Viki’s CEO Razmig Hovaghimian to tell their stories. Both entrepreneurs insisted on the fact that raising venture capital wasn’t necessarily the way …

Leading to the gigabit promised land?

<i>Editor's note: This is a guest post by Blair Levin, whose bio is below. CNET invited him to write about the debate behind broadband infrastructure in the United States.</i><p>Last summer, Israel announced a plan to deploy a world-leading, gigabit broadband network nationwide. Cisco CEO John Chambers, in …

Freemium Is The New Shareware, As In-App Purchasing Matches Traditional Conversion Rates

San Francisco based Swrve has released their first ‘Mobile Games Monetization Report’, looking at volume and percentages of in-app purchasing in freemium games. While the numbers and conversion rates seem low, they match up closely with the historical data for the shareware model that has been the …

Is Microsoft Working on a Free Version of Windows 8.1?

Windows 8 (later 8.1) has struggled to capture the interest of PC owners, but now Microsoft appears ready to make them an offer they can't refuse: a …

A Million Gamers Help The Wild 'TwitchPlaysPokemon' Experiment Triumph

After 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes and 30 minutes of continuous play, the collaborative gaming experiment known as TwitchPlaysPokemon came to an end early on the morning of March 1st, when an upstart Pokémon master defeated the Elite Four and his rival to become Kanto’s newest champion.<p>The online …

IE10 Falls Below IE9, Firefox Down, Chrome Up

February saw the fourth full month of IE11 availability with Windows 8.1, the release Firefox 27 and Chrome 33. The latest numbers from Net Applications show IE10 has fallen below IE9, and that Chrome was the only winner last month.<p>Between January and February, IE slipped 0.02 percentage points …

Track Google's Project Loon Internet balloons in real time as they travel the world

Google’s Project Loon was unveiled in 2013 as an ambitious project to bring internet to some of the most remote parts of the world where it’s hard to get Internet access. The project’s still in full swing and you’re now able to track the balloons in real time as they travel the world. The helium …

Google Maps Dives Into World Oceans for Underwater Street Views

The Google Maps team has announced the addition of new underwater Street View images in locations around Mexico with the help of the Catlin Seaview …

Why did Samsung play it safe with the Galaxy S5's processor?

Of all the phone manufacturers out there, Samsung seems to have a particular talent for creating an anticlimax. Our first thought when holding the Galaxy S5 was that we'd been through all this before a year ago, with the equally underwhelming launch of the GS4. Our disappointment jibed with the …

Google's 'Projected Mode' in-car system possibly leaked by Mercedes-Benz

Job adverts aren't most reliable way to hear about new technology, but interesting ones do crop up from time to time, and that's why our eyes are drawn to one recently posted by Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz. The ad requests the services of a software engineer who can help the German …

Google Glass is getting Android KitKat, but monthly updates are no more

Google is gearing up for its biggest Glass update yet.<p>The smartglasses are finally getting an upgrade to Android KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, as Google moves towards bigger but less frequent Glass updates, according to a private forum posting unearthed by Android …

How Mobile Games Can Make A Difference (and Still Be Profitable)

<i>Oliver Miao is the CEO of Pixelberry Studios.</i><p>Mobile game developers are always looking for ways to build strong relationships with their user bases, and rallying players around important social issues is a great way of doing so.<p>This strategy has already seen great success in the PC and console …

Why Samsung Ditched Google In Its New Smart Watch

But Samsung made an unexpected move in the new version by abandoning Android as the watch's operating system. Instead, the new Gears run Tizen, another open source operating system that Samsung, Intel, and others are working on.<p>Some see the move to Tizen as a signal that Samsung wants to distance …

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Kickstarter Is About To Crowdfund Its $1 Billionth Dollar

How much money would you guess the Internet has collectively thrown at Kickstarter?<p>Don’t bother whipping out the ol’ graphing calculator — Kickstarter actually shares that number regularly. Sometime quite soon, Kickstarter will surpass <b>$1 billion dollars pledged</b>.<p>This comes from Kickstarter’s own …

Apple-Samsung silicon union still strong, chip expert says

Call it a habit that Samsung and Apple just can't break.<p>Their critical partnership in silicon is still strong, according to the CEO of chip industry tracker VLSI Research, Dan Hutcheson, who spoke with CNET in a phone interview, after returning from a trip to South Korea, the land of Samsung.<p>This …

Samsung’s New Chromebook Apparently Getting The Leather Look Of Galaxy Devices

Samsung’s next Chromebook has broken cover, courtesy of pro device leaker @evleaks, and the Chrome OS-powered notebook has a familiar design trait that’s becoming a Samsung trademark: faux leather. Like the back of its new NotePRO and TabPRO Android tablets, the back of the lid of this new …

What Games Are: Going Small

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer and creator of leading game design blog What Games Are. He manages developer relations at OUYA. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>Some changes are as obvious as night and day. Where once mobile phone gaming was the preserve of Java studios …

What’s up with Watson?

IBM(s ibm) likes to trot out Watson any time it needs to tout its tech bona fides. Watson proves that IBM “gets” big data, cloud and now mobile. In …

Twitch defeats Pokemon Red, moves on to Pokemon Crystal

<b>Twitch Plays Pokémon — the fascinating social experiment described as the "fight for the soul of the internet" — has entered a new phase.</b><p>Twitch Plays …

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Apple Launches CarPlay, Integrating iOS in the Car

After announcing its iOS in the Car initiative at last year’s WWDC, Apple has officially launched the program today with partners Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo — which will premiere it to their drivers this week.<p>The program, called CarPlay, is described as a “smarter, safer and more fun way to …

Next Silicon Valleys: Beijing's start-ups show stamina

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1056000/1056872_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1533192459_fecdca70b4a1c9901d88e326cd3ed59e<p><b>Beijing has a thriving start-up scene, and some of its entrepreneurs are going to extraordinary lengths to ensure their success. As part of our</b> …

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BroApp, the latest sexist app to troll the interwebs

"Hey Babe, how was your day?"<p>"Wow, what a day, how was yours?"<p>"What's up?"<p>These highly uninventive texts are "designed to improve your relationship" …

Boot Up: free the river!, 'real work', GS5 rumours v reality, and more

A quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p>River level data must be open >> Climate Code Foundation<p>Nick Barnes has seen his home flooded for the second time in a month:<p>There are thousands of river monitoring stations across the UK, recording water levels every …

HTC One M8 review: HTC's stunning sequel steals the show - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The HTC One M8's sumptuous aluminum body makes a beautiful background for this top-flight smartphone's brilliant 5-inch display. It runs on a powerful quad-core processor and Android KitKat, the stereo speakers deliver excellent sound, and the depth-sensing camera brings a ton of useful …

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Amplify's Middle School Content Makes Learning Look Beautiful

Amplify just unveiled their digital ELA curriculum for grades six, seven, and eight. Here’s a first look for those of you who aren’t at SXSWedu.<p>“It took a long time in gestation because it is unlike anything anyone has ever done in public education,” said Joel Klein, CEO of Amplify and former …

3 Times Nintendo Brought Itself Back From The Brink

It would be a stretch to call the Nintendo Wii U a failure. Between its launch in November 2012 and the end of 2013, the console had sold only 5.83 …

Google Glass updates slow down ahead of KitKat upgrade

Google took a break from its monthly update cycle for the Google Glass Explorer Edition, saying it's working on a bigger change to the 4.4 KitKat version of Android.<p>Google's Teresa Zazenski announced the change on the private forum for owners of the electronic eyewear, according to Glass Almanac. …

Catch Up on February's Tech News from Eastern Europe

Check out the headlines and make sure you haven’t missed anything important from the Eastern European tech scene. Judging by the number of links below, the 28 days of February have been absolutely crazy as they brought an unbelievable number of news stories.<p>If you think I have missed something, or …